Star Trek: The Next Generation-Season 6 (1992)

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Released 4-Feb-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Star Trek Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Featurette-Mission Overview
Featurette-Departmental Briefing: Production
Featurette-Departmental Briefing: Profile - Dan Curry
Featurette-Special Crew Profile - Data
Featurette-Select Historical Data
Featurette-Sets and Props
Theatrical Trailer-Star Trek: Nemesis
Trailer-Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1992
Running Time 1127:50 (Case: 1177)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (7)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Alexander Singer
Cliff Bole
Winrich Kolbe
Les Landau
Studio
Distributor

Paramount Home Entertainment
Starring Patrick Stewart
Jonathan Frakes
Brent Spiner
Michael Dorn
Marina Sirtis
Levar Burton
Gates McFadden
Whoopi Goldberg
Case Custom Packaging
RPI $234.95 Music Jay Chattaway
Dennis McCarthy
Don Davis


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
French
German
Swedish
Danish
Norwegian
Dutch
Spanish
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

Season Six of Star Trek: The Next Generation comes after a bit of a break (I think a religious festival of some kind intervened). If you missed them, here are reviews of Season One, Season Two, Season Three, Season Four, and Season Five.

Season Five closed with Time's Arrow, Part I. This season starts, naturally enough, with Time's Arrow, Part II. The episodes in Season 6 are:

# Title Stardate Script Director Music Time
227 Time's Arrow, Part II 46001.3 Jeri Taylor Les Landau Dennis McCarthy 43:48 An away team in the nineteenth century, meeting a familiar face
228 Realm of Fear 46041.1 Brannon Braga Cliff Bole Jay Chattaway 43:49 Barclay under major stress - he sees something in the transporter beam
229 Man of the People 46071.6 Frank Abatemarco Winrich Kolbe Dennis McCarthy 43:49 Ambassador Alkar's mother seems rather unpleasant
230 Relics 46125.3 Ronald D Moore Alexander Singer Jay Chattaway 43:46 Scotty (engineer of that Enterprise) meets the crew of this Enterprise
231 Schisms 46154.2 Brannon Braga Robert Wiemer Dennis McCarthy 43:49 Several of the crew report strange feelings / experiences; something odd is happening in Cargo Bay 4
232 True Q 46192.3 Rene Echevarria Robert Scheerer Jay Chattaway 43:47 A remarkable young woman turns out to be a young Q
233 Rascals 46235.7 Allison Hock Adam Nimoy Dennis McCarthy 43:47 Four crew members are returned to adolescence by a shuttle accident
234 A Fistful of Datas 46271.5 Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Brannon Braga
Patrick Stewart Jay Chattaway 43:47 When Data is interlinked to the ship's computer, a holodeck program gets corrupted
235 The Quality of Life 46307.2 Naren Shankar Jonathan Frakes Dennis McCarthy 43:47 Data is convinced that he has discovered a new lifeform in an unexpected place
236 Chain of Command, Part I 46357.4 Ronald D Moore Robert Scheerer Jay Chattaway 43:08 The Cardassians seem to be up to something
237 Chain of Command, Part II 46360.8 Frank Abatemarco Les Landau Jay Chattaway 43:08 Picard has been captured and interrogated
238 Ship in a Bottle 46424.1 Rene Echevarria Alexander Singer Dennis McCarthy 43:07 Professor Moriarty is back, and he wants satisfaction
239 Aquiel 46461.3 Brannon Braga
Ronald D Moore
Cliff Bole Jay Chattaway 43:10 A murder mystery on an isolated subspace relay station
240 Face of the Enemy 46519.1 Naren Shankar Gabrielle Beaumont Don Davis 43:10 Counselor Troi as a Romulan? A risky plan takes shape
241 Tapestry Ronald D Moore Les Landau Dennis McCarthy 43:10 Picard is dead and Q is playing God / St Peter? Heaven forbid!
242 Birthright Part I 46578.4 Brannon Braga Winrich Kolbe Jay Chattaway 43:10 Worf is told his Klingon father may still be alive; Data experiences a vision
243 Birthright Part II 46579.2 Rene Echevarria Dan Curry Jay Chattaway 43:09 The truth of the prison camp is revealed
244 Starship Mine 46682.4 Morgan Gendel Cliff Bole Jay Chattaway 43:10 While the Enterprise is evacuated for a form of fumigation some unauthorised people sneak aboard
245 Lessons 46693.1 Ronald Wilkerson
Jean-Louise Matthias
Robert Wiemer Dennis McCarthy 43:08 The new head of Stellar Cartography is stirring things up, professionally, personally, and musically
246 The Chase 46731.6 Joe Menosky Jonathan Frakes Jay Chattaway 43:08 Picard's old archaeology professor drops by for a visit, bringing a challenge
247 Frame of Mind 46778.1 Brannon Braga James L Conway Jay Chattaway 43:11 What is real? What is not? Where is Riker?
248 Suspicions 46830.1 Joe Menosky
Naren Shankar
Cliff Bole Dennis McCarthy 43:10 Crusher is facing an inquiry after she stands up for a Ferengi: Dr Reyga
249 Rightful Heir 46852.2 Ronald D Moore Winrich Kolbe Jay Chattaway 43:12 Worf's crisis of faith is answered in an extraordinary way
250 Second Chance 46915.2 Rene Echevarria LeVar Burton Dennis McCarthy 43:08 Going back to Narvala IV after 8 years brings a huge surprise
251 Timescape 46944.2 Brannon Braga Adam Nimoy Dennis McCarthy 43:11 The Enterprise and a Romulan ship are frozen in time, and Enterprise is about to be destroyed
252 Descent, Part I 46982.1 Ronald D Moore Alexander Singer Jay Chattaway 43:11 An encounter with a new and frightening kind of Borg

Note that the season as a whole scores an M rating, but only disc 4 is rated M all the others are rated PG. I'd have expected it to be the Chain of Command double episode that caused the higher rating, but that's on disc 3. Maybe it is the moment in Tapestry where Picard gets the injury that damaged his heart?

In some of the extras, some of the cast and crew say that they thought Season Six was the best. I don't think so. There are some quite decent episodes, but there are some that have gaping plot holes. The episode Rascals is perhaps the worst it is bad enough to assume that all four members of the away team can be transformed into children, but how come they appear with clothing that fits perfectly? Perhaps their clothing got younger, too? And the double-episode Chain of Command has major plot holes, too are we really expected to believe that the Federation has no properly trained spies? Ridiculous. And as for the idea that a shuttle could use a gravity whip around Titan to reach a speed of 0.7c? That's complete rubbish. It's such a shame to have such big holes in that part of the plot to Chain of Command, because Patrick Stewart's performance is excellent. Jonathan Frakes' performance in a similar situation in Frame of Mind is a bit less convincing, but he doesn't have Patrick Stewart's acting background.

I noticed what is probably a slip by the prop people one of the people in Starship Mine is holding a Varon-T disruptor, a weapon supposedly incredibly rare (only 5 ever made, etc).

Birthright, Part I, was apparently a cross-over episode with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Dr Bashir comes aboard the Enterprise briefly.

There are very few guest stars of significance this season, but one of them really stands out. It's a classic piece of Star Trek trivia: who is the only person ever to play himself on Star Trek: Next Generation? It's (SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read) Stephen Hawking, who appears at a poker game with Data, Albert Einstein, and Isaac Newton at the start of Descent, Part I. There are other guest stars, but none of that calibre.

There is no Lwaxana Troi this season, although Majel Barrett continued to be the voice of the computer. Maybe she didn't want to play the ebullient Lwaxana after her husband died?

Unfortunately, Q appears in two episodes this season, True Q, and Tapestry. The first is not too offensive, as Q episodes go, but the second one annoyed me.

This entire season is without any appearance of Wesley Crusher, which will make some people happy.

For all that there was to dislike about this season, it does include a few excellent episodes. Relics is one of my all-time favourites (and LeVar Burton's too) although it does cast aspersions on Scotty's reputation. A Fistful of Datas is a lot of fun (bear in mind that I'm a big fan of Clint Eastwood and his spaghetti Westerns).

I was a bit surprised at how topical a couple of the episodes were, such as Starship Mine, but then I realised that this series was being made shortly after Desert Storm, so that is completely understandable.

If you are a believer in the "jump the shark" theory, I think it can well be argued that this series jumped the shark with the episode Rascals.

All-in-all, this is not the best season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but it is still worth watching.

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Transfer Quality

Video

These DVDs are presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and they are not 16x9 enhanced. This is the aspect ratio in which the series was shot.

The picture is quite reasonable, but not quite up to the standard of Season 5. There are numerous shots which exhibit quite noticeable film grain (27:31 in Rightful Heir is a dreadful example, although the opening titles aren't a lot better). This affects the sharpness of the image. On shots that aren't grainy the sharpness is usually quite good (there are still occasional shots that are out-of-focus, and Quality of Life is rather softer). Shadow detail is fairly good, although the black trousers of the uniform often show no detail at all. Low-level noise is never a problem.

Colour is not quite as good as in Season 5. There are a lot of places where the maroon of the command uniform is striated, showing blue lines; a bad example comes at 41:57 in Timescape, but worse still is at 24:12 in Starship Mine. There are no other colour-related artefacts of note, unless you count the rare false colouration on Geordi's VISOR. For some reason it is alway the maroon that's the problem the blue and mustard uniform colours are never troublesome.

