Last Updated on January 20, 2021 by scottkandh
This post will contain pin artwork to depict every episode of the seven seasons that aired for Star Trek – The Next Generation (also known as TNG).
Over time, I have created an average of 2 – 3 images for every episode. I am proud to announce that I am way ahead of schedule and now there’s a pin for every episode, including some which I’m not very familiar with. Before I begin though (with pins), you might want to check out these ST TNG Tidbits.
Did you know these tidbits?
Original Casting Call announcement that was made for the Star Trek TNG roles
This is the announcement that went out in 1987 to cast for the various roles in Star Trek – The Next Generation providing a general overview of the characters that they had planned to introduce.
|To:||All talent representatives|
“Star Trek: The Next Generation”
1-Hr series for syndication
2-Hr TV movie to start June 1
24 1-Hr episodes to start end of July
Please resubmit for the following roles. New York and Chicago submissions are encouraged. Please be advised that there are no scripts available. Actors may look at sides[sic] in the casting office only.
Seeking the following regulars
- Captain Julian Picard: A Caucasian man in his 50’s who is very youthful and in prime physical condition. Born in Paris, his Gallic accent appears only when deep emotions are triggered. He is definitely a `romantic’ and believes strongly in concepts like honor and duty. Captain Picard commands the Enterprise. He should have a mid-Atlantic accent, and a wonderfully rich speaking voice…
- Number One (AKA William Riker): A 30-35 year old Caucasian born in Alaska. He is a pleasant looking man with sex appeal, of medium height, very agile and strong, a natural psychologist. Number One, as he usually is called, is second in command of the Enterprise and has a very strong, solid relationship with the Captain…
- Lt. Commander Data: He is an android who has the appearance of a man in his mid 30’s. Data should have exotic features and can be any one of the following racial groups: Asian, American Indian, East Indian, South American Indian or similar racial groups. He is in perfect physical condition and should appear very intelligent…
- Lt. Tanya Hernandez: 26 year old woman of Ukranian descent who serves as the starship’s security chief. She is described as having a new quality of conditioned-body beauty, a fire in her eyes and muscularly well developed and very female body, but keeping in mind that much of her strength comes from attitude. Tanya has an almost obsessive devotion to protecting the ship and its crew and treats Capt. Picard and Number One as if they were saints…
- Lt. Deanna Troi: An alien woman who is tall (5’8″ – 6′) and slender, about 30 years old and quite beautiful. She serves as the starship’s Chief Psychologist. Deanna is probably foreign (anywhere from Italian, Greek, Hungarian, Russian, Icelandic, etc.) with looks and accent to match. She and Number One are romantically involved. Her alien `look’ is still to be determined…
- Wesley Crusher: A small 18 (or almost 18) year old boy to play 15, his remarkable mind and photographic memory make it seem not unlikely for him to become, at 15, a Star Fleet Acting Ensign. Wesley is more of an intense (not cute) teenager whose energy comes from an inquisitive nature…
- Beverly Crusher: Wesley’s 35 year old mother. She serves as the chief medical officer on the starship. If it were not for her intelligence, personality, beauty, and the fact that she has the natural walk of a striptease queen, Capt. Picard might not have agreed to her request that Wesley observe bridge activities; therefore letting her son’s intelligence carry events further…
- Lt. Geordi LaForge: A 20-25 year old black man, blind from birth. With the help of a special prosthetic device he wears, his vision far surpasses anything the human eye can see. Although he is young, he is quite mature and is best friends with Data. Please do not submit any `street’ types, as Geordi has perfect diction and might even have a Jamaican accent. Should also do comedy well…
To make it easier for you to see all of the Pinterest pins for Star Trek The Next Generation I have created a gallery of all the pins arranged in random order. This way you don’t have to page by page. As of right now, I still need to add the seventh season to the gallery and those pins haven’t pin created yet.
Pro-Tip: An easy way to pin several pins at once is with the Pinterest Browser button (available on Pinterest). It allows you to pin a maximum of 10 pins at one time.
