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Sun, Mar 28, 2021, 11:58am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

The guitar scene with Data is faultless imagery. Episode itself falters badly in the last several minutes, however.

The opening is particularly cruel to Riker, an effective gambit, but perhaps not enough to raise a doubt in our minds about the entity's fundamental right to exist.

The Marr characterization is basically plausible and thoughtfully layered so as to reveal, if slightly simplified for time considerations.
The logical/spatial-minded cave scene with Data and the doctor is rather well written and performed, as is the ready room scene wherein Picard explains an expansive view of life in the universe with simple analogy.

The subsequent ready room talk with Riker gives some clarification of the basic moral throughline of the plot, which Stewart invests with quiet aplomb, imo. That Picard, whose moral POV is so impressively and subtly etched in these ready room scenes, does not at some point detect (or sense) the snake in the grass element here, is finally incredible.

I did appreciate the final scene with Data for its stark quality.
Thu, Mar 18, 2021, 12:53pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: Suddenly Human

Although I can't disagree with the criticisms

This has a couple of perfectly classic scenes, Troi talking to Picard in his ready room showcases a rare chemistry, and gives Stewart some nice comic moments to play well.

2. Riker informing Endar the kid tried to murder Picard and now Riker's in charge, with the subsequent threat made by Endar exposing the subtle ways Riker responds to a threat vs. Picard, and Mr. Worf's apparent tamped-down zeal for Riker's more aggressive reaction. It's a wonderful character moment embedded within the 'chain-of-command' detailing, and set and photographed in a choice situation (emotionally-motivated threat).

While these dynamics are all nothing new, I had fun. Plus there is another ice cream scene in ten forward, though nowhere near as tantalizing as "The Game"'s.
Wed, Jul 15, 2020, 4:44pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The Bonding

This is a rather interesting episode, and I echo the dialogue is a high point.

Troi and Picard's joint duty in this shows an intriguing facet of procedure. Further, the scene in which Picard is called to talk to the boy in the corridor, to warn him that thing is not his mother, allows for an appealing gravitas that, though standard in the characterization, feels specially plausible here.

The episode is quiet, stimulating.
Sat, Jun 20, 2020, 1:02am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: Devil's Due

Charming. The opening with Picard and Data on the holodeck is beautiful. Story starts to faintly echo that Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode with Homer's soul at stake over a donut.

Sure this doesn't really hang together very well, and it poses the scintillating notion of another Q-like entity in the universe only to frustrate that possibility, but I had a good enough time.

The story development where Picard is propositioned with putting his soul up for grabs is elegant plotting. Minus points for Data's clear delight as Picard gets the upper hand in the courtroom sequence. Would have been wild if he was totally blank.
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