Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5 (1991 - 1992)


Season 5
Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Air date: Sep 23, 1991
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Season 5 sees the crew of the USS Enterprise try to negotiate the end of the Kilngon Civil War.


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
Gates McFadden
as Dr. Beverly Crusher
Michelle Forbes
as Ensign Ro Laren
Brian Bonsall
as Alexander Rozhenko
Patti Yasutake
as Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Rosalind Chao
as Keiko O'Brien
Ashley Judd
as Ens. Lefler
Wil Wheaton
as Wesley Crusher
Stephen Root
as Capt. K'Vada
Ken Thorley
as Barber Mot
Harley Venton
as Transporter Officer
Daniel Roebuck
as Romulan #1
Stefan Gierasch
as Hail Moseley
Colm Meaney
as Miles O'Brien
Jerry Hardin
as Samuel Clemens
Noley Thornton
as Clara Sutter
Tony Jay
as Campio
Daniel Stewart
as Young Batai
Ellen Geer
as Dr. Kila Marr
Kelsey Grammer
as Capt. Bateman
Shay Astar
as Isabella
Matt Frewer
as Berlinghoff Rasmussen
Caroline Kava
as Dr. Russell
Jonathan Del Arco
as Third of Five/Hugh
Georgia Brown
as Helena Roszhenko
David Sage
as Tarmin
Ryan Reid
as Transporter Technician
Susan Diol
as Carmen
Milt Tarver
as Scientist
Max Grodénchik
as Par Lenor
Richard Allen
as Tamarian Officer
Cliff Potts
as Adm. Kennelly
Shay Garner
as Female Scientist
Max Supera
as Patterson
Kenneth Meseroll
as Ens. McDowell
Scott Marlowe
as Keeve Falor
Scott Jaeck
as Administator
Rick Fitts
as Dr. Martin
Ed Lauter
as Lt. Albert
Jeff Allin
as Daniel Sutter
Barry Kivel
as Doorman
Graham Jarvis
as Klim Dokachin
Mickey Cottrell
as Chancellor Alrik
Richard Fancy
as Capt. Satelk
David Oliver
as Young Man
Sheldon Peters Wolfchild
as Joe Falling Hawk
Doug Wert
as Lt. Cmdr. Jack Crusher
JD Cullum
as Toral
Jacqueline Brookes
as Supt. Adm. Brand
Craig Benton
as Crewman Davis
Walker Brandt
as Cadet 2nd Class Jean Hajar
Roger Rignack
as Miner #2
Marc Alaimo
as Frederick La Rouque
Cameron Arnett
as Ensign Mandel
Patrick Cronin
as Protocol Master Erko
April Grace
as Transporter Chief Hubbell
Jana Marie Hupp
as Lt. (jg) Monroe
Shannon Fill
as Cadet 2nd Class Sito
Fran Bennett
as Adm. Shauntee
Karen Hensel
as Adm. Brackett
Nicholas Kepros
as Gen. Movar
Chris Halsted
as 1st Learner
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Critic Reviews for Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5

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It's full of great moments as Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Lt Cmdr Data (Brent Spiner) shanghai a Kilingon ship to go undercover on Romulas in a search for Spock.

Oct 3, 2017 | Full Review…

The Inner Light, another of the series' top episodes, once again shows off Patrick Stewart's acting range.

Oct 2, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a far cry from the current cinematic vision of the franchise, which puts spectacle before substance and gives characters little time to pause and reflect.

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Season Five of TNG is probably best described as the 'deep' season, due to some of the great stories that were told in this year

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

In many ways, Darmok is the quintessential Star Trek episode: it's about cooperation, cross-cultural understanding and it embodies the utopian ethos that has always been at the heart of this seemingly bottomless franchise.

Oct 3, 2017 | Full Review…

After an increasingly self-assured third season, TNG upped its game in impressive fashion with one of the best cliffhangers in the history of genre TV.

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5

  • Jan 16, 2015
    One of the most ambitious seasons of the series, Season 5 of Star Trek: The Next Generation launches the franchise to new heights. This season original cast member Denise Crosby returns to the show as a recurring character, Leonard Nimoy guest stars in a two part movie tie-in for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and Michelle Forbes joins the show as the fan favorite character Ensign Ro. Additionally, the writers attempt some daring and unconventional episodes, including "Darmok," "Cause and Effect," "I, Borg," and "The Inner Light." However, some of the episodes get a little preachy, such as "The Masterpiece Society" and "The Outcast." Still, the season's strong focus on high-minded sci-fi concepts and contemporary sociopolitical issues provide plentiful of opportunities for creative and compelling storytelling. The last season under the helm of creator Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 5 does an extraordinary job of realizing his vision.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2018
    Just as good as the amazing and consistent season 4. Inner light is the best episode in the entire series and one of the best episodes of Trek in any series.
  • Feb 25, 2017
    The second half of Season Four of Star Trek: The Next Generation really amped up the political aspect of its episodes (conflicts, wars, hard-hitting material, etc.), eschewing the light-hearted or more one-off fare that mostly populated subsequent seasons. That political bent carries over into the first third or so of this season, but is gradually phased out again in a return to more imaginative material. Personally, I think this show thrives on the high-concept plots and character development rather than the "political stuff", so I welcomed the shift back. Suffice it to say, however, that there is a little bit for everyone in this season. Some thoughts on Season Five... -The "big episodes" of this season never did much for me. "Redemption", where Worf gets the limelight, kicks off the season on an odd note. Not longer after, "Unification" teases the return of Leonard Nimoy as Ambassador Spock, yet the concept just fizzles out over the span of two episodes. The season finale, "Time's Arrow", is also pretty weak. You can't build an entire arc premise around "Data's head found under San Francisco". So, I really felt that every time the show tried to "go big" this season, it didn't deliver (at least for me). -Fortunately, there are enough episodes "in between" that are engaging and develop the characters without some political bent making things so serious. "Conundrum" is a classic mystery, "Disaster" offers some of the best bits of any TNG episode (Worf delivering a baby, Picard interacting with children), and Ethics sees Worf go through a crisis of the highest order with his son now by his side. These are the types of episodes that TNG thrives upon...interesting plots and then letting the characters interact with each other. -A new character (Ensign Ro) is introduced. While I liked the concept of a fresh face, Ro is almost made too patently unlikeable to ever really work (at least so far). She isn't a terrible addition, by any means, but the idea works better than the execution to this point. -The last spate of episodes this season are pure gold. "Cause & Effect" is high-concept at its best (Enterprise caught in a time loop), "I Borg" brings back everyone's favorite baddies, "The Next Phase" examines a fascinating concept, and then there's "The Inner Light"....easily the best performance from Stewart's Picard on the show to this point. If able, I would bump the star rating of this Fifth Season up to 4.5 based on the quality of the close-out episodes alone. Overall, then, I thought that Season Five of TNG started off a bit stodgy/stale (much like Season Four ended), but then made a conscious effort to get back to (IMHO) what the show does best. Thus, as the season progresses, we are given episodes were different characters interact with each other and plots worthy of such an imaginative show. Beginning to end, this is probably the best season of the show so far in its run. The "bad" episodes aren't terrible (more like overcooked or stodgy), while the good episodes are all-time classics. Nothing to shy away from here...the third consecutive solid season in a row for TNG.
  • Jun 18, 2016
    Best episodes feature Spock. Try to avoid "Darmok" (snoozefest) and "Hero Worship" ( Joshua Harris as Timothy...atrocious) if possible. Best episodes: "Unification" 1 and 2 Worst episode: "Darmok" (It put me to sleep) and "Hero Worship"
  • 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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