Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6 (1992 - 1993)

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Air date: Sep 21, 1992

When Next Generation kicked off its sixth season on September 26, 1992, it was with the resolution of the fifth-season cliffhanger "Time's Arrow." A quick recap apprises the viewer that, while investigating a curious archeological discovery, Lt. Cmdr. Data was sucked into a time vortex, emerging in 19th century San Francisco. Likewise heading into the past to rescue their comrade, the crew discovers that the Earth is in danger of a devastating alien invasion. Their efforts to ward off this disaster are complicated by the presence of a snoopy reporter by the name of Samuel Clemens (Jerry Hardin). Part two of "Time's Arrow" was scripted by Jeri Taylor, from a story by Joe Menosky and Michael Piller.

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Air date: Sep 28, 1992

Once again, overly sensitive engineer Reg Barclay (Dwight Schultz) unwittingly creates havoc for the rest of the Enterprise crew. This time, Barclay is terrified at the thought of being transported to an away team rescue vehicle. Hoping to confront his fear, he goes through with the transportation process, only to undergo an incredible experience which causes him to doubt his sanity. Written by Branson Braga, "Realm of Fear" originally aired October 3, 1992.

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Air date: Oct 5, 1992

On board the Enterprise to negotiate a truce between two warring factions, the distinguished Lumerian ambassador Ramid Ves Alkar (Chip Lucia) worries that his darker side will surface and compromise his efforts. His fears seem to be allayed when Deanna Troi begans acting strangely, exhibiting more raw emotionalism than anyone has ever seen from her. Before long, we discover that Alkar has secretly transferred his own negative emotions to Troi, and the effect may not be reversible. Originally telecast October 10, 1992, "Man of the People" was written by Frank Abatemarco.

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Air date: Oct 12, 1992

The old Star Trek intersects with the new version in this episode, which originally aired October 17, 1992. Responding to a distress call, Geordi and Riker come across the remains of a 75-year-old starship, whereupon they discover a crewman trapped in a transporter beam. The unfortunate fellow is none other than Scotty (James Doohan), chief engineer of the original Enterprise. Released from limbo, Scotty sullenly realizes that there's no place for him in the 24th century, but not before participating in a thrilling adventure with the Next Generation crew. "Relics" was scripted by Ronald D. Moore.

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Air date: Oct 19, 1992

A series of bizarre occurences plagues the members of the Enterprise crew after an unexpected alien visit. It is soon revealed that the crew personnel are being kidnapped, one by one. The captives are then experimented upon by their alien abductors, then returned to the Enterprise, with only vague memories of the harrowing experiments. A clever spin on the old "Betty and Barney Hill" plot device, "Schisms" was scripted by Brannon Braga, from a story by Jean Louise Matthias and Ron Wilkerson. Curiously, when the episode first aired on October 24, 1992, its synopsis was missing from the pages of TV Guide.

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Air date: Oct 26, 1992

Picard's perennial nemesis Q (John DeLancie) makes his first sixth-season appearance in this episode. On this occasion, Q sets forth to test Enterprise medical intern Amanda Rogers (Olivia d'Abo), whose parents were originally from the Q continuum. The testing process reaches its peak when Amanda begins displaying Q-like tendencies, leading to a difficult decision between her present self and her true heritage, and a potentially larger crisis involving a dangerously polluted planet. First telecast October 31, 1992, "True Q" was written by Rene Echevarria.

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Air date: Nov 2, 1992

The phrase "second childhood" takes a bizarre turn in this episode, which first aired November 7, 1992. As a result of a freak transformer mishap, Picard, Ro, Guinan, and Keiko are transformed into 12-year-old children. The youngsters' dilemma may prove beneficial in the long run when the Enterprise is captured by Ferengi raiders. The child actors chosen to portray the younger Picard and his associates so closely resemble their older counterparts that the effect is downright uncanny. Scripted by Alison Hock from a story by Ward Dru Botsford, Diana Dru Botsford, and Michael Piller, "Rascals" was directed by Adam Nimoy, son of Leonard Nimoy.

