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Wil Revisits His Encounter At Farpoint

Posted by Hisham
Sunday 14 January 2007 at 11:30 pm.
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Ensign Wesley Crusher wasn't really my favourite character on Star Trek The Next Generation all those years ago. Not to say I didn't like him like a lot of the Wesley-haters that existed I later learnt, but I thought Data was much more an interesting character.

Wil expresses political viewHis actor Wil Wheaton on the other hand has been one of my favourite online personalities (and a wonderful writer) ever since I came across his website three years ago. In addition to his site, he also writes for Suicide Girls and TV Squad. (Also, he's my age and a comics & RPG geek too.)

I remember waiting for the premiere of TNG back in '88 on TV3. It arrived in full regalia complete with newspaper colour spreads and weekly "tune in to find out the answer" contest. I didn't care much about the extra trimmings. Being a Trekkie, all I cared about was the show itself. The premiere episode was "Encounter at Farpoint" two parter which introduced us to the new Enterprise and its crew - strangely enough led by a Frenchman who spoke in a perfect English accent, I thought. (But it was frakking Gurney Halleck, so I let it slide.)

Wil Wheaton recently reviewed "Encounter at Farpoint" at TV Squad and it's the funniest thing I've ever read. Not only he write with sarcasm and humour, he also writes as a Trekkie who just happened to work on one of the biggest TV events in my teeneaged years and with complete respect for the people with whom he worked to bring TNG to life on television.

Part 1 goes here and Part 2 goes there.

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