26 episodes on 7 discs: Descent Part II, Liaisons, Interface, Gambit Part I, Gambit Part II, Phantasms, Dark Page, Attached, Force of Nature, Inheritance, Parallels, The Pegasus, Homeward, Sub Rosa, Lower Decks, Thine Own ... more »Self, Masks, Eye of the Beholder, Genesis, Journey's End, Firstborn, Bloodlines, Emergence, Preemptive Strike, All Good Things... Part I, All Good Things... Part II.« less
Ned | Eldersburg, Maryland United States | 11/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In the 7th and final season, the crew runs into Hugh the Borg, Picard and DaiMon Bok meet again, we meet Data's mother, Worf's half human brother, Wesley is back, and Tash Yar returns in the final two-part episode.All 26 episodes are contained on 7 disks.1) Descent (part 2) - Taken prisoner by Lore and the Borg, the away team consisting of Picard, Troi and Geordi is trapped while the Enterprise is attacked by the Borg ship. Riker and Worf, discover that Hugh, a Borg, is in hiding on the planet.2) Liaisons - Picard's shuttlecraft crash lands and when he leaves to look for medical aid for the pilot, he meets a woman named Anna, who has apparently been stranded alone on the planet for seven years. Anna won't let Picard leave and he finds out that no there is really alive.3) Interface - A new interface is being tested by Geordi to control remote unmanned probes. Utilizing his visor implants, Geordi is able to see, hear, and experience whatever conditions the probe encounters.4/5) Gambit (part 1/2) - Captain Picard is missing and Riker, Troi, Worf and Crusher are searching for him on Desica II. Riker goes to a planet in the Barada system where he finds out that Galen is Picard. Riker joins the Baran's. A Romulan mercenary Tallera reveals herself as an undercover Vulcan security agent, and she earns Picard's trust enough for him to reveal his own identity. Riker is left for dead on the Enterprise by Picard to resume command.6) Phantasms - The Enterprise receives a new warp-core, which does not work. Data experiences his first set of nightmares that drives him to commit acts of violence.7) Dark Page - Lwaxana visits the Enterprise along with a small delegation of Icarans, who communicate in telepathic imagery with no verbal elements whatsoever.8) Attached - Captain Picard and Beverly Crusher Beam down to meet with Kes representatives and they are kidnapped by the Prit, who believe the Kes affiliation with the Federation to be a military pact.9) Force of Nature - Investigating missing starships, the Enterprise finds that a brother and sister have been misleading and damaging all warp-capable vessels that enter the region of space near their home world. They claim that warp engines are disrupting their space and it's threatened to destroy everything.10) Inheritance - Dr. Tainer and her husband have joined the Enterprise to help save a planet. She reveals herself to be the ex-wife of Dr. Soong and co-designer of Data and Lore.11) Parallels - Returning victorious from a Klingon martial arts competition, Worf walks into a surprise birthday party, but notices that something is incorrect aboard the Enterprise.12) The Pegasus - The Enterprise heads for an asteroid belt between Romulan and Federation space, with Admiral Pressman. It becomes clear that Pressman and Riker have some old business issues that need to be addressed.13) Homeward - Dr. Nikolai Rozhenko, Worf's human foster brother, sends a distress call from his hidden observation post on Boral II. Worf beams down, disguised as a Boralan, and discover that Nikolai has also been masquerading as a native and providing them technology from his observation post. 14) Sub Rosa - The Enterprise visits Caldos, so Dr. Crusher may attend the funeral of her grandmother. Beverly learns that her grandmother, despite being over 100 years old, had a much young lover.15) Lower Decks - A promotion is nearing for one of a group of four friends who are junior officers aboard the Enterprise. The Enterprise undertakes a top secret mission, the true purpose of which is unknown to the four friends - though each of them has a piece of the puzzle, and a part to play, in the "exercise".16) Thine Own Self - Troi returns from her Star Fleet Academy class reunion to find Dr. Crusher in charge of the bridge, and she begins thinking about her own position in the ship's chain of command. Data is on a shuttle mission to retrieve radioactive material.17) Masks - Studying an ancient comet at close range, the crew of the Enterprise becomes aware of strange objects appearing on board. 18) Eye of the Beholder - A young officer assigned to the Enterprise commits suicide by leaping into the ship's warp core. 19) Genesis - Testing Worf's new photon torpedo guidance system sends a hazardous torpedo off course into deep space, which Picard and Data set off to recover. When they return from their mission, they find that every inhabitant of the ship has somehow mutated into more primitive life form20) Journey's End - Wesley Crusher, on a sabbatical from Starfleet Academy, has returned to the Enterprise.21) Firstborn - Alexander nears the age where he must decide whether or not to become a warrior; Worf grows worried that the boy will choose to discard his Klingon heritage ways. 22) Bloodlines - Picard receives a threat from his old Ferengi adversary DaiMon Bok, who still blames Picard for the death of his son.23) Emergence - Picard and Data are rehearsing a scene from "The Tempest" in the holodeck, when they are nearly run over by the Orient Express. 24) Preemptive Strike - A reception for recent Starfleet Advanced Tactical Training graduate Ro Laren is cut short when the Enterprise responds to a Cardassian ship's distress call. Ro has to face her loyalty to Star Fleet vs. her hatred for the Cardassian.25/26) All Good Things (part 1&2) - In the past, the EXACT moment in which life is "started" a chemical event fails to happen. The human race does not come into existence."
