Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 1’s Top 5 Episodes


I have been going through Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-ray since Christmas. I currently started on the third season. I decided sometime ago to blog my top five episodes per season. I will say that I am more than satisfied with the quality of the Blu-ray releases so far.

5. Encounter at Farpoint, Pt. I & Pt. II

It was really hard to choose a top fifth episode. It was a toss up between the Encounter at Farpoint Parts I & II and the Lieutenant Worf centric episode Heart of Glory. In the end, I decided that Encounter was the better episode. Of course it started the whole series too.

In this episode we become acquainted with the characters of the Enterprise. Worf, Yar, Troi and Picard are aboard the Enterprise en route to pick up Riker, La Forge and Beverly & Wesley Crusher from Farpoint Station on Deneb IV. However the Enterprise crew is interrupted by an omnipotent asshat named Q and places all of humanity on trial (I actually love the character Q). The Enterprise undergoes saucer separation for the first time on screen (and no our favourite Betazoid/Human hybrid isn’t behind the wheel… this time…). The saucer under the command of Lieutenant Worf.

The saucer section manages to getaway and the stardrive is held on trial by Q masquerading as a Judge in a post-WWIII courtroom for a session of a kangaroo court. In the end they learn that Farpoint Station is a creature that had been suffering. The loved one came to rescue it. The Enterprise helps reunite them.

I love this episode because well. It’s awesome.

4. Datalore

Am I seeing double?

Am I seeing double?

The crew of the Enterprise comes to Data’s homeworld of Omicron Theta. It isn’t much of a homecoming for the lieutenant commander… They discover the planet lifeless, no colonists, wild and plant life remains. The away team led by no one other than Commander Riker beams down at the coordinates that the Tripoli discovered Data twenty-six years prior.

They eventually stumble across Data’s “Father” Doctor Noonian Soong’s lab. They discover a similar type android in pieces that looks identical to Data. They bring it back to the Enterprise and decide to assemble it. After the assembly of the “new” Android is complete the Android identifies himself as “Lore”. He tells them that he was built after Data and was made more humanlike.

Eventually we’ll find out that this is a lie. Lore informs Data that he was built first but because the human colonists feared him their Father Doctor Soong dissembled him and builds an “inferior” Android – Data. Lore eventually turns Data off and assumes his identity to lure the Crystalline Entity to the Enterprise to pay tribute. It turns out this entity was the root cause of destruction of Omicron Theta. It feeds on life.

Wes suspicions grow about how Data is acting and brings it forward to Picard. The Enterprise crew eventually learns of Lore’s ruse. Data and Lore fight like brothers do. Lore is beamed away.

I love this episode. It makes me wish that I too had an evil twin brother… -sigh-

3. Skin of Evil

And the goop monster enters

And the goop monster enters

The Enterprise is set to rendezvous with Shuttlecraft 13 transporting Deanna Troi from a conference. The Shuttlecraft crashes into Vagra II. The crew of the Enterprise after a series of errors with the dilithium crystals is able to repair – because if you’re an engineer on a starship, you gotta be a bloody miracle worker.

When the away team led by no other but Commander Riker beams down to rescue the shuttlecraft. They come across a sinister entity known as Armus. Who was hellbent on torturing members of the Away  Team and Deanna Troi. At one point he envelopes Riker. And another he downright murders Lieutenant Natasha Yar.

I loved this episode because it shows that space isn’t safe nor does everyone want to befriend you. It’s a dangerous place and gave room for awesome character development for the characters with the death of Natasha Yar.

2. Where No One Has Gone Before

Wesley Crusher wearing his hipster sweater. "Change your sweater, Wesley!" - Picard

Wesley Crusher wearing his hipster sweater. “Change your sweater, Wesley!” – Picard

In this episode we become acquainted with a recurring character known as The Traveler whom is important in the overall Wesley Crusher storyline. In this episode the Enterprise receives an experimental warp drive modification. Kosinski and his assistant come aboard the Enterprise.

Once they’ve installed the modification the Enterprise gets tossed across the universe to a neighboring galaxy designation M33 also known as the Triangulum Galaxy. They learn that it is Kosinski’s assistant The Traveler that caused the malfunction. The Traveler is exhausted and unsure if he has the energy to bring the Enterprise crew home.

Symptoms of this travel shows that they are see things that aren’t there. Like Picard’s mother, the rape gangs of Yar’s homeworld Turkana IV. They eventually return home to the Milky Way Galaxy with help from the Traveler assisted by no other but Wesley Crusher.

This episode is pretty detrimental for character development for two characters: Picard and Wesley Crusher. Picard learns that although Wesley Crusher is a child he is valued part of the Enterprise‘s crew. And for Wesley Crusher being promoted to acting Ensign.

