Celebrate Netflix Getting Star Trek: The Next Generation in High Definition By Watching These Episodes
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I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation in standard definition on broadcast television back in the 1980s and 90s. I would look forward to seeing new life & death episodes each week. The summer between seasons 3 and 4 was the longest of my life. Picard had become Locutus of Borg and the fate of the Federation was at stake! I could hardly stand the suspense. So much so that the day The Best of Both Worlds (Part II) aired I was inside at a friend’s house finding out what was going to happen to the crew of the Enterprise instead of attending the pool party outside. It remains one of my favorite episodes of the television series to this day.
CBS, who owns the rights to the show, spent years working on updating the series by taking the original film negatives and re-doing the entire post-production process to create high definition versions of the show to sell on blu-ray. Each of the seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation can now be seen on Netflix in all its HD glory to any subscriber and I can’t be more excited about it.
Having trouble picturing the difference between the SD & HD releases? Take a look at this comparison of the DVD and Bluray releases of the show done by TrekCore:
In order to celebrate my ability to rewatch the series in high definition I’ve assembled a list of some of my favorite episodes from the series. These previews are from StarTrek.com and in SD, but you’ll get the idea of each episode’s story by watching these vintage 30 second trailers. Click on the episode title and watch in HD on Netflix now:
1.) The Best of Both Worlds (Parts 1 & 2) – Season 3, Episode 26 & Season 4, Episode 1
2.) Chain Of Command (Parts 1 & 2) – Season 6, Episodes 10 & 11
3.) Yesterday’s Enterprise – Season 3, Episode 15
4.) Darmok – Season 5, Episode 2
5.) The Measure of a Man – Season 2, Episode 9
6.) Clues – Season 4, Episode 14
7.) Remember Me – Season 4, Episode 5
8.) Second Chances – Season 6, Episode 24
9.) Parallels – Season 7, Episode 11
There are obviously many more, but I’ve tried to keep the list short. What episodes would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments.