!!Entries for the television series:

* AccidentalInnuendo:
** In "The Game", we get Troi and Crusher discussing something that Riker picked up on his ''latest'' trip to Risa, (a sex-tourist hotspot), before it's revealed they were actually talking about the titular game. Considering the infectious and addictive nature of that game though...
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReOw_2f4lpY Star Trek: The Sexed Generation]]'' compiles all such instances of this in the show. A few of them ''do'' directly refer to sex, though, but are by and large outstripped by the sheer amount of the accidental mentions.
** Missing from that video is when an alien asks to check out the holodeck, which he's heard is used for officer training:
--->'''Picard:''' It's also used for other things. Perhaps Commander Riker and Counselor Troi can demonstrate for you.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** [[http://wrongquestions.blogspot.com/2011/04/lets-see-whats-out-there-part-iv-keep.html One take on the series]] holds that the Federation is actually rather amoral, governed by ethically dubious realpolitik rather than the principles it publicly espouses. In this view, the highly principled Picard is not a luminary of Starfleet but something of a naif whose own optimism blinds him to the increasingly horrific actions of his compatriots. This would explain why a startling percentage of the Starfleet high command turn out to be [[InsaneAdmiral total scumbags]].
** Most of Trek fandom believes that the Traveller interest in Wesley makes him come off as a ''pedophile''. Even Creator/WilWheaton has lampshaded how creepy this was in retrospect, in the review he did of "Where No One Has Gone Before".
** Captain Jellico inspires a lot of this. Some see him as a micro-managing jerk who forces through his will just because he can and thereby alienates all who serve him, others see him as a responsible officer who had every right to run the Enterprise as he saw fit, and saved the day through his genuine competence. The funny thing is that neither interpretation is actually mutually exclusive with the other. The ExpandedUniverse occasionally references him with both depictions, DependingOnTheWriter. Probably depending on whether the writer thought it was a CrowningMomentOfAwesome or a MoralEventHorizon that he told Troi to put her boobs away and don an actual uniform.
** Riker is supposedly an ambitious officer, yet turns down one command after another, remaining First Officer on ''two'' versions of the ''Enterprise'' over the span of roughly a decade and a half. The unflattering implication is that he refuses to command any starship less cool than a ''Galaxy''-class. Even Picard had previously served as Captain of the ''Stargazer'', a ship which by his own admission was plagued by mechanical problems and nowhere near top-of-the-line, before being given command of the brand-new ''Enterprise-D''.
** Data [[TinMan does have emotions]], his programming just bypasses them deliberately. This is the cause of his ''almost'' emotional moments throughout the series, the times where he states a want to do things (like become more human, serve in Starfleet, paint), expresses friendship for Geordi and the others, and lies about trying to kill Kivas Fajo. The emotion chip just removes the overwrite and allows Data to experience full emotion.
** Is Geordi [=LaForge=] merely an unlucky-in-love GadgeteerGenius, or does his biomechanical augmentation isolate him from other human beings and make him feel more attracted to machines and computers? The producers once characterized his "romance" with holo-Leah Brahams as a guy falling in love with his car. In other words, is he a closet robosexual whose attempts at romance with flesh-and-blood women are forced?
** Q. Character development aside, it's easy to look at his seemingly immature meddling and misuse of godlike powers as a MaryPoppins act. There are hundreds of possible interpretations for Q out there; is he a maladjusted PsychopathicManchild who uses mortals as toys for his amusement, FauxAffablyEvil, a harmless childish prankster, a ChaoticGood rebel struggling against his people's repressive society, a supremely alien being following some BlueAndOrangeMorality only he understands, humanity's self-appointed TricksterMentor, is he all? None? Is it even possible to give him labels? The appearances he's made throughout the franchise strongly imply that Q is acting as a TricksterMentor, as he shows up with a purpose of making those he encounters more aware of the world around them and better for it. Rarely does a Q episode not result in this ending.
** Worf sparing Toral at the end of the Klingon Civil War. Was it an act of mercy or Worf unconsciously condemning him to the same FateWorseThanDeath that he received from Toral's father?
* {{Anvilicious}}:
** The episode "The Hunted" is an allegory about neglected war veterans (specifically veterans of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, but really applicable to the veterans of any war), and in true StarTrek fashion, it is ''not'' subtle about making its point.
** Some viewers were put off by Picard's angry speech in "Who Watches the Watchers", which appeared to be suggesting that a mere belief in a higher power amounted to superstition, ignorance and fear. This was probably a case of MisBlamed, because Picard was not describing religion in general, but the cast-off religion of the Mintakans, whose believe in the "Overseer" did in fact lead to those very things.
** "Lonely Among Us" explicitly compares non-vegetarians to slave owners, with Yar getting a horribly condescending speech that the writer is clearly expecting us to agree with.
* AssPull: The ending to "Sins of the Father". The whole episode practically sledgehammered the premise that Worf's actions could only end in success or his death. [[spoiler:Then at the very last minute Worf matter-of-factly brings up a third way that everyone can live with.]] There is ''a'' justification for this (Worf only brings it up once he is trying to survive rather than achieve his initial goal), but it can still feel jarring.
* AuthorsSavingThrow
** 'I, Borg', in which they study a Borg drone separated from the collective. Changes them from [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cyborg zombies]] into StarfishAliens.
** GeneRoddenberry never liked that he used the Klingons as the "Race of Black Hats" in [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The Original Series]], and thus made Worf as a Klingon main character and the first season episode "Heart of Glory" completely redefined their place as a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]].
* AwesomeMusic: Ron Jones, the composer for the first three seasons, was literally fired for being too good at his job, as Rick Berman thought his music was too distracting from the writing.
* BaseBreaker:
** Lwaxana Troi. Some fans think she's a really fun, vivacious character. Others hate her and dread watching any episode she's in. It doesn't help the split that just how stuck-up and insufferable she is tends to vary--one fan described her as "a pain in the ass in the first half of the episode, then lovely and understanding in the second half."
** A running gag in some Star Trek circles claims that Wesley Crusher has broken the fanbase between those who simply hate him and those who ''loathe'' him.
** Captain Edward Jellico from the two-part episode "Chain of Command" is one of ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s most polarizing characters. His fans see him as a bold, effective officer who magnificently outwitted the Cardassians and justified in taking Riker off duty because Riker did a really bad job of hiding his dislike of the new captain, who as a new commander in a crisis ''needs'' supportive officers. His detractors consider him a huge JerkAss who had no business [[ReplacementScrappy filling in for Picard]] and [[TyrantTakesTheHelm making changes to the way things were run]] on the ''Enterprise'', especially during a crisis when the crew was antsy to begin with and Riker was acting on the complaints of other senior officers. Fans who aren't invested in the argument think that he is a bold, effective officer who magnificently outwitted the Cardassians, but he's also a petty ControlFreak with little consideration for his subordinates. In other words: brilliant tactical officer, JerkAss, and not a fun captain to serve under.