Great Season Finale. A Lot Better than the others
R. Allen | sacramento, ca USA | 06/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Descent, Part II -- Picard, Troi and Geordi are held prisoner by Data, who has joined his evil brother Lore in assuming leadership of the Borg. (Stars Jonathan Del Arco who reprises his role as Hugh from Season Five's "I, Borg")Liaisons -- While the crew plays host to a cultural exchange with some Iyaaran ambassadors, Picard is stranded on a barren planet with a woman who falls desperately in love with him. Interface -- Geordi defies Picard's commands and risks his life in what appears to be a futile attempt to rescue his missing mother. Gambit, Part I -- Picard and Riker becomes part of a mercenary ship and crew. (Stars Richard Lynch from Invasion U.S.A., and Puppet Master 3. Also stars Robin Curtis from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)Gambit, Part II -- Picard and Riker masquerade as mercenaries in order to retrieve a potentially lethal Vulcan artifact. (Stars Richard Lynch from Invasion U.S.A., and Puppet Master 3. Also stars Robin Curtis from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)Phantasms -- Data's first bad dream turns into a real-life nightmare for the rest of the U.S.S. Enterprise crew. Dark Page -- Troi must probe her mother's psyche when a traumatic secret causes a psychic breakdown that threatens Lwaxana's life. Attached -- Imprisoned and telepathically joined by an alien race, Picard and Beverly are forced to face the deep feelings they have always had for each other. Force of Nature -- An alien brother and sister resort to desperate measures to prove their theory that warp drive is destroying the universe. Inheritance -- A routine mission to save an endangered planet brings Data face-to-face with a woman who claims to be his mother. Parallels -- Returning to the U.S.S. Enterprise from a competition, Worf finds reality changing, and is troubled when no one else seems to notice. (Stars Wil Wheaton who reprises his role as Wesley Crusher)The Pegasus -- Riker is torn when his former commander, now an admiral, orders him to hide the real purpose of a risky mission from Picard. (Stars Terry O'Quinn from Stepfather 2 - Make Room for Daddy, and Tombstone)Homeward -- Worf's foster brother violates the Prime Directive in an effort to save a doomed alien race. (Stars Paul Sorvino [father of Mira Sorvino] from Goodfellas, The Rocketeer, Nixon, William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, Money Talks, and Bulworth.) Sub Rosa -- Shortly after her grandmother's death, Beverly falls under the spell of a ghost lover who has been in her family for generations. Lower Decks -- While enduring the promotion evaluation process aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, four junior officers find themselves involved in a top-secret mission. Thine Own Self -- Having completely lost his memory, Data is stranded on a primitive planet where the inhabitants fear he is carrying a deadly plague. Masks -- While an alien archive transforms the U.S.S. Enterprise into its ancient society, Data is taken over by several different personalities from the extinct civilization. Eye of the Beholder -- While experiencing empathic visions after an officer's mysterious suicide, Troi becomes romantically involved with Worf. Genesis -- Picard and Data return to the U.S.S. Enterprise to discover that the entire crew has de-evolved into prehistoric beings.Journey's End -- While Picard is forced to relocate a group of North American Indians from a planet they have settled, one of the colonists causes Wesley to re-examine his future. (Stars Eric Menyuk as The Traveler from Season One's "Where No One Has Gone Before")Firstborn -- A mysterious family friend arrives to help transform Worf's reluctant son Alexander into a warrior. (Stars Armin Shimerman as Quark) Bloodlines -- Picard learns that he has a son, and that the young man has been targeted for murder by an old enemy in search of revenge.Emergence -- The lives of the U.S.S. Enterprise crew are endangered when the ship suddenly develops its own intelligence. Preemptive Strike -- Ro Laren is forced to choose between her loyalty to Picard and her hatred toward Cardassia when she accepts an assignment to infiltrate the Maquis. All Good Things... Part I -- Picard finds himself traveling between the past, present, and future while attempting to prevent the destruction of humanity ... by his own actions. (Stars Denise Crosby who reprises her role as Tasha Yar)All Good Things... Part II -- Picard finds himself traveling between the past, present, and future while attempting to prevent the destruction of humanity ... by his own actions.. (Stars Denise Crosby who reprises her role as Tasha Yar)"
The Next Generation graduates boldly bow out...
