Tuesday, November 20, 2012

ST:TNG 3.06 Booby Trap ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch


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Booby Trap
Season 3, Episode 6

Story:
  • The Enterprise falls into the same booby trap of that ended a war between two races 1,000 years ago which drains energy from the ship and counteracts their efforts to leave.  In attempt to solve the problem, Geordi uses a simulation of the ship on the holodeck and inadvertently creates a holodeck representation of Dr. Leah Brahms who designs galaxy-class warp drives. 
    Character Focus:
    • Geordi is the focus here, we not only see him unlucky in love (although he has a great convo with Guinan) but also gets very deep in his work to solve the issue at hand, so much so he kinda falls for the holographic Leah Brahms
    • Dr. Leah Brahms as the holographic projection with her personality retrieved from public appearances.  Retrospectively, it's kind of creepy to think of this being done.  Oh, it was creepy then too.
    • Picard also is in the spotlight in several ways, not only is he cute as all get out with the excitement of getting to go over to the 1,000 year old ship, he also makes the decision to pilot the ship himself.
    What I remembered about this episode:
    • Cue the romantic music!  I think this is when we people started using a different term for holodeck.  It starts with a P.  
    • Poor Geordi!  He's such a nice guy, why does he have not so much luck in love?
    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • Seeing the simulations of the ship-through-the-field-and-goes-BOOM reminds me of playing computer games where you get stuck at some part where no matter what you do, you die.  Yes Tombraider fire-on-pillars-room, I'm looking at YOU! 
    • The gorgeousness of this image of the debris field:

    What feels different now, than then:
    • It's a little surprizing to have back-to-back episodes about 2 races that made themselves extinct through conflict and here is the conflict (see 3.05 the Bonding).  I know watching the episodes 1 a day doesn't help because things like this are more noticeable, and this one was literally a big battlefield/debris field, but it's still odd.
    • Guinan mentions that "Maybe because a bald man was kind to me once, when I was hurting. Took care of me.", and now I wonder if this was intentional foreshadowing :)
    What remained the same:
    • There is no mention or eluding to the fact that what's going with the holographic Leah is a bit creepy or inappropriate, although it is cleverly played as she 'appears' by accident when Geordi asks her to 'show him' something.  That was clever. 
    • O'Brien sure can steal a scene!  There is a great moment where Picard finds it absurd that no one else played with ships-in-a-bottle, but O'Brien pipes up and later it kind of looks like he is sucking up, but it feels totally genuine. 
    What I see differently:
    • I completely forgot about what the actual story of the episode was, or the fact that they actually were in pretty grave danger with possible radiation poisoning that could wipe out the whole ship.
    • I also forgot the whole dilemma that Geordi comes up with not one but 2 solutions: have the ship make the course corrections or have someone pilot them out.  They don't 'trust' the computer because the human factor includes the additional survival instinct.  One question I had about that was, would they 'trust' Data to do it?  I think they would... But Picard steps up, so... there goes that theory.
    Great Quotes:
    • "I'm attracted to bald men." - Guinan
    • "Oh, good Lord, didn't anybody here build ships in bottles when they were boys?" - Picard
    • "Don't go away. I mean, er... computer, save program. "- Troi
    Left off at: Picard successfully pilots them out of the booby trap and Worf FINALLY gets to blow something up, destroying the relic ship and debris field. Geordi shares a kiss with the holographic Leah Brahms but is left in the empty holodeck.

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