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Sat, Oct 14, 2017, 6:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Final Mission

I am rewatching TNG and I wasn't even through half of this episode when I thought:

"Why do they need third party transport? Why didn't they just take a Federation shuttle?"

I'll tell you why, because then they would have had emergency food and water. The writers don't want that. :P
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Thu, Oct 5, 2017, 11:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Measure of a Man

I love this episode. The only things that bug me are as follows:

1) When Picard was arguing that Data was self aware, he should have pointed out that Data wouldn't give a shit about being disassembled unless he was self aware.

2) The episode acts like this is the first time Data's legal status as a sentient life form, and his rights as a Federation citizen, have ever come into question.

But hasn't the series already stated (or at least strongly implied) that he's been officially recognized as a Federation citizen? I'm pretty sure it was at least implied that this issue was addressed before he ever entered Starfleet Academy.

So what, are they just changing their minds? It's just never brought up.

These are just tiny nitpicks and pale in comparison to the overall strength of the episode.
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Wed, Oct 4, 2017, 1:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Symbiosis

I didn't mind this episode. While I agree with the criticisms, and the fact that it was definitely heavy handed, I also agree with many of the commenters that it was nice to have a strong prime directive episode. The first season has a lot of scenarios where they quote the prime directive, but the viewer questions whether it really applies.

One thing that bugged me about this episode, more than anything else was:

Picard was initially willing to just hand over some ship coils to help them repair their ship. So this shows that he is willing to trade resources as long as it's not advanced tech and it doesn't screw up the status quo of their society.

So then why did Picard not ask the Onarans what the payment was supposed to be for the cargo? If it was something that could have been easily replicated on the Enterprise then Picard could have payed the tab for this shipment, resolving the dispute, and restoring the status quo.

The enterprise can replicate a lot of materials and resources that would be considered valuable on other worlds. That's one of the reasons why Federation technology is kept under lock and key. Even if it turns out they couldn't replicate whatever the payment was supposed to be, why not ask at least? It could have easily been covered with some throw away dialogue.

*Sigh* In the end they had a satisfactory solution. But up until that point I couldn't stop thinking about this one issue.
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