When Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered in 1987, episodic storytelling was the norm. Get in, tell your story and get out. Next week, move on to the next (unrelated) mission. It works, but perspectives on this have changed significantly over the years. When Enterprise warped into its final season, it brought with it a form of storytelling rarely seen in Star Trek: the three-episode mini-arc.
What if this approach had been used on TNG? Let’s look at one episode per season that could have benefited from a larger canvas, and how these stories might have been told.
Season One: “Datalore”
Season Two: “Q Who”
Season Three: “Who Watches the Watchers”
Season Four: “First Contact”
Season Five: "Unification”
Season Six: “The Chase”
Season Seven: “Preemptive Strike”
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