REVIEW: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification (Blu-ray)

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification (Blu-ray)

Paramount / 1991 / 86 mins / PG-13

The Show:

As with "Best of Both Worlds" and "Redemption", Paramount has once again released another Star Trek: The Next Generation two-parter as a movie. This season 5 double-length story, Unification, is mostly a big guest-spot for Leonard Nimoy reprising his role as the iconic Vulcan, Spock. Even so, there is still plenty of plot here that manages to tie in Romulans, Vulcans and Klingons into a tale of racism and politics.

Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) is called upon by Starfleet when Federation Ambassador Spock seems to have gone rogue on Romulus. Due to Picard's previous experience with Spock's now dying father, Sarek, he takes it upon himself to make contact on Romulus and find out what's going on. With Spock's political contact in hand and the aide of recently acquired Klingon allies, Picard and Data set out to find the ambassador on Romulus disguised as Romulans themselves.

As it turns out, Spock is on a secret mission of peace as a group of Romulans are interested in finally putting an end to the bitter feud of Romulans versus Vulcans. Though the high council of Romulus seems interested in peace talks, Picard and the crew of the enterprise suspect foul play considering the curious clues they've discovering in space debris. It isn't long before a mission of interplanetary sabotage is unearthed

While most of this arc is a fun nod to the classic Enterprise Vulcan character, it's kept plenty tight with very little fluff and plenty to do for all characters involved. And even though this is a tale of racial war, there are still some classic moments of genuine fun. The best scene by far is when Picard and Data share a cabin on a Klingon vessel. Picard tries to get some rest while Data just stands there computing data in his head. Data's silent and cold expression is so unnerving towards Picard that you can't help but laugh at the awkwardness of the situation.

There is also plenty for the rest of the Enterprise crew to do as when Riker and Worf prowl a seedy lounge for a salvager. Even Sela, the Romulan version Tasha Yar, is brilliantly woven in as the perfect villain. And though the plot moves pretty quickly, it still leaves some time for some great character interactions between Spock, Picard and Data. All of this makes for one of the most memorable guest spots of the series.

The Disc:

This transfer here is identical to that of the Blu-ray release for season 5 of the series. The colors are vividly bold, the detail of every shot is incredibly rich and there is very little grain/murky blacks. The 7.1 lossless audio enhances all the details of the crowded streets on Romulus to the immersive starship sequences.

The Extras:

Just as with these previous Star Trek movie-style releases, this disc comes with about as much extras as possible for two episodes. Per standard for these Blu-rays, special features include audio commentary by the crew, a lengthy making-of featurette, a deleted scene (presented in HD) and the episode promos.

Our Say:

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Unification is one of the better guest spot episodes of the series with more Vulcans, Romulans and Klingons than you can shake a phaser at. It's a worthy Trek log worth a buy if you're not willing to spring for the season sets.


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