History YMMV / StarTrekTheNextGeneration

27th Aug '17 1:50:45 PM nombretomado
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** In [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E26S4E1TheBestOfBothWorlds "The Best of Both Worlds"]] part 1, when the ''Enterprise'''s engineering section is under attack, Geordi epically rolls under the door sealing off engineering... which was still high enough for Geordi to simply crouch under. This scene has been [[MemeticMutation memetically mutated]] on {{YTMND}} as the "[[http://epicgeordi.ytmnd.com/ Epic Geordi Maneuver]]".

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** In [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E26S4E1TheBestOfBothWorlds "The Best of Both Worlds"]] part 1, when the ''Enterprise'''s engineering section is under attack, Geordi epically rolls under the door sealing off engineering... which was still high enough for Geordi to simply crouch under. This scene has been [[MemeticMutation memetically mutated]] on {{YTMND}} Website/{{YTMND}} as the "[[http://epicgeordi.ytmnd.com/ Epic Geordi Maneuver]]".
10th Aug '17 6:58:18 PM MagiMecha
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** In [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E2WhereSilenceHasLease "Where Silence Has Lease"]], we have a frustrated Worf crying out "There is one bridge. ONE BRIDGE. ''ONE RIKER. ONE BRIDGE.''" Then proceeds to gargle some sort of growl as he fights with a door to keep it open.
25th Jul '17 9:16:43 PM ShorinBJ
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** In "Q Who?", the away team finds an infant on the Borg ship, which they leave as is; they assume it's simply a Borg child. But it turns out the Borg don't reproduce sexually, they forcibly assimilate. Meaning the baby was abducted by the Borg, and they just left it there instead of rescuing it and removing its implants.
23rd Jul '17 5:25:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* EscapistCharacter: ''Data.'' Socially awkward fans (and, notably, [[http://www.geekwire.com/2013/brent-spiner-star-trek/ autistic fans]]) tend to gravitate toward Data, for being incredibly smart, strong, and universally accepted by his peers even though he struggles to understand social nuances. Of course, it helps that episodes that focus on him tend to be above average.

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''Data.'' Socially awkward fans (and, notably, [[http://www.geekwire.com/2013/brent-spiner-star-trek/ autistic fans]]) tend to gravitate toward Data, for being incredibly smart, strong, and universally accepted by his peers even though he struggles to understand social nuances. Of course, it helps that episodes that focus on him tend to be above average.



* FashionVictimVillain: Ooh boy, the Romulans of TNG wore truly hideous uniforms with [[ShouldersOfDoom massive shoulder pads]] in patterns that looked like they were taken from curtains. And in the two-parter "Unification", we see this fashion sense extended to the civilian population. Fortunately, ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' would give [[SecretPolice the Tal Shiar]] better-looking uniforms, and ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' got rid of them for good.

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Ooh boy, the Romulans of TNG wore truly hideous uniforms with [[ShouldersOfDoom massive shoulder pads]] in patterns that looked like they were taken from curtains. And in the two-parter "Unification", we see this fashion sense extended to the civilian population. Fortunately, ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' would give [[SecretPolice the Tal Shiar]] better-looking uniforms, and ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' got rid of them for good.
21st Jul '17 5:43:04 PM ShorinBJ
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** Creator/TeriHatcher, all of 23 years old, appears as a transporter operator in "The Outrageous Okona". Complete with 80s hair.

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** Creator/TeriHatcher, all of 23 years old, appears as a transporter operator in "The Outrageous Okona". Complete with 80s '80s hair.



** Noted hottie Nikki Cox is barely recognizable, not only because she's in heavy alien makeup, but because she's ten.

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** Noted hottie Nikki Cox is barely recognizable, unrecognizable in "Pen Pals", not only because she's in heavy alien makeup, but because she's ten.



** Okana's squeeze, Transporter Chief B.G. Robinson, is played by Creator/TeriHatcher. Ironically this was an uncredited role.



*** The captain of a Ferengi ship in "The Last Outpost", the episode in which they were introduced was Creator/ArminShimerman, better known as Quark.

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*** The captain of a the Ferengi ship in "The Last Outpost", the episode in which they were introduced introduced, was Creator/ArminShimerman, better known as Quark.



