Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by Gold Grizzly, Oct 31, 2005.
May 20, Thank you for answering!
Picard and its not even close. Followed by Kirk from the new movies then Sisko then Janeway.
That's interesting. Many people like Picard over Kirk. Thank you for answering. My next question is does anyone favor Lore over Data? I'm currently in the middle of the episode, "Brothers" and I'm recalling previous events from, "Datalore". I had forgotten about Lore unleashing the crystalline entity until I watched this episode.
New to the boards, but another TNG fan here. I'm in my 30s and I grew up watching TNG as a child in the 90s, and Picard will always be my favourite captain by a country mile. In terms of favourite characters, Data is a very close second, but TNG did well in making the cast so well written to the point it is hard to choose!
Welcome, @Synodic ! It's always great to meet another lifelong TNG fan. I hope you enjoy the boards!
Have any of you been to Megacon? I haven't. I really wanted to. Then came the virus. If you have, could you give me some insight on what to expect when I can go?
Thanks for the welcome! @May 20
Did I do this yet? TNG actually took the place of the original TOS as my fave Trek. Still love TOS though, because that was where it all started.
TNG was probably my most favorite ST series, growing up.
So, it's nice to talk about this series with other fans.
TNG actually got me into Star Trek so it has a special place in my heart.
I'm looking forward to meet other TNG fans.
Greetings community! A huge TNG fan here, I thought I'd join this site and find other people who also share the same love for the series It has been a little while since I last watched the TNG episodes, so I hope it is all right that I post what I have already said in another forum regarding the subject. It is my own thread and it explains which character and episodes with them I like the most in ranking order and in light of past questions in this thread. I included spoiler tags, so you can safely go through the content and be less cluttered.
Oh, boy, where to begin, where to begin! My favorite Star Trek series of all time for starters and a series that has given me a lot of joy, sadness/loss, love, anger, horror, humor, wtf moments, and so on! I will try to rank the characters from worse to best while introducing some of the best episodes with said character. This will be quite a long reading adventure, but I really wanted to express my liking to one of the best series I have ever seen.
Spoiler: Ro Laren
So much away that I never got to know her. As for the favorite episode: The Next Phase, S524, where she and Geordi get trapped after a transporter malfunction and have to find a way to materialize in the real world.
Spoiler: Miles O'Brien:
I wanted to put him higher on the list, but I feel that he did not really have that many impacting scenes. Don't get me wrong, without his expertise a lot of people would have been easily vaporized. He was the best at the job by a long shot. My favorite episode with him has to be the bar scene in Wounded, S4E12. He talks about the experience of having to kill a Cardassian and how it affected him. Honorable mention from the same episode when he sings together with his former captain and also how he manages to advise his former captain in not attacking a Cardassian ship.
Spoiler: Wesley Crusher
I enjoyed his company in the first four seasons. Young, bright, and times humorous character. I liked the chemistry he had with Geordi La Forge. I think he would have been a wonderful permanent addition to the crew, but unfortunately his role kind of withered away. My favorite episode with him would be Final Mission, S4E9. Using his wit and compassion, he manages to motivate his captain to keep on fighting while he finds a way to bring him water, thus saving both lives. I also enjoyed Coming of Age, S1E19 where he tries to finish the Starfleet entrance exam. He shows a lot of kindness when he helps a fellow student in getting past an obstacle in the exam, even if he knows it might affect his own scores.
Spoiler: Beverly Crusher
While she is a wonderful character with one of the most important roles on board the Enterprise, I just never managed to get good chemistry with her. I mean, she is a great addition to the crew and again she is great at what she does, but she is just like Riker, a bit too bland for my taste. My favorite episode with her is Remember Me, S4E5. The buildup and how she slowly realizes that she is all alone is well done.
With her wit, she manages to figure it all out and I compliment her of being able to not go completely insane in this episode.
While being a great character and a very important crew member, he is also a little too bland for my liking. He is kind of like the male version of Beverly Crusher, being that he does not really show that much character. How can I say it better: I feel he lacks some charisma, even if growing a beard helped a little on the way of hiding this. My favorite episode with him is Frame of Mind, S6E21. In this episode, he shows a lot of character and scale of emotion and I applaud him for that!
