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Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 6 Blu-ray review June 23, 2014

by Matt Wright , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,TNG Remastered , trackback

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Season 6 is arguably the best season of TNG. The writers that we associate with TNG’s better episodes were all present, the production staff had TNG down cold, the visual effects were at their peak technologically, and the episodes covered a diverse group of subjects and genres.  Read on to see how the season looks re-mastered and details of  the treasure trove of deleted scenes the CBS Digital team were able to find, available June 24th in North America.

The Episodes

The fourth episode of the season “Relics” is a particularly exciting one for fans of both generations, after “Unification” last season we weren’t sure if there would be any valid way to get TOS actors on screen with TNG ones again. Leave it to Scotty to rig a transporter into a constant diagnostic cycle to preserve himself. On the Blu-ray set we also finally get the deleted scene with Scotty and Troi that fills in a missing piece of the episode, it explains why Scotty appears to have met Troi when he says goodbye at the end of the episode. See the deleted scenes section for more.

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“A Fistful of Datas” falls into a bit of cliché, another holodeck malfunction episode, but the comic value and the homage to the Western genre are enough to elevate it.

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“Chain of Command” is an excellent two-parter which comments on torture, prisoner’s rights, and handling the change of leadership under a new commanding officer.  For more on the episode see our single-disc release review from last week.

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“Face of the Enemy” gives Troi an episode all her own, we get to see aspects of her character that hadn’t been explored previously. She has to be commanding and think on her feet as she’s thrown into a situation she didn’t choose and has to figure out how to appear to be a Romulan operative of the Tal Shiar.

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“Tapestry” is an amazing episode, it’s often called a Trek version of It’s a Wonderful Life, but that doesn’t do it justice. We learn more than ever before about Picard’s life as a young brash ensign, and the idea that our choices shape who we become, and we need the mistakes and the lessons learned the hard way, is a really poignant message.

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“Birthright” part one of the episode can’t quite figure out what it wants to be, Deep Space Nine crossover to help launch the new show? An exploration of Data’s longing to be more human by his accidental dreaming? Or is it about Worf and his long lost father? Data’s dreaming is dropped entirely for the second part (it will be picked up again in Season 7), and we get a fairly interesting story about Klingons and Romulans who have decide to live together, but at what cost to their pride and sense of heritage?

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“Lessons” is another episode that in many ways would be a pretty stock TNG episode, but is elevated by the personal nature of the storyline with Picard and his love interest Nella Daren. Picard knowing that the women he loves is the best person for the job on a perilous mission, sends her down to a dangerous planet, and we feel for Picard as he waits in the transporter room to see if she makes it out alive.

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“The Chase” is a romp around the quadrant to put together pieces of an ancient biological puzzle (Indiana Jones meets Trek). We get Cardassians, Klingons, Romulans and Humans all in a mad dash to see what secrets of the universe might be unlocked.

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“Frame of Mind” is Johnathan Frakes’ tour-de-force episode as his mind struggles to make sense of what’s happening to him, which reality is the real one? A decade and a half before Inception and seven years before The Matrix, “Frame of Mind” was an excellent mind bending and rather creepy episode.

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“Timescape” is a personal favorite of mine, a second episode about time phenomena from Branon Braga, after Season 5′s excellent “Cause and Effect” (remember, this is all before it became his go-to cliché story element in later Trek franchise shows).  Picard, Troi, Data, and LaForge are returning to the Enterprise via Runabout and they encounter the Enterprise stuck in time seemingly under attack from a Romulan Warbird. All is not what it seems and the mystery is slowly unraveled through investigation on both ships, Troi’s time on a Warbird from “Face of the Enemy” comes in handy here.

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“Descent I”, at the time Descent was really something, we got see the Borg again (this was long before they became overused in Voyager), and they were certainly different this time. Data was somehow experiencing emotions? And the reveal that both the Borg and Data’s emotions were both due to Lore’s manipulation seemed like a great cliffhanger. I’m not sure how well it stands up to the test of time, but I still generally like it. Part 2 in Season 7 is in some ways the better part since we to follow up with what happened to Hugh from “I, Borg” and Lore is put to rest for good, but that will have to wait for later this year.

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There are some more mediocre episodes, like “True Q”, “Realm of Fear”, “Man of the People”, and “Rascals”, but they usually have some redeeming moments in them. For example, in “Rascals” the interactions between Guinan and Ro are very good, and help expand Ro’s backstory and lighten her character up a bit.

