Review: Star Trek The Next Generation – Season 6 Blu-ray

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 6
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Blu-Ray Disc • 6 Discs
CBS Home Entertainment

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Seven months after Season 5 hit shelves, we've arrived at the next stop on the journey through Star Trek: The Next Generation remastered for high definition Blu-ray. Next Gen's sixth season consistently ranks highly with fans, bringing together some of the series' most memorable and hard-hitting episodes. This year of adventures feels like a definite step-up compared to the somewhat uneven fifth season, with very few episodes encouraging me to hit the fast-forward button.

With the absence of creator Gene Roddenberry following his death in 1991, the show gradually started to embrace a less Utopian attitude to 24th century life, incorporating issues such as espionage ("Chain of Command"), piracy ("Starship Mine"), violence ("Descent, Part I") and even torture ("Chain of Command"). Naturally, this all made for much meatier storylines and succeeds in adding tremendous depth to many of the characters (especially Picard and Riker, who both undergo significant development in the sixth season).

The penultimate year of TNG always felt like Star Trek at its finest to me. Indeed, both co-producer Ronald D. Moore and actor Brent Spiner don't hesitate in naming this as their favorite season. It's like a box of 26 different chocolates, each with their own unique flavor; whether you have the desire to boldly go on a galactic romp ("The Chase"), revisit history - both past ("Ship in the Bottle", "A Fistful of Datas") and future ("Relics"), delve into a psychological thriller ("Frame of Mind") or confront the deepest questions of life ("Tapestry"), love ("Lessons") and existence ("The Quality of Life") - Season Six has everything you need.


Two Generations Unite - Scotty and Picard in "Relics", Season Six

Remastering Quality

Two years down the line, and Star Trek: The Next Generation's massive remastering project is entering its final hours. As I type this review, the team over at CBS Digital in Los Angeles are putting the finishing touches to TNG's final season (due out later this year). After cutting their teeth on the first season back in 2012, this group of industry professionals have perfected their individual techniques to create a product which consistently draws rapturous praise from hundreds of thousands of fans across the globe.

Rebuilding this elaborate and technically challenging 25 year old TV show from the original 35mm film - element by element - is made to look like child's play when you watch the final product. The stunningly recreated visual effects are all seamlessly integrated into freshly scanned HD footage, hiding the labyrinthine nature of the project that the CBS Digital team are confronted with on a daily basis.


The crew at CBS Digital responsible for the remastering project for Star Trek: The Next Generation

Check out the sections below for a more comprehensive breakdown of the remastering effort this season, but if you're going to take away just one headline from this review then let it be this - the work on display in Season 6 is quite possibly the most impressive yet. The picture is virtually flawless and the visual effects are incomparable to anything I've seen previously. On to the analysis!

I. Live Action Footage

The task facing people like CBS Digital's Sarah Paul, Sean Sweeney and Kiki Morris is gargantuan in nature: hunting through hundreds of original 35mm film reels to track down every last second of negative needed to rebuild the show from scratch. Sarah takes on her job as if it's a military operation - every episode is broken down element by element in meticulous detail and at any one time she knows what she has and what she needs. Naturally with a show as complex as Star Trek: The Next Generation, film is misplaced over the years and when that happens the team have no choice but to resort to upscaling existing SD footage. The fifth season was hit comparatively hard by this issue, but thankfully the same can not be said for Season 6. CBS has managed to locate every piece of film necessary to ensure that the sixth season Blu-rays are presented entirely in high definition with no upscaling - fantastic news!

In standard definition, each season of TNG seems to be afflicted with its own particular problem. The old SD copies of TNG's sixth season (and likewise Deep Space Nine's first, which was filmed at the same time) are incredibly soft, far more than earlier TNG seasons. It's difficult to establish with any degree of certainty why the 1992-1993 seasons suffered so badly, but they've always stuck out to me like a sore thumb. Now for the good news - the newly scanned high definition live-action footage of Season 6 on Blu-ray looks phenomenal. Excluding the odd soft focus shot sprinkled throughout the season ("Time's Arrow, Part II" has the highest amount of 'hazy' soft focus shots, although this is clearly an artistic choice) the new HD image is pin-sharp. The crispness of the newly scanned 35mm print is mindblowing - just wait until you see the colors in episodes like "A Fistful of Datas"!

A special TrekCore Exclusive: We go behind the scenes of TNG Remastered as the original 35mm camera negatives for "A Fistful of Datas" are scanned in by CBS Digital film transfer technician Wade Felker.

CBS Digital's Marvin Hildebrandt is responsible for adjusting the color timing of the HD footage to ensure a consistent look over the series. Colors are once again vibrant and pop off the screen in stark contrast to the faded and uneven color timing which plagued the SD master tapes. Flesh tones appear realistic, and the slight red tint which was noticeable on some of the previous sets isn't quite as pronounced here. Black levels are well balanced for the most part; However there are some instances when blacks overwhelm dark scenes, crushing out fine detail (this is particularly noticeable in some of the Celtris III cave shots from "Chain of Command"). This is unfortunate, and extreme care should be taken if a darker-toned show like Deep Space Nine is ever remastered!

The cast and crew weren't given many chances to shoot on location during the show's penultimate season, but each of the three episodes that feature outdoor locations has a distinct feel to it: the hazy streets of 19th Century San Francisco in "Time's Arrow, Part II"; the classic sepia-esque Western look in "A Fistful of Datas" and the distinctive alien lighting of Lore's unnamed planet in "Descent, Part I". The high definition experience gives these locations a wonderfully immersive other-worldly quality that really draws the viewer in. San Francisco and Deadwood are especially fun in HD - I was freeze-framing on many of the shots to pick out newly visible store-signs and street posters!


The town of Deadwood ... you can almost feel that tumbleweed blow past you! ("A Fistful of Datas")

Scenes filmed in low lighting generally perform much better thanks to the new high definition transfer, although I feel compelled to add a caveat here. While there are indeed huge improvements in episodes such as "Rightful Heir" (the underground monastery at Boreth looks particularly moody and atmospheric thanks to the new details visible), overly strong black levels have crushed out some detail in other episodes ("Chain of Command" is particularly affected - the texture of the away team's dark uniforms is no longer discernible in some scenes).


Jo'Bril's Takaran makeup hides no secrets in high definition - check out those glorious colors! ("Suspicions")

Small intricate details in sets, costumes and makeup are finally made visible in high definition. This is especially noticeable in the sixth season due to the softness of the original SD master. You'll have great fun picking out the various aliens stood around the dom-jot game in "Tapestry" (watch out for the Tailhead - a more familiar sight on DS9's Promenade!); meanwhile, you're bound to marvel at the terrifying Solanogen-based lifeforms in "Schisms" who look scary as hell in high definition - the makeup and costume hold up remarkably well! A few other things that especially stood out to me - the costumes in "Ship in a Bottle" and "A Fistful of Datas" look particularly rich in HD, and the makeup on aliens like Jo'Bril ("Suspicions") now boast some amazing detail that has always been lost due to the limitations of standard-def.

