Star Trek TNG Episode Guide

I bought the complete DVD box-set for my wife on our anniversary, so I thought I'd blog about the episodes as we watch them!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Star Trek Online Season 8: The Sphere Now Live

STAR TREKTM ONLINE SEASON 8: THE SPHERE NOW LIVE Acclaimed MMORPG Launches Latest Season
(Redwood City, CA) November 13, 2013 -- Perfect World Entertainment Inc. and Cryptic Studios are pleased to announce that Star Trek Online, the award-winning free-to-play MMORPG, is launching its latest content update Season 8: The Sphere today. In this latest season, players will explore the inside of a massive Dyson sphere, face off in new battle zones, receive new end-game gear, and combat a new ancient alien species. Free to all players,Season 8: The Sphere takes players to newer and deeper parts of the Star Trek universe.
We’re thrilled to announce that Season 8: The Sphere is ready for you to explore,” said Executive Producer, Daniel Stahl. “With massive new events and our first ever battle zone, The Sphere introduces new types of missions that emphasize strategic thinking and effective coordination. Inside The Sphere you’ll face the Voth with their massive capital ships and mechanized troops, providing significant challenges for even the most experienced Admirals.Season 8: The Sphere is just the latest in a long line of free content updates and players can expect many more exciting seasons to come.”
Star Trek Online is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game where players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship. Or they can become a Klingon Warlord and expand the Empire to the far reaches of the galaxy. With its latest expansion, Legacy of Romulus, players can work to rebuild the Romulan legacy as a member of the Romulan Republic. In Star Trek Online players have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek fiction, reach out to unexplored star systems and make contact with new alien species.
For more information and to download and play Star Trek Online for free, please visit the official website at: www.startrekonline.com



Thursday, 31 October 2013

Star Trek Online Season 8: The Sphere Set For November 12, 2013




STAR TREKTM ONLINE SEASON 8: THE SPHERE SET FOR NOVEMBER 12, 2013

“Star Trek: The Next GenerationTM” Star Michael Dorn Returns as Worf in New Feature Episode

(Redwood City, CA) October 31, 2013 -- Perfect World Entertainment Inc. and Cryptic Studios are proud to announce that Star Trek Online, the award-winning free-to-play MMORPG, is launching its latest content update Season 8: The Sphere on November 12, 2013. Players will be introduced to the Voth, an ancient alien species being used for the first time in a Star Trek video game, and will journey to the inside of a massive Dyson sphere where they’ll uncover a plot that threatens the Galaxy.

Perfect World Entertainment Inc. is also pleased to announce the latest feature episode “Sphere of Influence”, featuring Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) cast member Michael Dorn as Worf, is now live. A continuation of the TNG episode “Schisms”, players journey with Worf to confront the terrors of the past and discover clues about the Sphere’s purpose.

“We couldn’t be more excited to announce the release date of Season 8: The Sphere,” said Executive Producer, Daniel Stahl. “We continue to deliver free downloadable updates to the game and bring compelling new experiences to our players year after year.  We’re also thrilled that Michael Dorn has reprised his role as Worf in not just our latest feature, but all of the previous Klingon episodes as well. Having another legendary Star Trek character lend their support for Star Trek Online shows our commitment to expand on the stories that make ‘Trek’ such a beloved franchise.”

Star Trek Online is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game where players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship. Or they can become a Klingon Warlord and expand the Empire to the far reaches of the galaxy. With its latest expansion, Legacy of Romulus, players can work to rebuild the Romulan legacy as a member of the Romulan Republic. In Star Trek Online players have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek fiction, reach out to unexplored star systems and make contact with new alien species.

For more information and to download and play Star Trek Online for free, please visit the official website at: www.startrekonline.com













Monday, 30 September 2013

Star Trek - The Original Series Episode Guide

Hmm... it's going to take me a while to get TNG finished up properly - and I have negotiated with someone else to add their reviews to this blog as well, but that won't happen straight away - but in the meantime, if you're a Star Trek fan (and I'm assuming you will be since you're looking at this blog!), I've also started an episode guide for Star Trek: The Original Series.  A review / overview for each episode, plus screen grabs from every 30 seconds or so of each episode.  If it proves popular I'll almost definitely do the same for Voyager and Enterprise, though it's going to take quite some time to get it all done!

Monday, 20 June 2011

Complete!

