Tuesday, October 02, 2012

ST:TNG 1.20 Heart of Glory ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch


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

Heart of Glory
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1, Episode 20

Story: 
  • The Enterprise investigates a drifting freighter The Neutral Zone which has 3 Klingons survivors (and die hard traditionalist) aboard.  
    What it's really about:
    • A way to get the audience up to date on the recent history and peace between the Federation and The Klingons.
    • A look into traditional Klingon ways.
    • Worf's back story and choice to join Starfleet, as well as views on Klingon tradition and culture.
    Character Focus:
    • Worf is the clear focus here, and I have to say that bringing a few very traditional Klingons on to the ship and having him converse with them was a great way to let the audience get to know his character.  We find out he was rescue before the 'age of inclusion' on Kitamer and was raised in the family of the person who rescued him on Gault (sp? odd, I though he was raised on Earth), and entered the academy with his adoptive brother who didn't stick with it. We also get another awesome Worf Wisdom Moment where he says "You look for battles in the wrong place. The true test of a warrior is not without, it is within. [he thumps against his chest] Here, here is where we meet the challenge. It is the weaknesses in here a warrior must overcome."  I'm totally loving Worf these days!
    • Klingons in general are also the focus.  The two main Klingons in this episode represent what I consider pretty traditional Klingon attributes of honour, challenge of battle and the glory of victory but on careful re-watch it almost feels like they are saying this are 'old world' ways of thinking, as they are venture outside the mainstay Klingon culture for this adventure and challenge.  They also are being hunted by the Klingon government as their actions could threaten the Klingon/Federation treaty.  
    • We also get insight into Geordi too, as they use the 'visual acuity transmitter' which transmits the images he sees with his visor while with the away team to the viewscreen on the bridge.  It's interesting to see how he 'see's' and sees people, as well as others reactions to what his vision looks like.  Pretty fascinating. 
    What I remembered about this episode:
    • The Klingon death ritual of facing death with open eyes and the big yell of the Klingons at the time of passing.  Wow.  Intense.  In fact, that was *all* I remembered about the episode!
    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • I wonder if they were testing out Klingons on audiences, to see how they'd react to where they are in this time and space of Star Trek.  The Klingons here are featured almost as hard-core traditionalists that don't want to play in the treaty game of Federation; but I seem to remember a lot of traditional Klingon culture in TNG.  I guess we shall see!
    What feels different now, than then:
    • The biggest thing that feels different is the tech-ness of 'transmitting' Geordi's visor images via the 'visual acuity transmitter'.  It's wild and a bit weird to see the pre-wireless time thinking.  Retrospectivally, it's odd that there was no portable recorder of video on all away missions, the idea that they couldn't in real-time share/stream what they were seeing seems crazy.  One of my favourite things about watching science fiction is to see how the tech changes over time, what sticks and what doesn't.  We have tons of ideas, but who knows what will stick?
    What remained the same:
    • I still love the Klingon death ritual, and I again remembered how that scene was edited of it feeling farther and farther away as Worf yelled.   Amazing.
    • There actually is some tension that Worf would side with the Klingons and help them.
    What I see differently:
    • I love how Worf stood up to the other Klingons by remaining true to himself, and also still maintaining Klingon principles.  It was very impressive. 
    • There is also a very deep thread on the idea of crime, punishment and culture kicking about. The Klingons broke the law, and Klingons want to die honourable, but in trying to achieve that goal they risked dying after prosecution and therefore without honour.  Worf actually pleads from them to be exiled on a harsh planet to appease their drive, but is denied.   
    • There is a great small scene on the bridge where Picard is relaying to No. 1 and Data the death ritual, and saying it was like seeing a whole other side of Worf.  It totally felt like a regular, everyday, at-work conversation.  Just ... in space.  :)
    Great Quotes:
    • ""I do not wish to anger you. We are, after all, brothers, lost among infidels." - Korris
    • "Cowards take hostages. Klingons do not." - Worf
    • "Mr. Worf - the bridge wouldn't be the same without you." - Picard
    Left off at:
    Worf goes after the last renegade Klingon who dies an honourable death, once this is relayed to the Klingons ship they offer Worf a possible future job, which he graciously thanks them for.  and later assures Picard he was just being polite.  That's 2 episodes in a row of people turning down job offers to stay on the Enterprise.


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