Encounter at Farpoint Pt 1 – Captain Picard meets Q for the very first time. Q is an alien that is fascinated with the human race and vows to watch their progress and examine their humanity. It’s profound that Q and Picard were pivotal characters in the first and last Star Trek The Next Generation episodes. The very few first episodes were a little far-fetched and they didn’t have the characterization down for each of the stars on the show, which comes later in about 7 episodes later. Then the characters are developed and we are starting to enjoy more of the show as we get to know them.
Encounter at Farpoint Pt 2 – a continuation of Part 1.
The Naked Now – There’s a virus on board that is quickly going from one person to the next and infecting them. Even Data seems to be affected by the virus.
Code of Honor – Tasha Yar is one of the stars in this episode that has to fight to the battle of death and this is actually the first time that she died not the last on TNG.
The Last Outpost
Where No One has Gone Before – We meet a gentleman that is going to be a mentor to the young Wesley in his journeys. As he passes through time he starts to phase in and out.
Lonely Among Us
Justice – The crew from the Enterprise beam down to a Utopian society and everything seems to be perfect until Wesley steps into a garden by accident. Then they realize that things aren’t as perfect as they seem. Captain Picard beams one of the inhabitants aboard the Starship to prove a point.
The Battle – This is a situation that there’s a matter of revenge that a Ferengi (DaiMon Bok) has against Captain Picard for the loss of his son. Picard doesn’t know that his mind is being controlled by DaiMon and is getting ready to destroy his own starship because he’s reenacting a battle that took place at another time.
Hide and Q – Q is trying to convince Riker to become a member of the Q. Thus he has endowed him with all of the powers that the Q possesses. But Riker refuses to join the Q after the gifts he presents to his crew are also refused. Think that’s Data below? Look closer, for some reason Q has taken the form of Data the Android. The picture in the upper left is Star Trek’s personification of the Q continum.
Haven – all his life a young man has been dreaming about one girl, and then the girl shows up in real life. The rest is Star Trek history that they go off together.
The Big Goodbye – From Season 1 this is my favorite episode. It had a great storyline regarding the detective Dixon Hill – Captain Picard’s character that he plays when he goes to take a vacation in the holodeck. They don’t realize that some of the ships holodeck’s safety mechanisms have been temporarily disabled until it’s too late.
Datalore – Data meets his twin brother Lore who was created around the same time he was. But what he doesn’t know is that his brother has a mean streak and is in an alliance with an alien that can destroy planets (The Crystal Entity). Lore tries to hide a tick that he has so that he’s not detected but it’s not the tick that gives him away to an astute Wesley Crusher who notices he’s using contractions.
Angel One – The Enterprise travels to Angel One, it’s ruled by women and they are searching for survivors from a freighter that landed on the planet seven years ago. This episode ranks up there with one of the 10 worst TNG episodes. I’m guessing that is because some guys may not like the costume worn by Riker (pictured below).
11001001 – This is a very good episode that features Minuet. She’s a creation that has been improved for the Holodeck by the Binars who are updating the ship’s computers. She was built by the Binars for one purpose, to distract Commander Riker while they go about their business but they didn’t count on Captain Picard joining the party.
Too Short a Season – Admiral Mark Jameson is beamed aboard and he’s confined to a wheelchair. He’s taking a miracle cure that makes him younger but at a great cost to his health. Pictured below is his transformation.
When the Bough Breaks – More than likely it’s just me, but I found this episode to be pretty boring and unmemorable. It has to do with a planet that can’t have children of their own so they try to kidnap the Enterprise of their kids on board. I tried to find a picture that captures the essence of that episode and this is as close to capturing that episode because graphically nothing really stands out. If you can think of something that truly stands out please drop me a comment and explain what to look for.
Home Soil – Not one of my personal favorites. One of the memorable moments is Data getting engaged in a duel with a laser drilled robot that has been programmed to kill. When Data does some investigating its discovered that there’s a life form in the soil.
Coming of Age – Wesley has a competition with four other ace students all competing for an appointment into the Starfleet Academy. Wesley greatly fears one of the tests that he has heard about that is a psychological test. Most of the episode is focused around Wesley but there’s another plot going on at the same time to test Picard’s allegiance.
