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  • Game of Thrones - Season 1-4 [Blu-ray] [Region Free] Game of Thrones - Season 1-4 | Blu Ray | (16/02/2015) from £39.99  |  Saving you £60.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £99.99

    Season 1Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south where heat breeds plots lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens knights and renegades liars lords and honest men...all will play the 'Game of Thrones.' A new original series based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series. Season 2The Battle continues in Westeros with feuding families and power hungry rulers. Five Kings vie for a single all-powerful throne in the all-new season of Game of Thrones - an epic story of duplicity and treachery nobility and honour conquest and triumph. Season 2 plays out against the backdrop of a fast-approaching winter. In King's Landing the coveted Iron Throne is occupied by cruel young Joffrey counseled by his conniving mother Cersei and uncle Tyrion. But the Lannister hold on the Throne is under assault on many fronts. There's Robb Stark son of the slain Lord of Winterfell Ned Stark; Daenerys Targaryen who looks to shore up her depleted power through three newborn dragons; Stannis Baratheon eldest brother of the late King Robert; and Stannis' brother Renly who has maintained his own claim since fleeing King's Landing. In the meantime a new leader is rising among the wildlings North of the Wall adding new perils for Jon Snow and the Night's Watch. With tensions and treaties animosity and alliances Season 2 of Game of Thrones promises to be a thrilling journey through a riveting unforgettable landscape. Season 3In Season 3 family and loyalty will be the overarching themes and many critical plot points from the first two seasons will come to a violent head with several major characters meeting cruel fates. While a primary focus continues to be on King's Landing where the Lannisters barely held onto power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon (brother of the late king) stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power in Westeros. Robb Stark King of the North will face a major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters in Season 2 while further north Mance Rayder (new character played by Ciarán Hinds) and his huge army of wildlings continue their inexorable march south to scale the Wall. Across the Narrow Sea Daenerys Targaryen - reunited with her three deadly fast-maturing dragons - attempts to raise an army of slaves to sail with her from Essos in hopes of eventually overthrowing the Iron Throne. Season 4As Season 4 begins the Lannisters' hold on the Iron Throne remains intact in the wake of the Red Wedding slaughter that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses. But can they survive their own egos as well as new and ongoing threats? Meanwhile an unbowed Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army; the Lannister-loathing 'Red Viper of Dorne ' Oberyn Martell arrives at King's Landing for Joffrey's wedding to Margaery Tyrell; Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons and unsullied force aim to liberate the largest Slavery City in the east...with long-range plans to take back the Iron Throne; and a depleted Night's Watch faces the advance of Mance Rayder's wildling army who are in turn running from the undead White Walkers. Episodes Comprise: Season 1 Winter is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples Bastards and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood Season 2 The North Remembers The Night Lands What is Dead may never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal The Old Gods and the New A Man without Honour The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis Season 3 Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch Is Ended Kissed by Fire The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa Season 4 Two Words The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children Special Features: Season 1 Episodic Previews and Recaps (22:45) Making of Game of Thrones (25:00) Character Profiles (15 clips) (30:18) Creating the Dothraki Language (5:26) Inside the Night's Watch (8:05) From the Book to the Screen (5:15) Histories (30:00) (All on every disc) Creating the Show Open (5:05) Cast Audition Tapes (Title TBD) (25:00) Anatomy of Episode 6 A Golden Crown (60 min) Guide to Westeros (Menu-Based In-Episode Interactive Feature) Guide to Westeros (Menu-Based) 7 Audio Commentaries Season 2 Season 1 Recap (2:30) Episodic Previews and Recaps (20:57) Featurettes (74:50) Dragon Eggs (6:01) BTS piece (30 mins) Game of Thrones: Inner Circle The Religions of Westeros (7:32) Character Profiles (7 clips) (15:25) Guide to Westeros (In Episode Interactive Feature) - localized in French Spanish German only War of the Five Kings--localized in French Spanish German only 12 Episode Commentaries Season 3 In-episode Guide The Rains of Castamere Unveiled Histories and Lore Roots of Westeros New Characters A Gathering Storm The Politics of Marriage Inside the Wildlings Deleted Scenes/Extended Scenes 12 Audio Commentaries  

  • The King Of Queens: The Entire Package [DVD] The King Of Queens: The Entire Package | DVD | (10/02/2014) from £33.99  |  Saving you £86.00 (71.70%)  |  RRP £119.99

