October 9, 2012
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season Six
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season Six, 1992-1993. A giant space ship flies around the galaxy, ostensibly exploring but usually running errands.
Created by Gene Roddenberry. Directed by Cliff Bole (4 episodes), Les Landau (3), Winrich Kolbe (3), Alexander Singer (3), Robert Wiemer (2), Robert Scheerer (2), Adam Nimoy (2), Jonathan Frakes (2), Patrick Stewart (1), Gabrielle Beaumont (1), Dan Curry (1), James L. Conway (1) & LeVar Burton (1). Written by Brannon Braga (7 episodes), Ronald D. Moore (7), René Echevarria (5), Jeri Taylor (3), Joe Menosky (3), Frank Abatemarco (3), Naren Shankar (3), Jean Louise Matthias (2), Ron Wilkerson (2), Allison Hock (1), Ward Botsford (1), Diana Dru Botsford (1), Michael Piller (1), Robert Hewitt Wolfe (1), L.J. Scott (1), Morgan Gendel (1), James E. Brooks (1) & Michael Medlock (1). Starring Patrick Stewart & Jonathan Frakes.
Concept: 4/4 (Great)
Story: 2/4 (Indifferent). Lots of plot holes. Lots of missed opportunities with ideas that should have made great episodes.
Characters: 3/4 (Good)
Dialog: 1/4 (Bad)
Pacing: 3/4 (Good)
Cinematography: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design: 1/4 (Bad)
Acting: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Music: 1/4 (Bad)
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay, 2/4). Here is where Star Trek begins is slow, painful decline. A number of episodes are awful; most are mediocre. There are a few great ones, but they're not nearly enough to make up for the crap. To be fair, this season probably isn't as bad as the first couple (both of which I gave a 7/10), but context accounts for a lot. Making a show bad when it was recently so good is very frustrating. And there's not much effort to do anything new or clever, and a lot of attempts to mimic earlier episodes. The only new ground is a change in tone to make it more serious, taking a lot of the fun out of it and making the frequently bad writing less forgivable. Still, it's Star Trek, and I can't help enjoying watching it.
Objective Rating (Average): 2.1/4 (Okay)