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Fri, Mar 5, 2021, 4:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: Blood Oath

This is my first DS9 post. The episode was fair only, despite great appearances by the 3 historic Klingon guests. The visual similarity of the "storming the fortress" sequence to that old Arnold movie Commando was just too obvious. My wife and I call it the "shooting gallery/video game" effect, one that features tons of anonymous extras whose only reason for existing is to get picked off by the heroes.

Kang needed to say something like: " we Klingons have the reputation of being great warriors, but it isn't true. We're just better at spotting opportunities during the chaos of battle". This way he Klingon mythos could finally advance beyond the simple honor thing that's talked about ad nauseum all the time.

We also think that Jadzia should have done gymnastic stunts, rather than sword play.....kicking the Albino in the back so that he falls upon the baatleth of the dying Kang.
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Mon, Oct 12, 2020, 9:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Emergence

I just finished watching the episode....and while I enjoyed the Prospero bit and thought that Brent Spiner looked great in a goatee, I ended up wishing that the locomotive had taken me out.

There was a strong resemblance to the episode Phantasms with its ominous group of proletarians working with crude tools in the middle of a ship hallway. The resemblance wss so strong, in fact, that I half-expected the writers of Emergence to put another Troi birthday cake on the poker table inside the Orient Express.

The music was an utter drag, but this time the composer really surpassed all previous efforts by producing a score guaranteed to leave the human nervous system completely anesthetized. No need to risk patients with ether anymore, just play the background score to Emergence, count back from 100 and start open heart surgery before reaching 99.

Some have commented that this episode vied with Masks for the "Worst of Season 7" trophy. I disagree. Masks is a little gem playing out a myth drawn from some buried Sumerian memory, while Emergence recedes from the mind as quickly as it appears. And I say thank heaven for that.
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Sat, Oct 10, 2020, 9:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Firstborn

Not a great episode. The progression of scenes played out so flatly that the whole couldn't be puffed up into a semblance of life even considering the great performance turned in by James Sloyen. The music was not intelligibly matched to the actions on screen, a lapse which was both inexplicable and depressing. Time travel ?....? Please god, stop.

Although I don't dislike Alexander nearly as much as some viewers, I do enjoy the creativity displayed by others in heaping insults upon him. I really laughed at Jammer's "dead on arrival" comment. That was Choice!

I feel that the writers were so pathetically in love with the Klingon 'warrior thing ' back in 1994 that they became unable to advance anybody's arc properly. It may not be a popular thing to say, but the writers' take on Klingon culture had slowly decayed into a rather drab Kabuki theatre piece.

One longs to be beheaded by a bat'leth rather than watch one more second of this stuff. Alexander isn't the problem either. It is Worf who was misused by the writers and became boring, oh so boring. They never had him developing any outside interests, despite the fact that he had, according to them, lived his entire life among humans. By comparison, Data, alas merely an android, paints pictures, plays the violin, conducts, acts like Sherlock Holmes, has a cat, who he spoils, and tells jokes, etc , etc., etc.

In one episode Worf sings a little Klingon opera. That should have been developed further into a hobby of his. If this had been done, then he could have taken the shuttle to a music festival to perform and something original might have happened there; he might have had stage fright or something; he might have met an alluring performer and finally gotten a life.

But oh no....he returns again and again to that bloody bat'leth.

It would have been so easy.... Poor Alexander.
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Mon, Sep 7, 2020, 9:19pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Rightful Heir

Correction: "the viscious lady Klingon scientist ready to tear into Beverly"....
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Mon, Sep 7, 2020, 9:07pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Rightful Heir

I first must thank Picard Maneuver for some good laughs. I really enjoyed that review.

Whenever the word Klingon is mentioned, I become enervated to the point of no return. In this case I coined the not very original, but still useful moniker "Kahless from Payless" to express my feelings about the whole made-up tossed salad of cultures packaged as "Klingon". But more than that, it expresses my opinion about the love/hate relationship the TNG producers had with their own Klingon inventions.

What a world is this warriors' world. What a 'world of honor'. Ee-oit. The writers started with the High Council (a parcel of hypocritical rogues if ever there was one); then moved on to the moribund toad Kempek who kept drinking from the very cup used to poison him, but upheld Worf's shame if it was the last thing he was going to do. Good going.

