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Star Trek: The Next Generation

Star Trek: The Next Generation (ST:TNG or TNG) is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning science fiction television program created by Gene Roddenberry and a part of his Star Trek universe.

Set in the 24th century, about 80 years after the original Star Trek, the program features a new crew and a new starship Enterprise. It premiered the week of September 28, 1987 to some 27 million viewers with the two-hour pilot "Encounter at Farpoint", and ran for 178 episodes (the greatest number of episodes of any Star Trek show in the series) in seven seasons, ending with the finale "All Good Things..." the week of May 23, 1994.

The series was broadcast in first-run syndication, with dates and times varying among individual television stations. The show gained a considerable following during its run and, like its predecessor, remains popular in syndicated reruns. It was the first of several series (the others being Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise) that kept new Star Trek episodes airing until 2005. Star Trek: The Next Generation won 18 Emmy Awards and, in its seventh season, became the first syndicated television show to be nominated for the Emmy for Best Dramatic Series. It was nominated for three Hugo Awards and won two, becoming the first television series since the original Star Trek to be recognized. The series also formed the basis of the seventh through tenth Star Trek films.

It currently airs on SCI FI.

Production

After the box-office success of the Harve Bennett-produced Star Trek-based movies, Paramount decided to create a new Star Trek series in 1986. Roddenberry initially declined to be involved but came on board as creator after being unhappy with early conceptual work. The creation of Star Trek: The Next Generation was announced on October 10, 1986. The show was, unusually, broadcast in first-run syndication rather than running on a major network, with Paramount and the local stations splitting advertising time between them.

Roddenberry hired a number of Star Trek veterans, including Bob Justman, D. C. Fontana, Eddie Milkis, and David Gerrold. Paramount executive Rick Berman was assigned to the show at Roddenberry's request.

The Next Generation was shot on 35mm film, and was one of the first television shows with sound recorded in Dolby Surround. The filming negatives were scanned in a straight-to-video device.

Season one

The first season was marked by a "revolving door" of writers, with Gerrold and Fontana quitting after disputes with Roddenberry.

Season One has been criticized as aimless and formulaic. Mark Bourne of The DVD Journal wrote of season one: "A typical episode relied on trite plot points, clumsy allegories, dry and stilted dialogue, or characterization that was taking too long to feel relaxed and natural." Other targets of criticism include poor special effects and plots being resolved by the deus ex machina of Wesley Crusher saving the ship. However, Patrick Stewart's acting skills won praise and critics have noted that characters were given greater potential for development than those of the original series.

While the events of most episodes of season one were self-contained, many developments important to the show as a whole occurred during the season. The recurring nemesis Q was introduced in the pilot, "Encounter at Farpoint", the alien Ferengi first appeared in "The Last Outpost", the capabilities of the holodeck were explored, and the history between Will Riker and Deanna Troi was investigated.

Later season one episodes set the stage for serial plots. The episode "Datalore" introduced Data's evil twin brother Lore, who made several more appearances in later episodes. "Coming of Age" dealt with Wesley Crusher's efforts to get into Starfleet Academy while also hinting at the threat to Starfleet later faced in "Conspiracy". "Heart of Glory" explored Worf's character, Klingon culture, and the uneasy truce between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, three themes that would play a major role in later episodes. Tasha Yar left the show in "Skin of Evil", and the season finale, "The Neutral Zone", established the presence of two of TNG's most enduring villains: the Romulans and, through foreshadowing, the Borg.

The series premiere became the first television show to be nominated for a Hugo Award since 1972. Six first-season episodes were each nominated for an Emmy Award; "11001001" won for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, "The Big Goodbye" won for Outstanding Costume Design for a Series, and "Conspiracy" won for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Series. "The Big Goodbye" also won the Peabody Award for excellence in television programming.

