posted on Jan, 13 2006 @ 12:47 PM
G4 started showing ST:TNG from the beginning this week. I've been TiVoing them and will post my thoughts/reviews as I watch through the series.
First off, here's some background on me and Star Trek. I'm a fan of the original series and I got into Deep Space Nine. I never really watched TNG
beyond the movies. I'm a Captain Kirk man all the way. Kirk is God. So, I decided to finally do the big TNG watch through. Here's my first
1/2. Encounter at Farpoint (Parts 1 and 2) (originally aired 28.9.1987)
It's surprising how dated the show actually is. I remember at the time thinking how great the FX looked when I caught clips of it, but the set design
and the overall effects are very very reminiscent of the original series, which is actually a plus for me! I'm a big believer in story over effects.
Doctor Who is the pinnacle of good sci-fi storytelling, and yet also holds the award for worst special effects ever.
Sadly, this story kind of sucks. It works on the level of introducing a new ship, new crew, new title sequence... but as a story it certainly
shouldn't have been a 2 parter. The ending is about as lame as you can get too. Giant jellyfish in love. I liked Q... found myself pulling for him to
destroy the humans actually.
Data is the standout character already. He's by far the most interesting. Wesley Crusher, however, is already the most annoying thing on my TiVo!
Riker didn't seem to know how to react to Troi, and it is interesting that there's a connection between them from the very beginning. Seeing them
married in the movies, I'd assumed it was something that developed over time, but evidently there was a masterplan to have them hook up from ep 1.
I think the main problem with this one is it's written like a 60s episode with a distinctly 80s politically correctness added. This isn't surprising
since it's written by D.C. Fontana and Gene Roddenberry. Maybe the best thing that happened to TNG was the death of the Great Bird of the Galaxy.
It's got to get better than this quick!
The best thing about Encounter at Farpoint, beyond Q's performance, was the cameo by Dr. McCoy. It's kind of sad now since he's dead, but seeing
give Data a hard time about being like a Vulcan was great even if he did use the term "boy" as punctuation a bit too much. I also liked Riker's
reference to Pinoccio when he meets Data. I'm looking forward to seeing this aspect of Data's character explored further.
3. The Naked Now (originally aired 5.10.1987)
Another one co-written by D.C. Fontana and I'm not sure if she should've given up her secretarial work back in the 60s. It's awfully early in the
series to do a sequel to an original series episode because it definitely begs a comparison, and the comparison ain't good for our new crew. The
acting is painfully bad... I mean over the top painfully bad, and that goes for Patrick Stewart too. I know it's popular to slam ol' William Shatner
for his acting and speak of Stewart in hushed Shakepearian "Ack-Tor" tones, but honestly Shatner out acts Stewart like nobody's business when you
compare The Naked Time to The Naked Now.
This episode is basically a nothing story. 1) They get infected with the drunk virus. 2) They're all gonna die. 3) Dr. Crusher and her son save the
day by coming up with a cure and reversing the tractor beam into a repulsor ray respectively. It's a good thing the 13 year old actually knows how
the ship works, otherwise their "continuing mission" wouldn't last a fortnight.
That's all for now. I'll update this thread as I go. I promise this isn't a "slam TNG" thread. I'm just giving my honest opinions and
unfortunately these first 3 episodes are pretty weak.