I know that people have said that TNG was running out of steam with the final season. Rewatching S7, I feel that way too. The Good Parallels Thine Own Self Lower Decks Genesis First Born Preemptive Strike The Pegasus All Good Things... I enjoy those episodes but even then some of them aren't even great, like Genesis which is kind of hokey. "Force of Nature"? Such a boring episode, no budget to depict the rescue, and they have to curb warp emissions? Ridiculous. It seemed like that sense of awe was gone for many of the episodes and it felt like everyone got too comfortable. Was the writing on the wall that it was ending and they'd transition to the movies why there were more lackluster stories being told? I'm watching "Schisms" from S6. TNG was just hopping on the alien abduction trend at the time but it was a creepy episode that had a good mystery going on and that light emanating from another dimension or from subspace hinted at something otherworldly weird. I'm surprised that they didn't take things further with S7 and tell some really crazy SF-type of stories, and push the boundaries of imagination.