Finally, I can't write about Season Six without mentioning "Birthright". At long last we get our first glimpse of the Deep Space Nine sets in high definition. Both the promenade and replimat are represented here and they don't disappoint. The replimat looks especially colorful, with the flora decorating the ceiling sparkling in HD. The brief glimpse of Morn made me smile warmly, and his Lurian makeup only serves to tease the viewer more about the prospect of a DS9 remastering project. Come on CBS, sort out the budget and make it happen!


Morn makes a high-definition appearance in "Birthright, Part I"

II. Visual Effects

CBS Digital's work recreating the visual effects for Star Trek: The Next Generation has been consistently superb. As the show became more complex through its run, the team have refined their technique and kept ahead of the curve to ensure their work continues to meet the high expectations of fans. This project is a labor of love for so many of the team behind it, and it really comes across in the final product. To take on the last three seasons of TNG consecutively is no mean feat, but judging by the results on display here, CBS-D have once again risen to the occasion and turned out some beautiful work.

Planet-Creator Extraordinaire Max Gabl is firing on all thrusters once more with another collection of alien worlds that look like they could have just been photographed by NASA. Max has a wonderful talent for mixing realism with fantasy in his art and through collaboration with Eric Bruno's compositing team, the Enterprise never looks out of place entering orbit of one of the new planetary creations. So what caught my eye in Season 6? Tagra IV from "True Q", the newly-designated gas giant Deinonychus from "A Fistful of Datas" and the beautiful planetary collision in the Detrian system from "Ship in a Bottle" (which I raved about in this article) all deserve worthy mentions. However, I reserve some of my highest praise for the varied shots in "The Chase" - one of my personal favorites from Season 6 - and the firestorm-plagued Bersallis III from "Lessons". Bersallis in particular looks utterly terrifying from orbit, with the huge scale of the firestorms clearly visible. The destruction of Indri VIII in "The Chase" as well as Loren III are stunningly recreated. Max had a full plate this season but has risen to the challenge with customary aplomb - great work, Max!

From the raging firestorms of Bersallis III in "Lessons" to the destruction of Indri VIII in "The Chase", Max Gabl knows his planets!

Eric Bruno and his visual effects compositing team at CBS Digital habitually up their game so each season things have a tendency to look that little bit more sleek and effortless. Eric himself worked on the beauty-shots of the Enterprise docked at Deep Space Nine in "Birthright, Part I" and has done a stand-up job of giving us our first taste of the station in high definition. DS9 is no longer flat and lifeless - the new shot screams grandeur and elegance with subtle shadows and sparkling lights giving the station a beautiful sense of scale and power. Rusted exposed hull plates jump off the screen in shocking shades of pink and yellow that haven't been seen since the model was first filmed. Shots like this are a perfect example why CBS needs to lock down a Deep Space Nine remastering project before talented people like the gang at CBS Digital move on to bigger and better things.


Commence station log! This could just be the cruelest tease in home entertainment history if CBS don't hire these guys to work on Deep Space Nine pretty soon.

It's worth mentioning a couple of other stand-out moments from this season's visual effects: "Relics" and "The Chase". The Dyson Sphere ("Relics") remains one of the more alien and mysterious objects encountered in the Star Trek universe. At the time the episode was produced, its imposing scale was unprecedented - the design team put together some incredibly complicated maquettes and matte paintings whose details were all but lost in the murkiness of standard definition. Thankfully we can finally see the sphere in all its glory. It's almost Borg-like in design - complex hull panels criss-cross the surface and stretch off far into the distance giving the impression of a truly huge size. Rusted features on the surface are also visible, leading us to believe that the sphere is ancient in origin. Detail like this is a joy to see, and I'm left dumbstruck knowing that it was there all along, hidden under the murk of standard def.


Prepare yourself! It's the Dyson Sphere in gorgeous HD ("Relics")

Finally, "The Chase" gives us the chance to see some pretty awesome starship encounters as the Enterprise warps around the galaxy looking for the key to life's very existence. There is some beautiful compositing work on display here, especially as the Cardassian ships engage in combat against the Klingons and the Enterprise. I don't think these models have ever looked so good. I can't thank the team enough for their work - they've done Star Trek proud, something which I'm sure every fan who watches these Blu-rays can agree on!


Wow! The Enterprise is struck by Cardassian fire in "The Chase". Doesn't she look amazing?

To highlight every piece of work done with the visual effects this season is an impossible task. There's simply too much here to cover in a review - especially when I know you're all wanting to read this as early as possible! So I'll end the visual effects section with a cute story from "Realm of Fear". This perfectly illustrates how the most innocuous looking shot on screen can mask days upon days of frustrating and repetitive work for the guys at CBS Digital. We all know the plot - Lt. Barclay encounters strange lifeforms inside a transporter beam which look a bit like giant worms and turn out to be stranded crewmembers of the science vessel U.S.S. Yosemite. Those giant worms were actually puppets whose complex movements were filmed and then composited over the transporter beam to give the cool final effect. I had the pleasure of visiting CBS Digital while this particular shot was being worked on, and discovered that the original production team had filmed dozens upon dozens of different takes of this giant worm, all moving in subtly different patterns over different time-spans. It transpired that no notes existed indicating which takes had been used in the final episode, so staff at CBS Digital had to painstakingly go through take after take trying to match by eye each movement with the blurry low-resolution SD master. Another perfect example why these guys are perfectionists - they'll work tirelessly around the clock to ensure that even the tiniest details are correct.

Verdict time. It's a no-brainer: Season Six represents another perfect example of CBS Digital's quality work bringing TNG into the high definition 21st century. If ever there was an example where more than five stars were necessary to grade the product, this would be it!

Bonus Material

Roger Lay, Jr. and Robert Meyer Burnett are back again with another multi-part documentary covering the history of TNG - "Beyond the Five Year Mission: The Evolution of Star Trek: The Next Generation". There's no reunion special on this set - the duo had planned to get a collection of TNG directors together but couldn't find a date that worked for everybody. Nevertheless, fans have a new trio of audio commentaries, deleted scenes and bloopers to keep them occupied.

So what about that documentary? “Evolution” combines three thirty-minute segments, “The Lithosphere”, “The Biosphere” and “The Noosphere”.

    • “Part One: The Lithosphere” is frustrating - it's almost as if this part doesn't know what it wants to be. The first half of it is purely dedicated to Deep Space Nine. Now I'm a huge Niner, but this stuff really felt out of place to me - numerous archival interviews with Colm Meaney, Michael Piller and Rick Berman, talking about the premise of the show and the pilot, all interspersed with numerous (SD) clips from "Emissary". I understand DS9 launched during TNG's sixth season, but there are almost no references to TNG here. I'd love to have heard the TNG crew's reactions when they discovered a new series was on the way. At one point Rick Berman hints at potential dischord ("it wasn't really a conflict, but things got a bit crazy"), but this is never followed up on! Meanwhile the second half of this part is a rather abbreviated compilation of snippets from creative staff including Naren Shankar, René Echevarria and writer Morgan Gendel. There are a couple of cute anecdotes in here (I enjoyed René's story of how he wanted to kill Will Riker in "Second Chances"), but things are all too brief and the documentary chops unrelated stories together in a rather haphazard fashion.