    All nine series of the popular US sitcom about a beleaguered courier driver and his family. Doug and Carrie Heffernan are a young Queens couple who should be sitting pretty. Doug (Kevin James) is a courier driver with a cheeky, playful nature who, given a choice, almost always chooses what's most likely to rile his wife's fiery temper. Carrie (Leah Remini) is a legal assistant, vivacious, wise, and, on the face of it, way too good for Doug - a fact that informs much of the comedy here. In the first flush of their married life together, however, Carrie's parents' house burns down. Her mum dies, and dad Arthur needs a place to stay. Arthur (Jerry Stiller) is an oddball, hilariously volatile old man who never says anything that isn't in anger or indignation. An ensemble of Doug's quirky friends, who constantly dispense advice he takes to heart but which is utterly, disastrously wrong, round out the cast in this long-running family comedy.

  • Chuck  - Season 1-5 Complete [DVD] Chuck - Season 1-5 Complete | DVD | (15/10/2012) from £38.88  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £44.99

    When Chuck Bartowski opens an e-mail subliminally encoded with government secrets, he unwittingly downloads an entire server of sensitive data into his brain. Now, the fate of the world lies in the unlikely hands of a guy who works at a Buy More Electronics store. Instead of fighting computer viruses, he must now confront assassins and international terrorists. With the government's most precious secrets in Chuck's head, Major John Casey of the National Security Agency assumes the responsibility of protecting him. His partner is the CIA's top agent - and Chuck's first date in years - Sarah Walker. They'll try to keep him safe by trading in his pocket protector for a bulletproof vest. Also starring are Joshua Gomez as Morgan Grimes, Chuck's best buddy, and Sarah Lancaster as Chuck's ever-supportive sister, Ellie.

  • Gossip Girl - Season 1-6 [DVD] Gossip Girl - Season 1-6 | DVD | (18/02/2013) from £35.00  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £39.95

    Every episode from all six seasons of the teen drama based on the novels by Cecily Von Ziegesar. The series revolves around a group of teenagers growing up in Manhattan who discover the latest on relationships, friendships and jealousy through a weblog kept by the all-knowing, yet totally secretive, Gossip Girl (voice of Kristen Bell).

  • CSI Vegas: Seasons 11-15 [DVD] CSI Vegas: Seasons 11-15 | DVD | (31/10/2016) from £33.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    All the episodes from Season 11-15 of the US drama series following a passionate team of forensic investigators who work the graveyard shift at the Las Vegas Criminalistics Bureau. Their job is to find the missing pieces at the scene that will help to solve the crime and vindicate those who often cannot speak for themselves: the victims.

  • Naruto Shippuden Complete Series 7 Box Set (Episodes 297-348) [DVD] Naruto Shippuden Complete Series 7 Box Set (Episodes 297-348) | DVD | (04/09/2017) from £40.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The rogue ninja Furido attempts to use the Lightning Style jutsu of the Guardian Shinobi to rain destruction on the Leaf village. The ninja are running out of chakra. Does Naruto have enough power to save the village? Then, the Akatsuki are working their way form one tailed beast host to another, and it's only a matter of time until they get to Naruto!

  • Bones - Season 1-8 [DVD] Bones - Season 1-8 | DVD | (30/09/2013) from £34.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £34.99

    A darkly amusing procedural with humour heart and character featuring Dr. Temperance Brennan a highly skilled forensic anthropologist who works with FBI Agent Seeley Booth on murder investigations when the standard methods of identifying a body are useless. Brennan's special expertise lies in her uncanny ability to read clues left behind in the victim's bones. The series is inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist and best-selling novelist Kathy Reichs.

  • STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE COMPLETE RE-PA [DVD] STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE COMPLETE RE-PA | DVD | (27/06/2014) from £44.99  |  Saving you £155.00 (77.50%)  |  RRP £199.99

    STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.01(92/93)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.02(93/94)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.03(94/95)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.04(95/96)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.05(96/97)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.06(97/98)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.07(98/99)-

  • Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased): The Complete Series [Blu-ray] Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased): The Complete Series | Blu Ray | (02/10/2017) from £49.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The twist of private-eye show Randall & Hopkirk Deceased is that in the first episode, gumshoe Marty Hopkirk (Kenneth Cope) is killed off by the villains, only to pop up in an immaculate white suit as a ghost visible only to his hardboiled partner Jeff Randall (Mike Pratt). In theory, the supernatural streak--which meant a complex set of rules about Marty's appearances and effects on the physical world--should lead the show into wilder territory, but most episodes squander the team's unique abilities on ordinary cases about blackmail and murder-for-profit. A persistent subplot has the living Jeff getting cosy with the dead Marty's widow Jean (Annette Andre) to the discomfort of her late husband. The elementary effects and the nice underplaying of the leads have a certain period charm, and the show could afford a high calibre of special guest villains and dolly birds. A 1990s remake with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer hasn't obliterated memories of the original. --Kim Newman

  • Harry Potter Years 1-6 [DVD] Harry Potter Years 1-6 | DVD | (07/12/2009) from £19.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (32.00%)  |  RRP £49.99

  • The L Word - Seasons 1-6 [DVD] The L Word - Seasons 1-6 | DVD | (28/06/2010) from £25.99  |  Saving you £117.76 (78.50%)  |  RRP £149.99

    The L Word: Complete Series 1 - 6 Box Set (22 Discs)

  • The Two Ronnies Collection [DVD] The Two Ronnies Collection | DVD | (24/09/2012) from £30.99  |  Saving you £94.00 (75.20%)  |  RRP £124.99

    The classic BBC Comedy series starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. From 1971-87, over 12 series, four Christmas specials and two classic silent films, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett combined to produce one of the most popular television comedy series ever made. From their introduction, And in a packed programme tonight... to the Goodnight from him finale, viewers savoured every moment. The Four Candles and Mastermind sketches, the Piggy Malone and Charley Farley stories and the hilarious musical numbers have a special place in viewers' hearts, but these series are packed with so many moments of comic genius. This collection contains 93 full episodes of The Two Ronnies, their acclaimed silent comedy films By the Sea and The Picnic as well as The One Ronnie, Ronnie Corbett’s 2010 sketch show featuring Harry Enfield, Catherine Tate, Rob Brydon, Miranda Hart, Matt Lucas and David Walliams.

  • The Colbys: The Complete Series [DVD] The Colbys: The Complete Series | DVD | (09/10/2017) from £38.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Jeff Colby accepts and offer from his Uncle Jason Colby to work for the family business (ColbyCo). He unknowingly bumps into his ex-wife Fallon Carrington who now has amnesia and has married Miles Colby, Jeff's cousin. Sabella Sable Colby made her mark as the scheming vixen to keep her husband Jason close and to stay super rich.

  • Midsomer Murders: Ben Jones's Casebook [DVD] Midsomer Murders: Ben Jones's Casebook | DVD | (05/09/2011) from £37.99  |  Saving you £112.00 (74.70%)  |  RRP £149.99

    Featuring all 39 cases starring Jason Hughes from the John Nettles years.

  • Game of Thrones - Season 1-5 [DVD] Game of Thrones - Season 1-5 | DVD | (14/03/2016) from £29.99  |  Saving you £43.04 (47.80%)  |  RRP £89.99

