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All I remember about last night after not falling asleep until almost 9AM: describing "The Wounded" as a poetic title.

I don't...not stand by that?

Episode Notes: Anyway, about this episode. )

Episode Notes: This was fuuuuun. Ardra brought some old school Trek flavor to this -- she's exactly the kind of person Kirk would have run across and probably kissed for the greater good.

Picard manages to resist kissing her, but, honestly, she's kind of his type. Oh, I don't think he's secretly pining for her, but she's just the kind of brash, outrageous figure who really gets under his skin, and that kind of fascination walks a fine line between outrage and attraction. (See: Vash, Q.) Sadly, Ardra ruins her chances by being a touch too "obvious and vulgar" (snap, Picard!), being a total charlatan, and also attempting to enslave an entire civilization.

So instead we just get to see Picard school her in the court of law. (Side note: do Starfleet officers have to pass the bar? I get that Kirk was apparently a giant nerd, but it seems incredible that we've now seen so many crew members serve judicial functions.) It's just as over the top and funny as you could hope, with the added bonus of getting to see Picard try and pep talk the enslaved civilization into self-esteem -- what did Ardra do for them, anyway?

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"Please do not take any offense to these questions, Captain. You know how fond I am of you."
"Objection."
"Sustained. The advocate will refrain from expressing personal affections for her opponent." (Ardra, Picard, and Data, the best judge ever)
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This review is forcing me to institute a new special section, entitled simply:

The Hotass: Caps of people looking attractive in stupid swimwear beneath the cut. You may not like 50% of it if you're not a Vash fan. )


Okay, not that I've gotten that taken care of:

Episode Notes: Riker's working overtime to earn his lech tag in this ep, and he's barely even in it. )

Overall Reaction: Ahhhhhh, what fun. This entire episode was just such a romp.

ENTERPRISE CREW: Dude, Picard, take a chill pill.
RIKER: You need to get laid. I know the perfect spot!
PICARD: Um.
RIKER: It's great! It's not a brothel at all! P.S. Can you buy me a souvenir?

PICARD: I WILL NOT HAVE FUN. I WILL NOT GET LAID. I WILL READ THIS BOOK AND GLOWER AT ALL THE SCANTILY CLAD WOMEN.
SCANTILY CLAD WOMAN: Heyyyyyy, stud.
PICARD: No means no.
SCANTILY CLAD WOMAN: Well, you should have thought of that before you bought a sexuality totem.
PICARD: RIIIIIIIIKER!
SCANTILY CLAD WOMAN: Oh, sorry, I didn't realize it was for a special friend.
PICARD: Well, he's not so special now.

VASH: Hey, sailor.
PICARD: I don't want to have sex with you.
VASH: Well, maybe I don't want to have sex with you.
PICARD: *raises eyebrow*
VASH: Okay, yeah, that's not very likely. Anyway, I am just going to hang around here being outrageous and affronting your sense of dignity and generally being a flirtatious troublemaker until you find me hot despite yourself.
PICARD: That will absolutely work.
Q: I KNEW IT. Oh, Jean-Luc!

[PLOT]

PICARD: I am totally on to you, Vash. But I pretty much find you hot anyway.
VASH: You have got a type and it is hilariously wonderful. Just wait until I team up with Q in DS9. Then your head will really explode.

RIKER: So, did you get laid?

And that was pretty much the whole episode. And I fucking loved it. Also, this is the most I have ever liked Vash, which is what I get for watching her episodes entirely out of order. Now I'm looking forward to rewatching the Robin Hood Q episode even more.

Star Rating: *** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
(Vash kisses Picard.)
"I think you've mistaken me for someone else."
"You know, I think you might be right. Welcome to Risa!"
"A simple handshake would have sufficed." (Picard and Vash)
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First question, before I even start here: How the hell does everyone aboard the Enterprise know the words to "Heart of Oak"? I only know it because my ex-boyfriend had delusions of Hornblowerosity and always wore full Napoleonic War gear. He hosted sea shanty singalongs every Friday, with homemade grog.

