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Star Trek The Next Generation: The Best Of Both Worlds [VHS] [1990]

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  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis
  • Writers: Gene Roddenberry
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English, French
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CT8Z
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,224 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Stardate 43989.1. Eighteen months after the USS Enterprise's initial encounter with the Borg (a collection of half humanoid, half machine beings) the Federation is again threatened. Insufficiently capable of defending itself against the overwhelming invasion force, Starfleet assign Borg expert Lieutenant Commander Shelby to the Enterprise. Picard is abducted by the Borg who assimilate him into their consciousness in an attempt to pre-determine Starfleet tactics in response to their invasion.

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In 1987, some 20 years after the original series had ended, Star Trek: The Next Generation was launched into a decade renowned for its materialistic greed, but also for its hesitant steps towards a more unified world order. Creator Gene Roddenberry revised his vision of humanity's future accordingly, shifting the Trek timeline 80 years on and reinventing the new Starship Enterprise as an Ark-like exploration vessel full of families, schools, soothing recreational facilities and a maternally pacifying computer voice (Roddenberry's wife, Majel Barrett). The Next Generation crew were not soldiers, but scientists and diplomats. Unlike the fiercely individualistic Captain Kirk, Patrick Stewart's patrician Captain Jean-Luc Picard was a model team leader: no matter how desperate the crisis, he ensured that everyone got to sit round the Conference Room table and talk it over. And in a true late-1980s touch, a key member of the Bridge crew was psychoanalyst Counsellor Troi, always on hand to discuss everyone's feelings.

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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 May 2013
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those of us that faithfully followed 'Star-Trek' down the years will
no doubt not be a stranger to this two-part 'TV' classic.
our heroes 'Captain Picard' 'Commander Riker' 'Data' 'La Forge'
'Worf' and the crew of the 'Enterprise' again encounter the 'Borg'
'Commander Shelby' who has knowledge of the enemy joins the team on
board hoping to replace 'Riker' should he accept promotion.
in this memorable double episode 'Borg' clones board the 'Enterprise'
snatching 'Captain Jean Luc Picard' with the intention of using his
knowledge and presence to persuade the Federation' to succumb to
their 'will'
'William Riker' takes command of the 'Enterprise'
after a failed attempt to snatch the now 'Borg' 'Jean Luc'
now 'Riker' and the crew try to buy the Federation' the time to
prepare the fleet to do battle with the 'Borg' vessel.
a terrific way to spend around an hour and a half bringing back
the memories of this iconic 'Sci-Fi' series.
'Make it So'
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Hoskin on 20 May 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This looks fantastic.
Some people complain it's not as nice as it could be, or not widescreen, but this was TV in 1990!! What do you expect!?
The job they've done is fantastic. The detail and colours really come out and create a very immersive viewing experience.
5.1 sound is the icing on the cake too.
I'm also pleased they've not gone overboard when redoing the effects, like star wars remakes, as it's all similiar looking to how it was originally, just nicer and more detailed.
Top marks to the team behind this work. Can't fault it.

If you're a fan of Star Trek, you owe it to yourself to own this!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bones on 19 Oct 2006
Format: VHS Tape
This was such an important episode for Star Trek TNG and is a very significant episode for Picard. A alien race known as the Borg invade the federation intent on assmiliating the technology and people of the federation into their collective. Their extremely powerful ship, (a single cube) engages the federation fleet and the Enterprise providing plently of action.

What this episode captures very well and convinces, is the real dread that humanity is in serious danger as the Borg seem to be totally unstoppable and relentless. There are subplots interwoven in this episode with the introduction of the highly ambitious commander Shelby character who causes some tension between herself the "seasoned" commander Riker, a little bit of character development there, as Riker questions his career choice.

The acting is to a high standard and so is the main storyline which unfolds perfectly to produce tension and suspense. The episode is also accompanied by an eerie musical score which again compliments the storytelling perfectly, although maybe a touch dated these days.

I can't finish without saying Part 1 of this episode is ended brilliantly, with probably the best cliff hanger in TV history. It leaves you desperately wanting to see the second half, and it was this that made everyone talk about the show asking themselves "what will happen to Picard?"

If you have not seen this then all i can say is it is a must see for any self respecting sci-fi fan, it does help too if you watch the episode "Q who?" before hand :)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Dickens on 25 Nov 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I can safely say that without a doubt, star trek would not be what it is today without this episode. At the time of its realise TNG was losing its grip with the older original series fans with it simply not having the new concept or simplicity of TOS. This episode finally puts the Borg into the picture, after they are briefly introduced in Q-Who? This episode basically pits an entire federation fleet against a single borg vessel - a sort of wake of call for starfleet to get their act together. I wont spoil it anymore, just watch it and if you have seen or heard references to 'wolf 359' that are mentioned in both DS9 and VOY, you will finally know what it means.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark Smith on 27 Jun 2008
Format: VHS Tape
I like to think I've got good taste in television, The Wire, The Shield, The Sopranos, Oz, Rome, Star Trek's DS9 and TNG, Battlestar Galactca (RDM's) and Babylon 5 (seasons 2,3 and 4 only!) But believe me when I say that The Best of Both Worlds is the finest piece of television I've EVER seen.

It works on so many levels, the music, the characters, the drama, it's perfect.
Amazingly for a syndicated show which deep down I KNEW would be back next week, I remember first watching this thinking "How the heck can they get out of this! This must be the end of the series, I can't see how they can beat them!"

What really impresses though is the way the producers managed to build a quite unprecidented level of tension and drama using only limited special effects (take note George Lucas) and they did it purely and simply with dialogue:

"Change course to intercept!"

"Sir they have already changed course to intercept us!"

Even those two lines made you think "man, even when they try to take control the Borg are there first, THEY'RE in control at all times!"

"Mr Data your final report!"


"I can't standby" Riker shouts as the computer gives warnings of impending explosive decompressions. "It's over" Says Shelby...and you genuinely believe it is.

"A lot of people have been talking, the expect to be dead this time tomorrow, they like you, they trust you, but they don't believe anyone can save them..."

Riker: "I don't belive anyone can."


Speaking of Shelby, she was an outstanding guest actor and added a lot to this 90 minutes, Whoopie Goldberg had a small but crucual role to play too.

I strongly recommend watching this, you really will not regret it.
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