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Old July 21 2013, 03:13 PM   #1
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The least disliked episode of TNG - Season One

This is a game that was played here a couple of years ago, and it proved to be a lot of fun, spanning across each Trek series, as well as a great way to mentally revisit those episodes you may not have thought about in a while. With that in mind, why not play again?

So, here's the game. The basic idea is your standard elimination game. I'll provide a list of the episodes for each season and you need to eliminate your least favorite or the one you deem the 'worst.' Please provide an EXPLANATION for why you are eliminating your choice and be sure to copy and paste the list with your choice removed. Finally, leave at least 2 eliminations by other posters before you eliminate another episode. Pretty simple. Enjoy!

Season One

Encounter at Farpoint
The Naked Now
Code of Honor
The Last Outpost
Where No Man Has Gone Before
Lonely Among Us
Justice
The Battle
Hide and Q
Haven
The Big Goodbye
Datalore
Angel One
11001001
Too Short a Season
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Symbiosis
Skin of Evil
We'll Always Have Paris
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone
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Old July 21 2013, 07:07 PM   #2
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Re: The least disliked episode of TNG - Season One

Oh my word. How you doing?

I will delete Code of Honor, as it's a horrible, racist episode, and just terrible all round really. Bit of an easy choice to start with but meh!

Encounter at Farpoint
The Naked Now
The Last Outpost
Where No Man Has Gone Before
Lonely Among Us
Justice
The Battle
Hide and Q
Haven
The Big Goodbye
Datalore
Angel One
11001001
Too Short a Season
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Symbiosis
Skin of Evil
We'll Always Have Paris
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone

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Code of Honor
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Old July 21 2013, 07:11 PM   #3
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Re: The least disliked episode of TNG - Season One

So you're supposed to delete the worst episodes until we get to the least hated one?

Pfft, that's easy, after Code of Honor, Angel One is gag inducing. What were they thinking? Butch 80's amazon women beat up on effeminate pussy men. The whole episode felt like some kind of weird s&m fetish. Might be the only TNG episode I've only seen maybe twice. Remove that abomination off the list.

Encounter at Farpoint
The Naked Now
Code of Honor
The Last Outpost
Where No Man Has Gone Before
Lonely Among Us
Justice
The Battle
Hide and Q
Haven
The Big Goodbye
Datalore
11001001
Too Short a Season
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Symbiosis
Skin of Evil
We'll Always Have Paris
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone
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Old July 21 2013, 08:13 PM   #4
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Re: The least disliked episode of TNG - Season One

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Oh my word. How you doing?
I'm doing great, Seven of Five! A lot changes in two years, but I'm glad to see you're still around!
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Old July 21 2013, 08:20 PM   #5
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Re: The least disliked episode of TNG - Season One

GalaxyX wrote: View Post
So you're supposed to delete the worst episodes until we get to the least hated one?
You got it! But don't forget that you need to copy and paste the list of the poster above you, so both Code of Honor and Angel One are off the list now. I'll fix that, and also give The Last Outpost the boot for the dreadful, squirming portrayal of the Ferengi, intended at the time to serve as real antagonists in the series. Unfortunately they were completely ridiculous. Thank Armin Shimmerman for helping to fix that damage!

Encounter at Farpoint
The Naked Now
Where No Man Has Gone Before
Lonely Among Us
Justice
The Battle
Hide and Q
Haven
The Big Goodbye
Datalore
11001001
Too Short a Season
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Symbiosis
Skin of Evil
We'll Always Have Paris
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone
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Old July 21 2013, 08:21 PM   #6
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Re: The least disliked episode of TNG - Season One

Eliminating The Last Output.

Other than the coolness of the energy whips we never see again for some reason, this episode is unwatchable. If they were going to have villains who were capitalist caricatures they could have made them seem like competently amoral businessmen instead of mincing, slouching, sleer-talking animalistic stereotypes.

Edit: Guy above me beat me to Last Output by one minute so I'll take out that weird possession episode where reptilian and leonian alien delegates are hunting each other for food in the corridors, Lonely Among Us.

Encounter at Farpoint
The Naked Now
Where No Man Has Gone Before
Justice
The Battle
Hide and Q
Haven
The Big Goodbye
Datalore
11001001
Too Short a Season
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Symbiosis
Skin of Evil
We'll Always Have Paris
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone
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Old July 21 2013, 11:55 PM   #7
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Re: The least disliked episode of TNG - Season One

I will eliminate Justice. The whole episode was pretty hard to watch: everyone running for no reason, random death penalty for stepping on flowers, the random public love-making... just all seemed so dumb. Watching it made me feel dirty, and watching it with a parent or child is awkward.

