Star Trek TNG S6 Blu-ray: Deleted Scenes, Part I

We've finally reached the release of TNG Season Six on Blu-ray, and once again, we've been awarded a plethora of never-before-seen deleted scenes! Just like the cut footage from Season Four and Season Five, all of these new scenes have been rescanned from the original film negatives, just like the remastered episodes from which they were cut.

On the Blu-rays, each cut sequence is featured in context with the final episode, and we've got a full breakdown and analysis of the first scenes below.

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Episode 6.01: "Time's Arrow, Part II"

Scenes 10 - 11: Back in 19th century San Francisco, Beverly tries to cope with ancient medicine and ancient attitudes. Her shipmates are increasingly concerned about the mysterious invaders.

Set in and around the Sisters of Hope hospital, this extension of Beverly's undercover work as a nurse leads her to clash with the on-duty doctor -- who is not pleased with suggestions of medical treatments coming from a mere nurse. Across the room, Geordi and Deanna interview a sick patient who reports on a 'very bad doctor' who seemed to have motivations other than helping patients. Meanwhile, Picard and Riker act as if they don't know each other to avoid drawing suspicion to themselves... as the two aliens with the snake-head cane enter the hospital behind them.

None of these cuts really make a difference to the plot, and were easy targets for removal when trimming down the running time of this episode. Good choices for elimination.

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Episode 6.04: "Relics"

Scene 20: Scotty feels sorry for himself because he doesn't fit into the world of the 24th century. Troi tries to help, but only manages to make things worse.

After Scotty blows up at Geordi in Engineering, he receives a surprise visit from Counselor Troi, who mysteriously wants to know how he's feeling. He admits that the experience of arriving in the 2360s has been "bewildering," but declines Troi's offer to assist with looking up the fates of his friends and family in the Federation historical database.

At this point, he stops the conversation and asks exactly what a "counselor" is. Troi reveals that the position began on Starfleet vessels "about forty years ago" -- and Scotty suddenly realizes she's a psychologist. "I may be old, but I'm not crazy!" he shouts, and storms out of his quarters, heading to Ten Forward for a drink.

Lost footage of James Doohan makes this the crown jewel of deleted scenes, and we're so happy that it was able to be restored for this Blu-ray release. Ron Moore, the writer of this episode, had this to say when interviewed for the UK Star Trek Magazine in 1997:

"I hated to lose all that, but the show was eight minutes long and something had to go. It would have been nice to explain why she comes up and kissed him at the end!"

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Episode 6.06: "True Q"

Scene 10: Amanda is frightened that others will discover her new-found powers, but she clings to her dream of a normal life and a career in Starfleet. Also, she loves puppies.

Deanna arrives at Amanda's quarters with a surprise in tow: a cute-as-a-button white Pekinese puppy named Henry, who needs a dog-sitter while his owner is on an extended away mission. Amanda readily volunteers, and then the two women discuss her future career path in the sciences, or engineering, or medicine -- she can't decide.

This cute scene is a nice moment, but really doesn't serve any purpose in the episode and made an easy cut from the story.

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Episode 6.12: "Ship in a Bottle"

Scene 3: Barclay is surprised to learn that holodeck character Moriarty experiences discomfort whenever he flashes on or off.

In this extension of the final scene, Barclay has to try multiple times to turn Moriarty "off" before he leaves the holodeck, a process Moriarty finds "most unpleasant."

It's not much of a trim, just fifteen seconds or so, and was a simple cut to save remove some of the extra running time from the final episode.

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Episode 6.12: "Ship in a Bottle"

Scene 8: Moriarty wants desperately to gain physical existence, but the Enterprise crew does not yet know the lengths to which he'll go to leave the holodeck.

As Moriarty pleads his case that his will is stronger than the holodeck's limitations, Barclay concedes the point that the Enterprise has encountered other beings capable of altering matter with mental powers. Data shoots Barclay down, emphasizing that Moriarty's consciousness is computer-generated, and can't possibly affect reality outside of the holodeck.

