startrekogStudio: Paramount
Year: 2009
Release Date: May 12, 2009
Run time: 202 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Screen
Disc Spec: 1 DVD
Region: 1

An ideal introduction to the only syndicated series to ever receive an Emmy® nomination for Best Dramatic Series, THE BEST OF STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION highlights the four most sensational episodes of the series TV Guide calls “one of the greatest television shows of all time.”  Set in the 24th century, “The Next Generation” follows the crew of the Enterprise-D, helmed by Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), along with their iconic and endearing supporting crew.  Featured episodes include the two-part The Best of Both Worlds, Yesterday’s Enterprise in which a previous Enterprise travels 22 years into the future to meet with its successor and The Measure of a Man, an episode where Commander Riker is forced to take the stand to prove that Data is indeed an android.

  • The Best of Both Worlds (Part I) – Responding to a distress call on one of the Federation’s outer-most colonies, the Enterprise arrives…only to find the colony has disappeared
  • The Best of Both Worlds (Part II) – Commander Riker pulls out all the stops in order to save Earth from a Borg invasion lead by Locutus – otherwise known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • Yesterday’s Enterprise – A rift in the space/time continuum brings the previous Enterprise – the Enterprise C – 22 years into the future, forever altering time
  • The Measure of a Man – When Data’s rights as a sentient individual are placed under trial, Starfleet forces Commander Riker into a position where he must prove that Data is an Androi

The first two episodes are about The Federation’s first encounter with the Borg, and are considered classic episodes in all of ‘Star Trek’ lore. ‘Yesterday’s Enterprise’ is a time travel episode that brings back a dead fan favorite and the last episode ‘The Measure of A Man’ features Data. For those that have already purchased the the full season sets, this may not be worth their while since they own the sets already. This would be something for serious collectors or even if you are just trying to get a taste of the original series.
Movie Content: 8.5/10

The Final Word

This set is mainly for those that have not invested into the ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ series to get a taste or even for collectors. If you already own the season sets, then this will not be of value to you. The nice thing about this set is that it actually has four of the best episodes of the Original ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ series that fans loved.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Review by: George Theofanopoulos