Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Pegasus
- Sickbay scene removed from TNG episode.
- End speech scene has been removed from ENT episode to match TNG episode continuity.
- FX shots of the Enterprise have been mixed up to prevent immediate recognition of footage source.
The Pegasus is, for me, one of the few choice highlights from the end of the Next Generation's run, and These Are The Voyages is a much derided, despised and in some instances disregarded end to the Star Trek franchise's renascence phase from 1987 through to 2005. The linking of this TNG episode with the end of a curtailed four year prequel to the foundation of the federation remains an odd one...surely there are better episodes, but the, perhaps it was fitting something so run-of-the-mill see off an otherwise unspectacular series.
The edits are fine, picture and audio quality is of a high standard, and the idea to merge the episodes together is a noble one, but it perhaps would have been better to "pick and choose" pieces of the narrative to keep to make the final outing for Enterprise less bleak and outright depressing...the stakes are considerably high in the TNG episode that is framed around the Enterprise segments, but it would have been nice to have avoided Trip's death entirely. Something like this could have been very easily helped. As such it was a drain to have to experience that shlock shock value moment again in order to reach the crux of Riker's dilemma back on his own ship.
It's a well edited story, the episodes compliment each other well, and shows the creative team left no margin for error. As an experiment in comparison and contrast it's a nifty essay, but as a Star Trek episode it could have done with a much lighter touch.
One wonders what was going through the minds of the producers of Star Trek: Enterprise when they decided upon the series finale for the show. Rather than give the show a proper send-off, they wrote a paraquel to a rather forgettable episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, with the cast of Enterprise relegated to holodeck playthings of Commander Riker. It was a colossally dumb idea, and pretty much everyone involved with the production hated it.
Out of this most rancid of lemons, Neuros has concocted lemonade as best he can. Mashing up the two episodes makes Riker's excursions into the holodeck almost sensical. The story actually flows better than I would have expected, given that over a decade of real time has passed between the two. Despite the misguidedness of the Enterprise production, the producers and writers did their homework, and there aren't any glaring continuity glitches between the productions.
Indeed, Neuros has almost done the impossible -- he has breathed new life into the worst Enterprise episode, and making it if not welcome, at least a tolerable addition to the canon. If one was to binge all of Star Trek (a formidable task), ending Enterprise with Terra Prime and watching Neuros' edit rather than the broadcast version of The Pegasus would not be a bad thing.
The audio and video quality for the edit is perfect. The 720p presentation is nice and clear. However, Enterprise was filmed in 16:9 format, while TNG was 4:3. Neuros chose to crop Enterprise to 4:3, which is a sensible choice, but it does mean that you sometimes get people with their heads cut, and in one case where both people talking were at the edge of the 16:9 frame, and so you pretty much only see the set in between. A bit of pan&scan would have helped. A more dramatic attempt would be to crop both shows to 14:9, with care taken in every scene to have proper framing.
I would recommend this edit for any fans of the Star Trek Universe, and in particular Enterprise fans who felt completely let down by the finale. Having the two shows integrated as well as Neuros has done redeems the damage that the producers did to Enterprise.