I have watched this episode countless amount of times while I watched it syndicated, or on DVD and now on Blu-ray disc. Wesley was never really one of my favourite characters and he’s grown on me with my recent re-watch.

1. Conspiracy 

If this won't give you nightmares... what will?

If this won’t give you nightmares… what will?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard receives a communique from an old acquaintance Captain Walter Keel to meet in secret. He is exposed to suspicious activity in the upper echelons of Starfleet. Picard returns to the Enterprise assigning Lieutenant Commander Data to investigate. They stumble across Captain Keel’s command destroyed with no survivors. Their investigation brings them to Earth. They learn that people do not seem to appear who they are. In the end, Admirals are being controlled by an alien race slug. Riker and Picard destroy the Queen.

This is my top favourite episode because I loved the conspiracy and something dark and sinister lingers in the galaxy which makes them a formidable opponent. My only disappointment is that this race’s story never continues, even though the story itself seems to be resolved.

Man of Steel 2, Squared


I blogged last year on my two cents about Ben Affleck being casted as the iconic Bruce Wayne/Batman character in the Man of Steel sequel. They were so wrong.  The only casting news I was pleased for this feature so far was Gal Gadot being casted as Wonder Woman. Out of the three women in the running, the Director made the right call.

They’ve casted Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth.

Lex Luthor

I realize that Director Zac Synder’s envision for Superman vs Batman that Lex Luthor and Clark Kent/Superman are of the relative same age and possibly grew up together in Smallville, Kansas. I’ve always viewed him more of a much older man who’s hellbent on ruling the World.

If I was directing I would have actually chosen Jeremy Irons for this role. I’ve always loved it when Irons plays a baddie.

Alfred Pennyworth

I really wanted to see Patrick Stewart as Alfred Pennyworth it’s been so long since I heard Jeremy Irons speak in his native English accent.

2013 In Review


The majority of this post contains information that I blogged about throughout 2013. I may have included additional in real life tidbits that haven’t been mentioned previously.

January

I reviewed the Last Resort series finale. I still think it is one of my favourite television series from the 2012-2013 television season. I wrote a couple of blog posts regarding the #SaveBCFIlm campaign, here and here.

February 

I made predictions on who would win what for the Oscars. I got Best Director, Best Sound Editing and Best Original Score correct. I plan on doing them again.

March

The family adopted an Airedale Terrier named Archer (finally)! He’s my little rabble rousin’ shit disturber but I love him for it. Emmadale and him get along famously. I’ve nicknamed him Archer the Turduckendale. MMmmmm… Turducken…

I also went in to write my permittee exam for the director’s guild. I didn’t pass it on the first attempt.

April

I read my favourite novel of 2013, A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. I even wrote a review about it. I would also read the sequel and the series’ conclusion later in the year titled A Dog’s Journey. Both are really great reads. I have several other novels on my shelf by the same author that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet.

In April I began my annual Stanley Cup prediction series Stanley Is Coming. I think it’ll be making a return this year. Maybe if the Canucks even make the playoffs?

June

I wrote an opinion piece on posting spoilers on social media and what the etiquette should be. Someone even mostly agreed with me. If they fully agreed with me, the fabric of space-time continuum would have been torn into oblivion. Looking at you James!

I also wrote about who should replace Matt Smith as The Doctor on the hit television series Doctor Who. I suggested John Hurt, Wil Wheaton, Alex Kingston, Lenora Crichlow, but I really wanted Patrick Stewart (make it fucking so!). But ultimately the role went to Peter Capaldi.

I also made my second trip to Seattle, Washington to watch my Vancouver Whitecaps FC play the Seattle Sounders FC. Sadly the Caps would lose but I still had a great time with friends.

I also loss a schoolmate and good friend. I’ll miss him.

July

I was super busy with work but I got my first tattoo! Ready to see it? This is it! my tattoo

 

It represents the three things that I love: Airedale Terriers, Metro-Vancouver and the Vancouver Canucks. No regerts (hahahahahaha!)…

August

At the beginning of August I trekked to Portland, Oregon to catch the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on the road against the Portland Timbers. They would lose on the road but I had so much fun! I got to drink a lot of craft beer! See a dear good friend and meet his family. Also gotta see Star Trek in the Park! Sadly, I didn’t get to go to Voodoo Doughnuts or Big Ass Sandwich but my friend and I are going again in 2014, so I’ll make sure I get to check those places out. 

Also after the game, a moron from Calgary, Alberta (cheering for the Portland Timbers) came over to our table – my friends and I were minding our own business, having a couple pieces of pizza and he red cards us all. What a wanker! We all gave him a hard time from being from Alberta. What a tool.

I also blogged about the tattoo I got above. Oops, forgot about that

I rewrote that permittee exam for the guild and passed! Yahoo!!!

