I give Encounter at Farpoint some slack since it was a relaunch of a series that had been cancelled. There were some stupid moments but from that to All Good Things it did reflect the show TNG began as and finally became. Voyager came out in a time where Berman, Taylor and Piller should've recognized that stupid gimmicks are stupid and not put them in there. I might have excepted the Banjo caretaker if he was just a projection for the crew's first encounter but no he takes that form until he dies in the final moments of the episode before he becomes a rock. Like wtf?!