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** In "Deja Q", where after regaining his powers, Q decides to return with a mariachi band!
** In "Haven", the "[[FanNickname Quark-in-the-box!]]" that informs Deanna she's about to get married, then dumps jewels everywhere.
* CanonSue: Arguably, [[HospitalHottie Nurse]] [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Lanel Lanel]] from the episode (not movie) "First Contact" is this. She happens to be at the hospital where her people take Riker TheCasanova after catching him infiltrating their society, and insists that he [[BoldlyComing have sex with her]] before she'll help him escape. Sound like a common Trekkie fantasy to you? [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Bebe_Neuwirth Bebe Neuwirth]], who played her, all but admitted that's what it was, and it's right there in the show. In the end, this little fling doesn't really accomplish anything other than to add a little variety to the responses from the alien planet's people at discovering that space aliens really do exist among them.
* ClicheStorm: Invoked in the episode "The Royale", where Riker, Worf, and Data get trapped in the simulation of a terribly-written crime novel set in the titular hotel-casino. Periodically, their attempts to escape are interrupted by scenes from the book, causing the [=NPCs=] of the simulation to start reciting the hammiest possible lines to each other (complete with a jazzy soundtrack spontaneously starting up to accompany them), all while the crew looks on in bewilderment. After these brief interactions, the music stops and the [=NPCs=] return to normal as if nothing had happened.
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* CommonKnowledge:
** Probably one of the most "common" bits of common knowledge surrounding this series is that Wesley Crusher was the character to always solve the problem, save the ship, etc., and that he was excessively praised by the other characters. The truth is, while Wesley has earned much of his [[TheScrappy scrappy]] reputation, the extent of his "saving the ship" has been greatly exaggerated, including on this very wiki. He actually was only the one to solve the problem of the week six times, which is still probably more times than he should have, but hardly "every other week", as he has been accused. He also had his fair share of episodes where he screwed things up, or was called out by other characters.
** It's less common these days, but often fans will refer to this series as being truly great from the beginning, especially if the person making this claim is trying to compare it to series that followed. Most fans these days, thanks to online nostalgic reviews of the series, can now admit that the first season was chock full of {{Narm}}, [[LargeHam bad acting]], EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, SpecialEffectsFailure and other, [[UnfortunateImplications worse things]].
* CompleteMonster:
** Data's [[CainAndAbel brother]] [[PsychoPrototype Lore]] is a thoroughly unsympathetic android who kills his creator, [[BigBrotherBully reprograms his brother to follow his every command]], and threatens to set teenage Wesley on fire. He summoned the Crystalline Entity to his creator's colony when the other colonists petitioned Soong to deactivate him out of fear that he would turn on them, and since then, he's been on quest to wipe out all organic life from the universe. If he ever shows affection, it's just to manipulate Data into collaborating. He also tried to make the Borg an even greater threat to TheFederation than they already were. Given everything else we saw of his true nature, it's obvious that he mostly did it for his own sick amusement.
** Kivas Fajo from season 3 "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E22TheMostToys The Most Toys]]" is a CollectorOfTheStrange who wants to add Data, the only known android in the galaxy, to his collection. To do this, he poisons the water supply of an inhabited planet so he can capture him. He treats people and sentient beings like property. Then he talks very matter-of-factly about how he'd like to try out a particularly cruel DeathRay called a Varon-T Disruptor is illegal in The Federation because of how slowly and painfully it destroys the body from the inside out. He later does use it on his girlfriend, who is really more of a broken, codependent slave. As far as ''Star Trek'''s villains of the week go, he's one of the worst.
** Jev from season 5 "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E12Violations Violations]]" was a [[MindRape serial mind rapist]]. Jev was part of a Ullian delegation, led by his father Tarmin, that specialized in telepathic memory retrieval, a process that restores lost memories. Jev first assaulted Counselor Troi by using his telepathic powers to rewrite her memories of a romantic moment between her and Riker into a rape and then replacing Riker in the memory. She fell into a coma after a mental attack. Later he assaulted Commander Riker and Dr. Crusher, making them experience their worst nightmares to keep them from exposing him. When Troi regained consciousness and can't remember her attacker, Jev "helps" by using the memory retrieval process and uses it to frame his father Tamrin, who is arrested. Then he goes to Troi's quarters, ostensibly to apologize for his father, but really to rape her again. This time she's able to hold him off long enough for Worf and his security team to arrive and he's finally brought to justice. What makes Jev even worse is that it's established the crew of the Enterprise are simply the latest in a very long line of his victims, with Geordi and Data's research turning up multiple cases of people who he left in comas, dating years back and spanning several different planets.
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* CreatorsPet:
** Wesley Crusher, the former TropeNamer, also [[ExaggeratedTrope an especially severe case]] since, by varying amounts, he fits ''EVERY'' criterion of both Creator's Pet and TheScrappy. In the case of Wesley himself, they alternated between praising Wesley for no reason and [[NotNowKiddo rudely dismissing]] Wesley for no reason, depending on which would make Wesley look better. He might have been more tolerable if he hadn't been given an "important" role in so many episodes. Indeed, the episodes that actually focus on him are SoOkayItsAverage, so he's a lot better when he's not shoehorned into the spotlight in everyone else's episodes. Considering Gene Roddenberry's middle name is ''Wesley'', he could be a bona fide CanonSue as well. Wil Wheaton himself was well aware of how much the fans hated the character, and eventually asked the writers to cut it out or write him out of the show, resulting in both.
** Despite Dr. Pulaski being DrJerk, crewmembers would often mention how "caring" and "nice" she was. [[InformedAttribute Not that we really saw it]].
** Lwaxana Troi also qualifies, being played by Gene Roddenberry's wife, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Besides the theme, several instances in the episode "Lessons", when LTCMDR Darren and Picard are playing together. Of particular note were turning the simple melody of "Frere Jaques" into a remarkable duet, and the beautiful rendition of the Ressikan theme from "The Inner Light."
* DesignatedHero: The show's main cast in most of the first two seasons. Picard especially, showing himself to a {{Jerkass}} as well a total bigot, and yet the audience was meant to agree with him. Thankfully their characterization improved when the show's writing got better.
* DesignatedVillain: See BaseBreaker above.
* EinsteinSue: In "The Naked Now" Wesley, while under an effect that mimics drunkenness, comes up with a way to reverse the ship's tractor beam while the chief engineer (who is ''not'' drunk) watches in stupefaction. Even after he's started doing stuff, she still doesn't see what he's getting at. Mind, she was selected over all the qualified engineers in Starfleet as chief engineer on probably the most coveted and competitive ship in the Federation, and this drunk-ass teenager can do her job a hundred times better.
* EnsembleDarkHorse:
** Both Data and Worf came to share the spotlight with Picard among fans. Originally the series focused more on Picard, Riker and Dr. Crusher.
** Then, there's Miles O'Brien, a completely minor character, but got so much fan attention, he became a main character in ''Deep Space Nine''.