Season two

The show underwent significant changes during its second season. Beverly Crusher was replaced as doctor during the season by Katherine Pulaski, played by Diana Muldaur who was twice a guest star of the original Star Trek. The show's recreational area, Ten-Forward, and its mysterious bartender/advisor, Guinan, played by Whoopi Goldberg, appeared for the first time in season two. Owing to the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike, the number of episodes produced was cut from 26 to 22 and the start of the season was delayed. Because of the strike, the opening episode, "The Child", was based on a script originally written for Star Trek: Phase II, a previous attempt to create a new weekly Star Trek series, while the season finale, "Shades of Gray" was a clip show. Both episodes were critically panned.

Nevertheless, season two as a whole was widely regarded as significantly better than season one. Its focus on character development received special praise. Co-executive producer Maurice Hurley has stated that his primary goal for the season was to plan and execute season-long story arcs and character arcs. Hurley wrote the acclaimed episode "Q Who?", which featured the first on-screen appearance of TNG's most popular villain, the Borg. Season two focused on developing the character Data, and two highly-regarded episodes from the season, "Elementary, Dear Data" and "The Measure of a Man" featured him prominently. Miles O'Brien also became a more prominent character during the second season, while Geordi La Forge found a position as chief engineer. Klingon issues continued to be explored in well-regarded episodes such as "A Matter of Honor" and "The Emissary", which introduced Worf's lover K'Ehleyr. Five second-season episodes were nominated for six Emmys; "Q Who?" won for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series.

Season three to seven

In the third season, Michael Piller became head writer, and Gene Roddenberry took less of an active role, with Piller and Berman becoming the executive producers. Doctor Crusher came back to replace Doctor Pulaski who was always noted as a guest star in the second season. Ronald D. Moore joined the show after submitting a spec script that became "The Bonding"; he became the franchise's "Klingon guru". Six third-season episodes were nominated for eight Emmys; "Yesterday's Enterprise" won for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and "Sins of the Father" won for Best Art Direction for a Series.

Brannon Braga and Jeri Taylor joined the show in its fourth season. Seven fourth-season episodes were nominated for eight Emmys; "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II" won for both Outstanding Sound Editing in a Series and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Series.

The fifth season's "Unification" opens with a dedication to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, who died October 24, 1991. Although Roddenberry's health had been deteriorating before his death, and his involvement with the series diminished, he continued to be credited as executive producer. Simultaneously, responsibility for the show gradually shifted to Berman, who took over the franchise upon Roddenberry's death. Seven fifth-season episodes were nominated for eight Emmys; "Cost of Living" won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Series and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series and there was a tie between "A Matter of Time" and "Conundrum" for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects. In addition, "The Inner Light" became the first television episode since the 1968 original series Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever" to win a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.

Three sixth-season episodes were nominated for Emmys; "Time's Arrow, Part II" won for both Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Series and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series and "A Fistful of Datas" won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama Series.

The seventh season was The Next Generation's last. The finale, "All Good Things...", was a double-length episode (separated into two parts for reruns) aired the week of May 19, 1994, revisiting the events of the pilot and providing a bookend to the series. Toronto's SkyDome, which was renamed 'Rogers Centre' in 2005, played host to a massive CITY-TV-sponsored event for the series finale. Thousands of people packed the stadium to watch the final episode on the stadium's Jumbotron. Five seventh-season episodes were nominated for nine Emmys, and the series as a whole was the first syndicated television series nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. "All Good Things..." won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects and "Genesis" won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama Series. "All Good Things..." also won the second of the series' two Hugo Awards.

