Random Cool Video – Star Trek The Next Generation Season 2 Gag Reel


At some point over the holiday break I was sent a link to this gag reel … which also served as a reminder of how much things have changed, as I got a completely blank expression from my kids when I used the term ‘gag reel’. So let me back up.

A ‘gag’ is a joke or other humorous moment, whether intentional or unintentional.

A ‘reel’ is one of those tape terms where you spool the ‘film’. Way back when, when shows were recorded on film, mistakes had to be ‘cut’ from the tape. Sometimes they would end up ‘on the cutting room floor’, but occasionally someone noted that a particular mistake or series of mistakes was amusing and they would save them.

These mistakes were often termed ‘bloopers’, but once collected and taped (literally) together, they would become known as a ‘gag reel’.

Whew! So there is the term – and what we have here is a 10+ minute collection of screw-ups, mis-cues, set faults, and more from the second season of Star Trek The Next Generation. If you watch until the end there is a cool surprise (not going to tell … then it wouldn’t be a surprise!)


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5 replies

  1. Thanks Mike- this made me laugh outloud more than a few times

  2. Yes very funny. The end of the reel is great!

  3. I wish you had shared more of what the contents were, or I were faster on checking it out, because it’s gone now… :-(

  4. Crap! Figures it was up for a while but as soon as I post it is gone!

    You got to see Gene Roddenberry sing & dance a bit at the end … and the rest is just full of a group of people who obviously loved working together and had loads of fun.