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REPOST: Weird Science, created by John Hughes: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Nerds Gary and Wyatt are embarrassed by the popular senior jocks while they swooned over the seniors’ girlfriends.  Rejected the pair decide that they need to boost their popularity in order to win their crushes from the jocks.

While watching Frankenstein a brilliant idea occurs.  They should try and create their own girlfriend.  Using their computer and hooking a doll up to the system somehow their dream comes true.

Now what to do with a hot British girl who can make things appear on command?  Will they win their crushes, or will they just end up grounded for life?

General Information:

-Genre: Teen Science-Fiction Comedy

-Creator: John Hughes

-Length: 94 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (mild sex and nudity, mild violence, moderate profanity, mild alcohol use and smoking)

-Where to Watch: DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Rusler, Suzanne Snyder, Judie Aronson

-Page of Reference in RP1/RP2: 36/186

Review (contains spoilers):

A solid John Hughes flick.  You have your pretty stereotypical scenarios for an 80s teen comedy.  The nerds vs the jocks.  The desire of belonging.  Outcasts. Parties.  Pretty girls… you know the drill.

If you’ve seen one John Hughes flick you’ve seen them all.

But that isn’t to say they are bad in any way.

This one was completely entertaining.  Between the insanity of a Frankenstein woman, two teens that are fighting for love and somehow everything they want can be summoned at the drop of a hat.  And a young Robert Downing Jr. being a complete idiot and bully… which is a quite interesting role for him to play. Definitely a hour and a half well spent.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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REPOST: Real Genius, created by Neal Israel and Pat Proft: a film Review

Synopsis:

The CIA is determined to create a new “peace time” weapon, codename Crossbow, that uses a high-powered laser to eliminate potential threats before they become terrorists.  To do so they recruit the help of a well-know college professor to create the laser needed to pull off this accomplishment.

Meanwhile, 15-year-old Mitch is accepted to the college for mid-winter term due to his insane intellect.  Rooming with genius and role model, Chris Knight, proves to be vastly different from the idea that Mitch builds up in his head.  Knight is a bit of a prankster and overall chill guy compared to tightly wound genius Mitch.

As the pair find their differences and turn them into strengths to help each other through the difficult final semester for Knight, they work to create an incredibly powerful laser that will be Knight’s ticket to graduation.

But when they are forced to see what possible uses someone would have for a laser that big and powerful they must come to terms with the fact that sometimes, as scientists, you need to think about the practical applications of your creations…and come to terms with the fact that they may not be used for the good and hopeful reasons you would want them to be…

General Information:

-Genre: Science Fiction Teen Comedy

-Creator: Neal Israel and Pat Proft

-Length: 106 minutes

-Rating: PG (for mild sex, nudity and sexual innuendo, mild profanity, mild partying)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Val Kilmer, Gabe Jarret, Michelle Meyrink, William Atherton, Robert Prescott, Jon Gries

-Page of Reference in RP1: 62

Review (contains spoilers):

Such a great comedy and one of my top watched movies of all time.  It is a staple in my vocabulary to quote lines from this film.  And there are plenty of them that are quotable.

I love the story, the quirky characters and the fact that, though the science is incredibly above my head as I know nothing about optics, everything discussed is relatable.  It isn’t about the science.  You don’t have to know anything to love this film.

Witty and sarcastic this whole movie is an absolute gem of late ‘80s comedy.   From the child genius on a college campus (and in a dorm!) to the fact that the bad guy is someone in the faculty…its just an overall ridiculous film that is just as funny after the first watch as the 100th.  Plus, it has a great soundtrack.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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REPOST: Star Trek Beyond, created by JJ Abrams, based on the work of Gene Rodenberry: a Film Review

Synopsis:

After several years of space exploration, the Enterprise has arrived at Yorktown Space Station to resupply and grant some much-needed shore leave for the crew.  As they get the chance to have a bit of downtime the struggles of being away from civilization on a long-term mission start to become clear.  Sulu gets to spend time with his family, Spock and Uhura break up, Ambassador Spock passes away, and Captain James T. Kirk applies to a Vice Admiralship on Yorktown itself.

As the crew grapples with the meaning of their explorative mission amid the chance for a bit of space amongst the crew and civilian contingency of the space station a mysterious escape pod appears out of an uncharted nebula.  The Enterprise is dispatched on a mission to save the crew and ship that the occupant of the escape pod says is stranded on a planet deep inside of the nebula.

Upon approach the Enterprise and her crew are attacked by a swarm of fighters and are overcome with the damage, left to crash into the planet.  As they scramble to save themselves amongst the wreckage of their beloved ship and to formulate a plan to save their crew, they soon realize they cannot do things alone.  They must reunite in order to save themselves and all of Yorktown Space Station from a sadistic and manipulative maniac who only has eyes on the total destruction of Starfleet.

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fiction Action

-Creator: JJ Abrams, based on the work of Gene Rodenberry

-Length: 122 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (mild sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, science-fiction themes, mild profanity including the incomplete use of the word fuck, some alcohol use and intoxication, some intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library!

-Main Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, Idris Elba

-Page of Reference in RPO: 25

Review (contains spoilers):

By far the weakest of the Kelvin Timeline films.  While the writing is still great and the acting is phenomenal, the plot is just….okay. 

Relationships that should have been strengthened over the years have fallen by the wayside for no really discernable reason (I’m looking at you Spock and Uhura…get it together), our valiant captain is struggling and suddenly there is a psycho out there that is trying to kill everyone.

Of course I still loved the film.  I’m a big fan of the Kelvin timeline.  So that was never going to be a question for me.  I just wish the plot had more substance to it.  I do feel like the writers did what they could with what they had.  They cultivated relationships that had been implied in the original series, introduced some new awesome characters…and repaired some of the damage done in the gap between films.

Decent but not overwhelming.  And it didn’t feel like an ending.  I wish the fourth movie would move forward but I am afraid it may be too late…who knows.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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REPOST: Star Trek Into Darkness, created by J. J. Abrams (based off the work of Gene Roddenberry): a Film Review

Synopsis:

Captain Kirk and his crew violate the Prime Directive by allowing their ship to be seen by a primitive species while trying to both save the civilization and their fellow crew member Commander Spock.  Because of this Kirk is removed from his command around the same time that an unprovoked attack on an outlying Starfleet installation in London is attacked and destroyed.

While Admiral Pike is reinstated as Captain of the Enterprise and Spock is moved to another ship the planet side Captains and First Officers of Starfleet convene to assess the damage to the Starfleet post and the next steps in discovering the culprit.  As they meet the conference is attacked by the same villain who attacked the other Starfleet installation resulting in the death of several members of Starfleet including Admiral Pike.

In light of this (and on the heels of losing a father figure) Kirk asks to be reinstated to go after the culprit who has warped to an uninhabited quadrant of Klingon territory.  As they load up the crew begins to question exactly what is going on with this covert and militarized mission as the Starfleet they know is one of discovery and exploration, not military prowess.

When they capture the man in question and discover the story he is telling may hold more truth than they have been told by their own administration the crew of the Enterprise has to make some big decisions of their own.  Who do they believe in this situation?  Their own superiors or the man who was put into cryo-sleep for 300 years only to be brought back to life?

General Information About the Movie/Series:

-Genre: Science-fiction action

-Creator: J. J. Abrams, based off the work of Gene Roddenberry

-Length: 131 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (science-fiction themes, moderate violence and gore, some nudity and sexual innuendo, mild language, some alcohol use)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, FXNetwork, DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library!

-Main Cast: Chris Pine,Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller, and Alice Eve

-Page of Reference in RPO: 25

Review (contains spoilers):

Overall, this is a great film.  It’s a solid sequel to the first of the alternative timeline.  Its an interesting take on Khan’s story from Wrath of Kahn.  But it isn’t without it’s faults.

As I discussed the film with my brother, we argued about the validity of using Khan in this story line.  The idea itself is intriguing: a mysterious spy, someone of power, who is manipulating officers in Starfleet to achieve his own ends.  It wasn’t needed for the character to be Khan.

