By the time Star Trek: The Next Generation’s fifth season premiered in September of 1991, the show was in its prime. Now the fifth season set is scheduled to hit Blu-ray this November, and it’s pretty much a must-buy for fans of the show. While the Blu-ray releases of the first few seasons improved the show’s visual quality and effects, all the high-tech polishing in the world couldn’t put a shine on episodes such as “The Naked Now” or “Samaritan Snare.” (Try as they might, the Pakleds could not make that interminable episode go…fast enough for my liking.) With the season five Blu-rays, you’re getting tons of top-notch television, now made all the more enjoyable thanks to a high-def upgrade.
Season five includes the beloved “Unification” two-parter, which has Sela, the daughter of Tasha Yar from the alternate timeline of “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” front and center in the midst of Romulan intrigues. Thankfully, Leonard Nimoy is on hand as now-Ambassador Spock. Season five also includes not one, but two of the show’s best episodes ever, and two of the finest hours of scripted science fiction television period.