ST:TNG 2.04 ~ The Outrageous Okona ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch continues into Season 2 with...

The Outrageous Okona
Season 2, Episode 4

  • The Enterprise helps out the charismatic Captain Okona with repairs to his ship, only to find not one but two other vessels are looking for him.  
Character Focus:
  • Although Captain Okona holds the title of this episode and a lot of the energy being a cad and very popular with the ladies, he actually isn't the main focus but rather deflects us from it.
  • Of the main crew, Data is clearly in focus and his attempt to understand humour.  It's not the first time this has come up for him, but this is where we see how not understanding could set him apart from others.
What I remembered about this episode:
  • I remembered is as the 'Han Solo' like ep, because that what Okona felt like to me - although more cad-like.  Actually this is the first episode of the re-watch were I remembered pretty much everything about it.
What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
  • I can see the sense of un-belonging in Data by not understanding humour, although the odd thing is not only is he often the comic relief in the show, no one doesn't accept him because he doesn't get humour.  Talk about a tragedy in the making!
What feels different now, than then:
  • Not too much, except that it's a reminder that contextual humour doesn't serve well over time, although oddly puns do!  Who knew?
What remained the same:
  • Almost everything, this one I remember beat-by-beat with the main story of Okono, ladies love him, other vessel, hidden Romeo & Juliet story, yadda yadda.  
What I see differently:
  • We are now starting to see Guinan more and more, and she's becoming an informal counselor for people to share their troubles with. And she's really good at it!
Great Quotes:
  • "Captain! They're now locking lasers on us." - Worf /  "Lasers?" - Riker
  • "Ah! A colloquialism, meaning a severe, rigid, close-minded audience. I understand. I will attempt to be an easy room." - Data
  • "Take my Worf, please!" - Data
Left off at:
The issue with the 2 peoples who are gunning for Okona is resolved as a hidden love is revealed, plus Data attempts to do a comedy routine to a holodeck crowd and fails but still manages to make the bridge crew smile (by accident, of course).

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