Next Generation Favourite Episodes - Season Seven
Well, as the show's final episode says so poignantly itself, all good things must come to an end, and after outlasting The Original Series by quite some margin, Star Trek: The Next Generation did indeed finally end with this seventh season. I'm not sure if anyone, Trek fans or otherwise, were sure how it would be received or if it would be a success, but I doubt even the most optimistic predictions would've gauged just how popular, enduring, and culturally significant it would end up being.
There's also a noteworthy episode I nearly selected for the Top Five which features Worf's adoptive brother (Paulie from Goodfellas) who deigns to save some primitive oafs he's been living with when their planet blows up by making unofficial use of the Enterprise and its magical gadgets. But, aside from the five picks below, that's all she wrote as far as the Enterprise D and her crew are concerned. Merely bringing the show into existence to begin with was a risk, but happily for us sci-fi fans it's one that paid off. The TNG adventures are the best of all Trek to some but at the very least they gave us some truly great episodes and many memorable scenes.
To be honest, the new Enterprise was never a ship I've found particularly pleasing from an aesthetic perspective, but I still can't help but have a lot of affection for it. All those fine characters and stories that dwelt within, entertaining us so many times, made sure of that. Goodbye, NCC1701-D, until Generations at least!
Parallels (Episode 11)
The Pegasus (Episode 12)
Lower Decks (Episode 15)
Preemptive Strike (Epside 24)
All Good Things (Episodes 25 & 26)
Look out for my picks of Star Trek Voyager's first season soon!