Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 1 Episode 21

The Arsenal Of Freedom

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Aired Unknown Apr 11, 1988 on CBS
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  • While investigating the disappearance of a starship, the Enterprise is threatened by a planet's automated weapons system.

    7.0
    "The Arsenal of Freedom" has a great story but not enough budget to pull it off. The overused planet set looks more like a stage than ever, and the special effects are embarrassing even for the time period. But unlike many of the first season episodes, this one has two stories (an A story on the planet and a B story on the ship) that engage the viewer throughout the duration of the 60 minutes (or 45 if you're watching without commercials.) It would have been better had this episode been made in the fifth or sixth season when they could have spent real money on it. Or it would have made a good episode for The Animated Series. Still, it's not a bad first season episode, and it's very reminiscent of the Original Series.
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