    Season 1 Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men...all will play the 'Game of Thrones.' A new original series based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series. Bonus Features: Making Game of Thrones (25:00) Character Profiles (15 clips) (30:18) Creating the Dothraki Language (5:26) Inside the Night's Watch (8:05) From the Book to the Screen (5:15) Creating the Show Open (5:05) Cast Audition Tapes (25:00) Guide to Westeros 7 Audio Commentaries Click Images to Enlarge Season 2 The Battle continues in Westeros with feuding families and power hungry rulers. Five Kings vie for a single, all-powerful throne in the all-new season of Game of Thrones – an epic story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honour, conquest and triumph. Season 2 plays out against the backdrop of a fast-approaching winter. In King’s Landing, the coveted Iron Throne is occupied by cruel young Joffrey, counseled by his conniving mother Cersei and uncle Tyrion. But the Lannister hold on the Throne is under assault on many fronts. There’s Robb Stark, son of the slain Lord of Winterfell, Ned Stark; Daenerys Targaryen, who looks to shore up her depleted power through three newborn dragons; Stannis Baratheon, eldest brother of the late King Robert; and Stannis’ brother Renly, who has maintained his own claim since fleeing King’s Landing. In the meantime, a new leader is rising among the wildlings North of the Wall, adding new perils for Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch. With tensions and treaties, animosity and alliances, Season 2 of Game of Thrones promises to be a thrilling journey through a riveting, unforgettable landscape. Bonus Features: Season 1 Recap (2:30) BTS piece (30 mins) Game of Thrones: Inner Circle (20-30mins) The Religions of Westeros (7:32) Character Profiles (7 clips) (15:25) 12 Episode Commentaries Click Images to Enlarge Season 3 In Season 3, family and loyalty will be the overarching themes, and many critical plot points from the first two seasons will come to a violent head, with several major characters meeting cruel fates. While a primary focus continues to be on King’s Landing, where the Lannisters barely held onto power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon (brother of the late king), stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power in Westeros. Robb Stark, King of the North, will face a major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters in Season 2, while further north, Mance Rayder (new character, played by Ciarán Hinds) and his huge army of wildlings continue their inexorable march south to scale the Wall. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen – reunited with her three deadly, fast-maturing dragons – attempts to raise an army of slaves to sail with her from Essos, in hopes of eventually overthrowing the Iron Throne. Bonus Features: Season 1 and 2 Recap (10:02) Deleted Scenes (13:53) Inside Wildings (6:22) Politics of Marriage (8:40) New Characters of Season 3 (9:42) A Gathering Storm (14:02) 12 Episode Commentaries Click Images to Enlarge Season 4 As Season 4 begins, the Lannisters' hold on the Iron Throne remains intact in the wake of the Red Wedding slaughter that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses. But can they survive their own egos as well as new and ongoing threats? Meanwhile, an unbowed Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army; the Lannister-loathing ‘Red Viper of Dorne,’ Oberyn Martell, arrives at King's Landing for Joffrey's wedding to Margaery Tyrell; Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons and unsullied force aim to liberate the largest Slavery City in the east...with long-range plans to take back the Iron Throne; and a depleted Night's Watch faces the advance of Mance Rayder's wildling army, who are in turn running from the undead White Walkers. Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes Roundtable (28:24) Battle Feature(35:39) The Politics of Power: A Look Back at Season 3 (25:02) Bastards of Westeros (7:16) New Characters & Locations (7:38) Blooper reel (2:01) 10 Audio Commentaries Click Images to Enlarge Season 5 After the shocking deaths of S4, the season begins with a power vacuum that protagonists across Westeros and Essos look to fill. At Castle Black, Jon Snow struggles to balance the demands of the Night’s Watch with those of newly-arrived Stannis Baratheon, who styles himself as the rightful king of Westeros. Meanwhile, Cersei scrabbles to hold on to power in Kings Landing amidst the Tyrells and the rise of a religious group led by the enigmatic High Sparrow, while Jaimie embarks on a secret mission. Across the Narrow Sea, Arya seeks an old friend while a fugitive Tyrion finds a new cause. And as danger mounts in Meereen, Daenerys Targaryen finds that her tenuous hold on the city requires some hard sacrifices. Bonus Features: Audio Commentaries (Episodes TBC) Anatomy of Episode 510 (30 mins) The Story of Post-Production (30 mins) A Day in the Life (26 mins) Deleted Scenes Click Images to Enlarge

