Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 4 Blu-Ray

Having started to get seriously good in Season Three, this was the year in which ST:TNG settled down into being the show many of us recall with affection.

Moving on form the more traditional monster/alien/thingy of the week format, the show spent more time developing the characters, and the relationships between them, making things more interesting. There were, however, lots of monsters/aliens/thingies to contend with as well.

After picking up the cliffhanger in The Best of Both Worlds Part II[1], which was a tricky one, as Picard had been Borgified, the creators took the quite unusual step of taking an episode to explore the consequences. In Family, Picard visits his estranged brother, and contemplates leaving Star Fleet. We also meet Worf’s comedy adoptive human parents. Staying with the family theme, Brothers gives Brent Spiner a chance to shine, as he plays Data, his “evil brother”  Lore and their father/creator Doctor Noonian Soong.

Welsey finally gets some decent dialogue and a decent part in his last episode as a regular cast member, Final Mission. The Enterprise crew come up against an alleged demonic entity in Devil’s Due, and there’s an intriguing puzzle in Clues.

The annoying Q returns in QPID, which does give Worf one of the best comedy lines

Sir, I protest! I am not a merry man!

The season ends with another cliffhanger in Redemption, Part I.  Civil war is brewing in the Klingon Empire, and Worf has a chance to regain his family’s honour. He also gets to put on a different uniform. Has he left the Enterprise for good? Find out in the next Blu-ray set!

And there’s much more. Some excellent episodes, which still stand up two decades on. As before, the restoration is superb, with everything looking better than it did the first time around.

Special features include the Mission Logs from the DVD releases and some new material.

  • In conversation: The Star Trek Art Department – this reunites people who worked on ST:TNG, Deep Space Nine and Voyager for a chat. It went on rather longer than I found interesting, but that might just be me.
  • Relativity: The Family Saga of Star Trek: The Next Generation – two new pieces with the original cast talking about this period in the show, including Wil Wheaton talking about why he left when he did. Good stuff, and it’s nice to see them all haivng such positive views on the work they did a long time ago.

There are also some deleted scenes and the moderately traditional gag reel.

 

[1] Note: the writers of that thought that getting out of the cliffhanger would be an SEP[2], and were slightly worried when they found it was actually their problem
[2] Someone Else’s Problem (thank you, Douglas Adams)