Next Generation Favourite Episodes - Season One
For some reason I seem to have few memories of my childhood. It wasn't a traumatic period for me or anything like that, quite the opposite in fact, I just don't remember much of it – just odd snippets here and there really. One thing I do recall, however, and recall fondly, is waking up early on Sunday mornings, cooking a couple of French bread pizzas, and sitting down to eat them while watching Star Trek: The Original Series (or just Star Trek, as it was known back then) on the little TV in the kitchen.
I hadn't been doing this for too long, however, before I heard something quite remarkable – Star Trek was returning, not only with new episodes, but with a whole new crew and ship! This series was of course the appropriately-named Star Trek: The Next Generation, set 70 years after Kirk’s adventures, and news of its arrival was met with optimistic curiosity from most existing fans, myself included. Without getting into a detailed analysis of the new show, I think I can safely say that it succeeded on most levels and brought many new fans to the franchise as well as satisfying all but the most stubborn of those that already existed.
Winning the right to broadcast TNG here in the UK was BBC, and that meant no adverts – hooray! As I recall, new episodes were aired on Tuesdays at 7pm, and over the intervening years they've been shown on many other channels at various times in syndication too. Resultingly, I've now seen every episode numerous times, even if by accident to some extent, so when I recently decided to return to the show (as prompted by a recent viewing of the superb First Contact movie), I didn't fancy watching every single episode again - there are a good few stinkers after all (*cough*holodeck*cough*). I therefore decided to skip the ones I don't like, compile a list of my favourites, and detail them here, season by season! Here, therefore, are my favourites episodes from the very first season:
Where No One Has Gone Before (Episode 6)
Datalore (Episode 13)
Heart of Glory (Episode 20)
Conspiracy (Episode 25)
Neutral Zone (Episode 26)
Look out for my Season Two picks soon!