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Episode Notes: Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night. )

Overall Reaction: Oh, boy.

Okay, so, I wrote a thirty page paper on queer representation (or lack thereof) in Star Trek when I was in college, and I watched a lot of episodes from the spin-offs for it. One of these was "The Host." I...did not have a lot of great things to say about it. (I didn't have a lot of great things to say about "The Outcast" as an example of queer representation on TV either, but I suspect than when I eventually rewatch it, I will have a lot of great things to say about Riker's constant willingness to step out of his comfort zone. I really do love that about him even if sometimes it leads to him allowing his doctor pal to insert her space lobster boyfriend into his abdomen.)

This episode is probably the prime example of media "pushing its boundaries" in a way that frankly just puts a giant neon sign on those boundaries that says "BOUNDARIES HERE APPROACH WITH CAUTION." It defines limits that the viewer may never have thought were there by being so limited in its imagination.

An illustrative anecdote: when I finally had to watch High School Musical, also for a college course, I was struck by the song "Stick to the Status Quo." In it, the school queen bee watches in panic as her carefully constructed social order seems to be crumbling. Students, inspired by the basketball player and the brainiac who are daring to sing on stage, begin to share their freakiest confessions. And I thought, as I watched this scene, "Wait. You mean I am supposed to be ashamed of being the kind of crazy reprobate who both likes to do homework and to groove to my tunes? That is something I am supposed to feel bad about and that people will reject me for? This is the outer bounds of socially unacceptable behavior?" It made difference so tame and then patted itself on the back for its willingness to celebrate "doing your own thing," all the while sending the subtextual message that even these tiny transgressions against the status quo would be noticed and policed and shutting off the possibility of bigger, unimaginable transgressions.

In my Starfleet, the Starfleet of my dreams, the one I was taught to expect, it would never have occurred to me that gender and sexuality would still be so rigid in the 24th century. "Perhaps, someday, our ability to love won't be so limited," Beverly says -- referring, in theory, to her inability to cope with Odan's changeable physical form -- and I had sort of thought that that someday might have come already in Star Trek. However the episode tries to frame Beverly's conflict, however reasonable that internal conflict might be, what we see is her able, bizarrely, to accept her love when he is temporarily in the body of one of her closest friends, but unable to fathom the idea of being with a woman, because her ability to love is too limited. I see her saying that Star Trek isn't ready for me.

I have no doubt that this episode was well-meaning. But I want more than well-meaning, or I want nothing at all. I can work with nothing; not enough is just depressing.



Finally, I'm never ever ever going to win this fight with sci fi shows but...it's not okay to sleep with your friend's body when he isn't home? Also now I'm never going to be able to get rid of the mental image of Riker and Crusher macking on each other, so. Thanks for that.


Star Rating: **, for some good scenes and Picard hugs; ZERO, for at all satisfying queer content

Quote of a Different Episode:

SPOCK: Her attitude when she approaches you is profoundly different than when she contacts us. Her appearance is soft, gentle. Her voice is melodic, pleasing. I do not totally understand the emotion, but it obviously exists. The Companion loves you.
COCHRANE: Do you know what you're saying? For all these years, I've let something as alien as that crawl around inside me, into my mind, my feelings.
KIRK: What are you complaining about? It kept you alive.
COCHRANE: That thing fed on me. It used me. It's disgusting.
MCCOY: There's nothing disgusting about it. It's just another life form, that's all. You get used to those things.
COCHRANE: You're as bad as it is.
SPOCK: Your highly emotional reaction is most illogical. Your relationship with the Companion has for one hundred and fifty years been emotionally satisfying, eminently practical, and totally harmless. It may indeed have been quite beneficial.
COCHRANE: Is this what the future holds? Men who have no notion of decency or morality? Maybe I'm a hundred and fifty years out of style, but I'm not going to be fodder for any inhuman monster.
SPOCK: Fascinating. A totally parochial attitude.


This scene from the Original Series episode "Metamorphosis" completely reinforces the gender binary, but, still. This is the Starfleet that I want to imagine. What a totally parochial attitude, Beverly.
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LAST POST ABOUT AN EPISODE I REMEMBER ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT.

