28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2005
The title pretty much says it all. Star Trek has fallen victim to these awful reality shows that are polluting the air waves. It's a sad state of affairs when people are more concerned when a staged setup is more important than quality storytelling. Stand up against Hollywood, and boycott ALL reality shows!!!!!
As for Enterprise, I felt that it got back to the roots of Star Trek that TNG, DS9, and Voyager had somewhat departed from. Don't get me wrong; I love, own, and enjoy all of the Star Treks.
The entire cast was one of the most gifted I've ever seen in a sci-fi series, with outstanding performances by Scott Bakula and Jolene Blalock as Archer and T'Pol. The stories were sharp, the interaction with the crew enjoyable, and the visual FX among the best on all of the Star Treks to date. People complained about the theme song, which was a radical departure from the previous series, but in my opinion, not to its detriment. The spirit of 'Where My Heart Will Take Me' so captures the basic feeling for Enterprise that I found it to be far more suited to this prequel series, than anything I can imagine being composed for it.
The second season continued the ideals of exploration, while hinting at the larger storylines, such as the Temporal Cold War, showing how First Contact was made with many of the species from the Original Series (giving those species a much needed makeover), and man's early forays out into deep space. This continued to be an important theme throughout the series, beginning in the groundbreaking 1st season, the tense and exciting 3rd season, and the amazing multi-arc 4th and final season, covering the distance between First Contact with the Vulcans (seen in Star Trek: First Contact) and the Original series. The second season, though a bit less exciting than the others (which also happened with TNG, DS9, and VGR), contained some outstanding episodes, such as 'Carbon Creek' where a marooned crew of Vulcans (including T'Pol's grandmother) must adapt to 1950's Earth while hiding their alien origins, 'Stigma' which shed some light on the intolerance of Vulcan society (kind of a mirror for ours), 'Future Tense' which continued the Cold War and introduced the Tholians, 'Regeneration' which shows what happened to the Borg Sphere that reached orbit of 21st Century Earth in 'Star Trek: First Contact', and the nail-biting conclusion 'The Expanse', which set up the beginning of the 3rd season-long story arc on the Xindi.
Quite frankly, I'd bet that anyone who says this show isn't good, is one of those beer-drinking bumpkins who considers garbage like 'Survivor', 'The Apprentice', 'The Bachelor', 'The Simple Life', and 'The Contender' to be good TV.
Ben Stein, once hosting "Win Ben Stein's Money", and former worker for Nixon (Don't hold that against him), has stated that Hollywood has lost contact with the common man. Make a statement to them, and demand that they bring good shows back, instead of those garbage-reality shows.
Enjoy the second season, and indeed all the seasons, of Star Trek: Enterprise and stick it to Hollywood, prove that quality is more important than cheap thrills.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2005
As a long time fan of the Star Trek franchise, I tend to be among the more lenient fans as far as where the writers and producers take the stories. I suppose this is what to expect from a fan who was drawn in by Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed Enterprise as a series on it's own, but it is very obvious that there are differing views on where the fans wanted the series to go as opposed to the writers.
I understand the producers desire to explore new ideas (Temporal Cold War, Xindi) but we Trek fans are nitpickers, and there were so many good opportunities to "fill in the gaps" created by the other four series. What caused the various conflicts with the Klingons and the Romulans? How was Section 31 started? And season four left me wanting for more about the early development of the Federation.
There were some very notable episodes this season, particularly Carbon Creek, Horizon, and Bounty. Minefield makes you want for more of the origins of the Starfleet-Romulan conflict, and Dead Stop seems to foreshadow the Borg storylines better than Regeneration, as I feel it was unnecessary to actually have the Borg in Enterprise at all.
The ultimate shame is that the last season was the one that the fans wanted, and was actually so good that I was anxiously awaiting the next episode after watching each weeks' story. It might be nice to see an occasional made for TV movie with this cast, maybe with a creative idea for a Romulan war (hint, hint.)
I will say, though, if you are only willing to invest in a single season, wait for the fourth one. It's truly worth it.
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2005
Captain Archer and the tuff decisions he had to take during each episode is very refreshing.
