From Encounter at Farpoint, onwards, Sir Patrick Stewart's outstanding acting abilities set the standard by which the rest of the cast of The Next Generation had to live up to. And not just the regular cast, either. Michelle Forbes always gave a superior performance for television, which was a medium that she was not interested in committing to. Even Leonard Nimoy played Spock much more appropriately than, perhaps, he'd had in the movies, when he found himself acting against Stewart (Shatner just gave his usual Shatner peformance in Generations, unfortunately). So ... I was curious to see how many of you agree with this assessment that TNG's overall improved acting quality was - at least in part - due to Sir Patrick Stewart.