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The Star Trek: The Next Generation re-watch continues with...
Lonely Among Us
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1, Episode 7
- While The Enterprise experiences several technical oddities and energy surges through the ship (and crew) while transporting two conflicting races to a peace conference.
- To be honest, I fine the message here not entirely clear. It could be that there are things out there that are so different that be barely can understand or connect with. I think that is what it is.
- We also get to see any of the characters who are 'taken over by' the energy as not quite themselves; it's quite early in a series to do that because we don't know the characters yet. Even so, Patrick Stewart goes a great job on created the dual-influenced Picard that's hard to tell if he is, or isn't, himself.
- This episode doesn't have a character specific focus, although Worf, Beverley, Wesley, Picard and the two alien races are involved a lot in the episode, I don't feel like any are actually featured..
- We also get to see Yar and Riker doing a fair amount o of day-to-day operations while managing the warring aliens that's pretty entertaining, and Data takes on a Sherlock-Holmes persona for a bit.
- My memory of this episode is actually surrounded more on one of the things I'm doing here: Comparing what happens in the episode, to what the episode is really about and also what I remember from it. I remember seeing the first image (top left, blue electric stuff) in an episode guide of the series and I was *convinced* I had never seen this one, because I didn't remember this image. I waited and waited for it to be on TV (which was harder then than it is now!) and when I finally saw it I was like... oh, ... they get taken over by energy and aren't themselves as opposed to the picture we see it as like some kind of crazy and possibly action-oriented episode.
- This episode seems to plant the seeds that the characters like mystery (historical & fictional), and introduces the love and exploration of Sherlock Holmes.
- Could be the first time we see them in dress uniform!
- I totally forgot about the 2 alien races, as they aren't the cause of the happenings on The Enterprise.
- I think it's the first red-shirt moment when an engineer dies, although... he is wearing a yellow shirt.
- Yar seems repulsed by the idea of eating meat from a live animal, and Riker mentions that they don't 'slave animals' anymore. More forward thinking here! Although they do allow the aliens to bring their own live animals aboard for food.
- I can really see the difference in the level of acting depending on the actors.
- I actually was rather entertained by the 2 alien races who keep attacking each other on the way to a peace conference, it had a great everyday-life on the ship feel to it.
- Actually, nothing - because although I know I saw this one originally, my strongest memories of it are mis-thinking I hadn't seen it.
- I'm starting to really notice that the peripheral parts of the stories and the things that don't contribute to the mystery, I often have forgotten. Which means by default, what I remember is the cause of the effect on the episode.
- I also realize that I don't actually understand the title. Who is lonely? Are they among us? Or was it only briefly so?
- "You've seen something as fresh and tasty as meat, but inorganically materialized, out of patterns used by our transporters." - Riker
- " A mystery is only a mystery as long as it remains uninvestigated, sir." - Data
- "We can learn something from non-disclosure?" - Yar
Transporter saves the day (I'm sure this is the first of many), the seem to beam back the Picard that went randomly out into the energy entity in space. Felt a little too tie-it-up-with-a-bow simplistic for me, but I'm thankful they got Picard back!
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