Friday, December 31, 2010

525,600 of your Earth minutes

It's December 31, 2010, the post for "Heart of Glory" posted earlier this morning, and it is officially the one year anniversary of Treknobabble. Last December 31st, we went online with our review and podcast for The Cage, and here we are now with three seasons of TOS, the Animated Series, and most of season 1 of TNG under our belts. I have to say it's been an absolute blast, because not only is Star Trek something I love, watching for the blog has given me a new appreciation for it. It's also been great talking to and meeting all the other fans out there, especially those of you we met at the convention. So here's hoping everyone out there has a fantastic New Year's Eve and a stellar 2011!

The Next Generation, Season 1: Heart of Glory

Airdate: March 21, 1988
19 of 176 produced
19 of 176 aired

Introduction


The Enterprise is dispatched to investigate a disturbance in the Neutral Zone. What they find is three fugitive Klingons on the lam, hiding out in a burning Talarian freighter. When it becomes evident what these Klingons are running from, Worf's loyalties are called into question. Will he follow his Starfleet duty, or will he help his estranged brother Klingons?

RAAAAHHH!!! For the last time, get that boom mike out of frame!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Next Generation, Season 1: Coming of Age

Airdate: March 14, 1988
18 of 176 produced
18 of 176 aired

Introduction


The Enterprise is in orbit of Relva VII to deliver Wesley Crusher to his entrance exam for Starfleet Academy. While there, Captain Picard meets an old friend, Admiral Gregory Quinn. Instead of a friendly reunion, however, the admiral, with the assistance of the uptight Commander Remmick, is here to convene an inquisition on Picard's ability to command. How will Wesley and Captain Picard face their respective tests?



"It's a good thing you're cute, Wesley. Otherwise, this really crappy matte painting would be distracting me the whole day."

Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Next Generation, Season 1: Home Soil

Airdate: February 22, 1988
16 of 176 produced
17 of 176 aired

Introduction


While cataloging new planets in the Pleiades Cluster, The Enteprise pays a visit to the Velara III terraforming project, which promises to turn a lifeless world into a virtual Eden. The plot thickens, though, when a mining laser seems to become sentient and murderous, killing one of the terraformers. Has this tight-knit crew of scientists spawned a murderer, or is something even more mysterious afoot?

And then she was like "Oh, no you Dit'nt..."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Next Generation, Season 1: When the Bough Breaks

The Next Generation, Season 1
"When the Bough Breaks"
Airdate: February 15, 1988
17 of 176 produced
16 of 176 aired

Introduction

The Enterprise happens upon the legendary planet Atlantis Aldea. They are possessed of magnificent technology and offer to share it with the Federation. But their apparent generosity comes at a price. Due to causes unknown to at least the Aldeans, they can no longer bear children. Faced with extinction, they kidnap a handful of Enterprise children with the goal of passing on their ancient culture to a new group of Aldeans. Will Captain Picard be able to rescue the children from so powerful a foe? Does finding the cause of their infertility hold the key to both their problems?
On the other hand, with kids dressed like this...


Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Next Generation, Season 1: Too Short A Season

Airdate: February 8, 1988
11 of 176 produced
15 of 176 aired

Introduction

The Enterprise is sent to pick up the elderly Admiral Mark Jameson, who wishes to negotiate for hostages held by a former adversary of his, Karnas, the leader of Mordan 5. Unbeknownst to the crew, however, Admiral Jameson has overdosed on an experimental anti-aging drug in order to regain his vitality for the negotiation. Will a volatile situation spin completely out of control because of the reckless actions of a desperate man?

And will Admirals ever get a nice looking uniform?


Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Next Generation, Season 1: 11001001

The Next Generation, Season 1
"11001001"
Airdate: February 1, 1988
15 of 176 produced
14 of 176 aired

Introduction

The Enterprise puts in for repairs at Starbase 74. The Enterprise is due for routine maintenance and the upgrade of several of its systems. The repairs are being overseen by a quartet of aliens called Bynars. They work in pairs and exist is perfect sync with each other and the massive computer on their homeworld. Their unique connection with their computer allows them to effect repairs faster than any human could. While the rest of the crew leaves the Enterprise to explore Starbase 74, Commander Riker goes to the holodeck, where the Bynars have already affect some amazing work. There he meets Minuet, a woman who, hologram or not, seems too good to be true. Who is this mysteriously holographic woman? And what other plans have the Bynars made for the Enterprise?
My nether-regions are as realistic as you want them to be...

