Friday, November 30, 2012

ST:TNG 3.14 A Matter of Perspective ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch


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Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch continues with an (almost) trial and nod to Japanese cinema with...

A Matter of Perspective
Season 3, Episode 14

Story:
  • The Enterprise crew evaluates the work of Dr. Apgar who is experimenting in creating Krieger waves as a new energy source, but as the evaluation wraps up and Riker is beamed away the Tanugan space station explodes and shortly thereafter Tanugan security want to detain and try Riker for the murder of Dr. Apgar. To determine if the extradition request is valid, they recreate the events on the holodeck to try and find out what happened.
    Character Focus:
    • Riker is the focus, being the one under suspicious of the Tanugans. It's actually the first time I think we ever see him unnerved by a mission from a personal nature (outside of death ~ he was of course very effected by Yar's death in 1.23 Skin of Evil and the inability to use his Q power to have people in in 1.10 Hide and Q).
    • Picard and Troi both play strong roles in this episode as they attend and speak at the proceedings that will determine if Riker will be subject to being extradited and detained by the Tanugans.
    What I remembered about this episode:
    • I remember this as the 'Riker on trial' episode, and I knew he'd be cleared (aren't they always?); although I mis-remembered this one a little bit as the plot and style is quite similar to a Star Trek: Voyager where Paris is in a similar situation.
    • I remember the way this story was told, the multiple perspectives of the same situation and how those minute differences told a different story, and we as the audience kind of automatically side with Riker but how can there be more than one truth?


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    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • More evidence to my 'Wesley is always right' theory as he states that Riker's phaser could not be the cause of the explosion and there must be another solution.
    • I'm very impressed with Jonathan Frakes' acting in this episode, you can tell from the sound of his voice when he asks to be beamed up that something is off and he's completely unnerved on the bridge when he arrives. It's such a clear reminder that he's usually jovial or professional, so this makes the episode feel different right from the get go.
    What feels different now, than then:
    • I was very confused when Deanna said both Riker and Apgar's wife reenactments are the truthful, this might be the first time I feel like there is something off in an episode (which is formidable - normally I notice stuff like that all the time). Apgars wife's testimony/reenactment has Riker being pretty forceful on her, and that's not Riker's character at all. This is one of the reasons I thought it was the plot of the similar but different Voyager episode. There are some seeds planted in the episode that Tanugans and Humans are slightly different, so possibly they could be chocking it up to cultural differences, but I feel like I'm really stretching to believe that.
    • Now I have a totally different reference for APGAR, and I couldn't quite place it until after I finished watching the episode this time round as now I know it as a medical term.
    What remained the same:
    • There is no way Riker could have done it! I think I must have been a Riker fan by this point because I don't think I ever doubted it.
    What I see differently:
    • I didn't think of this myself, but thanks to Wikipedia for notating the reference that the theme (although I'd argue style as it's the 1 story told from different perspectives) of this episode is derived from the fabulous Japanese film Rashômon from director Akira Kurosawa. I can't believe I didn't picked that up given that Rashômon is one of my all-time favourite films.
    • There is a moment where Picard and Troi have a discussion during the proceedings where things are going well, and Picard concedes that there doesn't appear to be enough evidence to prove Riker innocence, but you know that he knows he is innocent. It's wild because for a brief moment, it feels like he would consider not adhering to procedure to save Will, although thankfully it doesn't go that far.
    Great Quotes:
    • "We can't both be telling the truth." - Riker
    • "It is the truth as each of you remembers it." - Troi
    • "In ours (judicial system), he is guilty until he is proved innocent. And you are under *our* jurisdiction."- Inspector Krag
    • "It wasn't the Commander's phaser, it couldn't have been! There's another answer. We're just not seeing it." - Wesley
    • "
    Left off at:
    Geordi, Wesley and Data figure out that Dr. Apgar was actually successful in the creation of Krieger waves to everyone's surprize, as the Holodeck re-creation is the lab and it's events creates the Krieger waves on The Enterprise. With this knowledge, it's proven that Dr. Apgar was hiding this information and attempted to attack Riker when he beamed out but it backfired and blew up the science station. Riker's cleared and everyone goes about there merry way.


