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Overall Reaction: ...Oh, sorry, I just got totally distracted reading about why Wil Wheaton left the show. I guess "wanted to take movie roles" is acceptable, though I also would have accepted a mere, "It really really sucked to be a teenager playing a character everyone in the universe hated."

On that note, I'm going to try and be nice about Wesley now that he's leaving, and not to dance gleefully at his abrupt departure. Much.

All of my notes were actually about him this episode, so there was nothing for me to put above. My notes were even mostly nice! If you ignore the one that says, "why would you want to be in a tiny shuttle with a way too happy Wesley for days," that one was a little harsh. Also the bit where I just wrote "FUUUUUUUU WESLEY."


I'm sorry, this was going to be nice! It will be nice! Here is the nice: I thought this was a not too annoying send-off for Wesley. Yes, he did some mysterious I'm-a-super-genius problem solving, but it was local problem-solving rather than Enterprise-saving, and so I'm going to forgive it. Also, I didn't understand it because they didn't even make an effort to explain what was going on there so I really feel unequipped to judge.

I'll also forgive his slightly whiny snark, because the miner guy was an asshole and deserved the whiny snark.

Wesley also had some nice emotional scenes with Picard, who I'm not convinced really cares about Wesley, but I am convinced that Wesley really cares about him and sees him as a paternal figure, and so Wesley's worry about him and attempts to be brave for his sake and his desire for Picard's approval and all the swirling teenage emotions he went through rang true. UGH, I DON'T KNOW, I DON'T GET WHY ALL THESE ADULTS GIVE THEIR TIME AND ENERGY TO CARING ABOUT THIS TEENAGE BOY, WHY IS HE SO SPECIAL, PLEASE JUST GO GROW UP AT STARFLEET WESLEY. No, wait, that got mean again.

This was a perfectly acceptable episode, and it also means Wesley is henceforth relegated to guest star, so...

Star Rating: ** 1/2 for the episode; * star for my attempts not to be mean, I am so sorry, he just brings out the senseless character basher in me

Quote of the Episode:
"Sir... you don't know this. No one knows this. Because I've never told anyone. All of the things that I've worked for - school, my science projects, getting into the Academy... I've done it all because I want you to be proud of me." (Wesley, I'm pretty sure everyone knew that)
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Episode Notes: Quickly, before more notes vanish! )

Overall Reaction: I like Beverly, but I can't pretend she's my favorite character or that Gates McFadden is the strongest actor in the cast (look, it is tough to compete against noted Shakespearean Patrick Stewart or noted playing-lots-of-different-robotsean Brent Spiner), so I wasn't as excited for an entirely Beverly-centric episode as I have been for recent ones centering around Sarek or Data or even Worf (I love Worf, it's Klingon politics that bores me).

That said, I was very pleasantly surprised by this episode! The atmosphere it created -- the building sense of menace and worry as more and more people vanished from the Enterprise and Dr. Crusher spiraled closer and closer to madness and hysteria -- was incredibly effective, especially the tension between Beverly's mounting anxiety and the devastatingly kind equanimity of the rest of the crew. I was even fairly freaked out by the feeling of isolation and dread in Beverly's Enterprise, when she was finally left all alone on the Bridge, left behind by everyone she loved, and "freaked out" is not something I usually feel when watching sci fi television shows that aren't Doctor Who and its terrifying love of all things uncanny valley.

I wasn't sure if I was supposed to be surprised by the third act revelation that it was Beverly who had vanished into Wesley's experiment, because I was...making a spreadsheet when she initially disappeared, but I was never going to be surprised because of course Wesley made his mother vanish with an experiment he wasn't even supposed to be doing. And of course he was the only one who could save her, along with his magic space friend and his magic space powers and the fact that he's basically a shojo manga character. And of course he is completely let off the hook for making his mother disappear, because guilt is soooo counterproductive. No, you know what, Wesley? Guilt is totally productive! Guilt is the feeling that tells you you shouldn't do things that make your mother vanish into subspace!

So while the Beverly parts of this episode -- which thankfully make up the bulk of the episode -- get a solid A/A-, the Wesley scenes are barely scraping by with a C. Do you see what you do Wesley?