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 01/14/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The seventh season of TNG was a mixed bag; the show's budget had been reduced and many on the writing staff moved over to the new hot property DS9 (in fact The Storyteller episode of DS9 was originally written for TNG). Nevertheless, there were a number of stand out episodes during the seventh season.I've seen many fans complain about Masks. It's an intriguing and well written episode that allows Brent Spiner shine. It's a little unclear at the resolution what the artifact was attempting to do by transforming the Enterprise into a dead civilization but it still manages to work despite it's shortcomings.Although Genesis seems to rush to its conclusion (it could easily have been stretched to a two part episode), Gates McFadden's sharp direction creates an errie mood. It's one of the few episodes that recall Cat's Paw from the original series. It's definitely a Halloween type of episode and is filled with interesting make up designs. It's also Reg Barclay's swansong on the series. A pity he wasn't used more during TNG films (although his brief appearance in First Contact was welcome).Gambit parts 1 & 2 don't quite live up to the potential of some of the previous two-parters. It's a fun but awkward mix of swashbuckling space opera and Trek themes. All Good Things brings the series to an artful and powerful conclusion. Well written and directed, AGT is what the first TNG film should have been. Patrick Stewart gives a powerful performance as Picard from the time he took command of the Enterprise to his retirement tending grapes in the family vineyard. The effects work is top notch and we get one last glimpse of Q in TNG. The ending suggested that there was (however loose)a 7 year story arc all along. There is a very clever hint during season 6 in a scene between Picard and Q (True Q)as to how the series would be resolved the following year.While not the best season (season 6 following by 4, 5 & 3 wins that title), season 7 demonstrated that despite fatigue there was still considerable life in TNG. Contrary to other reviews here, season 7 isn't the weakest season (that dubious honor still falls to season 1 closely followed by the improved season 2).The picture quality is exceptional and the 5.1 remixed sound has details missing from the previous version on video. The extras are very good and show a huge improvement over the season 1 featurettes. The packaging like all the rest of the series is very good although, again, a brief synposis with credits of each episode for the booklet would have been nice.With all the comments from the cast in the featurettes and the fact that they were together making Nemesis when this was put together, I'm surprised that Paramount doesn't have any episodes with cast/director/writer/producer commentaries. It would have been particularly useful for the final two part episode. Maybe Paramount will get this part right with the DS9 release on DVD."
The best season of TNG
Stephen Eutsey | USA | 04/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Season 7 is well worth waiting for; in my view it's the best season of TNG, slightly better than seasons 3, 4, and 6. By-the-technical-manuals-fans often reject such epsiodes as "Masks," "Emergence," and "Genesis," but these are some of my favorite episodes; they're highly apolitical, bend reality, and come off as being fairly Voyageresque and sci-fi to the core. Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky are my favorite TNG writers by far, and they have a lot going in this season. Don't miss "Bloodlines" either, as it's one of the best of the season. Bok is back at another shot at revenge from season 1's "The Battle," and this time the scenario is much more interesting and suspenseful. Bok actually comes off as dangerous here - probably because the script makes him smarter.
