Seeing as we are all big fans of Star Trek, we figured we should devote an early episode to that subject. We settled on discussing the episode “Encounter at Farpoint”, the very first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was originally broadcast in 1987, about two decades after the original series had premiered, and sandwiched in between the fourth and fifth Star Trek movies.
“Encounter at Farpoint” is perhaps not a very good episode, with essentially two very different plot lines that have been forced together. It does have a few good scenes and, as Matt points out, it also, rather bluntly, sets out what The Next Generation would be about.