A Fistful of... Rikers?! Jonathan Frakes clowns about with his camera doubles during tests for "Second Chances"

    • “Part Two: The Biosphere”  is a marked improvement on the disappointing first part. Production Designer Richard D. James and Director of Photography Jonathan West both own this half-hour segment with some truly fascinating stories about their roles in the production of Star Trek. Listen out for James retelling how he convinced the producers to get rid of the expensive plexiglass windows from sets like the Observation Lounge after they plagued the film crew with unwanted reflections. Meanwhile West talks about his involvement all the way back on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, filming Spock's death sequence and catching pneumonia on Ceti Alpha II! Throw in some cool info about the reconstruction of the classic Enterprise bridge in "Relics" and Rick Berman revealing how Stephen Hawking rewrote some of the jokes in his "Descent, Part I" appearance and this segment is sure to entertain!


A corner of the classic Enterprise bridge is recreated for the arrival of Scotty in "Relics"

    • “Part Three: The Noosphere”  pulls together interviews with the principal cast on Season 6 and features the long awaited appearance of Guinan actress, Whoopi Goldberg. The Whoop is on strong form recalling how both Rick Berman and Gene Roddenberry couldn't believe that a film-star at the peak of her career would want to guest on Star Trek. That said, my favorite part had to be when she apologized for saying "bullshit" only a few seconds into her interview! John de Lancie also shines in this segment - listen out for his famous dinner-party allegory and his intellectual breakdown of geek culture at the end of the segment. I found myself really enjoying this part, maybe a touch more than the second part. Nicely done!

Gag Reel: This season's gag reel comes in slightly shorter than Season 5's at 5:20 but it doesn't pull any punches when inducing more fits of laughter. Right from the opening shot of Jonathan Frakes confronting Geordi with a drill(!) in "Aquiel" to Whoopi Goldberg's distaste for Ferengi scientists ("Suspicions"; "Do you think that Ferengi f**k killed himself?!"), you're guaranteed five minutes of raucous hilarity!


Patrick Stewart is clearly not a fan of doctors! More hi-jinks in this season's gag reel

Audio Commentaries: The set contains three audio commentaries, newly recorded especially for this set.

  • 6x04 "Relics" with Ronald D. Moore and Mike & Denise Okuda
  • 6x15 "Tapestry" with Ronald D. Moore and Mike & Denise Okuda
  • 6x21 "Frame of Mind" with James L. Conway and Jonathan West

Deleted Scenes: It's such a treat watching through deleted footage that's never been seen before - especially for a show as special as TNG. But when said footage includes an almost legendary clip of the late Jimmy Doohan which was culled from "Relics", things are taken up a notch. We have an accompanying article which breaks down every single deleted scene included on this set with full review commentary and screengrabs - watch for it coming to TrekCore next Thursday, June 19th!

Summing up the bonus content on offer here, I couldn't help but feel that the documentary could have been confined to two parts. The first part really is superfluous. Still, parts 2 and 3 don't disappoint and served up enough fascinating stories and anecdotes to keep me interested. Here's hoping that Roger and Robert have some surprises in store for the seventh season - let's go out with a bang, guys!

The Bottom Line? Simply divine, and probably my favorite TNG Blu-ray release so far. Fantastic episodes, breathtaking HD remastering and a whole load of great new bonus features. If you only buy one of these Blu-ray seasons, make sure it's Season 6!

- Written for TrekCore.com by Adam Walker, June 14, 2014

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  • Jaqarll

    I feel kind of stupid about it, but when I visited the Destination Star Trek the guy at the Paramount booth told me both DS9 and VOY would be released season per season starting next year. And he said it like it was common knowledge. I still don’t know what to think of it. :/

    • http://www.trekcore.com/ TrekCoreStaff

      There has been no official decision yet to tackle Deep Space Nine or Voyager; that person may have been speaking about rumors or other such information, but as of now, neither series has been green-lit for restoration.

      • Jason Roberts

        Hi even though CBS D is working on season 7. Any chance you can get us some live action screen shots i’m really looking forward to completing my collection and would love to see how season 7 is progressing.

    • mjdavid

      My feeling is they will tackle DS9 and or VOY, though probably not concurrently. If they stop with TNG then there is no more Star Trek on Blu-Ray for sale. It also doesn’t make a lot of sense to remaster three series and leave two out. However, if and when the announcement comes I think it will be sometime after the release date of Season Seven is announced and release day itself. From a marketing standpoint – albeit a very frustrating one – I suppose it makes sense to hold off not only on any announcement but on any decision. Looking at it from that perspective if I were a media exec at CBS-D I would want want to keep it close to my vest. After all, there’s a certain “flair” to the announcement if it comes on the same day or shortly after the release of TNG’s final season.

      I think the inclusion of DS9 noted in the first documentary could serve as a bit of a test, you know, do people really want this? Is there really a market for it? There was a market for ENT on Blu-Ray so I’d say certainly there’s a market for DS9 and VOY – which were far more popular – but remastering ENT was far less expensive than the cost of DS9 and VOY. So in that regard I don’t think they will happen at the same time; they will choose one (hopefully DS9) and probably get half way through that series before working on the last.

      Just some of my thoughts and opinions on the matter.

      • Brian C. Bock

        Personally, I hope they get all the way through DS9 before working on VOY because we’d really like the best team at CBS-D to work on these and not be distracted. I haven’t seen Season 2 of TNG Remastered, but the people who have seen unhappy with it. CBS would probably be better off just slowing down the releases so that one company (CBS-D) can be in charge of the look and feel of the final product.

      • Allen Williams

        They didn’t remaster Enterprise. They gave us what they had and it shows. Some of those effects shots are terrible because they only needed to be good enough for SD broadcast.

      • kadajawi

        ENT wasn’t remastered. ENT was created for HD, so the cost of bringing it to Blu Ray was probably minimal, nowhere near what TOS and TNG did cost, let alone DS9 and VOY which I fear would be even more expensive (having to redo lots of special effects from ground up in later DS9 seasons and all of VOY).

        • Esmeralda

          Not all for Voyager. First few seasons of Voyager are done mostly with models too.

        • mjdavid

          You are correct, of course, and I realize I misspoke (mistyped). I am aware ENT was created for HD so when I used the word remaster that was incorrect.

    • OphidianJaguar

      I want to know if Paramount will be going through the same procedure for the first 10 movies. A proper restoration from film for the 50th anniversary.

  • mjdavid

    Can’t wait for this set!!! Season Six is one of my favorite seasons, as I rambled on about in the last post about this season. What excites me most are the documentaries. I was a bit disappointed when the docs for Seasons Four and Five were cut from three parts to two parts so getting another three-part documentary is great. While I understand the reviewer’s notes about the first part not really focusing too much on TNG – it is, after all, a TNG documentary not a DS9 documentary – I was hoping we’d get this. I’m happy we’re getting an interview with Colm Meaney (even if it is archival), who has been conspicuously absent from these docs. He was an import minor character on TNG for over five seasons. The author’s notes on the doc make it seem like they could have done more if they were going to even touch on the creation of DS9. Why weren’t any of the TNG actors asked to give their opinions about what they thought at the time (compared to now) about a new Trek series that would air while they were still on? After all, it had the potential to impact their own series. I can’t wait to see Whoopi, she always gives great interviews. I hope they’re able to secure an interview with Michelle Forbes and Dwight Schultz for the Season Seven docs. The deleted scenes are also of particular interest to me (hello, James Doohan, need I say more?!) so is the gag reel.

