on 5 September 2011
With Season Three I'm in agreement with those reviewers who see this as the point where The Next Generation started to impress its audience. The quality of the writing, the cast performances and the look of the show all improved greatly. Whilst it still has some flaws, depending on what your favourite characters and episodes are, it has a consistency that was lacking for the previous two years. This season started out with strong ideas; from Wesley Crusher accidentally creating intelligent nanobots that threaten the ship and a scientist's life work (Evolution), Data's dilemma of how to convince a colony that they leave their homes where they are under threat of massacre (Ensigns of Command) to an unusual drama of two humans living unharmed on a world otherwise destroyed by an alien invasion, which leads to a devastating conclusion (The Survivors).
With episodes like "Who Watches the Watchers", "The Defector", "Deja-Q" (a personal favourite for some great lines and Guinan's behaviour to Q), "A Matter of Perspective", "Yesterday's Enterprise", "Hollow Pursuits" and the two-part cliffhanger "The Best of Both Worlds" it puts the show in a much better position. Although there are some misfires and less than dazzling episodes it does highlight that the proportion of good episodes increased and provided entertaining stories that went from Cold War-esque scenes with the Romulans to dealing with emotional subjects such as the effect of death on Enterprise families (The Bonding), mental health issues (Sarek) and the first in-depth look at the Klingon home world (Sins of the Father).
Definitely worth viewing to see how much this season improved the show's overall direction.
on 23 August 2012
Season 3 of Star Trek TNG builds upon the success of the first two seasons with improved storylines and a strong cast.
At this point in the series we're finally able to enjoy episodes featuring not just missions involving the whole crew but stories that centre around a central character such Data (The Offspring), Worf (Sins of the Father) and Captain Picard (Captains Holiday).
My favourite episodes in Season 3 is 'Yesterday's Enterprise' with an alternate present and the welcome albeit brief return of Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby). My second is 'Déjà Q' where the crew encounter Q once again with hilarious consequences, especially making Data experience laughter (Priceless!).
2.The Ensigns of Command
4.Who Watches the Watchers
9.The Vengeance Fatcor
12.The High Ground
14.A Matter of Perspective
17.Sins of the Father
22.The Most Toys
24.Ménage à Troi
26.The Best of Both Worlds Part 1
Star Trek TNG is in general one of the best Television Series ever and Season 3 doesn't disappoint, I highly recommend this.
on 26 November 2006
This season of Star Trek sets it's standards high. Some of the episodes have your teeth clenched with fear and how can everything turn out right. Somehow, the Enterprise survives and lives on.
There are some appearences from Tasha Yarr which is a twist to the tale because she died in series one. Q makes an appearence when he's lost all of his powers and the war with the Romulans starts to get tense.
My favourite episodes are Yesterdays Enterprise, Evolution, The survivors, Booby trap, Deja Q, Captains holiday, Menage a troi, Transfigurations and Best of both Worlds. Even though these are my favourites, there are none which I don't like.
Sometimes the picture quality isn't quite up to scratch. I feel as though if you had a big screen, it would look blurred at times. Also, the first part of best of both worlds is good, but you have to buy series 4 to descover the outcome. Apart from that, it's fantastic.
Just think, you're getting 25 episodes of Star Trek!. And you won't regret it if you buy one. Highly recommended and loads of fun.
THIS REVIEW IS OF THE 2006 SLIMLINE DVD EDITION OF THIS PRODUCT. NOT OF THE BLU RAY OR ANY OF THE OTHER ONES. IT HAS TO BE MENTIONED BECAUSE THE AMAZON SYSTEM WILL DOUBTLESS LUMP THEM ALL TOGETHER.
A seven disc box set. In four plastic containers and one larger carboard box. Containing all twenty six forty two minute long [approx.] episodes of the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Sometimes, a tv show gets to the point when it's at the top of it's game. When everyone involved knows exactly what they're doing. When they know exactly what needs to be done to make quality tv. Thus even the not quite so stellar episodes are still generally still quite good viewing and time well spent.
Helped also by the arrival of new executive producer Michael Piller, and the return of Doctor Crusher, this is the season of Star Trek: The Next Generation when it all clicked. And it became quality tv. With pacy, memorable episodes that haven't really dated all that much.
They are as follows:
Evolution. Beverly's back. Wesley's experiment goes out of control. The ship is in danger. A solid season opener.
The ensigns of command. A data showcase as he has to save a human colony that doesn't seem to want his help. A good character piece for him.
The survivors. An elderly couple somehow can withstand devastating attack. There are plot holes in this one, but ultimately it's pretty moving.
Who watches the watchers? What happens when primitive aliens discover Starfleet and their technology? With moralising toned down on the first two seasons it's a solid episode with a good central dilemma.
The bonding. A few crew members have a lot to come to terms with when an archaeologist dies on a mission, not least her son. And Worf. A not unmoving character piece with some more not over the top moralising.
Booby trap. A Geordi showcase as he turns to the holodeck for help with two problems. A quite watchable character piece for him.