I also signed up for Extra Life 2013.

I also wrote a blog post about who should replace Christian Bale as the Dark Knight and not Ben Affleck.

I also went to Penny Arcade Expo 2013 and had a lot of fun! 

November

I more than doubled my $300 goal for Extra Life in 2013 and plan on doing it again in 2014. I am so pleased with myself and many other Extra Lifers who raised estimate $4 million USD for Children Miracle Network Hospitals across North America. Here in British Columbia we raised an estimate $57,000 for BC Children’s Hospital. I am so happy.

December

I got an Xbox One and wrote my second ever video game review for Ryse: Son of Rome. I think I may do it more often.

Christmas was good. It was small, just family. I miss my Granddad. Miss you Granddad. Christmas, just isn’t the same without you.

 

Man of Steel sequel, Batman re-casted


By now you probably all know that Bruce Wayne/Batman has been re-casted for the upcoming Christopher Nolan produced and Zac Synder directed Man of Steel sequel Superman Versus Batman/Batman Versus Superman. Synder/Nolan has chosen American actor Ben Affleck to replace Christian Bale in the iconic role of our beloved Cape Crusader.

I’m not too pleased to hear about this news. I am not the biggest fan of his in dramatic roles. I have tried to warm up to his acting. Don’t get me wrong, Ben is a great emerging filmmaker and director. Albeit the historical inaccuracies of the Academy Award winner Argo. I have enjoyed him in Kevin Smith’s View Askewverse films, especially in Chasing Amy.

I will still see the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel to see where they take it. We’ll have to see. I am not happy with the sequel’s production moving to Toronto. Wished it would have stayed here in Vancouver.

These are the following three people that I would have loved to see play Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Josh Holloway

The LOST alum could play a great Batman in a slightly more laid back film. Upon further reflection I don’t know if he’d make a great fit for Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Jim Caviezel 

Or however you spell his last name. If you are a fan of Person of Interest, you will probably say to yourself more than a couple of times that this guy was born to play Batman. He’s pretty badass as John. Make it happen, Twentieth Century Fox Studios!

Christian Bale

An awesome idea? Yeah, pull that guy from his toes out of the house if you have to. I have warmed up to him being Batman after the Dark Knight Trilogy and I really don’t want to see the role go to a guy like Ben Affleck.

And for Alfred if he makes an appearance?

Cast Sir Stew (Patrick Stewart). Just make it fucking so!

Who Should Replace Matt Smith As The Doctor


You are all probably aware that Matt Smith is leaving the BBC sci-fi dramedy Doctor Who. His final appearance will be the Christmas Special. However he will be making an appearance sometime this fall in the Fiftieth Anniversary Special before then.

If you don’t follow the show I highly recommend it. I have been a fan of the eleventh doctor. I rate him over the ninth played by Christopher Eccleston who returned as The Doctor when it returned to television in 2005 after a eleven year hiatus. I rate the Scottish actor David Tennant who played the tenth as my favourite in the revival series. No one beats the fourth Tom Baker. Baker’s version I believe is the most iconic character in 1970’s British television. There is a lot of speculation and discussion on who is to replace Smith. I want to be a collaborator.

Please note the following people are in no particular order.

Who Should Replace Matt Smith as The Doctor?

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John Hurt
If you watched the Series 7 finale Name of The Doctor, you probably spotted this man towards the end. We are not entirely sure which number he’s suppose to do. A lot of speculation on the inter-webs is he’s a re-imagining of a previous doctor and not the twelfth. I have seen John Hurt in a lot of other things and he’s just so goddamn awesome.

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Wil Wheaton
I know, I know he’s an American. A lot of people will cause an uproar if an American be casted. But BBC America does cover a lot of the production costs. Hell. The series came to the United States for a few episodes in Series 6. Why the hell not?

He has his own fez and has a beard! #Winning!

I think he would do a pretty good job.

 

 

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Alex Kingston
I know that she already has debuted in Doctor Who as the character River Song. Who is the daughter of the Doctor’s companions, Amy and Rory Pond. And she currently is just an apparition in the Series 7 finale. I believe she would be an excellent choice and I think it’d be awesome if The Doctor finally became a woman. We need a strong primary female protagonist.

I understand that she isn’t Gallifreyan but she does have the abilities to regenerate.

 

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Lenora Crichlow

Fans of the British series Being Human will recognize her as the troubled ghost Annie Sawyer. I really think it would be amazing for the twelfth doctor to be a woman. Especially a young woman.

She also is an incredible actress!

 

 

 

And finally…

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Sir Patrick Stewart

Just make it fucking so!

 

 

 

 

 

What do you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? Think someone else is better for the role? Discuss!