Essential TNG Season 2.
Daniel, Darren and Phillip continue the proud Trek.fm "essential" tradition of breaking down a season of their favorite series, sorting through which episodes should be officially kept. The trio begins, reluctantly, with "The Child" and makes their way through Next Gen's too short a season, all the way to "Shades of Grey." There are quite a few 2-1 votes for whether an episode is considered "essential" in this installment - that is, whether it embodies the spirit of TNG or sets up much-needed elements for later Next Gen or later parts of the subsequent Trek series. Earl Grey discusses when Lwaxana Troi should "officially" show up, whether "Q Who?" should be "very essential" or "most essential," and if Worf's "two bridges?!?!" must officially be retired.
Season two of Star Trek: The Next Generation suffered from a series of writer strikes and bad plots, along with captivating stories ("The Measure of a Man"), new characters (e.g., Guinan and Dr. Pulaski), and promotions for our crew. Join Earl Grey as they hold up season two to the "essential" winnowing process.
The Child (Yes)
Where Silence Has Lease (No)
Elementary, Dear Data (Yes)
The Outrageous Okona (No)
Loud As A Whisper (Yes)
The Schizoid Man (No)
Unnatural Selection (No)
A Matter Of Honor (Yes)
The Measure Of A Man (No)
The Dauphin (No)
The Royale (No)
Time Squared (No)
The Icarus Factor (Yes)
Pen Pals (Yes)
Q Who (Yes)
Samaritan Snare (Yes)
Up The Long Ladder (No)
The Emissary (Yes)
Peak Performance (Yes)
Shades of Gray (No)
12 Yes / 10 No
Final Thoughts (00:54:59)
Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, & Darren Moser
Darren Moser (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
Deleted Scenes, Part 1. Deleted scenes from seasons 1 and 2 of The Next Generation are discussed.
Favorite Friendships in TNG. Each host lists their three favorite friendships in The Next Generation.
Science in TNG, Part 1. Discussion on the science in TNG seasons 1 through 3.
Section 31 in TNG. Discussion on what Section 31 might looked like on The Next Generation.
Death in TNG. Discussion of how death is shown and what impact that it has on The Next Generation.
The Lost Episodes, Part 6. Discussion on three never-produced episodes of The Next Generation.
"Masks." Discussion on the episode "Masks" that we think you'll enjoy, whether or not you're a fan of the episode.
Troi's Dishonor. Discussion on Counselor Troi's assaults and how they were portrayed on The Next Generation.
Durinda Wood Interview. Interview with TNG season 2 costume designer Durinda Wood.
Best and Worst Will Riker Moments. Amy, Justin, and guest Wes Huntington list their choices for best and worst Riker moments.
Favorite Character Moments from Nemesis. Each host lists their three favorite character moments from Nemesis.
The Lost Episodes, Part 5. Discussion on the never-produced episode of The Next Generation called "Blood and Fire."
Weapons of TNG, Part 2. Discussion on ship weapons, both Federation and non-Federation.
Captain Jellico. Discussion on Jellico's command style and effectiveness in the "Chain of Command" two-parter.
Favorite Character Moments from Insurrection. Each host lists their three favorite character moments from Insurrection.
Favorite Badass Troi Moments. We discuss our favorite moments showing Deanna Troi as tough and uncompromising.
The Lost Episodes, Part 4. Discussion on the never-produced episode of The Next Generation called "The Crystal Skull."
Pets of TNG. Discussion on the pets of The Next Generation and their impact on the characters.
Favorite Character Moments from First Contact. Each host lists their three favorite character moments from First Contact.
Favorite Badass Geordi Moments. We discuss our favorite moments showing Geordi as tough and uncompromising.
TNG Roleplaying Game. The hosts play the Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game.
The Lost Episodes, Part 3. Discussion on two never-produced episodes of The Next Generation, including "Return to Forever."
Favorite Character Moments from Generations. Each host lists their three favorite character moments from Generations.
Lessons. Discussion on Picard and Daren in the episode "Lessons."
Jennifer Edwards Interview. Interview with Jennifer Edwards, who played Alexander's teacher Ms. Kyle on The Next Generation.
Picard's Family. Discussion of the real and imaginary family of Jean-Luc Picard.
Tim deZarn Interview. Interview with Tim deZarn, who played four different aliens on The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager.
Remember Me. Discussion on Beverly Crusher in the season four episode "Remember me."
Favorite Character Moments Season 7. Each host brings their list of favorite character moments and why those moments are important to a specific character's development.
Creatures and Monsters of TNG. Discussion on exotic species and unusual entities on TNG.