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Thu, Oct 10, 2019, 3:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Gambit

Derivative,somewhat engaging but this would have worked better as a DS9 episode.
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Wed, Oct 2, 2019, 4:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Interface

Does no one obey Captain Picard's orders?

There were some reasonable moments. The issues of loss were ok, Data came across very well as a true friend willing to put his career at risk to help his pal and Riker's story about his mother was quite good.
However this is TNG so there were equally bad moments.
Troi's cliched psychiatrist's sofa act was pathetic and annoying and Patrick Stewart just trotted out his lines with no conviction whatsoever.
I would really liked to have some Worf interactions here but alas.
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Wed, Sep 18, 2019, 11:53am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Liaisons

Michael Dorn almost redeems this episode but the space Misery storyline needed Cathy Bates and James Caan not the avuncular Patrick Stewart and whoever Anna was.
It may have helped if Anna had called Picard a 'naughty bird' before smashing his legs with a sledgehammer and given him a novel to write.
'Love Me,LOVE ME!' -OMG,that was unintentionally hilarious wasn't it?

No stars, 3 ion storms from me.
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Wed, Sep 11, 2019, 4:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Descent, Part II

Well, we are off to a predicatably dreadful start to this ,by now, lumbering SF dinosaur of a show.
No one should care about any of it frankly.
Spiner trots out his sardonic evil twin brother routine for the hundredth time and ,once again ,we have more evidence that Star Fleet really ought to remove Data from active service.
Given how easily he is subborned both he as well as his brother should have been dismantled at the end of this story.

Yep,the emotion chip is set up for its re appearance in the equally appalling Generations but that is hardly a consolation for this tedium.

3 wormholes from me.
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Wed, Sep 4, 2019, 3:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Descent, Part I

Many points for having Professor nStephen Hawking as a guest.
There are a few intersting bits in here.
Picard is rightly chewed out for not using Hugh to wipe out the Borg.
He also quite courageously ,stands up to Admiral misery guts claiming the moral high ground.
Of course he fails on the pragmagtism test but so did the 4th Doctor in Genesis of the Daleks when he hesitated in destroying the metallic menaces at source.

So: series 6.
There were some nice episodes-Relics was fun, Chain of Command was compelling and I liked Riker doubting his sanity.
Overall though this was ,again ,mostly a collection of mediocre stories at best and often disappointing with touches of Geordi's creepy stalkerness and the overuse of the Klingon story memes.

We are long past the alleged high points and I must say I must have missed them.
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Thu, Aug 29, 2019, 4:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Timescape

Almost Decent-ish.
Timescape is the title of a seminal science fiction novel by Gregory Benford.
This episode couldn't hold a candle to that novel but despite a dreadful start ( That darn cat) and the overdone Data as the ingenue
unable ,even after six years, to pick up on the juvenile sexual dialogue about some lecherous creep of a scientist who was trying to get into Troi's knickers we are presented with a reasonable mystery which is let down by the lazy use of alien deus ex machina.
I think the 'we laid our eggs in someone's artificial black hole ' plot element is unintentionally hilarious.
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Fri, Aug 23, 2019, 3:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Second Chances

Oh come off it-TOS episode series One-Enemy Within-transporter duplicates Captain Kirk.
This is a more mature but nevertheless reworked version of that story.
The eternal triangle was quite good but absolutely agree that Deanna just leaps at Worf next season only to lose him to Jadzia Dax in DS9-that Worf is a right tart isn't he?
I too cannot see why Will Riker has to be such a bung hole to what ,in effect, is a sort of long lost twin brother.
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Fri, Aug 16, 2019, 3:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rightful Heir

I think that the Klingon stuff had run out of steam by this time-one cannot quite forgive the Birthright story earlier this season and this wasn't much better.
The episode was elevated by the usual star turn from Robert O'Reilly as mad eyes Gowron.

