Thursday, January 31, 2013

ST:TNG 4.22 Half a Life ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

Lwaxana's back, and she has her eye on someone other than Picard in 4.22 Half a Life.


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Half a Life
Season 4, Episode 22

Story:
  • The Enterprise works with Kaelon scientist Dr. Timicin to try and re-ignite a dying sun.
What it's really about:
  • The audience gets to...
    Character Focus:
    • Dr. Timicin, is the focus here, he is a Kaelon scientist who works with The Enterprise to try to re-ignite the dying Kaelon sun. The episode strongly revolves around the Kaelon belief system which includes a ritual call The Resolution, a celebration of a persons life when they turn 60, and then they actively choose to die. Dr. Timicin is just on the verge of turning 60 when he comes aboard, fails to re-ignite the sun and falls for Lwaxana.
    • Lwaxana Troi is also a focus, as she falls for Timicin and protests his cultural belief system of his peoples to decide to die at 60. We last saw Lwaxana in 3.24 Ménage à Troi where she was kidnapped by a Ferengi that fell for her. She's quite the lovebird!


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    What I remembered about this episode:
    • I remember Lwaxana being taken with Timicin, and the whole Resolution thing.
    • I also remember not knowing what asking for asylum meant! But I did, after asking!
    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • I see a Michelle Forbes there under some alien make up! She plays Dr. Timicin's daughter Dara and she is the first person I've seen take Lwaxana to task! She has one scene, and totally nails it.
    What feels different now, than then:
    • It was interesting to see the flip side of the coin with Lwaxana have romantic problems, instead of meddling in others! There is actually a very touching scene with Lwaxana and Deanna, which shows how much more three dimensional her character is than can often appears.
    • I understand this episode on a more philosophical level now, where as when I first saw it I kind of wrote it off. Now the idea of going against everything you believed in, and everything everyone on your planet believes in, at the 11th hour holds a lot more weight. It was also interesting to see a culture of isolationists, but not xenophobes.
    What remained the same:
    • I love the story Lwaxana tells about the fashion that turned custom of Betazoid women who wore large cages on their heads with birds in them, in an effort to get Timicin to stand for change.
    • It's heartbreaking when Timicin asks for asylum, but then the Kaelon's won't accept his help because he's not accepting their ways.
    What I see differently:
    • I really loved David Ogden Stiers' performance as Dr. Timicin, it's understated but still varied. There are so many little moments of joy that come through, and it's delightful. It's amazing to see a great range, even in tiny little doses. I also had to look it up what I know him from, and I'm sure many people know him from M*A*S*H but for me the zinger was being the dad in Better Off Dead. "Right off!!"
    Great Quotes:
    • "I adore diplomacy. Everyone dresses so well!" - Lwaxana
    • "But I know you, Mother. And believe me, you will never be one of those who dies before they die." - Deanna Troi
    • "My father taught me to cherish the Resolution. I don't know how you have poisoned him to reject it." - Dara, to Lwaxana
    • "Because I do not terminate my life, they terminate my work. Alive, I am a greater threat to my world than a dying sun." - Dr. Timicin
    Left off at:
    Dr. Timicin decides against remaining in asylum on The Enterprise and returns to the planet to go through with The Resolution and have his life celebrated by his loved ones before his death at 60. At the last minute, Lwaxana appears and states she will be attending the ceremony, and promises to stay out of trouble.


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    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    ST:TNG 4.21 The Drumhead ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

    It's time for an ethical question masked as a mystery in 4.21 The Drumhead.


