Hey guys! Happy New Year! 2019 has begun and I can’t wait to show you what I’ve got planned for the blog this year. Right now I’m unveiling a brand new series as part of the All-New Review Basement, which is the idea I came up with for my focus in 2019. This new series is called VHS Reviews. Basically, what it is is a series where I take a look at movies that came out in the ’80s, ’90s and 2000’s that were then released on VHS as well as movies from before 1986 that had a home video release, specifically on VHS sometime during my childhood and teenage years in the ’90s and early to mid-2000’s. A lot of these movies I have on DVD, on Blu-ray or digitally now, but, these are movies that I either owned on VHS or rented from the video store during my childhood. So without further ado, let’s talk about this first VHS that I’d like to talk about.
Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Collector’s Edition was a series of videotapes that you had to order from Columbia House and subscribe to in order to get them regularly. I had the first two tapes in this line which contained the episodes, “Encounter at Farpoint”, “The Naked Now”, and the much maligned episode, “Code of Honor” which are the first three episodes of the Television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation. Technically it’s four episodes, but I always count “Encounter at Farpoint” as a single ninety minute episode (two hours with commercials in it’s first airing back in 1987) rather than two 42 minute episodes as it’s aired on TV as since it’s first rerun airing. And since it’s the original, full, ninety minute version on this tape, I’m counting 3 episodes, not four.
So when I was a kid, I owned these two tapes and this is how I remember watching these three episodes. I owned the individual retail tapes as well, the “Encounter at Farpoint” tape will be a subject for review later on down the line, but they were kept at my grandparents’s place for me to watch over there. Unlike with the opening for the “Encounter at Farpoint” tape I have never seen the openings for these tapes on YouTube. Probably because they weren’t widely available and so not very many people had them. I think my tapes are still in a box somewhere here in the basement, but they might have been gotten rid of a while back. Either way I don’t have a VCR to play them on anymore anyway, so I wouldn’t be able to watch the beginning of the tapes even if I do still own them.
As I said, this was how I saw these episodes for the first time. Though to be honest I think I only watched “Encounter at Farpoint” and “The Naked Now” more than “Code of Honor”. Mostly because “The Naked Now” was first on the second tape and often times I would turn off the tape and either save it for later, or rewind it to watch from the beginning another time. There isn’t really a reason for it, I just preferred the other two over “Code of Honor”. None of them are the best episodes of the show mind you, but, they’re also not the worst episodes either (“Night Terrors” still holds the title of ‘worst’ episode of TNG).
I’m going to talk about this more when I do my review of the single tape of Star Trek: The Collector’s Edition, which was the series of tapes from Columbia House that collected the original Star Trek series from the ’60s, but the back of the cassette box contained the same two pictures, one of Geordi La Forge hiding behind a rock from the season 1 episode, “Hide and Q” and the other of the crew on the Bridge from the season 1 episode, “Lonely Among Us”, and then a description of each episode on the tape. As you can see from the picture I’ve used for this review, there’s no indication on the front of the case which episodes the tapes contain. You basically have to look at the case’s spine or the back of the box to know which episodes are on the tape and hopefully you didn’t have more than one of the tapes out at a time or you might’ve gotten them mixed up if you weren’t paying attention.
That’s Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Collector’s Edition. I thought it would be a fun review to start off the new year with. It wasn’t something you could rent at the video store, and you couldn’t buy it in a store either. You had to get it in the mail. As I said, I only ever had the first two tapes in the series. I think my grandmother had a subscription to Columbia House for a short time and she ordered these two tapes and then cancelled the subscription or something like that. I don’t really remember because I was very young when I got these tapes. I was only four or five years old when these tapes started coming out, and I’m pretty sure I got them right as they came out so in 1991. It might’ve been 1992 at the latest, because we moved out to the country in the summer of 1993, and I know I had both tapes before we moved because I remember watching them when my brother and sister were toddlers. After these two tapes, my grandmother started buying me the regular retail tapes that you could get at K-mart and at the video stores and I got the majority of season 1 on VHS but I’ll talk about that later on when I talk about the “Encounter at Farpoint” tape.
That’s it for me for this week folks. I’ll be back tomorrow to talk more about my plans for the blog in 2019 and give you a better idea of what exactly I’m hoping to do this year in terms of my focus and why I chose to take this new approach to something that I’ve been doing for four years, two years as the Geek Outpost, and two as The Review Basement. So until then have a great night and I will talk to you later. Take care!