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Star Trek: TNG Reviewed From Start to Finish

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Report this Nov. 20 2011, 3:22 am

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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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Report this Nov. 22 2011, 4:27 am

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>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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This is one of the episodes of Star Trek that I hate the most. Its the second or so episode of TNG and you have two of the female leads infatuated with the two male leads who obviously don't reciprocate.

So you have the next 7 seasons with Beverley and Deanna chasing Jean-Luc and Will. Its just like TOS with Chapel and Spock except Chapel waasn't really a lead and you could ingore it.


Personally, i dont find either of TNG's `romances' very interesting (Picard/Crusher, Riker/Troi). Whenever ive watched `The Naked Now', that scene only stands out for me for its comedy potential.

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Report this Nov. 22 2011, 4:34 am

TOO SHORT A SEASON


A good ep, good performances, good makeup, good story. Nothing that stands out though. Which makes this too short a review.


WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS


This ep is a bit rubbish. Stories involving kids can go either way - you can get a classic (TOS `Miri' and `And the Children Shall Lead') or you can get this (and most of the other TNG stories involving children. I dont consider what the Aldeans do to be an `act of utter barbarity' as Picard says it is (maybe im just heartless!), and the story is just syrupy. Americans seem to have an obsession with the relationship between Father and Son (I love you, Pop! syndrome), and this ep has a fair few such moments. I wonder if the kids who weren't chosen felt embarassed at being considered too thick to take along?

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Report this Dec. 02 2011, 4:34 pm

HOME SOIL


One of the dreariest stories - tales about new life forms being discovered are actually among the most boring. As soon as you get the general idea of the story, you can tell exactly what is going to happen.


COMING OF AGE


You would think this was going to be crap as well, but its actually quite entertaining. The subplot, with the StarFleet bods warning of something strange going on and Remmick getting on everyones nerves is better than the main storyline.


HEART OF GLORY


This episode is ok, but the best Klingon stories were still to come. The Klingon homeworld is referred to as Kling at one point. Worf is getting a bit more interesting than he was at first.

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Report this Dec. 04 2011, 8:12 pm

Heart of Glory is the first in a long line of "let's see how we can threaten the fragile alliance this time" episodes.  It did have some bad points which end up being very ironic over the next several episodes.  LaForge, who is about to become chief engineer, demonstrates in inability to recognize that "safest" & "least dangerous" are the exact same thing.  Worf, who is about to become chief of security disobeys a direct order from a superior officer, the current security chief, and stays between a security team & the Klingons the team is there for.

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Report this Dec. 07 2011, 3:08 am

Thanks for commenting Broadstorm


THE ARSENAL OF FREEDOM


This is an ok ep, not outstanding though. I like the TOS-inspired planet set, and the scenes with the weaponry that keeps getting more advanced are good. Bev Crusher is one of my least favourite characters in ST, and i never found the hints of romance between her and Picard to be very interesting.


SYMBIOSIS


An obvious message ep, all about drugs, with really cring-worthy dialogue from Wesley about why people would become dependant on a chemical substance etc. This is a story that i expected to see banned here in the UK, as 4 eps of TOS suffered that fate. I like the really thick/high aliens.

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Report this Dec. 07 2011, 3:39 am

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>Thanks for commenting Broadstorm

>THE ARSENAL OF FREEDOM

>This is an ok ep, not outstanding though. I like the TOS-inspired planet set, and the scenes with the weaponry that keeps getting more advanced are good. Bev Crusher is one of my least favourite characters in ST, and i never found the hints of romance between her and Picard to be very interesting.

>SYMBIOSIS

>An obvious message ep, all about drugs, with really cring-worthy dialogue from Wesley about why people would become dependant on a chemical substance etc. This is a story that i expected to see banned here in the UK, as 4 eps of TOS suffered that fate. I like the really thick/high aliens.

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One problem with The Arsenal of Freedom is that it introduced yet another engineer who outranked LaForge before LaForge got promoted & became chief engineer.  I thought back to that episode frequently while watching the Borg episodes.  It should have gotten considered.  Anything & everything should have been considered when dealing with the Borg.  Leaving those things out, I think it was a decent standalone episode.

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Report this Dec. 08 2011, 2:49 pm

SKIN OF EVIL


Things take a sharp turn for the better with this ep, which jolts the audience by getting rid of one of the main characters. I have to admit im no fan of Tasha Yar, and i dont think the series suffered one iota after she left, in fact, it gets better (albeit, 2 seasons later). Armus is effective, i like the bit where he torments Geordi, and swallows Riker, and i like the TOS-inspired planet. The end is a bit hard to take, with a lot of syrup laid on with a shovel.

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Report this Dec. 08 2011, 4:27 pm

You might want to take another look at Symbiosis.  These episodes were filmed in a different order so Symbiosis was filmed after Skin of Evil.  In the last several seconds of Symbiosis, as other characters are walking out of the cargo bay, Denise Crosby waves goodbye behind them.

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Report this Dec. 12 2011, 4:56 am

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>You might want to take another look at Symbiosis.  These episodes were filmed in a different order so Symbiosis was filmed after Skin of Evil.  In the last several seconds of Symbiosis, as other characters are walking out of the cargo bay, Denise Crosby waves goodbye behind them.

