I have seen a lot of awkward interpersonal interactions during my life – many more than average I would say – for the simple reason that I am the cause of the awkwardness. I’m an awkward guy. For example, you may notice that I use the word “awkward” in this post about a million times, which is, in and of itself, rather awkward. Having witnessed so many uncomfortable interactions in my life, I have become something of a connoisseur. So I can say with some authority that Star Trek: The Next Generation has some truly exquisite moments of awkwardness. One of my favorite modes of awkwardness that appears repeatedly during the series is the way those end-of-episode discussions, intended to summarize what we have learned in today’s adventure, often come to a very abrupt ending, without any of the normal “Goodnight” or “Okay, see you later” type phrases that most of us use routinely to end a conversation. In this area, TNG achieves some moments of truly sublime awkwardness. Here is a good example from the ending of the season 4 episode “Legacy.” Note that I did not have to do any special editing to make the end of this clip awkward. No, it’s all 100% pure TNG awkwardness.