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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Enterprise Fourth Seasons - These Were The Voyages....
The fourth season of Star Trek Enterprise was the season that most Trekkers have been waiting for, with homages to the original series(Mirror Universe,The Eugenics Wars,Orion slave women,T'Pau), as well as rectifying continuety errors(The Vulcans,The Klingon "forehead" issue).Unfortunately,the show was cancelled prematurely as the show was becoming what Trekkers been...
Published on August 13, 2005 by DEAN M. Dent

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3.0 out of 5 stars The series turned decent just before its end.
When "Enterprise" (they left the words "Star Trek" out of the title when the series premiered) hit the airwaves, I wanted to like it. I really did. I had been a fan of "Star Trek" ever since the mid '70s when I was a kid and started watching the original series in syndication. "The Next Generation" (at least for the middle of its seven year run) was good, and "Deep...
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139 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Enterprise Fourth Seasons - These Were The Voyages...., August 13, 2005
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DEAN M. Dent (SAN LEANDRO, CALIFORNIA USA) - See all my reviews
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The fourth season of Star Trek Enterprise was the season that most Trekkers have been waiting for, with homages to the original series(Mirror Universe,The Eugenics Wars,Orion slave women,T'Pau), as well as rectifying continuety errors(The Vulcans,The Klingon "forehead" issue).Unfortunately,the show was cancelled prematurely as the show was becoming what Trekkers been waiting for since "Broken Bow".

One of the biggest contributing factors for the success of the fourth season was supervising producer Manny Coto,an original series fanatic who brought Enterprise back on the right tracks as far back as season three.Sensing that the show wasn't going to see a fifth season,Executive producer Rick Berman handed the reins to Coto, who set about in correcting the many elements in Trek history that have been disregarded,which drove away even the most dedicated fan.

The season's format was tweaked to make room for multi episode arcs which dealt separately with The Eugenics Wars(The Augment trilogy featuring Brent Spiner as Arik Soong),A Vulcan Civil War(featuring Surak, and T'Pau),A Klingon Virus (resulting in the humanoid Klingon foreheads from the original series), and the mirror universe featuring the USS Defiant from The Tholian Web.

One of the biggest disappointments of the season itself was the final episode "..These Are The Voyages" which takes place on the Enterprise-D, featuring Riker and Troi.Instead of giving the NX-01 crew a dignified send off,they were used supporting characters in a glorified "Next Generation" episode.

The finale (written by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga) was called a "Valentine to the fans".But the real valentine was the entire fourth season which finally gave the fans what they wanted,and the most problematic Star Trek series a dignified ending, dispite it's weak finale.
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136 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great final final season, August 6, 2005
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The final season of Star Trek Enterprise is quite good and has some great episodes. The season also conains several story arcs.

Storm Front part I

Archer learns that he is an alternate timeline on World War II era Earth where Aliens from the future helped the Nazis invade America.

Storm Front Part II

Silik Helps Archer defeat the aliens and restor the timeline.

Home

The Enterprise returns to Earth and the crew get both a Hero's welcome but are also criticized for some of their tactics.

Borderland (part 1 of 3)

Several genetically engineered humans known as Augments leftover from the Eugenics wars hijack a Klingon ship and the Enterprise crew attempt to find the enlisting the aid of Arik Soong who took them out of cold storage and raised them.

Cold Station 12 (part 2 of 3)

Arik Soong and the augments escape and go to the facility where the embryos of the other augments are in cold storage. Their intentions are to revive the embryos. The take the prople at the facility hostage and the Enterprise crew begins a rescue attempt.

The Augments (part 3 of 3)

The Augments attempt to start a war with the Klingons but are killed. The hostages are rescued and Soong is recaptured.

The Forge (part 1 of 3)

The Earth embassy on Vulcan os bombed and the Vulcan High Command asks the Enterprise crew to assist them and locate the suspected culprits who are living in one of the deserts.

Awakening (part 2 of 3)

Archer and T'Pol locate the Syrranites, a group of Vulcans hiding in the desert who are blamed for the bombing. They seem to be too pacifistic for that deed.

Kir'Shara (part 3 of 3)

Archer attempts to locate the Kir'Share which contains Surak's original writings. The Vulcan High Command is found to be the real bombers and the leader is deposed.

Daedlus

Emory Erickson, the inventor of the transporter visits the Enterprise to test a new long range transporter but is found to have a real motive of trying to save his son who was lost in a transporter accident years earlier.

