I’ve been binge watching Star Trek:The Next Generation lately. Even after all these years, I can’t seem to get enough of it. Here are some of my favorites.
A man risks his life simply to open a line of communication with an alien race. Now there’s a story we can all learn from. A fast friendship and a tragic ending, it’s a story that tugs at your heartstrings. I mean, who doesn’t tear up when Dathon dies and Picard says “he who was my companion through hardship and adventure is gone forever?” It certainly has a profound impact. I’m delighted to say the Children of Tama have a presence in the ongoing Star Trek novels, particularly in the Voyager series (Dr. Sharak).
The Inner Light
Picard lives another man’s life, complete with a wife and children. Unable to put aside his instincts as an explorer, he looks to the stars in hopes of preserving something of his dying culture. When he wakes up, he discovers it was all the work of a probe, and he’s only been unconscious for about 30 minutes. I think this might lead to some serious emotional problems for the captain, but it seems he comes through none the worse for wear. It’s a beautiful episode and one you aren’t likely to forget.
Birthright (Part 2)
Worf teaches a group of young Klingons about their heritage. They’ve been cut off from society, not knowing that the war between Klingons and Romulans has ended. I know I felt a sense of Klingon patriotism when they begin to sing the victory song “Bagh Da tuH mogh.”
This one gave me the creeps when I was a kid, and it still sends a shiver down my spine to this day. I mean, a world where aliens walk among us daily, but there are still alien abductions. What could be more awesome than that? When Geordi says “I’ve been in this room before.” And the clicking sounds from the dark? Love it!
Honorable mentions have to go to Time’s Arrow, Thine Own Self, Ship in a Bottle, and The Best of Both Worlds.
And the best line in Star Trek, ever? “Sir, I protest. I am not a merry man!”
And from the same episode:
What are your favorite episodes/moments?