Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991) – Unification I & II

Captain’s log: stardate 45233.1 Written by Jeri Taylor from a story by Michael Piller and Rick Berman, the first part of this crossover two-parter first aired on 4 November, 1991. With the final voyage of the original Star Trek crew preparing for release in December (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country), and the death of…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1988) – Datalore, and Angel One

Captain’s log: stardate 41242.4 Ahhh, the melodrama trope of the evil twin. Datalore, written by Robert Lewin and series creator Gene Roddenberry from a story by Lewin and Maurice Hurley first aired on 18 January, 1988. This episode introduced two recurring creations of The Next Generation, while also giving us more of a history on…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) – The Battle, and Hide and Q

Captain’s log: stardate 41723.9 The Ferengi are back. The Battle, penned by Herbert Wright from a story by Larry Forrester, see the little aliens getting a bit of a better deal this time around than their first appearance, but it’s the learning about Captain Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) earlier service aboard the Stargazer, and his legendary…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) – Encounter at Farpoint

Captain’s log: stardate 41153.7 Set decades (78 years altogether) after the events of Kirk and company, Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired on 28 September, 1987. Launching us into the 24th century, a script by series creator Gene Roddenberry and D.C. Fontana introduced us to an all new U.S.S. Enterprise, a Galaxy-class starship, and…

Star Trek: Mindshadow (1986) – J.M. Dillard

The Human Adventure continues on the Book Shelf this week with some more non-canon Star Trek adventures. And for the first time in a long time, this was a Trek book I enjoyed. Dillard has a knack for the characters, and while some of the beats may not have been completely inline with Trek, I…

Star Trek: Pawns and Symbols (1985) – Majliss Larson

Ok. It’s just about time for someone to step in and rein in some of these stories. I know it can’t be far off, but at this point, some of them are really starting to annoy me. This week’s Book Shelf lets me visit a non-canon adventure of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Let’s…