Patrick Stewart is the straw that stirs the drink in this mesmerizing finale with a plot (appropriately centered on Picard) that works with the pilot to bookend the show. Covering three time periods (with a puzzle connecting them) the episode moves at warp speed thanks to the time shifting, which brilliantly occurs with the audio changing time periods ahead of the visuals (leading to some cool cuts). Meanwhile, the plot weaves together big, high concept themes like time and existence with smaller character-based themes such as life, death, friendship and love. Adding to the joy is the authentic feeling of each time period, which makes the episode seem (within the show's framework) nostalgic, contemporary, and futuristic all at once. The cunning script even finds ways to exclude some of the "big seven" regulars in the past and future, which allows the show to sprinkle in guest stars without overwhelming the story or the viewers. And by wisely limiting the guest stars to one time period each (with the exception of John de Lancie), it allows for more of them than usual and creates distinct time periods that are easy for the audience to immediately differentiate. The glue that holds everything together is the dazzling performance of Patrick Stewart who owns every scene in the episode and sends the series on its way to feature films in spectacular fashion. And while "All Good Things" is not without its flaws (there are some gaping mistakes in the story if you think about it too much) the finale is infused with such love that it feels perfect especially for those who have watched and enjoyed the previous episodes of the show. It's as satisfying a conclusion as a fan could wish for.
This is one of the best episodes and it was the last one in a long series of great shows. How the past, present and future collide in this episode are great. It is nice to see what the show would evolve into when the moves started to come out. this episode is a great one because of the focus on captain Picard and his expereinces in the episode. If it were not for him the show would not be able to explain why what was to happen happened. all in al one of thre greatest episodes if not the greatest of all time.
Picard realizes he is somehow ending up in the past, in the future, & the present. How can this be? The Picard from the past is around the time the encounter at farpoint. The Picard from the future is no longer commanding a starship and is retired.
Picard realizes he is somehow ending up in the past, in the future, & the present. How can this be? The Picard from the past is around the time the encounter at farpoint. The Picard from the future is no longer commanding a starship and is retired. He retired to the family business, Growing grapes. The Picard from the present, well you know the story. If you love episodes with Tasha Yar. This one is good to watch. The "Q" is at work at this one. Will Picard cause the destruction to Humanity? I rate this one a 10.0
This episode is just like the ending of a fireworks show, with its most spectacular pyrotechnical effects just at the end. It has EVERYTHING to impress positively the audience; it has action, battles, mistery, "time travelling", advanced theories and a main character who embodies the essence of the series: captain Jean-Luc Picard.
It is also a great tribute to the entire series, since the plot gives the opportunity to "live" again the scenes of the first episode. The storyline is perfectly written, it doesn't spoil the mistery until the end, and for once, maybe thanks to the presence of the omnipotent Q, a story about events set in different times and interfering one to the other doesn't lead to braincrashing paradoxes!
The plot of "All Good Things" is not anything earth-shattering, but that's OK. The writers and producers tried very hard to pay tribute to Star Trek the show - to the characters, the relationships between them, nods to previous adventures - and provide fitting closure to the series.
The pre-Farpoint crew is really, to me, the highlight of the episode - the goofy uniforms, Data's extreme naivete, O'Brien back at the helm. Whereas John DeLancie's Q was ridiculously over-the-top in "Encounter at Farpoint", we get a more sophisticated reading here. He all too knowingly mocks the Enterprise crew and even the premise of the show in a sequence that never fails to get a chuckle out of me.
And Patrick Stewart - well, he gives the kind of superlative performance we'd expect.
I thought that this was a well done episode for the series. It was a good lead in to the second half of the two part saga. The writing was good and I thought the acting was really solid. With that said, I also thought that the plot was a bit confusing at first. I had a hard time trying to keep up with everything and it took some time time to figure out what in the world Picard was doing. After I realized everything, it was all smooth sailing from that point on. When I think of it, it was a really nice plot. Thank you.
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