Star Trek: The Next Generation (season 7)
The seventh and final season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation commenced airing in broadcast syndication in the United States on September 20, 1993, concluded on May 23, 1994, after airing 26 episodes. Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the Starfleet starship Enterprise-D; the season begins with the crew defeating Lore and his group of rogue Borg, resulting in the disassembly of Lore. It continued this theme of family history with most of the episodes. After dealing with Lore, Data confronts the realization that his "mother" is still alive. In "Interface", Geordi attempts to save his mother from a damaged ship and is forced to deal with his loss. Worf meets a future version of his son, Alexander, in "Firstborn" and his foster brother in "Homeward". Both Troi and Dr. Crusher confront old family secrets in "Dark Page" and "Sub Rosa". Picard faces challenges with a son he never knew he had in "Bloodlines" and his relationship with his family – past and future – in the series finale "All Good Things..."
The series ends with Q concluding his trial of humanity, giving Picard an opportunity to save all of mankind. This season was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, making Star Trek: The Next Generation the first syndicated series to be nominated for the award. In the following table, episodes are listed by the order. Star Trek portal Science Fiction portal Episode guide at Star Trek.com
The Romulans are an extraterrestrial humanoid species in the science fiction franchise Star Trek. First appearing in the original Star Trek series in the 1966 episode "Balance of Terror", they have since made appearances in all the Star Trek series: The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Enterprise. In addition, they have appeared in various spin-off media, prominently in the two feature films Star Trek: Nemesis and Star Trek. Throughout the series, they are depicted as antagonists, are at war with or in a tenuous truce with the United Federation of Planets. On rare occasions, they have allied with the Federation, they do not get along with Klingons either, whom they consider to be a savage race, while the Klingons consider Romulans dishonorable. The Romulans act as a counterpoint to the logical Vulcan race, whom they resemble and with whom they share a common ancestry; as such, the Romulans are characterized as passionate and opportunistic — in every way the opposite of the logical and "cold" Vulcans.
The Romulans are the dominant race of the Romulan Star Empire. Although Star Trek star charts place the Romulan Empire's territory in the Beta Quadrant of the galaxy, in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine they are referred to as an Alpha Quadrant power; the Romulans were created by Paul Schneider, who said "it was a matter of developing a good Romanesque set of admirable antagonists... an extension of the Roman civilization to the point of space travel". There are some differences in their history and the way they are portrayed on television, in the motion pictures and in non-canonical media; the Romulans began as a group of Vulcan revolutionaries who refused to accept the Vulcan philosopher Surak's teachings of the complete suppression of emotions. At some point in their shared history, this group left the planet Vulcan settling on the planets Romulus and Remus. In the original series episode "Balance of Terror", Spock notes that while the events during the period of Surak are well documented, he is uncertain about their connections to the Romulans.
He does state that he thinks them a offshoot of Vulcan. The Next Generation episode "The Chase" implies that Romulans, Cardassians and humans share a common ancestry. Like Vulcans, Romulans have pointed ears, upswept eyebrows, copper-based blood, green when oxygenated in the arteries and copper or rust-colored when deoxygenated in the veins. In the original series, Romulans were indistinguishable from Vulcans in appearance, but subsequent series and films introduced a V-shaped ridge above the bridge of their nose, a similar prosthetic make-up development to that of the Klingons. Like Vulcans, Romulans are always depicted as having dark or black hair. Romulans share the longevity common to their Vulcan cousins. In "Unification", the Romulan Senator Pardek shared a friendship with Ambassador Spock lasting at least 80 years. However, the similarities end when it comes to Vulcans' mental or physical abilities, which the Romulans do not share, or lost after their arrival on Romulus. Vulcans developed greater physical strength than humans due to the higher gravity of their home planet, whereas Romulus' gravity is analogous to that of Earth.