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    Thursday, November 29, 2012

    Library Loot 2 ~ November 29, 2012


    I'm continuing my library adventures and hoping that I can continue to do this 1/week thing (and so far I'm requesting enough that I really have to go once a week!), and thrilled to see that their DVD collection has lots to enjoy. I happily found several titles to check out for films I've been looking forward to seeing as well as a wildcard. Actually this week there were a fair number of wild cards in books as well, it will be interesting to see what pans out.

    Films:
    • Margaret
    • Your Highness
    • The Last Song
    Scores:
    • Casino Royale
    • Breaking Dawn Part 1
    Books
    • Hex Hall (Hex Hall Series #1) by Rachel Hawkins
    • Angel (Maximum Ride Series #7) by James Patterson
    • City of Bones (Mortal Instruments Series #1) by Cassandra Clare
    • Snowed in at the Ranch by Cara Colter
    • Purebred by Patricia Rosemoor
    I also mention:
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    ST:TNG 3.13 Déjà Q ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch


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    Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch continues with a naked Q in...

    Déjà Q
    Season 3, Episode 13

    Story:
    • While The Enterprise is trying to help a planet from being a victim to their own moon, Q unceremoniously arrives on the bridge with the claim of being kicked out of the Q Continuum and turned into a human with a mortal existence.
      Character Focus:
      • Q is the focus of this episode, and as a mortal human which suprizingly doesn't suit him very well. Once his is mortal he is attacked by The Calamarains, which jeopardize not only The Enterprise but also their efforts to save the planet below from their moon. We haven't seen Q for a while, in fact the last time was in 2.16 Q Who where he flinged the ship to encounter The Borg.
      • Data also gets a lot of screen time as he escorts Q around the ship and tries to help him understand what it is to be human. It's quite cute as he inadvertently becomes a bit of an advocate for Q being truthful about the whole mortal thing as well as the juxtaposition of them being both being an existence that is not exactly what they want, nor among those like them.
      • We also get some Guinan time as she comes to check out the mortal version of Q and is convinced he *is* mortal after she stabs him with a fork. Gotta love Guinan.

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      What I remembered about this episode:
      • I remember mostly the humour of the episode, of which there is lots with any Q episode but here it is more so with his confusion of the every day necessities and strains of human life such as needed to sleep, eat or dealing with a hurt back.
      What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
      • Not too much new noticing here, although I did love the Worf Wisdom moment that Q could prove his mortality by simply... dying.
      • Sneaky Q say he picked human at a bit of a lark and than because Picard is the closest he was to a friend, although it's later revealed that (in addition *or* instead of..?) it's human compassion that he was banking on to help him when later attacked by other species he's toyed with over the years.
      What feels different now, than then:
      • Like most episodes that have a mystery element (is Q telling the truth about being human, or not?), there is a little less tension re-watching than the first time watch but there ended up not being too much that felt different although I did notice that his outlandish suggestion of 'changing the gravitational constant of the universe' was the impetus for Geordi's next idea to save the planet from their moon which is on route to crash into them.
      What remained the same:
      • Q cracks me up, always has and always will. Even though I remembered literally every beat of this episode I was still completely entertained.
      What I see differently:
      • The big resolve here with Q committing a self-less act by leaving The Enterprise so that the aliens that seek revenge on Q can't effect the ship or their efforts to save the planet from their moon. It's a nice resolve, but I am not convince that this would make The Continuum take him back..., but it was enough to convince the other Q (played by Corbin Bernsen) who has been watching him.
      Great Quotes:
      • "Q the miserable, Q the desperate! What must I do to convince you people?" / "Die." - Q / Word
      • "You're a pitiful excuse for a human. The only way you're gonna survive is on the charity of others." - Guinan
      • "An irony. It means that you have achieved in disgrace what I have always aspired to be."- Data
      • "Perhaps there's a... residue of humanity in Q after all." - Picard
      Left off at:
      When an additional Q sees Q's self-less act to take himself away from the safety of The Enterprise and in such this makes him be accepted back to The Continuum. He celebrates on the bridge with a mariachi band, gets the moon back in orbit to the planet below is saved and tops it all off by given Data the experience of a truly genuine laugh.


