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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite season
Season 4 of TNG is my favourite season of the series. Frequently, its a lot less bouncy & action orientated than season 3, but instead we have strong guest actors putting in powerful performances - for example, David Ogden Stiers as Dr Timicin in 'Half a Life' - a desperately moving episode. They also have a bit of fun with the show for the first time, with episodes...
Published on 27 July 2002 by StockportJambo

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3.0 out of 5 stars At Last, Some Half Decent Episodes...
Well they certainly took long enough to get here but there are a fair number of pretty good episodes in this season.

Picture quality did improve too in this season, I am not entirely sure why as this is as they were still using the "shoot it on film and then edit it on video" technique adopted by many TV shows of the time.

Audio also switched to...
Published on 26 Oct 2010 by Sharon Woodward


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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite season, 27 July 2002
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Season 4 of TNG is my favourite season of the series. Frequently, its a lot less bouncy & action orientated than season 3, but instead we have strong guest actors putting in powerful performances - for example, David Ogden Stiers as Dr Timicin in 'Half a Life' - a desperately moving episode. They also have a bit of fun with the show for the first time, with episodes like 'Future Imperfect', 'The Nth Degree' and 'Clues'. Then of course there are the powerhouses like Best of Both Worlds part II, 'Redemption part 1', 'The Wounded' and 'The Drumhead'. Most of all though I think I enjoy the reflective episodes, like 'Family', 'In Theory' and 'Data's Day'. Paramount are releasing these boxsets at a phenomenal rate, so I'm forced to pick which seasons to buy. Season 4 was always at the top of my list.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Season 4 review., 7 Aug 2004
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CharlesH (London, Middlesex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
By now, you would either have seen Star Trek: The Next Generation and liked it or not, so the fourth season of a show is probably not the best point to start but in other ways it is. Starting with the conclusion of Best Of Both Worlds, which wrapped up the Borg Invasion story a bit to quickly for my liking, this was still a great story. There were some great stories in this series along with some not so great tales. My stand out episodes in season four include Family, a touching story where Picard has to deal with the Borg equivalent of rape and how his life will continue after, Final Mission, the last listed series of Wesley Crusher and Wounded, a story about a military veteran unable to see past the conflict.
One episode which stands out the most is The Drumhead, concentrating on the trial and persecution of a crew member because of his race. Despite being nearly 12 years old now, this series as a whole produced episodes that are still relivent today. There are some exceptional episodes in this series that have nothing to do with flying spaceships and funny looking aliens but do what Star Trek does best, produces episodes on the human nature. This is a good place to start your star trek experience even if you don't understand at first what is going on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most consistent season by far, 28 May 2004
Like the year before, season 4 was blessed with several superbly written episodes. There's a good mix of moral, meaning, action and fun, some really clever episodes (Parallels, Remember Me), and plenty of quality charachter development. There is some action (the conclusion to 'Best of Both Worlds, the season finale and 'The Wounded' being obvious examples), but most of the time, the show deals with issues, often very successfully.
Whereas other seasons of The Next Generation had some outstanding, some mediocre, and some absolutely awful episodes, season 4 rarely ventures above or below the 'very very good' mark. This is The Next Generation at it's peak, the seasons before built up to it, the seasons after could never quite emulate this level of success.
Watch out for: 'Reunion', 'Clues', 'Night Terrors', 'The Drumhead', 'Half A Life'
The DVD is packed with the usual features, some already seen interviews, and some new material recorded for the DVD. Quite pricey at the RRP, but at the lower price, it's worth it.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Datasfan, 21 May 2006
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T. Sasaki "MadaboutData" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Star Trek The Next Generation - Season 4 (Slimline Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
This Season is has a strong theme of Romulan vs. Klingons and The Federation in almost every 2-3 episodes. It's a subtle but effective build-up to the Redemption at the end of the Season. My favourite episodes are "Data's Day", "In Theory", "The Loss", "First Contact" and "Reunion". Most of the episodes in Season Four touches on family, friendship and romantic relationships and we get to see Data really trying to understand and imitate human emotions, behaviours and relationships - it makes me realise how complicated it is to be a human and also at the same time just how special we are to have all the capabilities we do have. In this Season we also see Troi becoming just 'human' for a while which is a bit different to other episodes. Worf suffers personal tragedy but at the same time meeting his son for the first time. Geordi has his scary moments and Reiker gets chased around in hospital after the citizens on a developing planet sees him as a dangerous alien! Picard gets dragged into ancient Klingon rituals and has tormented again buy Q and Vash - the usual fun ensues, and accentuates with appearances by Guinan, Lwaxana, The Traveller, Wesley, Keiko & O'Brien (they get married in the Season).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Picard's Enterprise: year four, 4 July 2014
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Star Trek The Next Generation - Season 4 (Slimline Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
THIS REVIEW IS OF THE SEVEN DISC SLIMLINE DVD EDITION FROM 2006. IT IS NOT OF THE BLU RAY OR ANY OF THE OTHERS. THAT HAS TO BE MENTIONED BECAUSE THE AMAZON SYSTEM WILL DOUBTLESS LUMP IT IN WITH ALL THE OTHERS.