The Observer Effect

Two noncorporeal life froms take over the minds of various Enterprise crewmembers in an effort to study them.

Babel One (part 1 of 3)

The Enterprise is bringing the Tellarite ambassador to prace talks with the Andorians but gets a distress call from Shran who says that a Tellarie ship attached his. It is learned by Archer that is is actully an unknown ship capable of disguising itself as other ships.

United (part 2 of 3)

Archer attempts to create a temporary alliance between the Andorians, Tellarites, and Vulcans to locate the Romulan ship that has been attacking them. The ship is caught and the peace talks resume.

The Aenar

The Entrprise crew learn the Romulan ship was operated by remote control. They then attempt to locate a reclusive Andorian subspecies known as the Aenar to see their possible connection to the ship. It learned that an Aenar was kidnapped and forced to operate the ship.

Affliction (part 1 of 2)

Phlox is kidnapped and forced to assist the Klingons in defeating a contagious illness affecting their species.

Divergence (part 2 of 2)

With the help of the newly launched Columbia, Phlox is rescued and a cure is found for the disease. Unfortunately, a side effect of the cure is that the ridges of the Klingon's forehead disappear. Children of the affected Klingons will also be affected.

Bound

Archer is given a gift of three Orion slave girls, but their pheremones are causing male crewmembers to act strange.

In a Mirror, Darkly part I

In the Mirror Universe, The USS Defiant from Kirk's era in the Normal Universe appears and the Tholians capture it. The mirror Enterprise attempts to capture it. (it is recommended that newcomers watch the TOS episode, "the Tholian Web" before watching this two part episode)

In a Mirror, Darkly part II

In the Mirror Universe, Archer captures the Defiant and intends to use it to conquer the Terran Empire.

Demons (part 1 of 2)

A xenophobic human group known as "Terra Prime" attempt to stop talks to create a cooperatuve between several alien races.

Terra Prime (part 2 of 2)

The leader of the Terra Prime group threatens to destroy Starfleet unless all non-Humans leave Earth's solar system.

These Are the Voyages...

In the future Commander Riker huses the holodeck to experience the founding of the Federation and Archer's involvement in the founding.

The Series finale was also intended as a franchise finale but I found it disappointing. Otherwise the final season was quite good.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Manny Coto For Reconnecting Enterprise with "Star Trek", August 24, 2005
Following the success of four live-action TV series and ten feature-length films, producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga attempted to create a fifth live-action "Star Trek" series that would be set approximately 100 years prior to the time of Captain Kirk (during the original "Star Trek" series of 1966-1969), 200 years before the time of Captain Picard (during the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" of 1987-1994) and 100 years after the fictional character Dr. Zefram Cochrane flew the first warp-capable spaceship, as depicted in the 1996 film "Star Trek: First Contact".

The new series, entitled "Enterprise", debuted in the fall of 2001, months after the previous "Star Trek" series, "Voyager", concluded its seven-year run. As the show's title implied, the ship used in the show was named "Enterprise" and had serial number NX-01 with a maximum speed of warp 5. It's crew was comprised of Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula, formerly the lead actor of the sci-fi TV show "Quantum Leap" of 1989-1993), Vulcan science officer T'Pol (Jolene Blalok), pilot Ensign Travis Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery), ship's communications officer Ensign Hoshi Sato (Linda Park), the Denobulan Dr. Phlox (John Billingsley), weapon's officer Lieutenant Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating) and ship's engineer Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III (Connor Trinneer).

Over 12,000,000 viewers watched the first season's premiere episode, but subsequent shows had ever-shrinking audiences. The average number of viewers per first-season episode was about 6.7 million; for the second season, this number dropped to 4.4 million and for the third season, the number dropped further to 3.8 million. After nearly canceling the show after its third season, UPN gave it one more chance, but the average number of viewers per fourth season episode was only 3.1 million. UPN then cancelled the series.

Why did "Enterprise" fail to capture the attention of the estimated 30,000,000 "Star Trek" fans living in the U.S.A.? The blame rests primarily with Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, who's combined strangle hold upon the show's writing during the first three seasons drove fans away. The fourth season, however, was placed under the creative control of Manny Coto.