Star Rating: *** 1/2, but like ** for Shojo Kakumei Wesley

Quote of the Episode:
"Will Riker, your First Officer! He's... he's very good at playing poker, loves to cook; he, he listens to jazz music, plays the trombone. -- Commander Data, the android who sits at Ops. Dreams of being human. Never gets the punch line of a joke. -- Deanna Troi, your ship's counselor, half-Betazoid, loves chocolate; the arrival of her mother makes you shudder. O'Brien, Geordi, Worf. Wesley, my son! They all have been the living, breathing heart of this crew for over three years! They deserve more than to be shrugged off... brushed aside, just pinched out of existence like that. They all do. They deserve so much more." (Oh, Beverly, I feel you so much)
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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: 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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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: 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: Interact with girls like you do with Romulans, and you'll have dates in no time, Geordi! )

Overall Reaction: I generally think of the Romulans as a TOS thing -- especially having read Diane Duane's My Enemy, My Ally, which was pretty great even for a non-Romulan fan like me -- and "Balance of Terror" remains my favorite Romulan episode, but this one was pretty damn good. I liked that the episode didn't make things too easy, that it allowed Worf to be selfish and vindictive towards his enemy, even while Geordi forged an unprecedented bond with a Romulan commodore ("The first joint venture of the Federation and the Romulan Empire!"). It also did a good job of demonstrating the fear and uncertainty that come from brinksmanship.

I actually think that the main reason that I associate Romulans with TOS is the potent Cold War parallels provided by the Federation-Romulan Empire conflict (more so in my mind than in the Klingon-Federation conflict, though I understand where people are coming from when they make that comparison, and I do think that the uneasy resolution of Klingon-Federation conflict in TNG had a lot to do with the hope for U.S.-Soviet reconciliation that was beginning to seem, miraculously, in reach in the late 1980s). The Cold War/Mutually Assured Destruction parallels being played with in episodes like "Balance of Terror" (the name of which is an explicit reference to the arms race) simply seem less relevant when I think of TNG. However, this episode was aired a mere three days before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and I wonder if that didn't play a major role in the episode-writing process. This is only the second TNG episode to deal with Romulans, and the first to deal with them on a personal level, and its themes of reconciliation and finding common ground, and also of the difficulty of letting go of past grievances, seem extremely pertinent.

Star Rating: *** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"I never lie when I’ve got sand in my shoes, Commodore." (Geordi, demonstrating perfect charmingness!)

Oh, alright:
"Commander, both our ships are ready to fight. We have two extremely powerful and destructive arsenals at our command; and its actions will have serious repercussions. We have good reason to mistrust one another; but we have even better reason to set those differences aside. Now of course, the question is, who will take the initiative? Who will make the first gesture of trust?... The answer is, I will. I must lower our shields to beam those men up from the planet's surface. Once the shields are down, you will of course have the opportunity to fire on us. If you do, you will destroy not only the Enterprise and its crew, but the ceasefire that the Romulans and the Federation now enjoy." (Picard, staving off war)
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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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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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Having had the crap kicked out of me by the first week of rehearsals for the show I'm teching, I believe I can safely, and in the spirit of TNG, upgrade this mission from "one summer" to "ongoing."

I have some Voyager episodes to post about, too, but haven't watched quite enough of that yet to, you know... have funny tags... Also, some of my notes got eaten. My life, she is hard.

Episode Notes: Hiiii, Beverly Crusher. You're back. )

Overall Reaction: I enjoyed this episode, for the most part. It was rather nice to have Crusher back, and BOB FREAKING KELSO did a good job with his character.

The important question, though, is was the entire plot of this episode seriously that Wesley created sentient life for a fucking school project?

