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Top 5 Star Trek TNG episodes

By on April 29, 2012 6:26:28 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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We just finished a Star Trek TNG marathon.  Let me first say that a lot of TNG episodes don’t hold up well. Burrrr. Some of them are really bad.

But in general, TNG still delivers and there are some truly amazing episodes in there.  Below are my top 5. Please comment below what your favorite ones are.

  1. Inner Light
  2. Yesterday’s Enterprise
  3. The Best of Both Worlds (I and II)
  4. Darmok
  5. Chain of Command

Ironically, had I put this together back in say 2000, when the show was still somewhat “Fresh” I would have rated episodes like Parallels and Tapestry and All Good things way up there.  But this is what I mean by episodes not holding up when looking back on them (imo of course).

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April 29, 2012 6:33:36 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

The TNG 25th Anniversary reunion tour just kicked off here in Calgary at our Entertainment Expo, and I met Wil Wheaton and LeVar Burton.  What great guys, just honest and happy to be there!

Scary to me that I was BORN in the same year that TNG first aired... Great series and a great set of morals to grow up with.

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April 29, 2012 6:41:26 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I must agree with your first choice, Inner Light.

For a true TNG fan that episode takes you on a roller coaster ride from joy to an overwhelming sense of loss and sadness.

My second choice would be Times Arrow. I love a good time travel story and Data's 500 yr old head is an optimum paradox.

 

I have the complete 7 season series and do enjoy it from time to time

 

Kudos for a great thread.

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April 29, 2012 6:58:20 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I had dinner with Brent Spiner and Marina Sirtis.   Marina is really nice in real life.   Brent Spiner is okay, but...let's say he is definitely the right guy for his role as an android.   Brent thought Will Riker and Patrick Stewart were both a little headstrong to work with, but Patrick was supposed to be, as the captain (William Shatner can be more than a little headstrong, too).   I mentioned to Marina that I thought it was a little stupid when the screenplay writers wanted to put Troi and Worf in a romantic relationship.  Marina totally agreed.   Fortunately she doesn't seem traumatized too much.   One thing that struck me about them in real life is how old they are.   I guess time has passed since they filmed TNG, yet I always remember them as who they are on the TV.

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April 29, 2012 7:07:22 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Inner Light
Yesterday’s Enterprise
The Best of Both Worlds (I and II)
Darmok
Chain of Command

Also:

Time's Arrow (I and II)

Relics

 

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April 29, 2012 7:09:36 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Phoon,
I have the complete 7 season series and do enjoy it from time to time

I have it all on DVD.

TOS 3 seasons

ENT 7 seasons

DS9 7 seasons

VOY 7 seasons

ENT 4 seasons (got cancelled just as it was getting good)

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April 29, 2012 7:15:29 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

My fave TNG episodes are:

1: The Chase
2: Relics
3: Skin of evil (The one where Tasha Yar dies...)
4: Ship in a bottle
5: Cause and effect

I gotta say though, Voyager is by far my fave Star trek series closely followed by Enterprise.

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April 29, 2012 7:21:23 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Call me old but nothing beat the original series. And in second place? DS9 all they way.

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April 29, 2012 7:39:41 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Did you all know that they have reworked the series and are releasing it on Blu-ray. Here's a taste of the re-release.

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April 29, 2012 7:45:17 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Jeri Ryan and Jolene Blalock are my favorite episodes of Star Trek.  Wait are those episodes?

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April 29, 2012 7:56:13 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Voyager was terrible in the first 3 seasons. Not a show with alot of rewatchability. The characters had no depth or anything really interesting about them. Nelix was just the worst. It only got good when they ditched the main characters and started focusing on 7 of 9. Even then, it was mostly just for us robosexuals. This show really missed a great opportunity to deal with the philosophies present in Star Trek.

The sad thing is that Voyager is still one of the better sci-fi shows out there simply because its only competition is Warehouse 13 and Star Trek: Enterprise. I suspect things will get better once we raise another generation of geeks. We aren't a large enough demographic for TV execs to greenlight our shows.

 

My favorite list:

1. "The Vengeance Factor"

2. "Sins of the Father"

3. "Who Watches the Watchers"

4. "The Most Toys"

5. "Rightful Heir"


Honorable Mentions:

"The Defector"

"A Matter of Honor"

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April 29, 2012 8:11:09 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting CerebroJD,
Scary to me that I was BORN in the same year that TNG first aired... Great series and a great set of morals to grow up with.

Ok..who's this guy pretending to be CerebroJD!

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April 29, 2012 8:33:57 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I haven't rented the video sets so don't know the episode names, but I will say it sure would be nice if someone could give me a quick cab ride to the Nexus before I have to go in to work tomorrow.

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April 29, 2012 8:42:33 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I prefer the original Star Trek, but I must agree #1 Inner Light...way ahead of all the others.

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April 29, 2012 11:06:52 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Honestly the ones I keep going back to are the borg ones.

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April 30, 2012 12:14:49 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Agreed, the first borg episode with Q and everything is great, super introduction of villain, plus changes much of the show's setting.

