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Enterprise: Season Two(TV) (2002-2003)
The crew of Earth's first warp 5 starship the Enterprise set forth to boldly go where no man has gone before.
For more about Enterprise: Season Two and the Enterprise: Season Two Blu-ray release, see Enterprise: Season Two Blu-ray Review published by Martin Liebman on August 14, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.
Starring: Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, Linda Park
Director: Patrick R. Norris
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Enterprise: Season Two Blu-ray Review
Better season, slightly better PQ.
Reviewed by Martin Liebman, August 14, 2013
Enterprise may not have turned out quite as its creators envisioned it -- the series' journey from conception to the small screen is fascinatingly chronicled both in this set's extras as well as those found on the season one release -- but the show turned out rather well in the end, despite some growing pains that it never quite overcame, even in the more lauded third season. Perhaps even more damaging, Enterprise never did escape the Star Trek fatigue that had grown with each subsequent new series, from TNG to DS9, from DS9 to Voyager, and Voyager to Enterprise, with several seasons overlapping over the course of a decade or so. Despite all its challenges, hurdles, and the general weariness surrounding it, the series recovered nicely after a shaky first season with a more solidly assembled second. Though there's still some miserable episodes here -- just as there are with every Star Trek season (though one might strongly argue that the later seasons of Deep Space Nine never fumbled) -- season two yields some very strong, alluring, and memorable shows. In fact, this might very well be the most underrated season across the entire history of Star Trek, making use of some old ideas repurposed in fresh ways as well as finding new material for a cast -- and the crew it portrays -- that consistently impresses with its sense of togetherness and camaraderie.
Season one got off to a fair enough start, but the series shined through its excellent crew, which seemed mature and up to the challenge from the beginning. Every other show endured far more growing pains in terms of cast camaraderie. Season two only builds on that rapport and also finds a more steady stream of good-to-great episodes that outnumber the mediocre-to-poor outings. It shows that this collection of Enterprise episodes has a lot to offer from both dramatic and pure entertainment perspectives while also building up towards the universe already established, incorporating a little bit of the future in its present, and at the same time charting its own unique course. It's a balancing act that cast and crew pull off as well as could be expected, particularly considering the turmoil plaguing the show off the screen, both in the board room as well in the ratings wars. Season two puts together a wide variety of Trek excellence, whether playing with time travel and heavy action in the season opener, exploring an amicable little slice of lore in "Carbon Creek," and encountering dangerous aliens and new technologies in the intensive "Minefield" and the alluring "Dead Stop." It recreates a classic Aesop fable in "Marauders," metaphorically explores human illnesses in "Stigma," plays with the classic courtroom elements in "Judgment," cleverly integrates old but future enemies in "Regeneration," and sets the pace and tone for a season-long arc with "The Expanse."
Yet no matter how dependably good, expectedly awful, or whatever may fall in between an episode may be, season two is both helped and hindered by classic Trek plusses and minuses. As noted earlier, the cast is fantastic, better than even the show demonstrates in part because of its shorter run (admittedly, that didn't hurt the original Star Trek, though certainly six feature films also helped solidify that crew's legendary status). Enterprise succeeds, probably beyond even the loftiest expectations, in recreating the classic human captain, Vulcan first officer, and sidekick trio in Archer, T'Pol, and Trip. Certainly they're not a match for Kirk-Spock-McCoy, but the three certainly capture the same dynamic, not so much because of placement in the show but in the readily identifiable bond they share, Archer and Trip to start and T'Pol growing into it. The remainder of the cast largely plays the proverbial second fiddle (a distant third fiddle in Mayweather's case) but they're all nicely rounded and agreeable. Scott Bakula carries the lead role with all the characteristics of a classic Trek captain, showing an outward confidence, smarts, and good looks but also displaying a more relatable human element than any of his Captain's seat brothers and sisters. The season incorporates a wide range of classic Trek aliens -- Klingons, Romulans, Tellarites, Andorians, even Borg -- to excellent effect, though it fumbles in classic Trek fashion with ridiculous "alien of the week" forehead and face prosthetics that elicit more of a "why bother?" response than any real "cool" factor that always accompanies the better designed and memorable species.
Season two highlight episodes include:
Enterprise: Season Two Blu-ray, Video Quality
Enterprise: Season Two's high definition transfer is by no means a showstopper, but it shows, overall, a minor bump in quality over the fairly bland season one. Nevertheless, many of the same visual elements carry over here. The show looks extremely soft in places, hazy and lacking the sort of crisp definition, intimate textures, and natural clarity of the older TNG. Light compression artifacts, poor color transitions across shadowy faces, and murky and heavy blacks all contribute to a "meh" sort of picture quality. Details never excel with regularity. The brightly light exteriors in "Marauder" fare best in the season. There, the image is borderline gorgeous, showing intricate facial, clothing, and terrain detail in a well-defined, clear, and sharp frame. Unfortunately, ship interiors struggle to show more than basic details on uniforms, faces, panels, and walls. Dr. Phlox's better-lit medical facility sometimes fares rather well, and the Denobulan's facial prosthetics look good enough to study in great detail in a few select shots. Colors often appear weary and uninspired, but not significantly. Vibrancy again fares best on the brightly lit earthen shades on "Marauder," in the old-timey Pennsylvania backdrop in "Carbon Creek," and even in the almost harshly lit and very white interiors in "Dead Stop." However the basic visual element of blue uniforms contrasted against bland metallic backdrops doesn't really offer much room for color vibrancy. Light grain does accentuate the best the transfer has to offer, but fans will probably be disappointed with the overall presentation, particularly considering the massive success of the TNG restorations.
Enterprise: Season Two Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Enterprise: Season Two warps onto Blu-ray with, somewhat apropos considering the ship's warp five engine, a five-channel (plus the ".1") DTS-HD Master Audio lossless soundtrack. Like the video, it's not particularly exacting or memorable, but it delivers high quality and robustness when necessary. The opening title music flows evenly and plays with the sort of seamless quality lossless audio is known to deliver. Front spacing is perfect, vocal clarity faultless, and instrumental details exacting. Light surround support and a quality low end make for an enjoyable presentation of a controversial and, generally, negatively received song. The track delivers some positive action and support elements. Phaser fires generates a nice beam-like sound effect that often sounds as if it's cutting through the soundstage, while ships zoom through space with natural movement and heft. There are a few interior supportive elements, too; computer beeps and sliding doors gently help define the primary Enterprise interiors, while occasional planet-side elements, such as gusty winds, are also nicely implemented. The track does pack a fair bit of bass for its action scenes. A potent explosion in "Minefield," heavy rattling in "The Catwalk," and the attack that begins "The Expanse" generate an aggressive but balanced low end. Dialogue plays naturally and clearly from the center. It's a solid presentation, not quite so precise and fully immersive as that found on the TNG Blu-ray discs, but fans should be satisfied with the improved range and clarity over the old DVD presentations.
Enterprise: Season Two Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Enterprise: Season Two contains plenty of new and vintage supplemental content. The package is dominated by two lengthy, newly recorded retrospectives with cast and crew. Below is a disc-by-disc breakdown of what's included.
Enterprise: Season Two Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
Some Star Trek die-hards might not think too highly of Enterprise. The show certainly didn't turn out quite as expected, but season two produces some terrific standalone episodes amidst some trash. It also sets things up for a Deep Space Nine-like seasonal arc at the end. Enterprise: Season Two's Blu-ray release features sturdy but somewhat unremarkable video. Audio is a bit better, but this set is all about the supplements. The new material is nothing short of fantastic and it's reason enough to buy. It also doesn't hurt that there's some great Trek here, too. Highly recommended.
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