Let me say that I am not disagreeing with the assessment that the early seasons of TNG are not the best. Their episodes range from lackluster to outright bad. And season 1 is likely the worst culprit. However, my question is exactly why are they bad? I have trouble putting the problems into words. There are problems with the stories, but there is also something fundamentally different and deeper compared to later seasons. It is a certain undefined quality I cannot put into words. It's something in the way characters act and interact and what they say, and how this fictional world feels.