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Re: Suffering Through TNG: It's time for your oral exam, Wesley!
« Reply #270 on: January 06, 2009, 04:54:39 PM »
Chain of Command.

Picard, Worf and Crusher are sent on a secret mission.  Meanwhile, Starfleet sends in a new captain who's a specialist in Cardassian fuckery, because that's what's going on, and so he takes command instead of Riker.  And he's an asshole.

Or, rather, just a strict, by-the-book sort.

This is the first episode where Troi begins wearing a normal uniform (she's ordered to do so by the new captain, but it sticks from here on out).  It's also intended to set the stage for DS9, which premiered shortly after.  As a result of the actions in the second part of this episode, DS9 is abandoned by the Cardassians and falls to the Federation (which is also why the Enterprise is at DS9 in the pilot of that show).  


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Re: Suffering Through TNG: It's time for your oral exam, Wesley!
« Reply #271 on: January 06, 2009, 05:57:46 PM »
Chain of Command.

Picard, held captive by the great David Warner, plays a cat and mouse game during a grueling interrogation. 

Meanwhile, on the Enterprise, Captain Idiot tries to stop outright war with the Cardassians, and is also running afoul of the crew.  Riker is relieved of command.

Picard is rescued, of course, but his one on one with David Warner is great to watch.


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Re: Suffering Through TNG: It's time for your oral exam, Wesley!
« Reply #272 on: January 06, 2009, 10:36:43 PM »
Ship in a Bottle.

Okay, so remember a few seasons ago when the Holodeck went insane and Professor Moriarty from Data's Sherlock Holmes program took over the ship simply by building a steampunk controller and talking to the always insane computer? 

Well, Barclay accidentally brings Professor Moriarty back.  And he wants to be given real form.  So there's this whole nonsense of taking over the Enterprise, and simulations trapped in simulations, eventually trapping Moriarty in a cube on Picard's desk, at which point Picard then indirectly address us (!!) saying that maybe they're all trapped in a simulation on someone's desk. 

Whew, man...




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Re: Suffering Through TNG: It's time for your oral exam, Wesley!
« Reply #273 on: January 06, 2009, 10:38:48 PM »
That gif is terrifying.

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Re: Suffering Through TNG: It's time for your oral exam, Wesley!
« Reply #274 on: January 06, 2009, 10:43:09 PM »
So's this episode.  With the six minute teaser where Barclay pretty much makes the face in the gif while Moriarty explains everything that happened in the second season episode.  SIX MINUTES!!  To recap Moriarty's first episode!  It's just the two of them talking on the empty, inactive holodeck, as well.

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Re: Suffering Through TNG: It's time for your oral exam, Wesley!
« Reply #275 on: January 06, 2009, 11:29:18 PM »
Aquiel.

Star Trek rips off The Thing, except without any hint of menace.

A Klingon is killed on an outpost, and the surviving Starfleet officer is eventually accused of murder... Turns out it's a shapeshifting monster, which had taken the form of the outpost's seemingly lovable dog! 

So Geordi falls in love with the officer, and there's all this is she or isn't she the killer shit, and they eventually clear her, then the dog attacks Geordi for no reason (even though it was never suspected).

RDM says that he wanted to title the episode "Murder, My Pet!"  Again, just to prove that BSG is a fluke and RDM should never be trusted.


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Re: Suffering Through TNG: It's time for your oral exam, Wesley!
« Reply #276 on: January 07, 2009, 03:30:03 AM »
Holy shit @ that GIF.

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Re: Suffering Through TNG: It's time for your oral exam, Wesley!
« Reply #278 on: January 07, 2009, 09:02:18 AM »
More a link for the movie thread, eh?

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Re: Suffering Through TNG: It's time for your oral exam, Wesley!
« Reply #279 on: January 07, 2009, 10:25:12 AM »
Still funny as hell and probably closer to the truth than any of us would like to believe.

