SyFy gets bold with their Top 25 Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes
No two lists should be alike when you’re talking about the best episodes of a Star Trek property. There should always be variety to stimulate thought. Insight as to why each episode was picked, to help understand what the reviewer is focusing on and their internal justification for going with the picks that they did. It’s good to understand different perspectives, which is why this SyFy list of the 25 best Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes is so interesting.
The top of the list is largely the same as what you’d get elsewhere. Episodes like “Inner Ligh”, “Yesterday’s Enterprise”, “All good things…”, and “Best of Both Worlds” are in the top four but the rest of the list is largely different.
Namely, episodes like “Q Who?”, a usual contender for a top-five spot, falls in at no. 25.
- All Good Things
- Best of Both Worlds
- Yesterday’s Enterprise
- The Inner Light
- Cause and Effect
- I, Borg
- Measure of a Man
- The Offspring
- The Wounded
- Chain of Command
- The Defector
- The First Duty
- Lower Decks
- The Drumhead
- Deja Q
- Ensign Ro
- The Next Phase
- Q Who?
Star Trek lists should always provide something new to the conversation
You may not like this list. Your favorite may be too low or the episode you hate may be too high. It’s certainly not the one I expected to see but I like it all the same. They give some really interesting ideas as to why they went with the episodes they did (and to read about the why of it, go to SyFy’s website). I appreciate that.
Out-of-the-box thinking and new ideas are necessary to keep any product of any age relevant. The more we find new ways to talk about and view The Next Generation, the more and new ways will have to talk about it.
If we’re talking about it, then it’ll truly never be “over” or “done”. There will always be a conversation worth having and if we’re talking about it, then that show will always have a place in our hearts and minds.
So I say give me your out there Star Trek lists. Let’s see how ours stack up against one another. The conversation and reasons why should be steller.