Yet I do understand it as a further study into the alternative universe theory.  Just like with the first of the Kelvin timeline the overarching plot is a character and storyline study.  It is all about taking a specific set of people who have been developed and have in depth backstories and seeing how they would turn out if things had gone differently leading up to their current place in their lives.  What would Captain Kirk be like if he didn’t have the influence of his father to get him into Starfleet, but instead ran from the ghost of his father’s legacy?  What would Spock be like if he didn’t finish Kolinahr and instead of purging all emotion decided to embrace it in small ways?  What if Noyota Uhura and Spock actually dated instead of their attraction just being alluded to in TOS?

This is a study of the differences in a character 300 years old.  Someone who is set in their way long before the situation that changes so many of the characters that we came to love in Star Trek.  He is a unique moment in this timeline.  His entire personality, the events that led to his cryofreeze and containment we can only assume are the same or very similar to the events in the original timeline.

Therefor the study of his actions is fascinating in this aspect.  He is and remains extremely similar to the person that he was in the original timeline.  He has the same tendacies for homicide and general violence that Khan had in The Wrath of Khan.

What is interesting is the events that lead up to his release in this film.  The same Kelvin timeline issues that lead Admiral Marcus to make the choices he makes in regards to Khan are the ones that shape the crew as we see them now.  The differences in the timelines makes for an interesting take on the events of the original timeline.

Though there are moments in it when I do wish that instead of relying on Khan and the parallels of The Wrath of Khan that Abrams had leaned into his skills as a writer and really created a unique character for the crew to battle as he did in the first film.

But we cant always have a perfect film that goes off exactly the way we want it to.

Once again this timeline is by far one of my favorite take son the Star Trek Universe.  It really speaks to my love of character development and character study in film.

A wonderful sequel to lead into the Enterprise’s first five year mission into uncharted space.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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REPOST: Star Trek (2009), created by J. J. Abrams (based off of the work of Gene Roddenberry): a Film Review

Synopsis:

In the 23rd century the USS Kelvin is out exploring the uncharted regions of space when they are confronted by a strange space vessel coming from a black hole. During the skirmish that follows the federation ship is lost along with its acting captain as he saved all other living souls on board including his newborn son, James T. Kirk.  The strange ship is not seen again.

On Vulcan, the young hybrid Spock begins to find his place amongst his people only to find that even being the top of his class is not enough to erase his heritage.  He chooses to enroll in StarFleet Academy instead.

It is here that the pair become entangled and set off on their first mission under Captain Christopher Pike as the Fleet gets called to the aid of Vulcan following unprecedented and sudden seismic activity on the planet surface.  As the current USS Enterprise sets off on its maiden voyage the plot thickens when they arrive at Vulcan to find the issues on the planet far beyond what they were prepared to deal with.

General Information:

-Genre: Science Fiction Action

-Creator: J. J. Abrams, based off the work of Gene Roddenberry

-Length: 127 minutes

-Rating: Pg-13 (sci-fi action and violence, brief sexual content)

-Where to Watch: DVD, BlueRay, 4K, for rent/purchase on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube and iTunes (amongst others), or find it at your local library!

-Main Cast: Chris Pine,Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Eric Bana, Leonard Nimoy and Winona Rider

-Page of Reference in RPO: 25

Review (contains spoilers):

I am absolutely in love with the new Kelvin Timeline series.  This first movie was the start of what I believe to be the true reboot of Star Trek.  The style of the film was unlike anything we had seen previously.  From the sleek sets, the new costumes and the fantastic cast the combination of practical and CGI this is truly a new Enterprise.

While I understand that the Kelvin Timeline threw out any extended universe it also didn’t. This is often a point of contention between myself and others in the fandom. But just like there is so much to explore in Star Trek itself there is no reason that these two timelines, as well as their fans, cannot stand side by side.  This was the time for fans new and old to unite around a beautiful film.

The performances by the main crew are stunning.  As they all had to live up to the incredible character development already done by their predecessors.  The wiggle room they had they all used to the fullest while still honoring their TOS counterparts with beautiful renditions within that framework.

