Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Four On DVD (Original Release)

By the time season 4 rolls around in the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe, the show has evolved. In the beginning, it seemed to be driven by the protagonists; the “alien-of-the-week” or “problem-of-the-week” be it medical or technological. In the fourth season, the show focuses mostly on the crew of the Enterprise and theContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Four On DVD (Original Release)”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Redemption Part I

Written by Ronald D. Moore, David Carren, J. Larry Carroll, and Joe MenoskyDirected by Cliff Bole Unlike the next Star Trek series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation only made a scant few attempts at tying a theme together throughout it’s seven year run. The story that seemed to figure mostContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Redemption Part I”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – In Theory

Written by Joe Menosky, Ronald D. Moore, David Carren, and J. Larry CarrollDirected by Patrick Stewart For many viewers of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the character of the android Data (Brent Spiner) was the equivalent of Mr. Spock in the original series. I can remember as a youth watching the original series, waiting forContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – In Theory”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Mind’s Eye

Written by Rene Echevarria, Ken Schafer, David Carren, J. Larry Carroll, Joe Menosky, and Ronald D. MooreDirected by David Livingston One flaw I have found in the Star Trek universe is that the writers will occasionally use the same plot device over and over again. In The Next Generation, this was blatantly true in regardsContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Mind’s Eye”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Host: The Doctor Gets… er… um… a Boyfriend

Written by Michael Horvat, David Carren, J. Larry Carroll, Joe Menosky, and Ronald D. MooreDirected by Marvin V. Rush Following the departure of the character Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton), it seemed for a while as if his mother, Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) was going to have very little to do. The only time sheContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Host: The Doctor Gets… er… um… a Boyfriend”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Half a Life

Written by Peter Allan Fields, Ted Roberts, David Carren, J. Larry Carroll, Joe Menosky, and Ronald D. MooreDirected by Les Landau Probably the most remarkable point I’ve taken from this episode is a new respect for Majel Barrett-Roddenberry. At the time of this episode, her husband, Gene Roddenberry (creator and executive producer of Star Trek)Continue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Half a Life”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Drumhead

Written by Jeri Taylor, David Carren, J. Larry Carroll, Joe Menosky, and Ronald D. MooreDirected by Jonathan Frakes Although originally aired in the spring of 1991, The Drumhead actually holds more relevance to current times than it did back then. There is a certain sense of timelessness with the ideas presented here, but it reallyContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Drumhead”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Q-Pid

Written by Ira Steven Behr, Randee Russell, David Carren, J. Larry Carroll, Joe Menosky, and Ronald D. MooreDirected by Cliff Bole One thing that’s really hit-or-miss with episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation are the episodes which focus on humor. The ones that work, more often than not, are the ones involving the characterContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Q-Pid”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Nth Degree

Written by Joe Menosky, David Carren, J. Larry Carroll, and Ronald D. MooreDirected by Robert Legato In the Star Trek universe, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is the show that really perfected the ensemble cast and put it to good use. Babylon 5, from what I’ve seen, did a good job with this as well.Continue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Nth Degree”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Identity Crisis

Written by Brannon Braga and Tim de HaasDirected by Winrich Kolbe For a long time I have referred to this episode as “the one where Geordi turns into a smurf.” Funny how all of my fellow fans always know exactly the one I am referring to. Years before his tenure on the Enterprise, Chief EngineerContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Identity Crisis”