The writing was fantastic and the character development was extremely well done. Like all noteworthy sci-fi, it held the mirror up to humanity and made us question our current trajectory as a species. This show boldly teased us with a glimpse of the potential for the human race to band together and set aside our differences, not for galactic conquest but for exploration and unification. This show posed important questions about morality, philosophy, human nature, and they did not lecture about which was right or wrong. They did give the answers. They mostly just explored different points of view. The story lines in many respects were just epic, and kept me enthralled, entertained, and just generally glued to the TV screen. It was written intelligently and didn't depend on a lot of violence. The casting of this program is wonderful and they all were good matches for their characters. This series introduced far more relationships between the crew (Troi and Riker, Worf and his son, Crusher and Picard) which played out beautifully over the course of the series. The sets gave a sense of awe and the special effects were slick and expansive. It was stylishly and beautifully shot. The music has a lot of energy and atmosphere. Writing was great. It was entertaining, intelligent, thought-provoking and rich in humanity. The stories, when the show hit its stride, are high in imagination suspense, intrigue and fun. The characters are complex and endlessly fascinating; the missions range from hilarious to heartbreaking to just plain breathtaking. Everybody slips and falls sometimes, but they pick themselves up again and keep on going.