STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION started
to develop by leaps and bounds in season three. The first two seasons were hit
and miss with the stories. It had strong stories that include the Cold War (THE
ENEMY, THE DEFECTOR), the Prime Directive (WHO WATCHES THE WATCHERS, old characters (SAREK), new twists (the excellent paradox
tale YESTERDAY’S ENTERPRISE), political intrigue (SIN OF THE FATHER which is the first story to develop the Klingons),
terrorists who want freedom for their people (THE HIGH GROUND), the Captain getting some (CAPTAIN’S HOLIDAY), and the
return of the Borg (THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Part 1- the best cliffhanger of the series).
The show still had some duds like MENAGE A TROI and DEJA Q. I still
didn’t care for Captain Picard (that came around season 4 and 5) yet. I
still thought Commander Riker and Data were better characters while the writers still didn’t know what to do with Troi
or Dr. Crusher or Geordi. It was a good thing to shift the show to have
the episode being about one of the main characters instead of it just being about story or the guest stars.
Every episode can be played with or without
episodic promos. Extra from the DVD release have been carried over for the blu-ray
ARCHIVAL MISSION LOG: MISSION OVERVIEW
YEAR THREE- a look at the variety of stories for season three
Audio commentary for THE BONDING by Ronald
D. Moor and Mike & Denise Okuda
LOG: SELECTED CREW ANALYSIS YEAR THREE- the cast reflect on their characters and how they developed and how the writing didn’t
quite help some characters.
DEPARTMENTAL BRIEFING YEAR THREE: MEMORABLE MISSIONS- a brief look at some of the most featured episodes of the third season
Audio commentary for YESTERDAY’S
ENTERPRISE by David Carson
Audio commentary for YESTERDAY’S
ENTERPRISE by Ronald D. Moore, Ira Steven Behr, and Mike & Denise Okuda
LOG: DEPARTMENTAL BRIEFING YEAR THREE: PRODUCTION- a behind-the-scenes look at the making of season three
Audio commentary for THE OFFSPRING by Rene
Echevarria and Mike & Denise Okuda
Audio commentary for SINS OF THE FATHER
by Ronald D. Moore, Dan Curry, and Mike & Denise Okuda
The gag reel is worth watching at least
IN MEMORIAM DAVID RAPPORT is listed for
this disc, but it is missing from the disc.
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, INSIDE
THE WRITER’S ROOM- a reunion of the key writing staff (Ronald D. Berman, Brannon Braga, Naren Shankar, Rene Echeavira)
and moderated by Seth MacFarlane. The writers discuss how it was working with
Michael Piller, the best episodes, the wrost episodes, what worked and what didn’t.
They discuss the whole range of episodes made during the seven seasons of TNG in this 70 minute discussion.
RESISTANCE IS FUTILE- ASSIMILATING STAR
TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION which is a three part retrospective documentary which covers the range of ups and downs of season
three as script editor Melinda Snodergrass as she tells the story of how she
tried to write the holodeck out of the show (that didn’t make Gene Roddenberry happy), discussions about pivotal episodes,
the season three cliffhanger with the Borg, and how some of the cast had problems with how their characters were written (Gates
MacFadden had to fight to get the writers to write for her character again after being gone for a season while it dawns on
Marina Sirtris she should have had discussions with the writers about where she saw her character instead of waiting for them
to write for Troi).
PART ONE: BIOLOGICAL DISTINCTIVENESS
PART TWO: TECHNOLOGICAL DISTINCTIVENESS
PART THREE: THE COLLECTIVE
A TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL PILLER- Michael Piller’s
wife and the cast and crew of STAR TREK: TNG remember Michael Piller as they talk about his career and his time on TNG.
FINAL ANALYSIS: The show looks and sounds great in HD while the new and old extras provide a wealth of extras to explore
for fans of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (with the best extras on disc six). Season
Three is a must buy for STAR TREK fans in the first season where TNG started to shine.
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