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Poor Geordi still can’t win at love in “Aquiel”, an episode Ron D. Moore reflects on as terrible in this season’s documentary. He says, at the time, he and Branon Braga thought they were being clever by making the killer the shapeshifting dog.

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“Schisms” is an interesting TNG version of alien abductions; the scene with the victims filling in the pieces of the examination table in the holodeck is a compelling scene.  We get to revisit Moriarty and his wish to be corporeal in “Ship in a Bottle” (there was a long running legal dispute with the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Paramount that prevented a follow up sooner).

“Starship Mine” is a fun episode that sees Patrick Stewart get what he’d been asking for, more action. Picard pulls a Bruce Willis on some thieves while Data chats everyone’s ear off with his newest social subroutine “small talk”.

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Crusher gets to play whodunit in “Suspicions”, an episode that’s uniquely told almost entirely in a flashback from a single point of view (Crusher’s).

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Riker gets a transporter double in “Second Chances”, but unlike TOS, he’s not evil, he’s just been stuck pining away for Troi on a planet for years. Sadly nothing really comes of Thomas Riker after this (aside from stealing the Defiant on DS9 he’s never seen again).

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Speaking of doubles, “Rightful Heir” is kind of an interesting aside about an attempt to change the political and spiritual direction of the Kingon Empire with a Kahless clone, but it ultimately ends up not really affecting the Empire, or even Worf personally, in the long run.  Birthright was a more interesting and challenging episode for Worf earlier in the season.

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Audio and Video Quality

The audio is once again generally excellent DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mixes.

CBS Digital is remastering the rest of series, hence the long wait between Seasons 5 and 6 and between Seasons 6 and 7 (which is due out late this year), but the results are worth it. Season 6 is up their superb standards. We get to see more complex visual effects than ever, and we also get a taste of what Deep Space Nine looks like in HD thanks to “Birthright”.

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Bonus Material

Deleted Scenes: There is a ton of footage that got left on the cutting room floor this season.

Time’s Arrow, Part II – Crusher, posing a nurse, tries to deal with 19th century medical technology (or lack thereof) while LaForge and Troi try to comfort a sick patient. We also see Riker walking his beat as a street cop near by.

Relics – This is probably the most anticipated of the deleted scenes – Troi tries to council Scotty in this deleted scene. This is an important missing scene. Scotty isn’t all that interested in opening up Troi, especially when he figures out she’s a psychologist, which prompts him to say “I may be old, but I’m not crazy!” storming out to Ten Forward for a drink.

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True Q – A bit more of Amanda unsettled by her powers in her quarters, Troi enters with a puppy for her, and they discuss what she could do in Starfleet and her hopes for a normal future.

Ship in a Bottle - Barclay is surprised to learn that Moriarty experiences discomfort while being taken offline.

- Cuts bits of the scene where Moriarty proclaims that if his will is strong enough he may make it through the holodeck doors.

Face of the Enemy – DeSeve (the former Romulan defector) realizes the Federation is no longer home to him as he attempts to order a Romulan dish from the replicator and it isn’t recognized.

Tapestry - Q taunts Picard a bit more in the “white limbo” just after Picard appears in the “afterlife”, Q tells him to check his pulse to see if he’s lying.

- More from the awkward morning after Picard and Marta conversation.

- A bit more of Picard’s dreary life after avoiding his mistakes, a scene in engineering with LaForge where he tries to offer his advice to LaForge about an engine problem and gets his comments shot down since he’s a low ranking officer from another division (astrophysics).

Birthright, Part II (~13mins of cut material!) – On the bridge, Worf’s disappearance worries his friends.  Picard and Troi discuss Worf and what it could mean to him if his father really is alive.

- In the compound Tokath releases that he cannot keep the secret of the colony, he says he’s ordered Romulan border patrols to lookout for the Yridian vessel.

- An alternate version of Worf sharing the mythology of Kahless with the Klingons of the colony.

- Worf’s confused about a Klingon taking a Romulan husband and his attraction to Ba’el, he has an interaction with her mother, Gi’ral, who fiercely justifies the choices she has made to him.

- More of the legend of Kahless from Worf while hunting, he says Kahless was put to death by Molor. This version contradicts what’s said a few episodes later in “Rightful Heir” which states that Kahless used the first bat’leth to slay Molor.

