Even the most diehard fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation — and, yes, you non-fans can just skip ahead now — recognize that the first season of the superlative sci-fi show was all too often… well… let’s just go with soul-crushingly awful, shall we? But what I hadn’t realized was that those episodes are also a profoundly rich source of gut-busting comedy. Said realization came via a friend and fellow Trekkie who sent me a link to a monthly series of reviews of ST: TNG Season 1 episodes that recently started over on AOL’s TV Squad, reviews written by none other than Wesley Crusher (pictured) himself, Wil Wheaton. And. They’re. Hilarious.
I knew Wheaton had his own blog of some considerable Web esteem (the archives go alllll the way back to 2001!), but I was not prepared for quite the level of geeked out, snarky-smart, slightly ribald brilliance Wheaton unleashes in these reviews. Here’s just one (rather tame) excerpt from a review of “Justice,” set on a libidinous, Edenic planet called Rubicun III, populated by a species called the Edo:
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As you can see, Wheaton freely shares insider dish in these reviews. He even settles some old scores with certain ST: TNG writers who may have had it out for the young super-genius-pubescent-boy-who-always-seems-to-save-
the-Enterprise-at-the-last-minute-with-his-deep-knowledge-of-technobabble. Which is to say, highly entertaining reading, and a super-fantastic idea for a blog.
What other cast member of a bygone TV show would make a great, candid retrospective critic of the same show now? Keshia Knight Pulliam (a.k.a. Rudy) on The Cosby Show? Ron Howard (a.k.a. Opie) on The Andy Griffith Show? Do tell!