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      Wednesday, November 28, 2012

      ST:TNG 3.12 The High Ground ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch


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      Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch continues with ...

      The High Ground
      Season 3, Episode 12

      Story:
      • While dropping of medical supplies to the unaligned (or non-affiliated) planet Rutia, Dr. Crusher is kidnapped by terrorists on the planet in an attempted to not only cure illness from dimension-shifting transport but also to involved the Federation in the Ansata's plight against the Rutians.
        Character Focus:
        • Beverlyis the focus here as she is the one abducted so we get to see he in action on her own although I couldn't quite tel if she was playing subtle at first or going for the wait-to-be-rescued. I still couldn't quite tell, although maybe it was wait method as when Picard is also abducted he notes it's their duty look for escape options.
        • Kyril Finn, the Ansata's rebel leader/terrorist and voice of the rebellion to the audience.
        • Wesley also gets some limelight here as he is the one who figures out the rebels transportation device and a way to track it.
        What I remembered about this episode:
        • I remember being confused with this episode, the idea of people kidnapping Beverly but then they weren't mean to her per se and how Finn sort of falls for Beverly. It was way too complex and grey for me.
        • Geordi also does an awesome 'get out of the way of fire' jump in Engineering. Yep, oddly that is one of the things I strongly remember about this episdoe.
        What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
        • I was shocked with the opening voice over that indicated that away teams went down to the planet armed. I don't think we've encountered a planet in this kind of turmoil before (other than references to where Yar grew up).
        • The rebels are pretty freaking aggressive, not only as they steal Beverly but also in their attempted to pretty much blow up The Enterprise. They also were foiled at a lot of their attempted with the ship and their crew, although did rack up a death toll of 3 plus 4 injured. That's severe.
        • They do open the door for a discussion of if you would behave differently if you weren't in an 'ideal society' like The Federation, although both Beverly and Picard do not succumb to going against their own morals.
        What feels different now, than then:
        • I get the context of this one a lot more now and thought it was pretty cool that they had the distanced view of Data saying that historically some times the options for change were exceeded and then these kinds of action taken, but I still have a lot of the same feelings now that I did than that it's just not right.
        • Picard decks Finn on the bridge with no hesitation! GO PICARD!
        What remained the same:
        • Finn can really draw. So impressed. I love this style of drawing.
        • I still absolutely detest the attitude of 'You made me do this to hurt you'. Own your choices, buddy, the good and the bad.
        What I see differently:
        • I'm a little surprized they had back-to-back episodes with devices that basically make people untrackable with the dimension-shifting transport device here and then in 3.11 The Hunted with the altered people whose life signs don't read and they can interrupt/escape from a transport signal.
        • I was pretty shocked when then Rutian leader shoots and kills Finn during the rescue of Crusher and Picard, and with full knowledge that he would become a martyr.
        Great Quotes:
        • "I have been reviewing the history of armed rebellion. And it appears that terrorism is an effective way to promote political change." - Data
        • "I'm willing to die for my freedom, Doctor. And in the finest tradition of your own great civilization, I'm willing to kill for it too." - Finn
        • "You're very helpful. You could learn to do this when you grow up. If you grow up... "- Dr. Crusher to the young rebel who helps her treat the wounded
        Left off at:
        Wesley is able to track the rebels location and a rescue team is sent in for Crusher and Picard; during the rescue the Rutian leader kills the rebel leader but with a young rebel voluntarily standing down it gives the hope of reconciliation in the future.


