Star Trek: The Next Generation screensavers were silly and engaging

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Why aren’t screensavers a thing, anymore? I realize today’s LDC monitors don’t really need them to prevent the image burn-in that bedeviled CRTs of old. But they were fun!

Take this gem I recently discovered on YouTube via r/startrek – the Star Trek TNG: Bridge Encounters After Dark Screensaver. (Remember After Dark, with the flying toasters?) Join us as we explore some videos immortalizing trippy Star Trek: The Next Generation screensavers! What we get is an awkward series of randomized dialogue, sound effects and visual elements from Star Trek: The Next Generation’s seven-year run — mostly, at first, various starships and space stations. Then, suddenly, the sky is filling up with alternate Enterprise-Ds!

Star Trek: The Next Generation screensavers

“They shouldn’t be so confident.”

Well, Mr. Riker, if I had that many Galaxy-class starships at my disposal, I’d be feeling pretty darned confident too.

Then suddenly we’re being treated to a jam session with Riker on his trombone and Picard on his Ressikan flute playing “When the Saints Go Marching In” … at their normal bridge stations, for some reason.

Star Trek: The Next Generation screensaver

“What is going on here, Number One?”

Then Picard is gone, and Deanna Troi, looking all arch, is in his place in the captain’s chair (in the wrong uniform!). Then Q is here, followed by assorted spacefaring alien entities. And Picard returns, urging calm. Q flits in and out, Worf says a few words (but none of the women do), the Enterprise armada returns, and …

“This is no longer amusing!”

Au contraire, mon capitan …

Star Trek: The Next Generation screensaver

This TNG screensaver plays out like the worst (or best) episode of TNG ever. from startrek

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