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!
Code of Honor
Oh hey, look! It only took 3 episodes to get more than mildly racist. Huzzah! The Enterprise travels to the planet of black people where – I shit you not – their leader kidnaps Tasha to be his wife. I enjoyed Picard’s ranting about the Prime Directive, but really this whole episode was a wash for me. What the hell was up with those poison spiked boxing glove dagger things they fought with?
The Last Outpost
Hey, the Ferengi! Except these aren’t really the Ferengi I had heard so much about; these Ferengi weren’t very clever and used weird laser whips. What could have been a fun battle of wits between the crew and this new alien race devolved into a juvenile argument between the Enterprise and Ferengi away teams. The Enterprise and the Ferengi ship were both being held by some force from the planet that was draining their power sources slowly shutting each ship down. To fix this, Riker had a chat about Sun-Tzu with an ancient alien guardian from some long dead alien empire. The part with Riker and the Guardian was pretty cool, I will admit. I really hope we get to see the Ferengi I have heard so much about soon!
Where No One Has Gone Before
Here is the Star Trek I have been waiting for! A being named “the Traveler” appears and causes the Enterprise to be rocketed millions of lightyears into a part of the universe where people’s thoughts and dreams become reality. Wesley Crusher annoys me to no end, but I really liked him and the Traveler together. I loved that this episode finally showed me something truly new and alien. Also, the scene with Picard and his mother was amazing. I love it when we get some true emotion. There is hope for this show after all! I’m just sad that the Traveler is gone. He was really interesting and gave Wesley a much needed foil.
That’s it for now folks! Once I get some more episodes under my belt, I’ll be back with another report. If any of you do comment on this, please no spoilers! I know I’m about 20 years past the statute of limitations for spoilers, but I would really like to experience as much of this new as I possibly can! So, until next time, see you around the galaxy!