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The Next Generation

"Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life, and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before!"



TNG:  PRODUCTION NOTES
Gene Roddenberry also created the second Star Trek television series, The Next Generation (TNG). The series ran a full seven seasons, from 1987 to 1994, yielding 177 episodes --> in total. When Gene Roddenberry passed away in 1991, Executive Producer Rick Berman took over the directional helm of the Star Trek franchise.



CAST -- STAR TREK:  THE NEXT GENERATION
ACTOR CHARACTER ROLE
Patrick Stewart Jean-Luc Picard Captain 
Jonathan Frakes Lt. Cmdr. William Thomas Riker First Officer
Brent Spiner Cmdr. Data (Android)  Operations Manager
Cheryl Gates McFadden Beverly Crusher Chief Medical Officer
LeVar Burton Geordi LaForge Chief Engineer
Marina Sirtis Deanna Troi (Betazoid) Ship Counselor
Michael Dorn Lt. Worf (Klingon) Chief of Security
Wil Wheaton Wesley Crusher Dr. Beverly Crusher's son; Ensign
Other Recurring Characters: 
    Majel Barrett - Lwaxana Troi (Betazoid)
    Brian Bonsall - Alexander Rozhenko (Klingon; Worf's son)
    Denise Crosby - Natasha Yar
    John DeLancie - "Q"
    Michelle Forbes --> - Ro Laren (Bajoran)
    Whoppie Goldberg - Guinan



TNG: SETTING
In TNG, the mission of the original Enterprise continues, with further exploration of our galaxy introducing us to new races, new wonders, and new nemeses. It is set about 80 years into the future of The Original Series with an entirely new crew on board a newer model starship, Enterprise NCC-1701D -->.



TNG: ALIENS
While the Klingons and Romulans still play a significant role in TNG, other alien races emerge as the Federation explores further into the galaxy. The Borg, featured in the 1996 movie Star Trek: Final Conflict, make their debut appearance in The Next Generation episode Q Who, and caused trouble for the Enterprise crew in four of the series' plots. "Q", played by John DeLancie, is another popular character appearing in several TNG episodes. Some would label him a cosmic nuisance, while others would say he's a benign demi-god. Cardassians, Bajorans, and Ferengi also make inroads in TNG, though they really come to fore in the following series, Deep Space 9.



TNG: UNIVERSE
The Klingons, introduced in The Original Series, are no longer adversarial to The Federation, having been forced by dire circumstances into an alliance with The Federation. But much of the Federation's geo-political maneuvering still involves significant Klingon interaction and cooperation. The Romulans are still their crafty, untrusting selves, and the Vulcans still pop their logic-twists into the space scene from time to time. The TNG crew eventually encounter the Cardassian Empire, with incidents and treaties ensuing. The boundaries of explored space are pushed to about 20-degrees off galactic center by the series' end.



TNG: TECHNOLOGY
Holography takes a prominent place in both the life of the starship, and in the construction of episode plots. The Holodeck is a huge, warehouse sized room aboard the Enterprise, that can be programmed to project solid and animated holographs. These are used for the crew's recreation, as well as to help in problem solving.

Replicators demonstrate a new Trek technology in which material objects, whose molecular structures have been programmed into the computer, can be materialized upon demand. Frequently, Captain Picard uses his replicator to "create" a steaming cup of Earl Grey tea.



















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