    I’m left to wonder though about the Season Seven releases. It seems like “… All Good Things” is the obvious choice for its own standalone release because of the amount of VAM they could produce for its own documentary (discussions with cast, crew, writers, and production staff about filming the final episode, transitioning from television to film, and even their reactions to the films themselves) which would leave the docs on the actual Season Seven set free to talk about other things. The VAM would be the only reason to give the series finale a standalone release because the episode originally aired as a television movie; it was released on the DVD sets as one piece I can’t imagine they would separate them for the Blu-Ray release. The remaining two-parters – “Descent” and “Gambit” – don’t seem particularly worthy of a standalone release because they would have to spend thirty minutes of a documentary talking about how those episodes were game-changers. They weren’t.

  • jdryyz

    So…..no chance of CBS re-doing Season 2, eh? Perhaps after DS9 and VOY, since they’ll have the free time. :)

    • MJ

      Well, at least it was just Season 2, which is barely watchable anyways.

    • Brian C. Bock

      My money is on “no chance.” They’ve done it and are selling it. It would make little sense to do it over since for MOST people season 2 is “good enough” despite some wonky compositing and effects work.

      • Allen Williams

        the 4K version (if it ever happens) would be the chance.

        • MJ

          What would be the point of a 4K version? No one is buying those UHD TV’s…they are selling even less of them than the ill-fated 3D TV’s. The human eye simply cannot tell the resolution difference between 1080P and 4K in a typical living room on any screen less than 150 inches at comfortable viewing distances. That is a fact.

          4K LCD projectors for people who have 25 foot long living rooms and can do a 250-inch screen — that is where it might make sense. But that sort of application is for the wealthy…they would never sell enough of those to make the cost viable for large scale mass production, and so the cost will never be in reach for the average consumer, even if they had enough space in their house to support it.

          • archer9234

            At some point in time 4K will just be a normal standard. It’s like now. You can’t buy a CRT TV. That’s what will happen. But 4K media could fail. People still activally don’t care about BD’s. And buy DVD’s still. 4K might get the same fate. Will you honestly see a difference on a 32inch 4k (2160p) TV to a 1080p TV? Will people even care if you? As of now, most companies don’t want to bother with 4K masters on TV shows. It saves money.

          • Justin Olson

            Also, 1080p content (like TNG-R) upconverts very nicely on 4K UHDTV’s with modern interpolation algorithms. It’s not like the huge quality gap going from 480i NTSC to 1080p. If you had two identical and properly calibrated 4K UHDTV’s side by side with true 4K content on one and a 1080p upconvert on the other, most people would be unable to tell the difference at recommended seating distances.

          • archer9234

            Totally. I also had this with DVD and BD. My closet friend he can give two beeps about BD being better. He sees the cheaper DVD price that’s all that matters. 1080 to 4k is gonna be a even harder sell.

          • MJ

            I think UHD/4K is more analogous to the niche “Laserdiscs” market of the 80′s/90′s. You will have some videofiles and people with massive home theater set-ups who will buy them, but not the typical movie buff who is already invested in Blu-ray and 1080P.

            And the bandwidth issue makes internet, cable and Directv simply not very viable for those massive file sizes/compression issues. Maybe someday if we all have Vios, but that is a long way away.

          • archer9234

            Yeah. You’re right. My area doesn’t even have Fios/fiber optic option at all. That’s not changing anytime soon.

          • Brian C. Bock

            I have Time Warner Cable and everything but sports shows are macroblocked all to hell in any fast moving or finely detailed scene. Cable companies have a long way to go to deliver good 720p, let alone 4K.

          • Jonathan

            Indeed. Ultimately a big reason HD took off is because of space-saving, big flatscreen TVs being affordable. But as many have said, living rooms aren’t getting bigger and 4K is only really gonna benefit the videophile with their own epic home cinema system. Most people will not be able to tell the difference.

            There’s no way more money would be spent on redoing TNG (or any catalogue show) I imagine, specifically for the 4K format.

  • vincanss

    Excellent review, I hope we can see that director’s round table on the season 7 set. I suspect a lot of fans will favour having pt 1 of the documentary but will wait until I see it for certain. Can’t wait to see ‘Chain of Command’ again. It must have been 5 or 6 years at least.

  • OphidianJaguar

    Fantastic review. I am amazed and humbled by the depth and detail of the work the remastering team is doing by keeping true to the original, no George Lucas style changes. I still remember the poor quality of the show back in the 80′s when it first aired, I never thought I would see this show in such detail and brilliance. I look forward to DS9 and Voyager with anticipation.

    I can only hope that for the 50th anniversary Paramount will do the same with the 6 original and 4 TNG movies, not to mention extended cuts restoring scenes that were cut in the current blu-ray editions (mainly TMP and TUC) To go back to the original negative, clean it up, rescan it and give it the brilliance they deserve. I am sure they were all transferred to HD using a master copy hence why I see so many dirt marks in all of the original movies and an upresed look in all 10 movies. The Star Trek movies deserve better than a cheap transfer.

  • Laughingman

    I’ve had a repeated argument with a friend over the years about how much damage was done to the Enterprise saucer section in Timescape, whether the front of the ship was blown open, or if it was just scorched. We’ve also debated, if it was a full blown hull breach, how they managed to repair all the damage before the closing credits roll at the end. So, I’m wondering, is this particular shot any more clear now in the new Blu Ray transfer? Amazing review by the way.

    • Justin Olson

      The shot is of course much, much clearer in the remaster, but there’s no discernible damage to be seen. However, there is plenty of damage visible in the closer shot of the Enterprise just a few minutes after this. So, it would appear CBS Digital neglected to add a damage layer to this shot (both before and after the act fade out).

      • Laughingman

        So … did I just find the first FX fub in season 6? o.0

    • trekcore
      • Laughingman

        This disappoints me to see the damage layer missing here. This was always a cool shot that got muddled down in SD. I’ve also been waiting to see the damage up close in HD, and now, nothing. Don’t get me wrong, the ships, the lighting, everything looks superb. But there is supposed to be damage here to the saucer.

        • archer9234

          It’s possible the layer isn’t missing. But the timing from original to HD are slightly different. The comerical fade outs don’t line up between the two versions. It’s possible the impacts are just a hair off. Maybe because frame rate differences. I hope for no actual error has happen.

          • Laughingman

            I think it is an error. I have always been under the impression that some damage was drawn in there, another layer, since they couldn’t really do anything to the model. And I am pretty sure that was left out.

          • Justin Olson

            Unfortunately, it’s a real oversight. When I first replied to Laughingman, I had just watched the remastered episode in motion — there’s no damage visible in this particular shot each time it’s shown (except when time resumes and the Romulan phaser fire hits the Enterprise, then you see the damage that was supposed to be in the shot.