The Season 3, and the long term goal to safe Earth from the Xindi keep waiting from week to week. Similar to "Alias" or "24".
Overall, is sad that the show is being cancelled.
I don't understand people coming here and writing bad things about Enterprise. If they don't like it, what are they watching it so much? I don't watch shows I don't like, and I don't go and write reviews about them.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2005
As a DIEHARD Star Trek fan, I find that with most of the new series a couple of seasons have to go by before the writing and acting start to become palitable. Enterprise is no exception. I wanted to give the 2nd season 2(**) stars but hesitated because it hurts me too much -- I love everything about the concept of Star Trek even when it is not good. However, being brutally honest, while the 2nd season is better than the first, it still is not that great. The 3rd season is far better with the introduction of the Xindi race who try to build a machine to destroy earth based on another races prophecy (or manipulation).
Get the 2nd season to have a complete set -- also because the show is cancelled, so there will be some nostalgia there ... but don't expect the depth of TNG or DS9. I'm sure that is why the show was cancelled. Shameful but true.
26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2005
First off let me say that I am a huge Trek fan. I loved TOS, and thought TNG was a bit too cerebral; not enough phaser fire and maneuvering for my taste. When DS9 came out they completely lost me until Voyager. Even though Voyager had some strange characters, for instance the clown fish Neelix, I really could not miss it. They ended it in the right way too. Then Enterprise. They picked my favorite actor to play Captain Archer, and the crew was OK too. Some of my favorite episodes came in the second season: Carbon Creek, DeadStop, Regeneration were among them. Unfortunately someone got nervous about the writing which was getting better with each episode and came up with that season long battle to save Earth from the Xindi in year three.
Year two featured my favorite Episode. It was called Deadstop. THe crippled Enterprise, far from home, needed help to be able to get back to warp drive over Warp 2. Like magic a "Repair Station" appears and conforms itself to fit the ship and account for the crews taste in food and enjoyment. All for the price of a little warp plasma? Archer senses this is too good too be true and he is right when his helmsman is killed in an "accident." You'll have to watch the story to see how it turns out.
-Enterprise- A show just not given enough time. In a day when reality rules apparently there is just not enough money to put quality Sci-Fi on network TV anymore. What a shame that Enterprise was cancelled. jetsax
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Star Trek "Enterprise" is my favorite incarnation of the Star Trek franchise, although I love them all. Enterprise features a cooler looking ship, more realistic weapons and equipment, and a connection with the present day (it is only about 150 years in the future) all of which I find make this series really appealing.
The second season of Enterprise features mostly excellent episodes that showcase the excellent acting abilities and good chemistry of the cast. Captain Archer really becomes the captain by this second season, and the characters of the other main cast are nicely developed as well. T'Pol's role as science officer becomes nicely complex, as she struggles with her divided feelings toward the illogical and brash humans, who nevertheless surprise her with their achievements and unexpected abilities to cope with problems. Dr. Phlox is simply fabulous. Trip, Travis, Hoshi, and the rest of the "Senior Staff" all develop well in this second season.
There are some really fine episodes in this second season. A couple of my favorites are Carbon Creek and Cogenitor. Both of these were panned by critics, but I found them to be insightful and moving stories. Go figure. How anyone who likes Star Trek could fail to enjoy Carbon Creek (the story of an early accidental visit to Earth by a Vulcan survey team) is simply beyond me. The interactions between the Vulcans and Earthmen in this episode (really a story about how a small 1950s American town is perceived by the highly technological Vulcans) is first-rate. Cogenitor deals with the Enterprise's encounter with a three-sexed race of beings who are more advanced technologically than Earthmen, but who harbor, from a human point of view, downright inhumane attitudes towards their third sex. Problem is, it is not clear that the human point of view should predominate, and therein lies an excellent story. Some very good acting in this episode, in my opinion, particularly in the ending scenes between Trip and Archer.
Star Trek purists have criticized Enterprise for not hewing perfectly to the overall Star Trek history, and this is a valid criticism. I found that once I got past this issue, the Enterprise series nonetheless is great entertainment and it is a shame that Enterprise only went for 4 seasons. One of the best things about this series is that here, space and alien civilizations are new, the technology of the Enterprise is somewhat untested. This gives a freshness and sense of wonder to the series that the otherwise excellent Next Generation Star Trek, in particular, lacked. (There, in my opinion, space was too well-travelled, the alien races too familiar.)
