Star Trek: The Next Generation - Episode Distribution and Extra Features
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Disc 1: 1) Encounter at Farpoint, 2) The Naked Now, 3) Code of Honor.
Energised: Taking the Next Generation to the Next Level is the obligatory making of featurette. This lasts 23:46 and is in HD, and it looks at how they went from the NTSC video release to this HD release. It involves a whole lot of scanning of original film negative, and re-creation and re-compositing of effects.
You also get more promos for the show, two for Encounter at Farpoint, and one for the season as a whole listed as Promos, a separate and discrete Season 1 Promo, and an Introduction to the Series, all of which last a handful of minutes each and are in SD.
Disc 2: 4) The Last Outpost, 5) Where No One Has Gone Before, 6) Lonely Among Us, 7) Justice, 8) The Battle.
Disc 3: 9) Hide and Q, 10) Haven, 11) The Big Goodbye, 12) Datalore, 13) Angel One.
Disc 4: 14) 11001001, 15) Too Short a Season, 16) When the Bough Breaks, 17) Home Soil, 18) Coming of Age.
Disc 5: 19) Heart of Glory, 20) The Arsenal of Freedom, 21) Symbiosis, 22) Skin of Evil, 23) We’ll Always Have Paris (this has 2 seconds of SD footage scaled up).
Disc 6: 24) Conspiracy, 25) The Neutral Zone
Stardate Revisited: The Origin of Star Trek: The Next Generation is a documentary created for this Blu-ray on the creation of the show, split into three HD featurettes. Part 1: Inception lasts 28:09, Part 2: Launch lasts 32:13, and Part 3: The Continuing Mission lasts 32:42. You get the usual cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes clips, some gag reel footage, and clips from the show, with plenty of candid information that you won’t have heard before.
There is a Gag Reel proper on this disc that runs to 8:10 SD and it’s of VHS quality.
Carried over from the original DVD release are The Beginning (18:01), Selected Crew Analysis (15:18), The Making of a Legend (15:27), and Memorable Missions (17:04), all in SD.
Disc 1: 1) The Child, 2) Where Silence Has Lease, 3) Elementary, Dear Data, 4) The Outrageous Okona, 5) Loud as a Whisper
Energised: Season 2 Tech Update looks at how the series changed from the first season back in 1988, as well as some of the challenges in bringing this season to Blu-ray in 2012. This lasts 7:56 HD.
You get a 1988 Reading Rainbow segment where Levar Burton took the programme audience behind the scenes of Star Trek The Next Generation to see who a TV show is put together. This lasts 17:03 SD. There is also a 2012 Reading Rainbow iTunes promo which lasts 1.36 HD.
The 1988 On Air Season Two promo lasts 1:08 SD.
The only extra on this disc carried forward from the DVD is the Archival Mission Log – Departmental Briefing Year Two: Production, which lasts 17:32 SD.
Disc 2: 6) The Schizoid Man, 7) Unnatural Selection, 8) A Matter of Honor, 9) The Measure of a Man
The extras on this disc are all about one of TNG’s most highly acclaimed dramatic episodes, The Measure of a Man. When first put together, it ran considerably longer than the required 45 minutes for syndication, and had to be edited down for broadcast. First-time scriptwriter Melinda M. Snodgrass was gifted a copy of that original edit on VHS tape, and that tape formed the foundation of creating an extended cut of The Measure of a Man, which is presented here running to 57:35. Most of the additional scenes are interesting character moments, although some stray a little too far from Roddenberry’s no interpersonal conflict rule in the 24th Century. You also get a commentary on this version from Melinda Snodgrass, and Mike and Denise Okuda.
For the sake of curiosity, there is also the Hybrid Extended Version, which is a preliminary rough cut of the episode, referring to that VHS. While some scenes are in HD, most are from the videotape, featuring alternate takes, and a few more deleted scenes. While it is shorter at 55:50, the Hybrid Cut has no post-production, no special effects, no sound design or music, and no credit sequences. It’s just the live action dramatic sequences with insert cards or blue-screen where effects are meant to go.
