Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 15 - Star Trek (Part 1) - Enterprise Season 1

"Imagine it. Thousands of inhabited 
planets at our fingertips.
And we'll be able to explore those 
strange new worlds... and seek out new 
life and new civilizations.
This engine will let us go boldly... 
where no man has gone before."
- Zefram Cochrane

Some say that ENTERPRISE was the worse Star Trek series to ever fly the universe. I say that they're only 1/19th right. In actuality Star Trek Enterprise is an incredibly innovative series, since it tried to capture the feeling of the old series whilst bringing in it's own kind of story telling, but it didn't quite work. Since the series worked too much to try and copy the feel of the old shows before it started to try and build it's own style, this is most likely what killed the series by season 4. The official overview of the series is:

"Set in the 22nd century, a hundred years before James T. Kirk helmed the famous starship of the same name, ENTERPRISE takes place in an era when interstellar travel is still in its infancy. Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) has assembled a crew of brave explorers to chart the galaxy on a revolutionary spacecraft: Enterprise NX-01. As the first human beings to venture into deep space, these pioneers will experience the wonder and mystery of the final frontier as they seek out new life and new civilizations."

Scott Bakula - Captain Jonathan Archer:
Bakula did a great job in his role of the Captain, and you don't even realize how good he is until you go watch him in something else (Chuck for instance, review pending). Some say his character just fills out the standard archetypes of Star Trek, but he really doesn't. Since was Kirk willing to stay behind and fight off the "bad guys" while the whole place is coming down around him? Not in the original series at any rate.

(I'll be putting in more character reviews with each season review to come).

In the first season, like MANY shows that have been done, it was scrambling to try and find it's balance. But of course, it didn't come out that great. I would recommend the first season of Enterprise, just as a set up for the final two season. Because in my opinion that is when it truly found it's own balance, began to build it's own mythology and character interactions. 

You can most likely find the episodes floating around on youtube, scattered episodes on Hulu, and the entire series on iTunes & Amazon (Where you'd get the best quality of course).

Go check it out! The last two season are well worth the wait.

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