Romulan ale is a fictional popular blue alcoholic beverage, illegal because of a Federation trade embargo in the late 23rd century through the late 24th century. Despite this, it is traded and consumed openly. During the alliance with the Federation during the Dominion War, Romulan ale was legalized though it was outlawed again after the war, as stated by Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: Nemesis. Other Romulan drinks include Kali-fal, a blue drink with an aroma that should "forcibly open one's frontal sinuses before the first sip." Romulan fashion of the late 24th century had distinctive squared shoulders. Hair is cut straight across the brow close to the eyebrows, with longer locks framing the face, cut following the cheekbones, a style reminiscent of a helmet. In Star Trek: The Original Series, Romulan military uniforms consisted of a gray tunic with varying kinds of decorative sashes. Commanders wore red sashes, senior officers wore blue sashes, most soldiers wore no sash at all. In subsequent series, such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Romulan uniforms were of a different style, with varying kinds of patterns and colors.
The dominant uniform style thereafter was gray under a pattern of squares. The rank insignia on the Next Generation-era Romulan uniform consisted of a series of diamond and crescent shapes, worn on the left collar, their uniforms tend to fit rather loosely, feature large phaser holsters that allow the entire weapon to be'dropped in', hiding most of it from view. As of Star Trek: Nemesis, Romulan uniforms were more standardized. Episodes of the fourth season of Star Trek: Enterprise depicted the 22nd century Romulans wearing the same uniforms as those of the 24th century Nemesis. Romulan military uniforms follow a distinct pattern through the 24th centuries. Male hairstyles do not appear to change although 24th century hairstyles seem more distinct from Vulcan hairstyles. Females in the 23rd century wore long hair in a variety of styles. By the 24th century, females wear a style similar to males; the emblem of the Romulan Star Empire depicts a large bird of prey clutching the worlds of Romulus and Remus.
The avian motif appears on their warbird starships. Those who rejected the teachings of Surak were said to be "beneath the raptor's wi
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry. It aired from September 28, 1987 to May 23, 1994 on syndication, spanning 178 episodes over the course of seven seasons; the third series in the Star Trek franchise, it is the second sequel to Star Trek: The Original Series. Set in the 24th century, when Earth is part of a United Federation of Planets, it follows the adventures of a Starfleet starship, the USS Enterprise-D, in its exploration of the Milky Way galaxy. After the cancellation of The Original Series in 1969, the Star Trek franchise had continued with Star Trek: The Animated Series and a series of films, all featuring the original cast. In the 1980s, franchise creator Roddenberry decided to create a new series, featuring a new crew embarking on their mission a century after that of The Original Series; the Next Generation featured a new crew that starred Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Jonathan Frakes as Commander William Riker, Brent Spiner as Lt. Commander Data, Michael Dorn as Lieutenant Worf, LeVar Burton as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge, Marina Sirtis as counselor Deanna Troi, Gates McFadden as Dr. Beverly Crusher, a new Enterprise.
An introductory statement featured at the beginning of each episode's title sequence stated the ship's purpose in language similar to the opening statement of the original Star Trek series, but was updated to reflect an ongoing mission and to be gender-neutral: 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. Roddenberry, Maurice Hurley, Rick Berman, Michael Piller, Jeri Taylor served as executive producers at various times throughout its production; the show was popular, reaching 12 million viewers in its 5th season, with the series finale in 1994 being watched by over 30 million viewers. TNG premiered the week of September 28, 1987, drawing 27 million viewers, with the two-hour pilot "Encounter at Farpoint". In total, 176 episodes were made, ending with the two-hour 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.
Several Star Trek series followed The Next Generation: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Discovery. The series formed the basis for the seventh through the tenth of the Star Trek films, is the setting of numerous novels, comic books, video games. In its seventh season, Star Trek: The Next Generation became the first and only syndicated television series to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series; the series received a number of accolades, including 19 Emmy Awards, two Hugo Awards, five Saturn Awards, "The Big Goodbye" won a Peabody Award. Some of the highest rated episodes were the pilot, the finale, the two-part "Unification", "Aquiel", "A Matter of Time", "Relics". Four episodes featured actors DeForest Kelley, Mark Lenard, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan from the original Star Trek reprising their original roles; the Star Trek franchise originated in the late 1960s, with the Star Trek television show which ran from 1966-1969.
