Thursday, December 13, 2012

ST:TNG 3.23 Sarek ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch


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Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch continues with a visit from a well known vulcan in ...

Sarek
Season 3, Episode 23

Story:
  • Vulcan Ambassador Sarek comes aboard The Enterprise to conduct the final stage of a treaty with the Legarans. Shortly after Sarek's arrival there are random violent outbreaks among The Enterprise crew which are finally determined to be from Sarek himself, as he is unknowingly being affected by Bendii Syndrome, a rare Vulcan condition which can affect Vulcans older than 200 to lose control of their emotions.
    Character Focus:
    • Sarak is the obvious focus, although truth be told he isn't in the episode a huge amount as we see the crew react to him a lot (in awe and with the random acts of violence) and also his staff and wife closely protect him and try to encourage him not to be out and about. Sarek is also notable Spock's father, from The Original Series.
    • Picard also has a strong focus here in the later part of the episode, not only in needing to confront Sarek about Bendii syndrome but also because he agrees to mind meld with Sarek during the time of the negotiations at which time Picard is completely overtaken by Sarek's emotions.
    What I remembered about this episode:
    • I remember it as "The Sarek" episode, and the amazing scene with Picard when he is affected by the mind meld. Patrick Steward sure has had lots of shine-times in the past few episodes!
    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • All the fights that break out are pretty funny. I loved seeing Geordi and Wesley go head to head over their adeptness with women, Beverly slapping Wes and we even seen Riker and Picard take on each other! But nothing compares to the all-out brawl that happens in Ten Forward, which was a nice nod to The Original Series especially given the Sarek and therefore Spock connection. It's pretty rare we see that on TNG, especially on the ship which is quite civilized.


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    What feels different now, than then:
    • It's continually referenced that Legarans are very particular and that it's really important for these negotiations to go forward, etc. But we never SEE the Legarans, only their vat of ooze that they like to be in, and I don't remember them ever being referred to either before or after this episode.
    What remained the same:
    • Love Sarek. Love Picard. Wish they had a Vulcan as a part of the crew, I love the logical perspective with emotional undercurrent.
    • There are lots of great little moments in this one, like Sarek crying at the concert or calling Riker "No. 1" when he's melded with Picard, or his cry of his actions being 'illogical!'. I'm not often overly keen on episodes where it's all about the guest star, but in this case I'm definitely a keener!
    What I see differently:
    • The scene where Picard is affected by the mind meld and Beverly stays with him to help him through was very tender and touching. I remembered it previously mostly for the acting, but I felt and added layer to it this time.
    Great Quotes:
    • "Sarek is a logical, intelligent being. The effects of Bendii Syndrome are apparent. Why would such a man choose to ignore them?" - Data
    • " I have been accused of many things in my life, never an excess of emotion." - Sarek
    • "It's ironic, isn't it? All this magnificent technology, and we still find ourselves susceptible to the ravages of old age... loss of dignity... the slow betrayal of our bodies by forces we cannot master." - Picard
    Left off at:
    After Picard accepts the mind meld from Sarek he is able to finish the negotiations with the Legarans and goes to Vulcan, and even though there is no cure for Bendii syndrome there is an air of hope for him yet.


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