‘Star Trek: The Next Generation' Season Four
The fourth season of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” has been visually upgraded for a Blu-ray release. This 26-episode HD release features visual effects rebuilt either from the original source materials or upgraded with new CGI.
In the series, Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) is the captain of the starship Enterprise, a Galaxy-class starship on which crew members and their families explore the universe. The show is set about 100 years after the original “Star Trek” series, the groundbreaking 1960s science fiction program.
In season four, which originally aired in 1990-91, the continuity of the series to date plays a greater role. The season begins with the conclusion of “Best of Both Worlds,” which saw Captain Picard assimilated by the Borg; his recovery is explored in the season's second episode, “Family.”
In “Brothers,” the android Data meets his creator, Dr. Noonien Soong, and has a confrontation with a flawed earlier android, Lore.
In “Reunion,” Worf's lover K'Ehleyr returns, and reveals a secret that changes Worf's life. The ongoing Klingon power struggle continues until the season finale, “Redemption, Part I.” (Both parts of “Redemption” have been released separately on Blu-ray.)
Jean Simmons (“Guys and Dolls”) guest-stars in “The Drumhead” as Admiral Nora Satie, an officer looking for spies aboard the Enterprise.
Season four is also the first appearance of the Cardassians, who are introduced as a duplicitous, warlike race previously at war with the Federation. The Cardassians become even more important in “Star Trek” lore once “Deep Space Nine,” the next “Trek” spinoff, begins. In “The Wounded,” Colm Meaney's Miles O'Brien's background in the war with the Cardassians plays an important role.
Episodes are presented in 1080p high definition and digitally remastered 7.1 sound, with upgraded effects that maintain the integrity of the originals. Each episode offers the opportunity to watch with the original episodic promo.
Extras include featurettes, a gag reel, behind-the-scenes updates and commentaries.
— Matthew Price