Whereas the first three seasons of "Enterprise" were largely disconnected from the four previous "Star Trek" TV series, Manny Coto successfully reconnected the fourth season of "Enterprise" with the rest of the "Star Trek" universe. He began the fourth season by personally finishing the temporal cold war and other disconnected story elements from the first three seasons by writing the first two episodes of the fourth season himself. He then produced (and sometimes co-wrote) the next 19 episodes, most of which were parts of several multi-episode story arcs that filled in many holes that had been left from previous "Star Trek" TV series and the ten feature length films. He also corrected some of the mistakes created by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga during the first three seasons of "Enterprise".

The first story arc (episodes: "Borderland", "Cold Station 12" and "The Augments") featured a guest appearance by Brent Spiner playing Dr. Arik Soong, who had continued the work done by geneticists that had created genetically-enhanced individuals such as Kahn (refer to the original "Star Trek" series episode "Space Seed" and the second feature length film, "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn"). The second story arc (episodes "The Forge", "Awakening" and "Kir'Shara") began with the bombing of Earth's embassy on Vulcan and quickly makes Capt. Archer aware that Vulcan's population is dangerously divided. (No other "Star Trek" TV series spent this much time on Vulcan.)

The third story arc (episodes "Babel One", "United" and "The Aenar") featured the Tellurites, Andorians, Vulcans and Romulans. The Romulans try to disrupt peace talks between the Tellurites and Andorians. (This is the only time that the planet Andoria is visited during any "Star Trek" TV series.) The fourth story arc (episodes "Affliction" and "Divergence") featured Dr. Phlox, who is kidnapped by Klingons who want to stop a genetic disease that is changing their appearance to look more human.

The fifth story arc (episodes "In a Mirror, Darkly", two parts) is a trip to the infamous alternate universe. The sixth and final story arc (episodes "Demons" and "Terra Prime") is about xenophobic humans that want to undermine talks that may lead to a coalition of several planets, including Earth.

Manny Coto's fourth season episodes were great, but not enough people were watching. Of the 22 fourth season episodes, the best were those 19 that followed the first two and before the final one. The final episode ("These Are the Voyages...") was disappointing as it was written and produced by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. Though it featured guest appearances by Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis (as William Riker and Deanna Troi, respectively, of "Star Trek: The Next Generation"), this episode was as poorly written as the first three seasons that Rick Berman & Brannon Braga had strangled.

Of the 28 years of live-action "Star Trek" TV series, I regard the third season of "Enterprise" to be the worst, but Manny Coto's wonderful fourth season was one of the best. Sadly, what I and many other "Star Trek" fans had hoped would occur during "Enterprise" was the Earth-Romulan War (as eluded to in the original "Star Trek" TV series) and the formation of the United Federation of Planets (UFP); but neither of these could be produced because of the show's premature cancellation. Manny Coto would no doubt have made these stories wonderfully if he had been given the opportunity.

Overall, I rate the fourth season of "Enterprise" with 5 out of 5 stars. I wholeheartedly thank Manny Coto for reconnecting "Enterprise" with the rest of the "Star Trek" universe during its fourth & final season. Let us hope that any possible future "Star Trek" productions are not controlled by Rick Berman or Brannon Braga.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enterprise at Warp 5!, September 17, 2006
This season was the absolute best that Enterprise had to offer! Enterprise finally saw its potential realized under the masterful direction of Manny Coto. The best characteristic of season 4 was that fans finally saw references to the Original Series that we had hoped to see much earlier on in the show. Intriguing stories, action, creativity, and developing the relationships among the crew in a more meaningful way were the traits that made it such a disappointment to have it cancelled after such an amazing season. Under the vehicle of Season 4, one gets to travel to the Mirror Universe with the Enterprise crew, see a Gorn, and see the bridge of the USS Defiant (old school style).

