When Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered in September of 1987 most people (including the cast and crew) didn’t give it much of a chance of success.
Fandom was excited to see Trek return to TV with Gene Roddenberry (creator of the original series) at the helm. But almost immediately after it first aired, fandom lost its mind. A captain who didn’t chase skirts or do flying jump kicks who was BALD!?!?!?!? Not to mention there was a Klingon on the ship. It is likely that if today’s troll community online had existed then that the show would not have gone on to air for seven seasons or spawn four big screen adventures.
One thing that immediately separated the new show from the original was the fact that it was a true ensemble show. Every cast member would have episodes where they were the main focus and others where they were the B story.
So unlike the first article of this series where it was the non-leads of the original series that were brought to the forefront, this article picks a couple of the main cast and a couple of the secondary cast to highlight.