Star Trek: The Next Gen­er­a­tion

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 8.20pm, SF A fes­tive sea­son gift for Trekkies, All Good Things . . . (part 2) is the very last ad­ven­ture — episode 178 — of the sec­ond Star Trek fran­chise, The Next Gen­er­a­tion. Pa­trick Ste­wart, who brought all of his Shake­spearean gravitas to the role of Cap­tain Jean-Luc Pi­card, has said the pro­duc­ers never ex­pected the se­ries to run be­yond a year or two. And here he is, fully seven years later. For­tu­nately view­ers took to the idea of a cap­tain who was a thinker, a states­man and an of­fi­cer of great dig­nity, not just a randy gad­about in space, as Wil­liam Shat­ner, once deemed ir­re­place­able, had been. In the fi­nal episode, Ste­wart gets to stretch his Shake­spearean wings, play­ing him­self at var­i­ous ages and ob­vi­ously de­light­ing in play­ing an an­cient Pi­card, in one of the se­ries’ best ever tem­po­ral dis­tor­tion dra­mas. The devil is in the de­tail for fans, who get to see the des­tinies of all of the characters far be­yond the seven years we have fol­lowed them for. If there’s not a tear in your eye when Pi­card joins the staff poker game at the episode’s end you should turn in your com badge at the door.

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