2012 has been a wonderful year for fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation. After years of debate, anticipation and rumors, the remastering of the show into high definition kicked off thanks to a huge restoration project by CBS. The first two seasons of the show have already enjoyed this meticulous remastering are now available on Blu-Ray. For a lot of fans, the show’s third season is when things really start to get interesting. With this fan-favorite season next-in-line to enjoy a Blu-Ray release thanks to CBS-Digital, we’re taking a look at some of the most anticipated scenes from Season 3 that we can’t wait to see in high definition. Here’s our Top 10:

John Doe’s evolved state in “Transfigurations“. This effect was largely created in-camera using a special filter and a special costume that glowed with a special film stock, and it will be interesting to see how much of a digital touch-up will be needed for the remastered episode. [Update: we’ve received clarification that this effect was NOT created in-camera. In both the original and the remastered, it used an actor in a body stocking, which was used as a matte for the glowing effect.]
Roga Danar’s imaginative escape sequences in “The Hunted“. This episode is full of wonderful shots, we can’t wait to see Danar’s Kamikaze run against the Enterprise in the opening act and his unique escape from the transporter beam later in the episode!
The Enterprise orbiting the red giant star in “Evolution“. This has always been one of our favorirtes, but the brief glimpse of the recreated scene in the Season 3 trailer has mouths watering for more of this amazing effects shot!
The Valley of Chula holodeck simulation from “The Defector” – this was our first ever look at Romulus. The obscured detail of the village in the misty valley should be beautiful when remastered in high-definition.
The Enterprise hiding in the Paulson Nebula from “The Best of Both Worlds, Part I” – the smokey model shot already looks amazing in standard definition, and the quick shot seen in the Season 3 trailer is just breathtaking.
The Barzan Wormhole from “The Price” – the first, but hopefully not the last wormhole we’ll get from the 24th century on Blu-ray!
The Enterprise’s harrowing escape from the asteroid field in “Booby Trap” – another sequence seen quickly in the Season 3 trailer; this is some pretty amazing model work which should look just wonderful in high definition.
Gomtuu’s energy defense from “Tin Man” – this is one of the most unusual effects in the whole seven seasons of the show, and we just can’t wait to see it recreated with modern CG techniques.
A very close contender for the top spot, the Enterprise‘s atmospheric entry sequence from “Deja Q” is a magnificent scene. Even in SD, this scene impresses on so many different levels, but glimpsing a short preview of it in the Season 3 trailer was jaw-droppingly incredible. The full shot is going to look simply beautiful.
The Enterprise-C and famous Klingon battle sequences from “Yesterday’s Enterprise“. The episode is arguably one of the best in the season, and seeing the whole Klingon engagement in HD is going to be epic. One of our sources has described seeing the Enterprise-C in HD as “starship porn”… we totally agree. “Let’s make sure that history never forgets… the name… Enterprise.”

Let us know which moments you’re most looking forward to in the remastered Season 3 Blu-Rays… leave your comments below! Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3 on Blu-Ray is due for release in April 2013 (subject to change). Order Seasons 1 and 2 on Blu-Ray using the links below!

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