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4.0 out of 5 stars 6th Season holds up well
Although it wasn't the strongest season for Trek, the sixth season did feature a number of outstanding episodes and performances worth noting. The most notable episode is the two part The Chain of Command. Picard, Worf and Crusher are sent on an covert operation to discover if the Cardassians are creating biological weapons. The Enterprise is given a new commander (no,...
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 6th Season holds up well, 28 Dec. 2002
Wayne Klein "If at first the idea is not absu... (My Little Blue Window, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
Although it wasn't the strongest season for Trek, the sixth season did feature a number of outstanding episodes and performances worth noting. The most notable episode is the two part The Chain of Command. Picard, Worf and Crusher are sent on an covert operation to discover if the Cardassians are creating biological weapons. The Enterprise is given a new commander (no, not Riker)which creates quite a bit of tension in the ranks. Picard is captured and tortured by a Cardassian interrogater (played with relish by the marvelous David Warner). It's a great example of what Trek:TNG did best--deal with complex issues and areas of gray morality.
Ship in a Bottle returns the AI endowed Moriarty from season two. He returns when a glitch in the holodeck Holmes program is being repaired by Barclay. It's a marvelous episode that, again, does what Trek always did best. The idea (unlike some of the sixth season episodes)is well developed and directed well. The performances are all outstanding. The conclusion may be a bit pat but it's quite imaginative and concludes a brief but interesting story telling arc.
The transfers are beautiful although the image is occasionally soft on a couple of episodes. There aren't any noticable analog artifacts nor are there some of the compression problems apparent on some of the earlier sets. The early CGI imagery is more apparent due to the high quality DVD transfer (and particularly on a big screen television). It's not a problem but it does date the series a bit. Nevertheless, the effects work is, on the whole, outstanding.
The remixed 5.1 dolby digital sound is terrific. There's considerable improvement over the previous stereo surround version that appeared on the video cassettes. The extras are quite nice as well. There's an indepth look at Data's character and discussion of Patrick Stewart's terrific performance in Chain of Command. Also, some of the more challenging optical effects and character developments that occurred during the season are explored indepth.
Although the sixth season doesn't have quite the bite or power of seasons four and five, it more than holds it's own. While it's clear that Deep Space Nine had an impact on the Trek creative team, there were enough fresh performances and innovative scripts to keep the series in good shape. The only disappointment is that the episode featuring Q is fairly weak although the two part conclusion during season seven more than makes up for that problem.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From Time Travel to the Borg, it's got 'em all, 1 Sept. 2002
This review is from: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
The Sixth Season of TNG starts out (like seasons 4 and 5 before it) by wrapping up the cliffhangar from the previous season. In "Time's Arrow, Part II" the crew are stranded in 19th Century San Fransisco, trying to stop a group of aliens from "harvesting" energy from humans. The season continues with 2 appearances from Mr Barclay (and the return of Moriarty), 2 visits from Q, Counselor Troi disguised as a Romulan, a Wild west adventure for Worf, Four crewmembers turning into children and trying to re-take the ship from the Ferengi, a duplicate Riker, the reappearance of a Klingon God, the Enterprise and a Romulan Warbird being frozen in time, a crossover episode with DS9 (featuring Dr Bashir), and the return of Data's brother Lore (and his Rogue Borg Soldiers) in the Season finale, "Descent". But the two best things about season six are: 1) "Relics" - the fantastic episode which featured the return of Scotty and 2) This is the only season WITHOUT Wesley Crusher. Enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some great storytelling, presented in the best quality possible., 2 Sept. 2014
Lee Lavery - See all my reviews
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I suppose there are two aspects to any review of a Blu Ray that you will no doubt be looking for: technical and content.

Techincal: I cannot fault this Blu Ray in any way technically. True, I am no videophile (is that even a word? Well, it should be) or audiophile but have been totally impressed by the quality of both the video and the audio in this set. I have been boring everyone I meet with how this Blu Ray compares to the DVD release like day compares to night. But it really is that profound. The colours on the uniforms pop. The alien make up really comes alive (I am thinking specifically of the make up for Jo'Bril in Suspicions, but it applies equally to all of the episodes). Playing the audio through my soundbar, you have a real sense of being there. I have never been so appreciative of starship background hum before.

