ext_2512: ([scrubs] no one understands relationship)
[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
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)
ext_2512: ([tng] i'm not lying)
[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
Episode Notes: DATA IS A FREE ANDROID. )

Overall Reaction: A Data episode. Is there any way I'm not down? It was pretty delightful! Though I would like to reiterate: DATA IS NOT A SEXBOT, FAZHA (yeah, I don't know his real name, I heard an Austin Powers joke and I'm sticking with it). HE HAS FEELINGS.

WELL, NOT REALLY. MOSTLY.

I thought the ending was a bit of a cop-out -- we got Data nearly killing a man but getting saved from the repercussions of his actions via deus ex transporter -- but all in all we had enjoyable performances, some great lines, and some lovely grieving from the Enterprise crew as they struggled to deal with Data's apparent death.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
“Personally I’d be delighted to see you go around naked.” (Fazha, after ACTUALLY DISSOLVING DATA'S UNIFORM, WTF)
ext_2512: ([tos] STRONG SPOCK)
[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
I ... do not have words for the suckitude of my internet connection. It comes tantalizingly close to giving me what I want, and then always falls short in the most disappointing ways possible. It makes streaming video especially difficult, sadly, and so I have had little opportunity to watch Trek of late. I need to rent the DVDs.

Hopefully this post will work. *sigh*

Episode Notes: At least when I have technical difficulties, no one dies... )

Overall Reaction: All I can really say is that this was probably the most awkward Trek romance I've ever seen. The girl was all, "I think you are a cool toy, and impartial, and now I will randomly kiss you!" and Data was all, "I don't get this." In that, I was with him.

But, other than that, it was nice to see Data grow as a commander, learn to negotiate the confusing human world a little more adroitly -- to be creative, as he says -- and Picard was delightful in the B-plot. (Seriously, the delight with which he greets research? Sexy good times.) Sometimes those two plots felt a bit disjointed to me, but I enjoyed both.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"I was simply trying to describe your inevitable destruction in a way that would have an emotional effect." (Data, on reverse psychology)

I <3 Data

Aug. 3rd, 2009 09:36 pm
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[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
Now, this guide to Star Trek that I've been writing is all well and good, but today I thought, "What if, like me, you only care about Data in your watching of TNG?"

And so I created a quick guide to seasons one and two of TNG that really pares things down to the essential.

1x01-2: Data tries to whistle. )

2x01: Data witnesses the miracle of childbirth. )
ext_2512: ([ad] they never did)
[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
A chronological retrospective of some favorite moments from season one of TNG.

So, you know, there are no icons from "Code of Honor."

Preview:


64 icons under here! )

These are, as ever, up for grabs -- I just like a comment if you're taking any.
ext_2512: ([btvs] i'm under your spell)
[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
I have many small, miscellaneous comments to make about this episode, but first off -- this was one of the best episodes of Star Trek I have ever seen, any series, and I was an emotional mess by the end of it, so do not read this post expecting coherence. (Really, my icon says it all. Datagasm!)

Episode Notes: Do not motherfucking disassemble Data, is the gist. )

Overall Reaction: I had a ... very emotional reaction to this episode, and one that entailed many all-caps notes, such as "DON'T WORK ON DATA. OH GOD, DATA HAS A BAD ROMANTIC HISTORY WITH THIS MAN. DATA IS A SENTIENT BEING, EVEN IF HE WON'T SLEEP WITH YOU" (um, the character had just shown up, I find that my enjoyment of TNG is enhanced if I assume that everyone wants to sleep with Data or Wesley, I'm a bad person, moving on) and "OH NO, HE CALLS HIM IT HE CANNOT COMMAND DATA" and "YOU CAN'T JUST TURN DATA OFF."

One of the weaknesses of the show, in its handling of questions surrounding what it means to be human, to have a "soul," to be free (and this is the only time I will use the word "weakness" in this recap) is that the show and Mr. Brent Spiner have done too fine a job in crafting Data, in making him so thoroughly sympathetic that no viewer could watch more than an episode of the show and doubt that this is a thinking, feeling, self-aware, good person, could possibly think of Data as "it." It makes it difficult to see things from the perspective of characters who, really, are reacting in a not unreasonable way to a wholly new phenomenon, to something that feels definably mechanic; instead, I just want to punch people like Maddox in their smug, close-minded faces.

That said, this was the show at its most eloquent and most moving. Every character was at his or her finest -- Riker's struggle with prosecuting a case he found morally repugnant was especially well done -- and the themes addressed with Picard's careful, analytical humanity are the themes that keep me coming back to sci fi as a genre.

This episode is wonderful, and I'm tempted to just go watch it again right now rather than move on to the next episode, which promises to provide awkward teenage romance.

I'll leave you with Data: "Then why are not all human officers required to have their eyes replaced with cybernetic implants? ... I see. It is precisely because I am not human."