          • archer9234

            That’s really odd. You think they just recycle the shot. I’m not gonna cry over it. Just seems weird.

      • Chris915

        *jaw drop*

        The 24th can’t come soon enough.

      • SpaceCadet

        I always didn’t get why the energy transfer beam is emanating out of the side of the neck of the star drive section where there is no emitter. I was hoping that would be fixed when they were working on this shot.

    • archer9234

      The way I took it was that, at most, the forward section of the underside of the saucer was burnt. Similar to Star Trek VI ENT A damage on the upper saucer. That didn’t destroy the ship. It was the feed back from the power transfer beam that caused the core breach.

      • Laughingman

        I dont think they did ever do anything to the model. I always was under the impression that they drew on a layer of damage. That’s how it always looked to me. That’s how it still looks to me. I was really hoping for this shot in HD, but just … nothing. Oh well, shot still looking beautiful.

  • Guest

    Sorry for the double post, here is the shot in question.

  • Chris915

    I’m without words… *jaw drop*

  • Chris915

    Why I wonder is why the nacelle closest to the camera is dimmer than the other in this shot:
    http://tng.trekcore.com/bluray/images-s6review/review39.jpg

    Compared to the original SD version here:
    http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/s6/6×20/thechase257.jpg

    • Brian C. Bock

      My guess is they were taking clues as to the lighting from the original film. Most of he starboard nacelle is in shadow, while most of the port nacelle is in bright sunlight. My guess is the brightness is the same but you can’t see it as well because the non-glowing part of the nacelle is also brighter. Also, in these remastered shots, they’ve been picking up colors from the planets and casting the light onto the ships in order to make the model blend in more to the shot so it looks more realistic. OR it could be a goof. :-P

      • Chris915

        Hmmm, because it barely looks illuminate in the remastered shot… even in the light, it would actually appear slightly blown out by the light…

    • ROThornhill

      If I remember rightly, in this scene the Cardiassians had just fired upon that nacelle, so the screen cap may just have been taken mid-flicker?

      • Chris915

        Oh, yea, now that I play the episode, this is when they’re drifting to sell their “damage” to the Cardassians as they speed away.

        Now it makes sense. lol.

    • Eric

      It only seems brighter on the right side because its in shadow so the light seems brighter! Take a look at the very right side of the picture where there’s no shaddow. There it looks similar to the other one.

      • Chris915

        Now that I play the episode, this is when they’re drifting to sell their “damage” to the Cardassians as they speed away and the nacelle is flickering.

        So, it is actually dimmer… even in light, the glow is stronger than that.

  • TheVoiceOfReason

    I’m incredibly excited about season 6 and I can’t wait for release day!
    It’s rather mind-boggling to hear that Deep Space Nine has not yet been green-lit for restoration. Yes, it’s a bit more complex for restoring. But it’s part of a package deal! Standard definition will eventually bite the dust. TOS is almost 50 years old, and it’s STILL being resold to broadcast and now digital and streaming! So what happens in the future? What happens when 4K TV’s are the standard and anything less than 1080p is unbearable for future generations to watch? What happens when the Netflix deal needs to be renewed? Do they license part of the catalog in HD and DS9 and Voyager in SD? Hasn’t DS9 had one of the strongest viewership on Netflix compared to other series? Having the *entire* catalog of Star Trek in high definition is going to continue to be profitable for generations to come.
    COME ON CBS!! You have a fantastic team assembled, with a streamlined production line that works so incredibly well! Don’t break up the band, the time to continue on is now! It’s logical to future-proof the entire catalog for continued sales and future broadcast & streaming deals. You have 3/5ths of your live action Trek TV shows completed, don’t quit while you’re doing so great!
    I promise to buy every single season of Deep Space Nine on Blu Ray on day one of their release. I know I am not alone. Keep up the fantastic work!

    • MJ

      W E L L
      S A I D
      ! ! ! ! !

    • Brian C. Bock

      Oh, they’re doing it. Companies don’t announce things until it’s advantageous to do so. This can be everything from making sure an announcement doesn’t distract from other announcements (the most likely thing) to getting contracts signed for companies that will work on it. I presume, given the higher number of CGI effects in DS9 (and Voyager) that they will probably have to hire some of the effects work out. And we’ve seen some sample renders from original geometry saved by people who worked on the show originally, so I’d imagine they are working to secure those assets. Who knows but them? But Paramount is certain to consider the long tail of Star Trek and want all of their content to be in great shape for future audiences. Film and memories deteriorate. So they know that now is the best time to do this. I hope they have been as meticulous about archiving their current work as the Paramount staff was when the show was first made so that in the future, when they need to redo it for 4K or whatever comes next, they’ll have the assets they need.

      • MJ

        Do you have some inside knowledge of this? Trekcore has made it pretty clear above that this is not the case, but if you have your own inside info that is contrary to that, please share it? Otherwise, can you confirm that this is all just your opinion, and not based on any facts? Thanks!

        • Chris915

          I get what he’s saying.

          A lot of places will deny something and be unyielding on it, even if they’re doing the exact opposite… to kind of surprise people…

          While, chances are it’s not happening yet, I think it’s really a matter of when, not if.

          • Mike C.

            “A lot of places will deny something and be unyielding on it, even if they’re doing the exact opposite… ”
            AH – kind of like Khan in Into Darkness. Got it, thanks.

          • trekcore

            This is NOT the case. There is no “doing the exact opposite” here – CBS have NO PLANS to do Deep Space Nine right now. Period. I don’t think I can be any more clear.

          • Chris915

            I believe you. I’m just saying, subterfuge does exist… especially in US corporations.

            But assuming that’s the case, it’s a shame, but in a way a good thing, as I’ll be able to spend my money on other things in the meantime. lol.

          • MJ

            Thanks, Trekcore. I get it.

            Let other’s think that this is grassy knoll-like conspiracy I guess…it would be a shame to let facts get in the way of wishful thinking. LOL

            I do hope that they address DS9 and remaster it eventually. But I refuse to delude myself with meaningless made up scenarios about how it is actually happening in a secret vault in CBS’s basement (not literally, but you get my point).

          • Chris915

            I’m not turning this into a conspiracy thing… I’m just saying, a lot of companies in the past say one thing and do another… it’s not unheard of…

          • hypnotoad72

            CBS might. Ditto for Voyager. Dunno until it happens.

          • Mickey

            Maybe they’ll change their tune once the Babylon 5 remaster gets going. 0:)

          • hypnotoad72

            B5 was fiflmed in 16:9, and cropped at 4:3 to match the CGI made at the time. All the CGI would have to be re-done, but that would be sweet to have available one day. As it was meant to be.

          • SFSeries&Movies

            Well than I guess I’m gonna take out my DVD set out again! Was waiting for some good news but if there are no plans at this time…I can no longer wait, I need my DS9 dose!