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Next Generation, Season 1: Angel One

Airdate: January 25, 1988
14 of 176 produced
13 of 176 aired

Introduction

In search of survivors from the missing freighter Odin, the crew of the Enterprise visits Angel One, a planet ruled by matriarchy, in which the old gender roles of Earth's past have been reversed. It turns out that the survivors are threatening the balance of Angel One's culture, by being... all manly and stuff.

Why did they have it in Riker's size? Must have been Mistress Beata's drag outfit.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Next Generation, Season 1: Datalore

The Next GenerationSeason 1
"Datalore"
Airdate: January 18, 1988
13 of 176 produced
12 of 176 aired

Introduction

The Enterprise makes a brief detour from its mission to pay a brief visit to Omicron Theta, the planet where Data was discovered 23 years ago. There was once a thriving colony of scientists there, but now, there is nothing, not even bacteria in the soil. Attempting to unravel the mystery, they discover another android that looks just like Data. Though they look identical, this other android, Lore, is very different. He seems to have emotions that Data lacks. Does Lore know more than he is telling about the fate of the colonists? Was he somehow responsible?
"Tasha Yar, eh?" 
"Hell, yeah. Multiple techniques." 


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Next Generation, Season 1: The Big Goodbye

Airdate: January 11, 1988
12 of 176 produced
11 of 176 aired

Introduction

En route to a critical diplomatic meeting with the insectoid Jarada species, Picard takes the advice of Counselor Troi and relaxes in the holodeck. Choosing a favorite genre fantasy from his reading, Picard portrays the character of Dixon Hill, a hard-boiled detective from the early twentieth century. He is so excited by the experience that he invites Dr. Crusher, Data, and Earth Historian Whelan along for his next visit. Fate deals them a wild card, though, when a Jaradan probe sends the holodeck into malfunction - trapping them inside, and putting them in mortal danger. Will Picard escape the holodeck in time, and intact?

 And will Beverly ever forgive the rest of the crew for the grievous cock-blocking they perpetrate against her?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Next Generation, Season 1: Haven

The Next Generation, Season 1
"Haven"
Airdate: November 30, 1987
4 of 176 produced
10 of 176 aired

Introduction

The Enterprise, in orbit around the planet Haven, is visited by Lwaxana Troi, Counselor Troi's mother. When Deanna was a child her parents betrothed her to the child of family friends. That family has reappeared, seeking to fulfill that marriage vow. Though the young doctor she is to marry seems kind, Deanna will have to give up her life aboard the Enterprise to marry him. To make matters worse, the two families soon start bickering over details. Making matters more dangerous is the appearance of a Tarellian plague ship. Long believed extinct, these group of eight survivors have come to Haven to die. Captain Picard must now balance the desire of these people to live their last days under an open sky with the risk they present to the population, while dealing with possibly losing a valued crew member.

Congratulations, Wyatt Miller, you've just been inducted into the Swishiest Swishes Who Ever Swished a Swish Hall Of Fame!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Next Generation, Season 1: Hide And Q

Airdate: November 23, 1987
10 of 176 produced
9 of 176 aired

Introduction

The omnipotent entity Q rears his head on the Enterprise once again. This time, he claims, he has come bearing gifts - the greatest of all possible gifts, in fact. Can he be trusted? Will his machinations result in a great benefit to the crew and to humanity, or will they precipitate nothing but destruction?

Tsk, tsk, Mon Capitaine... what dreary taste in pornography you have!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Next Generation, Season 1: The Battle

The Next Generation, Season 1
"The Battle"
Airdate: November 16, 1987
9 of 176 produced
8 of 176 aired

Introduction

The Enterprise is sent to a remote sector to meeting with the Ferengi. They have a gift for the Captain. It's the derelict U.S.S. Stargazer, Captain Picard's former ship, previously thought destroyed. He was forced to abandon it after barely surviving a battle with a mysterious attacker. As it turns out, the attacker was a Ferengi vessel, and its commander was the son of the Ferengi Daimon now giving him the Stargazer. What secrets does the long-abandoned starship hold? Do the Ferengi have an ulterior motive for their apparent generosity?