I( think the idea of bringing Kahless back as a clone may have seemed fresh in the nineties but it seems cliched now
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Wed, Aug 7, 2019, 3:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Suspicions

I don't have a huge problem with Crusher taking centre stage if it makes sense.
1. As said above why on Earth is Crusher profssionally interested in shield technology? If she had had a secondary interest in engineering it may have helped but she had not as far as we know.
2. Why would the writers think Crusher would make a good Agatha Christie sleuth? Shades of those dreadful holodeck episodes from earlier series.
3. I am sure we all saw the 'first victim faked his own death and is the real killer 'cliche from the first reel.
4. Crusher should have been canned for performing an unauthorised autopsy-I think this is a criminal offence in most jurisdictions in our primitive 21st Century although you can apparently get away with anything in the 24th Century.

The evidence against TNG continues to mount in my book.
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Wed, Jul 31, 2019, 3:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Frame of Mind

I thought this was a decent episode.
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Wed, Jul 24, 2019, 4:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Chase

Unengaging stuff.
I agree with the Klingon Captain.
Is this contradicting the TOS episode Return to Tomorrow in which our forbears became pure intelligence?

Anyway this was another total yawn fest with a glimmer of something better when the Romulan Captain contacts Picard at the end.
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Wed, Jun 19, 2019, 3:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Lessons

Dreary,predictable, unengaging.
If I wanted a romantic story I'd read Jane Austen.
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Wed, Jun 12, 2019, 3:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Starship Mine

So, Riker,Troi , Data and Crusher are plotting to deceive their captors in quiet voices but not whispering in the same room as their captors when no one else is making any noise.
That was a director failure.

As for the villain's plan -if they were just after making a dishonest buck there must be less hazardous ways to do it.
We could have done without Data's small talk experiment and yep I absolutely agree with the major point that Patrick Stewart is no Bruce Willis.
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Fri, Jun 7, 2019, 3:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part II

I am usually a Worf/ Klingon tale fan but this two-parter suggests the Klingon culture is crass and brutish -somewhere around Ernest Borgnine and Kirk Douglas' take on the Vikings ( sans any of that movie's fun).

This was a yawn fest of monumental proportions and a pointless story.
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Thu, May 30, 2019, 2:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part I

Does Data dream of electric crows?
More Worf ninja stuff-always ends badly.
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Wed, May 22, 2019, 4:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Tapestry

'No use crying over spilt milk.'
In this quite decent tale we are reminded of something all of us know instinctively-that everything that happened to us led us to who we are now.

Stewart and De Lancie are great in this one and the story resonates in 'All Good Things' later on.
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Sat, May 18, 2019, 4:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Face of the Enemy

I thought this was a pretty decent episode. Carolyn Seymour was great and the tension between the gestapo like Tal Shair and the regular military continues a tradition in televised Romulan society .
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Wed, May 8, 2019, 4:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Aquiel

The Thing meets TNG.
Geordi specialises in creepy stalky relationships so why not have another one.
I did not see the dog as the monster until Geordi is left alone with her.
The episode is down there with most of the others.
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Thu, May 2, 2019, 4:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Ship in a Bottle

So we start with Brent Spiner's truly execrable turn as Sherlock Holmes-absolutely horrible as usual.

Thankfully things pick up.

It was nice to have Moriarty back and I loved his moaning on to Barclay about being abandoned and forgotten.
If I was Moriarty I wouldn't believe Picard's obvious lies about Starfleet experts trying to find a way for him to leave the holodeck either-yeah sure Jean-Luc.
That's like Kirk trying to tell Khan he would have come back to check on him on Ceti Alpha VI but life just got in the way.
Stephanie Beacham is fab in this episode and the story is ingenious and fun.