        • Brian C. Bock

          No I don’t. My point is why would they leave money on the table like that. All they need to do is sign a deal with iTunes or Netflix to carry the show plus extras and give an exclusivity window. It would be a draw. And they would future proof themselves. If they don’t do it, the risk DS9 going the way of Babylon 5, which would be foolish.

      • kadajawi

        Also as long as they haven’t announced DS9 they can say “if enough people buy the TNG boxes we’ll do DS9…”. :D

        • Brian C. Bock

          Well that was the Okudas trying to pump up the sales. I can’t blame them. It is amazing work. But I think the problem is they pegged it to physical media. The world is transitioning to streaming media. Even though iTunes is thought of as a download service, with Apple TV, it’s really a streaming service. They should have made them available there with all the extras. They would have seen higher sales.

          • hypnotoad72

            Streaming media has a way to go — the streamed content has frames pulled and compression to reduce bandwidth issues – but at a high cost of image quality and color accuracy, increases color bleed, etc…

            Plus, the thought of re-leasing time and time again makes purchasing a better value for us.

            Why bother with TNG if everyone is willingly choosing to pay more for less quality, despite the onslaught of “HD” screens?

            Oh, I do streaming media, but only for shows I’ll see once. There aren’t as many shows I want to physically own anymore. Like most people, I bought what I wanted and leave the rest to other options. The free market is awesome, since it allows the choice when the customer wants it.

    • James T.

      Keep on dreaming… DS9 on Bluray will never happen.

      • SpaceCadet

        What an odd comment to make. As if you can predict the future.

      • Masterironfist

        Amusing, thats what they used to say about TNG! and guess what happened!!!

      • pittrek

        Never say never. The fact they don’t plan to do it NOW doesn’t mean they won’t do it in 2-3 years :-)

  • Brian C. Bock

    Given the emphasis on DS9 in the first part of the VAM, I think it’s pretty clear they are gearing up to work on DS9. YAY! Can’t wait!

    • trekcore

      I’m afraid not, Brian. I can confirm that CBS are not gearing up for a DS9 Remastered project.

      • pittrek

        That’s a very dumb decision :-( Even if TNG didn’t make as much money as they hoped NOW, still the HD masters will be used now for foreign TV broadcasts, future home video releases, Netflix & similar services … It will bring them much bigger profit in the future.

        • archer9234

          Still, it costs millions to remaster TNG. That’s nothing to scoff about.

        • mjdavid

          Agreed … I kind of wonder though if having the series’ too readily accessible on Netflix and Amazon’s instant streaming is really a good thing. There are so many fans out there will undoubtedly have not touched the Blu-Rays because they can stream them. I’m sure the TNG Blus were profitable but if they didn’t bring in enough money then from a business standpoint why bother going forward? Personally I think it sucks; when the DVDs were introduced in the early 2000s they charged nearly $120 per season set per series. People still paid for them. Who knows?! I suppose the speculation is really pointless, all we can do is hope at some point they change their minds.

          • Brian C. Bock

            We don’t even know if TNG was profitable yet. Remember these things aren’t INSTANT money. They are investing in them for the next period of time. They havne’t started to tap the markets for the TNG Remastered in the streaming market. I really wonder why they did’t sell it on iTunes complete with extras for those who aren’t interested in physical media. I really don’t want a bunch more discs. But I don’t mind paying for the shows.

          • Justin Olson

            TNG Remastered is streaming in HD on Amazon Prime (seasons 1-5) and Hulu Plus (seasons 1 & 2). Seasons 1-5 are also available on iTunes in HD (sans extras).

        • danielcw

          You, and me, and 99% of the people in the comments, lack the knowledge to judge, whether it is a dumb decision or not.

          We do not know the facts!

          “Even if TNG didn’t make as much money as they hoped NOW, still the HD masters will be used now for foreign TV broadcasts, future home video releases, Netflix & similar services …”

          Do you really think the people in charge are not aware of that?

      • Matt Littledyke

        Well you never know they might change their minds if this season and season 7 pick up in sales. We can only hope

      • ROThornhill

        Is that confirmation that the remastering team will definitely not be moving straight on from TNG to DS9 or confirmation that no decision has yet been made? Just want to know how disappointed to be :(

        A great review as always. Thank you. It looks like another great restoration and I’m glad they’ve been able to remove the blurriness – that always seemed very strange. I’d forgotten how many great episodes there were in this season. Can’t wait to see Relics in all its glory!

        • trekcore

          The former, I’m afraid. As of this moment, CBS-D will not be moving on to DS9. They’ll wrap TNG within the next month or so.

          • ROThornhill

            That’s a real shame. I would have happily bought all 7 seasons, which I can’t say for TNG, much as I love it. They have such a great team assembled and the show will really benefit from the upgrade. Hopefully one day it will happen. Maybe when 4K becomes a widespread standard, or when render times are quick enough that redoing the CGI would be more cost effective.

          • OneBuckFilms

            I hope they change their minds, and work on DS9 then Voyager, to complete the upgrade process.
            They are all part of a greater whole, and the streaming revenue in future could be significant.
            Not to mention that DS9 is one of the best shows in TV period. Fantastic production values and writing all round.

      • Brian C. Bock

        Well, that’s big tease then. :-(

  • Chris915

    You can still see the (hair/fuzz/tears?) that are present in the original transfer…

    • Justin Olson

      Yeah, I noticed that too. It’s definitely a hair or fiber caught in the film gate and recorded onto the negative. It’s practically invisible during most of the shot when lower lit areas of the station pass behind it. You only really see it when the camera reaches it’s final position in the frame above.

    • Allen Williams

      aw crap thanks for ruining it for me. I will probably see this forever from now on.

      • Chris915

        lol

    • archer9234

      That’s what happens a lot on the edge of film. Hair get stuck in the aperture. And or scratches form on the film.

      • Chris915

        Yea, it doesn’t bother me, I just thought it was interesting that they left it, since a lot of that kind of stuff was fixed with TOS.

        • archer9234

          Hair is harder. It’s stuck on for long and on larger areas. The camera is moving etc. Specks that pop up in TOS for a few frames is easy. And TOS didn’t remove all of it. Most of it. But there are times specks pop up.

  • pittrek

    Thank you for the great review. I actually start to think about getting it from Germany to have it earlier :-)

  • Mat Rowe

    I get all excited like a little schoolgirl each time one of these nears release. Thanks Trekcore for keeping up the brilliant standard of reporting these releases. You’re the best source on the net.

    • trekcore

      You and me both, Mat!

  • StuUK

    Excellent review for Season 6 – Well done! Your enthusiasm has got me all fired up with anticipation now. Unfortunately over the last two years I’ve been putting off buying these single season sets as I’m banking on the powers that be will eventually release all seven seasons in a single box set. – It’s been torture!

    It was amusing hearing about the removal of the observation lounge windows. I’ve recently CG-modelled the observation lounge set as well as the Ten Forward lounge set… Yeah, those windows reflect like nothing else!

