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[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] 1summermission
LAST POST ABOUT AN EPISODE I REMEMBER ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT.

Episode Notes:
+ I was going nuts for half the episode until I finally realized that the incredibly intense Admiral was Sister Sarah Brown! Obviously no one ever took Admiral Nora Satie out for a Dulce de Leche.
+ I spelled "prediction" as "predicyion" in one note, which I guess is only one keystroke off but it looks like the stupidest misspelling of all time.
+ How can all these hybrid species keep reproducing? It's astonishing enough that humans can apparently reproduce with any alien with a forehead ridge, but that we've seen two half-Klingons have a child and now we've met a boy who is a quarter Romulan -- well, that really strains my credulity. (Deanna gets a pass for her mystical pregnancy, but now I'm wondering if she ends up having none magical children in the future?) (And, yes, I know, I know -- this show has space whales. I should move on.)

Overall Reaction: The main impression this episode left on me is one of feeling really, really bad for that part-Romulan kid? How old was he, twelve? He sounded like he was from Ohio. How can you hound this child, Sister Sarah Brown.

Hm. This...is an incredibly tense, well-paced episode. Jean Simmons was excellent, as always. But is it wrong of me to feel that we get to see female admirals so rarely that seeing this one be such an irrational ball of daddy issues made me uncomfortable? For her father to have been a paragon of reason whom Picard holds up to humble her publically, to reveal her as a paranoiac fanatic... I don't know. It didn't sit well with me. It was an interesting, powerhouse role for a talented actress, and Simmons dominated the episode, but I'm so tired of seeing women in authority undercut as hysterical harridans. Star Trek obviously has counterexamples, but -- not as many as you might want, at this point in its run.

Star Rating: ***, because it was still very well-done

Quote of the Episode:
"Would it surprise you to learn that you have violated the Prime Directive a total of nine times since you took command of the Enterprise? I must say, Captain, it surprised the hell out of me." (Fair point, Admiral Satie)
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