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The first season of the American television science fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation commenced airing in broadcast syndication in the United States on September 28, 1987, and concluded on May 16, 1988, after 26 episodes were broadcast. Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the Starfleet starship Enterprise-D. It was the first live-action television series in the franchise to be broadcast since Star Trek: The Original Series was cancelled in 1969, and the first to feature all new characters. Paramount Television eventually sought the advice of the creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry, who set about creating the new show with mostly former The Original Series staff members. An entirely new cast were sought, which concerned some members of The Original Series crew, as Roddenberry did not want to re-tread the same steps as he had in the first series to the extent that well-known Star Trek aliens such as Vulcans, Klingons and Romulans were banned at first.

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Ideas proposed for Phase II were included, such as having the second-in-command leading the away team, an idea originally proposed in Gerrold's The Worlds of Star Trek. Concepts refined from Star Trek: The Animated Series such as the "rec room" were also incorporated, becoming the holodeck. Roddenberry also insisted that technology failures should not be a routinely used plot device.[12] The new version of the starship Enterprise was at first designated NCC-1701-7, but following the numbering pattern established in The Voyage Home, became NCC-1701-G.[13] Roddenberry also insisted that the new series avoid reappearances by alien races well known from The Original Series, specifically banning Romulans, Vulcans and the majority of Klingons.[14] These plans did not last, with Klingons being central to the plot of "Heart of Glory",[15] a Vulcan appearing in "Coming of Age", and Romulans making their first appearance in the season finale, "The Neutral Zone".[16][17]

Justman left after half of season one, later explaining,"I'd accomplished what I wanted to accomplish. Star Trek wasn't a fluke".[31] They were not the only departures, as the number of employees departing the increasingly chaotic production started to become legendary in the WGA. By mid-season the show was having difficulty recruiting writers, as there were rumours about how difficult working with Roddenberry had become. He often rewrote scripts, inserting sexual overtones, while blaming the original writers for the problems with the parts that he had inserted. His fellow producers blamed the issues and inconsistencies on his drinking,[32] although his writing had all but stopped by around two-thirds of the way through the first season.[33] Gerrold left after the completion of the first season,[34] choosing not to renew his contract due to the issues with his script for an unfilmed episode called "Blood and Fire" and his relationship with Roddenberry and Maizlish.[35] Head writer Lewin also left the team at the end of the season.[36] Out of all the writing staff who worked on the show during the first season, only Rick Berman remained following season two.[30]

Crosby decided to leave the series part way through the first season, due to the underdevelopment of her character, Tasha Yar. She later said about the situation in an interview with the official Star Trek website, "I was miserable. I couldn't wait to get off that show. I was dying".[49] Roddenberry agreed to her request to leave, and she returned in the third season episode "Yesterday's Enterprise".[50] Another change to the cast, this time after the end of the first season, was the firing of McFadden, who played Dr. Crusher. This was later attributed to the actions of Hurley and once he left the crew, she returned to the role at the start of the third season.[51]

Although it was highly anticipated,[61] when the series was initially broadcast, the response was lukewarm from fans and reviewers. John J. O'Connor reviewed the first episode for The New York Times, and simply hoped that the action and pace would increase in the episodes aired after the pilot.[62] Other critics of "Encounter at Farpoint" were more positive; Don Merrill, writing for TV Guide said that the show was a "worthy successor to the original".[63] Jill L. Lanford for The Herald Journal said that it was a resurrection of a "legend" and was reminiscent of The Original Series episodes "Arena" and "The Squire of Gothos". She added that it was the "perfect vehicle to introduce the crew", and a "perfect start".[64] There was also some initial criticism of the casting, with Tom Shales of The Washington Post saying Patrick Stewart was a "grim bald crank who would make a better villain", and Jonathan Frakes "verges on namby-pamby".[65] Mark Jones and Lance Parkin, in their book Beyond the Final Frontier : An Unauthorised Review of Star Trek, said the first season "often felt like an uneasy politically correct attempt to recreate one of the sixties' least politically correct shows."[66]

"Conspiracy," written by Tracy Tormé and Robert Sabaroff, was the 25th episode of Season 1 of The Next Generation and aired on May 9, 1988. It was also the penultimate episode of that season, and the ending of the episode strongly suggests that the dastardly parasites will return in future episodes. Though this never happened, it's interesting to note that the original intention of then-showrunner Maurice Hurley was to use the parasites as a way of setting up the Borg in Season 2. (At the time, the specifics of who and what the Borg were had yet to be decided.)

If you've never watched "Star Trek: The Next Generation" before, you should know that the show had a very rocky start. Eventually, "The Next Generation" would develop its own identity, but it began as a pale impersonation of its predecessor. The later seasons developed more complex narratives, but Season 1 featured a lot of "mission of the week" episodes. While perhaps this could have given the audience time to get to know the characters, the writers did not develop the crew beyond a few defining traits.

Season 4 opened with a thrilling conclusion to Picard's capture in "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II." The premiere episode established Picard's post-traumatic stress disorder following his experiences with the Borg. Picard's remaining animosities toward his kidnappers became the central theme of the 1996 film "Star Trek: The First Contact," the second and best of the film series that starred "The Next Generation" cast. The fourth season did not let Picard rest easy, but he got the chance to reunite with his family in France in the next episode, "Family." The slowly-paced episode showed that "The Next Generation" was capable of more mature stories, which didn't require a lot of action. 041b061a72


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