Disc 3: 10) The Dauphin, 11) Contagion, 12) The Royale, 13) Time Squared, 14) The Icarus Factor
New to this release is the Gag Reel, which for this second season is taken from the original film, and is presented in 1080p HD. This lasts 10:30.
The Icarus Factor gets a deleted scene which lasts 1:12 and is presented in VHS quality SD.
Archive SD featurettes taken from the DVD include the Selected Crew Analysis: Year 2 (13:46), and Inside Starfleet Archives: Penny Juday Star Trek Coordinator (17:33).
Disc 4: 15) Pen Pals, 16) Q Who, 17) Samaritan Snare, 18) Up the Long Ladder, 19) Manhunt
There is an audio commentary on Q Who from Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Curry, director Rob Bowman, and Denise & Mike Okuda.
There is a pretty impressive set of SD deleted scenes on Up the Long Ladder, running to 8:02.
The DVD featurette on this disc is the Departmental Analysis Year 2: Memorable Missions, which lasts 16:33
Disc 5: 20) The Emissary, 21) Peak Performance, 22) Shades of Gray
Reunification: 25 Years After Star Trek: The Next Generation lasts 61:53, and in it the cast reunite to reminisce about their seven years working together on the TV show. It’s hosted by Rob Burnett, and features Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Levar Burton, and Wil Wheaton.
Making It So: Continuing Star Trek: The Next Generation, Part 1: Strange New Worlds (39:28), and Part 2: New Life and New Civilisations (42:01), has the cast, crew and fans look back at the reception for season 1, and the changes that were wrought for season 2, as well as issuing forth an abundance of colons.
From the DVD comes Archival Mission Log: Mission Overview Year Two (14:43 SD).
Disc 1: 1) Evolution, 2) The Ensigns of Command, 3) The Survivors, 4) Who Watches the Watchers, 5) The Bonding
The new extra content on this disc comprises the commentary on The Bonding from Ronald D. Moore, whose first ever script this was, alongside Mike and Denise Okuda.
The DVD featurette on this disc is the Archival Mission Log: Mission Overview Year Three (17:41 SD).
Disc 2: 6) Booby Trap, 7) The Enemy, 8) The Price, 9) The Vengeance Factor, 10) The Defector
You get the DVD featurette, Archival Mission Log: Selected Crew Analysis: Year Three which lasts 13:51 SD.
Disc 3: 11) The Hunted, 12) The High Ground, 13) Deja Q, 14) A Matter of Perspective, 15) Yesterday’s Enterprise
Yesterday’s Enterprise gets two commentaries, one with Ronald D. Moore, Ira Steven Behr, Denise and Mike Okuda. The second is a commentary from episode director David Carson, which was recorded in 2008.
The Archival Mission Log: Departmental Briefing Year Three: Memorable Missions lasts 13:25 SD.
Disc 4: 16) The Offspring, 17) Sins of the Father, 18) Allegiance, 19) Captain’s Holiday
The Offspring gets an audio commentary from Rene Echevarria and Denise & Mike Okuda.
Sins of the Father gets an audio commentary from Ronald D. Moore, Dan Curry, and Denise & Mike Okuda.
The Archival Mission Log: Departmental Briefing Year Three: Production lasts 20:04 SD.
Disc 5: 20) Tin Man, 21) Hollow Pursuits, 22) The Most Toys, 23) Sarek, 24) Ménage à Troi
In Memoriam: David Rappaport... The Most Toys guest starred Saul Rubinek as Kivas Fajo, but he was a last minute replacement for David Rappaport, who died during filming. This extra collects the scenes that he shot for the episode into a 5:07 HD reel.
The Gag Reel offers 8:37 of inadvertent humour.
Disc 6: 25) Transfigurations, 26) The Best of Both Worlds, Part 1
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Inside the Writer’s Room lasts 70:52 HD, and despite the misplaced apostrophe, four TNG writers join moderator and host Seth MacFarlane for a roundtable discussion. This piece with Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga, Rene Echevarria, and Naren Shankar is well worth watching, an interesting insight into how episodes came about.
The Documentary accompanying Season 3, Resistance is Futile – Assimilating Star Trek: The Next Generation is once again split into three parts.