Seven discs. Inside four plastic slimline cases. Inside one bigger cardboard box. Containing all twenty six forty three minute long [approx] episodes of the fourth year of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Language and subtitle options are as follows:

Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish.

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

The show had clicked and gotten up to warp speed in it's third year. Would this season be just as good?

Episodes are as follows:

The Best of Both Worlds part two. Action all the way in the continuation to the story begun at the end of last year. Gripping tv that doesn't let up for a second.

Family. Back to Earth as Picard reunites with his family and Worf with his foster parents. An episode with no action, but one that makes sure the events of the previous story aren't forgotten. A great bit of drama.

Brothers. Data meets his creator. But then it becomes a full family reunion. A great showcase for Brent Spiner's acting in an excellent data episode.

Suddenly human. A human boy who has been raised by aliens is rescued. But can he become human again after living the alien way for so long? Not as spectacularly memorable as the last few episodes, it is though nonetheless a decent and thought provoking drama.

Remember Me. Crew members vanish. Only Dr. Crusher remembers them. A capable showcase for her in a decent puzzle episode.

Legacy. Tasha Yar's homeworld. Her sister. And a lesson in trust and legacy. Good episode with a memorable ending.

Reunion. Back with the Klingon storylines from last year. A good bit of drama that doesn't cop out.

Future imperfect. A puzzle episode for Riker as he awakens sixteen years in the future having lost his memories of the interim. Another capable puzzle story that does keep you guessing to the end.

Final Mission. Wesley's leaving! For starfleet academy. He and Picard have to get off a desert moon first of all. A good way to write Wesley out and a great two hander between him and Picard. You won't dislike him anymore by the end. Much.

The loss. Troi loses her powers. How does this effect her? A capable showcase for Marina Sirtis, albeit not an episode of much consequence.

Data's Day. A day in the life of your favourite android. A nice idea for an episode that's different to the norm, and very well done.

The wounded. The first appearance of the Cardassians. As peace with them arrive, but one Starfleet captain can't let go of his hatred. A showpiece for Chief O'Brien for once. A terrific episode that looks at the aftermath of war and has a wonderful resolving scene.

Devil's due. Picard puts a demon on trial to save a planet's population. An episode originally written for the star trek tv revival of the seventies that never came to pass, so it does feel at times like something from the original. And it's quite good with it.

Clues. Everyone is knocked out. Bar Data. What is he hiding? Surprisingly similar to a particular episode of Red Dwarf but another good puzzle one.

First contact. Posing as an alien on another world prior to first contact with the inhabitants, Riker gets in trouble. A look at first contact from a different perspective, which makes it pretty good and original.