Cast

Main Cast
Actor Character Position Character's Species
Patrick Stewart Jean-Luc Picard Commanding officer (Captain) (seasons 1-7, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Nemesis) Human
Jonathan Frakes William Riker First officer (seasons 1-7, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Nemesis) Human
LeVar Burton Geordi La Forge Conn officer (season 1)
Chief engineer (seasons 2-7, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Nemesis)
Human
Michael Dorn Worf Tactical and conn officer (season 1)
Chief of security and tactical officer (seasons 2-7, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Nemesis)
Klingon
Gates McFadden Beverly Crusher Chief medical officer (seasons 1, 3-7, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Nemesis) Human
Marina Sirtis Deanna Troi Ship's counselor (seasons 1-7, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Nemesis) Half-Betazoid (mother) / half-Human (father)
Brent Spiner Data and Lore Second officer (seasons 1-7)
Operations officer (seaons 1-7, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Nemesis) Data's Brother - Lore (Seasons 1 - 7), Data's Brother - B4 (Star Trek: Nemesis)
Android
Former Main Cast
Wil Wheaton Wesley Crusher Conn officer (seasons 1-4), makes guest appearances in seasons 5 & 7 Human
Denise Crosby Natasha "Tasha" Yar;
Sela
Chief of security and tactical officer (season 1; guest appearances season 3 and 7)
also Romulan Commander (seasons 4-5)
Human;
Yar's half-Romulan / half-Human daughter
Diana Muldaur Katherine Pulaski Chief medical officer (season 2) Human
Secondary Main Cast/Recurring Ship Crewmembers & Starfleet Personnel
Colm Meaney Miles O'Brien Conn, tactical, and transporter officer (season 1-6, guest star in series finale) Human
Rosalind Chao Keiko O'Brien Botanist (season 4-5) Human
Patti Yasutake Alyssa Ogawa Nurse (season 4-7) Human
Whoopi Goldberg Guinan Bartender (season 2-6, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: Nemesis) El-Aurian
Michelle Forbes Ro Laren Tactical and conn officer (season 5-7) Bajoran
Dwight Schultz Reginald "Reg" Barclay Diagnostic technician, systems engineer (season 3-7, Star Trek: First Contact) Human
Majel Barrett Lwaxana Troi
Starfleet computer voice
Ambassador (season 1-7)
Voice of computer (season 1-7)
Betazoid
AI
Lanei Chapman Sariel Rager Conn officer (seasons 4, 6) Human
Scott Trost Shipley Transporter officer and diagnostic technician (season 3-6) Human
Cameron Oppenheimer Kellog Security (season 4-7, Star Trek: Generations - First Contact) Human
Guy Vardaman Darien Wallace Engineering and conn officer (seasons 1-7, Star Trek: Generations) Human
Michael Braveheart Martinez Medical staff (seasons 2-7, Star Trek: Generations - Insurrection) Human
Julie Warner Christy Henshaw Operations officer (season 3) Human

The cast underwent several changes through the series' run. Denise Crosby chose to leave the show shortly before the first season ended. Michael Dorn's Worf replaced Tasha Yar as security chief and tactical officer. Crosby returned to portray Yar in alternate timelines in "Yesterday's Enterprise" and "All Good Things...". Crosby also played Yar's half-Romulan daughter, Sela.

Gates McFadden left the series after one season; Beverly Crusher was replaced by Katherine Pulaski, played by Diana Muldaur. Muldaur never received billing in the opening credits, and instead was listed as a special guest star in the credits shown during the first act. Pulaski proved unpopular with viewers and was dropped at the end of the second season; McFadden reprised her role as Crusher.

Wesley Crusher was also written out of the show. According to actor Wil Wheaton's website, he wanted to leave the show because he was frustrated by having to fit other roles around his Trek schedule despite his character's decreasing role in the series. Wesley Crusher reappears in several later episodes.

Plot

The episodes follow the adventures of the crew of the Galaxy-class USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D. As the United Federation of Planets flagship, the Enterprise is designed for both exploration and diplomacy but is capable of, and formidable in, battle when necessary.

Patrick Stewart's voiceover during each episode's opening credits was patterned after that of the original series, but the phrase "continuing mission" replaces Star Trek's "five year mission", and the gender-neutral phrase "no one" replaces "no man":

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

The Enterprise's crew contact and discover many races and species with whom they interact as a means of exploring the "human" condition. Dramatic devices such as time travel or temporal loops, natural disasters, holodeck malfunctions, and other internal and external conflicts often occur without alien encounters, though these, too, are used to explore issues of humanity.

