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|Release date:||3 October 1995|
Journey's End: The Saga of Star Trek: The Next Generation was a television documentary, first broadcast the week of 15 May 1994, before the Star Trek: The Next Generation Viewers Choice Marathon.
Hosted by Jonathan Frakes from the USS Enterprise-D bridge, the special looked back at the creation of the series, went behind the scenes of creating the final episode, visited the Pasadena Grand Slam convention, investigated the phenomenon of the series, and provided answers to irrelevant but fun questions from fans, including the locations of bathrooms on the Enterprise, wherein it is revealed that there is in fact only one public place to "boldly go" on the entire Enterprise-D. In addition, the documentary presented sneak peeks of Star Trek Generations, DS9 Season 3, and Star Trek: Voyager.
According to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, the filming of the documentary created considerable tension among the series' cast and crew. Most notably, Patrick Stewart had a "run-in" with the documentary's camera crew, as a result of his exhaustion from appearing as Picard in every scene of "All Good Things..." and having directed the preceding episode, "Preemptive Strike".
The documentary was later released on VHS in the US as a stand-alone edition, and included in a special edition release of "All Good Things" in the UK. On DVD, the documentary was included as part of the Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Complete TV Movies collection, and an edited version formed part of the TNG Season 7 DVD release's special features. An English language LaserDisc was released in Japan in 2000.