Spoiler: Reginald Barclay
I like him a lot, full of nervous personality! He is funny, quirky, and smart. My top moments with Barclay are in The Nth Degree, S4E19 when his brain is enhanced by the Cytherians and he gets super smart. I love the ending when we notice that not all of his superior intelligence is gone - he is still amazing in chess. Realm of Fear, S6E2 is another one I like a lot as Barclay tries to combat his anxiety of being in a transporter beam, only to end up mixed with some strange creature inside the beam. He comes out all right in the end and shows a lot of character. The last one Genesis, S7E19 is just fantastic. Barclay is overexaggerating about being ill again and while doing so he unintendedly is the catalysator to the most horrifying episode in the whole series. Oh, he sure looks scary also in this episode!
Spoiler: Deanna Troi/Lwaxana Troi
They make a powerful duo in the TNG universe. Lwaxana does not have that many parts in the series, but those she stars in are always witty and even serious from time to time, like the Dark Page, S7E7 episode. Deanna Troi has to help her mother get over the loss of her firstborn child and it is quite a memorable episode. If not for the skills from Deanna, Lwaxana would have died from sorrow. Lwaxanas' role in Manhunt, S2E19 is quite hilarious as she is trying desperately to find a mate and got a special eye for Picard. He tries all he can to avoid her and even sneaks into the holodeck together with Riker. Not the only time she is trying to seduce the crew, that is for sure. The duo is probably the most complex character in TGN, as they have to control the endless stream of feelings from the majority of people they meet.
One of my favorite episodes with Deanna Troi is Genesis, S7E19 where she is devolved into an Amphibian. While she does not have a big role in this episode, she sure leaves an impact, if not a horrifying one. I almost jumped the seat when I noticed her transformation! Hollow Pursuits, S3E21 is just hilarious! Barclay makes a holographic fantasy version Deanna and when Deanna meets herself she is not taking it very well. It does not help that Riker wants them to further pursue the hologram as a way better to "understand" Barclay's fantasy world.
Another episode I liked a lot was The Survivors, S3E3 where Deanna is experiencing a song being played over and over and over again in her mind, making her almost go crazy. Quite the eery episode. The last one I have to mention is her role in Face of the Enemy, S6E14. She is surgically altered to look like a Romulan and has to show no fear even when confronted with the possibility of destroying the Enterprise. She plays the role as a Romulan quite convincingly.
The mysterious and mesmerizing Guinan. What to say about her. Well, for starters she brings with her a lot of atmospheres and unlimited wisdom. So much to the point of her a lot of the time talking in riddles. She is also a worthy adversary to Q as she has the power to move in any timeframe. She is one of the characters with the most charisma and irony and whenever she has a scene she makes it a good one. All this by almost never having to use any gestures.
Her role in The Measure of a Man, S2E9 is just top-notch. Picard is having problems defending Data and after an amazing speech from Guinan, he realized what has to be done. Another great example of her ability to give wisdom is in The Best of Both Worlds, S4E1. She helps Riker in letting Picard go and taking the captain's chair. This eventually also help Riker realize he has to think of different strategies as a way to outfox the Borg.
Spoiler: Geordi La Forge
Easily one of the most charismatic characters onboard the Enterprise and I just love the good dialogue he often has with his good friend, Data. He is almost always happy and he loves his engineering job. This shows when he starts talking about different solutions to a problem and he just lights up like a spark.
He is also one of the most unlucky persons when it comes to hooking up with women, but that just makes him even more human, or what do you say, Leah Brahms?
Geordi is always eager to learn new things and might even go to the holodeck and start a simulation to better understand a problem as he did in Booby Trap, S3E5. The Mind's Eye, S4E24 is a good and partially horrifying episode as poor Geordy gets kidnapped by Romulans. It is quite horrible to watch the torture of Geordie and nerve-wracking when you know that there is a possibility that he might actually kill Miles O'Brien. As mentioned earlier The Next Phase, S524 was a good one and I was on the edge of my seat until the last second of the episode!
