"Hang in there with us, please. If we fail, it won't be for lack of trying. So please bear with us if the new Star Trek doesn't always meet your expectations. Our little show has become legend, and it's hard to live up to a legend. We're trying hard. We want to succeed. We want to excel. We hope we can. We're sure going to try."
-Robert Justman (1926-2008), Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, Stars And Starships-
Humble, wise words from a man who knows. Robert Justman was an associate and supervising producer on both Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation. His words proved prophetic, because for all of the stumbling in getting the tone right for Star Trek: The Next Generation in the first season, the creators ultimately prevailed in creating some of the finest tales in the Star Trek mythology and as allegorical science fiction reflecting on humanity.
Digging deeper into ST:TNG beyond this first season reveals a truly superb series on human exploration as much as exploration from within and without blessed with some of the smartest penned stories ever made for science fiction television. You just wouldn't quite believe it based on the slim virtues of its first season.