The second season of this highly successful spinoff takes Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart)and his crew on 22 intergalactic adventures, among them the introduction of the frightfully powerful Borg.
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I've gotten through season's 1-6 and just getting ready to start on season 7. I can't remember what season 2 was about, but If you R A fan of Star Trek TNG, get the entire season and start watching. Some episodes are dated, even boring and NEW AGE we've got all the answers to man's problems kind of crap speech. Still the overall show is very good, solid acting from all the members. Watching it this way instead of on TV once a week is way way better. I have to say that Brent Spiner part as LCDR Data has really impressed me like it never did when I watched decades ago on TV. That guy is/was a GREAT actor as far as I'm concerned. The others are good, solid, and Patrick Stewart is great as the Capt., but MAN, Data's part in this whole seven seasons is just so good. I wonder why I never saw that before, but watching in on DVD episode after episode is better and I think I've gotten to see more of how the actors/actresses do their parts. So.. GET the Series and watch it. Still a great run of Star Trek and this particular group of actors/actresses really did well back starting in 1986....
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2012
Many people read these reviews to help decide whether they will buy the product or not. Others (like me, in this case) are just curious to see what other people are saying and have already decided to make the purchase. Like many other reviewers here, I'm a diehard Star Trek fan, I love everything connected to the Star Trek franchise (with maybe the exception of Star Trek 2009, but that's a whole other story). But if you're like me and already own the DVD releases of TNG and want to see it in much better quality, then you're going to want to buy this, no matter what the reviews say.
Yes there is some inconsistent graininess, and yes sometimes it looks like more than just film grain (a few of the scenes remind me of when we used an antenna on our TV and the channel wasn't tuned properly) and yet it's not as bad as some people are making it out to be, in other words, it's not a "deal-breaker"
There's just so much to love about this Season Two Blu-ray release, you can easily get your money's worth with just a small fraction of what it has to offer. For example, the three versions of "Measure of a Man", the regular hi-def version, the extended cut, and the extended hybrid cut. The hybrid cut is very cool because it's kind of like a behind-the-scenes look at the episode - no sound effects (you can hear how the sliding doors actually sound on the set), no music, no chroma key efx in some scene, and no transporter efx in some scenes (they just kind of fade in and out on the transporter pad with no sparkles). Even though some of these scenes are VHS quality, it's a fascinating look at an episode in it's rawest form, before post-production gets a hold of it.
Add to that all the other extras in the set, IMHO, it's worth the price alone. But then you also get the episodes, for the most part, crystal clear. You can read the LCARS display when Data picks out "the comic" and realize the comic's name is Ron D. Moore!
I was always unhappy with the fact that the regular TOS dvd's looked better than TNG dvd's. I always though it was odd that something made in the 60's looked better than something made in the late 80's. But no more, now you can see these episodes "the way they were meant to be seen"
I'm not discounting the complaints other reviewers have made, their complaints have merit....a better job could have been done. But as I said, if you are a Star Trek fan, I can't see any reason why you wouldn't want to get this Blu-Ray set. The overall quality of the video far outweighs the occasional inconsistencies of film grain and other minor errors.
I found out that the Blu Ray restoration for the even numbered series is being farmed out to another company, I'm not sure if this explains the drop in picture quality compared to season 1 (which looked brilliant). However in quite a few episodes there is some very noticeable grain in the picture (these aren't even low light scenes). However, this is still the best that ST TNG has ever looked, you'll notice the sets have improved (in series 1, just look at the floor, you'll notice dirty carpets, carpets that are cut badly or loose on the floor), also the actors seem a lot more comfortable working opposite eachother. Having said that, the departure of Gates McFadden is pretty glaring and the inclusion of Dr Pulaski..... frankly she comes across as a bit of a............. well.. fill in your own words there. There seems to be a bit more humor here even in the more serious toned episodes and it was nice to have the option of watching the full version of "Measure Of A Man". Some of the extra's are compiled mainly of interviews, such as the extra about the restoration of Season 2 that's mainly interviews without any "Before & After" comparison footage and only a bit of footage about using CGI to enhance the look of the borg ship. Again, unknown if this is because this season was farmed out to a different company and no one bothered to work on the extra's. Still, the reunion interview with some of the cast is good. The original Season 2 Promo has to be seen to be believed (it's really tacky and badly done, I'm surprised anyone tuned in to watch the series when that aired), still, it's good to see the difference between the Video broadcast and what you see in the blu ray. Shame about the picture quality being so grainy in a some scenes, otherwise I would have given it 5 stars.
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2015
This is a classic '80's show that was trying to depict a future that can still only be imagined. It's campy, fairly predictable, and I LOVE IT. It only got four starts because the stories are not as rich early in its run as the series gets later. The show deals with some very human dilemmas that are certainly relevant to real life such as human rights and equality, learning from failures, accepting ones self, etc.... My family enjoys watching it together and only occasionally do we have to skip scenes or have the children leave the room for overt sexual content. Apparently, the 24th century is very open about their sexuality and while that is fine, it is not entirely appropriate for my 8-year-old! The cast photo is misleading. The character Dr. Beverly Crusher is not in this season of the show, yet for reasons likely contractual at the time, she is credited throughout. This season features the character Dr. Polaski who is fine, but lacks some of the character connections and story that go with Dr. Crusher.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 15, 2020
The 2nd series Star Trek TNG was good but was spoilt by the condition of all the discs in the boxset. Had to clean all the discs as there where finger prints on all of them plus there was damage on the outer edges of the the discs. That's why I only gave 2 stars. In good condition it would of been 5. I've bought loads of dvds from the seller in the past & the condition of the discs have been in very good nick. But I don't know what happened this time around !
