This list is a Themed Playlist made by Baelnorn. A theme list, unlike a Best of List, attempts to link together a story using episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. While you could watch the theme lists without watching the whole series first, it is assumed you’ve watched the series at least once before you watch any of the theme lists.
- Season 2, Episode 16 “Q-Who?”
- Season 3, Episode 26 ‘The Best of Both Worlds: Part 1″
- Season 4, Episode 1 “The Best of Both Worlds: Part 2”
- Season 4, Episode 2 “Family”
- (Optional) Season 5, Episode 23 “I, Borg”
- (Optional) Season 6, Episode 26 “Descent: Part 1”
- (Optional) Season 7, Episode 1 “Descent Part 2”
- Movie: Star Trek: First Contact
With this list I hope to tell the between Picard and the Borg. I believe If you watch just the core 5 episodes I’ve listed above it tells the essential elements of the story that evolves between Picard and the Borg.
If you want to take it down to the most barebones episodes you could also leave out “Family”. I believe if you, it would be a shame. It adds some additional depth to the story, making the final part of the list, “First Contact”, have a better better pay off.
If you also add the two part episode, Descent, you add the Data element. However it’s a subplot to a subplot so not necessary. If the movie wasn’t part of the list, I don’t think I would have added Decent into the mix. While it is a Borg episode, it’s primarily about Data and the main purpose of this list is Picard’s Borg story.
If you add in Descent, you might as well add in “I, Borg” so that it adds the additional context to “Descent”. However, you could easily leave it out and still get as good of a story as if you added it.
I hope when you watch this play list you have a good time. I’ve tested out this list a few times and I think it holds up. I’d love to hear what you think.