History Series / StartrekTheNextGeneration

31st May '18 2:11:12 PM DavidDelony
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After struggling for a few seasons trying to establish itself apart from [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the Original Series]], it exploded into one of the most well-respected television shows ever made, partially because of a change in direction (its creator had health problems starting around season two of the show's run leading to co-producer Rick Berman taking over most of the show's daily production and his promotion to executive producer during season three) and an increased willingness to experiment with the format and scope of the show, and science fiction as a whole. At 176 episodes in length, it was the longest running Star Trek series at the time[[note]]It was equaled by two of the three series to follow it, but has not been surpassed.[[/note]], and won many awards for everything from visual effects to writing. Additionally, the series has proved wildly popular in [[ReRun Syndication]], despite having broadcast its final episode in ''1994''. To date, in the U.S. alone, it has been broadcast on no fewer than five different cable / satellite networks: G4, Creator/SpikeTV, Creator/SyFy, Creator/WGNAmerica and [[Creator/TheBBC BBC America]]. Three of these networks, [=SyFy=], WGN America & BBC America still regularly air episodes of the program, sometimes against each other in primetime. It also remains a near-pillar of {{Creator/Netflix}}.

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After struggling for a few seasons trying to establish itself apart from [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the Original Series]], it exploded into one of the most well-respected television shows ever made, partially because of a change in direction (its creator had health problems starting around season two of the show's run leading to co-producer Rick Berman taking over most of the show's daily production and his promotion to executive producer during season three) and an increased willingness to experiment with the format and scope of the show, and science fiction as a whole. At 176 episodes in length, it was the longest running Star Trek series at the time[[note]]It was equaled by two of the three series to follow it, but has not been surpassed.[[/note]], and won many awards for everything from visual effects to writing. Additionally, Like its predecessor, the series has proved wildly popular in [[ReRun Syndication]], despite having broadcast its final episode in ''1994''. To date, in the U.S. alone, it has been broadcast on no fewer than five different cable / satellite networks: G4, Creator/SpikeTV, Creator/SyFy, Creator/WGNAmerica and [[Creator/TheBBC BBC America]]. Three of these networks, [=SyFy=], WGN America & BBC America still regularly air episodes of the program, sometimes against each other in primetime. It also remains a near-pillar of {{Creator/Netflix}}.
29th May '18 1:23:52 PM DavidDelony
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* UpdatedRerelease: The series got a "remastered" version similar to the one done for TOS, with an HD film transfer and redone special effects.
28th Apr '18 12:11:05 PM Malady
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* [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie And Then Picard Was A Borg]]: In "Best of Both Worlds". He got better.

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* [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie AndThenJohnWasAZombie: And Then Picard Was A Borg]]: Borg: In "Best of Both Worlds". He got better.



** Lore is burdened with this sort of fate after his first appearance. In order to get rid of him, Data beams his evil brother into outer space, where the NighInvulnerable android will be cursed to drift around aimlessly in the endless vacuum, completely helpless. It's [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]], since he's rescued after a "mere" few years when the crew of an alien ship discover his body floating around in space at a thousand-to-one odds, not to mention that as an android, he probably ''can't'' get bored.

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** Lore is burdened with this sort of fate after his first appearance. In order to get rid of him, Data beams his evil brother into outer space, where the NighInvulnerable android will be cursed to drift around aimlessly in the endless vacuum, completely helpless. It's [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]], {{downplayedTrope}}, since he's rescued after a "mere" few years when the crew of an alien ship discover his body floating around in space at a thousand-to-one odds, not to mention that as an android, he probably ''can't'' get bored.
28th Apr '18 12:10:19 PM Malady
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* AlliterativeTitle: "The Naked Now".



** In "The First Duty", the motto of Starfleet Academy is "Ex Astris Scientia" ("From the stars, knowledge"), which was derived from Film/{{Apollo 13}}'s mission motto "Ex Luna Scientia" ("From the moon, knowledge"), which, in turn, was derived from the United States Naval Academy's motto "Ex Scientia Tridens" ("From knowledge, sea power").

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** In "The First Duty", the motto of Starfleet Academy is "Ex Astris Scientia" ("From the stars, knowledge"), which was derived from Film/{{Apollo 13}}'s Film/Apollo13's mission motto "Ex Luna Scientia" ("From the moon, knowledge"), which, in turn, was derived from the United States Naval Academy's motto "Ex Scientia Tridens" ("From knowledge, sea power").



** In "The Naked Now" Geordi ruminates on how unfair it is that he's never seen [[ReadingRainbow a rainbow]].

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** In "The Naked Now" Geordi ruminates on how unfair it is that he's never seen [[ReadingRainbow [[Series/ReadingRainbow a rainbow]].



** in "The Battle", Data begins a surprisingly accurate and {{TechnoBabble}}-free description of a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checksum checksum]], a computer science technique used to verify the authenticity of a piece of data--before being cut off by Riker saying he doesn't need a computer science lesson. The subject of the checksum issue? A forged log entry.

