‘Star Trek: The Next Generation' Season Three
One of the greatest “Star Trek” series looks better than ever as “The Next Generation” season three has been released on Blu-ray. The season set contains the 26 episodes of the 1989-1990 season on seven discs.
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.
Gates McFadden returns as the ship's medical officer, Dr. Beverly Crusher, in season three after departing for season two. Another returnee, this one temporary, marks one of the season's highlights.
Denise Crosby played security officer Tasha Yar in season one, but asked to leave the series, and her character was killed off. In the alternate-timeline episode “Yesterday's Enterprise,” Tasha is back, as the Enterprise must determine whether to send a previous Starship Enterprise back through a rift in time, where it faces certain destruction. The Emmy-nominated episode garners great performances from Crosby and Whoopi Goldberg, as the enigmatic Guinan. It's considered a favorite by many “Trek” fans. The gruff Worf's Klingon heritage comes to the fore in “Sins of the Father,” as Worf (Michael Dorn) returns to the Klingon homeworld to defend his family's honor, and finds layers of intrigue and deception.
Another favorite episode is the season's finale, “Best of Both Worlds, Part I,” which features Starfleet coming in contact with the Borg. The cliffhanger ending at the end of season three is memorable and chilling. (Both parts of “Best of Both Worlds” have been released as a stand-alone Blu-ray, as well.)
Overall, season three is hallmark “Trek”: Action, intrigue and social commentary as man seeks its future across the stars.
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, behind-the-scenes updates and commentaries.
— Matthew Price