** Dr. Pulaski. Pulaski replaced Wesley's mother as the ship's doctor for a single season before fan outcry got them to bring Dr. Crusher back. As often happens in life, first impressions are everything. Not only was she a ReplacementScrappy, but the writers made a major miscalculation in their attempt to make her a DistaffCounterpart of [[TheMcCoy Dr. McCoy]] from the original series. Since [=McCoy's=] arguments with Spock were such a fan favorite aspect of the character, the writers tried to duplicate it by having Pulaski take a dislike to [[TheSpock Data]] and toss him similar insults about being so logical all the time. Unfortunately, unlike Spock, Data couldn't even really understand that he was being insulted and could not respond in kind. Also, Data is very rarely wrong, so Pulaski's mockery of Data's aping of human traits makes her come across like a bigot bullying a mentally disabled person. Other than Pulaski, every TNG character who has expressed doubt in Data's sentience has been labeled a villain. Worse, Pulaski behaved boorishly to Captain Picard in her very first scene. If an incoming department head tried that in a Naval ship, she'd probably be tossed overboard. The character mellowed out by her second episode, but the damage was done. Diana Muldaur left the show on less-than-harmonious terms; a mess all around. However, some fans at least acknowledge that she was a competent and intelligent doctor. (And a good actress, as her two parts in classic ''Trek'' show.)

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** Dr. Pulaski. Pulaski replaced Wesley's mother as the ship's doctor for a single season before fan outcry got them to bring Dr. Crusher back. As often happens in life, first impressions are everything. Not only was she a ReplacementScrappy, but the writers made a major miscalculation in their attempt to make her a DistaffCounterpart of [[TheMcCoy Dr. McCoy]] from the original series. Since [=McCoy's=] arguments with Spock were such a fan favorite aspect of the character, the writers tried to duplicate it by having Pulaski take a dislike to [[TheSpock Data]] and toss him similar insults about being so logical all the time. Unfortunately, unlike Spock, Data couldn't even really understand that he was being insulted and could not respond in kind.kind -- they missed that at least half of what made the Bones/Spock relationship so great was that Spock would zing [=McCoy=] right back, Vulcan-style. Also, Data is very rarely wrong, so Pulaski's mockery of Data's aping of human traits makes her come across like a bigot bullying a mentally disabled person. Other than Pulaski, every TNG character who has expressed doubt in Data's sentience has been labeled a villain. Worse, Pulaski behaved boorishly to Captain Picard in her very first scene. If an incoming department head tried that in a Naval naval ship, she'd probably be tossed overboard. The character mellowed out by her second episode, but the damage was done. Diana Muldaur left the show on less-than-harmonious terms; a mess all around. However, some fans at least acknowledge that she was a competent and intelligent doctor. (And a good actress, as her two parts in classic ''Trek'' show.)



** Tasha Yar. She got off to a really bad start because the writers thought "strong female character" = "flies off the handle for no good reason". In "Encounter at Farpoint", she just loses it when one of the guards is firing his gun into the air to intimidate them, and attacks. They're lucky Q had a deeper agenda that didn't involve executing them all for this. A minute later, she launches a rant at Q and is promptly frozen for her troubles. The writers just fucked up the character throughout the season, until she was killed because, again, she couldn't control herself in a dangerous situation.



* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: It's hard to understand how hard-hitting and ''terrifying'' the CliffHanger ending of "The Best of Both Worlds part I" was, especially after TNG and the subsequent Trek spinoffs [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine [=DS9=]]], [[Series/StarTrekVoyager VOY]], and [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise ENT]] started making regular use of such endings.

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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: It's hard to understand how hard-hitting and ''terrifying'' the CliffHanger cliffHanger ending of "The Best of Both Worlds part I" was, especially after TNG and the subsequent Trek spinoffs [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine [=DS9=]]], [[Series/StarTrekVoyager VOY]], and [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise ENT]] started making regular use of such endings.
18th Jul '17 2:17:38 AM ApeAccount
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** "The Outrageous Okona": A Han Solo style pilot comes on board the notoriously dull season 2 Enterprise, has sex with 1980's Creator/TeriHatcher, teaches Data about humanity, nearly starts an interplanetary war and at the end has to come to terms with his responsibilities... completely ruined by some of the flattest and cheesiest jokes of the entire franchise; including a cringe-worthy and racist stereotypical Japanese impression courtesy of Joe Piscopo. He even has the novelty teeth.
** It was actually an imitation of Jerry Lewis' nerdy persona from ''The Nutty Professor''. Not as bad, but it's still not funny at all.