I hate him so much.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"Please turn off your beam to my soul. I will share what I wish to share." (Bob Kelso, saying what we all secretly would wish to say to Deanna if we knew her)
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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: Wow, this episode made me a horse girl. )

Overall Reaction: I have a well-established track record of loving Data-centric episodes, but this might be the exception to that particular rule. It was such an incredible fuck up from start to finish, from the little girl who clearly never received any ONLINE SEXUAL PREDATOR education, to all of Data's well-meaning but uncharacteristically stupid actions, to the ultimate, intrusive mind wipe of the child. One thing I like about TNG is how seriously it treats the Prime Directive, but situation here was so ill-conceived that it was hard for me to become invested in the conflict. Moments of it were sweet and enjoyable -- the girl was fairly endearing, as was (and ever is) Data, and I obviously enjoyed Picard in this episode -- but I think it could have been a much stronger venture.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"He has brought a child on my ship, and on my bridge." (Picard, literally the angriest I've ever seen him)
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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: 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: Download into Data's brain. )

Overall Notes: Yes! Zictory! Time for another Brent Spiner showcase! Yesssssssssssss. Datagasm.

I say this as a compliment, but for me there was a bit of a TOS flavor to this episode, with its egomaniacal scientist, inappropriate May/November romance, and transfer of consciousness -- though it is fair to say that Brent Spiner played his transformation a little closer to the chest than my man Shatner might have done. I thought that, as usual, he made a very good job of it, making the distinctions between this new Data and our Data sharp and funny. Ira Graves simply was funny -- his completely overblown self-eulogy, his insistence that Data call him "grandpa." I really enjoyed this episode.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"That was a great speech, Data. 'To know him is to love him, is to know him...'"
"Verbal composition at its most sophisticated level. Your childlike mind cannot appreciate the time-worn wisdom of my words."
"'Childlike mind'?"
"When you get to be my age you will understand."
"Your age? Data, chronologically you're not much older than I am."
"Well... You are only as old as you feel. Try to remember that, boy." (Wesley and Data -- I just like to see Wesley be condescended to)
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Episode Notes: Read more... )

Overall Reaction: THEY KILLED YAR? I ... I knew they did that, but then I forgot! Star Trek characters who appear in more than one episode never stay dead! And to be killed by a pool of ink. That is not okay. I knew something was up when they let her get friendly (flirty?) with Worf in discussion of a mutual hobby at which she excelled -- they gave her a life only to snatch it away.

I found Yar's death... underwhelming, but was appreciative of the (slightly treacly) funeral scene. Everyone cared so much about Yar that I couldn't even bring myself to snark too harshly about how apparently only the highest ranked officers (and Wesley) were allowed at her service! Deanna taught Yar how to be feminine...without losing anything! (Couldn't they have dated? I would have appreciated that?) Anyway, I was kind of hormonal when I was watching this, so my notes descend into "Oh, Picarddddd, don't cry!" and "DATA DON'T YOU CRY. I WILL CRY. I HAVE A HAIR-TRIGGER RIGHT NOW" and it's frankly embarrassing.

Not a great episode and not one that stays with you (or, at least, me), but it provoked some emotional reaction, so that is worth something.

Mostly I will miss her complete lack of diplomacy -- how soon I have to retire my favorite tag.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"Sir... the purpose of this gathering... confuses me." "Oh? How so?" "My thoughts are not for Tasha, but for myself. I keep thinking how empty it will be without her presence. Did I miss the point?" "No, you didn't, Data. You got it." (Data and Picard, explaining grief to us)
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Episode Notes: Opening lj-cuts can be addictive. )

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

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

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode: "Beverly, the Prime Directive is not just a set of rules; it is a philosophy - and a very correct one. History has proved again and again that whenever mankind interferes with a less developed civilization, no matter how well intentioned that interference may be, the results are invariably disastrous." (Picard, because I focus on the good)
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Overall Reaction: Hey, look, a not totally annoying Wesley episode! Not interesting enough that I have any miscellaneous notes on it, but not annoying! In fact, I found the children almost endearing. I would go so far as to say...heart-warming. Good work, show!

My favorite part was how Picard remains terrible with children, though. LOVE IT.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode: "Humans are unusually attached to their offspring."
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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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Overall Reaction: Usually, 50% of my brief notes are about Data. In this episode, EVERYTHING is about Data, and so I HAVE NO SHORT NOTES.

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

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

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

Star Rating: ****

Quote of the Episode:
"Are you prepared for the kind of death you've earned, little man?" (Lore, to Wesley -- does this make me a bad person?)

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