The only drawback to this season is that it contains the final episode by Brannon and Braga titled "These are the Voyages" which is nothing more than a rather stale Star Trek: The Next Generation holodeck episode in which the Enterprise characters are forced into the background while two overaged and overweight TNG characters take center stage and proceed to bastardize the Enterprise we were just getting to know and appreciate after such a wonderful season. My suggestion: Buy the DVD set but don't bother watching the last episode to avoid a huge let-down.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Four Seasons, Despite a True Stinker of a Finale, September 21, 2005
Usually with a TV series, the strategy is to hook the audience early, get enough episodes for syndication, and then worry less about quality, producing episodes that are just good enough to stay on the air and ensure video and DVD sales. "Star Trek: Enterprise" could be a case study in doing the opposite. The uneven, mostly disappointing first three seasons of the show felt like a retread of earlier "Star Treks" and other sci-fi, and there appeared to be an assumption that audiences would simply stick with the show out of Pavlovian habit. Fans will watch anything with "Star Trek" attached to it, right? When ratings plunged and budgets got slashed, the best thing that could happen to "Star Trek: Enterprise" occurred -- producer Manny Coto arrived to salvage things. The fourth season is clearly its best, with the show for the first time beginning to feel like a prequel that didn't rudely skip over the series that started everything. Had this season been the first, "Star Trek: Enterprise" might still be on the air; as things stand, "Star Trek: Enterprise" was cancelled just as it finally showed potential, the accumulated damage to its reputation from previous seasons too much to draw audiences back. Scott Bakula, visibly older and looking at times not unlike Joe Camel, nonetheless finally musters some of the appeal he had on "Quantum Leap" in episodes that give him more to do than get beaten or bark at people for no reason. Even the often appealing but ultimately go-nowhere romance between T'Pol and Tucker found its way into an excellent story with the series' penultimate episode. Unfortunately, even eye-catching apples can have worms, and two episodes stand out as inexcusably awful: "Daedulus" and "These are the Voyages." In fact, the final episode feels like the punch line to an otherwise funny joke. While "Star Trek: Enterprise" had high quality special effects and great potential, it will probably -- and with justification -- be remembered as the series that killed the franchise . . . at least until the franchise inevitably gets resurrected. The generally lowbrow stories and paint-by-numbers approach to telling them are what sent the series to the bottom of the ratings, not an oversupply of "Star Trek" on TV. When "Star Trek" shows some smarts again, people who read more than the funnies and sports page and can chew with their mouth closed will return -- in droves.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Star Trek - Enterprise, April 6, 2006
It is a bittersweet symphony, this unfortunately, last season of ST - Enterprise. It contains some of the best episodes of the series, but also the worst one of possibly the whole franchise- "These are the Voyages", titled as "Valentine for fans" by the writers, but it was the exact opposite of that, a slap in the face of those who liked Enterprise and its crew as well as the cast. I won't go into detail, this episode may have been average as a stand-alone one in the middle of a season, but as a finale it was just bad. Totally ignoring any character development established in the previous seasons, only a 1-hour finale instead of the established 2-hours, but to bring more insult, bringing in two characters from TNG and delegating Enterprises' own cast to the rank of gueststars. I didn't need a farewell to the whole franchise, I wanted a fair farewell to Enterprise and we didn't get that.

As for the rest of the season, it contains gems like "Home", "Demons", "Terra Prime" and the Vulcan-Arc trilogy "The Forge", "The Awakening" and "Kir'Shara".

Enterprise was in my opinion the best of all Trek series. While many Trekkers might disagree, I think it was the most human Trek and most suited for the casual viewer, not only the die-hard fan.

The DVDs are what you come to expect of Paramount, the extras are okay, but not as generous as the previous seasons, the bloopers are painfully short. Although as expensive as the rest of the bunch , I think it is well worth the money.

I wish it wouldn't have been cut short.

Goodbye Star Trek - Enterprise,

LIVE LONG AND PROSPER
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The series turned decent just before its end., November 24, 2007
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Darren O'Connor (Norfolk, Virginia United States) - See all my reviews
When "Enterprise" (they left the words "Star Trek" out of the title when the series premiered) hit the airwaves, I wanted to like it. I really did. I had been a fan of "Star Trek" ever since the mid '70s when I was a kid and started watching the original series in syndication. "The Next Generation" (at least for the middle of its seven year run) was good, and "Deep Space 9" was good toward the end (even if it took ripping off an ongoing interstellar war concept from "Babylon 5" to get it there). But the franchise really started to go south with "Voyager", and there were two big reasons for this: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga.

"Voyager" had real problems, and most of them could be traced back to Berman and Braga, who were who were finally responsible for the writing and the whole direction of the show. When I first heard they were going to helm a new series, and set it in the pre-Kirk era, I was worried. Those worries grew worse when I read that neither of them cared for the original series. Not only were they likely to make some of the same mistakes they made with "Voyager", but on top of that, they had no affection for the original show, and were likely to crap all over its continuity. Sure enough, they did exactly that. Consequently, it came as no surprise that the series' ratings sank lower and lower each season.