** Q seems to have a good fanbase despite him appearing in only eight episodes on TNG and then four episodes outside of it.
** Reg Barclay, who was initially written as a one-shot character but then kept coming back, ended up featuring briefly in ''Star Trek: First Contact'', and played a significant recurring role in ''Voyager''.
** Ro Laren, big time. She made such an impact that both ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' used the Bajor/Cardassia/Maquis political situation as jumping-off points, and Kira Nerys and B'Elanna Torres were both [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Suspiciously Similar Substitutes]] for her when Michelle Forbes twice turned down the opportunity to reprise the character. Ro appeared in all of eight episodes.
** The Borg as far as alien species go. Talk about the famous aliens in the franchise, they're bound to be among them, rivaling the popularity of the Klingons and Romulans (and arguably more well known than the latter), and they only appear in four episodes in this series and one movie. They got featured more prominently in ''Voyager'', though in that they suffered from massive VillainDecay.
* 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.
* FoeYay:
** Picard/Q. It's difficult to explain Q's behavior around Captain Picard without thinking it's due to a huge crush on the man. Q goes out of his way to pester the man with various unique challenges and frequently snarks at the man, ostensibly making him a nemesis to Picard; however, the level of chemistry and familiarity Q shows to the Captain makes it seem like an excuse to flirt. This is '''not helped''' by Q's violation of Picard's personal space. In addition to this Q's punishments in response to Picard's rejections come off like the reaction of a scorned lover. In "Qpid" Q makes the observation that Picard's romance with Vash had made him emotionally soppy and sentimental, and adds with glee that had he known such a weakness existed earlier than Q would have appeared to Captain Picard as a woman to exploit it (since Q is an EnergyBeing this means the entity has no inherent gender). Also take a gander at [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXefQxyMj_A this scene]] from "Tapestry" shown out of context. [[note]]In context Q has saved Picard's life from a fatal injury received during a mission, and has taken him back in time to fix any mistakes he regrets from his past. One of the changes Picard makes is the decision to pursue a romantic affair with a female friend of his he knew right before his career started. After having sex with her Picard wakes up the following morning to the sensation of a hand touching his face, but when he turns around Q has taken her place. Despite a brief jolt, Picard stays in bed and proceeds to have a quite civil chat with Q while lying naked under the covers.[[/note]] Without context one would think the chat they have is about a relationship ''between them''.
** Fajo and Data in [=S03E22=] 'The Most Toys' is a one-sided example. Fajo is obsessed with possessing Data, and comments that he'd prefer it if Data was naked.
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* FranchiseOriginalSin:
** The CliffHanger ending of "The Best of Both Worlds" [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants was written with no idea of how anything would be resolved]]. It worked out amazingly well, but it unfortunately encouraged the crew to keep doing this across the whole franchise, with increasingly diminishing returns.
** Many of the things that have been attributed as negative traits of [[Film/StarTrekGenerations the less]] [[Film/StarTrekInsurrection well received]] [[Film/StarTrekNemesis TNG movies]] were elements present in the season six / season seven cliffhanger episode [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E24S7E1Descent Descent]], which is in places almost like a prototype for those later movies.
** [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]] and [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]] get a lot of flack for the fanservicey catsuits worn by Seven of Nine and T'Pol, respectively, and the characters are accused of only being there for the fanservice. Of course, the first such crew member to wear [[CustomUniformOfSexy sexy outfits instead of the expected uniform]] was Deanna Troi - and her version showed a lot of cleavage to boot. Also, while Seven and T'Pol had a great deal of CharacterDevelopment, ADayInTheLimelight was once known as "Good Troi Episode," which is when forgotten or minor characters get the spotlight - Deanna mattering was such an exception to the rule that you name a trope after it and it's still joked by fans that her job was to state the obvious. This is a case where the original sin was greater ''before'', but forgiven because FirstInstallmentWins.[[note]]Of course, there was more fanservice in the ''actual'' first installment, but TOS gets a pass because of ValuesDissonance.[[/note]]
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** During Data's comedy routine in "The Outrageous Okona", there is a scene where Guinan asks the comic (Joe Piscopo) "And you made a living doing this?" Modern viewers cannot help but feel a little bit of pity for Joe, considering the imminent collapse of his career.
** The episode "Family" ends with Rene, Picard's nephew, declaring that someday, he'll enter Starfleet, following in his uncle's footsteps. In ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', we learn that Rene, as well as Robert, [[spoiler:both burned to death in a fire at the vineyard.]] What's worse is that the closing shot in "Family" has ''a burning fireplace'' in the background!
** Possibly HarsherInHindsight as well, but the first season episode "The Arsenal of Freedom" has the ''Enterprise'' and its crew under attack by automated drones [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard that inadvertently destroyed the civilization that created them long ago]]. Today, with things like [=UAVs=] and computer-guided missiles becoming indispensable parts of modern warfare, it becomes less amusing.
** Sure, it may seem silly that in "Unification," the Romulans were planning to use only two ''thousand'' troops (essentially a single regiment) to annex an entire planet...until 2014, when {{UsefulNotes/Russia}} quickly annexed the Crimean Peninsula by using small groups of special forces to secure key areas and force out the Ukrainian military. Perhaps this is where UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin got the idea.
* GeniusBonus: In the episode ''Phantasms,'' Data has a holodeck session with the hologram of Sigmund Freud, who quickly interprets his dreams as meaning he wishes to possess his mother and find a (possibly violent) outlet for his sexual desire. When Data tried to explain he had neither a mother or a sex drive, Freud wouldn't listen. This is a classic demonstration of unfalsifiability, a problem that many modern psychologists have with Freud's theories.
* {{Glurge}}:
** "Where Silence Has Lease". Once again Picard is happy to set off the auto destruct but it takes Pulaski (of all people) to remind him what an overreaction that may be. Rather than 50% of the crew being killed, Picard will merrily slaughter 100%
** From the two-part episode "Birthright", "Children should learn about their heritage, and if it includes bigotry, then they should accept that as part of their heritage."
* GrowingTheBeard:
** The TropeNamer. After a half-baked effort of a first season, the series started to improve dramatically beginning with Riker getting away from his Kirk clone image by suddenly sporting a full beard.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Q, after he materializes two scantily clad women to fawn over Riker.
--->'''Riker:''' I don't need your fantasy women.
--->'''Q:''' Oh, you're so stolid. [[CharacterizationMarchesOn You were never like that before the beard]].
** In the first episode of season two Geordi and Worf received promotions to Chief of Engineering and Chief of Security, which allowed their characters to grow and arguably had a much greater impact on the show's quality than Riker's beard (since, even beardless, Riker already had a reputation as a badass).
** The addition of Michael Piller was a huge boon for the franchise, one you can thank Maurice Hurley for. (See? He wasn't totally useless.) With him came Ron Moore, who had been rubber-hecking around the set for a while and finally sold his first script, "The Bonding", to Piller in season 3.
--->'''[[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.
