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Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)

Episode:101/102
"Encounter at Farpoint"

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The new starship Enterprise begins its maiden voyage by uncovering the mysteries of an advanced space station. The crew's mission is threatened by an omnipotent being named Q, who puts them (and specifically, Captain Picard) on trial for the crimes of all humanity.

Features: The Q Entity
Stardate: 41153.7
Air Date: 09/28/87
Director: Corey Allen

Jack's Notes
Possibly one of the best episodes of the first season, Farpoint is an instant classic. Like the first issue of a comic book, the characters aren't fleshed out yet so the actors are still a bit out of sorts at times. Overall one of my favorites.

Episode:103
"The Naked Now"

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A mysterious, communicable contaminant causes the crew to experience symptoms similar to alcohol intoxication.

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Stardate: 41209.2
Air Date: 10/05/87
Director: Paul Lynch

Jack's Notes
I know many people hate this episode on the premise that the writers were not ready for the series so they just reached back to the original series for a story. Personally that is what does it for me in this episode. Until the Next Generation the only Star Trek we had known was the original series and the movies it spawned. Giving viewers a familiar story with new characters really works.

Episode:104
"Code of Honor"

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Lt. Yar is abducted by the leader of a people who abide by a strict code of honor, which requires her participation in a fight to the death.

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Stardate: 41235.25
Air Date: 10/12/87
Director: Russ Mayberry

Jack's Notes
Not nearly as bad as you remember, this episode is often referred to as the racist episode....when in fact it is just a silly stereotype episode. While that doesn't make it a good one by any means, the fight scene with Yar on the laser junglegym thing and the rather terrible acting by Denise Crosby in this one does make it one of Trek's worst.

Episode:105
"The Last Outpost"

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An unknown force immobilizes the Enterprise during the Federation's first encounter with a new alien threat, the Ferengi.

Features: The Ferengi
Stardate: 41386.4
Air Date: 10/19/87
Director: Richard Colla

Jack's Notes
This is a strange episode. We do get our first look at the Ferengi here but the over the top way in which the director had the actors play them turned them into the comic relief species of Star Trek. There are quite a few fun parts to this episode, however.

Episode:106
"Where No One Has Gone Before"

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Warp efficiency tests send the Enterprise traveling far beyond known space, where the crew's imagination takes on real form.

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Stardate: 41263.1
Air Date: 10/26/87
Director: Rob Bowman

Jack's Notes
One of the episodes I remembered most from the first time it aired. I enjoyed the Traveler character and although I didn't care for Wesley back then, I really enjoy the introduction to his character now. The odd thing is, Wil Wheaton and I are exactly one week apart in age....so I am not sure why I initially disliked Wesley. I guess with age comes wisdom - now I watch and each episode is like a time capsule.

Episode:107
"Lonely Among Us"

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An alien entity possesses Dr. Crusher, Worf, and Picard while the Enterprise is transporting delegates from two feuding planets.

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Stardate: 41249.3
Air Date: 11/02/87
Director: Cliff Bole

Jack's Notes
This one feels like a classic Trek story. Data doing his Sherlock Holmes is a blast.

Episode:108
"Justice"

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Wesley breaks an idyllic world's trivial law by accidentally stepping on flowers and faces the death sentence.

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Stardate: 41255.6
Air Date: 11/09/87
Director: James L. Conway

Jack's Notes
This one shows us what kind of character Riker would become over the next couple of seasons as well as the kind of man Picard would turn out to be. Plus who doesn't like the idea of an entire planet that is one big playground full of pleasures? This one is the first - and not the last - time we see Picard forced to go against the Prime Directive.

Episode:109
"The Battle"

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A Ferengi captain returns the abandoned Stargazer to its former captain, Jean-Luc Picard. Picard, who experiences severe headaches, begins to relive the "Battle of Maxia" in which he lost the ship.

Features: The Ferengi
Stardate: 41723.9
Air Date: 11/16/87
Director: Rob Bowman

Episode:110
"Hide and Q"

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Q returns to the Enterprise to tempt Commander Riker into joining the Q Continuum with the lure of Q's powers.

Features: The Q Entity
Stardate: 41590.5
Air Date: 11/23/87
Director: Cliff Bole

Jack's Notes
Totally a killer episode! This one shows off Jonathan Frakes' acting skills very well. Who wouldn't be tempted to use that much power if we were given it?

Episode:111
"Haven"

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Lwaxana Troi visits her daughter, Counselor Troi, and prepares her for an arranged marriage.