Again, it's a section of dialogue easily removed without affecting the narrative, but it's nice to see that at least one person on board doesn't believe that Moriarty's plan is totally impossible.

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Episode 6.14: "Face of the Enemy"

Scene 10: DeSeve, the former Romulan defector, now realizes the Federation is no longer home to him; in his quarters, he realizes that he's more alone than he's ever been.

Before Picard visits his quarters, DeSeve attempts to order coffee from the replicator -- only to find that he asks the computer in Romulan rather than in Federation Standard. He pauses, thinks hard, and finally remembers the English word for the beverage.

This brief trim is a nice little character beat that serves to emphasize just how long DeSeve was away from humanity during his twenty years on Romulus.

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Episode 6.15: "Tapestry"

Scene 7:  Picard finds it hard to believe that he's really dead; Q does what he can to convince him otherwise.

"Check your heart rate!" says Q, working to make Picard believe his situation. It's not a huge piece of the story, but it's a nice conversation that provides some insight into why Picard believes Q so quickly. This would have been nice to keep in the final cut.

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Episode 6.15: "Tapestry"

Scene 26: Picard and Marta, the morning after -- everything's different between them now, and not in a good way.

Marta tells a wonderful story in this scene, recounting their first day at Starfleet Academy and her first encounter with Jean-Luc Picard, wanting to be friends with him right away... and despite Picard's protests, she now believes that their night together ruined that friendship.

Marta's description of a young Picard with "that cocky look on your face" is a lovely piece of character backstory, but it really just drags out an already long scene.

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Episode 6.15: "Tapestry"

Scene 34: Lieutenant j.g. Picard visits Engineering, and his conversation with Geordi brings the shocking dreariness of his new life into even sharper focus.

It's one more Picard-is-a-nobody scene, this time with La Forge. Geordi is having trouble isolating some technical problem in the warp engines, and though Picard offers a few proper-sounding suggestions to identify the issue, La Forge gives him the brush-off and walks away from the blue-shirted Jean-Luc.

It certainly feels like this sequence was cut for time, as it has a bit of a duplicated point from the Riker/Troi evaluation in Ten Forward that immediately precedes it; it's definitely a nice inclusion in this Blu-ray collection.

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  • archer9234

    Yeah these scenes fit fine as being on the cutting room floor. But it’s great to finally have them available to see. The only real one that affected story was Scott and Troi’s scene. The ending never made sense, ’cause of this cut.

  • pittrek

    Thanks for the review. I can’t wait for it

  • Christopher Roberts

    Star Trek ran a tight ship compared to most film and TV productions and that’s probably what impresses me more. Every dollar they ever spent was done so wisely. This is the Hollywood system and they’ve got scriptwriting down to an art. 42 minutes less titles. Deleted Scenes is a bit of a misnomer really. Fascinating as they are – essential even when it comes to having seconds more Scotty to appreciate – most of the time it’s trimmed footage. For the most part, scenes weren’t deleted. Just lines lost, that nobody but us hardcore fans would ever notice.
    Having said that, thank the Great Bird the guys & gals at CBS do and show us little lost gems.

    • hypnotoad72

      In 1968, you’d have written it as:

      “Ensure each is 50 minutes less titles. ”

      The 8 minute scene in “Relics” didn’t need to vanish, if hour-long programs were still allocated 50~51 minutes of actual program instead of shoving in more and more commercials until the audience puked…

      :(

      But who’s the Great Bird? Raquel Welch?

      Gene Roddenberry died in 1991, long before season 6 was commissioned, and since his death more and more has come out revealing how little a saint he was toward other people. And if he had his way, Troi would have had 3 (you know what)s instead of 2, and all of TNG would have been as brainless and crass as “the first 13″ episodes of TNG were, since the first 13 he had the most control over, before more beneficial aspects stepped in… TNG survived despite Roddenberry’s personal excesses and nature as being a real jerk. If nothing else, don’t bother searching the internet or reading material such as “Gene Roddenberry – The Myth and The Man Behind Star Trek”.

