Aug. 17th, 2014

ext_2512: ([scrubs] no one understands relationship)
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I started watching this episode in March and was so horribly embarrassed that I peaced out for five months. Thank god for Netflix saving my spot.

Episode Notes: The last one from March is 'TAKING A BREAK BEFORE I LITERALLY HAVE TO DIE' )

Overall Reaction: I really, really, really have a massive embarrassment squick, and this episode TROMPS ALL OVER IT.

But, also -- although I know it is part of a pattern of self-destructive romantic choices -- I could not make sense of Jenna's behavior or expectations in this episode at all. Yes, Data presents as humanoid, and humans love to project emotions onto things, but what does Jenna think she is going to get out of a relationship from a person who is self-confessedly incapable of emotion? "This is all part of a program?" she asks incredulously at one point, and I just want to shake her and say, "HOW DO YOU THINK DATA EXPERIENCES THE WORLD."

If anything, I felt a cringey sort of empathy with Data in this episode. As someone on the ace spectrum, the experience of performing a relationship without understanding the feelings or urges driving the other person is too real for me. Of course, Data, NOT HAVING EMOTIONS, would probably not immediately grasp the reason for my empathy.

In theory [oh, damn, that's the name of the episode, but I've committed to saying it], I can appreciate the premise of the episode -- Data likes to explore what it means to be human! Of course he would want to experience romantic love too! -- but the actual experience of watching the episode was a world of nope.

Star Rating: **

Quote of the Episode:
"But I'm not capable of love."
"Then it's going to be a very unique experience." (Data and Guinan)

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