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(Star Trek - The Next Generation episode production code 273)
- story by Mark Kalbfeld
- teleplay by René Echevarria
- directed by Jonathan West
- music by Dennis McCarthy
Worf's son is now the next minor character to get his
official "send-off" from the Next Generation TV series,
although hindsight suggests this might be premature
if Worf has another four seasons of TV exposure on
Deep Space Nine coming up. Oh well. Much like Wesley
before him, the theme here is all about doing something
other than following in your parents' footsteps.
I hadn't expected to say anything about this episode in
these reviews, but the surprise time travel twist in the
last act dragged it in. With the time travel aspect arriving
so late in the story, there is little time for Star Trek
to explore the concept in any kind of radical way,
and we end up with a rather tasteful but uninspiring display
of it here.
Worf's understanding of the concept is typical for anyone in
Starfleet, indicating the single rewriteable line of history
instead of the branching alternate universes of choice, and
the time traveler he encounters apparently fares no better.
Sad, but the first saving grace is that none of the action is
dependent on any particular theory of time. Better still is
the understanding that Worf and the time traveler come to:
their solutions are all in the present moment.
Excellent! They both decide to live in the now. Worf will be
more understanding towards his son, and the time traveler can
proudly go forth in whatever alternate future or present he
finds himself in. This one is resolved totally in examination
of character, which is where the best solutions always are.
I'm liking it.
So this is one of Star Trek's better forays into the world of
time travel. The only caveat is their usual one, in that the
characters can't articulate the reality of the time/space/choice
continuum properly, and leave a less healthy idea implied instead.
At least this one cuts to the heart of the proper solution though,
and "Firstborn" gets my blessing.
This Next Generation Season Seven story
is available on DVD and Blu-ray:
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season Seven (1993-1994):
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 Seven
- A Captain's Tribute
- Departmental Briefing: Production
- Starfleet Moments and Memories
- Special Profiles
- Inside Starfleet Archives: Dressing the Future
- The Making of "All Good Things..."
Dec. 2, 2014.
Dec. 2, 2014.
Dec. 15, 2014.
Blu-ray features add:
- 3 Audio Commentaries:
- "Parallels" by writer Brannon Braga (2008).
- "Lower Decks" by co-writer René Echevarria and
scenic/graphic artists Mike and Denise Okuda.
- "Preemptive Strike" by the Okudas and
writers René Echevarria and Naren Shankar.
- Three-part documentary "The Sky's the Limit - The Eclipse of ST:TNG"
(HD, 90 min. total) with all seven regular castmembers, plus
Wil Wheaton (Wesley), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan),
Natalija Nogulich (Admiral Nechayev), and
John de Lancie (Q),
writer/producers Rick Berman,
Ronald D. Moore, Braga,
producer/director David Livingston, and many others.
- "Journey's End: The Saga of ST:TNG" (45 min.) (1994)
- "Closed Set: A Tour of the Real Enterprise" (11 min.)
- "In Conversation: Lensing ST:TNG" (42 min.) with Livingston,
director James L. Conway, D.O.P. Jonathan West, and
camera operator Kris Krosskove.
- Gag Reel (HD, 5 min.)
- Deleted Scenes (HD) from 15 episodes.
- Episodic Promos
- plus, all featurettes from the DVD version.
- Main audio tracks in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese.
Article written by Martin Izsak.
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