One of the obvious things in season 7 is that the staffers had fully learned how to make the most with a budget. Bottle shows in season 7 don't even seem like bottle shows - there is much tension in every one of these scripts. Action fans will still like a lot of these, such as "Preemptive Strike" and "Gambit," maybe "Parallels" as well. But clearly, I think, the term "bottle show" gains respect in season 6 and becomes admirable in season 7. Besides season 4's chiller "The Drumhead," bottle shows have mostly been confined to trivial plots with layers of subplots revolving around shipboard dieases, someone trapped on the holodeck and can't get off, or Lwaxana Troi chasing Picard while someone's in sickbay while the universe and time continuum are being swallowed up in a temporal flux anamoly, or something like that. Season 7 (as well as 6) illustrates that they are beyond those "formulas" for bottle shows with the least amount of tension possible and where Picard's final lecture proves all too predictable. Season 7 IS Star Trek the Next Generation. The effects are also much better than in years past from footage of the ship itself down to phaser beams and the shimmering effect inside of them. Who can forget the dark, lifeless Enterprise looping slowly and uncontrolled through space in "Genesis?" Or Data as a Frankenstein like character in "Thine Own Self." Speaking of Data, he gets some good stuff in this season. Interesting things happen when Data goes haywire: "Phantasms." He's also a good captain and a leader, "Gambit, Pt. II." Every one of these episodes is a gem, but the crown jewels are: "Bloodlines," "Genesis," "Emergence," "Masks," "Preemptive Strike," which actually features a space battle, "Sub Rosa," "Eye of the Beholder," "Phantasms," "Parallels," and "Descent, Part II." If you are one of those fans who finds yourself saying things like, "Well they can't fire phasers while the warp nacell flow sensors are in back flux from the..." you will likely think some of these shows go too far. The creepiness of the Braga/Menosky scripts is like a breath of fresh air when compared to some of the earlier episodes where the environment was wound up so tight and so by-the-books that characters couldn't even have personal differences amongst themselves! De-evolving the crew would positively absolutely never have happened before; neither would "Gambit," which features space pirates. I wish TNG could have been like this from the beginning."
My favorite season of TNG.
Eric | 04/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Season 7 really has caught a lot of flack from fans, but I have to say I loved this season, as it contains some of my all-time favorite ST episodes. So despite the fact the series was winding down and gearing up for the big screen while DS9 and Voyager would take over on the small screen, this final season of TNG still delivered the great entertainment I expected and then some.
Descent, Part II- C. Admittedly, not a great start to the season since I've never been a fan of watching the Borg act out of character.
Gambit- B+. An entertaining two-parter that gives Picard the opportunity to pose as a criminal. The final scene is one of the funnier Data moments I've seen.
Phantasms- A-. TNG has almost always done an excellent job with their horror-oriented episodes, and this one is no exception. There are plenty of creepy moments, and the scene where Data "calmly" attacks Troi is one of the creepier moments I've seen in Star Trek.
Attached- B+. Though nothing special plot-wise, the Picard and Beverly connection/chemistry really shines through here, and the episode even has a great sense of humor as we see the two deal with reading each other's thoughts.
Parallels- A. Definitely rates as one of my all-time favorite Star Trek episodes, Parallels is a terrific example of great sci-fi. The plot is intriguing and suspenseful, and the last fifteen minutes provide a lot of really cool "what if?" moments. It's also great to see Worf get the spotlight in such a pure "sci-fi" episode.
The Pegasus- B+. A fun episode as we see Riker struggle with his conscience while going on a secret mission with his former captain.
Homeward- B+. I actually found this one rather underrated. It's nothing outstanding, but its premise and execution kept me entertained.
Sub Rosa- C-. Pretty lame, but I don't think Beverly Crusher has ever looked lovelier.
Lower Decks- A. Another one of my favorite episodes. Lower Decks is a warm and very witty look into the lives of the Enterprise's ensigns. This episode does a wonderful job of making these characters into likeable personalities, while also delivering lots of great humor (it's one of the funnier TNG episodes I've seen) and a surprisingly moving ending.
Masks- C-. Brent Spiner gets the opportunity to overact in this lazily plotted episode that initially intrigues but fails to develop any suspense or sense of urgency.
Eye of the Beholder- B-. Not a bad mystery, but it could have been executed with a bit more intrigue and suspense.
Genesis- A. One of TNG's best horror episodes. The dark atmosphere, the creature f/x, and the use of sound (loved hearing the creatures' howls in the background as Picard and Data explore the ship) all come through to make this one satisfyingly scary episode.
Bloodlines- B-. Picard finding out he has a son seems interesting enough, and it mostly plays out that way, but the climax is burdened with too many contrivances.
All Good Things- A+. Best Trek ever. All Good Things is everything I love about Star Trek wrapped into a 92-minute romp that brilliantly mixes sci-fi, mystery, adventure, and character drama into one perfectly satisfying series finale. With its high production values and slick direction, this could easily have been a big-screen adventure for the TNG crew. No question for me, this is my favorite Star Trek episode ever."