Tom Hendricks wrote:
Best of Both Worlds Parts 1&2 - Theater - I went to the Fantom Events showing of Star Trek: TNG Best of Both Worlds Parts 1&2. I thought for sure that I would be the only person in the theater but I was presently wrong. Their was an actual good size crowd, I would say more then 50 people. The night started off with trivia and pictures being shown on screen. Then the presentation started with the new documentary on Best of Both Worlds. Then the episodes, followed by bloopers and out takes from the episodes and it finished with a preview of the release of Season 4 of TNG. I was a bit sad we didn't get an exclusive clip or trailer for Into Darkness but that's okay.
Seeing it again made me realize exactly how great these two episodes were. I often vacillate between which are the best episode of TNG and I think for me that seeing this again has put that to bed, for me for awhile anyway. With everything going on in the episodes you kinds forget about all the character development that actually happens in this episode. Everyone remembers Elizabeth Dennehy from the episode but George Murdock was great as the Admiral. While I liked Jonathan Frakes, I was never really a fan of Riker. However revisiting these episode has given me a new appreciation for his work. I think he really did the heavy lifting in these episodes and he was up to the task.
Indeed. I saw it in Burbank last night. I think my favorite thing about the experience was when we all (the audience) would laugh or cheer at the "moments" when we always have over the last 22 years. The theater lit up with applause when Data and Worf recapture Locutus and the camera cuts to Riker's smug grin.
Shelby got a few good laughs, as did her interaction with Riker on numerous points.
All in all, a much better experience than the Fantom event I went to last fall for the season 2 preview.
One of the things I noticed last night which I always took for granted is the facial expressions really lit up the screen. Maybe it was the atmosphere of the theater, but a simple scene of Shelby giving Riker the Stink eye after he said "The Borg have the ability to Adapt Commander" was awesome and people reacted to it. I also got a little emotional at the end when Picard, about to drink the tea, put it down and looked out the window.
I've seen this episode so many times, but with the remastering and the theater experience, it really did feel like a feature length film. I'm still not considering buying the special set (I like the original version with the full music intact and the "To be Continued") but it was a great experience.