Star Trek: Is There In Truth No Beauty? – Beauty and the Beasts

Written by Jean Lisette Aroeste, Arthur H. Singer and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Ralph Senensky Back in the episode Friday’s Child, writer D.C. Fontana said her goal was to present a woman who had no desire to be a wife and mother and was a strong female lead. I think her ideal might have been wateredContinue reading “Star Trek: Is There In Truth No Beauty? – Beauty and the Beasts”

Star Trek: Return to Tomorrow – The Perils of Carrying a Grudge for 500,000 Years

Written by John T. Dugan and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Ralph Senensky Tackling subjects not commonly talked about back in the day was one of the strengths of the original series of Star Trek. It made the show far more interesting and different from anything else that was on the air at the time. Looking backContinue reading “Star Trek: Return to Tomorrow – The Perils of Carrying a Grudge for 500,000 Years”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Shades of Gray

Written by Maurice Hurley, Richard Manning, Hans Beimler, and Melinda M. SnodgrassDirected by Rob Bowman As the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation draws to a close, we find Commander Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Geordi LaForge (LeVar Burton) investigating a previously unexplored planet when suddenly Riker is bitten on the leg by somethingContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Shades of Gray”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Peak Performance

Written by David Kemper and Melinda M. SnodgrassDirected by Robert Scheerer There can be debate about whether or not the first encounter the Federation has with The Borg – an alien race of humanoid and mechanics melded together – was actually in the previous second season episode Q-Who or not. At the time of thatContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Peak Performance”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Up The Long Ladder

Written by Melinda M. SnodgrassDirected by Winrich Kolbe This is one of those episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation that sort of leaves me scratching my head. I enjoyed it, but I really shouldn’t have. There are so many negatives to the episode. The Enterprise responds to a distress call from the Ficus SectorContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Up The Long Ladder”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Samaritan Snare

Written by Robert McCullough and Melinda M. SnodgrassDirected by Les Landau This is a meaningful episode on two accounts. On one hand, we have a situation where we learn how wrong it is to make a judgment about someone based on appearances and demeanor. On the other, we learn a great deal about Captain PicardContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Samaritan Snare”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Unnatural Selection

Written by John Mason, Mike Gray, Leonard Mlodinow, and Scott RubensteinDirected by Paul Lynch All of the controversy surrounding cloning, embryo research, and the like gives this episode more impact now than it did when it first aired. The Enterprise receives a distress call from a Federation supply ship, the U.S.S. Lantree. The entire crewContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Unnatural Selection”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Elementary, Dear Data

Written by Brian Alan LaneDirected by Rob Bowman There’s no story arc for the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but the theme running through the episodes seem to be defining what exactly life is. The first was The Child where we had everyone debating Counselor Troi’s pregnancy without her input and theContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Elementary, Dear Data”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Child

Written by Jaron Summers, Jon Povill, and Maurice HurleyDirected by Rob Bowman As the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation begins, we are faced with a sea of changes. The most notable of which is the exile of Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden) to Head of Starfleet Medical. Her replacement is Dr. Kate PulaskiContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Child”