Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 1 Episode 11


Aired Unknown Nov 30, 1987 on CBS

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  • The start of two terrible TNG trends -- the obligatory Deanna Troi "relationship" episode and Majel Barrett as Troi's mom. But not without redeeming features.

    In later seasons, TNG improved dramatically. But for whatever reason, the show held on to two awful ideas that were hatched in this episode. First, nearly every episode centering on Troi had the Counselor involved in some ridiculous, lame relationship-oriented plot. Second, the writers decided to cast Majel Barrett as Troi's extremely annoying mother.

    Now, to be fair, Troi's mom hadn't yet turned into the ridiculously over-the-top character she would become in later episodes. And there are some good parts -- especially the dinner sequence, with Mr. Homm banging away at the gong and Data asking the participants to "please continue the petty bickering." The scenes with Picard carrying the suitcases and his parting with Troi's mom are also great. And to my surprise, I found the relationship scenes (Riker with Troi, Troi with Wyatt) to be decent and watchable.

    That said, the whole thing doesn't leave much of an impression. Why should we care about Troi and Riker's romance given that it has barely popped up in the series up until this point?
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