Star Trek: The Next Generation – Bloodlines

Written by Nicholas Sagan, Rene Echevarria, and Naren ShankarDirected by Les Landau Family came out of the woodwork (is there woodwork on a starship?) during the seventh and final season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It seemed that every crew member had an experience with a long-lost or previously unseen relative. Not to beContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Bloodlines”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Firstborn

Written by Rene Echevarria, Mark Kalbfeld, Rene Echevarria, and Naren ShankarDirected by Jonathan West The previous episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation gave some closure for Dr. Crusher’s son Wesley. Firstborn attempts to do the same for the Klingon, Worf, and his son, Alexander. Alexander is of mixed heritage, his mother being half-human andContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Firstborn”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Force of Nature

Written by Naren Shankar and Rene EchevarriaDirected by Robert Lederman In most television shows, when the episode is designed to send a “message”, the most effective way is very subtle. Usually there’s a moment near the end where it relates to a current event or issue that the light goes on. If it’s well don,Continue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Force of Nature”

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 – Menage a Troi

Written by Fred Bronson, Susan Sackett, and Ronald D. MooreDirected by Robert Legato Every now and then, just when you think Star Trek: The Next Generation is taking itself way too seriously, along comes a fun episode chock full of humor in an outrageous setting. In this case, the main story has to do withContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Menage a Troi”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Captain’s Holiday

Written by Ira Steven Behr and Ronald D. MooreDirected by Chip Chalmers One of the biggest problems I have seen with the string of Star Trek: The Next Generation movies is that they seem to feature only two of the characters from the series, Captain Picard and the android Data, rather than the entire ensembleContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Captain’s Holiday”

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”

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”