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Re: Suffering Through TNG: It's time for your oral exam, Wesley!
« Reply #281 on: January 07, 2009, 07:48:43 PM »
Face of the Enemy.

Okay, so, Troi wakes up and she's been surgically altered to look like a Romulan and...something something...she's been kidnapped in the hopes she'll help some high level officers defect and blah blah.

It's The Hunt for Red October. As written by a team of monkeys.

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Re: Suffering Through TNG: It's time for your oral exam, Wesley!
« Reply #282 on: January 07, 2009, 10:33:14 PM »
Tapestry.

Okay!  In my opinion, this is the best episode of TNG.  And, largely, because it isn't really a TNG episode.

Picard is shot during a mission and his artificial heart gives out.  On the operating table, he dies and goes to a white space, where he thinks he sees god.  But, as he gets closer, he sees that it's Q hamming it up.

Q gives Picard the chance to avoid getting shot.  All he has to do is go back to a pivotal point in his life and reevaluate himself.  So Picard finds himself (it's still Patrick Stewart, we don't see a difference) in the body of his younger self, fresh out of the Academy and waiting for his first assignment with a few of his buds on a remote starbase.  In his youth, Picard was all Shatnered up.  He's getting all the girls, he's gambling, cheating, always rough and ready for a fight.  Of course, modern day Picard is much more cautious and prim and proper.  So he immediately starts to fuck up his life, ultimately leading up to the pivotal point --  a battle with big nasty aliens over a rigged gaming table.

With his second chance, Picard decides to avoid the fight, at the cost of all of his friends and honor.  At which point he's suddenly zapped back to the present, living the life of a low ranking, exceedingly dull science officer on the Enterprise.

So we get the moral of the story when he desperately calls for Q.  You are what you are, no regrets, life is a tapestry, etc.  Q gives him yet another chance to go back and do it right, and we get to see Patrick Stewart stabbed with a sword.

For most of the episode, there's no Enterprise, no other cast members.  It's just Picard and Q with a perfect script, the perfect balance of human drama, comedy, and sci-fi, and a stunningly capable guest cast.  Like, what are you people doing on TNG?
 
RDM wanted this to be "A Q Carol" and have Q and Picard visit a bunch of points in his life, but the Idiot Squad quietly ruining the franchise said no way.  Still, RDM did an amazing job fleshing out the main story.

And Picard's main buddy, and love interest (as he screws everything up) is this insane hottie:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0105046/


Yum.

If there's one episode of this show you watch, make it this one.  Easily in my top ten best episodes of sci-fi.  And sort of the reason why I started this marathon... Watch this episode in context.  And, Jesus, talk about dropping a diamond into the shitheap.


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Re: Suffering Through TNG: It's time for your oral exam, Wesley!
« Reply #283 on: January 08, 2009, 07:02:51 AM »
Birthright.  Part one.

The lousy Worf two-parter.  Meant to be a one parter, set on DS9, where Worf discovers Klingons who survived the attack that orphaned him and think it wouldn't be honorable if they went home.

Berman and Piller, the great morons behind the destruction of the franchise, insisted on a two-parter.  So the completely unrelated Data can dream subplot with looooong dream sequences was quickly cooked up (and is totally resolved within part one). 

What's weird about the show is that the uniforms changed with DS9, but the TNG folks didn't catch up with that change till Generations.  So the flagship of the Federation was full of 1000 people in outdated uniforms for two years?

Of course, that's all thanks to keeping the budget down.  Still, though. 
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Re: Suffering Through TNG: It's time for your oral exam, Wesley!
« Reply #284 on: January 08, 2009, 11:10:01 AM »
Birthright.  Part two.

So this continues the few minutes of story about Worf and his dad that we got in part one.  Straight up action here as Worf is handed over to the Romulans by the disgraced Klingons.  Now a prisoner at the utopia of disgrace, Worf trains the Klingon children about their culture, and eventually leads them all to freedom (though the Klingon adults choose to stay behind and continue living in peace with the Romulans).  Snore.