Star Trek: The Next Generation mini-reviews

This is something I was working on in 2005. Although I never finished due to some real life issues getting in the way, here's everything that I had posted.


SEASON 2

The Child
(2 Stars)
- Troi is pregnant from some energy life form. The kid is born and grows at an amazing rate while the ship is threatened by the possible release of virus samples they are transporting. Some interesting moments, but the emotional scenes didn't work IMO, because of the bad acting.

Where Silence Has Lease
(3 Stars)
- The ship enters a "hole in space" and can't get out. Mysterious things happen. Fun episode where we get to see the autodestruct sequence again.

Elementary, Dear Data
(3 Stars)
- The first Sherlock Holmes episode. The holographic Moriarty becomes sentient and threatens the ship. Well acted and entertaining.

The Outrageous Okona
(1 Star)
- Worst episode so far. Data learning humor is absolutely dreadful. Trying to figure out what's up with Okona is only slightly more interesting.

Loud as a Whisper
(2 Stars)
- A deaf-mute mediator is being transported by the Enterprise to negotiations where things go very wrong. Not a bad show despite some parts that seem extremely low budget.

The Schizoid Man
(2 Stars)
- Data gets "possessed" when a dying man transfers his consciousness to him. Not as interesting as it might have been, but it's fun to see the crew reactions to Data's behavior.

Unnatural Selection
(2 Stars)
- A disease that causes people to age rapidly is spreading and Pulaski gets infected, too. Decent episode, but the super easy conclusion feels all wrong.

A Matter of Honor
(3 Stars)
- Riker transfers to a Klingon ship temporarily to learn more about them. The Klingon culture stuff was overdone by Trek as the years went by, but this episode made their ways seem mysterious and interesting.

The Measure Of A Man
(4 Stars)
- A hearing to determine whether or not Data is sentient. Second best episode of the season, this was extremely well written and gets you thinking.

The Dauphin
(0 Stars)
- Wesley falls in love with an alien girl. Does any more need to be said? Worst episode of the season.

Contagion
(3 Stars)
- The Enterprise is severely malfunctioning, suffering from the same problems that just destroyed it's sister ship. An enjoyable show, but the solution to the problems again seems a bit too easy.

The Royale
(1 Star)
- The crew finds one survivable area on an otherwise uninhabitable planet. In that spot... a 20th century casino? The explanation is fairly interesting, but the episode as a whole is not.

Time Squared
(3 Stars)
- An interesting episode. The crew finds a shuttlecraft from 6 hours in the future with the Picard of that time. His Enterprise was destroyed, and the crew has to figure out what went wrong so they don't make the same mistake in 6 hours time.

The Icarus Factor
(1 Star)
- Riker has to consider a promotion and transfer while dealing with his father. This one just didn't do much for me.

Q Who?
(4 Stars)
- Best episode of the season, one of the most interesting in the series. Because of Q's actions, the Enterprise encounters the Borg for the first time.

Samaritan Snare
(2 Stars)
- Geordi is kidnapped by some aliens that seem a little bit slow. Meanwhile, Picard needs to have his artificial heart replaced. Hearing about the captain's history is interesting, except when Wesley participates. The kidnapping plot is decent as well.

Up The Long Ladder
(1 Star)
- One culture that has returned to the simple life, and one advanced culture that relies on cloning to survive. Can they coexist? And who really cares?

Manhunt
(0 Stars)
- Lwaxana Troi looks for a husband while Picard retreats to the holodeck to get away from her. This character is supposed to be annoying, but too much of her can ruin an episode and does here.

The Emissary
(1 Star)
- The Enterprise must intercept a Klingon sleeper ship who's crew is about to wake up, thinking they are still at war with the Federation. Worf dealing with relationship issues drag the episode down, but the ending is fun.

Peak Performance
(3 Stars)
- A wargames exercise turns serious when a Ferengi ship shows up and disables the Enterprise. All around entertaining, despite some things that don't entirely make sense looking back.