There are very few film artefacts in anything but the stock footage (you know, the standard "Enterprise in orbit" shots, for example). Looks like they were really looking after the footage by this stage.

Aliasing is common on model shots (all ship exteriors, for example), but not otherwise, although you can see some at 18:01 in The Chase. Moire is uncommon the only example I noted was on some corduroy at 18:20 in Lessons. There are no MPEG errors on any significance.

There are ten subtitle tracks, including both English and English for the Hearing Impaired. I watched most of the English for the Hearing Impaired subtitles, and they are fairly good reasonably accurate, and always well-timed and easy to read.

They must be using a different person for the subtitles now. This one thinks the Klingon language is Klingonese. At 31:51 in The Chase the subtitle reads "uranium" when it should be "duranium" I guess this subtitle writer wasn't up on the techno-babble. Similarly at 24:35 in Man of the People the subtitle reads "Anxiety" when it should read "Imzadi" (the Betazed word Troi uses for Riker) I guess this subtitler isn't a Star Trek fan.

All seven discs are single-sided and dual layered. There are no layer changes inside episodes, because there are four episodes per disc (except the final one), with two episodes on each layer.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

The soundtrack is presented in five languages I only listened to the English. It is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, but the subwoofer is used rarely, and the surrounds get virtually no use, so it reduces to a frontal mix with some stereo imaging but heavy use of the centre channel. Note that the cover claims that the other four languages are provided in mono this is not true: the German soundtrack is Dolby Digital 5.1, the French and Spanish are Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded, and the Italian is Dolby Digital 2.0, not surround-encoded.

The dialogue is clear and easy to understand. I noticed no flaws in dialogue audio sync.

Jay Chattaway and Dennis McCarthy scored most of the shows, mostly alternating. Don Davis scored a single episode.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

There are quite a few extras on disc 7 this time.

Menu

A new design for the menu, and one which I found quite attractive, yet easy to use (except for the cryptic words they've used to label the functions).

Featurette Mission Overview - Bold New Directions (16:57)

I honestly don't know what "bold new directions" they are referring to here. Still this is an interesting look at some of the things that happened this season.

Featurette Departmental Briefing - Production (14:41)

An explanation of how they recreated the bridge from NCC-1701 for Relics, plus a look at make-up and graphics design work for the show.

Featurette Departmental Briefing - Profile: Dan Curry (18:54)

A documentary piece looking at Dan Curry, who specialises in visual effects. He designs weapons (he invented the bat'leth), amongst other things. He has trained for many years in Tai Chi, and a variety of martial arts. He even demonstrates how he intended the bat'leth to be used.

Featurette Special Crew Profile: Lt Cmdr Data (18:00)

Another documentary piece, this time about everyone's favourite white-skinned yellow-eyed character (no, not Angel), Data. It's quite interesting that Brent Spiner was reluctant to take the role at first.

Featurette Select Historical Data (17:15)

A look at a miscellany of subjects, including casting, music, and Data's double.

Featurette Inside Starfleet Archives: Sets and Props (12:24)

Two short pieces, one on set dressing, and one on props. Really rather interesting problems, both of them, because you can't go to the local furniture store, or electronics shop, to buy 24th century furniture and props.

Trailer: Star Trek Nemesis (1:28)

A fairly standard, but interesting, trailer for the next movie from the ST:TNG crowd.

Trailer: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine DVDs (1:28)

A decent trailer for the DVD releases of DS9 they'll be coming out in 2003.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

This box set was released in Region 1 last year with the same features. The only difference, apart from the obvious NTSC versus PAL issue, is that the R1 is in a cardboard box, while ours is in this nifty plastic one (which is much more robust).

Summary

A decent season of episodes, given an excellent transfer to DVD.

The video quality is quite good.

The audio quality is good.

The extras are good, and will take a while to get through.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Tony Rogers (bio-degrading: making a fool of oneself in a bio...)
Saturday, March 08, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-S733A, using Component output
DisplaySony VPH-G70 CRT Projector, QuadScan Elite scaler (Tripler), ScreenTechnics 110. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE
SpeakersFront Left, Centre, Right: Krix Euphonix; Rears: Krix KDX-M; Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5

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Comments (Add)
Tapestry bad? - Stimpy (da, what's a bio Ren?)
"rascals" is worth it for one reason - orangecat (my kingdom for a decent bio)
'M' Rating - Downtown REPLY POSTED
M ratings - James O
re : 'M' rating - Shane A
Glitch in the 'Chain of Command' transfer? - Cemetery Mink
Glitch in the 'Chain of Command' transfer? - Le Messor (bio logy class)
Re: Glitch - Neil