Critical Reception of Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Template:Use mdy dates The first season was marked by a "revolving door" of writers, with Gerrold and Fontana quitting after disputes with Roddenberry.[1] Mark Bourne of The DVD Journal wrote of season one: "A typical episode relied on trite plot points, clumsy allegories, dry and stilted dialogue, or characterization that was taking too long to feel relaxed and natural."[2] Other targets of criticism include poor special effects and plots being resolved by the deus ex machina of Wesley Crusher saving the ship.[3][4] However, Patrick Stewart's acting skills won praise and critics have noted that characters were given greater potential for development than those of the original series.[2][3]

Season two as a whole was widely regarded as significantly better than season one. The plots became more sophisticated, and began to mix drama with comic relief. Its focus on character development received special praise.[5] Six third-season episodes were nominated for eight Emmys; "Yesterday's Enterprise" won for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and "Sins of the Father" won for Best Art Direction for a Series.[6] After complaints of discomfort made by several cast members, new two-piece Starfleet uniforms were introduced in the third season to replace the jumpsuits worn in the first two seasons. Seven fourth-season episodes were nominated for eight Emmys; "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II" won for both Outstanding Sound Editing in a Series and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Series.[6] Three sixth-season episodes were nominated for Emmys; "Time's Arrow, Part II" won for both Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Series and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series and "A Fistful of Datas" won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama Series.[6] Five seventh-season episodes were nominated for nine Emmys, and the series as a whole was the first syndicated television series nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. To this day, The Next Generation is the only syndicated drama to be nominated in this category. "All Good Things..." won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects and "Genesis" won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama Series. "All Good Things..." also won the second of the series' two Hugo Awards.[6]

Episode by Episode

Although there were no graded episode-by-episode reviews, at the time, several reviewers after the fact have reviewed each individual episode. Among these are Zack Handlen of The A.V. Club between 2010 and 2011, Keith DeCandido of Tor.com between 2011 and 2013, and Jamahl Epsicokhan of Jammer's Reviews between 2012 and 2013.

The table below presents the grade of each episode from the three sources. The average is calculated by taking the average of number of the standard deviations from the mean of the three reviewers.

