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Blu-ray Review: 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Season Three

‘Yesterday's Enterprise' a highlight of exceptional season
BY MATTHEW PRICE mprice@opubco.com Published: June 6, 2013
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‘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.

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