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Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things (1994/CBS Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C Main Program: A

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 civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

One of the best TCV series' finales of all Science Fiction comes the Blu-ray release of All Good Things derived from the expression All good things must come to an end, a phrase used by the character "Q" during the episode itself. In what many consider the best Star Trek series aside from the Original Series, The Next Generation is a milestone in Sci-Fi television and has some truly breathtaking special effects, makeup, and a cast of extraordinary talent. This two-part finale is very interesting because it shows great range in the actors to portray their characters in different time periods.

Star Trek: The Next Generation stars Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Wil Wheaton, Denise Crosby, Diana Muldaur, and Whoopi Goldberg (usually uncredited) to name a few.

Capt. Jean-Luc Picard inexplicably finds his mind jumping between the present (Stardate 47988) and the past just prior to the USS Enterprise-D's first mission six years earlier at Farpoint Station and over twenty-five years into the future, where an aged Picard has retired to the family vineyard in Labarre, France. These jumps occur without warning, and the resulting discontinuity in Picard's behavior frequently leaves him and those around him confused.

In the present, Picard is ordered to take the Enterprise to the edge of the Romulan Neutral Zone to investigate a spatial anomaly. In the future, he gains passage on the USS Pasteur, which is under the command of his now ex-wife, Dr. Beverly Picard, whom he convinces to find the anomaly.

In the past, despite having the Enterpriseā€Š's mission to Farpoint Station cancelled by Starfleet to investigate the anomaly, Picard insists on continuing, believing the impending encounter with Q to be more important. After reaching the place where he had first encountered the Q in the form of a net near Farpoint Station and finding nothing there, Picard enters his ready room, only to find himself once again in Q's courtroom. Q reveals that the trial started seven years ago never concluded, and the current situation is humanity's last chance to prove themselves to the Q Continuum, but secretly reveals that he himself is the cause of Picard's time jumping. Q challenges Picard to solve the mystery of the anomaly, cryptically stating that Picard will destroy humanity.

Seeing this release makes me really want to purchase the whole series on Blu-ray - the sound and picture quality are really out of sight. Preserved in 1080p high definition and captured in its original 4:3/1.33 X 1 aspect ratio transfer, great lengths have been made to really clean up the look of the show for the format. The sound is a stunning, lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track with audio selections in English, Stereo Surround, and German Stereo.

Extras include:

Audio Commentary by Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga

The Unknown Possibilities of Existence: Making All Good Things (in HD)

Episodic Promos (Parts 1 and 2)

Deleted Scenes (in HD)

All in all, this is a great episode and an exceptional release by CBS that is a must own for Star Trek fans and even the casual Sci-fi viewer. Recommended!

- James Harland Lockhart V



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