Have got rather behind with writing up all the episodes, but I've now completed watching the entire series.  Certainly there were some low spots along with the high, but it was a pretty amazing journey!  Funny how there were a lot of episodes I really didn't remember, but others were indelibly etched on my memory.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Season Five, Episode Twenty Four - The Next Phase

You can just never trust the Romulans - off goes a rescue team to help them stop their ship from blowing up, and no sooner than that's done those pesky Romulan critters are planning on destroying the Enterprise thanks to their shiny new weapon (that's heavily disguised as something else, of course).  Unfortunately the only crew members who know about this dastardly plot are Georgi and Ensign Ro, who due to a transporter mishap are phased out and so while they can see and hear everything around them, no-one can see or hear them.  Since they're presumed dead, Data is planning a funeral service for Geordi (which turns out to be quite interesting!), while Riker has a few words he plans to say at Ro's funeral service (much to her chagrin - and curiosity).  Meanwhile they have to make the afore-mentioned dastardly plan known before it's too late - but unknown to them, there is a Romulan who's also phased out.  (Incidentally, their being out of phase results in them being able to walk through people and objects, but for some reason they never start to drop through the floor...)

Anyway, the main plot works well enough, and the sub-plot of Ro starting to question whether she was right to dismiss the Bajoran beliefs about life after death is handled well.  The planning and actual event of the funerals adds a lot of humour to the episode.  Altogether, The Next Phase is a thoroughly entertaining episode. 

Ro shoots Riker through the head when he decides to do an impromptu jazz set at her funeral (pictured), but it's all in good fun.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Season Five, Episode Twenty Three - I, Borg

After a few nondescript episodes and a couple of stinkers, TNG returns to form with a bang here - I, Borg is an excellent episode in many ways.  The Enterprise picks up a lone Borg survivor of a crash, seemingly cut off from the Borg's collective consciousness.  Knowing that the Borg will come back to reclaim this survivor but with time before that happens, a plan is hatched to introduce a virus into "Third of Five"'s systems which will go on to infect the whole Borg collective.  Picard, driven by his horrific experience with the Borg, fully approves of this idea, as indeed does everyone apart from Beverley - our caring doctor can't view her patient, Borg though he is, as a "thing" to turn into a living weapon.

As Geordi works to find a way to implement his plan, however, he begins to find that Third of Five - later dubbed Hugh - exhibits more and more human characteristics as time goes by.  Eventually, Hugh ends up thinking of Geordi as a friend - and Geordi begins to have serious misgivings about his task.  Picard will have none of it (the one thing that struck me as wrong about this episode was that he never felt that the crew rescuing him when he had been Borgified [The Best of Both Worlds] was a reason to view Hugh as a person rather than simply The Enemy), but eventually Wise Old Guinan persuades him to talk to Hugh himself before making his final decision.  When he does, posing as Locutus of Borg and trying to make Hugh agree to a plan to assimilate the Enterprise crew, Hugh refuses as he knows that Geordi doesn't actually want to be assimilated.

An intriguing episode, well-written, well-acted and generally thoughtful and eventually emotional without being over-sentimental, I think this is likely to feature in my Best Three of Series Five when I come to write it.  (Even the one criticism I mentioned is largely dealt with in the film First Contact.) Jonathan Del Arco is exceptional as Third of Five / Hugh.  (It did make me wonder about the Borg identification system though - why is Hugh "Third of Five" when Jerry Ryan's character in Voyager was "Seven of Nine" not "Seventh of Nine"?  Don't the Borg do things in a rather standard way - isn't that the point of how they work?) 

Season Five, Episode Twenty Two - Imaginary Friend

I dunno... you get these little points of light decide to enter the Enterprise, one time they take over the computer, another time they take over Data, this time it decides to make Clara Sutter (Noley Thornton)'s imaginary friend Isabella into a real person. Sort of. Isabella (Shay Astar) turns out to be a nasty piece of work though, so while Clara is at first delighted to be able to really see and talk to her friend, she ends up being terrified of her. Of course she has real trouble convincing her dad (Ensign Daniel Sutter [Jeff Allin]) and Counsellor Troi that Isabella is now a real imaginary person.


A pretty dull episode really, the whole thing is rather boring / annoying and the outcome quit dull. One scene, in which Daniel Sutter talks to Geordi about his own childhood as a much-travelled son of two Starfleet officers, was quite touching, although that's maybe my new dad hormones speaking. The ship's being trapped and the problems caused by that take second fiddle to the imaginary friend plot that it seems rather irrelevant.

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