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Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 [Blu-ray] [US Import]
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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.
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!
This season includes a fantastic season opener, "Redemption, Part 2." Another favorite of mine is "The Game", a highly underrated episode about the crew being controlled by an addictive and dangerous game, reminded me of a brilliant TOS "possessed" episode. I have always loved "Conundrum" too, as it was the first TNG episode I had ever watched when I was a young boy with my Grandad, who introduced me to this timeless show. "Darmok" and "The Inner Light" are fan favorites. There not my absolute classics, but I still like them. "Cause and Effect" is intriguing, written by fantastic TNG writer Brannon Braga, even though it does get annoying after a while (watch the episode and see what I mean.) "The First Duty" is perhaps my favorite of the season though, a really good episode about morals and doing the right thing, love it.
Season 5 is another top-notch delivery from the Enterprise: picture, packaging of the box and story power is all there - bring on season 6!
Season five actually opens with the second part of ‘Redemption’, which again witnesses the re-appearance of Denise Crosby – and, incidentally, sees Data get his first independent command (in another episode – ‘Disaster’ – Lieutenant Commander Troi is in charge, whilst in ‘Conundrum’ Worf is in charge and giving order to Picard.),
As well as the return of Nimoy and Crosby, another returnee to the series in this season is Will Wheaton in ‘The Game’ and ‘The First Duty’. Lwaxana Troi (Majel Barratt) makes another unforgettable appearance. Meanwhile, a new member of the crew who appears in a large number of episodes is Ensign Ro (Michelle Forbes), and Brian Bonsall plays Worf’s son in more than one episode. One ‘man’ who is notable by his absence in season five is, alas, Q.
Other points in this season worthy of remark is to see Picard wearing in more than one episode a blue sweater and red bomber jacket; one episode (‘Hero Worship’) is directed by Patrick Stewart; Patrick’s son Daniel appears in ‘The Inner Light’; Kelsey Grammer makes a fleeting appearance (‘Cause & Effect’); and we meet ‘Hugh’ of the Borg. The season ends with another two-parter that introduces Mark Twain (‘Time’s Arrow’).
Alongside the usual sci-fi storylines, three cheers are due to the series also bravely attempting to comment on contemporaneous social issues.Read more ›
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The low score is not a reflection on the quality of the actual show, I love TNG and season 5, it's a score based on the quality of the restoration. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Again bought for my dad. Works great, arrived within the time stated and my dad loves it.Published 6 months ago by christine skaife