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Star Trek Enterprise – The Complete Third Season


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C+     Episodes: B-



By 1993, the writing had to be on the wall.  Despite the ever-loyal fans, the entire Star Trek franchise was running out of steam.  It was out of ideas and especially out of heart, with the reference, to the reference, to the reference, to the reference, to the reference, to the reference, to the reference, to the reference, to the reference, to the reference, to the reference, to the reference, to the reference or that episode from thirty years ago had played out beyond belief.  Outside of those who bailed out, save those who got migraine headaches and brain hemorrhages, even the egghead high standards of what made the franchise appealing were gone.  Star Trek Enterprise – The Complete Third Season is a very weird experience as a result.


At this point, watching the show is like watching sequels to the 1968 Planet Of the Apes, where the make-up seems substandard, production design mixed and (as with the final Apes installment) tired, bored acting with bored actors.  At this point, the rest of the cast had caught up to (or slowed down to) Scott Bakula as Jonathan Archer.  Big mistake.  To repeat, I wondered if a different actor could have done better and even if one could have, it ultimately would not have made any difference to the fate of the franchise.  Now with the rest of the cast slacking and/or being given bad teleplays, it was either replace the whole cast, start a new show, or cancel this one and fold the franchise.  The latter happened.


The episodes over the seven DVDs are as follows, with shows offering deleted scenes marked by an *, deleted scenes with an @ and text commentary by Michael & Denise Okuda marked with an #:


1)     The Xindt #

2)     Anomaly

3)     Extinction

4)     Rajiin

5)     Impulse #

6)     Exile

7)     The Shipment

8)     Twilight

9)     North Star *

10)  Similitude *#

11)  Harbinger

12)  Doctor’s Orders

13)  Hatchery

14)  Azati Prime

15)  Damage

16)  The Forgotten

17)  E2 [squared] @

18)  The Council

19)  Countdown #

20)  Zero Hour



As for the performance of the shows on disc, the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1/16 X 9 image on all the shows are again consistent, but are not the best transfers we have seen from any of the series boxes this time.  Not only is the color no match for the better episodes of the original 1960s series, reviewed elsewhere on this site, but the strangest new development this time is that the digital effects are clearer than the footage shot with the actors, which is very annoying and was not a problem with the last two sets.  The digital visual effects are still also better than the usually bad and sloppy work we are seeing all over the place.  The Dolby Digital sound is available in 2.0 Stereo with Pro Logic surround and a somewhat better 5.1 mix, which may not be the epitome of 5.1 mixes, but is not bad and the preferred track choice here.


Extras this time include the deleted scenes, text commentary and audio commentary as noted.  DVD 7 also offers The Xindt Saga Begins featurette, Secrets and Moments for this season, a Connor Trinneer profile, Roxann Dawson director profile, photo gallery and outtakes.  That is fewer extras than the last two sets, falling short for this set at these high prices, so fans should brace themselves for that.  The packaging is still top-rate, helping to justify that price tag outside of the content limits.  Otherwise, The Complete Third Season is for diehard fans only.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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