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Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch continues with ...
Season 3, Episode 11
- While nearby the Federation applicants of Angosha, The Enterprise responds to their request to pursue and capture an escapee only to find out he's military personnel who has been altered by the Angoshians to become the 'perfect hunter' but now exiled to imprisonment as soldiers are no longer needed.
- I actually missed the first five minutes of this one, first time that's happened in the re-watch. I've seen this episode before, but did miss out on re-seeing the beginning and it actually took me a fair amount of time to place which episode this is.
- Roga Danar, the Angoshian hunter is the focus the episode and a pretty unique character of a non-violent person 'programmed' to becomes the perfect hunter, and then haunted by the crimes. This give us back-to-back guest star focused episodes after 3.10 The Defector.
- Both Troi and Data also get to have their say as they are both supporters of efforts to help Roga Danar.
- I'm also always watching for Worf in action-possible episodes like this one, and he gets some good chase time here against Roga Danar.
- I remember the basic premise alone, and Roga Danar's character, but not too many specifics. I'm actually quite surprized at that because a lot of S3 has been *really* familiar.
- Um... how did Zefran Cochran end up in the future as a Prime Minister of Angosha?
What feels different now, than then:
- It's weird because now I can't help but compare the similarities to the Bourne Identity, but I never would have picked that up then. It's still horrible though, that they were programmed without their permission or awareness and then used and abandoned by their own people to a prison exile.
- This is a pretty action-driven episode with a few chases and a lot of clever deceptions; whenever this is an episode like this it makes me think of old school Star Trek: fights in the transporter room, running down the halls and of course the age-old-have-to-get-to-engineering bit.
- Picard was really clever to note that the affected people will only go into deadly action is they are in danger, therefore when they provoke an attack on the Angoshian government it becomes a stand still when the won't government won't fight back.
- It was interesting to see both Troi and Data as the big supporters of Roga Danar. First Troi who sense his pain when he's sleeping (which disturbingly goes away when he's awake) and notices that duality of his personality that he's not a violent man. Then, we have Data who devises that since Roga was programmed, could he then not also be re-programmed? Again, it's disturbing that the Angoshians didn't try (after they held a referendum!)
- "To survive is not enough. To simply exist... is not enough!" - Roga Danar
- "Prime Minister, even the most comfortable prison is still a prison." - Picard
- "You are cunning. You must have Klingon blood. But the battle is over."- Worf
I didn't remember how this one ended, and thought it might be pretty destructive but it ended up a little Brady Bunch with The Enterprise leaving the stand off between the programmed prisoners and the government. Since the Angoshia is not yet part of The Federation it is not a matter for them to settle, however they leave a crumb for them saying they would help re-programming the vets if they did join The Federation.
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