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Stardate: 41294.5
Air Date: 11/30/87
Director: Richard Compton

Episode:112
"The Big Goodbye"

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A computer malfunction traps Picard, Data, and Beverly in a Dixon Hill holodeck program set in early 20th-century Earth.

Features: The Holodeck
Stardate: 41997.7
Air Date: 01/11/88
Director: Joseph L. Scanlan

Episode:113
"Datalore"

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The Enterprise crew finds a disassembled android identical to Data at the site of the Omicron Theta colony,?where Data was found,?which was destroyed by a life form dubbed "the Crystalline Entity." The reassembled android, Lore, brings the Crystalline Entity to the Enterprise.

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Stardate: 41242.4
Air Date: 01/18/88
Director: Rob Bowman

Episode:114
"Angel One"

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The Enterprise visits a world dominated by women to rescue survivors of a downed freighter.

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Stardate: 41636.9
Air Date: 01/25/88
Director: Michael Rhoades

Episode:115
"11001001"

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Bynars upgrade the Enterprise's computers in spacedock. Riker and Picard become distracted by a surprisingly realistic holodeck character.

Features: The Holodeck
Stardate: 41365.9
Air Date: 02/01/88
Director: Paul Lynch

Episode:116
"Too Short a Season"

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The Enterprise transports a legendary geriatric admiral who must once again negotiate a hostage situation involving a man from decades earlier in his career. The admiral is mysteriously growing younger; by the time the Enterprise arrives he is a young man.

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Stardate: 41309.5
Air Date: 02/08/88
Director: Rob Bowman

Episode:117
"When the Bough Breaks"

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A planet formerly existing only in legend uncloaks and requests help from the Enterprise. Their cloaking device causes sterility, and they want to adopt children from the EnterpriseĆ¢??by force, if necessary.

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Stardate: 41509.1
Air Date: 02/15/88
Director: Kim Manners

Episode:118
"Home Soil"

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The crew of the Enterprise discovers a crystalline lifeform with murderous intelligence that has been killing the scientists on a terraforming project.

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Stardate: 41463.9
Air Date: 02/22/88
Director: Corey Allen

Episode:119
"Coming of Age"

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While Wesley takes a Starfleet Academy entrance exam, the senior staff of the Enterprise are placed under investigation by Starfleet.

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Stardate: 41416.2
Air Date: 03/14/88
Director: Mike Vejar

Episode:120
"Heart of Glory"

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Fugitive Klingons seeking battle attempt to hijack the Enterprise, and ask Worf to join them.

Features: The Klingons
Stardate: 41503.7
Air Date: 03/21/88
Director: Rob Bowman

Episode:121
"The Arsenal of Freedom"

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Trapped on the surface of an abandoned planet, an away team becomes unwitting participants in the demonstration of an advanced weapons system.

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Stardate: 41798.2
Air Date: 04/11/88
Director: Les Landau

Episode:122
"Symbiosis"

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Picard tries to mediate a trade dispute between two neighboring planets, one of which is the sole supplier of a drug to treat the other's apparently fatal disease.

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Stardate: Unknown
Air Date: 04/18/88
Director: Win Phelps

Episode:123
"Skin of Evil"

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An evil, tar-like creature holds Troi hostage on an alien world. During a rescue mission, one of the Enterprise crew is killed.

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Stardate: 41601.3
Air Date: 04/25/88
Director: Joseph L. Scanlan

Jack's Notes
When I first watched TNG during it's original airings, I disliked the Tasha Yar character. Not 100% sure that was, but as I watch it again 22 years later, I have to admit this episode choked me up. Personally, I always wonder what happened to Armus after the Enterprise torpedoed the shuttlecraft remains from orbit....he feeds on energy.

Episode:124
"We'll Always Have Paris"

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Picard meets an old flame, whose husband has been affected by a dimensional experiment accident.

Features: Time Travel
Stardate: 41697.9
Air Date: 05/02/88
Director: Robert Becker

Episode:125
"Conspiracy"

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The strange behavior of high-ranking officers, which earlier prompted the investigation of the crew (in "Coming of Age"),?leads Picard to uncover a conspiracy within Starfleet.

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Stardate: 41775.5
Air Date: 05/09/88
Director: Cliff Bole

Jack's Notes
I typically don't like these kind of shows. Never was a fan of the uber-conspiracy stories....but wow this one works!

Episode:126
"The Neutral Zone"

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A derelict satellite is found containing cryonically frozen humans from the 20th century as the Enterprise is sent to investigate the destruction of outposts near Romulan space.

Features: The Romulans
Stardate: 41986
Air Date: 05/16/88
Director: James L. Conway

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