Star Trek: The Next Generation would mark the return of Star Trek to live-action broadcast television. As early as 1972, Paramount Pictures started to consider making a Star Trek film because of the show's popularity in syndication. However, with 1977's release of Star Wars, Paramount decided not to compete in the science fiction movie category and shifted their efforts to a new Star Trek television series; the Original Series actors were approached to reprise their roles. By 1986, 20 years after the original Star Trek's debut on NBC, the franchise's longevity amazed Paramount Pictures executives. Chairman Frank Mancuso Sr. and others described it as the studio's "crown jewel", a "priceless asset" that "must not be squandered". The series was the most popular syndicated television program 17 years after cancellation, the Harve Bennett-produced, Original Series-era Star Trek films did well at the box office. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy's salary demands for the film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home caused the studio to plan for a new Star Trek television series.
Paramount executives worried that a new series could hurt the demand for the films, but decided that it would increase their appeal on videocassette and cable, that a series with unknown actors would be more profitable than paying the films' actors' large salaries. Roddenberry declined to be involved, but came on board as creator after being unhappy with early conceptual work. Star Trek: The Next Generation was announced on October 10, 1986, its cast in May 1987. Paramount executive Rick Berman was assigned to the series at Roddenberry's request. Roddenberry hired a number of Star Trek veterans, including Bob Justman, D. C. Fontana, Eddie Milkis and David Gerrold. Early proposals for the series included one in which some of the original series cast might appear as "elder statesmen", Roddenberry speculated as late as October 1986 that the new series might not use a spaceship, as "people might travel by some means" 100 years after the USS Enterpris
Encounter at Farpoint
"Encounter at Farpoint" is the pilot episode and series premiere of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, which premiered in syndication on September 28, 1987. It was written by D. C. Fontana and Gene directed by Corey Allen. Roddenberry was the creator of Star Trek, Fontana was a writer on the original series, it is the first and second episode of the series overall. Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the Starfleet starship Enterprise. In this episode, the crew of the newly built Enterprise examine the mysterious Farpoint Station which the Bandi people are offering to the Federation, while under the gaze of a powerful alien entity that calls itself "Q"; the episode was made as a pilot for the new Star Trek series, was a double length episode at Paramount Television Group's insistence. After the show was announced on October 10, 1986, Roddenberry put together a production team which included staff members from the original series such as Robert H. Justman.
The show utilized some existing sets and props from the Star Trek films and both Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: Phase II. New actors were hired for the pilot, which in some cases required the character concepts to be redeveloped to better fit the actor. Marina Sirtis and Denise Crosby were hired for the roles of Macha Hernandez and Deanna Troi but were switched by Roddenberry and Crosby's new role renamed to Tasha Yar. DeForest Kelley agreed to appear in a cameo role in the pilot but as a gesture to Roddenberry, he refused to be paid more than the minimum possible salary; the show made its debut in syndication to a mixed critical response, an assessment, upheld by critics reassessing the episode following the end of the entire series. In 2364, the newest flagship of the United Federation of Planets, Starfleet's USS Enterprise, travels to the planet Deneb IV for its maiden voyage. Enterprise is to open relations with the simple Bandi people who have somehow been able to tap immense energy reserves and construct Farpoint Station, much to the surprise of the Federation.
En route, the Enterprise is met by an omnipotent being who identifies himself as Q, a member of the Q Continuum and declares that humanity is being put on trial—posing in appearance as a Grand Inquisitor—and deciding that their actions in their upcoming mission will be used to judge their worthiness and determine their fate as a race. Before letting the ship resume its course, Q warns Captain Picard; as the Enterprise arrives, the crew members explore the offerings of Farpoint Station and establish relations with their Bandi host, Groppler Zorn. The crew becomes suspicious when items they desire seem to appear out of nowhere moments and are unable to identify the power source that feeds the station. Deanna Troi, an empath, senses a being with powerful yet despairing emotions nearby, the crew discover a strange labyrinth beneath the station, but Zorn does not offer an explanation; as the Enterprise crew continues its explorations, a large unknown alien craft enters orbit and begins to fire upon an older Bandi settlement near Farpoint Station, abducts Zorn.
