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Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6(TV) (1992-1993)
Space... The final frontier... These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: To explore strange new worlds... To seek out new life and new civilisations... To boldly go where no one has gone before!
For more about Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6 and the Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6 Blu-ray release, see Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6 Blu-ray Review published by Martin Liebman on June 22, 2014 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis
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Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6 Blu-ray Review
Reviewed by Martin Liebman, June 22, 2014
Star Trek was practically an institution before The Next Generation's arrival, but it was Gene Roddenberry's second go at "boldly going where no man has gone before" that truly solidified the franchise and saw it explode from something of a cult phenomenon to a more widely accessible and universally beloved franchise. The Next Generation would get off to a shaky start with the good but uneven first and second seasons before finding its stride with season three and the "Best of Both Worlds" cliffhanger. Seasons four five witnessed the series' final evolution, its completed journey from good idea to quality execution to must-see television to cultural mainstay to practically legendary status with a wealth of terrific episodes, franchise-defining moments and character advancements, terrific writing, engaging stories, wonderful acting, and unbeatable cast chemistry. Season six continues to carry that torch with yet another wave of first-rate episodes, some truly legendary moments, and plenty of unforgettable developments.
Season six offers a classic mix of Trek entertainment, exploring a number of pertinent themes while also featuring several episodes that ramp up the fun factor, both mixed together with the usual allotment of forgettable outings. The season is undoubtedly highlighted by the excellent Relics, an episode seeing the return of the beloved "Scotty" to the series for an episode-long cameo as a retiree trapped in a transporter for nearly a century and materialized by the Enterprise crew and into a place and time that's familiar in some ways but alien in others. Not only does the episode continue with the tangible historical bridges The Next Generation has infrequently but crucially constructed over the years -- from Dr. McCoy's appearance in Encounter at Farpoint to Spock's return to the small Star Trek screen in the fantastic two-part episode "Unification" -- it also serves as one of the most thoughtful episodes across the entire series, exploring a number of issues related to age, not just numerically but in terms of the distance that grows between the generations, living in a time where everything moves faster, where the elderly often feel more like a hinderance than a help. In the episode, Scotty feels less a member of Starfleet and more a welcome but in-the-way guest en route to anywhere but where he truly needs to be: back in his own time, on board his own ship, with his own people, and in command of his life rather than under the command of circumstances far beyond his control.
Another top season six episode is the superficially silly but surprisingly deep "Rascals" that examines the human condition from a rather unique perspective. In the episode, several crew members -- including Captain Picard -- are transported onto the Enterprise and materialize as younger versions of themselves, but in body only; they remain in full command of who they were prior to the accident, equipped with all of their lifelong memories and experiences. It looks at man's ability to differentiate, or not, body and spirit, understanding who a person is beyond the shell of the body and within the soul and the collected experiences that makes them who they are, defined by life and inward growth rather than the exterior that houses them. The show explores that theme again in "Ship in a Bottle," an episode in which the digitally created Professor Moriarty proves capable of existing outside of the holodeck, practically willing himself to do so, to grow beyond the confines of his creation and exist of his own accord, living by his own experiences -- limited as they may be -- and existing as something other than the external says he should. Life experience is also a theme of "Tapestry" and "Rightful Heir," the former of which examines the importance of life choices along the way and the latter of which continues the series' brilliant portrayal of Klingon life and heritage and how it deeply affects the inner being while giving shape to a race best known as fierce warriors in body.
Season Six highlight episodes include, but are not limited to:
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6 Blu-ray, Video Quality
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6 features a transfer that's fairly typical for the series on Blu-ray. Presented at its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio, which places vertical black bars along the sides of the 1.78:1 display, season six frequently dazzles with its attention to detail and robust color palette. Facial features and uniform textures are top-notch. Wood grain and leathery textures on the bridge are impressively complex. LCARS readouts are frequently legible and well-defined. Ship exteriors are magnificent; the Blu-ray picks up every little detail on lettering, windows, and hull plating. Image clarity is superb, and grain retention solidifies a nice film-like feel. Colors are well defined, too. The red, blue, and mustard crew uniforms nicely stand apart. The inviting beige and wooden tones around the bridge look marvelous, particularly accented by the many colorful displays around them. Black levels are deep and true, while flesh tones raise no alarms. The image does suffer from intermediate noise, which is occasionally heavy to the point of distraction. Likewise, very light blocking and minor color transition issues plague some backgrounds. Overall, however, this is a very good transfer and the best season six has ever looked for home video viewing.
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6 Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6 features a robust and fully featured DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless soundtrack. As with other seasons, this one is wide and very immersive. Opening title music blasts out of the speakers with aggressive volume and effortless envelopment. On board the Enterprise, various atmospherics welcome the listener onto the ship with a constant hum of the engines -- which is only heightened in engineering -- and the many beeps and bloops on the bridge. The holodeck often provides a nice change of sonic pace, allowing for some traditional gunfire, rough-and-tumble play, and windy ambience in "A Fistful of Datas." Phaser fire nicely pierces the stage with multidirectional goodness. The ship feels weighty as it maneuvers through space, particularly at impulse but also as it warps into the distance. Dialogue enjoys firm center-front placement and consistent clarity. In short, it's everything fans have come to expect from a Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-ray soundtrack.
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6 Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6 contains a number of high quality supplements spread across all six discs. All episodes include "episodic promos," (SD, ~ 0:30), fun little retro advertisements for the episode in question.
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6 Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6 continues to see the series at its peak, a continuation of several seasons and some of the best television ever aired, Trek or otherwise. Though a slight decline in overall quality would follow in season seven, season six proved once again how top-notch writing and a terrific cast playing on a grandly conceived canvas can elevate even a classic program into the stratosphere of television success. Though a few poor episodes are mixed in, season six features some of the finest hours in Trek history and is, of course, a must-see for longtime fans and newcomers alike. Paramount/CBS' Blu-ray release of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6 offers the usual solid video, excellent audio, and strong allotment of bonus content. This season earns my highest recommendation.
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