I finished watching Star Trek: The Next Generation the other night and I almost can’t believe it! I spent about a month only watching it while I was working. It’s kind of funny having a fresh experience with a 25 year old show that most people grew up with.
A lot of people are getting into Star Trek lately, but to be honest it wasn’t because of the movies for me. First of all my husband is a fan, so we’ll have conversations about it sometimes. Often enough that I was familiar with the characters with only watching one or two episodes of each series. I was always too intimidated by the sheer amount of it to even try to approach it.
Data & Spot Commission from Comicpalooza
But a big factor that got me to finally jump in was conventions! At Comicpalooza I did a commission of Data & Spot and I was so excited that I watched every episode that had Spot in it. I’m boring and Data’s my favorite so it really dragged me in. I hadn’t really gotten around to watching more after that due to being busy, but then Space City Con happened. At one point I ran to the bathroom and as Robert Picardo had just walked out of the men’s room, I gave him a smile and a nod (I just do that to people ok). Immediately after my brain went “!!! IT’S THE DOCTOR FROM VOYAGER AND HE’S ADORABLE!!” and felt bad that I was excited but didn’t have the appreciation of having watched the show. Also the original bridge from Enterprise-D was nestled into the Artist Alley for people to take pictures in. It was kind of inconveniently placed so I tripped on it a few times. I wanted to take pictures on it, but again felt bad that I hadn’t seen the show. And at another point I passed John de Lancie walking down a hall. It was kind of frustrating having all of this culture around me that I wanted to experience and appreciate, but couldn’t yet.
AND THAT’S WHERE IT BEGAN. I started finally watching TNG. I’m having a little tiiiiny break before DS9 to let it settle in a little bit more. Hoping to have a marathon of all the movies here soon too!
doodled this on the Miiverse on the Nintendo WiiU
So here’s kinda ~the final verdict~ on my experience with TNG.
Favorite Episodes (chronological order):
♥ S2E3 Elementary, Dear Data
♥ S3E16 The Offspring
♥ S4E2 Family
♥ S6E16 Birthright Pt. 1
♥ S6E19 Lessons
♥ S7E15 Lower Decks
♥ Team Data (w/Geordi, Lore, Lal, The Soongs, Spot, etc)
♥ Worf & Fam
Favorite Minor Characters:
♥ Sergey & Helena Rozhenko
♥ Commander Pulaski
♥ Sito Jaxa
♥ Lieutenant Yar
Scenes from the episode “Family”
I was so inspired by the whimsical adorableness of Data, but also how he can have some heartbreaking moments. That’s usually how I like it best. I’d say what my favorite moments of his but there are just so many. His daughter, being a Sherlock Holmes fanboy, him as a captain, his haunting brother, his actor, his dreams… I could go on forever. I find it so exciting that Brent Spiner is from Houston! I’m hoping to make a painting that’s a tribute to Data here soon. Here’s a sketch I did of Data & Lore. His line “Often Wrong’s got a broken heart, Can’t even tell his boys apart” made me nearly poop myself.
There’s a couple characters I wish could have been in the series more, specifically K’Ehleyr and Pulaski. Kind of a weird thought, but I would have loved to have seen K’Ehleyr meet Worf’s parents. It would have been so sweet and I think they would have gotten along well. I wish Pulaski was the doctor through the series. I loved her as a character and I actually would have liked to seen where her relationship with Data would have gone. Everyone on the Enterprise has so much faith in Data and gives him all their support, so it was interesting having one character that didn’t just go along with his fight to achieve humanity and didn’t entirely believe his potential. I wish that dynamic could have evolved as she watched herself be proven wrong.
It feels good to finally jumping into the Star Trek culture after I’ve been wanting to for so long! I’m looking forward to watching the other series.