Content: I cannot extol the virtues of the storytelling in this season. Season 6, for me, is the epitome of what TNG is all about. All of the main characters get a good crack of the whip. Even Troi (I must admit not my favourite crew member) has relatively a weak episode (Man of the People) which is then far than outweighed by the excellently executed 'Face of the Enemy'. Picard gets a love interest (Lessons), no doubt helping him overcome the trauma of having been tortured by the Cardassians (Chain of Command) and having been killed and resurrected (Tapestry). Dr. Crusher almost gets a court-martial (Suspicions). Riker find his transporter-doppelgänger (Second Chances) and goes ever so slightly insane (Frame of Mind). Geordie is unlucky in love again (Aquiel). Worf and Data get some good character development in 'Birthright', which features a crossover of Dr. Bashir from DS9.

Overall, an excellent season of Star Trek, by anyone's standards. Yes, it is expensive, but did you ever buy Star Trek on video at £12.99 for two episodes? And how does the quality compare?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A STRONG SIXTH YEAR, 30 Aug. 2003
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This review is from: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
Kicking off with the second part of the enjoyable 2-parter TIMES ARROW, The Next Generation's sixth season is in my opinion one of the series best (if not the best). It strikes the right balance between light-hearted whimsy (A FISTFUL OF DATAS), psychological thriller (FRAME OF MIND - boasting an acting tour de force from Frakes), solid science fiction (Timescape), action (STARSHIP MINE) and finally possibly TNG's darkest work CHAIN OF COMMAND 1 & 2 (which is a wonderful 2 parter because largely of Stewarts stunning performance and also because of the interesting effect of the Enterprise captain being replaced by Jellico - a man just a little short on charm).
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4.0 out of 5 stars The show at the top of its game, now improved in HD., 27 Sept. 2014
A. Whitehead "Werthead" (Colchester, Essex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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When Star Trek: The Next Generation's sixth season began production, it was a busy time for the franchise. A new spin-off series, Deep Space Nine, was about to launch and air alongside TNG. Plans were being made for a new film, one that would transfer the TNG crew to the big screen. It was also the first time that a season of Star Trek would be made without any input at all from Gene Roddenberry, who had passed away early in the production of the fifth season.

Despite a lot of outside issues, TNG's penultimate season is a bit of a triumph, certainly better than the inconsistent fifth season. Things do get off to a weak start with Time's Arrow, Part II which feels like someone had an idea about doing a time travel romp in the 19th Century but never found a story to make it work. Realm of Fear - a Barclay episode about transporter phobia - never really takes off either and Man of the People is the worst episode of the series since Season 1. However, Relics, which sees the return of James Doohan as Scotty, is a fine episode and sees an upsurge in quality that lasts through most of the rest of the season. There are a few more weaker episodes - Aquiel, Quality of Life, Rascals, Birthright - but these overcome some iffy premises and scripting with good ideas and solid performances.

More interesting are the classics. Chain of Command is a superb, tense masterclass in which Patrick Stewart is tortured by David Warner for a full hour whilst the Enterprise gets a new captain who is a bit of a martinet, but who is also an effective military commander who just happens to do things differently. It's one of the few Star Trek two-parters where the two parts work well together. Tapestry, although slightly overrated, is also a tremendously good episode where Picard revisits his past and finds out how he became the man he is now.

Better still are the underrated episodes that didn't stand out so much originally but now emerge as being more interesting: True Q is the lesser Q episode of the season is still a vastly superior rewrite of Season 1's Hide and Q; Ship in a Bottle and Frame of Mind foreshadow Inception with their multiple levels of reality; Lessons is a rarely effective Picard romance episode (let down by a hugely problematic ending); Starship Mine is an effective TNG cover version of Under Siege, with Picard as Steven Segal; and Timescape is a moody, atmospheric time travel mystery with some excellent direction.