Then, perhaps at the insistence of someone inside Paramount Studios, perhaps not, Berman and Braga stepped aside and turned creative control of the series over to Manny Coto, and what a world of difference it made. Not only was Coto a far better writer (as were the assistant writers he hired), but he _did_ like and respect the original series. Not only was the quality of the stories improved dramatically, effort was being made to link the show in with the original series' continuity, instead of disregarding it. The improvement in continuity made the show a lot more enjoyable to long-time "Star Trek" fans, and the improvement in the quality of the episodes made the show a lot more enjoyable all around.

It really is a pity the show couldn't have begun with Coto in creative control from the outset. It might still be on the air. It would almost certainly have been able to run out seven seasons the way all the three other sequel series did. At the very least, we would have had more than one season of good episodes.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best, August 19, 2005
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Just when Season 3 showed you what a great show Enterprise could be, Season 4 comes along and delivers beyond your wildest dreams. The genius of Manny Coto, Judy & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Mike Sussman, Andre Bormanis and the other writing staff (notice the absence of Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, until the very underwhelming series finale) produced without a doubt the best season of this show - and some of the most fascinating episodes of the entire Star Trek franchise (and I've seen every single episode of every single series, so I know what I'm talking about).

The three-part Eugenics Wars arc features a nice guest appearance by Brent Spiner; the three-part Vulcan arc explains beautifully why Enterprise-era Vulcans are so different from later Vulcans, and features the reknowned TOS character T'Pau; the three-part Andorian/Tellarite/Romulan arc shows the true beginnings of the Federation (along with some pretty cool Remans, proving that they existed before Nemesis!); the two-part Klingon arc FINALLY explains the forehead-ridge mystery; the two-part mirror universe arc is just pure, pure fun; and the heart-wrenching penultimate two-parter shows the valiant Enteprise crew overcoming perhaps their worst enemy of all: human prejudice.

Of course, this show being their brain-child, Rick Berman and Brannon Braga felt they had to come in and write the single-episode series "finale." Not only is "These Are The Voyages..." a very, very premature series "finale" (but that's not Berman and Braga's fault; it's the fault of Les Moonves, who could have easily moved Enterprise to cable but decided not to because the show would have done very well on cable, thus embarrassing him and his pet wanna-be network UPN), but its use of Riker and Troi to tell a story about the Enterprise crew is just demeaning to the cast of this show. Apparently Berman and Braga didn't think the Enterprise cast could pull off a story of their own. And while it's nice to see Riker and Troi again, they don't exactly fit easily into their roles of 11 years ago. Instead of setting the story during the seventh-season TNG episode "The Pegasus," if Berman and Braga absolutely had to bring back Riker and Troi, they should have set the story in the future, post-Nemesis, aboard the U.S.S. Titan. Of course, the other insulting aspect of this "finale" was the needless death of a major character. All in all, a very underwhelming ending to an otherwise SUPERB season and series!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but ultimately somewhat unsatisfying, April 24, 2006
SPOILER ALERT!

I watched all four seasons in a marathon run, over the course of about two weeks; and while much of it was entertaining, it left me a bit cold. Particularly the series finale and over-arching segue into the Star Treks "to follow" (as everyone knows, this series chronicles the years leading up to the original Star Trek series).

The fourth season acts as a primer for what is to come, by providing the back story for many of the episodes in the original series. In so doing, it sort of failed the series Enterprise, by divesting itself of the character arcs that it had built over the previous three seasons, and focusing on the "future" of the franchise.

As for the finale, one reviewer here hit on a real problem: Commander Tucker's death was terribly contrived. While it is commendable that the series producers were willing to kill off one of the series' core characters, the manner in which they did it was a stretch. Tucker effectively commits suicide when, after a minor and easily resolved skirmish with an intergalactic group of petty thugs, he kills the group and himself to "protect" the captain. Considering the number of times the crew encountered far more serious threats to themselves and the ship (and humanity itself!) and managed to extricate themselves without resorting to such drastic measures, his actions were illogical in the extreme. Furthermore, the abrupt insertion of Riker and the TNG crew into the finale rankled me, as it did many viewers. It just seemed to cheapen the series (Enterprise, that is) by having it told to us through the eyes of Riker and Troi.

