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(Star Trek - The Next Generation episode production code 248)
- written by Joe Menosky and Naren Shankar.
- directed by Cliff Bole
- music by Dennis McCarthy
Another good season six episode. This one caught my attention
though, when it seemed it was trying to play on both sides
of a certain Prime Directive / non-interference coin. Really,
what arrangements does the Federation have with the Ferengi
at this point? In season one of TNG, they were a mysterious group
that had had little contact with anyone in Starfleet, the kind of
people we might only know through interaction with their spaceships.
that was no way for writers to exploit the capitalism theme that
the Ferengi were intended to represent, so a change sort of morphed
its way onto the series, and Armin Shimerman's Quark has no doubt
just begun to deliver the definitive take on Ferengi
and their Federation relations on Deep Space Nine by this point,
and quite rightly too.
In this episode, the non-interference aspects hindering Dr. Crusher
seem to want to revert back to that season one Ferengi situation,
where they really are the mysterious others. Yet, if the Ferengi
are getting pally enough with the Federation and Klingon races
to have open scientific exchanges with them (and since Ferengi
are all about financial exchange, why not?), it just seems a bit
far fetched that Crusher's actions would trigger an
"interstellar incident" in which the "Ferengi government"
would get involved. It's a family issue for sure, but a government
issue - that's going a bit too far to be believable.
Anyway, this is a minor point in an otherwise very good episode.
It also gives us a rare visitation from Guinan - if I remember
rightly in her only appearance between "Rascals" near the beginning
of the season, and the seventh feature film "Generations". Sadly,
she seems to be putting Troi out of work for the adventure, but
as this has become so rare now, we can easily forgive it.
This Next Generation Season Six story
is available on DVD and Blu-ray:
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season Six (1992-1993):
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:
- Mission Overview: Year Six (17 min.)
- Crew Profile: Lt. Commander Data (18 min.)
- Bold New Directions (17 min.)
- Dept. Briefing: Production (15 min.)
- Dept. Briefing: Dan Curry Profile (19 min.)
- Select Historical Data (17 min.)
- Starfleet Archives: Sets and Props (12 min.)
- Bonus Trailers: Star Trek Nemesis
& Star Trek: Deep Space Nine on DVD
Blu-ray features add:
- 3 Audio Commentaries:
- "Relics" by writer Ronald D. Moore and
scenic/graphic artists Mike and Denise Okuda.
- "Tapestry" by Moore and the Okudas.
- "Frame of Mind" by director James L. Conway
and director of photography Jonathan West.
- Three-part documentary "Beyond the Five Year Mission - The Evolution of ST:TNG"
(HD, 84 min. total) with all seven regular castmembers, plus
Colm Meaney (O'Brien),
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan),
John de Lancie (Q), writer/producers Rick Berman,
Michael Piller, Ronald D. Moore, René Echevarria, Naren Shankar,
Frank Abatemarco, director of photography Jonathan West, and many others.
- Gag Reel (HD, 5 min.)
- Deleted Scenes (HD)
- Episodic Promos
- plus, all featurettes from the DVD version.
- Main audio tracks in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese.
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