In the second season of the “Star Trek” prequel series “Enterprise,” the crew deals with the effects of increasing hostility toward humans. The season begins with Capt. Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) trapped in an altered 31st century after the events of the Season 1 cliffhanger.
This Temporal Cold War echoes throughout the season, with deadly consequences near season's end.
Another favorite episode from Season 2 is “Carbon Creek,” in which the Vulcans' secret first contact with Earth in the 1950s is explored.
For most episodes, the show is set more than 100 years before the adventures of James T. Kirk, as Earth takes its first adventures into the stars. But these humans are more rough-hewed and less diplomatic than later “Trek” officers would become.
Archer is joined by only two aliens: logical Vulcan science officer T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) and quirky ship's doctor Phlox (John Billingsley).
The rest of the cast are Earth natives: down-home chief engineer “Trip” Tucker (Conner Trineer); hesitant communications officer Hoshi Sato (Linda Park); self-effacing helmsman Travis Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery); and aggressive tactical officer Lt. Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating).
Despite the Vulcans' presence as official allies, Archer often comes into conflict with the Vulcan High Command; at one point, Archer must battle to keep his science officer on the ship.
The tension is ratcheted at season's end as a shocking attack on Earth threatens the species and alters the Enterprise's mission.
The Season 2 Blu-ray features multiple commentaries and behind-the-scenes featurettes; the episodes themselves are presented crisply and cleanly. “Enterprise” was the first “Trek” to be shot in HD, and the picture quality shows.
— Matthew Price