WAIT. WAIT, HOLD UP A DAMN SECOND. IT IS THE OFFICIAL DAMN SONG OF THE BRITISH NAVY. PICARD IS FRENCH. FRENCH. This song was basically written to tell his people to go fuck themselves and die. How did that not send up a thousand red flags? Why does this show never remember that he is French anymore? Has he done a single French thing since season one?

Now that I've gotten that out of the way: Hey, that scene was pretty funny! Why don't we talk about the episode now?


Episode Notes: Steady, boys, steady! )

Overall Reaction: So, there were two different things going on in this episode. On the one hand, there was the sublimely awkward (I had to keep taking my headset out and going "la la la, I can't hear you") comedy of the not!quite!Picard, and on the other hand there was a pretty traditional Trek plot about powerful entities playing games with the Enterprise captain and his final success in outsmarting them. Personally, I've always like that plot best when it's done with a delicate TOS touch, but Picard holds his own, and brings a nice little moral about research ethics and the need for living things to be free to boot.

But, really, I was mostly enjoying this episode for the completely squirm-inducing moments with fake!Picard, as he slowly alienated his crew's trust be behaving in more and more bizarre ways. I mean, I could hardly watch it, because I have a really gigantic embarrassment squick, but it was still funny. The hardest part to watch was the not!a!date, because that was really the most problematic thing fake!Picard did -- aside from completely fucking around with the emotions of one of Picard's closest friends, it is just absolutely not cool to go around macking on people in someone else's body. The cringe-inducing mood music was just the cherry atop this particular disaster. Conversely, by far the MOST FUN to watch was Picard's HORRIFICALLY UNCOMFORTABLE butting into the leisure time of his crew, especially when he showed up in Ten Forward, bought ale for the lot of them, and led them in song. He even touched Geordi's shoulder. It was both amazing and awful at the same time.

And, pfft, forget teaching aliens a lesson about liberty and free will! The crowning moment of this episode's denouement was the look of dawning horror on J-L's face as soon as Riker said the word "singer." I will treasure that face always.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"Imprisonment is an injury regardless of how you justify it." (Picard, pwning)
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Here is Picard's painting:



Here is Data's assessment of Picard's painting:

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...

And my assessment:

Data, sweetie, you're a little bit full of crap. I'm looking for Fauvism and not really seeing it. The palette is strictly, as Data suggests by invoking Picasso and Leger, cubist. Data calls Picard's use of color a "haphazard melange of clashing styles", but it just seems really, really cubist to me. When I say "cubist" and "color" in the same sentence the word "god-fucking-ugly" usually figures as well, but Picard does mix things up with his use of rather pretty blues in addition to the muddy greens and browns that make me dislike most cubist paintings. The main critique I'd level at his use of color isn't that it's haphazard or god-fucking-ugly, though it sometimes is (he needs to work on flesh tones), but that it's very flat. It lacks the richness that really elevates the work of the guy I am about to compare him to, Modigliani, or either Picasso or Leger. I blame the thinness of the application.

Now about Modigliani (you can fucking forget about Leger because his work has nothing whatsoever to do with Picard's painting -- the Picasso reference is much more valid, but might make Modigliani cry, given their rivalry): Picard is ripping him right off. Like so:



Gosh, I love Modigliani. I think that's partly why I do respond somewhat positively to Picard's work; there's something compelling about this kind of portrait. Modigliani's work is much, much more compelling, with the eyes that draw you right into the painting (versus Picard's flat ovals) and the beautifully expressive curves, but Picard's captures some of that appeal.


Overall, I would say that his painting has some appeal and that my gut reaction when I saw it for five seconds on the screen was positive. It needs much more richness of color and texture, but I like the face, the background, and the vase as a counterpoint to the face. It starts to fall apart when you reach the shoulders. The deficiencies in the color are most evident in the drapery in the bottom right-hand corner, which has no depth at all, and in the uneven flesh tones on the figure's torso. I like something about the angularity of the torso, but the arm is a hot mess, and it could all do with a bit more of Modigliani's sinuous grace. Leger and Fauvism have got nothin' to do with it.

