When it comes to Star Trek, fans have strong opinions. Some prefer Star Trek: The Original Series, while others love Star Trek: The Next Generation. The late 1980’s and early ‘90s series takes place 78 years after the original series, featuring a better USS Enterprise with a mature, likable Captain Jean-Luc Picard (played by Patrick Stewart).
Many fans love everything about the show. It’s their favorite and they have nothing to complain about, while others have unpopular opinions that they might be afraid to admit to other fans, including these 10 shared on Reddit. The opinions boldly go where no one has gone before.
10 Data Is The Worst Part Of The Show
To some fans, Data (Brent Spiner) is one of the best characters on Star Trek: The Next Generation. However, to others, he’s the worst part of the show. As the Lieutenant Commander of the USS Enterprise, he’s actually an android who has a unique perspective on humanity. He is almost a parody of Spock (Leonard Nimoy) in the original Star Trek series.
According to perscitia, Data is the worst character on the show. He has boring storylines, including when he wants to become a human, and Spiner’s acting is cringeworthy.
9 Wesley Crusher Is Awesome
Star Trek fans have mixed opinions about Wesley Crusher (played by Wil Wheaton). As Doctor Beverly Crusher’s son, Wesley is a semi-regular character and he later attends Starfleet Academy. To some fans, he’s insufferable, but to others (including SabrinaFaire), he’s a great character.
For teenagers who watched the show during its original run, they related to Wesley. He was just like them, and they appreciated his intelligence. They cheered for him when he later received a field commission to ensign.
8 None Of The Movies Are Good
The main characters in The Next Generation returned in four movies: Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). For the most part, fans enjoyed the movies because they love anything associated with The Next Generation.
However, Trekky0623 admitted that they aren’t good, including First Contact. The movies might have cool special effects, but they have lackluster storylines, and the characters seem unrealistic. They’re mediocre science-fiction adventure movies.
7 The First Season Is Good
For the most part, fans don’t like the first season of The Next Generation. It has poor writing and some bizarre storylines. The first few episodes are hard to watch.
A minority group of fans, including ThatGuysNewAccount, actually enjoy the first season. According to the Reddit user, it’s “really neat.” The show is finding its footing and it has new concepts that were not a part of The Original Series.
6 Lack Of Character Development
One of the biggest flaws of The Next Generation is its lack of character development. As chiree explains, “Star Trek: Generations did more to develop Picard’s arc in the first 20 minutes than they did the previous seven years [of the show].”
Some Star Trek fans agreed with the Reddit user, elaborating that while the show is very cerebral, it is not very character-driven. The only characters who grow during the show’s seven seasons are Data and the Klingon Worf (Michael Dorn), and even they received minimal development.
5 The Klingons Are Rubbish
In the Star Trek franchise, the Klingons are humanoids, and they were originally created as antagonists in The Original Series. However, in The Next Generation, the Klingons become close allies for humanity, especially Worf. They’re fan favorites, but not everyone likes them.
This includes the Reddit user J-M-McNamara, who says the Klingons are rubbish. They’re terrible fighters and they don’t have any martial prowess. They were tolerable in The Original Series, but they became worse and more boring throughout the seven seasons of The Next Generation. Essentially, they should not have been featured predominantly.
4 Pulaski Was A Better Doctor Than Crusher
Doctor Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) is the USS Enterprise’s chief medical officer in the first season, and then she was replaced by Doctor Katherine Pulaski (Diana Muldaur) for the second season. Crusher returned to the show for the third season. Some fans like her, but others found her character interactions off-putting.
That’s why some fans prefer Pulaski, including Reddit user sev1nk. She was a better character. Other users argued that Crusher shouldn’t be so harshly criticized, but everyone has to have their favorite characters.
3 The USS Enterprise Hasn’t Aged Well
According to kurburux, the USS Enterprise on The Next Generation has aged poorly. The colors, artificial wood panels, lights, and chairs are stuck in the 1980s.
In addition, the main engine room is strange where the characters only use one computer table. Nothing is operated with or around the warp core. The USS Enterprise is dated, and that’s unfortunate since The Next Generation is set during the 24th century.
2 Some Of The Characters Aren’t Great
Mostly every Star Trek fan loves The Next Generation. However, some fans dislike several of the show’s characters. As the Reddit user Sleepy_Spider explains, Geordi La Forge (played by LeVar Burton) has boundary issues. Doctor Crusher and Wesley are the least interesting characters.
In addition, Lwaxana Troi (Majel Barrett) is a horribly written character, even though Barrett delivered a great acting performance. Finally, while Worf is an interesting character with some funny dialogue, he doesn’t fit the show and he is sometimes prejudiced towards people of other races.
1 Picard Is A Bad Captain
If one were to ask Star Trek fans to name their favorite thing about The Next Generation, they would most likely agree that Captain Picard is the best character. He is a likable character, and the show wouldn’t be the same without him, but not everyone agrees with this.
The Reddit user Sneezyowl argues that Picard is a bad captain. This might be the most unpopular opinion about the show. According to the Reddit user, Picard is terrible with children, his romantic relationships, and he has aggression issues. The Reddit user adds that Picard’s best moments are when side characters point out his flaws. However, these flaws are never resolved. He might be a great character to study, but he’s “a shell of a man.”
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