In the spring of 2009, I started watching each of the 178 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation in order. It seems like such a long time ago that a stern Jean-Luc Picard became captain of the Galaxy-class star ship with a young clean-shaven William Riker as his second-in-command. Since then, Geordi, Worf, Data, Deanna and all the rest have traveled from one side of the Alpha Quadrant to the other.
Through it all I’ve grown very attached to my friends on board the Enterprise and the recurring friends who would be visited frequently. Ah, Lwaxana Troi, Ensign Ro, Q, Miles and Keiko O’Brien, I feel like we hardly got to know each other. And you, Guinan, Lieutenant Barclay and Gowron – what would the show have been without you?
There was a long time where I would watch one episode a week and it became my go-to show when I was folding laundry. It was a thing to have on that I didn’t have to pay too much attention to but still managed to be interesting.
Sure, some episodes were total garbage. Some episodes were just alright. But some were real gems of writing, production and acting. There are too many to fully list but episodes like Darmok, The Drumhead, Below Decks, and The Inner Light are just masterpieces of science-fiction.
It’s been quite a ride but all good things must come to an end….