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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  • Pure Star Trek adventure....

    Investigating the disappearance of the USS Drake, the Enterprise goes to the planet Minos where Cpt. Picard and Dr. Crusher become trapped and both an away team and the Enterprise encounter an adaptable weapons system. "The Arsenal Of Freedom" is one of the better episodes of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation but it is not perfect. The special effects are bad even for late 1980s television - "bad" as in: the kind you cannot help but laugh at. Also, the Lieutenant Logan guest character is a complete waste of time and is a frustrating bum of a character - included in the episode only to force tension where tension already exists.

    Still, even though the effects are cheesy as all get-out, "The Arsenal Of Freedom" remains very fun. Although not nearly to the extent that the rest of the series would see, the action in this episode is thrilling and fun (Data in particular is put to great use in the action scenes). Also, Picard and Dr. Crusher share some great scenes (where Gates McFadden, who gives some of the worst performances of season one, particularly shines) and it is fun to see Geordie command the Enterprise while Picard, Riker, and Data are on the planet. A familiar face in Hollywood, Vincent Schiavelli also gives a very funny and memorable supporting role. "The Arsenal Of Freedom" is not perfect nor one of the great Next Generation episodes of Season One but it is fun and one of the more worthwhile episodes of the series first season.
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