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    The Drumhead
    Season 4, Episode 21

    Story:
      An investigation of a security breach and sabotage on The Enterprise of suspected leaking of information to The Romulans lead to interrogations, proceedings and hearings that become run by Admiral Norah Satie, who is hell bent on uncovering, exposing and prosecuting anyone and everyone who *may* be involved.
      Character Focus:
      • Picard is the focus here, as he is the one who stands up against the witch-trail furor that comes with Admiral Satie's investigation.
      • Admiral Norah Satie, who comes out of retirement to take on the investigation and is reknowned herself as is her father, who's judgements were required reading at the academy when Picard was studying.
      • Crewman Simon Tarses is the cause for the big turn of events in this episode. Tarses is interrogated by Satie and her Betazoid assistant who indicates Tarses is s lying and it's then uncovered that Tarses is from Romulan, as opposed to Vulcan descent, and then begins the spiral of the witch-hunt. Picard remains true to not infringing Tarses' rights and that and extensive investigation is ethically wrong, especially when it's cleared the cause of both the security breach and sabotage are explained. I don't know if we see him again, or find out if The Federation will let him continue after he's admitted to falsifying his entrance information.
      • Worf gets an impressive amount of screen time in this one, and it showcases how rare an actual investigation happens on the ship, which is something that definitely be his world to play in. It's saddening that Worf quickly falls into the glamour of the investigation and need to find a culprit and seeing suspicion everywhere.
      What I remembered about this episode:
      • I actually do not remember this episode very well at all. I remember Crewman Tarses, and I knew he was lying, but that was pretty much it.


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      What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
      • It seems like the regular interrogation team of the crew is Riker and Troi, which I was very surprized at to see back in 3.10 The Defector (mostly because Troi was so forceful), but it actually makes a lot of sense for them to be the ones to lead here.
      • I keep forgetting how much The Romulans were in The Next Generation, or rather the threat of The Romulans. I've always been a fan of those Romulans.
      • Admiral Satie and Worf shake hands.... and I almost jumped back seeing this! It's so rare on the show! And she didn't even stand up. I know she's and Admiral, but really... shaking hands with 1 person sitting down is very strange.
      What feels different now, than then:
      • Just when I was feeling very comfortable in knowing Season 4 very well, I get hit with this episode that was barely even vaguely familiar until well into the episode when we see Crewman Simon Tarses and then I knew exactly which one it was. It's amazing how much the fun of rewatching is testing my episode-recognition skills.
      • It feels pretty hypocritical (and out of character) of Worf to make comments about someone who if they do not answer it infers their guilt. Does he not remember his OWN bout with remaining quiet in 3.17 Sins of the Father? That's one of the few times I've notice character incongruity in the main cast. We also see it with Admiral Norah Satie who first indicates that Worf will be key in the investigation, and then questions him to be a possible security weakness.
      What remained the same:
      • I don't what the title reference, even though Picard explains it.
      • I love how Picard questions the ethics of having a Betazoid interrogator, and notes the difference between interrogation and counseling positions in this episode and context.
      What I see differently:
      • I felt the resolve on this one was pretty weak, or maybe I didn't understand it. Although I think it's an extremely important issue, I didn't understand how Picard quoting back to Satie the words of her father which made her emotional demonstrated that what was going on was wrong. Maybe that her judgment was off, but not that it was wrong.
      • This is a really heavy episode. It has some niceties, particularly of the excitement of Picard meeting Satie , but for the most part you can really feel the weight of the issue in the entire episode. That's quite unusual not to have any relief.
      Great Quotes:
      • "Spies and saboteurs don't like the bright lights of an open inquiry. They're like roaches scurrying for the dark corner." - Admiral Satie
      • "That's how it starts. But the road from legitimate suspicion to rampant paranoia is very much shorter than we think. Something is wrong here, Mr. Worf; I don't like what we have become." - Picard
      • "I believed her. I, I helped her. I did not see what she was." - Worf
      Left off at:
      When Picard is called out on his own actions by Admiral Satie, he quotes that when the freedom are trodden on, all are damaged which sends Satie on a tirade and accuses Picard of consorting with the Romulans himself. Admiral Henry leaves, and puts a stop to the hearings.


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      Tuesday, January 29, 2013

      ST:TNG 4.20 Q-Pid ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

      It's time to see who is, and who is not, a Merry Man in the Robin Hood-esque adventure of 4.20 Q-Pid.