Also, Picard is clearly one of those people paints all faces to somehow recall his own face a little. The painting looks like it should have some horrifying name like "Maman."






Hahahaha, wow, I am running on really very little sleep today and this is what results. But Picard should have asked me for a critique; I was much nicer than Data! (I wouldn't have brought his mother into it.)
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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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Unrelated poll: Is it bad that I'm really happy I finally bought a new headset today, because I think my ill-favored roommate is home from her wanderings and now I can listen to music but also pretend I'm not here as long as I don't leave my room! Sure, at some point my roommates will start to wonder where I am, but by that point it will be late enough that they'll think I'm sleeping!

Hey, at least I'm not a TERRORIST.

Episode Notes: Hey, at least that was almost a SEGUE )

Overall Reaction: I...hm. I enjoyed this episode while I was watching it, but it doesn't really hold up for me. I liked that Kyril Finn (who is apparently a Russo-Irish folkloric hero) called the Federation out on the "hint of moral cowardice" in denying that they are involving themselves in a conflict when they are providing one side with aid; I thought that was a strong point. But beyond that, he was mercurial and hard to pin down as a character and a fucking terrorist, who killed school children. My real problem was the disservice this episode did to Beverly Crusher. Because I didn't think he was really made as three-dimensional as they seemed to believe he was, all her equivocating ("Ohhh, he's not what you expect!") made her seem naive and easily influenced. And one minute she would seem to despise what he stood for and the next to think that he had a point and to totally forget that he tried to blow up her sixteen-year-old son. Just because the guy's got an artistic soul and a yen for you doesn't make him a decent guy, Beverly! I'm getting enough of this shit in season two of Gilmore Girls! (Jess is a douchebag who should grow the fuck up, for the record.) (But at least he has the excuse of being seventeen for his hair tossing and annoyingly cynical commentary.)

In short, could've been better and I don't think making Crusher act like a teenage girl makes for scintillating television.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"Captain, Federation has a lot to admire in this. But there's a hint of moral cowardice in your dealings with non-aligned planets. You're doing business with a government that is crushing us, and you say you're not involved? You're very, very much involved. You just don't wanna get dirty." (Kyril Finn)
Quote of the Episode:
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Episode Notes: I got three minutes into this episode before realizing I watched it before, but fell asleep. How many times am I doomed to watch Geordi try and date? )

Overall Reaction: So, upon watching this episode, I did in fact realize that I had watched it before, but while I had pneumonia and so had dozed through most of it. It seems that something about Geordi's painfully awkward attempts at romance would always wake me up and draw my attention, though, because those were the only parts of the episode I remembered -- and, let me tell you, I enjoyed this episode a hell of a lot more when I focused on the plot. Everything about Geordi and women in this episode made my skin crawl -- the horrible first date, the holographic romance, the back rubs and unprofessionalism, and especially the line "Great, another woman who won’t get personal with me on the holodeck." But the basic conceit of working with one of the designers of the Enterprise to solve an engineering problem was interesting, especially when it intersected with Picard's history geekery, which was the truly enjoyable part of the episode for me. I loved the ending, when Picard got to fly the Enterprise out of danger "on one propeller."

So, this wasn't my favorite episode -- nothing transcendent in the plot, too much Geordi awkwardness -- but it was much more solidly enjoyable than I previously thought.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"Every time you touch it, it’s me." (Holodeck lady, exemplifying what I find gross in this episode)
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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)
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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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Episode Notes: I just took some extra strength Tylenol and that shit knocks me out, so let's see if I'm coherent here, okay? )

Overall Reaction: I think this episode teaches us many important lessons, including:

1) Don't judge people by their verbal skills, or they might steal your chief engineer.
2) Kids these days. No appreciation of fine literature. Or history.
3) Picard is a badass. Motherfucker was IMPALED, AND HE LAUGHED. And then talked about it while eating little fucking sandwiches like getting impaled was a goddamned tea party. Hot damn, son.
4) But even when you're a badass, it's kind of silly to let your embarrassment over a medical issue put your health at risk. Just let Pulaski do the surgery, JL.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"No problem. Where women are concerned I am in COMPLETE control." (Wesley, being hilarious)
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Episode Notes: Guess who's back? )

Overall Reaction: Well...

