Star Trek – The Next Generation:  1×01 – Encounter At Farpoint

This year of course is the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek, and I have my shiny new blu-ray box set of TNG so… I’m going to watch all of them.  Sod it.  I’m just going to do it.  I might not post thoughts on every episode, especially if its particularly dull like a clip show or something, but I’m watching the whole series in order from the beginning.

So here we go.  I’m ready to relive my childhood and get stuck into one of the greatest TV shows of all time, aaand…

It’s bad.  It’s really bad.  Oh, gawd it’s awful.  Why am I subjecting myself to this?  It’s destroying my childhood memories.  Why, Gene, whyyy?!

Okay, okay… settle down.  I do recall from the past and from numerous fan sites that the first season or so of TNG really wasn’t that great.  If I bear with it I’ll eventually get to some good stuff, but there was no way to tell from this first episode that this series would go on to be a hit.  The story, dialogue and acting is all kind of hokey, and the end… the most vomit inducing melodramatic crap ever.  The only joy and gratitude I feel is that at least now it’s over.

And Troi… why?  Why are you there?  Why does the ships counsellor have a seat on the bridge next to the captain?  I get her empathic abilities might be useful in some situations, but if Picard is a responsible Captain then why hasn’t he insisted she get the appropriate bridge officer training?  Why is it not until season six or whatever that she actually becomes qualified to be there?  Why?  I guess without her, the only main female character on the bridge would be Tasha Yar and SPOILER ALERT… she isn’t long for this world.

Okay… it isn’t actually all bad.  Patrick Stewart is as great an actor as he’s always been, and John De Lancie… if there was an audiobook of John De Lancie reading Twilight, I would listen.  I would play it through earphones and fall asleep to it every night.

Anyway, it’s over.  Things can only get better from here on, right?

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