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Star Trek: TNG Reviewed From Start to Finish

Vger23

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Report this Dec. 23 2011, 3:16 pm

I agree that "Where Silence Has Lease" is one of the few bright spots of S2. Most people think S1 of TNG is the least entertaining...but for me S2 is by far the worst. There are a few hidden gems in S2, though. "Where Silence Has Lease" is one of them. For a bottle show, it was very effective.

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Report this Dec. 24 2011, 9:38 am

Yes, there seems to be a curse as far as the second season of ST shows is concerned: apart from TNG, i think the respective season 2's of DSN and Enterprise are the worst as well.

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Report this Dec. 31 2011, 2:55 am

LOUD AS A WHISPER


Not good enough to be a classic, this is an above average ep, with some nicely-realised aliens. Later on, aliens in ST were always Humanoid with a bumpy forehead - at least in the first 2 seasons of ST:TNG, they experimented a bit more. Some good performances and choreography in the scenes where the Mediator's aides are speaking for him, a nice idea.

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Report this Jan. 06 2012, 3:56 am

THE SCHIZOID MAN


This was named after the writer's favourite episode of that brilliant series `The Prisoner'. This ep isnt a classic, but its more interesting than most other season 2 eps. Its unusual to see a Vulcan, as they dont have much of a prescence in this show.


UNNATURAL SELECTION


Enjoyable, and some good acting from Diana Muldaur, which makes the storyline appear a bit more novel than it actually is.


A MATTER OF HONOR


This is a good one. I like the over eager Benzite ensign who makes a mess of things, and there are some good bits on board the Klingon ship.


THE MEASURE OF A MAN


Dullsville USA (i wonder who first coined that expression?), this episode is quite popular among fans but i think its rubbish. 45 Mins to tell a story where the outcome is clear from the first 10 mins, and which tells us nothing we dont already know - we KNOW Data is more than a machine. Another old flame of Picard's pops up here - for a `Confirmed Bachelor' who didnt bother much with women, he managed to get through a fair few.

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Report this Jan. 06 2012, 3:35 pm

"good acting from Diana Muldaur"... I must get my UT recalibrated.  Where's Hoshi when you need her?


There were several things about A Matter of Honor worth mentioning.  Wesley's faux pas about the Benzites looking the same could have been really awkward.  Riker was passing up command opportunities to remain first officer on the Enterprise, but "SQUIRREL!!" leaves for what probably would have been more than the short period of time conveniently over by the end of the episode under different circumstances.  I think Riker literally knocked some sense into that 1 Klingon whose head he slammed into that panel.  The Klingon captain seems to subscribe to the Glenn Beck chalkboard conspiracy theorist mentality.  Also, they did one of those one off lines that get contradicted numerous times later about Klingons not being about family.

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Report this Feb. 03 2012, 10:47 am

THE DAUPHIN


Thought these reviews were over eh? No such luck, im afraid, im continuing until all seven seasons are done I just had a `mid-season break' thats all. Anyway, on with the rest of the stultifying second season.


This episode is nothing special either. Wesley in love, groan. I like the nanny though, who can change shape. The scene on the Holodeck is good, nice to see someone actually create an interesting setting for a change. And the scene where Wesley introduces his new love to the joys of chocolate is irritating - why dont they actually eat the bloody stuff instead of just sitting playing with it?!


CONTAGION


Average again. Im not a fan of the Romulans, and the only scene that really stands out for me is the hilarious bit where Geordi is flung around the Turbolift, though the ending works up a fair bit of tension.

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Report this Feb. 04 2012, 5:44 am

I had begun to wonder. 


I actually really liked Contagion.  I thought it was rather interesting the way Riker got the Romulan to focus, telling her if she had phaser capability to prepare to use them, then as she thinks he is preparing to attack her, he tells her to destroy the probe.

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Report this Feb. 05 2012, 4:29 am

As always, thanks for commenting Broadstorm - i know people are reading this thread but youre about the only one who posts anything. Still, with such fascinating topics as `who is better - Spock or Riker?', and `who is your favourite guest star?' who can blame them?


THE ROYALE


This episode isnt as good as it could have been somehow. The basic idea is a good one and its definitely a cut above most other season 2 eps, but it still falls flat.


TIME SQUARED


This episode falls just short of being really good. I love the teaser, with Riker's eggs, and theres a nice little foreshadowing of whats coming in the next ep with Riker mentioning his father. The main story is a good one, and the scene with the Enterprise being sucked into the distortion creates a frisson of excitement.


THE ICARUS FACTOR


The subplot, with Worf, is more interesting than the main storyline about Riker's dad. I love the scene with the pain sticks on the Holodeck.


