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Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 [DVD] [1990]

Patrick Stewart , Brent Spiner , Cliff Bole , Corey Allen    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby
  • Directors: Cliff Bole, Corey Allen, James L. Conway, Joseph L. Scanlan, Kim Manners
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2002
  • Run Time: 1300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006J9U6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,616 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



After the confidence of the previous two years, the fifth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation too often disappointed by not seeing a good idea through to the end. Denise Crosby was swept back under the carpet in the Klingon soap opener ("Redemption Part II"). No one could make the prospect of Deep Space 9 attractive enough to Michelle Forbes, so her fantastic performance as "Ensign Ro" seems wasted in retrospect. And no one could re-schedule for Robin Williams to guest star, so we had Matt Frewer instead ("A Matter of Time"). Of all stories to use Leonard Nimoy in, "Unification" wallowed in Romulan politics instead of anything emotionally engaging. Gene Roddenberry wanted to introduce a gay character, but mere months after his death all we got was the trite "The Outcast".

This was inarguably where the rot set in, without The Great Bird overseeing what was going on. Worst of all, his hard-as-nails bad guys The Borg were given a touchy-feely side ("I, Borg"). But scattered in-between were some of the very best of all 178 shows. "Darmok" had the feel of a Classic Trek episode, dealing with language as metaphor. "The First Duty" challenged Wesley Crusher's loyalties. Best of all was the painfully melancholy "The Inner Light", in which Picard experiences an alternate lifetime. There were great guest stars: Paul Winfield, Ashley Judd, Kelsey Grammar, Famke Janssen, and Jerry Hardin. As always there were contributions from Q, Lwaxana and Barclay too. Fans and critics now appreciate that behind-the-scenes focus had shifted from The Next Generation to the next spin-off, and it would never fully return. --Paul Tonks

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Winning Emmys from the start 24 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Season Five kicks off with more of Klingons fighting each other, which makes for a rousing start in 'Redemption' part 2. Second episode 'Darmock' was already up for an Emmy, which it won, for tackling barriers in communication. Picard struggles to talk to the Tamarian captain, played by Paul Winfield of Star Trek 2 fame, in a recreation of historical events from the Tamarian past. It's the aliens who are intelligent, really, in thinking that this will bridge communications with the Federation, and they were right.
Season Five also sees the return of Spock, now Vulcan Ambassador, trying to reunify the Romulans and the Vulcans. This two-part episode, 'Unification' marks the death of Spock's father, Sarek; and was made to commemorate the death of Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek.
Watch out for many dark episodes in Season Five: Power Play, Cause And Effect, Conundrum, Silicon Avatar, The First Duty; all full of death and destruction.
The penultimate episode 'The Inner Light' should have won an Emmy aswell, for it's portrayal of an entire civilisation destroyed by their star going nova. Picard learns all about these people by living a whole lifetime amoung them. Actor Patrick Stewart had a make-up call of 1am to turn him into an old grandfather for this episode. The earliest make-up call for any production in Hollywood, ever!
Finally in 'Time's Arrow', it's not everyday that you find Data's head a mile underneath San Francisco, aged 500 years. But where do the crew go when they disappear through the alien's porthole at the end of the episode? Back to 19th century San Francisco? You'll have to buy Season Six to find out!
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My favourite season... 1 Sep 2002
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The fifth season of The Next Generation remains one of my personal favourite, and it all kicks off with "Redemption, Part II" in which the crew race to stop the cunning Romulans from orchestrating a civil war within the Klingon Empire. While it lacks the pace and tension of previous two-parter "The Best Of Both Worlds", it's certainly entertaining and introduces the evil Romulan Commander Sela (played by Denise Crosby, who must obviously have regretted her decision to leave the show as Lt Tasha Yar)
When Yar was killed off, the show was left without a tough female character, so this season brings on the excellent Michelle Forbes as Ensign Ro Laren, a Bajoran officer with a troubled past and whose own personal history helps lay the foundations for the next saga, Deep Space Nine.
Ro's arrival comes in aptly titled "Ensign Ro", which remains one of the best episodes of the season. Other highlights include "Cause And Effect" in which the Enterprise becomes caught in a timeloop, destined to be destroyed over and over again, "The Inner Light", "The Game", "The Next Phase", "Disaster", "Darmok" and a guest appearance from Famke Jansenn (in what must be one of her earliest roles) in "The Perfect Mate".
However, the best episode(s) is the two part "Unification" in which Trek veteran Leonard Nimoy reprises his role as Spock from the original show. Suspecting that Spock has defected to the Romulans, Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Data (Brent Spiner) are sent undercover to unearth the truth, and results in one of the show's most classic of episodes.
All in all, season five is defiantly a season worth owning.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality adventures in space 30 Dec 2010
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1991/1992's Star Trek TNG series 5 continued to consolidate and go from strength-to-strength (even though Executive Producer and series originator, Gene Roddenberry, tragically died halfway through the filming). There are several standout episodes here and generally the quality of the plots and storylines of the 26 episodes is consistently high. Familiar friends and foes feature including Romulans, Klingons, Borg, Ferengi and Vulcans. The legendary Spock guests, Lwaxana Troi (the wife of Gene Roddenberry) makes her customary flamboyant appearance and the boy wonder, Wesley Crusher, also features in two episodes; however, there's no place for the Q entity or Data's errant brother, Lore, this time round. "Darnok" is a very popular episode, although in my view Picard is seen in much more character depth in the bizarre, but intriguing, episode "The Inner Light".