Episode Notes: Well, I remember one or two things. )

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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No notes, because everything I has to say deserves to be said outside of the cut.

Overall Reaction: Watching this episode was like being stabbed over and over again in the heart.

1) The action plot of meeting an incredible new creature...and killing it, was actually very well-done. Picard's happy little face on encountering a new lifeform is what Trek is all about. But, still -- they killed a pregnant mother. And then the baby imprinted on the ship because it had no living parental figures. WHY WOULD SOMEONE EVEN WRITE THAT STORY.

2) The romance plot gave me lots of feelings, too. Feelings of "WHY," and "WHY GOD WHY," and "STOP PLEASE STOP," and "I am so grossed out, so grossed out."

Show, I want to like Geordi LaForge. I really do. And, when he is not interacting with women, I usually do. But his discomfort with women is not charming or relatable; it is adolescent, and frankly a bit disturbing. He is a Nice Guy (TM) -- he feels he is entitled to a woman, but can't accept the fact that the woman he wants might be a real person with her own needs or desires that don't perfectly mesh with his own. He spends most of this episode alternately punishing Dr. Leah Brahms for not being his fantasy girl or coming on much too strong because of some false sense of intimacy from the Holodeck. She, on the other hand, is initially brusque -- even rude -- but she quickly acknowledges that she that she made hasty judgements and resolves to take Geordi on his own merits; she behaves, after their first meeting, with polite professionalism. Geordi plays soft jazz at her.

This episode wants me to see this as "they both made prejudgements! They both learned about each other and came to work as a team! They finish each other's sentences, it's charming!" I just can't go there. I appreciate that Leah is married, and so Geordi isn't rewarded with romance -- he does have to acknowledge the difference between fantasy and reality. But it's not some cute foible that can be aw shucksed off. His behavior was creepy and inappropriate and if I were Brahms', I'd have written him up for more than fucking with my engine design. She was right to feel violated when she found out about the Holodeck program, and she shouldn't have had to get over it.

Star Rating: **, but purely because I think Leah is great and the space whale plot, while SOUL CRUSHING, was pretty good

Quote of the Episode:
"All right, look. Ever since you came on board, you've been badgering me. And I've taken it. I've shown you courtesy, and respect, and a hell of a lot of patience. Oh, no, no, no, wait a minute! I've tried to understand you, I've tried to get along with you. And in return, you accused, tried and convicted me without even bothering to hear my side of it. So, I'm guilty, okay? But not of what you think! Of something much worse. I'm guilty of... reaching out to you. Of hoping we could connect. I'm guilty of a terrible crime, Doctor. I offered you friendship." (Geordi, UGH UGH UGH UGH UGH UGH)
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Episode Notes: I'm too bummed out to be clever. )

Overall Reaction: I love K'Ehleyr. I'm glad to see her again. She is beautiful and sassy and amazing and super smart and she does all this research and is always two steps ahead of Worf who is trying so hard to be long-suffering and noble. Oh, baby.

Therefore, I hate that she dies.

Hate. Hate hate hate.

And I'm not all that thrilled that she died leaving a SUDDEN SURPRISE CHILD, because I'm not sure what this show needed was a baby (even if for now Alexander is stashed on Earth).

And I still don't care about Klingon politics except inasmuch as they cost us all an AWESOME LADY. Screw you, Klingon politics!

Ugh.

It's a pretty well-done episode, and while episodes about Klingon culture are never going to be my favorite, I do like seeing Worf struggle with finding his place within that culture and I really like the alternative perspective K'Ehleyr gives us on mediating human and Klingon identities. I just could have done without the fridging.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"He knows nothing of our ways!"
"Our ways? You mean Klingon ways, don't you?"
"He is Klingon!"
"He is also my son and I am half Human. He will find his own ways. Why the sudden concern? You won't even acknowledge that he's yours." (Worf and K'Ehleyr, discussing Alexander)
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Episode Notes: Riker Wanted for Murder One )

Overall Reaction: I love a good murder mystery! I was just reading over my earlier episode reactions and I know that that statement is directly contradicted in a previous Voyager review, but that was different! That was bad noir pastiche! This played with the idea of subjectivity and different perspectives on the same event, and I even like the one kind of shitty due South episode that does that! This was an actually slightly good murder mystery!

