Star Trek the Next Generation Season Two
Although the new Star Trek movie is almost upon us... the classic Star
Trek franchise, especially The Next Generation still holds a special
place in my heart and may Trekkers from around the globe.. Unlike the dark
action-packed remake, Star Trek the Next Generation
was in line with the story of Gene Roddenberry and best of all, it had a
true connection with the original TV series.
With that said, Paramount have just released
Season Two of Star Trek the Next Generation that presents it in
brilliant 1080p high definition and digitally remastered 7.1 sound. Star
Trek the Next Generation has never looked and sounded this good! I'll
say it again, it's an awesome time to be a Star Trek fan!
from featuring amazing video and audio, this collection features all
22-episodes of season two and all good trekkers know that season two
featured the first appearance of the Borg thanks to Captain
Piccard's (Patrick Stewart) nemesis Q (John de Lancie). This was the
enemy that almost lead to the annihilation or assimilation of the
Although some of the episodes included in
this collection where not the best stories of the Star Trek universe,
there are still some amazing stories such as episode 8 (A Matter of
Honor) which saw Riker assigned to a Klingon Vessel in an exchange
program and episode 13 (Time
Squared) that sees Picard and the Enterprise caught in an eternal
Of course, the highlight of Season 2 is
episode 16 (Q Who) that is the catalyst to the Borg which almost assimilated
humanity in other episodes and the later movie when Q forces the Enterprise to
go 7,000 light-years away into Borg territory. It's filled with drama,
action and intrigue... classic Star Trek.
However as I watched each episode, I could
not help but be drawn back into this carefully crafted world of Star
Trek with its diverse characters such as Data (Brent Spinner), an
android who desperately wishes to become human and at times is the butt
of jokes on the Enterprise.
character is carefully written and more importantly, it is easy for the
viewer to relate to them, whether it's the warrior Klingon security
officer Worf (Michael Dorn) or telepath Counsellor Deanna Troi (Marina
Sirtis), all characters have their moment to shine.
Like I touched on before, being a Star Trek fan in 2012 is definitely
the highlight for any trekker as 2012 saw the digitally remastered season
one of Star Trek the Next Generation and just like season one, season
two looks amazing on Blu-ray. The good folks at Paramount have
painstakingly remastered the video and audio quality to almost make it
appear as the series was filmed today.
However due to
the budget of the TV series, at times things look a little bad because
the flaws can easily be seen now but overall, it is a great walk down
memory lane. Audio is equally as impressive thanks to the 7.1 DTS-HD
Master Audio which sounds phenomenal, especially the ambience of sound
effects coming from the Enterprise to the overall voice quality.
To compliment the video and audio, there
are a wealth of special features included in this release. From really
funny gag reels from the TV series to a never before seen extended episode of
Measure of Man, there's some great Easter Eggs to be found here.
Another highlight in the special features is the reunification episode
that is a great cast reunion of the actors who played these amazing
characters. My favourite special feature however is the audio commentary
of "Q Who", the episode that saw the first appearance of the Borg which
really goes into the dynamics of the story and the Borg themselves.
With so much to be found on this release,
it's very hard to fault it at all but just be warned that a few episodes
date a little on the poor side but for the majority, this is what Star
Trek is about and seeing it and hearing it in FULL HD is not to be
missed. Highly Recommended!