History Series / StarTrekTheNextGeneration

30th Jun '16 4:35:22 PM DrNoPuma
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* CasinoEpisode: In ''[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E12TheRoyale The Royale]]'', the crew discover a replica of a 20th-century earth casino on an alien planet. Turns out the aliens modeled it after a badly-written novel.
23rd Jun '16 12:01:59 AM Statzkeen
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* TooAwesomeToUse: The Borg were this for the show's creators. The Borg were so awesomely powerful (and impossible to negotiate with) that they only got used four times (6 episodes, because of 2-parters) over the entire 7 seasons of the show. It was just that hard to come up with a way to defeat the Borg without making them seem less awesome. Of those 4 times the Borg show up, the crew is saved once by essentially Divine Intervention, once they are merely facing an individual drone and the challenge is to make him an individual, not to defeat him, and only twice during the run of the TV series do they actually defeat the Borg.
22nd Jun '16 5:10:24 PM Akaihiryuu
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** This was made even worse by the trial, in which noone even bothered to point out that Wesley did not intentionally step over the marker (hence violating the law). He was trying to catch a ball, and tripped and fell. One wonders what the legal system on that planet would've said if they had made this argument.
20th Jun '16 2:03:07 PM katrinahood
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%%* FountainOfYouth: "Rascals".

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%%* * FountainOfYouth: "Rascals"."Rascals", in which a transporter malfunction turns Picard, Keiko, Ro and Guinan into children, during which time the ''Enterprise'' is captured by hostile aliens. Despite the fact that they clearly keep their adult minds, they still have to save the day using childlike cleverness rather than their usual methods. As children, they would lack the strength and speed to do many of the physical actions an adult could perform.



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%%* HumanityIsInfectious* HumanityIsInfectious: Hugh from "I, Borg" seems to fit this one to a degree. And after he's returned to The Collective, his acquired humanity spreads to every drone on his ship, which is quickly severed from the rest of the hive-mind lest it cause a [[HeroicBSOD Galactic BSOD]].
20th Jun '16 2:00:14 PM katrinahood
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%%* FormerTeenRebel: Picard in "Tapestry".

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%%* * FormerTeenRebel: Captain Jean-Luc Picard was a delinquent and skirt-chaser at the Academy, culminating in "Tapestry".a bar fight with a group of {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s in which [[spoiler: he got stabbed in the heart]]. After that, he apparently became rather more focused.
20th Jun '16 1:58:33 PM katrinahood
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%%* FlingALightIntoTheFuture* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: A variation occurs in the episode "Cause and Effect"--the ''Enterprise'' is trapped in a GroundhogDayLoop where she's destined to collide with another ship and explode. Data figures out how to avoid the collision too late, so he uses TechnoBabble to send a message into the next loop, which helps the crew save themselves and the other ship.
** The [[TearJerker tearjerkingly brilliant]] "The Inner Light", commonly seen as one of the best, tells the story of an alien race doomed by instability in their sun who send out a space probe that finds Picard and [[MindRape forces]] him to hallucinate living a lifetime among their final generations before the end, and thus ensures that their species will at least be remembered. It affected ''Picard'' and no other crew member. The life he lived involved getting married, having a family, and other things he's never made time for - taking it from a disturbing experience to something he sees as a gift.
** The episode "The Chase" reveals that all humanoid life is this--a {{Precursor|s}} species that inhabited the Milky Way eons before life anywhere else was more complex than bacteria seeded planets all over the galaxy with [=DNA=] so that evolution there would result in people who resembled them after their eventual extinction. They left a message coded in [=DNA=] to explain all this. (This is ''less'' well-regarded by fans, since evolution does not work like that and it comes off as a justification for the RubberForeheadAliens.)
20th Jun '16 1:53:10 PM katrinahood
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%%* FatherIDontWantToFight: Young Alexander's issues in "Firstborn."
* FauxActionGirl: Tasha Yar had a habit of switching from regular ActionGirl to FauxActionGirl almost on a whim. The first time she meets Q, she spends much of her time scowling and hitting people. The second time she meets Q, she spends much of her time crying and apologising to the Captain for it.

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%%* * FatherIDontWantToFight: Young Alexander's issues Worf's son Alexander is adamant on not embracing the Klingon culture, having grown up in "Firstborn."
the peaceful, functional Federation one. This causes Worf much consternation, because he knows that Alexander will be eaten alive by Klingon politics the minute he inevitably tries to initiate reform. [[spoiler:A time-traveling future Alexander indicates that this is exactly what happens and Worf was killed by a rival house as a result. In the present Worf consoles him that the time-traveler's presence has already begun to change their timeline.]]
* FauxActionGirl: Tasha Yar had a habit of switching from regular ActionGirl to FauxActionGirl almost on a whim. The first time she meets Q, she spends much of her time scowling and hitting people. The second time she meets Q, she spends much of her time crying and apologising apologizing to the Captain for it.