EP S Title AV Club[7] TOR[8] Jammer[9] Average
1 1 Encounter at Farpoint B- 4/10 Template:Rating -0.550
3 1 The Naked Now D- 2/10 Template:Rating -1.479
4 1 Code of Honor C- 2/10 Template:Rating -1.829
5 1 The Last Outpost C- 3/10 Template:Rating -1.112
6 1 Where No One Has Gone Before B- 8/10 Template:Rating 0.181
7 1 Lonely Among Us C- 3/10 Template:Rating -1.112
8 1 Justice C 2/10 Template:Rating -1.492
9 1 The Battle C+ 6/10 Template:Rating -0.230
10 1 Hide and Q C- 5/10 Template:Rating -0.454
11 1 Haven D 3/10 Template:Rating -1.202
12 1 The Big Goodbye B- 7/10 Template:Rating -0.147
13 1 Datalore B- 4/10 Template:Rating -0.161
14 1 Angel One F 2/10 Template:Rating -2.204
15 1 11001001 B 7/10 Template:Rating 0.773
16 1 Too Short a Season C+ 5/10 Template:Rating -0.753
17 1 When the Bough Breaks B 6/10 Template:Rating -0.528
18 1 Home Soil B+ 7/10 Template:Rating 0.526
19 1 Coming of Age C 5/10 Template:Rating -0.506
20 1 Heart of Glory B+ 4/10 Template:Rating 0.123
21 1 The Arsenal of Freedom C+ 6/10 Template:Rating -0.035
22 1 Symbiosis B 4/10 Template:Rating -0.408
23 1 Skin of Evil C- 3/10 Template:Rating -1.306
24 1 We'll Always Have Paris B- 4/10 Template:Rating -0.550
25 1 Conspiracy B 4/10 Template:Rating 0.175
26 1 The Neutral Zone C- 4/10 Template:Rating -1.172
27 2 The Child D+ 5/10 Template:Rating -0.986
28 2 Where Silence Has Lease B 4/10 Template:Rating -0.019
29 2 Elementary, Dear Data B+ 7/10 Template:Rating 0.526
30 2 The Outrageous Okona C- 5/10 Template:Rating -1.037
31 2 Loud as a Whisper B- 4/10 Template:Rating -0.550
32 2 The Schizoid Man C- 8/10 Template:Rating -0.246
33 2 Unnatural Selection C+ 3/10 Template:Rating -0.827
34 2 A Matter of Honor A- 8/10 Template:Rating 0.997
35 2 The Measure of a Man A- 9/10 Template:Rating 1.326
36 2 The Dauphin B 3/10 Template:Rating -0.348
37 2 Contagion B+ 4/10 Template:Rating 0.123
38 2 The Royale B 5/10 Template:Rating -0.662
39 2 Time Squared A- 2/10 Template:Rating 0.191
40 2 The Icarus Factor C+ 3/10 Template:Rating -0.438
41 2 Pen Pals B- 9/10 Template:Rating 0.510
42 2 Q Who A- 10/10 Template:Rating 1.460
43 2 Samaritan Snare B- 2/10 Template:Rating -0.624
44 2 Up the Long Ladder C 4/10 Template:Rating -1.029
45 2 Manhunt C 2/10 Template:Rating -1.492
46 2 The Emissary B+ 8/10 Template:Rating 0.466
47 2 Peak Performance B+ 7/10 Template:Rating 0.526
48 2 Shades of Gray F 0/10 Template:Rating -2.862
49 3 Evolution B 5/10 Template:Rating 0.115
50 3 The Ensigns of Command B+ 7/10 Template:Rating 0.332
51 3 The Survivors A 9/10 Template:Rating 1.468
52 3 Who Watches the Watchers A 3/10 Template:Rating 0.080
53 3 The Bonding B+ 9/10 Template:Rating 0.406
54 3 Booby Trap B 4/10 Template:Rating -0.019
55 3 The Enemy A- 7/10 Template:Rating 0.863
56 3 The Price B- 6/10 Template:Rating -0.087
57 3 The Vengeance Factor B 5/10 Template:Rating -0.273
58 3 The Defector A 9/10 Template:Rating 1.468
59 3 The Hunted A 6/10 Template:Rating 0.483
60 3 The High Ground B- 7/10 Template:Rating 0.241
61 3 Déjà Q B+ 8/10 Template:Rating 0.855
62 3 A Matter of Perspective B- 1/10 Template:Rating -0.564
63 3 Yesterday's Enterprise A 9/10 Template:Rating 1.468
64 3 The Offspring A- 9/10 Template:Rating 0.937
65 3 Sins of the Father A 8/10 Template:Rating 1.140
66 3 Allegiance B 5/10 Template:Rating -0.273
67 3 Captain's Holiday B 3/10 Template:Rating -0.736
68 3 Tin Man B+ 7/10 Template:Rating 0.526
69 3 Hollow Pursuits B 8/10 Template:Rating 0.518
70 3 The Most Toys A- 8/10 Template:Rating 0.803
71 3 Sarek A 7/10 Template:Rating 1.006
72 3 Ménage à Troi B 3/10 Template:Rating -0.736
73 3 Transfigurations B- 7/10 Template:Rating 0.047
74 3 The Best of Both Worlds A 10/10 Template:Rating 1.603
75 4 The Best of Both Worlds: Part II A 6/10 Template:Rating 1.066
76 4 Family A 10/10 Template:Rating 1.214
77 4 Brothers B+ 6/10 Template:Rating 0.586
78 4 Suddenly Human A- 3/10 Template:Rating -0.257
79 4 Remember Me B 6/10 Template:Rating 0.444
80 4 Legacy B 3/10 Template:Rating -0.348
81 4 Reunion B+ 10/10 Template:Rating 1.124
82 4 Future Imperfect A- 5/10 Template:Rating 0.400
83 4 Final Mission B+ 4/10 Template:Rating -0.071
84 4 The Loss C+ 5/10 Template:Rating -0.558
85 4 Data's Day B- 7/10 Template:Rating 0.241
86 4 The Wounded A- 7/10 Template:Rating 0.669
87 4 Devil's Due B+ 2/10 Template:Rating -0.923
88 4 Clues B+ 5/10 Template:Rating 0.063
