Blu-ray review: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification

CHRIS GARDNER
Last updated 16:55 22/12/2013
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification

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Blu-ray review: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification

REVIEW: (CBS Blu-ray, PG)

It's  logical, captain.

Star Trek's original Mr Spock has returned to Blu-ray with the release of Unification. The two part Star Trek: The Next Generation episode from 1991.

It was only the second time an original Star Trek series character had appeared in The Next Generation spin-off, and it was the last time Leonard Nimoy donned the pointy ears unity he returned in JJ Abrams' two Trek reboots.

Unification is a cracking James Bond-esque romp of a story which involves the USS Enterprise crew investigating the disappearance of Ambassador Spock.

The latest intel has placed him behind enemy lines on the planet of the Federation's enemies the Romulus and it's up to Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and science officer Data (Brent Spiner) to go under cover to find him. But before they leave Picard calls on Spock's father, Sarek (Mark Lenard), to investigate his estrangement from his son.

This one's a fan favourite for so many reasons, the biggest is putting Data and Spock together in the same scene. The interplay between them is, in Spock's word's, ''fascinating''.

The two parter, from The Next Generation's fifth season, has been edited into one 90 minute high definition feature presented with an exclusive ''making of'' style documentary not available in the fifth season boxed set.

While the documentary is very informative in does lack one important thing - an interview with Nimoy himself.
Similar feature versions of the two preceding two parters, the Borg centred The Best of Both Worlds and the Klingon opera Redemption, have also been released on Blu-ray but are not yet available in New Zealand.

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