Re: Favourite Much-Maligned TNG Episodes
I also love both "The Royale" and "Masks". Another favorite of mine that I think is less than popular is "Thine Own Self". I generally enjoy any Data-centric episode, but that one is offbeat enough to stand out.
"Thine Own Self" suffers from the Troi bridge officer test B-story. I really like the Data portions of it.
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