Part One: Biological Distinctiveness (30:02)
Part Two: Technological Distinctiveness (29:54)
Part Three: The Collective (30:04)
A Tribute to Michael Piller lasts 13:50 and features contributions from family, cast and crew.
The season 3 extras are well worth watching if you’re into the writing aspects of The Next Generation, with commentaries and featurettes all concentrating heavily on the writing process. However, if you want the full story, you’ll need to buy The Best of Both Worlds standalone Blu-ray, which has even more extras, including a cast commentary on that double episode.
Disc 1: 1) The Best of Both Worlds, Part 2, 2) Family, 3) Brothers, 4) Suddenly Human, 5) Remember Me
There is an audio commentary on Brothers from episode director Rob Bowman and Mike & Denise Okuda. It’s not the most illuminating track in the collection.
Archival Mission Log: Mission Overview Year Four (16:41).
Disc 2: 6) Legacy, 7) Reunion, 8) Future Imperfect, 9) Final Mission, 10) The Loss
The audio commentary here is on Reunion with writers Ronald D. Moore, and Brannon Braga, alongside Mike & Denise Okuda.
You’ll find the Archival Mission Log: Selected Crew Analysis Year 4 lasts 17:04 SD.
Disc 3: 11) Data’s Day, 12) The Wounded, 13) Devil’s Due, 14) Clues, 15) First Contact
The Archival Mission Log: New Life and New Civilisations lasts 13:45 SD.
Disc 4: 16) Galaxy’s Child, 17) Night Terrors, 18) Identity Crisis, 19) The Nth Degree, 20) QPid
The Archival Mission Log: Chronicles from the Final Frontier lasts 18:12 SD.
Disc 5: 21) The Drumhead, 22) Half a Life, 23) The Host, 24) The Mind’s Eye
The Archival Mission Log: Briefing Year Four: Production (16:46 SD)
The Archival Mission Log: Select Historical Data (10:25 SD)
The Archival Mission Log: Inside the Star Trek Archives (11:14 SD)
Disc 6: 25) In Theory, 26) Redemption, Part 1
In Conversation: The Star Trek Art Department lasts 67:29 HD. In it, Doug Drexler gathers Mike & Denise Okuda, Herman Zimmerman, Dan Curry and Rick Sternbach to discuss how art and design was consolidated and accomplished across all four Berman-era series, from TNG to Enterprise.
Relativity: The Family Saga of Star Trek: The Next Generation is another 3-part documentary, which as in the previous seasons offers a retrospective look at the making of that particular season, with interview s with cast and crew, looking at character arcs and notable episodes, as well as the season’s overall theme of family.
Part 1: Homecoming lasts 29:05, and Part 2: Posterity lasts 27:45, both in HD.
And that’s not a typo, just the manifestation of Paramount/CBS money-grubbing bastard nature. If you want to see Part 3 of the documentary, you have to buy the Redemption TNG movie standalone Blu-ray on which that featurette resides, despite the fact that you have both parts of Redemption on these discs here. It’s Best of Both Worlds all over again.
You get the Gag Reel which runs to 3:34 HD, and there are deleted scenes for 8 Season 4 episodes running to a total of, 23:30 HD.
Disc 1: 1) Redemption, Part 2, 2) Darmok, 3) Ensign Ro, 4) Silicon Avatar, 5) Disaster
The Archival Mission Log: Mission Overview Year 5 lasts 17:54 SD.
Disc 2: 6) The Game, 7) Unification I, 8) Unification II, 9) A Matter of Time, 10) New Ground
There is a deleted scene on New Ground which lasts 1:30 HD.
The Archival Mission Log: Departmental Briefing Year Five: Production lasts 15:17 SD.
Disc 3: 11) Hero Worship, 12) Violations, 13) The Masterpiece Society 14) Conundrum, 15) Power Play
The Archival Mission Log: Departmental Briefing Year Five: Visual Effects lasts 17:47 SD.
Disc 4: 16) Ethics, 17) The Outcast, 18) Cause and Effect, 19) The First Duty, 20) Cost of Living
You get the Archival Mission Log: Memorable Missions 18:03 SD.
