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I watched this one while working out, and so I took no notes, but I will try and remember everything I noticed!

Episode Notes: Wingin' it. )

Overall Reaction: What a checkered history you now have with the Romulans, Geordi. Are you somehow irresistible to them, or just lucky?

I can't say I found this episode overwhelmingly compelling -- I'm always glad when there is movement in the intergalactic political scene on this show, but I'm also just never that interested in the Klingons? -- but it wasn't a hardship to watch either. I enjoyed seeing Geordi essentially having a showdown with himself all episode, as he constantly uncovered or foiled his own brainwashed agenda. I can't blame him for not being the one to ultimately put all the pieces together, because "I was the criminal and never knew it!" is a pretty unexpected end to a detective story. (I want than Sherlock Holmes fic now, though. Or the Holodeck adventure when Data is Holmes and Moriarty.)

The final scene, in which Deanna helps Geordi begin the painful process of rejecting his false memories and facing the real trauma that he has undergone, was very well done though. I feel like we don't often get to see Deanna and Geordi play off one another. They had a really lovely dynamic in this episode, and I appreciated getting to see Deanna really do the work of a counselor as she kindly, but firmly, led Geordi through the hard first steps of recovery.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"And that's all?"
"Yeah. Well, there was this..."
"Yes?"
"Her name is Jonek."
"Ah!"
"But, er... you wouldn't wanna hear about that. Better get ready for duty. Nice talking to you, Counselor." (Deanna, fishing, and Geordi, being a tease)
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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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Episode Notes: Guess who's back (back again)? Broccoli's back (tell a friend) )

Overall Reaction: My first thought was OH MY GOD IT'S BROCCOLI and my second thought was IS HE GETTING REAL THERAPY? PLEASE TELL ME HE'S GETTING REAL THERAPY. I'm not sure he is getting real therapy, and if he is, it's still from Deanna, which seems counterproductive to me. But I honestly did enjoy this episode. Dwight Schultz is a solid performer, and I feel a great deal of empathy for Barclay. The Flowers for Algernon plot is always an interesting one, and it was entertaining to see him waltzing around the Enterprise, imperiously correcting Einstein and greatly improving his Cyrano de Bergerac performance.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"Has Mr. Barclay done anything that could be considered... potentially threatening?"
"Well... he did make a pass at me last night. A good one." (Picard and Troi)
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Episode Notes: All my notes were about rank pips.

Overall Reaction: Oh my god, Geordi had a lady friend! An unfraught lady friend! She calls him her "little brother" and she gives him not so great dating advice and there's hugging and she saves him with the power of friendship! No kissing! Even Geordi shamefully misrepresenting himself as a swingin' bachelor with his pick of the ladies could not sour this experience for me.

Also there was a plot, but I watched this last September or something. I'm just trying to power through my backlog so I can watch a new episode tonight.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"You know I'm not a threat. The others, Mendez, Brevelle, they don't exist as Humans anymore. But a part of you still does. You're not one of them yet, Geordi. I can help you if you'll just trust me. I know what's going on inside of you - the war you're fighting with yourself. Your Humanity slipping away. The instinct to run. It's overpowering. But they know how to beat it now, Geordi. Look at me! I've come back, Geordi. Let me take you back, too." (Susanna, being a friiiiend)
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Overall Reaction: The only notes I have in the episode say "oh god creepy creepy" and "stop making Keiko and Miles' relationship always terrible" and then the rest are about everyone's fashion choices. WHY DO I KEEP LETTING SO MUCH TIME PASS BETWEEN WATCHING EPISODES AND POSTING. Fail, Emma. Fail.

Here, have some screencaps of horror and horr...ible fashion:





And finally, Troi looking as tired as I was when I watched this episode:



I remember liking this episode -- it was atmospheric and unsettling and it gave Deanna something to do -- but I got nothing else.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode: "This is a little souvenir I picked up from Magus III. That was setting number one. Anyone wanna see setting number two?" (Guinan, being a badass with a gun)
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Episode Notes: Riker? More like RiKirk. By which I mean Riker fits Kirk's reputation as an intergalactic hussy better than the Captain does. )

Overall Reaction: I always enjoy seeing Riker go into diplomat mode, and this was no exception. It was interesting to see how the Federation approaches an intentional first contact, and even more interesting that the aliens decided they weren't ready to be part of an intergalactic community yet.