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April 30, 2012 12:28:28 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting seanw3,
Voyager was terrible in the first 3 seasons. The characters had no depth or anything really interesting about them. "
So you completely missed the Hologram Dr on Voyager then ?

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April 30, 2012 12:53:53 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Arguing that a hologram had depth?

 

The Doctor was great, so was Janeway, Tuvok, and in some episodes Belana. But they could not make up for Nelix, Kim, Paris, Kes, and Chekotay. The writing was pretty bad in the first few seasons as well. 

I can forgive any show for starting off a little awkward, but Voyager took forever to get its legs and by then the characters had nothing left to give. That is probably why they brought in a hot Borg to keep the show alive. Honestly DS9 had much the same problem in the first 2 seasons, but then it got progressively better.

The problems they had with poor character constructs seemed to prevent the show from reaching the myriad of possibilities on such a voyage. There are so many aspects of the prime directive that could have clashed with their need for survival. Too many episodes were all about longshot travel opportunities or some poorly devised character driven plot. It's odd, I loved the show when I was younger, but now that I have a more developed mind, I find little replayability in most episodes. 

There were of course some shining moments in the series, but they were always centered on the few good characters. I would have appreciated a not so subtle assassination of Kim and Nelix in the first season. I always imagine that black ooze that killed Tasha Yar was the pure embodiment of fanboy vitriol. I just wish it could have killed Wesley, Kim, and Nelix at some point.

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April 30, 2012 1:08:26 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Below are my top 5. Please comment below what your favorite ones are.

Inner Light
Yesterday’s Enterprise
The Best of Both Worlds (I and II)
Darmok
Chain of Command

Your top 6?

The Best of Both Worlds (I and II) counts as 2

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April 30, 2012 5:45:16 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

For me the first season was the pits. IMO I thought Wesley Crusher was a mistake. The episodes without him and the 'coming of age' for Data slowly improved the series but it wasn't until after Worf took over as security boss that it really got off the ground. Plus the best of both worlds brought out the 'human' in Picard.

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April 30, 2012 6:05:16 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

TNG remains my favorite Star Trek series, with DS9 coming in a very close second.  (TOS is a distant third; VOY and ENT barely even register for me.) 

I agree a lot of the TNG episodes (particularly from the 1st, 2nd, and 7th seasons) don't hold up very well...but then I thought most of the episodes from those three seasons weren't very good in the first place.  I'd still rate "Tapestry" and "All Good Things" as being among my top episodes, along with the usual favorites ("The Inner Light", "Best of Both Worlds", "Chain of Command", etc.). 

Other episodes that at least have to receive an honorable mention from me include (but are not limited to) "Sarek", "The Defector", "The Wounded", "Relics", "Ensign Ro", and "Family". 

 

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May 1, 2012 4:01:28 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Patrick Steward: "That damned flute..."   

I couldn't name a top 5 but good lists here. 

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May 2, 2012 2:41:02 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

I would agree on 4 of your 5.  I was never too crazy about Chain of Command.  Probably the worst episode was Far point Station - I almost wrote the series off after that!  But it turned out to be pretty good.

I grew up with Star Trek TOS, and then followed the other series as they came on.  You can tell when Roddenberry dies.  The year after he died, DS9 went to war with the Dominion.  Roddenberry never bought into interstellar wars. In fact, Errand of Mercy from the original is close to Roddenberry's concept of how man would outlive his war like nature.

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May 2, 2012 2:49:46 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I did notice that the Organians were nowhere to be seen when the Dominion came. Bet he rolled over in his grave on that one.

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May 2, 2012 8:45:11 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

there... are... four... lights!

heh heh

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June 21, 2012 3:18:07 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

I have all STAR TREK series except the animated one on DVD or blu ray.

They all have have some good stuff(except enterprise that I blame for killing of the fanchise)

 

Why go back in time, you had 21 seasons of TNG universe, so much to build on, the end of dominion war, sneaky romulans ect. THE RETURN OF THE SISKO!!

While TOS have some good episodes, they are reather silly by modern standards TNG, DS9, Voy has held up much better.  TNG introduced tuch screen and flat screen we now use.

 

Voy ended like 15 years after TNG, yet TNG fit perfectly into voy, sure the effects are better, but they still used the same tech.

 

My favorite episodes of TNG are 

1. The inner ligher,
2. To the Nh degree(no huge episode, just a standard sci fi riddel to solve, to me this is what made TNG so great, just lots of good Sci fi riddles.
3. All good things
4. Who watches the watchers
5. Chase

 

DS9 was ok, but for some odd reason, the suporting characters(like Garak, Nog ect) were more intersting then the main characters(never liked Sisko)

I used to really not like this series, I watched it on tv many years ago, but after I bought the series and watched the enite series in 2-3 weeks, I got a much better view of it.

 

Enterprise is just bad, bad acting, bad stories, boring stories, boring setting.

 

DS9 is ofcourse the series to watch if you want to get into the mood of Sins of the solar empire, with it's huge battles.

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