|The Animated Series|
I never saw any of Star Trek: The Animated Series. The only Star Trek movie that tickled my fancy was Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. When Star Trek: The Next Generation came along I made sure to watch the pilot episode.
|The Next Generation|
Trek 42. When I heard that Stephen Hawking was going to make an appearance on Star Trek, I ended my self-imposed embargo on watching ST:NG. When I watched 'Descent' I was appalled by Lore and the Borg.
|Data's positronic brain|
For a television show that includes a character with a positronic brain, my expectation was that ST:NG could have shown more respect for the legacy of Isaac Asimov. Asimov grew up wanting to write stories with a thoughtful approach to robots.
|Guinan must position Yar in order to save the Federation|
Trek 43. I'm a huge fan of time travel stories, so 'Yesterday's Enterprise' might seem a good match for my interests.
I really like the idea that Guinan has a connection to the "Nexus" that provides her with awareness that the timeline has been changed upon the arrival of the Enterprise C.
|Scotty on the Enterprise D|
Trek 44. As a fan of the original Star Trek, I was excited to see 'Relics' and the return of Montgomery Scott. Despite the annoying on again-off again behavior of the abandoned Dyson Sphere and all the mopping around by Scotty this episode was tolerable.
The idea of having Scotty "preserved" in a transporter device makes sense. What does not make sense is why this "trick" was not routinely used to store humans or even make multiple copies of humans.
|The return of the flute.|
Sometimes everything comes together in a magical way for an episode of a television series. And then attempts are made to re-capture that magic in subsequent episodes.
|visiting Deep Space Station K7|
In this case, the idea is that Vulcan visitors to Earth in the 1950s provided velcro to Earthlings.
|Trans-dimensional photonic lifeforms|
battle Captain Proton!
However, many of the holodeck episodes that tried to blur the boundary between reality and virtual reality failed to work as science fiction. In the case of "Bride of Chaotica', the silly premise was played out at the expense of having a coherent "future science" back story. Don't ask questions, just go along for the ride... and be thankful that you are not being forced to endure yet another hour of some excruciatingly slow ride across the galaxy.
|Wesley creates nanorobotic life|
Lucky for all, during a one hour episode, the nanites evolve into civilized beings who can transmigrate into Data and negotiate their release from the Enterprise onto a suitable planet.
It would be silly to imagine that Rick Berman, Michael Piller or anyone associated with Deep Space Nine ever gave any thought to what it means to be a liquid organism. Life is completely about structure, and no liquid retains a structure.
|Wagon Train to the stars|
|Ferengi rule of acquisition 217: once you have|
some tribbles, you can never give them back.
Was there ever anything more futile than the "Dominion War" and all the imaginary religion mumbo jumbo of Deep Space Nine? How Gene Roddenberry would have hated to see Star Trek dragged down by dreary tales of religious fanaticism.
Lucky for viewers, the tedium could be temporarily forgotten by slipping into Quark's bar.
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