  • Nashville: Complete Seasons 1-5 [DVD] [2017] Nashville: Complete Seasons 1-5 | DVD | (09/10/2017) from £40.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    All the episodes from the first five seasons of the American TV drama that delves into the lives of the stars who live in the capital of country music. With sales plummeting and her star beginning to fade, country music singer Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton)'s record label proposes that she tries opening for hot, up-and-coming talent Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). Season 1 episodes are: 'Pilot', 'I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)', 'Someday You'll Call My Name', 'We Live in Two Different Worlds', 'Move It On Over', 'You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)', 'Lovesick Blues', 'Where He Leads Me', 'Be Careful of the Stones You Throw', 'I'm Sorry for You, My Friend', 'You Win Again', 'I've Been Down That Road Before', 'There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight', 'Dear Brother', 'When You're Tired of Breaking Other Hearts', 'I Saw the Light', 'My Heart Would Know', 'Take These Chains from My Heart', 'Why Don't You Love Me', 'A Picture from Life's Other Side' and 'I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive'. Season 2 episodes are: 'I Fall to Pieces', 'Never No More', 'I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now', 'You're No Angel Yourself', 'Don't Open That Door', 'It Must Be You', 'She's Got You', 'Hanky Panky Woman', 'I'm Tired of Pretending', 'Tomorrow Never Comes', 'I'll Keep Climbing', 'Just for What I Am', 'It's All Wrong, But It's All Right', 'Too Far Gone', 'They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy Anymore', 'Guilty Street', 'We've Got Things to Do', 'Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down', 'Crazy', 'Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad', 'All Or Nothing With Me' and 'On the Other Hand'. Season 3 episodes are: 'That's Me Without You', 'How Far Down Can I Go', 'I Can't Get Over You to Save My Life', 'I Feel Sorry for Me', 'Road Happy', 'Nobody Said It Was Going to Be Easy', 'I'm Coming Home to You', 'You're Lookin' at Country', 'Two Sides to Every Story', 'First to Have a Second Chance', 'I'm Not That Good at Goodbye', 'I've Got Reasons to Hate You', 'I'm Lost Between Right and Wrong', 'Somebody Pick Up My Pieces', 'That's the Way Love Goes', 'I Can't Keep Away from You', 'This Just Ain't a Good Day for Leavin'', 'Nobody Knows But Me', 'The Storm Has Just Begun', 'Time Changes Things', 'Is the Better Part Over' and 'Before You Go Make Sure You Know'. Season 4 episodes are: 'Can't Let Go', ''Til the Pain Outwears the Shame', 'How Can I Help You Say Goodbye', 'The Slender Threads That Bind Us Here', 'Stop the World (And Let Me Off)', 'Please Help Me, I'm Fallin'', 'Can't Get Used to Losing You', 'Unguarded Moments', 'Three's a Crowd', 'We've Got Nothing But Love to Prove', 'Forever and for Always', 'How Does It Feel to Be Free', 'If I Could Do It All Again', 'What I Cannot Change', 'When There's a Fire in Your Heart', 'Didn't Expect It to Go Down This Way', 'Baby Come Home', 'The Trouble With the Truth', 'After You've Gone', 'It's Sure Gonna Hurt' and 'Maybe You'll Appreciate Me Someday'. Season 5 episodes are: 'The Wayfaring Stranger', 'Back in Baby's Arms', 'Let's Put It Back Together Again', 'Leap of Faith', 'Love Hurts', 'A Little Bit Stronger', 'Hurricane', 'Stand Beside Me', 'If Tomorrow Never Comes', 'I'll Fly Away', 'Fire and Rain', 'Back in the Saddle Again', ''Til I Can Make It On My Own', '(Now and Then There's) a Fool Such As I', 'A Change Would Do You Good', 'Not Ready to Make Nice', 'Ghost in the House', 'The Night Before (Life Goes On)', 'You Can't Lose Me', 'Speed Trap Town', 'Farther On' and 'Reasons to Quit'.

  • CSI Vegas: Seasons 6-10 [DVD] CSI Vegas: Seasons 6-10 | DVD | (31/10/2016) from £34.98  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    All the episodes from Season 6-10 of the US drama series following a passionate team of forensic investigators who work the graveyard shift at the Las Vegas Criminalistics Bureau. Their job is to find the missing pieces at the scene that will help to solve the crime and vindicate those who often cannot speak for themselves: the victims.

  • Fullmetal Alchemist - Collector's Edition Part 2 [Blu-ray] Fullmetal Alchemist - Collector's Edition Part 2 | Blu Ray | (05/12/2016) from £33.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    When the Elric brothers recklessly attempted to raise their mother from the dead, the horrors they unleashed marked the beginning of a long journey into the darkest corners of the cruelty of mankind. Now, destinies are converging for those who remain to fight for the light of salvation. The hunt for the truth behind truths is growing more desperate, and ruined Ishbal waits at the end of a road choked with wreckage both human and soulless. Amid rumours of new war and resurrected horrors of the past, hidden masters rush their pawns down this path of betrayal and doubt. When faced with the truth of their situation, will Edward and Alphonse be able to make themselves whole again? Contains episodes 28 to 51 with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles, presented in collectors packaging.

