Tuesday, September 25, 2012

ST:TNG 1.15 11001001 ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

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The Star Trek: The Next Generation re-watch continues with...

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1, Episode 15

  • As The Enterprise docks at a space station it receive enhancements from the dual-centric Bynars who work in pairs and are highly computer integrated beings.  While the upgrades are in process, the crew partakes in recreational activities on and off The Enterprise.
    What it's really about:
    • Harmph.  A clear message doesn't ring out on this one; although it could be 'when things seem too good to be true, they probably are'.  As an adamant optimist, I'm not fond of that point of view!
    • There is a message in there that different people thing in different ways, as they Bynars thing in yes/no mentality, they didn't ask as they weighed their need too great to receive a possible 'no' as and answer, and therefore acted on their need with an acceptance of the consequences.  
    • The lesson should be the holodeck is dangerous!  So far we've had this encounter with Minuet distracting Riker & Picard so the Bynars can steal the ship, the brouhaha of someone being shot in the first Dixon Hill episode and ski trip turns into virus on the ship in Angel One episode.  Crazy!
    Character Focus:
    • It's definitely a Riker episode as he falls pretty hard for the holodeck character Minuet.
    • Picard also plays a key role here, as he sets the ship for auto destruct while him & Riker try to figure out what happened to the ship.  
    • We also get to see what Data, Geordi, Beverly, Yar and Worf get up to on some off time. I love that Data has an attempt at creativity with painting, but was sad to see he felt responsible for not being on the bridge and had a moment where he stated he does not require recreational activities.

    What I remembered about this episode:
    • I remember this one for being the one with the Bynars, they are so crazy!  I think it might have been then first time I even heard the word binary, and was very curious to what it meant.  I thought the whole only knowing a yes/no answer was fascinating.
    • Although I of course remember the character of Minuet, I didn't remember that she was on this episode.
    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • I think my theory that 'Wesley is always right' might be panning out.  He's suspicious about the Bynars, and they do steal the ship!  They should have listened to him. 
    • It's a little odd to give The Bynars so much access to the ship; sure they were there to do enhancements, but they seemed to do a lot more!  
    • I wondered how did the Bynars create Minuet?  She's so intuitive and subtle, which is very un-Bynar.
    • I also was always shocked to see the character who's on the space station who looks *so much* like Patrick Stewart (see below); I was convinced they were suppose to be related.
    What feels different now, than then:
    • It feels a bit creepy for all this romance going on on the Holodeck, although they do often make notations that they usually use it for sport and training type of recreation and these more dramatic and 'real' settings are pretty 'new'.
    What remained the same:
    • Love the Bynars.  Sure, what they did was wrong but they were logical and it all worked out in the end. 
    • I'm again not super keep on Holodeck-centric episodes, which is probably why I didn't remember this was also the Minuet character.
    What I see differently:
    •  I can't believe how quick they were to evacuated and send away the ship (whoa Data - that's fast acting!) and that it wasn't confirmed that Riker & Picard were off the ship (the computer says 'all decks are empty', lying computer! HoloDECK wasn't).  
    • I was also surprized that Picard & Riker were going to blow up the ship!  In the first season!  That's nutty. 
    Great Quotes:
    • "A blind man teaching an android how to paint? That's gotta be worth a couple of pages in somebody's book." - Riker
    • "For them there are only two choices, one or zero - yes or no." - Riker
    • "You know, Number One - some relationships just can't work." - Picard
    Left off at:
    Picard & Riker save the Bynars planet and get back to the space station to hand off the Bynars for a hearing and reunite with the crew.  Picard even drives them home!  Fun stuff.  It's also one of the few episodes that leaves some loose threads, as Riker goes back to the Holodeck but can never find Minuet again.

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