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Dahj's Digital Ghost
Fri, Apr 10, 2020, 4:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Masks

This episode was straight-forward and perfectly logical. I enjoyed it. I remember seeing it when it first aired when I was about nineteen, and I thought it was okay then, but fully appreciate it now because it ties in so beautifully with the stated mission of Starfleet, to explore new life and new civilizations. And who better to come upon this artifact than Jean-Luc Picard, the archaeologist and future historian?

I'll write a brief summary to show why I believe this is an effective episode: The Enterprise encounters a comet, one unaccounted for in Federation records, and something worthy of study. After scanning it, they then discover that it is, in fact, an artifact, a folk-archive from a civilization that existed 87 millions years ago, which is now buried under tens of millions of years worth of ice and dust accumulation. But it isn't just a library, it's an interactive library, one that goes out of its way to interface with those civilizations advanced enough to interact. It is able to interface with the ship's computer and with Data. It then proceeds to relate a myth central to the D'arsay civilization by using the matter aboard the Enterprise to fully recreate the scene, a scene not just visual and auditory, but wholly tactile. (It alters those systems that are not necessary to sustain life on the Enterprise; killing the class isn't good for show-and-tell day, after all.) Data, being an android, can function as an actor, playing, potentially, hundreds of characters from D'arsay mythology, and presumable "thousands" of its long-dead citizens. Picard, Troi, and Worf piece together the story, and once Picard assumes the role of Korgano, proving the message has been received and understood, the artifact concludes the simulation, making it possible for Federation scientists to study this library more thoroughly.

And that's about as straight-forward a story as I've ever seen. Simple, in fact. And that's probably why Joe Menosky was pissed about the final product. He had more to say.

I take it that this myth was central to D'arsay culture because that species evolved on a planet just barely within the Goldilocks Zone, too close to the sun for comfort. Theirs was a miserable existence and the sun was feared because it was unrelentingly hot — the reign of the moon was sweet respite — still, they managed advance as a species, achieving space flight. But their condition was the first and foremost thing they wanted others to understand.

My rating: Squeaks in with 3 stars.
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Dahj's Digital Ghost
Sun, Apr 5, 2020, 5:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

Perhaps this has been mentioned before in the comments above, but If the duplicate crew had successfully dropped the beacon containing all their experiences, Voyager would have known exactly where to go to get the enhanced warp drive for themselves.
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Dahj's Digital Ghost
Sat, Apr 4, 2020, 7:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Outrageous Okona

"I come from a town so small it has a fraction for a zip code."

Same with the rating for this episode.
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