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(Star Trek - The Next Generation episode production code 179)
- written by Lee Sheldon
- directed by Cliff Bole
- music by Jay Chattaway
- 45 minutes
Putting aside for a moment the cliffhanger wrap-up story
that opened the season, this is the best fresh episode
that season four has delivered so far, going beyond the
future-period-piece character stories about family,
and becoming true science fiction once again. Awesome.
The Traveler has to be one of the wisest characters and
most eloquent devices for downloading excellent new age
information onto the audience, and this is probably the most
polished and entertaining episode that features him in all of
The Next Generation.
Although this episode isn't about time travel per se,
the traveler once more repeats the idea that
time, space, and thought, are all connected
and essentially one and the same.
This is so important to remember when we do tackle
time travel - if we forget it, our theory of time can easily
lead us astray. And the advice is so useful here:
Be in the moment. Let go of issues. Super stuff.
The REAL stuff, instead of trying to get time's magic wand
to do it for you. All thumbs up.
Beverly really does begin to resemble a
"Slider" before the episode is finished.
Though this pre-dates Tracy Tormé's fantastic series,
it still manages to feel like a bit of an homage.
In the end, this is just a really cool story, plain and simple.
Definitely one to look forward to in the season four box set.
8:14 of Jay Chattaway's score for "Remember Me"
(which remains one of his most interesting TNG works)
is available here:
....And that's about as close as season four ever gets to a time travel
episode! Curious that this is also highly nominated as
The Next Generation's best season by a majority of fans.
Can we infer that maybe one of the best ingredients for
writing good Trek-like sci-fi is to "stay in the here and now"?
Food for thought....
This Next Generation Season Four story
is available on DVD and Blu-ray:
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season Four (1990-1991):
Includes 26 episodes @ 45 minutes each.
Click on the Amazon symbol for the desired disc format
and location nearest you for more information:
7-disc DVD set
DVD Extras include 5 featurettes:
- Mission Overview (16 min.)
- Selected Crew Analysis (17 min.)
- Departmental Briefing: Production (16 min.)
- New Life and New Civilizations (13 min.)
- Chronicles From the Final Frontier (18 min.)
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Blu-ray features add:
- 2 Audio Commentaries:
- "Brothers" by director Rob Bowman and
scenic/graphic artists Mike and Denise Okuda.
- "Reunion" by writers Ronald D. Moore and
and the Okudas.
- Multi-part documentary "Relativity: The Family Saga of ST:TNG" (HD, 60 min.)
with Patrick Stewart (Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Riker),
Brent Spiner (Data), Michael Dorn (Worf),
Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher), Wil Wheaton (Wes),
Ron Moore, and make-up artist Michael Westmore.
- In Conversation: The Art Department (HD, 65 min.) with
designer Hermann Zimmerman, the Okudas,
make-up artist Doug Drexler, and
visual effects supervisor Dan Curry.
- Gag Reel (HD)
- Deleted Scenes (HD)
- Archival Mission Log: Select Historical Data
- Archival Mission Log: Inside the Star Trek Archives
- Episodic Promos
- plus, all featurettes from the DVD version.
Article & reviews written by Martin Izsak.
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