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Story

Season 4 of Star Trek: The Next Generation seemed like the year of family. After quickly resolving the breathtaking cliffhanger of "The Best of Both Worlds," the show took pains to show some of what the Federation was fighting for. We meet Picard's brother, Data's father, Tasha's sister, and Worf's adoptive human parents, plus an old flame with a surprise son in tow. The Klingon heritage subplot that begins here and builds to the cliffhanger finale ("Redemption") would continue to the show's end and through into Worf's reappearance in Deep Space Nine.

The year also explored the implications of Data, Lwaxana Troi, Geordi, and Dr. Crusher being in love, while Miles O'Brien (given a first name at last) married Keiko. There were old friends revisited: the ubiquitous Q in a hilarious Robin Hood romp ("Qpid"), perennial screwup Reg Barclay ("Nth Degree"), and even the mysterious Traveler from season 1's "Where No One Has Gone Before" (played by Eric Menyuk, who was nearly cast as Data). There were new races introduced who would have an important bearing on Trek's destiny: the Cardassians and the Trill. Most of all, though, there were the one-off stories that impressed: "Clues," with its memory-loss mystery; "Night Terrors," with some genuine frights; and "Identity Crisis," with possibly the only time Trek technology really helped Geordi solve a puzzle. Then right at the end, reinforcing the year's familial theme, Denise Crosby returned as her own half-Romulan daughter! --Paul Tonks

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Broadcast episodes of the entire fourth season (1990-91)
  • 26 episodes on 7 discs
  • Featurettes: Mission Overview: Year Four (reveals the challenges in resolving the cliffhanger episode "The Best of Both Worlds"; provides a whimsical look at the Robin Hood-themed "Q-Pid"; and celebrates the historic 100th episode with Gene Roddenberry); Selected Crew Analysis: Year Four (an in-depth look at the departure of Wesley Crusher; cast members discuss their experiences performing stunts; and a profile of Jennifer Hetrick as "Vash"); Departmental Briefing, Year Four: Production (a behind-the-scenes look at directors Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, and David Livingston; includes a special makeup section featuring Brent Spiner); New Life and New Civilizations (an inside look at creating alien landscapes and shooting on location; also explains the challenges of shooting the effects-packed episode "The Best of Both Worlds"); Chronicles from the Final Frontier (a discussion of Season Four's most extraordinary episodes and characters with preeminent writers Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga, and Jeri Taylor)
  • Number of discs: 7

Cast

Patrick StewartCaptain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan FrakesCommander William T. Riker
LeVar BurtonLt. Commander Geordi La Forge
Michael DornLieutenant Worf
Gates McFaddenDoctor Beverly Crusher
Marina SirtisCounselor Deanna Troi
Brent SpinerLt. Commander Data
Wil WheatonEnsign Wesley Crusher
Elizabeth DennehyLt. Cmdr. Shelby
George MurdockAdmiral J. P. Hanson
Colm MeaneyChief Miles O'Brien
Whoopi GoldbergGuinan
Majel BarrettEnterprise Computer
Bill ErwinDoctor Dalen Quaice
Bob GuntonCapt. Benjamin Maxwell
Michael EnsignMinister Krola
Bebe NeuwirthLanel
John de LancieQ
David Ogden StiersTimicin
Tony ToddKurn

  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Corey Allen
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 1260 mins.
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 22, 1990
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 3, 2002
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