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      Q-Pid
      Season 4, Episode 20

      Story:
      • Picard is preparing to give an archeological lecture when Vash appears on the ship, doubling his nervousness. Then Q appears and in an attempt to repay Picard a debt of survival, he tries to get him to have some fun but displacing the crew from the lecture into Sherwood Forest with Picard as Robin Hood with the quest of saving Vash as Maid Marion.
        Character Focus:
        • Picard is a focus, in particular with things he is uncomfortable with from his preparation to give an archeological speech to the presence of a recent flame on the ship.
        • Speaking of flame, that would be Vash who is back and aboard vaguely connected to the archeological lecture and to see Picard and it appears to also be likely to make an attempt to get onto Tagus III even though there is a treaty against that. We first saw Vash in 3.19 Captain's Holiday where she met Picard and they had quite an adventure and a romance as well.
        • We also get to see Q who appears to be here in his seasonal-ish appearance. I love that he's here because he hates feeling indebted to Picard who helped him when the Q Continuum removed his Q abilities in 3.13 Déjà Q.
        • Although he is no where near the focus, this is a stellar episode for Worf fans, and he's highly quotable here, including the infamous "I am NOT a Merry Man" to saying Vash has "Nice Legs. For a human." Go Worf."


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        What I remembered about this episode:
        • I of course remember the Robin Hood adventure, but I really thought it was a holodeck thing.
        • What I remember most about this one was that Vash goes off with Q, and being shocked, but thinking about it now it makes a lot of sense. They both like to have a lot of fun and get into trouble. Or, to be more generous, to do things that could possibly get them into trouble.
        What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
        • It's hilarious that Vash completely messes up Q's plans by simply agreeing to marry Sir Guy. Go Vash! She's not waiting, or needing, to be rescued.
        • This is an episode which is really fun to rewatch as a long time fan, as you get to see things like who Q thinks the crew members are in terms of the Robin Hood characters, Riker as Little John, Data as Friar Tuck, Worf as Will Scarlet, Geordi as Allan A'Dayle and of course Picard as Robin Hood and Q as the Sheriff of Nottingham.
        What feels different now, than then:
        • I had a moment watching this one feeling that my theory about episodes that show different settings often mirror the main story would be shattered with this one, but my theory holds true as it's an episode that opens with a dramatic scene where this is the case and this episode the 'adventure' happens well into the show.
        • It's pretty surprizing to have a guest star episode right after 4.19 The Nth Degree with Barclay, but more than that in this one it's a double guest star episode with both Vash and Q! Who knew they would hit it off so well?
        What remained the same:
        • This one is a lot of fun. I don't always like the escapist/holodeck/other settings episodes, but this one is really funny no matter which part you are talking about. Picard being awkward when Beverly and Vash hit it off, Worf...always, Troi sinking an arrow into Data, Picard sword fighting with Sir Guy and of course Vash being her wonderfully, adventurous self and Q being his wonderfully, troublemaking self.
        What I see differently:
        • I felt a bit bad for Vash, it's clear she's surprized and a little hurt that Picard didn't tell *anyone* about her. Talk about embarrassing!
        • This might be the first time we see Riker try, but fail, to pick someone up! He lays a line on Vash in Ten Forward but she quickly retorts what his next line to her will be. Pretty funny.
        Great Quotes:
        • "Sir, I protest. I am *not* a merry man!" - Worf
        • "You are simply the most impossible person to buy a gift for!" - Q, to Picard
        • "That's the problem with being such a well-known liar. Even when I'm telling the truth, no one believes me." - Vash
        • "I may not show my feelings to my crew; but I do have them." - Picard
        Left off at:
        The crew stage an distraction to help Picard and Vash escape, and when the Robin Hood story plays out Q returns them to The Enterprise. Only thing is, when Vash says goodbye to Picard it's also revealed that she's decided to head off and adventure the universe with Q.


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        Sunday, January 27, 2013

        ST:TNG 4.19 The Nth Degree ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

        Barclay is back, and he's a little less bumbling in 4.19 The Nth Degree.