The enemy. Another geordi showcase as he does hell in the pacific/enemy mine with a romulan on a dangerous planet. Good drama and a great worf subplot that doesn't go for easy answers.
The price. A troi showcase as she falls for a negotiator as various parties seek to control a wormhole. The Troi moments are somewhat embarrassing but the main plot has it's good moments.
The vengeance factor. A dispute resolution is threatened by an assassin and Riker's attempts to charm the ladies. Reasonable moralising but not the most memorable tale.
The defector. Romulans again as a defection leads to secrets and standoffs. A good drama with strong characters and some surprises.
The hunted. An alien criminal shows there are two sides to every story. In a capably done but not desperately memorable morality play.
The high ground. Dr. Crusher is kidnapped by terrorists. In an episode banned by the bbc for years because of a reference to Irish unification. What could be a good drama about terrorism is far too heavy handed to work and has a cop out ending.
Deja Q. Q has to learn what it's like to be human when he loses his power. In a really fun watch.
A matter of perspective. Riker's in trouble as a result of his would be charms again in a star trek version of Rashomon. Which works well enough.
Yesterday's Enterprise. Faces from the past appear when time goes wrong. And only Guinan knows it. A classic episode with some unforgettable moments.
The offspring. Data builds an android. Good solid science fiction and star trek. One you won't forget in a hurry.
Sins of the father. Worf showcase as we learn a lot more about the Klingon homeworld. Another solid character piece.
Allegiance. Picard is kidnapped and held with other captives as a replica replaces him. Two good storylines merge for one strong episode.
Captain's holiday. Picard's holiday is interrupted when he's caught up in a treasure quest. An episode that tries to be fun. And more than succeeds.
Tin Man. Romulans and the Enterprise race to make first contact with a special ship. Good solid science fiction.
Hollow pursuits. The first appearance of neurotic engineer Reg Barclay, played by Dwight Schultz from the A team. It's fun having a character who's not entirely perfect. And the episode has many great moments.
The most toys. Another data showcase as he's kidnapped by a collector. Another good character piece for him.
Sarek. Spock's father is on board. And behaving oddly. A great look at getting old, with moving moments and stunning acting from Patrick Stewart.
Menage A Troi. Troi's mother returns again when she and her daughter are kidnapped by the Ferengi and Picard has to embarrass himself to get them back. Comedy that's not so bad for once.
Transfigurations. Beverley falls for an alien with no memory and a great destiny in a reasonable story.
The best of both worlds. The season finale brings back the Borg. Ends on an incredible cliffhanger and grips from the off. A brilliant episode.
The dvds have the following language and subtitle options:
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish.
Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish.
Disc seven has four featurettes, running from thirteen to seventeen minutes in length:
Mission overview year two. A look at the season.
Selected crew analysis. Cast and crew on the characters and what this season brought them.
Production. Stories from the production of various episodes.
Memorable missions. More stories about various episodes.
All are pretty good retrospectives with some interesting anecdotes.
This season, like all the others, belongs in your dvd collection. And you will find yourself coming back to it far more than the first two.
on 25 November 2011
This box set is the third season of Star Trek: the Next Generation (TNG). After a slightly slow start with the first two seasons, the writing really began to improve and the episode plots had some really strong storylines. Among these, "High Ground" addressed the concept of terrorism, "Yesterdays Enterprise" allowed the temporary return of Tasha Yar, "The offspring" re-opened discussions on the concept of Human rights for Artifical beings; and the last episode "Best of Both Worlds part 1" brought back the Borg for a chilling season climax.
The various characters really began to be fleshed out nicely by this stage and this allowed for some very strong acting from the regular cast as well as a number of the guest actors. The special effects also started to look better, and a bit better than some of the previous episodes.
The box set also has a number of extra items that I enjoyed; it's really good to see some of the background stuff that goes into the production of the programmes.
This is a great addition to any collection, and complememts the other sets really nicely.
on 29 March 2009
I was 7 when ST:TNG started, and having recently reaquainted myself in the world of phasers, klingons and some of the best space battles you will see on TV without all that Babylon 5 CGI mess. I went online and bought all the movies then I felt my collection was incomplete now I am hunting down the series. TNG is in my opinion the best of the spinoff series, with a powerful cast of characters and of course Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard! In Season 3 the writing and quality of the episodes, FX and such are much improving. Tasha Yar who we last saw in Season 1 when she had a pointless death, here in Season 3 she returns in one episode, a welcome return both bitter sweet but mostly sweet. And of course the season finale introducing The Borg to the Star Trek mythos. This season has lower aspects not worth mentioning. Why cant TV these days be as consistent and quality as these cult TV series that ended nearly 20 years ago?
on 15 March 2010
TNG was a part of my youth (as far as I remember) and a few month ago I had no other chance but recalling this. Well, I didn't remember the clumsy parts of the early seasons (nevertheless they are still great, of course) and I really feel this is the best season to this point (I acctually haven't reached the fourth by now).
The quality of the discs is similar to that of the preceding ones - and I assume, everyone reading this already owns them.
For German's information: This edition is completely equal to the German Slim Case Edition (except the charge, obviously), even though it does not become clear in the product details of Amazon. So, if you don't want to spend 50PLUS, go for it.
