Studio Synopsis ~ For the first time ever, you can experience all 25 season one episodes in glorious 1080p high definition, with true high definition visual effects and English language digitally remastered 7.1 sound – or with the original audio. You’ll witness new picture detail and depth and enjoy spectacular visual effects that have been painstakingly re-created from the original film elements…not upconverted from videotape! Join Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) and the entire crew of the Enterprise on a voyage to the next generation…of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Studio: CBS | Paramount
Running Time: 1184 minutes
Number of Disks: 6
– Over 95 minutes of brand-new documentaries featuring all-new cast and crew interviews:
*Energized: Taking the Next Generation to the Next Level *HD
*Stardate Revisited: Parts 1, 2, and 3: The origin of Star Trek: The Next Generation *HD
– Original Episodic Promos
– Archival launch footage
– The Continuing Mission
– Gag Reel
– The Beginning
– Selected Crew Analysis
– The Making of a Legend
– Memorable Missions
– Encounter at Farpoint
– The Naked Now
– Code of Honor
– The Last Outpost
– Where No One Has Gone Before
– Lonely Among Us
– The Battle
– Hide and Q
– The Big Goodbye
– Angel One
– Too Short a Season
– When the Bough Breaks
– Home Soil
– Coming of Age
– Heart of Glory
– The Arsenal of Freedom
– Skin of Evil
– We’ll Always Have Paris
– The Neutral Zone
Trekking forward on the foundation built by men and women who serially tempted fate, yet bringing with it the equally legendary Kirk vs. Picard debate, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” docks its first season with timeless trademark tales and a brilliant 1080p upgrade. Helmed by the Shakespearean bravado of Sir Patrick Stewart and exceptionally portrayed by a litany of multi-talented and memorable crew-members, TNG set out to exceed the standards set so high by the original series while also expanding Roddenberry’s franchise frontier well past the original series’ five year exploration.
Season one brings with it quandaries, quests and a deliciously vicious omnipotent being known only as “Q” to the Enterprise crew, along with the usual day’s work of tirelessly exploring the galaxy and occasionally saving it from imminent destruction. And while the series itself may in fact inhabit the realm of love-it-or-leave-it viewing – along with occasional implausibility issues with some of the more “colorfully creative” episodes – the series is nothing if not endlessly imaginative and exhaustively entertaining.
Supplement seekers will surely enjoy all that Paramount has packed in, containing over an hour and a half of new doc content, episodic promos and launch footage, plus a host of HD/archive footage infused features that both add to; and beef up, some of the returning menu elements. Extras highlights include the 3-part “Star Trek Revisited” supplement, where fans will learn in part 1 what it took to coax Roddenberry into moving forward with TNG, along with his subsequent creation of the “Q” character and his hesitation about TNG’s 2-hour pilot.
Part 2 brings an impressive interview roster with it, with impressions from Stewart, Frakes, Burton, Spiner, Wheaton, Dorn, Crosby and others discussing how they initially snagged their roles, what goes into certain character make-ups and the evolution of other characters. Part 3 is all about the series’ creative elements – most notably set design, creation of the miniatures and the writing staff – with the set design and miniatures elements being the most informative and the writers segments the most explosive.
Clashes often happen when writing intricate series such as this one and sparks do tend to fly. This feature catches all those palpable problems and the steps needed to resolve them. Much of the bonus material tends to resonate on the same themes and views, but true Trek fans will be thoroughly glued.
So whether you’re a “Trekker”, a “Trekkie”, or perhaps fall somewhere in between, “Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season One is a photon blast of fun and flash that updates the franchise well past first class.
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Central Cast: Sir Patrick Stewart | Jonathan Frakes | LeVar Burton | Michael Dorn | Marina Sirtis | Brent Spiner | Gates McFadden | Wil Wheaton
Creators: Gene Roddenberry
Central Writers: Gene Roddenberry
Television Premiere: September 26, 1987
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: July 24, 2012
Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE