Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 1 Episode 21

The Arsenal Of Freedom

Aired Unknown Apr 11, 1988 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (7)

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  • A very good action-packed episode, with some humor and quality Picard-Crusher time to boot.

    As one of the other reviewers points out, the premise driving this episode is a clever one (as is the title) and the episode does not fail to deliver.

    Unlike many other 1st season episodes, the amount of filler material on this one is relatively low. The action sequences on the planet are packed with tension and excitement. There's plenty of humor, whether in the planet's hologram salesman (the writers had a lot of fun here) or in Riker's description of the good ship Lollipop. The lengthy Picard-Crusher sequences add a little bit of calm and respite to the action on the planet's surface. And cheesy-looking, low-budget backdrops on the planet contribute to this episode's charm.

    The only minus is the Geordi plotline -- his aw-shucks personality is annoying here, and his rival (the chief engineer) is even worse. This aspect of the story generates excitement, but I wish it could've been done better.

    Nevertheless, one of a handful of 1st season episodes I would wholeheartedly recommend watching.

    edit: I forgot to metnion -- when the flying robots first attack the away team, there is an absolutely hilarious sequence where Data chucks Tasha into the bushes like a sack of potatoes.
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