Friday, October 19, 2012

ST:TNG 2.06 ~ The Schizoid Man ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch


Images Source: TrekCore

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

The Schizoid Man
Season 2, Episode 6

Story:
  • The Enterprise response to a distress call for a health concern for a reclusive cybernetic genius; when his condition proves terminal he relays his consciousness into Data.  
Character Focus:
  • Ira Graves a is a focus, as he is the scientist that they go to help, although for most of the episode we see him 'as' Data..
  • Data as himself, and as Ira.  When we get to see him not as himself, we realize how much we know him.  It's also a reminder that one thing Data doesn't do is lie, which sets thew crew off to investigate what the oddness of him is.
What I remembered about this episode:
  • I only have vague memories of this episode, and oddly the strongest one was of the visual stimulation test Data has to take to 'see if he's crazy or not'.  I thought it was pretty surprizing or scary that it was a requirement to be in Starfleet because it seemed pretty personal.
What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
  • I think is the first episode when someone made a pass at Deanna that didn't get Riker all pricklyk, but that probably because it's the first time he wasn't in the room when it happened!
  • I totally recognized Lieutenant Selar, who plays the Vulcan doctor, who will be in more TNG episodes as well as on Voyager.
What feels different now, than then:
  • It's a little sad that an age difference between Ira and Kareen was a barrier, although I get that they had known each other since Kareen was a kid and how that is creepy, but not the age thing alone.
  • There is a side story where there are lots of people that need help on a distress signal, and Dr. Pulaski goes with The Enterprise there while the away team stays with Ira & Kareen on the planet.  Nothing comes of this storyline of the ship diversion other than a 'near warp transport' and them being on the planet a little longer than expected, which just feels a bit weird.
What remained the same:
  • Almost everything, this is the basic 'you have no right to overtake someone else so you can live' story, and I'm already in that camp.
What I see differently:
  • How on earth did it take them so long to notice that Data wasn't Data?  Mind you I'm seeing it with the eyes of someone who has seen every episode multiple times so I could tell right away (plus I knew the story), and they do give us a nice scene with Geordi and Picard explaining that his pursuit for humanness can leave him a little lost the in the process.
  • I was very surprized that the test results of the 'is he crazy' test led us to know that Ira was the dominate of the two personality.  I wouldn't think of Data as dominate, but he was non-existent once Ira was in place in his body with the exception perhaps of doing regular duties on the ship.  Just seems a little weird.
Great Quotes:
  • "It's an ancient little tune called "If I Only Had a Heart" - a plaintive lament sung by a mechanical man who longs to be human. It's his only wish." - Ira Graves
  • '"That was a great speech, Data. "To know him is to love him is to know him... " '- Wesley
  • "Graves... every man has his time, every man, without exception. But you've cheated. You have extended your life at the expense of another." - Picard
Left off at:
After Ira (in Data's body) hurts several people including Kareen and Geordi and is found out by Picard (whom he also hurts), he removes himself from Data and appears to input himself into the computer.  The Data we know and love, is restored.

Images Source: TrekCore

No comments: