Okay, I have some theological bits coming soon, but I can't resist this.  

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – SEASON 1  !!!!

There are a lot of reasons, of course, so here we go:

1.)  Terrifically cheesy.  Okay, so we have to give some grace to the first season.  After all, the producers were trying something very new (for the time) with state of the art technology.  There is apparent tension between trying to keep the spirit of Kirk's enterprise (notice the "wheeeereee" noice of the computer from the OLLLLDDD Star Trek…and the mini-skirts…and the many LED display computers) and move forward into a more inspired (and, let's be honest, better looking) future.  Also, the acting is quite suspect, as each of the main actors (with the exception of Patrick Stewart) is clearly struggling to find the pathos of their particular characters.

2.)  Overtly political.  Whether it is a commentary on the evils of rampant capitalism, the rarified cuteness of religious belief, or the villifying of basically the entire 20th century on Earth, the first season never pulls punches nor wastes an opportunity to weigh in on (what was then) pertinent and contemporary political/social issues.  

3.)  Respect for literature.  Okay, I love More >