I was alive during the original run of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but I can’t say I was a loyal fan. I used to watch it if it was on, but I never went out of my way to do so.
Now that the Star Trek series have been slowly coming out on Blu Ray, I’ve been catching up. I absolutely loved the original series when I got the Blu Rays, and I figured I’d like The Next Generation just as well, especially considering how it’s adored by the superfans even more than the original series.
So I got the Blu Ray of Star Trek: The Next Generation season 1 (let’s not talk about the fact that the audio on most of the discs is screwed up and I had to get replacement discs sent to me). And I watched the first episode, “Encounter at Farpoint,” a double episode that was not only the debut of the cast but also was the first appearance of the Q. The episode was very slowly paced and borderline boring. But the ending really has me a little concerned.
After a fairly lame encounter with a crazy intergalactic blue jellyfish that backs off once it is reunited with its pink partner, the Enterprise sets off toward deep space, and Captain Picard is talking with Commander Riker. The episode ends with an exchange that is totally ridiculous.
RIKER: Just hoping this isn’t the usual way our missions will go, sir.
PICARD: Oh no, Number One. I’m sure most will be much more interesting. Let’s see what’s out there. Engage.
This was the very first episode of a series and they’re outright admitting that it wasn’t interesting?
I’m sure a lot of the episodes are better (because I remember), but c’mon.