Gimme That Star Trek Ep.25: TNG Full Reviews Part 1

Siskoid goes way overboard again and reviews half of Star Trek: The Next Generation, with guests pitching in with additional material. From Encounter at Farpoint to Devil’s Due, buckle in and engage!

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Credits:
“Star Trek Theme” by Alexander Courage, with the Irredeemable Shagg on vocals. End theme: “Deep Space Nine Theme” by Dennis McCarthy.

Contributions by: Ryan Daly, Mark Baker-Wright, Shagg Matthews, Gene Hendricks, Andy Kapellusch, Carlos Mucha, Derek William Crabbe, Rob Kelly, Adam Ackerman, Fred Melanson, Ryan Blake, Xum Yukinori, Nathaniel Wayne, Kurt Onstad, Allen W. Wright. Mike Peacock, and David Ace Guttierez.

Bonus clips from: “Gene Roddenberry Star Trek: The Next Generation Pre Air Interview”; “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, starring Patrick Stewart, DeForest Kelley, Denise Crosby, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Stanley Kamel, Douglas Warhit, Majel Barrett, Gary Armagnac, Karen Montgomery, Carolyn McCormick, Clayton Rohner, Gates MacFadden, Wil Weaton, Robert Schenkkan, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Diana Muldaur, William Campbell, William Morgan Sheppard, Whoopi Goldberg, Noble Willingham, Christopher Collins, Barrie Ingham, Rosalyn Landor, Susan Gibney, John de Lancie, Craig Richard Nelson, Jennifer Hetrick, Dwight Schultz, LeVar Burton, Jeremy Kemp, Chad Allen, Suzie Plakson, and Colm Meany; Siri; and Doctor Who’s “The Five Doctors”, starring Paul Jerricho.

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33 responses to “Gimme That Star Trek Ep.25: TNG Full Reviews Part 1

      1. I think Jerry Goldsmith didn’t like how the way they spliced Alexander Courage’s final frontier theme onto his. I know he did a pass at it for one of the later movies (Star Trek V?) for a more smooth transition.

        Enjoying the podcast so far, but a bizarre free pass for “Code of Hono(u)r”. For me that’s a “what the hell were they thinking” alien culture of the George Lucas Phantom Menace school.

        1. Allen, if all I gave you is the same opinions everyone has about each episode, it wouldn’t be that much fun, right? Carlos proved someone can even love The Outrageous Okona! (And I’ve seen a pretty darn good defense of Shades of Gray as well.)

      1. The story, as I understand it, was that Gene Roddenberry wanted this theme used, on the grounds that the connection to TMP would help cement TNG as authentic “Star Trek.”

        With that logic, I’m just glad they DIDN’T use the theme to TOS!

  1. Semi noprizing, but I think the families thing does make sense. The replicators mean that the Enterprise-D can probably laet

    1. Last indefinitely, combined with the changes to how the main drives work, being able to recharge the dilithium now. So, given the prevalence of wormholes and anomalies or catastrop

      1. Sorry, phone finger keeps slipping. Anyhow, failures of the warp drive, it could become a generation ship or colony ship at any time. Having a core of a functional society onboard is a good thing for those scenarios.

        1. Then why isn’t every ship a generational ship? I might buy it if it were strictly a long-range exploration vessel. But it’s the flagship, getting military and diplomatic duty as well.

          1. The idea that the Enterprise is the flagship has never made any kind of sense. (Where are it’s escorts? A couple of destroyers at bare minimum would have been tactically useful dozens of times? And how does it make any sense to keep the flagship at the periphery, doubling the response time to any crisis? For that matter, even non-crisis flagship duties should keep it too busy to do any exploring at all. And letting would the Admiralty really let Riker and Picard stop them from putting their next choice for XO on the flagship? Up or out, Starfleet. (Should be a lot more career advancement and officer turnover on any ship, but doubly on the flagship.))

          2. It obeys the rules of television (just like the bridge crew makes up all the away teams). It must be every kind of ship so they can tell any kind of story. Buy the premise, buy the bit.

  2. Thanks, Siskoid, for undertaking this mammoth task of reviewing the first half of TNG (which according to the late great Toronto CityTV — “your Federation station” — announcer Mark Dailey is pronounced Ting! – almost like a typewriter sound) . Great show!

    I’m surprised to learn that the common wisdom is that TNG (Ting!) only became good in the fourth season. Everyone I knew thought it reached a high point when episodes like Yesterday’s Enterprise, The Offspring, Sins of the Father aired back to back. And there were even more great late season three episodes to follow.

  3. Wow, great overview of the first half of the series. I’ll be honest, when I see a rerun with the old “neckless” uniforms, I usually flip the channel off of TNG. I was not really a fan of the first two seasons (particularly the first). Thankfully I slowly started to warm up to it, so I was there when the season 3 cliffhanger blew my mind. :-)

    You’ve shown there is a lot to like despite the bumpy start, and I appreciate pointing out all the connective tissue for the greater things to come later! Fantastic job Siskoid (and crew)!

    Chris

  4. Working my way through this and I am loving it. I am listening to it on my way to and from work so it really helps pass the time. Once this is done I need to listen to the TOS review.

    Listening to your review did point out some things that I didn’t notice especially the fact the the ENTERPRISE phasers were not used until episode ARSENAL OF FREEDOM.

    Can’t wait to hear the rest and look forward to part 2.

    Great work.

    Ben

  5. With how the 20th century was viewed in TNG, I think it makes since for there to be a little bit of “disdain” Depending it could be looked at as the most violent century in the Star Trek timeline on earth. The 20th century has WWI (40 million casualties 4+years), WWII(60 million casualties 6years), and the Eugenics war (30+million casualties taking place in the ’90’s maybe 4years), not to mention the events of the Cold War in the Star Trek universe. And of course the events of the 20th century led up to the decades of WWIII (600 million casualties 27years). So really I think it’s kinda understandable how we are looked at from the point of view of the TNG era people.

  6. This was what the doctor (Beverly Crusher, for me) ordered. I have a young friend hooked on TNG and rewatching it now, but I didn’t see the point. While I loved watching all seasons and episodes when they first came out, this extensive review has made me want to rewatch the series’s all over again from a fresh perspective on hindsight.

    By the way, I also subscribe to that exact same Guinan Nexus theory.

  7. Most shocking revelation: Gates McFadden… wore a wig throughout the series?!? That gorgeous, luscious red hair was fake??? Memories of teenage years and young adulthood… shattered. So depressed now.

  8. Holy cow, what an episode, almost as long as the summer sampler! Thank you for taking us on the TNG marathon. I haven’t watched the show since the original airings so this took me back. I was always more into TOS and DS9 but this reminded me of how much I liked these characters. You inspired me to go back and watch- I am 3 episodes into a season 3 binge ( first season i watched and my favorite!) I am reconsidering my trek heirarchy – I appreciate this crew more than ever. Thanks to you and the rest of the network for all you do

  9. Really, really late comment here! This episode was the perfect length for my drive to Baltimore last weekend. And what an episode! TNG is my favorite Trek series, and this was a perfectly fair review of those seasons. Thanks, Siskoid!

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