if you like star trek but didnt like enterprise then watch this and you just might change your mind. BionicBob did a fine job joining these 3 episodes into a movie. i liked enterprise for what it was but hated the opening song and the way the show ended. this is fun to watch without sitting thru all the bs of 4 seasons.
When it comes to Trek edits, BionicBob has always been your go-to faneditor and his take on the last Trek series, Enterprise, is no exception.
I actually remember watching Enterprise through all of its' somewhat inconsistent 4 seasons. On the whole I enjoyed what I say, even if it's arguably the weakest Trek series along with Deep Space Nine (IMHO) and certainly has the worst theme tune of any sci-fi series I can think of. However, it also has the distinction of boasting one of the worst series finale's ever, which came across more as a Next Gen episode guest starring members of the Enterprise series. It was a like a real smack in the face to the people who stuck with the show through thick and thin.
However, despite this, there were some great moments in Enterprise. One of these was undoubtedly the 3 episodes from the entertaining final season, which covered Dr. Arik Soong and his genetically engineered race of super-beings, The Augments. I remember this story being exciting and gripping in its original form, so I was greatly intrigued to see how much fat Bob would be able to trim from an already top-notch piece of space adventure.
The fact that 40 mins is cut, well you just don't notice it at all. The story still binds together nicely, and what's more, is even more entertaining as one feature length film. It reminds me of similar work carried out on some of the official Doctor Who releases from the classic series, whereby they condense 4 episodes into one feature length film version. If anything Bob takes this to another level here. Needless subplots are cast aside, the story feels more focused on Dr Soong and the augments, and best of all Enterprise finally has an opening credits sequence with an excellent theme tune. Can I ask that you now go through each episode and add your opening credits please Bob? Thanks. ;)
The use of TOS footage from Space Seed also works very effectively, particularly as the Augments make reference to the great Khan. A nice, fitting touch.
All in all brilliant work. Just one note - the volume for the new theme tune during the opening credits is noticeably quieter than the rest of the edit. Shame, as unless you turn it up, it does lessen its' undeniable impact somewhat.
Also, big kudos for going to the trouble of creating the alternate history timeline in "The Eugenics Wars". I sat there watching it, convinced it was true.
BionicBob has hit another one out of the park. I love Star Trek, and was one of the minority that enjoyed Enterprise. BionicBob took one of my favorite story arcs and trimmed it down into a very neat package.
A/V was excellent. The editing was perfect, I honestly couldn't tell where the edits were. The story was outstanding, and it was fairly well self-contained. I feel that someone unfamiliar with Enterprise, or even Star Trek, could watch this and have a pretty good idea of what was going on. Especially if they watched the AMAZING Eugenics Wars timeline that BionicBob created and added to the disc.
Wrath of the Augments reflects very solid craftsmanship, typical of BBob.
The menu design was nice, and I cannot stress how enjoyable the "bonus", The Eugenics Wars, was. A lot of thought went into that.
Moreover, that little bonus was a sad reminder of what went badly for the franchise. While the moppets helming latter day TrekWorldFor were locked in doctrine, BBob, on the other hand was fearless and inventive. Kudos!
The audio editing was top notch. The opening credits were a hundredfold improvement over the original, warbling song that made me cringe every time I heard it.
The video editing was fairly seamless, a jump cut caused me to hit the REWIND button. I never lost track of the narrative, however.
For the TrekWorld faithful, those who like alien species, especially green skinned aliens, I can safely say they will enjoy this. Many elements and echoes of the ST canon got added into Season 4 of Enterprise.
Trekkies, go check this out.
A fun watch that almost get's to the heart of what enterprise should of been in the beginning.
This was some of the best story telling in the enterprise series, and definitely one that deserved to be put together in this fashion.
Does it have its flaws, yes.. (AS stated by others)... But no big deal, its a great little stand alone piece if you just want to watch something Star Trek, and especially something from Enterprise.
An enjoyable watch by everyone's favorite Bionic Editor, and recommended for Trekkie's to check out.