I guess we have taken a break after TOS, Animated and then original cast movies, but my wife suddenly decided this weekend that she wants to rewatch The Next Generation. I warned her that, imo, that is a bad idea, but it is happening nonetheless.
TNG begins with what I believe to be the worst three episodes you could possibly use to try to introduce a new cast, 80 odd years later. First and foremost, Encounter At Farpoint.
Again imo, Q is the worst character TNG ever invented. You want to do an SF (SCIENCE FICTION!) show that updates TOS, and the first thing you do is throw in a magic-user? WTF kind of dumb idea is that. Plus he is just annoying as fuck, though I will grant DeLancie does a good job acting the role. They also really shove Troi down your throats in this episode, but can’t decide what her powers are. And they shove Wesley down your throat some, though not as much as the next two episodes. Then let’s throw in some space-jellyfish, and voila! you have a mess of a first episode.
Next comes OMG The Naked Now. Update to The Naked Time, but with more sexing and less swordplay. I can’t imagine a worse idea than, right as you introduce a batch of new characters, you completely undermine their relationships with each other and with the command structure. If I was Picard, I’d be asking for a new command after this–how can you look these people in the face now?
Plus more awful Wesley nonsense, Data having sex, Tasha being crammed down our throats, and just general stupidity run rampant.
And then as if that isn’t enough, the third episode is “Let’s Assemble a Backwards Barbarian Black Society” and dare people not to call us racist. Oh wait, the actual title is “Code of Honor,” wherein they cram Tasha down our throats even more, with the cheesiest knife fight since West Side Story. Plus a vaccine that apparently cures a disease they don’t even have on this planet, but will cure a disease on another planet they’ve never heard of, and it can AMAZINGLY only be manufactured on this joke of a planet. Plus more Wesley and other children shoehorned in, because the producers desperately want this to be accepted as a show for kids rather than just 40-somethings on a nostalgia trip.
Episode 4 is a big step up, but by then, if it didn’t have Star Trek in the name, I’d have long since quit watching.
Comments, or should I assume we aren’t going to do a rewatch?