- Interchange between Tokath and Worf who keeps challenging Tokath and stirring up Klingon pride.

- Extended scene of Tokath’s speech before Worf’s execution, saying how they’ve all become family he uses multiple anecdotes of their trials and tribulations together to demonstrate their bond.

- A cut scene on the bridge where Worf contacts the Enterprise, in the final version Worf’s return is simply explained by a Picard voiceover.

The Chase – A scene with Mr. Mot in sickbay to get his cells sampled, there’s banter between Crusher and Mot, who likes to think he’s a critically important part of the crew, and starts to “help” Crusher with her samples.

Rightful Heir (~12 mins of cut scenes) – Why is Worf behaving strangely? From what would have been the beginning of the episode post-credits. Picard and Riker discuss Worf’s unusual behavior, sloppy reports, barely making to his duty shift on time, etc. in the ready room.

- Worf is skeptical of “Kahless”, an expanded scene of interaction between Kahless and Worf, where Worf questions why he appeared to him.

- Superfluous scene in the observation lounge, as the bridge team prepares to arrive at Borath, most of the expositions points was already covered elsewhere.

- Worf and Kahless talk more in his quarters, they talk about his life on the Enterprise, and how Alexander is under the care of his adoptive grandparents, but that he has still been taught about Klingon heritage. On the bridge Gowron signals to meet outside Klingon space.

- In Kahless’es quarters the cleric Koroth is trying to prepare Kahless for all of the challenges he will face on the home world, Worf interrupts this to chat with Kahless.  Worf asks Kahless about death and stovocore. Kahless does not have those answers; he says that when he is corporeal he does not remember what came before. He says Worf has a place by his side helping to restore honor to the empire.

- In the Observation Lounge, Gowron and Koroth are arguing about Kahless, Gowron says he will not allow the supposed Kahless imposter into Klingon space. Worf then enters and reveals Kahless is a clone per the final cut.

Audio Commentaries:

“Relics” with Ron D. Moore and the Okudas

“Tapestry” with Ron D. Moore and the Okudas

“Frame of Mind” with James L. Conway (director) and Jonathan West (Director of Photography)

Documentaries:

Gag Reel (5:21): – Another great reel of new footage from the CBS-D team. Good stuff with Frakes busting in with a power drill instead of a phaser from “Aquiel”. Spiner adlibbing small talk from “Starship Mine”. And of course a classic Dorn can’t talk through his “Klingon teeth” flub.

Beyond the Five Year Mission – The Evolution of Star Trek: The Next Generation

This season’s documentary is kind of all over the place. Including a slightly pretentious name for the 3rd part.

Part 1: The Lithosphere

Naren Shankar opens the segment saying S6 is where everyone on the writing team hit their stride, and really were doing interesting episodes.

We get archival interview footage of Michael Pillar about DS9.

Season 6 supervising producer Frank Abatemarco talks about how he came to the show through Pillar, they had the same agent. He wasn’t a big sci-fi buff, but he liked the whole group at TNG.

Dave Rossi (later producer of Trek, then Berman’s assistant) says Berman was the busiest producer in Hollywood. He’d oversee the final edits of the show, he’d be going over the next week’s script, etc.

New interview with Rick Berman talks about how DS9 could have conflict through the non-Starfleet characters.  He says it was exhausting getting a new show launched while still overseeing TNG.

They discuss how DS9 was being worked on simultaneously to Season 6, and how Pillar was the man to do it.

Naren Shankar talks about the staff pooh-poohing of the new show being on a station, when all of Trek had been about going out to the story, not the story coming to you.

Sadly all the footage from DS9 itself is upscaled SD footage, so there’s no secret hint or look at DS9 in HD (aside from footage form “Birthright” of course).

Naren Shankar says the straight jacket of TNG was that it was decreed to be mostly conflict free and too perfect. Which means that the show was outwardly focused, the Enterprise goes to people that do have problems.

Rene Echevarria says that when he joined the writing staff Jeri Taylor was running the TNG writer’s room, Michael Pillar was mostly busy overseeing DS9. It was a group of young guys (Shankar, Echevarria, Ron D. Moore, and Brannon Braga) under the leadership of Jeri Taylor.

Ron D. Moore voices his regret over “Aquiel”. They thought it was going to be a fun Geordi love story, and they thought they were clever with the dog being the shapeshifter.