Worf, my man! I like him a lot. He starts off as a man it is not easy to understand, but his character grows into showing a lot of interesting sides: His growing relationship with his son Alexander, his romantic pursuits, his feeling of shame/anger for not being a true Klingon, and his balance between being a Klingon and also a Starfleet officer. Some of my favorite episodes are Sins of The Father, S3E17 where Worf takes the blame for something he did not do. He shows a deep honor for the Klingon way and also shows a lot of courage. All the episodes where he is doing holodeck fighting, I loved those. Ethics S5E16, the episode where Worf is severely hurt and has a big choice to make: Death with the help of his son or going for a spinal operation with a low chance of success. Thankfully with good friends and a little soul-searching he goes for the most badass solution and saving face while doing so.
Who can forget the episode Genesis, S7E19 where Worf is transformed into BIG WORF. He was so scary and the scene with him punching the medic bay door trying to get to Deanna was quite terrifying! There are so many others I could mention, so let me just finish up with this one: Parallels, S7E11. He experiences the reality around him shifting and he tries all he can do make the crew understand what he is experiencing. This is also the first episode from my recollection where we can see an alternative reality where he and Deanna are married - a little taste of what is to come. He even invites Deanna for dinner after this experience. A Badass! is the best way to sum up Worf.
An almost omnipotent witty being that brings a lot of insane moments in TNG. While I have a favorite episode, I have to say that every single moment with Q has been amazing. He brings a lot of fun and at times quite nervewracking moments to the show. My favorite episode with Q has to be Tapestry, S6E15.
Q gives Picard a second chance after he "dies " from his failing artificial heart. The continuous dialogue between Q and Picard in this episode is both hilarious and at times quite serious. Q is clearly not all bad and this episode shows some of his true colors. He has a soft spot for Picard and for humanity and that both irritates and fascinates Q.
My absolute favorite characters are Data and Picard. I just can't pick one of them. They are equally important to the Enterprise in my eyes and are part of some of the most impacting and wonderful episodes I have ever seen in any series. Data is just a kinder egg of surprises and one of the most interesting episodes with him is The Most Toys, S3E22. He is captured, manages to escape with some help, and while escaping we get to see something quite special happen to data - he is about to kill another being, even if he is programmed not being able to. Speaking of hurting someone, he almost killed Deanna in Phantasms S7E6.
This is another great episode where data is having some strange "dreams" where he experiences small creatures attached to different people and eventually finds a way to combat them. Data's first encounter with the ability to dream we first see in the great episodes called Birthright, S6E16/17 He experiences this after suddenly getting hit with an energy discharge at main engineering. Eventually, his next dream experiences give him more knowledge about what he is experiencing, and at the end of his dream journey, he meets his maker, who also explains to him the meaning of the gift he gave Data. There are so many other awesome episodes, so let us just quickly sum up some of them:
Elementary dear data, S2E3
Data's Day, S4E11
The Offspring, S3E16
In Theory, S4E25
A Fistful of Datas, S6E8
Thine Own Self, S7E16
Picard. how you have enriched my life with snippets of wisdom, joy, heroism, horror, and sadness. The first impacting episode I can think of is the Inner Light, S5E25. After losing consciousness on board the Enterprise, Picard finds himself on a dying planet with wife, work, and friends. He tries to explain that he does not belong there, but after some years he slowly realizes this is his true home. He lives a long life, experiencing friendship, children, grandchildren, and the loss of his wife and best friend. Then at the end of the episode, he is shown the true meaning of who he really is and why he was taken to the planet - to be the one who could tell about the people on this planet who all perished from the sun going nova. Such a wonderful episode and I shed a lot of tears watching this one.
Chain of command, S6E11 - another extremely impacting episode. Picard is captured by the Cardassians and tortured over and over. Picard shows a wide specter of emotions and at the end of the episode, you are almost as tortured and angry as he is. In the episode Neutral Zone, S1E26 we get to experience one of Picard's greatest speeches as he tries to talk some sense into a man from the 21st century. I believe we have a lot to learn from Picard's speech in our own capitalistic driven society. Another great speech from Picard with a little bump in the right way from Guinan comes from Measure of Man, S2E9 when he tries to defend the fact that data is a sentient being.
Ok, I should probably stop writing now, so let just sum up some other good ones with Picard in it:
All good things, S7E25
Captain's Holiday, S3E19
Q Who, S2E16
The Best of Both World, S3E26/S4E1
Hello everyone! I have been a Trek fan since the mid 70's & was fortunate to watch TNG from it's premiere. I admit I was a bit afraid they were just going to rehash TOS episodes after seeing "The Naked Now" but thankfully this wasn't the case.
