It is a fact universally acknowledged that the first season of a brand-new TV show can be an iffy one, since said brand-new show is still trying to find its footing. So it was with Star Trek: The Next Generation's first year, which was, arguably, the weakest season in the sci-fi show's glorious seven-year run. And so says Ronald D. Moore: But so say we all?
Ronald D. Moore—who was a writer and a producer on several Star Trek series and films before he gloriously rebooted Battlestar Galactica—was looking back on The Next Generation in the latest issue of SFX magazine, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation and is now on sale in the U.K.
This is what Moore said about The Next Generation's first season:
"I was watching the first first season as a fan, and I watched it religiously and recorded every single one. And even I was going, 'This is kind of weak. It's not working.' You could kind of see the show trying to figure out what it was, how close it was gonna be to the original series and how different. They even repeated an episode from the original series when they did "The Naked Now" in the first season. That was a shakedown cruise for the Enterprise for those first couple of years. It was extraordinary that the audience was willing to give it time."
And we're grateful for that, since the very best was yet to come; especially with the thrilling season-three cliffhanger episode "The Best of Both Worlds" (which introduced us to the Borg) and onward: Next Gen had found its footing—and Star Trek: The Next Generation's success spawned three more Trek series on TV (Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise).
What we want to know is, do you guys agree with Ronald D. Moore that season one of The Next Generation was weak? Which episodes stand out for you as being either very good or awfully bad—and which season do you think was the strongest of the show's run?