Part 2: The Biosphere

Richard James (production designer) starts this segment off. He says he wanted to be an art director before he even knew what the term was.  He was interested in space travel and UFOs.

Wendy Neuss (producer) says there was a deliberate decision to make TNG a more serious show.

Dan Curry talks about how he had a lot of background in film and had been doing second unit shots already, so he asked Berman if he could direct an episode (Birthright, II).

Johnathan West (DP) says he was a TOS fan as young man, and was able to get on set of TOS thanks to knowing a person in the costume dept. He also got to be on set of TWOK as a camera operator.

Richard James talks about the set problems in the observation lounge with the windows, there were actually Plexiglas windows in the early seasons, they would catch glare, smudge, etc. When James came in he said, why not just remove them?  There would be an advanced material that’s robust and perfectly clear in the future, so that’s what’s “there”. Berman loved it.

West’s first episode as DP was “Relics” as a long time TOS fan he was super excited to work with James Doohan. He talks about how the TOS Enterprise bridge set was mostly faked and only a small portion of the set really existed so it had to be shot around.

Wendy Neuss talks about the music production and how she eventually got to be the producer at the soundstage where they were recording the music cues and she’d work interactively with the composers to fine tune the cues.

Entertainment Tonight excerpt about Steven Hawking appearing as himself on TNG. Berman says Hawking helped rewrite a few lines in his scene to be more accurate and actually re-wrote a line into a joke.

Part 3: The Noosphere (a term that means “the sphere of human thought”)

Whoopi kicks off this segement!  We hear from her for the first time on the Blu-ray sets. Whoopi Goldberg recounts how she was having lunch with LeVar Burton back in 1987 and he said he was starting on TNG, and she said he wanted to be on the show. Burton passed the word along, but the producers just couldn’t believe it, she was such a big star at the time, so they never followed up. Eventually Whoopi called Gene Roddenberry’s office directly and got a meeting with him.

Jonathan Frakes says he’d still be doing Trek in some fashion if he could. He loved the show, loved working with the people, loved directing it, etc.

Marina Sirtis says that she was in a show written primarily by 20th century men; she would try to fight about her character and her looks. She’d get notes from the production, not about her acting, but about her lipstick or her hair, etc.

Dorn says he loves westerns, as does Spiner, so they loved the idea of “Fistful of Datas”.

John DeLancie weighs in on “Tapestry”, says he knew it was going to be great when he first started reading the script.

Patrick Stewart says he was fortunate to have fun and enjoy his work, his Trek mates taught him that, before he thought that good work wasn’t fun, it was always serious.

Sirtis jokes about the Romulan wardrobe, the big shoulder pads, and how she kept bumping into things.

Spiner says he loves “Ode to Spot”, it was perfectly ridiculous, and he says people expect him to still know the poem. He says working with a feline actor was hard; there were wranglers that would try to get it to do things in the scene. Doing a scene with Spot meant it was going to be a long day of retakes. Spiner complained about it, and the next day a joke script showed up that heavily featured Spot.

Burton says Frakes lead the way by directing and it made him want to direct, this helped him explore another aspect of the craft. The longevity of the show let him watch and learn the aspects of production. He gives to kudos to Berman for allowing actors to go through “Star Trek University” – the boot camp for directors.

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Comments

1. RetroWarbird - June 23, 2014

I’m happy about the slight gaps allowing CBS Digital to do the legwork.

I feel like Realm of Fear deserves more than a glancing over, though. Barclay was always far more interesting to me than many core characters, and I think it’s deservedly so that he features a spotlight episode or guest appearance once or even twice per season. His arc shows real growth and real relatability – more relevant now than ever since we now live in an era where you can become isolated in your virtual, digital life. I think Realm of Fear is one of the stronger “character pieces” of the season. It’s also a great O’Brien episode, and it’s ultra rare for a TNG episode to focus so strongly on two “lower decks” players (although obviously with the growth those two attain in this series, they lucked into spinning into the spinoffs!)

It may also be the best example of mundane engineering department activities, and gives the best look into some of the day-to-day aspects of Geordi’s ace team!

2. Elias Javalis - June 23, 2014

Yes! I love TNG! I have it all on blu-ray. I think i am gonna wait for Season 7 to buy them combo.

3. Mad Mann - June 23, 2014

Wow, what a great over-view! Thanks, Matt!

