Sunday, September 16, 2012

ST:TNG 1.09 The Battle ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch


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

The Battle
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1, Episode 9

Story:
  • The Enterprise rendez vous with a Ferengi ship who after a long wait, appears to extend the hand of friendship by returning the Federation ship The Stargazer, previously under the command of Captain Picard. The Stargazer and was abandoned in a battle which The Ferengi refer to as The Battle of Maxia, in which the Ferengi's captains' son was killed.
What it's really about:
  • I would guess it's a way to see how their are not only 2 sides to every story, but the result of any action can have a hugely different effect on the people of either sides. Although the 'Battle of Maxia' was one in many events in Picards past, it was the one driving force in all the actions one Ferengi who seeks vengeance.
  • It's a way to see into the past command of Picard.
  • It's also a way to see more about the Fenergi who were only recently introduced in 1.05 The Last Outpost, and it reinforces their profit-centric way especially as they relieve their Captain of duty when seeing his vengeance actions had no profit.
Character Focus:
  • Picard is the focus here, not only do we see him with his guard down and under the influence of the mind control/memory device, we also see how the crew reacts to him when he's acting oddly and try to manage when, or if, they should intervene.
What I remembered about this episode:
  • I mostly remember the mind control device, but had forgotten the vengeance theme and The Stargazer being in this episode.
What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
  • I liked how Riker called on the 1st officer of the Ferengi ship to talk 'first officer to first officer' when their captains were acting strange.
What feels different now, than then:
  • This one is pretty straight forward, so not much new cropped up.
What remained the same:
  • It's awful that someone could go into an manipulate your memories, and also that someone could be so affected by a misunderstanding to lead to huge vengeance actions.
What I see differently:
  • Wow, not much. I felt like I really 'got it' the first time around.
Great Quotes:
  • "Why do doctors always say the obvious, as though it's a revelation?" / "Why do captains always act like they're immortal?" - Picard / Beverly
  • "As you Humans say, I'm all ears." - Kazago
  • "Very strange, Number One. Like going back to the house you grew up in, but no one's home - except phantoms of the past. " - Picard, regarding The Stargazer
Left off at:
We are two weeks into the re-watch and this was the first episode I didn't tape concurrently while watching, and wouldn't you know it it also consequently ended up being the first episode I feel asleep watching. I only missed 5 minutes but I can't believe the timing. Good thing I remember it well enough that missing that5 min (hopefully) didn't make too much of a difference.


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