There are 7 Mission Log extras on the final disc: Mission Overview (18 mins), Memorable Missions (18 mins), Intergalactic Guest Stars (15 mins), A Tribute to Gene Roddenberry (28 mins), Alien Speak (12 mins), Production (15 mins) and Visual Effects (17 mins).

The following is my personal take on each episode in the order that I rated them:

*Episode 23: I, Borg (While exploring a cluster of 6 stars for colonisation potential, a crashed Borg ship is detected on the moon of a 4th planet. An away team finds four dead Borg, but one injured survivor, and then agonise over whether or not to help him. Picard agrees to beam him on board and hatches a bold plan to resuscitate him then try to infect him with a virus in the hope that when he is returned to the collective he will infect the other Borg through their neural connections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best version of this series
This is the best version of this series. You already know if your a fan of TNG, if you own a hd tv and blu ray you owe it to yourself to get this. Is it only for fans? Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
another good buy
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Published 22 days ago by Paul Tapner
3.0 out of 5 stars hello
one of the dvds isn't working right it freezes up in one or two places,but it was second hand so its on the whole not too bad.
Published 3 months ago by glenn kirkness
5.0 out of 5 stars star trek
Best series by far the case has a nice design to it has a kind of futuristic look to it
Published 3 months ago by book-worm
5.0 out of 5 stars STNG Blu-ray
The quality of the image on screen is just so much better than anything else. We skipped the DVD version and went straight to Blu-ray. So glad we did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic BLU-RAY with NEW CGI makes for another thrilling Star Trek ride...
First, I'm honestly a trekkie! Have been for over two decades now so this review cannot be in-partial no matter how much I try and argue it can be. But, it is FABULOUS. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Daniel J. Rafferty
5.0 out of 5 stars Most rounded and best season
If you love star trek TNG this is probabaly the most rounded and best season .
If you like star trek in even the smallest amount i recommend this .
Published 5 months ago by Darren O'sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars star trek nut
The best its ever looked the picture so crisp the sound quality brilliant especially in 7.1 surround sound roll on season 6 and 7
Published 5 months ago by Karen Clarkson
4.0 out of 5 stars Some very weak episodes, but also some all-time classics that elevate...
For its fifth season, Star Trek: The Next Generation had a bit of a shake-around. The character of Ro Laren was introduced as a periodically recurring character to replace Wesley... Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Whitehead
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