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Star Trek The Next Generation - The Complete Fifth Season (1992)

Patrick Stewart , Brent Spiner , Jonathan Frakes , Chip Chalmers  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis
  • Directors: Jonathan Frakes, Chip Chalmers, Cliff Bole, Corey Allen, David Carson
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 1183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063V8T
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,714 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Trek The Next Generation - The Complete Fifth Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Broadcast episodes of the entire fifth season (1991-92)
  • 26 episodes on 7 discs
  • Exclusive Star Trek: Nemesis mini CD-ROM
  • Featurettes: Mission Overview: Year Five (featuring highlights of the most memorable events occurring in Season 5, including Leonard Nimoy's guest appearance, "The Inner Light" episode, the return of Denise Crosby, and the passing of Gene Roddenberry; Departmental Briefing, Year Five: Production (Peter Lauritson discusses "The Inner Light," Michael Westmore recalls the creation of Patrick Stewart's old-age makeup, and writer Michael Pillar discusses "Time's Arrow"; Departmental Briefing, Year Five: Visual Effects (Dan Curry and Rob Legato discuss the challenges of creating meaningful visual effects for a weekly show); Memorable Missions: Year Five (members of the cast and crew recall their favorite episodes and scenes from Season 5); A Tribute to Gene Roddenberry (featuring interviews with Majel Barret Roddenberry, The Next Generation cast and crew, and Gene Roddenberry; also includes the dedication of the Gene Roddenberry Building)

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26 episodes on 7 discs: Redemption Part II, Darmok, Ensign Ro, Silicon Avatar, Disaster, The Game, Unification Part I, Unification Part II, A Matter of Time, New Ground, Hero Worship, Violations, The Masterpiece Society, Conundrum, Power Play, Ethics, The Outcast, Cause and Effect, The First Duty, Cost of Living, The Perfect Mate, Imaginary Friend, I, Borg, The Next Phase, The Inner Light, Time's Arrow Part I.

The fifth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation saw some of the very best of all 178 shows. "Darmok" had the feel of a "classic Trek" episode, dealing with language as metaphor. "The First Duty" challenged Wesley Crusher's loyalties. The season closer "Time's Arrow" (which concluded in year 6) ranks as one of the best TNG cliffhangers, and treats fans to canon-changing story lines and tons of in-jokes. Best of all was the painfully melancholy "The Inner Light," in which Picard experiences an alternate lifetime. There were great guest stars--Paul Winfield ("Darmok"), Ashley Judd ("The Game"), Kelsey Grammar ("Cause and Effect"), Famke Janssen ("The Perfect Mate"), and Jerry Hardin ("Time's Arrow")--and as always there were contributions from Q, Lwaxana, and Barclay, too.

After the confidence of the previous two years, however, year 5 often disappointed by not seeing a good idea through to the end. Denise Crosby was swept back under the carpet in the Klingon soap opener ("Redemption, Part II"). No one could make the prospect of Deep Space 9 attractive enough to Michelle Forbes, so her fantastic performance as Ensign Ro seems wasted in retrospect. And no one could reschedule Robin Williams to guest star, so we had Matt Frewer instead ("A Matter of Time"). Of all stories to use Leonard Nimoy in, "Unification" wallowed in Romulan politics instead of anything emotionally engaging. Gene Roddenberry wanted to introduce a gay character, but mere months after his death all we got was the trite "The Outcast." This was inarguably where the series weakened, without the Great Bird overseeing what was going on. Worst of all, his hard-as-nails bad guys the Borg were given a touchy-feely side in "I, Borg." Fans and critics now appreciate that the behind-the-scenes focus had shifted from The Next Generation to the next spinoff, and it would never fully return.

