A bonus episode for one of the most watched Star Trek series of all time. Next week we’ll start in on Deep Space Nine, but until then, enjoy the episodes we watched, what we have yet to see and … what’s that one robots name … the silver-skinned one … you know.
In our final exploration of TNG, Andy and Jessica talk:
- The last of our TNG trek!
- The virtual-ality and entertainment in Star Trek
- All the characters feeling a bit off
- Sarek and Picard moments
- The plot just doesn't feel genuine
- Spock's hope and grassroot movements and revolutions
- That guy who is in everything
- Practical effects vs. CG
3 of 5 Romulan Shoulder Pads
Who doesn't love some good fan service? For episodes from TNG that include familiar TOS faces, check out:
- Relics (season 6, episode 4) - Scotty makes an appearance
- Encounter at Farpoint (season 1, episodes 1 & 2) - McCoy passes the torch to a new show
- Star Trek: Generations (VII)
Next Up: Emissary
After a short recap for The Next Generation, we'll be going into Deep Space Nine. No prediction from Jessica for the new series, just sit back and enjoy some new faces.
- how this was an ok episode, I guess
- the moment when you lose it and just start crying
- the moment when Picard isn't Picard
- love for Picard, his hair, his flute, and his costumes
- the many mind trips of Picard
- hey, where is Troi?
- oh, and we heart Picard
Stay tuned for extra, extra cheese when Andy and Jessica read the poem at the end.
5 of 5 Ressikan flutes
If you couldn't tell from every mention of love every time Patrick Stewart was anywhere in our thoughts, here are some recommendations for Picard heavy episodes:
- Captain’s Holiday (season 3, episode 19) - Picard goes to a pleasure planet and meets Vosh, a shady archeologist.
- Follow up Captain's Holiday with Q-Pid (season 4, 20) - Where Q turns the Enterprise into Robin Hood!
- Tapestry (season 6, episode 15) - Picard goes back in time to relive a moment where he is stabbed in the heart.
- Starship Mine (season 6, episode 18) - Picard in Die Hard.
- Gambit (season 7, episodes 4 & 5) - Picard is dead and vaporized and when we catch up with him, he’s infiltrated a group of potentially dubious people.
- Darmok (season 5, episode 2) - Picard and another alien end up together, unable to communicate with each other, and must learn from each other to defeat a monster that is attacking them.
For the first time, Jessica has a recommendation! Since this episode was a lot like poetry, go read Walt Whitman’s 'Of the terrible doubt of appearances'. If you don't see the connection, well, at least you got some culture.
Next Up: Unification - Parts 1 & 2
Oh we're going to be all over the place, with stories intertwining and Spock making an appearance. Alright, that isn't a prediction so much as Andy already said it.
Andy and Jessica talk:
- BDSM helmets and Cardassian makeup
- Action vs. meetings
- Clunkiness between O’Brien and Keiko
- Singing in Star Trek
- Everyman characters
- Proving you are right being more important than taking lives
- Specism. Or xenophobia. Or something.
- War. It messes soldiers up.
- Maxwell did it all wrong. Would Picard have done it better?
- Iconic episodes (and hardcore fans) can be intimidating
- Deep Space 9 prep
3 of 5 Cardassian Headgear Helmets
For background on Deep Space 9:
- Chain of Command, parts 1 and 2. (Season 6, episode 11) Wherein we believe the Cardassians are building weapons and Picard goes on a special mission and Riker deals with a new captain.
- Ensign Ro. (Season 5, episode 3) We learn about the Bajorans through, you guessed it, Ensign Ro.
Next Up: Inner Light
Predictions are not made for this episode. Just go, watch, enjoy. Cry a little.
In this second parter, Andy and Jessica talk:
- The deaths and destruction of the other ships may not have been given the weight they deserve
- The silly borg arm that Locutus wears
- Annnnd we’re back to Riker. And sexism. And emotional laziness.
- Shelby didn’t die!
- Why was Shelby chosen, instead of Worf as #1? Or Data?
- Random characters of history showing up in sci-fi
- Rewatching changes your mind about all kinds of things
- Picard’s tears and Riker’s strategies.
3 of 5 Locutus Borg Face Implants
Chain of Command (Season 6, episodes 10 & 11) – Ronny Cox comes in as a new captain (Edward Jellico) and eventually relieves Riker of command.
Time’s Arrow (Season 5, episode 26) – It’s been recommended before but called out again to explain the line, “beyond friends, beyond family” from Guinan.
I Borg (Season 5 Episode 23) – Literally just recommended this, but HEY JESSICA, we meet and nurse back to health an injured Borg, but discover doing the right thing may be harder than we thought.
Next Up: The Wounded
O’Brien is going to be wounded and taken by the Cardassians. The Enterprise goes to find him while he’s discovering the badness of the Cardassians and having a flirty awkward scene or two.
Best of Both Worlds – Part 1
This week, Andy and Jessica discuss…
- Lt Commander Shelby, Jessica’s new favorite Guest Star and her relationship to Riker
- How poorly Riker acts toward Shelby
- Why Riker acts like a total butt-faced, crabby-pants jerk to Shelby
- We talk about those pesky Borg too!
