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Carli
Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 8:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Final Mission

Was Wesley supposed to come across as a sneering little manchild in this episode? I wouldn’t mind that characterization. But the episode’s mixed messages baffled me.

The moment when he meets Dirgo and sneers, “Captain?? Of a mining shuttle??” was beyond the pale. His later sneering at the older man’s frailty was just as bad. I expected a payoff in which the rude little snob was forced to recognize his own coddled upbringing and personal shortcomings. But instead, the episode went on to make the experienced Dirgo an idiot, and Wes a brave hero.

Thus the episode seems to say, “Wesley was right to sneer. Wesley is always right, about everything.”
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Carli
Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 6:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Perfect Mate

The story would have been more interesting, had we seen a male metamorph being gifted to a female leader.

Ah, but then we’d see a male in the submissive role, ever-conforming to the desires of different females. How unpleasant and disturbing for viewers!

But for a show that prides itself on “examining humanity”, that would have been exactly the point.

This episode suffered from the same sin seen in other “fake-provocative” Star Treks. When Riker falls for a genderless person, she’s clearly feminine and is played by a woman. In the two Trek episodes where Trills ignite a same-sex relationship, in both cases we see two young and attractive women dangled as lovers.

I’ve seen enough Trek to recognize how it smugly claims to be bravely “examining humanity ” - while always playing it safe... and always pandering as hard as it can.
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