All in all: You want to revisit the old, pre-J.J. Abrams Star Trek universe - this edition is a good point getting into it (but you should start with season 1, really) - space-saving, cheap, good quality.
As other reviewers have mentioned, it is this third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation that sees the series start to reach its true potential with many greatly entertaining and memorable episodes. The season also sees the welcome return of Gates McFadden as Dr. Crusher.
As with the previous two seasons, this third instalment of the series gets off to something of a slow start with most of the weaker episodes within the first quarter of the season. The season premier 'Evolution' (where the Enterprise is put in danger while on a scientific mission), 'The Bonding' (focusing on the orphaned son of a dead crew member) and 'The Vengeance Factor' (where the Enterprise crew try to create peace for a divided society) are probably my least favourite of the season. Things pick up however with 'The Defector' (about a possible Romulan Defector) and continue to improve throughout the season until the brilliant first part of 'The Best of Both Worlds' finishes the season with an excellent climax. The episodes in this season range from the funny (such as 'Captain's Holiday' where Picard visits Risa and meets Vash for the first time) to the very emotional ('The Offspring' where Data builds a daughter).
For me the best of the season though have to be 'Yesterday's Enterprise' and 'Sins of the Father'. The first of these sees the creation of an alternate timeline after the Enterprise-C travels to the future resulting in a war between the Klingons and the Federation and a more militaristic feel to the episode. The episode also sees the brief but great return of Denise Crosby as Tasha Yar. My other favourite episode, 'Sins of the Father', delve into Klingon politics and notions of honour as Worf learns that his dead father has been accused of treason and must return to Cronos to defend his family's honour.
This third season of 'The Next Generation' is definitely one of the better ones but is still hamstrung a little by a handful of poorer episodes and is probably worth a high four and a half stars.
This is a review of the Season Three box set of 2006.
The first opening shot of season three shows Wesley with spots. He's growing up. Unfortunately, his insufferable mother is back on board for the season, replacing the more respectable Diana Muldaur. What else do we learn about the crew in the third season? Well, O'Brien plays the cello (I don't think so!), Picard fancies himself as a painter, and Troy loves chocolate.
Subjects that feature in this third season include nano technology, terrorism, and Picard as God. The Ferengi make more of an appearance in this season. They appear in three or four episodes, including one where Troi's mother (Majel Barrett) indulges in foreplay, caressing a Ferengi commander's ear. (Ethan Phillips appears in the episode.)
Meanwhile, Data is kidnapped and becomes a museum piece in `The Most Toys'; Spock's father Sarek (still played by Mark Lenard) is a crotchety 202 years old; and Tasha Yar returns in an episode called `Yesterday's Enterprise'. In season two, Riker spent time on a Klingon vessel. The situation is reversed in season three with Worf's brother doing a tour of duty on the Enterprise.
The worst episode is `The Offspring' where Data has a child (sic): pure humbug, with Jonathan Frakes having his first experience as director. There are also occasions of egregious bad management on display, such as when Geordi not only bad-mouths Barclay in front of his staff, but even walks in on Barclay's private holodeck programme.
The best episode? The return of the Borg in the final episode, a two-parter that sees Picard captured? Nope! Undoubtedly the best is the return of John de Lancie in `Deja Q'. What starts as a typical mundane planetary emergency (they become fairly routine after awhile) soon gets entertaining. Q, now reduced in rank to mere human, asks Data for advice, and a kind of Laurel and Hardy situation develops. Forced to become part of the team, Q complains "It's difficult to work in a group when you're omnipotent."
Notably, the music to the series, usually composed by Dennis McCarthy and Ron Jones, changes for episode twenty where Jay Chattaway is the maestro. This is briefly covered in the hour-long extras. These include the usual mission logs, produced in 2002, where the likes of Peter Lauritson, Michael Piller, and Rick Berman explain where the series stood at that time and where it was going. They and other members of the crew, as well as the cast, describe the highlights of the season, and there is an overview of the writing of the scripts, production design, and effects. The only notable absence from the interviews is Michael Dorn.
on 6 December 2009
this season is a big jump up from season one and two, the graphics are now early CGI as opposed to a model replica with silver foil giving the illusion of a starship and stars. additionally more plots from
Worf's heritage comes back to haunt him, especially with his family blood line back on Qo'nos under threat of dishonor.
Data again learns more on humanity but in a greatly dimished capacity though Q helps by allowing data to enjoy a few seconds of laughter and what its like to be obsessed later on.
Riker as always plays the strong second in command until a failing in his past comes back to haunt him along with the short temper to one of the crewmembers and a frame up.
Picard keeps appearances even though he makes a forlon attempt to avoid lwaxana troi numerous times while also learning more beyond his own understand.
La Forge really shines in this season then most of the others although he looses focus at times.
Troi becomes more confident around the crew and in diplomatic talks.
Dr Crusher returns to the ship and Dr Pulaski is assigned elsewhere meanwhile the talk between picard and crusher start off on a wobbly footing but eventually both of them form a friendship.