Once again, it’s time to boldly go where no one has ever gone before with “Star Trek: Enterprise Season Two,” a copy of which our friends at CBS Video sent out for us to review. Visually stunning and a little better plotted than many like to give it credit for, this season of “Enterprise” really picks up from the last.
“Star Trek: Enterprise Season Two” once again takes us out with the crew of the original Enterprise, NX-01, as it cruises around the galaxy going to a variety of different places, and therein, encountering a variety of problems, sights, and associated matters. The Enterprise crew will face pre-warp civilizations, marauding Klingons, and a superweapon of unimaginable power before this season’s all been said and done, and give us a little insight as to how the whole “Star Trek” thing got started.
It’s easy to see why some may not enjoy “Enterprise.” There’s more than a little continuity-wrecking at work here, and trying to fit the NX-01′s adventures into the larger Trek universe can be…well…difficult. Things like the interaction with the Borg, for example, makes the events of “Next Generation’s” episode “Q Who?” look a little nonsensical by comparison. How can Jean-Luc Picard be so mystified by the appearance of the Borg when said Borg had been found at the North Pole before the Federation itself existed. Though there are explanations for these events thanks to the use of transmissions and the sheer range to the Delta Quadrant, these aren’t always going to be acceptable to some fans.
What’s especially nifty here is how there’s an intermingling of humor with the action. Watching “Singularity,” for example, was a good example of this. In the end, the crew discovers that it can most often be the minor fixes that really save the day, as opposed to the major ones. Of course, the Blu-ray presentation is well worth the price of admission; yes, it’s all on Netflix, so some may question the ultimate value of buying–or even renting–this set when it can be had in its entirety at any time for eight bucks a month. The answer to that lies in the presentation. “Star Trek”‘s effects have been a big draw for much of its run, and seeing all this in Blu-ray when backed up by the proper mix of home theater gear will make for a thoroughly impressive experience.
Naturally, it’s not a “Star Trek” DVD without a ton of extra features, and there will be plenty in attendance here. You’ll have a polyglot’s dream of audio tracks, including English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese, but also you’ll have all those in subtitles along with Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish. There will also be a ton of featurettes about various episodes in the season, a three-part documentary titled “Uncharted Territory” covering the challenges of the third season, an interview between Brannon Braga and the original seven main cast members, and an archival season two promotional reel. There are outtakes and deleted scenes available, as well as trailers for “Star Trek: Enterprise Season One,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Four,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation: Redemption,” and several cast and crew profiles.
Many don’t like “Star Trek: Enterprise,” and for them, “Star Trek: Enterprise Season Two” won’t be worthwhile, magnificent Blu-ray presentation or no. But for those who want an exciting Trek experience, even if it’s not the best–I can tell it’s not the best, or even the second best, thanks to the decided lack of space stations, Borg, Ferengi, or a captain that’s anywhere near as awesome as Avery Brooks and Patrick Stewart were–no disrespect to Scott Bakula, but the guy should have stuck to time travel–but still, it’s going to be a reasonably worthwhile experience that’s surprisingly exciting, shot through with a bit of humor and romance besides. The second series is one of the best in the lineup, so if you get the chance, at least try a rental here.