Before Picard orders the ship's phasers to be fired at the craft, Q appears to remind him of humanity's trial and prompts Picard to send an away team to the alien craft. The away team discovers the craft has passages similar to those under Farpoint and they are able to free Zorn, their actions cause the alien craft to transform into a jellyfish-like space creature, Picard is able to deduce the mystery of Farpoint Station. He confirms with the apologetic Zorn that the Bandi found a similar lifeform injured on their planet and, while attempting to care for it, they exploited its ability to synthesize matter to create Farpoint Station; the creature now in orbit is trying to help free its mate by attacking those. Though Q goads Picard into punishing the Bandi, Picard refuses, instead ordering the Enterprise to fire a vivifying energy beam onto Farpoint after the station is evacuated; the beam allows the land-bound creature to transform back into its jellyfish-like form, it flies into orbit to join its fellow being.
As the crew watches the reunion of the alien creatures, Q reluctantly tells Picard that they have succeeded in their test, but hints that they will meet again. The new Star Trek series was announced on October 10, 1986 by the head of Paramount Television Group, Mel Harris, he announced that the creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry, was to be executive producer and lead the creation of the new series. It was the second attempt at creating a new live action television series based on Star Trek for Paramount; when the decision was made not to proceed with the Paramount network it had been slated to be the flagship for, interest in a new movie was piqued after the release of Star Wars. Paramount had pitched ideas to Roddenberry earlier in 1986 as it was the twentieth anniversary of the original series, but Roddenberry turned them down and didn't want to do a new series, he said, "It was only when the Paramount people agreed with me and said a sequel was impossible anyway that my interest was piqued."All four major networks turned down the new Star Trek series, as they were not willing to commit to a twenty-six-hour first season with a guaranteed unchanging time slot as well as a promotional campaign for the show.
The team proceeded with the project with the backing of Paramount. Roddenberry began putting together a production crew which included colleagues who had
Vulcan (Star Trek)
Vulcans are a fictional extraterrestrial humanoid species in the Star Trek universe and media franchise. In the various Star Trek television series and movies, they are noted for their attempt to live by logic and reason with as little interference from emotion as possible. Known for their pronounced eyebrows and pointed ears, they originate from the fictional planet Vulcan. In the Star Trek universe, they were the first extraterrestrial species to make first contact with humans; the most famous actor to portray a Vulcan is Leonard Nimoy, who first played the character Mr. Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series. Vulcans are depicted as similar in appearance to humans; the main physical differences are their eyebrows and ears: the former are arched and upswept, while the latter feature pinnae that taper to a point at the top. The ears have been the subject of jokes on many occasions. Vulcans have been portrayed as various races. Most caucasoid-like Vulcans appear with a subtle greenish hue to their skin, due to Vulcans' copper-based blood, green.
Other features described include an inner eyelid, or nictitating membrane, which protects their vision from bright lights, an adaptation for their bright, hot home world. In addition, their hearts are located on the right side between the ribs and pelvis. Vulcans were omnivores in ages past. In the Star Trek original series episode "All Our Yesterdays", Spock willingly consumes meat. Vulcans are stated to be herbivorous in the TAS episode "The Slaver Weapon", by the carnivorous Kzinti. Vulcans do not like to touch their food with their hands, preferring to use utensils whenever possible, it is a Vulcan custom for guests in the home to prepare meals for their hosts. Vulcans are said to not drink alcohol, though they are depicted indulging on special occasions or as a storyline warrants. In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Repression", humans and Vulcans are shown drinking a Vulcan alcoholic drink called "Vulcan Brandy". In the TOS episode "The Enterprise Incident", as part of his diversionary role during an espionage mission against the Romulans, Spock shares a drink known as Romulan ale with the female Romulan commander.