  • Star Trek:  The Next Generation - Complete Seasons 1-7 [Blu-ray] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Complete Seasons 1-7 | Blu Ray | (15/12/2014) from £42.50  |  Saving you £177.49 (80.70%)  |  RRP £219.99

    After Star Wars and the successful big-screen Star Trek adventures, it's perhaps not so surprising that Gene Roddenberry managed to convince purse string-wielding studio heads in the 1980s that a Next Generation would be both possible and profitable. But the political climate had changed considerably since the 1960s, the Cold War had wound down, and we were now living in the Age of Greed. To be successful a second time, Star Trek had to change too. A writer's guide was composed with which to sell and define where the Trek universe was in the 24th Century. The United Federation of Planets was a more appealing ideology to an America keen to see where the Reagan/Gorbachev faceoff was taking them. Starfleet's meritocratic philosophy had always embraced all races and species. Now Earth's utopian history, featuring the abolishment of poverty, was brandished prominently and proudly. The new Enterprise, NCC 1701-D, was no longer a ship of war but an exploration vessel carrying families. The ethical and ethnical flagship also carried a former enemy (the Klingon Worf, played by Michael Dorn), and its Chief Engineer (Geordi LaForge) was blind and black. From every politically correct viewpoint, Paramount executives thought the future looked just swell! Roddenberry's feminism now contrasted a pilot episode featuring ship's Counsellor Troi (Marina Sirtis) in a mini-skirt with her ongoing inner strengths and also those of Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden) and the short-lived Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby). The arrival of Whoopi Goldberg in season 2 as mystic barkeep Guinan is a great example of the good the original Trek did for racial groups--Goldberg has stated that she was inspired to become an actress in large part through seeing Nichelle Nichols' Uhura. Her credibility as an actress helped enormously alongside the strong central performances of Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Jonathan Frakes (First Officer Will Riker), and Brent Spiner (Data) in defining another wholly believable environment once again populated with well-defined characters. Star Trek, it turned out, did not depend for its success on any single group of actors. Like its predecessor in the 1960s, TNG pioneered visual effects on TV, making it an increasingly jaw-dropping show to look at. And thanks also to the enduring success of the original show, phasers, tricorders, communicators and even phase inverters were already familiar to most viewers. But while technology was a useful tool in most crises, it now frequently seemed to be the cause of them too, as the show's writers continually warned about the dangers of over-reliance on technology (the Borg were the ultimate expression of this maxim). The word "technobabble" came to describe a weakness in many TNG scripts, which sacrificed the social and political allegories of the original and relied instead upon invented technological faults and their equally fictitious resolutions to provide drama within the Enterprise's self-contained society. (The holodeck's safety protocol override seemed to be next to the light switch given the number of times crew members were trapped within.) This emphasis on scientific jargon appealed strongly to an audience who were growing up for the first time in the late 1980s with the home computer--and gave rise to the clichéd image of the nerdy Trek fan. Like in the original Trek, it was in the stories themselves that much of the show's success is to be found. That pesky Prime Directive kept moral dilemmas afloat ("Justice"/"Who Watches the Watchers?"/"First Contact"). More "what if" scenarios came out of time-travel episodes ("Cause and Effect"/"Time's Arrow"/"Yesterday's Enterprise"). And there were some episodes that touched on the political world, such as "The Arsenal of Freedom" questioning the supply of arms, "Chain of Command" decrying the torture of political prisoners and "The Defector", which was called "The Cuban Missile Crisis of The Neutral Zone" by its writer. The show ran for more than twice as many episodes as its progenitor and therefore had more time to explore wider ranging issues. But the choice of issues illustrates the change in the social climate that had occurred with the passing of a couple of decades. "Angel One" covered sexism; "The Outcast" was about homosexuality; "Symbiosis"--drug addiction; "The High Ground"--terrorism; "Ethics"--euthanasia; "Darmok"--language barriers; and "Journey's End"--displacement of Indians from their homeland. It would have been unthinkable for the original series to have tackled most of these. TNG could so easily have been a failure, but it wasn't. It survived a writer's strike in its second year, the tragic death of Roddenberry just after Trek's 25th anniversary in 1991, and plenty of competition from would-be rival franchises. Yes, its maintenance of an optimistic future was appealing, but the strong stories and readily identifiable characters ensured the viewers' continuing loyalty. --Paul Tonks

  • The Supervet [The story so far...Channel 4 TV Series 1-8 DVD] The Supervet | DVD | (18/09/2017) from £34.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Behind-the-scenes series following the staff at Fitzpatrick Referrals veterinary practice as they employ cutting edge technology to treat their sick and injured patients.

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