The Best & Worst of Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Our resident Trekspert evaluates TNG’s peaks and valleys.

BEST

“11001001” — Riker finds himself trapped on the holodeck while the Binars, a race on the verge of extinction, hijack the Enterprise.

Best and Worst of The Next Generation Q Who 300x203 The Best & Worst of Star Trek: The Next Generation “The Measure of a Man” — A thoughtful examination about the nature of individuality and personal liberty as the fate of Data, as man or machine, is determined in the best courtroom showdown since Witness for the Prosecution.

“Q Who?” — The introduction of Trek’s villainous cybernetic baddies, the Borg.

“Who Watches the Watchers?” — A primitive alien race mistakes Captain Picard for a god. What does a god need with a starship indeed?

Best and Worst of The Next Generation The First War Duty 300x190 The Best & Worst of Star Trek: The Next Generation “The Survivors” — A quiet episode that packs a surprising wallop when it turns out that the sole survivor of an alien attack is an omnipotent alien being.

“Yesterday’s Enterprise” — A dark, fatalistic, epic alternate-universe story in which the Federation is losing a war with the Klingons.

“The First Duty” — Wesley Crusher must confront a crisis of conscious when he becomes embroiled in a cadet cover-up at Starfleet Academy.

Best and Worst of The Next Generation All Good Things 300x206 The Best & Worst of Star Trek: The Next Generation “Tapestry” — Picard has a chance to relive his past thanks to the machinations of Q.

“All Good Things” — Despite being laden with way too much techno babble, this is a fitting swan song for the TNG crew with some genuine pathos wrung out of the Enterprise’s small screen farewell.


WORST

Best and Worst of The Next Generation Lonely Among Us 300x202 The Best & Worst of Star Trek: The Next Generation “Lonely Among Us”TOS redux. Yet another misunderstood life form infiltrates the Enterprise.

“Home Soil” — And still yet another dreadful retread of a much better TOS episode, “The Devil in the Dark.”

“Unnatural Selection” — Oh, wait, yet another dreadful retread of a much better TOS episode, “The Deadly Years.”

Best and Worst of The Next Generation Manhunt 300x190 The Best & Worst of Star Trek: The Next Generation “Manhunt” — A mishmash sequelizing two far better first season episodes, “The Big Goodbye” and “Haven,” with Dixon Hill and Lwaxana Troi. Mick Fleetwood plays a giant fish — need we say more?

“Night Terrors” — The sleep-deprived crew experience their worst nightmares — sort of like me watching this episode.

“Descent” — Enough with the Borg already, aren’t there any other villains in the universe?

Best and Worst of The Next Generation Descent 300x199 The Best & Worst of Star Trek: The Next Generation “Masks” — Perhaps the worst Star Trek episode ever made: An alien probe transforms the Enterprise into an ancient city and deposits its memories into Data. This makes Nemesis look like Shakespeare.

Mark A. Altman


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