I've finished Season 1. A few miscellaneous thoughts:
- It's nice to be reminded of a time when television suffered from trashy production values and atrocious acting. I think we've come to expect so much from our media that we've forgotten about the campy charm of a flawed, messy production like Star Trek.
- Patrick Stewart is a class act. He's so far ahead of every other cast member in his poise and delivery and skill.
- I'll miss Tasha Yar. Her character was woefully underutilized. So much wasted potential.
- My respect for Worf grew in direct proportion to my progress into the season.
- I will never not like Data. He's like the personification of science fiction. Logical, intensely curious, scientifically minded, yet humanistic and philosophical, concerned about questions of humanity and always trying to understand his own existence, but never without a sense of humor or childlike warmth.
- Season 1 took about 20 episodes to find its footing, but eventually did. The last half a dozen episodes were (mostly) fantastic.
- Unpopular opinion #1: I didn't like Conspiracy.
- Unpopular Opinion #2: Blatant racism aside (and a sentence with that kind of opening has to be an unpopular opinion) Code of Honor was an excellent episode, and one of the most structurally sound episodes of the season.
- Best episode of the season: Symbiosis (22)
- Worst: "Justice" (8) or "The Naked Now" (3) - TNG's writers have no idea how to talk about sex.
- Funniest moment of Season 1: "The Big Goodbye" (11) - Swaggering around in a garish new hat, Data seemed to be saying, 'Look at me, Captain; I have a new hat.'
- Most powerful moment of Season 1: "Heart of Glory" (20) Worf's final argument with Korris is a powerful statement on the weaknesses of warrior culture. "The struggle is within, not without." I've always had a weakness for philosophical warriors.
Season 2 starts Monday. I'm looking forward to it.