The season is let down by its trite cliffhanger in Descent, a good example of the writers finding a great image for the cliffhanger and working backwards from there to find the story and not succeeding. But for a show 150 episodes and six years into its run, it's still finding fresh takes on established tropes and the cast is working together superbly as a unit.

For this HD re-release, the show has been completely re-edited from the original film stock. A vast amount of time and money went into this, and this pays off with some spectacular effects (more impressive as most of them are the original elements, simply re-combined at a higher resolution) and an image quality that makes it look like the show was filmed yesterday. There's a few moments which haven't translated as well - the duplicate Rikers in Second Chances oddly look unconvincing, given the simplicity of the effect - but the improvement in visual quality is stunning.

The sixth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation (****½) still finds the show at the top of its game and still generating entertaining stories delivered by a cast of seasoned performers. The season is available now on Blu-Ray in the UK and USA.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the seasons by far, 14 Sept. 2014
J. Baldwin "Reader" (Dundee, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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By far the best of the seven seasons, this is the one where the writers and crew found their stride - sadly with only another season to go.
There are very few turkeys here - the one where they attempt to do a whodunnit is the "could've been great, was actually awful" episode.
Standouts for me include the return of Scotty (the moment he steps on to the hologram bridge of NCC-1701 always gets me), a two-parter in which Picard is tortured by a particularly vile but wonderful father Cardassian (played by Stewarts old RSC pal David Warner - one of the few actors to appear in both Star Trek and Doctor Who) and - and this will divide opinion - the silly but funny episode in which several members of the crew are reduced in age (along with their conveniently resized clothes).

The Enterprise is taken over amazingly easily on at least two occasions (it seems to happen with remarkable frequency), and Data gets some good episodes. Troi gets to change her outfit but is largely left out of proceedings apart from the usual "getting taken over by mind-controlling aliens" episode, and Crusher gets to shine in a far better executed whodunnit. Riker has a couple of good episodes including the introduction of his "twin", but Worf gets a few interminable Klingon episodes that just diminish the race even further in my view.
It's Picard who gets the best out of this season, including a flashback episode in which we see how he got his mechanical heart.
Sadly the opening and closing episodes are disappointing - I was never a fan of Star Trek's time travel episodes and the character of Mark Twain is annoying and clad in unconvincing make-up, while the closing cliff-hanger episode manages to reduce the Borg yet again (they wouldn't get good again until the end of Voyager) and makes another play at Data being remotely manipulated once more.

The special features are better than on the last season with no dull-as-ditchwater roundtable panels. We also get to hear more about the creation of Deep Space 9 (which gets a crossover episode here - a shame they didn't include the DS9 pilot episode as an extra).
Unfortunately the number of extras is much smaller than in the past, it seems, and I get the impression they're running out of things to say (as before most of the cast interviews date from the DVD release in the early 2000s). There's a sound sync issue on the first of the features on the final disc as well that is disappointing.

The technical quality of the episode restorations is faultless, the quality of the stories is 90% there, but the extras let it down as a set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Picard's Enterprise: Year six, 16 July 2014
Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 [DVD] [1990] (DVD)

Seven discs. Inside a fold out plastic and cardboard container. Held inside a small cardboard cover. Which fits snugly into the inside of a big and rather sturdy plastic container. The season information booklet goes into the same inner slot as the cardboard container. And the plastic box itself has a slip on and off cardboard piece which gives copyright information plus language and subtitle options on the back.

On the discs are all twenty six forty one minute long [approx.] episodes of the sixth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Language and subtitle options are as follows:

Languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian.
Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish.

At the time this season began, the show had been at the top of it's game for several years. And the franchise was about to get bigger, with the launch of Deep Space Nine. Changes would follow. With Chief O'Brien going over to Deep Space Nine. Ensign Ro only makes a brief appearance in one scene in the entire season. Or rather, Michelle Forbes who played her. You'll see...since she didn't wish to go over to Deep Space Nine.

