I love “Star Trek.” I wish I could watch an episode of the original series, “The Next Generation,” or “Enterprise” every single day of my life. However, my wife hates the entire franchise. I’m forced to catch a movie or episode any time she’s at least a thousand feet from the house and can’t hear the theme music or the voices of the actors.
CBS Blu-ray makes it easy on folks looking for the brighter spots by putting out the most important and popular two-part episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” flawlessly seamed together into feature length films. They remind me of the key adventures I need to re-visit on a regular basis. In celebration of the release of the seventh and final season, we get the series’ epic swan song “All Good Things.”
Past, present and future collide for Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) as he finds himself bouncing around through three different time periods -- the Farpoint mission, the present, and the future in which many changes have affected the Enterprise-D crew. Meanwhile, the mischievous Q (John de Lancie) is back for his last time trying to help Picard figure out the meaning of a spatial anomaly... or is he only making things worse?
One section of the combined episode is reminiscent of “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.” The aged crew must come together and follow their former Captain on an unauthorized mission to save the entire universe. It also gives everyone a chance to see what the crew is up to and will look like as they grow older. Of course, things can change if the timeline is screwed with.
The only part of “Star Trek: The Next Generation – All Good Things” I had an issue with is its nods to evolution. Q takes Picard to the area where France will be billions of years in the past and shows him a puddle of primordial ooze we’ll form from. Any Creationist is going to have an issue with this sequence.
Special features for “Star Trek: The Next Generation – All Good Things” include audio commentary by Michael D. Moore and Brannon Braga, “The Unknown Possibilities of Existence: Making ‘All Good Things’” featurette, episodic promos (Parts 1 and 2), and deleted scenes.
“Star Trek: The Next Generation – All Good Things” ends the series with a cataclysmic danger to humanity which trumps anything the crew has ever faced. It brings the series full circle through picking up with the trial which began in the first episode of the show, “Encounter at Farpoint.” Q became such an iconic figure it only seems fitting that the series ends with a universal threat brought on by the godlike being and his judicial court.
“Star Trek: The Next Generation – All Good Things” is available now on Blu-ray.
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