- Jessica has a theory: The Borg aren’t space zombies, they are…
- Television’s evolution – Story Telling from 1966 to 1990 to today
- Andy’s obsession with Spoiler Alerts (Warning: this section contains SPOILER ALERTS for The Empire Strikes Back and MASH)
And much more…
4 of 5 Locutus Borg Face Implants
I Borg (Season 5 Episode 23) We meet and nurse back to health an injured Borg, but discover doing the right thing may be harder than we thought.
Andy HIGHLY Recommends
Family (Season 4, Episode 2, the next episode). Picard returns to Earth and his home as he deals with life after his assimilation by the Borg. Also follows Worf and Wesley on personal journeys of family and resolution.
Next Up: Best of Both Worlds – Part 2
This one is a little different because I just got to see part 1! But here’s what I think happens:
Firing doesn’t do anything. The Borg basically ignore everything thrown at them and leave the Enterprise as a mess in space while they head off. Riker becomes captain of the limping ship and we try to follow the borg. Mostly we just come across some serious destruction as we get closer and closer to earth. We’ll take on a bunch of refugees from other ships and planets. On the borg side, we’re going to get a look into Picard and how he influences the Borg. Because resistance is never futile! By the time we get to earth, there’s going to be a showdown and we’re going to tech our way to destroying them—right after we beam Picard on board!
Sins of the Father
- Face prosthetics make aliens extra hard to relate to
- Finding out who Worf is
- Finding out who Klingons are
- Jessica’s hatred of bureaucratic bad guys
- Worf’s shame – is it really going to change him?
- The storylines that are sparked from this episode
- Klingon Commander Kurn
2 of 5 Worf Baldrics 3 of 5 Worf Baldrics
Recommended for Worf enthusiasts…
- The Heart of Glory tests Worf’s loyalties when 3 Klingons board the Enterprise and tempt him to join their group.
- The Emissary lets Worf take center stage when an old Klingon sleeper ship threatens Federation territory, featuring a romantic interlude, Klingon Style.
- Redemption 1 & 2 brings a Klingon Civil War to the table and gives Worf a chance to serve on a Klingon Warship.
- And for fun, A Fist Full Of Datas pits Worf and his son, Alexander (did we mention him yet?) against a plethora of holographic Datas. Also, Councilor Troi shines as the Mysterious Gunfighter, Durango.
Next Up: Best of Both Worlds – Part 1
The Borg are here and we are not ready. So we’re going to meet a queen bee who infects all of the crew but she’s going to find them too human to become Borg.
Andy and Jessica talk:
- Tasha Yar’s decision to die: meaningful or no?
- Believing in Guinan
- Confusion from the ships and new timeline
- Real and actual relationships on the Enterprise
- We dig Other Picard
- Where is Worf?
- Guinan and her brain
- More Tasha Yar spoilers
- All of the mind-bending time travel
4 of 5 Warrior Prune Juice Drinks
Recommended for Time Travel Aficionados!
Cause and Effect: A temporal causality loop and half a dozen exploding Enterprises are fun enough, but a Cameo by Kelsey Grammar tops off a fun and exciting episode.
Tapestry: Q Provides Picard with a chance to go back and re-live a pivotal moment in his life, but he may not like the man he becomes.
And Time’s Arrow 1&2: Data’s head is found in a cave under San Fransisco, hidden for centuries and the crew travels back to try to avert his death. Plus, Guinean meets Picard for the first time.
Next Up: Sins of the Father
Much like meeting Spock’s father, we’re going to see Worf confront his father in a traditional conflict and prove his loyalty to Starfleet.
- Games! Strategema, role playing, real time, war games, etc.
- Wesley Crusher is sneaky, but thank god he was given horrible guard
- Captain Riker
- The Ferengi
- Shoulda roped off the war games… and other plot holes
- Starfleet and military-ness
- Polaski, Data and Kolrami
- Wil Wheaton, Geek and Sundry and other nerdliness
And because we said we’d show the awkward bend at the waist so that everyone could fit into the shot…
4 of 5 Strategema Finger Nubs
For Wesley Crusher (or really Wil Wheaton) fans, let’s watch him do the things in Final Mission, season 4 episode 9, and pair with Ashley Judd in season 5, episode 6, The Game.
Next Up: Yesterday’s Enterprise
The Enterprise is going to go through a series of backwards forced time jumps through history, picking up an old friend along the way.
Andy and Jessica talk:
- The Borg! Best bad guys ever?
- The development of Q
- Yes, for the love of God, Q is an ass and we’re changing our rating.
- Relationship between Picard and Q
- Q and Guinan
- Finding the great ladies in Star Trek
3 of 5 Borg Cube Ships
For the sake of seeing a male behave a little needy and klutzy just like Sonya Gomez, give a watch to Lower Decks, season 7, episode 15. Also, if you want to see a great female character that is not on our list, watch Wesley Crusher save the day with guest star Ashley Judd in The Game, season 5, episode 6.
Next Up: Peak Performance
Starfleet has developed a pill called Vitamin Craziness that will bring out the super soldiers in the cast, but will also cause a Naked Time effect.