Still, even these travesties of justice weren't enough to satisfy the writers' desire to demonstrate how thin the paper screen of Klingon excellence really was.

Here's a quick litany: Duras the worthless, his two creepy sisters, and the little kid Tural; the repugnant Kern, the head-butting guy in Ten Forward (from The Chase) with his size 18 Klingon Keds; the visvious lady Klingon scientist ready to rear into Beverly.

Pause in the litany --Gowron was great in his own way- but apart from him what bunch of turkeys.

Litany resumed: the spineless lot from Birthright, and yes Kahless the emperor; all we can do at this point is whimper the question: Who's next, the god emperor of Dune? Herbert Herbert Herbert.
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Wed, Sep 2, 2020, 10:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Starship Mine

Thanks Jammer for providing more than just a passing discussion of the absolutely insipid score attached to Starship Mine. It's a real flat tire on the axle of the episode which, at certain points demands quick resort to the mute button. I thought to myself 'One more pointless use of those d____ horns and I'm going to dive into the oncoming baryon sweep'.

It amazes me that I got through it all, given the well-worn Star Trek tropes I endured, especially that really ancient one where the hero (Kirk or Picard) finally gets a weapon, and is almost immediately thereafter caught and disarmed. I always hated that one.

The slow picking-off of henchmen trope was already a fossil decades before Die Hard was filmed. Is there a single James Bond film that avoids it? I can't think of one, and surely the tradition goes back to Homer.

While I liked seeing Picard do something apart from sipping "Earl Grey hot" for a change, what I really enjoyed were the introductory scenes where the relentless tedium of life on a Federation star ship is fully revealed in all its splendor. After everyone of the main cast bores the captain to death with their trivial technical questions, I fully expected someone to pop up and ask him if a shellac-based pigmented primer should be applied over the rust spots in the ready room loo.

Vaguely enjoyable ... 4/9
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Wed, Sep 2, 2020, 7:19pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Face of the Enemy

Face of the Enemy was a reasonably strong episode in a very uneven season of episodes. Marina Sirtis, so often unfairly maligned because of the incompetence of the writers, rose to the occasion and captured the part of an involuntary conscript with aplomb.

Carolyn Seymour captured the arrogance of a Romulan commander with just the right level of irritating shrillness. I thought N'vek was memorable, as was the unnamed Romulan bridge officer who eventually shoots him.

It's interesting to me how an unnamed character can sometimes help to mark an episode in one's memory., even if his haircut and uniform are ridiculous. More generally, I think that good character actors are underrated heroes in a sense. They can help to make an episode more distinctive than it would otherwise be.

The Tal Shiar is clearly modelled after the WWII vintage German gestapo, with their trench coats, fedoras, sunglasses and superiority complexes always on hand to destabilize even the most disciplined Wehrmacht officer. Sirtis nails it. "Watch and learn".

If I had been on a Romulan ship in disguise, I would have kept my voice down in the cargo bay. Who could possibly think that place wasn't being monitored?

It's a hard episode to watch because of the paranoia of everyone on board the warbird.

I think that it rates a 6.5 out of 9.
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Wed, Aug 26, 2020, 9:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

Cudos to the casting department on this one. Ronny Cox is perfect as the posturing prig Jellico. Like a new CEO, Jellico captures the sanctimonious 'l'etat c'est moi ethos' to a T. His scenes with Riker, Troi and Picard were terrific, as he put each of them in their place. What a jerk.

Don't you just hate this guy? His only redeeming characteristic is his respect for his son's crayon-work.
In my view, his most egregious offense was to order the banishment of Picard's goldfish during the same interval that Riker was expected to reorganize the entire g___ d____ ship backwards and forwards. To quote/paraphrase John LeCarre, 'Any reasonable church would have burned that bastard long ago.'

The music was abysmal. Although I had fun finally identifying many of its strains as variations on the theme song from Sea Hunt. IMO opinion, this song was never a good tune, but it warmed the aged heart to discover that a melody written during Eisenhower's presidency could still do some good 30+ years later.