      • Christopher Roberts

        Well, yes. I’ve come to learn a bit about that over the years too. Just felt like a fun expression to throw in there. And better than thanking the Prophets, or the Great Maker… ;)

  • hypnotoad72

    Definitely a bumper crop of rather interesting deleted scenes. From great stories! looking forward to the next segment!

  • SpaceCadet

    It would be great if an episode of any Star Trek incarnation didn’t have to be confined to a certain amount of minutes. For instance, programs on HBO like Game of Thrones don’t have to neatly fit into an hour long slot just as a film really. Hopefully, the next Star Trek series will also be free of this constraint by being on cable or streaming service.

    • SpaceCadet

      That said, having to abide by a certain amount of minutes can also mean trimming a lot or a little unnecessary fat and making a much more effective and tighter-paced episode: the power of good editing!

      • archer9234

        American’s don’t like paying more for TV. People bitch just paying for cable access. People still get the commercials. It’s one reason why commercials exist. The movie channels that offer no commercials don’t have the money to even afford Star Trek.

        Showtime didn’t even hold onto Stargate past 5 years. If ST was done on HBO. Which won’t happen. CBS owns it. And would make a series on its channel. It only be able to do maybe 5 episodes a season. That’s why Thrones is short.

        • Migzy

          Star Trek TNG episodes ran between 1 and 2 million per episode, so roughly 45 million a season. Game of Thrones averages 6 million an episode so 60 million a season. Yup, I’d say HBO could easily afford Star Trek. For comparison a relatively recent sci-fi show, Stargate Universe which was very effects heavy was around 2 million an episode, so even say at 3 million an episode, that would give a 20 episode season.

          • archer9234

            Were do you get the numbers for Games. That budget is ridicules, if that’s the case. If Stargate Universe was 2 million. Then Scifi could of rescued Start Trek Enterprise, because they never went above 1. During the last 2 seasons. But I always kept hearing they couldn’t afford to do that.

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          • archer9234

            That budget is insane. Explains why the DVD/Blu’s are always in ripoff price land. 10 eps for season 1 was equal to a TNG remastered season. To cover all the actor etc. expenses. Shows how sad Network stations are stingy with budgets.

          • danielcw

            I strongly doubt, that ENT’s production cost 1 million per episode.
            Maybe you mixed it up with a source that used UPN’s license fee.

          • archer9234

            No it did. It was mentioned in articles and bonus material. I know s4 kept trying to get episodes under 1 million per episode.

          • danielcw

            OK, then list 2 sources please.
            The lowest number I could find was a fee of 800k.

          • archer9234

            I can’t remember were. I do know in the S4 bonus they talked about this issue.

          • Snap

            Well, first you’d need to adjust the Star Trek numbers for nearly 30 years of inflation (as it is specifically comparing the costs of TNG) before comparing it to a modern show, so by today’s numbers it would be approximately 2.1 to 4.2 million per episode and roughly 106.6 million (on the high end) per typical Trek season of 26 episodes. while a 20 episode season would be in the ballpark of 84 million.

        • danielcw

          “If ST was done on HBO. Which won’t happen. CBS owns it.”

          That CBS owns the ST TV franchise, does not mean anything here.
          HBO could ask the to make it, you know, like broadcasters and studios always do with each other.

  • Allen Williams

    Its too bad we never got any bonus film scanned in season 1. Also I noticed even in season 2 deleted scenes were in SD.

  • TheRenegadeRebel .

    Will there be extended cuts of any of these episodes? Or will we just see the scenes by themselves outside of the originally cut episodes?

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

      All the deleted scenes are presented separately from each episode.

  • Darkthunder

    The scene with Lt JG Picard, and La Forge in engineering, would’ve made more sense in the context, rather than having Picard suddenly approach Riker and Troi in Ten Forward. The first scene with Picard in his “new position” was on the bridge, with Worf stating that the padd needed to go to engineering. Why then, have Picard go directly to Ten Forward?

  • smashing

    I wish they had reintegrated the deleted scenes and given us the option to watch the episodes with them included, like they did with The Measure of a Man.