It's the 30th anniversary of when Star Trek: The Next Generation's pilot episode, "Encounter at Farpoint" first transmitted. As you can imagine, SYFY WIRE is going to do a lot of coverage on the subject, because TNG is great, and everybody loves it.
One thing that had been absent in our discussion (until I, your hero, brought it up) was a rundown of the greatest moments for some of TNG's best characters.
TNG anniversaries have come and gone, and it always feels like it's Picard and Data who get the love. Which, I mean, yeah. I get it. They're great. But, as of now, we are only doing 5 of these "best character moments" articles to celebrate TNG's 30th, and I don't want to go for the obvious. I want someone other than Baldie McFluteFlute and Ol' Golden Eyes to feel the spotlight on their skin for a change.
So my opening salvo is for the first mom of Star Trek: Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden), because I believe she does not get the love and adoration she so richly deserves. She didn't even get a Funko Pop! figure. I mean, c'mon!
No, "being a mom" is not going to be one of her top 5 moments below. "Being a mom" is not a moment, but also, I think too many women (Beverly included) are defined by their motherhood, and nothing else. Yes, she is a mom. Yes, she told Wesley to shut up that one time. But I'm interested in the independent lady stuff, the stuff that will make you throw your proverbial hands up at me.
So, if you might say to Ms. Crusher, "Girl, I didn't know you could get down like that," now is the time for Beverly to show you how she could get down like that. And for me to stop quoting Destiny's Child. I guess.