Slightly. I can only give it a slightly because nothing about the different perspectives was resolved. We can only assume Riker's is the most accurate, because we are meant to side and sympathize with him, but what are we supposed to make of Deanna's assessment that Manua Apgar was not being dishonest in her recollections? There is a pretty big difference between coming onto a man and being rejected and having a man try and rape you, and it would be pretty hard to confuse the two. That is not a misunderstanding or a different interpretation, as her earlier memories of him checking her out could be; it is a completely different event.

Are we supposed to think that she is deeply delusional? Perhaps grief-deranged? Are we supposed to believe the assistant's representation of the scene and assume that both Riker and Manua were remembering things in the best light for themselves after having been mutually involved? That would be the best answer, but, although I call Riker a lech a lot, he's not self-deluding; I doubt he'd reimagine himself as an unwilling partner if he actually made out with the scientist's wife. Which leaves us in a bit of a narrative pickle, and also leaves me in a pretty dissatisfied place with the episode's handling of what is essentially an accusation of attempted rape -- it doesn't call Manua a lying bitch trying to ruin Riker's life, for which I am grateful, but Riker's perspective is clearly privileged because we know him and the other characters love and trust him. Without any clear explanation for her memory of the events, Manua's hung out to dry.

Still, toss me some twisty narrative techniques and a bit of suspense and I am usually there, so did get a kick out of the episode.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"While suggesting the free treatment of form usually attributed to fauvism, this quite... inappropriately attempts to juxtapose the disparate cubistic styles of Picasso and Léger. In addition, the use of color suggests a... haphazard melange of clashing styles. Furthermore, the unsettling overtones of proto-Vulcan influences..." (Data, trying to be tactful in his assessment of Picard's art -- personally, the brief glimpse I saw reminded me of Modigliani and didn't strike me as horrendous, but I admit I wasn't paying any attention. ...Just enough attention for my brain to dredge Modigliani's name out of my memory and draw a comparison, obviously.)
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Episode Notes: This got long, but it's not my fault Deanna's boyfriend is hilariously creepy. )

Overall Reaction: Okay, I am sorry, but I hate Deanna's boyfriend so much. SO. MUCH. Here is a list of things he does that I hate:

1) Doesn't blink.
2) Messes up Deanna's hair and grabs her neck possessively when he has only known her for ten minutes. Says "Much better" when she meets his exacting standards.
3) "Conformity is not my style." Go fuck yourself.
4) "Must've been a nice day." You're a cocky motherfucker.
5) "Your other men." Ugh.
6) Unapologetically uses his empathic abilities to possibly unethical ends and then shames Deanna for using hers to ensure the security of the crew. And excuses himself by saying, "Well, I gained an advantage by using it with you," which does nothing to allay my feeling that he mind whammied her somehow.
7) Is a total dick in negotiation and can't keep the personal and the professional separate. Sometimes I complain that Riker can be a bit controlling of Deanna, but here he was nothing but considerate of her feelings while her new boyfriend tried desperately to use their relationship to his advantage and to start a cockfight with Riker.
8) Asked Deanna to run away with him to be his conscience. Yeah, that's a tempting offer for any woman. Especially a professional counselor! GET A THERAPIST, YOU DOUCHE.

I'm also confused as to why there seemed to be foot fetish porn in the middle of the episode, but I can't blame him for that.

So, that's the thing. Who cared what else was happening in this episode? All I could concentrate on was how much he made my skin crawl.

And I felt bad for the Ferengi who got stranded 80 lightyears from their home in a tiny shuttlecraft, for the record.

Star Rating: **

Quote of the Episode:
"I'm Captain Picard of the Enterprise; I am serving as host for these proceedings."
"Good. Then see to it we get some chairs."
"Let me explain..."
"Fine, fine, just have your Klingon servant get us some chairs!"
"I'm in charge of security!"
"Then who gets the chairs?" (Picard, Ferengi delegate Daimon Goss, and Worf, engaged in the fine art of negotiation)
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She lives!

Yeah, so this last semester was really busy, and, while I had insomnia that guaranteed I technically had tons of free time, it was more the kind of free time where I could do nothing more taxing than playing Bejeweled and watching Modern Family -- taking notes on things was beyond me.

