* Prices may differ from that shown
I was brought up on the original series of Star Trek. I loved it. So I was a little dubious when Star Trek The Next Generation came along. But whatever doubts I had disappeared the moment the pilot episode kicked in. It was a very different world. No longer were the crew of the Enterprise really charting a new frontier - they were actually very comfortable and aware of their surroundings now. Not that things were boring but it did get rid of some of the more rubbish concepts in the original series - Kirk and the gang land on a world run by people obsesessed with a book on the Roman Empire... or whatever. Now the show had more drama in it and interaction of characters. Were Riker and Troy going to get back together? Did Tasha Yar have a crush on Picard? Not the old... Will Kirk's alien girlfriend be green this week? In hindsight, the first two seasons are a terrible durge to drag through... but then the show becomes phenomenal. Can we ever forget such classics as "The Best of Both Worlds"... or any episode Q was in? A classic show that deserves a rewatch
As many of you may know and from reading some of my earlier reviews, my husband is an avid Star Trek fan. Not me! Although I now have to admit that I do know a fair bit about the different series and can tell the differences sometimes. That's what comes of living with a Trekkie - all of the useless knowledge rubs off on me!
This review is actually for all of the DVDs and a magazine that comes with it. I made the suggestion and the powers that be gave me this! So here goes ...
This magazine seemed to be the perfect way to keep himself happy and quiet (at least for a little while!). We saw the first magazine in the series in our local NAAFI (haven't seen another one since funnily enough!) and my hubby just had to get it!
(note to all - this review is written by me, but the input has come from hubby - he is the one that reads the magazines and watches the DVD's!).
Published by GE Fabri (the same people responsible for the Stargate series of this kind and for Charmed as well!), the first magazine was sold for the princely sum of only £2.99, with all subsequent issues priced at £7.99. Not too bad for a DVD and a magazine? We shall see....
There are a total of 10 films in this collection, along with every episode of Star Trek The Next Generation. This makes a total of 178 episodes split onto 60 DVD's (58 holding 3 episodes, the last 2 DVD's have 2 episodes) and 10 films, so a grand total of 70 DVD's. Quite an impressive collection, considering you are supplied with a magazine with each DVD, so 70 magazines as well. Hubby also got a free t-shirt, baseball cap, watch and folder, and has paid for another 3 folders at a price of £4.20 each.
So we have a total price for the whole collection of £566.90. Yes it is a bit pricey, when you consider that you can get the same DVD's for about half this price on amazon. But hubby decided that he wanted the whole shebang and so we phoned up to arrange a subscription. Customer services were really helpful and we were able to set up the subscription in about 5 minutes but then we hit a snag. Because we live at a British Forces Post Office address, this was coming up on their computer system as a non-valid address. Well, we soon overcame this problem by getting the DVD's delivered to my dad's house and he then forwarded it on when it arrived. So every fortnight, a new DVD and magazine arrived, much to hubby's delight (and groans from me lol!).
Well, as you can all guess, he made me sit through every DVD that arrived and also proceeded to bore me into submission with little snippets of information from the magazines. I feel like I know all the characters from the DVDs and quite a lot about all the various ships and features.
I think I'm turning into a trekkie ... HELP!!!
Personally I feel that the price is a bit steep but my husband would beg to differ. He feels that the price is just right, considering it is a magazine and a DVD. I felt that the price of the collection of DVDs was high - simply because you can get the collections on Amazon for a heck of a lot less, but again this is without the magazines. And hubby quite categorically stated to me that the magazines are a great source of information on all things trekkie!!
One thing I have noticed is that all of the information available in the magazines has previously been published in Star Trek Fact Files, so if you already own the fact files, then the magazines are surplus to requirements!
My advice would really be to just buy the DVD sets because they work out far cheaper than this package. However, if you are interested in Star Trek, then the magazines would be of interest to you as well..
I'm going to give this a 3 star recommendation. Simply because I'm not a trekkie, I feel that this is not the best value for money. It gets 3 stars because it is full of information and trivia, and there are some out there that will really enjoy it (like my hubby who wanted to give 5 stars!).
The series would have gotten 4 stars from me but for the problem with delivering to our BFPO address. So many companies nowadays can easily deliver through the royal mail system but for some reason this company is unable to do so. So they lost a star just because we had to pay extra to get my dad to post it on to us.
Thanks for reading and don't forget to get beamed up!
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION was the first spin-off series from STAR TREK to be made (if you discount the animated version made in the 1970s). During the mid-1980s the movie versions of the original series had been very popular and Paramount Pictures had convinced Gene Roddenberry to create a new version, with all new characters, for the new generation of television audiences.
The show that Roddenberry came up with was THE NEXT GENERATION, which first aired in September 1987. The first couple of seasons of the show were a little iffy to say the least. Some of the acting was wooden, and storylines were regurgitated from the original series (the most guilty being the episode THE NAKED NOW, from the first season, which is a blatant ripoff of the original series episode THE NAKED TIME). The special effects were excellent, but these could not take the place of fine stories, and the relationships between the characters did not seem a patch on the characters of Kirk, Spock and McCoy.
During the third season however, something happened - the storylines became more enjoyable, the characters became more 'human', and all of this culminated in the final episode of the third season, THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS PART 1 - this was a cliffhanger episode involving the Borg, which kept fans breathless over the summer hiatus unsure of what was going to happen next - the Captain of the Enterprise, Picard (played fantastically by Patrick Stewart) had been taken over by a Borg - would he recover?
Of course, recover he did, although it would take some time. One of the early episodes of Season 4, FAMILY, is famous in Trek circles for being the first Trek episode to never go to the bridge of the Enterprise - instead it focused on, surprise surprise considering the title of the epiisode, families - the families of the crewmembers, especially that of Picard, and it was this family that helped him to get over his experience as part of the Borg.
As time went on the series' popularity grew, and another spinoff was created, STAR TREK - DEEP SPACE NINE, this time based on a space station rather than on a starship. Eventually THE NEXT GENERATION became just too expensive for Paramount to continue making on a week-by-week basis, and so in 1994 the series was cancelled, and was itself spun-off into movies, the first of which, GENERATIONS, also featured Captain Kirk from the original series. This left DEEP SPACE NINE as the premiere Trek series on air, and unfortunately it never gained the viewers that NEXT GEN had done, although it too lasted for 7 years, as did the next series after that, VOYAGER. Of course, ENTERPRISE would only go on to last 4, but then that's another story.
This DVD set of 49 discs includes every episode of THE NEXT GENERATION, but not the movies, which you would have to buy separately. A new set is currently available from an Amazon Marketplace seller for just over £88 including delivery, and as this works out to only £12.57 per season I would highly recommend it.
This review will shortly be posted on ciao under the username phurren2006.