** Somewhat more morbidly, some of the writers felt the series improved after the unfortunate passing of Gene Roddenberry - although they were saddened by his death they often complained that he shot down too many of their ideas and didn't give them enough room to expand and develop the characters properly, and that the one silver lining to the situation was that the series was now effectively theirs to write however they saw fit.
** An echo to the series as a whole as well, as StarTrekDeepSpaceNine was written and developed after Gene's passing, and depicted the Federation in a much more pessimistic light.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Watching Picard break down while bonded to Sarek in the episode "Sarek" is a bit more difficult to watch knowing that Picard may very well share the same fate in his future.
** During "The Host," there is the usual conference room scene where there are discussing Odan's deteriorating condition and the need for a new host for the Trill symbiont. Worf looked either impatient or bored with the conversation. Come [=DS9=], he probably wished he paid a little closer attention.
** "The Chain of Command, Part 2", in a deeply disturbing way. With the exception of the pain device, everything the Cardassians do to torture Picard ''was'' taken from Amnesty International archives in a terrifying case of ShownTheirWork. Stripping for the purposes of humiliation? Check. Deliberately acting to dehumanize the prisoner and negate their identity and dignity? Check. "Stress positions", aka suspending the prisoner by their arms in such a way that their feet barely touch the floor, for long periods of time? Check. Idea that non-official combatants aka "terrorists" are not covered by conventions forbidding torture? Check. Objective of breaking the prisoner through distorting their perception of reality, successful to the point of producing hallucinations? ''Check.'' Patrick Stewart carefully studied the behavior of the victims to get the broken, defeated look just right and even insisted on being naked on set.
** The episodes involving Romulus have gained a little bit of a bittersweet overtone since their airing. "The Defector" had a disgraced and banished Romulan general who'd defected to stop an all-out Romulan/Federation war [[spoiler:(actually part of a ploy by Romulus to ''start'' said war, albeit the general didn't know that)]], leaving behind a suicide note to be delivered to his child; the ending played up the hopes that, one day, relations would eventually be good enough between the two sides that the Federation could deliver it personally. The two-parter "Unification" ends on a hopeful note that the young of Romulus will eventually replace their warmongering elders and embrace their relationship with Vulcan on far more friendly terms. [[spoiler:Neither will happen; the Romulus of this universe was canonically vaporized by a supernova in ''Film/StarTrek'', giving Nero the impetus to go back in time and screw around with the alternate universe of the Abrams films. Though StarTrekOnline has a slightly more hopeful take on the situation, with the Romulan "commoners" off-world building a new, democratic government, and allying with either the Federation or the Klingons.]]
** The four major Original Series actors who appeared on the show, Creator/DeForestKelley, Creator/JamesDoohan, Creator/LeonardNimoy, and Creator/MajelBarrett, signifying in all but the last case that their characters had survived to the 24th century, happened to be the first four to die in real life.
** The portrayal of Picard's issues with his father and his post-traumatic stress disorder from his Borg assimilation in "Family." Years later, Patrick Stewart revealed that his father suffered from PTSD after his service in World War II, which wasn't understood at the time and went untreated, causing him to become abusive towards his family.
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: As the first of the original seven of the series to pass on, it seems so fitting that Creator/DeForestKelley would the one who would pass the torch to the Next Gen crew.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In "New Ground", Geordi is excited to try out the experimental soliton wave due to its historical significance, saying "it'll be like being there... to watch Zefram Cochrane engage the first warp drive!". In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', Geordi actually takes part in Cochrane's first warp flight.
** If you just started watching the show recently and are aware of how awesome Creator/WilWheaton's post-TNG career became, ''it's actually hard to dislike Wesley''.
** The dialogue as the Enterprise tries to instruct a drunken captain how to repair his shuttle in "Symbiosis" sounds ''uncannily'' like a transcript from an IT support call.
--->"Captain, we are beaming over a replacement coil."\\
"That's great! And that'll fix us up?"\\
"Yes, once it's installed."\\
"Right, and how do we do that?"\\
''(Despair, grief, and silence)''
** In "Measure of a Man", the JAG officer says to Riker (to convince him to act as prosecutor against Data): "Then I will rule summarily against him as per my findings. Data [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 is a toaster]], he is to report to Commander Maddox immediately."
** In "The Perfect Mate" Creator/FamkeJanssen played a self described mutant with mental abilities sharing many scenes with Creator/PatrickStewart playing Picard. Eight years later she would do the same thing in the first X-Men film. What makes it even ''funnier'' (in a squicky sort of way) is that Janssen played Picard's love interest in that episode. [[HotForStudent And Xavier was secretly in love with Jean...]]
** In "Phantasms", in Data's dreams, he finds himself having a telephone inside him. So that makes Data an Android phone.
** No fan of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic will ever look at Picard's "next of kin to chaos" line toward Q the same way again.
** In "Time's Arrow", the crew are temporarily stranded in the nineteenth century. Their cover is that they're a troupe of traveling performers putting together a production of "A Midsummer's Night Dream" [[ActorAllusion Data takes the part of]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} Puck]].
** After Kim Kardashian and her family became household names around the late-2000s, the fact that TNG included an alien race named the "Cardassians" led to more than a few {{obligatory joke}}s from the Trekkie community. Including a [[http://media4.teenormous.com/items/www.tshirtbordello.com/images-keeping-up-with-the-cardassians-l1_thumb_400x300.gif pretty sweet t-shirt]].[[note]]And considering the media's obsession with certain of Kim's..."physical features", she probably still would have gotten the nickname "Kim [=KardASSian=]" even if the writers of ''Star Trek'' hadn't come up with the name first...[[/note]]
** [[{{Warehouse13}} Saul Rubinek]] as a villainous CollectorOfTheStrange in "The Most Toys".
** In "Deja Q", after being rendered mortal, during his check-up with Dr Crusher, Q [[DeadpanSnarker snarks]] that he's "been under a lot of pressure, family problems". Ironically, Q would later start a family during his appearances on ''Voyager'', where his son proved to be as much trouble as he was!
** In the episode ''The Royale,'' we see Picard sitting at his computer console trying to confirm Fermat's Last Theorem, and he briefly waxes philosophical to Riker that after 800 years and after all their advancements, no one had managed to decipher it. [[ScienceMarchesOn Apparently nobody told him that Andrew Wiles figured it out in 1995]].
** In "Ship in a Bottle", Barclay says "There must have been [[AGlitchInTheMatrix a glitch in]] [[TheMatrix the matrix]]" (diodes). The episode culminates into a [[Film/{{Inception}} holodeck simulation within a holodeck simulation.]] The episode even closes with the question of whether the characters are still in the holodeck or not.
** Despite being a FakedRipVanWinkle scenario, "Future Imperfect" seems strangely prescient about future Trek developments:
*** Riker comments about how unlikely it was to see a Ferengi Starfleet officer. On ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Nog became the first Ferengi to serve in Starfleet.
*** Similarly, Riker is surprised to see a female Klingon officer. ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' would feature Lt. B'Elanna Torres, the female half-Klingon/half-Human chief of engineering.
