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The Next Generation All Good Things come to an end...but not here.

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Old September 30 2012, 02:33 PM   #16
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Re: 25 YEARS!

What is wrong with McFadden's hair in that first picture? She looks like she's going hooking after the shoot.
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Old October 2 2012, 01:24 PM   #17
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Happy Birthday TNG. I still love ya, after all this time.
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Old October 2 2012, 03:23 PM   #18
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The Next Generation awakened in me a feeling of terrible and suffocating yearning — that hopeless childish escape wish that's the wake of a certain kind of fantasy. That feeling that in a different world you'd be happy. I carefully recorded each episode on our VCR — I remember buying the VHS tapes, in cellophane-wrapped three-packs — and typed out labels on an enormous electric typewriter. One VHS tape held two Next Generation episodes, plus commercials, so I had to fast-forward through the first episode in order to get the episode-length timings. "Who Watches the Watchers 0:00:00" b/w "Deja Q 0:58:59." This seemed extremely important, possibly because so many Next Generation episodes themselves hinged on matters of fine timing, radiation leaks with critical exposure imminent, warp jumps that had to be calculated to the nanosecond (yet somehow always involved a character yelling "Now!").
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Old October 2 2012, 07:57 PM   #19
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^I enjoyed the article, thanks for the link Salinga
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Old October 2 2012, 08:16 PM   #20
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What is wrong with McFadden's hair in that first picture? She looks like she's going hooking after the shoot.
No, it just big 80s hair. Seriously, they changed Gates McFadden's hairstyle almost every episode that first season. That's why they fired her after season one, they couldn't afford all the wigs
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Old October 3 2012, 12:58 AM   #21
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Seriously, they changed Gates McFadden's hairstyle almost every episode that first season. That's why they fired her after season one, they couldn't afford all the wigs
Not quite. One of the niggling things with Gates during Season One was the many hours of lost time resetting her fine hair every time it drooped under the hot lights, messing with continuity. When she came back for Season Three they provided her with a selection of expensive, real-hair wigs to attempt to save some production time.

That set Marina Sirtis on a campaign to get a real-hair fall to replace the one she'd been wearing. It took her another year to get it, IIRC.
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Old October 3 2012, 01:06 AM   #22
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That set Marina Sirtis on a campaign to get a real-hair fall to replace the one she'd been wearing. It took her another year to get it, IIRC.
What does "real-hair fall" mean?
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Old October 3 2012, 09:47 AM   #23
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So women are usually using wigs in TV productions because it gets messed up over the day?
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Old October 3 2012, 05:57 PM   #24
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25 years of TNG. It really doesn't feel that long, but this is the show that I literally grew up with. That's mainly why it's my favorite Trek series, but TNG and DS9 back to back made the late 80's/90's all the more fun.
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Old October 4 2012, 05:43 PM   #25
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I have a strong affection for this particular Trek show (perhaps more than healthy), but it was a life preserver during a sustained life hardship.

What was so amazing about this series, was that it really seemed like it took place in some future time. The characters had a mentality that didn't fit the 20th century. They were written to be different from us. Some were put off, but many like me found it quite appealing.

In fact if you get a chance to watch "Encounter at Farpoint", there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene in Q's courtroom where a machine gun-wielding bailiff is knocked to the ground by Tasha Yar and is summarily executed at the behest of Judge Q. There's a look of sadness on Tasha's face after it happens. That's a brilliant Roddenberrian touch.

Sure the series had its flubs and it had its forays into silliness, but the creative minds of the show learned from their errors and constantly worked to do something different. "The Ferengi were a lousy adversary? Let's try a race of cybernetic zombies." And very little went to waste! Q was shoehorned into the original pilot to pad into two hours, and inadvertently became one of the most fascinating and beloved characters in the Trek canon. Tasha Yar died in an unsatisfactory way in "Skin of Evil", but it became a unintentional set-up for one of the greatest episode of Trekdom, "Yesterday's Enterprise".

Gene Roddenberry dared to make Star Trek something bigger than Kirk and Spock. He gambled and won. But, he gave the show it's roots and a vision. Some of it was a little too funky for most of us. But, then stepped in the late, great Michael Piller who got the show working on all thrusters, and by and large helped create the foundation for 3 subsequent spin-offs (of varying quality).

I feel bad that the cast never got the proper send-off in the movies that the cast of the original show did in Star Trek VI:The Undiscovered Country. But, the series finale, "All Good Things…" was a brilliant coda, and one can easily write off the four feature films.

Anyway, if you're a fan of the show and you get a chance: watch a TNG episode in tribute to a show that paved the way for science fiction on television for the last quarter of a century.



[Me with the TNG cast at the 2012 Calgary EXPO. Yes I know, Patrick Stewart got the flash in his eyes.]

This is worth a read:

"How Star Trek The Next Generation Changed Pop Culture Forever" from Time Magazine.
Baller photo. I'd love a pic like that!
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Old October 5 2012, 12:46 PM   #26
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25 years! It's now as old as TOS was when the original cast bowed out with Star Trek VI. Can you believe it? That's the most amazing part for me because TNG doesn't feel like it's 25 years old the way TOS did in 1991. It still feels fresh in many ways.
These were my thoughts on the anniversary last week.

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I carefully recorded each episode on our VCR — I remember buying the VHS tapes, in cellophane-wrapped three-packs — and typed out labels on an enormous electric typewriter. One VHS tape held two Next Generation episodes, plus commercials, so I had to fast-forward through the first episode in order to get the episode-length timings. "Who Watches the Watchers 0:00:00" b/w "Deja Q 0:58:59." This seemed extremely important...


I thought I was the only OCD fan that did that. Good memories. Thank-you for the reminder.
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Old October 5 2012, 02:20 PM   #27
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The Next Generation depicts a strict military hierarchy acting with great moral clarity in the name of civilization, all anti-postmodern, "conservative" stuff — but the values they're so conservatively clear about are ideals like peace and open-mindedness and squishy concern for the perspectives of different cultures. "Liberal" ideals, in other words. You could say, roughly, that the Enterprise crew is conservative as a matter of method and liberal as a matter of goal.
That sounds like the Clinton/Blair "third-way" politique. Was TNG responsible for all that?!
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