The Fangirl Life: Star Trek the Next Generation


Credit to Brayton Larson

By Michal Basford

Growing up, BBC America was on the TV quite frequently so Star Trek Next Generation was a part of my childhood. I loved sitting in the living room with my family and watching the adventures of the Enterprise under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. My favorite characters in this part of my life were Picard (played by Patrick Stewart), Commander Riker (played by Jonathan Frakes), Geordi LaForge (played by LeVar Burton) and Data (played by Brent Spiner).

Picard was the leader, typically at the forefront of problem solving that occurred in the episodes, which made me notice him and his qualities. Riker appeared to be a strong leader alongside Picard. Geordi made for an interesting and appealing character as an engineer often down in the engineering decks. Data was intelligent and had his own internal struggles even as an android.

As I’ve grown up, Worf (played by Michael Dorn) has been added to these. He’s ridiculed for his background as a Klingon. With the episodes I’ve seen, it’s primarily from his own race of people, not from Star Fleet officers. This appealed to me with his character development.

This clip really showcases one of the most complex villains in the Star Trek Next Gen universe: the Borg. As seen, they adapt to the defenses and attacks of the ship and its crew. This makes them incredibly difficult to defeat. Also in this clip, important character traits of at least two of the characters I like best.

However, in this clip, the characteristics of Commander Riker, Data, Worf and Geordi are seen (especially Riker). They had to be clever in order to overcome the Borg to get their captain back. And their plan works, likely the cause of Riker’s smirk at the end.