Can't agree with Jammer on this one. More filler than substance, I'm afraid. While watching the interminable cave sequence with its lava tube discussion and its styrofoam rocks falling on Dr Crusher, I half expected Picard to say something like "Please pick up the pace Beverly, if we gain those five precious seconds from before, I can be captured in the obvious 'baited gambit' before my Earl Grey tea time."

Yuck. No better than 5/9, mostly because Jellico was so deliciously despicable.
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Mon, Aug 24, 2020, 9:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: The Quality of Life

I wasn't completely sure that I was alive by the end of this episode.

Data asks Beverly to define "life", but the episode is really about "sentience" at a minimum, which is a mental faculty in which the possessor is self aware and therefore conscious, i.e. able to perceive the world and understand it, and ultimately have feelings regarding its own destiny.

In other words, there are plenty of life forms that fulfill Beverly's criteria, but which have no sense of actually being alive. This would include "fire" by the way, and for the writers to include a "virus" on the list is a serious mis-step. A virus lacks a cell structure of its own, and is a poison to that which lives, that which it uses. It may be near to being 'alive' at best, but It is not a sentient form.

The whole discussion about the exocomps being alive is really off the mark. It's about their cognition, not their being alive. The story spins out of control in turning Data into a union organizer for the exocomps and my death occurred when Data staged a walkout just as the two people dearest to him in the whole universe are in mortal jeopardy.

It may have made some kind of sense that Data's interpretation of the prime directive may have caused him to defend the exocomps, but it was completely out of character for Data to do this without some hesitation. If Data is about anything, he's about deep examination of moral quandries. Data dismissive of his friends is completely violative of the character's constitution.

If this is the best the writers can do, I'll take that virus right away. Make mine a double. 2/9
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Sat, Aug 22, 2020, 10:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Night Terrors

"Night Terrors" grabbed me. I really enjoyed this tight drama of a ship in crisis.

First of all, the music developed by Ron Jones for the episode deserves special mention. From the very beginning it set up an effectively unsettling vibe. It was dissonant, eerie and suspenseful, and helped to convey the psychological tension of the Enterprise crew attempting to understand the deaths of 32 of their comrades on the unfortunate Brittain.

A ghostly story indeed, and a decent mystery. I particularly liked the bit about Picard's doorbell sounding off repeatedly in the ready room until he is driven nuts, unexpectedly followed by a knock at the door.

The morgue scene with Beverly was unforgettable.

IMO the model for the Brittain is the Demeter in Stoker's novel Dracula. The Demeter's crew is divided by its own psychological instability, and so is vulnerable to attack. No surprise that the full complement is dispatched piecemeal by a strange presence. The ship eventually sails into Whitby harbor with the captain lashed to the tiller.

I thought about the Demeter when watching the 'immanent mutiny' scene set in 10 Forward with the lowbrow Gillespie mouthing off and destrying morale (perfectly played). 'This is going south fast' I thought, and loved Guinan's presence of mind in restoring the peace.

@ Jammer
It's a cheap shot IMO to reduce the score because of Troi's dream sequence. It was repetitive to be sure, but I think that it added to the menace. Also, if we accept the language barrier in Darmok, why should we expect the word "hydrogen" to trip lightly off the tongues of a never-before encountered alien species?

Night Terrors" an average outing? Hardly. I rate it a solid 7/9, with both Riker and Troi looking like they both woke up two seconds before as a bonus.
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Sat, Aug 22, 2020, 11:11am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: True Q

@Brian I like your idea that the TNG introduced ideas packaged as "sci-fi fables".

A brief separate comment:
Sure Q is irritating as all get-out. However Picard, no matter what god-like level of restraint shown toward practically every other life form, including the crystalline entity, the Borg, that awful fake Vulcan ambassador lady, and the yuckiest of Cardassian torturers, shows no, absolutely no, patience with Q. None.

He needs a counselling session with Troi.
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Thu, Aug 20, 2020, 6:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Schisms

I have watched Schisms twice now. My first viewing was about six weeks ago. Somewhere between viewing 1 and viewing 2, I developed an escalating dread of meaningless episodes.

This was an incredibly pretentious episode which purported to be about something, but which was actually of no significance. Suspension of disbelief failed at approximately minute 6. I started to cut paper dolls.

