A while back, I made a list of what I thought of as my favorite TNG episodes. Time for the ugly side of the coin, what I think are the worst. I'll pick an episode a season and while there may be other bad episodes that season (1 and 2 especially) the ones here are the ones I usually think of when I think of the worst.
The crew of the Enterprise lands on a planet full of hard bodied and tanned peacefuls who get rubbed down and apparently have sex all day long. Theres no real reason to stop at this out of the way place other then the hard bodied and tanned peacefuls get rubbed down and apparently have sex all day long. Wesley accidentally breaks a minor law and must be sentenced to death but Picard must step in to save his live even though it's breaking Starfleet's laws........so let him die Picard, it's WESLEY and your on a planet you shouldn't have visited!
See the full review, "Hmmm, break Starfleet's chief law or kill the most annoying character on board............".
Season 2 had some pretty stinky episodes, from a cheesy alien pulp novel hotel trap, Wesley falling in love with a cute alien woman, and the ship full of idiots who still manage to threaten the Enterprise and oh yes, Troi being raped by a ball of light....they could all pail in comparison to the Trek clip show. At least the other episodes had SOMETHING going on.
See the full review, "Trek's first clip show, and it's last.".
Sad that one of the few Doctor Crusher centered episodes has to be this tale of terrorists kipnapping her and trying to get the Federation involved in they're struggles. Has some action but it's one of those episodes where they talk and talk and talk more. It's not a bad episode but there are a lot of episodes that are just better from season 3.
Another tough one for the season, but surely the most plodding, considering how the Enterprise just keeps inching it's way towards destruction. Troi wigs out in this episode when her empathic powers leave her and she must learn to cope and utilizes some problem solving to save the day. Later this season in Night Terrors she NEEDS her powers to save the day. A moral broken perhaps?
Commander Riker falls in love with a member of an androgynous race who is starting to show feminine characteristics. I like the costume and all attempts to suck any sexual nature out of the character, not to mention the energy of this episode cause this episode is SLOW. Trek has done better love em' or leave em' episodes then this. Hell Picard had a better one in next seasons "Lessons". Some people appreciate the gender/sexual orientation statements the episode makes and I don't have a problem there, it's just that they could make the episode a little more fun while they do it.
An episode where not only does the title character not show up until half way through but she isn't even interesting when she finally does appear. Unique in that the character is described as a less then perfect officer which is nice for a change but not even an appearance by the Klingons can spice this one up which drags and drags. Getting onto that station though was a nice change of pace.
This is a tie with "Descent part 2" but I'm awarding it here: a preachy bottle show about the dangers of pollution which attempted a lasting impression on the series, but was ignored after the TNG series ended. Your message sucks and the character preaching the loudest is the one to CAUSE the danger to start just to prove how right she is which is akin to saying that forest fires can kill and then purposely setting a forest on fire.
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