** In "Loud as a Whisper", Picard accidentally insults Riva when he asks a question to one of his chorus, quickly apologising that he'd never encountered this form of communication and inadvertently breached protocol.[[note]]It's proper protocol that ''any'' time someone addresses a person through a translator--be it a foreign language or sign language--one is still supposed to speak to them directly and not to the translator, which Picard himself remarks on when later he tells a surprised Riker that they are translators and should be treated according to the protocol.[[/note]]

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** In "Loud as a Whisper", Picard accidentally insults Riva when he asks a question to one of his chorus, quickly apologising apologizing that he'd never encountered this form of communication and inadvertently breached protocol.[[note]]It's proper protocol that ''any'' time someone addresses a person through a translator--be it a foreign language or sign language--one is still supposed to speak to them directly and not to the translator, which Picard himself remarks on when later he tells a surprised Riker that they are translators and should be treated according to the protocol.[[/note]]
20th Jun '16 1:11:39 PM katrinahood
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%%* EyeLightsOut: The Soong androids.

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%%* * EyeLightsOut: The Soong androids.Data and his identical brother Lore have amber irises. In Lore's final episode when Data deactivates him for good his pupils shrink until they disappear, leaving his eyes blank and sightless.
20th Jun '16 1:06:30 PM katrinahood
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%%* BuryYourDisabled: Averted in "Ethics".

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%%* * BuryYourDisabled: Averted Subverted in "Ethics"."Ethics". Worf becomes paraplegic after an accident. By Klingon tradition, he can commit ritualistic suicide (and he comes close to it). However, he takes another presented option when a research doctor wants to test her theory that she can create a new spinal cord for him.
11th Jun '16 12:03:02 PM GoblinCipher
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* YouLookFamiliar: ''Many'' examples. Often [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the [[ExpandedUniverse spinoff novels]].
** Suzie Plakson as Selar, K'ehlyr, and the female Q on ''Voyager'' to name one.
** Carolyn Seymour plays a Romulan in "Contagion", an alien scientist who chooses to leave her people in "First Contact" and finally reprises her Romulan role as Captain Toreth in [[GoodTroiEpisode "Face of the Enemy".]]
** Look out for the future Tuvok (Tim Russ) playing a human terrorist in "Starship Mine". (And, ironically, ''being the recipient of a Vulcan nerve pinch.'') He also plays an unnamed human bridge crew member in the 23rd century in ''Generations''.
** Marc Alaimo who would become, in ''Deep Space Nine'', Gul Dukat, played 4 different characters in TNG, including the first Romulan seen in TNG in "The Neutral Zone". Most notably he played the first ever Cardassian seen in ''Star Trek'' (Gul Macet in "The Wounded").
** Robert Duncan [=McNeill=], ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'''s Tom Paris, as Nicholas Locarno in "The First Duty." (The character of Locarno was the inspiration for Paris. The ''Voyager'' creators say they didn't plan to hire the same actor; once they realized they had, they considered making [=McNeill=] Locarno on ''Voyager'', but reformulated him into Paris, feeling that Locarno "couldn't be redeemed enough" (read: they didn't want to pay royalties) for what they planned with Paris.
** Ethan Phillips, ''Voyager'''s Neelix, as Dr. Farek in "Ménage à Troi" and the holographic maître d' in ''First Contact''.
** Most jarring of all is James Cromwell as the leader of a potential new Federation alliance world in "The Hunted", when he later played Cochrane in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''.
** David Tristan Birke, who played Rene, Picard's nephew in "Family", later played the young Picard himself in "Rascals".
** Max Grodenchik as the very typical conniving, treacherous Ferengi Sovak in "Captain's Holiday"; better known for his later role as the very ''a''typical (and somewhat dim) Rom from ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]''.
** Armin Shimerman played both Letek, one of the first Ferengi ever shown onscreen in "The Last Outpost", another Ferengi, Bractor in "Peak Performances", and the better known Quark -- also from ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]].''
** Majel Barrett (who played [[HospitalHottie Nurse Chapel]] in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek TOS]]'', as well as NumberTwo--actually called "Number One"--in the original pilot) as Lwaxana Troi, and also the voice of the ship's computer in both series.
** Diana Muldaur, who played Dr. Pulaski in season 2, had two previous spots on the original series (as different characters, both doctors, no less.)
** Christopher Collins, AKA [[TheStarscream Chris Latta]] played a Klingon Captain in ''A Matter of Honor'' and later plays a Pakled in ''The Samaritan Snare''. Might be more of a case of You ''Sound'' Familiar.
** Michelle Forbes played a small role in season 5's "Half A Life" before coming back in Season 6 as semi regular Ensign Ro Laren.
** Charles Cooper played a drunken and disgraced Klingon general in ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier''. Here, he got to play the much more dignified Chancellor K'mpec in "Sins of the Father" and "Reunion."
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