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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STNG Season Five - On cruise control! March 13, 2003
Season five in so many ways, is just an absolutely incredible season that is packed with stunning, thought provoking episodes. As one watched these shows aired for the first time or is working their way through the DVD's, the quality of the writing and the actors comfort with their characters just becomes better and better by the episode. The shows popularity is at an all time high during this season. This is evidenced by the high quality of the scripts and shows that deal with so many issues brilliantly. The one true oddity about the season is the lack of a "Q" episode due to the lack of a good script for the character. Of key interest is the fact that more and more of Hollywood's big names were inquiring about and or getting spots on the show. In my opinion, many of the series best episodes of its seven year run came from this season.
The following is a list with a synopsis of episodes that stand out among all of the great episodes of the season:
Redemption part II - The outstanding conclusion to season fours season ending cliffhanger. Introducing the return of Denise Crosby in the role of Commander Sela, Tasha Yar's daughter; this brings us back to the events of "Yesterdays Enterprise." Here we are treated to some of the best Klingon scenes of the entire series.
Darmok - Paul Winfield, better known in the Star Trek universe from Star Trek II, makes a guest appearance. This episode is quite intriguing in how Captain Picard and crew have to come up with a way to communicate with the Children of Tama, whose language is indecipherable, hopefully before Captain Picard gets killed.
Ensign Ro - The introduction of Michelle Forbes in the role of Ensign Ro Laren and the Bajoran people which will become quite prominent in Star Trek Deep Space Nine.
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161 of 176 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Season June 4, 2002
Redemption, Part II -- Believing the Romulans are behind a Klingon civil war, Picard involves Starfleet in the conflict. (Return of Denise Crosby as Sela formerly Tasha Yar)
Darmok -- Picard is forced into a dangerous encounter with the captain of an alien starship. (Stars Paul Winfield from Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan, The Terminator, and Cliffhanger. Also stars Ashley Judd from Heat, and High Crimes)
Ensign Ro -- The Enterprise crew becomes an unwitting pawn in a deadly conspiracy masterminded by a Starfleet admiral.
Silicon Avatar -- The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise risks all in an attempt to communicate with a destructive force known as the Crystalline Entity before a visiting scientist can destroy it.
Disaster -- Troi holds the lives of the crew in her hands when she is forced to act as captain after the Enterprise is seriously damaged by a rare, natural phenomenon.
The Game -- The fate of the Federation is in Wesley Crusher's hands when he returns to the Enterprise to find the rest of the crew addicted to a dangerous new game. (Stars Ashley Judd from Heat, and High Crimes)
Unification, Part I -- Picard and Data travel to Romulus to investigate an unauthorized mission undertaken by the Federation's legendary Mr. Spock. (Stars Mark Lenard from Star Trek movies, and Planet of the Apes. Also stars Leonard Nimoy from Star Trek movies, voice in Transformers: The Movie and Atlantis: The Lost Empire)
Unification, Part II -- Picard learns Spock's mission to Romulus involves a plan to reunify its people with the Vulcans. (Stars Denise Crosby as Sela formerly Tasha Yar. Also stars Leonard Nimoy from Star Trek movies, voice in Transformers: The Movie and Atlantis: The Lost Empire)
A Matter of Time -- The U.S.S.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of CBS' 2013 Blu-ray edition November 14, 2013
Since Amazon condenses the reviews of multiple formats into one pile, I hope this one stands out. It covers CBS/Paramount's new Blu-ray release of "Star Trek: The Next Generation"'s fifth season, NOT the earlier DVD release. I was able to get an advance copy from the studio and also used it to write a separate full-length review of this title, listed below.

Once again, CBS Video has produced a top tier Blu-ray release that "Star Trek: The Next Generation" fans will enjoy. Each and every episode has been re-scanned from the original camera negative, with the end result being much crisper and more detailed than the older DVD and broadcast versions which were shot on film but edited on videotape. The visual effects in many cases have been cleaned up or tastefully redone, and I'd be hard-pressed to complain about any of them. They're so good that casual fans of "TNG" might not even notice!

As for the episodes themselves, Season Five is home to some of "TNG"'s best moments, from the fan favorite episode "Inner Light" to the two-part "Unification" that guest stars Leonard Nimoy as Spock (and this two-parter is available as a separate Blu-ray release, too). Other notable episodes include "Power Play", "Darmok", "Cause and Effect" and many more, with only a handful of less impressive outings along the way. As with past Blu-ray releases, the top-notch restoration WILL amplify your enjoyment of the series: a lot of time, money and effort went into this show week after week during its original run and, in some cases, you'll see details you've never noticed before. Simply put, if you're a fan of "TNG" you'll want to check this out immediately.

As for the bonus features, they're mostly as good as the ones we've seen on past Blu-ray collections.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Season.
I believe that this was the series' best season. Not all of the episodes are great, but the percentage of good episodes to less than good was best during this season. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Lyndon Coggin
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
great series
Published 16 hours ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars like watching a color TV from back when the series ...
Season 5 is all HD but taxes memory capacity; Season 6 uses less bandwidth but the images are distinctly lower res... Read more
Published 21 hours ago by THOMAS DEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Video on demand is a great thing. This particular episode is fantastic
Video on demand is a great thing. This particular episode is fantastic. Not like any others.
Published 6 days ago by Scott Skowron
5.0 out of 5 stars Trek fans
My husband and I both really enjoy this show. The episodes are always so varied and we like the characterizations.
Published 6 days ago by Kathleen Rowland
5.0 out of 5 stars While some episodes naturally are better than others it is full of...
While some episodes naturally are better than others it is full of amazing imagination, conveys good principles, and is mind boggling at times. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Fuzzyshopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
On time
Published 8 days ago by Maurice D. Plough Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love it
Published 9 days ago by Kathie B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great horror movie.
Published 10 days ago by george
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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