ext_2512: ([tng] skeet surfing)
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Episode Notes: I am pleased to report there were no rape gangs in this episode. )

Overall Reaction: In this episode, we meet Tasha Yar's sister, Ishara, because TNG killed Tasha off in a completely pointless way and has been trying to make up for its guilt ever since by having everyone eulogize her once a season. Ishara Yar teaches the master course in Emotional Manipulation and Betrayal, as well as a Symposium in Solving Things with Explosives, at the Tasha Yar School of Diplomacy. She is kind of bad at both of these, because like her older sister, her neglectful childhood has left her an adolescent ball of vulnerability and confused impulses. She wants to be loved, but has literally no idea how to go about doing so. (In case you missed it in my incredibly subtle comment under the cut above: THIS IS WHY SHE AND HER SISTER ARE SO QUICK TO ATTACH THEMSELVES TO ANDROIDS. Because they cannot people.)

There's been a lot of that going around the Enterprise lately.

I liked meeting Ishara and thought the episode was a pretty enjoyable, if not overly memorable, one.


Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"Are you able to have friends?" (Ishara, to Data, being unexpectedly gentle and tentative, instead of rude, so ... yay?)
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It has been SO EFFING LONG, I am SORRY. All my shows came back and then I started obsessively watching reality TV and ugh. Luckily my summer break starts soon (TWO WEEKS, OMG) and then I can maybe watch a bit more Trek.

But to get back in the swing of things, I am going to comment on something that I actually watched a few months ago and... failed to take notes on. That obviously means this commentary will be SCINTILLATING.

Luckily, however, this was a very good and very memorable episode, so I might have one or two things to say.


Episode Notes:
+ No reason to cut this, 'cause y'all know I'm just going to say: TASHA! TASHA YOU ARE BACK!!!

Overall Reaction:
Ahhhhhh, I love AU episodes! SO SO MUCH. This was profoundly satisfying. What I especially liked, however, was that this finally gave Tasha Yar the ending she deserved. I mean, my fondness for her was always at least half mocking -- downside of being part of TNG S1 -- but it was fondness, and she died so randomly and so ignominiously. Here she got to sacrifice herself for a greater cause, and I was grateful for the retroactive respect.

Star Rating: *** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"Tasha, you're not supposed to be here."
"Where am I supposed to be?"
"Dead."
"Do you know how?"
"No. But I do know it was an empty death. A death without purpose." (Guinan and Yar, who is probably not remotely reassured)
ext_2512: ([ad] they never did)
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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: ([big lebowski] stoned)
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Episode Notes: Opening lj-cuts can be addictive. )

Overall Reaction: What a Very Special Episode. I am sure we all learned a lesson about what a bad, bad thing drug addiction is -- especially young Wesley. (What a fucking square. Tasha Yar schooled him but good, using a reserve in implying her previous drug addiction completely lacking in her discussion of rape gangs.) Presumably they dressed the people who specialize in drug production to the exclusion of sustainable labor as big city aesthetes and superior bitches to throw us off the scent -- if they'd looked like, say, Colombian farmers it would have been too unsubtle. I liked the touch of the space overalls for the drug-addicted space yokels. Luckily, everyone got their comeuppance in the end, and now can spend centuries constructing new economies from the wreckage of their way of life. Hopefully the spokels enjoy the scent of vomit and are capable of manufacturing goods while shaking with the DT's. (Maybe they'll even have a Starksy to nurse them lovingly back to health?)

Okay, okay, confession: I totally enjoyed this episode. That doesn't mean I won't mock the shit out of it.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode: "Beverly, the Prime Directive is not just a set of rules; it is a philosophy - and a very correct one. History has proved again and again that whenever mankind interferes with a less developed civilization, no matter how well intentioned that interference may be, the results are invariably disastrous." (Picard, because I focus on the good)
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So, a moment on Tasha Yar. My thirteen-year-old sister's best friend likes her best, except for in "The Naked Now," which, according to A., reveals that "she secretly just wants to be a big slut." Internally, I was torn between horror and total hilarity when I heard this solemn pronouncement, but it made me think about that episode and about some of my issues with Yar. I do not give a flying fuck about what kind of sex Yar wants to be having, but, despite enjoying her scenes in that episode, they compounded my feelings that she is...immature. She reads as extremely adolescent to me, especially there: she seems so basically insecure about her femininity and sexuality, just slightly awkward. Her not-intoxicated approach to sex seems to be a sort of gruffness or feigned disinterest over thinly veiled curiosity. (Not always, but often enough -- for both examples and counterexamples see "Justice.")

