Sometimes, life takes over. We get it. Even though everyone is telling you that [insert movie/tv show/comic book/video game/other] is amazing and you’d love it, sometimes it just doesn’t make it on your plate at the time. It happens to us, too. Now we’re trying to fix that. “Back of the Fridge” is our occasionally-updated look back at the things we should have experienced when they first appeared, but missed along the way.
In “Captain’s Log,” our comic book aficionado, Sean, hops on board the Enterprise for Star Trek: The Next Generation.
I have a confession. I’ve always enjoyed the concept of Star Trek, but I never really started watching any of it until I was in college. I had seen an episode here or there when I was a kid, and I’m pretty sure I remember getting excited whenever the whale Star Trek movie (what I now know as “The Voyage Home”) aired on TV. I have since seen almost every Trek movie (under advisement to avoid the first one and the fifth one) and have loved them!
But now, it is time for me to tackle the TV shows, and I want you out there in internet land to join me! I’m starting with The Next Generation and will be slowly working my way all the way through to Voyager. I’ll be checking in periodically to do little mini-reviews and impressions of the episodes as I watch them. A “Captain’s Log,” if you will (hey, that’s the title of this column!)
So without further ado, let us embark on a voyage to boldly go where this geek has never gone before! Engage!
Encounter at Farpoint
Dear Lord, it is amazing that this show made it past its pilot! I know seasons 1 and 2 are supposed to be a bit rough, but yeesh! A giant sentient space jellyfish? I’ve seen this concept work in Doctor Who (not the space jellyfish specifically, but the whole enslavement of a giant space creature aspect), but for some reason it was so damn silly here. I already knew about Q before starting this endeavour, and it was pretty cool to see him from the start. He is such a glorious asshole. And lastly, Riker doesn’t have his goatee. I find this unacceptable.
The Naked Now
I had actually seen the related episode of Classic Trek, so this episode worked better for me. The Enterprise encounters the same contagion that caused the original Enterprise crew to go all drunk and silly for an episode. This was absurdly goofy with some pretty terrible drunk acting, with the notable exceptions being Brent Spiner and Patrick Stewart. They were awesome. I have always heard how people hate Wesley and now I see why. I don’t blame Wil Wheaton at all; it just really sucks when your character is written to be such a whiny jerk of a know-it-all. Still, this episode gets a pass thanks to Picard’s awkward wave. Thank god there is a gif of this!