Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 3, Episode 1
Original Air Date: September 25, 1989
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First the best news, Beverly Crusher is back. Maurice Hurley, the head writer, left the show after Season 2. It was his personal beef that resulted in Gates McFadden's firing so once he was gone, she was invited back. Equilibrium is restored. Before we go any further, a quick update on the Uhura chair:
Uhura = Dr. Crusher = Pulaski = Dr. Crusher
Another considerable improvement, especially from the actors' perspective: new uniforms! William Ware Theiss, a veteran from the original series, was out as costume director. Robert Blackman was in. In Patrick Stewart's words, "The new uniforms don't hurt." Enough said. There are personnel moves in story, too. Both Worf and Geordi got rank promotions between seasons.
"Evolution" is primarily a Wesley episode and those are rarely strong. And as much as I like Ken Jenkins the actor, his character, Stubbs, is annoyingly arrogant. Anyone who constantly refers to Wes as "my young friend" is already losing with me.
That said, there are a few gifts. The nano tech story in itself is definitely interesting, presenting genuine ethical quandries. Plus, it's a great Guinan episode. Guinan development is always more tease than substance but I'm alright with that. This time we learn: she's been married multiple times and was perhaps not the most faithful wife, she has multiple children and both she and they are hundreds of years old. Good stuff.
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