Just keep that deerstalker away from Brent ,please.
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Wed, Apr 24, 2019, 3:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part II

Hmm-I still think Babylon 5 did this better.
This is nevertheless better than part one but there were some low points such as Riker showing his inability to manage his new Captain, the rather unlikely saboutaging of the entire Cardassian task force by planting mines , the inexplicable perceived value of Picard's knoweldge of federation tactical plans to defend some planet to the Cardassians ( all the possible tactics would surely be anticipated by a competent military force of equivalent power to the Federation) and the inevitable series re set at the end .

I would think that the silly admiral whose gullibility nearly lost the Federation a valuable officer would at least be chained to a harmless desk job after this near cock up.
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Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 3:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

This is the completely disposable set up for Picard's interrogation by David Warner in Part 2-as I recall a pretty decent episode.
Picard,Crusher and Worf cut ridiculous figures as high tech ninjas cavorting around in caves and tunnels.
Ronny Cox ( can't quite seperate him from his character in Robocop) is fine as Jellico right up until he seems to lose it with the Cardassians ( for real or mind games) and I felt every sympathy with him having to deal with whiny Riker who should have been put on report for failing to carry out his rota shift change order.

None of this episode really matters though as previously noted.

Oh, and although Picard's interrogation in part 2 was good, in my view Babylon 5 did this much better when Sheridan was captured by President Clarke's forces ,tortured and quizzed in a B5 episode made a few years later.
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Thu, Apr 11, 2019, 3:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Quality of Life

When I was very young I had a Dalek annual which contained two stories about a wonderful self propelled mini robot called an Orbitus. This re purposed Dalek invention could repair space rockets, project cinema films on a kid's wall, foil bank robbers and be your best pal.
I really wanted one.
The exocomps reminded me of the Orbitus in some ways.

Disengage nostalgia programme...
So we have this tedious rehash of some of the ideas from The Measure of a Man-itself a bore in my view.
In the inescapable briefing room scene in which the weekly irritant is badgered by the crew we think we are dealing with an assertion that the exocomps may be alive.
Then, out of absolutely nowhere the ever annoying Dr Crusher whines about the exocomps being possibly intelligent life forms.
No one had previously said anything about them being intelligent-Data was just defending them on the basis of being alive-like a single celled organism is alive.
So we conflate life with sapient life and then of course we get the whole nonsense about Data's latest mutiny and the noble robots sacrificing themselves and then suddenly the antagonist is reformed in time for the end credits and Picard condones Data's disobedience.

Yep-down the plug hole we go again.
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Wed, Mar 27, 2019, 5:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

I agree with the review except for the inexplicable comment about Brent Spiner-his psychopathic western villain ( Lore by any other name) was about as good as his Sherlock Holmes-forgettable.
However it isn't the actors' fault particularly. The writer and director deserve the blame here.

No stars I think.
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Wed, Mar 13, 2019, 5:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

I shall try to be brief.

Just when you think that TNG cannot sink any lower it drops several storeys.
Cute humorous stories are tricky to pull off and this fails.
Who the heck thought that the ridiculous Space Goblins that bombed so badly in season one were ever going to be credible villains or that said nitwits could so easily overwhelm the crew of a federation starship?
Well, of course, the writers of this episode thought so and someone gave this script the thumbs up.

The evidence against TNG still outweighs the evidence in favour and we are nearing the last laps.

Maybe what has been learnt in recent years is the value of shorter seasons of quality stories against the old idea of multiple episodes of crap with some gems in between.

What really cracks me up is all those Star Trek Discovery haters who hold up TNG as some kind of pinnacle of Star Trek merit-well every single episode of Star Trek Discovery outclasses almost any TNG episode in my estimation.
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Wed, Mar 6, 2019, 3:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: True Q

About as original as Dolly the Sheep this is just another version of Charlie's Law from TOS with precisely the same ethical dilemma about allowing an undisciplined super being free reign.
John de Lancie almost saves this ZZZ fest but even he can't redeem it.
Garbage ending-and the beginning and middle weren't much to write home about either.
Half a star is too generous.
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