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-127: "The Child"
-135: "The Measure of a Man"
-136: "The Dauphin"
-139: "Time Squared"
-141: "Pen Pals"
-142: "Q Who"
-Season Two's Best Gems
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(Star Trek - The Next Generation episode production code 136)
- written by Scott Rubenstein & Leonard Mlodinow
- directed by Rob Bowman
- music by Dennis McCarthy
The Next Generation delivers another one of its better episodes
here. There are some sci-fi fans who preach that
boy-geniuses make bad sci-fi characters, usually attacking
first Adric from seasons 18 & 19 of
Doctor Who, quickly followed by
Wesley Crusher from this show, and maybe this is fueled by
their first season impression of him. Maybe I was luckier in
getting my first impressions of Wes from late season two
and early season three. Wil Wheaton delivers one of his
best performances here, and carries this episode really well.
Although this story makes no mention of the Prime Directive, it
contains some notable oddities in terms of first contact protocols.
"The Flying Hotel"
That's a lovely phrase describing what Star Trek: The Next Generation
often seemed to be about. Sadly, I can't take any credit for it.
The flying hotel analogy for the
Enterprise is quite apt for this episode, and may best explain
why the characters get into this week's situation.
The red flags only go up at the end, as the crew say goodbye to
this week's "guests", adding that they hope to one day have
"formal contact" with their species. Huh? Exactly what did
they have over the last few hours, while ferrying that species'
most important dignitary from one planet to another? Considering
that this is a repeat of a similar ferrying job taking that same
dignitary in the opposite direction some 16 years earlier, how
did the Federation ever get involved to carry out such tasks
without some formal contact? How is it the earlier crew didn't
have enough questions about what kind of life would be able to
live in the planet's atmosphere that they would have mentioned
something in the computer records about the planet? Quite a few
holes in this one.....
But who really cares in the end? The emotional through-line
is engaging, and there are a lot of fun special effects spectacles
to enjoy. Morphing was still in its pioneering stage, and it
shows, but it's still a lot of fun. The astronomical vistas
in particular are classic, and back then, no other show was doing
them. It's no wonder The Next Generation became as popular as it
did. Ahhh, the good old days....
This Next Generation Season Two story
is available on DVD and Blu-ray:
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season Two (1988-1989):
Includes 22 episodes @ 45 minutes each.
Click on the Amazon symbol for the desired disc format
and location nearest you for more information:
6-disc DVD set
DVD Extras include:
- Mission Overview (14 min.)
- Selected Crew Analysis
- Starfleet Archives
- Departmental Briefing: Production (17 min.)
- Departmental Briefing: Memorable Missions (16 min.)
Dec. 4, 2012.
Dec. 4, 2012.
Dec. 10, 2012.
||5-disc Blu-ray box set
Blu-ray features add:
- 2 Audio Commentaries:
- "The Measure of a Man" by writer Melinda Snodgrass and
scenic/graphic artists Mike and Denise Okuda.
- "Q Who" by director Rob Bowman, visual effects supervisor Dan Curry,
and the Okudas.
- TNG 25th Anniversary Cast Reunion (HD, 62 min.) with
Patrick Stewart (Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Riker),
LeVar Burton (Geordi), Michael Dorn (Worf),
Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher), Marina Sirtis (Troi),
Brent Spiner (Data), and Wil Wheaton (Wesley).
- "Making It So: Continuing The Next Generation" (HD 2-part documentary, 81 min.)
- Energized! Season Two Tech Update (HD, 8 min.)
- Gag Reel (HD, 10 min.)
- Deleted Scenes
- "The Measure of a Man" HD extended version (57 min.) and hybrid version (56 min.)
- Promos for each individual episode
- plus, all featurettes from the DVD version.
Article & reviews written by Martin Izsak.
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