On July 1st, most of the Star Trek series became available on Netflix streaming including The Original Series, The Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise. The thoughtfully written Deep Space Nine will be available on October 1st.
However, it appears the transporter is down on both Voyager and Enterprise. While both shows appear in the Netflix catalog, you cannot stream any of the episodes. This appears to only affect Netflix devices that use the HTML5 interface such as the Playstation3, Boxee and newer Blu-ray players and TVs. Devices such as the Apple TV have no problem playing Enterprise and Voyager (mind you there is some left over HTML tags in the description for Enterprise).
What is nice is that Netflix is streaming the remastered version of The Original Series in high definition and Dolby surround sound. We watched the episode, Balance of Terror, which involves the cat and mouse game between the Enterprise and a marauding Romulan ship. The exterior space scenes have all been tastefully redone with CGI. The shots of Romulan ship are much more realistic looking. The remastered audio is crystal clear. The colors are vibrant thanks to the fact that the original series was originally shot on 32mm film. The overacting is no different.
What’s also interesting is the order the episodes are listed in. The first episode is the original pilot, The Cage, which was never aired with The Original Series (network execs didn’t like it). It then appears the episodes are listed in their original airing order starting with The Man Trap. The reality is that you should really watch Where No Man Has Gone Before, the second pilot, first.
Hopefully, Netflix’s Scotty will get Voyager and Enterprise streaming again. In the meantime, you can start off with The Original Series and The Next Generation. Engage!