Sci Fi TV Series overviews #8: Star Trek: The Next Generation

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    After the success of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Paramount decided it was time to launch a new Trek series (which they had planned on doing before creating Star Trek: The Motion Picture). Gene Roddenberry was initially not going to be involved, but changed his mind and joined the production team as "creator" while Rick Berman was the actual producer of the show. The show launched as a syndicated series in 1987 and ran for 7 years.

    The Setting:
    24th century Earth and surrounding galactic space on board the USS Enterprise 1701-D. This new Enterprise is the first Galaxy-class ship, not only an exploration/science/combat vessel, but the first to actually be a home with full families on board, including children.

    The Main Races:
    Human
    Klingon – Former enemies of Starfleet, the Klingons are now uneasy allies.
    Romulan – An old enemy, the Romulans have not been seen for many years, but reappear near the beginning of the series.
    Betazoid - From the planet Betazed, they are human-looking with full telepathic powers. Typically have black-colored irises.
    Ferengi - Short, huge-eared, financially motived aliens who initally were going to be the primary antagonist of the series, they quickly became used as comic relief.
    Cardassian - Militaristic race with slight reptillian features
    Bajoran - Highly spiritual race recently recovering from Cardassian rule
    Borg - Cybernetic beings who exist to "assimilate" all superior technology
    Vulcan - Once the primary "alien" of Star Trek, Vulcans are seldom seen in early TNG due to the producers desire to separate the show from the original series

    The Main characters:
    Captain Jean-Luc Picard - Highly decorated captain born in France. Enjoys archeology and is uncomfortable around children
    First Officer Commander William T. Riker - Typically leading the landing parties, he fills the "Kirk" role of the series being the one to get in fights and romance the natives
    Lt. Commander Data - a self-sentient android, Data strives to be more human. At the start of the series, he remembers little of his origin.
    Counselor Deanna Troi - a half Betazoid who lacks full telepathy, but does possess empathy (probably the biggest symbol of the 80's in this series... having a therapist always around)
    Lt. Geordi LaForge - Blind helmsman who sees using a device mounted to optical implants. He soon takes over the engineering department of the ship
    Lt. Natasha "Tasha" Yar - Chief of security
    Lt. Worf - the first Klingon to serve in Starfleet, Worf was raised by humans after being orphaned as a small child. He starts off as security/relief helm, but soon takes over as Chief of security
    Dr. Beverly Crusher - Chief medical officer, her late husband was a friend and shipmate of Capt. Picard.
    Wesley Crusher - boy genius... 'nuff said

    The Supporting characters:
    Guinan - An El Aurian, Guinan is an old friend of Picard's who comes aboard to tend bar (Whoopi Goldberg)
    Dr. Kate Pulaski - Chief medical officer during the 2nd year while Dr. Crusher was gone
    Lwaxana Troi - Mother of Deanna, she is generally considered exteremely obnoxious
    Q - Seemingly omnipotent alien who develops an interest in humankind and Picard.
    Miles O'Brien - Transporter chief
    Lt. Reg Barclay - Tech whiz with serious socialization problems

    Several actors reprised thier roles from the original series: DeForest Kelly played a very old Admiral McCoy in the first episode, James Doohan as Scotty was found to have been stuck in a transporter accident, Spock was living on Rolumus trying to create peace between the Romulans and Vulcans in a two part epsiode, Mark Lenard appeared as Sarek in two episodes and Majel Barrett returned as the voice of the Enterprise computer (as well as playing Lwaxana Troi)


    With a few exceptions, Star Trek: The Next Generation (aka TNG) used stand-alone episodes, so a viewer can start watching at any time during the series and not have to worry about missing anything. It won 18 Emmys and was one of the highest-rated syndicated shows of all time.



    MOVIES

    Star Trek: Generations
    The first of the Next Generation films, Generations starts off with Kirk sacrificing himself to save the passengers and crew of the Enterprise-B from an energy ribbon called The Nexus. After entering The Nexus himself, Captain Picard finds Kirk alive and well, living in a perpetual dream world.

    Star Trek: First Contact
    The Borg have returned, and after a fierce battle a borg sphere creates a temporal rift over Earth, and the crew of the new 1701-E witness the Earth turning into a Borg world. They have no choice but to follow the sphere back in time and try to fix the changes that were made

    Star Trek: Insurrection
    Picard discovers members of Starfleet are working with an alien race in a plot against a planet of peaceful people with a special secret.

    Star Trek: Nemesis
    The Enterprise heads to Romulus expecting a peace treaty, only to discover a plan to attack Earth.
     
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    :cool: very nice.
     
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    I'm rewatching some of TNG now. Any recommendations for best episodes?
     
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    Chain of Command
    The Inner Light
    Frame of Mind
    Relics
    Redemption
    Cause and Effect

    Anything with Lt. Barclay.
     
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    some of my favs:

    A Matter of Honor
    Q Who
    Yesterday's Enterprise
    Future Imperfect
    Best of Both Worlds
    The Drumhead
    Redemption
    All Good Things
     
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    Sorry to bump the old topic, but that video was great.

    Also progresses the quality of the series very well...you go from a few good episodes in each season to a lot of good episodes to a lot of GREAT episodes.

    Why no Picard song though? After listening to it, you cannot watch "Darmok" or "The First Duty" with a straight face again.

    Oh, and Picard and Data were the true stars of the show.
     
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    You. don't. deserve... to. wear. that. uniform!
     
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    wait, there was a video in the original post? I didn't see one.
     
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    Linked in post #2:

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    By the way, always feel free to bump these overview threads. They aren't "don't post because they're old" type threads. The main overview thread is a sticky for a reason. :wavey:
     
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    I really did not enjoy the first episode so I quit watching it for a while. But now I've started it again, and it is rather enjoyable. I love how they call Wesley 'the boy' :rofl:
     
  15. It couldn't have been easy making another series after the epic performance of William Shatner and crew.

    Great acting by all made TNG great and almost as special as the original series. :bowdown:
     
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    So in S1E22 Tasha Yar dies, yet she is in S1E23 :hsugh:
     
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    I thought Tasha Yar became a traitor or something over the course of her apperance on the show.
     
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    Her daughter is a romulan. :noes:
     
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    wish they'd do this to DS9. :wtc:
     
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    Someday. hopefully :x:
     
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    It would be nice.

    http://dvdweeklypodcast.lefora.com/2009/11/01/why-star-trek-the-next-generation-and-deep-space-n/


    So they're doing a LOT of work on TNG. Hopefully enough people will buy it to convince them to give DS9 the same treatment. :x:
     
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