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Star Trek: TNG Reviewed From Start to Finish

Spouter

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Report this Oct. 31 2011, 3:14 am

All comments and opinions welcome


ENCOUNTER AT FARPOINT


This first ep reminds me a bit of ST: The Motion Picture - the first half is great then it begins to get a bit boring (or, a lot boring in the case of the Motion Picture). The new characters are mainly interesting, and the Holodeck is a great innovation. Q is good in this first ep, before he became a largely comedic character, and the effects are up to scratch (for the time). Its just that the story is a bit dull. Once all the characters, and the ship, have been introduced, we're left with the story and it isnt much cop. Interesting to hear Patrick Stewart talk in a transatlantic accent in some scenes, and to see chief O'Brien before he had a name.

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Report this Nov. 01 2011, 5:01 am

THE NAKED NOW


Hard to say which is better, this or the TOS episode this is a rehash of. This is excellent anyway, a good story well done. Interesting to see how the characters are so different at the beginning of the series - Worf's head, Beardless Riker, Brent Spiner overplaying the weirdness of Data. Chief Engineer McDougall is quite attractive, pity they didnt keep her. The episode also features something of a rarity - a bad performance from Patrick Stewart, who, at this stage anyway, cant do comedy. The scenes where Beverley comes on to him are embarrassing, mainly due to Stewart's obvious embarrassment.

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Report this Nov. 01 2011, 1:12 pm

CODE OF HONOR


This episode is just average. Interesting idea, a planet of Blacks. The story is reminiscent of `Amok Time' from TOS. The fight, when it comes, is well-staged, but overall, the ep is one of the weakest of the first season. This was the first ep ever seen by Garrett Wang (Harry from ST: Voyager), and he wasnt impressed. He wasnt impressed again, when he tuned into the show a second time and it was this ep again. When he decided to give TNG another chance, it was this ep AGAIN that was showing. He took it as a sign that he wasnt meant to see the show, and gave up.


THE LAST OUTPOST


This episode is crap. It's a rehash of `Arena' from TOS to begin with, but takes a different turn. The Ferengi were originally intended to be a major, recurring threat, but they are handled so badly in this, they became the show's comic relief instead, and the Director, Richard Colla, was not invited back.. The series has an awful look to it in the first couple of seasons, sort of cheap and nasty, like one of those cable shows, or `Tales from the Darkside' - even the music adds to that impression. This would improve in season 3.

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Report this Nov. 01 2011, 3:19 pm

So far, I agree with you. They actors were feeling their way thru their characters, the sets weren't high budget at all. 


I never really liked Encounter, I will probably get killed for this, but I am not a fan of Q. He just annoyed me, no matter how hard he tried to annoy Picard and crew, not matter how he said he was better than them, he for the most part came crawling to them. 


I liked the idea of "The Naked Now", I just think it was too early in the series. They needed to develop the characters more.


"Code of Honor" was not good at all. Denise Crosby, she was a  much better actress and this was not a high light of her career.


"The Last Outpost" I agree as well. The Ferengi were annoying and the new direction they later took was much better. 


"Reed Alert, that's not bad"...Malcolm Reed

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Report this Nov. 02 2011, 6:18 am

Thanks for commenting. I think ST:TNG really took off in season 4, when the stories suddenly became consistently interesting, rather than just the occasional gem in the first 3 seasons.

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Report this Nov. 02 2011, 7:03 am

I totally agree. There are some good to great episodes in the first 3 seasons but it didn't start to hit its stride until "The Best of Both Worlds" and then it took off from there. Even the few bad episodes were good. 


"Reed Alert, that's not bad"...Malcolm Reed

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Report this Nov. 05 2011, 5:29 am

WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE


This is one of the stand out episodes from the first season, but having said that, it still lacks that certain something that made the eps from seasons 4-7 so good. I find the Traveller quite irritating, perhaps because he's associated with the equally annoying Wesley. The representation of the edge of the Universe is ok, but isnt the Universe supposed to be rounded? It has no edge. The scenes where the ship is propelled to the edge of the Universe have a frisson to them, and the idea of `whatever you think about becomes real' is from TOS `Shore Leave'. Apparently, this story was inspired by a novel `The Wounded Sky', which ive never seen, so i cant comment.

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Report this Nov. 05 2011, 1:35 pm

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  Agreed. This is my favorite 1st season episode. I like it because it is really inspiring and has a beautiful message. 


Favorite Episodes: TOS: Space Seed, Mirror Mirror, The City on the Edge of Forever TNG: Where The Inner Light, No One Has Gone Before, Q Who, 11001001, Elementary dear Data, The Measure of a Man, Best of Both Worlds ENT: Dear Doctor, Shockwave I

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Report this Nov. 07 2011, 2:37 am

Quote: binderman @ Nov. 05 2011, 1:35 pm

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  Agreed. This is my favorite 1st season episode. I like it because it is really inspiring and has a beautiful message. 