It's been a few months since I watched the episode (oops), so I don't have much else to say, but I thought this was a solid venture.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode: "My world's history has recorded that conquerors often arrived with the words, 'We are your friends'." (Good point, Sampa)
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I watched this LITERALLY EIGHT MONTHS AGO. Moving back from England and getting a job and becoming internet famous for my silly Buffy limericks and going through a thousand new fandoms just...took a lot of time away from my Trek viewing? But now my J.J. Abrams-related rage has only one cure, and it's more cowbell TNG.

Overall Reaction: I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS EPISODE. HERE ARE SOME NOTES.

+ I dig Guinan flashing her garters in Dixon Hill. Also, I was just reading an old article, and I really love that Whoopi Goldberg apparently called Gene Roddenberry up to demand a role on the show because Nichelle Nichols was such a role model for her when she was a kid.

+ There is a wormhole.

+ The Asian nurse who's in the background of a bunch of episodes got a name! That I did not write down.

+ Something something stalemate.

OH OH OH, okay, this is the one where everyone is all, "Is Data messing with us? I THINK HE'S LYING," but then we find out he did it to save their lives and they all willingly erase their memories.

I think I liked it?

Star Rating: *** seems like a good guess

Quote of the Episode:
"Geordi is super concerned about this beard thing." (Me, mysteriously, in my notes)
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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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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: Lj-cut is adopted )

Overall Reaction: I restrained myself above, but from now on, I will refer to Jono by his proper name: Chad Allen. HI CHAD ALLEN, HI. It took me like ten minutes to recognize your baby face, but once I did I was so excited! HI!

A ball of confusion, that's what Chad Allen is today. The crew of the Enterprise struggles with what to do with the rescued Chad Allen, who has thoroughly assimilated to his adoptive/slightly kidnappy culture, and through his exposure to Starfleet, he too begins to question where his loyalties lie -- with the man he knows as his father, or with his birth species. But let's be real here: all we really care about is watching Picard be terrible with children when he is saddled with an unexpected teenaged roommate. That is the entire point of this episode.

Picard! Honey! So bad at this! Picard alternates between gruff orders and awkward commiseration, used to being obeyed and uncomfortable with the noise and emotion and confusion that comes with adolescents. (Picard, I honestly can't believe you refused to let him listen to music EVER; what were you hoping to accomplish there? Just tell him to respect your need for quiet when you are present in your quarters and to mind the volume otherwise! This is not a kid who is being purposefully difficult to you! Taking away all of his self-soothing techniques is obviously going to backfire.) And, of course, because Picard struggles so much with children, it was satisfying as ever to see his innate compassion overcome his awkwardness in the rather touching Holodeck scene where Chad Allen begins to experience flashbacks to the death of his parents.

As to the resolution, I think the Enterprise made the right call. The episode is a nice defense of adoption and the validity of made families, and Chad Allen's relationship with his father was well done. Add in the fact that Jono was of legal majority in Telerian culture and had already suffered enough unspeakable trauma for one lifetime (constantly switching custody? REALLY NOT GOOD FOR KIDS, SURPRISE! Of course, it doesn't usually lead to attempted-suicide-through-stabbing-Starfleet-officers, but the kid was going through a lot), and they've sold me! But...I do wonder what they're going to tell his grandparents, and if Starfleet isn't going to have a lawsuit on their hands from one pissed off and grief-stricken admiral. Maybe they can become pen pals?

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"There was a crime committed on board this ship, but it was not Jono's; it was mine. When we found Jono, it seemed so clear what had to be done. We knew that if we could only... persuade him to make the decision to stay, then you would most likely let him. So with the best of intentions, we tried to convince him. And in so doing... we thoroughly failed to listen to *his* feelings, to his needs. That was the crime. And it has... taken a huge toll on a strong and a very... noble young man. And it must be rectified. He will return home - to the only home he's ever known. And to the father that he loves. To you, Endar." (Picard)
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Episode Notes: Hey JC, JC, would you transfigure for me? )

Overall Reaction: I'm just going to get this out of the way: SPACE JESUS. SPACE JESUS SPACE JESUS SPACE JESUS.

