Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season One [Blu-ray]

June 25, 2013 - Comment

Set in the 24th century, the exploits of the U.S.S. Enterprise continue as it explores the universe, seeking new life and new worlds.Warping into syndication in 1987, Star Trek: The Next Generation successfully launched its seven-season “continuing mission” of the starship Enterprise, and this classy DVD boxed set gathers the show’s inaugural season in crisp

Set in the 24th century, the exploits of the U.S.S. Enterprise continue as it explores the universe, seeking new life and new worlds.Warping into syndication in 1987, Star Trek: The Next Generation successfully launched its seven-season “continuing mission” of the starship Enterprise, and this classy DVD boxed set gathers the show’s inaugural season in crisp picture clarity and dazzling 5.1-channel sound. A ratings leader with a sharp ensemble cast, this revamped Trek honored series creator Gene Roddenberry’s original Trek concept, nurtured by returning veterans like producer Robert H. Justman and writers D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold. Several first-season episodes have original-series counterparts, and while the season was awkwardly inconsistent for all involved (including Roddenberry’s heir apparent, producer Rick Berman), in retrospect the series began on remarkably solid footing.

Patrick Stewart was perfect as Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard, while Marina Sirtis struggled with a wretched hair bun and an ill-defined character, eventually blessing Counselor Troi with delicate nuance. Denise Crosby made a strong but underutilized impression as Security Chief Tasha Yar, and left the series before season’s end, allowing writers to develop Klingon Lieutenant Worf (Michael Dorn) into a fan favorite. Brent Spiner transcended Spock comparisons with his triumphant portrayal of the android Lieutenant Commander Data; and while Jonathan Frakes was accepted as First Officer Will Riker, fans ultimately rejected Wil Wheaton as ensign Wesley Crusher, the teenaged son of the ship’s doctor (Gates McFadden). Still, these 25 episodes laid a firm foundation for subsequent seasons, and highlights include the Raymond Chandleresque “holo- novel” of “The Big Goodbye,” Data’s backstory in “Datalore,” the Klingon rituals of “Heart of Glory,” and a Romulan encounter in “The Neutral Zone.” The DVD supplements (all on the seventh disc) are good enough to make anyone wish for more: four featurettes recall myriad first-season challenges, filled with insider perspective and enough NextGen trivia to satiate all but the most obsessive Trekkers back on Earth. Looking back, it’s easy to see why NextGen lived long and prospered. –Jeff Shannon


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Matthew T. Weflen "Matthew Weflen" says:

Even better than the TOS Blu-Ray ContentWell, it’s Season One. Having watched it many times over the years, I can say that certain episodes (Symbiosis, for instance) do not hold one’s attention very well. On the other hand, other episodes (Justice, if you can believe it) really benefit from the HD upgrade, making them more appealing as a whole.If you are somehow a new fan to the series, I still think you should buy this, with the proviso that things get markedly better even with Season Two, and certainly are totally cooking by Season Three. Season One is still a vital piece of TNG, introducing scads of characters and backstories. And there are still some superb episodes to be found (Encounter at Farpoint, Where No One Has Gone Before, Conspiracy, among others), and plenty of average shows, too.VideoBut these reviews aren’t for new fans, are they? The question is – is it worth spending $60 or more to buy something you already own? Oh, yes. Yes, yes, yes. Yes…

ThunderBlade "(Wahrscheinlich die Nr. 1)" says:

Over 200 customer reviews for a product that isn’t released yet? The policy of Amazon to “fold” reviews together for different variants of a product really sucks. How can there be over 200 customer reviews for a product that isn’t released yet?Because most of them are for the DVD release. But this is the BluRay Release and it’s a whole different product! Based on what I’ve seen on the demo disk (“The Next Level”) I assume this Season 1 set will be absolutely amazing, but… I can only guess it, because it has not been released yet!Dear Amazon, please allow separate reviews for this product, because TNG on BluRay is a *completely different experience*! Even the less good episodes are getting better thanks to the spectacular space scenes, plus you’ll feel like being part of the action because it’s HD (and in correct colors, unlike the DVD release!).

John Lindsey says:

FIXED discs in stores! We’ve just heard back from CBS and have the official answer: There will be “a red delta shield symbol near the top of the O-ring spine” on the packaging of the fixed versions. In addition, the corrected discs will have the same delta shield symbol in front of the disc number on each. We expect the fixed sets to start arriving in stores over the next few weeks – certainly well before the time Season Two streets on 12/4. So there you go.Hope this will help you guys out!How will we know when Amazon is shipping out the fixed discs? I would like to know before I order it!Thank you!Update: I ordered the Blu-Ray and got it today and it has the fixed discs so you are all safe! 🙂

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