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Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season Six

and Star Trek: The Next Generation - Chain of Command

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 6/20/14

These are two new Blu-Ray disks being marketed together. I'm not really sure why they chose to re-issue "Chain of Command" all by itself as well as with the entire Season Six, but they did. Frankly, "Chain of Command" is one of my least favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes.

I was unsure as to whether I could get through "Chain of Command" a second time or not, but it was surprisingly watchable. At the time, which was 22 years ago (!), it deeply affected me because it's so violent and it's difficult to watch Picard being tortured. At least, that's how I remembered it. Much to my surprise, it was not nearly as hard to watch now. I guess that's because they show so much more torture now than they did back there. That's very sad, though.

One of the reasons the episode was so hard to watch is that Patrick Stewart is so fantastic an actor; he really makes you believe that he's in pain and agony. David Warner is also wonderful as his Cardassian torturer.  The rest of the episode is also very good, with an obnoxious Ronny Cox as the new Enterprise captain.

I know the episode is supposed to show how bad and useless torture is (as well as show how strong Captain Picard is, and to give insight into the Cardassians), but to me at the time, it seemed like it wasn't something I wanted to watch on TV. This was before "24" and all of the other very-violent cable shows we have now.  Now it's definitely something that was ahead of its time and we should all watch it again to learn more about how bad torture is. 

My only reason problem with this episode is that Picard never again mentions the Cardassians or what they did to him. Even someone as kind and wise as he would no doubt have some kind of trauma or some linger anti-Cardassian feelings, I would think. It made no sense that they never did a follow-up on how he feels.

As the features on the Blu-Ray disk explain, Patrick Stewart (Picard) was very active in Amnesty International, and they worked with that organization when producing the episode.

The disk has some great features, such as audio commentary by Ronny Cox and Jeremy West (the chief photographer), and Mike and Denise Okuda (the show's designers); and a "Making of" feature, as well as some deleted scenes and some promos.

The other Blu-Ray DVD has all of Season Six, arguably the best season of the show. I'm a life-long Star Trek fan and have watched all of the episodes. I watched all of the TNG episodes when they aired and enjoyed them. However, re-watching them now has been great. After 22 years, I find that I have forgotten a lot of what I watched back then, so I can enjoy almost as if they're brand new. I mean, not completely - some of the episodes are vaguely familiar. But they are very enjoyable to watch a second time. This season has many great episodes that I love.

The DVD extras are also outstanding. Each disk has many great features about the show, the characters, the special effects, the costumes, the props and more. They did a great job with this set. They even have closed-captioning on the features, which is rare for any DVD set. It's great to see the crew young again and relive all of their adventures. I'm going to have to buy all of the seasons now on Blu-Ray to add to my collection (even though I taped them all first-run).

Any Star Trek fan should enjoy this set.

MORE INFORMATION:

LATEST COLLECTION OF ICONIC SERIES ARRIVES IN STUNNING HIGH-DEFINITION
 

 

STAR TREK

THE NEXT GENERATION

THE SIXTH SEASON &

 

CHAIN OF COMMAND

 

Packed With Exclusive, Must-Watch Special Features Including 

New Interviews, Deleted Scenes And Gag Reel  

Available June 24, 2014
 


 

Street Date: 6/24/14

SSN6 Blu-ray SRP: $130.00 U.S.

Chain Of Command Blu-ray SRP: $28.28 U.S.


 

The newest high-definition collections of the iconic sci-fi series, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION® – THE SIXTH SEASON BLU-RAY and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION® – CHAIN OF COMMAND BLU-RAY arrive June 24 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Both collections feature a trove of newly produced material that unlock secrets to the Star Trek® universe, including a special three-part documentary on the sixth season and a never-before-released gag reel.  

 

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE SIXTH SEASON

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE SIXTH SEASON BLU-RAY includes all 26 episodes of the penultimate season, remastered into spectacular high-definition. Fans can dive into the sixth season of the series with a brand new, three-part documentaryBeyond the Five Year Mission – The Evolution of Star Trek: The Next Generation” featuring fascinating interviews with cast and crew. Plus, fans will enjoy never-before-released commentary on select episodes from Ronald D. Moore, James L. Conway, Jonathan West, and Mike and Denise Okuda, along with a must-see gag reel.

 

The sixth season collection includes classic episodes such as Brent Spiner’s dual performance as Data and his father Dr. Noonien Soong in “Birthright,” the critically acclaimed two-part episode “Chain of Command,” Riker (Jonathan Frakes) coping with a bizarre identity crisis that pits him quite literally against himself in “Second Chances,” and James Doohan reprising his Original Series role as Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott in “Relics.”

 

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – CHAIN OF COMMAND

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – CHAIN OF COMMAND BLU-RAY is a feature-length presentation of the two-part sixth season episode. As a possible Cardassian attack looms, Captain Picard, Dr. Crusher and Worf embark on a secret mission to find and destroy suspected biological weapons, leaving the Enterprise under the leadership of the cold and demanding Captain Edward Jellico (Ronny Cox). Soon after, Picard is captured by the Cardassians and is brutally tortured for information. The crew’s dismay quickly turns to anger as Jellico’s plans exclude a rescue mission. With his options running out, Picard must fight to save his sanity and ultimately his life.

