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|The Love Boat: The Next Generation|
|Created by:||Gene Roddenberry & Aaron Spelling|
|Original run:||5 February 1994|
The Love Boat: The Next Generation (often abbreviated to LB:TNG) is the third live-action Star Trek TV series and second live-action Love Boat series, set in the 24th century. It was a follow-up of Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Love Boat. Like its predecessors, it was created by Gene Roddenberry and Aaron Spelling respectively. Produced at Paramount Pictures, it aired on NBC for one evening in February 1994. The series led to two spin-offs in the "TNG era": Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager.
Much of the would-be returning cast refused to sign on in protest and was replaced by NBC regulars. They would return for the next feature film, Star Trek Generations. Patrick Stewart was the sole castmember to return, for a hefty sum. One criticized casting change was that of Ellen Cleghorne, whose portrayal of Guinan was seen by many as a crude parody of Whoopi Goldberg's mannerism and not of the character.
The series was critically panned for its poor production values, odd casting choices, and strange attempt at melding the Star Trek and Love Boat franchises. Because of these failings, the network was pressured into cancelling the series shortly after a sneak preview of its one episode. Many fans do not consider the series canon, and no references to the events or The Love Boat in general occurred in future canon productions.
Because of difficulties with the writing, the entire cast refused to be credited, as such the characters themselves were credited.
Starring Your Love Boat CrewEdit
- Jean-Luc Picard as Your Captain (portrayed by Patrick Stewart)
- Data as Your Android Purser (portrayed by Rob Schneider)
- Geordi La Forge as Your Bartender (portrayed by Tim Meadows)
- Worf as Your Security Officer (portrayed by Phil Hartman)
- Deanna Troi as Your Cruise Director (portrayed by Julia Sweeney)
- Number One as Number One (portrayed by Chris Farley)
- and Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan (actually portrayed by Ellen Cleghorne)
The writers and director to this day remain anonymous. The only known production crew are the creators, Gene Roddenberry (who was posthumously credited for his creation of Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Aaron Spelling (possibly credited for his creation of The Love Boat).
Only a sneak preview of the first episode aired.
Behind the ScenesEdit
The Love Boat: The Next Generation was originally pitched to the Fox Network. However, it was determined that the show was too low for even their shoddy, low-brow television shows. It was then decided to sell the series to the first-run syndication market. They were laughed out by many syndication executives. NBC, as poorly managed today as they were then, decided to produce one episode.
On the special The Star Trek Saga: From One Generation To The Next, Gene Roddenberry commented "My god, that was a terrible idea." This was weird, because he had been dead for three years. The quote is likely misattributed.
Andrew Probert emphatically denies designing the Pacific Princess, and plans to write so on his tombstone.
Ronald D. Moore commented: "It was kinda funny. If I wrote it, I'd involve a long, overly complicated story arc where the Love Boat discovers it was prophesized to lead mankind into a struggle with the evil heart-stealing robotic Cylomabreens. They decided to fire me, so I combed my goatee and stormed out of the room." (AOL chat, 1997)
- LB:TNG performers
- LB:TNG recurring characters (note, as there was one episode, there are no recurring characters)
- Main character crossover appearances
- LB:TNG directors (note: the director for the one episode is unknown)
- NBC Studios Rainbow Room
LB:TNG has never been released on any form of media.
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|LB:TNG, Episode 1x01|
First aired: 5 February 1994
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The Pacific Princess takes on two passengers at Starbase 8 who have fallen out of love.
- Captain's log, stardate 45944.7. We are scheduled to pick up several special passengers at Starbase 8.
Picard enters and orders his Number One to transport up the special passengers. The first couple transported are noted Earth performer Charo and her ex-boyfriend DaiMon Tog. They fight as they intended the other to cancel their trip. Instead of wasting the twelve bars of gold-pressed latinum he spent, Tog agrees to share a cabin with Charo, under the condition that he have a separate bed. Picard orders Number One to "make it so."
The next couple beamed up are comedians David Brenner and Joan Rivers. They are the cruise's entertainment, and Data explains their cultural significance to Captain Picard. Mr. Sulu shows them to their cabins.
While Doc and Geordi discuss what a crazy world it was, Worf is chastised by Captain Picard for beating too many old women and children at shuffleboard. He is ordered to lose, and grudgingly follows the order.
Captain Picard then approaches Tog and Charo, and is dismayed that their night together did not "patch things up." He decides to solve this dilemma, first by consulting Guinan. When that doesn't work, he tries Data's suggestion of giving them alcoholic beverages.
Even after diverting power from the Fiesta Deck to power the blenders, the drinks are not shared by Tog and Charo, placing the plan in jeopardy. Picard takes drastic steps and places the Princess on red alert and diverting hard to starboard. This causes Charo to fall into the arms of Tog, and they subsequently make up.
- Captain's personal log, stardate 45966.7. Once again, love has proved to be life's sweetest reward.
"Very good, Mr. Data! Set a heading... for romance."
"You heard me, Data. Set a course... for love!"
- - Picard and Data
"St. Valentine. A Christian martyr, beheaded on February 14th, by the Roman empire. Curious. A beheading commemorated by the display of affection. I do not understand the Human emotion of love."
"Oh, Data.. there's more to it than that. Don't you agree, Worf?"
"To a Klingon warrior, beheadings are romantic."
- - Data, Troi, and Worf
"I sense strong animosity between them, Captain, which hides a deeper passion. Also, I believe he intends to steal towels."
"Mr. Worf, alert Housekeeping."
- - Troi and Picard
"Oh, what's wrong, Doc?"
"Well.. you know those two Cardassian twins I've been chasing?"
"They turn out to be male! Very attractive, though. It's a crazy world, Isaac."
- - Geordi and Doc
"The weak and the cowardly have no place in shuffleboard, sir!"
- - Worf, regarding his beating old women and children at shuffleboard.
"I think I finally understand love. Here, sir. It's a valentine. For you."
"Good lord, Data! It's a Human heart!"
"Yes, sir. But it's dipped in chocolate."
"Oh, Mr. Data. You've got a lot to learn!"
- - Data and Picard
- Tog is not mentioned as a DaiMon, suggesting he may have lost his title after the events of "Ménage à Troi", similar to Bok.
- Hikaru Sulu makes an odd appearance working aboard the Pacific Princess, some 70-plus years after commanding the USS Excelsior. This is unexplained in the episode.
- Doc replaced Beverly Crusher as the CMO. We can only assume she was the head of Starfleet Medical for some idiotic reason again.
Due to the TNG cast's almost unanimous decision not to participate in this series, most of the regulars were recast. Here is a list that occurred in this episode:
- LeVar Burton was replaced by Tim Meadows as Geordi La Forge
- Frank Corsentino was replaced by Al Franken as Tog
- Michael Dorn was replaced by Phil Hartman as Worf
- Jonathan Frakes was replaced by Chris Farley as Number One
- Whoopi Goldberg was replaced by Ellen Cleghorne as "Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan"
- Marina Sirtis was replaced by Julia Sweeney as Deanna Troi
- Brent Spiner was replaced by Rob Schneider as Data
- George Takei was replaced by Akira Yoshimura as Mr. Sulu
Links and ReferencesEdit
- No one was credited for the episode.
- Melanie Hutsell as Charo
- Al Franken as Tog
- Adam Sandler as David Brenner
- David Spade as Joan Rivers
- Akira Yoshimura as Hikaru Sulu
- Bernie Kopell as Doc
|Category: LB:TNG episodes|