ext_2512: ([tng] picard/q)
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First off, you can't have a recap without Captain Picard in his shorty pajamas:



Oh, and why not:




Episode Notes: Was I drunk when I watched this episode, or just DRUNK WITH HAPPINESS? )

Overally Reaction: Yesssssssssssssssss. I love Q and I love Vash and they will make marvellous mischief together. This episode makes me so happy.

I really like the prickly relationship between Vash and Picard -- how uncomfortable he is to have her in his space, how hard it is for him to allow himself a non-professional life, but how much he is still trying because he is so hopelessly charmed by her. I love that this is his type, all button-pushing and brash and flirty, sitting in his Captain's chair in her slinky black dress.

The episode gets even better (of course) when the crew are unceremoniously dumped in Sherwood Forest by Q. They are supposed to be learning something, but damned if I know what. That really isn't the point of this episode. The humor is top-notch. Everyone has great moments (everything Worf does! all of Picard's faces!), but Vash really shines. Her pragmatism and self-reliance are so welcome in a love interest character, and she puts a delicious tweak on the Maid Marian story -- and a fantastic kink in Q's plans. I appreciate that Vash like Picard, and wants to be with him, but she is unapologetic about pursuing her own interests. In fact, she is ruthlessly self-interested. She does not need him to save her.

I'll still with my (possibly drunk) assessment: "in love in love in love."

Episode Rating: *** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
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ext_2512: ([tng] guh)
[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! This is one of my favorite Q episodes! Fair warning that I will probably just go on to quote half his lines in the notes.

Episode Notes: THESE AREN'T MY COLORS. )

Overall Reaction: Okay, I saved pretty much all the Q-Picard and Q-Data interactions for this, because otherwise everything would have ended up in the notes. I feel that my love of this episode can be pretty accurately summed up just through a list of quotes.

Anyway, this episode has wonderful, wonderful Q/Picard interactions! "Because in all the universe, you're the closest thing I have to a friend, Jean-Luc," is probably one of the most honest things Q says all episode even though, being Q, he obviously has other motives for ending up on the Enterprise and certainly only means to be honest in the very loosest way. But it's no surprise to anyone at all that given a split second to decide the rest of his now-mortal existence, he would turn Picard-wards. Picard is unsurprisingly grumpy throughout the episode, but I love all Q's doomed attempts to get him on board with the human!Q thing -- sitting on his desk, asking for guidance, trying to become accepted as a Starfleet officer. And all so charmingly ineptly and egotistically.

God, my heart is such a Q apologist because I'm all like, "GIVE HIM A CHANCE!" and then my brain says, "Um, Emma, he's a terrible, terrible human. And really awful at taking orders. And has a pretty bad track record." But I can't help that I love him and that I love Q/Picard.

And the episode also has great Data and Q interactions! With Data nearly sacrificing his life for Q and Q letting him laugh and, oh, be still my heart!

Plus at the end Q is a hip-swiveling mariachi band leader. And at one point he is naked on the bridge. I could watch this stuff all day.

Star Rating: *** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"Oh, you’re so stolid. You weren’t like that before the beard!" (Q, on Riker)
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: ([tos] the original captain tightpants)
[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
Episode Notes: Q! )

Overall Reaction: Okay, Q -- Q is my main man, first in my heart, light of my life and fire of my loins. My love is not a blind love, however, and I am aware that the one dearest to me is one stalkery-ass sumbitch. Picard's usual delightful pique with him is, I acknowledge, far from unmerited.

Or such was the state of affairs before I, heretofore possessed only of the most slapdash knowledge of the procession of canon in TNG and the history of the Borg, discovered that Q FUCKING INTRODUCED THE FEDERATION TO THE BORG.

My affection for Q notwithstanding, I am frankly stymied that Picard doesn't disapprove of him even more vehemently than he does, because this episode? Totally merits any retribution Picard could wish to distribute. Q introduced the Federation to the FUCKING BORG.

(Um. Today my fatigue seems to be manifesting in unnecessarily long words, pay me no mind.)

But, yes, blah blah blah, Q is even crazier than I gave him credit for, Q is damned lucky that Picard saw his point and that they share crackling sexual tension, whatever. This was a fucking PHENOMENAL episode. The Borg are so much more immediately engaging, eerie, and threatening than any previous attempts to introduce a new opponent in TNG have been. Watching the rest of S2 after this episode and waiting for them to appear was painful, but this one episode glimpse of them is enough to keep me eager going into season three.

Between Q and the Borg? One of the best episodes of the show so far.

Star Rating: ****

Quote of the Episode:
"If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous - with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid." (FUCKING YES, Q)
ext_2512: ([b&b] she started it)
[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
Episode Notes: Restraining orders sadly don't work against Q. )

Overall Reaction: Not one of the stronger Q episodes in my mind -- the plot was relatively predictable given that he was involved, and he spent half of it stalking someone who wasn't Picard. She had just, you know, slept with Picard. (Maybe they just made out or something, I forget the details of their relationship.)

Vash is undeniably fun, though, and it was nice to have her back. I like to pretend that she's the great-great-great-etc.-granddaughter of Indiana Jones and Marion. We know they spawned; it's totally possible.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"What did they call you? The god of lies?"
"They meant it affectionately." (Vash and Q, being awesome)

AND

"You hit me? Picard never hit me!" (Q, missing his boyfriend)
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)
ext_2512: ([misc] glee)
[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
Episode Notes: Under here! )

Overall Reaction: I, along with pretty much every other sensible Trekkie, have a soft spot in my heart for Q episodes, and they have historically been the only Next Generation episodes I have actually sought out and purposefully watched. This one was new to me, because my Trek buddy [livejournal.com profile] myhappyface deemed it not interesting enough to merit viewing, and I agree that it is a weak Q-vehicle. In the range of S1 episodes though? This one is pretty darn good (and does (SPOILER ALERT!) a good job in making the series finale a no-brainer). It introduces the characters well, even if it's odd seeing future major players be sideliners here, and delivers classic Trek omnipotent-being-presents-moral-test entertainment.

Star Rating: *** out of ****

Quote of the Episode:

Picard: Using the same strength you showed with Captain De Soto, I would appreciate it if you could keep me from making an ass of myself with children.
Riker: Sir?
Picard: I'm not a family man, Riker. And yet, Starfleet has given me a ship with children aboard.
Riker: Yes, sir.
Picard: And I, uh, I don't feel comfortable with children. But since a Captain needs an image of geniality, you're to see that's what I project.

Engage!

May. 31st, 2009 12:45 am
ext_2512: ([tos] the original captain tightpants)
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So, I have, in true summer vacation fashion, begun the EPIC AND VERY IMPORTANT project of watching (mostly for the first time) the Star Trek spin-offs. (I'm pretty much promising that Enterprise won't feature, but if anyone has an episode they think I have to watch, just for a sense of the series, I might be open to that.)

Thus, also in true summer vacation fashion, I streamed the first six episodes (counting the first two-parter as two?) yesterday and now I have THOUGHTS.

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