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Meister
Wed, May 8, 2019, 10:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Descent, Part I

9/10

A mystery. what are these new post Hugh Borg up to? What is up with Data and his anger? anything that shows Data exploring his humanity is a good episode to me. Although I don't know why Data equates emotion with Humans. There are other creatures with emotions. My poodle Fluffy for example. And I love Lore. Spiner is such a good actor. When we see him switch between emotion and no emotion with Data. Seeing the crew puzzle over the Borg's new technologies and modus operandi was good as well. They had the requisite evil Admiral once again. Although I too don't understand why they didn't use Hugh to destroy.
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Meister
Wed, May 8, 2019, 5:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Timescape

I liked this one. I like a mystery, the time going forwards and backwards and the fake Romulans (which we have seen before). It had the Captain and Data, two of the best characters and actors. Troi was okay as was Geordi (no pervy or harassing behaviour).

It had a ton of technobabble which of course I notice more now thanks to you others on this board. Was there as much technobabble on DS9? I don't thnk so.

9/10 since I am having a glass of wine while watching this.
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Meister
Tue, May 7, 2019, 10:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Second Chances

Well we had a Worf episode, a Crusher one and now a Riker one.

I like Riker a little bit more after his great acting in that episode with the play where he was kidnapped. However, what an asshole he is here. His back story tells me he had a rough childhood with his mom dying and an asshole for a father. We have seen him struggle with relationships and his career. So I was willing to cut him some slack in his behaviour. But why is he (Commander) so nasty to himself (Lieutenant)? After they confirmed what happened and it wasn't a hoax, wouldn't he be curious about himself. maybe be kind? he has a twin now. Instead he acts like this is his most hated sibling. And it rubs off on the Lieutenant version as well.

I did enjoy seeing Troi and the Lieutenant connect. Crusher egging Troi on was pure useless Crusher. Ugh. Of course new Riker doesn't think of Troi's life at all, just wants her to join him.

Picard was funny picking the riskier database rescue option suggested by the new Riker. That data is so important it is worth risking their lives even though they haven't had it for 8 years and could try again in 8 years. I must have missed what the data was. Sometimes Picard can be such an asshole.

8/10 for the good parts. ha ha!
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Meister
Tue, May 7, 2019, 7:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rightful Heir

7/10

TNG continues its focus on one crew member at a time. I didn't mind this one as it was about Worf. It is an interesting juxtaposition seeing the Klingons combine their Viking and high tech ways. Not quite believable but there you go.
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Meister
Tue, May 7, 2019, 4:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Suspicions

I like a good mystery and the basic elements of this one were good. I don't know how that creature survived an autopsy though. Don't they get cut up and weighed ?

However, this one seemed so implausible. Why is Crusher doing the investigating. Why isn't Worf in charge? I would have liked to see Crusher begging for her career , grovelling to the Ferengi that she had restored the inventor's reputation and there was money to be made off the new invention.

5/10
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Meister
Mon, May 6, 2019, 9:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Frame of Mind

9/10

This was a good Riker episode. It did feel like a torture theme too close to Picard's episode with torture. The ending was also pretty quick but not bad at all.

The moody psychological structure worked for me.
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Meister
Mon, May 6, 2019, 11:01am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Chase

6/10

This was okay but I didn't really get much out of it. It was a pretty big idea that the humanoids all had their primordial DNA seeded by the Odo like shapeshifter. But I wasn't following the DNA "program" that they kept talking about. Was there any other benefit to this episode? Picard seeing a glimpse of a career path not taken. Yawn.
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Meister
Sun, May 5, 2019, 11:19am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Lessons

Overall a so so look at the captain's continuing isolation. It was done in a clunky manner. Picard sends lots of people to risky away missions. But lets say he can't handle this one.

I think a lot of the leadup was unnecessary and I have some nitpicks:

I enjoyed the romance at the start. So good to see the Captain dating someone else accomplished and passionate about life like Vash. However, I noticed in their interactions at the beginning they were all encyclopedic in nature: no personal experiences or feelings were shared at all, only factual things. This doomed them as a couple as it meant no real intimacy was being created as is created by the sharing of difficult or sensitive thoughts or experiences. Yes its true they played instruments together.