Pet peeve 1: about eight instances of the word 'array' occurred in the script.
Pet peeve 2: the main cast wanted to be somewhere else while filming the episode, and this included Patrick Stewart. Gates McFadden was visibly bored.

Apart from Data's poetry it was really an awful experience. Time to hit play on Angel 1 for some relief. 3/9.
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Tue, Aug 18, 2020, 8:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Relics

Watched this with my wife. We found it plodding, but both of us agreed that the scene with Scotty and Picard on the holodeck in the TOS Enterprise was pure gold. I think that Patrick Stewart welled-up at one point just being in Doohan's presence. It made the episode worthwhile. Loved the comment about where Guinan got the Aldeberan whiskey! It was rather unexpected.

In spite of my general immunity to techno-nausea in TNG scripts, I have to say that the use of the word 'array' every 4 minutes brought me pretty close to my shut-down limit.

If I could go back in time to TNG central, I would hand the writing staff a good thesaurus and require them to initiate a search for some new nouns. Sheesh!
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Mon, Aug 17, 2020, 8:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

So many comments attempted to drive a stake through the heart of this episode, but I won't join in. Sure it borrowed a lot of ideas from Wilde, Stoker and even Haggard (She), but what's so bad about that?

Man of the People wasn't trying to be original in any way, so it shouldn't be criticized for that. I think it captured the 60's Hammer film-vibe perfectly and used it to make a powerful statement about charisma and its dangers. The horror genre, and unfortunately the real world as well, are each full of charismatic individuals devoid of scruple, who like Alkar, are willing to chew up the innocent for their own purposes, whatever they choose to call it.

Deanna's counselling session with Ensign Janeway was a precise rendering of the methodology of cruel manipulation, and brilliantly acted by Sirtis in deadly coldness. Was it Troi or Alkar talking, I wonder?

Hammeresque qualities are not bad. Just embrace them, and enjoy the episode as a homage to an earlier film style. Not at all boring. Good and provocative, with a couple of terrific Picard faceoffs with Alkar. I'd take Stewart as van Helsing any day! 8/9
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Fri, Aug 14, 2020, 9:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Time's Arrow, Part II

What a melange. It saddened me greatly that the cast had to endure this script. However, the real tragedy is that having just watched Time's Arrow parts 1 and 2 in one sitting, I am so oversaturated with temporal distortions that I must now follow a no-time-travel diet for the rest of my life.

Still feeling seasick from the viewing experience. Time to whitewash a few fences.
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Fri, Aug 14, 2020, 6:53am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Next Phase

The Next Phase is to viewing what McDonald's is to dining. I like the Quarter-pounder with cheese and fries, but I would never claim to have been nourished very much by the experience.

High points: Ensign Ro wise-cracking under her breath when Riker (stupidly) orders the away-team to leave their phasers behind. (After all, we in the Federation have to prove to the Romulans how potentially friendly we are...give me a break!).

Low point: allowing the Romulans to be scum without ever calling them out on it, after spending two days helping them fix their junk-bucket. Sorry Spock, they are irredeemably awful.

The episode is, at points, uncomfortably like a Chuck Jones cartoon: for instance, the chase through the walls of the crew quarters by Ensign Ro and her Lurch-like Romulan pursuer. Just insert the funny 'Bugs Bunny vs. Yosemite Sam style sound track' and you'e transported into a Loony Toons featurette. All you need to finish the job is to give Ensign Ro a carrot and have her say "What's up Doc?" Apologies to Warner Brothers. The scene with Geordie and Data at the computer tabletop in Engineering, is equally cartoonish, although the relationship to the ancient film "Topper" was also hard to miss. Apologies to George and Marion Kirby.

In terms of rating this fare...let me just say that I would never recommend the episode to a friend who had never seen TNG before. It is watchable and enjoyable only by a person already comfortable with the series, and would never hook a newbie. THE END. Insert WB closing music.
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Wed, Aug 12, 2020, 10:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

Correction: "after all that his collective has done to *all* of those innocent people?"
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Wed, Aug 12, 2020, 10:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

"I Borg" has some great moments, but really disgusts me.

First off:
The opening scene was really a hoot. Troi, Picard and Riker are shown 'just sitting around' watching solar flares, while everybody else on the ship is busy surveying six solar systems.
Picard is little more than a lounge lizard. I was compelled to ask out loud: "DON'T ANY OF THESE PEOPLE DO ANYTHING?"

