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Star Trek: The Next Generation 1.1 (Encounter at Farpoint)

Cast:
Patrick Stewart(Captain Jean-Luc Picard)
Jonathan Frakes(Cmdr. William T. Riker)
LeVar Burton(Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge)
Denise Crosby(Tasha Yar)
Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf)
Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher)
Marina Sirtis(Counsellor Deanna Troi)
Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher)
Colm Meaney (Miles O’Brien)
John de Lancie (Q)
Evelyn Guerrero (Ensign)
Chuck Hicks (Military Officer)
David Erskine(Bandi Shopkeeper)
Timothy Dang (Security Guard)
Carey Hiroyuki (Mandarin Bailiff)
Jimmy Ortega (Lt. Torres)
Michael Bell(Groppler Zorn)
DeForest Kelley (Admiral Leonard McCoy)

Writer: Gene Roddenberry, D.C. Fontana

The crew of the new USS Enterpriseare on their way to pick up the rest of the crew (including the first officer and Chief Medical Officer) at Farpoint Station when they are stopped by a being with unimaginable powers called the Q.  They try to outrun Q, and in doing so separate the ship into Battle Section and Saucer Section – the saucer contains all of the families and the battle section contains all of the armaments.  Q puts them on trial in a 22nd Century court, but the Captain, a chap called Picard, suggests that their actions should act as their defence.  So grudgingly Q lets them continue with their mission to Farpoint.

When there, the two parts of the ship reconnect and the rest of the crew come aboard.  The Bandi (the people that built Farpoint) seem rather eager to please – they seem to bve able to get their hands on anything anybody wants.

The crew explore the tunnels underneath the city, when a massive ship turns up and starts shooting the Bandi city (not Farpoint station).  Then Riker and some others beam across and the corridors in the ship look exactly like the tunnels under Farpoint.  Q turns back up and tries to interfere with what they are doing (telling them to fire on the ship etc) but they soon realise that both the ship in orbit and the station down below are massive life forms capable of transforming energy into matter – the Bandi have been keeping one barely alive and using it to build resources like Farpoint Station.  The Enterprise feeds the creature on the surface energy and it flies into space to be with it’s mate.  Q lets them off and says he will be back.

It is very hard to know what to say about this.  When it was new and unusual we all loved it – but now this opening episode just seems a little dated.  The ship itself looks great, although you don’t get to see that much of it.  The saucer separation is a nice touch, but Q is just irritating.

Patrick Stewart gives a solid performance as Picard, and Spiner excels as Data, but the rest do not fare so well.  Troi’s accent is horrible (they really tone it down as the series goes on), and Worf, Geordi and Yar just seem like background characters (although in fairness Worf was originally just that, he was not a main cast member at the start, he was only supposed to be in a few episodes).  It was also nice to see Colm Meaney (he gets no name in this, but we can assume it is O’Brien I think!)

The effects are okay – I never liked the force barrier thing of Q’s, and the flash as the ship goes into warp now seems a bit tacky.

All in all this is just okay – in fact, I have realised that it feels more like an episode of original Star Trek than The Next Generation.  I know it gets better, but I wonder how long before it feels like the show I am expecting?

Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 0
Score: 6/10

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June 5, 2008 - Posted by | character from another series, chief o'brien, exes, q, space creatures, super beings |

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