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-127: "The Child"
-135: "The Measure of a Man"
-136: "The Dauphin"
-139: "Time Squared"
-141: "Pen Pals"
-142: "Q Who"
-Season Two's Best Gems
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The Measure of a Man
(Star Trek - The Next Generation episode production code 135)
- written by Melinda M. Snodgrass
- directed by Robert Scheerer
- music by Dennis McCarthy
The Measure of a Man
We like to put Star Trek's stories regarding time travel
and the prime directive through the mill, dissecting the
philosophical motives behind each scene, often saying that
better examples of Star Trek values exist elsewhere.
Well, this is one of the elsewheres. We love this story.
Star Trek explores its values, and gets them right, while also
delivering an excellent drama. In fact this is probably the
absolute best episode created for The Next Generation up to this point
half-way through season two. The script is perfectly set-up
to harness Patrick Stewart's strengths while giving his character
the classic hero's journey.
So much of The Next Generation gels here in this episode.
We get the very first of many poker games for the crew,
and here Chief O'Brien is finally treated as a multi-faceted
character instead of just the guy who'll get the lines at
the transporter controls by default. Data and Riker also
get big roles as well, and do excellent work with them.
Guinan's appearance is probably the most archetypal she has had yet
on the series, as she solidly settles in as the mentor for this
week's main protagonist (Picard), and applies her advice to
help pick him up from his low point just prior to him going
back to claim his biggest victory for the story. In many ways
she is encroaching on Deanna Troi's territory, and perhaps
Troi ended up with less to do than she deserved when Guinan
was around. All things considered, there is still plenty
of scope for both of them in the show.
All in all, this is one episode that is not to be missed.
Fans of Donald P. Bellisario's series J.A.G. should also enjoy
this one. A great contender for best episode of the second season.
This Next Generation Season Two story
is available on DVD and Blu-ray:
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season Two (1988-1989):
Includes 22 episodes @ 45 minutes each.
Click on the Amazon symbol for the desired disc format
and location nearest you for more information:
6-disc DVD set
DVD Extras include:
- Mission Overview (14 min.)
- Selected Crew Analysis
- Starfleet Archives
- Departmental Briefing: Production (17 min.)
- Departmental Briefing: Memorable Missions (16 min.)
Dec. 4, 2012.
Dec. 4, 2012.
Dec. 10, 2012.
||5-disc Blu-ray box set
Blu-ray features add:
- 2 Audio Commentaries:
- "The Measure of a Man" by writer Melinda Snodgrass and
scenic/graphic artists Mike and Denise Okuda.
- "Q Who" by director Rob Bowman, visual effects supervisor Dan Curry,
and the Okudas.
- TNG 25th Anniversary Cast Reunion (HD, 62 min.) with
Patrick Stewart (Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Riker),
LeVar Burton (Geordi), Michael Dorn (Worf),
Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher), Marina Sirtis (Troi),
Brent Spiner (Data), and Wil Wheaton (Wesley).
- "Making It So: Continuing The Next Generation" (HD 2-part documentary, 81 min.)
- Energized! Season Two Tech Update (HD, 8 min.)
- Gag Reel (HD, 10 min.)
- Deleted Scenes
- "The Measure of a Man" HD extended version (57 min.) and hybrid version (56 min.)
- Promos for each individual episode
- plus, all featurettes from the DVD version.
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