This is where Star Trek TNG carved its own niche in television history. This is where it finally grew its own identity and stood alone. Dr. Crusher's return is the precursor to consistently good stories over the next season. Many have already mentioned the classics, "Yesterday's Enterprise," "The Best of Both Worlds," and "Deja Q." In this season, Data will become a father in, "The Offspring," Riker will be accused of murder in, "A Matter of Perspective," and Spock's father will make an appearance in, "Sarek." We also begin a major plot thread concerning Worf and the Klingon Empire in, "Sins of the Father." Geordi falls in love with a holodeck woman in, "booby Trap," not knowing that he'll meet her real version next year. Picard finally gets more action than his first officer in, "Captain's Holiday." Probably the only episode I wasn't crazy about was, "The Bonding," but it has its appeal. The crew finally seems to attain that comfortable, friendly chemistry that eluded them in the first two seasons. Picard has mellowed, Troi stops being a sex symbol and becomes credible and Worf finally gets more screen time. This season combined the perfect blend of drama, action, suspense and character development. It was TNG at its best and it foreshadowed the superior entertainment that TNG would give us until the end of the sixth season. If you are only going to purchase one DVD gift set from TNG, make it this one!