Thursday, February 07, 2013

ST:TNG 5.01 Redemption (Part II) ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

Lots of action and reveals in the season 5 opener of 5.01 Redemption (Part II).

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Redemption (Part II)
Season 5, Episode 1

Story:
  • Continuing the story from 4.26 Redemption we have The Romulans helping Duras' family in a internal Klingon conflict against newly appointed Chancellor Gowron who has both Worf and his brother Kurn aiding him and the council. Picard makes a case to The Federation that The Romulan involvement makes the conflict external, and then leads The Enterprise and fleet to support by working on detecting Romulan shipping supplies.
What it's really about:
  • We get to see Worf rolling with The Klingons and also hear the mystery behind the Romulan who looks like Yar.
    Character Focus:
    • This is another Klingon-heavy episode, and we get a lot of Worf action among Klingons where he doesn't quite jive as he is very duty-focused and neither can let loose like his brother Kurn nor kill without cause like Gowron. In the end, Worf serves during the time of the conflict but ends up back on The Enterprise.
    • On the Klingon front, we also see more of Lursa and B'Etor, who are in league with the Romulans and head the conflict against Gowron with Duras son Toral as lineage support. When things go sour, Lursa and B'Etor take off and leave Toral to fend for himself.
    • Commander Sela is revealed to be Tasha Yar's daughter to a Romulan father. It's explained that when Tasha Yar went back in time on the Enterprise C in 3.15 Yesterday's Enterprise, the ship fell in battle and survivors where taken by The Romulans, at which point she permitted to be the consort of a Romulan in exchange other prisoners not to be executed. It's also told by Sela that Tasha tried to take Sela away when she was 4 years old, but Sela cried out and then Tasha was executed.
    • On The Federation side of things, we have a great story with Data, who initially isn't give a ship to command in the fleet but after talking to Picard he is given command of the Sutherland. The first officer to Data is Hobson, but he's not very receptive to taking commands from an android and questions him at every step. Data is awesome as he continues to assert his authority and ultimately saves the day!.


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    What I remembered about this episode:
    • I remember the big reveal of who Sela was, and being like what the HECK? And I hate to say it, but I'm not sure I believe Yar would offer herself in exchange for the other survivors being spared their lives, especially given the hardships she escaped on her home planet.
    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • This one is an 'in attack mode' episode and it carries through the conflict energy that started in 4.26 Redemption. Picard goes to bat in support of the newly appointed Gowron on the Klingon High Council who is up against Duras who is getting aid from the Romulans, and with the The Federation has Picard put a fleet together and this disperses the crew of The Enterprise to different ships on the fleet. It feels really weird to have people all over the place, and Worf with The Klingons.
    • I was really happy to see Data do a great job in command, we don't get to see him do that much but I knew he had more in him that the flip floppy craziness back in 3.02 The Ensigns of Command.
    What feels different now, than then:
    • I actually forgot that the crew wouldn't remember what happened in 3.15 Yesterday's Enterprise, good thing Guinan reminds us, and Picard, that it's true but it's hard to say why. And also technically it's Picard's fault, which is kind of funny, but with Wesley not on board, someone has to pick up the fault-slack!
    • I feel a little conflicted about Worf being mister 'all Klingon, all the time' on The Enterprise, but then when he is with Klingons, he's not very Klingon, it's like we as the audience get to see him regularly as uber-Klingon, but that's only in comparison to humans. It feels true to his character, but I'm not sure how I feel about what it says.
    What remained the same:
    • I don't like Sela. And I continue to love Lursa and B'Etor.
    What I see differently:
    • Although I appreciate Worf's journey here and I am glad he didn't leave the show, I think it's anticlimactic to have him resign in the season finale and return at the end of the season opener. It's not as bad on a re-watch, but I can't imagine going the WHOLE SUMMER thinking he was gone.
    • Although tons happens in this one, it's not a great re-watch because it's pretty much a reset. Although we get to see O'Brien on the bridge, Data in command and Worf on a Klingon ship it still gets Brady-Bunched by the end of the episode.
    Great Quotes:
    • "Let us, the sons of Mogh, live this night as if it were our last!" - Kurn
    • "Everything in me that was human died that day with my mother. All that's left now is Romulan. Never doubt that." - Sela, to Picard
    • "The claim, 'I was only following orders' has been used to justify too many tragedies in our history. Starfleet does not want officers who will blindly follow orders without analyzing the situation. Your actions were appropriate for the circumstances, and I have noted that in your record." - Picard, to Data
    Left off at:
    When Data detects the Romulans trying to give aid to the supporters of Duras' family, Sela orders the Romulans retreat. Without aid, Lursa and B'Etor take off leaving Toral with Worf when Kurn arrives to rescue him. Gowron gives Toral's life to Worf as the Duras family dishonoured Worf's family, but Worf refuses to kill him saying it is not his way. Worf requests to resume his duties on The Enterprise to which Picard grants and they leave The Klingon High Council together.


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