Wednesday, January 02, 2013

ST:TNG 4.01 The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2) ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch


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Time for the Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch to get back into action, with an action-packed episode breaking us into Season 4 ...

The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2)
Season 4, Episode 1

Story:
  • Picking up exactly where The Best of Both Worlds (Part 1) left off, Riker is about to fire on The Borg cube holding Locutus/Picard in an attempt to stop the cube from heading to Sector Zero Zero One (Earth).
    Character Focus:
    • Picard is still a huge focus here as the altered-into-Locutus form, although for a lot of the episode he is not communicative or conscious. But, we still have the fact that Starfleet declares him a casualty of war and Riker needing to step up to the plate, but when it goes haywire the crew makes an 'illogical' choice to rescue him. We also see Picard strength of character by breaking through the Borg alterations.
    • Riker is also in the spotlight as he is given the field commission to Captain of the Enterprise, although he doesn't quite settle into the role with any sense of comfort and Guinan reminds him to let go of Picard.
    • Data has some time to shine as well not only being part of the rescue team to get Picard back, but also connecting to the computer-side of Locutus to break through to The Borg collective.


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    What I remembered about this episode:
    • I remember when Picard as Locutus walks around to different Enterprise crew members, assessing them and continuing to say "You will be one with The Borg". It's morbid, but also funny in a bit of a twisted way.
    • I also remember how devastating the damage of The Borg attack on The Federation was, and how impactful the stress of the cube heading to Earth was.
    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • I always love when Guinan is on an episode, and this one she really steps up and shows Riker he needs to step into the spotlight. She's totally a sage-character, a wise woman, and I love that.
    What feels different now, than then:
    • When Troi says "Troi to bridge. Data has made first contact with Captain Picard.", the moment has a totally different feel to it retrospectively and almost feels like a premonition nod to the film Star Trek: First Contact.
    • Retrospectively, it's hard to imagine that they would ever consider not rescuing Picard; I wonder if it was ever on the table to have him leave the series here.
    What remained the same:
    • I think saucer separations are kept specifically for the big episodes!
    • Also that The Enterprise swings by Saturn on the way to Earth in "Sector Zero Zero One"
    • I also remember Guinan's description of her relationship with Picard as "beyond friendship, beyond family" and the sense of depth as well as mystery that gave to their story.
    What I see differently:
    • Like Part 1, it's a challenge to see this with new eyes because of knowing so many things about how The Borg work. That being said, the storytelling shines through with the genius covert rescue of Picard and the low-level command to telling The Borg to 'sleep' to trick them into being vulnerable.
    Great Quotes:
    • "Mr. Data, what the hell happened?" - Riker
    • "Worf - Klingon species. A warrior race. You, too, will be assimilated." - Picard/Locutus
    • "When a man is convinced he's going to die tomorrow, he'll probably find a way to make it happen. The only one who can turn this around is you." - Guinan, to Riker
    Left off at:
    Data implants the 'sleep' command into The Borg collective at which point The Enterprise fires and explodes the cube, saving the day. Picard returns to captaining the ship, Riker is back to being first officer and Shelby heads of to help rebuild the Federation Fleet. The Borg implants are removed from Picard and although he is on the mend we are left with the ominous feeling that the impact of being assimilated is still very present.


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    2 comments:

    Jana B said...

    Reading about this made me realize how much I miss Guinan. I may see if I can find the same season at the library, and watch with you!

    Shannon said...

    Guinan is totally awesome, a big role model for sure. It would be totally awesome if you come play along Jana!