Half my notes (well, of the notes not about Geordi's lack of luck with ladies) were like "Wow, this guy is super likeable. And hot. Very hot. Picard just felt him up. Picard just realized Beverly thinks John Doe is hot and is now side-eying him. He's so hot I don't even mind that hideous, hideous turtlejumpsuit. Even if it is embarrasingly revealing and his nipples are much too visible and really that's a terrible jumpsuit."

And the second half were all "SPACE JESUS."

This all begs the question...am I doomed to find Jesus hot forever?

No, I'm sorry! This has all gotten so out of hand! Focus, Taf, focus!

To be fair, though, I am not the only person distracted by my strange feelings for Space Jesus. Beverly is intrigued by her the quick healing alien patient with no memory from the start, even having what has to be the most awkward boy talk conversation with her teenage son ever. Sure, Bev. We've all used the "deep spiritual connection" line to justify the butterflies we get with our amnesiac patients. Wes is clearly humoring you. (Come to think of it -- that spiritual connection line probably should have tipped me off to the Space Jesus thing.)

And, ultimately, his charisma and appeal is the main strength of this episode. The episode's message is a little muddled -- the old Star Trek standby of kindness and tolerance and joy in IDIC has been done better -- but Mark La Mura as John Doe held my attention throughout. (Shut up.) I wanted him to remember who he was and to find out where he came from, I didn't want him to be turned over the authorities on his home planet (even if, like the crew of the Enterprise, I struggled with what that would mean for the Prime Directive), and I felt for him in his fears of persecution. Also, I decided to become his acolyte and convert into an energy being myself. Wait. No.

For all I've belabored them, though, the Jesus parallels could have been much more hammer-like, and I enjoyed this episode. It was helped along by an entertaining script with some great moments for Worf and Geordi.



(Did I want Geordi to have a consciousness exchange with the mysterious injured alien when they did their risky neural hook-up thang at the beginning of the episode, and to hopefully become a super sassy villain? Obviously. But I guess him developing self-esteem or whatever was...whatever. *sigh*)

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"I’VE BEEN TUTORING HIM. HE LEARNS…VERY QUICKLY." (Worf, about Geordi's newfound romantic success, with this amazing wry little chuckle in his voice)
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This is one of those times that I realize I never did a write up for an episode I watched months ago, and so may not remember everything I wanted to say. However, since it is a Lwaxana Troi episode... I think I'll remember the important bits.

Episode Notes: Females do not deserve the honor of lj-cuts. )

Overall Reaction: I am aware that not everyone feels as I feel, but my love for Lwaxana Troi is a true and powerful thing. Much like the Ferengi's love for her, but with much less casual misogyny. I am willing to pay handsomely for her, though.

Also, although Deanna is not my favorite character, she is at her most likeable in her interactions with her mother -- her exasperation is very relatable, as are her efforts to get her mother to "stop demeaning me and address me as an adult." I liked that this episode gave them so much opportunity to interact.

And, finally, I adored the resolution of this episode. Both because we got to see Lwaxana being canny and plotty, for all she can seem like she has lost the plot a bit, and because she managed to organize her own rescue in a way that forced Captain Picard to pretend to be her jealous lover. And to serenade her with a sonnets mash-up. Truly, it was a thing of beauty.

Sort of a light, goofy episode -- and I'm not sure the show really knows what it's doing with the Ferengi yet -- but it brought a few of my favorite things together in a delicious way.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"My love...is a fever, longing still, for that which longer nurseth the disease."
"Tell me more."
"In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes, for they in thee a thousand errors see; but 'tis my heart that loves what they despise, who, in despite of view, are pleased to dote. Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate!" (Jean-Luc, "wooing" Lwaxana)
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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)
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Episode Notes: And when we're holding hands, it's like having sex to me. )

Overall Reaction: I liked this episode a lot, in terms of the writing, the performance by Barclay, and just giving us some delightfully goofy moments, but it raised a few big questions for me.

