Star Trek – The Next Generation: The Big Goodbye

Written by Tracy TormeDirected by Joseph L. Scanlan Although Star Trek fans were first introduced to the holodeck in the pilot episode Encounter at Farpoint, it wasn’t until this episode, the 13th one of the first season, that we really get to see what the fascination was all about. Taking into account that this wasContinue reading “Star Trek – The Next Generation: The Big Goodbye”

Horatio Hornblower The Duel: This Is Not A Commercial For The British Navy

Written by C.S. Forester and Russell LewisDirected by Andrew Grieve Horatio Hornblower: The Duel is the first of a series of four specials that were aired on the A & E Network last year. A four-hour two-part sequel was aired about a month ago, and there are plans to continue the stories. These stories areContinue reading “Horatio Hornblower The Duel: This Is Not A Commercial For The British Navy”

Star Trek – The Next Generation: Too Short a Season

Written by Michael Michaelian, D.C. Fontana, Johnny Dawkins, and Tracy TormeDirected by Rob Bowman This episode is probably one of the better of the first season episodes. It focuses not on a member of the Enterprise crew, but rather on an aging Starfleet Admiral, Mark Jameson (portrayed by Clayton Rohner). I think this was aContinue reading “Star Trek – The Next Generation: Too Short a Season”

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hide and Q

Written by Gene Roddenberry, Maurice Hurley, and Tracy TormeDirected by Cliff Bole Many fans of the more recent Star Trek shows feel that any episode which features the character Q cannot be a bad episode. I have not yet come across anything myself to dispute that. Hide and Q begins with the Enterprise and itsContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hide and Q”

Star Trek – The Next Generation: The Battle

Written by Herbert Wright, Larry Forrester, and Tracy TormeDirected by Rob Bowman Here is an episode that I find supports a familiar axiom many Trekkers have: a bad Star Trek episode is still better than almost anything else. There were so many conflicts in the storyline of this episode, and yet the episode works tremendouslyContinue reading “Star Trek – The Next Generation: The Battle”

Disneynature’s Elephant – Meghan Markle Narrates Elephant Migration

For many of us, our understanding of African animals begins and ends at the zoo, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Some are lucky to have seen them in their natural habitat, but by and far most of our knowledge is limited to the signboards at the zoo. Disneynature’s Elephant tracks a family of elephants as theyContinue reading “Disneynature’s Elephant – Meghan Markle Narrates Elephant Migration”

Star Trek – The Next Generation: Justice

Written by Worley Thorne, Ralph Wills, and Tracy TormeDirected by James L. Conway A good Star Trek episode, in my opinion, is one that makes you think; one that makes you ask questions; while at the same time entertaining you. Sure, that’s a higher standard than we’ve come to expect from most other television programs,Continue reading “Star Trek – The Next Generation: Justice”

Star Trek – The Next Generation: Lonely Among Us

Written by D.C. Fontana, Michael Halperin, and Tracy TormeDirected by Cliff Bole This extremely well-written Star Trek: The Next Generation first-season episode really made me pause and think about so much. Lonely Among Us starts out in one direction as the Enterprise is transporting two warring alien species to mediate their dispute at a placeContinue reading “Star Trek – The Next Generation: Lonely Among Us”

Star Trek – The Next Generation: The Last Outpost

Written by Herbert Wright, Richard Krzemien, and Tracy TormeDirected by Richard Colla The most wonderful thing about the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Last Outpost is that it introduces us to a race which will be featured not only later on in this series, but very prominently in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.Continue reading “Star Trek – The Next Generation: The Last Outpost”

Star Trek – The Next Generation: Where No One Has Gone Before

Written by Diane Duane, Michael Reaves, Johnny Dawkins, and Tracy TormeDirected by Rob Bowman When looking at the credits for this first-season episode, I immediately realized why it worked so much better than others I’d watched. One of the co-writers on this story is Diane Duane, who has written some of the best Star TrekContinue reading “Star Trek – The Next Generation: Where No One Has Gone Before”