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3rd Feb 2022

S1E1 Encounter at Farpoint: The One in Which it Went on Too Long

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.

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Redshirt Collective
A Star Trek: The Next Generation Watch-Along Podcast!
Join Nic and Mike as we boldly go...through every single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation! We post every other Thursday, covering one episode of TNG in each episode of the podcast, giving our takes as radical leftists and connecting themes in the show to our personal experiences.

Looking to create a welcoming space for all those in the fandom that are usually kept at the margins; we want our comrades from around the world to laugh and rage along with us as we analyze a show that functioned as dangerous heteronormative neocolonial propaganda, but also as a heartwarming attempt to find humanity, tenderness and curiosity within ourselves. Welcome aboard, comrade!
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