Star Trek: The Next Generation was my Star Trek. Captain Picard was my hero, delegating and being diplomatic like no one’s business. He treated his staff as equals and while he wasn’t up for hot-rodding the ship like Kirk was, his strength was in his consensus-based management. Anyway, it’s been twenty-five years since The Next Generation debuted and it’s finally seeing its home in high-definition on Blu-ray discs. I was super excited about picking up the box set on July 24th (and various other dates around Europe) until I saw the price…
For whatever bizarre reason, Paramount believes (well, has believed since the show was initially issued on DVD) that we should pay exorbitant amounts for these series. MSRP? $129.99. Thankfully, Amazon is selling it for considerably less. It doesn’t make much sense for me to purchase these when, realistically, I’m only going to see them once. That isn’t to say there’s a dearth of content here. On top of the entire first series of TNG in stunning high-definition, there’s plenty of test footage and casting call reels as well. Let’s nevermind that the first season of TNG also happens to be the oddest, with many experimental tales, bizarre characterizations, and carry-over plots that Roddenberry had intended for Star Trek: Phase II, which would become The Motion Picture.
I guess I’ll just have to wait until the new versions arrive on Netflix. You can see some cool comparison shots and an interview with the remastered Trek’s producer at the source below!