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Yep, i remember that. Someone had a letter printed in the magazine `Starburst' commenting on it, and the apparent lack of respect and discipline on board the ship  Its one of the major things to look out for in the series, along with the appearance of a member of the camera crew in a scene in `Unification'.

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Report this Dec. 12 2011, 4:59 am

WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS


The storyline involving Picard's old flame is totally boring. Its the `time' aspect which makes it interesting: the scenes where Picard is fencing, where time loops, the excellent turbolift scenes and the scenes with Data at the end, in Manheim's laboratory. Stretches credibilty a bit, that the Holodeck can recreate every aspect of a relatively obscure bar in Paris, on a particular day.

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Report this Dec. 12 2011, 8:44 am

"We'll Always Have Paris" is one episode that I never ever liked at all, no matter how matter how many times I have watched it. I agree, the Picard ex flame was extremely boring. But you can't have every single episode being a high point and this was definitely not one of them.


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Report this Dec. 17 2011, 5:15 am

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>"We'll Always Have Paris" is one episode that I never ever liked at all, no matter how matter how many times I have watched it. I agree, the Picard ex flame was extremely boring. But you can't have every single episode being a high point and this was definitely not one of them.

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High points were few and far between in the first 3 seasons, but at least season 1 ended on a high note.


CONSPIRACY


An excellent episode, it has a brooding atmosphere of danger and menace, exemplified by having Michael (Hills Have Eyes) Berryman in the cast as a StarFleet captain. Some great scenes of Worf action, and the ending is one of the best. This is one of those stories where reviewing it is a bit pointless, as its obvious why its so good. A shame that the parasites are never seen or mentioned again.


THE NEUTRAL ZONE


Im not a big fan of the Romulans - they appeared in one of the weakest TOS eps (Balance of Terror) and one good one(The Enterprise Incident), before becoming a big part of the ST universe, starting with this ep. Its good to see them, and i like the fact that the mystery is not explained until season 2, where we find out it was the Borg who did the damage. But its the storyline involving the 20th century Humans which is the more interesting. Good to see Mark Richman, who appeared in a few 60s SF shows again. Theres a scene where the bios of the first 6 Doctor Who actors appear on a monitor screen very briefly.


SEASON 2


The second season is worse than the first. Katherine Pulaski is far more interesting than Beverley Crusher and its a shame she didnt stay permanently, Riker looks good in a beard, and...thats about it. The stories are fairly tedious, but at least the influence of TOS was thrown off ; ie the stories are crap, but at least theyre original!


THE CHILD


Ironically, after what i said above, the first ep of the season is a dusted-off script from the aborted (Thank God!, it would have been dreadful) 70s Star Trek Phase 2 show. Its original, but nothing special, and the most interesting things about it are seeing the differences from season 1 - Hairy Riker, Geordi as Chief Engineer, the new Doctor, the new improved version of the theme..

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Report this Dec. 17 2011, 3:50 pm

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>THE NEUTRAL ZONE

>Im not a big fan of the Romulans - they appeared in one of the weakest TOS eps (Balance of Terror) and one good one(The Enterprise Incident), before becoming a big part of the ST universe, starting with this ep. Its good to see them, and i like the fact that the mystery is not explained until season 2, where we find out it was the Borg who did the damage. But its the storyline involving the 20th century Humans which is the more interesting. Good to see Mark Richman, who appeared in a few 60s SF shows again. Theres a scene where the bios of the first 6 Doctor Who actors appear on a monitor screen very briefly.

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Well, we definitely disagree on Balance of Terror.  That is one of my favorite TOS episodes.  That one episode gives the Romulans a depth the Klingons have never displayed.  The problem with The Neutral Zone is that Angel One already mentioned a confrontation with the Romulans, and Data is able to calculate the amount of time that the StarFleet ships can withstand an assault by the Romulans which would require a detailed knowledge of their technology.  In The Neutral Zone, this is the first interaction between StarFleet & the Romulans in a long time meaning that the confrontation months earlier couldn't have happened & Data couldn't have had the detailed information needed to make his calculations.  Either episode is fine, but they definitely conflict.

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Report this Dec. 23 2011, 12:47 pm

WHERE SILENCE HAS LEASE


One of a handful of really good eps in this largely lacklustre season, i like the sinister Nagilum, who/which comes across as very powerful and amoral, thinking nothing of casually killing an Enterprise crewman in one of the most chilling scenes. The bits with Riker and Worf on the other StarFleet ship are good, and overall its a shame there werent more of this quality.


ELEMENTARY, DEAR DATA


Though not a fan, i quite like Sherlock Holmes, but this episode is a bit of a bore. The basic idea is sound but it comes across as too talky. Geordi comes across as huffy and petty when he spits the dummy out over Data knowing everything in advance. The holographic Moriarty is a good character, but the season 6 show `Ship in a Bottle' is far better than this.


THE OUTRAGEOUS OKONA


Totally boring and trivial, the character of the `loveable rogue' Okona is just the sort of character i despise, whether in real-life or fiction. He isnt funny, interesting or clever, and the scene where he casually seduces a bimbo crewmember shows what a prat he is, and what a thick slut she is. The scenes with Data and Joe Piscopo in the holodeck are the highlight, far better than the main story.

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