*** Geordi no longer has his VISOR, his eyes having replaced with cloned implants. In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', we see Geordi had replaced his VISOR with cybernetic implants, and in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'', [[ThrowingOffTheDisability he temporarily gains real eyes]] regenerated by the Ba'ku planet.
*** Set 16 years in the future, Admiral Picard tells Riker that the Federation has been in peace talks with the Romulans for the last 4 years, which is right around the time ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' takes place. And Riker's ship was in charge of the task force handling the negotiations with the Romulans.
*** Troi is seen in a standard uniform. She would start wearing a standard uniform again in season 6's "Chain of Command".
** In "Skin of Evil", [[http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x23/skinofevil_hd_462.jpg the holodeck program]] where Tasha Yar's memorial service is held looks very much like [[http://www.hdwallpapers.in/walls/windows_xp_bliss-wide.jpg the standard wallpaper]] of [[MicrosoftWindows Windows XP]].
** In "Yesterday's Enterprise", the planet the crew is headed for is called [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Archer 4]].
** "Devil's Due" starts with Data playing Scrooge in a holoprogram of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' with Picard directing him. Creator/PatrickStewart would perform in a one-man version of ''A Christmas Carol'', which he later made into a 1999 TV movie adaptation in which Stewart starred as Scrooge.
** The adult Wil Wheaton looks absolutely nothing like the actor playing adult Wesley in "Hide and Q." They didn't even get the hair or eye color right.
** In "Redemption II", Picard criticizes the JustFollowingOrders excuse. In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Xavier (whose older counterpart is played by Creator/PatrickStewart) tries to use that to stop Magneto from killing two navy fleets.
** In "Up The Long Ladder" Riker makes a little speech demonstrating to the Mariposan Prime Minister stating exactly why he objects to being cloned, stating that one William T. Riker might be unique and even special (or words to that effect) but multiple Rikers would not be. Four seasons later in "Second Chances", we find out that due to a transporter accident, there in fact ''is'' now more than one William T. Riker and he ain't so unique after all.
%%* IronWoobie: Captain Picard.
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: One of the common criticisms of Season 1, and much of Season 2, is that they were attempting to tell TOS stories twenty years too late. Part of this is to be expected, as much of the creative staff were veterans of TOS. Many of the episodes were recycled TOS plots, or even unused scripts from the never-realized ''Phase II'' series. Dr. Pulaski was even introduced to serve as a female Bones, right down to the banter with the logical bridge member (in this case, Data). Fortunately, the show began to develop its own character by Season 3 and finally managed to emerge from its predecessor's shadow.
* JerkassWoobie:
** Armus from "Skin of Evil", especially if he ever got free. He's a black liquid of pure evil made of the discarded negative emotions of an ancient race of highly advanced aliens, but he had no choice in his own creation and his constant state of undirected rage and hatred actually pains him as well. He wants nothing more than to be reunited with his creators for leaving him on a dead planet for millennia, but he will never get the chance. Both Picard and Troi express their pity for him while acknowleding his malevolence, but he angrily rejects it.
** Gul Madred, Picard's Cardassian torturer in the two-part episode "Chain of Command", grew up on the streets as a poor boy, once beaten up over some food. Picard, however, calls him out on it in light of how he became a brutal torturer:
-->'''Picard:''' When I look at you now, I won't see a powerful Cardassian officer... but a small boy weeping because he was powerless to protect himself.
* MagnificentBastard:
** Q in all his appearances, to one degree or another, often with [[HilarityEnsues very entertaining results.]] Omnipotent, yet petty; cruel but not vicious; causing devastation yet helpful at times, you really couldn't help but love the bastard(s). According to the Expanded Universe novel "I, Q" [[WordOfSaintPaul written by de Lancie]] the first time Q appeared to the Enterprise with all the 'judging humanity' bit, he was really just trying to screw with them for the lulz. Apparently after finding the Enterprise screw severely stuck up and no fun at all he went directly to a human colony on Rigel where they were celebrating Fat Tuesday. Although considering Q's sense of humor...
** As Tim Lynch [[http://timlynchreviews.wikia.com/wiki/Conundrum points out]], "[=MacDuff=]" in "Conundrum" is a pretty extraordinary villain. He boards the Enterprise, manipulates the crew, and comes very, very close to single-handedly winning the war his race has been fighting. His only real miscalculation was [[spoiler:overestimating Worf's blood-lust and underestimating his devotion to duty]].
** Professor Moriarty, especially in "Ship in a Bottle".
* MemeticMutation:
** Picard has become an image for the {{Facepalm}} (GallifreyBase actually has a Picard facepalm {{Emoticon}}) and general disbelief on the stupidity of a situation.
** A ShoutOut to [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]: '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THERE... ARE...]]''' '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis FOUR...]]''''' '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis LIGHTS!]]'''
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6oUz1v17Uo Picard Song]]. It also more or less works as his ImageSong. Which is also linked to the [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/duckroll Duckroll]], the precursor to the {{Rickroll}}.
** On-set example: "The Picard Maneuver," tugging the lower part of the sweater to fix its appearance on-camera. It has since been performed by many other cast members in many other versions, including [[TheSpock Spock]] in [[Film/StarTrek the 2009 movie]].
** According to YTMND, [[TheBigGuy Worf]] can't pronounce "bacaruda."
** The Tamaranian sayings from "Darmok", especially "Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra!" and "Shaka, when the walls fell".
** "[[TakeThatScrappy SHUT UP WESLEY!]]". Creator/WilWheaton jokes that people have put their kids through college with how much money the fans made selling homemade t-shirts emblazoned with that phrase.
** Due to both characters being played by JohnDeLancie (And one being directly based on the other), there is a running gag on the internet involving Q and [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Discord]] being the same person. "Q got bored and decided to troll ponies!" It helps that Picard once described Q as "next-of-kin to chaos." Now he really ''is'' the embodiment of chaos.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVIGhYMwRgs Riker sits down]]. A fan decided to make a supercut of the odd way Riker sits down (by stretching his leg over the chair, much like mounting a horse), and it quickly took the internet by storm. Tall Trekkies were quick to point out that Creator/JonathanFrakes ''had'' to sit down like this, due to how short the chairs were in comparison to himself (and that the one-piece uniforms and his old knee injury probably didn't make it any easier).
** Fire at "Will"...
** From "Relics", Scotty's description of the original ''Enterprise'': "NCC-1701, no bloody 'A', 'B', 'C', or 'D'!" Since ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', fans also add "Or 'E'!" to that line.
%%* MST3KMantra: In effect in "The Next Phase".
* MyRealDaddy: The series truly came into its own after Michael Piller took over the writing staff in Season 3.
* {{Narm}}:
** The audience reaction to the Ferengi introduction as the BigBad of the series in "The Last Outpost" was so much this, that the writers dropped them as villains in favor of the Borg.
