Picks and Pans Review: Star Trek: the Next Generation

updated 10/12/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/12/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Star date: 41153.7. Critic's log: Star Trek is back. The Enterprise is new. So's the crew. Okay, so the ship does look like a designer dental clinic. Yeah, some of the officers' talents are twinkie: There's an android named Data with even less spunk than Spock, and there's a mind reader who senses emotions, an insta-shrink who diagnoses in 50 seconds, no couch required. And yes, the two-hour premiere was too long. When an alien life form forces you to "answer for the multiple and grievous savageries" of all mankind, it's hard not to start sounding silly after a while. But the Captain pulls the show together. Patrick Stewart, a Royal Shakespearean, has just the right authority, tone and enunciation to make you believe he really is saving the universe from dark and powerful forces. The show has glory and great gadgets and, most important, it's still a camp kick. If you liked the original, you should like Trek II.

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