Wednesday, December 12, 2012

ST:TNG 3.22 The Most Toys ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch


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The Most Toys
Season 3, Episode 22

Story:
  • While Data is transporting a highly volatile substance by shuttlecraft he is incapacitated, kidnapped and mock-killed through a shuttlecraft explosion for The Enterprises benefit and then 'kept' by the merchant Kivas Fajo who collects rare and unique items.
    Character Focus:
    • Data is the obvious focus here, and we get to see him in a very trying situation outside Starfleet, The Enterprise and with people with a completely different morals and motivations.
    • Kivas Fajo is introduced as the collector and kidnapper, and may be one of the few characters we see on the series that's both humorous and malicious. He has no quams about hurting people, stealing, kidnapping and all for his own enjoyment. Fajo is played by the actor Saul Rubinek, whom I'm sure many people now know from Warehouse 13, but I will always first recognize him for playing the "ebil man who stole Data!" Fajo reminds me a bit of the character Mudd from The Original Series.
    • As the crew of The Enterprise witness the explosion where Data seemingly died, we see their responses to his death. Both Geordi and Wesley show their closeness to him by both going through his belongings as well as never quite giving up on him, and we also see Worf promoted to Ops on Riker's recommendation..


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    What I remembered about this episode:
    • I remember Data being stolen and Fajo being awful to him! This kind of aggressive act is pretty rare on the show, at least up until this point.
    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • Data acts similarly to Picard upon capture in both 3.18 Allegiance and 3.12 The High Ground, noting right away that it is his duty to attempt escape. It's kind of crazy that in 3 seasons there already have been multiple abductions, although this is the first time for Data.
    • I this this may be one of the first times we have a scene with Worf and Troi, it's a brief turbolift conversation about getting promoted the second time from the death of a crew member, but it was pretty important.
    What feels different now, than then:
    • I actually had forgotten that the kidnappers also staged Data's death, and I felt bad for the crew thinking he was dead when in fact, he was not.
    • I'm very surprized that there is a left up in the air feeling when Data is escaping and we don't quite know one way or the other if he fired the banned disruptor on Fajo. Before transport he says he can not allow this to continue, but afterwards he indicates perhaps something happened in transport. I can't remember Data ever omitting information like this, if he in fact did fire on Fajo.
    • There are a few references to the fact that Fajo is a lavish person, in a positive way. The first thing he says to Data is that he can have everything he wants (except leave). But we don't really see this lavishness, other than inferring it from the happy-factor of the 'entertained' guest that is brought to be impressed by Data.
    What remained the same:
    • Other than forgetting about the faux-death of Data, I remember the captured part of this very well, the many unique items, the attempts to escape, the substance Fajo throws on Data to melt his clothes away and the awful disruptor he uses on one of his crew.
    What I see differently:
    • I actually thought this time that Data would have figured out a way to escape himself, as oppose to getting help from Fajo's second. There was interesting interaction there on determining if she was a friend or enemy, which may have swayed her opinion. All in all, I don't think he was captured all that long so from that perspective I think if Data was aboard Fajo's ship for longer, he would have made a successful escape.
    • Fajo and his folks didn't do a throughout enough job on their sabotage if the reason for the shuttlecraft explosion was 'pilot error' on Data's part! That's nutty! Which is good because it gives Geordi a lead on the fact that something is wrong.
    Great Quotes:
    • "Clearly Mr. Fajo has no moral difficulty with my imprisonment here." - Data
    • "What a marvelous contradiction - a military pacifist!" - Fajo
    • "For an android with no feelings... he sure managed to evoke them in others." - Riker
    Left off at:
    The Enterprise determines the elaborate plan of Fajo once they find out the reason for the need of the volatile substance was fabricated. They find Fajo and Data, beaming Data away just as he appears to fire on Fajo, who is then held in the brig with his stolen items to be returned to their rightful owners.


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