TNG's Most Unwatchable Episode

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TNG's Most Unwatchable Episode

Postby Bryan Moore » Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:57 am

What does everyone consider their most unwatchable episode of TNG. I'm not necessarily saying "worst" but the one that you will absolutely skip when you are on your DVD/Prime/Netflix TNG binge. I'd still consider "Shades of Gray" to be the worst episode in theory, but it is at least watchable as a clip-show. I've easily watched the series in order at least a dozen times over the last 15 years, and I am to the point where I will absolutely skip through "When the Bough Breaks" and "Man of the People."

I don't inherently hate the plot of "When the Bough Breaks," and I think it is a great concept but with awful execution and utterly painful to watch the child actors. "Man of the People" is probably the worst non-clipshow episode of the series. "Hey, remember 'Violations' - let's find a way to make it even more Troi-centric and even worse!" Even "Threshold" has a certain ridiculous camp factor, as do most of the really bad episodes of TOS/TNG/DS9, and yet I absolutely refuse to sit through that episode under any circumstances.
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Re: TNG's Most Unwatchable Episode

Postby bladela » Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:05 pm

Uhm...for me...It's a challenge between "The Last Outpost", "Shades of gray" and "Sub Rosa" at first glance
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Re: TNG's Most Unwatchable Episode

Postby Nutso » Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:02 pm

The one where Data is the the Sun and The Moon. I didn't understand it the first time, don't want a second time.
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Re: TNG's Most Unwatchable Episode

Postby Graham Kennedy » Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:19 pm

Excepting Shades of Grey because it's not really "an episode"... I'd probably say it's a toss up between The Royale and The Icarus Factor.
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Re: TNG's Most Unwatchable Episode

Postby McAvoy » Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:04 am

I can't remember the episode but it was early first season episode where Yar gets kidnapped. Just an uncomfortable episode for me.

Shades of Gray is just a clip show I usually skip like I do with other clip shows. The only time I don't do that is with Stargate SG-1. Usually they have something significant happen during them.
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Re: TNG's Most Unwatchable Episode

Postby Bryan Moore » Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:21 pm

Graham Kennedy wrote:Excepting Shades of Grey because it's not really "an episode"... I'd probably say it's a toss up between The Royale and The Icarus Factor.


Good call on The Icarus Factor. It's not a guaranteed skip-over and has a few points in it I like, but that's an episode I'm doing laundry, cooking dinner, or shining shoes while it's on...

I have a completely nostalgia-related weak spot with The Royale. I know it's not a good episode, but I absolutely loved it as a 6 year old when it first aired and while I remember certain details of the first season (was 4 - 5) as it first aired, season 2 was the first one I can remember each episode as a first run, and Royale was one of those I always used to look forward to seeing pop back up in syndication, and still enjoy when it pops up on BBC America.
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Re: TNG's Most Unwatchable Episode

Postby Bryan Moore » Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:22 pm

bladela wrote:Uhm...for me...It's a challenge between "The Last Outpost", "Shades of gray" and "Sub Rosa" at first glance


Yeah, Sub Rosa is a rough one. It's amazing how bad the bad episodes in season 7 are. Even as an 11-year-old, this episode came off as utterly stupid. Come to think of it, upon my last viewing of the series, I probably fast forwarded through 2/3 of it.
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Re: TNG's Most Unwatchable Episode

Postby Mikey » Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:37 pm

I’m thinking “The Naked Now.” If I wanted to see TOS reruns, then I’d watch TOS reruns.
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Re: TNG's Most Unwatchable Episode

Postby Bryan Moore » Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:40 pm

Mikey wrote:I’m thinking “The Naked Now.” If I wanted to see TOS reruns, then I’d watch TOS reruns.


Heh, yeah that was a rough one, although I'd rather watch that than probably 10 other from that season.
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