Galaxy's child. Geordi meets the real life version of the engineer Leah Brahms, who he got to know a hologram of last season. The main science fiction plot is capable, but the Geordi moments are strong, thanks to presenting a different take on the relationship we saw before.

Night Terrors. The ship is trapped and can't move. The crew are depressed and irritable. Can Troi find what is causing this?A somewhat derided episode thanks to some visuals that don't quite come off, it's not a bad little story if you can get past that.

Identity crisis. A colleague of Geordi's undergoes a strange mutation. Will he be next? Another Geordi showcase, and another watchable story.

The Nth degree. Reg Barclay is hit by an alien energy beam, and then gets incredibly smart. A welcome return for the character makes for an entertaining episode.

Qpid. Q and Vash are both back. As Q traps her and Picard in the middle of a Robin Hood story. A very fun episode.

The Drumhead. A Starfleet officer investigating a suspicious explosion goes a bit too far for the Captain's liking. Courtroom drama on the Enteprise with some excellent heavyweight acting.

Half a life. Troi's mother in back. In love. With a man who has to commit ritual suicide because he's reached a certain age. A good solid drama rather than a comedy for her. And a memorable one with it.

The host. Crusher is in love. With a parasitic alien. Complications ensue. A good showcase for the Doctor but an episode that needed a bit more thinking through. Which they did when the alien species returned for Deep Space Nine

The Mind's eye. Geordi is brainwashed by the Romulans. It's Star Trek does the Manchurian Candidate, in a good thriller.

In theory. Data starts a relationship with a colleague. The rest of the crew do science stuff. The b story is okay, but the main one really is very strong indeed, although it takes a while to sink in.

Redemption part one. Klingon storyline returns in a story that ends on a good cliffhanger, and is a good solid drama before that as well.

So the answer to the earlier question? Yes it could. This was another really solid season.

Extras on disc seven are seven featurettes. They run from nine to sixteen minutes in length.

Mission overview: year four.
Selected crew analysis.
Production.
New life and new civilisations.
Chronicles from the final frontier.
Select historical data.
Inside the Star Trek archives.

The first three do what the name states. The fourth is all about the aliens and alien worlds of the season and how they were brought to life. The fifth tends to be general anecdotes from across the season. The sixth is all about the spaceships and space stations of the show and how they were brought to life. And the seventh is more general anecdotes.

All are good viewing but best done one at a time as it feels overlong if you do them in a row.

Another great season for a science fiction tv classic. Thus it's another box set that should be in the collection of any cult tv fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great watching it all again in HD, 29 Jun 2014
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Season 4 is when The Next Generation really started to shine in my opinion, starting with the conclusion to The Best of Both Worlds. The picture quality is brilliant and the extras are going to be of great interest to any Star Trek fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek TNG Season 4 (dvd set), 5 Nov 2013
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Star Trek TNG at its best again when each season got better and better. The dvd remastered into blu ray gives it a cutting edge viewing together with surround sound. Take it away number 1..........
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping season, 2 Jan 2007
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This review is from: Star Trek The Next Generation - Season 4 (Slimline Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
I recieved this season for christmas. I have not been disappointed with it. The storylines are incredible and complicated. Sometimes, you wonder how things can return to normal.

It is compulsive viewing. The picture quality is higher on this series than in any of the previous ones. This is the first series when computer animation is heavily used and it has been sucsessful.

This series really makes you want to buy the next series so watch it or you'll end up with all 7 series. Compulsive viewing and highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STNG, 7 Jun 2009
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Kathleen Malone "bratty" (toronto, canada) - See all my reviews
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I've enjoyed the Star Trek Next Generation franchise since it first came out. The character development during the series continues to be what draws me to this series as my favourite Star Trek. It's great that it's been so affordable to purchase in region 2 format (I live in Canada, but have an all region player). Thanks, Amazon UK for ongoing GREAT service
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make it so, 9 Jun 2013
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The DVD set was in the old fashioned chunky plastic case rather than the new slimline editions. However, the discs were in perfect order and played beautifully. Most satisfied.
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