Heart of Glory – Three Klingons are beamed onto the Enterprise after the ship they are on is near destroying. Once aboard they discover that there is a Klingon that they didn’t know about serving within Starfleet. Worf joins the other three Klingons when one of the three dies and we’re introduced to a new Klingon tradition of Klingons fiercely roaring. A warning to the dead that a Klingon warrior is about to appear before them.
The Arsenal of Freedom – one of my other least favorites to watch other than I like the guy that starred in this episode that also starred as one of the main characters in Ghost. It’s discovered that they want to sell their sophisticated weapons and the program they created (on the planet) has never quit running.
Symbiosis – There are two cultures on the planet, one is addicted to medicine and the other is supplying it. What they don’t know (the ones with the addiction) is that a cure was found a long time ago but because of greed they continue to charge exorbitant amounts for the medicine. If you look closely you’ll notice that one of these gentlemen also starred in the Wrath of Kahn as Kahn’s first mate.
Skin of Evil – There’s a very evil creature that is trying to control some of the people that were forced to land on the planet. This is the episode in which Tasha dies and gives her farewell speech to the crew.
We’ll Always Have Paris – This episode is fittingly named because Picard and a girl he once dated reenact their data of we’ll always have Paris. Dr. Mannheim’s wife has invented a machine that is affecting time and could destroy everything. Data saves the day by disabling the device and there’s a clever sequence of virtual Data’s to know exactly which Data needs to turn off the device.
Conspiracy – A few high ranking Star Fleet Commanders try to encourage Riker and Picard to join them. It’s really a parasitic alien that has taken over some of the other life forms. Other than that there’s not too much going on in this unmemorable episode. Thank goodness that the other episodes in the other seasons get better than the first season episodes. Otherwise, they would have repeated the first Star Trek saga.
The Neutral Zone – The Enterprise finds three people that were frozen in time and are welcomed into the new century. Without going into the archives of Wikipedia I don’t remember any of the other plot details.
The Child – Troi gets a visit from an alien who wants to experience life aboard the Enterprise. As a result she gives birth to a child at a very accelerated rate.
Where Silence has Lease – I hardly remember anything from this episode. Other than the face that appears on the screen that resembles a child.
Elementary, Dear Data
The Outrageous Okona – This is a very good episode in that there are two story lines going on at the same time. The first part is the Captain aboard another ship is beamed aboard the Enterprise and his charm is noticed by Data and many others. He has a secret that he’s keeping from Captain Picard who will find out about the secret when the time is right. The 2nd part is that Data wants to learn more about humor and comedy so he’s taught in the Holodeck by a comedian, Joe Piscopo on how to be funny.
Loud as a Whisper – There’s a mediator that speaks via his chorus of three interpreters. He’s mute which is why he relies on their help. His chorus is completely obliterated and Picard helps him to remedy the situation.
Memorable quote from Loud as Whisper:
Picard: “Oh, cluck, cluck, cluck, Number One.“
Picard: “You’re being a mother hen.”
Jean-Luc Picard and William T. Riker, on Picard joining the away team to Ramatis III
The Schizoid Man – For some odd reason this episode doesn’t look at all familiar. I thought that I had seen every Star Trek The Next Generation episode but obviously, this is one that I’ve missed or it was so incredibly bad that I don’t remember it. For a complete breakdown of this episode, visit this site to explore the Schizoid Man.
A mad scientist transfers his mind into Data in order to mate with his beautiful young assistant.
Unnatural Selection – The Enterprise encounters another ship that has been infected with a virus that makes everyone old and they need to find a remedy before it’s too late for them too. The remedy to reverse the aging process is to take a sample of their DNA and put them into the transporter – go figure – gotta love science. Dr. Pulaski has one of the children beamed aboard and is surprised to find out that he is telepathic.
A Matter of Honor – Riker volunteers to be an exchange officer aboard a Klingon warship.
The Measure of a Man – Brian Brophy plays Commander Maddox and he wants to disassemble Data to study him in order to create more. He sees Data as a tool, a mere machine like the Enterprise computer, not like a man and certainly not like a sentient being. He believes Starfleet could benefit from a whole mess of Data androids, one on every ship. His argument is compelling, but automating systems on a ship is different from making a living, breathing artificial intelligence do the dirty work. Riker is forced to be the prosecutor for Data to prove that he’s more machine than human. This episode is rated one of the top ten best ST TNG episodes.
