I think the family theme in S7 worked really well. As they go back to Picard's house, Picard tells La Forge what he thought of his latest novel, but in the middle of a comment, he suddenly sees a strange group of people, dressed in shabby clothes, and supposedly mocking the captain. Captain, we've got a problem with the warp core or the phase inducers or some other damn thing. Okuda, Michael (September 28, 2004). I love this episode, but here's my moment of uber nerd: I do have more to say about this episode (and season) but for now, time for my "seasonal" ratings for each episode, where the score diverges from Jammer's: Another excellent review that hits on a lot of my own observations, too. This is a reference to earlier seasons, where Data would similarly "babble". A large spatial anomaly has appeared in the Devron system, the same place an anomaly was detected in the present. Shoot you with praise, I will, Paul. Picard finally joining the game and taking a moment to fix everyone in his mind; there are unspoken statements that the crew will go on to have new adventures, and they have been warned that one day they could all split up, so this is a chance to get it right (but since we never find out what happened to Troi, how can they prevent that? Today is the 20th Anniversary that Star Trek The Next Generation signed off with this wonderful episode! Picard sits down, seemingly troubled by this. That created an interesting conundrum: How do you end a series at the height of its popularity and deliver a finale for an audience with lofty expectations while not fundamentally changing anything on the show — while also capping off a season that many (myself included) considered to be among the show's weakest? ← Arc: Humanity on Trial (2 of 2)   Data suggests using an inverse tachyon pulse to scan beyond the subspace barrier. He asks O'Brien to accompany him to engineering, where he gives the chief instructions to bypass the plasma inducers. Great discussion, as always. Wow, Thanks for the Review Jammer. What is going on here? Data as a professor at Cambridge, with an artificial streak of gray hair and a snarky housekeeper named Jessel who tells him how ridiculous it looks, is laid-back comedy gold that feels like the right epilogue for this character (and far more so than the hollowly unfortunate one we got in Nemesis). This is only a temporary effect; Crusher notes that the DNA changes may wind up actually killing everyone if the effects can't be counteracted.

He tells them about the faith he has in them, and asks for their trust in return. After they leave, Q appears musing that Picard has a difficult decision ahead of him… an anomaly he knows nothing about but will be somehow responsible for the end of humanity; the question is will collapsing it save humanity or destroy it. Please carry on. However, Q reminds Picard that he is not alone in this; who he is, who he was and who he will become are always with him. [4][5] Former cast members Denise Crosby (whose regular character Tasha Yar had died in the first season, and who had made two guest appearances since) and Colm Meaney (who had left the series during the sixth season, when his recurring character Miles O'Brien became a regular on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), reprised their roles for scenes set in the past. 2395  I like to think it will be, if only to serve as a memory. Senile Picard was so sad, married Geordi was cute (Leah?)

In the observation lounge, the senior staff discusses the situation. He starts to describe that he remembers more each time he shifts. Troi asks how long he was in each period, but Picard responds that he is not sure. Q states that he is not putting mankind on trial again.

Data asks Picard about how long it has been since he has seen a doctor about his Irumodic Syndrome. I don't know how or why, but I'm moving back and forth... through time. True, as do all shows that are written well. To change gears (which the episode itself does frequently and without warning), there's also the matter of Picard's transitions into the past timeline circa "Encounter at Farpoint," where he is first arriving on the Enterprise as its captain via a shuttle being piloted by Yar.

Picard then returns to the Enterprise of the present, no longer jumping through time. These jumps occur without warning, and the resulting discontinuity in Picard's behavior leaves him and those around him confused and concerned about his mental health.

At that point, the containment system is lost, and the ship is destroyed, along with the anomaly. But in this final scene we see a makeshift family come together — just as it ultimately, reluctantly did when it had to be reassembled in the future so it could do its part in saving humanity. [1] The finale took a month to write. It comprises the 25th and 26th episodes of the seventh season and is the 177th and 178th episodes of the series overall. Like a poster way, way above this post,it made me realise again "God, I love TNG".

As when I was a kid, I find the "primordial goo" scene really sticks with me, the future scenes are the most fun (though the past had plenty for fans, too). Just another spatial anomaly, just another day at the office?" They agree, and make preparations to go in. Picard then suggests the inverse tachyon pulse that the future Data suggested. It's been a real pleasure re-watching the entire TNG series and reading these write-ups and comments. Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, "Star Trek: The Next Generation Nielsen Ratings - Season 7", "Star Trek: The Next Generation Nielsen Ratings - Seasons 1-2", "Star Trek: The Next Generation Nielsen Ratings - Seasons 3-4", "Star Trek: The Next Generation Nielsen Ratings - Seasons 5-6". ", "This anomaly we're looking for, will that destroy humanity?" Everyone in the present and future are on board, but in the past, Picard, who is dealing with a new crew who has only just met him, must make a rousing speech to convince them of this crazy plan's necessity. 4 Star Episode Tally of TNG on Jammer's Reviews: Another problem with the Pasteur creating the anomaly is that it is later implied that all three tachyon beams came from the Enterprise in three different times and their identical frequencies are why they interacted (somehow). Something tells me I'll keep passing through here, even if it's only an annual occurrence. Q also appears to Picard, telling him that he had potential but "all good things must come to an end". This limit was set in ", Data begins a high-speed rant while attempting to comprehend the meaning of "burn the midnight oil." She reveals that he has advanced Irumodic Syndrome, and that it is possible that the entire journey is in his mind. Asher0208’s post touched on some long-held feelings about TNG I’ve had.

I agree-it was absolutely perfect. Picard agrees, and then goes on to describe a curious side note. He states that at first, he felt that he was in the future, and then he suddenly had the experience of being in the past. [26] Also in 2019, The Hollywood Reporter ranked "All Good Things..." among the top twenty five episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Troi does not remember any of the events in the past such as the red alert, or the diversion to the Neutral Zone. That is the journey that awaits humanity, exploring the unknown possibilities of existence. To a Trek fan that's kind of like adding a third breast to a beautiful woman. I suppose we can assume that in the intervening years her marriage fell apart independent of Geordi, but why even go there? However, Data regretfully reports that there is no anomaly to see.

Riker says that Starfleet tried to decommission her five years ago, but the advantage of being an admiral was that he got to pick his own ship. It was mentioned that this holds up over time. Specifically, "Let He Who is Without Sin" and "Ferengi Love Songs" are outlier episodes in the season (that, may I suggest, many of us try to block out of our minds!) The final scene is great, but aside from that this finale is a big snoozer IMO.