Besides that though the movie is just thoroughly entertaining.   There is action, romance, anger, revenge, sassy characters, internal conflicts, and plenty of science-fiction to entertain even the most avid movie viewer.  Count in the guest star, the beloved Leonard Nimoy, and you have a wonderful two hours of entertainment.

Though I do love this film it is not without its challenges. 

For those who are unfamiliar with the characters (though they are introduced organically) a lot of the jokes, moments of personal significance and the differences from their TOS counterparts are lost.  This can cause the film to feel less dimensional and vibrant.

The costuming, like other aspects, are much more refined.   And the lighting and CGI are top notch.  But Abrams did do everything he could practically so there are these wonderful elements of tangible design in the film.

The set, while my favorite of the Enterprise sets, is quite sleek and modern especially when compared with its TOS counterpart.  This is partly due to time frame (2009 compared to the 1970s) and partly due to the vision of the director and the crew.  I can understand how this could be jarring for long time fans….but what bothers me the most is that a lot of these fans cannot get past the fact that this is an entirely different timeline.

They seem to get angry that the extended universe was thrown out (in my opinion it wasn’t).  But Abrams said they specifically chose to do an ALTERNATIVE timeline so it DIDN’T throw out everything that the 50 years of Star Trek (from TV shows to books to movies).

By far I would say this start to the new timeline has been one of my favorite Star Trek reboots in a long time.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Star Trek: Nemesis, based on the universe created by Gene Roddenberry: a Film Review

Synopsis:

The Romulans are debating the terms of peace and alliance with Reman, the planet that the Romulans have enslaved for millenia.  As the debate continues the crew of the Enterprise are sent to aid in the negotiations by the Federation.

As they head to their mission the crew celebrates the marriage of Commander Riker and Counselor Troi.  While the crew celebrates a strange energy reading is detected on the edge of Romulan space.  When they investigate the group discovers an earlier version of Data named B-4.  They flee with the strange android as they are attacked by the native people.

When they arrive at the Romulan and Reman peace talks the Enterprise discovers that Data is not the only one that has a clone like creature.  Picard has been cloned in a secret mission to create high-ranking spies to infiltrate Starfleet.

What are they all to do when Picard is captured by his clone?  And how is the Enterprise crew supposed to negotiate peace when they, themselves, are in just as much danger?

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fiction

-Creator: based on the universe created by Gene Roddenberry

-Length: 117 minutes

-Rating: PG (for mild violence and gore, very mild profanity, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis,

-Page of Reference in RP1: 25

Review (contains spoilers):

I just…yikes.

This is not how The Next Generation should have ended.  With a whoosh of relief after getting through this film.  You know its bad when your cast found it a disappointment to act in. and they say it even 20 some odd years later.

I felt like there was potential with the plot.  The clones/duplicates, the idea and search for peace…a little bit of the Khan idea with the blood being the key to saving whoever.

But when you focus so much on the villains and not on the thing people are coming to see the movie for: the INCREDIBLE crew of the Enterprise, things are bound to fall apart. And quickly.

There isn’t much more to say about this.  There are honestly episodes of The Original Series that I would rather rewatch than watch this movie again. Yep. That sounds about right to me.

Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.
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Star Trek: Insurrection, based on the universe created by Gene Roddenberry: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Data is sent on an undercover mission where he is to report on the Ba’ku people, a peaceful and calm race.  While he is there he malfunctions and reveals a joint task force between the Federation and another alien race called the Son’a.

When the Enterprise is informed that they are absolutely not needed, regardless of the fact that one of their senior officers is malfunctioning on a Starfleet mission, they grow suspicious and defy their orders coming for Data themselves. As they come to collect their colleague the crew gets more than they bargain for.

It turns out there is more going on than meets the eye and when the crew discovers just what caused Data’s malfunction and just why the Son’a are so interested in the Ba’ku people…things are not going to be as simple as the rescue mission was supposed to be.

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fiction

-Creator: based on the universe created by Gene Roddenberry

-Length: 103 minutes

-Rating: PG (for mild violence and gore, very mild profanity, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, F. Murray Abraham, Donna Murphy, Anthony Zerbe

-Page of Reference in RP1: 25

Review (contains spoilers):

This one was tough to get through as a rewatch.  I watched it a long time ago when I was doing my first real watch through of all of Star Trek as a teen and into my 20s.