** "You shall have NO treaty, NO vaccine, and NO Lieutenant Yar!!"
** In "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]]".
** "Oh no. Oh PLEEASE no!!"[[note]]"Eye of the Beholder"[[/note]]
** The producers were never thrilled by the final appearance of the abductor aliens from "Schisms". Brannon Braga said "I felt they looked like monks - fish monks, [[AndThatsTerrible and monks aren't terrifying]]."
** A deliberate example in "Chain of Command", when Picard yells "THERE! ARE! FOUR! LIGHTS!" at his tormentor, sounding more desperate than defiant - Picard reveals later that he was on the very edge of breaking at that point, so his yell was more to convince himself than Gul Madred.
* NarmCharm: In "Reunion", as Gowron confronts Duras, he says "You will die slowly, Duras...", suddenly turning his chair mid-sentence to face him directly, capping off with a SlasherSmile. It's so silly but so entertaining.
* NeverLiveItDown:
** Deanna Troi, AKA CaptainCrash.
** Wesley Crusher being the one who "saves the ship every other episode." Actually, the total number of times that Wesley came up with the solution to that week's scenario was six, not dozens, as people like to remember. It's just a little irritating that on a ship that contains a captain known for strategy and a freaking ''android'' with total recall, a little whiny kid even saved the day ''once''.
** It probably really didn't help Wesley that in the second episode, really the first time he got any significant screentime, he spent the first half of it whining that he wasn't allowed on the bridge, even making a device that mimics Picard's voice so that he can ''pretend Captain Picard is giving him orders'', and the second half "drunk" and having taken over the ship and declared himself Captain.
** Picard's difficulties in relating to kids is often exaggerated by fans into him despising all children.
* NightmareFuel: Has [[NightmareFuel/StarTrekTheNextGeneration its own page]].
* OneSceneWonder: Sarek in "Unification I".
* RelationshipSue: Played straight and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in "The Perfect Mate".
* ReplacementScrappy: Dr. Pulaski in season 2 for Dr. Crusher (Crusher was PutOnABus to take a position as head of Starfleet Medical). Disliked not so much for the fact that she was not Dr. Crusher as for her [[DrJerk abrasive, unsympathetic and arrogant personality]] despite characters [[CreatorsPet regularly claiming otherwise]]. She did have her moments, though.
* PoisonOakEpilepticTrees:
** The theory advanced in varying degrees of seriousness over the years that Picard deliberately let Jack Crusher die so he could have a shot with Beverly.
** Thanks to the lack of explanation for Pulaski's departure after Season 2, a popular TakeThatScrappy theory is that, like Diana Muldaur's character on ''Series/LALaw'', she simply fell down an empty turbolift shaft one day and no one cared.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
** Wesley, once he got older and enrolled in Starfleet Academy.
** Wesley is much, much less annoying if you simply skip the first season. He still has his whiny moments in the second, but he grows up pretty quickly, and by the third season, he's actually pretty bearable. Wil Wheaton's having become such a popular nerd icon who never misses a chance to assure us he ''also'' hated Wesley really helps too.
** Counselor Troi improved significantly during the sixth-season two-parter "Chain of Command", where the substitute Captain orders her to put on a standard uniform. She continues to appear in uniform when on-duty for the rest of the series... and apparently started taking her career in Starfleet seriously beyond being just a counselor, beginning to take command training and becoming certified for conn duty. Troi wearing one of her little jumpsuits or a uniform is usually an indicator of if you're getting "I sense emotions, Captain!" Troi or "Emergency power to shields, return fire!" Troi.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** Colm Meaney's occasional bit parts in the first season naturally stand out a lot more after getting to know him as O'Brien.
** You can absolutely spot the seeds of the storytelling style that Ron Moore would bring to his ''Battlestar Galactica'' reboot in his scripts for this show, with their greater emphasis on character examination (his very first story is basically "What if a RedShirt died and people actually cared?") and long term story arcs (he was entirely the brains behind Worf's discommendation storyline).
* RoboShip: Tasha Yar and Data, [[NeverLiveItDown but only that one time]]. The ExpandedUniverse novel ''Q Squared'' pretty much states outright that, had Tasha lived, "one time" would have turned into "[[FriendsWithBenefits a regular thing]]", as it did with at least two other Tashas and two other Datas in alternate timelines.
* TheScrappy:
** 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 seem like a bigot. 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.)
** Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher. A classic case of a (and former {{Trope Namer|s}} of) CreatorsPet. He could have been a fun character, embodying a dream of many a fan. A geeky teen genius who's allowed to be a part of the crew and explore the universe. He could have provided insights and solve some problems, but no. He had to meddle in everything, he had to be shamelessly praised by everybody and he solved virtually every major problem or crisis, which at times occurred in part because of him. As with Muldaur, Wesley's reputation as a Scrappy can be traced back to his first appearances: As early as Season Two, Wesley was portrayed as fallible and prone to self-doubt. Referenced in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' when Sheldon referred to [[AdamWesting actor]] WilWheaton as "the [[TheScrappy/{{Film}} Jar-Jar Binks]] of the ''Star Trek'' fandom".
* SeasonalRot:
** Season 2 suffered from the writer's strike forcing several scripts from the never-made "Phase 2" series having to be dusted off and awkwardly reworked to fit the show's characters, as well as a continuing struggle over escaping the shadow of the original series without even the novelty value that let season 1 get away with it.
** Season 7 is widely agreed to be by ''far'' the show's weakest season post-GrowingTheBeard. Although some have blamed this on new showrunner Jeri Taylor abandoning the show's previous "anyone can submit a script" policy, TNG veteran Ronald D. Moore has admitted that the writers were just plain running out of ideas by that point, along with early work on the upcoming ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' and ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' causing the staff to be spread too thinly.
* 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.
* SoBadItsGood: "Night Terrors". C'mon, the flying Troi scenes are unbeatable.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped:
** The two-part episode "Chain of Command" drops a massive anvil against [[ColdBloodedTorture the use of torture]]. It shows the experience of torture is so absolutely dehumanizing and horrific that it can break even the strongest person. People like to quote Picard's "THERE! ARE! FOUR! LIGHTS!" but tend to forget that he said this ''after'' another Cardassian came in with orders for his release, and what he said to Troi after he was back on the ''Enterprise'':
-->'''Picard:''' What I didn't put in the report was that at the end he gave me a choice - between a life of comfort or more torture. All I had to do was to say that I could see five lights when, in fact, there were only four. \\
'''Troi:''' You didn't say it? \\
'''Picard:''' No! No. But I was going to. I would have told him anything. Anything at all! But more than that, I believed that I could see five lights.
** "Tapestry": Don't be too regretful of your past. Through better or worse, it shaped you into who you are today.
** "Symbiosis": Drugs're bad, mmmkay?
** "Who Watches The Watchers": Religion is a dangerous tool that inspires hero worship, violence among primitive societies, and can decay societal advancement. Whether or not you agree with that, the episode only functions because that is its anvil.
