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Star Trek: The Next Generation (S3)
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11 years ago By: The Shootin Surgeon
Star Trek: The Next Generation (S3) order
Director:
Various

Actors:
Patrick Stewart
Jonathan Frakes
Brent Spiner

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Captain Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise continue to cavort around the universe, carrying aboard some familiar faces and getting in and out of all sorts of trouble. The third season of the dearly departed show features many new adventures, many new foes and ends up with an old and very terrifying enemy.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This third season is hands down the best one yet. Complete with a new opening sequence and the return of the sultry Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden), the show came back from the strike shortened second season with a vengeance and with some added guts to the visual effects. With the characters well established, it also allowed itself to jump into much more complex and much more interesting storylines.

Proof of that can be found in some great episodes such as “Who Watches the Watchers”, in which the crew of the Enterprise unwillingly violated the sacred Prime Directive and contaminated a less advanced culture by getting caught observing them on their planet. To the unevolved inhabitants of this new world, Picard becomes “The Picard”, a figure they see as a God. Interesting dilemmas ensue as the by-the-book Captain struggles between his responsibility to the Federation’s rules and his own sense of respect towards the poor people whose lives they’ve turned upside down. “Yesterday’s Enterprise” was another fabulous episode in which a quirk of nature allows an older version of the Enterprise to enter the same time as the current, altering the past and plunging the Enterprise in the middle of a winner-take-all war against their old enemies the Klingons. This episode also saw the return, as a guest start of Denise Crosby in the role of Tasha Yar. As if it wasn’t enough, the season ended on one of the all-time kick-ass cliffhangers in “The Best of Both Worlds, Part 1” when Picard was kidnapped and assimilated by the terrifying Borg. To be continued? My sorry ass sure can’t wait!!

All in all, this was a damn exciting season to watch and it was nice to stop the intros and see all the actors really hit the groove of their characters. As I mentioned above, Gates McFadden’s Dr. Crusher was back and some more screen tie was given to the great character of Will Riker, played admirably by Jonathan Frakes. Eunuch LeVar Burton also came into his own as the chief engineer Geordi LaForge.

Without a doubt though, one of the worthiest developments was the renewed vigor of the visual effects, giving the show some added credibility and completely detaching it from its predecessors. The ship had never looked better and some of the blue screen techniques were refined and just plain looked more real. Kudos have to go out to the people who took care of these, especially when you consider that they were shooting episodes about 10 days apart. They did for a TV show what many can’t to for a feature film. Nice.

EPISODES LIST:

Disc 1: Evolution, The Ensigns of Command, The Survivors, Who Watches the Watchers?

Disc 2: The Bonding, Booby Trap, The Enemy, The Price

Disc 3: The Vengeance Factor, The Defector, The Hunted, The High Ground

Disc 4: Déjà Q, A Matter of Perspective, Yesterday’s Enterprise, The Offspring

Disc 5: Sins of the Father, Allegiance, Captain’s Holiday, Tin Man

Disc 6: Hollow Pursuits, The Most Toys, Sarek, Ménage à Troi

Disc 7: Transfigurations, The Best of Both Worlds Part 1, Special Features
THE EXTRAS
This season’s DVD release is a bit less crowded than the two previous ones in terms of extra features. Available were the ongoing features but there weren’t any added tidbits.”

“Mission Overview: Year Three” is a 15-minute featurette in which cast and crew interviews are used to discuss the changes occurring between seasons two and three. The highlight for me was watching class act Patrick Stewart hang around in a T-shirt and using the word “frisson”. If one person can name me someone who would have been better suited for the role of Picard, I will mail you a dollar. That was followed up by “Selected Crew Analysis: Year Three”, another 15-minute long collection of cast and Crew interviews and footage during which the evolution of the characters themselves is discussed. The focus is obviously Dr. Crusher, whose one-year absence was felt especially hard by Captain Picard. (In fact, her return caused the “frisson” mentioned above.

Next up were the two Departmental Briefings, one of them pertaining to production and the other to memorable missions. The production briefing focuses mostly on visual effects, new models and music while the other talks about some specific episodes and shares some anecdotes from the shooting. Lasting about 20-minutes each, they are actually pretty interesting to watch as they give some cool insights on a day on the set.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Again, due to the relatively expensive cost of the set, this is a tough purchase if you’re not a hardcore fan. If you are, then go ahead and have a blast with the 3 seasons released to date. In fact, make this one your Christmas present! You know the series so you know what to expect but the packaging does look great, new menus make navigation a blast and the show itself is just good so sit back and hit warp speed with the crew!
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