Star Trek TNG: The Best of Both Worlds Blu-ray Review
“I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile.”
These are the defining words spoken in one of the best story arcs of Star Trek: The Next Generation, now embodied in high definition. The Best of Both Worlds is now on Blu-ray, and not only does the two-episode “movie” look fantastic, it still holds up extremely well.
Who knew that 20-year old sc-fi television could achieve such a thing.
The Blu-ray features the cliffhanger finale of TNG Season Three (also now on Blu-ray) and the premiere of Season Four, edited together to make a seamless movie. In the story, Jean Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his Enterprise crew encounter the sociopathic Borg, who appear to be headed toward Earth. The deadly race takes a particular interest in the Borg, however, and that’s where things get interesting.
I would stop there, except the Blu-ray cover gives away the fact that Picard is assimilated into the collective, and that if you’re purchasing this package, you’ve already seen the episodes multiple times. So, yeah, Picard becomes a Borg and all shit hits the fan.
There’s not much else to say, other than that the special effects and footage overall look incredibly good considering the show’s age and budget. Watch any clip of TNG on YouTube (or whip out your old VHS copies) and compare it to TNG on Blu-ray and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Impressive.
The Blu-ray also comes with some bonus features including an audio commentary, gag reel, episodic promos and a featurette that looks back on the success of these particular episodes. For some reason it’s always funny to see Patrick Stewart cracking up or swearing, and the featurette has some valuable, if not at the very least nostalgic, nuggets.