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Published on April 29, 2012 By Draginol In Movies & TV & Books

We just finished a Star Trek TNG marathon.  Let me first say that a lot of TNG episodes don’t hold up well. Burrrr. Some of them are really bad.

But in general, TNG still delivers and there are some truly amazing episodes in there.  Below are my top 5. Please comment below what your favorite ones are.

  1. Inner Light
  2. Yesterday’s Enterprise
  3. The Best of Both Worlds (I and II)
  4. Darmok
  5. Chain of Command

Ironically, had I put this together back in say 2000, when the show was still somewhat “Fresh” I would have rated episodes like Parallels and Tapestry and All Good things way up there.  But this is what I mean by episodes not holding up when looking back on them (imo of course).

Comments (Page 1)
on Apr 29, 2012

The TNG 25th Anniversary reunion tour just kicked off here in Calgary at our Entertainment Expo, and I met Wil Wheaton and LeVar Burton.  What great guys, just honest and happy to be there!

Scary to me that I was BORN in the same year that TNG first aired... Great series and a great set of morals to grow up with.

on Apr 29, 2012

I must agree with your first choice, Inner Light.

For a true TNG fan that episode takes you on a roller coaster ride from joy to an overwhelming sense of loss and sadness.

My second choice would be Times Arrow. I love a good time travel story and Data's 500 yr old head is an optimum paradox.


I have the complete 7 season series and do enjoy it from time to time


Kudos for a great thread.

on Apr 29, 2012

I had dinner with Brent Spiner and Marina Sirtis.   Marina is really nice in real life.   Brent Spiner is okay, but...let's say he is definitely the right guy for his role as an android.   Brent thought Will Riker and Patrick Stewart were both a little headstrong to work with, but Patrick was supposed to be, as the captain (William Shatner can be more than a little headstrong, too).   I mentioned to Marina that I thought it was a little stupid when the screenplay writers wanted to put Troi and Worf in a romantic relationship.  Marina totally agreed.   Fortunately she doesn't seem traumatized too much.   One thing that struck me about them in real life is how old they are.   I guess time has passed since they filmed TNG, yet I always remember them as who they are on the TV.

on Apr 29, 2012

Inner Light
Yesterday’s Enterprise
The Best of Both Worlds (I and II)
Chain of Command


Time's Arrow (I and II)



on Apr 29, 2012

I have the complete 7 season series and do enjoy it from time to time

I have it all on DVD.

TOS 3 seasons

ENT 7 seasons

DS9 7 seasons

VOY 7 seasons

ENT 4 seasons (got cancelled just as it was getting good)

on Apr 29, 2012

My fave TNG episodes are:

1: The Chase
2: Relics
3: Skin of evil (The one where Tasha Yar dies...)
4: Ship in a bottle
5: Cause and effect

I gotta say though, Voyager is by far my fave Star trek series closely followed by Enterprise.

on Apr 29, 2012

Call me old but nothing beat the original series. And in second place? DS9 all they way.

on Apr 29, 2012

Did you all know that they have reworked the series and are releasing it on Blu-ray. Here's a taste of the re-release.

on Apr 29, 2012

Jeri Ryan and Jolene Blalock are my favorite episodes of Star Trek.  Wait are those episodes?

on Apr 29, 2012

Voyager was terrible in the first 3 seasons. Not a show with alot of rewatchability. The characters had no depth or anything really interesting about them. Nelix was just the worst. It only got good when they ditched the main characters and started focusing on 7 of 9. Even then, it was mostly just for us robosexuals. This show really missed a great opportunity to deal with the philosophies present in Star Trek.

The sad thing is that Voyager is still one of the better sci-fi shows out there simply because its only competition is Warehouse 13 and Star Trek: Enterprise. I suspect things will get better once we raise another generation of geeks. We aren't a large enough demographic for TV execs to greenlight our shows.


My favorite list:

1. "The Vengeance Factor"

2. "Sins of the Father"

3. "Who Watches the Watchers"

4. "The Most Toys"

5. "Rightful Heir"

Honorable Mentions:

"The Defector"

"A Matter of Honor"

on Apr 29, 2012

Scary to me that I was BORN in the same year that TNG first aired... Great series and a great set of morals to grow up with.

Ok..who's this guy pretending to be CerebroJD!

on Apr 29, 2012

I haven't rented the video sets so don't know the episode names, but I will say it sure would be nice if someone could give me a quick cab ride to the Nexus before I have to go in to work tomorrow.

on Apr 29, 2012

I prefer the original Star Trek, but I must agree #1 Inner Light...way ahead of all the others.

on Apr 29, 2012

Honestly the ones I keep going back to are the borg ones.

on Apr 30, 2012

Agreed, the first borg episode with Q and everything is great, super introduction of villain, plus changes much of the show's setting.