Episodes

Best episodes

To celebrate the series' 20th anniversary, Entertainment Weekly chose its "Top 10 Episodes":

  1. \"Yesterday's Enterprise\"
  2. \"The Best of Both Worlds\", Parts I and II
  3. \"The Inner Light\"
  4. \"Tapestry\"
  5. \"All Good Things...\"
  6. \"The Measure of a Man\"
  7. \"Sins of the Father\"
  8. \"First Contact\"
  9. \"The First Duty\"
  10. \"Chain of Command\", Parts I and II.

Notable guest appearances

Actors/Actresses
Name Role Episode Notes
Michael Bell Groppler Zorn \"Encounter at Farpoint\" Voice actor, notable for his work on The Transformers as the voices of Autobots Prowl and Sideswipe (among others) as well as other cartoons of the 1980's.
Ray Walston Boothby, groundskeeper at Starfleet Academy \"The First Duty\" Highly regarded character actor best know as Luther Billis in \"South Pacific,\" from 1955 and as My Favorite Martian. Appeared twice as Boothby on Star Trek: Voyager
Kelsey Grammer Capt. Morgan Bateson, USS Bozeman \"Cause and Effect\" Was supposed to appear standing next to Cheers co-star Kirstie Alley, reprising her role as \"Saavik\".
Bebe Neuwirth Lanel \"First Contact\" Broadway star (Chicago, Damn Yankees revivals) best known for role as Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane on Cheers.
Tim Russ Devor \"Starship Mine\" Lt. Commander Tuvok, Star Trek: Voyager. Also appeared as a bridge officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-B in Star Trek Generations.
Famke Janssen Kamala \"The Perfect Mate\" Has since made several appearances with Patrick Stewart in the X-Men films. Famke also auditioned for, and was considered for the role of Jadzia Dax, but lost to Terry Farrell.
Kirsten Dunst Hedril/Kestra \"Dark Page\" Has gone on to play Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man film series.
Teri Hatcher Bronwyn Gail Robinson \"The Outrageous Okona\" Went on to play Susan Mayer in the ABC TV series Desperate Housewives, as well as Lois Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
Ashley Judd Ensign Robin Lefler \"Darmok\"
\"The Game\"
Daughter of country singer Naomi Judd and sister of Wynonna Judd. Became a major character in Peter David's Star Trek: New Frontier novels.
David Warner Cardassian interrogator Gul Madred \"Chain of Command, Part II\" Emmy Award-winning English actor who is known for playing sinister or evil characters. Previously starred as St. John Talbot in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Ronny Cox Capt. Edward Jellico \"Chain of Command\" Parts I & II Character actor known for playing smarmy villains in sci-fi/action pictures (RoboCop, Total Recall); also played a police lieutenant opposite Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop.
Terry O'Quinn Admiral Erik Pressman \"The Pegasus\" Played Peter Watts, one of the main characters in Chris Carter's Millennium. Also played John Locke in the award winning ABC series Lost.
Paul Winfield Captain Dathon \"Darmok\" Previously starred as Captain Clark Terrell in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
John Tesh Klingon in Worf's painstick ritual \"The Icarus Factor\" Was co-host of Entertainment Tonight from 1986–1996.
Joe Piscopo The Comic \"The Outrageous Okona\" Was a cast member of Saturday Night Live.
William O. Campbell Thadiun Okona \"The Outrageous Okona\" Starred in The Rocketeer. Originally auditioned for the role of William T. Riker{cn}}, but lost to Jonathan Frakes
Bob Gunton Captain Benjamin Maxwell, USS Phoenix \"The Wounded\" Accomplished character actor; has appeared in films such as The Shawshank Redemption, Demolition Man, Glory, and many others.
Carel Struycken Mr. Homn Several episodes involving the recurring character Lwaxana Troi (Majel Barrett). Played Lurch in the movies The Addams Family and Addams Family Values.
James Cromwell Prime Minister Nayrok
Jaglom Shrek
\"The Hunted\"
\"Birthright\", Parts I and II
Would later play Minister Hanok in Star Trek: DS9 episode \"Starship Down\", then Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact and the pilot episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, \"Broken Bow.\"
Walter Gotell Kurt Mandl \"Home Soil\" Played General Gogol in the James Bond movie series.
Ben Vereen Dr. Edward LaForge \"Interface\" Preeminent, highly acclaimed song-and-dance man, performed in Jesus Christ Superstar and won Tony and Drama Desk awards for Stephen Schwartz's Pippin in the 1970s. Recently played the Wizard in another Schwartz musical, Wicked
