TV Show Review – Star Trek: Enterprise, season 2

Star Trek: Enterprise, season 2
Courtesy of CBS & Paramount
Original Air Date: 2002
Release Date: August 20, 2013

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I have to confess that I never dreamed I would enjoy a Star Trek series as much as I did STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE. Sure, I’ve seen various incarnations of Star Trek in the past, including the original series with Kirk and Spock, the Next Generation with Picard, and even a few movies after that. But none of them struck a chord with me as much as Enterprise; this show is darker and grittier than its predecessors, which gives it a nice twist in a familiar universe.

If you are not familiar with STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of CBS:

Where no one has gone before! Beginning with season one’s epic cliffhanger, experience the adventures of the Enterprise NX-01 crew as Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) and his crew explore the far reaches of space long before the United Federation of Planets was formed. The crew is tested as Chief Engineer Charles “”Trip”” Tucker III (Connor Trinneer) is abducted while Science Officer T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) struggles with a life-threatening disease. Witness the real first contact of Humans and Vulcans, the return of a familiar Star Trek alien, and the origins of Archer’s early career – all leading up to the explosive finale.

Prior to watching this second season, I had to track down season one on Netflix and tear through it. It was not hard to do, either, because once I started watching it, I was hooked! This show has more spirit and heart than any Trek series before it.

STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE is set 100 years prior to the original Kirk missions, when humanity is just reaching out into the stars. For this reason, most everything is new, including the protocols for how humans interact with aliens and such. This is the primary draw for me, the true unknown and how we deal with it.

The series is done very well from a production standpoint. It looks great onscreen and no expense is spared when it comes to special effects; the aliens look original and the computer animation is tight. From a television standpoint, science-fiction doesn’t get much better than this.

Season two picks up right where one left off, and let me tell you: it’s intense. I will not divulge anything else, so as to not give anything away, but I was very pleased. In fact, I’m pleased with the whole season, and I am looking forward to watching the whole series.

STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE is a big win for me, and if you’re a fan of science-fiction, this will be a must-have. Be sure and check it out on Blu-ray, too…the sometimes low-picture quality on Netflix was disappointing, but seeing the show in HD is stunning. Not to mention the plethora of Special Features that come along with it. Regardless of what format you choose, though, I highly recommend giving this show a look.

MSB

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