But I watched nearly all the rest of season one of DS9 today, and I have some posts to make! Hopefully I shall keep the momentum up this summer, since I'm, you know, NOT DOING ANYTHING ELSE.

Episode Notes: Apparently there was a...space puppy in this episode? )

Overall Reaction: This episode rates a relatively mediocre rating from me because I think that -- assuming whatever was going on with O'Brien was the A-plot -- I paid no attention to the A-plot whatever, and what I took away from it was pretty silly. But, you know, O'Brien has a digital space pup now. Good for him.

As far as the part of the episode I actually paid attention to, this was for the most part not my favorite Lwaxana Troi episode, probably because of how sexual harassmenty it was. Okay, so she is quite sexual harassmenty of Picard as well, but Odo is the only character who is less good with people than Picard, and he took his complaints rather tactfully through the official channels, and Sisko basically cracked up. I have a strong "WOMEN CAN SEXUALLY HARASS TOO" button and this was pushing it. Sisko! It is so inappropriate to tell someone who tells you he is being made uncomfortable by someone (a) that he should enjoy the attention, (b) that that person is powerful and therefore he should ignore it, and (c) that he needs to get laid. Especially given that later in the episode he told a story about punching an ambassador who tried to take advantage of a female crewmember.

That said, I really enjoyed the scene in the elevator where we got to get a bit more insight into Odo -- oh god, his story about being told to be the "life of a party" and be a chair or a cat was heartbreaking -- and to see an unusually grounded and understanding Lwaxana. The moment when she took off her wig was really lovely. So the episode did have its redeeming features, despite being sort of average on the whole.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"Every sixteen hours I turn into a liquid!"
"I can swim." (Lwaxana, gamely hitting on Odo)
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Episode Notes: In which Deanna gets earwormed. )

Overall Reaction: Did I seriously just have to watch the second show in one day in which a man created a new, more pliant version of his wife to replace one who made choices that took her away from him? (I'm rewatching Eureka.) Because that? Grosses me out.

Other than this, I liked the ending well enough, but... no I'm a little hung up on that.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"Sir, may I say your attempt to hold the away team at bay with a non-functioning weapon was an act of unmitigated gall."
"Didn't fool you, huh?"
"I admire gall." (Worf and Kevin Uxbridge)
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First off, I'm sorry for my prolonged hiatus -- between the end of work, a twelve-day road trip, and moving into my new house and starting up classes, I've been swamped and internet connectivity has been low of late.

I'll try and catch up with my posts on already watched episodes (let's see if I remember anything about them!) and then start watching Trek again.

To start things off:

Episode Notes: In which VOY tries to do noir, and fails. )

Overall Reaction: Do shows need a womanizer character? They're so boring. Unless they're Kirk. And someone's always being framed for murder, and noir pastiches are always being attempted, and, frankly, VOY, I'm over it.

But, man, was the femme fatale of this piece doing her damnedest to be Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity or what?

Star Rating: * 1/2

Quote of the Episode: Whatevs.
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NO.

I REFUSE.

And thus season two ends, not with a bang, but with a fucking CLIP SHOW.
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Episode Notes: Picard Laughs! )

Overall Reaction: What a bizarre, disjointed episode. Did we really have space transcendentalists? And if we did, were they really crazy Irish stereotypes? Did we really have a harridan daughter trying to keep her comically drunk father in line? Why were there clones IN THIS SAME EPISODE?

And why wouldn't the clones be children? That always drives me crazy. I'm willing to ignore the issue for really cool plots, including one recent film, but for this? No.

And, while the nonchalant suggestion that the space Amish relax their traditional marriage standards has interesting implications for what 24th century society's approach to polyamory might be, what the hell? Did they really just use the words "breeding stock"? About people? And entice the HARD-DRINKING TEMPERAMENTAL IRISH into this deal by playing to their BASE LUSTS?

What the hell?

Also, Riker is a lech.

Star Rating: *

Quote of the Episode:
"It is a test of bravery - of one's ability to look at the face of mortality. It is also a reminder that death is an experience best shared - like the tea."
"Worf, you're a romantic!"
"It is among the Klingons that love poetry achieves its fullest flower." (Worf and Pulaski -- sounding her death knoll?)
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Dammit, my computer shut itself down for updates and I hadn't saved my notes on this episode.