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        The Nth Degree
        Season 4, Episode 19

        Story:
        • The Enterprise investigates the Argus Array, a telescope which has stopped working and when a probe reaches out to the shuttle craft it interfaces with Barclay, increasing his intelligence exponentially.
          Character Focus:
          • Barclay is back! We first saw him back in 3.21 Hollow Pursuit where he all-too often escaped to the Holodeck. Amazingly, he goes there in this episode too, but only to create a neuro interface to control The Enterprise with his brain! Oh, this is after being scanned by a probe which increases his intelligence and creativity to the point of being called the most 'advanced human'.
          • This one is really Barclay's show, but we get some great interactions with him and others including Beverly who is his acting coach, Troi whom is referred to as his 'former' counselor and also Geordi whom he often out-does in Engineering.
          • We are also introduced into the alien race of the Cytherians, who bring the ship to them in distant space.


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          What I remembered about this episode:
          • I remember this one as the 'Barclay gets super smart' one, and I also remembered the array but forgot it was the one where it's all rooted in aliens that send a probe to teach others to come to them.
          • Oddly, I also remember Picard saying "I'm willing to entertain suggestions" when they try everything they've got against the probe to no effect.
          • This episode also scared me, specifically when Barclay becomes part of the computer. The oddity of his behaviour, the loss of control, the seemingly irreversible interfacing with the computer...all scary stuff.
          What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
          • Through the rewatch I've notice that almost every time they start with an acting scene, the theme or issue that the character is exploring is mirrored in the episode itself. Here we have Barclay as Cyrano de Bergerac, and he is trying to learn confidence through being someone he's not. We also had recently in 4.13 Devil's Due with Data exploring Ebeneezer Scrooge and back in Season 3 in 3.10 The Defector with the Henry V and advantage of being to be one among the ranks of the army masquerading as a layman.
          • There is an interesting question at play here on if the possibility of being able to do something in it of itself, is dangerous. The bridge crew discuss Barclay with this in mind, and then decide that until he does something dangerous they aren't going to do anything... but then, he does.
          What feels different now, than then:
          • Who knew Data was such an acting snob? Almost calling Barclay out for not using 'The Method'.
          • This is not the first time we see a crew member gain confidence through an alien encounter; it also happened to Geordi back in 3.25 Transfigurations. The question here is, will Barclay retain any of the confidence gained?
          • Now when I see this one I get a bit of 2001: A Space Odyssey vibe to it... "Open the pod bay doors Barclay...it's very cold out here...."
          What remained the same:
          • I remember when I first watched this one I didn't under what the aliens are saying to the crew when they are basically assessing them. I remember having to ask what 'interrogative' meant. Now I understand what's happening *in* the scene, but I still don't know all the terms they use to describe humans!
          What I see differently:
          • I don't think I used to appreciate how hard it is to act awkwardly when I used to watch these Barclay episode, I would pretty much dismiss them but now I love seeing awkwardness. I wonder why things like that change.
          • I love how this one ends up being a pure knowledge exchange, no maliciousness intended and no one hurt. It's all about the knowledge.
          Great Quotes:
          • "You just spent the entire night arguing grand unification theories with Albert Einstein!" - Geordi, to Barclay
          • "I perceive the universe as a single equation, and it is so simple!" - Barclay
          • "I've finally become the person I've always wanted to be. Do we have to ask why?" / "Yeah, I think we do." - Barclay / Geordi
          Left off at:
          Barclay takes over the ship and takes them to the centre of the universe, where they converse with the Cytherians who are explorers and request a knowledge exchange, which takes place and then the ship is returned to Federation space.


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          Friday, January 25, 2013

          ST:TNG 4.18 Identity Crisis ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

          Geordi uses the holodeck to investigate the mystery of missing crew mates from a 5 year old away mission in 4.17 Identity Crisis.


