Blu-ray Review: ‘Star Trek: Enterprise' Season One
Set more than 100 years before the adventures of James T. Kirk, the prequel “Enterprise” stars Scott Bakula as Capt. Jonathan Archer. This “Star Trek” series follows Earth's first, often-stumbling adventures into the stars, as technology and diplomacy haven't reached the levels seen in other “Star Trek” series.
Archer is joined by a Vulcan science officer, T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) and a folksy chief engineer, “Trip” Tucker (Conner Trineer).
Besides T'Pol, the only other alien on the voyage is the ship's doctor, Phlox (John Billingsley). The Denobulan doctor uses a variety of treatments, including leeches and eels; but his bedside manner and quick thinking make for one of the show's most compelling characters.
Communications officer Hoshi Sato (Linda Park), helmsman Travis Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery), and tactical officer Lt. Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating) rounded out the main cast.
The show played up the sexiness of its leads, but character moments were also important. In the episode “Shuttlepod One,” Trip and Malcolm are trapped on a shuttlepod and fear the Enterprise cannot reach them in time. How each of them deals with their own mortality provides compelling drama.
The series throughout takes on challenges faced by the NX-01 Enterprise as it dealt with tension among its allies and struggles with emerging technologies.