One thing that I did not care for in this series was the repeated use of the time travel theme. In my opinion the wonders of interstellar travel should provide an infinite amount of thematic material, and there is no need to resort to implausible time travel scenarios. What could be more interesting than the findings of Earth's first deep space interstellar spacecraft? There is no need for time travel stories, and I would have been happier had the series omitted altogether the "Temporal Cold War" theme.
Overall, the second season of Enterprise sees the series approach its very excellent potential. This is a must have for all of us Star Trek lovers and will provide hours of enjoyable viewing.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2006
I really loved this season. Like many of the other reviewers I could go over each episode. However, I am not going to do that because there is more to this show during season two than several episodes. The character developement was really good, you could see the chemistry between the actors. Captain Archer was excellent and he made me think of the cowboy american mentality. Its like what Captain Picard said to spock about cowboy diplomacy. This show really seemed to represent what I think our initial mentality would be about space. Niave and eager to explore and make freinds. In the first season I didn't really feel a connection to the storylines or characters but during this season I could not get away from it. I would recomend this show to any sci-fi fan.
21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2005
Science Fiction TV shows are a mixed bunch, ranging from brilliant (Stargate SG1) to lackluster (Battlestar Galactica) So I wasn't sure what Star Trek Enterprise would be like when I first tuned in to watch that first episode. Coming off of "Star Trek: Voyager," it had a lot it had to live up to. When I tuned in that first night, I was staggered at how well the show was crafted and put collectively. We really enjoyed everything about the series; the cast of characters, the ship's design, and the caliber of actors involved. I knew right away that this development would be "must-see" TV for me, and a supplementary superior Star Trek series.
Enterprise quickly became one of my favorites out of the Star Trek series. I was surprised to find that I enjoyed it more than "Deep Space 9" and "Voyager". Everything from the plots, the excellent array of characters and excellent acting has made me really enjoy the show. The music in particular, is fantastically adapted to suit the show's specific tone. David Barrett and Jim Charlston's strong directing make the action scenes frenetic and electrifying. The A-list cast, (especially Scott Bakula as Cap. Jonathan Archer) convince in their roles. If the show has a flaw, it's the sometimes unconvincing special effects. But the stories are so well-written it's impossible not to get engrossed in the action. When Season 3 rolled around, I was absolutely astounded to see how much Enterprise had bettered over my already massive admiration for the show. I was exceptionally pleased when they gave the show the added "Star Trek" to the title. It had more than earned that title. The Xindi, T'Pol's new look, and the addition of the MACOs to the crew were all excellent ways to make the show even better. One of my favorite Trek shows, it is certainly one of the most thrilling. Gene Roddenberry would approve.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Although it wasn't a perfect season, the second year of "Enterprise" found the show experimenting, visiting more traditional Trek story territory and developing a new story arc for season three tracking down an alien race called the Xindi in a portion of the galaxy called the Expanse. While the middle of the season sagged with predictable episodes that fell into the typical Voyager category of alien of the week type episodes, the end of the season picked up the momentum established at the beginning of season two. The best episodes offered a lot of promise that would pay off with seasons three and four.
Season two started off with a bang with the second part of "Shockwave". We discover that Earth is toast and Archer is trapped 900 years in the future by crewman Daniels a plant from the future who was sent to Enterprise to prevent elements of the Temporal Cold War from altering the future. Archer must try and find a way back though as Daniel's future has been destroyed along with the time traveling device that allowed he and Archer to be wisked away to future Earth.
"Carbon Creek" documents the "true" first contact between Vulcans and humans. A Vulcan survey ship crashlands on Earth in 1950's America with T'pol's grandmother as the surviving commander. They must blend in and become part of the small town they've crashed near if they are to survive as they aren't sure that their distress call has been received.
"Minefield" is a bottle show with some truly clever visual effects and tense direction. Lt. Reed (Dominic Keating)must remove a cloaked mine that has attached itself to Enteprise when they accidently enter a Romulan minefield.
