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


Season 2
Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Air date: Nov 21, 1988
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Season 2 sees the crew of the USS Enterprise face off against enemies including Q and the Borg.


Patrick Stewart
as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes
as Cdr. William T. Riker
LeVar Burton
as Lt. Cdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn
as Lt. Worf
Marina Sirtis
as Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner
as Lt. Cdr. Data
Diana Muldaur
as Dr. Pulaski
Gates McFadden
as Beverly Crusher
Wil Wheaton
as Wesley Crusher
Colm Meaney
as Transporter Chief
Lycia Naff
as Sonya Gomez
Majel Barrett
as Lwaxana Troi
Denise Crosby
as Lt. Tasha Yar
Earl Boen
as Nagilum
Amanda McBroom
as Judge Advocate General
Clyde Kusatsu
as Adm. Nakamura
Sam Anderson
as Assistant Manager
Mitchell Ryan
as Kyle Riker
Nikki Cox
as Sarjenka
Patricia Smith
as Dr. Sara Kingsley
Alan Shearman
as Lestrade
Leo Damian
as Warrior/Adonis
Thalmus Rasulala
as Capt. Donald Varley
Seymour Cassel
as Hester Dealt
Brian Brophy
as Cdr. Bruce Maddox
John Putch
as Ensign Mendon
David L. Lander
as Tactician
Robert Costanzo
as Slade Bender
Carolyn Seymour
as Sub-Cmdr. Taris
Mick Fleetwood
as Antidian Dignitary
Charles Douglass
as Ens. Haskell
Bill Campbell
as Capt. Thaduin Okona
J. Patrick McNamara
as Capt. Taggert
Dana Sparks
as Tactical Ensign
R.J. Williams
as Ian Andrew Troi
Scott Trost
as Transporter Ensign
Tzi Ma
as Biomolecular Specialist
Leslie Neale
as Ensign Nagel
Biff Manard
as Ruffian
Leo Garcia
as Bellboy
Mädchen Amick
as Anya as Teenage Girl
Diz White
as Prostitute
Peter Parros
as Tactics Officer
Glenn Morshower
as Ensign Burke
Diedrich Bader
as Tactical Crewman
Dawn Arnemann
as Miss Gladstone
Anne Ramsay
as Asst. Eng. Clancy
Cindy Sorenson
as Anya as Furry Animal
Richard Lavin
as Warrior #1
Jennifer Barlow
as Ensign Gibson
Chip Heller
as Warrior #2
Joe Piscopo
as The Comic
John Garrett
as Lieutenant
Wren T. Brown
as Transport Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 2

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

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…

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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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
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2019
    Possibly the best season and a different visual take in appearance from season one.
  • Jan 17, 2019
    Better that season 1 but still in development, one particular good episode was The Measure of a Man 2x9, Data on trial, is he a machine or a sentient being?
  • Oct 14, 2018
    Much like the previous season, Star Trek Next Gen season 2 offers a good yet inconsistent experience.
  • May 04, 2018
    Next Generation's second season is a massive improvement over its freshman predecessor, but this isn't close to peak TNG yet. Several Data episodes, some interesting Klingon immersion, and the triumphant appearance of the Borg are highlights, but Gates McFadden is missed despite how good Katherine Pulaski is (she's very good). Also, the finale may be one of the worst season finales I've ever seen: a veritable clip show that just about derails the momentum of the entire season. But overall it's still quite a bit of fun and boasts some truly memorable tales despite the problems. Top 3 Episodes: 1. The Measure of a Man 2. Q Who? 3. A Matter of Honor Bottom 3 Episodes: 1. Shades of Gray 2. Manhunt 3. The Child
  • Jan 06, 2018
    Much like Season 1, Season 2 has some good episodes (like the incredible The Measure of a Man) sprinkled over a pile of terrible ones, including an actual clip show. That's right, Star Trek TNG has a clip show episode as the finale of Season 2 because they ran out of money and couldn't be bothered to do a 'bottle show'.
  • Feb 25, 2017
    The first season of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" was almost entirely focused on creating a different atmosphere from The Original Series, to the detriment of plots and character development. Season Two, however, starts to get on the right track by getting all the cast in their correct positions going forward and, even more specifically, realizing what a gem of a character they stumbled into with Data (Brent Spiner). In all honesty, there are still portions of this season that are wildly uneven (hence the 3-star rating). Some episodes are quite ham-fisted yet, and a few are just downright boring/stupid. "Shades of Grey" may be the worst season finale in the history of, well, season finales. How much of this was the show runners' faults and how much was network interference can be debated, but the result is quite uneven. That being said, there are enough things that go right to give the show reasons for excitement going forward, including... -Geordi La Forge (Levar Burton) and Worf (Michael Dorn) at their respective posts (engineering, security), not like the first season where the writers weren't sure what to do with them. Settling into a groove allows the characters to grow. -Showing the human side of William Riker (Jonathan Frakes), whose posturing and brashness in Season One bordered on ridiculous and over-the-top. River is a great character on the show (as he is really the only throwback to a Kirk-like authority figure), but only if his ego can be humanized from time to time, which happens in Season Two. -A solid focus on Data and understanding exactly what they want to do with the android character. Episodes like "Elementary, Dear Data" (playing Sherlock Holmes in the Holodeck), "The Outrageous Okona" (Data tries to understand comedy), and "Measure of A Man" (Data's sentience is put on trial) show that the writers are finally understanding that Data may just be the most interesting character on the entire show as he struggles to understand the concept of "humanity" on a starship where that concept is so refined. Perhaps the shining moment of the entire season, however, is the introduction of the Borg, easily the most formidable opponent ever faced by the Enterprise, courtesy of Q's (John De Lancie) doings. The Borg only appear in one episode, but that single hour single-handedly shows that "The Next Generation" may just have a bright future if the storytelling consistently improve. Watching Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) fully comprehend the implications of the Borg is a dramatic treat. So, while still a bit too uneven to give really high marks, Season Two of "The Next Generation" shows that this show really does have the potential for greatness (something the first season never quite convinced me of). There is still a ways to go, but as a viewer I am more motivated to stick around and find out what's in store for the future.
  • Aug 03, 2016
    Much better than the first season
  • Jun 18, 2016
    Things begin to get better, although there are still a few clunkers. Best episode: "Q Who?" Worst episode: "Shades of Gray"
  • Jan 04, 2016
    The second best Star Trek series of the 6, soon to be 7 series, after The Original Series. With Voyager very close behind. The reason I put this above Voyager, has a lot to do with it's importance in the Star Trek universe, as well as the fact that the show reaches some really high highs. However Voyager is a more consistent show, with not as many "blah" episodes, but may not have reach quite the high highs of Next Generation. Great cast, great acting, great storytelling overall and a very important and great Sci-Fi show!

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