- Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Box set, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
- Dubbed: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
- Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Number of discs: 6
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Studio: Paramount
- DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
- Run Time: 1181 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 1,157 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00B7VZN76
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Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3
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Season Three of Star Trek: The Next Generationr took televised science fiction storytelling to new heights. Now, on high definition Blu-rayT, the seminal season of this beloved series is more spectacular and compelling to watch than ever. Experience such thought provoking episodes as "The Survivors," "Sins of the Father," "The Offspring" and one of the great cliffhangers in television history; Part One of "The Best of Both Worlds". like never before in glorious 1080p with 7.1 sound.
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But the third season was where the series bloomed, fully coming into its own with new writers and a lessening of Gene Roddenberry's eccentric viewpoints. It still had some issues and a few self-righteous moments, but "Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3" moved the story into far more intelligent, well-developed ideas and political strife, as well as the return of one of Star Trek's greatest villain species.
Doctor Crusher (Gates McFadden) returns to the Enterprise just in time for her son Wesley (Wil Wheaton) to accidentally endanger the ship with his science project -- he had his nanites communicate with each other, and now they've evolved into intelligent life. This would be less disastrous if the ship weren't right next to an about-to-erupt pulsar, and an attempt to kill them didn't lead to deadly retaliation.
And that's only the start of the series. From then on, they have to deal with stubborn colonists, Q (John De Lancie) being stripped of his godlike powers, accusations of murder and treachery, ancient blood feuds, a booby trap, an escaped super-soldier, the creation of a gynoid, a living starship, a mysterious pair of senior citizens, kidnappings, shore leave gone awry, and an awkward crewman who seeks social acceptance on the holodeck.
The highlights: the arrival of the legendary Vulcan diplomat Sarek (Mark Lenard) heralds sudden outbursts of violence among the crew, and the sudden appearance of the Enterprise-C leads to a radically altered timeline. And finally, the cybernetic aliens known as the Borg begin their devastating invasion of Federation space, with a very familiar face as the herald of their arrival...
One of the best aspects of "Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3" is that after two seasons of stifling moral certitude, it was time to examine serious moral dilemmas and issues once again. Oh, sometimes it's a bit too simplistic ("The Hunted"), but most of the time they deal with some serious issues worthy of the Star Trek ideal, such as the repercussions of the Prime Directive, the implications of new life, and the responsibilities of great power.
There's also a stronger interstellar political undercurrent to this season, with the brewing unrest in the Romulan empire that ensnares the Enterprise more than once, as well as hints that the Klingon empire may be destabilizing as well. It's not quite the arc-driven storytelling that is now much more common in TV, but it adds a feeling of depth, realism and intelligence. And even the standalone episodes are simply better quality -- one episode is essentially a science-fiction retelling of "Rashomon," using the holodeck as part of a criminal investigation.
Flaws? Well, there are a few dud episodes. Some episodes have echoes of the insufferable sense of superiority that suffused the first episode -- for instance, "Who Watches The Watchers" has a distinctly anti-religious flavor, and "The Bonding" is all about how "superior" people are immune to grief. And if you feel it, just repress it.
This season also saw the return of Gates McFadden as Doctor Crusher, and her warmth and passion are a welcome change from the second season. Indeed, the cast had clearly all grown into their roles, and each character has their own distinctive quirks and oddities -- Picard is an introvert with an impressive personality, Geordi has rotten luck with women, Wesley is becoming overly scholarly, Riker's horniness leads to a murder investigation, and Worf's powerful sense of honor leads him into conflict with his own people.
There are a few flaws, but on average "Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3" is a powerful, well-written string of science fiction stories -- and it ends on one of Star Trek's finest hours (and cliffhangers).
The transfer done by CBS here is nothing short of exceptional. I did note some minor issues in two shots of "The Hunted" but that is the only episode so far in the set. Occasionally, some close ups are a bit soft but I suspect that has to do with the photography of the show for those shots.
There is one shot uprezzed from the original videotape for "The Survivors" as the elements couldn't be found.
The show finally settled on a film stock that would provide nice, sharp and vivid detail without the excessive grain of the first two seasons. That, along with a new director of photography, allowed the look of the show to be both distinctive, textured and rich something that wasn't as evident on the original DVDs or the original broadcast of the show.
The restoration team has managed to find that fine balance between the darker textures of the show and bold colors of the show. The visual effects look top notch throughout and where the effects team that worked on the restoration for the planets, there's an astonishing level of detail.
As with the first two seasons subtitles are provided in English and other multiple langauges and the menu allows you to select from many langauges as well for the show itself.
The special features include a commentary on "The Bonding" by Ronald D. Moore, Michael and Denise Okuda; "Yesterday's Enterprise" by Ronald D. Moore, Ira Steven Behr, Michael & Denise Okuda plus another commentary track by director David Carson; "The Offspring" commentary by Rene Echevarria, Michael & Denise Okuda; "Sins of the Father" commentary by Ronald D. Moore, Dan Curry, Michael & Denise Okuda. We also get a number of terrific featurettes including "Inside the Writer's Room" moderated by Seth McFarlane and a three part documentary entitled "Assimiliating Star Trek: The Next Generation" both in HD. There are also tributes to the late writer Michael Piller, the scenes shot with the late David Rappaport for the episode "The Most Toys". We also get all the original episode promos as well as the special features from the original DVD sets.
CBS has done a terrific job with this set making up for some of the shortcomings evident in the season two Blu-rays (and, despite those shortcomings, the season two set is still worth picking up)and the quality of this set continues to bode well for the rest of the sets in this set.
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