Season 3 of STAR TRE: THE NEXT
GENERATION ended with one of the best episodes of the series called THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Part 1. It ended with the best season cliffhanger of the show while Part 2 was a solid conclusion which unfortunately
wasn’t as good as Part 1. The second Borg story, THE BEST OF BOTH
WORLDS, was a good follow up to the Second Season’s Q WHO? that introduced the Borg.
These two Borg stories were the only excellent Borg stories of TNG until the STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT movie (the other
two Borg stories during the TNG show were weak compared t the first two Borg stories and humanity in the Borg stories didn’t
quite become effective until STAR TREK: VOYAGER). STAR TREK: VOYAGER delivered
some good Borg stories, but THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS set the high mark for the Borg stories and it started the point where
the Borg mythology would grow.
Captain Picard is abducted by
the Borg in Part 1 and assimilates him into the Borg spokesman Locutus against his will.
Commander Riker must make his own plans to stop the Borg from assimilating Earth into the Borg Collective. THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS is one of the stories where I thought they might get rid of Picard where
I didn’t quite care for him as a character (that didn’t happen until season five of TNG).
Audio commentary by Cliff Bole, Mike
and Denis Okuda, and Elizabeth Dennehy
REGENERATION: ENGAGING THE BORG- interviews
with cast, crew, and Seth MacFarlane as they talk about the pivotal two parter of the show.
Elizabeth Dennehy remembers how it was to be on the show and how she learned quickly on how STAR TREK worked (in addition
being ignorant of what Star Trek was).
Also included is a five minute gag
reel of line flubs and the episode promos for THE BEST OF THE BOTH WORLDS Part 1 and 2.
Included inside the case is a digital copy code for the story too.
FINAL ANALYSIS: If you want to view THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS as one story and not have to wait until Season Four come out
on blu-ray later this year, this release is a must buy which includes extras not included on the TNG Season Three blu-ray.
This blu-ray release is also for fans who don't want to own season 3 on Blu-ray and just want this fine two part episode
PS CineMark Cinema will be showing
special one night showings of THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS on April 25th in select theaters.
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David Blackwell and cannot be repeated without permission. Send all comments