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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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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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[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
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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[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
Episode Notes: Yes, Riker, you are that obvious. )

Overall Reaction: This was a fine episode, but I felt that we had a much stronger message about unforgiven grudges just two episodes ago, when Worf let a Romulan die rather than donate blood to the enemy. That was so much more compelling, because it presented a difficult ethical choice and it involved a character that we care about.

I actually really liked Brull -- I thought the actor playing him was quite charismatic -- and would have liked a bigger focus on him. His scene with Wesley, where Wesley was a tremendously snotty teenager and Brull was unfazed, was delightful! I especially loved his comment on his sons: "One's just about your age. He's not any good at math." I feel like the character disappeared in the second half of the episode, and I would have liked to see more of the conflict between his willingness to make amends for the hope of a better future and either the reluctance of his leader or the grudge-holding of Yuta.


*sigh* I'm ready for another Data episode, now.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"Your ambushes would be more successful if you bathed more often!" (Worf, who really knows how to hit you where it hurts)
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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
Episode Notes: Kneel before the Picard! )

Overall Reaction: Hey, Roddenberry, your atheist is showing.

I approve, I just think it was funny how horrified Picard was that he was making this sensible species regress and be religious again.

As far as "mistaken for a god" episodes go, a trope that I admit I can be a bit impatient with, this was really well-done. I liked the slightly Vulcan twist on the Crucible story, the balance of fear and reason that the AOTW struck.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"Get up. You must not kneel to me."
"You do not wish it?"
"I do not deserve it." (Picard, rejecting his godhood)
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[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
And the second part in my ongoing "I'm addicted to icon making" series!

83 icons, like 7 of them about skeet surfin' )

Again, please help yourself!
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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.
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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: Never assume anything where Lwaxana Troi is concerned! )

Overall Reaction: This episode was a transparent excuse to let Lwaxana hit inappropriately on Picard and to showcase Patrick Stewart's marvelous faces and I, for one, welcome it. It even threw in some Dixon Hill for no good reason whatsoever.

Yes, it was light on plot, but it more than made up for it in delightfulness.

Star Rating: *** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"As ship's doctor I consider it an excellent exercise for his reflexes and agility." (Pulaski, on *running* from Lwaxana)
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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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[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
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: VIRGIN ALARM! )

Overall Reaction: Um, well, I mean, it was a whole episode about Wesley Crusher. That's a little excessive.

I'm pretty sure we were supposed to feel for him, in the pangs of his new love, as he infected his girlfriend with the only contagion her warden couldn't protect her against: free thought. But it felt to me that he was (a) stepping into a sociopolitical situation he knew nothing about, (b) far, far too quickly in love (oh, 15-year-olds), and (c) surprisingly hung up about non-humanoid love for a 24th century man. Didn't Kirk teach us a valuable lesson about this in "Metamorphosis"?

Still, the girl was sweet, and there was nothing overtly objectionable about the episode. Unless you consider the fact that it was about Wesley objectionable enough, which, point.

Star Rating: **

Quote of the Episode:
"No. Men do not roar. Women roar. And they hurl heavy objects... and claw at you."
"What does the man do?"
"He reads love poetry..." (Worf and Wesley, on Klingon mating rituals)
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Episode Notes: Wesley Crusher is a racist. )

Overall Reaction: You can tell that this was a good episode because Data was barely in it and Q was nowhere to be seen, and yet I was still riveted. The episode, aside from being about Klingons (yay!) and being pretty damn exciting, actually highlighted the things I like best about Riker -- because, for all my gentle mockery, I do usually like Riker. He is, as I have said before, probably the best diplomat aside from Deanna aboard the Enterprise, and certainly the most active explorer. Picard's face lights up when he finds a new form of life (see: the sentient diamond earrings in "Home Soil"), but he is somewhat ill at ease when it comes to actually interacting with, well, people of any species; Riker leaps right in with a refreshing gusto. He slips into a scanty, shimmery outfit with a cheeky grin in "Angel One", he dives into an attempt at dating a genderless person in "The Outcast" (okay, maybe I'm just proving he's a big slut), and, here, he doesn't taste Klingon food like a 10-year-old being told to try the beets -- he scoops up handfuls of raw worms like they're bar snacks. O'Brien says he would be nervous to serve aboard a Klingon vessel; Riker leaps at the opportunity. His enthusiasm and unflappability (unless someone is flirting with Deanna, of course) are admirable.

