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To the delight of Star Trek fans everywhere, the stellar second season of The Next Generation (1988-89) belonged to Lieutenant Commander Data. As the Enterprise-D's resident android, Data (in the Emmy-worthy hands of Brent Spiner) would gain legal sentience in the season highlight "The Measure of a Man," and his increasingly "human" personality would refine itself in such diverse episodes as "Elementary, Dear Data" (Data as Sherlock Holmes), "The Outrageous Okona" (a misfire, but worthy from the Data perspective), and "Pen Pals." While Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher) took a sabbatical of then-unknown duration (gracefully replaced by original Trek guest star Diana Muldaur as Dr. Pulaski), the remaining bridge crew would match Data's vitality: Riker grew a handsome beard and proved his command potential; Worf became richly nuanced in "The Icarus Factor," and met his match (and mate) in guest Suzie Plakson's fiercely Klingon sexpot K'Ehleyr; Wesley matured admirably, despite continuing fan disapproval; Betazed culture emerged as Troi locked horns with her eccentric mother, Lwaxana (Majel Barrett, in a recurring role); and La Forge made good on his promotion to chief engineer while Chief O'Brien (Colm Meaney) flawlessly rode on Geordi's coattails.

In a crucial series development, Guinan (special guest Whoopi Goldberg) revealed a connection to Q in her helpful capacity as Ten-Forward's enigmatic host, while Q himself (John DeLancie) precipitated the Enterprise's first, fateful encounter with the Borg (in the suspenseful "Q Who?"). Through it all, Patrick Stewart brilliantly intensified all of Picard's renaissance qualities (especially in the dazzling "Time Squared"), exploring the captain's facets with equal measures of curiosity, fascination, amusement, courage, and philosophical insight. Despite its lame finale with the money-saving clip-show "Shades of Gray," season 2 charted a warp-nine course to the even better season 3. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Broadcast episodes of the entire second season (1988-89)
  • 17 hours on 6 DVDs
  • Over one hour of new exclusive featurettes: Mission Overview: Year Two (cast & crew discuss the major changes in season two; includes interviews with Gene Roddenberry), Selected Crew Analysis: Year Two (an in-depth look at the growth of continuing characters, plus a look at new crew members), Departmental Briefing, Year Two: Production (behind-the-scenes look at specific key episodes, including interviews with production staff), Departmental Briefing, Year Two: Memorable Missions (second-season episode discussions with production crew, including Rick Berman), Inside Starfleet Archives (an exclusive tour of an extraordinary array of Star Trek sets, props, and much more)
  • Number of discs: 6

Cast

Patrick StewartCaptain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan FrakesCommander William T. Riker
LeVar BurtonLieutenant Geordi La Forge
Michael DornLieutenant Worf
Marina SirtisCounselor Deanna Troi
Brent SpinerLt. Commander Data
Wil WheatonWesley Crusher
Diana MuldaurDoctor Pulaski
Seymour CasselLt. Cmdr. Hester Dealt
Whoopi GoldbergGuinan
Colm MeaneyChief Miles O'Brien
Majel BarrettEnterprise Computer
Earl BoenNagilum
Joe PiscopoThe Comic
Teri HatcherChief B. G. Robinson
William Morgan SheppardDr. Ira Graves
Clyde KusatsuAdmiral Nakamura
Sam AndersonAssistant Manager
Tzi MaBiomolecular Physiologist
Mick FleetwoodAntedian Dignitary
Diedrich BaderTactical Crewman
Glenn MorshowerEnsign Burke

  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Corey Allen
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 999
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 19, 1988
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 7, 2002
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