After watching First Contact it was hard to come back to this moive.  Its like everything went back to what they kenw: an extended episode of the show that did NOT need to be 103 minutes long.  And the worst part for me is that the idea is really cool.

One alien race that is in a constant race to defy and beat death wanting to take over the planet of another race that is essentially immortal.  What’s not to love about that idea!

There is just so much more they could have done and this just felt like a step back in the world.  We had such wonderful things happening with First Contact.  More action and better effects, a great story and just a step forward…and now this.

Rewatching these makes me realize just how and why I am a huge fan of the Kelvin timeline films….

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Star Trek: First Contact, based on the universe created by Gene Roddenberry: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Jean-Luc Picard is startled awake from a nightmare.  His subconscious has decided to offer up his assimilation to the Borg six years earlier as the night’s entertainments.  While the Borg are threatening Earth, Enterprise and her crew are sent to patrol the neutral zone.  Starfleet seems worried that Captain Picard would be too emotionally invested in the situation to join the fight against the Borg.

But when the Enterprise learns that Starfleet is losing the battle against the Borg the crew disobeys orders and heads towards Earth to offer aid.  With their assistance the USS Defiant and the remaining fleet is able to destroy the Borg Cube, but not before it sends off a small part of itself towards Earth.

When the Enterprise pursues the portion of the Cube they end up caught in a temporal rift sending both ships back to the 21st century…landing on an Earth circa 2063 that has been completely altered by the interference of the Borg.

How will the crew figure its way out of this?  And will the Borg actually assimilate the entire population of Earth?  Will the Enterprise and her crew ever make it back to their own century?

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fiction

-Creator: based on the universe created by Gene Roddenberry

-Length: 111 minutes

-Rating: PG (for mild violence and gore, very mild profanity, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Alfre Woodard, James Cromwell, Alice Krige

-Page of Reference in RP1: 25

Review (contains spoilers):

Ok so…this movie combines some of my favorite Star Trek tropes and characters into a film.

You get the Borg one of the best grey-style villains in the entire series.  You get time travel.  You get the morality and philosophy debates that come with the Borg being a thing.  You get to see old Enterprise crew further in their careers…

Its just a good movie.  Not on the level that we expect now over 20 years later.  But really its just a good movie.  It doesn’t feel like an extended episode of the show.  It is an actual movie.

And I believe, as do a lot of fans and critics alike, that this is the movie that really brought the shows back to life. 

Everything about this film seems to hold even years later.  The graphic and practical effects are well done.  The Borg, as always, look wonderful.  Costumes and sets are on point.  Just a generally good film all around.

This is probably my favorite of the Next Generation films.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Star Trek Generations, based on the universe created by Gene Roddenberry: a Film Review

Synopsis:

In 2293, former Starfleet officers Kirk, Scott and Chekov attend the maiden voyage of the new USS Enterprise-B.  what should be a simple shake down mission and hand off to the new crew from one of the most famous Enterprise crews to date turns into something more when they are called to help with a rescue mission.  As the crew of the Enterprise-B races to save the El-Aurian refugees things go from bad to worse and while the Enterprise and the refugees are mostly unscathed it is at the loss of Admiral James T. Kirk.

Nearly 100 years later the crew of USS Enterprise-D are on their new holodeck for a simulation honoring the promotion of Worf to lieutenant commander.  When Captain Picard learns of the passing of his brother and nephew as well as a distress call from an El-Aurian observatory, the crew is sent into chaos as they try to unravel more than just the personal connections they have with each other but with the universe at large.

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fiction

-Creator: based on the universe created by Gene Roddenberry

-Length: 118 minutes

-Rating: PG (for mild violence and gore, very mild profanity, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Malcolm Mcdowell, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, William Shatner

-Page of Reference in RP1: 25

Review (contains spoilers):

This is a fairly decent movie that passes the torch, even though we have had seven seasons of The Next Generation already.  It was nice to see some of the old crew back.  And having William Shatner reprise his role as Kirk is always a good time.

