Our resident Trekspert evaluates TNG’s peaks and valleys.
“11001001” — Riker finds himself trapped on the holodeck while the Binars, a race on the verge of extinction, hijack the Enterprise.
“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?
“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.
“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.
“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.”
“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?
— Mark A. Altman