Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Five on DVD

If there’s one thing that makes the fifth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation stand out, it’s the lack of the “alien of the week” syndrome. The season opens with the conclusion of the season four finale which involves the politics within the Klingon empire. In Unification Part I and Unification Part II, LeonardContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Five on DVD”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Time’s Arrow Part I

Written by Joe Menosky and Michael PillerDirected by Les Landau As season-ending cliffhangers go, Time’s Arrow Part I is one that has a good story and weaves a good mystery. The problems with it only really come to light when the sixth season opener, Time’s Arrow Part II is viewed and much of the build-upContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Time’s Arrow Part I”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Inner Light

Written by Morgan Gendel and Peter Allan FieldsDirected by Peter Lauritson When Star Trek: The Next Generation was first announced and I looked at the cast list, with the exception of LeVar Burton, the rest were unknowns to me. In the years since then, I have learned about what a wonderful actor Patrick Stewart wasContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Inner Light”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Next Phase

Written by Ronald D. MooreDirected by David Carson The Enterprise comes to the aid of a Romulan science vessel which has blown a graviton generator. Commander Riker (Jonathan Frakes) leads an away team to the Romulan vessel. Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge (LeVar Burton) and Ensign Ro ( Michelle Forbes) attempt to beam back with theContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Next Phase”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – I, Borg

Written by Rene EchevarriaDirected by Robert Lederman When talking about favorite episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, one that always seems to come up in discussions is the episode I, Borg. It has quite a bit going for it, but most of all, the story itself is excellent. The Enterprise is scouting a systemContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – I, Borg”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Imaginary Friend

Written by Edithe Swensen, Brannon Braga, Jean Louise Matthias, Ronald Wilkerson, and Richard FliegelDirected by Gabrielle Beaumont It’s somewhat reassuring to see that those in the future haven’t evolved so much that all of the same problems we see in our current world completely disappear. I know I’ve heard from friends whose fathers were inContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Imaginary Friend”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Perfect Mate

Written by Reuben Leder, Michael Piller, and Rene EchevarriaDirected by Cliff Bole Although the character of Commander Riker (Jonathan Frakes) was created to take over for “boffing the galaxy” a la Captain Kirk in the original series, the episodes which work best on a romantic level generally seem to be the ones where it isContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Perfect Mate”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Cost of Living

Written by Peter Allan FieldsDirected by Winrich Kolbe Although the show opens with the Enterprise blowing up a potentially dangerous asteroid before it enters a planet’s atmosphere, giving viewers the impression this will be an action-based show, it’s actually a pretty good character piece. The Klingon Worf (Michael Dorn) is struggling with his relationship withContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Cost of Living”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – The First Duty

Written by Ronald D. Moore and Naren ShankarDirected by Paul Lynch Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) is invited to speak at the Starfleet Academy commencement ceremonies and so the Enterprise is returning to Earth. Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton), who once lived on board the ship with his mother (who is the ships’s doctor) is part ofContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – The First Duty”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Cause and Effect

Written by Brannon BragaDirected by Jonathan Frakes The teaser opening of this episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation contains a spectacular effect of the Enterprise being blown apart. Just watching Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) scream the order to abandon ship, followed by that particular shot, I could tell I was in for an excitingContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Cause and Effect”