Essential TNG?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by I am not Spock, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. I am not Spock

    I am not Spock Commodore Commodore

    Dec 2, 2001
    What are some TNG episodes that in your view, best represent the show, among the greater Star Trek franchise?

    My nominees:

    Season 1: Conspiracy
    Season 2: The Measure of A Man, Q Who?
    Season 3: The Defector, Yesterdays Enterprise, The Offspring, Best of Both Worlds
    Season 4: The Drumhead, The Wounded
    Season 5: Cause and Effect, The Inner Light, Darmok
    Season 6: Tapestry, Relics, Chain of Command
    Season 7: Parallels, All Good Things
  2. JirinPanthosa

    JirinPanthosa Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 20, 2012
    Wow. My list is almost identical to yours. That isn't supposed to happen on the internet.

    Only I would take out Conspiracy and Relics and add Redemption, Gambit, Reunion, Pegasus and Lower Decks.
  3. I am not Spock

    I am not Spock Commodore Commodore

    Dec 2, 2001
    Oh, I was trying to include something from every season. And I couldn't think of that many great episodes from season 1. There were a few good ones, but little great ones. Conspiracy was sadly, not followed up, but it was a good, action packed, creepy Star Trek episode, which really opened up the TNG universe for perhaps the first time.
  4. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Goo goo goo joob Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    Sitting in a nutmeg garden waiting for the sun
    ^What about "The Big Goodbye"? It won a Peabody Award. "11001001" (Had to look that title up!) is also pretty good.
  5. Vulcan Logician

    Vulcan Logician Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    May 31, 2013
    In the realm of pure logic
    11001001 is a GREAT episode, but there are some haters. (Be they damned!)
  6. JirinPanthosa

    JirinPanthosa Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 20, 2012
    11001001 and Arsenal of Freedom are good episodes from season 1.

    But if we're talking about the greatest episodes in the series, they don't make the cut. Maybe they'd make a top 50.
  7. Third Nacelle

    Third Nacelle Captain Captain

    Apr 4, 2013
    The Denorios Belt
    I think Symbiosis is a pretty good for a season 1 episode.

    I pretty much agree with the OP's list, but I'd add:

    Unnatural Selection
    Data's Day
    First Contact
    Ensign Ro
    Time's Arrow
    The Chase
    Lower Decks
    Thine Own Self
    Preemptive Strike
  8. Mojochi

    Mojochi Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 18, 2007
    I'd also echo Sarek, & I'd also add

    S1: Where No One Has Gone Before

    S3: Sins of The Father

    S4: Redemption

    S5: Unification

    S7: The Pegasus
  9. bbjeg

    bbjeg Admiral Admiral

    May 24, 2013
    Right here buddy.
    My Star Trek: The Next Generation - Checklist
    Season 1:
    Encounter At Farpoint Part I & II
    Heart of Glory :klingon:

    Season 2:
    A Matter of Honor
    The Measure of a Man
    Q Who
    Peak Performance

    Season 3:
    Sins of the Father
    Sarek :vulcan:
    The Best of Both Worlds Part I & II :borg:

    Season 4:
    Data's Day
    The Wounded (For DS9 and why didn't they make that guy Gul Dukat?) :cardie:
    First Contact

    Season 5:
    Darmok (My #1 Episode)
    Time's Arrow Part I & II

    Season 6:
    Birthright Part I & II (For DS9)

    Season 7:
    Gambit Part I & II :rommie:
    All Good Things Part I & II
  10. captunderpants

    captunderpants Cadet Newbie

    Jul 3, 2013
    For season three I'd of course show The Best of Both Worlds Part I & II :borg:, but I'd follow it up with Family. I see the three episodes as a trilogy, and I love the fact that we see the fallout from such a traumatic event. One of the most action packed episodes in Trek history followed up by a personal and intimate episode was a wonderful choice. Family adds to the value of TBoBW I think.
  11. Wingsley

    Wingsley Commodore Commodore

    Feb 18, 2007
    Year 1: 11001001, The Arsenal of Freedom, Heart of Glory, The Neutral Zone

    Year 2: Where Silence Has Lease, The Measure Of A Man, Contagion, Q Who, Up The Long Ladder

    Year 3: The Ensigns of Command, The Survivors, The Enemy, The Vengeance Factor, The Defector, The Hunted, The High Ground, A Matter of Perspective, Yesterday's Enterprise, Tin Man, Transfigurations, The Best of Both Worlds, part 1

    Year 4: The Best of Both Worlds, part 2, Family, First Contact, The Drumhead

    Year 5: Disaster, Unification 1 & 2, I Borg

    Year 6: Rascals, Relics, Chain of Command, Parts I & II

    Year 7: The Pegasus
  12. Reeborg

    Reeborg Commander Red Shirt

    May 25, 2007
    Season 1: Hide and Q, Symbiosis
    Season 2: Unnatural Selection, The Royale
    Season 3: Booby Trap, The Hunted
    Season 4: Night Terrors, Half a Life
    Season 5: Hero Worship, The Outcast
    Season 6: Realm of Fear, Lessons
    Season 7: Masks, Genesis

    The essential "disputees" of episodes, the ones I really enjoy while most TNG-boarders here consider them stinkers
  13. Robert Comsol

    Robert Comsol Commodore Commodore

    Sep 10, 2012
    USS Berlin
    "The Pegasus" is a great one (watching it a second time you understand Riker's uneasyness about the whole business) but since morally I regard this almost as a sequel to "The First Duty", that one should always come first.

