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STAR TREK FAN COLLECTIVE- BORG

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 719 minutes (14 episodes on 4 discs), one audio commentary, three text commentaries

STUDIO: Paramount

RELEASE DATE: 3-7-2006

DISC 1- REGENERATION (STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE), Q WHO? (STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION), THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS PART 1 & 2 (TNG)

DISC 2- I BORG (TNG), DESCENT PART 1 & 2 (TNG), SCORPION PART 1 (STAR TREK: VOYAGER)

DISC 3- SCORPION PART 2, DRONE, DARK FRONTIER (VOYAGER)
DISC 4- UNIMATRIX ZERO PART 1 & 2, ENDGAME (VOYAGER)

The Borg is one of the most scariest villains created for the STAR TREK universe. They keep coming and they always return if you destroy some of them. Their collective hive mind has one single purpose of assimilating technology and people into the collective. Q WHO? and THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS were great stories to introduce the Borg threat. I BORG and DESCENT were disappointments and THE BORG didn't seem to be a real threat again until the STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT film. STAR TREK: VOYAGER continues with the threat of the Borg and how it was to be an individual again (7 of 9) or trying to be free of the collective hive mind (UNIMATRIX ZERO). The Borg Queen was used to great effect after she was introduced in STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT. VOYAGER never watered her down and always played up her superiority (and why she thought the Borg would win in the end hence the phrase "Resistance Is Futile" that was used since Q WHO?). The Borg is a very effective foe when the writers come up with a good story for them. This collection features the fan favorite Borg episodes. It will be hard to resist this collection of Borg episodes if you loved STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT and think the season sets are too high priced. You can't keep such an inhuman and evil mechanical baddie like The Borg waiting.

VIDEO: 1.33:1 (Full Frame), 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) for REGENERATION

The image quality and transfers are the same ones used for the various DVD sets that the Borg episodes first appeared in. I did see a little aliasing during the TNG episodes.

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Surround, English 2.0 DS

Subtitles: English

Dialogue is clear and the 5.1 tracks are always better than the 2.0 Dolby Surround.

SPECIAL FEATURES: The audio commentary for RENGERATION by Mike Sussman and Phyllis Strong was previously featured on the Second Season set of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE. The new material for this set is in the form three text commentaries by Michael and Denise Okuda for THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Part 1 and 2, and UNIMATRIX ZERO Part 2. The text commentaries touch on the reuse of props, the growing collection of Borg sets and props by UNIMATRIX ZERO, the hoax script for THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Part 1, and all of the usual Star Trek lore and production info. The commentaries are a little lighter in info than previous Okuda text commentaries. They could have commented on more (like during the last few minutes of THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Part 2). I would have loved to see a featurette on the history of the Borg for this set or even original TV spots for the episodes on this set.

FINAL ANALYSIS: if you're just a fan looking for the best Borg episodes and don't want to spend major cash on all of the various STAR TREK DVD Season sets the episodes appeared in, this DVD Collection is for you.

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