Like many Trek fans I've introduced my children to the series & one son is also a big fan as well (he likes TNG but prefers TOS & is a huge McCoy fan).
Fav character: Worf
Fav episodes: "Half a Life", "Ship in a Bottle", "Captain's Holiday", "Qpid", "Starship Mine" (there's just too bloody many to list!)
Fav quote: "Sir, I MUST protest! I am NOT a merry man!"
Looking forward to reading threads, posting & making some new friends.
TNG was my first series. I watched it new every week with my dad. It was the only weekly show where he demanded complete silence from his annoying kids (we could ask questions during the commercials tho).
Some of the episodes that made a huge impression on me as a kid were:
-Cause and Effect. Awesome time loop episode. Enterprise exploding before every commercial. Mind-melting twist (for me at the time) when Frasier's ship turned out to be from the TOS era just stuck in there for decades.
-The Inner Light. Still my all-time favorite Star Trek episode. If you're not tearing up at the end your soul is black as night.
-The Game. Really relevant to me as a Nintendo-crazed kid. Complete badassery by Data at the end using his little flashy thing to knock some sense back into the crew.
I absolutely LOVED First Contact in theatres. The borg (pre-voyager) are the best sci-fi villains of all time, IMO. As I grew older and learned more about evolution and eusocial consciousness, I appreciated the concept even more. It doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility that a species like the borg could evolve somewhere in the universe.
My favorite main characters in order are probable Picard>Data>Worf>Riker>Geordi>Troi>Crusher
@Alice_27 I don't know if you have seen this, but I thought it would be a fun clip to share with a Worf fan
Oh yeah! I recall this scene. But (& this this be TMI) in my fantasies, those broads aren't around "MY" Worf
And I would so pay to see that if ever came to theaters!
Hello to all ! Newbie here who gravitated immediately to this thread, as TNG is my favorite of all of the shows...
I grew up watching late-night repeats of TOS that were on 5 nights a week - I was hooked ! - so when TNG debuted in 1987 I never missed an episode. Picard was my favorite for his calm strength, wisdom, and daring commitment to the mission, but if there was anyone on the crew I'd want to be friends with it would have been Data. His quirky humanity shone through his android being, making him utterly endearing to me.
If I had to pick a husband, though, haha, then that would be Worf, hands down ! If it's possible to fall in love with a TV character, and I suppose it is, then he was the one who had my heart.
Least favorite character ? Wesley Crusher, without a doubt ! If they'd stuck him an an airlock and blasted him into outer space I would have thrown a party...
Worst. Ensign. Ever.
We'll be GREAT friends! (or bitter rivals; but only for Worf's attention/affection )
Hey, Alice ! Thanks very much for the welcome !
You can call dibs on Worf - you were here first, and he's your avatar, so you have a claim that outranks mine. I'd also like to be friends...
I did meet Michael Dorn once at ComicCon, and to either my horror or delight, depending on how you look at it, I blurted out "I love you !". He just smiled and said "Thank you" - such a kind man ! - so he was obviously used to nervous fans doing ridiculous things
Hello! New to the forums, long time fan.
I'm 29, but got into Trek when I was 10. My mom was a fan from the start and watched TOS in the 60s. She rented Nemesis from blockbuster and got me to watch it - I was hooked. (funny looking back on it since it's definitely not a fan favorite movie lol).
I was pretty mature and a voracious reader for my age. I started watching all the TNG reruns, asking her about the lore, and borrowing all the novels I could from my library. I was being bullied pretty badly at the time and it was an escape from reality that helped me stay sane. Maybe it's because TNG was the first series I was exposed to, but it's always been my favorite. The novels also hold a really special place in my heart - I've managed to collect all the ones up to nemesis. I got the series on DVD when it came out. I've rewatched it at multiple points in my life.
I think Data's always been my favorite character, but it's hard to pick. One of my life highlights was seeing the panel with the entire cast at Calgary Expo. I also got Brent Spiner to sign a painting I did of Data and Spot. For my birthday/christmas gift, my mom and I got a photo with the cast as well. TNG just holds a lot of positive memories in my life
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