Trekathon Season Review: The Next Generation, Season 1

This show was honestly pretty lucky to get a second year.

There are some good moments. But not nearly enough. There’s really only one truly great episode (“The Big Goodbye”), and a an awful lot of just plain bad episodes. Some of the episodes are up there with the very worst ever.

The blame for this is mainly with the writing. It does take the actors a little bit to settle down, but some of the material they’re given is just woeful. Way too much preaching about how wonderful the 24th century is (and, by contrast, how awful things are now).

But if you had to compare this with the worst season of Original Star Trek, the third? No contest. This is far, far worse.

The rankings so far:

1. TOS Season 2

2. TOS Season 1

3. TAS Season 1

4. TOS Season 3

5. TAS Season 2

6. TNG Season 1

Next: Back to The Original Series for the original pilot (aired for the first time between Seasons 1 and 2 of Next Generation), and then Season 2 of The Next Generation.