We were all extremely excited to see the newly-restored, extended edition of "The Measure of a Man" on the Next Generation Season Two Blu-ray set back in December, and now, another never-before-seen extended cut of a Next Generation episode has appeared online!
Last night, Cyril Paciullo - a Canadian poster who goes by the name of "Patchou" on the social site Reddit (and elsewhere online) - revealed a long-lost VHS copy of "The Wounded", the Season Four episode introducing the Cardassians to the Star Trek universe. Paciullo acquired several similar TNG episodes - a total of nine tapes - at the 2010 Propworx Star Trek auction, all of which contain unfinished, preliminary cuts which are missing visual effects, music, and other post-production material.
The other episodes he acquired are:
- From Season Two: "The Child" and "Where Silence Has Lease"
- From Season Three: "Evolution", "The Bonding", "The Hunted", and "Sins of the Father"
- From Season Four: "Brothers" and "Devil's Due"
The tape containing "The Wounded" is labeled "Peter's Cut - 11/26/90" - referring to TNG co-producer Peter Lauritson, and is dated during the time of the episode's production - and contains an extended version of the episode which runs approximately three minutes longer than the final broadcast version.
Workprint vs. Finished Episode
|In this early cut, all the live-action monitor shots exist as separate elements...|
|...and none of the visual effects that complement the final episode appear.|
Paciullo has already made the entire episode available to view online at his website (linked above); we haven't embedded that video here due to uncertain copyright issues which may apply. We've been provided a copy of the original VHS transfer, so we're happy to share an exclusive cut-down package highlighting the four most prominent deleted scenes, in proper context with the finished episode!
TrekCore has already connected Cyril with CBS - unfortunately, this discovery apparently comes too late to allow any of the material to be included on the Season 3 Blu-ray set. For Season 4 however, we're hopeful that CBS will be able to include some of the deleted material in the original rough-cut VHS form as a standalone bonus feature (similar to the deleted scenes from "The Icarus Factor" and "Up the Long Ladder" in Season 2). Any restoration of the same ilk as "The Measure of a Man" seems somewhat unlikely given time constraints and the limited amount of new material.
Check back with us soon as we will continue to follow this developing story!