STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – SEASON 3
Reviewed July 27th, 2002 by John Randall
Woooohoooooo more Next Generation episodes! I just cannot believe we are already up to season 3! Even closer to having all of them on DVD by year’s end.
All of season 3’s 26 episodes are included in this 7 disc set: Evolution, The Ensigns of Command, The Survivors, Who Watches the Watchers, The Bonding, Booby Trap, The Enemy, The Price, The Vengeance Factor, The Defector, The Hunted, The High Ground, Deja Q, A Matter of Perspective, Yesterday's Enterprise, The Offspring, Sins of the Father, Allegiance, Captain's Holiday, Tin Man, Hollow Pursuits, The Most Toys, Sarek, Menage a Troi, Transfigurations, The Best of Both Worlds Part 1.
There are some really good episodes this time around! By far the most important of all of them is “The Best of Both Worlds Part 1” which introduced the first end of the season cliffhanger – and boy what an ending with Picard becoming one of the Borg!
This time around, Beverly Crusher is back, Wesley gets to wear a real Starfleet outfit and dump his gray thing, and there are great performances by returning players like Q (John De Lancie), Majel Barrett as Lwaxana Troi, and of course Whoppi Goldberg as Guinan is back as well.
Another memorable episode is “Yesterday’s Enterprise” where a hole in time brings Tasha Yar back to life! Also, do not forget the episode “Sarek” with Mark Lennard playing the legendary Sarek role. We are also introduced to Barclay this season – played by Dwight Shultz of A-Team fame, and a new member of the Q - Corbin Bernsen.
You cannot forget to mention some other big things that happened this season like seeing the Klingon home world in “Sins of the Father” and Data’s daughter in “The Offspring”. Also included is the Romulan defector in “The Defector” and Picard’s romance in “Captain's Holiday”.
The video is again presented in their original 4:3 full screen aspect ratio. As with the other seasons, quality is mixed, but nothing out of the norm. Overall, the quality seems to be improving as the seasons progress.
In addition, like the other two seasons, the audio has been redone in Dolby Digital 5.1 and is a real treat. A Dolby Digital 2.0 track is again provided.
This season has some good extras to go along with it. First there is “Mission Overview: Year Three” that runs just under 20 minutes which goes over the changes between season 2 and 3 and includes some great interviews from a variety of times. Next is “Selected Crew Analysis: Year Three” which is just under 15 minutes which is a look at character development.
“Departmental Briefing: Production” is a 20 minute featurette looking at certain episodes through the eyes of the cast members. “Departmental Briefing: Memorable Missions” is another 15 minutes of the cast looking at episodes by the cast and crew. The fans will surely love all of them. However, where are all those great bloopers?!
Overall, this was a great season to relive – and any fan will want this set. Highly recommended.
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