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One Of TNG's Finest Hours,
This review is from: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Star Trek: The Next Generation season 4 is top-class television. This season contains some of the strongest episodes in the entire series, out of all the 178 episode entries! Season three promised much and now the anti has been upped even more, it was enthralling.
All the cast that was assembled in season three is back in this season, as well as the stories are at a very high standard. The acting is brilliant also; each actor portrays their character to perfection as they develop throughout all the seven seasons. It is like one long journey in my view. How all the actors maintain the high standard of what they do without falling apart at any stage throughout the entire show is a question one might ask.
Some of the crews most memorable missions in this season include the finale to probably TNG's greatest ever story, "The Best Of Both Worlds, Part 2." Along with the unforgettable "Reunion" and the fantastic "Future Imperfect." "The Loss" really did show of Marina Sirtis's" acting talents and "Data's Day" was an interesting view on life from an android's perspective, with a sub-plot. "The Wounded" was a serious and emotional episode, one of the best, as was "Clues", a really intelligent episode, which was one of my personal favourites. The episode "Night Terrors" was the closest the TNG crew ever got to horror, a really good episode which reminded you of a psychological thriller in a way. "Identity Crisis" had a firm plot, with great effects, the recreation of the shadow on the holodeck always sent shivers up my spine. "The Drumhead" is perhaps the best in this season though, it is a really powerful tale about morality and justice and how the road from simple suspicion to rampant paranoia is very much shorter than we think. We get a really good story in "The Mind's Eye", about Geordi being controlled by Romulans in an attempt to destroy the alliance between the Federation and the Klingons. "In Theory" is really funny, a light-hearted one which this season needed as lots are of a serious nature. And "Redemption, Part 1" is outstanding, the first part of the movie-like blockbuster where Picard and Worf become entangled in the run-up to civil war on the Klingon Homeworld. A lot of the other episodes are good as well; each story is good in its own right. They are all different which is what makes TNG fresh, and original; a new adventure every time, there is something mesmerizing about each one. In terms of consistently good episodes, you can't go wrong with season 4.
Season 4 is amazing, one of TNG's best seasons besides 6. There is a strong body of episodes in this season concerning the Klingons and Romulans, which ultimately leads up to the season's finale - setting you up for it. There are hardly any bad episodes in this season, as this is where the writing peaked and where the stories were at their most serious, powerful and engaging. Besides one or two, the episodes in this season are really intelligent and gripping, it's Star Trek at its finest, sci-fi at its most prominent. The character development, stories, acting and effects are all top-notch, topped even more by the Blu-ray release. There is certain warmth about this season that was not present with the first two seasons that makes you want to watch several episodes in one sitting, it's fantastic. The picture quality is also phenomenal (on all 26 episodes), making the experience enjoyable to its full, coupled by 7.1 Surround Sound, master audio and with awesome special features. What more could you ask for?
I cannot recommend this season enough, everything's as Trek should be. Please just "Make It So..." and warp this set in the post as you are missing out if you don't already own it. This season is ground-breaking, buy and enjoy. You will be stunned, like a hand phaser would stun you. Transport this box set home...