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STAR TREK: Q FAN COLLECTIVE
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Various

Starring:
Patrick Stewart
Jonathan Frakes
John de Lancie

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What's it about
The adventures of the Starship Enterprise as they experience the god-like prankster Q. At first a seeming enemy, Q begins to develop a connection with Picard and his crew.
Is it good movie?
Captain’s Log: It seems that CBS DVD have made plans to make a little more cash off the ever popular Star Trek franchise. In order to obtain this task they have asked fans to vote for favorite character episodes. And with this information they have released “fan collective” DVD’s.

Yes Star Trek fans, here’s another DVD you may have to buy. Q, played brilliantly by John de Lancie is one of the most popular semi-regular characters from The Next Generation. He popped up in the first episode in 1987, Encounter at Farpoint and continued to annoy and intrigue Jean Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) throughout the seven year run. He also popped up for Voyager and continued to make for an intrusive burden. Luckily for the audience his burden created some of the best episodes for each series. Mr. de Lancie brought some incredible humor to an already entertaining show and with this “fan collective”, these episodes are given the spotlight.

In watching Q’s fan favorites, I really enjoyed revisiting the TNG universe and began to really appreciate the writing and wonderful chemistry of the regular cast; including Mr. Stewart, Jonathan Frakes and many others (how I miss Tasha Yar). We also get a few interesting choices with guest stars such as Whoopi Goldberg and Corbin Bernsen. TNG started off rough with questionable special effects and some overly “preachy” writing, but it developed into one of the best science fictions programs on television. The special effects (although dated) looked better as the seasons progressed and the cast really connected to each other. And most importantly, the writing seemed to improve. I also really dug the episodes of Voyager. Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway is really fantastic and plays off Q wonderfully, especially in The Q and the Grey.

There is a reason Q had become a fan favorite in the Star Trek universe. The dude is funny. He steals almost every moment he is in, whether he is tossing insults to Worf (Michael Dorn) or bonding (as only he could) with Data (Brent Spiner), he created a wonderful character. In one of my favorite episodes Deja Q, he is turned into a mortal by the head Q dudes and he develops a very interesting relationship with Data; terrific performances from both. Now my only complaint with this box set is that if you are a Star Trek fan you may already own these episodes. But that is somewhat mended by the addition of three Voyager episodes and one Deep Space Nine (albeit a forgettable one). Unless you are a HUGE Star Trek fan and have to own everything or don’t own any of the seven seasons but really dig Q, it may be worth it. I fall into the later category and enjoyed this “greatest hits”, if you will, of Star Trek.
Video / Audio
Video: A very clear Full Frame just like it was on television; very nice transfer.

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sounds terrific.
The Extras
Sadly, the extras on this four disc set leave a little to be desired. C’mon people… give us some featurettes, interviews, anything.

Disc One includes the following TNG episodes: Encounter at Farpoint, Hide and Q and Q Who. No extras.

Disc Two includes Deja Q with text commentary, Qpid, True Q and an episode of Deep Space Nine entitled Q-Less which also includes text commentary.

Disc Three includes the TNG episodes Tapestry, the final TNG episode All Good Things… and the Voyager episode Death Wish with text commentary.

Disc Four finishes off with the Voyager episodes The Q and the Grey and Q2.

Now what’s this about Text Commentary? Well, Michael and Denise Okuda give us some pretty informative info on TNG’s “Deja Q”, Voyager’s “Death Wish” and DSN’s “Q-Less”. Much like that old VH-1 series Pop Up Video, little windows pop up and give us information on several aspects of the series and the “science fiction” aspect from each. One of the most disturbing comes from “Deja Q” with the exciting news that an asteroid is destined to smash into the earth and cause some serious damage. But not all of it is doomsday space stuff. Michael who is the scenic art supervisor gives us info on how the sets were used. And Denise, who worked as a medical consultant deals more with the serious issues. Very informative but this is “text” so if you are not a big fan of reading, it may annoy you. I dug it.

I also appreciated the packaging because it lists the episode numbers and their original air dates. Not bad, but could have been a helluva lot better.
Last Call
This Q Fan Collective is another attempt to get fans to dig deep into their pockets for more Star Trek than they might need. But I for one grooved on the character and would recommend this collection if you don’t have any interest in owning every single season of TNG. John de Lancie gives life to his portrayal of Q whether he is causing havoc or dealing with serious “moral” dilemmas. He is fantastic here and he fits well with the series regulars. I appreciated being able to watch the dude’s character grow, as well as the series itself in a single “best of” box set. And I also appreciated the addition of Voyager especially due to Kate Mulgrew’s (still kinda sexy after all these years) Janeway. JimmyO out!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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