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  •  it's my favorite and I love Garak, too. (6+ / 0-)

    However, TNG had its place.  It was supposed to be more like the original, and they explored social and political ideas like the original, which DS9 didn't really do as much of (aside from the Bajorans).  While DS9 had great episodes like "In the Pale Moonlight" that were breaking the rules, TNG had great episodes like "Birthright" that were more traditional for Trek.

    ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

    by James Allen on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 06:42:30 AM PST

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    •  TNG probably did produce... (2+ / 0-)
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      The very best standalone episodes. The likes of "Tapestry", "The Inner Light", and "Darmok" spring immediately to mind.

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      by SaoMagnifico on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 12:02:00 PM PST

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      •  another related weakness, though (4+ / 0-)

        nearly all episodes really were standalone.  They'd warp into a star system where there was a problem and solve it within 44 minutes, usually by doing something weird with their deflector or ejecting the warp core (copied in everything since, even the last movie which was supposed to be a new kind of trek), then warp out and on to the next episode.

        DS9 is the only one which really had an arc throughout most of the series, which is another reason I enjoyed it more.

        /nerdingout

        ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

        by James Allen on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 12:15:09 PM PST

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      •  I liked "Darmok" too. (1+ / 0-)
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        I also liked Picard's policy and ethics.  Like when they encountered the Crystalline Entity (a massive being that consumes life by the planet-load by converting organic matter into energy), Picard said when they nearly encountered it on the Enterprise: "So long as we are in no immediate danger, I believe the Crystalline Entity has as much right to be here as we do.  I don't deny it may be necessary to fire upon it, but I view that as a last resort."
        Another example is when they had an issue with a rogue Starfleet captain who was attacking Cardassian satellites because he thought they contained long-range weapons, risking all-out war with the Cardassian Empire.  Picard got him under control and managed to settle the issue with the Cardassians, but upon learning that they were harboring illegal weapons on one of the destroyed freighters, he gave the Cardassian commander a firm and subtle warning, saying: "Just remember, Commander, we are watching."

        I also loved how in "I, Borg" that Picard and Guinan made their peace with what the Borg did to them in the past (thus making his irrational hatred against the Borg in "Star Trek: First Contact" out of character).  And he had the opportunity to destroy the collective once and for all, but didn't do so, because he knew better than to commit genocide against a race.

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        by KingofSpades on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 12:42:56 PM PST

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