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Star Trek The Next Generation - Season 5 (Slimline Edition) [DVD]
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The complete fifth season of the 'Star Trek' spin-off. The opening episode, 'Redemption: Part II', concludes the fourth season cliffhanger, and has Worf trying to clear his family name, while Picard travels to the Klingon homeworld to take part in the Rite of Succession. In 'Darmok' Picard experiences communication difficulties when stranded on a hostile planet with an alien captain. 'Ensign Ro' sees a headstrong Bajoran ensign, newly assigned to the Enterprise, struggling to come to terms with the laws of Starfleet. 'Silicon Avatar' has the crystalline entity from 'Datalore' return and destroy a Federation colony; one of the survivors then blames Data for the death of her son. 'Disaster' finds the Enterprise beset by a run of bad luck, leaving Picard trapped in a lift with three small children, and Keiko to go into labour in uncomfortable circumstances. 'The Game' sees Riker return from shore leave with a new game that starts to take over the crew and turn them into zombies. In the two-part story 'Unification' Ambassador Spock inexplicably disappears and then turns up again on Romulus. When it is suggested that he has defected, Picard and Data go undercover to find out the truth - a truth that involves an enemy from the past with links to former officer Tasha Yar. 'A Matter of Time' has the Enterprise visited by a mysterious man who claims to have come from the far future. 'New Ground' finds Worf learning some painful lessons about being a father. 'Hero Worship' sees a traumatised boy become obsessed with Data and try to copy his every move. In 'Violations' the Enterprise is assigned to escort a delegation of Ullian historians, a race who conduct research by probing minds. 'The Masterpiece Society' has the crew visit a utopian planet, and discover that they have betrayed the Prime Directive just by being there. 'Conundrum' finds the crew forced into fighting a war they know nothing about. 'Power Play' sees Troi, O'Brien and Data become possessed by evil spirits on an away mission. 'Ethics' has a seriously injured Worf faced with a dilemma when the only thing that can save him is an untested revolutionary medical technique. 'The Outcast' finds Riker falling in love with a member of an androgynous race whose laws forbid inter-gender relationships. In 'Cause and Effect' the ship and crew become trapped in a time-warp that repeats their destruction over and over again. 'The First Duty' sees Wesley become involved in the cover-up of an accident at the academy. 'Cost of Living' has Troi's mother return to the Enterprise and dispense her liberal views to the impressionable Alexander, much to the horror of Troi and Worf. 'The Perfect Mate' finds Picard falling in love with a woman who has been sent as a peace offering to another planet. In 'Imaginary Friend' a lonely girl's imaginary friend takes on solid form and starts to misbehave. 'I, Borg' has the crew discover a young Borg and decide to use him in a bid to destroy the Borg consciousness. 'The Next Phase' finds Geordi and Ro mistakenly pronounced dead when they are rendered invisible as part of a Romulan experiment. 'The Inner Light' sees Picard fall into a deep sleep where he lives out another man's life. Finally, in 'Time's Arrow', Data's head is discovered in San Francisco, and there is proof that it has been there since the 19th Century.
The fifth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation saw 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. The season closer "Time's Arrow" (which concluded in year 6) ranks as one of the best TNG cliffhangers, and treats fans to canon-changing story lines and tons of in-jokes. Best of all was the painfully melancholy "The Inner Light," in which Picard experiences an alternate lifetime. There were great guest stars--Paul Winfield ("Darmok"), Ashley Judd ("The Game"), Kelsey Grammar ("Cause and Effect"), Famke Janssen ("The Perfect Mate"), and Jerry Hardin ("Time's Arrow")--and as always there were contributions from Q, Lwaxana, and Barclay, too.
After the confidence of the previous two years, however, year 5 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 Nine attractive enough to Michelle Forbes, so her fantastic performance as Ensign Ro seems wasted in retrospect. And no one could reschedule 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 series weakened, 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 in "I, Borg." Fans and critics now appreciate that the behind-the-scenes focus had shifted from The Next Generation to the next spinoff, and it would never fully return.
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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!
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.
Seven discs. In four plastic boxes. Inside one larger cardboard one. Containing all twenty six forty two [approx.] minute long episodes of the fifth season of Star Trek: the Next Generation.
The language and subtitle options are as follows:
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish.
Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish.
After two great seasons, could the show manage more of the same?
Episodes are as follows:
Redemption part two: a conclusion to the Klingon/Romulan started at the end of the previous season. And a satisfyingly epic one it is.
Darmok: Picard is stranded on a hostile planet, and has to work with an alien whose language is very odd indeed. A truly great episode about communication and one that really knows what the show should be about.
Ensign Ro: New semi regular character Ro Laren, a rather angry Bajoran lady, debuts. And makes a great impression.
Silicon avatar: a return for the crystalline entity, last seen in season one's 'Datalore'. With a lady who is obsessed with dealing with the being. Not a popular episode but it's a very good look at obsession, and has a powerful ending.
Disaster: the show does disaster movie as things go wrong leaving people stuck in situations akin to certain disaster movies. Great entertainment.
The game: Wesley's back to visit. Just as an insidious plot to take over the ship gains ground. A polished production, but a bit predictable.Read more ›
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