Star Trek: Alternate Realities Collective
A truly great thing about any fiction is its ability to transport you to another world or time. You can live vicariously through the characters in the stories taking on just about any conceivable role. When it comes to taking you to place far away, there is nothing like science fiction. By its very nature, it is intended to remove you from this world, bringing you to alien worlds and other times. In both science fiction and the allied field of comic books, there is a plot device that allows the authors to be even more imaginative; the alternate world. This has been a time-honored way for the writers To establish a series or franchise, placing all the stops and go off in an unexpected direction with their characters. For the actors playing the rol.es, it provides an opportunity to play a novel variation of their characters, often against type. A good guy can suddenly be wholly evil or even killed off. All the author has to do is declare it is an alternate universe, and all the rules are subject to change. One of the most enduring and beloved Sci-Fi franchises in history is without a doubt Star Trek. Over five different television series and about a dozen films, they have become known for their episodes involving alternate realities. Now Paramount has released to DVD the definitive collection of these episodes from all five series. The 'Star Trek: Alternate Realities Collective' contains twenty chapters that take the familiar characters of these series and place them in strange and often twisted variations of their worlds. This is not only a theme-specific collection of other realty episodes from all the versions of Star Trek; fans typically list these as some of the best and most well-received of the lot.
The collective is broken down into four distinct sections; Mirror Universe, Twisted Realities, Parallel Dimensions, and Alternate Lives. Each chapter is used to provide a platform for episodes from several of the five Star Trek series. There are also featurettes for each section that describe the rules of the parts as well as the effect they have on the set and franchise. Selected episodes in the collections also have brand new commentary tracks to add a little something special for the legion of fans out there. Since the original series, ever member of the Star Trek franchise has taken off to alternate universes and bends in the timeline. Parallel dimensions may not have originated with Star Trek, but their imaginative writers surely embraced the concepts and made it part of the fabric of each of the series. Some of the episodes presented here have storylines that cross over from one set to another. Now, for the first time, you have a comfortable and entertaining way to get the whole story in one place. Even if you have some or most of these episodes as part of season collections, this is well worth the purchase for the convenience and all the additional information provided.
The mirror universe has the characters in a place where there may be a reversal of good and evil. A hero may be a villain here, and the Federation of Planets has replaced their high ideals with a lust for power and conquest. With twisted realities, the characters find themselves in a universe where the ruleset is the same but with different situations and goals. In the parallel universe, the characters are in a world where most things seem familiar, but there are slight to significant differences that let them know they are not in the right place. With other lives, the characters are in experiences that are not their own. In most of these scenarios, the main characters are thrown down a rabbit hole where little makes sense to them.
Due to a transported malfunction, Kirk, McCoy, Scotty, and Uhura find themselves on an Enterprise whose mission is conquest and subjugation. The officers rise in rank through assassination, and most of the crew are evil. This gave us the motif of a goatee as a sign of evil, as shown with 'Evil Spock.'
Kira and Bashir find themselves in an alternate universe where the Bajorans are in power and keep humans as slaves. Kira gets to meet her evil self in this universe, and since you can't put a goatee on a woman, we know she is evil since she is dressed all in black.
Through the Looking Glass
Sisko is kidnapped to impersonate his deceased, mirror universe self to gain Jennifer Sisko's loyalty in the Rebel Alliance. Sisko finds his late wife very much alive and working on a project that could help the Alliance uncover enemy bases. He has to convince her to join the Alliance and use her discover for good.
The mirror universe's Jennifer uses Jake to bait Sisko into coming to her universe. She needs him to help rebuild the Defiant. The Alliance is now too powerful and corrupt, and the resistance needs the ship to win.
In a Mirror, Darkly
In the mirror universe, the crew of the Enterprise discovers that the Tholians have captured a starship from the future, the time of TOS. Archer mutinies against Captain Forrest and plans to take the futuristic ship to build his empire.
The Alternative Factor
While investigating a disruption that is affecting the entire galaxy, causing reality to blink on and off, the Enterprise discovers an insane scientist. This man, Lazarus, states that he is in pursuit of a dangerous creature that destroyed his culture.
Worf returns in a shuttle from a bat'leth competition to find trapped in constantly shifting realities. He is the only one capable of realizing that everything is in a state of flux.
The Enemy Within
A transported malfunction creates two versions of Kirk, one meek and mild the other overly aggressive.
This was the final episode of the original series. The former love of Kirk's, Janice Lester, is dying from radiation sickness and switches bodies with the captain.
Frame of Mind
Riker finds himself in an alien insane asylum where he begins to doubt his real life. He is afraid that everything he remembers about the Enterprise was just a delusion.
An accident allows Chakotay to pass through various time spheres that are scattered throughout the ship. Each sphere is in a different time fragmenting the ship. Past, present, and future collide.
When the Enterprise Centers common space, the Enterprise D changes from a vessel of exploration and peace to one caught in a long and brutal war. Only Guinan can tell that anything has changed.
The Inner Light
Picard wakes up to find himself living the life on a human on an alien planet. He is a leader of the community and finds himself going through the entire life of the man.
Melanie, an aspiring writer, wants to know why Jake Sisko stopped writing at 40. Jake tells how his father died in an accident and then suddenly reappeared.
Before and After
Kes is near death and experiencing parts of her life in reverse. The Doctor devises a treatment that will extend Kes' life past the Ocampan standard nine years. This takes her on a journey through an alternative life.
Ensign Kim makes a miscalculation while working on the new slipstream drive that results in a crash of the Voyager. Fifteen years in the future, Chakotay, Kim, and The Doctor try to send a message back in time to avoid the tragedy.
A strange and unknown force is affecting the fabric of reality for Voyager. The crew has to backtrack recent events to find the cause and the solution.
While attempting to use a Xindi subspace corridor, the Enterprise confronts another copy of itself. This ship is much older and in disrepair. It is also operated by a crew of the descendants of the original Enterprise.
An anomaly injures T'Pol and Archer refuses to leave her when the ship retreats. He is affected by parasites that prevent him from forming new memories. Twelve years later, T'Pol is still caring for Archer, but he cannot remember anything for more than a few hours.
This is a fantastic set, and CBS Paramount has gone above and beyond to give the fans something that will bring many hours of entertainment. These are some of the best episodes from all five series and perfect for a long weekend marathon.
Posted 09/04/08 Posted 03/14/2020