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'Star Trek Fan Collective - Q'
(Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / (1995) 2006 / Paramount)

Overview: Settled in the 24th century and 78 years after the adventures of the original crew of the starship Enterprise this new series is the long awaited successor to the original Star Trek series from the 1960's. Under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard the all new Enterprise NCC 1701-D travels out to distant planets to seek out new life and to boldly go where no one has gone before.

DVD Verdict: Misunderstood or just a God with a nasty sense of humor either way Q (the marvelous John de Lancie)was one of the highlights of "The Next Generation" and was such a good character that he was seamlessly incorporated into two other series. If this follows the course set with the other releases, we'll see probably 12 episodes. Here's the episode listing for each Q appearence as well the series it was drawn from. The best of Q, however, truly is in "Star Trek: The Next Generation". In "Encounter at Farpoint Parts 1 & 2" Q puts humanity on trial for its arrogance and destructiveness. The Enterprise crew has one chance to redeem themselves--they must figure out a mystery involving "Farpoint" a station for the Federation that comes under attack by a mysterious alien race. The pilot also features a cameo by the late DeForest Kelley as Admiral McCoy in an amusing scene with Data. The first season of "The Next Generation" was wildly uneven with some truly bad episodes alternating with some extremely good ones. "Hide & Q" straddles the line between these two extremes. While not the best it does offer de Lancie the chance to chew some scenery. Called in to help a mining colory, Q sets a test for Riker--he gives him the power of the Q and tempts him to use it to save his crewmates. In "Q Who" an enraged Q flings the Enterprise across the galaxy to test the crew against a new race they've never dealt with before--the Borg. The third season featured two Q for the price of one. In "Deja Q" Q has been stripped of his power and made into a mortal. Q must prove his worth both to the Enterprise and to his the other Q (including Corbin Bernsen in a cameo as another member of the Q). This episode includes a text commentary. "Q-Pid" brings together the Enterprise crew and Q in a reenactment of Robin Hood with Captain Picard as Robin Hood and Q as the Sheriff of Notthingham. "True Q" is a so-so episode in which an honor student on the Enterprise realizes she's a member of the Q Continuum. Q comes to claim her but she is torn between her humanity and going to the Q Continuum. When Picard is killed in a terrorist attack in "Tapestry"he finds himself in limbo with Q claiming to be God. Q feels bad for Picard and allows him to revisit a moment in his past. It was evidently inspired by a pitch for an episode called "A Q Carol" a variation on "A Christmas Carol". Finally we get the conclusion episode of the series "All Good Things Parts 1 & 2" in which Picard discovers that the universe is about to end and its all his fault. Picard whisks back and forth in time with Q providing him clues as to why he's responsible for the end of humanity but refusing to provide him with the solution. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Text commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda on Star Trek: The Next Generation Deja Q - Episode #161
Text commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Q-Less - Episode #407
Text commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda on Star Trek: Voyager Death Wish - Episode #130
12 episodes on four discs: Encounter at Farpoint (TNG 721), Hide and Q (TNG 111), Q Who (TNG 142), Deja Q (TNG 161), Qpid (TNG 194), True Q (TNG 232), Q-Less (DSN 407), Tapestry (TNG 241), All Good Things ... (TNG 747), Death Wish (Voyager 130), The Q and the Grey (Voyager 153), Q2 (Voyager 265)