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flamesabers
Sun, Jul 19, 2020, 11:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Dark Page

William B wrote:

“If Lwaxana had *not* repressed her daughter's death and had integrated it into herself, it could even be that her experience of losing her child made her more aware of the importance of enjoying every minute of life; but given that she *had* repressed it, well...it doesn't seem as if that could credibly explain much about Lwaxana's character. I think this is why the revelation seems like such a left-field thing. There's nothing about Lwaxana's backstory that makes it impossible that she had another child before Deanna, but there's almost nothing that makes it genuinely fit.”

This lack of consistency also bothered me. I think while it’s certainly understandable the trauma of losing Kestra is much too unbearable for Lwaxana to openly talk about with Deanna, I find it doubtful anyone could keep such an emotionally wrenching secret hidden away from her only remaining child for so long. The other characters on the show have acted differently/more emotional over relatively minor issues compared to the loss of one’s child. And somehow Lwaxana has been able to play the role of comic relief for so long without any hint of the pain she secretly has?

Squiggy wrote:

“I'm rather puzzled at how, in the 24th century, there would be absolutely no records of a child dying in an accident (and the child of a Starfleet Officer at that). Did Lwaxana hack every computer in the Federation to delete the records? How did no one else remember what happened. The idea that this child was just erased from existence without a trace is kind of disturbing, and definitely far-fetched.”

I agree. If Kestra was born and raised on some remote ship or planet, I would consider it plausible for the knowledge of her existence to be limited to her parents. Or maybe if there was a massive pandemic/disaster on the planet that caused a lot of deaths and records to be lost in the chaos? Barring some unusual circumstances, it seems the Federation is pretty good with record keeping, to the point where detailed information on ordinary people who died centuries ago can be pulled up with ease as demonstrated in “The Neutral Zone” episode.

Deanna of all people would have a good motive to research her family tree considering her father died when she was very young. If her father’s official biography didn’t list his children, I’m sure there would’ve been records of Starfleet putting him on some form of compassionate leave immediately following Kestra’s death.
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flamesabers
Sun, Jul 19, 2020, 10:01am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Phantasms

I have mixed feelings about this episode. While I found some scenes to be amusing and I thought it was clever how Data’s dreams revealed the invisible alien threat, it’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the concept of Data going to sleep and having dreams. In prior episodes Data explicitly stated he doesn’t need sleep and it was shown he would be the one to pull the night shift on the bridge while the senior staff were asleep in their quarters. I understand Data wants to be more like humans, but I perceive needing to sleep as a consequence of having a biological body rather than anything uniquely human. It would be like if Data had a program that required him to eat food to avoid hunger or to experience sexual desire due to an instinct to reproduce.

If anything, I consider Data’s concern over Spot as a better demonstration of how human Data has become. Perhaps the purely logical/mechanical solution would’ve been to give Worf a program of instructions of how to care for Spot. Instead, Data worryingly tells Worf how to give Spot the best care possible.

@Rahul
“Some comedic moments were inserted like Picard's running gag with the admiral.”

A part of me agrees there is something comedic about the Admiral seeing through Picard’s charade of trying to conceal his disdain for attending the banquet. Another part of me finds it a bit unprofessional for the Admiral to assert Picard would be dishonest with a superior officer just to get out of a banquet. Picard is the Captain of a federation flagship. I would imagine most of the Enterprise’s missions have greater priority than a banquet. It’s not as if Picard has a desk job and works in the same building as the Admiral and the only time he’s on an away mission on a starship is when he’s been invited to one of these banquets.

If the two of them knew each other personally, I think the dialogue would be more sensible.

@Meister
“Oh the ironies of Geordi finding unwanted attention uncomfortable. Maybe he would like to revisit his treatment of Dr Brahms. “

I have a very different interpretation of Geordi’s behavior. My impression was he considers it inappropriate for a junior officer to flirt with a superior officer, especially when they’re working in the same section on the same ship. Whether it be in the civilian or military world, romantic relationships between subordinates and supervisors are frequently frowned upon, if not prohibited by company policy or military regulations. If the Ensign was from a different department, I would agree with you more about the explanation for Geordi’s behavior.
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