1) I started and stopped this a lot because I kept being too tired to watch anything, and I think I kind of missed out on a lot by doing that.
2) That wasn't the most badass Romulan episode conceivable.
3) Everything about their plan seemed horribly ill-conceived and it's no wonder it nearly ended in tears.
4) Picard enjoyed that waaaay too much ♥.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"If it should become necessary to fight, could you arrange to find me some rocks to throw at them?" (Riker, entertainingly pissy)
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Episode Notes: It's a conspiracy. )

Overall Reaction: Now this was a compelling episode! In fact, I think it made a much better season finale than the actual season finale, and the final image of empty space with a beacon blipping eerily in the background was much more chilling than anything provided by "The Neutral Zone." I wish they would have done something with it. You don't introduce a conspiracy in Starfleet and then do nothing with it -- that is the most exciting of all possible plots.

If I set aside my conspiracy-loving side's disappointment, however, and view this as the stand-alone episode it unfortunately is, it is an extremely strong entry. It would have been helpful if I remembered "Coming of Age" better, perhaps -- I had to look up the recurring characters; these were no Harcourt Fenton Mudds -- but even not recalling the B-plot of that episode, I was still engrossed in this one. It has everything! Loss of good friends! The bucking of Starfleet procedure out of loyalty and the sense that You Can Trust No One! Intrigue! Suspense! Is Riker Yeerk'd or isn't he? How will they escape?! It even has a pretty badass ending from a usually more moderate captain -- Riker looks to Picard for guidance in dealing with the Yeerks, and Picard, with scarcely a look of regret, is like, "Yeah, we're torching these motherfuckers."

This was a rarity in season one: a serious, dramatic episode that got me to sit up and take notice. Very well-done.

Star Rating: *** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"Friendship must dare to risk, Counselor, or it's not friendship." (Picarrrrrrd)
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This would have been the best time to use my "beginning of a beautiful friendship" icon -- if I had not deleted it. The shame.

Episode Notes: Lisez-vous plus... )

Overall Reaction: (This is the opposite of my usual problem, where rather than having no interesting asides about a slightly dull episode, I only have minutiae.)

For an episode about a hole in the fabric of the universe, the plot is pretty incidental. The episode's strength is the glimpse it gives us into Picard's emotional life -- namely the completely non-shocking revelation that Picard would stand up a hot French girl he was in love with rather than deal with said emotional life. Despite some cute moments between Picard and Jenice, and some actually rather endearing jealousy from Beverly, I would say their chemistry was only so-so, and the same holds for the episode. Episodes about Important Past Loves tend to be patchy and this is no exception.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"I didn't want this!"
"What?"
"The truth!"
"Oh, you want me to lie?"
"Of course! Nice, soft, painless lies."
"Oh. I got the days confused. I thought it was Tuesday instead of Wednesday. I went to the Cafe Moulin instead of the Cafe des Artistes."
"It was raining and you couldn't find a cab."
"Mmhmm." (Picard and ex-flame Jenice Manheim, being TOO ADORABLE FOR WORDS)
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Overall Reaction: Surpisingly, I really enjoyed this Wesley-centric episode (enough, even, not to give it an "even wil wheaton hates wesley" tag), especially the opportunity to see some of the entrance procedures for joining Starfleet, which remains a tantalizingly mysterious place to me (guys, why didn't you call meeeee when I was sixteen, why). Plus, who doesn't want some G-rated teen romance with their space drama?

