The good about the bad episodes

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by JesterFace, Jan 5, 2017.

  1. JesterFace

    JesterFace Captain Captain

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    We can all admit that TNG, like all the other programs, have weak episodes. But, isn't it a positive way of looking at it if one thinks it's a good thing that there are few weaker ones, on my way through TNG I usually skip certain episodes, quite many actually... But, after years of not seeing a particular episode, it's almost like watching a completely new TNG episode. This doesn't work if you know the series inside out after gazillion views, but at least in my case this ”new TNG” trick works.
     
  2. Finn

    Finn Vice Admiral Admiral

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    I can't think of an example on the top of my head, but some bad episodes actually have a nice B or a very small subplot, or even a classic scene/line.
     
  3. Paradise City

    Paradise City Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Alot of the really bad episodes are really quite funny and I enjoy a revisit. Other episodes are too soppy to rewatch.

    For me there are good and worthy episodes but they only bear first time viewing. The Perfect Mate is an example of that. I basically had that episode cracked first time watching it. I watched it once I didn't need to see it again. Whereas something like The Defector with it's combination of top acting, morality., intrigue and high politics is something that invites a rewatch.

    I'm not knocking The Perfect Mate either, btw It's a fine episode that has its place.
     
  4. Mojochi

    Mojochi Commodore Commodore

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    Episodes like Emergence, or The Royale aren't that good, but man do they pack them full of interesting actors
     
  5. Tosk

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    For me, there is no episode without some merit. Some more than others.
     
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    tomalak301 Admiral Premium Member

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    This is an episode I don't hate as much as others but the Dog in Aquiel was great. Love big muscular dogs.
     
  7. JirinPanthosa

    JirinPanthosa Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Icarus Factor establishes that blindfold jousting is a thing.
     
  8. Sakonna

    Sakonna Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    I do this too. Most recently I rewatched "The Vengeance Factor", when I was scrolling thru Netflix and realized it was an episode I had no recollection of. I liked going on Memory Alpha after and discovering it was the last episode of Trek to air in the 80's, it was truly 80's-cheese-tastic.

    My other takeaway was: geez, I'm always knocking "The Outcast" for it's implausible Riker love story, and in that case thinking it's because they don't sell that Riker would fall for this person without gender. But "The Vengeance Factor" reminded me that Riker's relationships with women could be just as wholly unconvincing as his relationship with Soren was.
     
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  9. Finn

    Finn Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Yeah, me thinks we only saw an "illegal" version of it. I suspect the more serious or professional players (if they exist) would play different.
     
  10. Armus

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    Even "Aquiel" has that great scene where Riker advises Geordi "off the record."
     
  11. tharpdevenport

    tharpdevenport Admiral Admiral

    Hum. The good about bad episodes...


    Oh, I got it! They were only forty-seven minutes each.
     
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  12. JesterFace

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    I'll sweeten the deal for you... If you don't like some episodes, you don't have to watch them at all. :)
     
  13. tharpdevenport

    tharpdevenport Admiral Admiral

    Already done! I watched "The Chase" for the last time last year when refreshing myself on how bad it was, since it had been many many years since I had seen it, and I already cut "Code of Honor" out of my life completely a long time ago. It was the Code of Life that demanded it. Among a few other episodes.
     
  14. Leviathan

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    There. Is. Nothing. Good. About. Sub. Rosa.