Madge Sinclair Capt. Silva LaForge, USS Hera \"Interface\" Played Bell Reynolds in the Roots TV mini-series. Also appeared as the captain of the U.S.S. Saratoga in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Tony Todd Kurn \"Sins of the Father\"
\"Redemption\"
Played the Candyman in the slasher movie Candyman. Appeared twice in Season 4 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as the adult Jake Sisko in \"The Visitor\" and reprising the role of Kurn in \"Sons of Mogh.\"
Tom Jackson Lakanta \"Journey's End\" A noted musician & actor.
Tony Jay Suitor for Lwaxana Troi \"Cost of Living\" Famous voice actor; voiced Lord Dregg on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Frollo in Disney's animated The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and both the The Elder God and Mortanius the Necromancer in the Legacy of Kain franchise.
Norman Lloyd Professor Galen \"The Chase\" Member of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre. Played stern headmaster Mr. Nolan in Dead Poets Society.
Corbin Bernsen Q(2) \"Déjà Q\" Best known for roles as divorce lawyer/lothario Arnold Becker on L.A. Law, arrogant shorstop Roger Dorn in the first two Major League movies.
Jean Simmons Admiral Norah Satie \"The Drumhead\" Two-time Academy Award nominee; won an Emmy for her work in the TV miniseries The Thorn Birds.
Stephen Root Captain K'Vada \"Unification, Part I\" Versatile, accomplished character actor in film (Office Space, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, O Brother, Where Art Thou?), voice acting for animation (Ice Age, Finding Nemo, TV's King of the Hill), and television (The West Wing, CSI, NewsRadio).
Ken Jenkins Dr. Paul Stubbs \"Evolution\" Best known for his role of Dr. Bob Kelso, the Cheif of Medicine at Sacred Heart Hospital, on NBC's critically-acclaimed comedy Scrubs.
Non-Actors/Real World Personalities
Mae Jemison MD Lt. (j.g.) Palmer, transporter room \"Second Chances\" A former NASA astronaut and physician.
Stephen Hawking himself \"Descent, Part I\" A noted scientist.
James Worthy Koral \"Gambit\", Part II Played small forward for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1984 to 1994.
Mick Fleetwood Antidian Dignitary \"Manhunt\" Drummer with the blues/rock and roll band Fleetwood Mac.
Star Trek Alumni
Leonard Nimoy Ambassador Spock \"Unification\", Parts I and II Played Spock in the original Star Trek TV series.
DeForest Kelley Admiral Leonard McCoy \"Encounter at Farpoint\" Played Dr. McCoy in the original Star Trek TV series.
James Doohan Captain Montgomery Scott \"Relics\" Played Scott in the original Star Trek TV series.
Mark Lenard Ambassador Sarek \"Sarek\"
\"Unification, Part I\"
Appeared as Sarek in one episode of the original Star Trek TV series, \"Journey to Babel.\" Reprised the role for the film Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, then appeared in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Had one line in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, his voice dubbed over another actor playing a young Sarek.
Majel Barrett Lwaxana Troi/Enterprise-D Computer Voice Seasons 1-7 Had a recurring role as Dr. Christine Chapel in the original Star Trek TV series, and portrays the voice of the \"computer\" on all Federation Starships after the events of Star Trek TNG season 2. She also plays the character Lwaxanna Troi on Star Trek TNG and DS9.
Malachi Throne Senator Pardek \"Unification,\" Parts I & II Provided the voice of the Talosian in the original Star Trek pilot, \"The Cage\", then later appeared as Commodore Mendez in the two-part episode \"The Menagerie\" which incorporated footage of the original pilot.
TNG Movie Appearances
William Shatner Capt. James T. Kirk Star Trek Generations Played Capt. Kirk in the original Star Trek TV series.
Walter Koenig Commander Pavel Chekov Star Trek Generations Played Ens. Chekov in the original Star Trek TV series.
Malcolm McDowell Dr. Tolian Soran Star Trek Generations Uncle of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actor Alexander Siddig who played the role of Dr. Julian Bashir.
Bryan Singer Ensign Kelly Star Trek Nemesis The director of X-Men films, in which Patrick Stewart (Picard) and Famke Janssen (Kamala) star.
Ron Perlman Reman Viceroy Star Trek Nemesis Starred in the movies Alien Resurrection and Hellboy, as well as the 1987-89 TV series Beauty and the Beast
Alfre Woodard Lily Sloane Star Trek: First Contact Starred in the TV series L.A. Law, Hill Street Blues, and Desperate Housewives.

