Star Trek The Next Generation: The Best Of Both Worlds [VHS] 
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Stardate 43989.1. Eighteen months after the USS Enterprise's initial encounter with the Borg (a collection of half humanoid, half machine beings) the Federation is again threatened. Insufficiently capable of defending itself against the overwhelming invasion force, Starfleet assign Borg expert Lieutenant Commander Shelby to the Enterprise. Picard is abducted by the Borg who assimilate him into their consciousness in an attempt to pre-determine Starfleet tactics in response to their invasion.
In 1987, some 20 years after the original series had ended, Star Trek: The Next Generation was launched into a decade renowned for its materialistic greed, but also for its hesitant steps towards a more unified world order. Creator Gene Roddenberry revised his vision of humanity's future accordingly, shifting the Trek timeline 80 years on and reinventing the new Starship Enterprise as an Ark-like exploration vessel full of families, schools, soothing recreational facilities and a maternally pacifying computer voice (Roddenberry's wife, Majel Barrett). The Next Generation crew were not soldiers, but scientists and diplomats. Unlike the fiercely individualistic Captain Kirk, Patrick Stewart's patrician Captain Jean-Luc Picard was a model team leader: no matter how desperate the crisis, he ensured that everyone got to sit round the Conference Room table and talk it over. And in a true late-1980s touch, a key member of the Bridge crew was psychoanalyst Counsellor Troi, always on hand to discuss everyone's feelings.
Season Two saw the welcome introduction of the cybernetic horror that was the Borg. Originally a powerful symbol of technological misuse in an otherwise technologically utopian universe, ultimately their hive-like existence served to reinforce the message that everyone would be much happier as a team player. Even renegade super-entity Q (John De Lancie) relied on Picard as much as his fellow god-like playmates; Data followed Pinocchio and Spock in a quest to discard what made him an individual; and there was even an episode that rationalised why all aliens basically looked alike (we're all one big family). Even the slogan change to "Where no one has gone before" acknowledges that there's no "one" in a team. But for all its earnest political correctness and an over-reliance on "technobabble", good stories played by an appealing ensemble cast were at the heart of the show's success. After seven successful seasons, "All Good Things" finally came to an end. Until Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, that is. --Paul TonksSee all Product Description
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those of us that faithfully followed 'Star-Trek' down the years will
no doubt not be a stranger to this two-part 'TV' classic.
our heroes 'Captain Picard' 'Commander Riker' 'Data' 'La Forge'
'Worf' and the crew of the 'Enterprise' again encounter the 'Borg'
'Commander Shelby' who has knowledge of the enemy joins the team on
board hoping to replace 'Riker' should he accept promotion.
in this memorable double episode 'Borg' clones board the 'Enterprise'
snatching 'Captain Jean Luc Picard' with the intention of using his
knowledge and presence to persuade the Federation' to succumb to
'William Riker' takes command of the 'Enterprise'
after a failed attempt to snatch the now 'Borg' 'Jean Luc'
now 'Riker' and the crew try to buy the Federation' the time to
prepare the fleet to do battle with the 'Borg' vessel.
a terrific way to spend around an hour and a half bringing back
the memories of this iconic 'Sci-Fi' series.
'Make it So'
Some people complain it's not as nice as it could be, or not widescreen, but this was TV in 1990!! What do you expect!?
The job they've done is fantastic. The detail and colours really come out and create a very immersive viewing experience.
5.1 sound is the icing on the cake too.
I'm also pleased they've not gone overboard when redoing the effects, like star wars remakes, as it's all similiar looking to how it was originally, just nicer and more detailed.
Top marks to the team behind this work. Can't fault it.
If you're a fan of Star Trek, you owe it to yourself to own this!
The story is great - about a borg invasion of the federation. Patrick Stuart is fantastic as usual as cpt picard and this episode really makes Riker shine. And he is no longer the boring plain old simple "Riker" Everyone has a good part to play in this two-part next generation story that is effectively like a movie. This is also, for hardcore "Trek" fans, leads on to the stunning top-notch masterpiece "First Contact"
This episode also features some great special effects and the twists and turns will make you fixed to the T.V and wonder how things will turn out right. I must have watched this episode more than a dosen times and it still blows my mind every time. This is one "TNG" episode I will never get bored of or forget, 10/10
This is a must for any "Trek" fan and prepare to be assimilated by the T.V! Resistance is Futile..............
People reviewing this iconic episode of The Next Generation and stating the transfer to Blu Ray is not very good/or comparable to DVD quality are talking absolute rubbish.
I have watched this on both of my HDTVs (both Samsung, 1080p, powered by Sony PS3s) and whilst the Blu Ray quality isn't the best I've ever seen (that award goes to Blade Runner), it is very good indeed.
There are exterior shots where you can clearly identify slight knocks to the Enterprise study model and the Borg cube close-ups are great. It's a shame it wasn't tweaked to look more like the First Contact cube but that is just nit-picking.
You should buy this product if you're a Star Trek fan who grew up watching this episode on repeat, like me.
It's a good spend.
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I loved having both parts together as a complete film. Patrick Stewart is amazing as Locust of the Borg!!! and Jonathan Frakes could show what a great captain he can be!Published 7 months ago by rheailia