The best thing about this set is seeing DS9 is HD!

I’m not sure it will happen, but I really hope we can get DS9 in HD in Bluray some day.

4. I am not Herbert - June 23, 2014

EXCELLENT!!! …wish i could afford these! =)

is Netflix airing the remastered versions?

5. Matt Wright - June 23, 2014

@ 4 — Nope, Netflix thus far seems totally uninterested (or unable due to contracts) to get the HD versions. If you want to see the remasters from a streaming provider you’ll need Amazon Prime, they’re the only ones with Seasons 1-5 in HD.

6. Matt Wright - June 23, 2014

We’ll have a little article up later this that focuses on all the DS9 elements shown in Season 6, like the scenes of the promenade from Birthright I and the runabout from Timescape. Currently CBS has not made a decision about remastering DS9 and time is running out, CBS-D is mostly done with Season 7 now, if it gets done and there’s no project ahead, most of the staff will move on to other jobs in the industry.

7. Matt Wright - June 23, 2014

@1 — You know you’re right, I actually re-watched Realm of Fear last night and it has a lot more interesting moments than I remembered.

8. B Kramer - June 23, 2014

Excellent review Matt, keep up the great job and thanks.

9. Skippy2k - June 23, 2014

Why when it has come to the few scenes showing DS9 in what should be HD like Birthright and Trials and Tribbleations do they just have to upscale? Are these stock shots or whatever not accessable? Just curious.

10. JRT! - June 23, 2014

Love me some TNG! Might have to upgrade to br’s,only got dvd’s so far.

On a different note,for those of us who actually like the new movies,we FINALLY get the ST ID release we wanted! On br,but at least it’s a two-disc release with everything in ONE place. You might end up with the ’09 movie as well,since it’s a compendium or whatever. Also a two-dsic thing.

Btw,do the prices on ST br’s ever go down a bit,like the dvd’s do? I really hope so,lol!

J-R!

11. Kevn - June 23, 2014

@6 Matt Wright

There’s a cool DS9 HD video making the rounds from the Birthright episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR7oewdXp7w

12. Eric Cheung - June 23, 2014

JRT!, that sounds really good, though I’ll probably wait until the third film gets released and see if they have a the film set like this.

13. JRT! - June 23, 2014

Yeah,guess if I can be patient I’d hope for some kinda big megaset after the third movie. But if this one ain’t too expensive I might get it while I wait,since I never bought the previous release with nothing on them,or scattered all over the place. I waited for this release,so we’ll see.

Still wanna get TOS,TNG and STE on br though,and as soon as I see them on sale anywhere,I’ll pick’em up. Most likely,lol!

J-R!

14. Caesar - June 23, 2014

This season is about where I check out of TNG. It was pretty bad, aside from Relics and Tapestry.

15. Robert Meyer Burnett - June 23, 2014

“This season’s documentary is kind of all over the place. Including a slightly pretentious name for the 3rd part.”

Just for the record, the titles of the three part documentary this season, The Lithosphere, the Biosphere and the Noosphere, represent the nine levels of classical biological stages, or Evolution. Since the overall title of the doc was, “The Evolution of STAR TREK: The Next Generation,” we turned to actual science to come up with what we thought were clever tites.

16. Seangh - June 23, 2014

Why do all these blu ray reviews start out with “Season (fill in your favorite season) was arguably the best season of the series.”

First of all, we all know that 3 and 5 were the best, in that order, and the rest pale in comparison. I thought this was already well established and we all agree to this unanimously…

17. Who cares - June 23, 2014

This was just too funny.

http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/star-wars-trilogy-trailer-guardians-galaxy-style/

18. Brian Drew - June 23, 2014

Fantastic review, Matt.

19. Trekboi - June 23, 2014

Looks Good over all but I can’t believe they left that hidious close up shot of the 4-footer inTrue-Q.
This would have been an awesome opportunity for a nice detailed digital background/matt shot of the Enterprise hull.

20. I am not Herbert - June 23, 2014

don’t blow it!! DS9 should get the HD treatment too! …and be on Netflix! ;-)

a lot of people really love “the” Sisko! =)

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21. Riker's Mailbox - June 23, 2014

For all the less than stellar parts Troi was given throughout the seven year run, Face of the Enemy was one of the series’ best. The tension between her character and the Romulan Captain, you could cut it with a serrated bat’leth. Wonderful performance by both of them!

