Season 6 is arguably the best season of TNG. The writers that we associate with TNG’s better episodes were all present, the production staff had TNG down cold, the visual effects were at their peak technologically, and the episodes covered a diverse group of subjects and genres. Read on to see how the season looks re-mastered and details of the treasure trove of deleted scenes the CBS Digital team were able to find, available June 24th in North America.
I can’t wait to get my hands on all these remastered episodes. Unfortunately, I think it will be a long time as my budget just can’t afford the purchase of all these sets… again. But I love TNG a lot and I like what I’ve seen so far.
And I think I would have to agree that Season 6 is, overall, the best season of the series. Here are some of the highlight episodes, to me anyway:
How could you not like the return of Scotty in a more or less believable way? I always felt though, like it was a missed opportunity that he didn’t appear again in the series or films.
Not everyone thinks this is a great episode of Star Trek but I really enjoy it. It’s kind of goofy, but a lot of fun, and it has some good, heartfelt moments as well. Of course it also gave us some really good stuff between Guinan and Ro.
- Chain of Command (parts 1 and 2)
THERE. ARE. FOUR. LIGHTS! This is easily Star Trek: The Next Generation at it’s finest. I am not sure if it’s the best episode, but it’s way, way up there. The only irritating bit to me is I do get tired of every other captain in the fleet except the the stars of our shows being stupid and useless. But other than that this is just fantastic stuff.
- Face of the Enemy
More really fantastic Trek in which Troy finds herself in a situation she didn’t ask for but must make the best of as an undercover Romulan commander. This is one of my favorite Troy episodes and proves she can be really good and a really great part of Star Trek when the writers just get their act together and write good stuff for her.
I love this episode. The past often haunts us. What if we did this or that differently. If we could go back and change the past would we? Should we? This episode is Star Trek’s answer, and it’s a fantastic one. Picard learns that some of those things that he’s ashamed of are what shaped him into the man he became. Without them, he just didn’t become that man.
- Birthright (parts 1 and 2)
While the first part may not be sure whether it wants to be a pre-pilot for DS9, or an exploration of data’s dreams, OR a story about Worf and the Klingons, I find it all to be great stuff.
I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but I love this episode and how it deals with time. I love the fact that things are not as they appear and that the Romulans aren’t there for blood. I love it all.
- Descent: Part 1
The first part of a great two parter featuring Data and the evolution of his state of being, emotions, dealing with Lore, The Borg, and more.
As with all TV series, there are some mediocre episodes sprinkled throughout, but there are many good episodes, and certainly even more than I mentioned here. Anyone interested in Star Trek in the slightest should certainly watch this season. And now in it’s remastered glory, the watching is all the more mandatory.