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** in "The Battle", Data begins a surprisingly accurate and {{TechnoBabble}}-free TechnoBabble-free description of a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checksum checksum]], a computer science technique used to verify the authenticity of a piece of data--before being cut off by Riker saying he doesn't need a computer science lesson. The subject of the checksum issue? A forged log entry.
5th Apr '18 10:05:20 AM matthewvzrussell
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** Subverted in one episode; the entire crew is hit with amnesia and forget their ranks. The executive officer is someone the audience has never before met. Turns out [[spoiler:he is an alien intruder, trying to trick the ''Enterprise'' into attacking the enemies of his species.]]

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** Subverted in one episode; "Conundrum"; the entire crew is hit with amnesia and forget their ranks. The executive officer is someone the audience has never before met. Turns out [[spoiler:he is an alien intruder, trying to trick the ''Enterprise'' into attacking the enemies of his species.]]
3rd Apr '18 7:17:49 PM nombretomado
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** "The Defector" was supposed to open with another Sherlock Holmes pastiche, but legal issues forced the writers to retool it into a holodeck simulation of ''HenryV''. This doubles as foreshadowing: Jarok, like King Henry, is forced to go undercover as a 'commoner' in this episode.

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** "The Defector" was supposed to open with another Sherlock Holmes pastiche, but legal issues forced the writers to retool it into a holodeck simulation of ''HenryV''.''Theatre/HenryV''. This doubles as foreshadowing: Jarok, like King Henry, is forced to go undercover as a 'commoner' in this episode.
25th Mar '18 7:51:31 AM spintria
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** In many ways, Deanna Troi filled this role too. She was always being possessed by aliens, abused by aliens in crashed shuttles, abducted by aliens for political gambits, being nearly forced to marry an alien, having her psychic powers robbed by aliens, suffering nightmares at the hands of aliens, forced to listen to a virtual music box in her head for days by an alien, the list goes on. Her only real use on the show was to counsel the [[RedShirt random crew member of the week]] and to tell Picard when she sensed weird things happening while on the bridge. Maybe this makes her closer to ButtMonkey. Troi did manage to TakeALevelInBadass during a two-episode arc where she was sent to spy on the Romulans... but [[PlotInducedStupidity left that level somewhere]] for the rest of the series, never to be seen again. Those episodes are the reason ADayInTheLimelight used to be named "Good Troi Episode".

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** In many ways, Deanna Troi filled this role too. She was always being possessed by aliens, abused by aliens in crashed shuttles, abducted by aliens for political gambits, impregnated by an alien, being nearly forced to marry an alien, having her psychic powers robbed by aliens, suffering nightmares at the hands of aliens, forced to listen to a virtual music box in her head for days by an alien, the list goes on. Her only real use on the show was to counsel the [[RedShirt random crew member of the week]] and to tell Picard when she sensed weird things happening while on the bridge. Maybe this makes her closer to ButtMonkey. Troi did manage to TakeALevelInBadass during a two-episode arc where she was sent to spy on the Romulans... but [[PlotInducedStupidity left that level somewhere]] for the rest of the series, never to be seen again. Those episodes are the reason ADayInTheLimelight used to be named "Good Troi Episode".
19th Mar '18 3:26:25 PM StarSword
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* OurDarkMatterIsMysterious: "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E25InTheory In Theory]]" features the ''Enterprise'' exploring a dark matter nebula which caused bits of the ship to randomly vanish. This caused activity from Spot (Data's cat) exiting Data's room without using the doors to a crew member falling through the floor after it vanishes and then getting killed when it comes back.
17th Mar '18 9:49:21 PM nombretomado
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* YouHaveToBelieveMe: In the series finale, "All Good Things," Picard finds himself jumping back and forth between different points in his life a la [[SlaughterhouseFive Billy Pilgrim]]. Unfortunately, in the future he's an old man with the beginnings of an Alzheimer's-like disease. If he wasn't [[LivingLegend Jean-Luc Picard]], no one would give his ravings about temporal anomalies and the destruction of humanity a second thought.

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* YouHaveToBelieveMe: In the series finale, "All Good Things," Picard finds himself jumping back and forth between different points in his life a la [[SlaughterhouseFive [[Literature/SlaughterhouseFive Billy Pilgrim]]. Unfortunately, in the future he's an old man with the beginnings of an Alzheimer's-like disease. If he wasn't [[LivingLegend Jean-Luc Picard]], no one would give his ravings about temporal anomalies and the destruction of humanity a second thought.
4th Mar '18 3:14:36 PM nombretomado
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* LongBusTrip: At the end of ''[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E8Unification2 Unification, Part 2]]'', Sela is still alive and well, though presumably she will be demoted and possibly imprisoned because of her failure. Many viewers expected her to return in later Romulan-centric stories (such as ''StarTrekNemesis''), but she never did.

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* LongBusTrip: At the end of ''[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E8Unification2 Unification, Part 2]]'', Sela is still alive and well, though presumably she will be demoted and possibly imprisoned because of her failure. Many viewers expected her to return in later Romulan-centric stories (such as ''StarTrekNemesis''), ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''), but she never did.
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