The Dauphin – The Enterprise is required to transport Salia and her guardian, Anya to their homeworld. In a chance encounter, Wesley sees Salia and is smitten with her. But Salia and her guardian have a secret that no-one else knows about that they are shapeshifters.
Contagion – An Iconian probe is responsible for damaging ships and almost destroys Data. It’s the process of Data restoring himself that saves the day for the Enterprise crew.
Memorable quote from Contagion Data and Picard, as Data struggles to tell Picard how to destroy the installation:
Picard: “I hope that’s not a stutter.“
The Royale – Data, Worf, and Riker enter a revolving door and then once they’ve entered the casino Hotel Royale they can’t find a way out. That is until Data discovers a book called Hotel Royale and they need to play out the roles of the characters depicted in the book.
Time Squared – For some odd reason Picard encounters himself six hours into the future. However,the dazed and confused Picard can’t communicate exactly what happened.
The Incarus Factor – This is like two episodes in one. In one part, Riker meets his estranged Father when he’s offered command of his own starship. In the other part, Worf is not acting like himself because he’s missed a Klingon ritual called Age of Ascension.
Pen Pals – This episode is an example of the Starship Enterprise clearly wants to enforce the rule about the Prime Directive. When Data helps a young girl on a planet and then at the end her memory is wiped clean and she forgets her pen pal. This episode is rarely displayed again.
Q Who – Q wants to have crew post assigned to him; however, after he’s refused he responds angrily by introducing the crew to their greatest enemy – The Borg. This is our introduction to the Borg for the very first time.
Samaritan Snare – LaForge meets a race called the Pakleds who appear to be a little slow-witted. As usual there’s another sub plot going on at the same time regarding Picard having a major surgery.
Up the Long Ladder – This episode appears to violate the Prime Directive however maybe it’s overlooked because the planet is about to be destroyed. There are a bunch of solar flares about to destroy the planet that has a lot of livestock and live simple lives. One of the roles that really stands out in this episode is that of Brenna, the daughter of the colony’s leader.
Manhunt – Lwaxana, Troi’s mother is after Picard. He escapes to the Holodeck to play out his favorite role of Detective Dixon Hill.
The Emissary– We’re introduced to a half-human, half-Klingon female by the name of K’Ehleyr who Worf is very attracted and was once a former lover. This is the episode in which Picard lets the two of them masquerade as the Commanders of the Starship Enterprise. Another good scene is when K’Ehleyr wants to take out some stress in her life in Worf’s Holodeck that is programmed for Klingon warriors to practice.
Peak Performance – In this episode we meet a strategist by the name of Srina Kolrami who specializes in a game called Strategema. This is the actor who also played in the movie Total Recall. The show ends with a rematch of Strategema between Data and him who Data lost in the 1st round. This time Data isn’t playing to win, he’s playing to tie which the strategist loses his patience and thus Data wins.
Shades of Gray – Riker gets a thorn into his leg which also had a deadly organism that threatens to destroy him. In my opinion, this was one of the most boring episodes because not much happens other than trying to save Riker. Matter of fact, IMDB (Internet Movie Database) proclaims this as the #1 worst movie in Star Trek – The Next Generation out of 10 Movies – 10 Worst Episodes of Star Trek – The Next Generation.
Season 1 and 2 Recap: For the most part season 1 and 2 were Star Trek The Next Generation trying to get acquainted with their roles, and familiarize viewers by trying to emulate some of the original Star Trek shows but putting on a different spin. For our sake, the other seasons don’t repeat the mistakes of the first two seasons and are a lot better episodes built with more substance and memorable events.
Evolution – What started out as a science experiment conducted by Wesley Crusher and his nanites goes awry. They actually even end up saving the day.