Second off: why "third of five" but later "seven of nine"? Hey guys: do Borg use ordinal numbers or cardinal numbers in naming themselves? Please tell us poor souls, oh wonder linguists of Trek.

Inconsistencies abound within the ideological slurry the writers serve up. Let's give medical care to the poor injured cyborg.

The episode is ingenious insofar as it gets us to ask ourselves if we are in our right minds to help this poor dumb kid. Can we actually be objectively interested with his so-called 'civilization' after Wolf 359? And after the earlier Borg cutting beam incident (in Q Who) which sliced out a circle of the Enterprise saucer section the size of eight houses in Levitown? Oh...and what about the razed colony at the beginning of BOBW pt. 1; etc. etc. etc. and the destruction of countless other worlds, some of which we assume were sensitive, creative and genuinely filled with millions of good beings just minding their own business (like Guinan's group).

Is it right to feel the need to make nicey nicey after all that? Is it logical for us to be humane to Hugh after all that his collective has done to of those innocent people?

Of course we, as god-fearing mortals, will work to save the life of the individual who is found unconscious, and not met with as a cog within a virtually unbeatable killer-cube that has annihilated so much independent life.

I really disliked Beverly's's ok to phaser them to ashes inside the killer-cube; but once injured and lying on the ground we must repair them, and treat them as one of the gang. If this had been done in our own world history, Nineveh would never have fallen and we would still be paying tribute to the bloody Assyrians.

Yet somehow, she's right. That is the conundrum confronting our species. I don't like this episode at all.
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Tue, Aug 11, 2020, 3:38am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Perfect Mate

Watched this twice. First time felt interminable. Afterwards. I read many of the comments on this site and wondered if, given a second chance, the complexities admired by others, would appear to me.

Frankly, I found the Famke eye candy to be annoying. Here's the reason why: Her looks are indeed beguiling but since the character was drawn as a being who is incomplete without another to supply a stimulus, nothing she said to Picard meant all that much. Kamala reminded me of the woman used by the Talosians to tempt Captain Pike in The Cage/The Menagerie. As a metamorph, Kamala was adept at reading minds and always said whatever the listener wanted to hear. But who cares?

IMO, No one could enjoy the presence of such a creature for more than a few minutes, for the reason that authenticity was not part if its make-up. How would you ever know that you mattered to it at all. Beautiful but Bloodless.

Clearly Picard did not sleep with Kamala because he realized this limitation. He reveals this to Beverly and touches, at the end of their scene together, her real (caring) human hand.

High points: (1) Worf saying "The captain dines alone." And (2) Picard talking about his piano lesson.

Low points: (1) the Ferengi climbing on top of unstable kegs to do 'lord knows what' to the big glowing cocoon, while Worf and 2 security folk do nothing to safeguard it, having provided no lock on the cargo hold to begin with....ughh. And (2) the group of disgusting prols in Ten Forward who fancied themselves a catch for Kamala. No comment....self evident.

After a 2nd I gave it a 5 out of 9. Instead of a 3. It did have some redeeming moments...ones worth pondering from time to time.
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Sat, Aug 8, 2020, 7:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

I once liked this episode for its basic tone and its Twilight Zone-ish way of handling the 'correction of deviance' issues.. "We're just going to cure you. This won't hurt at all...." I now feel differently about it.

In TOS the problem of social conformity was handled in the Landru episode (The Return of the Archons). Kirk and Spock could just short out the god-like computer (again) and make everything alright. Here the J'naii were real people so the Prime Directive was invoked to make sure that their indigenous tyranny could win out and crush the individual... the term lobotomy comes to mind not only for Soren, but for me the viewer.

Soren's impassioned speech before the tribunal was memorable and sensitively delivered. However, the scene in the shuttle with Riker before mission 2 to null space, was an interminable 4 minutes 20 seconds to tell a story that could have been done in just 4 lines. "A kid in my school was basically just like me. They beat him up and then reprogrammed the poor bastard. He barely remembered who he was. It was totally perverse!"

