The 5 Best Things About Star Trek: The Next Generation
Netflix recently got all of the Star Trek series and my inner nerd rejoiced.
I grew up on Picard, Janeway and Sisko, always loved an overly fitted Starfleet uniform, and pondered about all the different species' cultures (Dax was a particular obsession). So being able to start from the very beginning of Next Gen warms my little nerdy heart to the core.
Now, just to get this out of the way now - I'm not into the original. I know, I know, "sacrilege". My choice though, and I've decided that there are somethings that are best left in the past. The original isn't for me, but the rest of it bloody is.
Anyway, here's my 5 favourite things about the first season of Next Generation, illustrated with gifs where possible. Who doesn't love a good gif?
1. Picard's Vocal Performance
This can't be illustrated with a gif. I didn't think this through... I'll do one anyway, just imagine his wonderful voice.
Anyway, the first season sees Patrick Stewart thoroughly living up to his Shakespearean reputation with what can only be described as an almost sexy baritone, and annunciation that would make your nana blush.
I absolutely love it. It's almost mesmerising and I can't get mad at the over acting. Not one bit.
You can engage me any day, Captain.
Oh, Riker. There are so many reason's you're on this list, and all of them make me laugh.
Riker seems to spend the season swinging wildly between sleazy, horndog and morose, depressed teenager. His beardless face and massive eyes just seeming to emphasise the overt turn of the century acting style, and moments of drama simply make me roll about laughing.
Then there's his movements through the scenes, from crouching in ways that would Shane from The Walking Dead proud, to high kicks to sit into chairs that really make the scene pop.
Thank you, Riker, for being you.
3. Lieutenant Yar's Sexy Outfits
Yar only lasted the first season and I'm not sure if it was because she genuinely wanted to move onto other things or because she got sick of the stupid outfits she ended up in. There's one particular one that comes to mind. And fair-dos the woman's got abs of steel, but WTF is going on with that scarf top?
Anyway, despite the dressing up Yar was a badass. She deserved more in my opinion, and could have been awesome if she'd stayed.
4. Wesley Screwing Everything Up
Seriously though. Wesley spends half his time in the first season nearly killing everyone., and yet they keep letting him wonder the ship alone and have access to materials to build dangerous devices.
I get that he's a genius and all that, but get the kid a supervisor lest you all be vapourised at a teenager's whim.
On a different note, Wesley's outfits are just beautiful in as many ways as they are disgusting. Dr Crusher needs to be given a medal for her taste in jumpers.
5. Worf's Leap
Last but not least, this -
It's just about the most acting he gets to do in the first season, other than getting electrocuted. Yar's got nothing on him in this scene.
What's your favourite Star Trek ridiculousness?