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 – Preemptive Strike

Written by Rene Echevarria and Naren ShankarDirected by Patrick Stewart It was somewhat surprising that the second to last episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation focused not on a series regular, but on a character seen earlier in the series run who disappeared. The Bajoran Ro Laren was a unique Starfleet officer who hadContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Preemptive Strike”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Emergence

Written by Joe Menosky, Brannon Braga, Rene Echevarria, and Naren ShankarDirected by Cliff Bole After a series of episodes that were somewhat disappointing during the seventh and final season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, it was nice to see the stories become more intriguing and back to the quality I was used to forContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Emergence”

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 – 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 – Lower Decks

Written by Rene Echevarria, Ronald Wilkerson, Jean Louis Matthias, and Naren ShankarDirected by Gabrielle Beaumont Now that the seventh season seems to have had a character-driven episode based around every single regular member of the crew, it’s time to bring in some new ones. And in many ways, it’s not bad. In Lower Decks, fansContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Lower Decks”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Homeward

Written by Naren Shankar, Spike Steingasser, William N. Stape, and Rene EchevarriaDirected by Alexander Singer As the final season of Star Trek: The Next Generation wound down, it seemed that family was coming out of the woodwork, if there was woodwork on the Enterprise. It began with Geordi and his family in Interface and continuedContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Homeward”

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”