With the new blu-ray remasters being released, I've started a rewatch of this spotty series.
I only remember bits and pieces of this show as a kid...I honestly have no idea what seasons I'd seen...the show would air on TV and I'd sit and watch, but I missed alot of them.
Having finished season 1 recently, I can see why Trek fans were angry back then. There are a few pretty decent episodes, but nothing that stands out as great...and some of it is truly abysmal (Code Of Honor, Justice, Hide and Q). Skin of Evil is probably the most notable episode for it's surprising dark themes and nihilism and the death of Tasha Yar. Apparently many people hated her...personally I kind of liked her. Though I can admit she wasn't very well written and was obviously there as some kind of feminist statement.
And Christ, 'Code of Honor'...seriously? They may as well have called it Planet African stereotype. That episode was borderline offensive.
I am a few episodes into season 2 and so far it is an improvement, but not a major one. While season 1 was extremely spotty and had some bad episodes, I was almost never bored...it was almost 'so bad it's good' television. Season 2 so far is actually pretty boring. And the lack of Beverly Crusher isn't helping...the new doctor seems hell bent on humiliating Data. And the episode 'The Child' really bothered me...a celestial being basically rapes Counselor Troi and she is perfectly okay with it...and no mention is made of the obvious intrusion of rights...very creepy episode that I was genuinely upset about.
Trek fans seem to hate Wesley Crusher, but I never had a problem with him. I thought he was underwritten but I never found him annoying or hard to watch.
Oh, and Paramount did an amazing job on the blu-rays...gorgeous transfers and the updated CGI is a really nice touch.