In a TOS episode "Requiem for Methuselah", Spock requests a Saurian brandy after Dr. McCoy, while serving himself and Captain Kirk, observes that he had no expectation that Spock would be joining them in a drink for fear that the alcohol would affect his logic faculties. Spock claims that he wants a brandy because he is experiencing an unaccustomed envy for his host's artwork. In Star Trek: First Contact, when the Vulcans first meet Zefram Cochrane, Cochrane serves them alcoholic beverages, which they take in lieu of dancing. In "non-canon" Trek-related literature, such as the novelization of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Vulcans are depicted as immune to the effects of alcohol. There are references to Vulcans becoming inebriated by ingesting chocolate; the novelization of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home shows Spock reacting as if drunk to the ingestion of sucrose, or sugar, contained in a peppermint candy. He tells Kirk; every seven years, Vulcan males and females experience an overpowering hormone imbalance known as pon farr focused on their mates or an object of desire, if there is no mate or they are out of reach.
Once triggered, a Vulcan must have sexual intercourse with someone, preferably their mate. If this is not possible, meditation may be used to stabilize their chemical imbalances and help them cope, though this is not always sufficient. In the event that neither of these solutions can be achieved, the Vulcan will face insanity, loss of self-control, death. If a mate is not available, there are other ways to relieve the effects of the pon farr; the first is meditation, by means of which the Vulcan must overcome the urge to mate through mental discipline. The second is violence; this is seen in the Voyager episode "Blood Fever", when B'Elanna Torres and Ensign Vorik fight in the traditional Vulcan manner. The violence ends the pon farr; the other option is extreme shock. When he experienced pon farr, Tuvok of the USS Voyager made use of a holodeck simulation of a temporary mate that resembled his wife; this holodeck simulation was created because The Doctor was unavailable to administer, as the dialog of the episode suggests, a medicine that he had prepared to help Tuvok overcome the effects of pon farr.
Infection is another mechanism writers have used to induce pon farr in Vulcan characters (such as T'Pol in the Star Trek: Enterprise
Julie Caitlin Brown
Julie Caitlin Brown is an American actress and musician known for her role as Na'Toth in the first and fifth season of the science fiction television series Babylon 5. Her first stage role was as Mary Magdalene in a 1983 professional production of Jesus Christ Superstar. In the late 1980s, Brown branched out into commercial and television work in Florida. In 1992, Brown appeared in guest-starring roles on several series. Following the departure of Mary Woronov from the series and the last-minute loss of cast Susan Kellermann, Babylon 5's casting director called her and unexpectedly offered her the role of Na'Toth on the first season of the science-fiction series. Brown declined to stay for a second season; the role of Na'Toth was recast with Mary Kay Adams, Brown went on to return for guest appearances during the second season and the fifth season. Brown's other television guest credits include Becker, JAG, Beverly Hills, 90210, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: The Next Generation. In 2009 portrayed in a lead role Tammy Tennis in Joshua Grannell's comedy horror film All About Evil.
The short film "Thoughts of Suicide on an Otherwise Lovely Day", written and produced, in which she stars, is on the festival circuit. A singer, Brown's first CD, Sheddin' My Skin, was released in January 1998, her second album, Struck by Lightning, came out July 2002. She is involved in several stage and television projects still in development. Brown appeared in Peaches Christ's All About Evil with Cassandra Peterson, Mink Stole and Patrick Bristow. Official website Julie Caitlin Brown on IMDb
Star Trek: The Next Generation (season 1)
The first season of the American television science fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation commenced airing in broadcast syndication in the United States on September 28, 1987, concluded on May 16, 1988, after 26 episodes were broadcast. Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the Starfleet starship Enterprise-D, it was the first live-action television series in the franchise to be broadcast since Star Trek: The Original Series was cancelled in 1969, the first to feature all new characters. Paramount Television sought the advice of the creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry, who set about creating the new show with former The Original Series staff members. An new cast were sought, which concerned some members of The Original Series crew, as Roddenberry did not want to re-tread the same steps as he had in the first series to the extent that well known Star Trek aliens such as Vulcans and Romulans were banned at first; the characters in the series changed during preproduction, with adjustments made to the names and ethnicity.