Also, why was the Enterprise visiting a pre-warp society?

Encounter at Farpoint
The Naked Now
Where No Man Has Gone Before
The Battle
Hide and Q
Haven
The Big Goodbye
Datalore
11001001
Too Short a Season
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Symbiosis
Skin of Evil
We'll Always Have Paris
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone
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Old July 22 2013, 07:12 AM   #8
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Re: The least disliked episode of TNG - Season One

We'll Always Have Paris. Ugh. Two reasons for hating it --Michele Phillips and that horrible holodeck bad actress chick at the table next to Picard.




Encounter at Farpoint
The Naked Now
Where No Man Has Gone Before
The Battle
Hide and Q
Haven
The Big Goodbye
Datalore
11001001
Too Short a Season
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Symbiosis
Skin of Evil
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone
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Old July 22 2013, 07:20 AM   #9
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Re: The least disliked episode of TNG - Season One

Haven - painful episode that introduces us to the generally annoying Lwaxana Troi. The arranged marriage plot was dull, and the "dream girl" plot was laughable.


Encounter at Farpoint
The Naked Now
Where No Man Has Gone Before
The Battle
Hide and Q
The Big Goodbye
Datalore
11001001
Too Short a Season
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Symbiosis
Skin of Evil
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone
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Old July 22 2013, 07:27 AM   #10
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Re: The least disliked episode of TNG - Season One

That´s not an easy choice, since there really are very few good episodes in the first season, IMO. But I´ll remove "The Naked Now". It always seemed stupid to me, to exactly copy a TOS episode so early in TNG.

Encounter at Farpoint
Where No Man Has Gone Before
The Battle
Hide and Q
The Big Goodbye
Datalore
11001001
Too Short a Season
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Symbiosis
Skin of Evil
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone
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Old July 22 2013, 07:41 AM   #11
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Re: The least disliked episode of TNG - Season One

I'll have to remove Hide and Q. It's a bit more tolerable than some of those already removed, but it's easily the worst Q episode. It had a pretty good premise (what would a human do with Q powers?) and took that premise NOWHERE.

Also, just my personal feelings, but I can't stand Riker-focused episodes.

Encounter at Farpoint
Where No Man Has Gone Before
The Battle
The Big Goodbye
Datalore
11001001
Too Short a Season
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Symbiosis
Skin of Evil
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone
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Old July 22 2013, 08:38 AM   #12
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Re: The least disliked episode of TNG - Season One

Too Short a Season - an episode so heavily focused on a guest star that has to play both an old man and a young man required a strong actor. The actor's performance was forgettable, making the episode below average. The makeup was pretty bad too.

Encounter at Farpoint
Where No Man Has Gone Before
The Battle
The Big Goodbye
Datalore
11001001
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Symbiosis
Skin of Evil
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone
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Old July 22 2013, 09:33 AM   #13
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Re: The least disliked episode of TNG - Season One

I'm surprised "Symbiosis" made it this far. Say goodbye to the PSA POS.

Encounter at Farpoint
Where No Man Has Gone Before
The Battle
The Big Goodbye
Datalore
11001001
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Skin of Evil
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone
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Old July 22 2013, 09:35 AM   #14
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Re: The least disliked episode of TNG - Season One

I'll eliminate The Big Goodbye. It was the first holodeck episode which gave us many many to follow. Some of them were good or interesting, but this opened the door to an all-too-common crutch Star Trek writers would rely on.

It also becomes a bit more unpalatable with the actor who played Cyrus Redblock, hearing some stories behind the scenes. It explained why a memorable character who really dominated the one Seinfeld episode he appeared in never returned despite being family. Some of the stories about this guy were .

Encounter at Farpoint
Where No Man Has Gone Before
The Battle
Datalore
11001001
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Symbiosis
Skin of Evil
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone
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Old July 22 2013, 03:43 PM   #15
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I will eliminate When The Bough Breaks, as it seems to be the only really terrible episode left.

Encounter at Farpoint
Where No Man Has Gone Before
The Battle
Datalore
11001001
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Skin of Evil
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone
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