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Old January 13 2013, 03:37 AM   #46
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Re: why is s6 > s7 ?

Season 7 holds a special place for me because it was when I began watching TNG. I watched it first run and then started from the begining in syndication. In hindsight, I think S6 is definitely the peak. There are some real duds in S7. I don't hate Genesis as much as most do, but Masks, Thine Own Self, Sub Rosa, horrible. Sub Rosa is one of the worst eps of the series, if I were Gates McFadden I would have refused to film it.
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Old January 13 2013, 07:40 PM   #47
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Why all the hate for Dark Page?
I think it's a local phenomenon. I've seen plenty people in other places that like it, and saw it as actual character growth for a character who was mostly there for a gag otherwise. I wouldn't say it's her best episode (Half A Life is much better IMO) but it's not her worst either
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Old January 13 2013, 07:48 PM   #48
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Honestly season 7 just seemed to be obvious they were running out of ideas, so they just started throwing random things out there that really didn't make sense.

Hey, let's have Worf and Troi hook up! Hey let's make Troi a command officer! Let's have Wesley become a Indian seer!
This. This forever.

They had a chance of giving Wesley some real character growth, to make him conflicted and interesting in his last episode ever, and what do they do? Give him the most Mary Sue-ish exit of all time. I hate that episode with the fire of a thousand suns (and Wesley is not even the only issue I have with that episode), and that alone is enough to make season 6 better than season 7.

That and Sub Rosa.

Seriously? LAME.

Otherwise, the season was decent enough, I guess.
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Old January 13 2013, 11:45 PM   #49
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Season 7 holds a special place for me because it was when I began watching TNG. I watched it first run and then started from the begining in syndication. In hindsight, I think S6 is definitely the peak. There are some real duds in S7. I don't hate Genesis as much as most do, but Masks, Thine Own Self, Sub Rosa, horrible. Sub Rosa is one of the worst eps of the series, if I were Gates McFadden I would have refused to film it.
I started watching with Season 7 as well but the only episode that I truly cannot bare to watch now is Sub Rosa.

Personally I think the main source of stinkers in Next Generation is Season 5. The Game, New Ground, Hero Worship, Violations, The Masterpiece Society, The Outcast, Cost of Living, Perfect Mate, Imaginary Friend. I seldom watched these during the reruns.
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Old January 13 2013, 11:55 PM   #50
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Personally I think the main source of stinkers in Next Generation is Season 5. The Game, New Ground, Hero Worship, Violations, The Masterpiece Society, The Outcast, Cost of Living, Perfect Mate, Imaginary Friend. I seldom watched these during the reruns.
Violations and Masterpiece Society are two of my season five favorites.
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Old January 14 2013, 01:40 AM   #51
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Also remember two of TNG strongest writers were barely available for real writing, for a big stretch of the earlier part of season 7. Braga and Moor spent the earlier part of season 7 writing, and rewriting to death Generations. Meaning that they couldn't contribute to the level they normally had in previous seasons. Once they finished that what happens we get Pegasus and Parallels as their first real assignments of the season.
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Old January 14 2013, 02:09 AM   #52
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Also remember two of TNG strongest writers were barely available for real writing, for a big stretch of the earlier part of season 7. Braga and Moor spent the earlier part of season 7 writing, and rewriting to death Generations. Meaning that they couldn't contribute to the level they normally had in previous seasons. Once they finished that what happens we get Pegasus and Parallels as their first real assignments of the season.
Too bad Generations turned out to be shit. I hate that movie for being one of the big reasons for the decline of season seven. They should have waited after the show was OVER to get started on the movie like any sane person would have done.
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Old January 14 2013, 02:28 AM   #53
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Personally I think the main source of stinkers in Next Generation is Season 5. The Game, New Ground, Hero Worship, Violations, The Masterpiece Society, The Outcast, Cost of Living, Perfect Mate, Imaginary Friend. I seldom watched these during the reruns.
I agree with all of those except The Game and Masterpiece Society, but if all the seasons are on the table, are we forgetting season 1? I count at least 12 stinkers there, and that's being generous in a few cases.
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Old January 14 2013, 06:44 PM   #54
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Also remember two of TNG strongest writers were barely available for real writing, for a big stretch of the earlier part of season 7. Braga and Moor spent the earlier part of season 7 writing, and rewriting to death Generations. Meaning that they couldn't contribute to the level they normally had in previous seasons. Once they finished that what happens we get Pegasus and Parallels as their first real assignments of the season.
Too bad Generations turned out to be shit. I hate that movie for being one of the big reasons for the decline of season seven. They should have waited after the show was OVER to get started on the movie like any sane person would have done.
^ I think there is much truth in this, and agree with it completely. Of course, Rick Berman was very much a studio player and almost never "bucked the system" in his 15+ year tenure at the top of the totem on Star Trek. The studio gave them a firm release date for GENS mere months after TNG was to go off the air, so that's what Berman aimed for. Frankly, we're lucky that GENS is even as watchable as it is (the very same problem plagued Insurrection, which was given a release date before a single page of the script had even been written!). I agree it was crazy, and it's why GENS has got so many inconsistencies as well. Nobody came out of that one looking good.
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Old January 14 2013, 07:32 PM   #55
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I find the show started to decline in quality around season six. Most of the decline in quality had to with behind the scenes issues and over stretching of resources. In season 6 most of the writers attention was on launching DS9 certainly Michael Piller had no direct involvement with TNG after season 5. Then in season 7 the producers and writers were: writing the second year of DS9, prepping Voyager and working on Generations.

I agree with the sentiment expressed by some about Generations coming too close after the end of TNG, but that was a studio mandate. They wanted to strike while the iron was hot so it was decided filming Generations would happen right after the end of the series.

That said, Seasons six and seven did have some great stuff and some good character development (minus Beverly having sex with a lamp)
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Old January 17 2013, 10:19 PM   #56
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I think having Data go through the process of becoming a full commander would have made more sense than Troi. We'd already seen him give it a shot a few times, it would have been a nice bit of growth for him. But I suppose they wanted to show that Deanna actually had some substance.
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Old January 18 2013, 04:07 AM   #57
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Yeah, for me it was 'too little, too late' for Troi. And it certainly didn't help that her promotion really made no difference at all to subsequent episodes. Not that it needed to, but it did make her B plot in Thine Own... even less satisfying in retrospect.
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