Star Trek Enterprise - The Complete Third Season
|Additional DVD options||Edition||Discs||
|New from||Used from|
|Watch Instantly with||Per Episode||Buy Season|
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers who bought this item also bought
After a surprise attack on Earth leaves over seven million people dead, Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) and the crew of the Enterprise swear to find those responsible - the Xindi. Taking off into the uncharted region known as the Delphic Expanse, the crew of the Enterprise must hunt down the Xindi and stop them from enacting their ultimate plan: the total destruction of humanity. Along the way they travel to the year 2004 to prevent a bioweapon attack, fend off the mysterious Sphere-Builders, and even meet their own descendants due to a wormhole mishap - all leading up to a desperate race back to Earth to prevent its destruction.
Described by series cocreator Brannon Braga as "a single episode that lasts 24 hours," the third season of Star Trek: Enterprise is arguably the best in the show's four-season run. With the epic "Xindi saga" as the season's primary story arc, the series found its tonal focus in the unpredictable space of the Delphic Expanse, where alien encounters and matter-warping spatial anomalies forced Capt. Archer (Scott Bakula) to make extreme decisions that tested his ethical boundaries. Realizing the need for a fresh viewpoint, Braga and cocreator Rick Berman hired Manny Coto, a TV veteran who conceived or wrote several of the season's finest episodes (not forgetting Mike Sussman and other members of the series' first-rate writing staff). Coto's involvement was instrumental in shaping the Xindi saga, which began (with season 2's cliffhanger) when Earth was attacked by a Xindi probe--a massive weapon which Archer must now destroy. This vital mission dominates season 3, deriving its potent drama from an impressive variety of characters and subplots focused on the five-species Xindi council, which finds its voice of reason in Primate member Degra (season regular Randy Oglesby) and rancor in the Reptilian Commander (Scott MacDonald), pivotal characters whose fates will be tragically intertwined.
Despite lower ratings and budgetary cutbacks (as evident in several ship-bound episodes with minimal casting), season 3 was equally strong as a showcase for the Enterprise regulars, with plenty of fan speculation rising from the sexy and soothing Vulcan "neuro-pressure" sessions between the insomniac Tucker (Connor Trinneer, better than ever) and T'Pol, whose hidden addiction to a toxic compound allows Jolene Blalock to mine the volatile depths of her character (who now sports a more appealing hairstyle and wardrobe). Meanwhile, security chief Reed (Dominick Keating) engages in heated competition with Major Hayes (reliable guest Steven Culp, from the first season of Desperate Housewives), the leader of NX-01's Military Assault Command Operation (or MACO), which Reed views with territorial suspicion. And while Enterprise still fumbled to develop the characters of Hoshi (Linda Park) and Travis (Anthony Montgomery), John Billingsley continued to bring clutch-player excellence to his role as Dr. Phlox in several highlight episodes including "Doctor's Orders" and "Similitude," the latter featuring equally strong work by Trinneer in an ethically complex (and fan-favorite) examination of the cloning--a typical example of Star Trek at its best.
The alternate timeline of "Twilight" also honors the classic Trek tradition, while "Harbinger" reveals the existence of the trans-dimensional Sphere Builders, whose moon-sized creations affect Enterprise throughout its season-long mission. Finally, the crucial appearances of blue-skinned Andorian Shran (Jeffrey Combs) bring both suspense and comic relief to the season's grim proceedings, adding depth and tentative alliance to Enterprise's pre-Federation politics--a crucial element that assumes greater importance with the jaw-dropping cliffhanger of "Zero Hour" and the surprises in store for season 4, which will bring Enterprise ever closer to the original Star Trek timeline.
Gathered on disc 7, the season 3 bonus features for Enterprise are consistent with features on seasons 1 and 2: Identical in presentation but different in content. The "Xindi Saga" featurette summarizes the creative and practical decisions that resulted in the season-long story arc; "Enterprise Profile" acknowledges the popularity of "Trip" Tucker and Connor Trinneer's successful effort to transcend the character's "hayseed" image; and "A Day in the Life of a Director" finds Roxann Dawson (aka B'Elanna Torres from Voyager) well in control as she helms the episode "Exile." As with previous DVD sets, three more "NX-01" files are hidden as "Easter eggs" on the Special Features menus, and they include further appreciations of the Enterprise writers, the work of costume designer Robert Blackman, and John Billingsley's hilarious anecdote about Phlox's prodigious sexual endowment(s). The outtakes are amusing but all too brief, perhaps owing to the higher stakes (and lower ratings) of a dramatically serious season. --Jeff Shannon
- 24 episodes on seven discs
- The Xindi Saga Begins
- Star Trek Enterprisemoments: Season 3
- Star Trek Enterprise profile: Connor Trinneer
- A Day in the Life of a Director: Roxann Dawson
- Deleted scenes, outtakes, and photo gallery
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Showing 1-5 of 1,288 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The Xindi storyline was bold. Having five distinct species on the same planet all develop intelligence simultaneously provided the writers with a lot of different material to work with. A year-long mission to save Earth and humanity from extinction, forcing the characters into pressure-cooker situations ... really gave the show the raw edge I think it was supposed to have from the very beginning. We were able to experience the darker facets of the characters' emotions as they pretty much unraveled. Many folks did not like the inclusion of the Temporal Cold War (at all) into the Xindi Arc. Personally I loved the Temporal Cold War story, and it made perfect sense in this season. Considering the NX-01 hadn't traveled very far it had to be explained how and why this crew could counter enter the Delphic Expanse, yet have the expanse not exist in the 24th century. It explained the existence of the Suliban, the Sphere Builders, why the Expanse no longer existed in the time of TNG, DS9, and VOY.
Like the previous Blu-ray Trek releases, this season contains the Season Three DVD special features. It also contains four newly-produced documentaries. Three parts are sectioned off into a doc called "In A Time Of War," which features the actors, the writing staff, some members of the production staff, Brannon Braga and Rick Berman all discussing the creation, implementation, and consequence of the direction Season Three took. I always enjoy these documentaries, whether on the ENT or TNG sets (and I look forward to them on the future DS9 and VOY sets), because I enjoy hearing the points-of-view of everyone involved in the creation process. The recollections are always fascinating. The final documentary is called "Temporal Cold War Declassified." This doc explores the concepts behind the temporal cold war storyline, possible reasons it wasn't as well received as it could have/should have been, and like the other docs features interviews with cast and creators.
As always the remastering quality of these sets is fantastic; Season Three of 'Enterprise' is no exception.
Although I will admit that "commander Shran" is one of my favorite characters and the story line would be so much more dull without his character.
Yes; I do think the show was cancelled far to early and I would have wanted it to last until season 7; but whatever. All in all a good third season.
Although the aliens are getting a little cheesy and the plot aging rapidly, they still throw in some gems and interesting twists. Often the secondary story going on in the background is more interesting than the actual adventure. Raising an eyebrow I must say it's interesting how much the Vulcans changed during the next 400 years. Just saying.
I heartily recommend STE to all, and can only ask, "Where have your gone, Jolene Blalock? A nation turn's its lonely eyes to you. And, Linda Park too!)