Thursday, December 11, 2014

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 6 Archive & Reflection

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My rewatch of Season 6 was dramatically different than any other season, as it spanned a year and a half to watch it. Various reasons come into play here, and I almost didn't come back to this project and thought it would be better to either stop watching it, or stop sharing that I was watching it. And I couldn't. I just couldn't. To not finish felt possible, but to keep watching and not share? That's just not the Shannon way. It took a bit to get back into the groove of it, but I did hit my stride again, after decided to change how I'm sharing the experience. I don't know why sharing it is so important to me, but it is. So here we are.

I usually do pretty comprehensive summaries of the seasons, looking at different themes, additions or changes to the cast, and fun geeky insights. Given that I watched a third in the Spring of 2013, another third in Fall of 2013 and the final third here at the end of 2014 it's challenging to see it from that perspective. I'm still going to try my hand at that, but it might be a little less precise than usual even if I still put a lot of heart into it.


Bad joke, I know. There aren't too many jokes in the sixth season as it's quite a dark one filled with abductions, holodeck programs going awry and a few ominous 2-parters. It does have several of my favourites though, including the story behind Picard artificial heart in 6.15 Tapestry, time stopping in spherical pockets in 6.25 Timescape and the great baryon sweep episode of 6.18 Starship Mine. The one lighthearted one I can think of is 6.07 Rascals where Picard, Ro, Keiko and Guinan are transported into kids, and has the fabulous scene of a kid-version of Picard demanding to see his Dad "Now, now, now, now, NOW!"

The six season also includes some of my favourite of the series, including scary ones including 6.05 Schisms where aliens are abducting crew members through a subspace rift and experiment on them, but it doesn't come to light until the affected crew members recreating it on the holodeck. I still find that one scary. We also get to see the fascinating imagery of Data's dreams in 6.16 Birthright, Part I. But of my all time favourite Trek episodes is in season six, and it isn't an easy watch, it's the one where Picard is captured and tortured by Cardassins in 6.11 Chain of Command, Part II. Or "There are FOUR stars" as I tend to call it.



We also have some great Riker episodes this season including 6.21 Frame of Mind where it starts with him in a play about someone whose sanity is challenged, and then he appears to be in that position on an alien planet. It's so scary! And it's such a brilliant performance by Jonathan Frakes, I think my fave of his of the series. I also really enjoyed watching 6.24 Second Chances, where a second Riker appears 8 years after a transporter malfunction. It has some not great same-actor-1-shot moments, but I enjoyed the themes it explored much more on this rewatch than I have previously. It's a fascinating concept: how would you react to meeting your double?


There also were a few doozies this season, including a coalescent being pretending to be a dog in 6.13 Aquiel, Beverly pulling together scientists to hear our a Ferengi on his metaphasic shielding technique in 6.22 Suspicions and a clone version of the legendary Klingon Kahless appearing in 6.23 Rightful Heir.



As always, there are some wild character moments and guest stars throughout the season. It's quite a season for Troi, she's overtaken and has the life drawn from her in 6.03 Man of the People, switches to standard Starfleet uniform at the request of the relief captain in 6.10 Chain of Command, Part I and goes undercover as a Romulan in 6.14 Face of the Enemy. One of the biggest oh-my's of the season for me was when Picard has a romantic relationship on the ship in 6.19 Lessons.

Guest stars are abundant in season 6, and we even two Trek crossovers! Scotty from The Original Series appears 6.04 Relics and Bashir from Deep Space Nine comes aboard in 6.16 Birthright, Part I. For reoccurring guest stars, we get to see Barclay (rightfully) fearful of transporter in 6.02 Realm of Fear and then helps out with a pesky Moriarty 6.12 Ship in a Bottle. Q stops by to help out a coming-of-age Q in 6.06 True Q and messes with Picard in 6.15 Tapestry. We end off the season with an appearance from Data's brother Lore in 6.26 Descent.



As with the past few seasons, we end on a cliffhanger with 6.26 Descent. I remember this one clearly so it's not too tense to go from one season to the next, but I'm very much looking forward to diving into the seventh and final season. Until there, here's text and image listing of my archive for the sixth season.

Archive of Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Six Posts
6.01 Time's Arrow, Part II
6.02 Realm of Fear
6.03 Man of the People
6.04 Relics
6.05 Schisms
6.06 True Q
6.07 Rascals
6.08 A Fistful of Datas
6.09 The Quality of Life
6.10 Chain of Command, Part I
6.11 Chain of Command, Part II
6.12 Ship in a Bottle
6.13 Aquiel
6.14 Face of the Enemy
6.15 Tapestry
6.16 Birthright, Part I
6.17 Birthright, Part II
6.18 Starship Mine
6.19 Lessons
6.20 The Chase
6.21 Frame of Mind
6.22 Suspicions
6.23 Rightful Heir
6.24 Second Chances
6.25 Timescape
6.26 Descent

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 6 in Pictures

















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