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ÓNéill
Tue, Nov 1, 2016, 10:19am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

I wish I had the time to really get this comment because it requires. It is been a long time since I saw this episode when I first saw it my mother explained to me the how you say Origins of the episode and where it came from. I'm in my thirties now and I have to say that this episode is incredibly creepy and tense. The end of that episode it reminds me of a 1950s or 1960s courtroom drama. Think Inherit the Wind and for some reason I also think of Manchurian Candidate even though Manchurian did not have a same type of courtroom atmosphere.

Perhaps it is my memories of seeing the film Inherit the Wind when I was still in high school in the early nineties as well as seeing chillin films such as The Manchurian Candidate both new and old and seeing it's and it's "remake" playing like a creepy sequel.

For whatever reason despite the science fiction atmosphere and it being roughly three hundred years in the future this episode has a certain Timeless quality. As I watch more contemporary products such as the man in the High Castle which is itself an adaptation of an old Philip K dick novel written in the sixties I think to myself that this show really hit upon something special. I have always been a fan of certain relics of our Modern Age showing up in the sci fi films. Sometimes it's embarrassing. There are some very clear 1960s ideal in the original Star Trek and if you pay attention you can see some obvious 80s hairstyles and design choices in Star Trek the Next Generation.

But when you take a show like this and and conjure up everything from the most beloved 1950s courtroom dramas and even plays such as The Crucible that's when you move past Syfy Into The Human Condition. When this came out we were still dealing with Communism in some ways if I recall correctly the Soviet Union did did not fall till several years later but I can't think of anything that was happening at that point in time that made this episode culturally relevant. To me that's a strength of the episode. I think I was 11 when I saw this for the first time and even then I remember it making me uncomfortable. I was young I did not realize that some of the the views I hold now could ever put me in a situation like this. Watching it now as an adult I realize only too clear Timeless nature of an episode like this. Everything from 911 to Trump to the prosecution of Jews and queer people this episode could have been made last week. Perhaps that is why a series like this has staying power. I would say it is easily the best episode of the entire season.

We can only hope for new science fiction to touch on the human condition as eloquently as STNG and DS9 did.
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ÓNéill
Thu, Oct 27, 2016, 6:03am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The High Ground

I still felt the ending was a wee bit lackluster. it felt as if they got o the ship and that was it. Perhaps that was the point. Btw I think this was banned because with Data's comment it comes off as Pro North Ireland. Which as I listen to Back Home In Derry wth tears in my eyes madr me happy. The episode itslef...very confusing. Confusing in that..it was balanced. You could definitely feel a bit on the rebel side of the writers as they showed veryclear problems with the state.However, the terrorists had disturbing methods even if they weren't clearly in the wrong. This was a very proto ds9 episode in many ways and it made meremember my Norther roots and it gave me a smile to hear of a United Eire in 2024. Also, eveb though the bbc banned it there were a lot of people who would like to hear about a united ireland in those..."troubled " times. I may not have liked the ending but for something to have me flooded with my strong rebel views and post "Back Home In Derry" on FB and declaring I'm a rebel til I die....well. Good TV makes us feel. makes us think.
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