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on 3 August 2017
I bought this series throughout 2010 but when I came to watch this third series I found I had two discs the same ( i.e two discs 6 and 7) and therefore one of the discs (4 and 5) was missing. Too late to return it as I'd had it a while and I re-ordered it this year as The Next Generation is, for me, a great series.
The moral of the story is, open the dvd packaging on receipt and check the right discs are there, even if you are not going to watch it immediately.
No one's fault but my own but pleased now have the complete series.
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on 9 May 2017
Nicely presented and delivered in good time.
Haven't watched the series yet but now we are in Britain's Got Talent season and X-Factor is coming up there will be plenty of opportunities.
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on 20 July 2017
Just what my sone wanted.
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on 28 April 2017
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on 7 June 2017
as expected thanks
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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" had a rocky start -- the first season was a wasteland of pretension, and the second season was merely mediocre.

But the third season was where the series bloomed, fully coming into its own with new writers and a lessening of Gene Roddenberry's eccentric viewpoints. It still had some issues and a few self-righteous moments, but "Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3" moved the story into far more intelligent, well-developed ideas and political strife, as well as the return of one of Star Trek's greatest villain species.

Doctor Crusher (Gates McFadden) returns to the Enterprise just in time for her son Wesley (Wil Wheaton) to accidentally endanger the ship with his science project -- he had his nanites communicate with each other, and now they've evolved into intelligent life. This would be less disastrous if the ship weren't right next to an about-to-erupt pulsar, and an attempt to kill them didn't lead to deadly retaliation.

And that's only the start of the series. From then on, they have to deal with stubborn colonists, Q (John De Lancie) being stripped of his godlike powers, accusations of murder and treachery, ancient blood feuds, a booby trap, an escaped super-soldier, the creation of a gynoid, a living starship, a mysterious pair of senior citizens, kidnappings, shore leave gone awry, and an awkward crewman who seeks social acceptance on the holodeck.

The highlights: the arrival of the legendary Vulcan diplomat Sarek (Mark Lenard) heralds sudden outbursts of violence among the crew, and the sudden appearance of the Enterprise-C leads to a radically altered timeline. And finally, the cybernetic aliens known as the Borg begin their devastating invasion of Federation space, with a very familiar face as the herald of their arrival...

One of the best aspects of "Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3" is that after two seasons of stifling moral certitude, it was time to examine serious moral dilemmas and issues once again. Oh, sometimes it's a bit too simplistic ("The Hunted"), but most of the time they deal with some serious issues worthy of the Star Trek ideal, such as the repercussions of the Prime Directive, the implications of new life, and the responsibilities of great power.

There's also a stronger interstellar political undercurrent to this season, with the brewing unrest in the Romulan empire that ensnares the Enterprise more than once, as well as hints that the Klingon empire may be destabilizing as well. It's not quite the arc-driven storytelling that is now much more common in TV, but it adds a feeling of depth, realism and intelligence. And even the standalone episodes are simply better quality -- one episode is essentially a science-fiction retelling of "Rashomon," using the holodeck as part of a criminal investigation.

Flaws? Well, there are a few dud episodes. Some episodes have echoes of the insufferable sense of superiority that suffused the first episode -- for instance, "Who Watches The Watchers" has a distinctly anti-religious flavor, and "The Bonding" is all about how "superior" people are immune to grief. And if you feel it, just repress it.

This season also saw the return of Gates McFadden as Doctor Crusher, and her warmth and passion are a welcome change from the second season. Indeed, the cast had clearly all grown into their roles, and each character has their own distinctive quirks and oddities -- Picard is an introvert with an impressive personality, Geordi has rotten luck with women, Wesley is becoming overly scholarly, Riker's horniness leads to a murder investigation, and Worf's powerful sense of honor leads him into conflict with his own people.

There are a few flaws, but on average "Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3" is a powerful, well-written string of science fiction stories -- and it ends on one of Star Trek's finest hours (and cliffhangers).
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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!).

Episode List:

1.Evolution
2.The Ensigns of Command
3.The Survivors
4.Who Watches the Watchers
5.The Bonding
6.Booby Trap
7.The Enemy
8.The Price
9.The Vengeance Fatcor
10.The Defector
11.The Hunted
12.The High Ground
13.Déjà Q
14.A Matter of Perspective
15.Yesterdays Enterprise
16.The Offspring
17.Sins of the Father
18.Allegiance
19.Captains Holiday
20.Tin Man
21.Hollow Pursuits
22.The Most Toys
23.Sarek
24.Ménage à Troi
25.Transfigurations
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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