PEN PALS


This is one of the really awful episodes, with a dull story. The only note-worthy thing about it is the fact that we get to see an alien world at last - not something that happens much in season 2. Oh, and the alien child looks nicely odd, rather than just a kid with a bumpy forehead.

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Report this Feb. 05 2012, 5:46 am

Quote: Spouter @ Feb. 05 2012, 4:29 am

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>As always, thanks for commenting Broadstorm - i know people are reading this thread but youre about the only one who posts anything. Still, with such fascinating topics as `who is better - Spock or Riker?', and `who is your favourite guest star?' who can blame them?

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What?!?!  Where are those discussions?  What am I doing in this thread? 

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Report this Feb. 06 2012, 5:04 am

 


Haha, i had a bitchy moment when i typed that - an element of truth in it though


Now nearing the end of season 2 (Thank God!)


Q WHO


This is the best ep of season 2. The title is a tribute to Doctor Who, and the debt the Borg owe to the Cybermen. The whole episode is excellent, great dialogue from Q, and the Borg are a hundred times better than most of the adversaries in the series so far.


SAMARITAN SNARE


This is ok. I like the Pakleds, and keep fantasising when im watching this, that im torturing and killing them, they instill that sort of feeling in the viewer.


UP THE LONG LADDER


This is better than i remembered. There are some funny scenes, and its good to see Rosalyn Landor, a British actress who appeared in some Hammer horror films/tv shows years earlier.


MANHUNT


I thought this would be dreadful, but it was better than average. Llwaxana Troi still comes across as uninteresting, but the Fishy aliens are good, and Llwaxana has a great line when she sees them.


 

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Report this Feb. 06 2012, 6:52 am

Q WHO: 


There was a subltle, but nice effect early in the episode.  When Q returns Picard to Enterprise, he catches the ball he was bouncing in the shuttle.  There are some things about the Borg that are different in this episode than in the other Borg episodes.  The "front" is a side, but later an edge where 2 sides meet.  The bolter weapon that drained the shields & then the warp envelope is never used again.


SAMARITAN SNARE:


The Pakleds were interesting in what they were doing, faking problems to lure in help to acquire better technology.  I think the lumpy foreheads may have included lobotomy scars, but I'm not really sure.  BTW, I don't recall which ones, but about a year ago I was watching a lot of DS9 episodes & noticed that several of them have Pakleds, but they basically just fill up the scene as background, without actually particpating in whatever is going on.


UP THE LONG LADDER:


I put this somewhere in the middle, decent, but nothing to write home about.

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Report this Feb. 08 2012, 11:22 am

I would comment some of these;


Fascinating. And you are sooooo right about the Pakleds! I thought I`m the only one who had fantasies of torturing them. 


Manhunt - Lwaxanna turned out to be really cool in the end when she "read" the aliens real intentions.


The Royale - That episode was so weird, but I really liked it. Very much. I think that`s because of the mistery behind the whole story which looks like it had no point - until they discovered the body (or should I say - skeleton) with the book titled - The Royale. I liked the way they interpreted "The foreign investers" Datas performance was awesome.

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Report this Feb. 08 2012, 11:23 am

And I really admire you for posting all of this! Go on, you are doing great.

selma1701

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Report this Feb. 08 2012, 11:24 am

I`m sorry I haven`t had enough time to comment episodes on previous pages. But will do next time.

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Report this Feb. 09 2012, 9:26 am

Hi Selma, thanks for commenting, and for the kind words. Have you read my `TOS reviewed..' thread? I finished it some time ago, and im doing TNG and Voyager concurrently. I like to do these TNG reviews in a sort of `bottom line/summing up' style, as lengthy reviews would be unsuitable due to the enormous number of shows in the series. Im not really as bitchy as i appeared in my earlier post, and i know a lot of people are reading these reviews. Now im here, i may as well take the opportunity to finish season 2:


THE EMISSARY


Just average again. K-Ehler x K'Ehlar x K-Herley x...Worf's old flame, is a nice character, but apart from that theres not much of interest in this ep for me. Stories where old flames turn up are among the stock TV story-devices - sometimes it leads to an interesting tale, sometimes it doesnt, and here, it doesnt.


PEAK PERFORMANCE


Average again, but with some scenes of interest. I like the contempt the Strategist (who's name escapes me at the moment) has for Riker, and Picard's response to that, but the most interesting bit is when Data is beaten in the game, and then wins at the end. The Ferengi are now officially comic relief.


SHADES OF GREY


I saw this ep for the first time only last year - id previously avoided it as it sounded dreadful, purely done to fill a gap due to a writer's strike. It turned out to be poor, but not quite as poor as id expected. Still, definitely TNG's worst ep.

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