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        Tuesday, November 27, 2012

        ST:TNG 3.11 The Hunted ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch


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        Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch continues with ...

        The Hunted
        Season 3, Episode 11

        Story:
        • 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.
        Admission:
        • 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.
          Character Focus:
          • 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.
          What I remembered about this episode:
          • 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.
          What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
          • 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.
          What remained the same:
          • 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.
          What I see differently:
          • 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!)
          Great Quotes:
          • "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
          Left off at:
          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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          Monday, November 26, 2012

          ST:TNG 3.10 The Defector ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch


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          Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch continues with one of my favourite episodes of TNG...

          The Defector
          Season 3, Episode 10

          Story:
          • The Enterprise receives an request for asylum from a Romulan defector Setol who claims to have urgent information regarding imminent preparations for an upcoming Romulan attack on The Federation.
            Character Focus:
            • Setol aka Admiral Alidar Jarok, a Romanulan Defector and to a lesser extent Commander Tomalak, and it's surprizing for us to have The Romulans appear again so quickly as they were just on 3.07 The Enemy, but hey any reason to see more Andreas Katsulas works for me!
            • Picard is also in the limelight as he is in the precarious position on how to act on the information from Setol/Jarok which to could irrevocably change the Federations relationship with The Romulans.  
            • Data as gets some time here as we see him working on acting with Picard as a coach looking at the work or Shakespeare (does Picard have the time to do that?), plus also he a conversation with Geordi about trusting 'you gut' and then having the disturbing experience of not having his own 'gut reaction' to draw on.
            What I remembered about this episode:
            • I remember how FREAKING AWESOME it was, great acting, fabulous story and heart-wrenching drama.
            • I also remember being so impressed I could pick out Picard and Riker in costume as characters in Henry V acting with Data in the holodeck. 
            What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
            • Wesley wasn't on this episode, I wonder if it's because it was so centred on possible outbreak of war that they didn't want a younger character on the show.
            What feels different now, than then:
            • It's a heck of a lot heavier than I remember, it's so weird because retrospectively I know that they don't go to war but the impact of the possibility is present in almost every scene especially the interrogation of Setol by Riker and Troi.
            What remained the same:
            • The story is so compelling and the acting by James Sloyan as Setol/Jarok is so good (he'll pop up again in both TNG and DS9 but not as the same character) that it really sets this episode apart from others.  The complexity of character that he was huge in previous conflicts that are referred to as massacres yet he betrays his people in the hopes for a better future for his race but in the end it was all a test of his loyalty fabricated by the Romulans, a test in which he failed. It's a true tragedy, and a rarely have I been so entranced by an episode that is so completely focused a guest stars story.  
            What I see differently:
            • Now I understand why they opened with the scene of Henry V and the discussion around the King disguising himself and getting a sense of 'being amongst his people'; this story has an interesting take on that as Adminal Jarok decides to play a commoner Setol and switches sides in an attempted to prevent a war.  
            Great Quotes:
            • "Oh, what a fool I've been - to come looking for courage in a lair of cowards. " - Setal
            • "There is much to be done. We have less than 48 hours to prevent a war - or perhaps... to start one." - Picard
            • "One world's butcher is another world's hero. Perhaps I am neither one." - Jarok
            Left off at:
            A war with The Romulans is averted but when Admiral Jarok realizes that he was fed disinformation to have his loyalties tested, he takes his own life by ingesting a poison with no antidote.


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            Friday, November 23, 2012

            Library Loot 1 ~ Nov 22, 2012



            One of my goals I set out with the last episode of stART: Creating As We Go was to find a new rhythm/schedule of getting out to the library. It will take a bit of time to find if the rhythm I'm trying out will work, but the good news is I got OUT TO THE LIBRARY. Nothing like having holds to pick up as incentive! I hope I can keep going, I really like this library even though it's small it's very well kept and the staff are nice (which makes ALL the difference).

