Although Star Trek might not necessarily be of interest to most of my readers, I just recently finished up all seven seasons of The Next Generation, its most popular and arguably best show of the franchise. I have been blogging for years and have always done a Star Trek recap on whatever show I have finished (TOS and VOY so far), so I thought I’d continue the tradition here. 🙂
I’ll start with my top 5 favorite episodes, top 5 worst episodes, a character ranking, and finally some rambly thoughts on the show. Let’s get started! (Be warned: this will be a long post. I’m a shameless Trekkie and I have a LOT of thoughts. 😂)
TOP 5 BEST EPISODES
There are SO many episodes of this show that it was really hard to choose only 5. There were a lot of others that I really enjoyed and only a few that I wasn’t at least a little entertained by.
#5: The Measure of A Man: A scientist wants to use Data for his experiments, but Data doesn’t want this. It comes down to a court hearing to decide whether or not Data should be considered a sentient being by the law. I was really impacted by this episode. I thought it was really interesting and inspiring to see Picard fight for the rights of Data, who is so clearly an independent being with his own rights. It also addresses questions like what it means to be human.
#4: Dark Page: Lwaxwana Troi falls into a coma after helping to communicate with a completely telepathic species due to repressed memories. Deanna must help discover what those memories are. Lwaxwana Troi is really a great character; she seems frivolous at first, but at the core she’s just a confident person living her life to the fullest. 🙂 I liked seeing her have a more serious role in this episode, and I thought it was really sweet + sad.
#3: I Borg: The crew encounter a lost Borg drone, and plan to use it for the destruction of this dangerous species. But the ethics of this plan come into question when the drone starts showing the qualities of an independent individual. The Borg that they discover, Hugh, is really pure and I was happy to see him come back in “Descent.” My favorite part of this episode was seeing the crew members struggle with their personal feelings about Hugh and their knowledge of what the Borg could eventually do to the human race; especially with all the pressure put on them to carry out the plan by Starfleet command.
#2: The Inner Light: Picard finds himself in an alien world, living another man’s life. He eventually comes to accept this and lives an entire lifetime, before waking up on the Enterprise and realizing this has all happened in a span of 20 minutes. This was a very sweet episode with phenomenal acting. The story line was very touching. It’s easy to see why this is widely considered as one of the best Star Trek episodes of all time. Patrick Stewart really makes the episode.
#1: All Good Things…: The two-part finale of the series; Picard finds himself travelling through three different time periods: the past, future, and present. After watching every single episode of the seven seasons of this show, this was a very satisfying ending which I thoroughly enjoyed watching. I liked seeing all the different possibilities of what might happen to the crew members.
TOP 5 WORST EPISODES
Some of these are so bad they’re good. Others are just bad. The first couple seasons get a little slack because everyone knows they kinda stink.
#5: Sub Rosa: Dr. Crusher meets her dead grandmother’s ghost lover. This episode is probably the worst. It was so bad. It wasn’t even so bad it was good. It was just stupid and uncomfortable. I don’t know who thought this was a good idea.
#4: Genesis: Picard and Data return to the Enterprise to find the entire crew has devolved into pre-historic beings. First, this episode conflicts with my worldview because I’m a Christian and don’t believe in evolution. But that wouldn’t make me rate an episode super low (if that were so some episodes in the top 5 would be down here). The episode was also just a snooze-fest. I didn’t really care what was happening because I knew they’d all return to normal.
#3: Man of the People: Troi falls for an ambassador who turns out to have a twisted ulterior motive. This episode just stunk. It was really cheesy and the ending wasn’t exciting or satisfying.
#2: Masks: The Enterprise falls victim to an ancient alien probe, which slowly begins transforming the ship into an ancient temple. Brent Spiner is a pretty amazing actor, but other than that, this episode had no heart, and the plot made no sense.
#1: Emergence: When the ship starts malfunctioning, the crew discover it’s changing into a sentient being. This wasn’t as bad as some of the others, but it was just boring. I was looking at my phone most of the time.
It took me a bit to warm up to Captain Jean-Luc Picard, but I think that was because I needed to get to know his character better. Once they established a personality for him, I loved him. He’s my favorite character in the series. I love his moral code that he lives by; he can’t be intimidated to stray from that by aliens or people who could easily take away his job if he doesn’t do what they want. A very different guy from Kirk, and I think I like it.
Data is my second-favorite character. I really enjoyed seeing his character development throughout the series as he discovered what it really meant to be human. He’s also just super pure and easy to love. My favorite part is how much he loves his cat Spot. It’s adorable, especially as I’m a cat person myself! 🙂
Beverley Crusher was just an average, lukewarm character at the beginning for me. Then I started appreciating what a strong female character she was. She’s not afraid to share her opinion and stick to it, even if it’s the Prime Directive. She’s also a doctor, so she has to see a lot of horrible things. Her husband died, and she had to raise Wesley all on her own. She’s pretty awesome if you ask me.
I really like Worf. He has a strong sense of honor, and even though he acts tough, at heart he’s a softy. What I just wish — and this is the fault of the writers — is that we had more episodes exploring Worf’s personality and not JUST his Klingon heritage. I think Worf has more to him than just being Klingon.
I liked William Riker. He’s not one of my favorites, but I appreciated his sense of duty, his fearlessness, and the fact that he wasn’t afraid to speak up when he didn’t believe something was right, even at the cost of his job. I also loved his relationship with the Captain and how strong their friendship was. 🙂
Although he’s a great best friend to Data, Geordi LaForge doesn’t really have much else going for him. He’s an okay guy, but he regularly looses his temper and has this weird way of talking to people that makes you feel like he’s looking down on them. I don’t hate him, but he’s one of my least favorites.
Deanna Troi was just meh. I appreciate the character herself, and that they put a counselor in the show when there was still a lot of stigma around counselors at the time. But she was always just nice. She never did anything really interesting or significant besides that one time in the seventh season on the Romulan ship. I love her and Riker, though. 🙂 ❤
It took a long time to get through the first season for me. I was wondering why everyone raved about TNG. It seemed cheesy and boring to me. But as it kept going, I saw more and more why everyone loves it. The characters are sweet and lovable, and the writing and production value steadily improve. I can see why it was such a popular show and why it has so many spin-offs. If you’re a Star Trek fan (or even if you’re not), I wholeheartedly recommend this show. It has a few duds (and can still be very cheesy!), but for the most part, the episodes are entertaining at the least and great television at best.
Now to watch all the movies!! 🙃😂
Have you ever seen Star Trek: TNG? Who’s your favorite character? Or if you haven’t, do you like sci-fi? What’s your favorite sci-fi show?
Thanks for reading!