Season Two saw the welcome introduction of the cybernetic horror that was the Borg. Originally a powerful symbol of technological misuse in an otherwise technologically utopian universe, ultimately their hive-like existence served to reinforce the message that everyone would be much happier as a team player. Even renegade super-entity Q (John De Lancie) relied on Picard as much as his fellow god-like playmates; Data followed Pinocchio and Spock in a quest to discard what made him an individual; and there was even an episode that rationalised why all aliens basically looked alike (we're all one big family). Even the slogan change to "Where no one has gone before" acknowledges that there's no "one" in a team. But for all its earnest political correctness and an over-reliance on "technobabble", good stories played by an appealing ensemble cast were at the heart of the show's success. After seven successful seasons, "All Good Things" finally came to an end. Until Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, that is. --Paul Tonks
A collective intelligence, formed of organic beings with cybernetic enhancements, the Borg wander the galaxy, seeking out cultures to assimilate. The Enterprise Crew are first introduced to the Borg in the second season episode Q Who and the Cyborgs have since become the single greatest threat facing the Federation. Some highlights of the Borg Mega Cube set:
This set will therefore give a fine summary of The Next Generation's seven years, from the pilot to the series finale, for those who do not wish the expense of all seven season boxsets. They are, however, all the big action spectacles without the low-key cerebral stand-alones.
Notable highlights include the acclaimed "Best of Both Worlds" with the ultimate Borg invasion leading to the greatest of the show's cliffhangers - Captain Picard's assimilation and attack on the Enterprise. Also worthy of mention is the appearance of Ambassador Spock on Romulus as one of several original series corss-overs in "Unification", Picard's interrogation by Cardassians in a fine turn for actor Patrick Stewart in "Chain of Command", and of course the outstanding journey through the past, present and future in the climactic finale "All Good Things...".
However, there are a few that do not quite live up to these high standards with "Time's Arrow" as an unsatisfying if amusing adventure to 19th Century Earth, and "Birthright" as a rather slow paced, uneven mix of Worf and Data character stories that could have been condensed to a single episode.Read more ›
After reading the preview of "LEGACY", I was keen to compare Ishara Yar with her sister, Tasha, when I got to see the episode. There was definitely a resemblance between the two. The Yars came from a colony on Turkana IV where constant fighting between the two factions was a fact of life. Due to these circumstances, these two girls became warriors themselves, learning to fight to the end for their cause. Unfortunately, Ishara's cause was one of hate. Tasha was killed in "Skin of Evil" three years earlier.
The Enterprise enters orbit around Turkana IV to rescue two Starfleet crewmen who have crashed landed on the planet.
My office-mates watched wide eyed as I removed the Borg Cube from its packaging.
This has to be the best boxed set ever. There are not enough superlatives to describe it.
Having seen almost every episode, I am looking forward to watching them again, and filling in any blanks!
I see already there are cubes up for auction... Tsk. This is a collectors item, for geeks and trekkies to enjoy for years to come. Hordes of aliens could not part me from this collection!
Now, a teary-eyed look back across all seven seasons worth of episodes writing in ridiculous superlatives is just not possible in a short review, and would probably be boring to read. If you are considering buying this product you must know how TNG was a landmark and a fine set of sci-fi standalones. It is also, I believe, the second finest Star Trek series of all despite the fact that a great many fans would name it their favourite.
The first year was all about finding its feet, and although the stories were far from perfect, there is a certain nostalgia attached to the bright sets, young actors, original make-up and spandex uniforms.
Season Two saw a few cast changes, Worf's transfer to security, Geordi into engineering, the (brief) arrival of Dr Pulaski, and of course Riker's beard. However, it still appears the worst as well as the shortest season with few original episodes and even the dreaded clip-show born out of necessity due to a writers' strike.
From there on the show went from strength to strength with thoughtful science fiction charting the human condition and plenty of action and spectacle to go alongside. However, the series was not perfect with some characters decidedly shallower than others, a lot of technobabble, one too many "red-shirts", and Troi's predilection for stating the obvious being practiced all too frequently.Read more ›
A must have for borg fanatics and those interested in how it all started. Read more
Fans like myself of Star Trek and other excellent sci fi/horror series, will find... Read more