Tuesday, November 17, 2015

#66 - STAR TREK TNG: THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS


In the spring of 1990 The Next Generation, at the end of its series redefining third season, dropped a metaphorical isoton bomb on viewers with the brilliantly conceived cliffhanger finale "The Best of Both Worlds: Part 1." Now viewed as one of the show's most legendary moments, the episode held audiences captive in wait for the season four premiere resolution, instantly entered the pantheon of all-time Trek iconography, and transformed the Borg from a weird, yet cool, idea to full-fledged series Big Bads. So how, 25 years later, does this all-timer two-part saga hold up? Find out this week as hosts Cam Smith, Tyler Orton and Benjamin Yong relive Picard and crew's shining moment and weigh in on the lasting impact of the two episodes, how seamlessly they fit together and whether the bracing excitement of yesterday can still be tapped into after countless revisits. Plus, as a bonus, the trio also discuss where the franchise's future may take the Borg, and express their utter bewilderment as to why Shelby was never brought back. Enjoy!      

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