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Extended version of "The Measure of a Man",
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This review is from: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Last night I went to the Star Trek: The Next Generation movie theater event organized by Fathom Events to celebrate the release of Season Two on Blu-Ray. I got to see both "Q Who?" and the never before seen extended version of "The Measure of A Man" in all their restored glory! Excerpts from the cast reunion interview and gag reel were shown too.
I am writing to say that having this unique version of "The Measure of A Man" is reason enough to buy this very special Season Two release. You will get to watch this even more fully realized exploration of how we humans treat other life forms - including those we aren't sure are fully "alive". It was always a brilliant episode.. and is even more powerful with these extra 12 or so minutes of dialogue. It's amazing for me to think of how powerful an episode of Star Trek can be without there being any significant special effects to speak of. It's all in the writing and the acting!
Bu the way, we who were lucky enough to attend last night's event at the Century City AMC theater in L.A. had the extra special treat of having Melinda Snodgrass (who wrote "The Measure of a Man"), Michael and Denice Okuda, and several other people connected with the show (including Dan Curry, the man who did the special effects originally and supervised their element-by-elemet transfer to Blu-Ray) there in the audience with us! They introduced themselves to the audience at the beginning of the evening too, and Melinda told us she originally had the only copy of the extended version of "The Measure of a Man," because a VHS tape of that version was given to her after the show was edited to a length that would fit in allowable TV running time. Thankfully, she kept that all these years. It was used to make the version we got to see last night.
Both episodes looked amazing in full high-def, so I'm sure Season Two will look great when we watch it at home. But I must re-emphasize the value of getting this extended version of "The Measure of a Man".