I've recently started watching Star Trek TNG for the first time and it's really great. Encounter at Far Point is a fun introduction to the characters and Q is one dashing rogue

I can't remember the name of s1e2 but I'm *very* impressed with how quickly the show moves to assert itself as "the horny star trek"

woof, okay, s1e2 was all fun and games but I'm 2 minutes into the third episode and we've got some real problematic tropes flying around here. the "tribal" civilization who happen to look just like African humans can't BeLiEvE that tasha yar, a woman, could be a security officer!

s1e4, The Last Outpost: trek really was so prescient. On making first contact with the ferengi, Picard and daimon tarr immediately start by saying "pix plz," even though this aired years before AOL instant messenger

s1e5, Where No One Has Gone Before: Star Trek may have predicted many inventions and trends, but let us hope that fashion is not one of them

s1e7, Lonely Among Us (my numbering was off because the pilot was a double episode): Data is already acting VERY human. Picard made one offhanded remark about Sherlock Holmes, and that's all it took for Data to go full fedora and act smugly superior to the only woman in the room

s1e8, Justice: WOW. So s1e3 wasn't a fluke. I am *astonished* at this show's determination to out-horny Captain Kirk.

Also... is this seriously going to be an episode where a young teen boy has his sexual awakening? Really??

S1e9, The Battle. The Enterprise crew, when faced with a thorough, accurate, and precise description of the problem they're facing:

Forgot about this one, s1e10, Hide & Q. This... is the most genuinely disquieting image the series has shown me so far.

Oh, and as far as some more substantive commentary -- Q's motives make *no damn sense* in this episode. Nobody's do! Why does Q play the part of temptation? Why is it bad for Will to use his new powers responsibly? I got real wide-eyed when Riker mentions "all of [his] long talks" with Wesley, yikes. And like, they just sail off into the sunset laughing, never contemplating how goddamn *weird* it was that time Riker revealed their innermost desires?

s1e14, Angel One. There's a lot to unpack here, but I do find it hilarious that the objectified, spineless man from an alien world is named "Trent"

s1e20, The Arsenal Of Freedom. That's a hell of a lot of makeup to die in

s1e23, "Skin of Evil." I'm truly shocked that Tasha dies so early in the series. She was around for so little time that I don't feel like her death had much impact. And I mean... Yeesh, is there a less dignified way to go out than at the hands of a grumpy sludge monster?

Also, just a general note: how the hell is Starfleet expected to construct a meaningful coordinates system in space, where literally everything plus space itself is constantly in motion?

s1e24, "We'll Always Have Paris." Now why the heck is a team of highly advanced 24th-century scientists calling this thing a "planetoid" when CLEARLY it does not exhibit hydrostatic equilibrium? My suspension of disbelief is ruined!!!

Same episode -- Jesus, man, can we get someone to install a self esteem chip for this guy over here???

s1e25, The Neutral Zone: "Hey, d'ya mind turnin' down the A/C? I'm tryna record a podcast in here!"

s2e1, "The Child": uhhhhhhh why is everyone treating this supernatural pregnancy as though it were completely normal, rather than the Nostromo-level body horror it actually is???


s2e2, "Where Silence Has Lease": Woof. That last episode was... Real bad. Anyway, is this a crossover episode? Because it looks like the away team just landed on Dagobah.

Strange, is the show trying to set up something about Worf's heritage and aggression? Cos none of that really paid off in this episode.

THIS, on the other hand, WAUGH! I screamed!

s2e3, "Elementary, Dear Data": Star Trek is often referenced as an optimistic, even utopian vision of the future. Well, maybe, but it seems that even in a 24th-century utopia we still have chauvinists slinging slurs. 🙁

So like... It's eventually going to be revealed that holodeck projections are living, sentient beings and this has all been an enormous ethical conundrum, right??

Oh, that's literally the episode. But uh they don't exactly deal with the ramifications, do they?

s2e5, "Loud As A Whisper": ugh. Pulaski is that relative who tells you that you could be so pretty if only you lost a little weight, then swears she was just doing you a favor

s2e8, "A Matter Of Honor": uhhhhhHHHH if this were the first thing someone said to me when I boarded a new ship I would get right the fuck back into the transporter and blast my atoms right into cold empty space

my wife asked if blasting your atoms into cold empty space is some kind of sex thing and I mean, it wasn't, but now it is

"... About how incredibly tubular the Enterprise is now that we have a dedicated Tron room?"

I haven't been posting much about this show lately because there hasn't been much to say beyond "this show rules." But it's pretty unconscionable that the second season is ending with Riker's life being saved by the power of a clip show

s3e8, "The Price": Apparently, the role of Counselor Troi will be played in this episode by the newspaper comic strip character Cathy

s3e16, "The Offspring": you pass butter lol

Right before this scene, the episode gets a hell of a lot wrong about gender. I get that it's literally March 1990 when this aired, but I would've pumped my fist for some realtalk about gender. I hold Star Trek to a high bar even though this is the show that murdered a cast member with printer ink and metamucil

Oof, I've really enjoyed this show straight from the jump, but this is the first real gut punch it's delivered to me and I really feel it for some reason

s3e18, "Allegiance": I'm pretty sure this move means absolutely nothing in a society that's advanced beyond money. And the drinks just have synthehol

People toss around the term "gaslighting" a lot when they really just mean "lying." So it's really refreshing to see Picard deliver the most baldly textbook example of what gaslighting is

s3e25, "Transfigurations": What surprises me the most upon watching Star Trek for the first time is how frequently they come into contact with beings who are effectively gods. For being the marquee sci-fi rational utopian future show, there's a ton of mYsTiCiSm in Trek.

s4e2, "Family": Oh my god Worf's parents are adorable. I hope the next 43 minutes are just them bumbling around the Enterprise making nice with each of the crew.

Plus, Chief O'Brien is clearly that friend you have who can convince your folks you've fallen in with a good crowd

s4e23, "The Host": This really bothers me. In this utopian future, it's not only acceptable but *commonplace* for people to have sex with other species. In this very episode, Dr. Crusher learns that her ~lover~ is actually a big fat parasitic bug, but after a moment's thought, she's cool with it. But she couldn't possibly have sex with a humanoid who presents as female?? Even by its own internal logic this makes no sense.

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Writers: all they’re doing is discovering stupid stuff we need real TENSION
Writers: throw a character with 90s beliefs in the mix
Writers: but people will figure out we’re preaching directly at them

@hummingrain he looks awesome, and is charming the pants off everyone, but I'm ten minutes in and very worried that he's gonna waste all that goodwill trying to scam the crew 😬

@hummingrain okay, for once the dashing rogue *did* have a heart of gold. This show is great 👌


"sufficiently advanced technology" as they say (well, as Clarke said)

@deejoe true! I would love to believe we'll get to that level someday!

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