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          Identity Crisis
          Season 4, Episode 17

          Story:
          • Crew members from a mission on the USS Victory from 5 years ago go missing to the point where only Geordi and Susanna Leijten remain alive and unaffected. At least that's what they think, until Susanna becomes compelled to return to the Tarchannen III outpost and starts to transform into a light-sensitive being.
            Character Focus:
            • Geordi gets lots of screen time in this episode, not only do we get to see and hear about his time on the Victory, we also see his friendship with Suze, he works on solving the mystery of the disappearances and well...I guess I have to mention that he to begins to transform into a creature.
            • Susanna Leijten is very key to the episode, as she's the first one who begins to turn and if she wasn't on The Enterprise and with Geordi at the time she started transforming, they wouldn't have been able to find out what the source of the transformation was nor save her and Geordi. She also is able to reach out to creature-Geordi and get him to come back to the ship willingly.
            What I remembered about this episode:
            • I remembered this one from the very first shot, I think of it as the one where Geordi uses the holodeck to see that there is an additional person among them from the video and by using the holdeck to recreate the event. I remember being blown away by that the first time I saw it, not only for the impressive technology, but also because it was totally freaky and scary that someone else was there but they didn't know!


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            What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
            • More of Geordi being always the bridesmaid and never the bride, here with a strong female friend in Suze. I actually quite like their friendship, and how it's more like family and they bring that in with her never being on the show before and it feels pretty seamless.
            • There is also some classic No One Listens to Worf in this episode, as when they beam down to the planet to investigate he knows they are not alone and no one pays ANY attention. Turns out, he's right!
            What feels different now, than then:
            • This is one of the few episodes that shows visually recorded material of a mission, which is something that I've noted on this re-watch is odd that we don't see more of. I don't know when home video cameras became popular, but to me it feels like that was around this time so the idea was out there. The only time we've seen something close to this was the episode where they streamed what Geordi sees through his visor via a visual acuity transmitter to the bridge on an away mission in 1.20 Heart of Glory and that tech feels actually more advance than record/replay. Perhaps it's something that would be more used on a research or science ship, but still it was cool to see it here.
            What remained the same:
            • This one is still pretty scary on a concept bases, the idea of a parasite from 5 years prior being in you and then you transform into a creature and go live somewhere else? Creepy! Suze says it's their form of procreation, but what if no one visits the planet? It's also totally scary that the crew members that had been there for a bit were too far gone to be helped.
            • I get a little confused and/or persnickity on how they can or can't 'detect' people. Is it by their communicator, their life signs, or both? I think there is a logic path in this episode, but it's still confusing. They say they will continually monitor Geordi to make sure he doesn't leave the ship, but then they can't monitor him. I know he turns into the creature and leaves his uniform on the holodeck, but I can't quite figure it out.
            What I see differently:
            • I think Season 4 is one of the season I know very well, because I not only spotted this one quickly but also knew other recent episodes it felt similar to including fear of losing control that was evident in the previous episode 4.17 Night Terrors as well as long-dormant element in the body come to now effect the host idea which was also in 4.08 Future Imperfect (although in that episode the idea was presented, however was not the cause of the effect on the person).
            • I totally thought Geordi solved this one with figuring out the thing on the holodeck, but that's neither really here nor there as Dr Crusher figures out what's wrong medically and Suze is a creature for a bit so she 'understands' what they were doing. Not that the discovery that Geordi made wasn't awesome, but it actually didn't snowball effect to the solution. And Data rigs a UV light so the away team can find Geordi, but that's for the audience benefit to 'see' him, because Suze can find him without it.
            Great Quotes:
            • "Five years later, the away team that was investigating their disappearances have started to disappear themselves." - Riker
            • "Starfleet personnel have vanished. Others may be at risk. We must do the best we can to find out why. However, I am... strongly motivated to solve this mystery." - Data, in response to Beverly saying he was 'worried'.
            • "You know... down there, I... I didn't know who you were. And yet... somehow... I believed you. I trusted you." - Geordi
            Left off at:
            Beverly figures out Suze has a parasite that's changing her DNA, removes it and then Suze and an away team go to the planet and she talks him down to coming with back with them to The Enterprise.


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            Thursday, January 24, 2013

            Library Loot 10 ~ January 24, 2013


            It's time to see what I picked up this week at the Library! I'll be taking a break from Library Loot for a bit, likely until the winter turns to spring.