But Q, who didn't appear in season five since none of the planned stories for him worked out, comes back for two appearances this time around.

Would the show keep going, run out of steam, or be overshadowed by the new member of the franchise?

Episodes are as follows:

Time's arrow part two: continues from the end of season cliffhanger, and sees the main characters in 1890's California. With a great performance from Jerry Hardin as Mark Twain, and some good use of the main concept, this wasn't the best story to spread across two seasons. But it's still very good indeed.

Realm of Fear: Another appearance for Lt. Barclay, as his fear of teleportation becomes very real. A welcome return for the character, in a nicely visual episode with some good plot developments.

Man of the People: Troi meets a man she likes. Then starts to behave strangely. As with any weaker episodes since the start of season three, it's a polished production, but it's a long way from being a great story.

Relics; The Enterprise finds a remarkable solar system. And rescues someone from it. James Doohan returns as Scotty in a wonderful episode, that really does the character justice. It's also very touching at points with some great homages.

Schisms: Riker has trouble sleeping. And finds the cause is rather disturbing. An episode that tries to be creepy. And more than succeeds.

True Q: Q returns. To find another Q. A girl who doesn't know that she is one. A strong and solid drama, this is a very underrated Q episode because it's more serious than some, but it's very good.

Rascals: The Captain, Guinan, Ro and Keiko are all turned to children by a transporter accident. Which doesn't help when the Ferengi attack. A well done episode at points but painful at others. The boy who plays young Picard does amazingly well at copying Patrick Stewart's mannerisms, but his English accents grates. Michelle Forbes' absence means the end doesn't work as it should. But there is one great bit of genuine humour in it.

A fistful of datas: Worf and Alexander's western holodeck scenario goes wrong. A western with a science fiction twist, this is great fun.

The quality of life: Data finds sentient robots on a mining station and stands up for them. Nothing the show hasn't done before, but as ever a good production.

Chain of command part one: Picard goes undercover. The ship gets a new captain. Troi gets a new and much better look. Start of a very good two parter, but the best is yet to come.

Chain of command part two: Picard is captured and faces a horrible time, whilst the Enterprise tries to rescue him. An amazing acting double act between David Warner and Patrick Stewart makes this very memorable. The Enterprise scenes are great also but Riker does come off like a spoiled child at times. But a superb story all in all.

Ship in a bottle; Moriarty from season two's 'Elementary Dear Data' returns, and the ship faces a problem as a result. A clever episode with some great twists that prevent the holodeck concept going stale.

Aquiel; Geordi falls for a lady who went missing and is a suspect in a crime. Levar Burton and the guest actress don't have a great chemistry, and the solution to the crime is painfully obvious. Not a terrible episode, but not a great one.

Face of the enemy: Troi is kidnapped and finds herself having to impersonate a Romulan as part of a dangerous plan. A great Troi showcase, with some very good tension.

Tapestry: Q returns again to give Picard a chance to change the past. Which might not work out how he expected. A great Q story with some excellent writing and a good moral lesson.

Birthright part one: Data dreams whilst Worf tries to find his father. The data story is good but there to pad it out, although there's a good appearance by Dr. Bashir from Deep Space Nine. The worf plot is just there to set up part two.

Birthright part two: the rest of the Worf story. Well done, but the ending is a bit tricky.

Starship Mine: Picard does die hard as he has to fight terrorists for control of the ship. A superb action episode. Great viewing.

Lessons: Picard falls in love with the head of stellar cartography. A great character drama with a very good guest performance, but as ever the episodic nature of the show prevents it from following through as it perhaps should.

The chase: Picard's on a quest to find why all aliens have bumpy foreheads. A satisfying mystery story.

Frame of Mind: Riker's reality starts to become unhinged. A great episode that really keeps you guessing as to what it is real and has some amazing visuals.

Suspicions: Dr. Crusher has to investigate murder, in a good showcase for her.

Rightful heir: More Klingon drama as Worf's crisis of faith gets a surprising answer, in a good solid drama.