It's funny there are no regulations on affairs between officers. Its funny how the captain's concern is that his objectivity be compromised. There is no harassment concern at all. This always make me think that the writers are too isolated and limited in their life experiences and have never worked in an enterprise(no pun intended) where these things have been thought through and the perils and remedies identified. And no this isn't just because this is 1993 or whenever. And Troi gives her permission as "cutting off emotions can have serious consequences". Troi pack up your things. You are officially useless.

Its funny that Nella asks Picard why he is sharing his experience with the planet probe. IT was a HUGE experience. Imagine not sharing that. So Picard reaches out with some real intimacy. And Nella's response? hmmmm

Then the episode continues as if workplace relationships have never been experienced anywhere in the galaxy and they are truly being exploratory once again....

then wow Picard jokes about firing her if she doesn't remain effective. yes it was done lightheartedly but seriously..

overall I did enjoy the romance for Picard which was the point afterall… at least it wasn't a minuet type character.


I just feel that the solution was a little rushed and showed a real weakness in Picard. The people on his ship put themselves in danger all the time and would have it no other way. He allows his own fear to interfere in Nella's life. Now they have no relationship AND she is off the flagship.

7/10
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Meister
Sat, May 4, 2019, 8:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Starship Mine

9/10

I enjoyed this little thriller. It starred Mr TNG himself of course. It feels like it has been a while since almost every episode showcased the captain.


The supporting ensemble played its part.
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Meister
Sat, May 4, 2019, 12:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part II

I liked this better than the first half. 8.5/10

I always enjoy when the stories are about others and not just humans. I think that is why I liked DS9 so much (amongst other reasons).

Worf shows his inflexibility and inability to concede any benefits to the hybrid camp. The Romulans show their disdain perhaps for Klingon culture and tradition. Or maybe it is only fear of the warrior traditions and strengths. The older Klingons live in a weird shame existence but also try and protect it from outside discovery.

Ba'el has Worf's ticket and calls him on it. He claims love but not love enough to stay in the camp. She points out she won't be accepted outside (after he gives his answer to take her away from the camp). It's funny how proud and rigid Worf is in his identification of cultural traditions but not able to see the validity in change or growth in those traditions. Pride is only for him and not for others. The hybrid camp has plenty to be proud about.

I don't buy that Worf is so innocent here. He didn't bring just knowledge as a threat. He also brought rapid change and provocation without discussion. He himself should be more self aware at how difficult it is for people to change. And he expects the senior people to suddenly change and rock the fine balance they created in the camp. Didn't his fatherhood of Alexander teach him anything? It is only the knowledge that he wants to impart that is important to him. Not any other truths or viewpoints. Ba'el challenges that by her very existence. Now what bucket does she fall into? He can't try and shame her into being Klingon his way like he does the boy. And he doesn't know what to make of having feelings for an icky Romulan.

At the end they make Worf seem righteous by having the young Klingon join him at the firing line. But I don't buy this . The Klingons have raised their young quite well in the camp. For them to go back to the homeworld will take some getting used to. In part 1, Picard said to Data that he is a culture of one. And this camp is also a unique culture. It is highly unlikely the Klingon world doesn't have lots of cultural subgroups. Worf of course has been called out for being more Klingon than other Klingons in the past.

The plot swerved to a more reasonable ending of sorts. Not revealing the secret is what the elders were afraid of all along. But now because of Worf being provocative and forcing the issue, the children will be ill prepared: they don't really belong in the Klingon home world. At least not as is. At the end it seems from Worf's look of sorrow that perhaps he understands what he has done. Where will Bael go now? She won't be welcomed in either world and the camp won't have the numbers of young people to make a society.
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Meister
Sat, May 4, 2019, 11:31am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part I

8/10

I enjoyed the Data story as I do most if not all Data stories. I remembered the clanking hammer from first seeing this episode so many years ago. Spiner playing both Data and Soong is a treat. I had hoped to see more of the DS9 characters to be honest.

The Worf story is okay and continues his arc. The forested planet reminded me of Worf and Jadzia on that mission to rescue a defector.
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meister
Fri, May 3, 2019, 6:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Tapestry

5/10

Boring

Cliched

Q set up Picard by saying that he needed to keep his real heart to survive so of course that's what Picard does. Now all of a sudden the rest of his personality has been wiped out. Picard went against his nature on purpose to avoid one fight. There was no indication that he had fundamentally changed.

