Screen Junkies has honored the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation by giving the show its very own Honest Trailer. The follow-up to the classic Star Trek series began life somewhat shakily in 1987, but survived a poorly-received first season and evolved into an acclaimed syndicated hit that would run until 1994, paving the way for multiple more Star Trek TV series as well as a run of feature films.
Shakespearian thespian Patrick Stewart headed up the TNG cast as super-civilized, meme-faced captain Jean-Luc Picard. The new Enterprise crew included horn-dog first-officer Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes), empathic nag Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), know-it-all android Data (Brent Spiner), eternally love-lorn chief engineer Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton), hulking doofus Klingon security chief Worf (Michael Dorn), nondescript ships’ doctor Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) and insufferable cadet Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton). Featuring generally more thoughtful storylines than the original Star Trek, TNG developed a reputation for being “woke” before that was necessarily a big deal in television science fiction.
For the show’s 30th anniversary, Screen Junkies has subjected Star Trek: The Next Generation to the Honest Trailer treatment (see above). The trailer actually starts off by complimenting TNG for improving upon the original Star Trek in terms of alien design (the Borg naturally get a shout-out), writing and acting, but that’s about the last unreservedly nice thing the Honest Trailer crew has to say about the “geeky younger brother” of Star Trek.
Though Honest Trailers does have to acknowledge that the acting on TNG is better than the OS, they still devote a large portion of the clip to tearing apart the new TNG crew. Deanna Troi they tell us has the ability to tell when people are lying, until the plot needs her to conveniently lose this power. Geordi La Forge, they claim, is just there to recite technical-sounding dialogue, while Worf is nothing but an endless dispenser of Klingon fun-fact and, despite his warrior claims, is always getting his butt kicked. Will Riker have sex with anything that moves, and what’s with the weird leg-over thing he does every time he sits down in a chair? Meanwhile, Data slips the fact that he’s an android into every conversation just like your vegan friend. Beverly Crusher? Pretty much just…there.
The trailer also dives into some of the weirder TNG episodes, spending an especially large amount of time on the infamous installment that saw Beverly Crusher have sex with a ghost and somehow resurrect her dead grandmother. Though TNG was overall well-written, it did occasionally veer off the rails. And while the show was generally more progressive than the original Star Trek, there were some tone-deaf moments, like the episode set on a planet filled with African stereotypes.
As Honest Trailers go, this one is a little less savage than usual, and the final conclusion is that Star Trek: The Next Generation, despite its flaws, was on the whole a pretty good show and a more-than-worthy successor to the original Star Trek TV series. Stewart especially is given a hearty clap on the back for being a world-class actor who was better than Star Trek deserved.
Source: Screen Junkies
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