Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Top 5 Trek: TNG Guest Stars

TNG is a show that has a wealth of interesting stories, and a host of skilled actors to populate them. We've waxed rhapsodic many times on the talents of the main cast, but I wanted to take this time to discuss the guest cast, and ask the question - who are the top 5 guest stars in TNG? By guest stars, I intend to exclude "Regular" guest stars, such as John De Lancie as Q, Dwight Schultz as Barclay, Majel Barret's Lwaxana Troi, and so on. To me these are recurring guest actors, as opposed to guest stars per se.

All that said, a list like this, composed by one person, is of course fraught with personal opinions and biases. So be it. Perhaps we'll do a corresponding poll when the mood strikes me and I locate the arcane instructions again. Anyway, here goes:

5. Daniel Davis as Professor Moriarty (2 appearances)

No, Mr. Sheffield... I expect you to die!

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Next Generation, Season 6: Tapestry

The Next Generation, Season 6
Airdate: Febraury 15, 1993
140 of 176 produced
140 of 176 aired


Captain Picard is gravely injured on an away mission, and his artificial heart is severely damaged. He wakes to find himself surrounded by white light and face to face with Q, claiming that Picard is dead, this is heaven, and Q himself is God. Q offers the captain a unique chance: to go back and correct the mistake in his youth that caused him to need an artificial heart in the first place, and save his life now. Will Picard take it? What will the consequences be?
"I've only got an hour left on my medication, baby. Let's get bizz-aay."

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Next Generation, Season 6: Face of the Enemy

The Next Generation, Season 6
"Face of the Enemy"
Airdate: February 8, 1993
139 of 176 produced
139 of 176 aired


When Counselor Troi wakes up on a Romulan Warbird and discovers that she has been surgically altered to look like a Romulan, she must piece together her situation, improvise in front of hostile Romulan soldiers, and simply try to survive.
Ensign DeSeve would have stayed with the Romulans, but he wanted to go back to his neighborhood barber in Scranton.

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Next Generation, Season 6: Aquiel

The Next Generation, Season 6
Airdate: February 1, 1993
138 of 176 produced
138 of 176 aired


The Enterprise is sent to resupply a subspace relay station on the Klingon border. When they arrive, they find the station abandoned and evidence that at least one of the station's two crew members met with foul play. Trying to gain any insight into what happened, Geordi begins reading through the crew members personal logs. He discovers a charming, if not eccentric woman. When she is discovered alive in a shuttle in Klingon space, Geordi must face the possibility that woman he has started to fall for is a murderer.

Aquiel hopes her irresistible allure will counteract the ugliest bedspread in the quadrant.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Next Generation, Season 6: Ship In A Bottle

The Next Generation, Season 6
"Ship In A Bottle"
Airdate: January 25, 1993
137 of 176 produced
1367of 176 aired


When the holodeck malfunctions and Lt. Barclay investigates the cause, he stumbles upon a piece of old data - the Moriarty program from Data's last holodeck masquerade as Sherlock Holmes. Moriarty is miffed and demands satisfaction - release from the confines of the holodeck world and the freedom to determine his own destiny in the real world. And he will stop at nothing to get it...

Dr. Crusher remains unimpressed by Barclay's cube.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Next Generation, Season 6: Chain of Command, Part II

The Next Generation, Season 6
"Chain of Command, Part 2"
Airdate: December 21, 1992
136 of 176 produced
136 of 176 aired


Captain Picard is being held in Cardassian custody, facing torture. Captain Jellico is staring across the negotiating table at Gul Lemec and the prospect of war seems increasingly more likely. So, just another lazy, kicking-back-with-a-Samarian-Sunset kind of a day on the Enterprise.

Yep. Four!

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Next Generation, Season 6: Chain of Command, Part 1

The Next Generation, Season 6
"Chain of Command, Part 1"
Airdate: December 14, 1992
135 of 176 produced
135 of 176 aired


While Picard, Crusher and Worf are called away to a commando mission on the Cardassian world Seltris III, the Enterprise is turned over to a new Captain, Edward Jellico. But the tension caused by his abrasive command style soon seems like small potatoes when the commando mission goes awry, and questions soon abound over whether the participants are dead, wounded, or perhaps worse.

Captain Jellico prefers a certain formality on the bridge. So do we, Counselor, so do we.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Star Trek vs. Star Wars battle royale featuring Patrick Stewart

The classic JLP double-facepalm about two thirds of the way in is well worth the investment of your two and a half minutes. For a slightly more sober take, check out our post relating to same.

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Next Generation, Season 6: The Quality of Life

The Next Generation, Season 6
"The Quality of Life"
Airdate: November 16, 1992
134 of 176 produced
134 of 176 aired


The Enterprise is at Tyrus VIIa investigating a new mining technique, the particle fountain. The project has been plagued by delays and setbacks. The lead scientist, Dr. Farallon hopes another invention of hers, the Exocomp, will speed up the process. When one of the Exocomps overrides its programming to avoid being destroyed, Data begins to suspect the devices are more than merely intelligent, but possibly alive and sentient. Is it possible Data has found a kindred spirit, or is it the android equivalent of wishful thinking?

Let's talk about beards, gentlemen. Surely this will segue nicely into whatever our adventure is this week!

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Next Generation, Season 6: A Fistful of Datas

The Next Generation, Season 6
"A Fistful of Datas"
Airdate: November 9, 1992
133 of 176 produced
133 of 176 aired

While the Enterprise awaits a rendezvous with a cargo vessel, the crew has a chance to unwind. Alexander, Worf, and Troi run into trouble, however, when their holodeck program of the Ancient American West is disrupted by the unannounced presence of numerous bizarre facsimiles of Commander Data.

Oh, that wacky Brent Spiner. He can do no wrong... right?