    This has already been said on the review and by other users but to add a voice to the choir regarding the DS9 remastering project: Personally I think that CBS-D won’t be able to help themselves… DS9-R is almost certainly going to happen! Star Trek is just to huge a money maker (short and long term) But in my opinion it would be a huge mistake if CBS-D were to allow any indecision on their part to green light DS9-R to break up the team responsible for the remastering TNG-R. – But as to what talents will be employed to handle that project, who can know? The TNG-R team are assembled already; they clearly boast the skills, they’ve demonstrated they have the commitment, they have the workflow processes (for a show this complex) down, they appreciate the show and output amazing work. – Why would CBS-D risk a team like that splitting up through the acceptance of other projects?

    • http://www.trekcore.com/ TrekCoreStaff

      We agree!

      As for a complete series set, we expect that to simply be all seven season releases simply shipped as one package, as the TOS and Enterprise ‘complete series’ releases have been issued — so there’s no reason not to buy the individual sets now ;)

      • Jonathan

        TOS got a complete BD set in the UK and I really hope TNG gets a similar one, even if Enterprise hasn’t!

  • SpaceCadet

    Excellent review. I take it there was no season 7 trailer included in the set?

    • http://www.trekcore.com/ TrekCoreStaff

      Season 7 hasn’t yet been completed, so no trailer has been created yet.

      • Allen Williams

        You would think they could give us a trailer based on what has been completed and then another trailer closer to release.

        • SpaceCadet

          That’s what I was thinking too! We were getting next season previews with the first few sets that were released.

  • Allen Williams

    Can you tell me if they fixed the use of the wrong sound effects in the DS9 part of “The Birthright”? I think it was the sound of the computer in the turbolift, but I don’t recall. I just know something was out of place.

  • Data

    @trekcore: You are an artist as well, your writing touches me!! …I can’t wait for the final 2 seasons of my favorite show!!!! If you do ds9 than do it in the equivalent of the physical material (the 35mm film) right the way!! So if you’ll bring out ds9 or voyager in 4k I’d be the first one to grab it!! I even also would buy tng in 4k again!!! (if modern video will do season 2 this time instead of h-tv :))

    • trekcore

      Thanks for the kind words, Data!

  • benjaminh

    Great review. Looking forward to one of TNG’s greatest seasons!

    I just wish we could look forward to DS9 too. Can we lobby Jeff Bezos to help pay for it?

  • CoolGeek

    No mention of the fact that Season 6 has the worst, most embarassing episode ever in ” Rascals ” ?

    • trekcore

      I don’t mind Rascals so much, certainly not as much as “Aquiel” or “Birthright II”!

      • archer9234

        I still find the dog cute lol.

      • SpaceCadet

        Agreed. “Rascals” is improbable but silly fun. “Aquiel” is one to skip and “Birthright II” is a snooze after such a good Part 1.

      • Mickey

        It’s amazing that I’ve seen Aquiel several times and I have no idea what it’s about.

    • Mrplatitude

      “He’s my number one Dad!” I’ve always loved Rascals, never realized I was in the minority.

      • Chris915

        Yea, I really enjoy the episode too. It’s kind of one of those funny comic relief type episodes mostly.

      • CoolGeek

        Im shocked that there are fans who actually liked ” Rascals ”.The plot would have been rejected as being too silly for a scooby doo episode.The enterprise is taken over by the FERENGI! Worf looks like an even more incompetent security officer than usual! The child actors are AWFUL!

        I do love Starship Mine though.Picard as John Mclane.Whats not to love?

        • MSR

          Just one of those episodes where I suspend belief for a while and enjoy the silliness of the situation.

      • danielcw

        I second the love “Rascals”

  • archer9234

    I always wait for your reviews on the season before I preorder it. And you guys always convince me to do so right after I finish it.

  • Mrplatitude

    “It’s difficult to establish with any degree of certainty why the 1991-1992 seasons suffered so badly..”

    I could be mistaken, but isn’t season six the 1992 – 1993 season?

    • mjdavid

      Season Six was 92-93, as the show concluded in 1994.

    • trekcore

      Thank you!

  • James

    What an informative and well written review – I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks.

    I’m sad to hear that there are currently no plans for a DS9 or Voyager remaster, but I understand why. It’s unclear to me how well TNG has sold on blu-ray and I guess that sales for DS9 and VOY would be lower as the series were not as popular with the general public. Not only that, but we live in an age where the demand for physical media is diminishing as people are consuming media via streaming services.

    I’d just be happy to see some of the ‘TV movies’ like ‘Way of the Warrior’ or ‘Equinox’ receive the remastered treatment. I honestly wouldn’t pay top dollar to see Voyager Season 1 or 2 again and I’d think twice before buying DS9 season 1 and 2 as well.

    It does make a massive difference having the remastered treatment. I’m currently re-watching TOS on blu-ray and it still impresses me with the detail and clarity. I hear that on Netflix TNG and DS9 are real popular and it makes me wonder because they are shown in SD and look really nasty!

    I hope CBS change their mind – does anyone know how well TNG has sold on blu-ray?

    • Justin Olson

      Going only by the U.S. figures that are available, it looks like TNG on blu-ray will just about pay for itself by the end of the year. They’ll be in the black, in other words. But I think CBS was hoping that it would sell so well that it would pay for DS9 to be remastered too, which it wont, hence the lack of a green light for the moment.

      Meanwhile, Star Trek easily generates tens of millions for CBS in streaming revenue alone every time they ink a new two-year deal with Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. According to Les Moonves (president and CEO of CBS), they make, “Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars” by selling their library of content to those companies. And Star Trek is a big chunk of that with 725 episodes!

      • Huffy

        I was wondering the same thing. Where exactly are these figures available? Also, won’t it be a while before we see TNG-R streamed anywhere online to encourage Blu-Ray purchases? How long was TOS-R available only on Blu-Ray before they started streaming on Netflix? I’d also like to see how DS9 and VOY stack up to TNG in terms of streamed content. I stream DS9 and VOY on Netflix every week. When you say “just about pay for itself” do you mean they’re currently in the red, or do you mean that CBS will have a smaller profit margin than they originally hoped? If the sales are as good as everyone says, then they should already be in the black. However, I’d like to see the figures.

        • Justin Olson

          The full figures aren’t available unfortunately because none of the seasons made it into the top 100 blu-ray sales charts for 2012 & 2013 (TV shows rarely do). But week of release figures were available for seasons 1, 3 & 4. You can read more here:

          http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?p=9645796

          As for the streaming of TNG-R, that is happening right now on Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus. The show is also airing in HD on SyFy UK and BBC America (Tues. nights starting at 6:00pm EST).Netflix began offering TOS-R on July 1, 2011. The 3rd Season of TOS-R came out on blu-ray on December 15th, 2009.

          • Christopher Roberts

            The thing to remember is that TOS-R went to syndication first, shown on a variety of outlets that had been home to Star Trek Enterprise (if I’m not mistaken)… before being on released on DVD and Blu ray. The latter wasn’t a widely available format when remastering began… and when it was, the wrong horse was backed putting Season 1 on HD DVD.

          • Justin Olson

            True. Though, TOS-R was broadcast on NBC (not UPN) in Los Angeles and New York, which was fitting since that was the channel the show originally aired on in the 60s.

            http://trekmovie.com/tos-in-hd/hdtv-star-trek-tos-channel-list/

  • Bridger

    I think it will be like this with the Trailer or at the Release date of Season 7, they will anounce DS9 Season 1.