            I decided to share what I picked up (which was too much,... hehe), because... I like to share. I've also listed the titles below in case they are of interest and I know with books sometimes it can be hard to find an exact title after hearing it just once. I also got some movies, because my branch has an amazing selection!

            Films:
            • The Raven
            • Outcast
            • Iron Man 2
            Books:
            • Once Upon a Time, There Was You by Elizabeth Berg
            • Firelight by Sophie Jordan
            • Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (to re-read)
            • Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (This is the 2nd book in series)
            • The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch / aka The Spook's Apprentice by Joseph Delaney
            • Horns by Joe Hill
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            ST:TNG 3.09 The Vengeance Factor ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch


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            Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch continues with ...

            The Vengeance Factor
            Season 3, Episode 9

            clan Lornak. Volnoth says he is of that clan and asks why she wants to know. Yuta asks if she looks familiar to him... he says yes, but it is impossible, it was fifty years ago. Yuta reveals her clan affiliation: Tralesta

            Story:
            • The Enterprise discovers the murder of an Acamarian, leading Picard to mediate peace to a long-term but distanced conflict with the Acamarian people who have split between the nomadic Gatherers and the more structured representative of Sovereign Marouk. When deaths continue the crew uncovers that The Acacarian Clan Wars may not yet be over.
              Character Focus:
              • Of the main crew, Riker is the focus as he reaches out to Yuta and tries to connect on an equal basis with her, something she isn't comfortable or familiar with.  Plus, he has to stop her in the end which is pretty disturbing.
              • For the Acamerians, Yuta servant to Sovereign Marouk is the focus here not only does she prove to be the lone surviving Tralesta clan seeking vengeance against the Lornak clan; but also because she deelops a relationship with Riker which comes to a halt when she can not deviate from either service nor her mission to completely decimate the Lornak clan.
              What I remembered about this episode:
              • I remember this one crystal clearly, the moment they said Acamerians, I could spot out the names of all the people, the clan names, and pretty much everything that happens in the episode. 
              • I also really remember the Beverly, Data and Riker researching who could be the assassin and reconstituting the image below, which felt like it was impossible but now we see all the time (at least in TV shows.... I have no idea if it's actually possible!):

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              What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
              • Wesley steps up!  I think this is the first episode where someone comes on the ship and does the whole "Who's this *KID* at he conn?", and instead of getting all "I'm not worthy" Wesley steps up, shows his expertise and skill to show his place on the bridge is rightfully earned.  Go Wes!
              • Who knew that nomadic humanoids on other planets would look like they would be in a hair band?
              • I loved how strong Sovereign Marouk is, she didn't take any crap from the Gatherers but still was willing to continue negotiations.  It was cool to see a female leader that was strong and powerful. 
              What feels different now, than then:
              • story of Yuta feeling like she couldn't connect on a equal level resonated more with me this time, but I pretty much feel the same way about it.
              • Picard has to put on a lot of different hats, in this episode he plays mediator to the Acamerians and in the last episode we was host to the Barzarians in 3.08 The Prize.
              • I think this is one of the few (or only) times so far we've seen a crew member kill someone, individual-to-individual.  I'm glad they held the weight of that and didn't gloss over it. 
              What remained the same:
              • Vengeance never ends well.  It's a theme I'm very disinterested in regardless of the medium of TV, film or books.
              What I see differently:
              • I totally enjoyed both the humour and plight of Brull (pictured below the Picard), sure he picks on Wesley but then later jovially says it's okay if Wesley doesn't like his as he has "many friends that don't like" him.  I thought it was interesting to see an outlandish character deal with trying to make change for his people and family, but also ensuring to save face for their choices and situation.  Pretty impressive.  
              Great Quotes:
              • "Your ambushes would be more successful if you bathed more often!" - Worf
              • "You're the last. Once you're dead, what happens to me doesn't matter." - Yuta
              • "You're wrong, Chorgan. We've agreed to have some brandy together." - Picard
              Left off at:
              When the crew realizes that Yuta is the murderer and will attempt to kill the Gatherer leader Chorgan, Riker beams down to the negotiations, and when he is unsuccessful at dissuading her from attacking Chorgan her kills her.