The Ensigns of Command – Not a very memorable episode. After a century of silence, the Enterprise receives a message from the Shelia system informing them that they have discovered a human colony on a world in their sector. As they will be colonizing the planet themselves in four days time, they want the Enterprise to evacuate all humans from their territory. The planet in question is in a high radiation zone and no one can understand how any human could be living there. Data, immune to the radiation, is sent to the planet to arrange for the inhabitants’ departure. Once there, however, he finds a population of 15,253 who firmly have no intention of leaving. While Picard seeks a way to get more time from the Sheliak, Data enlists the help of one local to convince the rest to leave.
The Survivors – The Enterprise beams down to a planet to find only two remaining survivors on the entire planet. As it turns out, one of them is an alien who has recreated his dead wife. He’s never revealed the true nature that it was him who had killed all of the other people on the planet after his wife was killed and he blinked them all out of existence.
Who Watches the Watchers – a colony is being studied under a screen that permits them from being seen; however, there’s an accident that happens and one of the colonists sees far too much: the explosion, someone beaming up, and most importantly he sees “The Picard.”
The Bonding – a young boy (Jeremy) has already lost his father and now he loses his mother in an accident. The aliens feel remorse about killing his mother and pretend to be his mother while they care for him. One of the things to watch out for in this episode is a Klingon ritual bonding ceremony which makes them brothers called “R’usstai” (don’t ask me to pronounce it).
Booby Trap – this is one of my favorite episodes because of the interaction between Geordi LaForge and a holodeck image that recreates the scientist that helped create some of the Starship enterprises Galaxy-class designs, her name is Dr. Leah Brahms. She reappears in a later episode called the Galaxy’s Child (Season 4). She is created by the Holodeck so that she can interact with Geordi so that they can devise a way to escape from the trap that they are held within.
The Enemy – LaForge is trapped on the planet surface with another crew from an enemy ship that they are forced to work together in order to survive. Because they work so closely together they help to avert a war.
The Price – Troi falls head over heels for a negotiator who hasn’t told anyone that he is actually part Betazoid to get his business dealings. In the end, Troi’s job is more important than their romantic relationship.
The Vengeance Factor – this episode is fun to watch for one reason (to see the lady who played such a great role in the movie Porky’s, Coach Ballbreaker who wanted to line up the boys in a row so the lineup could identify their tallywhackers). Riker likes Yuta who has been genetically altered to kill people who massacred her clan a long time ago.
The Defector – A Romulan defects and wants to get granted asylum. On the whole not one of the better episodes of the season.
The Hunted – what the The Defector (the previous episode) lacked this episode made up for. This was a very good episode with a good actor portraying the role of the super smart soldier Roga Danar. He was made by the government and many others to be killing machines. One of the memorable moments from this episode is the reversal of the Prime Directive and as repeated by one of the leaders that they can’t get involved because the debate is an internal matter.
The High Ground – Dr. Crusher is taken hostage by a terrorist and most of the episode focuses around her abduction by a man named Finn.
Déjà Q – Corbin Benson makes a guest appearance as a fellow member of the Q continuum after Q shows up and announces he has lost his powers because he’s been to mischievous. One of the memorable moments after Q is restored his powers is to give his friend Data a gift in the form of a belly-laugh.
A Matter of Perspective – Riker is accused of murder and has to defend himself. With the aid of the Holodeck he recreates the accident that he is accused of committing. Much like the movie (Vantage Point) we see the incident from several vantage points with their perspective of what happened.
Yesterday’s Enterprise – one of my favorite episodes of this season when a ship from a long time ago is caught in some kind of temporal time disturbance that even causes Tasha Yar to reappear. The only person aware that something is different aboard the ship is Guinan. Christopher Donald makes a guest appearance the show as the Lt that falls in love with Tasha and becomes the new Captain.
The Offspring – Data creates an android in his likeness and the android chooses to be named Lal which means beloved. However, her programming has become unto her so fast that she grows too quickly and is overwhelmed by all of the emotions that she can’t handle and cause serious damage to her. If you didn’t know it, the girl portraying Lal is the daughter of television star from the Dick Van Dyke TV Show that played his neighbor Millie (Ann Morgan Gilbert).
Sins of the Father – Worf’s father is accused of being a traitor. But the real reason that he is accused of being a traitor is found out by Picard and Worf in the secrecy of a Klingon council meeting. And the reason is to prevent civil war if the truth were actually discovered.
