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Star Trek The Next Generation - Jean-Luc Picard Collection

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Special Features

  • Seven of the best Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes featuring Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard: The Big Goodbye, Sarek, Family, The Drumhead, Darmok, The Inner Light, Tapestry
  • From Here to Infinity: a documentary of space exploration hosted by Patrick Stewart

Product Details

  • Actors: LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden
  • Directors: LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Gabrielle Beaumont, Robert Becker, Cliff Bole
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023P4F6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,743 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Trek The Next Generation - Jean-Luc Picard Collection" on IMDb

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I remember when "Star Trek: The Next Generation" first premiered and "TV Guide" dismissed it as a show "that baldly goes" where one show, the original "Star Trek," had gone before. They even cracked a joke about the show needing "Spock plugs." Several years later "TV Guide" named Patrick Stewart as its television actor of the decade of the 1990s. So it is not surprising that there would be a "Star Trek: The New Generation - Jean-Luc Picard Collection." The question is whether they picked the right seven episodes for this DVD set. Clearly the only caveat is that two-part episodes are not in the running, which eliminates the two parts of "The Best of Both Worlds," "Chain of Command," and "All Good Things." The answer to the question is, yes, they did an excellent job of selecting these seven episodes:

"The Big Goodbye" (Written by Tracy Torme, Season 1: Episode 11) is the comic relief episode of the set, albeit by default. Captain Picard takes a break from the difficult preparations to give a proper greeting to the Jarada by doing a Dixon Hill holodeck adventure. Picard is joined by Data, Dr. Crusher, and the ship's historian, Whalen in the scenario set in 1941 San Francisco when the holodeck malfunctions trapping the quartet with the safety parameters off. Whalen is killed and Picard has to play the Dixon Hill role for real.

"Sarek" (Story by Marc Cushman and Jake Jacobs, Teleplay by Peter S. Beagle, Season 3: Episode 23) has the Vulcan ambassador on a mission to establish relations between the Federation and the Legaran.
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: Repackaging "Star Trek, The Next Generation" around certain characters seems like a sharp marketing move on Paramount's part. There are certain episodes that appeal to more casual fans. The first in this set focuses on the central character Captain Jean -Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) with seven episodes culled from the show's seven seasons. Although it might have made better sense to go with a season highlights release or putting out a third disc with three or four additional episodes, we get this repackaging experiment with seven episodes and a documentary entitled "From Here to Infinity".


The episodes selected are a curious lot. I certainly would have gone for some very different episodes than some of the ones included here. "The Big Goodbye" has Picard and his crew trapped in a detective holonovel that goes very, very wrong. "Sarek" focuses on the father of Spock. He's suffering from a form of dementia which manifests itself as strong emotions deflected into others. Picard must help him gain control. "Family" focuses on the aftermath of the two part episode "Best of Both Worlds" where the Borg attack the Enterprise. Picard decides to spent some time with his brother at the family vineyard in France. He and his brother rekindle a feud that has been going on for some time. The inclusion of this episode, while great, becomes meaningless without "Best of Both Worlds" parts 1 & 2.

In "The Drumhead" Picard serves with a well known Star Fleet admiral on a committee looking for disloyal members of his crew. This powerful episode reflects the McCarthy era witch hunt for communists. Picard is transported by an alien that uses metaphors to communicate of the Enterprise. They rematerialize on a world where the two must face an invisible foe.
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I cannot understand the attitude of collectors that call this set "double-dipping". After all,you don't have to buy it,do you? No-one is twisting any collectors arm.
If you are a non-collector that just wants a "best of" series then sets like this are fine.
For example,there maybe fans that don't want to buy the largely mediocre first season of Star Trek:The Next Generation,but do want the Peabody Award winning episode "The Big Goodbye" from that season which is on this set. If that is the case,then this set is ideal for them.
In fact,one of the things that has been neglected by studios is that "best of" sets would be a good idea for fans of TV shows that don't want all of the episodes. I think that would be a very good thing.
"Best of" sets do have their place for fans that don't want to waste money on bad Trek episodes like "The Way To Eden,Angel One,Q-Less,Bride Of Chaotica" and other stinkers from the various Star Trek shows. I could make a bigger list of the bad episodes,but this review would take up too many pages.
Wouldn't it be nice if fans could buy the best episodes on any television series on one DVD set? I think that would be a great idea that would be embraced by some buyers.
This set also has a non-Trek documentary narrated by Patrick Stewart called "From Here To Infinity" which makes a nice extra.
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For a Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) junkie like me, this sort of DVD collection is a rare and beautiful find indeed. For those who have appreciated TNG or even those who've found themselves curious about the follow up to the groundbreaking Star Trek of the sixties, this is a good buy as well. Containing seven episodes from the various seasons, the collection does a good job of showcasing the talents of the Shakespearean trained Patrick Stuart. Several of the episodes are among the best of the series: "Sarek," where we witness Picard struggling against the effects of his mind-meld with the Vulcan Ambassador and father to Spock; "The Drumhead," in which Picard must risk his career and reputation to derail an investigation turned witch-hunt on his own ship; "Darmok," another superb episode, during which Picard must communicate with a race whose language is based on cultural metaphors and mythology; "The Inner Light," one of the best TNG episodes according to TV Guide, follows Picard as he lives out an entire lifetime on a doomed planet, after coming under the control of a mysterious probe. Other less impressive but still enjoyable episodes include "Family," "The Big Goodbye," and "Tapestry." I would like to have seen "Chain of Command Parts 1 & 2" included instead of some of these less remarkable episodes, but all in all, this is a very good TNG collection. If you're a fan, don't let it pass you by!
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