Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7 (1993 - 1994)

Season 7
Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Star Trek: The Next Generation's seventh season maintains the show's thoughtful storylines, dynamic crew, and powerful depiction of the fascinating and frightening aspects of space exploration.



Critic Ratings: 10


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Air date: Sep 20, 1993

At the end of the first part of this episode, it looked as if Data had gone over to the Borg side and was prepared to do battle against the Federation. Loyal Next Generation viewers originally had to wait until the beginning of the series' seventh season -- September 25, 1993 -- to learn the outcome of this startling turn of events. Still under the influence of the Borg -- specifically, his own evil brother Lore -- Data has taken Picard, Troi, and Geordi prisoner, leaving Dr. Crusher in charge of the Enterprise. With only a skeleton crew at her command, Crusher valiantly mounts a defense against the inevitable Borg attack. Though it can be argued that the outcome of the battle is never really in doubt, a few surprises still await the spectator. Part two of "Descent" was written by Rene Echevarria.

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Air date: Sep 27, 1993

While en route to the planet Lyaar, Picard crash-lands on an all but deserted planet. Here he is rescued by beautiful castaway Anna (Barbara Williams), who falls desperately in love with him. Meanwhile, back on the Enterprise, barbaric Lyaaran ambassador Byleth (Michael Harris) tries to goad Worf into violence. First telecast October 2, 1993, "Liasons" was scripted by Jeanne Carrigan Fauci and Lisa Rich from a story by Roger Eschbacher and Jac Greenspon.

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Air date: Oct 4, 1993

While working with an experimental interfacing probe, Geordi investigates the stranded USS Raman. Here he has a vision of his long-estranged mother (Madge Sinclair), who had disappeared during another mission more than 300 light years away. Convinced that the vision is real, Geordi defies Picard's commands and sets out on a desperate and life-threatening effort to rescue his mother. Written by Joe Menosky, "Interface" originally aired October 9, 1993.

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Air date: Oct 11, 1993

October 16, 1993, the first part of this episode begins on a somber (if familiar) note when it appears as if Captain Picard is dead. While investigating this presumed tragedy, Riker is kidnapped and spirited away to an outlaw ship that has been looting other planets. His outrage turns to shock and disillusionment when he finds Picard among the mercenaries. While the answer to Picard's behavior is provided during part one of "Gambit," viewers would have to wait until the following week to witness the outcome of the story, which was written by Christopher Hatton and Naren Shankar.

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Air date: Oct 18, 1993

In the first part of this episode, a captive Riker learned to his horror that Picard had joined a band of mercenaries who looted galactic archeology sites and sold their ill-gotten gains to the highest bidder. By the time part two rolled around, both Riker and the audience had been assured that Picard was merely posing as an outlaw to prevent the villains from getting their hands on a dangerous Vulcan artifact. Likewise pretending to cast his lot with the looters, Riker assists Picard in his efforts, which may well result in death for both men. Written by Ronald D. Moore from a story by Naren Shankar, part two of "Gambit" originally aired October 23, 1993.

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Air date: Oct 25, 1993

Still yearning to feel human emotions (despite the disastrous results of these yearnings in previous episodes), Data continues to undergo his dream program and experiences his very first nightmare. Upon awakening, Data begins to exhibit peculiar behavior, which may be the cause of a number of bizarre occurences aboard the Enterprise. Before the story can resolve itself, the rest of the crew is exposed to a few real-life nightmares of their own. Appropriately released on October 30, 1993, "Phantasms" was written by Brannon Braga.

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Air date: Nov 1, 1993

Majel Barrett returns to the role of Deanna Troi's troublesome mother Lwaxana. This time out, the normally ebullient Lwaxana suffers a psychic breakdown during a delegation of other telepathic aliens aboard the Enterprise. As Lwaxana struggles toward recovery, Deanna learns of a deep dark secret from her mother's past, one that severely threatens her present and future. Written by Hilary J. Bader, "Dark Page" first aired November 6, 1993.

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Air date: Nov 8, 1993

Next Generation regular Jonathan Frakes once again warmed the director's chair for this episode, which originally aired on November 13, 1993. Imprisoned together on the planet Kesprytt Three, Picard and Dr. Crusher are telepathically joined by their captors. As they plan their escape, the "attached" prisoners are forced to reveal their true feelings about one another, and those feelings may well result in romance. "Attached" was written by Nicholas Sagan.

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Air date: Nov 15, 1993

Searching for a missing medical transport, the Enterprise encounters an alien brother and sister: Rabal (Michael Corbett) and Serova (Margaret Reed). Insisting that ships using warp drive (the Enterprise for example) are destroying their portion universe, the siblings are determined to prove that their theory is true, and they're willing to resort to any measures to do so. Written by Naran Shankar, "Force of Nature" was first telecast November 20, 1993.

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Air date: Nov 22, 1993

Data embarks upon a routine mission to save the planet Atrea Four from destruction. En route to his destination, he makes the acquaintance of one of the resident scientists, Dr. Juliana Tainer (Fionulla Flanagan). Data is thrown for a loop (to put it mildly) when Tainer insists that she is really Juliana Soong, ex-wife of scientist Noonian Soong, and Data's own mother. Initially aired on November 27, 1993, "Inheritance" was written by Dan Koeppel and Rene Echevarria.

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The 7th and final season sees voyage the USS Enterprise come to an end, as Picard and Q have one final confrontation, with everything at stake.

Cast & Crew

Patrick Stewart
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes
Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton
Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn
Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden
Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis
Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner
Lt. Cmdr. Data
Denise Crosby
Lt. Tasha Yar
Richard Lynch
Wil Wheaton
Wesley Crusher
Patti Yasutake
Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Clyde Kusatsu
Adm. Nakamura
Andreas Katsulas
Cmdr. Tomalak
Lee Arenberg
DaiMon Prak
Natalia Nogulich
Adm. Alynna Nechayev
Colm Meaney
Chief Miles O'Brien
Rick Berman
Executive Producer
Michael Piller
Executive Producer
Jeri Taylor
Executive Producer
Dan Koeppel
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Audience Reviews for Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7

  • Jun 04, 2021
    Season 1 of TNG didn't start off well but with someone like Sir. Patrick Stewart leading it could had never been bad, at least not back then (today, well it's a whole different era).
  • Oct 29, 2020
    Oh shit this is great
  • Oct 01, 2020
    The weakest of seasons 3-7, but it is still pretty dam good. It does have is low points which is the awfulness of Sub Rosa, Dark Page and Masks, and the averageness of Force of Nature and Journey's End. The excellent episodes are Preemptive Strike, Parallels, The Pegasus and Lower Decks. All Good Things is the best ending to this classic show.
  • Aug 14, 2020
    The final episode says it all with its title, not it's strongest season but still full of memorable fantastic episodes with a finale that manages to revisit the past and look toward the future without losing the sense of urgency in the present. I doubt we will have it's like again.
  • Aug 13, 2020
    Plain simple classic. The Picard - Janeway - Sisko era ended way too soon. 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
  • Apr 18, 2020
    With the exception of episode 17 to which I bypassed within 20 minutes all I loved and I'll miss!
  • Feb 10, 2020
    The show do not achieve the ultimate performance but still a great show. The only weask was the boldless writers, but the nseries finale was awesome
  • Dec 03, 2019
    not as good as the previous 4 seasons but still entertaining.
  • 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!

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