When the cast was announced at first, LeVar Burton was the main actor highlighted because of his work on the Roots mini series. Although the casting was managed by producers Rick Berman and Robert H. Justman, Roddenberry intervened to switch the characters assigned to Marina Sirtis and Denise Crosby. Sirtis took over Crosby's role as Deanna Troi, Crosby became Tasha Yar, named Macha Hernandez while Sirtis held the part. Behind the scenes, the writing team became chaotic. Eddie Milkis had quit prior with Berman taking over from him. Roddenberry's insistence on re-writing scripts and unusual behaviour alienated some staff. Longtime Star Trek contributor D. C. Fontana quit, filing a claim with the Writer's Guild of America as she had been acting as story editor but was unpaid in the role; such were the troubles that the series had a problem recruiting potential writers halfway through the season. By the end of the second season, all the writing staff recruited during season one except for Rick Berman had quit.
As the series was being launched directly into syndication, there were concerns that it could affect the ratings. "Encounter at Farpoint", the pilot, was broadcast to Nielsen ratings of 15.7 percent, after a lull seeing ratings for "The Last Outpost" reached a season low of 8.9 percent, they increased again and by the end of the first season, it had become the most popular syndicated series on television. While anticipated, initial reviews other than for "Encounter at Farpoint" were poor; the second episode, "The Naked Now" had fans and critics concerned that The Next Generation would re-hash plots of The Original Series, "Code of Honor" was seen as racist. It was nominated for seven Emmy Awards, winning in costume design and sound editing. "The Big Goodbye" was awarded a Peabody Award, while cast member Wil Wheaton was nominated for an award at the 9th Youth in Film Awards. The season was first released on DVD on March 26, 2002, on Region 1, was subsequently released in other regions; the region-free Blu-ray releases came in July 2012.
As production was underway on the film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Paramount executives began to work on ideas to bring Star Trek back to television, hiring writer/producer Greg Strangis to develop some proposals. This was not the first time that this had been considered following the success of Star Trek: The Original Series in broadcast syndication, as a series entitled Star Trek: Phase II had been worked on in the late seventies between attempts at creating a film based on The Original Series; the pilot episode of Phase II, entitled "In Thy Image" was changed to become the first Star Trek film, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Paramount spoke to Leonard Nimoy, still portraying Spock in the film franchise, about the new series, they offered him the chance of producing the new series, but he turned them down due to the time commitment. Next, Paramount sought to consult franchise creator Gene Roddenberry, he turned down the idea of running the show, given the time that production of The Original Series had distracted him from his family.
But Paramount told him that it was impossible to pursue the new series otherwise, Roddenberry began to make plans for the series—with a new cast, as he wanted to avoid retreading and recreating the same roles now seen in the film franchise. Although they had not planned on it Paramount hired Roddenberry to oversee the production and fired Strangis. However, one of his ideas appeared in the premise of The Next Generation, that the Federation and the Klingons had become allies; the first announcement of a new series was made by Roddenberry publicly on October 10, 1986. Several stars of The Original Series and the film franchise stated that they did not like the premise of a new series set in the same universe that did not feature them. DeForest Kelley, who appeared in the pilot as Admiral Leonard McCoy, said that while he understood that the studio wanted to keep the franchise going beyond them, he felt that "there's only one Star Trek, that's ours". James Doohan, who played Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, said that Star Trek was about the characters and with a new cast the studio was "trying to fool the public, that's bad business."
William Shatner, who portrayed James T. Kirk, was concerned with the overexposure of the franchise and how a new television series could affect future films. A memo sent on October 24, showed that Robert H. Justman, an associate producer on The Original Series, was working with Roddenberry on the new plans for a series, at that time untitled, they took several influences from the criticism of the previous series in D