            Films:
            • Cabin in the Woods
            • Goon
            • Big Miracle
            • Oranges and Sunshine
            • Attenberg
            • Burn Notice Seasno 2
            Music:
            • The Best of Bond...James Bond
            • Katy Perry - One of the Boys
            • Sarah Brightman - Symphony
            • Sinead O'Connor - Universal MOther
            • Lady Gaga - Born This Way
            • Nine - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
            Books
            • No books this week!
            I also mention:
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            ST:TNG 4.17 Night Terrors ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

            Troi has to 'find you...to tell you!!!" in 4.17 Night Terrors.


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            Night Terrors
            Season 4, Episode 17

            Story:
            • The Enterprise finds the USS Brittain adrift with only a Betazoid crew member alive but in a waking coma, and the remainder of the crew appeared to have killed each other. The Enterprise also experiences power loss and is unable to move, and it's determined that they are in a Tyken's Rift and stuck in a space/time rift and after time the crew starts to experience the same erratic behaviour took place on The Brittain.
              Character Focus:
              • Troi is in the limelight here, being the sole person who can dream in such receives/relays communications with the aliens who are also stuck in the Tyken's rift. She also saves Worf from killing himself which is pretty freaking impressive.
              • Data plays a huge role here, as he becomes Acting Captain as Picard makes it clear Data may be their only hope as they descend in to erratic behaviour.
              • Beverly also plays an important part as she is the one that realized the additional problem (other than the Tyken's Rift) to explain crew behaviour is that people aren't achieving REM sleep.
              What I remembered about this episode:
              • I remember Troi's dream; from the the 'One Moon Circles' line to the floating to the "I have to find you! To tell you!" line. It's one of the quickest ones to sum up any episode of the series. You can just say that one line, and people know what you mean. At least Star Trek fans :)
              What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
              • I totally thought this one was way earlier in the series, even back to Season 1, mostly because my family and I would mercilessly make fun of it for the "I have to find you... to tell you!!" like by Troi. Those scene still are pretty goofy, with the Superman-flying/floating, but I don't seem them with quite as harsh eyes anymore which is one of the reasons I'm really enjoying doing a re-watch. That being said, finding that part goofy does appear to be the general reaction to this particular episode.
              • I forgot that Worf tries to commit suicide in this one, but Deanna stops him and saves face for him not letting on what happened.
              • The cast does a great job of being more and more haggard as time goes on, from unkempt to just forgetting things. As always, Patrick Stewart really shines in this episode in trying to maintain clarity in a diminished state.
              What feels different now, than then:
              • We see a lot of 'regular crew members' chatting in this episode, they seem to be the ones first affected. I wonder if that's because they consider regular crew more adept to handling the stress? Do they need other people to freak out first?


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              What remained the same:
              • The odd things people feel and see that is like waking nightmares still freaks me out: Beverly in the morgue when the corpses are sitting up, Riker sensing someone near him, Picard feeling like he's being crushed or beamed up through the turbolift, and even the general paranoia. Star Trek doesn't incorporate elements of horror that often, but when they go there it's very scary.
              • The *huge* gun Guinan has in Ten Forward still looks a bit goofy. That's one of the few times in the series I've just laughed and said "What??". I guess it's pretty normal bartender sensibility, but she's just not like that as far as I've seen. AND she seems unaffected. Does her race not sleep?
              What I see differently:
              • Although this one has moments in it that are pretty crazy and easy to make fun of, I actually quite like it. I think it's really scary in terms of the concept of losing your mind because of not reaching REM sleep as well as Troi only having nightmares. Plus, the entire crew (save Data) have seen an end result of the journey they are on which led others to madness and murder, and that's very scary.
              • I loved how frank Troi when she tells Data that communicating their entire database of available elements was out of the question. I wonder what Data considers a 'simple message'.
              • I'm a little surprized they don't note that they will put up a warning beacon so others won't get caught in the Tyken's rift, mind you that could of been of the many things Data stepped in to do without being asked, as happened for a lot of the episode.
              • This is another 'Data and Troi' save the day one, which we had recently in 4.10 The Loss. They don't often work together, but it's cool to see.
              Great Quotes:
              • "It's a terrifying prospect to lose control of one's mind." - Picard
              • "Eyes... in the dark... One moon circles... " - Voice in Troi's Dream
              • "I have to find you! To tell you!"- Troi
              Left off at:
              It's determined that Troi's dream is actually a message from an alien race trapped in the other side of the Tyken's rift, and by looking at elements Troi recognizes the element of hydrogen from her dream and that this is the message from the aliens to together create an explosion to free them both from the rift. It turns out, she's right!


