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The day innocence ended by thefirstfleet The day innocence ended by thefirstfleet
Guys, you all know I wasn't always kind to TNG, and this stems basically from the first three seasons. The bland characters, the set designs that look like a 70's countryside hotel in Eastern Europe, and the overall shiny-happy-people atmosphere was a major put-off for me, and it still kinda is. When they wanted to make a bit darker, as in "Conspiracy", Roddenberry vetoed it. But after Roddenberry's passing, TNG started to become better. Not too good, but something that was a good starting point for DS9 and VOY. And it all started with this moment: the Enterprise facing off the Borg Cube. It was a great throwback to The Corbomite Maneuver of TOS, the moment we realized that our beloved Fifth Beatle of a starship is just a speck of dust in the bigger game of the Galaxy. At that moment, TNG ceased to be the embarassing kid brother of TOS and became a worthy successor. By the time of its final season, TNG became a solid series without which Star Trek would have died prematurely. And it all began with this moment, when the crew of the Enterprise-D realized that their innocent world of mightier-than-thou exploration has ended and a new era has begun...


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david333 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018
This type of picture art is fun to look at. Nice work.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018

Thank you very much!


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JESzasz Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
 I have to agree. It is great showing a utopia, but to expect the audience not tire of the show without some sort of plot is ludicrous. 

 It is what a society does when faced with a threat that defines them.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner May 19, 2018
Agreed!
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Hybrid55555 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
"Mr. Worf. Dispatch a subspace message to Admiral Hansen. We have engaged the Borg." - Picard
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018
One of the great TNG episodes!
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Hybrid55555 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I watched it so much when I was a kid, the lines are practically second nature to me
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Scyphi Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Concurred, it was the arrival of the Borg that saved Next-Gen. Up until then, the show was all about this purely "do-no-wrong" utopic realm which was all fine and dandy and certainly a future any of us would want...but it wasn't very interesting to watch a TV show about. There was little to no conflict, and without that, it was hard to find a point to it. The Borg reminded Next-Gen that there's more to Star Trek than just the utopic elements, and that it needs that conflict in order to fuel itself, and TNG turned around not long thereafter, paving way for, as you say, later Trek shows to take it further still.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018
Yupp!
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USSTalladega Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018
This is fantastic! Incredible work on the cube it must of taken you ages to finish!
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018
Thank you very much!

Oh, it's mostly re-used assets, tiled and mirrored and turned again and again :D
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griffwolf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018
The moment when heroes are made or fall hard.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018
Oh yeah!
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THE KLINGONS, THE ROMULANS, THEY'RE NOTHING COMPARED TO WHATS NEXT!
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018
Oh yeah!
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:iconheavenly777protector:
WE ARE THE BORG, WE ARE THE OMEGA, THERE IS NO ALPHA, RESISTANCE IS FUTILE 😎
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Klingon8088 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
A mission that centers around exploration and counting butterflies, to borrow Capt. Metlesits's expression is great. But there comes a time when you have to grow up and deal with the galaxy as it is. Not as you wish it to be. I think this is perfectly encapsulated in this image. 
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
Indeed!
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paws4thot Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
"I am Dyslexic of Grob; Your ass will be laminated."
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
:D
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WystenDraco Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
"Then give us your best shot, because we're about to intervene." ~ Commander Riker.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
The only moment Riker was a badass and not just a wannabe!
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WystenDraco Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
Don't forget Star Trek Insurrection. That has my #1 favorite Riker moment of all time. Riker is a very creative tactician.

Riker - "Geordi. Are those pockets of Metreon Gas?"
Laforge - "Yes Commander, Highly volatile, I recommend we keep our distance."
Riker - "Negative. I want to use the ramscoop to collect as much of it as we can."
Laforge - "The purpose being?"
Riker - "The purpose being... I intend to shove it down the Sona's throat."
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Traeumer1981 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
Great work. God, the Borg where so.....BRRRRR!
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
Yeah, back when the Borg were actually creepy!
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Cyklopi Featured By Owner Edited Feb 25, 2018
Very good recreation of exelent episode - I love how detailed your models are. 😊 I have more to say about this idea that, lack of conflictin the story is supposedly, always bad, but I need a lot of time to write this "essay"... 😂
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
Thank you very much!
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Mindslave24-7 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep. a Kumbuya spaceship with perfect people, and no conflict in pj's doesn't work. And still doesn't.
Roddenberry's greatest failing was forgetting that conflict moves the story.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
Yupp!
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Mindslave24-7 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
(I was going to write more, but I've argued this several times now,  and it's just sad now. Missed opportunities.)
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Archanubis Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
I'd say the third season was when TNG really found its footing.  Roddenberry was basically kicked upstairs, and the writing was turned over to Michael Pillar and Rick Berman (as much as Berman gets blamed for VOY and ENT, he did helm the better seasons of TNG).  But I will agree that "Best of Both Worlds" was a game changer for the series - and possibly television in general.

Interestingly, "Conspiracy" was supposed to tie into the Borg storyline (when they were still cybernetic insects), but was dropped.
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paws4thot Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
? I always thought that Brannon Braga was to blame for all the "fire the technobabble ray of the week and in one bound they were free" writing.
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Archanubis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
He gets blame for VOY and ENT, too.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
Yeah, they realized they couldn't do the cyber-insects on a larger scale, before CGI was a thing.
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
This is definitely the moment that changed "TNG" forever.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
Indeed!
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SpiderTrekfan616 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It's an amazing recreation of That scene from BOBW, though I kinda picture this being just before the rescue of Picard due to the saucer's impulse engines being active.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
Oh, I always render my Galaxy with all three impulse engines on :D
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Knight3000 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Borg cube of J-25 was the turning point to the right direction for TNG and the third season cliffhanger with Picard becoming Locutus The first season was kind of stale it tried to hard to follow TOS (eventhough Kirk and the original Enterprise was only mentioned once in the Naked Now) but after the end of the second season with the intro of the Borg it was good and I agree with BalloonPrincess the seventh season was stale but it was good that it ended with Q like it started with him
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
Agreed!
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Awesome work.  :heart:

One of the best series cliff-hangers from Star Trek in my opinion.  Personally I enjoyed the first few seasons, allowing the show to go through the growing pains and working on character development, just as the original did.  Season 7 was the one I didn't care for since it was starting to feel like the show was getting a black eye to force the shine off of the show.  Then again, it was the seventh season to be fair.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
Although it has to be said, TNG's final episode is the best series ender for all Trek!
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Mm ... it had a way of wrapping things up and yet left things open for more.  :)

Personally, I love the way DS9 wrapped itself up too.  Voyager is one I haven't seen all the way through yet.
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Agent505 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Professional Writer
In Roddenberry's defense, I have to say as an author it's a tough feeling sending your beloved characters into danger.  You reach a point where you realize that if it's going to be interesting, you have to have them experience heartache, pain, and tragic moments.  Much of his vision was the UN of space, that everything would work out all because we've got an awesome starship and a willingness to listen to each other, sure, but then TOS always had a shoot first and makeup later mentality too.

Though you're right - if it wasn't for the introduction of the Borg, there might not have been DS9 and Voyager after that.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
It's sad that the Boreg were made to look like complete idiots in VOY.
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Agent505 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Professional Writer
True, they did seem a little less meanacing, even though Voyager was on their home turf.
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