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Review of Star Trek; The Next Generation

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The Enterprise Senior Staff, courtesy startrek.com

Kylie Lockwood, Editor

Star Trek: the Next Generation is a show that I would recommend for anyone who loves science fiction and is fascinated by space exploration. This is also a great show for families, as it is very family friendly for people of all ages.

Taking place decades after the original series (1966-1969), and alongside Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the Next Generation follows the crew of the U.S.S Enterprise as they explore the galaxy. Throughout the series, they encounter new species, resolve conflicts, and navigate the complicated events of the Milky Way.

The story of each episode is unique, and they vary greatly from one another. However, they also build upon each other as characters grow, and as the events in the galaxy intertwine with those of the other shows.

While not all of the actors have been seen on the screen in previous roles, there are a few whom you might recognize, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner and Michael Dorn. Nevertheless, the acting does not take away from the story and allows the audience to experience the growth of the characters.

One aspect of the show that some people may find ‘cheesy’ is the special effects. Although they were considered to be impressive during their time, the special effects may be hard to believe for audiences who are accustomed to modern visual effects. It is true that some aliens and explosions may seem silly, but I would argue that it only adds to the charm of the show.

Some people may be daunted by the massive size of Star Trek and its fanbase. I believe that being familiar with Star Trek in general adds to the enjoyment of the Next Generation, audiences can understand and enjoy the show without ever having experienced Star Trek before.

The various stories can entertain all audiences, as each episode is different. The acting is believable and is well known for Sir Patrick Stewart’s portrayal of Captain Jean Luc Picard. The special effects can seem silly at times, however this only adds to the charm of the show. In addition, the show is very family friendly, while able to entertain people of all ages. I highly recommend this tv show, as it is a must see for those who love science fiction and the exploration of space.