I started watching Star Trek: The Next Generation over the weekend. By the time the show premiered in 1987, I had already been anticipating it for at least 10 years, ever since the rumors of a Star Trek II TV series (which eventually became Star Trek: the Motion Picture started. It didn’t grab me right off the bat. Far from it. I kept waiting for that one episode I would recognize from the first time I saw it my all-time favorite. I would wait until the third season until there was even a candidate. As a matter of opinion, ST:TNG didn’t “grow balls” until season four when Captain Piracrd was transformed into Locutus of the Borg.

Those first three seasons still had an effect on me. I was out of college by the time the show began. Little did I know, my future wife was in high at the time watching them, too. I’ve seen most of them several times, but I doubt I’ve watched them at all since the mid-90s. I don’t think Tracy has, either. I know for a fact neither of us has watched them since we’ve been married, and that’s been over 17 years. So now we’re committed to watching them then some 30 years after they first aired (which strikes me as odd because the show had been off the air “only” some 20 years when ST;TNG debuted.) Those first 20 seemed a lot longer to me at the time than the last 30 seems to me now.

One thing I was aware of at the time is the number of fans who complained that ST:TNG was “ripping off” TOS. Some stories bore certain similarities, to be sure, but I didn’t consider them to be rip-offs even then. I do remember that, for most episodes, I could pick an original series episode to be “paired with.” I’ll try to make note of those as I go along.

I initially wasn’t going to start a thread for this project but I changed my mind. I’m not going to do plot synopses, however. I expect anyone following this discussion will either a) watch along with me, or b) be familiar enough with the episodes to follow along on his own. Besides, synopses are readily available online. I will be watching the episodes in broadcast (rather than production) order. I’ll start tomorrow.

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DEJA Q: A powerless Q arrives as the Enterprise deals with the emergency of a moon crashing into a populated planet.

A MATTER OF PERPECTIVE: A science fiction detective story of an alleged crime recreated on the holodeck. It reminds me of an episode of All in the Family in which each of the cast releates his or her version of events, then Edith produces a piece of physical evidence.

YESTERDAY’S ENTERPRISE: This is it! This is that one episode I had been waiting for since the series began, the one which I would immediately know was my favorite. I’m not going to belabor the point. The best episode of the series so far.

Always liked this episode.  "Eat any good books lately?"

Jeff of Earth-J said:

DEJA Q: A powerless Q arrives as the Enterprise deals with the emergency of a moon crashing into a populated planet.

PAIR WITH:  Gilligan's Island: "Not Guilty"

Jeff of Earth-J said:

A MATTER OF PERPECTIVE: A science fiction detective story of an alleged crime recreated on the holodeck. It reminds me of an episode of All in the Family in which each of the cast releates his or her version of events, then Edith produces a piece of physical evidence.

Yes, that was a good one.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

YESTERDAY’S ENTERPRISE: This is it! This is that one episode I had been waiting for since the series began, the one which I would immediately know was my favorite. I’m not going to belabor the point. The best episode of the series so far.

“Always liked this episode. ‘Eat any good books lately?’”

Ha! Yes, Q to Worf.

“PAIR WITH: Gilligan's Island: ‘Not Guilty’”

It would also pair well with “Wolf in the Fold.”

THE OFFSPRING: Data builds a daughter. Carries on thematically from “The Measure of a Man.”

SINS OF THE FATHER: At first this episode seems to present the flip side of “A Matter of Honor” as a Klingon first officer serves temporarily aboard the Enterprise, but the officer turns out to be the brother Worf didn’t know he had. In an effort to clear their father’s name, Worf ends up acceptoing discommendation instead. An important “Klingon” episode in general, and an important Worf episode in particular.

ALLEGIANCE:

Come, cheer up, my lads, 'tis to glory we steer,
To add something new to this wonderful year;
To honour we call you, as freemen not slaves,
For who are so free as the sons of the waves?

Heart of Oak are our ships,
Jolly Tars are our men,
We always are ready: Steady, boys, Steady!
We'll fight and we'll conquer again and again.

We ne'er see our foes but we wish them to stay,
They never see us but they wish us away;
If they run, why we follow, and run them ashore,
For if they won't fight us, what can we do more?

Heart of Oak are our ships,
Jolly Tars are our men,
We always are ready: Steady, boys, Steady!
We'll fight and we'll conquer again and again.

Britannia triumphant her ships rule the seas,
Her watch word is 'Justice' her password is 'Free',
So come cheer up my lads, with one heart let us sing,
Our soldiers, our sailors, our statesmen, our king

Heart of Oak are our ships,
Jolly Tars are our men,
We always are ready: Steady, boys, Steady!
We'll fight and we'll conquer again and again.

CAPTAIN’S HOLIDAY: Picard takes a vacatin and meets Vash. I’d like to tell you more, but what happens on Risa stays on Risa.

TIN MAN: Another Betazoid, one whose telepathy manifested at birth rather than during adolescence, comes aboard to make contact with a unique form of life.

Eh.

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