Star Trek: The Next Generation “The Outrageous Okona” (part 1 of 6)
| SUMMARY: A colorful, womanizing space pirate boards the Enterprise, causing all sorts of wacky headaches for Picard and the gang. Meanwhile, Data learns about humor in the Holodeck.
And… that’s about all we have on the plot summary for this one. No, seriously. That’s all I’ve got.
Wow. I’m so used to filling up this space with multiple paragraphs that it doesn’t seem right to leave it at just those two sentences.
Okay, so let’s see what else I’ve got. Oh, so how about that Janet Jackson thing? Did you guys see that? Pretty crazy, huh?
Alright, I think I’ve wasted enough space to meet my usual longwinded requirements. Now, on with the recap!
Since I’ve already picked on the final season of Star Trek: The Next Generation in my recap of the episode “Sub Rosa”, I figured it was time to share some of the hate with TNG: The Early Years, or as I like to call them, the Drifting More Aimlessly Than Space Debris Years.
Let’s face it, the show was incredibly awkward in its first few seasons. You could chalk this up to the inexperience of the cast and crew, most notably series creator and executive producer Gene Roddenberry, who was essentially making his first try at producing a TV show in almost twenty years.
From the very first episode, TNG had major flaws. But by the second season, things hit rock bottom. There were a handful of entertaining episodes to come out of that year, but the rest of it was wall-to-wall crap. And the fact that Roddenberry was seriously ill at the time clearly was a factor in the show’s overall lack of direction.
And not helping matters was the 1988 writer’s strike, which virtually shut down all production in the entertainment industry. By the time it was resolved, all the shows ended up getting off to a late start that season. Most had to scrape up scripts at the last minute, which certainly explains the quality of the episode we’re about to endure.