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February 17th, 2015

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11:27 am - Where No Cow Has Gone Before
It took me over a year to watch every episode of Futurama (one of the three of you still reading please comment on that poor lonely entry!), and, well, now that I have been focusing more on writing, I have less time to mainline television shows!

So when I decided to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation, I decided that I would do an abridged version, as I had done for Star Trek: The Original Series. I used Max Temkin's "Star Trek: The Next Generation in 40 Hours" as a starting point and then doubled the list using recommendations from friends. I think I have a pretty good list here, and I've already burned through the first two seasons this way! ALL OF MY FAVORITE EPISODES ARE DATA EPISODES.

For reference, here are the episodes I'm watching, if you would also like to experience TNG without watching a million hours of television. Please do not tell me that I am DOING IT WRONG by not watching every episode or rend your hair because I have left out an episode that you personally believe I should watch. I am happy with my list. The other episodes will still be there when I'm done.

Season One

1.1/1.2 - "Encounter at Farpoint"
1.3 - "The Naked Now"
1.6 - "Where No One Has Gone Before"
1.13 - "Datalore"
1.23 - "Skin of Evil"
1.26 - "The Neutral Zone"

Season Two

2.3 - "Elementary, Dear Data"
2.8 - "A Matter of Honor"
2.9 - "The Measure of a Man"
2.13 - "Time Squared"
2.16 - "Q Who"
2.20 - "The Emissary"

Season Three

3.3 - "The Survivors"
3.7 - "The Enemy"
3.10 - "The Defector"
3.13 - "Déjà Q"
3.15 - "Yesterday’s Enterprise"
3.16 - "The Offspring"
3.17 - "Sins of the Father"
3.18 - "Allegiance"
3.20 - "Tin Man"
3.21 - "Hollow Pursuits"
3.23 - "Sarek"
3.26 - "The Best of Both Worlds"

Season Four

4.1 - "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II"
4.2 - "Family"
4.3 - "Brothers"
4.5 - "Remember Me"
4.7 - "Reunion"
4.8 - "Future Imperfect"
4.11 - "Data’s Day"
4.12 - "The Wounded"
4.14 - "Clues"
4.15 - "First Contact"
4.15 - "Galaxy's Child"
4.19 - "The Nth Degree"
4.20 - "Qpid"
4.21 - "The Drumhead"
4.22 - "Half a Life"
4.26 - "Redemption I"

Season Five

5.1 - "Redemption II"
5.2 - "Darmok"
5.3 - "Ensign Ro"
5.5 - "Disaster"
5.6 - "The Game"
5.7 - "Unification I"
5.8 - "Unification II"
5.9 - "A Matter of Time"
5.14 - "Conundrum"
5.15 - "Power Play"
5.18 - "Cause and Effect"
5.19 - "The First Duty"
5.23 - "I, Borg"
5.24 - "The Next Phase"
5.25 - "The Inner Light"
5.26 - "Time’s Arrow, Part I"

Season Six

6.1 - "Time’s Arrow, Part II"
6.3 - "Relics"
6.4 - "Schism"
6.7 - "Rascals"
6.10 - "Chain of Command, Part I"
6.11 - "Chain of Command, Part II"
6.12 - "Ship in a Bottle"
6.14 - "Face of the Enemy"
6.15 - "Tapestry"
6.16 - "Birthright, Part I"
6.17 - "Birthright, Part II"
6.18 - "Starship Mine"
6.20 - "The Chase"
6.21 - "Frame of Mind"
6.22 - "Suspicions"
6.24 - "Second Chances"
6.25 - "Timescape"
6.26 - "Descent, Part I"

Season Seven

7.1 - "Descent, Part II"
7.4 - "Gambit, Part I"
7.5 - "Gambit, Part II"
7.6 - "Phantasms"
7.7 - "Dark Page"
7.8 - "Attached"
7.11 - "Parallels"
7.12 - "The Pegasus"
7.15 - "Lower Decks"
7.16 - "Thine Own Self"
7.21 - "Firstborn"
7.24 - "Preemptive Strike"
7.25/7.26 - "All Good Things..."

Would you like to share in my excitement for finally seeing why everyone loves TNG so much? Make it so!

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Date:February 17th, 2015 09:27 pm (UTC)
ooooh. I should totally do this.
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Date:October 11th, 2015 04:10 pm (UTC)
Did you do it? I have done it!
Date:October 12th, 2015 04:02 pm (UTC)
It's on my list! Right now, binge-watching Arrow like mad.
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Date:February 17th, 2015 09:57 pm (UTC)
Yep, this is my first time, and I have gotten past the first two seasons quickly because this is a good list!
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Date:February 17th, 2015 09:50 pm (UTC)
I'm excited but must warn you that the entirety of season one is horrible.

ETA. Sorry, failed to read a crucial sentence. I love Data too.

Edited at 2015-02-17 09:53 pm (UTC)
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Date:February 17th, 2015 09:58 pm (UTC)
Incorrect! "Datalore" was really good! Loooooooore. But, yes, season two was already better than season one, which was a little too TOS-y.
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Date:February 17th, 2015 10:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, you're right! That one was good.

Brent Spiner is a fantastic actor, and gets many more chances to shine later on. The other positive of watching season one is that you meet the criminally underused Tasha Yar.
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Date:February 17th, 2015 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was really impressed with Spiner there, and Yar had potential.
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Date:October 11th, 2015 04:11 pm (UTC)
Eight months later, I am finished!
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Date:February 17th, 2015 10:40 pm (UTC)
Is this when I acknowledge that the only reason I started watching Star Trek: TNG was because I thought Wil Wheaton was cute? Dude it was syndicated, it took effort to find on the dial and I did it because of Ensign Crusher.

I feel like I went to confession.
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Date:February 17th, 2015 10:47 pm (UTC)


His mom is more my type.
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Date:February 17th, 2015 10:53 pm (UTC)
I was 14 - I should not be held to my questionable taste.
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Date:October 11th, 2015 04:11 pm (UTC)
I didn't talk about Wesley at all in my pimping post but we can talk about him over here now that I'm done!
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Date:February 26th, 2015 05:40 pm (UTC)
I was going to warn you that the first three entries on that list (and the sixth) are pretty awful, but I guess you already know that. ;-)

TNG has some fantastic episodes, but it also has some truly epic stinkers, especially in seasons 1 & 2. You actually got to skip the worst of them, some of which have truly outrageous levels of sexism without the excuse of it being the '60s. I'm not sure why anyone would recommend "The Naked Now" for a short list of episodes, however... quite literally the only thing of any importance to happen in that episode is that Data and Yar boned.
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Date:February 26th, 2015 07:21 pm (UTC)
And that fact becomes relevant in "The Measure of a Man," so I am glad I watched it! Also, I enjoyed "The Naked Time," so of course I wanted to watch the callback episode.
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Date:February 27th, 2015 05:32 am (UTC)
While I don't think it ever gets mentioned out loud again in the series, there are some later instances where I think you can see the memory of Tasha influencing Data in his interactions with... certain guest stars.

If you're curious about some of the famously awful episodes you were spared from having to see, SFDebris' Star Trek reviews can provide the highlights, and are extremely entertaining besides.
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Date:October 11th, 2015 04:12 pm (UTC)

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