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Star Trek: The Next Generation Bloopers Are the Perfect Friday Mood


This week has lasted for approximately eighty-seven years! Luckily, I have the perfect remedy: a compilation video of Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s cast flubbing lines, making jokes, and generally cracking up. I shall live vicariously and in harmony with this video.

YouTube algorithms must know me well, because while this video isn’t new (it’s from September), it was the first thing suggested to me on YouTube this morning, the last day of this infinite work week. Maybe it was the surreal seven hours of Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony on Wednesday that seemed to destabilize the space-time continuum and topple us into the Twilight Zone. Yet this compilation is so delightful it single-handedly made me forget, for an entire six minutes, that the President who is a criminal flew to Vietnam to buddy up with a ruthless dictator and then left empty-handed. Anyway, in space in the ’90s, they’re having fun.

I have to say, aside from the infectious hilarity of watching the actors mess up their lines or try mightily to keep a straight face, my favorite part of the bloopers is seeing some of the very real camaraderie amongst the cast. As they laugh together, hug each other, and just genuinely seem to enjoy being on-set, their closeness mirrors the chemistry of the Enterprise-D crew. It’s especially fun to watch them crack up in the midst of a grave speech or otherwise super-serious technobabble explanation.

The main culprits in blooperity here seem to be Brent Spiner (Data), Michael Dorn (Worf), and Jonathan Frakes (Riker). The best of all things is watching Sir Patrick Stewart make adorable, funny faces, far removed from the gravity of Picard. I know I’m not the only one who will watch this and emerge wanting to be Patrick Stewart’s best friend. I’m sure the days were often long and exhausting, but man, does this reel make it look like The Next Generation set was a fun place to work.

(via angrypotato on YouTube, images: Paramount)

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Kaila is a lifelong New Yorker. She's written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.