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This review is from: Star Trek - Enterprise - Series 3 - Complete (Slimline Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
This is third series of Enterprise; it follows on directly from the cliff hanger last episode of series two. Earth having been attacked by a race that they are told are called the "Xindi", Archer and his crew have to search a region of space known as the "Expanse" and locate the people that are threatening the survival of the human race.
This series was much darker than any that we have seen previously. Archer identifies that he thought a starship captain has a lot on his shoulders; but now he has the entire fate of the world. It forces him to make decisions that he and his crew are not entirely comfortable with; and as the situation becomes more perilous, he is forced to cross the line again and again. Although he tries to hang on to his compassion, his sense of honour and his humanity, circumstances dictate that his own personal views have to take second place to achieving the goal of saving the future of humanity.
I found the story lines utterly believable and fascinating. With the pressure on the crew to keep going despite constant attacks and major damage to the ship, emotions become raw and never far from the surface. The crew bond together even more as this is the only way for them to keep going, despite the losses that they suffer. Binding all of the episodes together with a central arc is not a new idea, but this worked well for this season.
The 3 main characters of Archer, T'Pol and Tucker continue to grow and develop, with some superb performances by Bakula, Blalock and Trineer. However, Billingsley as Phlox, Keating as Reid, Parks as Sato and Montgomery as Mayweather all turn in some really excellent performances, showing that the writers were really now starting to give them some strong material to work with.
At the end of the season, Archer manages to build an uneasy alliance with three of the five Xindi species; and we can see the idea of a "federation" forming to provide mutual support and prevent similar attacks in the future. In doing this, he saves Earth; but in the process of destroying the Xindi weapon, Enterprise is pushed back in time. The last episode provides another cliff hanger to take us through to the 4th season.
As with other box sets, this also has some really great extra material. It provides some insight into how the shows are produced and just what the directors were thinking, as well as some fine glimpses into how the special effects and makeup are created. A really excellent box set.