89 4 First Contact B+ 5/10 Template:Rating 0.646
90 4 Galaxy's Child C+ 3/10 Template:Rating -0.633
91 4 Night Terrors B 3/10 Template:Rating -0.348
92 4 Identity Crisis B+ 6/10 Template:Rating 0.198
93 4 The Nth Degree B 8/10 Template:Rating 0.907
94 4 Qpid B- 5/10 Template:Rating -0.804
95 4 The Drumhead A 3/10 Template:Rating 0.468
96 4 Half a Life B+ 8/10 Template:Rating 0.272
97 4 The Host B+ 4/10 Template:Rating 0.123
98 4 The Mind's Eye A 8/10 Template:Rating 1.140
99 4 In Theory B 2/10 Template:Rating -0.482
100 4 Redemption I A- 6/10 Template:Rating 0.534
101 5 Redemption II B 4/10 Template:Rating -0.019
102 5 Darmok A 9/10 Template:Rating 1.080
103 5 Ensign Ro A- 8/10 Template:Rating 0.803
104 5 Silicon Avatar B+ 2/10 Template:Rating -0.340
105 5 Disaster B+ 7/10 Template:Rating 0.138
106 5 The Game C 3/10 Template:Rating -0.775
107 5 Unification I B 6/10 Template:Rating 0.250
108 5 Unification II B 4/10 Template:Rating -0.213
109 5 A Matter of Time B 4/10 Template:Rating -0.213
110 5 New Ground B- 4/10 Template:Rating -0.356
111 5 Hero Worship B+ 5/10 Template:Rating -0.325
112 5 Violations C+ 3/10 Template:Rating -0.633
113 5 The Masterpiece Society B- 3/10 Template:Rating -0.684
114 5 Conundrum B+ 6/10 Template:Rating 0.392
115 5 Power Play B 7/10 Template:Rating 0.190
116 5 Ethics B- 5/10 Template:Rating -0.027
117 5 The Outcast A 2/10 Template:Rating -0.249
118 5 Cause and Effect A 9/10 Template:Rating 1.468
119 5 The First Duty A 6/10 Template:Rating 1.066
120 5 Cost of Living C 4/10 Template:Rating -1.224
121 5 The Perfect Mate B+ 2/10 Template:Rating -0.145
122 5 Imaginary Friend B- 4/10 Template:Rating -0.744
123 5 I, Borg A- 8/10 Template:Rating 1.192
124 5 The Next Phase A- 8/10 Template:Rating 0.803
125 5 The Inner Light A+ 10/10 Template:Rating 1.745
126 5 Time's Arrow B- 4/10 Template:Rating -0.356
127 6 Time's Arrow, Part II D+ 3/10 Template:Rating -1.060
128 6 Realm of Fear B- 5/10 Template:Rating -0.416
129 6 Man of the People C 1/10 Template:Rating -1.238
130 6 Relics A 8/10 Template:Rating 0.946
131 6 Schisms B 4/10 Template:Rating -0.019
132 6 True Q B+ 6/10 Template:Rating 0.392
133 6 Rascals B- 2/10 Template:Rating -0.819
134 6 A Fistful of Datas B+ 5/10 Template:Rating -0.131
135 6 The Quality of Life B+ 3/10 Template:Rating -0.205
136 6 Chain of Command, Part I B+ 7/10 Template:Rating 0.721
137 6 Chain of Command, Part II A 8/10 Template:Rating 1.334
138 6 Ship in a Bottle A- 9/10 Template:Rating 1.132
139 6 Aquiel C 3/10 Template:Rating -1.358
140 6 Face of the Enemy B+ 8/10 Template:Rating 0.661
141 6 Tapestry A 9/10 Template:Rating 1.274
142 6 Birthright, Part I B+ 9/10 Template:Rating 0.795
143 6 Birthright, Part II B 10/10 Template:Rating 0.398
144 6 Starship Mine B 6/10 Template:Rating 0.055
145 6 Lessons B+ 9/10 Template:Rating 0.795
146 6 The Chase B+ 4/10 Template:Rating 0.123
147 6 Frame of Mind A 9/10 Template:Rating 1.468
148 6 Suspicions B- 2/10 Template:Rating -1.013
149 6 Rightful Heir A 10/10 Template:Rating 1.214
150 6 Second Chances B+ 7/10 Template:Rating 0.721
151 6 Timescape B 6/10 Template:Rating 0.250
152 6 Descent B 4/10 Template:Rating -0.213
153 7 Descent, Part II B- 2/10 Template:Rating -0.819
154 7 Liaisons B- 2/10 Template:Rating -0.819
155 7 Interface C+ 4/10 Template:Rating -0.304
156 7 Gambit, Part I B 6/10 Template:Rating 0.055
157 7 Gambit, Part II B- 6/10 Template:Rating -0.087
158 7 Phantasms B+ 4/10 Template:Rating 0.123
159 7 Dark Page B- 6/10 Template:Rating -0.476
160 7 Attached B+ 6/10 Template:Rating 0.392
161 7 Force of Nature B 2/10 Template:Rating -0.676
162 7 Inheritance B- 4/10 Template:Rating -0.161
163 7 Parallels A- 10/10 Template:Rating 1.266
164 7 The Pegasus A- 10/10 Template:Rating 1.460
165 7 Homeward C+ 1/10 Template:Rating -1.290
166 7 Sub Rosa D 3/10 Template:Rating -1.980
167 7 Lower Decks A 10/10 Template:Rating 1.603
168 7 Thine Own Self B+ 5/10 Template:Rating -0.131
169 7 Masks C 4/10 Template:Rating -1.224
170 7 Eye of the Beholder C- 5/10 Template:Rating -0.649
171 7 Genesis C- 2/10 Template:Rating -1.635
172 7 Journey's End C 6/10 Template:Rating -0.372
173 7 Firstborn C+ 5/10 Template:Rating -0.364
174 7 Bloodlines C+ 3/10 Template:Rating -0.633
175 7 Emergence B- 1/10 Template:Rating -1.147
176 7 Preemptive Strike A 6/10 Template:Rating 0.871
177 7 All Good Things... A 9/10 Template:Rating 1.468

Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation, reviewed and graded 13 Season 1 episodes for the TV Squad in 2007-08. The reviews were discontinued after TV Squad was bought by AOL,[10] and because they are incomplete, they are not included in the above table. Wheaton's episode reviews are listed below:

Episode Title Grade
Encounter at Farpoint C- [11][12]
The Naked Now D+ [13]
Code of Honor C [14]
The Last Outpost C [15]
Where No One Has Gone Before B+ [16]
Lonely Among Us D+ [17]
Justice B+ [18]
The Battle C+ [19]
Hide and Q B- [20]
Haven B [21]
The Big Goodbye A [22]
Datalore D [23]
Angel One D [24]

References

  1. Dillard, J. M. (1994). Star Trek: "Where No One Has Gone Before" : A History in Pictures (Star Trek (Trade/hardcover)). Pocket Books. pp. 130–131. ISBN 0-671-51149-1. ""The writers were being rewritten by Gene, and there was a lot of tumult because people didn't know where they stood."" 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "DVD Journal: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season One". http://www.dvdjournal.com/quickreviews/s/st-tng.season01.q.shtml. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "DVD Verdict: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season One". http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/startrektngseason1.php. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  4. "Sci Fi Weekly: Star Trek: The Next Generation—Season One DVD". http://www.scifi.com/sfw/screen/sfw8324.html. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  5. "DVD Verdict: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season Two". http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/startrektngseason2.php. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Nemeck, Larry (2003). Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion. Pocket Books. ISBN 0-7434-5798-6. 
  7. Star Trek: The Next Generation | TV Club | The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  8. Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch - Series | Tor.com. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  9. Star Trek: The Next Generation | Jammer's Reviews. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  10. TV Tropes: Wil Wheaton
  11. Wil Wheaton reviews 'Encounter at Farpoint, part I
  12. Wil Wheaton reviews 'Encounter at Farpoint, part II
  13. Wil Wheaton reviews 'The Naked Now
  14. Wil Wheaton reviews 'Code of Honor
  15. Wil Wheaton reviews 'The Last Outpost
  16. Wil Wheaton reviews 'Where No One Has Gone Before
  17. Wil Wheaton reviews 'Lonely Among Us
  18. Wil Wheaton reviews 'Justice
  19. Wil Wheaton reviews 'The Battle
  20. Wil Wheaton reviews 'Hide and Q
  21. Wil Wheaton reviews 'Haven
  22. Wil Wheaton reviews 'The Big Goodbye
  23. Wil Wheaton reviews 'Datalore
  24. Wil Wheaton reviews 'Angel One

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