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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… Read the rest of this entry

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17 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 6

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeNo, I didn’t pick all of them, but close! (There are 26 episodes in season 6.) As the show went on, I felt it kept getting better and better, so my list for each season tend to get longer and longer.

I already talked about “Time’s Arrow” in my TNG Season 5 post, so that’s why it doesn’t appear here – but those two episodes are so good, I didn’t want anyone to think I was leaving them off the list intentionally! And here’s something I did unintentionally on this list – I dropped a bunch of quotes from episodes. I have no idea why… but enough of my yackin’ – let’s boogie! Read the rest of this entry

13 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 5

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeFor me, Star Trek The Next Generation really hit its stride in Season 5. This post will mention virtually every episode in the season, but there are thirteen that I prefer over the others – and I counted the two parters as single episodes. Anyway, let’s dive in!

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10 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 4

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeAh, how I love thee, Star Trek The Next Generation. In celebration of that love, here’s a list of my favorite episodes from Season 4.

Note: I already talked about “The Best of Both Worlds” in the TNG Season 3 post, so we’ll skip that one.

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Star Trek The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds – one night only in theaters!

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeLast night, Dr. Girlfriend and I hit the local theater to see an HD presentation of Star Trek The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds, which was a two parter end of season 3 cliff hanger and the first episode of season 4. It’s 20 years old and it’s new on Blu Ray, so I assume that if you like Star Trek, you’ve seen it, but to summarize, it’s kinda the Star Trek equivalent to Who Shot J.R.? Read the rest of this entry

11 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 3

star-trek-the-next-generation-communicator-badgeI’m finally getting back to the Star Trek The Next Generation countdown! Today, I’m taking a look at my favorite episodes of Season 3! I feel that this is the season where the show really hit its stride and found it’s identity and went from good to great. Here they are, the 11 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 3 (mostly in order of appearance). Why 11 instead of 10? Because season 3 is just that good. Read the rest of this entry

5 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 2

data-sherlock-holmesLet’s roll on with the Star Trek: The Next Generation countdown!  Today, I’m checking out my favorite episodes of Season 2.  Let’s get our Star Trek on!

(You can check out my Season 1 list here.)

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How Much is that Commander Riker in the Window?

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“Why was I so unpopular before I had the beard?”

I know you probably don’t care (and that’s sort of the point), but there was a 25th Anniversary bash for Star Trek The Next Generation on April 28th, 2012, and the entire cast were reunited in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for the first time since Star Trek Nemesis in 2002. I know, you don’t care.  Hell, I’m a fan of TNG, and I don’t even care. Read the rest of this entry

Groundhog Day movie review

Before I get into this, I just want to make it clear to you that Groundhog Day is one of my favorite comedies of all time and Bill Murray is a great hero of mine, so you’ll get little objectivity from me.

Groundhog Day is the 1993 classic comedy about a weather man stuck on the titular day of the same year, doomed to repeat it over and over again for no reason and with no hope of escape.

You can’t help but laugh at this trailer – on the one hand, there’s some funny stuff there.  On the other hand, it’s got that really silly trailer voice over style and script that makes you cringe:  lines like, “But he’s about to find out…” and “But now, he’s discovering…”  Also, the shot with Phil punching Ned in the face is not the take that appears in the movie, but whatever.  The character actors are great, Bill Murray and Chris Elliot are hilarious, and Andie MacDowell is at her most tolerable.  Harold Ramis directs, and does a damn fine job, too – I love his visual style and timing.

The most interesting thing you can say about Groundhog day is that the original screenplay contained elements that would have ruined the film, and making the movie ruined Harold Ramis and Bill Murray’s friendship for over a decade.   Apparently, the screenplay opened in the middle of the narrative, Rita and Phil were both going through the loop together, an ex-girlfriend at channel six put a voodoo curse on Phil which initiates the time loop…  Those were bad ideas.

All that aside, it’s fair to say that the movie raises questions that it doesn’t even attempt to answer, such as, “Why is Phil repeating the same day over and over?” or “What will it take to get the loop to end?” or “How long is Phil stuck in the loop?”  or “What is causing the loop in the first place?”  Answering any of these questions would have probably turned the movie into an episode of Star Trek:  The Next Generation, but the thing that makes Groundhog day such a great movie is that you never wonder about any of these questions for a second while you’re watching the movie because it’s done so well.  The movie is a character piece, about how and why Phil changes and deals with situations as he grows into a better, more mature person.  Groundhog day isn’t just one of the great offbeat comedies of the nineties, it’s one of the best films of all time.  I have seen this movie an uncounted number of times – it never gets old, and I can’t imagine ever getting tired of it.  Long live Groundhog day!

My Rating: 5 out of 5

I can’t stop there…  here are a few of my favorite bits from Groundhog Day, completely out of context:

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