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"All Good Things" must come to an end: 20 years since the ST:TNG finale

The finale of this series first aired May 23, 1994
The finale of this series first aired May 23, 1994
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20 years ago today television viewers said goodbye to the intrepid crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D. "All Good Things," the finale of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," is considered by many to be one of the best television finales ever created (Brannan Braga, one of the writers, thought this was the best script he had ever written). With its plot that intricately weaves together three timelines simultaneously, it delightfully takes the show full-circle. It brings the show back to the events of the pilot.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the show, here are some facts about this amazing episode:

1. The title of the episode is based on a proverb "All good things must come to an end," and the expression "All good things come in threes."

2. Picard, Worf, and Data are the only crew members who participate in all three time periods, although Riker briefly appears on screen in the past.

3. "All Good Things" is the only "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode that was adapted into a comic book.

4. The scripts for "All Good Things" and "Star Trek: Generations" were being written at the same time (by the same writers). After the fact, the writers came to the general consensus that "All Good Things" was the superior effort.

5. In "All Good Things," Q's line referencing the human's "trek through the stars"is the first time anyone has ever used that term in a Star Trek episode.

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