Is anyone going to be watched the Democratic party presidential candidates debate tonight? Is there a hashtag for this debate already? #politics
#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.
Star Trek Musings, Social Psychology
I was wondering for a while what makes the Borg scary, why they represent such a primal fear, and what they represent. I think I've realized it. The Borg represent helplessness against social psychology and dominating forces of normalization. They represent a breakdown in the sense of self as the fear of isolation posesses you and leaves you helpless. They are the same force as the Combine from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest 🤔😊
#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.
Such a cute electric car! Very reminiscent of the old tiny Hondas from the 70s and 80s. Very sad that it won't be available in the US.
#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.
US Politics...and Ferengi!
US Democratic Party hopeful Cory Booker is a Trekkie. And he has *opinions* about my people:
Q: Is there a character in “Star Trek” that reminds you of Trump?
Booker: [Pause] Wow. I mean, the first thing that popped in my mind, which I’d have to think about, just the Ferengi in general.
Q: Quark? [The Ferengi bartender, mostly seen on the show “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” Ferengis are known for the relentless pursuit of profit over all else.]