In "Dead Stop" Archer discovers he has a high price to pay for repairs and upgrades to the Enterprise made at a automated dry dock. The repairs are marvelous and take less time than Starfleet could do them in but there's a horrible price tag attached he's unaware of.
"Singularity" plays like a thematic variation on "The Naked Time" when the Enterprise crew begins displaying obsessive-compulsive behavior that puts the crew in danger as they near a Singularity in a trinary star system.
In "Future Tense" the Enterprise crew discovers a spaceship from the future which both the Tholians and Suliban claim as their own. The ship is taken aboard Enterprise but begins having a nasty effect on the crew and ship.
"Cease Fire" introduces the Andorians again when Archer is called in to mediate a dispute between the Andorians and the Vulcans over a planet no bigger than Earth's moon. It seems both lay claim to it and both believe it provides a strategic advantage. When a battle breaks out over the planet, Enterprise finds itself right in the middle of it all.
"Regeneration" lived up to its title as the script caused controversey. It seems that the remains of the Borg Sphere from "First Contact" are discovered in the Arctic by a Starfleet crew. When the Borg are revived Archer and Enterprise are recalled to help prevent the Borg from causing the assimilation of Earth. This clever episode does a nice job of tying both "The Next Generation" together with Enterprise. It's a interesting, well written episode that is also very
One of the finest episodes recounts how Archer was involved in testing his father's warp engine design, the competition between him and another pilot (a marvelous turn by Robert Carradine) to fly it and to become captain of Enterprise. It's a great episode that captures Trek at its finest and ranks among the best the series produced.
"The Expanse" sets the stage for the third season. An alien probe comes to Earth destroys a huge area from Florida to South America. The Suliban summon Archer to offer help; it seems the Xindi have, somehow, found out that humanity will destroy them in the future. The probe was a test to see if their weapon could destroy humanity. Archer and his crew are sent into the Expanse an area of the galaxy that can drive people mad to track down the Xindi and prevent them from launching a much larger version. Taking along a crew of Marines to help Enteprirse and her crew will up the tension during season three.
While season two wasn't perfect (the 8 episodes I highlighted were among the best with others ranging from good to poor), it had more than enough strong episodes to make "Enterprise" worth a look. The real treat here, though, are some of the extras included deleted scenes, four commentary tracks (two text, two audio), a very funny gag reel with flubs, two strong featurettes on Levar Burton (who directed a number of "Trek" and "Enterprise" episodes) and Jolene Blalock. There's also a glimpse behind the curtain with "Inside 'A Night in Sickbay'", photo galleries and a number of very cool Easter eggs.
Once again the packaging is very nice with a hardplastic outercase to protect the DVDs (which are on plastic DVD holders like those used for the "DS9" and "Voyager" series). We also get a booklet with a synopsis of each episode which is great for people like me who can't remember which episodes are which. All in all, a fine job from Paramount. While you're paying a premium for this series, you're also getting terrific transfers (although the digital artifacts for "Cease Fire" were awful and numerous)and some terrific extras.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2005
Star Trek Enterprise is one of the greatest television shows ever produced! Is it the best Star Trek series of all time? Probably not. However, every Star Trek series does not have to be the best ever to be great. The same is true of every season of Star Trek. I believe season two is the weakest season of Enterprise. However, it is far superior to season 1 of TNG, or season 2 of Voyager. In fact this series and even this season has some real gems. "Minefield" gives us the first taste of the Romulans. "Dead Stop" gives us a great eerie, computer controlled, alien space station. "Stigma" is one of the greatest prejudice episodes yet written. This episode blows the original series episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" out of the water. "Cease Fire" is as good as any episode in the Andorian story arc. The Andorian story arc and the development of the Shran character is truely one of the best stories in all of Trek. "Cogenitor" was another blow you out of the water episode about imposing one's morals on other cultures. "Regeneration" was a cool episode that brought the Borg to Enterprise with minimal continuity issues. Finally, "The Expanse" kicked off the Xindi story arc, one of the most compelling in Star Trek history. Give Enterprise a chance. It is great stuff!