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25 episodes on 7 discs: Encounter at Farpoint, The Naked Now, Code of Honor, The Last Outpost, Where No One Has Gone Before, Lonely Among Us, Justice, The Battle, Hide and Q, Haven, The Big Goodbye, Datalore, Angel One, 11001001, Too Short a Season, When the Bough Breaks, Home Soil, Coming of Age, Heart of Glory, The Arsenal of Freedom, Symbiosis, Skin of Evil, We'll Always Have Paris, Conspiracy, The Neutral Zone. Four new exclusive featurettes: "The Beginning" (the genesis of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Gene Roddenberry's vision), "Selected Crew Analysis" (first-season cast members discuss their roles), "Making of a Legend" (first-season production staff reminisce about their favorite episodes), "Memorable Missions" (cast and crew discuss key episodes and events of the first season).
Warping into syndication in 1987, Star Trek: The Next Generation successfully launched its seven-season "continuing mission" of the starship Enterprise, and this classy DVD boxed set gathers the show's inaugural season in crisp picture clarity and dazzling 5.1-channel sound. A ratings leader with a sharp ensemble cast, this revamped Trek honored series creator Gene Roddenberry's original Trek concept, nurtured by returning veterans like producer Robert H. Justman and writers D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold. Several first-season episodes have original-series counterparts, and while the season was awkwardly inconsistent for all involved (including Roddenberry's heir apparent, producer Rick Berman), in retrospect the series began on remarkably solid footing.
Patrick Stewart was perfect as Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard, while Marina Sirtis struggled with a wretched hair bun and an ill-defined character, eventually blessing Counselor Troi with delicate nuance. Denise Crosby made a strong but underutilized impression as Security Chief Tasha Yar, and left the series before season's end, allowing writers to develop Klingon Lieutenant Worf (Michael Dorn) into a fan favorite. Brent Spiner transcended Spock comparisons with his triumphant portrayal of the android Lieutenant Commander Data; and while Jonathan Frakes was accepted as First Officer Will Riker, fans ultimately rejected Wil Wheaton as ensign Wesley Crusher, the teenaged son of the ship's doctor (Gates McFadden). Still, these 25 episodes laid a firm foundation for subsequent seasons, and highlights include the Raymond Chandleresque "holo- novel" of "The Big Goodbye," Data's backstory in "Datalore," the Klingon rituals of "Heart of Glory," and a Romulan encounter in "The Neutral Zone." The DVD supplements (all on the seventh disc) are good enough to make anyone wish for more: four featurettes recall myriad first-season challenges, filled with insider perspective and enough NextGen trivia to satiate all but the most obsessive Trekkers back on Earth. Looking back, it's easy to see why NextGen lived long and prospered. --Jeff Shannon
Love the remastered hd version. The colors are so vibrant and wonderful.Published 4 days ago by Chad Peralta
Great stuff. Never had the time to watch it when it was on TV for the first time, but rating it here as entertainment from a while back that I largely missed, I am not going to... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Alan Smithee
The first season was probably the best when it came to story lines.Published 7 days ago by Joe Looper
Piccard for the win, no doubt. Sure as heck can't find a better version of the series for free streaming, if you own prime.Published 8 days ago by Ryan
love this series...I had watched the movie of this series and I could say it was pretty amazing!Published 9 days ago by bella locsin
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That is "The Inner Light", and it is at the end of Season 5.
Nov 21, 2008 by GarionOrb | See all 3 posts
|STNG: What if I only have 10 hours...||
skin of evil
hide and q
i like the whole season but the later seasons are better. season 3 is when things really get good.
Feb 12, 2010 by C. Rivers | See all 5 posts
|Star Trek: The Next Generation...Fan's want it on Blu-Ray!||
Blu-ray would be preferable, but I went and got the DVDs. The playing results on two different blu-ray players on Bravia TVs is poor -- the first episode had two gaps, and when people or ships move across the screen, it's jerky. Trying to discover whether this is because the original production... Read More
Jun 12, 2011 by Mickey | See all 2 posts
|Star Trek TNG: What's up w/prices?||
Paramount has always been greedy. At least you won't be paying over $100 for Season 7 like it was when the seasons first came out.
Nov 27, 2008 by ScoobyDooFan | See all 6 posts