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26 episodes on 7 discs: The Best of Both Worlds Part II, Family, Brothers, Suddenly Human, Remember Me, Legacy, Reunion, Future Imperfect, Final Mission, The Loss, Data's Day, The Wounded, Devil's Due, Clues, First Contact, Galaxy's Child, Night Terrors, Identity Crisis, The Nth Degree, QPid, The Drumhead, Half a Life, The Host, The Mind's Eye, In Theory, Redemption Part I.
Season 4 of Star Trek: The Next Generation seemed like the year of family. After quickly resolving the breathtaking cliffhanger of "The Best of Both Worlds," the show took pains to show some of what the Federation was fighting for. We meet Picard's brother, Data's father, Tasha's sister, and Worf's adoptive human parents, plus an old flame with a surprise son in tow. The Klingon heritage subplot that begins here and builds to the cliffhanger finale ("Redemption") would continue to the show's end and through into Worf's reappearance in Deep Space Nine.
The year also explored the implications of Data, Lwaxana Troi, Geordi, and Dr. Crusher being in love, while Miles O'Brien (given a first name at last) married Keiko. There were old friends revisited: the ubiquitous Q in a hilarious Robin Hood romp ("Qpid"), perennial screwup Reg Barclay ("Nth Degree"), and even the mysterious Traveler from season 1's "Where No One Has Gone Before" (played by Eric Menyuk, who was nearly cast as Data). There were new races introduced who would have an important bearing on Trek's destiny: the Cardassians and the Trill. Most of all, though, there were the one-off stories that impressed: "Clues," with its memory-loss mystery; "Night Terrors," with some genuine frights; and "Identity Crisis," with possibly the only time Trek technology really helped Geordi solve a puzzle. Then right at the end, reinforcing the year's familial theme, Denise Crosby returned as her own half-Romulan daughter! --Paul Tonks
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 8 x 6 x 2.25 inches; 1.46 Pounds
- Item model number : 2237263
- Director : Chip Chalmers, Cliff Bole, Corey Allen, Gabrielle Beaumont, Jonathan Frakes
- Media Format : Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 19 hours and 42 minutes
- Release date : September 3, 2002
- Actors : Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis
- Dubbed: : English
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Unqualified
- Studio : Paramount
- ASIN : B000063V8S
- Number of discs : 7
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,794 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Best of Both Worlds Part 2
Half a Life
The Mind's Eye
Redemption Part 1
One of the true gems of the season was Chief Miles O'Brien getting more airtime, which led to his inclusion in Deep Space Nine. He is one of the best Star Trek characters to date. Overall a great season and more than just a taste of what's to come in the following years.
The fourth season got to a tremendous start with many action-packed and essential episodes:
1) "THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, PART II. Like the first part, that episode has great music, action, acting, plot, and suspense. Although the first part os just a tad bit better, the second part has all you expect from a borg episode: Spaceship fights, good special effects, stuff exploding, phaser fights, etc.
2) "REUNION." (The second episode out of four in the Worf saga) After Sins of the Father, what I consider to be the first part in the rough quadrilogy involving Worf, came "REUNION," which is even better than the first part. Worf's girlfriend comes back (along with his unexpected son) and so do many characters from the "SINS OF THE FATHER" as Worf must confront old enemies and try to gain back his honor. Directed by Jonathan Frakes, this episode has great special effects, good acting, and a great fight at the end. Bring on the third part!
3) "REMEMBER ME." A great episode which emphasizes on Dr. Crusher. Although this episode is not really known for its action, it does have cool concepts and great suspense.
After those ground-breaking episdoes, there were more character-based and humorous episodes.
1) "DATA'S DAY." I can't say enough about how great this episode is. All of the characters have funny lines, Chief O'Brien gets married, and of course anything with DATA in the title has to be good.
2) "BROTHERS." Yet another Data episode, this brought back Lore and his creator, Noonien Singh. The chemistry between the characters is great in thie episode. Brent Spiner plays THREE roles, all on screen at the same time.
3) "Q-PID." Any episode with Q in the title has be good, and this one is great. The Trek crew goes on a Robin Hood adventure. Worf has some great lines in the episode.
4) "THE MIND'S EYE." A Trek remake of The Manchurian Candidate, this episode emphasizes on La Forge and shows he CAN say some great lines of dialogue besides techno-babble.
5) "FAMILY." Here we meet Worf's adoptive parents and Picard's brother. Some great scenes in this episode, especially the mud fight between Picard andhis brother.
