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Star Trek The Next Generation: Season 1

Patrick Stewart , Brent Spiner , Cliff Bole , Corey Allen    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Warping into syndication in 1987, Star Trek: The Next Generation successfully launched its seven-season "continuing mission" of the starship Enterprise, and this classy DVD boxed set gathers the show's inaugural season in crisp picture clarity and dazzling 5.1-channel sound. A ratings leader with a sharp ensemble cast, this revamped Trek honored series creator Gene Roddenberry's original Trek concept, nurtured by returning veterans like producer Robert H. Justman and writers D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold. Several first-season episodes have original-series counterparts, and while the season was awkwardly inconsistent for all involved (including Roddenberry's heir apparent, producer Rick Berman), in retrospect the series began on remarkably solid footing.

Patrick Stewart was perfect as Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard, while Marina Sirtis struggled with a wretched hair bun and an ill-defined character, eventually blessing Counselor Troi with delicate nuance. Denise Crosby made a strong but underutilized impression as Security Chief Tasha Yar, and left the series before season's end, allowing writers to develop Klingon Lieutenant Worf (Michael Dorn) into a fan favorite. Brent Spiner transcended Spock comparisons with his triumphant portrayal of the android Lieutenant Commander Data; and while Jonathan Frakes was accepted as First Officer Will Riker, fans ultimately rejected Wil Wheaton as ensign Wesley Crusher, the teenaged son of the ship's doctor (Gates McFadden). Still, these 25 episodes laid a firm foundation for subsequent seasons, and highlights include the Raymond Chandleresque "holo- novel" of "The Big Goodbye," Data's backstory in "Datalore," the Klingon rituals of "Heart of Glory," and a Romulan encounter in "The Neutral Zone." The DVD supplements (all on the seventh disc) are good enough to make anyone wish for more: four featurettes recall myriad first-season challenges, filled with insider perspective and enough NextGen trivia to satiate all but the most obsessive Trekkers back on Earth. Looking back, it's easy to see why NextGen lived long and prospered. --Jeff Shannon

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25 episodes on 7 discs: Encounter at Farpoint, The Naked Now, Code of Honor, The Last Outpost, Where No One Has Gone Before, Lonely Among Us, Justice, The Battle, Hide and Q, Haven, The Big Goodbye, Datalore, Angel One, 11001001, Too Short a Season, When the Bough Breaks, Home Soil, Coming of Age, Heart of Glory, The Arsenal of Freedom, Symbiosis, Skin of Evil, We'll Always Have Paris, Conspiracy, The Neutral Zone. Four new exclusive featurettes: "The Beginning" (the genesis of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Gene Roddenberry's vision), "Selected Crew Analysis" (first-season cast members discuss their roles), "Making of a Legend" (first-season production staff reminisce about their favorite episodes), "Memorable Missions" (cast and crew discuss key episodes and events of the first season).