** "Measure of a Man": Intelligence is human, no matter it's form; android or human, dark skin or light. And in case you missed the subtext, Guinan is there to make damn sure you get it.
* SpecialEffectsFailure:
** An android being played by an actor who ''ages''[[SarcasmMode ? What were they thinking?!]] ''Star Trek'' was big in season one; but it wasn't the world-spanning multi-billion dollar Goliath it is now. Casting Data with an actor who ages as an immortal android is pretty easily explained by the fact the producers had no reasonable way of knowing just how long-running the series would eventually become.
** For a more obvious example, the episode "Conspiracy" has a very laughable puppet that bursts out of [[spoiler:Dexter Remmick's]] chest. The fact that it was blue screened atrociously into the scene makes the effect even more laughable than it already was.
** It's also worth noting that despite being credited in every episode, Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic only worked on the opening, ThePilot and the last episode. This is mainly due to Enterprise flybys from the pilot being reused throughout the series. One even shows up in ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''.
* StrangledByTheRedString: In S7 Ep 11, "Parallels" Worf is sent multiverse-hopping, and he briefly winds up in a world where he and Troi are very HappilyMarried. While he had never considered this before he decided to give it a try when he got back. This was the starting point of the writers developing a bizarre obsession with hooking them up despite the two never having any kind of romantic chemistry before. There had been a bit of foreshadowing in the previous year's "Fistful of Datas", and Troi had served as a mother figure to Worf's son, Alexander, as well as Troi's long standing WillTheyOrWontThey with Riker. In what's probably a an AuthorsSavingThrow, none of the TNG films have any mention of the relationship, despite the Series' finale including a possible future where Worf and Riker are at odds over Troi even after her death.
** Creator/JonathanFrakes (Riker) and Marina Sirtis (Troi) apparently disliked the idea as well, and were quite happy to have their characters get married in [[Film/StarTrekNemesis their last film]]. Michael Dorn (Worf), on the other hand, refused to forget it, and, when given a line about how Riker and Troi's feelings for each other had never gone away, subtexted it like mad. Then Worf went aboard ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'', fell for Dax, and acted as if he never even liked Deanna.
*** The StarTrekExpandedUniverse novel ''Triangle: Imzadi II'' by PeterDavid pretty much gave us the end of Worf[=/=]Troi. It involves Lwaxana Troi putting him through the paces, and a complex plot involving Sela and Thomas Riker.
* StrawmanHasAPoint:
** Back when the Federation forcibly relocating a people was considered a ''bad'' thing, Picard had to relocate some people descended from American Indians from a planet that was about to become Cardassian territory. The problem for the aesop was that the Federation really was doing this for the colonists' own protection and was not some thinly-veiled excuse, as the episode tried to imply by historical comparison, but because the Cardassians were brutal to the inhabitants of planets they occupy. The Federation citizens in question opted to join the Cardassians so they wouldn't have to relocate, but had acknowledged the dangers involved.
** In "Time Squared", Dr. Pulaski (who, to put it mildly, was not well-liked by the crew) tells Troi that she's concerned Picard's fear and doubt over the situation with the future Picard could be potentially paralyzing, and says the time may come that she'd have to relieve him of duty. Troi basically tells her to shove it, but when the vortex shows up, Pulaski is proven right: Picard, uncharacteristically, keeps going back and forth with himself out loud about what to do.
** In "Chain of Command", the audience is expected to side with Riker against Captain Edward Jellico, who's making many radical changes to the way the ''Enterprise'' is run, culminating with his decision to refuse to negotiate with the Cardassians for Picard's release. In fact, being the captain, Jellico has every right to make alterations as he sees fit, and to negotiate with the Cardassians that way would leave the Federation at their mercy, and actually make it less likely to get Picard back. (By the way, any mention of the disagreement between Jellico and Riker tends to generate huge amounts of {{Natter}}, so perhaps we should just leave it at that.)
** Worf. As noted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edflm7Hh3hs this compilation]], Worf's frequently the OnlySaneMan in ''any'' situation by suggesting they be prepared for hostile or belligerent aliens that might threaten the ship, only for the others to [[IgnoredExpert ignore him completely]], then suffers an [[TheWorfEffect ass-kicking]] for his trouble when it invariably turns out he was ''right'' all along. Michael Dorn even mentioned having seen the video in a Q&A and found it ''hilarious''.
** In "Descent, Part I" Admiral Nechayev has the events of "I Borg" explained to her. She [[PunishedForSympathy dresses down Picard]] for letting a potential opportunity to destroy the Borg Collective slip past, that being using the rescued Borg drone Hugh as a TyphoidMary to destroy the Collective with a cyberweapon, and leaves him with standing orders that if he gets another such opportunity he is to bury his conscience and take advantage of it. While Picard had done it because he had come to see Hugh as a person, and the episode is framed for us to agree with him and treat Nechayev as yet another InsaneAdmiral, consider this: The Borg have killed billions, minimum, and are inherently required to do so by their core programming, and thus represent an apocalyptic threat to every thinking creature in the entire galaxy. [[GodzillaThreshold At that point]], one must consider Spock's old standby that "{{the needs of the many}} outweigh the needs of the few or the one."
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: While ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' was good, it wasn't consistently good and still had out-there episodes, particularly toward the end. This show, especially after GrowingTheBeard, has none of the camp factor of the original series, and has more actual continuity and story arcs. In fact, its pre-beard episodes (often derided as the worst) are the ones with the ''most'' resemblance to the original, including plenty of SpaceHippies and woodenly-delivered aesops.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Some fans have noted that the Ressikan melody from "The Inner Light" sounds very similar to the Scottish folk song "Skye Boat Song".
* TakeThatScrappy:
** One mistaken example is in the episode "Datalore". At one point Picard yells a big loud "Shut up, Wesley!", but only so that it [[CreatorsPet makes Wesley look more heroic]] [[NotNowKiddo when he insists on being heard]], and when he's ''still'' ignored, he goes against Picard's orders and as a result, and saves the ship and everyone on it from being killed. None the less, it was just about one of the funniest scenes that season, and satisfying to hear. (Wesley himself, Creator/WilWheaton, wrote that there are ''Series/StarTrek'' fans who put their children through college on the proceeds of selling t-shirts and badges reading "Shut up, Wesley!")
** Don't forget what Kurn says in "Sins of the Father" when Wesley is about to speak out of turn: "Do you wish to '''SPEAK''', Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher?"
** In the novel ''Contagion'', Troi and Worf are assigned to investigate a murder, and enlist Wesley to assist. He gets stuffed into an airtight container and left for dead. He does manage to rig up an alert from the inside, but it's a near thing.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Tasha Yar. Denise Crosby was so irritated by Tasha's lack of development that she wanted out by the end of the first season.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** The two-part episode "Descent" is a direct sequel to "I Borg", and it features Geordi and Hugh, but not together. They should've had at least one scene together, since Hugh had become resentful of what the ''Enterprise'' crew made him, and Geordi was the one he was closest with.