Number 1: Holodeck ethics. Is it ethical to enter into an occupied Holodeck without express permission? There was a clear understanding amongst all the crew members that the Holodeck was a place for fantasy and self-exploration, a judgement-free place where one can act out one's id. Geordi explicitly states that what happens on the Holodeck is private. Further, though the show skates around this, there's a suggestion that the Holodeck can be, well, a masturbatory aid. Certainly we've seen people act out sexual fantasies in there. GEORDI HIMSELF IS THE WORST OFFENDER IN THIS. He has both fallen in love in there, as he tells Reg in this episode, and relived super awkward dates in it. That may all have been in one episode. I watched that episode a lot because I kept falling asleep during it. ANYWAY. If all this is the case, then why is it acceptable for crew members to enter into their co-workers' fantasies?

And if there's a sense that the Holodeck is in some way a public place, then I don't think Riker was out of line with his comments that co-workers should be off-limits in it. Deanna was right that he was responding out of hurt pride and that he was taking it much too seriously, but there is something deeply inappropriate about Barclay's use of real people on the Holodeck. Especially his use of Deanna, which began to read almost as sexual obsession. In fact, all of the women in his programs read as combination mommy figure and sex object, and that's both very telling psychologically and fairly disturbing, especially since the objects of his fantasy can walk in at any time.

Number 2: Is this really the crew's job? Okay, okay, I'm not questioning that from a human perspective it was good for Geordi to take a personal interest in a clearly troubled subordinate or for Picard to put the kibosh on mocking nicknames. Certainly he should at least have been pointed to a counselor. But, he was really bad at his job! Yes, he ended up solving the problem, but there was NO WAY to foresee that, and I don't understand why precisely they have to be lenient about his absenteeism and inarticulateness. Probably I am just Missing the Point, but from a pragmatic perspective, this is not how to respond to lousy employees.

However, I do appreciate the message of empathy in the episode, of not letting troubled people slide through the cracks, and of the idea that even...I'll say introverted for the moment, but I'll come back to that...people can have contributions to make. So I guess I'm just nitpicking here. Maybe not good business practice, but good from a message point of view, and I suppose the Enterprise wouldn't be the place it is if it focused on the pragmatic over the human.

(THIS IS LIKE THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT I SAID WHEN I CAME OUT OF MONEYBALL THE OTHER DAY, IT'S KIND OF HILARIOUS. There I was all, "I respect his business practice and I get that he changed baseball and that he gamed the Yankees, etc., but, but BASEBALL. I WANT TO ROMANTICIZE IT. WHAT ABOUT LOYALTY TO PLAYERS AND, AND TEAM SPIRIT, AND.")

Number 3: I'm not a psychiatrist, and he's a fictional character, but with those caveats, I'm pretty sure the issue in this episode was not what the show thought the issue was. They seemed to think it was fantasy versus reality, and that was part of it, but I'm pretty sure the issue was that this guy has a MASSIVE UNDIAGNOSED ANXIETY DISORDER. How was that not caught during the endless psych evals these people go through? How is he not in therapy and possibly being medicated? Geordi called him shy, and that seems to be the assessment everyone else stood by, but he says it's more than shyness, he knows it's something more, even if he can't articulate it. I really would have liked some acknowledgment that he clearly had some problem beyond being slightly awkward around people and that perhaps just telling him to engage with the real world and talk to people wasn't enough. (Okay, they did point him to Deanna, but that was like the shittiest therapy session ever. Possibly because of his hard-on for her.)

These questions aren't necessarily criticisms, though. I liked that the episode made me think a little (even if the space mystery of the week did not).

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"Being afraid all of the time, of forgetting somebody's name, not, not knowing... what to do with your hands. I mean, I, I am the guy who writes down things to remember to say when there's a party. And then, when he finally gets there, he winds up alone, in the corner, trying to look comfortable examining a potted plant."
"You're just shy, Barclay."
"Just shy... Sounds like nothing serious - doesn't it? You can't know." (Barclay and Geordi, talking about something that -- I'm not wrong, right? This is more than shyness?)
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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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Episode Notes: I'll overcome that in order to erase the humiliation that I've brought upon myself and my father. / You're just in your own little Euripides play over there, aren't you? )

Overall Reactions: So I guess that brings me to the actual plot of the episode, and not just the red herring cross-cultural-hijinks plot that I held out so much hope for. Which, fine, I can do the Klingon Honor plot, even if I got over my hard-on for HONOR at, like, age fifteen.