Nevertheless, the last season of the Star Trek franchise (for now, one must assume) did have its share of good story lines and resolution. No selfr-respecting fan of the series can justify not watching it, and, as such, it is recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Enterprise" soars during final season (updated for blu-ray as well), November 2, 2005
Updated for Blu-ray:

The 4th season of "Enterprise" looks the best on blu-ray of ALL the seasons released so far. This is one of the rare instances where budget cutting worked in favor of the series as it was shot in HD so the transition for blu-ray was a bit easier here than prior seasons which were shot on film (a naturally HD format), then assembled on HD videotape (where the the show was compromised due to the choices during the assembly process for broadcast). Also, seasons one and two had lower resolution CGI which was uprezzed (noticeably)for blu-ray resulting in less than ideal image quality and, given the number of visual effects per episode, compromised the show.

The big attraction aside from the HD transfer which looks extremely good here (it was no doubt tweaked a bit here for blu release but the source remains the same as for the original DVDs--high rez, yes, but older HD masters)are the new commentary tracks and feature length (although it is broken up into sections) documentary on the challenges the cast and crew faced with diminishing viewers, as well as, the struggle to stay afloat.

All the original special features form the DVDs have been ported over for this edition.

The second special feature is a terrific featurette featuring the writers who worked on the fourth season (with the exception of showrunner Manny Cotto who wasn't available due to a conflict with the revived "24")discussing the challenges they faced but also the opportunity that Cotto gave them at exploring HOW the original series world evolved by looking back into the past.

There is an interesting tidbit here--Rick Berman and Brannon Braga wrote the final episode of season three as a cliffhanger. This angered the suits at UPN and Paramount because this took away the chance to cancel the show at the end of season three. Braga admits that he and Berman had that somewhat in mind as they knew that Paramount would never accept a cliffhanger as a conclusion as it would anger fans and damage the abilityt to syndicate the series. The studio (and UPN) insisted that they go back and reshoot the ending. It was impossible as it was completed and the cast members that they needed for it were already gone. It did allow for "Enterprise" to enjoy its best season. Sure there were duds (every season of every "Star Trek" series had its duds)but it allowed for ambition and real focus. It's just a pity that the show wasn't allowed a fifth season as it would, no doubt, have continued to explore the formation of the Federation and background on the series in compelling ways.

Original DVD Review:

"Enterprise" was the victim of "Star Trek" success; the new series constantly was compared to other shows in the "franchise". It took "Enterprise" a couple of seasons to find its footing. Luckily, by the third season the show took flight with the season long story arc based around the Xindi threat to Earth.

The fourth season is a gem. We see producer Manny Coto and his writers turn the season three cliffhanger into a memorable two part episode for season four with "Cold Front". Archer returns home a change man in "Home" and we meet another Dr. Soong--this one the "father" to survivors of the Eugenics war. The fourth season had fun connecting the dots between "Enterprise" and the original series. "In a Mirror Darkly" parts 1 & 2 both provided ample entertainment and showed us what really happened to the Defiant from The Original Series episode "The Tholian Web". A very good series continued to get better.

The DVD picture quality looks terrific overall. The extras are a bit lighter than what I would have expected here given that this was the last season of the series. I am disappointed that Paramount feels the need to charge the same amount for a set with less extras and episodes but the quality of the episodes makes up for part of that. We get featurettes on the visual effects, the wrap party, a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the filming of the last episode. Best Buy customers get two additional featurettes available only there and at Musicland (whereas everywhere in the world these two featurettes on Michael Westmore's make up and the canines that played Archer's pooch Porthos were included as part of the package). There are three commentary tracks (all of which are available as podcasts at the Star Trek website)for "In a Mirror Darkly" parts 1 & 2 and "Terra Firma". Michael and Denise Okuda provide more text commentary tracks and, while they are occasionally enjoyable, I wish they had more to do with the episodes being shown.

"Enterprise" wasn't cancelled because of ratings. Sure the ratings had fallen but the show was really cancelled because Paramount wanted to move the UPN network to a new demographic--shows designed to appeal only to women--in hopes of expanding their ratings on the network. "Enterprise" just didn't fit into their game plan. It's a pity because the last season showed tremendous promise and a fifth season would have just build on the success of the fourth season. Paramount kept "Enterprise" around to reach the magical 99 mark so that they could syndicate the show (which it met if you split the two hour premiere into two episodes). It's to the production crew and cast's credit that they elected to create something memorable during the last season of a show that was clearly headed for cancellation.
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