#startrek #tng S02E08 "A Matter of Honor"
Riker volunteers to serve aboard a Klingon ship as part of a temporary assignment. Meanwhile a very annoying Benzite ensign is on exchange on the Enterprise. Nice character moments with O'Brien gave me a chuckle twice, first when rolling his eyes at the new ensign, and again when telling Riker he should be afraid before beaming him over to the Klingon ship.
I think season 1 had more characterization, plus the characters were fresh so maybe that helped make them automatically more interesting.
In any case I'm still working through season 2, but it has been slow going...
#startrek #tng S02E07 "Unnatural Selection"
Many disparage Star Trek: Discovery for allegedly ignoring previously established continuity and canon. Yet in this TNG episode it seems as if the Eugenics Wars have been conveniently forgotten as Starfleet genetically engineers telepathic super-children that are resistant to all known diseases. As Dr. Pulaski says, "we might be looking at the future of humanity." Disastrous results ensue.
#startrek #tng S02E06 "The Schizoid Man"
Data tries out having a beard! Very short lived. Troi busts out laughing it looked so ridiculous. Data gets the memories and personality of the late Dr. Ira Graves downloaded into his positronic brain, to cringey and humorous effect. Some say that Season 1 is the worst, but so far Season 2 has had more than its share of bad episodes. Worse, these Season 2 eps don't have a nice character driven B plot. Instead it's plot driven with a cringey plot.
We meet the empathic diplomat Riva who is deaf but communicates through a chorus of people who interpret his thoughts. For a diplomat he seemed very undiplomatic, constantly interrupting members of the crew. He hits on Troi, who seemed unrealistically interested in his advances. It was cool to see a deaf person and sign language depicted in Star Trek, but I felt this episode suffered from a lack of a B plot where we get to know the characters better.
#startrek #tng S02E04 "The Outrageous Okona"
Before she was the star of "Lois and Clark" (1990s) or "Desparate Housewives," (2000s) Teri Hatcher played the transporter operator in this episode, apparently so that she could be seduced by the cringeworthy Okona. Data learns more about humor by doing standup with Joe Piscopo on the holodeck. The jokes are dated and this episode is pretty cheesy, but we get to see Captain Picard crack a joke and more of Ten Forward and Guinan.
#startrek #tng S02E03 "Elemenary, Dear Data"
What's not to like about this episode where on a dare the ship's computer creates the sentient hologram Dr. @moriarty who subsequently threatens to take over the entire ship? It's not "Sherlock," but still a fun bottle episode. I too want to be stuffed with tea and crumpets!
Dr. Pulaski refuses to use Data's pronouns at first, but admits that Data is considered to be alive by Starfleet. Meanwhile the ship encounters a hole in space and is subjected to a series of tests.
This episode was reminiscent of how the crew got put to the test by Q at "Encounter at Farpoint." It's odd to me that the writers would have done this episode given how similiar it was to S01E0102. As we know they were not all out of good ideas.
I hope Jessie makes more "Sacred Treks" videos. This series treats Star Trek as a sacred text, asking us how we can learn from Trek's values and apply them to our lives. A fascinating and original lens through which to view the Star Trek universe.
S02E01 The Child
While the A plot is truly cringeworthy, Riker gets a beard and La Forge is promoted to Chief Engineer in this episode. Coupled with the arrival of Doctor Pulaski, Ten Forward, and Guinan, this is an episode worth watching! We even see O'Brien operating the transporter! I think the last time we saw him was the pilot!
TNG S01E26 The Neutral Zone
I love this episode for the B story, where a 20th century housewife, financier, and muscian are found cryonically frozen in a derelict spacecraft. The housewife characer also appears n the Office of Temporal Investigations series of Star Trek novels!
While the A story features the return of the Romulans and foreshadows the second encouter with the Borg in season 2, I love the idea of waking up on the Enterprise one day and living its utopian future.
Before there was "The Best of Both Worlds" there was this season one cheesefest, featuring sluglike aliens bent on infiltrating Starfleet Command and taking over Earth.
Complete with cheesy special effects, the invasion was averted and we never heard from these aliens again! However the writers must have learned from this experience when they brought us the Borg two-parter later on in the series.
Great fun, though!
Has anyone tasted Chateau Picard wine? If it wasn't so expensive I'd order a bottle. 🍷