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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)
ext_2512: ([tng] sass brigade)
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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)
ext_2512: ([tng] good god no)
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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)
ext_2512: ([tng] from the t.y.s.d.)
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It has been SO EFFING LONG, I am SORRY. All my shows came back and then I started obsessively watching reality TV and ugh. Luckily my summer break starts soon (TWO WEEKS, OMG) and then I can maybe watch a bit more Trek.

But to get back in the swing of things, I am going to comment on something that I actually watched a few months ago and... failed to take notes on. That obviously means this commentary will be SCINTILLATING.

Luckily, however, this was a very good and very memorable episode, so I might have one or two things to say.


Episode Notes:
+ No reason to cut this, 'cause y'all know I'm just going to say: TASHA! TASHA YOU ARE BACK!!!

Overall Reaction:
Ahhhhhh, I love AU episodes! SO SO MUCH. This was profoundly satisfying. What I especially liked, however, was that this finally gave Tasha Yar the ending she deserved. I mean, my fondness for her was always at least half mocking -- downside of being part of TNG S1 -- but it was fondness, and she died so randomly and so ignominiously. Here she got to sacrifice herself for a greater cause, and I was grateful for the retroactive respect.

Star Rating: *** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"Tasha, you're not supposed to be here."
"Where am I supposed to be?"
"Dead."
"Do you know how?"
"No. But I do know it was an empty death. A death without purpose." (Guinan and Yar, who is probably not remotely reassured)
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Episode Notes: In which Kim receives a booty call. )

Overall Reaction: This was definitely one of those episodes where I payed more mind to the minutiae than to the overarching plot, though I will say that, dude, Voyager, it sucks that you flew through a living being. However, I am pretty sure that I recognized your solution to the problem from MAGIC SCHOOL BUS.

As The Magic School Bus is MADE OF WIN, this is alright.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"B'elanna's the only one I know to try and kill her animal guide." (Chakotay, reinforcing my love of Torres)
ext_2512: ([misc] the bulldyke will do her work)
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Alright, so here's the thing. I watched the first episodes of Voyager while very ill and extremely sleep-deprived, and so am afraid that I just can't comment as well as I would like. They all sort of blend together. Damn, damn, damn.

Overall Reaction: To the best of my recollection, this was the Janeway and Torres show, and wad delightful for it! Torres breaks someone's nose! Janeway expresses concern about promoting from within the ranks of the Maquis! THEN THEY EXCITEDLY TECHNOBABBLE AT EACH OTHER AND LEARN TO RESPECT ONE ANOTHER'S SKILLS. Wonderful!

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"In command school they taught us to always remember that maneuvering a starship is a very delicate process. But over the years I've learned that sometimes... you just have to punch your way through." (Janeway, LEARNING VALUABLE THINGS FROM B'ELANNA!)
ext_2512: ([misc] well-heeled)
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Episode Notes: I'm starting to think Betazoid weddings might be the most straightforward amongst Star Trek alien races. )

Overall Reaction: It's interesting that Worf would have had such a serious relationship with such an atypical Klingon (half-Klingon), because he, having been raised by humans, seems like Spock to cling all the more fiercely to his non-human side. Or perhaps it's simply that he finds a different way of reconciling the warring cultures in which he was raised than K'Ehleyr does, as despite his pride in Klingon culture and values, he is much more serious than most Klingons we meet and (of necessity) has a much more controlled temper -- I think he uses his seriousness as a shield just as much as K'Ehleyr uses her humor, though it's also possible that he is just a hugeass Klingon NERD. Oh, he completely is, he doesn't have many friends and he's way too earnest and he loves love poetry -- I mean, it's more a Lancelot kind of nerdiness than an Urkel kind, but even so. Still, whatever balance Worf has found seems to be a healthier one than K'Ehleyr's, as her rejection of her Klingon side nearly ends disastrously; it is Worf who is able to bring about a successful diplomatic resolution.

I thought K'Ehleyr was an interesting character, serving as a stand-in for the audience to learn about Klingon nature through, much as Riker did in "A Matter of Honor" (though she's way more prejudiced than he was). Ultimately, though, I wasn't that interested in her romance with Worf, so the episode felt duller than it could have.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"We are mated!"
"I know! I was there!" (Worf and K'Ehleyr, having a totally awesome wedding or whatever)
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Episode Notes: Holy cats, they are such BOYS. )

Overall Reaction: I think I said, "Holy shit, you are such BOYS" forty times in the course of watching this episode. Everyone in it was just... such an unspeakable lad. The testosterone and ill-conceived plans nearly drown me.

Only a sixteen-year-old boy would say, "Hey, our friend's pretty down. Let's make holographs of the comrades he doesn't have and watch the ceremony in which he is hit with pain sticks over and over. I think it will cheer him up." And only total boys like Geordi and Data and, um, Pulaski would say, "That's a great idea! We're his family, so that will make up for how his whole family is dead."

Luckily Worf is the BOY to end all BOYS and instead of being weirded out like I might have been, he thinks it's a FABULOUS IDEA.

Meanwhile, elsewhere on the ship, Riker and KRiker are being even bigger boys and solving their problems by putting on silly suits and beating the shit out of each other and having completely inscrutable conversations that somehow resolve their issues.

I like backstory episodes, but I felt this one was...underdeveloped, and while I'm all for Pulaski getting some -- must it have bafflingly been with Riker's father? I wasn't very impressed.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"If I were not a consummate professional - and an android - I'd find this entire procedure insulting." (Data, giving my new goto line)
ext_2512: ([tos] STRONG SPOCK)
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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: 'el... )

Overall Reaction: OH MY GOD A KLINGON EPISODE. IN WHICH WE LEARN THINGS ABOUT KLINGONS. AND WORF GETS BACKSTORY. HOW NOVEL.

TNG has taught me something surprising about myself, and it's that I'm interested in Klingons. But, really, I don't watch science fiction to not learn about aliens.

"Heart of Glory" does a pretty decent job of presenting us with Klingons recognizable from TOS and explaining a bit about how relations between the Klingons and the Federation have progressed to their current position, about the tenuousness of that relationship, and about how Worf has become the way he is -- distinct even from non-mercenary/traditionalist Klingons. It even creates legitimate dramatic tension in a plot that also serves to cement Worf as loyal to the Enterprise, and as an integral figure aboard it! (And as probably a better Chief Security Officer than Yar. Dammit.) This is an episode I would willingly rewatch.

(Incidentally, it does not explain why Klingons now have lobsters on their heads.)

Star Rating: *** 1/2

Quote of the Episode: "Cowards take hostages. Klingons do not." (Worf, as Yar fails)

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