STAR TREK: KLINGON (FAN COLLECTIVE)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Trekkies unite! The Klingons get showcased through choice episodes from different Star Trek shows through the years.
Is it good movie?
k, so here we go. It took FOUR tries before the boys at Paramount DVD decided to get to our favorite bumpy-headed funny-talkers, and was it worth the weight? I think it was. If you're a Trek fan, there isn't going to take much convincing to get you to pick this set up- it's got some key episodes that you probably already knew about a long time ago, and have worn out your VHS tapes watching. If you're not a Trek fan, well..why would you buy this set anyway? I suppose the Klingons are some of the more memorable figures in ST history, besides Darth Vader and that Yoda guy. That was a joke, please don't flame.
This set serves as a tasty sampler of some of the most memorable episodes for fans and non-fans alike. Here's what we're treated to, 11 episodes over four discs.
Broken Bow (Enterprise 721), Errand of Mercy (TOS 027), The Trouble With Tribbles (TOS 042), A Matter of Honor (TNG 134), Sins of the Father (TNG 165), Redemption, Part I (TNG 200), Redemption, Part II (TNG 201), The Way of the Warrior (DS9 718), The Sword of the Kahless (DS9 481), Trials and Tribble-ations (DS9 503), Barge of the Dead (Voyager 223)
So it breaks down the way it should (in my opinion), as we get one episode from Enterprise (which I thought was the best of the set, and coincidentally is the first episode of that show), two from the Original Series (including "the Trouble with Tribbles"..yes!!), 3 DS9 episodes (including Trials and Tribble-ations, which is also awesome), and a lone Voyager entry, which I could personally have taken or left. TNG takes up a mighty four episodes, with the most memorable klingon, Worf, being on that show, properly so. Sure, some of the episodes are dated and the acting can be hit or miss, but you're bound to find some joy in at least one or more episodes of the series you grew up with. It's Star Trek, and you've got to respect the classics. Except Enterprise. No one respects Enterprise.
There's not a lot I can say that is going to sway you one way or another to pick up this set. If you dig Star Trek, you've probably got it already. I thought that the episodes selected ranged from hilarious and campy to downright awesome, especially the two-part TNG episode, "Redemption." I also thought it was cool the way the discs were presented chronologically, starting oddly enough with Enterprise's "Broken Bow", which details the first ever Klingon encounter. The main problem I had with this series is that if you're going to do it, you've got to include all of the awesome episodes. How can you narrow it down to just 11? It's hard to satisfy raging Trekkies, but i'm sure this set'll make a few bucks.
Video / Audio
Enterprise's offering is presented in a beautiful 1:78 anamorphic widescreen, and the other episodes come to us in 1:33 fullscreen, and look pretty clean and clear themselves.
Each look a bit better than they would if you were watching in syndication.
Sound, although presented in Dolby 5.1, sounds a little flat, and that's disappointing considering the subject matter.
The lack of extras on this set disappoints me.
We do get some text Commentaries from "Trek Historians" Michael and Denise Okuda, for five of the eleven episodes: Broken Bow, The Trouble with Tribbles, Sins of the Father, The Sword of Kahless and Trials and Tribble-ations. They're chock full of information (almost like trivia tracks), and I rather enjoy the text-commentary tracks, because you can still watch the show at the same time.
Other than that, we get a commentary track from the Enterprise producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga from the first season of the show on DVD, which is bland, low-key and overly skippable.
Overall, the extras on this disc are lacking. Text commentaries are cool, but you'd think that for something as awesome as Star Trek, you'd have some neat featurettes on Klingons over the years, fan panels from conventions, or SOMETHING, not just the minor stuff we get here. There are 11 episodes on this set, some of which are pretty awesome, but that's not just enough. I recommend this set to fans, or those interested in Trek as a neat sampler, but it's by no means a complete set and in some ways feels like a marketing ploy.