 

Ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the best episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Chain of Command” is also lauded for its “eerily prescient” (Slate) depictions of torture. Along with exclusive audio commentary with Ronny Cox, Jonathan West and Mike and Denise Okuda, the Blu-ray also features the newly-produced documentary “The Privilege of Rank: Making ‘Chain of Command.’”

 

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE SIXTH SEASON BLU-RAY will be available in 1080p with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Stereo Surround, French Stereo Surround, German Stereo Surround, Castilian Mono, Italian Mono, and Japanese Mono.  The six-disc collection also includes English SDH, and French, German, Castilian, Italian, Japanese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish subtitles.  The Blu-ray is Not Rated in the U.S. and rated PG in Canada.  It will be available for the suggested retail price of $130.00 U.S. and $150.00 Canada.  The disc breakdown is as follows:


 

Disc One:

      Episodes

·       Time’s Arrow, Part II

·       Realm of Fear

·       Man of the People

·       Relics

·       Schisms

Special Features

·       Archival Mission Log: Mission Overview Year Six (SD)

·       Audio Commentary with Ronald D. Moore and Mike & Denise Okuda on “Relics” – NEW!

·       Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW!

o   Time’s Arrow, Part II

o   Relics

·       Episodic Promos

o   Promo #1 (SD)

o   Promo #2 (SD)

o   Promo #3 (SD)

o   Promo #4 (SD)

o   Promo #5 (SD)

 

Disc Two:

Episodes

·       True Q

·       Rascals

·       A Fistful of Datas

·       The Quality of Life

Special Features

·       Archival Mission Log: Bold New Directions (SD)

·       Archival Mission Log: Departmental Briefing Year Six: Production (SD)

·       Archival Mission Log: Departmental Briefing Profile: Dan Curry (SD)

·       Deleted Scene (HD) – NEW!

o   True Q

·       Episodic Promos

o   Promo #1 (SD)

o   Promo #2 (SD)

o   Promo #3 (SD)

o   Promo #4 (SD)

Disc Three:

      Episodes

·       Chain of Command, Part I

·       Chain of Command, Part II

·       Ship in a Bottle

·       Aquiel

·       Face of the Enemy

Special Features

·       Archival Mission Log: Special Crew Profile: Lt. Cmdr. Data (SD)

·       Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW!

o   Ship in a Bottle

o   Face of the Enemy

·       Episodic Promos

o   Promo #1 (SD)

o   Promo #2 (SD)

o   Promo #3 (SD)

o   Promo #4 (SD)

o   Promo #5 (SD)

 

Disc Four:

      Episodes

·         Tapestry

·         Birthright, Part I

·         Birthright, Part II

·         Starship Mine

·         Lessons

Special Features

·       Archival Mission Log: Select Historical Data (SD)

·       Audio Commentary with Ronald D. Moore and Mike & Denise Okuda on “Tapestry” – NEW!

·       Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW!

o   Tapestry

o   Birthright, Part II

·       Episodic Promos

o   Promo #1 (SD)

o   Promo #2 (SD)

o   Promo #3 (SD)

o   Promo #4 (SD)

o   Promo #5 (SD)

 

Disc Five:

      Episodes

·       The Chase

·       Frame of Mind

·       Suspicions

·       Rightful Heir

·       Second Chances

Special Features

·         Archival Mission Log: Inside Starfleet Archives: Sets and Props (SD)

·       Audio Commentary with James L. Conway and Jonathan West on “Frame of Mind” – NEW!

·       Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW!

o   The Chase

o   Rightful Heir

·       Episodic Promos

o   Promo #1 (SD)

o   Promo #2 (SD)

o   Promo #3 (SD)

o   Promo #4 (SD)

o   Promo #5 (SD)

 

Disc Six:

      Episodes

·       Timescape

·       Descent, Part I

Special Features

·       Beyond the Five Year Mission – The Evolution of Star Trek: The Next Generation (HD) – NEW!

o   Part One: The Lithosphere

o   Part Two: The Biosphere

o   Part Three: The Noosphere

·       Gag Reel (HD) – NEW!

·       Episodic Promos

o   Promo #1 (SD)

 

o   Promo #2 (SD)

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – CHAIN OF COMMAND BLU-RAY will be available in 1080p with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Stereo Surround, German Stereo Surround, and French Stereo Surround.  The collection also includes English SDH, German, and French subtitles. The Blu-ray is Not Rated in the U.S. and rated PG in Canada.  It will be available for the suggested retail price of $28.28 U.S. and $32.00 Canada.  The disc breakdown is as follows:

·       Chain of Command (Parts 1 and 2)

Special Features

·       The Privilege of Rank: Making “Chain of Command” (HD) – NEW!

·       Audio Commentary with Ronny Cox, Jonathan West and Mike & Denise Okuda (HD) – NEW!

·       Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW!

·       Episodic Promos

o   Part 1

 

o   Part 2


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