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              Thursday, November 22, 2012

              ST:TNG 3.08 The Price ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch


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              Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch continues with a journey into love and negotiation with ...

              The Price
              Season 3, Episode 8

              Story:
              • The Enterprise plays host negotiations for The Barzanians who are in possession of the 'first and only stable wormhole' and are ready to sell it and one of the negotiators in the running has not only has a steamy romance with Troi but also hides that fact that he too, in an empath.
              What it's really about:
              • They do present the ethical question of using, or more succinctly disclosing, empathic powers. Plus if using them for profit vs protection changes the argument.
                Character Focus:
                • Troi is the focus as she is quickly taken with Devinoni Ral, and he very quickly sweeps her off her feet with a lot of classic player lines like "Who counsels the counsellor?". 
                • Devinoni Ral as a romantic interest for Troi as well as an amazing negotiator, but one who hides his empathic abilities from being one-quarter Betazoid .
                • Riker also plays a key role as he not only steps into the role of negotiating for The Federation but also has interesting interaction with Devinoni Ral in the negotiations as well as with regards to Deanna. 
                What I remembered about this episode:
                • I remember this one very clearly, from the romance between Troi and Devinoni Ral, the wormhole negotiation I think oddly above all else - Deanna and Beverly chatting while they work out.  They don't have lots of interaction that way, although Troi and Pulaski did a fair amount in Season 2.

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                What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
                • Okay, Beverly's hair is short again!  How did that happen?  Wigs?  Are they out of shooting sequence? I'm so confused!
                • I wonder if this is the episode that on first watch turned my opinion of Riker around, as Devinoni Ral tries to get one over on Riker by saying that he'll end up with Deanna; but that makes Riker bust out into a big smile and says if Ral came make Deanna happy, nothing would please him more.
                What feels different now, than then:
                • We don't have many romance-centric episodes in this show and that's a clear focus here.  When it does happen, Troi is often involved although it's been a while since her almost wedding in 1.11 Haven.
                • This time I had moments where I wondered if Devinoni Ral did something to make Troi think about him, there were a few quiet indicators, but in the end I do think it was just that amazingly inexplicable being drawn to each other energy. 
                What remained the same:
                • I will loved the Deanna & Beverly chit-chat, it's nice to have camaraderie between them on the show.
                • One of my favourite parts of the entire series is when Troi calls out Ral and the Ferengi for not have any tension when there is a disagreement, and the Ferengi protests yelling "What?  I was tense!!" Hilarious.
                What I see differently:
                • Although it's mainly played for comedy factor, it's very shocking that the Ferengi small vessel that goes through the wormhole for research purposes ignores Geordi & Data's warnings that it will close, and therefore gets stranded out in the Delta Quadrant.  
                Great Quotes:
                • "Poker - is that a game of some sort?" - Riker
                • "My Human physical response must have been blocking my Betazoid senses." - both Deanna and Ral
                • "At the negotiating table... it can be fatal to have a heart. But I never realized how much I needed mine - until I looked at you."- Devinoni Ral
                • "I already have a job as counselor."- Troi
                Left off at:
                Devinoni Ral wins the bid on the wormhole even though it's deemed unstable and Deanna outs his empathic abilities to the buyer and everyone on the bridge of the ship.  Even with that, he asks Deanna to run away with him and be his conscience but she turns him down.


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                Wednesday, November 21, 2012

                ST:TNG 3.07 The Enemy ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch


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                Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch continues with Romulans in the wrong place at the wrong time in ...

