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14 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 7

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeWe’ve finally arrived at the end of the road – the last Star Trek The Next Generation season list. Here in season 7, some of the best episodes of the series show up, so it’s good times all around! Sort of…FAVORITE EPISODES

Gambit, Part 1 & 2
Nothing’s as it seems, expect the unexpected, other mystery/action clichés. I dig this two parter!

Phantasms
“Would you like a slice of Deana cake?”
“Don’t mind if I do!”
It’s a weird one, but a goody!

Dark Page
Lwaxana Troi was always a fun character, but I found her especially interesting in this episode – and, a very young Kirsten Dunst guest stars.

Attached
If I didn’t like Picard and Dr. Crusher so much, this episode would probably fall under the ‘NICE TRY’ category. It’s just criminal that they never developed their story in the movies.

Inheritance
Data’s mom. Awesome!

Parallels
Finally, a Worf heavy episode that is awesome all around!

The Pegasus
This episode may be old hat, but I still find it an entertaining watch.

Sub Rosa
There just aren’t enough Dr. Crusher heavy episodes, but Sub Rosa has Beverley in spades (and making great faces). They also do things in this episode that they never really did before, so some new ground was broken, too. This might not be the best Dr. Crusher episode, but it’ll do.

Eye of the Beholder
I think this is my favorite Deanna episode – crazy mystery, good performances – it’s one of my favorite episodes of the series.

Journey’s End
Interesting episode – the plot combines with “Who Watches the Watchers” and becomes the story for the film Star Trek Insurrection, but in a less convincing way. Stick with this one.

Bloodlines
Interesting ideas, mystery and story points here. This is the sort of episode you’ve come to expect from this show.

Emergence
Whoa – this is a wacky one, but I love it. And it’s always fun to see a character actor like David Huddleston show up. The Holodeck rules!

Preemptive Strike
I’m a big Lieutenant Ro fan, so this episode is right up my alley, even if I don’t necessary love the ending, even if it is logical.

All Good Things…
Wow – the best episode, best two parter, whatever you want to say – they really saved the best for last. As I’m fond of saying, it’s always a good time when Q shows up, but they really outdid themselves here. The past, present and future all come into play in the best finale of any series I can recall.

NICE TRY
a list of season 7 episodes that were OK, but a bit off the mark.

Interface
An interesting concept, but not an especially entertaining episode – I always felt like the Geordi heavy episodes were never specially well-developed.

Liaisons
The three ambassadors have a roundabout way of achieving their experimental goals… at least Picard got to solve a slightly interesting mystery… but the rest was not especially interesting to me.

Force of Nature
The consequences of warp drive are explored here and it’s kinda interesting, but not especially memorable. Of course, it’s always fun to watch Data interact with Spot.

Homeward
Interesting ideas are explored, but not an especially entertaining episode.

Lower Decks
What happened, did all of the principle actors go on vacation at the same time? Good idea, but not especially well executed.

Thine Own Self
I like the Data/mystery elements, but the whole Star Trek/angry villager thing is kinda tiresome at this point.

Masks
Wow, this is a weird one. Again, I see what they were trying to do, but it just didn’t work for me.

Genesis
This episode was written by Brannon Braga (who should be committed as it’s nuts) and is the only episode directed by Gates McFadden, who probably just wanted to direct one episode so she can say she did… and they gave her this. Jeez. I’m sure she’ll never direct again after this experience.

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