Connections with other Star Trek incarnations

The show's theme combines the fanfare from the original series theme by Alexander Courage with Jerry Goldsmith's theme for Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

The Next Generation has other similarities to Star Trek: The Motion Picture, itself spun from the plans for Star Trek: Phase II. The movie's Willard Decker and Ilia bear similarities to The Next Generation's Will Riker and Deanna Troi. The series' second-season premiere was based on a Phase II script, as was the courtroom drama \"Devil's Due\".

Some sets used in the Original Series-era films were redressed for The Next Generation, and in turn used for subsequent Original Series films. Part of the transporter room set in The Next Generation was used in the original Star Trek's transporter set.

Variants of Enterprise's LCARS computer interface appear in the Deep Space Nine and Voyager spinoffs and the Next Generation-era films. The series also established the five-number stardate, with the second digit corresponding to the season; Deep Space Nine's opening stardate of 46379 aligns with The Next Generation's sixth season, and Voyager's 48315 places it in what would have been The Next Generation's eighth season.

Characters and races

Three original Star Trek main actors appear as their original series characters in The Next Generation: DeForest Kelley as Leonard McCoy in "Encounter at Farpoint", Leonard Nimoy as Spock in both halves of "Unification", and James Doohan as Montgomery Scott in "Relics". Mark Lenard played Sarek for both "Sarek" and "Unification, Part I", and Majel Barrett reprised her role of voicing the Enterprise's computer, as well as playing Deanna's mother, Lwaxana Troi. A script that reportedly featured the character of Harry Mudd, a recurring criminal in Star Trek, was cancelled when Roger C. Carmel died. The Romulans reprise their antagonistic role in The Next Generation, although the Klingons reappear as Federation allies.

The Next Generation introduces two characters who would later have lead roles in Deep Space Nine: Miles O'Brien (played by Colm Meaney) and Worf. The character who eventually became Kira Nerys was initially intended to be a reprisal of Michelle Forbes' Next Generation character, Ro Laren. Additional Next Generation characters who appear in Deep Space Nine include Q, the Duras sisters, Klingon Chancellor Gowron, Klingon Kurn (Worf's brother), Alexander Rozhenko (Worf's son), Keiko O'Brien (Miles' wife), Molly O'Brien (Miles' daughter), Lwaxana Troi, Thomas Riker, Vash and Gul Evek.

