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Mon, Mar 13, 2017, 1:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Thine Own Self

I like this episode. I agree the B-plot is not particularly strong, but I disagree with you on it's base premise. I admit, more than a few days' studying ought to be required to pass any such test, but my impression, on first viewing and still on my Nth re-watch, is that the test is basically a certification for support officers who have an *effective* rank of commander but are outside the normal chain of command and followed alternate training paths - which, really, is just medical officers - this certification being required to actually act outside their specialty in more general command roles. The closing scene somewhat undermines that interpretation unfortunately, what with her saying flat out she was promoted, and having the 3rd full pip to go with it... but eh. Honestly, like a lot of 7th season's oddities, I suspect giving her character a promotion and this whole sub-plot for some character development were cast service. They were having friction over salaries at that point, I believe, and pretty much every major cast member has some atypical episode this season that smacks of servicing the talent rather than the show.

Data's bits, though, I quite liked; my only complaint was the amnesia at the end. I just can't see any reason for it, except a reflexive adherence to a "weekly reset" mindset - but then, if that's a goal, why give Troi the rank promotion? It was just senseless. Sure, the premise was a stretch - even by TV Amnesia standards, Data's was distinctly specific, and that he managed to whip up such an effective cure for radiation poisoning from materials at hand in a primitive - and by that point, hostile - village apparently overnight certainly strains credibility. Still, the general plot was solid enough despite that, and the interactions it allowed Data to have were worth the abuse of tv cliches, at least in my opinion.
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Mon, Mar 13, 2017, 11:48am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Sub Rosa

It's all been said, no use beating a dead horse, will just throw in that this ties Masks for me, and Genesis, while based on terribad science, is much better than either.

Other than that, just have to say, still a better love story than Twilight.
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