  14. TV's Frank

    TV's Frank Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Apr 15, 2002
    Burbank, CA USA
    Each season has its own great examples, some more than others, but with seasons 3 and 4 I would make all episodes required viewing! :)
  15. MikeS

    MikeS Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 6, 2008
    Liverpool, UK
    I posted this a few years back...

    OK. An "essential viewing, beginners guide, series in a season". If the OP doesn't mind I've included 26 as that is the average length of a TNG season. It's hurt me to keep some favourites out, but I'll try to explain my reasoning.

    I tried to include all the major arcs - The Klingon civil war, Wesley's destiny, Tasha-Sela, the Cardassian and Bajoran arc with it's backstory to DS9, The Borg before they were "humanised" to their detriment in I Borg and Descent. Then I tried to include a character episode for each of the crew and threw in a couple of personal and fan favourites for good measure. I've left out Unification and Relics because, although I enjoy them, they are sentimental links to TOS and I wanted this list to stand on it's own as TNG.

    Encounter at Farpoint
    Certainly not the strongest beginning by a Trek crew, but introduces us to everyone and the formidable Q. Also included here because I think it's needed in order to assist the series finalé.

    Where No One Has Gone Before
    Included here because it seems to give alot of background to our characters. Introduces the Traveller and shows how Wes becomes a bridge regular. Included for the first time watcher as it would make no sense to go directly from Yar's introduction in Encounter to her death in...

    Skin of Evil
    Included to explain Yar's death. An important part of upcoming episodes.

    Elementary, Dear Data
    I like this one. I know it's not in every fans top 25, and it is full of inconsistancies, but it's quite sentimental for me. It's the first episode I saw as a kid back in the eighties and got me hooked. Introduces the Moriarty character whom I like.

    The Measure of a Man
    Excellent drama. Riker pitted against his friend because of his duty. Data is recognised as sentient.

    Q, Who?
    Return of Q. Introduction of the Borg...

    Who Watches the Watchers?
    Explains the Prime Directive and why it is so important for a Starfleet officer to uphold.

    Yesterday's Enterprise
    I've always loved "What if's..". Return of Yar, backstory for Sela. Explanation of why Federation had to make peace with the Klingons. The Enterprise "C". The "D" as a warship. So good in so many ways.

    Sins of the Father
    Worf backstory. Beginning of Klingon arc.

    Best of Both Worlds
    Nothing to be said. TNG's finest (two) hour(s).

    Excellent conclusion to previous episode and it includes some great character development. Nicely shot too.

    Klingon civil war hots up. Worf goes boldly where no Starfleet officer has gone before by slaying a candidate for succession. We can almost forgive the introduction of Alexander.

    The Wounded
    Introduction to the Carddies and an episode in which O'Brien got to shine. Good story.

    The Drumhead
    Excellent commentary on Mcarthy era witch-hunts. And Worf gets sucked up in it. Trek at it's best. - This is what a bottle-episode can do, I'm looking at you, Shades Of Gray.

    Memorable conclusion to the civil war, with the appearance of Tasha's daughter (she was heard, not seen in Mind's Eye). Nice sidestory about Data trying to be accepted as a Captain by his bigoted officer. Shame Worf found it so easy to resign his commission and get it back again. Would have been a nice way to say goodbye to a character (who in my opinion was rarely as good again).

    Ensign Ro
    Continuation of Cardassian arc and introduction of the Bajorans. Paved the way for the excellent DS9.

    The First Duty
    So Wes is human afterall. Never liked him until now. Good story about Starfleet principles.

    The Inner Light
    What might have been for Picard. The Ressikan Flute solo still brings a tear to my eye.

    Chain of Command
    "There are four lights!" Interesting look at a different Captain on the "D". And we finally get to see Deanna in a uniform, sexy and empowering.

    Ship In A Bottle
    As said earlier, this is a personal preference of mine and a conclusion to the earlier episode. I can forgive the oversights. Love Moriarty. Love Stephanie Beecham. Love Barclay saying "End program" at the end (how many of us did that too!)

    Another "What if?..". Q comes up with the right mix of humour and pathos. Excellent.

    Poor Jean-Luc, the life of a Starfleet Captain is a lonely one. Lovely conclusion, in some ways, of The Inner Light and an excellent exploration of what it means to devote your life to the Captains chair.

    Second Chances
    It was between this and Dark page for a Deanna story to show a first time watcher. I plumped for this because the casual viewer would not have any emotional investment in the Lwaxana character. This story has the added benefit of giving some kind of conclusion to the Riker - Troi romance that was begun in Farpoint.

    Lower Decks
    Such an interesting episode at the time. Told from a unique perspective. Part of the conclusion of The First Duty. I'm so glad they did what they did with the end. Life isn't all happy Hollywood endings...

    Journeys End
    We say goodbye to Wes and the traveller. Helps set up Voyagers premise.

    All Good Things
    "Burning the midnight petroleum". Best series finalé to date.