And seriously, the captain realizes where he is (as the lieutenant) and doesn't like it. He's not stuck there! Already he is asking about opportunities. He is showing his old personality. And he has already the lifetime of old Jean Luc to draw on in terms of experience.

It doesn't work.
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Meister
Thu, May 2, 2019, 7:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Face of the Enemy

Season 6 rolling along on a form of autopilot. This was a good drama and it was good to see Troi given a huge challenge. I am not sure I buy the final resolution and how she escaped. It would have been better if they beamed her over when her accomplice was killed. Also his solution to beam over the dissidents was a little unexpected. I liked the Romulan commander. I am a bit embarrassed I don't recall where I have seen her before...

8.5/10 for a good story.
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Meister
Thu, May 2, 2019, 9:50am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Aquiel

This one is a hard one to score. It is all over the place. I liked the moody investigation. 10/10 for showing Geordie to be the douchebag of the crew. And then the alien action throwing a wrench in it all to cover up the shit investigation and unprofessionalism of the crew. I dunno 7/10? glad I watched it but ewww...


First off, Picard tells us that there has been no Klingon raid in 7 years? I thought they were allies? This is the wild west of the Federation I guess.

I enjoyed the eeriness of the opening. I kinda had glimmers of memory of this one but nothing definite. I like a good murder mystery especially when there were so many unanswered questions starting with, was there a crime?

Geordie goes all in as a douche when asking Aqueil about why she did things to anger Rocha. She was right to ask him if this was a personal question or part of an investigation. In her logs she had described Rocha as angry all the time. She did ONE thing against his orders. Not the generalization of "things". And I got the impression from her logs that she was doing it to retain some sanity against a bully. Not that it was smart, or insubordination (something, me as a manager would find hard to take). But she also came across as young and inexperienced.

Geordie is skating on thin ice and potentially screwing up a real investigation by asking her questions about Rocha in 10 Forward like that. Riker isn't much better. Don't they have proper police procedures for questioning etc? Good for Geordie for pointing the finger back at Riker. Neither one of them seemed to be conducting an investigation properly. Any police officers on this board that could weigh in?

GROSS, Geordie a Star Fleet officer, investigating a murder then kisses the main suspect. Gee the one person who trusts her is now kissing her. I guess she better kiss back heh? Kudos for TNG for showing sexual harassment: Take one person with power over another who wants sexual attention and then acts on it! presto! There was no sign she was into him before that at all. And even if she was, it is still inappropriate Geordie!

And for some lightness, cut to Crusher cooking red sauce in the lab. Give her a hand with her sauce would you?

And now for one more plot device we have the crystal sex toy introduced. What happened to my nice moody murder investigation? I would have preferred this to be just the murder mystery. How do microscopic beings take over the body and consciousness of a higher being? Never mind.

Hey look Aquiel doesn't want to work on the Enterprise with Geordie. I did like how she acknowledged she wasn't a perfect officer and was too impulsive rather than think things through. Bye Aquiel! Good luck with your career and impulsiveness.
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Meister
Wed, May 1, 2019, 9:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Ship in a Bottle

8.5/10

I liked Moriarty. It is unfortunate that I remembered Moriarty's trick and therefore there wasn't as much of a surprise. And yes, Picard's little comment on the show being a simulation running on a box on someone's desk was funny, as was Barclay checking once again at the end that they weren't still in the Holodeck.


I will overlook the obvious issues with the technology of the Holodeck.
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Meister
Wed, May 1, 2019, 9:43am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part II

sorry I meant Cardassians not Romulans. But even the Cardassians usually outplay the Federation don't they?
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Meister
Tue, Apr 30, 2019, 9:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part II

This part two opens okay but only because like a good cliff hanger, the Federation looks like it has backed itself into a corner. Picard is captured and the Enterprise is in charge of that new captain, a real bitch. He is so emotional. And we still don't know what the Cardassians want or why they set the trap. Jellicoe improves once things settle down.

I really wasn't in the mood for torture porn. Why introduce that to TNG at all? But the actor playing the lead Cardassian was superb and then Stewart was superb and I was pulled in.
The scene with Riker and Jellicoe was marvellous and lets face it, they are both arrogant and over emotional for the job.

