TNG Episode 2.02: Where Silence Has Lease

Okay, I’m sorry, I had this whole thing written up and ready to go and then managed to delete the whole thing and then hit save in a completely imbecilic way and I cannot, just cannot bring myself to reconstruct it.

I mean, it isn’t the kind of episode that really rewards rewatching. Here are the important points.

  • We saw Worf’s ‘calisthenics’ program for the first time with SKULL FACE, I LOVE SKULL FACE, WHY DON’T WE SEE MORE OF SKULL FACE?
  • There was a face in space.
  • Rather than stand by while half his crew was slaughtered, Picard set the ship to self destruct, so all of the crew would be slaughtered.
  • O’BRIENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
  • Data made the following face:
  • I love me a sassy android.
  • Good episode for faces overall, then.
  • Worf got into a fight with a door.
  • Wesley’s hair was magnificent, it was like a Hokusai wave, it seemed to be soaring while stationary, I wanted to ride it over Agrabah with Princess Jasmine.
  • ‘Where Silence Has Lease’ is a boring title.
  • If you actually care about the episode there’s always Memory Alpha.

Okay, so next time, we’ll begin DS9 season two, with ‘The Homecoming,’ which disappointingly is not about a big football game and a dance. I’m somewhat excited about season two because it has ‘Cardassians’ and ‘The Wire’ and O’Brien and Bashir are going to get closer and the conflict with the Dominion is going to be introduced, but on the other hand, ‘Melora.’

Sorry about this everyone.

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TNG Episode 2.01: The Child

In which there are puppies.

Memory Alpha says: Counselor Troi is shocked to find out she is pregnant; Wesley Crusher is weighing his options for the future, with the help of the proprietor of the ship’s lounge, Ten Forward. (Season Premiere) (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review:
There’s a thread of feminist pop culture criticism that goes by the term Women In Refrigerators. It describes a phenomenon in which the creators of a text have apparently decided that the most interesting thing a particular woman character could possibly do is die. Her life and anything she might have done in it is secondary to what her death could motivate other characters (usually men) to do.

There’s also a phenomenon, and I don’t know if it’s got a name, maybe Buns In Ovens, where the creators of a text seem to think that the most interesting and important thing they could do with a woman character is make her a mother. Like, what else could be more meaningful to a woman, right? My God, this shit was all OVER Lost. But then, of course, once a woman is a mother, our culture says she and her life are worthy but boring and limited, except when she faces a crisis in which she must protect her child or children, or as material for domestic situation comedy. So you don’t want that stuff going on too long. Read the rest of this entry »

TNG Episode 1.26: The Neutral Zone

In which cryogenically frozen twentieth-century humans followed Data home, and can he keep them?

Memory Alpha says: An encounter with the Romulan Star Empire is complicated by the presence of three Humans rescued from an ancient cryoship. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review
I do not remember this being an exciting or dynamic season finale. In fact, pretty much all I can remember about it is ‘there were some frozen people they defrosted.’ I am sincerely struggling to recall any Romulan involvement to speak of. It will be interesting to find out what the episode is actually like.

So without ado beyond noting the fact that going back to the Khan well in any way worked exactly ONCE, and it was called Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, let us begin.

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TNG Episode 1.22 – Symbiosis

In which I really wonder if Tasha Yar used to have a drug problem.

Memory Alpha says: Two alien races struggle over a major pharmaceutical shipment. The dominant race claims the drug will treat a deadly disease, but instead it has been used to keep the weaker race addicted and powerless. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review
Oops! I completely skipped this one. My apologies for the oversight to symbiotes everywhere. I have no memory of the episode, so I wouldn’t have really noticed missing it. I’m afraid it’s a bit of a Very Special Episode, based on the Memory Alpha stuff, so I’m hoping it at least has some funny throwaway stuff or some awesome outfits. Anything about addictive drugs from the 1980s is pretty guaranteed to be mawkishly earnest, and extra amusing given the amount of weed, LSD and latterly cocaine that I am morally certain lies behind Star Trek. Read the rest of this entry »

TNG Episode 1.25: Conspiracy

In which EXPLODING HEADS. Okay just one! BUT EXPLODING HEAD!

Memory Alpha says: After the mysterious death of a distinguished Starfleet captain and the destruction of his ship, the Enterprise-D finds Starfleet Command acting erratically, with key officers possessed by alien neural parasites. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information. The part in the Apocrypha about the Trills is pretty cool.)

My Review
Okay, I do remember seeing this episode when I was a kid, and digging it. It has the most astonishing moment of gore in all of Star Trek, and I just darn well like conspiracy stories, even if this one had to turn out to be masterminded by parasites, because Gene Roddenberry would not countenance a plot that relied on the existence of untrustworthy people in Starfleet.

My high school art teacher had a small scar on his neck in the approximate position of the alien ‘gill’ on the admiral’s neck, and being a complete dork I rationalised this as part of why I didn’t like him. (Main reason: he wanted me to draw a sheep’s skull when I wanted to learn to draw people. And I was an unreasonable little girl.)

Here we go! At least, it looks like here we went, but I actually went and made myself a grilled cheese sandwich in between paragraphs. Mm! Read the rest of this entry »

TNG Episode 1.24: We’ll Always Have Paris

In which you get three Datas for the price of one.

Memory Alpha says: When Paul Manheim’s temporal experiments backfire, the Enterprise-D crew tries to rescue him and his wife, before catastrophe strikes. Complicating things, his wife is Picard’s old flame, Jenice, which incites jealousy in Beverly. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review
So, despite the fact that Gene Roddenberry wouldn’t let Beverly talk about her feelings about Picard two episodes ago, now she has to spend this episode being jealous of an old flame of his who is married to someone else. I find this lame. I feel like it puts Beverly in this crappy passive position that she never really breaks out of. It comes close to being as annoying as the way Juliet gets shafted towards the end of Lost, and this terrifically brave and tough woman is ultimately undone by the fact that she thinks the man she loves cares more about someone else (well, all right, all that metal stuff that fell on her had an impact too).

Oh, by the way, now totally imagining Drs Beverly Crusher and Juliet Burke as friends and colleagues. Elizabeth Mitchell would look super in Starfleet medical blue.

Did I mention I got back into Star Trek to get over Lost? But we’ll always have the Island. Now, on with the episode! Read the rest of this entry »

TNG Episode 1.23: Skin of Evil

In which we learn why sometimes, you should just hold on a little longer and see how things pan out. Denise.

Memory Alpha says: A rescue operation to save the lives of a shuttle crew costs the Enterprise one of its own. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review
This is, of course, a really weird and uncomfortable episode, and probably the best thing about it is Jonathan Frakes sliding backwards into a trench full of printer’s ink thickened with Metamucil.

I do remember being sincerely scared by Armus when I was a kid.

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