This 9% of the total episode revealed that, filler was more essential to the writer's mission than social message. Score 5/9.
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Fri, Jul 31, 2020, 5:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Unification

Re-draft: How did Spock and Pardek meet?....Please give us some real stories with plausible, entertaining reasons (i.e., well thought-out motivations underlying the characters' actions!).
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Fri, Jul 31, 2020, 4:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Unification

A few days have passed. I have to add to my previous remarks that diplomacy episodes are not my favorite fare. Part 2 is actually far better than Part 1.

However, I really have to quibble with some things here. Based on TOS canon Vulcans and Romulans stem from some common ancestral people. They never knew one another and actually knew next to nothing about one another's existence in the time of Kirk and Spock (23rd cent.).

So much of the premise of 'Unification' just wafts away because of this, and what really annoys me is the use of rubbery protheses on Romulans, but not on Spock and I think on other Vulcans. But who can say? The rubber freak department might put bony supraorbital ridges on one Vulcan, but not on another. Loud Sigh.

Next, I enjoyed seeing Malachi Throne back in the series in some way. But what a weak character this creature Pardek was... who hangs out with Spock for -did I hear this-right? 80 YEARS!! and then goes and turns Spock over to the suits!!!

So many missed opportunities here. How did Spock a Pardec meet? Why were so many young Romulans enamored of Vulcans? Please give us some real stiries with plausible, entertaining reasons. But I cry in vain, since the writers are off eating only applesauce by now. Louder Sigh! Goodbye.
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Fri, Jul 31, 2020, 3:49pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Disaster

@Jammer "...but move along, nothing to see here."

Man that's harsh!

'Disaster' strikes me as a pretty good episode. The kids are passable (as kids). It's great seeing the steady movement of Troi toward command, and her calling it right saved the ship. She pushes back against the caustic and intimidating bad girl Ro. More points are logged when nasty Ro has to eat crow! Thus sayeth the Raven. Ro admitting she was wrong was in itself a reason for putting the episode ahead of others.

Of course Jammer has a point....birth scenes in time of crisis are hackneyed as hell, but this one was comparatively memorable. Loved Worf's line " Now is not a good time Keiko!" Michael Dorn does the panic stifled by chagrin thing so well and rises to the challenge by burying himself in his trusty tricorder.

It rates a 7/10 despite Riker removing Data's head, and Picard dealing with those kids was really charming. His little girl no. 1 also did a good job with the part.
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Thu, Jul 30, 2020, 4:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: New Ground

Sorry for those embarrassing typos!...was in too much of hurry on this one.
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Thu, Jul 30, 2020, 4:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: New Ground

The much-maligned Alexander is an easy mark. Rather than take potshots at this unfortunate Klingon youth, we should try our best to see the better side of this episode. Good watching points flow in from:
1) Worf's facial expressions. Thet terrifically capture the angst of a serious dude confronted practically without warning by his new role: that of wet nurse at the PTA meeting.

Highlights: Warrior Worf is emasculted in front of Picard (who at first is shown wearing his best Locutus face) while Beverly calls in asking if Alexander has taken his Milk of Magnesia.

2) Worf secretly witnesses Alexander's effective use of the batleth weapon on the holodeck and is for an instant pkeased to see that Alexander is not a hopeless wretch; he then launches into a lecture about Alexander not asking permission first. What a perfect rendition of the parental no-win situation.
Highlight: Alexander never sees his father's look of pride and Worf foolishly assumes that his platitudes about honor have resonated. Alexander remains a pain-in-the-butt.

3) Alexander, upping the ante on his pain-in-the-butt status, disobeys Worf, leaving his quarters and going to the cute little gilvos creatures. Sure it is a ancient plot device (i.e., petulent brat already in trouble makes matters worse by playing hooky and in the process getting trapped in the proverbial abandoned mine shaft....referencing a late 50's (probably) episode of The Rifleman).

Highlight: pathetic as this is, Alexander is unwittingly responsible for saving the endangered and very rare Gilvos creatures. The would have died if Akexabder had been obedient. It is precious watching Riker with two of them under each arm as exits the zoo lab suffering from 24th century smoke inhalation.

The episode is watchable indeed, and worth a 6/10 or better. I also loved the delivery of the line "I did not say that I was ready for the grave." by the actress who played Worf's mother...a very respectable scene, that!
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