He Who Lurks Beyond The Veil
Eh, I’m of the mindset that you have to watch it all. You can’t appreciate how much it improves if you don’t see the early steps. It finally gets good when Riker grows a beard.
And the beard was much more important in pre-streaming days when you couldn't just order up things by the season. If you tuned in to a broadcast in syndication and saw clean-shaven Riker you knew to check what else was on.Eh, I’m of the mindset that you have to watch it all. You can’t appreciate how much it improves if you don’t see the early steps. It finally gets good when Riker grows a beard.
You have to watch all the episodes of every iteration of Star Trek 3 times each, and read all the novels and comics, and all the RPGs, and then whenever somebody talks about Star Trek hijack the thread and turn it into one about some obscure fact nobody cares about. Just to stay on brand!
There’s a really well done callback to Worf being a midwife in DS9, when he learns that Keiko is pregnant again. It is maybe one of the best continuity building examples in all of tv.Well Worf as a midwife was interesting.
Think we'll be able to get through this fine. Might have to give Voyager another go around even if we have to hate watch season 1. There's a really annoying alien in it.
As I think I said, I was doing a run-through a few months ago and then stopped early 6th season. I decided to get back into it to finish up the series, partially in preparing for watching Picard (which I haven't seen yet).
One thing I noticed is that there seems to be an overall drop-off in season 6. The peak of TNG seems to be seasons 3-5, imo. Now more than halfway into S6, the stories seem to be less innovative, and the actors kind of phoning it in, or at least without the earlier inspired feeling. But we'll see how the last third is.
Yeah, it is more uneven in season 6, but some really good episodes.Yeah I have around 8 episodes left.
The good episodes are great but there's a lot of crud.
DS9 seems a lot more consistent. I like that better.
I tend to go to IMDB's episode list by season, and look for episodes rated 8.5 (out of 10) or higher. Adjust that threshold as needed.
Early TNG suffered a bit in that they were recycling old scripts for original Trek and a proposed new Trek series featuring the original crew (as someone else already pointed out). I think Roddenberry had quite a bit of creative control during the first two seasons and, well, I hate to say it, but I don't think his vision of Trek was very good for the show at that point. Roddenberry wanted a utopia where the crew had no prejudice or serious disagreements with one another which just doesn't make for great drama. He was extremely unhappy with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country because Roddenberry disliked the idea that Kirk and other members of the Federation might be prejudiced against the Klingons. You know, those same Klingons who were the main enemy during the original series and who killed Kirk's son? Part of what makes The Undiscovered Country one of the better Trek movies is the conflict Kirk and others feel about making peace with their former enemies.
I'm not a Gene Roddenberry fanboy.
As a kid I thought the original Trek was campy and kinda meh.