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The premiere of Discovery isn't the only major Star Trek event this week. It's also the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the series that marked a brave new future for the franchise on TV. Like the original Trek, TNG saw its Enterprise crew go on daring, thought-provoking adventures... but it also went on some ridiculous ones, too. With love for its 30th birthday, here are 15 of the strangest.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

I will be the first person to declare my love of the wildly uneven Star Trek: Voyager above the rest of Star Trek (actually that's a lie, because my colleague Katharine has beaten me to the punch on this several times). But friends: collectively, we are re-watching far too much Voyager on Netflix.

Second only to Toy Fair back in February, this past weekend's San Diego Comic-Con brought us more toy news than our wallets can reasonably take. Many of the reveals were only available on the convention floor, but there will still plenty of announcements you can look forward to as we creep closer to the holidays. That's right, July isn't even over but it's already time to start assembling those Christmas lists.

This episode should have never worked. It was a one-off, inconsequential story about characters we've never seen before nor would ever see again. It had no battles, no enemies, no star trekking of any kind. And yet, "The Inner Light" from Star Trek: The Next Generation lives on; not just as one of the best episodes of Star Trek, but as one of the finest pieces of modern television. And I'm not the only one who thinks so.