Second chances: Another Riker, created by a transporter malfunction ten years before, is found. Can he pick up from where he left off? Will Riker let him? Another great lot of acting but another that can't quite follow through as it should.

Timescape: more time twisting stuff as an away party find the ship frozen in time. A good concept, well executed.

Descent: The Borg are back. But not quite as we know them. Start of a two parter with a great end of season cliffhanger it's a good start to it.

So the show did keep going. Although it doesn't have quite as many great episodes as before, and a couple of below par ones, it's another five star season.

Disc seven has the usual seven extras, running from twelve to twenty minutes:

Mission overview year six.
Bold New directions.
Select historical data.

Are the usual selection of interesting ancedotes about selected episodes.

Profile Dan curry: looks at the work of a visual effect designer and his collection of props. It's pretty interesting.
Profile Lt commander data: looks at Brent Spiner's work down the years and is a very good tribute to it.

Starfleet archives: sets and props: looks at a lot of what the studio had in store in props wise, and where it came from.

Plus two trailers that do date this set now: One for the film Star Trek: Nemesis. One for the Deep Space Nine Dvd release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engage, 25 Jun. 2009
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There is nothing derogatory I can say about this series. Great acting, Great stories, great sets, This series reached the epitome of sci-fi television. Having established themselves over 5 years as a series, with the best producers and directors (and guest stars), this series is a milestone in sci-fi. Indeed, it was only until "Voyager" came along that "The New Generation" had a serious rival, in terms of story, acting and viewer involvement. Essential, not for "Trekkies", but for sci-fi fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very frightening..., 15 Jan. 2008
M. Jacobs "Mark Jacobs" (Harrow, Middlesex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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There are plenty of cracking episodes on this set. The presentation is superb, with an LCARS type of menu system on the DVD (you feel like you're at an Enterprise console when choosing your episodes!), and a looped "engine sound" "docking bay" before you "engage" the episode :).

The episode that sticks in my mind most is the one entitled "Schisms". The way the sense of insecurity builds throughout the episode makes it the most scary TNG I have seen. It also brings a whole new meaning to the concept of "Alien Abduction". Another superb treat is "Tapestry", which, again, unfolds piece by piece to present a superb "tapestry" of a story, detailing the origins of all life in this galaxy. Great stuff and heartily recommended for all Trekkies, especially at this price and quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Science-Fiction At It's Best, 12 Sept. 2014
To me, Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Six is where everything came together (from great writing, to excellent character development, to amazing special-effects etc.) It has a lot of the best episodes out of the entire series. There are funny ones, others that touch you at the heart, action-packed adventures and mind-boggling epics.

"Chain of Command", the two-parter, is ground-breaking with some amazing acting from Patrick Stewart. "Ship in a Bottle" is intriguing and I have grown to appreciate it more, fans of the original Star Trek will love "Relics" as Scotty returns and "True Q" is interesting, showing a different side to the Q character. "Face of the Enemy", "Tapestry", "Starship Mine", "Suspicions", "Timescape" and "Descent, Part 1" are all brilliant. "Frame of Mind" is one of the most memorable and in the top three best episodes of the season in my opinion. It's such a thought-provoking episode about Riker questioning reality as he is told that his entire life aboard the Enterprise has been a delusion.

All the cast really know their roles by this point and more development occurs in season six with the main characters, many sub-plots being inserted alongside the main stories. There is a wide-range of plots and the ideas and originality is still flowing through, incredible considering it's the sixth season. The finale will leaving you wanting to buy season seven and see the story culminate.

The picture is phenomenal, the episodes are breath-taking to watch and look as though they were filmed yesterday. The colours are really sharp and a lot more detail can be seen on characters faces, uniforms, ships and the effects are enhanced with improved sound quality along with many other elements. In addition, the packaging is superb. It has details on the Blu-Ray case about the season and the special features that are included which has some never before seen material.

This is magnificent Star Trek and the best season of TNG, the stories are very strong. The Blu-Ray makes it even better and a true fan of the show should get this set. It's definitely worth the price as the story content for the sixth season is just amazing.
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