Star Trek: The Next Generation (season 1)

{3.5/5} “There can be no justice so long as laws are absolute. Even life itself is an exercise in exceptions.”

Star Trek: The Next Generation season 1, aired in 1987-88

Captain Picard and the Enterprise-D are put on trial by Q for humanity’s barbarity — meanwhile, they must figure out how the Bandi have built Farpoint Station so quickly. When Lwaxana Troi comes aboard she has news that should be happy — her daughter Deanna is getting married. On the paradisical planet of the Edo, Wesley breaks an unexpected law and is sentenced to death. On the planet where Data was found, they find his brother Lore — who doesn’t have the same moral compass that Data has.

Like Stargate SG-1 and The X-Files, this show took a while to achieve its potential. In this season the stories were generally good but executed in a clunky way. In terms of the details, there are a surprising number of things that don’t make sense.

Nevertheless there are many great moments, and you can see that the show is going to focus on all the characters, just just a “big three.”

I like how Dr. Crusher is the only one who knows where Data’s off switch is.

Ron Jones’s music in “Heart of Glory” hearkens back to Goldsmith’s Klingon theme from The Motion Picture in a glorious way. His music from “The Neutral Zone” also stands out. Apart from that, there’s a bit more repetition of the main theme than I’d like.

One more quotation: “Ugly bags of mostly water.”

And one more quotation: “No, my ship is the Lollipop… It’s just been commissioned. It’s a good ship.”

In “The Arsenal of Freedom” both the Enterprise and the away team come under attack by automated weapons systems. In “Skin of Evil” an away team beams down to rescue Troi from a shuttle crash, and a malevolent creature kills Tasha Yar. In “The Neutral Zone” while the Enterprise is en route to the 1st encounter with the Romulans in 50 years, they pick up 3 people frozen since the 21st century.

Guest stars include DeForest Kelley, John de Lancie, Majel Barrett, and Carel Struycken.

Stars Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, and Denise Crosby.

Created by Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek: The Animated Series).

This is the 2nd time I’ve seen it.

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