borgmatrix wrote: ↑August 15th, 2017, 9:05 am
Master Magnus wrote: ↑August 14th, 2017, 2:02 pm
Yes, especially during the writer's strike during the second season (when they had to resort to polishing up old Star Trek: Phase II
scripts), but they're sprinkled throughout...
I didn't realize a writer's strike had affected things.
Yes, it was the '88 Writers Guild of America strike. The episode The Child
in which Troi got pregnant with a child that developed at an advanced rate was adapted from a Phase II
script. In the Phase II
script, it was Ilia (who had already been cast with Persis Khambatta) who got pregnant by an alien entity and had a child which developed abnormally fast. The plot was simplified for TNG and the excellent fan series Star Trek: New Voyages
developed it into an episode (largely as written) with the original writer as the director.
The strike was also the reason for the episode Shades of Grey
which included clips from earlier episodes.
borgmatris wrote:Though, overall, I still remember the second season being better given how horrible the first half of season 1 had been. The show was at its peak probably from seasons 3-5, and then started to decline. Though those last couple seasons were still likely better than the first two seasons.
But you're right, even at its best, there were duds.
Yes, it wasn't very good. There are a few episodes I like from the first half of season 1 such as Lonely Among Us
, The Battle
and I of course I love Q. Roddenberry had some... strange ideas and those constrained the writers too much.
I watched a rerun of a Mythbusters episode I had missed followed by Wheeler Dealers.