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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Jan. 4 2014
By Nancy
Format:DVD
Outer box and discs are all in good shape. Minimal scratches on the discs. We haven't played the discs to confirm it's all working, but I don't expect to have problem. Our collection is now complete. Thanks!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the best Star Trek series April 13 2004
Format:DVD
I am so incredibly pleased that Paramount is beginning to release the entire Star Trek saga on DVD. This is my personal favorite series. Of all the captains, Picard takes the cake. This season begins the entire story of the Next Generation and set into motion some major parts of the show. The impossible romantic attraction between Picard and Dr. Crusher, the introduction of Q, and at the very end there is a subtle hint at the BORG! This season, though not as good as the ones to follow, creates a good foundation for the seasons to come. A terrific addition to ANY Star Trek fan's collection.
My favorite episodes:
Encounter at Farpoint, The Naked Now, Where No One Has Gone Before, The Battle, Hide and Q, The Big Goodbye, Datalore, 11001001, Coming of Age, Arsenal of Freedom, Skin of Evil, Conspiracy, and The Neutral Zone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 1 March 4 2003
Format:DVD
Content:
Although some people feel that season 1 was the worst season for TNG, I thought that it had some great stories. Some of my favorite TNG episodes are from season 1. Althought the cast is not yet at their best, it is still good acting and some of what is actually future character development I think is mistaken as a bad portrayal of the character. Season 1 has a lot of good stories and some truely great stories as well. As for the DVD representation, I was not disappointed at all. The menu system looks good and is easy to operate. The picture quality was good. I have read some reviews that say the picture was too dark, but I would have to disagree with these reviews. And I personally like the fact that it was not done in widescreen since it was originally broadcast for television, not widescreen. I was most impressed with the sound quality which is excellent.
Packaging:
Season 1 is packaged in a box with a brushed metal look to it which I think is quite sharp. When you open the box you will find that the inside front cover lists all the discs and what episodes they contain. This outside box contains a fold out book of sorts which holds all the discs plus a booklet introducing the main characters as well as listing the season 1 episodes. Although the disc container book seems a bit awkward, it does look nice and it all has the added advantage of looking impressive sitting on the bookshelf. Especially if you have all seven seasons!
Conclusion:
In conclusion, I have found this set to be most impressive and would recommend it to any star trek fan, or even those who consider themselves casual viewers. Except for 3 or 4 of the episodes, the stories are good to great, and the acting is good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Feb. 6 2003
Format:DVD
What is there not to like about Star Trek:TNG? This is not just another science fiction series. Sure, it is fiction, it includes science, but most importantly, it is a profound depiction of the best traits of humanity.
The actors in ST:TNG are superb and convincing. Every character is cast perfectly. My personal favorite is Brent Spiner's performance as Lt. Commander Data, an artificial life form. If only everyone had access to a Data!
The DVD quality is mostly excellent. There are a few isolated instances where the skin tones don't seem quite right, but it is tolerable and brief. The sound is excellent.
After watching this series on TV for years, it is nice to watch the shows with no commercials or annoying "screen garbage." I certainly was hesitant to spend $ on this first season, but I am glad I did. I recently ordered the second season, and plan to obtain all 7 seasons!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good start to a great series... Feb. 6 2003
Format:DVD
This first season of TNG has many ups and downs, but has some classic episodes and delivers for the Trek fan. It begins with the two-hour "Encounter at Farpoint," where the crew of the new Enterprise-D meet Q, an omnipotent being with powers like no one has ever seen. Q puts the human race on trial, and Captain Picard challenges Q to a test. Needless to say, Picard passes with flying colors, and the crew moves on.
While the first ten or so episodes are a bit lukewarm and strongly lacking in special effects, they are different from the rest of the season. Sometimes ("Haven") it's better, but mostly ("The Battle," "The Naked Now," "Justice") it's just not that good. Everything picks up, though, with episodes like "The Big Goodbye," "Datalore," "Coming of Age," "Symbiosis," "Hide and Q," "Conspiracy," and "The Neutral Zone."
The season does not feel consistent through most episodes, but the cast feels comfortable in their parts. What lied ahead for this crew would turn out to be the best "Star Trek" series yet, and a few good movies, too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN AWESOME DEBUT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION! Jan. 7 2003
Format:DVD
I've been a fan of Star Trek:TNG right from the beginning. I'll admit that I agree with what some other reviewers have said in that the shows were not up to the quality of season three on, but always remember that no show does well in its first season and that they were still trying to build an audience. Despite this, they came up with some great stories that I count among my favorite episodes of the series. This includes, "11001001", "The Big Goodbye", "We'll Always Have Paris", "Angel One", "The Arsenal Of Freedom", "Skin Of Evil", and "Conspiracy."
All in all, this first season collection on DVD is a great start to one of the best Sci-Fi shows on television, and will help you rediscover what made you a fan in the first place.
TRUST ME, IT ONLY GETS BETTER!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A great boxed set for a lousy season
Let's face facts people, season one of STNG is bad. Like, really bad. As an artifact of a great show finding its way, it has some value. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2011 by John Woodward
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant start to Star Trek The next generation
A Very good start with the 1st series here. Some very good episodes a few that are not quite as good but genrally good. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2010 by Ben Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars All About The First Set
Each season of TNG will be presented in a highly collectable box set, with seven discs and a pull-out booklet of episode information and a panoramic montage of the crew (Season 2... Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Denny Vu Quach
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD encoding is poor at best on large screens
My review is on how well visually the DVD looks on a large screen television. Of the 200+ DVD's that I own, this is probably one of the poorest DVD encoding attempts that I have... Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by Simba Roars
3.0 out of 5 stars Each episode of Star Trek TNG Season One reviewed
For those considering a purchase of the Star Trek TNG: Season 1 set, I offer the following episode reviews (with grades):
ENCOUNTER AT FARPOINT: As a pilot, this episode does... Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by "drbob58"
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting started
I really enjoyed this set. The first season was not as good as the others, but to appriciate the next six seasons you need to see the beginning. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great TV Show
Star Trek The Next Generation-Season 1 is the season that started it all for TNG fans. It's jam packed with 25 episodes that tell entertaing stories and is what inroduced us to the... Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2003 by Matthew Edmundson
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Star Trek
In my opinion this was one of the best seasons of ST:TNG. Sure, the acting was not as great as it was throughout the rest of the series, but season one was much more action... Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2003 by NX-01
1.0 out of 5 stars Great season if you want a good laugh.
Two Words: WESLEY CRUSHER. If you want to watch good Star Trek get Deep Space Nine or wait for Voyager. Or forget Star Trek all together and watch Farscape.
Published on Oct. 3 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars First season painful to watch
I own the other six years of the series, but not this one. Most of the acting is painful and awkward, the pacing too slow, Troi's costumes are embarrassing, Worf looks silly and... Read more
Published on March 7 2003
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