Star Trek: The Next Generation is in the 24th Century, close to 100 years after Captain Kirk’s crew set out to discover strange new worlds. Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, played amazingly by Patrick Stewart, heads the USS Enterprise-D and its varied crew of humans, cyborgs, and assorted life forms. Going with him on his voyage is a whole new cast of passengers and crew.
Together, they work against many obstacles to carry out the mission of the USS Enterprise: to boldly go where no man has gone before. This groundbreaking attitude, combined with inventive and vividly created alien worlds, gives Star Trek, with its exceptional allure, a distinct place within American pop culture, especially those episodes from the original series, highly thought of as the most popular of the Star Trek franchise.
The Star Trek: The Next Generation DVD contains a number of thrilling episodes including the first episode, “Encounter at Farpoint,” in which the brand-new USS Enterprise-D has its first mission: to explore the area in and around Farpoint Station. However, while carrying out their mission, the crew and passengers come across a powerful life form referred to only as “Q”. The being blames the human race of extreme crimes against the galaxy, and he makes threat to destroy all of humanity. Capt. Picard and his crew must think quickly or face total annihilation.
Other significant episodes from Season 1 are: “The Battle” in which a mind-control device placed on a previous ship of Capt. Picard makes him act out a battle from his past…and the USS Enterprise is the target. “Coming of Age” where the character of Wesley (played by Wil Wheaton) takes the Starfleet Academy entrance exam and Capt. Picard rejects a promotion so he can stay with the Enterprise. Hundreds of Star Trek fans have stated that The Star Trek: The Next Generation is the best series in the franchise.