“It’s a superbly performed series, so much so that one wonders whether it’d have the same appeal if it were headed up by wooden, lacking bunch” – Clint Morris
Scott Bakula, Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, Jolene Blalock, Linda Park, John Billingsley, Anthony Montgomery
The crew of the long-journeying space vessel continue on their voyage of exploration and buddying-up with little lime men in the second series of “Enterprise”.
Same theme (yep, sorry fans, the Russell Watson ballad isn’t jazzed up until the next season of the series – but hurtle me with spuds, I like it), same mission, same fallen TV star calling the shots on the deck. Yep, no majors change for Part Deux of the Star Trek prequel – but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. (Hey you! – the Trekkie, sit down!).
For the not conversant – or merely those who don’t care to sit up until midnight when Channel 9 decides to screen it – “Enterprise”, set in the 22nd century, tells of the original expedition of the Starship enterprise, some hundred years before the king of the long pause – that’d be Captain James T.Kirk – stepped onto the bridge. Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula, forever remembered as time-jumping Sam on “Quantum Leap”) is our guide to the stars this time, and with him, an interesting, and dissimilar bunch of troops – the uppity Brit Malcolm (Dominic Keating), the genial, slightly amusing fix-it man Trip (Connor Trinneer), the busty Vulcan T’Pol (Jolene Blalock), Language expert Ensign Hoshi Sato (Linda Park), Ensign Travis Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery), and Dr. Phlox (John Billingsley), a hospitable Denobulan with a dandy sense of humour.
Though no real memorable episodes in tow – Season One had a couple of beauties, like the 42-minuter “Shuttlepod One” that had Malcolm and Trip stuck in a doomed shuttlepod together, awaiting their last breath – there’s still a bunch of entertaining moments in Season 2, kicking off with the conclusion to ‘Shockwave’, which ended the preceding season.
As with the first season, emphasis here seems to be on ‘character’ (especially evident in such episodes as “Minefield”, where Archer and Malcolm get to know each other a lot better than before, both stuck on the wing of the ship, with one facing a feasible bereavement), rather than special-effects laden action, and that’s why the show has seemingly pulled in a few new fans, like the chap typing the digits here. It’s a superbly performed series, so much so that one wonders whether it’d have the same appeal if it were headed up by wooden, lacking bunch. Thankfully, Paramount signed up the right men for the job, and we’re – Trekkies, Trekkers and Newcomers to the Space saga – ever so appreciative.
Typical of a “Star Trek” box-set release, there’s a smorgasbord of extras in tow. Highlights include “Enterprise Moments: Season Two” (pretty self-explanatory), a profile on the gorgeous extraterrestrial that is Jolene Blalock, a featurette on former “Next Gen” star turned “Enterprise” director Levar Burton, a bit on ‘secrets’ of the Enterprise, and another on ‘Sickbay’. There are also a few deleted scenes, some trailers, outtakes (personally, my favourite), and piccies of the crew.
Sign me up for another season.
Reviewer : Clint Morris