Star Rating: ****

Quote of the Episode: Skipping right over any more serious quotes, especially as I already provided my favorite Data quote, I'll go with this:

"It brings a sense of order and stability to my universe to know that you're still a pompous ass. And a sexy man." (Picard's giiiiiiirlfriend)

This is one romance of the week I can get behind.
ext_2512: ([sga] looking cheap)
[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
Episode Notes: Download into Data's brain. )

Overall Notes: Yes! Zictory! Time for another Brent Spiner showcase! Yesssssssssssss. Datagasm.

I say this as a compliment, but for me there was a bit of a TOS flavor to this episode, with its egomaniacal scientist, inappropriate May/November romance, and transfer of consciousness -- though it is fair to say that Brent Spiner played his transformation a little closer to the chest than my man Shatner might have done. I thought that, as usual, he made a very good job of it, making the distinctions between this new Data and our Data sharp and funny. Ira Graves simply was funny -- his completely overblown self-eulogy, his insistence that Data call him "grandpa." I really enjoyed this episode.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"That was a great speech, Data. 'To know him is to love him, is to know him...'"
"Verbal composition at its most sophisticated level. Your childlike mind cannot appreciate the time-worn wisdom of my words."
"'Childlike mind'?"
"When you get to be my age you will understand."
"Your age? Data, chronologically you're not much older than I am."
"Well... You are only as old as you feel. Try to remember that, boy." (Wesley and Data -- I just like to see Wesley be condescended to)
ext_2512: ([tos] mint julep tiem nao)
[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
Episode Notes: We now have the technological capacity to cure your disease. )

Overall Reaction: I found this episode disappointing following "Conspiracy", but on it's own it is a relatively solid episode. The "visitors from the past" B-plot, ripped straight outta TOS, was in the black in my personal ledger of entertainment: most of the fun was in the Southern comedian with crippling substance abuse problems and, in my mind, a thing for Data, but even the annoying banker brought a few good laughs, and the depressed housewife provided a great showcase for Picard's blinding terror of human emotion (god, I love Picard).

More importantly, I like the Romulans (though am baffled by their Extreme Makeover here), and even if I didn't -- well, they'd be an improvement over the Ferengi. We got to see Picard in his diplomatic element, and the general competence of Enterprise crewmembers is big part of why I watch Star Trek to begin with. I'm excited to see how the intrigues begun here will play out over the course of season two (I'm up to episode eight, and the answer so far is "not at all," but I've got fourteen episodes left). My one gripe: has there ever been something less threatening than the Romulans saying ominously that they're "back"?

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"We're going to have to treat them as... living human beings." (Picard, with effort, on the people from the past -- God, I love him)
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[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
Episode Notes: Hahahahaha whut. )

Overall Reaction: This episode is a Star Trek camp PERFECT STORM. It was the funniest, campiest, MOST RIDICULOUS shit I've ever seen. The horrible white outfits. The "free" (all heterosexual, of course) love. Riker's lecherousness coming to the surface once again. Yar's juvenile uptightness about/intrigue with sex. An attempt at a message in an episode where people have essentially fashioned tourniquets into outerwear. And they tried to kill Wesley!

The only shame is that they failed.

Of course, it was absolutely dreadful, but this was "The Apple" dreadful, not "Lazarus Ef-zzzzzzzz" (that was me, falling asleep while WRITING THE TITLE of that monstrosity). Would lol again!

Star Rating: *

Quote of the Episode:
"Hey, I know a joke! A squirrel Wesley walks up to a tree and says, 'I forgot to store acorns for the winter jumped over this short fence and now I am dead.' Ha!" (Dug, on Wesley's misdemeanors. It is funny because Wesley gets dead.)

Alternatively, if you want to get all technical:
"And they make love at the drop of a hat...any hat." (Yar, on the Aliens of the Week -- as long as that hat belongs to someone of the opposite sex)
ext_2512: ([tos] kathleen)
[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
Episode Notes: NOT. ENOUGH. KATHLEEN. )

Overall Reaction: I think in this case my rambling notes sum it up: the program, struggling to find its feet, copies TOS's work. The added "personal" touches just don't strike the right note. Say what you will about over-acting in TOS (or don't -- I'd prefer if you didn't), but with all the sobbing and crazed slapping and unsubtle messages painted on the Enterprise walls (LOVE HUMANITY), the episode really does a fine job of getting to the core of many of the characters' quirks, neuroses, and motivations. Even the side characters, who are never really given personal lives due to the episodic nature of TOS, get some screen time; a lot of my love for Sulu stems back to his swashbuckling scene in "The Naked Time." It's a great first season episode, and a damn entertaining one (there is slapping around! and Kathleen!). This episode sacrifices the strengths of the episode it's ripping off (ham-handed but entertaining character development, swashbuckling) and overplays the romantic possibilities of TNG's more serial nature. It's the second episode of the show. There are things I am more interested in than Deanna's tortured relationship with Riker, even if it's fun to see the Captain get a bit frisky. Basically: this episode took one of the most fun conceits of the original series (get them all drunk!) and dropped the ball on it.

Star Rating: **

Quote of the Episode:
"So you mean I'm drunk -- I feel odd but also good!" (Wesley, summing it up)

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