Shades Of Gray
(1 Star)
- Riker is infected by alien microbes and stimulating his brain to make him relive intense memories is the only way to fight them. A clip show so early in the life of the show that there are hardly any clips available! Brilliant!


SEASON 3

Evolution
(3 Stars)
- A scientist is attempting a scientific experiment on a star while the ship is experiencing serious malfunctions. But this is the only chance he'll have in his lifetime and he'd rather die than cancel the experiment. Not a bad show at all. Did Wesley have to call it a school project, though? How about "An experiment for the academy..."

The Ensigns Of Command
(2 Stars)
- An alien species is trying to reclaim a planet that's rightfully theirs. But there are humans on it who don't want to leave. Didn't find it that interesting myself. Maybe I would've liked less of Data and more attempted negotiations with the aliens.

The Survivors
(3 Stars)
- An entire planet devastated except for one house and it's two occupants. Very interesting to watch the story unfold. Quite an interesting conclusion.

Who Watches the Watchers?
(3 Stars)
- A Prime Directive episode. A primitive culture comes to believe Captain Picard is a God and he has to find a way to convince them otherwise.

The Bonding
(1 Star)
- A boy's mother dies and he has to cope. But then an alien appears in his mother's form and he has to make a choice between reality and fantasy. Doesn't sound terrible in summary, but couldn't hold my attention that well. Very predictable after a point.

Booby Trap
(3 Stars)
- The Enterprise finds a 1000 year old vessel and becomes trapped by the same force that doomed the ancient ship. A really entertaining episode. Seeing the interior of the ship and Picard's reaction to the experience was fun. The efforts to escape the trap were exciting as well.

The Enemy
(3 Stars)
- Geordie is trapped on a dangerous planet with a Romulan, and both of them are injured. Meanwhile, the Enterprise is in a standoff with a Romulan ship and must avoid starting a war. This one was pretty exciting as the Romulans make pretty good Trek villains. The danger of long term exposure to the planet made the show a bit more exciting.

The Price
(1 Star)
- The Enterprise hosts negotiations for rights to a stable wormhole to the Delta quadrant. Troi falls in love with one negotiator and discovers his secret. This one could have been much better, but the love story here fails to hold your interest and there isn't anything else that can redeem the episode. Interesting Star Trek note: on Star Trek DS9, there's a stable wormhole to the Gamma quadrant, while Star Trek Voyager takes place in the Delta quardrant.

The Vengeance Factor
(2 Stars)
- The Enterprise tries to mend relations between an alien society and a group of them that were exiled long ago. Again, has some decent moments, but doesn't stand out as good or great episode. The conclusion ended up being a bit more serious than I had imagined.

The Defector
(3 Stars)
- A very interesting show where a defecting Romulan warns the Enterprise crew of an impending attack. But the Enterprise would have to go into the neutral zone to destroy the hidden base, and Picard must decide whether this is really a defector or someone trying to start a war. The seriousness of the episode is appreciated and the ending probably isn't what you were expecting.

The Hunted
(2 Stars)
- The Enterprise has to track down an escaped criminal. But all may not be as it seems. Just a mediocre show. Some parts of the chase were good, but it's tough to base almost an entire episode on these kinds of scenes.

The High Ground
(0 Stars)
- Dr. Crusher is abducted by a faction on a planet in the middle of a civil war. This is the best they could do with that storyline? I disliked just about every guest character and sitting through this one really took a lot of patience.

Deja Q
(3 Stars)
- Q loses his powers and becomes human, with the Enterprise crew reluctantly helping him learn what that means. Unlike the previous Q episode which introduced the Borg, this one is mostly comedy. But it's still a solid episode.

A Matter of Perspective
(2 Stars)
- Riker is accused of murder and must prove his innocence. Not too bad. It was interesting seeing the variations from each witness, all believing that they were telling the truth. And all their testimony is through holodeck recreation, making it more interesting than it would have otherwise been.

Yesterday's Enterprise
(4 Stars)
- The Enterprise C travels to the future through a time rift, and history is changed. This is a TNG classic, showing the way Trek history could have played out. The Federation is at war with the Klingons, and losing. The Enterprise is a ship of war and Tasha Yar is still alive. Sending the Enterprise C back in time is a death sentence, but the only way to set history right. Holds up after many repeat viewings.