Allegiance – Picard is kidnapped and replaced with a Picard double. There he needs to work with three other captives until he discovers that one of them is not telling the truth. Picard goes so far as to give his captors a taste of their own medicine by enclosing them in a force field. Thus teaching them that it is immoral and wrong to kidnap.
Captain’s Holiday – Picard is destined to find a weapon called the Uthat. The episode starts off nice enough but it appears to fall short at the end and something seems to be missing at the end that the episode doesn’t appear to be all that it could be cracked up to be. I was expecting more, thus it’s not one of my personal favorites. On a better note, Vash makes a return in a later episode that did have more merit and a better story line (Qpid in Season 4).
Tin Man – this episode in itself was not very good. It’s about a man who grows an acquaintance with the Tin Man ( an alien spaceship). Although I didn’t see any mention of it, this episode seems to closely resemble the Star Trek Movie – The Voyage Home (the spaceship that resembled making whale sounds).
Hollow Pursuits – Dwight Schultz (from the A-Team) joins the cast of ST-TNG by portraying the engineer Barclay (who is nicknamed Broccoli) by his crewmates. He has a great imagination as we take a look at some of the programs that he has put into the Holodeck.
The Most Toys – Data is kidnapped and is wanted by a collector to have Data as one of his “toys”. In this episode, it’s presumed that Data has perished.
Sarek – Sarek is quite ill. For those that don’t know, Sarek is Spock’s father. This episode is known for the mind link that Sarek and Picard share with one another and is referenced to in a latter episode that Spock inquires about their mind meld.
Ménage à Troi – There’s a strange love relationship between Lwaxana Troi (Majel Barrett), Tog (a Ferengi) and Captain Picard. Picard pretends to be a long lost lover of Lwaxana to ward off Tog.
Transfigurations – not of my favorites here. A man (John Doe) has amnesia and he also has remarkable healing powers.
The Best of Both Worlds, Part I – I think that this is the episode that truly changed Star Trek – The Next Generation around to see what they would come up with next when Captain Picard is kidnapped by the Borg and turned into one of them (to become their collective voice).
The Best of Both Worlds, Part II
Family – Picard returns home to have a discussion with his brother and relives his dreadful Borg experience.
Brothers – A practical joke backfires on a boy that is done on his brother. This is the episode that Data is inexplicably returned home because he’s been programmed by his Dad, Dr. Soong so he can get his emotional chip. Memorable moment, Data in this episode plays three roles (Data, Lore, and Dr. Soong).
Suddenly Human – A boy (Juno) has been raised by his father as a Talarian. He is discovered with five other boys where it’s discovered that he is actually human. His father, Endar, adapted a custom to raise Juno as his own son after his own son was killed. This battle almost escalates in war; however, Picard realizes that Juno needs to stay with his Dad and everything is placed right after returning him home.
Remember Me – the time traveler returns again to visit Wesley and let him know that he (Wesley) has disrupted the time continuum. His mother, Beverly Crusher, is having the illusion that everyone on board has vanished all because of a scientific experiment that her son created. Most of this episode is focused on Dr. Crusher.
Legacy – we are introduced to the younger sister of Tasha Yar, Ishara. Unknown by anyone else she has a sinister plan that is discovered by Riker at the end of the show. For some odd reason, this episode is not one of my favorites, probably because they ended up killing Tasha’s younger sister instead of keeping her on and continuing the story with her.
Reunion – the return of Worf’s mate K’Ehlyer. But this time she’s accompanied by her son (and Worf’s) Alexander. So Worf finds out that he has a son.
Future Imperfect – I like this episode for the mere reason that for one brief moment we are reintroduced to Riker’s wife Minuet. Do I have your attention? Riker has been knocked out, revived, and when he comes to he can’t remember anything and a lot has changed. One of the giveaways in this is that there’s a reference to Ambassador Tomalak instead of Commander Tomalak (or whatever title he formerly had).
Final Mission – Wesley has been accepted into Starfleet’s Academy. However, before going he needs to go on a mission with Picard. They have a crash landing and it’s up to Wesley to keep them both alive until they are rescued.