Oh well, now we'll never know what it was about.



Okay, okay:

Overall Reaction: Hahahahahahahaha, person who plays Julian, you have a completely inappropriate amount of fun with this episode. "I am... as you would say... FIT... AS A... FIDDLE?" All that eye-rolling! Priceless!

I actually didn't call the ending to this, but that was more because I was a moron than anything. I definitely suspected the woman of being Vantika -- at least until the crew did -- but when she was acquitted, I was all, "Is it the annoyingly smug Starfleet security officer? Oh please, oh please."

Of course, he'd never interacted with Vantika in any way, least of all while he was still living. >.<

This post has become one big catalogue of my fail and I'm ending it now.

Star Rating: **

Quote of the Episode: I'm going to go with the fit as a fiddle one.
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I know, I know, it was all terribly wicked I'm sure, but I've begun watching Deep Space Nine before reaching season seven of The Next Generation, but in my defense the DVDs are on temporarily loan from my 13-year-old sister's best friend and also I've already had reason to regret it (you mean Picard became a BORG? I AM SHOCKED). But I've been on an important sistersitting mission this week and she was getting tired of being dragged into watching TNG on my laptop, and we were both due for a change of pace after "The Measure of a Man", you know, destroyed me, and so we strayed from the set course.

Despite the fact that the first two seasons are rather hit or miss, I do enjoy TNG, and Data and Picard rank high amongst my favorite Trek characters. But, I must come out and say that I have a sneaking suspicion that DS9 will be my favorite of the spin-offs, for reasons I cannot really pin down -- I like the importance of the civilian presence, I like the novelty of a captain who is a family man and a Starfleet officer, I like most of the characters. Until now I had mostly seen Mirrorverse episodes and, while I found them enjoyable, the patina of homophobia that came from all queer content in ST being shunted into an amoral alternate universe rather put me off them; starting from the beginning, I have thoroughly enjoyed the first four episodes and am eager to do write-ups on them.

But for now I'm only going to talk a bit about my impressions of the characters so that I can look back in later days and laugh and laugh:

Characters. )

So, yes, as you can see, my feelings are much more universally positive here than they are in TNG, though there is yet plenty of time for these characters to get on my bad side.
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I was thinking about doing a season one recap, but "Oh lord, it gets better than this, right?" pretty much sums it up. If the mood strikes me, I might revisit Next Generation's illustrious first season, but for now -- let's look to the future.

Especially because I have ENDLESS SNARKY ASIDES about this episode.

Episode Notes: And here they are! )

Overall Reaction: Pretty much I only had to see the summary to know that this episode would be a hot mess. Who thought that a forcible impregnation plot line would be a good idea?

This episode was ridiculous -- hilariously so -- but beneath all the "Picard can't deal with babies" and "Data has inappropriate reactions to human experiences" and "Worf says hilarious things in a gruff deadpan" and "Riker can't handle Deanna having the sexual life that he himself richly enjoys" (OH WAIT) and other bits and bobs that make up my enjoyment of TNG, I just found this episode deeply problematic.

Deanna is an intelligent, emotionally mature woman living in the 23rd century. She is an empath and a counselor. She is surrounded by her thoughtful, affectionate coworkers and has a female physician. THIS SHOW IS WRITTEN BY PRESUMABLY INTELLIGENT PEOPLE. And yet no one thinks that, hey, perhaps FORCIBLE IMPREGNATION could be a traumatic violation of Deanna's bodily integrity? Deanna is so blissed out about this whole thing that I can only hope that the alien creature is exerting some sort of emotional sway over her, possibly narcotic. And in the aftermath of the impregnation, Deanna is subjected to a debate over what should be done with her body by two male crewmen (admittedly, they're the security officer, who has legitimate reasons for concern, and Data, who's an android, but still) and the blazing, irrational jealousy of Riker, an ex-boyfriend who certainly enjoys recreational sex wherever he can get it. Perhaps he's just surprised because accidental pregnancy has been eradicated in civilized society. Or maybe he's just a dick. (Seriously, he's the most diplomatic person in the show -- he can let anything go. UNLESS DEANNA DARES TO GET PREGNANT.)