The Offspring
(3 Stars)
- Data creates a new android, Lal, which he considers to be his child. Starfleet wants her to be separated from him to learn from experts, but Data and Lal don't want this. A solid episode made more interesting by it's ending.

Sins of the Father
(2 Stars)
- Worf tried to clear his father's name by going to the Klingon High Council. I tend to enjoy the Klingon episodes, but this one didn't do much for me. Good to know a little more about Worf's family and history, though.

Allegiance
(4 Stars)
- Picard is switched with a duplicate who has all his memories and ends up trapped with other people who have had the same happen to them. I had trouble with the score here, but I found the episode too fun to give just 3 stars. Picard's attempts to escape and find out who among them might be working for the enemy were good, but the Enterprise crew noticing Picard's strange behavior and acting on it were even better.

Captain's Holiday
(2 Stars)
- Picard goes on a vacation but ends up on a big adventure. Once you stop being pessimistic, it's really not that bad of an episode. Picard's comment at the end about the what the time travelers could do seemed like it would be impossible without causing a paradox or something, but maybe I misinterpereted it.

Tin Man
(2 Stars)
- The Federation tries to make contact with a living being that serves as a starship before the Romulans can capture or destroy it. I find the idea of a telepath overwhemed by the thoughts of others to be interesting, but nothing really makes the show stand out.

Hollow Puruits
(2 Stars)
- Lt. Barclay must overcome his addiction to the holodeck and nervousness to help deal with an emergency. Barclay is a fairly interesting character who we see again in future episodes. This episode has a few good moments.

The Most Toys
(3 Stars)
- Data is kidnapped by a collector, but is presumed dead by the Enterprise crew. A fun show, lots of good scenes with Data dealing with his new status as a collectible, and with the Enterprise crew realizing that something isn't right.

Sarek
(3 Stars)
- Sarek is on one final diplomatic mission. Suffering from a disease which causes him to lose control of his emotions, the success off the mission is in doubt. Sarek is a great character, and the episode is fascinating at times. Didn't much care for the scenes where Sarek's telepathically projected emotions cause violence among the crew.

Ménage à Troi
(2 Stars)
- Riker, Troi, and her mother are kidnapped by Ferengi. Actually ends up being pretty decent as a humor episode.

Transfigurations
(2 Stars)
- Acceptable. Crusher nurses an injured alien back to health, but he's lost his memory and seems to have special powers. Nothing really stands out as great or terrible, just one of those shows I don't have much opinion on.

The Best of Both Worlds *Part 1*
(4 Stars)
- The first part of what is possibly the best episode from any Star Trek series. The Federation battles the Borg with everything at stake, and this was before they became the lame villains they were on Voyager. Part one isn't quite as entertaining as the conclusion, but the episode as a whole deserves four stars.


SEASON 4

Best of Both Worlds Part II
(4 Stars)

Family
(3 Stars)

Brothers
(3 Stars)

Suddenly Human
(2 Stars)

Remember Me
(4 Stars)

Legacy
(2 Stars)

Reunion
(3 Stars)

Future Imperfect
(2 Stars)

Final Mission
(3 Stars)

The Loss
(1 Star)

Data's Day
(3 Stars)

The Wounded
(3 Stars)

Devil's Due
(2 Stars)

Clues
(4 Stars)

First Contact
(0 Stars)

Galaxy's Child
(2 Stars)

Night Terrors
(3 Stars)

Identity Crisis
(2 Stars)

The Nth Degree
(4 Stars)

Qpid
(2 Stars)

The Drumhead
(3 Stars)

Half a Life
(2 Stars)

The Host
(2 Stars)

The Mind's Eye
(3 Stars)

In Theory
(Rating Pending)

Redemption: Part 1
(3 Stars)


SEASON 5

Redemption: Part 2
(2 Stars)

Darmok
(3 Stars)

Ensign Ro
(2 Stars)