(That said, I literally cannot remember a single thing about the plot on the Enterprise. I think it involved a kid who wanted Wesley's position in the testing? Who got reprimanded? After he stole something? No, really, I do not think I looked at the screen during those bits. The Sims 3 is a cruel mistress, but it helps me weed out the non-essentials in life. Like TNG B-plots.)

Anyway, I think we learned many important things in this episode. Starfleet likes to psychologically torment its applicants: not surprising. Wesley needs to grow up and is sometimes not better than everyone around him: surprising only to him, and a good lesson for him. Picard failed his first entrance exam: surprising and WONDERFUL!

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode: "It's a good thing you're cute, Wesley, or you could really be obnoxious." (the girl who isn't Ashley Judd who finds Wesley cute)
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Episode Notes: 01000011 01001100 01001001 01000011 01001011 )

Overall Reaction: Joking about Riker's enjoyment of physical pleasure and it's ill effects in the last episode aside (really, he didn't do anything I wouldn't have done), um, there is no excuse for this. Riker, baby, KEEP IT IN YOUR PANTS. PLEASE. Your yen for a swinging 1950s chick and your total hard-on for a holograph distracted you and allowed the ship to be stolen out from under your nose. The Aliens of the Week (Binar? I don't even bother trying to remember aliens' names unless they have a crewmember on the Bridge, are at war with the Federation, or are the Horta) counted on Riker's manwhore tendencies.

If I reluctantly pry myself away from my criticisms of Riker's hormones (I do not hold the Captain accountable, he is genteel), I must say that this was actually a very strong episode, with an above average alien race. It's much more fun to criticize Riker, though.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode: "I should not have been painting." (Data, on priorities)
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Episode Notes: You know how to whistle, don't you, Data? )

Overall Reaction: People have said that TNG relies overmuch on the holodeck as a plot device, and it definitely does get wearing from time to time (though at least it doesn't usually stretch credulity as much as, say, being forced to accept the sixth TOS planet that looks exactly like the 1960s), but this episode is a good example of a holodeck plot done well. The 1940s pastiche is simply a ton of fun. Everything from the brassy secretary ("Nice legs! Not you, her!") to the mysterious femme fatale to the hard-boiled detective (Picard totally wanted to take his holographic BFF home with him, omg) to the Joel Cairo-a-like were pitch perfect, and it's nice to get to see the characters having fun with it. Picard bubbled over with enthusiasm, and Crusher shone. I think this is the episode that won me over to her. One of the most enjoyable episodes of season one.

And then Wesley saves the day.

Star Rating: *** 1/2

Quote of the Episode: "It was raining in the city by the bay - a hard rain... hard enough to wash the slime..." (Daaaaaata)
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Episode Notes: Click if you love Lwaxana. )

Overall Reaction: I don't know what all this destiny shit was, or all this "arranged marriages worked so well for TOS that we must get in on that action!" malarkey, but do I love Lwaxana Troi or what? How does such an outgoing, hilarious woman have a daughter like Deanna?

If this episode had replaced every scene where Deanna and Will simmered over their Issues and their Past with more Lwaxana, it might have hurt the narrative (haha, narrative), but would have surely been a better episode for it.

Star Rating: ** 1/2, but **** for Lwaxana

Quote of the Episode:
"The Captain is highly attracted to me, but he is a little too old." (Lwaxana Troi, to my eternal delight and the Captain's utter humiliation)
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Episode Notes: Clickety. )

Overall Reaction: This was a much more successful Ferengi episode, and I thought it was fairly compelling. It gave us a slightly better (if still kind of anti-Semitic) insight into the Ferengi, as well as into Picard's personal and military history. Seeing the Ferengi with internal dissent was especially useful, as it allowed the show to establish their cultural rules, to make them not so monolithic/stupid.

I note, however, that no one names the counter to Picard's Maneuver after Lieutentant Data. Just sayin'.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode: None noted.
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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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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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