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Star Trek Enterprise: Series 1 (Slimline Edition) [DVD] 
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Complete first series of the American television sci-fi programme, set 100 years before the events of the original 1960s series. In the mid-22nd century intergalactic space travel is in its infancy. Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) and his faithful crew begin the first voyages of the Starship Enterprise, its mission to expore new galaxies and seek out new life-forms, to boldly go (sic) where no one has gone before. In this series the human race makes its first contact with the Klingons, and also with the sinister Suliban race, something that will have deep ramifications as the series progresses. The crew also tries to help an alien race inflicted with a deadly illness, encounters space pirates, and meets an exiled group of Vulcans who have rejected the normal Vulcan conditions of logic. Episodes are: 'Broken Bow (1)'; 'Broken Bow (2)'; 'Fight Or Flight'; 'Strange New World'; 'Unexpected'; 'Terra Nova'; 'The Andorian Incident'; 'Breaking the Ice'; 'Civilisation'; 'Fortunate Son'; 'Cold Front'; 'Silent Enemy'; 'Dear Doctor'; 'Sleeping Dogs'; 'Shadows of P'Jem'; 'Shuttlepod One'; 'Fusion'; 'Rogue Planet'; 'Acquisition'; 'Oasis'; 'Detained'; 'Vox Sola'; 'Fallen Hero'; 'Desert Crossing'; 'Two Days and Two Nights' and 'Shockwave (Part 1)'.
Under intense scrutiny, the debut season of Enterprise earned a passing grade from critics and Star Trek fans alike. Voyager ended its seven-season run just four months earlier, and fans were skeptical when Enterprise premiered with a theme song ("Where My Heart Will Take Me," composed by Diane Warren and performed by Russell Watson) that defied Trek's revered theme-music tradition. This and other early reservations were dispelled when "Broken Bow" got the series off to a satisfying start, beginning in the year 2151 and establishing a pre-Federation focus on humanity's delicate relationship with the Vulcans, the controversial launch of the NX-01 Enterprise on an exploratory mission, and the potentially devastating consequences of the mysterious Temporal Cold War involving a time-traveling splinter group of the Suliban, a nomadic alien race. While establishing a testy relationship between Enterprise Capt. Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) and his smart-and-sexy Vulcan Sub-Commander, T'Pol (Jolene Blalock, in a short-banged wig and form-fitting "catsuit" that were later redesigned), the series introduced engineer "Trip" Tucker (Connor Trineer), whose surprise development in "Unexpected" made him a fan favorite; communications officer Hoshi Sato (Linda Park); helmsman Travis Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery); weapons expert Lt. Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating), and chief surgeon Dr. Phlox (John Billingsley), a well-mannered Denobulan recruit from Earth's Interspecies Medical Exchange.
As a "prequel' series that predates the original Star Trek by 150 years, Enterprise built upon established Trek lore with episodes involving Vulcans ("Breaking the Ice"), Klingons ("Sleeping Dogs"), the blue-skinned Andorians ("The Andorian Incident," "Shadows of P'Jem"), and the Ferengi ("Acquisition") while offering stand-alone episodes (notably "Dear Doctor," "Fortunate Son," and "Shuttlepod One") that further acquainted fans with the Enterprise regulars. Early Trek technology is also introduced (including "phase pistols" and the rarely used, still-risky transporter), and the series drew strength from what many felt would be its primary weakness: unwritten history and the initial indecisiveness of Archer's bold foray into the unknown. Ending with a dazzling "Shock Wave" cliffhanger that leaves Archer stranded in a decimated Temporal Cold War future, Enterprise set a strong foundation for the events of season 2. --Jeff Shannon
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The DVD packaging for a start is very attractive and compact, with a little booklet with the each episode synopsis. The DVD interactive menus are excellent and fairly easy to navigate. With extras such as commentaries and deleted scenes clearly marked. The 3 "Easter Eggs" are quite easy to find too!
The quality of the DVDs is very good, crystal clear and the extras on disc 7 are good viewing. With behind-the-scenes views from the cast and some brilliant outtake "bloopers"....(I've never seen a Vulcan giggle so much!!!)
This First Season was a great start and well cast, with some interesting stories and twists on other Trek series ideas. A really enjoyable Season and a great DVD package. My only suggestion is to shop around a little to get the best price possible.
Don't get me wrong though, it's a brilliant take on the Star Trek universe. Imagine the beginnings of the colonization of the United States, rural, rugged and not without danger. This seems to be the flavour of Enterprise. Starting out with best intentions, in the name of peace, however best those intentions may be, exposure to the actual reality of this universe changes the characters over the course of it's 4 year run. This did happen in all the other series naturally. It's just different to what we've seen before.
Archer's development as a character takes a sudden turn in the third series, in my opinion for the worst. What begins as an exploratory mindset in the captain rapidly evolves into an embittered fight for dominancy and face, something you won't see in the story of Picard who resolutely sticks to his own values and sense of duty. That's a testament to the development of Archer in such a violent environment. Picard had it relatively easy, Archer does not. Maybe it's because in the beginning, the story of Starfleet was one of innocence and subsequently innocence lost but it's jarring to see a person evolving in a negative way, especially for a series such as Star Trek, one I've always regarded as positive and hopeful of the future. In all the other series the dynamic of the main protagonist was firmly established and unwavering, only deviating from that at certain times as the stories demanded it, but they always returned to their initial personas at the end. Enterprise challenges this by evolving Capt. Archer to the point that at times he becomes abhorrent to his initial setup. Is this a good thing? To this viewer it certainly felt a bit odd and maybe a little alienating.
I personally missed Enterprise when it was first shown so missed the broadcast experience and watched the whole series in one entire session. Maybe under those circumstances i would feel differently about this series, but I'm guessing that most people will be buying the lot after the fact that it was shown on TV as i have. As i said at he beginning, my advice to a new purchaser would be to approach this series as you would watching 24, the whole thing evolving over many episodes to a conclusion. Don't expect it to be as easy-going as previous series.
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