The first issue is resolved by Deanna, who shuts down Worf and Data's debate over what to do with her abnormally fast-growing foetus, but the second issue continues throughout the episode, relatively unremarked upon. When Worf walked in during the middle of Deanna's childbirth, I was willing to dismiss it as a necessary security precaution (especially when Pulaski made a comment to the same effect). Data asked permission to be present and, in his own endearingly inept way, actually provided some emotional support for Deanna. But when Riker spied on her childbirth through a window? And Deanna's only response was an affectionate, "Were you here all along"? My head may have exploded. Did Deanna give up her right to privacy when she dared to become impregnated by an alien being in her sleep? And does she need to look so happy about it?

This episode... it was so bad it was funny, hard to get worked up over. But it failed, on so, so many levels.

Star Rating: * 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"And who will tuck him in at night?" "C'mon, Commander..." "I will accept that responsibility." (Riker, Wesley, and Worf, in what is probably the funniest exchange to ever involve Wesley Crusher ever)
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Episode Notes: Only women need click; menfolk couldn't understand. )

Overall Reaction: First off: has there ever been a good matriarchy episode of any show? They're never thoughtful explorations of what might result if a society were built around women's strengths and values, just excuses for cheap jokes (which, don't get me wrong, if we're talking about their reprogramming computers to flirt with Captain Kirk, I love it -- and, yes, after unsuccessfully googling "sexy computer kirk" for twenty minutes I dredged what episode that was a tag for out of my tired, tired memory) or to say, "Look, men! This is what sexism is like! Imagine if you were oppressed!" So this episode was, basically, doomed from the start.

On that note, secondly: I don't even know what to do with this shit show, guys. I have the note "spiderman 3" here, which I can only assume means that I felt there were way too many villains or obstacles in this episode. This is probably true; I watched it a few weeks ago. Plotwise -- well, Riker's usually actually a fairly good diplomat, but I'm pretty sure sleeping with the misandrous planet leader while revolution foments isn't sound diplomatic strategy. (Note that I would never call Kirk out on this, because he wouldn't have kissed her until after his friends were in imminent danger and he needed to Distract her. Sexuality is fine as long as it's a strategy, Riker, but you won't get far in this galaxy if you harbor the illusion that sex is "fun" and "recreational.") It's astonishing and unlikely that he managed to resolve anything. But, boy, I'm sure glad that social change is coming and men might soon get to marry any lady they please.

Star Rating: *

Quote of the Episode: "A Klingon sneeze?" "Only kind I know." (Geordi and Worf, talking about things relevant to the B-plot, which I have completely forgotten)
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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)
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Overall Reaction: Once I recover the files from my old laptop, I might discover that I had dozens of humorous asides to share about this episode, but none of the notes I have on hand dealt with minutiae, only with general themes that could be incorporated into this comment. To whit:

+ Wow, good call on not letting the Ferengi be the major villains of the series, PTB. They are seriously silly.
+ Aaaaand I think I get where the criticisms of possible antisemitism in their portrayal come from.
+ I liked Picard's bluff. Hot.

ETA: I did have a few random notes! The salient points were: (a) oh boy, the Ferengi are sexist, too!, (b) Picard's little S1 outbursts of French patriotism are super cute, and (c) one of the things I like best about Picard is what a good delegator he is, always willing to take input from his crew (and just as willing to shut them down if they're being dumbasses).

Star Rating: **

Quote of the Episode:
"Apologies, Captain. I seem to have reached an odd... functional impass. I am, uh, stuck." (Data, his battle with a Chinese finger trap providing the highlight of the episode -- AS PER USH)
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Episode Notes: I could barely summon the energy to say anything about this episode. )

Overall Reaction: I am always excited when there is an alien race played entirely by non-white actors, but did they have to be fierce, misogynistic, under-developed, bigamous warrior-thieves? And to be dressed like they were out of the Voyages of Sinbad movies? If I could have summoned the energy to even look at the screen while this episode was playing, I might have cared more.

Star Rating: *

Quote of the Episode: As far as I know, no one said anything in this episode.

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