There are plenty of deleted scenes on this disc, 1:45 for Ethics, 1:58 for The Outcast, 3:16 for The First Duty, and 3:45 for Cost of Living.
The audio commentary on Cause and Effect from Brannon Braga and Seth MacFarlane is pretty forgettable.
The audio commentary on The First Duty from writers Ronald D. Moore and Naren Shankar is a lot more agreeable.
Disc 5: 21) The Perfect Mate, 22) Imaginary Friend, 23) I, Borg, 24) The Next Phase
You get three Archival Mission Log entries, A Tribute to Gene Roddenberry (28:23), Intergalactic Guest Stars (15:50), and Alien Speak (12:49) all in SD.
There is a 1:56 Deleted Scene on The Perfect Mate.
I, Borg gets an audio commentary from Mike and Denise Okuda along with the episode writer Rene Echevarria.
Disc 6: 25) The Inner Light, 26) Time’s Arrow, Part I
The Inner Light gets 7 minutes of Deleted Scenes. There is also a commentary featuring Mike & Denise Okuda alongside episode writer Morgan Gendel.
The Gag Reel for Season 5 lasts 7:33.
In Conversation: The Music of Star Trek – The Next Generation lasts 74:21 HD, and author of The Music of Star Trek hosts composers Dennis McCarthy, Jay Chattaway, and Ron Jones in a candid conversation about scoring music for the Star Trek The Next Generation and subsequent shows. If ever you had the feeling that Berman-Trek sounded like a wall of anonymous brass at times, you’ll learn the reason why here, as well as those notable episodes where the composers found a little freedom to express themselves.
The big documentary on Season 5 is Requiem: A Remembrance of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Part 1: The Needs of the Many lasts 29:58, and gets the writers perspective on the 5th season, interspersed with vintage interview footage with series creator Gene Roddenberry.
Part 2: The Needs of the Few lasts 28:59, and looks back at the year that Gene Roddenberry died, and some of the other notable moments from the fifth year, with input from the cast and crew. This time there is no mention of a third part to this featurette, and I suspect that you won’t have to buy a standalone copy of Time’s Arrow to be all up to date with extra features.
Disc 1: 1) Time’s Arrow, Part II, 2) Realm of Fear, 3) Man of the People, 4) Relics, 5) Schizms
The Archive Mission Log offers the Mission Overview: Year Six which lasts 17:55 SD.
There is a deleted scene on Time’s Arrow, Part II which runs to 2:37 HD.
The audio commentary on Relics features Mike & Denise Okuda, with the episode writer Ronald D. Moore.
Disc 2: 6) True Q, 7) Rascals, 8) A Fistful of Datas, 9) The Quality of Life
In the Archival Mission Logs you’ll find from the original DVD release the following:
Bold New Directions 17:57
Departmental Briefing Year 6: Production 15:33
Departmental Briefing Profile: Dan Curry 19:56
There is also a Deleted Scene on True Q which runs to 2:08
Disc 3: 10) Chain of Command, Part I, 11) Chain of Command, Part II, 12) Ship in a Bottle, 13) Aquiel, 14) Face of the Enemy
In the Archival Mission Log, you’ll find Special Crew Profile: Lt Cmdr Data, which runs to 19:00 SD.
There are two deleted scenes for Ship in a Bottle, which run to 2:35 HD.
There is also a deleted scene on Face of the Enemy running to 1:10 HD.
Disc 4: 15) Tapestry, 16) Birthright, Part I, 17) Birthright Part II, 18) Starship Mine, 19) Lessons
The Archival Mission Log on this disc comprises Select Historical Data, which runs to 18:14 SD.
Tapestry gets an audio commentary from Denise & Mike Okuda and writer Ronald D. Moore.
There are deleted scenes for Tapestry which run to 6:37 HD.
The deleted scenes for Birthright, Part II last 13:41 HD.
Disc 5: 20) The Chase, 21) Frame of Mind, 22) Suspicions, 23) Rightful Heir, 24) Second Chances
The Archival Mission Log on this disc resurrects the Starfleet Archives: Sets and Props featurette, 13:10 SD.
There is a Deleted Scene on The Chase which lasts 1:46 HD.