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** "The Outrageous Okona": A Han Solo style pilot comes on board the notoriously dull season 2 Enterprise, has sex with 1980's Creator/TeriHatcher, teaches Data about humanity, nearly starts an interplanetary war and at the end has to come to terms with his responsibilities... completely ruined by some of the flattest and cheesiest jokes of the entire franchise; including a cringe-worthy and racist stereotypical Japanese impression courtesy of Joe Piscopo. He even has the novelty teeth.
** It was actually an imitation of Jerry Lewis' nerdy persona from ''The Nutty Professor''. Not as bad, but it's still not funny at all.
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15th Jul '17 7:12:02 AM AmuckCricetine
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** Famke Jannsen appears opposite Patrick Stewart for the first time in "The Perfect Mate", years before ''Film/XMen''
** Just within the franchise:

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** Famke Jannsen appears opposite Patrick Stewart for Creator/FamkeJanssen as Kamala, the first time empathic metamorph who bonds with Picard in "The Perfect Mate", years before ''Film/XMen''
Mate." Famke Janssen and Patrick Stewart would later star together in the [[Film/XMen X-Men film series]] as Jean Grey and Professor X, respectively.
** Just The late Andreas Katsulas, who played Romulan Commander Tomalak, was Ambassador G'Kar on ''Series/BabylonFive''.
** Creator/DarrenAronofsky fave Mark Margolis as Dr. Nel Apgar in "A Matter of Perspective." ''Series/BreakingBad'' fans know him as "Tio" Hector Salamanca.
** Creator/ChristopherMcDonald as Lt. Richard Castillo in "Yesterday's Enterprise."
** Creator/TonyTodd as Worf's brother, Klingon Captain Kurn.
** Okana's squeeze, Transporter Chief B.G. Robinson, is played by Creator/TeriHatcher. Ironically this was an uncredited role.
** Creator/AshleyJudd as Ensign Robin Lefler, Wesley's main squeeze. It's like the show is poking the eye of everybody who damned Wesley as a geeky nuisance with no balls.
** Creator/TerryOQuinn, aka [[Series/{{Lost}} John Locke]], was Riker's previous CO, now an Admiral, in "The Pegasus".
** Jerry Hardin ("Deep Throat" in ''Series/TheXFiles'') plays Radue in "When the Bough Breaks" and Samuel Clemens in "Time's Arrow" Pts. 1 & 2.
** Vaughn Armstrong ([[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Admiral Forrest]]) played Captain Korris in "Heart of Glory."
** In "The Royale": Noble Willingham (''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'') and Creator/SamAnderson (''Series/{{Angel}}'', ''Series/{{Lost}}'').
** Here's an obscure one: Beth Toussaint, who played Tasha's surviving sister in "Legacy", was the first actress to play Sheridan's wife on ''Series/BabylonFive''
** Creator/DiedrichBader (billed as "Dietrich"; ''Film/OfficeSpace'', ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'') plays a tactical crewman in "The Emissary."
** [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Dr. Bob Kelso]] as Dr. Paul Stubbs in "Evolution."
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10th Jul '17 4:22:52 PM MagBas
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--->'''[[http://docohobigfinish.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/tng-season-three.html Joe Ford]]''': Hang on one cotton-picking minute…isn’t season three of TNG when Micheal Piller joined the show? And suddenly its really rather good! In exactly the same way when he left ''Voyager'' [[JumpingTheShark it turned shite!]] Maybe, just maybe there is a trend here.

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--->'''[[http://docohobigfinish.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/tng-season-three.html Joe Ford]]''': Hang on one cotton-picking minute…isn’t season three of TNG when Micheal Piller joined the show? And suddenly its really rather good! In exactly the same way when he left ''Voyager'' [[JumpingTheShark ''Voyager'' it turned shite!]] shite! Maybe, just maybe there is a trend here.
1st Jul '17 9:15:04 AM MagiMecha
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* OlderThanYouThink: Though non-canon, Worf wasn't the first Klingon in Starfleet or even onboard the ''Enterprise''. In ''ComicBook/StarTrekDCComics'', there was a Klingon named Konom, who was made an honorary Ensign onboard the ''Enterprise''-A after defecting from the Empire. He would appear about three years before ''TNG'' first aired.
28th Jun '17 1:25:01 PM NicoleIlieva
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** Deanna Troi, AKA CaptainCrash. Interestingly, no one mentions the fact that neither of those times Deanna wasn't to blame - in [[StarTrekGenerations "Generations"]] the core breach disables all helm controls and in [[StarTrekNemesis "Nemesis"]] Picard gives the command for the ''Enterprise'' to be rammed into the ''Scimitar''.

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** Deanna Troi, AKA CaptainCrash. Interestingly, no one mentions the fact that neither of those times Deanna wasn't was to blame - in [[StarTrekGenerations "Generations"]] the core breach disables all helm controls and in [[StarTrekNemesis "Nemesis"]] Picard gives the command for the ''Enterprise'' to be rammed into the ''Scimitar''.
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