STTNG – Violations (Review)

Whatever Violations was trying to achieve, it failed at it. I mean, I guess, since it’s sort of hard to know what the point was. But that doesn’t keep it from being interesting. Keiko O’Brien, in her only ever episode without Miles, is having her memory probed by some aliens on board who do that.…

STTNG – Hero Worship (Review)

In a lot of ways Hero Worship feels like a reimagining of New Ground as a Data-centric episode. It’s not, of course. There’re very different stories. But the fact that they share so many elements and aired consecutively makes it feel like the showrunners are inviting the comparison. Both focus on a single character’s relationship…

STTNG – New Ground (Review)

Captain’s Log – number number number nubmer point number number number number number. The Enterprise has been asked to participate in a fascinating experiment that could revolutionize warp technology. If past performance is any indication, it will appear to work, then go off the rails, threatening a nearby colony planet before Geordi has a chance…

Chaos on the Bridge (Review)

Chaos on the Bridge is must-see TV for any Star Trek fan – or even people who are just interested in Star Trek as a cultural phenomenon. It’s a 2014 documentary by (as in "produced and hosted by") William Shatner about the office politics behind Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s first two seasons. This was…

STTNG – A Matter of Time (Review)

Ah yes, the idiot plot episode! Officially it’s known as A Matter of Time, and it involves the bridge crew acting like complete chumps for the duration of a hugely implausible mission in which they fight anti-global warming with a few keystrokes. This should really rank down there with The Outrageous Okona. The only reason…

STTNG – Unification (Review)

Unification – season 5’s mid-season two-parter – is one of those you can appreciate for the memorable moments, if not for the story. Certainly not for the story, which is equal parts boring filler and plot hole-ridden cartoon. And let’s be honest, the memorable moments aren’t enough to carry it. They’re nevertheless good enough that…

STTNG – The Game (Review)

The Game is another one of those episodes where the complaints are instructive. Fans don’t like this one, and for a lot of reasons that seem convincing … until you think about it a bit. As we open, Riker’s on Risa indulging in some playful foreplay with a rubber forehead type. It’s all fun and…

STTNG – Disaster (Review)

Disaster is where they do "shallow but fun." It’s not an Airplane!-style parody of disaster flicks, but it doesn’t take itself all that seriously either. Mostly, it’s just having fun with the franchise by (a) doing something a little different and (b) confining cahracters in spaces with people they’re uncomfortable with. The Enterprise is cruising…

STTNG – Silicon Avatar (Review)

Silicon Avatar is another one of those episodes that makes you feel like you’re living in the Twilight Zone. I don’t mean the epiosde itself, but the fact that so many core Next Generation fans seem to hate it. Hillariously, it’s a lot of the same people who like Darmok. Remember Darmok? That was the…

STTNG – Ensign Ro (Review)

If Darmok proved that you can’t save a crap premise by hiring good actors, perhaps what Ensign Ro proves is that you can save a boring one by inserting an interesting character. Plot-wise, this episode is a snoozefest, for once again Next Generation is showing us how to build elaborate starship sets to tell a…