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Air date: Nov 9, 1992

Relaxing on the holodeck, Worf, Alexander, and Troi embark upon a virtual reality adventure in the Wild West. Unfortunately, a malfunction traps the quartet in their 19th century surroundings. Making things worse, our heroes face a showdown with a gang of seemingly indestructable outlaws, all of whom resemble Lt. Cmdr. Data. Scripted by Robert Hewitt Wolfe and Brannon Braga, "A Fistful of Datas" originally aired November 14, 1992.

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Air date: Nov 16, 1992

On the planet of Tyra 7A, scientist Dr. Farallon (Ellen Bry) has created a race of robots known as exocomps. The visiting Enterprise crew members, like Farallon herself, regard these robots as nothing more than standard mechanical devices. But Data thinks differently, regarding the exocomps as living beings, and he's willing to place Picard and Geordi's lives in danger to protect the machines from harm. First offered to local stations on November 21, 1992, "The Quality of Life" was written by Naren Shankar and directed by series regular Jonathan Frakes.

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Air date: Dec 14, 1992

Just in time for the 1992 Christmas season, Next Generation offered the first installment of this two part episode. The story gets under way during a breakdown in the hostile relationship between the Federation and the Cardassians. In order to participate in a dangerous commando raid on a Cardassian stronghold, Picard resigns his command, leaving the Enterprise in the hands of autocratic, no-nonsense Captain Edward Jellico (Ronny Cox). During his mission, Picard is captured and threatened with torture, while back on the Enterprise, Jellico's callous behavior not only angers the crew but threatens to spark an all-out war. Originally telecast December 19, 1992, part one of "Chain of Command" was scripted by Ronald D. Moore from a story by Frank Abatemarco.

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Season 6 sees the crew of the USS Enterprise head to 1890s San Francisco to rescue Data. Later in the season the crew face off against familiar enemies in Q and the Borg.

Cast

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
Patti Yasutake
as Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Denise Crosby
as Lt. Tasha Yar
Wil Wheaton
as Wesley Crusher
John Durbin
as Gul Lemec
Diana Muldaur
as Dr. Katherine `Kate' Pulaski
Ronny Cox
as Capt. Jellico
David Warner
as Gul Madred
Natalija Nogulich
as Adm. Nechayev
Mae Jemison
as Ens. Palmer
John Neville
as Isaac Newton
James Doohan
as Montgomery `Scotty' Scott
Norman Lloyd
as Prof. Galen
Ellen Bry
as Dr. Farallon
Michael Bofshever
as Romulan/Alien
Jerry Hardin
as Samuel Clemens
Daniel Davis
as Prof. Moriarty
David Selburg
as Dr. Syrus
Wendy Hughes
as Lt. Cmdr.Nella Daren
Salome Jens
as Humanoid
Chip Lucia
as Ambassador Ves Alcar
Renata Scott
as Adm. Hayes
Kevin Conway
as Kahless
Rene Jones
as Lt. (jg) Aquiel Uhnari
Dennis Cockrum
as Alien Captain
Lucy Boryer
as Ens. Janeway
Tim Russ
as Devor
Andrew Prine
as Administrator
Jim Norton
as Albert Einstein
Pamela Kosh
as Mrs. Carmichael
Scott Trost
as Shipley
J. Downing
as Transporter Chief Kelso
John DeMita
as Sickbay Romulan
William Boyett
as Policeman
Olivia d'Abo
as Amanda Rogers
John de Mita
as Sickbay Romulan
Peter Slutsker
as Dr. Reyga
Lou Wagner
as DaiMon Solok
Stacie Foster
as Lt. Bartel
Clint Carmichael
as Nausicaan No. 1
Allan Dean Moore
as Wounded Crew Member
James Gleason
as Dr. Appollinaire
Jorge Cervera Jr.
as Mexican Bandit
Maurice Roëves
as Romulan Captain
Thomas Belgrey
as Crew Member
John S. Ragin
as Dr. Christopher
Richard Gilbert-Hill
as Borg #1 (Bosus)
John Nelson
as Medical Technician
Mary Stein
as Alien Nurse
Megan Parlen
as Young Ro
Pamela Winslow
as Ensign McKnight
Alexander Enberg
as Young Reporter
Arlee Reed
as Waiter
Isis Carmen Jones
as Young Guinan
Mike Gomez
as DaiMon Lurin
Hana Hatae
as Molly O'Brien
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News & Interviews for Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6

Critic Reviews for Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 6

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

The Next Generation take is darker and more politically progressive: Torture is counterproductive for the interrogator and devastating-both physically and emotionally-for the subject.

