Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992) – I, Borg, and The Next Phase

Captain’s log: stardate 45854.2 Written by Rene Echevarria and airing on 11 May, 1992, I, Borg is a powerful Trek story. When the Enterprise comes across a lone Borg drone (Jonathan Del Arco) separated from the Collective they bring him on board. Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) sees the opportunity to return the Borg to the…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992) – The First Duty, and Cost of Living

Captain’s log: stardate 45703.9 Airing on 30 March, 1992, and written by Ronald D. Moore and Naren Shankar, The First Duty is a superior episode, and it’s just unfortunate that Robert Duncan McNeill’s character wouldn’t be the same one he played in Star Trek: Voyager. That would have made for some great continuity connecting the…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992) – The Outcast, and Cause and Effect

Captain’s log: stardate 45614.6 I love that The Next Generation did this episode. I just wish it had been better written.  Penned by Jeri Taylor, this episode debuted on 16 March, 1992. Commander Riker (Jonathan Frakes) finds himself involved with an androgynous life form, Soren (Melinda Culea), during their visit to the planet J’Nai. The…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992) – The Masterpiece Society, and Conundrum

Captain’s log: stardate 45470.1 Michael Piller and Adam Belanoff pen the teleplay from a story by Belanoff and James Kahn. It first debuted on 10 February, 1992. This story deals with the themes of genetic manipulation, and the treatment of those with ‘disabilities’ including breeding them out. The Enterprise discovers a remote human colony when…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992) – Hero Worship, and Violations

Captain’s log: stardate 45397.3 Airing on 27 January, 1992, this Data (Brent Spiner) episode is a little dull. And once again, it feels like the series could have done something really good if they hadn’t played it safe. Written by Joe Menosky from a story by Hilary Bader, the episode sees the Enterprise responding to…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991/1992) – A Matter of Time, and New Ground

Captain’s log: stardate 45349.1 Airing on 18 November, 1991, A Matter of Time, written by Rick Berman was the last Next Generation episode to air before Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was released to theatres. Matt Frewer guest stars as a would-be time traveller and historian from the future, Berlinghoff Rasmussen. Captain Picard (Patrick…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991) – Disaster, and The Game

Captain’s log: stardate 45156.1 Airing on 21 October, 1991, Ronald D. Moore penned the teleplay for this episode from a story created by Ron Jarvis and Philip A. Scorza. Disaster plays much like an Irwin Allen version of a Star Trek episode. Attempting to push characters outside of their comfort zones, or put them in…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991) – The Host, and The Mind’s Eye

Captain’s log: stardate 44821.1 Airing on 13 May, 1991, The Host is another episode that doesn’t do justice to Doctor Crusher (Gates McFadden). This is yet another episode that centres around her character that is just a little too shabby. Written by Michel Horvat, the episode follows Crusher as she has a relationship with Ambassador…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991) – First Contact, and Galaxy’s Child

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Marc Scott Zircee came up with the episode’s story that was adapted to teleplay by Dennis Bailey, David Bischoff, Joe Menosky, Ronald D. Moore and Michael Piller. Airing on 18 February, 1991, this Riker (Jonathan Frakes)-centric story puts the strange new worlds shoe on the other foot. Riker is undercover on…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991) – Data’s Day, and The Wounded

Captain’s log: stardate 44390.1 Airing on 7 January, 1991, this Data (Brent Spiner)- centric episode did something that hadn’t been done in Star Trek before. It gave us a ‘day in the life’ episode. It also further cemented Miles O’Brien (Colm Meaney) in the Trek Universe. Written by Harold Apter and Ronald D. Moore, the…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1990) – Reunion, and Future Imperfect

Captain’s log: stardate 44246.3 K’Ehleyr (Suzie Plakson) returns in this episode written by Thomas Perry, Jo Perry, Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga from a story by both Perrys and Drew Deighan. This is also the second episode of eight that was directed by Jonathan Frakes , who plays Commander Riker. First airing on 5…