Thanks for commenting


LONELY AMONG US


This is the sort of dull story i dislike - characters being possessed by disembodied aliens. The only thing that makes it interesting are the two sets of warring aliens, who are quite funny, especially the reptiles. I like the bit where one of them gets a noose round Riker's head. Worf's makeup is really shoddy in this first season, and this is one of the eps where it really stands out.


JUSTICE


This came with a terrible reputation in the UK, as an episode that was virtually unwatchable. Its not quite that bad, though it is certainly far from good. Being a bit of a prude myself, i find the Edo to be quite unlikable and shallow. The idea of a vaguely thick race being watched over by a mechanical `God' is another hackneyed idea from TOS, but there it came over a bit more entertainingly. Another thing about season 1: Tasha Yar is quite a favourite sex symbol for many male fans, but i dont find her attractive at all - maybe its the butch haircut. None of the female regulars in ST:TNG are fanciable, imo. TOS and Voyager had the `cutest' female regulars, and T'Pol from `Enterprise'. 

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Report this Nov. 09 2011, 3:38 pm

Next up is The Battle.  Pay attention to how strongly Troi picks up on the Ferengi's deception.  Later on, Betazoids cannot read Ferengi.

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Report this Nov. 10 2011, 6:13 am

Quote: Broadstorm @ Nov. 09 2011, 3:38 pm

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Well spotted:-)


THE BATTLE


Another average ep, despite the fact that the Ferengi are a bit more serious and better directed, than in their first appearance. As Broadstorm says above, Deanna cant tell the Ferengi are lying, but later in the series, can.


HIDE & Q


This is one of the better eps of season 1, despite the fact it doesnt really have a plot. Rather, it comes across as a series of vaguely-connected little vignettes involving Q. The planet set is nice, reminiscent of those in TOS, until the producers decided that such sets were dated and tacky, and started realising alien worlds through location filming. The animal-soldiers are good, and i like the bit where Worf tips his drink out rather than drink with the enemy. The end, where RikerQ grants everyones' wishes, is daft, with characters behaving in a typically illogical tv fashion -  who on Earth would rather remain blind than be given sight, and why does Wesley want to grow up suddenly, losing a few years of his life in the process? 

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Report this Nov. 10 2011, 6:28 am

HAVEN


This episode is a bit dreary too. Llwaxana Troi is a pain in the neck (hard to believe shes played by the same actress who played the bland Nurse Chapel in TOS), and the storyline isnt very interesting or engaging. I like the talking chest at the beginning, played by Armin Shimerman.


THE BIG GOODBYE


Excellent, one of the gems from season 1. Im not too keen on the other season 1 holodeck story 11001001, but this is a classic. Patrick Stewart shines in the scenes where he conveys his excitement about the holodeck to his senior officers, and makes you realise he was wasted in so many tedious stories in the first few years. The scene where Whalen is shot, has real impact, with Stewart's great performance - Picard's fury just oozes from the screen! Good to see Picard and Data both get to punch someone out. Its a shame we dont get to see the insect-like Jarandans. Ironic that, in the first 2 seasons where most of the stories are a bit wishy-washy, that the aliens presented are a bit more imaginative than the `guy with a bumpy head/nose' that always came later.

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Report this Nov. 17 2011, 6:13 am

DATALORE


This ep is just average, storywise. The only interest comes from Brent Spiner's performance as the evil Lore. I like his `Sylvester Sneekley' voice, and the facial tick that gives him away.

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Report this Nov. 19 2011, 4:04 am

ANGEL ONE


I was dreading watching this again, as the last time i saw it, it bored me into insensibility. Its not as bad as i remembered though, and id completely forgotten about the disease the crew get. As with his scenes with `Bev' in `The Naked Time', Pat Stewart isnt that good during the bits where hes supposed to be ill, with a croaky voice.  Interesting to see the Alien city is a visual that would keep popping up, not just in TNG, but DSN and Voyager as well. Another good thing is that the ep involves the crew encountering a Strange New World, not something that happened much, if at all, in later seasons.

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Report this Nov. 20 2011, 3:21 am

1100101


A good episode, nice aliens, nice to see Gene Dynarski (who was in 2 eps of TOS) again. Nice use of stock footage for the Starbase. Minuet is a good character, but i often wonder why the various characters in Star Trek have such rotten taste when it comes to Holodecks - all the possibilities they offer, and Riker creates a smokey Jazz Club!

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