** "The Outrageous Okona": A Han Solo style pilot comes on board the notoriously dull season 2 Enterprise, has sex with 1980's Teri Hatcher, 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.
** Website/SFDebris thought "A Matter of Time" would've been better if Dr. Rasmussen [[spoiler:actually was a historian from the 26th century instead of being a 22nd century conman.]]
** "The Child" is generally considered to be a weak episode, but the basic premise (a sufficiently advanced alien, who discovers a civilization, becomes curious about said civilization, and decides to satisfy its curiosity by pretending to be a member of the civilization) is a very intriguing science fiction idea. However, the alien did a poor job of hiding the fact that it was an alien in a humanoid body (for one thing, the alien practically "rapes" Troi). Compare this episode to [[spoiler:''The Survivors'']] where a sufficiently advanced alien is able to ''successfully'' hide among humans, [[spoiler:until the alien's wife is killed]].
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Creator/PatrickStewart; his greatest strength as an actor, as the old cliche goes, is his ability to deliver bad dialogue with utter conviction. Nowhere was that more evident than during the low points of this series.
* ToughActToFollow: Averted ''and'' played straight. It managed to step out of TOS's shadow, but it made every subsequent Trek series feel rather lacking. The franchise never saw such high numbers ever again, the reasons being a) fans were in 'grieving' after TNG finished its run and gave the spin-off shows a pass, and b) they were maturing into late teens/early twenties, and just weren't into Trek anymore.
-->'''Ron Moore''': The moment, to me, was when Kirk and Picard were on the cover of ''TIME Magazine''. I literally walked in the next day to the office and said, ‘We have peaked. It’s downhill for quite a while from here.’
* UnderminedByReality: Even worse than the original series. The series follows Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future: Earth has embraced pro-conservative, anti-socialist beliefs and has "outgrown" things like greed, grief, conflict and the need for money and things like contemporary 1980s culture was seen as barbaric at best. This is at odds with Gene's rather shady business ethics and the show's writers participated in a writer's strike for an increase in pay, However, it should be said that most of the writers didn't share Gene's vision, often frustrated that their scripts were often rejected or changed for the worse and they began abandoning the his vision as Gene involvement in the series decreased.
* UnfortunateImplications: The much-loathed episode "Code of Honor" features a race of savage black people. How much of this was due to an honest miscommunication between the director and the script-writer is debatable, but either way, director [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Russ_Mayberry Russ Mayberry]] was fired mid-filming for racist behavior and being abrasive with the actors. ''Trek'' reviewer Website/SFDebris discussed this at length in [[http://sfdebris.com/videos/startrek/t104.php his review of the episode]].
%% UnfortunateImplications require citations from secondary sources.
* ValuesDissonance: Roddenberry created Wesley out of belief that kids like him needed a role model to deal with the bullying they were receiving. Now that nerds have become far more socially accepted, seeing one of them portrayed as such a shameless MarySue is even more off-putting than it was originally.
* ValuesResonance: The themes of "The Drumhead" have been frequently cited in light of TheWarOnTerror.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The Crystalline Entity, first seen in "Datalore", was the second ever CGI effect in the Franchise/StarTrek franchise after the Genesis video from ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Star Trek II]]'', and it stills looks as impressive today as it did in 1988. Even more so when you remember this was before the CGI revolution started by ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Terminator 2]]'' and ''Film/JurassicPark''.
* WeirdAlEffect: Data's line "It is... It is green." from "Relics" has since overshadowed the original "It's, uh... it's green." exchange from TOS's "By Any Other Name".
* WhatMeasureIsANonBadass: Alexander is [[NonActionGuy not a warrior type]], and this causes both tension with his father and [[spoiler: a plot to change this by a time-travelling future incarnation]].
* WTHCostumingDepartment:
** Many civilian outfits, such as [[http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/3x13/deja_q_hd_045.jpg Q's civilian outfit]] in "Deja Q". It's really no wonder Picard {{Face Palm}}ed, and that the first thing Q does after getting back his powers is changing his clothes. (There is [[http://www.sttngfashion.tumblr.com at least one blog]] dedicated to celebrating these sartorial choices.)
** The Starfleet miniskirt uniforms would have looked silly even they ''hadn't'' been [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEJ0XlX9Kbo unisex]]. It didn't take long before they quietly disappeared.
* TheWoobie:
** Special mention has to go to medical technician Simon Tarses in the episode "The Drumhead". Accused of conspiracy against the Federation, put through a witch-hunt trial, and suspended for 6 months for falsifying his application - those adorable ears came from a Romulan grandfather, not a Vulcan one... but admitting that would have made a career in Starfleet out of the question. Sure, lying is bad, but holy disproportionate punishment. [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060421065535/startrek/images/3/31/SimonTarses.jpg And just look at that face.]]
** Data. You'd think an android couldn't ''have'' a DarkAndTroubledPast. You'd be ''very'' wrong. A human would probably [[HeroicBSOD break]] after everything that's happened to him.
** The crew takes pity on Hugh once they discover how he reacts to being removed from the HiveMind.
** Troi has been raped no less than three times throughout the franchise (once when she was impregnated by an energy being and twice [[MindRape mentally]] but still represented as a sexual assault) and frequently falls victim to the psychic powers of the VillainOfTheWeek. The truly terrible irony is that the same empathy and compassion that makes her a great counselor means that she's usually trying to help the VillainOfTheWeek and gets violated and abused for her trouble instead and sometimes ''because'' she's such a great empath. It really is amazing that she's still such a nice person by the end of the series considering how many times she was violated and outright [[BreakTheCutie broken]].
** Barclay. The episode "The Nth Degree" seems to imply that the crew actually likes him better when they're able to beat up on him.
** Worf. After all the times he's been beaten by encroaching enemy invaders, you just want to give him a hug.
** The [[EnergyBeings Dowd]] Kevin Uxbridge manages to be a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. Seeing the broken corpse of his beloved wife caused him to break his non-violence principles and commit galactic genocide with a single thought. Out of shame and guilt, he undergoes self-imposed exile with only a hollow replica of his wife for company and a reminder of his crime. There's a bit of RealitySubtext to this. John Anderson, the actor for Kevin, lost his wife only a few weeks before filming the episode and does an amazing job making you feel for a grieving, embittered widower.

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!!Entries for [[Pinball/StarTrekTheNextGeneration the pinball machine]]:

* AwardSnub: Creator/JohnDeLancie did not receive a free pinball machine like the other stars did.
* FunnyMoments: While not intended to be a comedy fest, the game can be rather funny at times for juxtaposing the ''gravitas'' of Creator/PatrickStewart's enunciation with game instructions.
-->'''Picard:''' "All hands, prepare for multi-ball!"
* GameBreaker: Super Spinner, in which the spinner is worth 10 million points per spin. There is an option to turn off Super Spinner.
* GoodBadBugs: If you start multiball during "Q's Challenge" (or simply have "Q's Mission" lit when multiball begins), the shots won't time out. This is an easy way to get an obscene Q score.
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