Just where do Ferengi stand when they're making transmissions like this?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Next Generation, Season 1: Justice

Airdate: November 9, 1987
8 of 176 produced
7 of 176 aired

Introduction

After depositing colonists in the Strnad solar system, the Enterprise pays a visit to neighboring Rubicun, a system graced with one of the most peaceful, pleasurable planets on record, that of the Edo. All goes well until Wesley runs afoul of one of the Edo's laws, and is sentenced to death. Will Picard respect the law of the Edo or act in the favor of his own crew members?  

If you were this man, would you be smiling?


Monday, November 22, 2010

The Next Generation, Season 1: Lonely Among Us

The Next Generation, Season 1
"Lonely Among Us"
Airdate: November 2, 1987
7 of 176 produced
6 of 176 aired

Introduction

The Enterprise encounters a mysterious energy cloud en route to a peace conference to which it is transporting delegates. A mysterious form of energy comes aboard the ship and inhabiting members of the crew. Will the Enterprise crew figure out what is going on before it's too late?
It appears that the answer to this questio--IT'S BLINDING ME!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Next Generation, Season 1: Where No One Has Gone Before

Airdate: October 26, 1987
5 of 176 produced
5 of 176 aired

Introduction

Instructed by Starfleet to allow a propulsion specialist named Kosinski to alter their engines, the Enterprise embarks on a "sleigh ride" that takes them not only beyond the boundaries of the Milky Way, but beyond the boundaries that separate space, time, and thought. It turns out Kosinksi has been taking credit for the seemingly magical powers of the Traveler, a native of the mysterious Tau Alpha C. The problem: the Traveler is dying, and the Enterprise is stuck far beyond any point of return under their own power. Will they be able to escape the miasma of 'thought-space' in time, and what lies behind the Traveler's interest in Wesley?

"Wesley, you and other P.Y.T.s like you are the reason I travel..." 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Next Generation, Season 1: The Last Outpost

The Next GenerationSeason 1
"The Last Outpost"
Airdate: October 19, 1987
6 of 176 produced
4 of 176 aired

Introduction

The Enterprise is in pursuit of a Ferengi vessel which has stolen some equipment from a Federation outpost. The incident will provide the opportunity for the first face to face meeting with the Ferengi, a race that up to now is shrouded in rumor and hearsay. Chasing the Ferengi to a planet in the distant Delphi Ardu system, both ships become trapped in a mysterious force field that is draining the ships of energy. Does the planet below hold the key their predicament? Will the Enterprise be able to avoid combat with the Ferengi? Will the Ferengi turn out to  be TNG's answer to the Klingons?
Given the giant blue marital aids... I'm guessing no.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Next Generation, Season 1: Code of Honor

The Next Generation, Season 1
Airdate: October 12, 1987
3 of 176 produced
3 of 176 aired

Introduction

Rushing to find the cure for a deadly plague, the crew of the Enterprise encounters the Ligonians, whose culture is reminiscent of one of Ancient Earth "that we all admire." Will Captain Picard and his compatriots be able to navigate the rocky shoals of cultural relativism when the leader of this race kidnaps Lieutenant Yar?

"Thank you for your kind words, captain. Now where can I gets me some white wimmen?"


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Would you like some AWESOME with your coffee this morning?

Then you need to click this link. It's a collection of photos from behind the scenes of TNG and a couple of the TNG movies. I hadn't seen any of them before, and they were all cool. My favorites are the season 1 pics of the crew being goofy together. A lot of them have talked about that in interviews, and it's nice to see candid supporting evidence. There are a lot of pictures on the page, but here's a few of my favorites...



It always cracks me up to see the actors in the wig and makeup but regular clothes. That first shot of Jonathan Frakes and Gates McFadden totally made my day, and it's only 8:30am. I have to give a shoutout to Betsy for posting this link on her facebook page, which is where I found it.