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              Wednesday, January 23, 2013

              ST:TNG 4.16 Galaxy's Child ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

              Geordi thinks he's going to meet his dream woman and The Enterprise delivers a space baby in 4.16 Galaxy's Child.


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              Galaxy's Child
              Season 4, Episode 16

              Story:
              • Dr. Leah Brams comes aboard The Enterprise so see some of the modifications made by Geordi and during that time the ship also encounters a space dwelling creature that feeds off the ships energy.
                Character Focus:
                • Geordi is who I consider the focus of this episode, as we see him be exciting, try to work with and generally stress out Leah Brahms.
                • Dr. Leah Brahms also is a strong focus, as she comes aboard the ship after being interested in the modifications made by Geordi to The Enterprise. As a refresher, she is one of the designers of The Enterprise and appeared in holographic form in episode 3.06 Booby Trap and helped Geordi during a crisis, and he kind of fell for the holographic version of her.
                • We also have the space entities, who are never named but the space baby is affectionately called Junior.


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                What I remembered about this episode:
                • I remember this one to be shocking for the fact that we see the *real* Leah Brahms, and how surprizing it is that she is so different from version we saw in 3.16 Booby Trap from being combative to being... married!
                • In terms of the space creature baby, I knew right away that this was also the 'sours the milk' episode, although I didn't remember the fact that there were more space creatures in the asteroid field where they dropped off the Junior.
                What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
                • Picard looks truly horrified when it's revealed that their firing on the space entity, in fact killed it. Even if it's standard procedure, the horror clearly comes through.
                • Guinan again saves the relationship day and is the voice of reason. She's got lots of tough love going on here, which was awesome.
                • One more 'no one listens to Worf' episode, they don't see the space baby as an threat and/or are willing to abandon it; but it soon latches on and starts draining their energy.
                What feels different now, than then:
                • Although it's pretty Trek to have a happy ending in terms of relationships, I'm a little surprized how they did get that far that quick with Leah and Geordi. She's rightfully horrified when she watches the holodeck program and sees the holoversion of herself, but after they hash it out and leave it, they seem to pretty quickly get to being friends. Geordi does make a good argument that all he's tried to do was be her friend, and they do work well together, but still feels odd to get that quick to being 'okay'.
                • That being said, I also think it's pretty gutsy of the show to have something from a characters past that was grey/questionable, actually come back to bite them.
                What remained the same:
                • It's hard not to love the earnestness of Geordi's character, even though his past history with the holodeck Leah Brahms is strange, you can't help but root for him here.
                What I see differently:
                • This is one episode that has pretty evenly divided between two story lines: Geordi meeting the (real) Leah Brahms and then the space entity and baby, although I remember both clearly I don't quite put them together and certainly remember Geordi's story line more than the baby's so I didn't know which one this was by title even if I recognized it in less than a minute.
                Great Quotes:
                • "Captain, I'd like to announce the birth of a large baby... something." - Dr. Crusher
                • "She's probably done the most horrific thing one person can do to another - not live up to your expectations. So I'd take a good, long, hard look at her, La Forge. See her for who she is. Not for what you want her to be. ." - Guinan
                • "I'm outraged by this! I have been invaded, violated! How dare you use me like this? How far did it go anyway? Was it good for you?" - Dr. Leah Brahms
                • "I'm guilty of... reaching out to you. Of hoping we could connect. I'm guilty of a terrible crime, Doctor. I offered you friendship." - Geordi
                Left off at:
                Geordi and Leah come up with the idea of 'souring the milk' of the energy that the space entity baby is feeding off of from The Enterprise, the idea works and they take the baby to a nearby asteroid field were there are others of it's kind. Working together also eases the tension that cropped up between Geordi and Leah, leaving the episode on a high note.


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