Well, we’ve finished Season 2 of TNG, and I thought it would be fun to hand out some awards. I’ve decided to break it down into a couple categories. My wife, who has not seen the series before, will also be picking in these categories.
J.W.: Lwaxana Troi. She ruins everything. Everything. Even cool fishmen’s attempts to assassinate her and the rest of a conference in “Manhunt.” Come back fishmen, you must save us!
Beth: The old lecherous man who took over Data’s body in “The Schizoid Man.”
Beth: Guinan, because she’s consistently interesting and she still does things you don’t expect.
J.W.: Data. He had the most development of any of the main characters, while also consistently delivering funny moments and boosting other characters alongside him.
Most Awesome Moment
Beth: When Riker shuts off data in “The Measure of a Man,” not for being the best or happiest, but for being the most remarkable.
J.W.: It would have to be when Riker turns Data off in the court scene in “The Measure of a Man,” followed by Data telling Riker that it had saved him.
J.W.: The obvious pick is “Shades of Gray” because absolutely nothing happened. I’m going to give TNG a mulligan on that one (writer’s strike + out of budget) and instead pick “The Child” because there’s no excuse for that entire episode.
Beth: The season finale, “Shades of Gray.” They get a bit of a pass for the woes/budget, but it was still just bad.
J.W.: “The Measure of a Man” is one of the all time greatest episodes of any TV show I have seen.
Beth: “Peak Performance” was just all-around good.
Overall Season Score and Comment
J.W.: I’d give this season a C. There are several really great episodes, but also enough garbage in there to drag it down despite some all-time greats.
Beth: C+, because most things were done pretty well but overall it seems like there is room for improvement.