Star Trek: TNG Season 6 review (Blu-ray)

"There are four lights!" This is easily one of the most iconic lines of dialogue of the entire seven-season run of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and comes during an acting tour de force from Stewart.

The line is from the two-parter Chain of Command, which sees Picard caught and tortured by the Cardassian Gul Madred (played by that great British character actor David Warner). It's a great episode of Sttar Trek, andd it always make the Top-10 lists when they come around. In fact, the entire season is excellent, with many strong episodes and very few duds. From the finale of the cliffhanger Time's Arrow right through to part one of Descent - an end-of-season cliffhanger that sees the return of the Borg, along with Data's brother, Lore (as well as a cameo from Professor Stephen Hawking) - Season Six of Star Trek: TNG is a right corker.

Alongside Chain of Command, some of the other standout episodes are: A Fistful of Datas, which sees Worf and his son Alexander taking on a whole host of "bad-guy" Datas in a Wild West program on the Holodeck; Relics, which sees a visit to the Enterprise by the legendary engineeer Montgomery Scott; Rascals, which sees Picard, Guinan, Ro and Keiko O'Brien turned into children, in physical form only, due to a transporter glitch; True Q, in which you-know-who returns to once again meddle in the affairs of the crew; Frame of Mind, which sees Riker locked up in a mental asylum; and Second Chances, another Riker episode, in which m=we meet the "second" Riker, Tom (who was originally intended to replace Will).

It's a solid season, with some great work from he entire cast and team of writers. And it's a season that saw several of the cast step behind the camera to direct an episode or two, with Frakes, Stewart and Burton all taking turns. The show is now nicely settled into its rhythm, knows what it wants to be and where it's going. And it sets up the seventh, and final, season very well.

EXTRAS ★★★★ Audio commentaries on several episodes; deleted scenes on several episodes; a season gag reel (5:21); the featurette Archival Mission Log: Mission Overview Year Six (17:55); the featurette Bold New Directions (17:57), which looks at TNG cast members in the director's chair; the featurette Departmental Briefing Year Six: Production (15:33), which looks at recreating the original Enterprise bridge for Relics, and more; the featurette Departmental Briefing Year Six: Dan Curry (19:56), a look at the work of the Visual Effects Producer; the featurette Special Crew Profile: Lt Commander Data (19:00); the featurette Archival Mission Log: Select Historical Data (18:14); the featurette Inside Starfleet Archives: Sets and Props (13:10); the featurette The Evolution of Star Trek: The Next Generation Part One: The Lithosphere (24:52); the featurette The Evolution of Star Trek: The Next Generation Part Two: The Biosphere (29:32); and the featurette The Evolution of Star Trek: The Next Generation Part Three: The Noosphere (29:59).

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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