Blu-ray Review: Star Trek Enterprise Season One

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Sometimes you’ve just got to boldly go, and while we may not go as boldly this time with “Star Trek: Enterprise Season One”–a copy of which our friends out at CBS Video sent over for us to review–we’re still going to go reasonably boldly. This one hits stores March 26, and for Trek fans, this one’s going to be well worth the wait.

“Star Trek: Enterprise Season One” follows the opening days of not only the series, but also of Earth’s spacefaring days in the “Star Trek” universe. It’s not too long after the events of “Star Trek: First Contact”, in which Zefram Cochrane had perfected the warp drive on the Phoenix and launched into space, attracting the attentions of Vulcan survey vessel T’Plana Hath. From there began what would later be known as the United Federation of Planets, but first the humans and the Vulcans would have to get over their lingering mistrust, and become a team. To that end, the Vulcans have dispatched one of their own, Subcommander T’Pol, to serve aboard the humans’ newest ship, the Enterprise NX-01, an experimental vessel that has for the first time breached warp five. Along the way, the newfound explorers / test pilots will discover new technologies, new worlds, new races, and a whole lot of new potential dangers ahead.

Granted, on most people’s lists “Star Trek: Enterprise” ranks near the bottom of the chain. For me personally it’s second from the bottom as only the original Star Trek, which now makes modern-era low-budget filmmaking look visionary by comparison, ranks lower. But only the truly uncharitable would say that the original Star Trek, or “Star Trek: Enterprise” was specifically bad. In fact, “Star Trek: Enterprise” does three things really well.

One, in an environment populated by orchestral themes, all of winning caliber, “Star Trek: Enterprise” offered up a theme complete with vocals in “Faith of the Heart”, arguably the best in the series. Two, in a series already populated with impressive visuals, this one actually has some of the most impressive. Sure, the Blu-ray translation in magnificent 1080p is throwing them some help, but we’ve got a show here with a first episode featuring aliens running across ceilings and fun with antigravity. Three, there’s a surprising solid amount of drama and mystery here. We’ll be getting a look at a lot of old friends for the first time–the Klingons, the Ferengi, even the Borg–and this is a look that’s delightful in its own peculiar way. “Star Trek: Enterprise” has quite a bit going for it, and it will be quite a bit of fun to notice all the various differences between older–newer in the time line–Trek series and this one, the first and latest.

Special features will prove quite abundant here, as you’ll have your choice of several language tracks–English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and what I’m guessing is Japanese (I don’t actually read it very well, and all the languages are labeled in their representative language; German is marked “Deutsch”, for example)–as well as an array of subtitles, in–brace yourself, because this is a monster list–English, Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, and Swedish. Also available will be interviews with show creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, a profile of Scott Bakula, a featurette on the making of “Enterprise”, a couple of extra featurettes about the series and how it fits into the larger overall scheme of things “Star Trek”, and an additional featurette involving the Klingons.

“Star Trek: Enterprise” isn’t the best Trek by any stretch, but it’s not the worst, and it certainly has plenty of its own charm. For Trek fans, catching Trek in Blu-ray is a downright joy, and this trip will prove no exception.

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