The Loss – It’s a big loss – Troi has suddenly lost her telepathic powers. It’s not until later that her powers are restored. A majority of the episode focuses on Troi as she tries to learn how to cope without the use of the powers that she has relied on for so long.
Data’s Day – Data is the star in this episode that he gets to do a lot of things in the day including giving away the bride, Keiko to Mile’s O’Brien. Data is also tested by a visiting dignitary, T-Pel. Now this is where I’m confused, I thought that T-Pel was the dignitary on the planet Vulcan that Spock and Kirk were forced to fight. Maybe that’s a different name. Anyhow, I digress and I’ll look into it, the next time I’m luckily enough to see that episode, Star Trek doesn’t come on as often as it used to.
The Wounded – A former Commander of O’Brien’s, Captain Benjamin Maxwell is destroying Cardassian ships. Miles says that he must have a good reason for doing so. At the end we realize that Picard has figured out the truth about the whole matter and that Maxwell was proclaiming was really happening.
Devil’s Due – a very good episode in that a treaty made a long time ago to keep peace needs to pay their dues to a woman who is proclaiming to be the one and original Ardra. I like the part that Picard pretends that he is Ardra and shows off her parlor tricks.
Clues – the ship has been taken over, they are almost destroyed but agree to not harm the Enterprise because Data can leave no clue of their whereabouts. But traces of clues are left here and there. The 2nd time around they guarantee (with the help of movie magic) that no errors will happen again.
First Contact – I don’t recollect seeing this episode more than once or twice.
A first-contact mission puts Riker in an alien hospital, leaving Picard to convince the planet’s leaders that the Enterprise poses no threat.
Galaxy’s Child – The return of Dr. Brahms. However, what LaForge imagines the real Dr. Brahms to be like doesn’t materialize and she finds out about the holodeck program and has a fit thinking that he created it to fantasize about her.
Night Terrors – not of my favorites, so let me just say that a lot of the crew is having nightmares and are deprived of their dreams. It’s Troi that discovers there is a correlation between the nightmares that everyone is having that might be a form of communication for help.
Identity Crisis – LaForge and one other crewmate were on a planet several years ago. They are unaware that a parasite has forced them to return to the planet that is afraid of ultraviolet light.
The Nth Degree – This is a good episode that Barclay all of a sudden is bestowed with remarkable powers that surpass everyone (including Data’s).
Qpid – I bet the crew had fun on this one pretending to be Robin Hood characters. This episode features the return of Vash and Q. Memorable moment! Worf saying: “I am not a merry man!”
The Drumhead – another episode I haven’t seen too many times that I’m not familiar with on how to comment.
Half a Life – A guest on this episode is Charles (from Mash, David Odgen Stiers) who has a romantic relationship (odd though) with all people, Lwaxana Troi.
The Host – Dr. Crusher has a relationship with Odan who’s a mediator who gets hurt. After he gets hurt and she does surgery she realizes he has a parasite. But he’s awake enough to tell her that it’s not a parasite, he’s the parasite. Riker and Dr. Crusher have an usual relationship after the parasite is temporarily placed into him until the new replacement can arrive for the Trill.
The Mind’s Eye – LaForge is kidnapped. There’s a lot of things that happen to him that really didn’t happen because his mind was programmed for him to make an assassination attempt.
In Theory – A young lady falls for Data and they begin to get closer.
Redemption, Part I – in my opinion, this was one of the worst ST TNG cliff hangers.
Redemption, Part II – a continuation of Part 1 and we discover what happened to Tasha Yar’s daughter. Don’t forget that time changed because of Tasha’s return in Yesterday’s Enterprise to create a different timeline for Tasha.
Darmok – The Enterprise tries to have communications with the Tamarians and they are unable to understand one another because the language cannot be deciphered. Picard and the Captain from the other ship, Dathon beam down to the planet so that they are forced to learn how to understand one another. Memorable moment: The meanings of Picard and Jalad at Tenagra and Picard and Dathon at El-Adrel.
Ensign Ro – You might recognize Michelle Forbes from an earlier episode (Half a Life) where she played the daughter of Timicin. They created a new role for her as Ensign Ro, she was on an earlier mission that led to her court martial after 8 people were killed.
