This topic was suggested to us after we decided to tackle Star Trek: The Next Generation's premiere episode "Encounter at Farpoint". We thought it had an agreeable symmetry to it and so we soldiered on with this herculean task. To say that this is not beloved by the fanbase would be a gross exaggeration. It is often referred to as one of the worst Star Trek movies made.
Why didn't it work? Why did fans hate it so much? More importantly, how could we make it better? We answer all this and more in this episode.
Part II of our rewrite of Star Trek: The Next Generation's Premiere
We finish what we start here on Punch It and so here is Part II of our Encounter at Farpoint rewrite. This section focuses heavily on Q and what his game is. Does he still put humanity on trial? Does Farpoint station still exist in the end? Does Q still rock the red cloak and badass jewelry? Listen and find out.
What if Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered in 2017?
Encounter at Farpoint is the worst of all of the Star Trek openers. There, I said it. It might have worked in 1987 in order to continue the series but boy does it not hold up today. Star Trek: The Next Generation is not only arguably the best Star Trek series, it is arguably one of the best TV series of all time. But its premiere episode is extremely wanting.
On this week of Punch It, we rewrite Encounter at Farpoint from a 2017 sensibility but keep all of the stuff that would matter later on intact.
What do you think of Encounter at Farpoint?
There are rumors of a reboot of Tron starring Jared Leto but sadly a Tron: Legacy sequel is most likely dead. Or should I say derezzed? Char just saw Tron for the first time as well as Tron: Legacy and she loved them. She was lucky enough to actually see the original with a live introduction from the man who played Tron himself, Bruce Boxleitner.
Since Tron 3 won't happen in real life, we do what we do best here at Punch It. We take a concept and punch it up! Listen to what we think would be a great addition to the Tron universe as we write this movie on-the-fly.
Where you lead, I will follow. Here we are again and it's season four of this great and dynamic show. Char is going through the show for the first time and Tristan is on watch 99. We've reviewed the writing/direction of the previous seasons and Char and Tristan are loving every minute.
Rory is off to Yale, Lorelai is building her own inn with Sookie, and Luke? Well, Luke is having his own issues. Listen to us analyze the writing styles of the fast paced comedy/drama as we dive deep into what a Gilmore relationship is like when they're separated.