In her approach to her job, she is, okay, more competent than I allowed above (I am just so amused by her complete lack of anything resembling tact), but she is so brash and unthinking, having to be reprimanded by the Captain when she's blatantly out of line or, bizarrely, just being given free rein to EXPRESS HER UTTER LACK OF TACT. "You eat that?" "You're secure enough to wear a robe?" It's like being saddled with a -- extremely fit and tactically intelligent -- sixteen-year-old. Maybe the rape gangs (oh god that expression again) made her grow up more quickly, but I think living on the streets also stunted her emotional growth.

Anyway. I am entertained by Yar's diplomatic fail, I am impressed by her martial skills, and I would like to like her, but in a show where the fifteen-year-old routinely saves the day, I am frustrated by her lack of maturity.
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Episode Notes: 'el... )

Overall Reaction: OH MY GOD A KLINGON EPISODE. IN WHICH WE LEARN THINGS ABOUT KLINGONS. AND WORF GETS BACKSTORY. HOW NOVEL.

TNG has taught me something surprising about myself, and it's that I'm interested in Klingons. But, really, I don't watch science fiction to not learn about aliens.

"Heart of Glory" does a pretty decent job of presenting us with Klingons recognizable from TOS and explaining a bit about how relations between the Klingons and the Federation have progressed to their current position, about the tenuousness of that relationship, and about how Worf has become the way he is -- distinct even from non-mercenary/traditionalist Klingons. It even creates legitimate dramatic tension in a plot that also serves to cement Worf as loyal to the Enterprise, and as an integral figure aboard it! (And as probably a better Chief Security Officer than Yar. Dammit.) This is an episode I would willingly rewatch.

(Incidentally, it does not explain why Klingons now have lobsters on their heads.)

Star Rating: *** 1/2

Quote of the Episode: "Cowards take hostages. Klingons do not." (Worf, as Yar fails)
ext_2512: ([misc] gender bending)
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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)
ext_2512: ([wedding wars] crazy man)
[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
Overall Reaction: Usually, 50% of my brief notes are about Data. In this episode, EVERYTHING is about Data, and so I HAVE NO SHORT NOTES.

Anyway: BY FAR THE BEST EPISODE IN TNG SO FAR. EVERY EPISODE SHOULD HAVE TWO BRENT SPINERS. AND YES, ALL OF MY NOTES ARE IN ALL-CAPS. EXCEPT FOR THE ONES THAT GO LIKE THIS: "<3333333" Seriously, though, Brent Spiner did a great job of distinguishing Data and Lore and highlighting all of what makes Data so completely endearing and so human. (It's not easy to play multiple characters in one episode, but it's something Spiner clearly excels at, and they showcase his talents in many episodes, but nowhere so successfully as here.) This was an awesome character building episode, and I loved how it dealt with the issue of Data's humanity and played around with the other characters' discomfort with androids (Data was so hurt -- in a Data-ish way -- by Picard calling Lore "it"), even as they love him. I hate the word, but I think it is appropriate to this situation: woobie?

I wish I had some more coherent reactions, but it's late and I'm mostly just overflowing with love.

Now if only Wesley hadn't solved it all. He can say something that is completely factually accurate and still make me want him to die in a fire.

Star Rating: ****

Quote of the Episode:
"Are you prepared for the kind of death you've earned, little man?" (Lore, to Wesley -- does this make me a bad person?)
ext_2512: ([misc] goofy)
[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
Episode Notes: One...two...three...ninety-nine...one hundred... )

Overall Notes: While this is probably the least interesting Q episode, it still wins by virtue of having Q. He just has more fun than those Enterprise fuddy-duddies. They may say that Riker makes a "moral decision" or whatever not to join the Q, but we all know the truth is that Riker is not cool enough to become one of them (though he is consistently the crew member in TNG who approaches cross-cultural exchanges with the most gusto -- innuendo not intended, but true -- and so is actually a good selection for the "gift"). (Not to mention that it drives Picard craaaazy.)

One wish is that, if we were going to see Riker grant his friends' deepest desires, we might have gotten slightly less obvious gifts, but that might be asking a bit much. I don't think it's asking much, however, to show rather than tell the intensity of the friendships that Riker is lauding in the final scene -- since when do are he and Wes biffles?

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode: "When one is in the penalty box, tears are permitted!" (Picard, in his all-time cutest interaction with Yar)
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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)
ext_2512: ([misc] hi jared hi!)
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Episode Notes: Click if you're an animal enslaver. )

Overall Reaction: Um, this is the one where Picard is possessed by the energy being, right?

...Definitely one I enjoyed more for the little moments than the overall plot.

Star Rating: **

Quote of the Episode:
"...Humans no longer enslave animals for food purposes. You've seen something as fresh and tasty as meat, but inorganically materialized out of patterns used by our transporters." (Riker, supporting my vegetarianism)
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[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
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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