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STAR TREK: ALTERNATE REALITIES Collective
DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 917 minutes (20 episodes on five discs), five audio commentaries, six featurettes
VIDEO: 1.33:1 (Full Frame)/ 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) on ENTERPRISE episodes
AUDIO: English 5.1, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese

STUDIO: CBS Paramount Television/ Paramount/ CBS DVD
RELEASE DATE: 9-16-2008

DISC 1- MIRROR, MIRROR (STAR TREK)/ CROSSOVER (STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE)/ THROUGH THE LOOK GLASS (DS9)/ SHATTERED MIRROR (DS9)
DISC 2- IN A MIRROR DARKLY Part 1 and 2 (ENTERPRISE)/ THE ALTERNATIVE FACTOR (STAR TREK)/ PARALLELS (STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
DISC 3- THE ENEMY WITHIN/ TURNABOUT INTRUDER (STAR TREK)/ FRAME OF MIND (TNG)/ SHATTERED (STAR TREK: VOYAGER)
DISC 4- YESTERDAY'S ENTERPRISE/ THE INNER LIGHT (TNG)/ THE VISITOR (DS9)/ BEFORE AND AFTER (VOYAGER)
DISC 5- TIMELESS/ COURSE: OBLIVION (VOYAGER)/ E2/ TWILIGHT (ENTERPRISE)

Alternate realities, whether it is an alternate future or parallel universe, have produced some of the best written episodes in any STAR TREK series. The Mirror, Mirror universe has proved some good fodder for three different STAR TREK series. My personal favorite of this set is YESTERDAY'S ENTERPRISE which shows what if Enterprise 1701-C didn't get destroyed their battle against the Romulans to save a Klingon outpost. Don't forget evil alternate universe Kira is her clinky outfit. The alternate reality episodes show the writers taking chances hey should have done more with teh regular episodes.

MIRROR UNIVERSE: Breaded Spock- Nuff' said.
MIRROR, MIRROR (STAR TREK)
CROSSOVER (STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE)/ THROUGH THE LOOK GLASS (DS9)/ SHATTERED MIRROR (DS9)- Evil kira in slinky outfit and see what happened to the mirror Universe since the original Trek episode.
IN A MIRROR DARKLY Part 1 and 2 (ENTERPRISE)- prequel to MIRROR, MIRROR and learn what happened to the disappeared Federation ship from the original STAR TREK episode, THE THOLIAN WEB.

PARALELL DIMENSIONS:
THE ALTERNATIVE FACTOR (STAR TREK)- Kirk svae the universe from matter and anti-matter versions of one guy.
PARALLELS (STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION)- Worf sees the lives of other Worfs in parallel universes as he tries to get back to his Enterprise.

TWISTED REALITIES:
THE ENEMY WITHIN/ TURNABOUT INTRUDER (STAR TREK)- one has good and evil sides of Kirk while the other marks the final episode of the series where Kirk ends up in a woman's body and teh woman in his.
FRAME OF MIND (TNG)- one of the best Riker episodes
SHATTERED (STAR TREK: VOYAGER)- Each deck of Voyager is spilt in different time periods.

ALTERNATE LIVES:
YESTERDAY'S ENTERPRISE (TNG)- one of my favorite alternate reality TNG episodes ever
THE INNER LIGHT (TNG)- Picrad experiences the life of a guy from a long-dead race.
THE VISITOR (DS9)
BEFORE AND AFTER (VOYAGER)- Kes witnesses her life backwards as she has become unstuck in time.
TIMELESS(VOYAGER)- one of those alternate future episodes.
COURSE: OBLIVION (VOYAGER)
E2/ TWILIGHT (ENTERPRISE)- TWILIGHT (another alternate future episode) is neat to see T'Pol with long hair

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Audio commentaries for
CROSSOVER by David Livingston
PARALLELS by Brannon Braga
THE ENEMY WITHIN by Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Judith Reeves-Stevens
YESTERDAY'S ENTERPRISE by David Carson
TWILIGHT by Mike Sussman and Tim Gaskill
Some audio commentaries are brand new to this set while TWILIGHT originally was available at startrek.com Learn about the directing tricks for shooting two Kiras on CROSSOVER, stuff cut from TWILIGHT, and comments by Reeves-Stevens on the remastered version CGI.

Six featurettes:
MIRROR UNIVERSE Part 1 (DISC 1)
MIRROR UNIVERSE Part 2 (DISC 2)
PARALELL DIMENSIONS (DISC 2)
TWISTED REALITIES (DISC 3)
ALTERNATE LIVES (DISC 4)
ALTERNATE LIVES (DISC 5)
The featurettes cover the various STAR TREK episodes that fall into each category. they have writers, directors, and cast talk about the episodes in addition to mentioning how actors (and writers) have so much fun doing these episodes.

FINAL ANALYSIS: For any fan of the alternate reality STAR TREK episodes, this collection is a great set.

this DVD review is (c)9-15-2008 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com  

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