Gimme That Star Trek Ep.35: TNG Full Review Part 2

Siskoid goes way overboard again and reviews half of Star Trek: The Next Generation, with guests pitching in with additional material. From Clues to Nemesis, buckle in and engage!

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

Contributions by: Mike Gillis, Stan Peal, Paul Wildenberger, Ken Holtzhouser, Chris Franklin, Jonathan and Maggie Shaeffer-Hames, David Toney, Xum Yukinori, Andrew Leyland, and Kurt Onstad.

Bonus clips from: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, starring John de Lancie, Patrick Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Bebe Neuwirth , LeVar Burton, Brent Spiner, Dwight Schultz, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Gates MacFadden, Michele Scarabelli, Timothy Carhart, Paul Winfield, Michelle Forbes, Ellen Geer, Ashley Judd, Leonard Nimoy, Matt Frewer, Joshua Harris, Jonathan Frakes, Robert Duncan McNeill, Brian Bonsall, Famke Janssen, Jonathan Del Arco, Jerry Hardin, Michael Aron, Colm Meaney, James Doohan, David Birkin, Ronny Cox, Jennifer Gatti, David Spielberg, Salome Jens, Barbara Williams, Amick Byram, Fionnula Flanagan, Dan Gauthier, Bruce Beatty, Wil Wheaton, and James Sloyan; “Star Trek: Generations” by David Carson, starring Brent Spiner, music by Dennis McCarthy; “Star Trek: First Contact” by Jonathan Frakes, starring Patrick Stewart, Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes; “STar Trek: Insurrection” by Jonathan Frakes, starring Patrick Stewart; and “Star Trek: Nemesis” by Stuart Baird, starring Patrick Stewart.

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11 responses to “Gimme That Star Trek Ep.35: TNG Full Review Part 2

  1. What a Herculean achievement!

    I mean me, for listening to this ENTIRE EPISODE in one day!

    I remember watching ST:TNG’s final season as it aired. I never forgave the show for what it did to Ensign Ro, one of my favorite characters. Luckily, the final episode is so very good.

    Highly entertaining, Siskoid.

  2. Congratulations on another tour de force review episode. I haven’t watched TNG in ages, so this was a great stroll (or, perhaps, forced march) down memory lane. I was actually surprised by how many of these episodes I was able to remember, as you covered them. In particular, I found that “Darmok” stood as the most memorable episode, from these seasons, in my mind.

  3. A colossal undertaking Siskoid. It took me several work days of stopping and starting to make it through all 4 hours, but I enjoyed every minute, and kept wanting to get back to it when I was “interrupted” by actual work.
    You have made me want to go back and rewatch all the “high” rated episodes, and I really am itching to rewatch First Contact again. What a great movie!


  4. what a task! I don’t recall a mention of the baddie from Generations. Lots of problems with that one, I can see that. Kirk deserved a better send off.

    I don’t know if you’ve ever heard this, but Jeri Ryan’s on record as sayinG Insurrection was written with a part for her (she turned it down) and eliminated one of the TNG characters to make room for her. I would bet it was Geordi or Bev.

  5. I would listen to a snippet here and there, while trying to keep up with the other podcasts I listen to. But then I had my big car trip day, and knew what I’d play the whole time. Which helped my trip immensely, so thank you for the entertainment.

    Stellar job, Siskoid! I don’t know when I’d have time, but you’ve given me that hankering to rewatch my favorite TNG’s from those seasons, and too many to mention. Thank you for rekindling my feelings for the show.

  6. Oh, man, your review of “Thine Own Self” just got my goat.
    You were good to point out Riker’s favoritism in “Lower Decks”, but you missed it in this one. Deanna should never have gotten the pass there. She had missed the point the whole time she was taking the test, the very type of choice she had to make in “Disaster” but was also unwilling to.
    It is obvious that in a true command life and death situation, she could not decide that a crewman should sacrifice themselves . She had no trouble doing it in the simulation retest, as that was the problem she had to solve.
    Riker gave her a hint, the kind of hint that showed her how to get through the simulation. He should not have let her take the test again or allowed the results of that re-test.
    I will say that I enjoyed this episode and will probably listen to it several times as the amount of info here is incredible. I use to be able to give a synopsis of each episode if you gave me the episode title. I think I am going to get there again, thanks to you. Crap!

    1. You’re not wrong about that.

      And I know what you mean about filling your head with trivia. I used to be able (and still am to a point) to do the same, or flip to a channel, look at 5 seconds of Trek, anywhere in the episode, and tell you its title. Or name even inconsequential planets, and aliens, and what have you. It was kind of a party trick. I eventually had to trade the storage space in my brain for Doctor Who related matters, but I can still do some of it.

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