Trekathon Season Review: The Next Generation, Season 6

June 20th, 2010

Season six feels like a year where the writers were willing to take chances. And while there are some failures (Aquiel, anyone?), when it works it really works.

Another trend of this year was a move away from ensemble episodes and more towards single-character focused episodes. So we have episodes like Frame of Mind or Birthright, Part II that barely have any of the other crew members outside of the focus character. That’s probably an artefact of the contract negotiations for people on a show as long-lived and popular as this one, but it makes for a nice change of pace.

Overall it’s the strongest year of TNG so far, and hence the strongest year of any of the series. Out of the 26 episodes I had 14 down as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’, and only 1 as ‘very bad’. Even Season 3, the previous best, only had 7 in the top half, although it did manage to avoid the ‘very bad’ category.

That brings the rankings so far to:

  • TNG Season 6

  • TNG Season 3

  • TNG Season 5

  • TOS Season 2

  • TNG Season 4

  • TOS Season 1

  • DS9 Season 1

  • TNG Season 2

  • TAS Season 1

  • TOS Season 3

  • TAS Season 2

  • TNG Season 1

That’s 280 watched, 12,609 minutes down, 38.67% complete. 45,665 words written. And 457 to go. Next, the final year of TNG, and the sophomore year for DS9.