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Warp Capable
Fri, Sep 13, 2019, 5:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

Like everyone else, I never thought much of this episode.

But on reflection, there are people in my life who I have used as "receptacles". Which is to say, I would rant about my frustrations and anxieties to them, and they'd listen, supporting me, but I never let go of anything. I'd be back the next day, next week, next month, ranting again, about the same things, over and over again.

Eventually, one of my friends cut me off. They didn't want to hear it anymore. I was hurt. But I've since realized that my attitude was part of the problem. It's different for everyone, but in my case, I didn't just need someone to rant to sometimes, I needed to make some changes in my life that I'd been resisting for too long.

Looking back at the episode, Alkar here may be in a similar situation. If his negative emotions are so strong that they do, well, *that*, to Troi, he needs to figure out where that's coming from, rather than forever dumping it on others.
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Warp Capable
Tue, Sep 3, 2019, 10:19am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: A Matter of Perspective

I like to play a game with this episode. For each detail which is disputed, try to think of a sequence of events which would lead each of the involved parties to legitimately believe their own version of the story.

For example, whose idea was it for Riker to stay overnight on the station? Both stories can't be true. But what if...

Manua was the one who first brings up the idea, but she intends it as a gesture of hospitality which she expects Riker to decline. Because obviously it wouldn't really make sense. Riker doesn't pick up on that right away, and takes a moment to actually consider it. She interprets his pause to mean that he wants to stay but doesn't want to ask. He thinks out loud "it would help to expedite the process", thinking only about the minor convenience, but it sounds to her like he's pressuring her. She then feels she has no choice but to insist that he stay, to make him comfortable.

Now Riker believes that Manua asked him to stay, and she believes it was him who wanted to stay.
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Warp Capable
Sun, Sep 1, 2019, 10:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Lessons

I love this episode. But I love it for the music, and I can see how if you don't get into the music, it may look different. I'll just gush about the recital scene here:

When I saw violin, cello, piano on stage, I was thinking violin and cello concerto with piano accompaniment. But then they launch into almost a piano concerto with violin and cello accompaniment. It's Chopin, so it highlights the pianist, lets her be romantic and show off her technical chops. It says a lot about her character. Nice choice Darren :).

I love how the actors approach their instruments, and the camera-angle tricks which are so understated you almost wonder why they even bothered to do them. But they did, and knowing that they really cared about this scene makes it that much more fun to watch.

My theory on Picard's remark after the recital: maybe she just flubbed a note. A flub's not a big deal, and in most circumstances no one would have ever noticed. But Picard notices? It says something about his character; he's probably been listening to recordings of this piece alone on the computer in his room to "prepare" for the recital. And he's probably missing the social context of live performance, so he doesn't recognize a flub for what it is. He assumes it's an artistic choice. It then says something about Darren's character that a half second later they've forgotten all about it and are making plans to play together. So smooth, Darren :).
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Fri, Jun 8, 2018, 12:35am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

> If you don't find God here, what do you find instead?

I accept Jammer's challenge :-).

In the key moment, Kirk notices the problem, and Spock supports him, but it's Sybok who figures it out. This place is like TNG's "Where No One Has Gone Before". They've found *Sybok's thoughts*, amplified through all the crew under his influence, reflected back at them!

"Sha Ka Ree, a vision you created."

Through everything Sybok's done, it's always about him. Even when he talks of God, it's just a way to talk about himself. It's Sybok that wants the starship, for own chariot. He's on this enormous ego trip, and part of him doesn't want to let it go. But another part of him is now realizing the destructiveness of it.

"This is my doing. This is my arrogance. My vanity!"

The vision collapses into the image of Symbok himself, as Sybok relinquishes his last denial, and begins to honestly confront himself.

Yes, the line "An eternity I've been imprisoned in this place", doesn't fit, but other lines, like the ones I quoted here, don't fit if it's some stuck alien. So I think it's best to ignore that one line. There is no alien. It's Sybok's thoughts, in his own mind, and in the minds of those he's reached.

So yes, Star Trek can't meet God literally. But consider this: a strange planet, that appears to be one thing but is really another, a kind of mirror, reflecting your own thoughts back to you in physical form, including thoughts that you haven't admitted to yourself, while you grapple with the consequences, is quite Trekable. And is it really very different?
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