Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 15

First Contact

Aired Unknown Feb 18, 1991 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (6)

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  • Probably the best "prime directive" episode TNG did. Very cleverly plotted.

    This episode has one of the oddest, and most clever, teasers in TNG's run. It opens in what seems to be a 20th century hospital, not unlike your typical hospital drama. (Was ER already in existence at this point? I am guessing probably not.) And then in a nice twist, we see Commander Riker's wounded face and realize this really is TNG after all.

    The plot is engaging and has quite a few amusing moments. (Riker's cross-species romance with Lilith is hilarious.) The aliens are all extremely engaging, and it's a testament to the writers that they manage to carry the episode with the main cast in only a secondary role.

    The preachiness of the episode (as typical with ST, the aliens are US) approaches the "annoying" threshold occasionally, but the basic material is good enough that this never becomes a serious problem.
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