June 20, 2014

Star Trek: Enterprise: Season One

Star Trek: Enterprise, 2001-2002. A spaceship crew explores the galaxy.

Created by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga. Directed by Allan Kroeker (3 episodes), David Livingston (3), Mike Vejar (3), James Conway (2), LeVar Burton (2), Roxann Dawson (2), Terry Windell (1), Robert Duncan McNeill (1), Winrich Kolbe (1), James A. Contner (1), Les Landau (1), Rob Heddon (1), James Whitmore, Jr. (1), Jim Charleston (1), Patrick Norris (1), David Straiton (1), & Michael Dorn (1). Written by Berman (19 episodes), Braga (19), Mike Sussman (5), Phyllis Strong (5), Fred Dekker (3), Maria Jaquemetton (3), Andre Jaquemetton (3), Stephen Beck (2), André Bormanis (2), Chris Black (2), James Duff (1), Tim Finch (1), & Alan Cross (1). Starring Scott Bakula, with John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, Linda Park, & Connor Trinneer.

Concept: B
Story: D
Characters: About half the characters have interchangeable personalities, and it took most of the season just to be able to tell them apart. There's only seven of them, but 26 episodes later, I still don't think I could name them all. D
Dialog: D
Pacing: C
Cinematography: C
Special effects/design: When they use practical effects, they're often very good. C
Acting: D
Music: D
Enjoyment: There are two or three good episodes. And there are Andorians with animatronic antennae, which is wonderful. Other than that, it's all crap. Most of the cast are bad. There's almost no character writing to speak of (despite entire episodes that exist purely for character development). Most of the stories are painfully unimaginative, and those that aren't are too incompetently written to work. There was enormous potential with this show. The "right stuff" of the Star Trek universe, as its creators inaccurately describe it, would have been pretty damn cool. This is more like Scripts That Were Rejected By Voyager: The Show. D

GPA: 1.5/4

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