ST:TNG 3.25 Transfigurations ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

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Season 3, Episode 25

  • Beverly saves a man who crash landed on a planet via escape pod and as he recovers it's discovered that he has regenerative and healing powers, although no memory of who he is therefore is referred to as John Doe.
    Character Focus:
    • John Doe is the focus here as the entire episode revolves around him either directly or indirectly, and the effect on the crew he has, including healing powers, are quite amazing. It's eventually discovered that he is a Zalkonian.
    • Beverly also plays a strong role here, bringing John Doe back to life as well as developing feelings for him as well. She also plays advocate for him when things start to got awry on the ship as well as when they encounter people that claim he is their prisoner and sentenced to death.
    • Geordi is also a focus here, and leads the episode with not being able to ask out Christy. But he volunteers to help in stabilizing John Doe for transport an an energy surge passes to him and from then on Geordi has a new confidence and swagger we've never seen (and I can't remember if this continues or subsides after this episode, it's inferred that it will continue).
    • I also can't forget to mention Worf, who in an attempt to stop John Doe ends up dying with a broken neck...and the is brought back to life.

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    What I remembered about this episode:
    • I remember the character of John Doe and how unique he is, and how it's amazing that he had such a strong intuition that he had a purpose but didn't remember who he was. A very interesting combination of ideas.
    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • It's pretty rare for The Enterprise when in uncharted space end up being in claimed space that they are asked to leave, but the Zalkonians.
    • It's also wild to see the reactionary position of the Zalkonians, who fear and shun John for taking steps towards bringing their people to a new step of their evolution.
    What feels different now, than then:
    • It feels like a glaring omission that John Doe never talks to Troi. How often is there a character that's so in need of help, that she doesn't help? I guess in this one they were really building a relationship, or the idea of a relationship, with Beverly that perhaps they didn't want to add another character there.
    What remained the same:
    • Although it's very brief, the whole O'Brien dislocating his shoulder in the holodeck and coming into sick bay is very entertaining.
    • This might be one of the most unfortunate costumes in all of TNG: head to toe white unitard. Wow. It would be much better if he remembered who he was and therefore what clothes he liked!
    What I see differently:
    • This episode felt LONG. I know I was tired when I watched it, but at the halfway point I thought it was almost done and was kind of ready for it to be. I thought I remembered it well, and did remember he turned into to light but note that the Zalkonians were after him.
    • This one also takes place over a long period of time because they say Geordi has been dating Christy for over a month. I don't remember another episode that takes places over such a long period of time.
    Great Quotes:
    • "Less talk - more synthehol!" - Worf
    • "It is our mission to seek out life in all forms. We're privileged to have been present at the emergence of a new species." - Picard
    • "I am on some kind of a journey. Whatever brought me here, whatever is happening to my body, is all part of that journey. And I must complete it - before any other consideration." - John Doe
    Left off at:
    When John demonstrates that the Zalconians are not a threat to him and that he won't be stopped, he turns into energy, bids goodbye to the crew and thanks them for kindness and moves as energy out into space.

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