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If you love Diane Warren rock ballads, then this is the Star Trek set for you....
Paramount / 1149 Minutes / 2001-2002 / Unrated / Street Date: March 26, 2013
Even for suckers of all things Star Trek, Enterprise was a tough sell from the beginning. J.J. Abrams and crew were able to go back to the early days of Starfleet with a far more successful venture (how good is that latest trailer?) – in fact, those new Star Trek films all but render Enterprise obsolete. I know it’s a set of stories that takes place long before Kirk and Spock were around, but on this Season One set, the show manifests a clunky set of growing pains that I don’t know it ever grew out of.
Part of it is that damned opening song. Diane Warren has proven herself again and again as the queen of sturdy rock ballads, but “Where My Heart Will Take Me” – the tune that kicks off every episode here – is a dud: why not just stick with new editions of Star Trek orchestral music? It’s a nitpick, I know, but it’s this kind of veering away from Star Trek normalcy that would trip Enterprise up – somehow the thing made it through four seasons, but I doubt even capable high-def releases like this one will spark much interest in a fresh revisitation of the show.
Jonathan Archer (played with gruff seriousness by TV mainstay Scott Bakula) is a fine lead character, and the professionals he populates his bridge with have the pedigrees of strong Star Trek participants, but Star Trek: Enterprise is a swing and a miss as far as this Season One compilation is concerned. Paramount has proven in recent years that it has nothing but love for all things Star Trek on Blu-ray, and this edition definitely comes with some impressive high-def material, but Enterprise just doesn’t hold up to the high standards set by its predecessors.