The writers of TNG really had nothing left to say by this stage of the seventh season, but out of this desperation comes a cool episode about “The Other Enterprise” – all those nameless faces that pop up in the background and keep the ship running. I think M*A*S*H did an episode like this, too.

Anyway, we meet a bunch of redshirts (one of whom really is a redshirt) and get to see Riker (who really manages the rank and file) & co through their eyes.

One thing that bugged me was this new character “Ben,” obviously a replacement for Guinan after Whoopi Goldberg had left the show. Reminded me a little too much of the Simpsons’ “Roy.”