Silicon Avatar – The Crystal Entity comes back and there’s someone that can communicate with it that has been studying it for years. There’s a relationship formed between her and Data because he has retained her long lost sons voice in his memory banks.
Disaster– Picard plays host to three young children who won their science contest and he is forced to find a way to rescue them all when he is separated from the other crew members.
The Game – Crew members are introduced to a game that changes their brainwave patterns so that they become addicted to playing a game (much like Playstation or Xbox). Riker gets everyone to try the game because he’s the first victim of the game.
Unification, Part I – not one of my favorite two-part episodes.
Unification, Part II – a continuation of the same boring episode from above. It’s made worse with Denise Crosby making a special appearance.
A Matter of Time – I like the actor playing a time-traveler from the future (Matt Frewer) you might know him better as Max Headroom. Anyhow, he has come to this time in history and won’t tell Picard what’s going to happen because as it turns out, he doesn’t know either. He stole the ship from the inventor of the ship and wants to steal Data.
New Ground – This is the episode that Alexander is a regular on the show because he gets to stay aboard instead of going to live with his foster parents.
Hero Worship – a young boy starts to emulate Data and act like him. Timothy is the star in this episode and is a pleasure to watch as he tries to mimic his idol Data.
Violations – one of the episodes that I don’t like. I can’t put my finger on it exactly why I don’t like this particular episode other than to say maybe it’s because they put Troi into a coma.
The Masterpiece Society – a very smart and intelligent society that needs to move and they are learning that they aren’t as perfect as they thought. They people on the planet want a chance to see more after they have been given a chance to see life on the other side working with the Enterprise crew.
Conundrum – most of the memories have been wiped out after a computer scan of the ship. There’s suddenly a new Number One (Commander Kieran MacDuff) who insists that Picard fire on another ship. But Picard resists because it all seems too easy.
Power Play – Troi, Data, and O’Brien get possessed by aliens that try to take over the ship.
Ethics – This time in an episode it’s Worf that is needing to have surgery because an accident has left him paralyzed.
The Outcast – a race that has no gender (supposedly) and Riker falls for one of them (Soren).
Cause and Effect – One of my personal favorite episodes because it has to deal with the topic of time. The ship is forced to live in a loop and must find a way out of it to end the loop. I enjoy watching them play poker as they all get a sense of Deja Vu and they suddenly all know the cards before they are even dealt.
The First Duty – The star of My Favorite Martian (Ray Walston) joins this episode. He was the mentor (Boothby) for Picard during his Academy days.
Cost of Living _ Lwaxana Troi is finally getting married. And she’s going to drop the traditional Betazoid wedding ceremony where it’s attended completely in the nude (because her fiancee doesn’t approve of it, even though they’ve never met).
The Perfect Mate An object is delivered to the Enterprise and they are told that it’s priceless and must not be disturbed. Even though they don’t know the exact contents, Picard orders the area Off-Limits to his crew. But he’s forced to visit the area when two Ferengi’s accidentally open the package. The package contains a gift, a beautiful woman that is a mesomorph by the name of Kamala.
Imaginary Friend – an Imaginary friend is more than that, it’s really an alien who is befriending a little girl.
I, Borg – The Enterprise find a survivor from the Borg ship and nurse him back to health. He eventually takes the name of Hugh .
1. Picard pretends to be Locutos of Borg and Hugh pleads with him to not assimilate his friends (for example, do not assimilate Geordi).
2. Right before Hugh gets beamed up he glances over and he doesn’t look so stoic as if to say I’ll remember you my friends
The Next Phase ) Ro and LaForge appear to have died in an accident. But in reality they’ve only been cloaked and are very much alive.
The Inner Light – one of the more memorable moments in ST – TNG. This depict Picard living life on another planet (Kataan) in the form of Kamin where he marries, has a son and daughter, and learns how to play a musical instrument that resembles a flute.
Time’s Arrow, Part I – A great way to have a cliff-hanger and one of my favorite topics again, time-travel. As the Enterprise goes way back into the era of Samuel Clemens (better known as Mark Twain).