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Help out with a best and worst eps of Star Trek:TNG magazine article!

Glen here…

Got this message the other day - from a guy named Dan Perez. Instead of clumsily paraphrasing the contents of the message, I’ll let the message speak for itself, and let Mr. Perez explain to you what he's doing - and what he needs.

I’m flattered he came to Coaxial News for help with his article. I encourage all readers to participate in this interesting survey, and to do so articulately and politely. Most Coaxial readers seem quite thoughtful and well-spoken, so I think you guys probably have a great many interesting ideas to offer - and I’m proud to send you his direction. And hey, you could get your name in print, too!

Here’s the message from Dan Perez:

Hello. My name is Dan Perez and I'm a freelance writer for Sci Fi Entertainment magazine (the official magazine of the Sci Fi Channel). For a special edition of Sci Fi Entertainment focusing on Star Trek, I'm working on an article about the 10 best and 10 worst episodes of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. I've already done one of these on the X-Files, and it was a lot of fun to get the opinions of fans about that show. And now I'm doing the same thing with ST:TNG, but I need help from Ain't It Cool readers who are TNG fans.

Readers: basically what I'm looking for is a list of what you consider to be the 10 best and 10 worst episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, along with a few sentences about each episode saying _why_ you think they're the best and worst. The "why" is very important: I can't just publish a list of your best and worst episodes, because it would be a very short article. But the great part is that if your responses are selected for inclusion, your opinion will be published in a glossy, four color magazine with a national readership of over 60,000 people.

To give you an idea of what I'm looking for, here's an example drawn from my earlier X-Files article:

1. Beyond the Sea (first season, thirteenth episode) -- Scully's skepticism is tested after her father dies and she encounters a death row prisoner who claims to be psychic. "A fascinating role-reversal, with Mulder suddenly the intractable skeptic and Scully the one who wants to believe. This lent immense credibility to the idea that both main characters are open-minded to each other's point of view and solidly underscored their believability. And the writers should let Scully get bite-heads-off-nails angry more often." (LN)

"Creepy and haunting, as we mourn the death of Scully's father with her but can't help wonder about Luther Lee Boggs' promises. Boggs is enough to scare anyone, and it's enjoyable seeing Scully taking charge of her life (and the case). Mulder's blood spilling on the white cross will give you chills." (RN)

As you can see, I used comments from two X-Files fans (their initials follow the entries). All comments I use will feature a name credit at the beginning of the article, along with your initials after the comments I used. The more detailed your comments, the better the chance they'll be used in the article. I reserve the right to edit comments for grammar and spelling, and I may only use part of a particular comment.

I ask that you not email Harry or Glen with questions about this article--please email them directly to me THROUGH THIS LINK. I will inform everyone whose entries have been selected for the article, and let you know when the magazine hits the newsstands (it's currently scheduled for December).

This is a great chance to get your name in print, as well as your opinions of Star Trek: The Next Generation. What could be cooler? The deadline for entries is the end of September. I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks!

Dan Perez

Sci Fi Entertainment Magazine

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  • Sept. 13, 1998, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Lazy bastard?

    by Dan Perez

    I was assigned this article by my editor, and the nature of the article is to solicit fan opinions of their most and least favorite Star Trek: TNG episodes. I'm not sure how you expect me to write such an article _without_ fan opinions. If you don't care to participate, fine--I don't expect anyone to do something he or she doesn't want to do. We did one of these before on X-Files and there were plenty of people who were happy to see their opinions in print in a nationally published magazine. If you prefer to curse out total strangers on the web, more power to you... I thought this would be a cool opportunity for AICN readers (still do, too). It's fun to see what people think, and there's plenty of work to do in sifting through and compiling the reponses.

  • Sept. 13, 1998, 1:43 p.m. CST


    by pumukl

    Geeze... On behalf of more intelligent people who read this site, I apoligize for Crystal Myth. Good luck, Dan. Hope you get lots of people

  • Sept. 13, 1998, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Crystal Miff

    by magus1

    Sounds like you just got torn apart, MF. Apologize to the man. I'm gonna vote.

  • Sept. 14, 1998, 1:15 p.m. CST

    I assume this is where we post?

    by mitch

    Best TNG episodes I can recall: "The Measure of a Man" 2nd season episode in which Data has to go through an impromptu military court to prove his right to choose his own destiny. While the man vs. machine issue was examined often by the original series, usually with the same moral, this episode went well beyond that while never leaving a few rooms. Rather than mope about Data's aspirations to humanity, the episode pointed out that Data met any definition of sentient the court could test, and that any attempt to strip Data of his rights because he was mechanical would violate the Federation's own principles. "Best of Both Worlds, I & II" Picard as Locutus was a frightening villain. I was actually rather hoping the season would have Locutus as a major villain and the Federation on the ropes. While that didn't happen, what did happen was handled well. Riker's strategies used the Borg's own structure against them, without miracle technology or alien intervention. (While the explosion of the Borg ship after the link with Picard/Locutus was used to shut down the Borg's network might be seen as over-the-top, I think it's a very good object lesson on what happens when you don't follow the manual's shut-down procedures.)

  • Sept. 14, 1998, 2:55 p.m. CST

    No, this isn't where you post!

    by priceman

    Perhaps you should read the article, which includes this verbiage: "I ask that you not email Harry or Glen with questions about this article--please email them directly to me THROUGH THIS LINK." The link is the guy's e-mail address. So by all means, post your responses right here on AICN. Then learn to read.

  • Sept. 14, 1998, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Just a friendly reminder

    by Dan Perez

    Thanks to everyone who has responded already. I just wanted to note that some people are just sending one favorite and one least favorite episode. Since the article is "Ten Best/Ten Worst," I need as many episodes (up to ten each, naturally) as you can come up with. I'll still try to work in those single episodes, but you'll have a better chance of being quoted in the article by sending a full rack of ten each. Thanks again.

  • Sept. 14, 1998, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Worst Episode--The Clip Show!

    by jsl151

    The episode in which Riker is stung by a poisonous thorn and 'remembers' events of the previous episodes as he dies is so bad it almost fails to meet the 'episode' requirement.

  • Sept. 15, 1998, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Re: Naked Deanna (from Coaxial)

    by coaxial

    Glen here...STAR TREK: INSURRECTION director Johnathan Frakes has indicated that the rumored Deanna nudie scene *is not* in the film. No indication if this scene was ever actually considered, or simply the wishful thinking**Glen**

  • Sept. 15, 1998, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Worst ST:NG

    by DVDBoy

    Easily the worst star trek episode of any show was the "Ferengi scientist" show. I remember sitting dumbfounded after that episode and asking those watching with me if I had missed something, was the show THAT bad??? And by the way, why did everyone act out of character and had the person who wrote this ever seen an episode before?? WOW THAT SHOW SUCKED!

  • Sept. 16, 1998, 9:10 p.m. CST


    by Dino Theo

    Parallels was probably my favorite episode. It was interesting to see all of the possible alternate futures that they came up with. Others I liked: A Matter of honor Time Squared Clues Yesterday's Enterprise Best of Both World's I Remember Me Future Imperfect Conundrum Cause and Effect Time's Arrow Part I Relics Ship in a Bottle Yesterday's Enterprise The Inner Light OK that's more than 10... Episodes I could have lived without.. Justice Loud as a whisper Best of Both World's II Family Final Mission Sub Rosa