Star Trek The Next Generation - Complete Series
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Finally, the complete, epic sci-fi television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation is available in a complete series set for the first time ever. Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the landmark series and own all 176 classic episodes in one definitive collectors boxed set, featuring all-new special features. This is the definitive release that fans have been waiting for!
After Star Wars and the successful big-screen Star Trek adventures, it's perhaps not so surprising that Gene Roddenberry managed to convince purse string-wielding studio heads in the 1980s that a Next Generation would be both possible and profitable. But the political climate had changed considerably since the 1960s, the Cold War had wound down, and we were now living in the Age of Greed. To be successful a second time, Star Trek had to change too.
A writer's guide was composed with which to sell and define where the Trek universe was in the 24th Century. The United Federation of Planets was a more appealing ideology to an America keen to see where the Reagan/Gorbachev faceoff was taking them. Starfleet's meritocratic philosophy had always embraced all races and species. Now Earth's utopian history, featuring the abolishment of poverty, was brandished prominently and proudly. The new Enterprise, NCC 1701-D, was no longer a ship of war but an exploration vessel carrying families. The ethical and ethnical flagship also carried a former enemy (the Klingon Worf, played by Michael Dorn), and its Chief Engineer (Geordi LaForge) was blind and black. From every politically correct viewpoint, Paramount executives thought the future looked just swell!
Roddenberry's feminism now contrasted a pilot episode featuring ship's Counsellor Troi (Marina Sirtis) in a mini-skirt with her ongoing inner strengths and also those of Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden) and the short-lived Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby). The arrival of Whoopi Goldberg in season 2 as mystic barkeep Guinan is a great example of the good the original Trek did for racial groups--Goldberg has stated that she was inspired to become an actress in large part through seeing Nichelle Nichols' Uhura. Her credibility as an actress helped enormously alongside the strong central performances of Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Jonathan Frakes (First Officer Will Riker), and Brent Spiner (Data) in defining another wholly believable environment once again populated with well-defined characters. Star Trek, it turned out, did not depend for its success on any single group of actors.
Like its predecessor in the 1960s, TNG pioneered visual effects on TV, making it an increasingly jaw-dropping show to look at. And thanks also to the enduring success of the original show, phasers, tricorders, communicators and even phase inverters were already familiar to most viewers. But while technology was a useful tool in most crises, it now frequently seemed to be the cause of them too, as the show's writers continually warned about the dangers of over-reliance on technology (the Borg were the ultimate expression of this maxim). The word "technobabble" came to describe a weakness in many TNG scripts, which sacrificed the social and political allegories of the original and relied instead upon invented technological faults and their equally fictitious resolutions to provide drama within the Enterprise's self-contained society. (The holodeck's safety protocol override seemed to be next to the light switch given the number of times crew members were trapped within.) This emphasis on scientific jargon appealed strongly to an audience who were growing up for the first time in the late 1980s with the home computer--and gave rise to the clichéd image of the nerdy Trek fan.
Like in the original Trek, it was in the stories themselves that much of the show's success is to be found. That pesky Prime Directive kept moral dilemmas afloat ("Justice"/"Who Watches the Watchers?"/"First Contact"). More "what if" scenarios came out of time-travel episodes ("Cause and Effect"/"Time's Arrow"/"Yesterday's Enterprise"). And there were some episodes that touched on the political world, such as "The Arsenal of Freedom" questioning the supply of arms, "Chain of Command" decrying the torture of political prisoners and "The Defector", which was called "The Cuban Missile Crisis of The Neutral Zone" by its writer. The show ran for more than twice as many episodes as its progenitor and therefore had more time to explore wider ranging issues. But the choice of issues illustrates the change in the social climate that had occurred with the passing of a couple of decades. "Angel One" covered sexism; "The Outcast" was about homosexuality; "Symbiosis"--drug addiction; "The High Ground"--terrorism; "Ethics"--euthanasia; "Darmok"--language barriers; and "Journey's End"--displacement of Indians from their homeland. It would have been unthinkable for the original series to have tackled most of these.
TNG could so easily have been a failure, but it wasn't. It survived a writer's strike in its second year, the tragic death of Roddenberry just after Trek's 25th anniversary in 1991, and plenty of competition from would-be rival franchises. Yes, its maintenance of an optimistic future was appealing, but the strong stories and readily identifiable characters ensured the viewers' continuing loyalty. --Paul Tonks
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From what i understand these are the identical Blu-ray disks that were included in the single season releases. The first thing i was presented with when putting in S1D1 was an ad for season 2 Blu-ray coming soon, so i can confirm these are definitely untouched. From reading forums online regarding this release I understand these disks do not include the minor VFX fixes that were corrected for the streaming release of the series last year, so again they are exactly the same as the individual season disks.
This set also does not contain the five Next Generation standalone companion discs – feature-length releases of “The Best of Both Worlds,” “Redemption,” “Unification,” “Chain of Command,” and “All Good Things…” – those must still be purchased separately.
This set is just like the UK release where the disks are packaged in two large plastic cases. The first four seasons are grouped into the first 23-disc case and the last three seasons in the other 18-disc package. The disk spindles are removable from the plastic shell which allow you to flip through four Blu-ray discs at a time. I am disappointed that the set is packaged in this way, i wish the box set just included the full 7 seasons individually packaged as this would have been my preference. That being said the large multiple season spindles are good quality.
If you've been holding out on buying Star Trek TNG on Blu-ray I would say this is the time to pickup the set. The episodes are leaps and bounds better quality then the DVD box set. Plus you get a bunch of extras to make it really worth the buy.
Second, the discs here are identical to the UK complete series release which was identical to the seven separate season releases in the US and UK. As such, the picture quality is wonderful, as is the sound. The price point is good at about $150 though the $100 you average on the UK set is still better (though I'm sure this will drop in price soon).
The packaging on this US complete set is prettier from the outside, owing to the artwork, but the UK set was sturdier cardboard with an easy to open box top (think brown legal file box only with a logo and such, where the top pops right off and slips back on again) so I prefer that style of packaging, as a clumsy person with dogs.
As to the issue of content, the best write up on that can be found in the forums of blu-ray dot you know what. What is important here is that they are finally taking the individual season sets they can't sell due to high cost and packaging them as a complete series with a much better price point per season and absolutely no loss in quality. If you have been wanting this, go for it, but remember that the UK set is also region free (as they are the same discs) so if you can live with the other packaging, it is still cheaper to get it from Amazon UK, sister site to the best store in the world. Good luck finding what you are looking for.
We have been extremely happy with both the video and audio quality of the Blu Ray set so far (we are half way through Season 2). Taking this series that was shot on film nearly three decades ago (September 1987) and converting it to a digital format was done masterfully while maintaining the original integrity. The enhanced detail of the various spaceships, planets and numerous creatures is impressive and provides a more realistic viewing experience.
Highly recommended for any Star Trek fan and a must have for a TNG fan!
The sound is 5.1 and is simply Movie Theater Quality! The ship effects are deep and can rumble your seat with a good flyby or spaceship battle! More importantly, all the dialog is CRYSTAL CLEAR and comes through the center channel bright, clear, and at a very good volume. The background or sound effects do not overpower dialog.
IF YOU LOVED TNG YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO GET THIS SET. For me it was literally like watching it brand-new again, it brought a tear to my eye how great the restore is and how great each episode is.
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Remastered with amazing clarity and sound.
I binge watched the entire series.
Every disc worked perfectly.