  • Mickey

    Thank you to the great team at CBS Digital. I have wanted a TNG remaster for so long ESPECIALLY season 6 because I feel like that’s when I came to an understanding as a kid how special Star Trek was. Now it’s finally here! You make my dreams come true.

    Good luck on your future projects. And hey, if money is an issue for DS9 or Voyager, there’s always Kickstarter. :) Many high level studios have used it to fund projects they love. I just contributed to a project for Harmonix. If only for just a few episodes!

    Thanks again. This is really making me one of the happiest people in he world. Season 6 of TNG remastered in HD. Wow. :)

  • CoolGeek

    This season actually has a fair few stinkers.Apart from ” Rascals ”, ” Realm Of Fear ”, ” Aquiel ”, and ” Descent ” are some of the worst Trek ever made.There are a good few decent episodes though.Nowhere near as good as season 3 however.

    • Chris915

      There are a plethora of episodes I love in this season.

      “Time’s Arrow, Part II,” “Relics,” “Schisms,” “True Q,” “Rascals,” “Chain of Command, Part I and II,” “Ship in a Bottle” … to name a few. ^_^

      • Mickey

        Tapestry, man! TAPESTRY. Wow!

        • Chris915

          One of my favorite episodes.

  • Christopher Roberts

    Can’t wait to own TNG Season 6… but will have to because of the month lead time between the US and UK.

    I love that Star Trek Blu ray releases continue. ENT came with some amazing and insightful special features. If there’s any doubt how DS9 might perform in CBS’s mind, I’d suggest doing another sampler like happened with TNG to begin with.
    Pick a couple of landmark episodes and the pilot TV Movie “Emissary”. Whether those other episodes are the one where Riker takes over the Defiant and the 30th Anniversary tribble show… or a pair of season finales like the introduction of the Jem’Hadar and the Thing inspired hunt for a changeling which ended Season 3… solid entries that’ll act as great intros to DS9′s heavy on story arc structure.

    • archer9234

      A lot of people don’t like volume sets. It’s either complete season unless the show is ungodly long. Like Disney animated seasons for example. It would work against sales.

  • FriendofSonic

    57.99 at Best Buy. 14.99 for Chain of Command

    • Mickey

      You’ve seen it on the shelves? Online they’re twice that price.

      • FriendofSonic

        Forum I go to leaks sales ad. That will be the sale price next week.

        Target did not feature it in their ad.

        • Mickey

          Easy buy. No brainer! I just can’t wait! XD

      • SFSeries&Movies

        Purchased it online in The Netherlands, 36 euro’s! about $28-30! Was surprised by it myself, is now 40 euro’s, still not that expensive. Don’t know if you can buy from outside The Netherlands.
        It’s the same release as the US.

        http://www.bol.com/nl/p/star-trek-the-next-generation-seizoen-6/9200000025434090/

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  • SFSeries&Movies

    Great review Trekcore! Gonna receive my copy today, is released today in The Netherlands! :-) Regarding DS9, really sucks, no HD plans, my all time favourite show, not just TREK! :-(

    • trekcore

      Be sure to let us know what you think of S6!

      • SFSeries&Movies

        I will….:-)

  • StalwartUK

    Lucky Dutch. Makes it all the more strange that the UK release was set back a month.

    • SFSeries&Movies

      Indeed, thought, when I read that, it would be the same here in The Netherlands. Everyday I expected it to be changed to next month, but it never happened :-)

  • Corbin J

    Is that a huge piece of dust in the lower left corner of the DS9 screenshot? I hope that can get cleaned up if that shot of DS9 is ever used again.

    • SFSeries&Movies

      I think it’s glare from a light.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sup4j1m James Blackwell

    Well there’s clearly a market for DS9 and VOY remastering as that topic is all this comment board seems to be about…lol GET ON IT CBS!

    • danielcw

      Is the market big enough?

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  • Connor

    There’s a slight audio error on the Chain of Command Blu Ray. When Jellico exits the bridge after his initial negotiation at around the 31:00 minute mark, the swoosh door sound comes out of the left speaker when it should be the right speaker as the doors are located off camera to the right. Compounded by the fact Troi and Riker are staring off to the right of the screen. Minor error to an overall terrific presentation.

  • mjdavid

    I wanted to revisit this review after having received my copies of ‘Season Six’ and ‘Chain of Command’ yesterday. After binge-watching all the way from “Time’s Arrow, Par II” to “Face of the Enemy” as well as the three-part documentary I feel I’ve watched enough to make some observations.

    First, the three-part documentary … Even after reading this review I was really excited Season Six was returning to the three-part documentary after Seasons Four and Five only featured two parts. This is the first time I’ve ever felt one of the docs was unnecessary, and I hate that I feel that way. After reading this review I was truly excited to hear them talk about ‘Deep Space Nine,’ especially since there are no current plans to remaster that series into HD (c’mon CBS, stop torturing us and make the decision!!!). There was newly filmed conversation with Rick Berman, which was nice, but WHY all the archival footage?!?! I think discussing DS9 was relevant because it spun-off from TNG half-way through TNG’s sixth season. But why all the archival footage, especially of Rick Berman when newly filmed footage of Berman discussed DS9 was produced for the doc? Maybe they couldn’t schedule him, but why not have Colm Meaney come in and discuss his transition, or the increase in character development and storyline the O’Briens received during Season Five and Season Six up to their departure? The TNG cast could have talked about what their initial reactions were when DS9 was announced. They could have discussed the crossover scenes in “Birthright” with both Alexander Siddig and Michael Dorn. I can only assume they want to wait on all that stuff IF CBS finally gives a green light on that project, but I really feel like they had a great opportunity with the first documentary and it was squandered with too much archival footage.

    All of that being said, the second and third documentaries were spot on. I loved that we finally get Whoopi to come and provide her insights. John de Lancie always seems to add something insightful as well. The inclusion of Ronny Cox in the ‘Chain of Command’ doc was a treat, he had some really interesting things to say. There wasn’t anything from Gates McFadden in this doc, even though she’s heavily featured in Part I.

    Second, I am in awe of how COLORFUL Season Six now appears. After watching a few episodes I decided to try and watch an episode on Netflix jut for comparison … the difference is stunning.

    Finally, the quality of the writing this season … It’s been a very long time since I’ve watched this season. When the Blu-Rays started appearing I stopped watching TNG and ENT on Netflix so I could experience the anticipation and the fun of watching them again. I had forgotten how consistent the quality of the writing was this season; even the weaker episodes – “Rascals,” “Fistful of Datas” in my opinion – have great dialogue and strong character development.

    • trekcore

      Great observations MJ. Colm refused to do an interview for the Blu-ray project, so I suspect the archival inclusion of Colm’s clips are designed to sandwich him in there. Still, I agree with all your observations – the DS9 segment really doesn’t work for me :(

  • Hermann

    Why didn’t they remove the hair or scratch on the negative in the first scene where DS9 appears? There is a big scratch oder hair in the lower left-hand corner.