So, I missed some of the nuances with how the Klingon justice system works and why exactly Worf had to descend from on high to go through a trial with the death penalty to try and avenge his father's honor. I'm sure it's all perfectly self-explanatory to Klingons. The set-up wasn't really what was interesting about the plot, anyway. What was interesting was seeing the character with possibly the most black and white view of right and wrong and of honor in the show (something I've commented on a bit before) come face to face with corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the system that he believes so strongly in, even more strongly because of his separation from it. The episode didn't hold my interest all the way through, but the last scene, where Worf had to shame himself and be outcast (again) from his people, when there was no last minute reprieve to clear his name, was powerful.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"The family of a Klingon warrior is responsible for his actions, and he is responsible for theirs. If I fail in my challenge, I will be executed." (Worf, in a quote chosen not because it is interesting, but because it actually vaguely explained the justice system stuff I zoned out on while watching)
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Episode Notes: Picard's got an Admiral and he hates that dick, he tells me everyday -- what you thought I would actually avoid an Offspring reference? )

Overall Reactions: I'm a little surprised that I didn't like this episode more than I did. Oh, I liked it, but sometimes the premise felt a bit hokey, as if I were reading very strange kidfic, and the villain of the week was such a cartoon villain -- if I may refer to my notes: "suuuuuuch a dick," "dick, dick, dick, dick," "such a dick," "I...AM...STARFLEET" -- until his sudden final redemption, that it was hard to take the episode as seriously as I would have liked to. There have been better examinations of Data's sentience and what it means for him and for Starfleet, I think.

None of this is to say that the episode didn't occasionally MELT MY HEART. Aside from a few moments of comedy gold -- see: RIKER'S FACE when he gets kissed -- there were so many deeply touching moments. Lal and Data holding hands, for one. And then the final scene, which just made me lose it -- the moment where Data can't feel what his daughter is feeling as she dies, cannot say that he loves her, and she tells him, "I will feel it for both of us. Thank you for my life." That was beautiful.

So some really nice moments and an enjoyable episode, but not my favorite Data vehicle.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"So without understanding humour, I have somehow mastered it." (Lol, Lal)
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Episode Notes: I get it, I get it -- we need to be more supportive of our returning troops with PTSD! )

Overall Reaction: I tease about the obviousness of the episode's message, but this is Star Trek -- obvious messages are half the fun. And I gotta admit I'm a total sucker for stories where utopic societies CREATE THEIR OWN ENEMIES, and also ones where people give everything to their country and are the forgotten, so this one pushed my narrative kinks hard. The ending, where Picard told the Angoshans but good? Was delicious, and I love that it was left unresolved, at the moment of decision.

Good work, TNG!

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"You were programed to survive. You can survive at the Lunar V settlement."
"To survive is not enough. To simply exist is not enough." (The Prime Minister and Danok)
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Episode Notes: Shit, I forgot I hadn't posted about this. )

Overall Reaction: I don't remember very much about watching this episode (I'm really glad I decided to keep a note of all the tags I wanted to use for once), but from what I do remember it's an affecting episode about grief, and I really like Worf's role in it. And Gabriel Damon as Jeremy was very good and only made me say, "HEY, it's SPOT CONLON!" like four times.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"I'm told that your father is also dead."
"Yes, sir. He died five years ago, from a Rushton infection. I'm all alone now, sir."
"Jeremy, on the Starship Enterprise, no one is alone. No one." (Picard and Jeremy Aster)
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[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
THIS ONE I HAVE LIKE NO MEMORY OF. I WATCHED IT IN SEPTEMBER. I AM SORRY.

Episode Notes: My first note is 'popsicles?' Does anyone who's seen this episode lately want to tell me what that means? )

Overall Reactions: I don't remember the episode well enough to comment much, but this is so Star Trek. Religious fundamentalism! Not subtle commenting on real world issues! GOSH ISN'T RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM CRAZY! The end.

Star Rating: I don't know, like ***? Let's say ***.

Quote of the Episode:
"I'm a teacher. My responsibility is to expose my students to knowledge, not hide it from them. The answer is no." (Keiko O'Brien, takin' a stand)



ETA: Huh. I guess this is what I meant by popsicles.



They look like organs.

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