Tuesday, February 19, 2013

ST:TNG 5.10 New Ground ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

It's time for a visit from the littliest Klingon on the series in 5.10 New Ground.

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

New Ground
Season 5, Episode 10

Story:
  • While The Enterprise is observing and participating in the propulsion test for transporting ships at warp speed with no warp drive, but that plays just as the backdrop for the family drama of Alexander coming to the ship looking to stay with Worf.
    Character Focus:
    • Worf and Alexander are the focus here, specifically in their father/son relationship which we haven't seen much as Alexander has only been on the show once before back on 4.07 Reunion when K'Ehleyr brought him aboard before she was killed. Most of the episode is dedicated to them being thrown back together, Alexander acting out and Worf not being able to connect to him.
    • Troi plays an important role here, talking to and counselling Worf about Alexander, his behaviour and how they both lost K'Ehleyr.
    • And for the second episode in a row Geordi serves as the tech-entrenched character with his excitement over the soliton wave experiment.
    What I remembered about this episode:
    • I remember it mostly for Alexander, he's one of my favourite characters in the series and manages to be cute but also strong. Gotta love that kid.
    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • Where does Worf's mother go? She comes on the ship with Alexander, but we never see her leave. Was she there? Did she take off? I know the story is about Worf and Alexander, but it's still odd.
    • Alexander is *quite* the troublemaker, but it was interesting to see the teacher give him the opportunity to fess up without consequences over Worf's more direct and severe approach. The funny thing is, neither worked! And then Worf, just like Alexander, doesn't listen to the teacher.
    • Worf and Alexander are rather awkward with each other, and a bit formal. It makes total sense, and I love the awkwardness of it.
    • I always love on TNG when they have some old-school 'shaking on the bridge!!' scenes.


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    What feels different now, than then:
    • The two stories of the soliton wave and Ward and Alexander's relationship have an interesting and common theme of that to get to somewhere that's new and different, it could be messy and explosive along the way.
    What remained the same:
    • I barely remember the tech-story behind this one, and again barely noted it in this one as it was all about the relationship.
    What I see differently:
    • The scene when Troi counsel Worf is really good. She listens, notes that she isn't judging and provide him with great insight and choices to ponder. They aren't often in a long scene together, so it was a treat not only to see it but also to see how they play really well off each other. You wouldn't expect Worf to open up to anyone, but he does here and it really worked.
    Great Quotes:
    • "Every nanosecond in this continuum is a moment in history, once it has elapsed." - Data
    • "This is going to be like being there to watch Chuck Yeager break the sound barrier, or Zefram Cochrane engage the first warp drive!" - Geordi
    • "I apologize for being late Captain. I was detained in school." - Worf
    Left off at:
    When the soliton wave experiment goes out of control the ship needs to interceded however somehow in all of that the ship takes damage exactly where Alexander is and Worf saves him. Worf them offers Alexander the choice via a challenge to staying together on the ship, and Alexander accepts.


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