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Fri, Aug 19, 2016, 7:34pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: Suddenly Human

I have to say I certainly would've given this episode an extra star (although I'm not exactly pushing the boat out). I found the treatment of Jono by the childless Picard to be rather revealing. Up until the last moments, he is essentially an object to be fought over and whose own thoughts and desires are dismissed as misguided.

Interestingly, the same could be said for a lot of the comments here, which I would call a success for the writers. We agonise over in-universe minutiae to justify Picard, or Endar, or the nature of the Tellarian civilisation as violently abusive. To me, Jono is a teenage boy who is eager to please his father. He's obviously competitive and likes to play rough - surely it's not that difficult to believe a sporty teenage boy might suffer some broken bones?

One final thought: Endar lost his child at the hands of humans. He later found an orphaned child of his enemy, who would've almost certainly died if left alone, and took him to be raised in love and brotherhood. I find that faintly noble.
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