6) "THE NTH DEGREE." This episdoe features Lt. Barclay in antoerh humorous episode, though it's a bit more complicated that the last Barclay episode.
7) "IN THEORY." This is (another) a great Data episode. Basically, he puruses a relationship with a female officer aboard the Enterprise. A very funnny episode that shows that Data is NOT gay.
8) "FINAL MISSION." A great episode which bases on Wesely Crusher and Picard. Will Wheaton is great in this episode.
The season ended with a great cliffhanger: "REDEMPTION." The third part in the Worf quadrilogy, this episdoe retunrs old characters from "SINS OF THE FATHER" and Worf conintues his quest to restore his family honor. Worf's brother also makes another appearance. Filled with great special effects, action, and acting, it will have you biting your nails until you get the second part on the fifth season gift set. Also features a great ending and a Tasha Yar connection through her alternate demise in "YESTERDAY'S ENTERPRISE."
All in all, better than season 3 but will still be surpassed by season 5.
1990-1991; 21 hours; All episodes are rated PG for mild violence and brief language.
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Episodes in season four include the use of the saucer section; Brent Spiner playing Data, Lore AND Dr Soong; the introduction of Tasha Yar’s sister; we meet Data’s cat; we learn Chief O’Brien’s first name; the return of the socially-challenged Lieutenant Barclay; and apparently the only episode that did not feature the bridge of the ‘Enterprise’ (‘Family’). Wesley Crusher left the series almost half-way through, ostensibly to attend Starfleet Academy – we are told in episode nine that he has been studying the effects of outpost judiciary decisions on federation law. (Yeah, right.) But in the extras he explains he left to pursue his career in film and on the stage.
My favourite is probably the fifth, where Eric Menyuk reprises his role as ‘the traveller’. An equally good episode is the eight in which Riker’s memory is infected by the Romulans. Both stories are based on firm ideas but which are ruined (as usual) at the end by cop outs that rely on some ‘deus ex machina’. Another good case is ‘Night Terrors’, where we have an intriguing opening of inexplicable tiredness and irritability among the crew that is ultimately explained by a plot that is both too fanciful and riddled with holes.
But certainly season four has some of the best writers and story editors so far. Some good ideas are aired, such as Troi losing temporarily her empathetic abilities (in ‘The Loss’) or meeting what seems to be a female version of Q (Ardra in ‘Devil’s Due’). It’s always refreshing to see Q himself appear, of course, and here he causes his usual chaos by placing the crew in Sherwood Forest. I also liked ‘The Host’, which queries the nature of love at quite a profound level, although the cynic in me sees Riker’s so-called sacrifice rather as his chance to add Dr Crusher to the notches on his bedpost! It’s not all good news on the storyline front, however. Some episodes continue to appal, such as ‘Galaxy’s Child’ (where the ‘Enterprise’ performs a caesarean section on an alien species),
Some of the major guest stars in season four include Jeremy Kemp (as Picard’s brother), Nick Tate (of ‘Space 1999’ fame), Bebe Neuwirth (as a sexually curious alien), Jean Simmons playing a McCarthy-era figure in a courtroom drama, and David Ogden Stiers in an episode that addresses the issue of euthanasia. Jonathan Frakes obtains more directs two episodes whilst Patrick Stewart directs his first.
The set has ninety-eight minutes of extras. These follow by-and-large the format of the box sets of previous seasons, but with a heavier emphasis on the all-important scripts and their writers and editors. Elsewhere, we see Gene Roddenberry celebrating the hundredth episode and learn that Gates McFadden was pregnant for much of the season.
Well, I've nothing "better" to do than give star ratings out of 5 for the episodes so far- to be completed at the end of the season.
Best Of Both Worlds part II *****
Suddenly Human **
Remember Me ****
Future Imperfect ***
Final Mission ***
The Loss **
Data's Day *****
The Wounded ****
Devil's Due ***
First Contact ***
The Nth Degree ****
Half A Life****
The Host ***
The Mind's Eye****
Redemption part I ****
By this stage, the writers were beginning to feel very confident in what they were doing, and started to produce some excellent material that gave the actors a chance to really shine; the ghosts of The Original Series had been laid to rest, and Next Generation was now a high quality programme in its own right. The direction and production of episodes also started to take on a slicker feel and this shows up in the quality of the individual episodes.
The box set also has a number of extra items that I enjoyed a great deal; it's really good to see some of the background stuff that goes into the production behind the programmes; how the themes behind the story develop and get turned into the show.
This is a great addition to any collection, and complements the other sets really nicely.