22. Matt Wright - June 23, 2014

@ 15 – Mr. Burnett, thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you don’t take too much offense at my comment, but it’s the first I’ve ever heard of the term, and I have a master’s degree (admittedly not in biology). You’re doing amazing work, so please don’t take my minor quibble too harshly, I love all the VAM content :-)

23. Matt Wright - June 23, 2014

@ 16 – Actually many people feel S6 is one of the best seasons. And they all start that way because people do indeed argue that one or more of the Seasons 3-6 are the best.

24. Scott B. here. - June 23, 2014

I’m not sure how to preface this question, but has there ever been a DVD or Blu-ray release featuring all the episodes of the non-TOS Trek series featuring characters from TOS? I can’t find evidence of one on Amazon, yet it seems like a no-brainer collection. I enjoyed the spin-off series, but will never buy the disc sets. However, as a TOS fan, I’d certainly purchase a nice Blu-ray set containing “Encounter at Farpoint,” “Sarek,”, “Unification,” “Relics,” “Blood Oath,” etc.

Thoughts? Info? Amens?

Scott B. out.

25. ironhyde - June 23, 2014

19. Trekboi – agreed about the 4-foot Enterprise. That whole episode was a bit off for me, in a season that does hold several of the very best hours of sci-fi ever to grace the small screen (ie.Timescape). I’m heartbroken they didn’t fix that scene… would have made a huge difference. I wonder Why?

26. Cygnus-X1 - June 23, 2014

Enjoyed the review, Matt!

I actually really enjoyed Acquiel and thought the shape-shifting dog as the villain was brilliant when this first aired!

There are a lot of great episodes in Season 6, but I’ve always associated Season 5 as being the peak of TNG, I think primarily because Season 6 is when the strangely slow-paced episodes, like Lessons, started to creep in. And I just hate those. It’s like someone in the production made a conscious decision, You know, this series has just gotten too good; let’s make it a bit lame.

Still, there are so many classic TNG moments in Season 6. Data’s whole “smalltalk” subroutine and mimicking Commander Hutchinson was brilliant. I might be mistaken, but I was under the impression that Data refers to smalltalk by a mistaken name, like “little talk,” in a previous episode. Maybe someone with a good memory can help me out here….

One thing that has always confused me is why the DS9 producers decided to recycle the appearance of the Ancient Progenitor Humanoids from TNG Season 6 The Chase into The Founders (and even re-used the same actress, Salome Jens), with no further similarities between the two races, rather than simply having the Ancient Progenitor Humanoids be The Founders or more closely related to them in some way. For the longest time, I’d assumed an implied relationship between The Founders and the Ancient Humanoids that simply wasn’t intended, all because of the decision to recycle the make-up and the actress.

Frame of Mind was a classic TNG episode of the mind-bending variety that none of the subsequent series did as well as TNG.

Face of the Enemy was another classic and a great feature for Marina Sirtis. “I’ll have you ejected into space; is that clear Sub-Commander!” has been seared into my mind since the first time I watched that episode. Sirtis did a great job of playing a very vulnerable fish-out-of-water pretending to show strength and play what few cards she had as best she could. It was a great role for her.

James Doohan gave us some great comedy in Relics, getting drunk with Data on Aldebaran whiskey and barely restraining his irritation with the Enterprise-D computer. Having Data reprise the, “….It’s green.” bit, turning the tables on Doohan’s Scotty, who originally did it vis-a-vis an alien in TOS By Any Other Name, was yet another of the really smart moments in TNG that made that series so good.

27. nathan - June 23, 2014

Thanks for the review–I think you’ve sold me!

28. Marja - June 24, 2014

17 Who Cares, Thanks, that was a great LOL! The editors did a GREAT job. Now I have Norman Greenbaum going thru my brain.

Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky ….

29. Marja - June 24, 2014

11 Kevn, Oh, dear, I do hope they do DS9 in HD. The station looks beautiful!

And I wish that Netflix will be able to begin playing HD versions of the shows. But … good enough for now.

I LOVE DS9.

