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Gabriel G.
Wed, Apr 29, 2020, 12:25am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cost of Living

i always think this is a 2.5 star episode because it actually has moments that make me genuinely chuckle. TNG does not have a lot of episodes that attempt this, which is kind of a shame now, I think.

"You're not going to be naked at your own wedding??", and Worf obliterating the completely banal Wind Dancer, and Alexander stopping the bickering friends with "The higher... the fewer" (and Worf, too, at dinner), and Mr. Homn smirking a lot, and Picard and Troi's look when Lwaxana agrees with Campio that it would be "unpardonable" to abandon themselves to the moment, and Lwaxana telling Campio "perhaps you and the Jerko can come with us" to the holodeck.

Even the laughing hour didn't bother me, because they used it for purpose in the big argument scene in Lwaxana's room, which is one of my favorite scenes.

Campio: Counselor Troi, have you no influence? (he means on Lwaxana!)
Troi: Ha!
Alexander: Ha!

And yes, Majel has a couple of nice scenes with Alexander, about loneliness, and apologizing for snapping at him in the holodeck, which is one of the few times I can recall TNG *EVER* showing an adult apologize to a child for bad behavior.

EVER. In TNG.

This isn't a 1-star episode. As a child, I remember that apology and being very impressed by it.
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