Reginald Barclay, Deanna Troi, Q, William Riker and LaForge appear in Voyager. Tom Paris, a main character in Voyager, was based on the Next Generation character Nicholas Locarno; Robert Duncan McNeill, who played Locarno, went on to play Paris.

Deanna Troi and William Riker appear in the Enterprise finale "These Are the Voyages..."

The Ferengi, conceived but panned as The Next Generation's recurring antagonists, appear in subsequent Star Trek spin-offs. The Next Generation also introduces the Borg, Cardassian, Trill and Bajoran species, along with the Maquis resistance group, all of which play a part in both Deep Space Nine and Voyager.

Deep Space Nine's Julian Bashir, played by Alexander Siddig, appears in The Next Generation's "Birthright, Part I", and Armin Shimerman played Quark for "Firstborn".

Actor crossovers

The following Next Generation cast members have appeared as various other characters in other Star Trek productions.

  • Michael Dorn (Worf) appeared in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as his ancestor Klingon Colonel Worf.
  • Brent Spiner (Data) appeared in three Star Trek: Enterprise episodes as Noonien Soong's ancestor, Arik Soong.
  • Diana Muldaur (Pulaski) appeared in The Original Series episodes "Return to Tomorrow" as Lt. Commander Ann Mulhall, and "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" as Dr. Miranda Jones.
  • Majel Barrett Roddenberry (Lwaxana Troi and the ship's computer) appeared in The Original Series as recurring character Nurse Christine Chapel, though she was originally cast as "Number One" in the pilot. She also was the voice for the Federation computers in every series.
  • Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton (Riker & LaForge) have also directed episodes of Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Burton also directed episodes of Enterprise.

The following actors from other Star Trek productions have appeared in guest spots on The Next Generation as other characters.

  • Armin Shimerman (Quark of Deep Space Nine) appeared in "The Last Outpost" as the Ferengi Letek, "Haven" as the face of a Betazoid gift box, and "Peak Performance" as Ferengi DaiMon Bractor.
  • Max Grodénchik (Rom of Deep Space Nine) appeared in "Captain's Holiday" as Ferengi Sovak, and "The Perfect Mate" as Ferengi Par Lenor.
  • Ethan Phillips guest stars as the Ferengi Farek. He later appears in Star Trek: Voyager as Neelix.
  • Marc Alaimo (Dukat of Deep Space Nine) appeared in "Lonely Among Us" as Antican Badar N'D'D, in "The Neutral Zone" as the Romulan commander Tebok, in "The Wounded" as the Cardassian Gul Macet, and in "Time's Arrow" as the poker player Frederick La Rouque.
  • Salome Jens (the Female Shapeshifter of Deep Space Nine) appeared in "The Chase" as an ancient humanoid.
  • Robert Duncan McNeil (Tom Paris of Voyager) appeared in "The First Duty" as Nova Squadron leader Nicholas Locarno.
  • Tim Russ (Tuvok of Voyager) appeared in "Starship Mine" as technician Devor.
  • James Cromwell, who plays the prime minister in The Hunted, also plays the role of Dr. Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Enterprise episode Broken Bow, Jaglom Shrek in Star Trek: TNG episodes Birthright Parts 1 and 2 in season six and Hanok in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode Starship Down.

Legacy

Four films feature the series' characters:

Three other Star Trek TV series succeeded The Next Generation:

The series has also inspired numerous novels, analytical books, websites, and works of fan fiction.

On October 7, 2006, one of the three original filming models of the USS Enterprise-D used on the show sold at a Christie's auction for USD $576,000, making it the highest-selling item at the event.

DVD release

The series' first season was released on DVD in March 2002. Throughout the year the next six seasons were released at various times on DVD, with the seventh season being released in December 2002. To commemorate the series 20th anniversary, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment released Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Complete Series on October 2, 2007. The DVD box set contains 49 discs.

See also

References

External links

  • TrekCore.com Library of DVD screen captures (still images) from every episode of the Next Generation.

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