Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1 Reviews

December 28, 2018
Next Generation, arguably the most successful and recognisable of all the many offshoots of the Trek franchise, deserves the special treatment.
June 26, 2018
[TNG], as it was called by fans, had the same wonderfully cosmic-pulpy feel of the original, and helped kick off a slew of other Trek-related series that kept the property as fresh as a Romulan daisy.
May 22, 2018
It's probably the best pure cast in terms of acting talent that any entry in the series has ever had.
October 3, 2017
Like a lot of Part Ones, this first season did a lot of unglamorous grunt work for the benefit of later entries.
October 2, 2017
But, for all of its silliness, the first season succeeded where it needed to: It introduced viewers to the characters who would carry the torch through six more seasons, the new crew of the Starship Enterprise.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 2, 2017
It's hard to say if it's entertaining or entertainingly bad, but either way it IS entertaining.
October 2, 2017
Despite the season's high points, there are some real stinkers here.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 2, 2017
The show has aged well, especially with this new restoration driving the visuals and bringing new details to life (more on that below). And even some of the bad episodes have their charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 2, 2017
Star Trek aims to fill the eye and engage the mind; it has a long way to boldly go at both. But the new beginning is not without its rejuvenating properties, and there's nothing else on the air quite like it.
October 2, 2017
The new cast is fine ([Patrick] Stewart is a very interesting actor) and the story, although not very deep, inspired or mind-melding, has a nice payoff. But getting there takes much too long.
October 2, 2017
Those of us who have been less diligent in our viewing habits, though, may see the spinoff as energetically entertaining sci-fi stuff, an alternately spirited and silly piece.
October 2, 2017
Where the original Star Trek was blatantly interventionist, The Next Generation is much more laissez-faire.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 2, 2017
True Trekkies will no doubt discern profound optimism in the fact that Mr. Roddenberry still insists on envisioning a 24th century. The rest of us can only hope that things get a little livelier in coming weeks.
October 2, 2017
So far, we've had a definite downturn in the number of GLB ("god-like beings"), an increased sense of community aboard the Enterprise, and a lot of unfocused third acts.
Full Review | Original Score: C-