Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3 Blu-Ray

Season Three, it’s generally agreed, is when Star Trek: The Next Generation (or TNG to its friends) started to get properly good. And there’s a lot to be said for that. The overall quality is higher, with some particularly memorable episodes which still stand up over twenty years on[1].

I’m still impressed with the excellent Yesterday’s Enterprise, which involves  the Enterprise-C popping through a temporal rift and causing a drastically changed timeline in which the Federation is fighting a losing war against the Klingon Empire. The writers used it as a way to bring back Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby), whose first season exit wasn’t as good as it might have been. Tasha gets a better send-off this time. The ever-annoying Q returns, and there’s an episode called Tin Man which unless my imagination is extremely over-active was based on a novel I read mumble years earlier. That didn’t involve Star Trek, but it did involve a telepath and a sentient alien spacecraft thingy. If memory serves, the book was called Tim Woodman. Ah, yes: brain not faulty at all for once: Tin Woodman.

But the highlight has to be the dramatic closing episode, The Best of Both Worlds Part 1. This sees the return of the Borg and a massive cliffhanger, which left everyone guessing. Oddly enough, the writer, Michael Piller was expecting the resolution to be an SEP[2], as he was expecting to move on to other projects. When he was persuaded to stay with TNG, he had to dig himself out of the very big hole he’d dug.

There are lots more excellent episodes, and as with Season 1 and Season 2, the restoration work is superb.

In addition to the Mission Log extras that were on the original DVDs, there are some new features including a gathering of some of the show’s writers moderated by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, and a new three-part documentary called Resistance is Futile.

All nicely done, and a perfect opportunity to revisit some classic TV.

[1] How the photon did that happen?
[2] Someone Else’s Problem

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