There are 12:11 HD of Deleted Scenes on Rightful Heir.
The audio commentary on Frame of Mind features director James L Conway, and director of photography Jonathan West.
Disc 6: 25) Timescape, 26) Descent, Part I
There is a Gag Reel here which lasts 5:21 HD
The season documentary, Beyond the Five Year Mission: The Evolution of Star Trek: The Next Generation is broken into three parts once more. Interviews with cast and crew abound, looking at this year’s more notable episodes and developments, including the spin-off DS9.
Part One: The Lithosphere (24:52 HD Audio 200ms out of sync)
Part Two: The Biosphere (29:52 HD)
Part Three: The Noosphere (29:59 HD)
Disc 1: 1) Descent, Part II, 2) Liaisons, 3) Interface, 4) Gambit, Part I, 5) Gambit, Part II
The Archival Mission Log – Mission Overview Year Seven lasts 14:47 SD.
Deleted Scenes on Descent, Part II run to 2:08 HD.
The Deleted Scene on Liaisons lasts 1:40 HD
Deleted Scenes on Gambit, Part I last 7:11 HD and on Gambit, Part II they last 3:22 HD.
Disc 2: 6) Phantasms, 7) Dark Page, 8) Attached, 9) Force of Nature
You get Deleted Scenes on Dark Page which run to 3:05 HD
In Conversation: Lensing Star Trek: The Next Generation lasts 42:13 HD and is a conversation with four of the directors of the show, David Livingston, James L. Conway, Jonathan West, and Kris Krosscove, and is an interesting watch, especially as all four men have different backgrounds, whether it’s from the production side, cinematography or camera operator.
The Gag Reel lasts 4:53 HD.
The Archival Mission Logs resurrect A Captain’s Tribute 16:31 SD and Departmental Briefing Year Seven: Production 15:46 SD from the DVDs.
Disc 3: 10) Inheritance, 11) Parallels, 12) The Pegasus, 13) Homeward, 14) Sub Rosa
The Archival Mission Log on this disc is the Starfleet Moments and Memories featurette which runs to 30:02 SD.
You get deleted scenes on Inheritance (6:23), Parallels (1:04), and Sub Rosa (4:00), all in HD.
There is a 2008 audio commentary on Parallels from writer Brannon Braga.
Disc 4: 15) Lower Decks, 16) Thine Own Self, 17) Masks, 18) Eye of the Beholder, 19) Genesis
The Archive Mission Log on this disc is the Special Profiles featurette which runs to 15:13 SD.
There is an audio commentary on Lower Decks from Mike & Denise Okuda and writer Rene Echevarria.
You get Deleted Scenes on Thine Own Self (0:57), Masks (3:49), and Genesis (1:09), all in HD.
Disc 5: 20) Journey’s End, 21) Firstborn, 22) Bloodlines, 23) Emergence, 24) Pre-emptive Strike
The Archive Mission Log this time is Inside Starfleet Archives: Dressing the Future which lasts 10:27 SD.
New to this collection is Closed Set: A Tour of the Real Enterprise, which lasts 11:23 SD. In it, Mike and Denise Okuda narrate a home video tour of the Next Generation sets taped while the show was still in production.
You get HD deleted scenes for Journey’s End (2:28), Firstborn (4:12), Bloodlines (1:50), and Pre-emptive Strike (4:06).
There is an audio commentary on Pre-emptive Strike with Denise and Mike Okuda with writers Naren Shankar and Rene Echevarria.
Disc 6: 25) All Good Things...
The final Archive Mission Log lifted from the DVDs is The Making of “All Good Things...” in SD running to 17:44 SD.
New for this release is The Sky’s The Limit: The Eclipse of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a 3 part documentary.
Part One: Umbra lasts 29:43, Part Two: Penumbra is 28:44, and Part Three: Antumbra lasts 30:13. All are in HD, and look at the final year of Star Trek: The Next Generation from the points of view of the writers, the producers and the cast.
Finally there is Journey’s End: The Saga of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a 45:23 SD documentary filmed during the making of All Good Things... A retrospective of the prior seven years, and what promises Star Trek held in 1994, presented by Jonathan Frakes.