Star Trek: The Next Generation episode analysis of season 1 episode 1 [Encounter at Farpoint]
Technically a two-part episode, Encounter at Farpoint now streams as a single, bloated, unbearably long episode. Mike and Nic recap the events of this clunky pilot episode and then do an analysis of the themes presented throughout, and how the pilot introduces us to our beloved crew as well as to fan-favorite villain, Q!
We laugh a LOT along the way to talking about more serious issues the show has regarding the way it deals with humanity's (read: white settlers') past violences, how human- and Euro-centric the show tends to be, and the Enterprise as a neocolonial project.
We lay the groundwork for this to be a Wesley Crusher stan account and lament the poor writing of Deanna Troi - pain, pain, loneliness, despair INDEED, girl.
We hope you like the show, we are so excited to launch this new project!