Star Trek: The Next Generation – All Good Things…

Written by Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga, Rene Echevarria, and Naren ShankarDirected by Winrich Kolbe When Gene Roddenberry first created his vision of the future, he saw it as a sort of idyllic paradise where humanity had learned to get along and wars were essentially a thing of the past. Of course, that would haveContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – All Good Things…”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Genesis

Written by Brannon Braga, Rene Echevarria, and Naren ShankarDirected by Gates McFadden This is just one of those episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation that sticks in my head. When I’ve thought of it in the past, it’s usually in the frame of mind of “hideously bad episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.Continue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Genesis”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Eye of the Beholder

Written by Rene Echevarria, Brannon Braga, and Naren ShankarDirected by Cliff Bole For most of the run of Star Trek: The Next Generation, it seemed like the writers didn’t know what to do with the character of Deanna Troi (portrayed by Marina Sirtis). They gave her a good background of a romance with Commander RikerContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Eye of the Beholder”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Masks

Written by Joe Menosky, Rene Echevarria, and Naren ShankarDirected by Robert Wiemer This is one of those episodes that produces two reactions in me. The first is “What were they thinking?” The second is that it was a good idea for Star Trek: The Next Generation to end it’s series run after the seventh season.Continue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Masks”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Thine Own Self

Written by Ronald D. Moore, Christopher Hatton, Rene Echevarria, and Naren ShankarDirected by Winrich Kolbe For a while, the writers of Star Trek: The Next Generation seemed immune from the sort of pressure other writers had, such as featuring certain characters more prominently than others. This was a problem in The Original Series where rumorContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Thine Own Self”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Parallels

Written by Brannon Braga, Rene Echevarria, and Naren ShankarDirected by Robert Wiemer When Star Trek: The Next Generation was good, it was very, very good. Parallels was one of those episodes that really showed all the potential it had as it came together perfectly. Good script, great acting, and a good mystery revealed at aContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Parallels”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Dark Page

Written by Hilary Bader, Rene Echevarria, and Naren ShankarDirected by Les Landau The Enterprise is transporting the Cairn, a species of humanoids which communicates through telepathy. Lwaxana Troi (portrayed by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry), mother of Ship’s Counselor Deanna Troi (marina Sirtis), is recruited to act as interpreter. Lwaxana immediately goes about trying to set her daughterContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Dark Page”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Phantasms

Written by Brannon Braga, Rene Echevarria, and Naren ShankarDirected by Patrick Stewart During the sixth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the android, Data (Brent Spiner) gained the ability to dream. Specifically, in the episode Birthright Data received a plasma shock which started this new program within him. In Phantasms, Data experiences his firstContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Phantasms”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Gambit Part I

Written by Naren Shankar, Christopher Hatton, and Rene EchevarriaDirected by Peter Lauritson After starting off the seventh season with three duds in a row, along came the two-part episode Gambit. Under normal circumstances, it would probably be looked at with a lot more criticism. In light of the last three episodes, it looks pretty good.Continue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Gambit Part I”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Liaisons

Written by Jeanne Carrigan Fauci, Lisa Rich, Roger Eschbacher, Jaq Greenspon, Rene Echevarria, and Naren ShankarDirected by Cliff Bole Sometimes, what sounds like a good idea on paper doesn’t always translate to a good idea on the screen. With movies there’s a little more leeway if you have to run it five or ten minutesContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Liaisons”