Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2 (1988 - 1989)


Season 2
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Air date: Nov 21, 1988

Counselor Troi reveals that she is carrying a child.

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Air date: Nov 28, 1988

The Enterprise is sent to the Morgana Quadrant, only to be detoured into a bizarre, mazelike "space void." While trying to figure out a means of escape, the crew comes across a derelict space vessel. Unbeknownst to them, the vessel contains an alien observer named Nagilium (Earl Boen), who happens to be conducting an experiment in behavioral study with the Enterprise crew as his own personal laboratory rats. First broadcast December 3, 1988, "Where Silence Has Lease" was written by Jack Sowards.

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Air date: Dec 5, 1988

Data's fascination with Sherlock Holmes gets him involved in a real mystery.

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Air date: Dec 12, 1988

A fugitive with a comic routine gets Data interested in being a comedian.

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Air date: Jan 9, 1989

Troi communicates with a deaf mediator, trying to convince him to resolve a conflict to save a warring planet.

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Air date: Jan 23, 1989

The title character in this episode is none other than our old android friend, Lt. Cmdr. Data. Along with several other crew members, Data rushes to the aid of dying scientist Ira Graves (W. Morgan Sheppard). Fascinated by Data, Graves bestows upon him a split personality, then unceremoniously expires. The motivation behind Graves' final gesture remains unclear to everyone but the old man's faithful assistant, Kareen Brianon (Barbara Alyn Woods). Scripted by Tracy Torme from a story by Hans Beimler and Richard Manning, "The Schizoid Man" initially aired January 28, 1989.

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Air date: Jan 30, 1989

Responding to a distress call from the cargo ship USS Lantree, the Enterprise comes upon a space vessel whose crew has contracted a strange degenerative disease. In as much as the dead crew members all appear to be 80 years old, it doesn't take long to deduce the nature of the disease. Risking the possibility of prematurely aging himself, Captain Picard seeks out the cause of the malady, which turns out to be the dreaded and irreversible Thalasian Flu. Bearing echoes of the 1968 Star Trek episode The Deadly Years, "Unnatural Selection" was written by John Mason and Mike Gray, and first aired February 4, 1989.

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Air date: Feb 6, 1989

Riker is faced with divided loyalties when he is assigned to a Klingon vessel that decides to attack the Enterprise.

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Air date: Feb 13, 1989

Commander Maddox (Brian Brophy), the officer presiding over Starbase 173 demands that Data be taken apart for study. The argument is that Data is merely "property" and not a living being. This assertion is particularly painful to Guinan, who equates Maddox's attitude with that of Southern slaveholders during the Civil War; it is on this base that Picard mounts his defense of the hapless Data. Written by Melinda Snodgrass, "The Measure of a Man" was originally telecast February 18, 1989.

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Air date: Feb 20, 1989

The Enterprise is assigned to escort a young alien princess named Salia (Jaime Hubbard) to Daled Four. Wesley develops a crush on the girl, much to the displeasure of her guardian Anya (Paddi Edwards). Little does Wesley know that Anya possesses a secret power that could destroy him and the rest of the crew. Originally telecast February 26, 1989, "The Dauphin" was written by Scott Rubinstein and Leonard Mlodinow.

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Season 2 sees the crew of the USS Enterprise face off against enemies including Q and the Borg.

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Critic Reviews for Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 2

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Solid from beginning to end, and, for once, living up to the series' tag line by boldly going where no Trek had gone before.

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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It's really hard to imagine that a show could get this bad in its second season and still come back for a third.

May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite all the season has going for it, the season finale is simply the worst Star Trek episode ever filmed.

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Where were YOU the first time you felt so much contempt towards Shades of Gray that you switched your TV off in disgust and went to do something else with your life instead?

Oct 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Things were never the same after Season Two, when TNG grew up, and the Enterprise-D truly entered uncharted territory.

Oct 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Whereas Season 1 existed very much in the shadow of Kirk and his show, Season 2 did a great deal to bring The Next Generation into its own.

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2

  • Jun 20, 2019
    better compared to the first season, but still a mixed bag of Star Trek. Should have been better
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  • Aug 14, 2020
    So many amazing episodes in this season, it's not as flawless as TNG gets but it's still pretty great.
  • Aug 13, 2020
    Plain simple classic. Has his ups and downs but every minute of it is still way better than anything new produced by the Kurzman folks.
  • Jul 12, 2020
    Fall asleep to this show for years, but also have actually watched every episode awake as well
  • Jun 27, 2020
    Loved this season too, it was amazing, every time I watched I wanted more and more.
  • Jun 14, 2020
    Episodes like The Child, The unnatural selection, The outrageous Okona and Pen Pals sucked. Shades of Gray is a train wreck. Episodes like Q Who, Where silence has lease, Elementary dear data, Time-Squared, A matter of Honour, The Emissary and the Royale superb. It was an inconsistent season, but it was also decent
  • Jun 05, 2020
    I am glad to see that this series has stood up to time better than the original series. Unfortunately, the awe and wonder of STNG reviving star trek has wore off and the statements on society made by their scripts screams propaganda, like "Up the long ladder" and other episodes during this season. Had I found the clone I would have made sure to allow it to continue and then take it in as family. By killing the clones they are saying much more than abortion is ok. They are saying clones have no rights and are not the same as you and I. I also found The Dauphin unrealistic. An alien takes female form for the trip and that form becomes so much more important t to her for her attention from Wesley. That garners no understanding from him. Why? Any teenage boy would be flattered by that. The had to make their idiotic point about differences and acceptance. What really was the point since they were not going to ever see each other again? The script made no sense on any level. STNG, took the wonder of Star Trek and used it as a preaching podium for there views, views that were against the norm, for the better new way of thinking, that allows killing clones and other such nonsense. Sadly, the recognized propaganda has taken away from its allure.
  • Feb 10, 2020
    Slightly decrease but still hope exist at the time
  • Oct 12, 2019
    an improvement over the first season, as well as introducing the Borg that would effect future seasons, Characters and Spin offs for years to come... but its not quite there yet, my advice would be to skip the first and last episode of this season, your not missing much.
  • Jan 27, 2019
    Possibly the best season and a different visual take in appearance from season one.

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