With picard season 2 ending recently, many star trek fans find themselves revisiting The next generation. the the entire Enterprise crew returns for the next (and final) season of picardNew hiking fans would do well to go back and familiarize themselves with the classic show.
GNT introduces viewers to dozens of new species and civilizations and reintroduces many races first seen in The original series. With this wide array of aliens to choose from, it’s no surprise that many of the show’s most compelling characters don’t work for Captain Picard.
A man of the 22nd century, Berlingoff Rasmussen was a failed inventor of his time. Finding some 26th century technology by accident, he steals it and ends up in the 24th century where he is picked up by the Business. He uses his stolen technology to pose as a history teacher from the future.
Rasmussen is nothing more than a crook. However, his modest manner makes him a particularly good trickster, at least at first. He is also a tragic character, a failed inventor who nevertheless has luck in the future and who still does not manage to succeed in his plans. Rasmussen also presents a missed opportunity for hikingbecause the role was written for Robin Williams (who passed on the role).
Created to be a tougher adversary for Data’s Sherlock Holmes holodeck programs, the Moriarty hologram quickly becomes self-aware. He ends up taking control of Business but is trapped in a program within a program by the crew.
Aware of himself, Moriarty is a first in hiking the story. Until his first appearance, all holograms believe they are the character they are programmed to be. He makes a great villain because he’s so likeable; ultimately he just wants to live as other self-aware beings do. Hologram rights are a theme that writers often return to in future episodes of Star Trek: Voyager.
Lwaxana Troi is the Betazed Ambassador to the Federation and the mother of Councilor Deanna Troi. Lwaxana’s flirtatious and flamboyant personality often embarrasses her daughter, but she is a skilled diplomat.
Lwaxana gives the show its one true mother-daughter dynamic. It helps contextualize Deanna as a character, but it’s hard to watch anything else when Lwaxana is onscreen. Majel Barrett portrays her perfectly, infusing Lwaxana with a balance of self-confidence and ostentation that makes her a delightful addition to every episode she appears in.
A high-ranking member of the Romulan military, Sela is the daughter of a Romulan overseer and a version of Lieutenant Natasha Yar from an alternate timeline. Sela is the quintessence hiking Romulan, constantly plotting behind the galactic wings to further the interests of the Romulan Empire.
The character is a continuation of a story established in “Yesterday’s Enterprise”. It presents a fascinating and uncomfortable reality: not all humans, or partial humans, are born with respect and love for the principles of the Federation. Sela was also a great way for the writers to bring back actress Denise Crosby, whose sudden death upset many fans.
The Tamarians are a race that Starfleet has so far failed to establish a relationship with as of the Season 5 episode “Darmok”. Tamarian Captain Dathon comes up with a solution, essentially kidnapping Captain Picard to teach him the Tamarian style of metaphorical language.
Dathon’s intentions are unclear at first, but it soon becomes clear that he is no threat to Picard. He wants to form a relationship with Picard, to join his human counterpart to fight against a fierce creature that inhabits the planet they are on. Wounded in battle, Dathon still manages to transmit his language and his style to Picard before dying. It’s one of the best installments of the series conceptually, and Dathon helps make it work so well.
Hugh is a human assimilated by the Borg, separated from the Collective and taken aboard the Business. The crew struggles with the decision to implant an invasive program into Hugh and send him back to the Borg, which would destroy the Collective.
Essentially, committing genocide would seem to go against Starfleet ideals, but the threat posed by the Borg and personified by Hugh is too serious to ignore. Through Geordi, however, Hugh manages to regain a sense of individuality and forces the crew to realize that he is a sentient being whose rights must be taken into account. “I, Borg” is one of Hikes Borg’s best stories because they force the audience to look deeper, beyond the faceless enemy they’ve seen before.
Although Guinan lives on the Business, she is not a member of Starfleet. She is an El-Aurian refugee, a species that was nearly wiped out by the Borg. Guinan maintains Ten Forward, the ship’s officers’ bar/lounge.
The breadth and depth of Guinan’s powers are further revealed, and that’s what makes her such an intriguing character in TNG. She’s an expert marksman, an instinctive listener, and even the seemingly omnipotent Q fears her. Guinan is especially important because of her relationship with Picard, who can talk to her about things he can never discuss with his fellow officers.
Lore is Data’s brother, for lack of a better term. The first Soong-like android with a positronic brain, Lore was also equipped with something Data didn’t get a full range of human emotions. However, due to the more primitive nature of her programming, these emotions led Lore to become unstable and malevolent.
Lore’s appearances are scattered throughout the series, and in many ways he is the anti-Data. He can smell, and he usually wants to wreak havoc. For all his malignity, however, there is a sympathetic streak for him. Lore is blameless for the flaws in his design and genuinely feels despised and rejected by his creator in favor of Data. This streak makes his storylines compelling and makes Data’s decision to kill Lore particularly heartbreaking.
Q is introduced in the “Encounter at Farpoint” pilot, and isn’t far behind when he calls himself “God”, being one of from Star Trek most powerful characters. The almighty being usually appears unexpectedly to convey judgments or lessons to the crew of the Business.
The writers could have easily gone back to the “Q causes goofy things” every time the character appears, but luckily it’s used for more. The moral questions he poses to humanity are genuinely difficult, especially at a time when humans think they are highly evolved. When Q himself is endangered, it forces the audience to think about questions of mortality and immortality, and it still forces the viewer to think about their place in the universe.
An ambitious member of the Klingon High Council, Gowron’s ascension to chancellor ushers in the Klingon Civil War that served as the season four finale/season five premiere of The next generation. Despite being established as an enemy of Worf’s family enemies, Gowron has no particular fondness for the Business Security Chief.
Gowron is used to impress upon the audience that although Klingons espouse the warrior ideals of honor and glory, they are as capable of petty intrigue and self-interest as any human. Worf’s disillusionment with Gowron is meant to be shared by viewers, as the myths about Klingons he convinced himself were true crash before his eyes.
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