This is the best of the four seasons, as the show found its footing just in time to be cancelled. I really enjoyed the season, and while I wouldn’t say the Riker storyline from the finale was my favorite, it was still well done. A great season overall, back to regular trek storylines and getting to know different species better.
Episodes That I Liked
There were seven separate episodes that I rated 5/5, which suggests a really good season, right? Well, yes and no. First, the “yes” side. Three episodes dealt with the Vulcans (E07, 08, and 09) with an Embassy bombing, mind-melds, and ancient artifacts. A little uneven within an episode, but a great trio together. Episodes 13, 14, and 17 dealt with Romulans, Andorians, and the Orion Syndicate quite well — good, solid episodes. And then EP21, setting up the series finale with saving “Terra Prime” to save “Starfleet” was again, quite good.
I rated ten more episodes as 4/5, with alt-history time travel to WWI (E01 and 02), and time on Earth (E03). Episodes 05 and 06 focused on Augments, episodes 12/13/15 focused on Andorians and Klingons. We had the mandatory alt-universe visit for E18 that started off strong and then fizzled. And, of course, the finale, which was “okay”, but I wasn’t a big fan of the story trick of having Riker watch everything as if it was a holodeck recreation.
Episodes That Were Watchable
Despite a strong season, three were only rated 3/5, with one about transporter beam stuff (E10), genetically modified humans (E04) that turned into the Augments in E05-06, and aliens observing humans under stress (E11).
Episodes That I Didn’t Like
I already mentioned above that the alt-universe storyline fizzled? Yep, E19 was a total snoozer. So, too, was E20 about Xenophobes on the moon around Earth. Yawn.