8.5/10 for the acting . Lost marks with me for being un Trekky and also I wasn't sure how the whole thing resolved. Usually the Romulans ignore the Federation, shout in outrage and maintain the position. After all weren't they still in their own territory when they were mined?
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Meister
Tue, Apr 30, 2019, 7:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

That Captain Jellicoe, what a bitch.

-1 to the lazy writing and directing have the Chief Medical Officer pimp herself out to the Ferengi to get passage. So original!

Why were they talking so loudly in the caves? I actually thought Worf, Crusher and Picard made a nice team.


So far, okay. Its okay for a thriller. I did enjoy seeing the crew get shaken up a bit by the new bitch I mean captain. 8/10
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Meister
Tue, Apr 30, 2019, 1:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Quality of Life

9/10

I liked this one. It was about Data's fundamental purpose or aspiration in life in many ways and Data is along with Patrick Stewart the best part of TNG. It seemed to me to be the culmination of a lot of Data's development.

In this case the technobabble had a purpose and was secondary to the story of the exocomps.

I liked the guest scientist. She added an interesting character, both an accomplished scientist but also very human with her dedication and ambition. It is nice to see someone with an interesting character, not the mad scientist or fluffy shallow character either but a driven starfleet scientist who can disagree and argue with La Forge and Data and then reconcile and move on as professionals do on the job.

Even the doctor and Riker weren't too annoying.
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Meister
Mon, Apr 29, 2019, 9:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

This episode contains one of my favourite Worf quotes: "ahh we are in law enforcement".

9/10 I like Data episodes and Worf and Alexander episodes as well. Troi wasn't annoying.

After Moriarty, this might be my favourite time travelling scenario. Not stupid Dix or Minuet.
But man, the cavalier treatment of the technology.
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Meister
Mon, Apr 29, 2019, 6:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

4/10 this may be the dumbest and dullest of all episodes. I could find nothing redeeming and normally I like these clever get out of capture type stories. It didn't have the hokeyness of the first two seasons but still failed.

I think this also failed to explore what parts of childhood, the four transformed crew members could still experience. I don't think much except for pre-pubescent bodies, everything else would be as an adult.
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Meister
Mon, Apr 29, 2019, 1:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: True Q

5/10

I know Q caused the core breach but it struck me how often some technological fail or experimentation is introduced so cavalierly as a plot device. Even without Q's interference, their change management processes suck!

And we have Crusher take on the motherly role with Amanda. Amanda is an adult, young yes, but starting out on a life of adventure, exploration and development. Obviously smart and finding it hard to narrow down her interests. Why wouldn't she want to go back to the Continuum. Pulaski wouldn't have held her back. Crusher later changed and encouraged Amanda to spend time with Q. It was a bit bizarre to be honest.

Does Q have to sit so close to Amanda (and others too if memory serves.) I guess he doesn't understand or respect personal space and neither did the director of this episode. Note to Q: the way to get someone over to your side is not by invading their personal space and breathing in their ear. The way he was all over her back in the laboratory. It was creepy as fuck. Did it add to the story? Was it directed? It doesn't actually fit with Q's personality: he isn't touchy feely in general so where did it come from? Would the director had done the same if Amanda were a young man?

And where does Amanda get over her nervousness around Riker and tries to seduce him in the moonlight? At least her base personality came back to remind her it wasn't real. It was weak and clunky,

Its funny how the Q are omnipotent as we describe gods but they aren't considered gods here. Why not? because there is no group worshipping them? shouldn't there be? begging for good deeds? I always thought the Q were a real weak point of TNG and this episode just brings it forward. A non religious future with unworshipped but proven gods.
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Meister
Sun, Apr 28, 2019, 6:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Schisms

8/10 I liked this one. I didn't remember seeing it before although the clicks triggered a possible memory. It was the mood that was so successful. I also liked that a bit of uncertainty, potential risk was left over at the end instead of total clean up and successful domination by the Enterprise.
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Meister
Sun, Apr 28, 2019, 5:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Relics

8/10 for Scotty. I also liked the Dyson sphere, soon to a store near you.
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Meister
Sun, Apr 28, 2019, 5:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

5/10

I agree there really isn't anything redeeming about this episode and Troi's de-aging is redonkulous and unsolved by technobabble imho.
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