20 Plots You'll Never See on Star Trek: The Next Generation


  1. The Enterprise encounters a mysterious energy field, and they've seen it many times before.

  2. The Enterprise successfully ferries an alien VIP from one place to another without incident.

  3. The Enterprise visits a remote outpost of scientists and they are all OK.

  4. Picard, Riker, and Data visit the Holodeck and it works perfectly.

  5. Captain Picard has to make a difficult decision about a less advanced people, but the Prime Directive makes it easy.

  6. A power surge on the bridge is correctly diagnosed as a faulty capacitor by a well-trained engineering staff using common diagnostic equipment.

  7. The officers of the Enterprise encounter a new lifeform, which later turns out to be a common, well-known lifeform who was wearing a funny mask as a joke.

  8. A major emergency happens near the Enterprise, but fortunately some other ships in the area are able to deal with it.

  9. The Enterprise kicks in warp speed and hits a large planet coming from the right that they didn't see in time.

  10. The crew if the Enterprise is struck by a mysterious illness, but the cure is found in the well-stocked sickbay storeroom.

  11. Geordie looks at something through his electronic eye band and realizes he hasn't the faintest idea what he is looking at.

  12. While being attacked by Romulans, Picard orders warp speed and the Enterprise stalls and won't start up without a call to AAA.

  13. Data is passed over for promotion because he cannot understand the most basic nuances of what people are saying to him.

  14. Wesley Crusher gets beat up by his classmates for being a geek and he has to start making friends his own age for a change.

  15. Counselor Troi makes an analysis that states something other than that which is blindingly obvious.

  16. A mysterious being composed of pure energy tries to enter the Enterprise's computer but finds out it didn't bring the right plugs along.

  17. Riker falls in love with a woman on a planet he visits, gets her pregnant accidentally, and winds up having to marry her and he gets court martialed.

  18. The officers are beamed down to a planet called "Paradise" where everyone is happy all of the time. Eventually, they find out that everything is just as it seems - it's really a neat place to live!

  19. The Enterprise is involved in a time warp experience and does NOT wind up in the 20th century.

  20. Captain Picard, Riker, and Data are captured by a superior intelligence, who apologizes for the mistake and does not put them on trial.



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