This episode also made me appreciative of how closely in check Worf must keep himself living amongst and serving under humans -- no wonder he has no sense of humor.

Finally, I am amazed that Riker resisted Klingon female sex, but he did find a boyfriend, so it's all good.

(Oh, and you know that Captain's going to be relieved of duty in twenty seconds now that Riker's done him the discourtesy of sparing his life.)

Star Rating: *** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"If Klingon food is too strong for you, perhaps we could get one of the females to ... breastfeed you." (Riker's Klingon boyfriend, prompting the question -- why doesn't this WHOLE SHOW take place on a Klingon vessel?)
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Episode Notes: What a scamp. )

Overall Reaction: I think what best sums up this episode is that my first note, watching it, was "Hey there, Lonestar," and not the "Well, hellllllo, Han Solo," that they might have been hoping for. Still, this roguish Okona -- he is "forced to add a measure of flamboyancy and zest" to his life -- is a charming, handsome young scallawag, and I am delighted to find a character more interested in sex than Riker. This is my recap of the episode, as I remember it:

Okona appears on the screen and flirts with the entire Bridge. Deanna expresses how turned on she is and makes us all uncomfortable. Okona comes onto the ship and flirts with Wesley ("Acting ensigns have names, don't they?"), who feels confused inside; deciding wisely that Wes is a waste of time, Okona moves onto greener pastures and sleeps with as many women as possible, relishing the opportunity to have sex with people who have heard of contraception. He is chased down by two of his spurned lovers while in the arms of another woman, and has to be dragged from her to the Bridge by Worf, who would have rough, Klingon sex with Okona if time permitted. Okona is interrogated by the two parties that want to take him into custody, while their children squirm uncomfortably -- the girl because Okona was a good lay, but she doesn't want to marry him, the boy because he feels bad about making up vicious lies to cover for the fact that Okona stole his precious flower. Then Okona resolves the situation with a merry twinkle in his eye, because he is magical.

Meanwhile, 54% of the episode is dedicated to Data learning how to joke, and I care more about that than the A-plot. That says something about the A-plot.

The episode was slight, but fun. The pacing, however, was dreadful.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"Take my Worf -- please!" (Data, his one joke that made me laugh)
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Episode Notes: We now have the technological capacity to cure your disease. )

Overall Reaction: I found this episode disappointing following "Conspiracy", but on it's own it is a relatively solid episode. The "visitors from the past" B-plot, ripped straight outta TOS, was in the black in my personal ledger of entertainment: most of the fun was in the Southern comedian with crippling substance abuse problems and, in my mind, a thing for Data, but even the annoying banker brought a few good laughs, and the depressed housewife provided a great showcase for Picard's blinding terror of human emotion (god, I love Picard).

More importantly, I like the Romulans (though am baffled by their Extreme Makeover here), and even if I didn't -- well, they'd be an improvement over the Ferengi. We got to see Picard in his diplomatic element, and the general competence of Enterprise crewmembers is big part of why I watch Star Trek to begin with. I'm excited to see how the intrigues begun here will play out over the course of season two (I'm up to episode eight, and the answer so far is "not at all," but I've got fourteen episodes left). My one gripe: has there ever been something less threatening than the Romulans saying ominously that they're "back"?

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"We're going to have to treat them as... living human beings." (Picard, with effort, on the people from the past -- God, I love him)
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Episode Notes: They make their triumphant return! )

Overall Reaction: Oh, look, an episode where they take the Prime Directive seriously. Kudos!

I jest, I jest. But not entirely -- one of my favorite things about Star Trek, one of the things that keeps me watching, is the moment of discovery when they meet something entirely new, the respect the characters have for life in all of its forms and the joy they take in discovery. This episode is a pretty classic example of what I call "TOS did it better" (TNG just doesn't know how to bring the pathos like a rock pleading for the lives of its children [no, really, I cry] with its non-carbon-based lifeforms), but for S1 TNG it is a strong outing.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode: Apparently I was too busy playing the Sims 3 to write one down.
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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: 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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