Oct 3, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's been a good season by and large, certainly better than I was expecting.

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

By the time Season 6's "Relics" came around the show's trips back to the Kirk/Spock well had perhaps gone too far...But it's Scotty's session with Picard that provides one of the finest moments in all of Trek.

Oct 3, 2017 | Full Review…

There are some solid episodes in the season, but not too many of them come close to the greatness that was seen in the previous seasons.

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

As a whole, Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 6 might well be the finest complete season the series ever produced and well worth a look or a re-look.

Oct 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6

  • Aug 14, 2020
    Still amazing television but some people will rightly find it less rewatchable than others because there are some slow episodes. Not that slow equals bad, but Klingon politics never excited me much.
  • 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
  • Feb 10, 2020
    The show continues withou development plots, even with Berman focusing on destroying the first 2 seasons of Deep Space Nine. Somehow the writers coul not evolve and bold
  • Nov 26, 2019
    TNG's best season in my opinion.
  • Nov 01, 2019
    In my opinion this show eclipses The Original Star Trek series and should be discussed as being one of the best TV shows of all time. Now of course every episode isn't as great as others, but the series in itself leaves absolutely nothing to be desired. Definitely the best Science Fiction TV show ever created!
  • Oct 14, 2018
    From this point on this fantastic series gets the same 4.5/5 in my books. Star Trek Next Gen is great television. Thought provoking and entertaining. Characters that you really care about. This is what Star Trek is about.
  • Feb 25, 2017
    One would think that a show like "Star Trek: The Next Generation" might be running out of gas a bit at this point. This is the fourth really strong season in a row, and it would be easy for the actors to get restless or the writers to starting scraping the bottom of the idea well. Fortunately, neither of those things happen in this Sixth Season, and in fact it is rather the opposite, as I consider this season to be the best of the entire run top-to-bottom. What I really like about this Sixth Season is that each episode is so unique and the balance across the season is absolutely perfect. In other seasons of TNG, one could really sense when the writers were working under certain themes or tracts (e.g. the show really dealing with some political topics for awhile in the middle years). This season had a little bit of everything. Some of the highlights include... -The return of Reginald Barclay (Dwight Schulz), who is always a treat, this time paranoid about the transporters! -The seemingly impossible return of old-school engineer Scotty (James Doohan) in a wonderful episode. -Picard (Patrick Stewart) getting captured and tortured by the Cardassians, one of the best episodes in show history. -Remember Professor Moriarty from the holodeck? He's back! -"Tapesty", probably my favorite single episode of the entire show. Picard, via Q (John De Lancie), gets a chance for a do-over in regards to the incident that caused him to need an artificial heart. -The powerful acting of Jonathan Frakes in the Riker-centric "Frame of Mind". One of the best "concept episodes" the show ever produced. The same can be said for Frakes (in a dual-role) in "Second Chances". -It wouldn't be Star Trek without a time-themed episode, and "Timescape" delivers a doozy. So, despite the fact that the season starts off with a whimper ("Time's Arrow II" is a train wreck) and doesn't end much better ("Descent I" isn't worthy of a finale), all the content in between is stellar. Even the episodes that may not work quite as well are at the very least entertaining, such as a take on Die Hard ("Starship Mine"), some of the crew reverting to childhood ("Rascals"), and Data and Troi hamming it up in a holodeck Wild West ("A Fistful of Datas"). Another big part of Season Six's success was a strong focus on Stewart as Picard. Not that he wasn't featured before, but he just really, really shined in a number of character-stretching roles here. He's such a key character in setting the tone for what TNG is all about that the timbre of many episodes can be made or broke by his subtle nuances. So, Season Six of "Next Generation" not only shows no signs of dropping off, but may actually be at the very top of its game. The acting is top-notch, the idea chest is overflowing, and there truly is "something for everyone" in terms of variety of episode types.
  • Jun 18, 2016
    Pretty good, except for "Rascals" and "A Fistful of Datas". Best episode: "Chain of Command" part 2 Worst episodes: "Rascals" and "A Fistful of Datas" (Why are all the kids in Star Trek The Next Generation so annoying?)
  • 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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