3.0 out of 5 starsIt was ok. But that's borderline.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 22, 2014
Let's face it, for someone like me who classes themselves as a hardcore Trekkie, I was going to enjoy watching this series. However, unlike the rest of TNG, there were episodes which just felt...forced. And some episodes where I just felt there was no reason really to it at all. Sometimes, this season is boring.
You could forgive a few minor issues with scripting - there are also some great moments where you can see the characters being set on the path they will follow up to season 7. What is unforgiveable however, is the character of Pulaski. There's no real surprise that Gates Mcfadden was rushed back in for season 3. Pulaski is just unlikeable, yet it feels as though the writers are trying to forces us to love her. She's horrible to Data - even sarcastic (to the point where she scans him in an effort to ignore his request that she pronounce his name right), for no real reason other than she considers him inferior. Yet there are several moments where unknown characters gush over how renowned she is, how she's the only person they'd trust to do a certain type of surgery, how she wrote the book yada yada yada. Any time she was on screen, I wanted her off screen.
It all adds up to making this season one of TNG's weakest. But even a weak series of TNG is worth watching...
This is a review of the original-edition slimline set of season two, a season where Geordi becomes Chief Engineer; Diana Muldaur as Dr Pulaski is a refreshing change from Dr Crusher; Whoopi Goldberg makes her first appearances as Guinan (as does 10-Forward as her `bar'); Riker has a beard that suits him well; Worf now wears yellow; Colm Meaney has a regular role as Transporter Chief; and Data demonstrates his interest in Sherlock Holmes.
The crew are now settling down into their roles and appear more comfortable as a result. Stories are better too. As Rick Berman says in the accompanying extra, `Mission Overview', "the show started to click". Unfortunately there was a writers' strike in Hollywood during this second season, and I understand this is why there are only twenty-two episodes. Indeed, the last episode is more or less a rifling-through of Riker's memories from previous episodes.
The best thing about TNG, for me, is Q. And here he returns to introduce the crew for the first time to their future adversary, the Borg. However, I had to wince when at the height of his first battle with the Borg, Picard decides to ... have a conference. What a difference from Kirk! Episode twelve for me replicates the final circumstances of Bowman towards the end of the film `2001: A Space Odyssey', caught in an alien power's concept of `Casino Royale'.
A wide variety of contemporary matters are addressed, from issues relating to abortion and an immaculate conception in episode one through to a definition of what constitutes life in episode three and the perils of genetic engineering in episode seven. But present-day scientific knowledge has already made the world of genetics depicted in episode eighteen obsolete. In episode six, strangely the mind of a great scientist is sacrificed for the life of Data, an easily-replicable android! In episode nine, consideration is given to whether Data is the property of Starfleet.
Episodes also juxtapose regular members of the team with strange surroundings. Thus we see Riker as second-in-command of a Klingon vessel (episode eight) - we even have Wesley in love (episode ten). Also, we meet Riker's father, Troi's mother, and Worf's old flame.
Extras comprise five short documentaries, all dating from 2002 - 1. a fifteen-minute `Mission Overview', with comments from the likes of Rick Berman, Gene Roddenberry, Maurice Hurley, and the stars; 2. a thirteen-minute `Selected Crew Analysis', in which the stars comment on their characters' development; 3. a seventeen-minute look at production issues (writing, costumes, propos, music); 4. a sixteen-minute look at `Memorable Missions'; and 5. Penny Juday showing us the Star Trek archives held in stores at or near the studios. (I believe most if not all of the items have since gone for auction in New York.)
great contrast in story lines from superb to utter rubbish refering to very last episode in season 2 great episodes with matter of honor, the borg , sins of the father one really awful line from sins of the father from picard " ensign, set course for the first city of the imperial klingon empire" what a really stupid thing to say blame the script by the script writers
the ferengi made a return, they were meant to be a new adversary but according to the shows creators werent very credible hence the borg menace
great picture sound quality and more extras than season 1 well worth the upgrade
5.0 out of 5 starsEven better than Season 1 (which was already great)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2013
Fist of all: I'm not rating the show quality here. This rating and review pertains to the Blu-ray Disc release and its masterful accomplishment in image and sound quality, and overall presentation of said show.
Season one had already dazed me with its astounding re-mastering of ST:TNG. I never thought such amount of image detail could exist. It was like being blind all my life and suddenly starting to see. There's no better reason for BD to exist than to bring to life old recordings previously only available in "standard definition". This is the new "standard".
That said, they seem to have gone into further pains with the release of Season 2: there are more extras, more interviews and original content, such as deleted scenes, alternative cuts, and audio commentary (there's at least one episode per disc with alternative audio track with technical commentary, something that Season 1 was really missing). As with Season 1, all the original extra content previously released for the DVDs is here too.