STAR TREK ENTERPRISE - THE
COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON (2004)
Star Trek Enterprise - The Complete Fourth Season (2004)
Starring: Scott Bakula, Jolene Blalock, John Billingsley, Dominic
Keating, Anthony Montgomery
Directors: David Barrett, LeVar Burton
Format: Colour, Widescreen, Box set
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of discs: 6
Run Time: 939 minutes
- Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby
- Over 3 hours of special features:
Enterprise moments, Season 4; Inside the "Mirror"; episodes; Enterprise
secrets; Visual effects magic; That's a wrap; Links to the legacy;
Deleted scenes and outtakes; Photo gallery
fourth and final season of this series, and perhaps the whole
Star Trek franchise as well.
Unfortunately this show, which attempted to do something grittier and
fresh with the Trek universe and went back to the pre-Kirk
pre-Federation era, was dogged by controversy amongst fans from the very
start. The Star Trek universe is traditionally more antiseptic than
let's say the ones in Star Wars and
Blade Runner, so Trek fans railed
against the idea of the less than perfect future depicted in Enterprise.
They were right:
Star Trek Enterprise
simply doesn't feel like Star Trek.
However, Enterprise wasn't half bad and while the show had its
share of mediocre episodes, it featured less annoying characters of the
sort that Trek shows seem to specialise in.
Season Three of the series
also had some strong episodes which featured good writing and highlighted
fascinating moral dilemmas as informed by America's post-9/11 experience.
considered by many to be the best of the series (and I tend to concur)
featured a single story arc
the whole so-called Xindi
Season Four wraps up a few plot strands from the previous season and then
settles into the more familiar (to Trek at least) single episode
plot structure. Perhaps realising that this is the last season of the
show, Season Four tries to straighten out some continuity errors it
introduced into the Trek universe. It tries for instance to answer the
question as to why the Klingons have bulging foreheads in this series but
not in the "later"
1960s TV series. (The answer: genetic mutation.)
THE DISCS: Packaging is virtually identical to previous seasons. So
is the lack of episode descriptions. Sigh.
WORTH IT? Always an underrated and underappreciated series, this is
the ideal way to give it another shot. Plus, on DVD you can skip that
annoying theme song . . .
RECOMMENDATION: If you're a Trek completist you'd want to
buy this. Newbies to the show can safely skip Season One and go straight
to Season Two and Three before
putting down money for this box set.