Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 15

Pen Pals

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Aired Unknown May 01, 1989 on CBS
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  • A Season Two write-off....

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    The second dull episode sandwiched between two great Trek episodes and two of the best episodes of Season Two ("Time Squared" and "Q Who"), "Pen Pals" is not a terrible episode - just really boring and nearly impossible to invest in.

    Brent Spiner's passionate performance is really the only reason to watch this episode. The Prime Directive is a main theme here but it would be used much better in future episodes, Wesley Crusher gets a major role here and that is never a good thing, and who is supposed to be an empathetic character in Sarjenka (Data's new friend) is, in the end, just kind of annoying. Very skippable indeed.
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