                The Enemy
                Season 3, Episode 7

                Story:
                • The Enterprise investigates a distress signal coming from the storm planet of Galondancor to find Romulans in Federation space; the small away team ends up dividing with Riker, Worf and one injured Romulan back on the ship and Geordi being stranded on the planet with an injured Romulan.
                What it's really about:
                • A big theme of this one is when it's a time to die for your principles as well as when to strictly follow regulations or find a way to avoid all-out war.
                  Character Focus:
                  • Geordi always felt like the focus to me, and he plasy a huge part of it being stuck with the Romulan on the planet who is insists on keeping him at bay with a weapon even when Geordi continually helps him.
                  • Worf also plays a huge part in this one, as he is the only person on the ship that can save the injured Romulan that was brought aboard through a transmission. He actually refuses (Romulans killed his parents), and even when Beverly tries to get him to reconsider the Romulan awakes and refuses. Riker askes him if he will hate all Romulans forever, and also to consider what would happen if they become part of the Federation one day. Picard also tries to get him to change his mind, but Worf insists he will only comply if ordered to do so (which Picard doesn't do), and by the time all this is said and done the Romulan dies.
                  • Romulans, including Centurion Bochra who is on the planet with Geordi and Commander Tomalak as the leader of a Romulan ship which pushes the boundaries of the Neutral Zone.  I actually was really excited to see this was an episode that guest starred Andreas Katsulas, who plays Tomalak, it's very rare that I can recognize a guest star by name from the pre-IMDb days, but I love this actor whom went on to play one of my favourite characters of all time: G'Kar on Babylon 5 .
                  What I remembered about this episode:
                  • I remember this one as the "Geordi on the planet with the Romulan" episode, and spotted it in less than 1 minute of air time.
                  What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
                  • The huge question on if Worf will help save the injured Romulan is so big, I think it well overpowers the more conflict-centric.
                  • Wesley quickly and easily finds a solution for how to get Geordi off the storm planet.  Go Wes!
                  •  I know this might be a bit odd to say, when HOW did Beverly's hair grow like 4 inches in a few episodes?  Earlier this season she was sporting a really short bob and now it's back to pretty freaking long:

                  Left: 2 episodes ago in 3.05 The Bonding / Right: This episode 3.07 The Enemy
                    What feels different now, than then:
                    • And wow, poor Geordi!  This is the second episode in a row where he gets a bit kicked in the face for being to nice, and right after a bad date in 3.06 Booby Trap.
                    What remained the same:
                    • I actually love the even in trying circumstances Geordi can't help but be himself and be a good guy, and he even finally convinces the Centurion Bochra they are on the same side to get out of the situation.
                    What I see differently:
                    • I totally forgot how grave the circumstance on the planet were, and that the electromagnetic storms really can do one over on the nervous system.
                    • I also forgot the whole Romulan ship crossing The Neutral Zone against Picard's warning and that it could have let to an all out war.  There was obviously also a lot of deception from the side of Tomalak, and the fact of a Romulan ship landing in Federation space, but it's not resolved or explained.
                    • I also wonder if this is one of the few times we hear more about Romulan culture, although Geordi talks about Bochra as being a 'good Romulan' for wanting to die for his people and for their cause, that it's dutiful to do so.  I don't remember this being in the show, at least not so far.
                    Great Quotes:
                    • "Welcome to Galorndon Core, where no good deed goes unpunished." - Geordi
                    • "No wonder your race is weak. You waste time and resources on defective children." - Centurion Bochra
                    • "Commander Tomalak - it would appear, our away team has located a second man from your "one-man ship"."- Picard
                    Left off at:
                    Geordi and Bochra together locate the probe and are beamed to The Enterprise and Bochra is returned to Tomalak's ship without a war breaking out between The Romulans and The Federation.


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                    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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


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                    Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch continues with ...

                    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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