Blu-ray Review: ‘STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION’ Season One
Well, as you can see here I’ve watched/witnessed STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION Season One on Blu-ray and in one word all I can say is AWESOME!
This fan favorite series created by Gene Roddenberry began way back in 1987 has been transferred and remastered to high-def which really makes this look like it was created yesterday. This series is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and what better way to celebrate than give it this kind of TLC and upgrade. The team that put this together didn’t leave anything out, this really does have all the bells and whistles and they did a great job!
This series introduced us to Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner), Geordi La Forge (Levar Burton), Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Lieutenant Worf (Michael Dorn), Counselor Deanna Troy (Marina Sirtis), Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) and Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton), the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, a much larger Ambassador class starship that took us on many exciting adventures where we’d meet many guest stars and familiar faces.
What we get are the 25-episodes from season one that introduced us to the Ferengi plus Q, who both ended up appearing throughout the series and even other Star Trek series. All of the stories have that same feel as TOS, just with much better SFX. They travel to other worlds and always meet up with some strange looking aliens, sometimes sexy aliens! Getting to the transfer, it all turned out just about perfect! Fans don’t worry because they haven’t gone and added or changed things like we’ve seen in that other universe. This has simply been cleaned up to perfection, from video to the audio, it’s all crisp and clear. We get six discs with this set plus lots of special features that fans are going to love! We get a gag reel ( I’m always a fan of gag reels being included with anything), plus there are lots of promos to watch including the ones that advertised the series before it launched in 1987. There are mission logs that hardcore fans will enjoy, Stardate revisited, numerous behind-the-scenes interviews and there’s even a new featurette with the experts behind this amazing Blu-ray that show us the before and after results of the transfer.
Bottom line is, any fan, young or old, will love what they have done with Star Trek: The Next Generation and this wonderful Blu-ray upgrade for Season One that releases on July 24th. I highly recommend this! Warp 10 – make it so #1!
Run Time: 1,184 Minutes
Rated: Not Rated
Special Features: Awesome!
- Episodic Promos
- Energized! Taking The Next Generation to the Next Level featurette
- Star Trek: The Next Generation Archives: The Launch (“Introduction to the Series (1987)”, “Promo #1″, “Promo #2″, “Promo #3″, “Season One Promo”)
- Stardate Revisited: The Origin of Star Trek: The Next Generation (“Part 1: Inception”, “Part 2: Launch”, “Part 3: The Continuing Mission”)
- A gag reel
- Archival Mission Logs (“The Beginning”, “Selected Crew Analysis”, “The Making of a Legend”, “Memorable Missions”).