30. Marja - June 24, 2014

26 Cygnus One thing that has always confused me is why the DS9 producers decided to recycle the appearance of the Ancient Progenitor Humanoids from TNG Season 6 The Chase into The Founders (and even re-used the same actress, Salome Jens), with no further similarities between the two races, rather than simply having the Ancient Progenitor Humanoids be The Founders or more closely related to them in some way. For the longest time, I’d assumed an implied relationship between The Founders and the Ancient Humanoids that simply wasn’t intended, all because of the decision to recycle the make-up and the actress.

It’s confusing to me, too. Maybe the Founders are the evil spawn of the Preservers. Or maybe the Progenitors are an experimental experience in being “solids” produced by the Founders? Maybe some “enterprising” author will explain it all for us someday ;-)

31. Paul - June 24, 2014

@30 – Another hypothesis: The Founders were artificial servants created by the Progenitors. That’s why they look similar. When the Progenitors became extinct, their servants survived them and eventually ended up being persecuted and hunted by the lesser humanoid races they helped to create.

32. Cygnus-X1 - June 24, 2014

30. Marja – June 24, 2014

Maybe some “enterprising” author will explain it all for us someday ;-)

Heyoooooo!! :-)

33. Cygnus-X1 - June 24, 2014

31. Paul – June 24, 2014

It could be that or anything else. But it’s actually nothing.

Nothing but a missed opportunity, that is.

34. Magic_Al - June 24, 2014

Regarding the Sherlock Holmes rights dispute that denied us (or spared us) more Elementary, Dear Data sequels, it was only last week that a U.S. appeals court finally (?) shot down the Conan Doyle estate’s theory that they are entitled to royalties for use of the Sherlock Holmes characters even though most of the stories are public domain.

35. James T. West - June 24, 2014

This was my favorite season! My last year at college…had to watch on rabbit-ears cathode tube tv…lots of static and distortion.
Then every saturday night, from midnight to 5am, the local channel aired a TNG marathon!!! 5 random episodes from S1-S5!
Relics and Tapestry are instant classics! My personal favorites were Realm of Fear, Schisms, and Ship in a Bottle!
I just got mine in the mail today from Amazon!!
Enjoy…

Can’t remember Scotty’s ship’s name that crashed onto the Dyson Sphere…

36. Martin Pollard - June 24, 2014

@35 – The USS Jenolen.

37. Lee Butterley - June 24, 2014

So how comes this is available today in the US, but Amazon.co.uk says it’s not issued in the UK until July 21st?

38. Dr. Sevrin - June 24, 2014

In Trek Heat, watching now. Love third episode on first disc, in which Deanna becomes sex toilet for disingenuous negotiator. Have seen this before, but never noticed nipples at 18:55. Now, after twenty years, episode makes sense. Riker’s smile wasn’t about Deanna’s outfit – IT WAS ABOUT NIPPLES. Mystery resolved. BTW, Marina, your nipples rock.

39. Matt Wright - June 24, 2014

@ 37 – Sadly Paramount in the UK decided to move the release date back an entire month, no idea why, but they screwed you guys :-/

40. LogicalLeopard - June 25, 2014

Wow…those screen captures look pretty good. It ALMOST makes me want to buy a Blu-Ray player……buuuut, I think I’ll just rent Season Six on DVD from the Library so I can catch up on some of those old episodes. Tapestry was a great episode, one of the more useful applications of Q. It also reinforces a disturbing concept that I’ve noticed from episodes like this and Lower Decks: The senior officers seem like a great group of people to work with….IF YOU’RE A SENIOR OFFICER. They act like jerks to everyone else *LOL* Well, unless you’re an attractive woman and the senior officer is Riker.

I loooooved Timescape, the part with Picard making a smiley face in the smoke of a warp core breach is just classic!

41. Marja - June 25, 2014

31, Paul, Great idea. Could definitely explain why the Founders are so paranoid and dismissive of other races.

32 Cygnus, Hey-ohhhh back atcha ;-) We’re old. At least in years.

40, Leopard, as a former enlisted, I sometimes thought the same thing :-/

42. vorta23232323232323232 - July 2, 2014

Okay, I just watched Relics, and I don’t remember the original effects, but why are there stars visible beyond the sun/star at the center of the Dyson sphere? Shouldn’t we be seeing either nothing (darkness) or the rest of sphere behind it in the shots of the solar flares coming off of it?

Am I nuts?

43. KonDarr - July 18, 2014

Watching the first documentary extra on disc 6, I notice a very slight out of sync audio, ahead of picture. It’s very slight but watch the included brief clip of Data with Dr Bashir.

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