I’m honestly not as impressed with this movie as I was with the actual television series. This film feels like a long and drawn out episode…and not necessarily one that you want the extra time with.  And unlike a lot of the newer series and films that are coming out amongst so many genres this one lacks the ability for anyone off the street to come in and enjoy.  You really need to know what happened at least in part in The Next Generation series and to know some about Kirk to really make it enjoyable.

This is in stark contrast to what happened with the reintroduction of Star Trek with the new Kelvin timeline and the new shows like Discovery and Lower Decks.  While its always better to have some history with the past series you don’t have to know anything about them to really enjoy them.

This isn’t my favorite of the Next Generation movies.  Its just fine. Nothing spectacular.

Rating:

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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UPDATED: Star Trek: The Next Generation (Full Series), created by Gene Roddenberry: a Television Review

Synopsis:

Set 78 years after Star Trek: The Original Series, The Next Generation series follows the adventures of the new Enterprise (NC-1700-D) and her crew.  Headed by Captain Jean-Luc Picard and a team of accomplished and diverse officers, the show focus on the years following an encounter with an immortal, sentient life force known only as Q.

Throughout the series new characters and life forms are introduced like the Ferengi, the Trill, and the Q.  new adventures, planets and discoveries abound during the seven season run.

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fiction Drama

-Creator: Gene Roddenberry

-Length: 7 Seasons, 178 Episodes (average 45 minutes per episode)

-Rating: TV-PG (for Science-Fiction action and violence, some sexual content, some adult themes and mild language)

-Where to Watch: Netflix, Hulu, CBSAllAccess, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube ITunes, DVD, BlueRay, and look for the series at your local library

-Main Cast: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, Denise Crosby, Gates McFadden, and John de Lancie

-Page of Reference in RPO: 25

Review (contains spoilers):

Please note this review will be updated as I continue to watch through the whole series….

Season 1:

This season is incredibly rough as are many first seasons of Star Trek.  Some episodes are alright while most are okay at best, horrible at worst.  While this is my favorite of the Star Trek series there is much of the first season that is difficult to get through.  From the questionable introduction of Q (usually the Big Bad of a series isn’t introduced in the first episode…and not as what appears to be a throw away character though incredibly charming and quite vexing), to the childish Ferengi, to the various bigger than their britches Starfleet personnel, this season is shaky at best. Save a few important episodes you can basically just skip to Season 2…

Season 2:

This is where the show starts to hit its stride in my opinion.  We get the introduction of Ten-Forward and Whoopie Goldberg’s character, the holodeck makes several appearances, more complex and nuanced storylines become commonplace, season long story and character arcs are worked into the show…its just overall a much better season than season one! 

There are some really great episodes and moments in this season.  I love Data taking on the mantel of Sherlock Holmes and Riker working with the Klingons in an officer exchange program.  We get more of the mysterious Q, more of the moments that Star Trek is really known for: explorations and first contacts even if some of them are accidental.  Unfortunately, we also get a clip show which are my least favorite types of episodes but we got a third season, so I guess it wasn’t so bad.

This is the season that really made me a Star Trek fan. 

Season 3:

This is one of the most complex seasons of The Next Generation.  From more interactions with the Klingons to the real introduction of the Romulans to this series, some interesting information on Q when he is dumped on the Enterprise without his powers, a few moments with Vulcans, new characters and current characters development…. There is so much more going on in this series from here on out.

And the BORG! The Borg….the final two part episode of this season into season 4 is one of the most renowned and well crafted episodes of The Next Generation.  It is often ranked in the top 100 best episodes of television ever…and I have to agree.  From here on this show is just going to be fantastic.  You can just tell from how this season is composed.

Characters have more depth.  We get to find out their hopes and dreams, their loves and their challenges… The planets and alien interactions are all there to continue our knowledge of both their races and of the crew on the ship. Story lines are more thoroughly developed and contain so much more amongst the whole universe that is surrounding the Enterprise.

This is where The Next Generation shows why it is one of the most popular Star Trek series to this day.

Season 4:

Season 5:

Season 6:

Season 7:

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.