TNG Episode 2.10 – The Dauphin

In which we briefly spot Shelley the waitress from Twin Peaks. Shelley, I just want to say that you can do so much better than Bobby – and that doesn’t mean you should just trade up to the deaf guy from the FBI. Take some time to get your own shit together before you get involved with another man. I just have a lot of feelings about Shelley.

Memory Alpha says: Wesley falls in love with the new leader of a war-torn planet. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review

Okay, I get the impression that this episode is going to be weird, corny and inconsequential in equal parts. It’s another in the great parade of episodes that I don’t think I saw when they were first on – indeed, the more I continue with this blog, the more I realise that I’ve missed a lot of TNG. I would feel like a Bad Fan, but I can’t be bothered.

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TNG Episode 2.04: The Outrageous Okona

In which I question the Star Trek writers’ understanding of the term ‘outrageous.’ Also ‘comic.’

Memory Alpha says: The Enterprise-D crew rescue a roguish freighter captain whose ship is malfunctioning, but his presence drags them into an interplanetary feud. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review:
Literally all I can remember about my first viewing of this episode is ‘You’re a droid, and I’m a noid,’ and thinking ‘well that’s not very funny.’ Bullet points, ho!

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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 1.23: 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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DS9 Episode 1.16: If Wishes Were Horses

In which, Rumpelstiltskin.

Memory Alpha says: Station residents suddenly find their imaginations are manifested in physical form; a spatial rift threatens to destroy the Bajoran system. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review
Do you see how spooky this is? The last TNG episode I reviewed was ‘When the Bough Breaks,’ in which children are stolen. The next thing in my arbitrarily self-imposed order is ‘If Wishes Were Horses,’ in which O’Brien is afraid of his little girl being stolen. Whillikers.

This is one hell of a goofy episode. It could have been worse, of course, because instead of Rumpelstiltskin O’Brien was originally going to see a leprechaun, until Colm Meaney pointed out that that was a lazy Irish stereotype and not fecking funny. Would the leprechaun have been trying to steal Molly, or promising him gold, or blethering unintelligibly about marshmallow cereal? I know it’s a lazy stereotype in and of itself, but what can you say about a nation that puts marshmallows into breakfast cereal?

On with the show. I am looking forward to the point where these episodes really feel like they merit full summaries. I’m definitely going to do that for ‘Duet’ and ‘In the Hands of the Prophets’ but I don’t think anything else in season one of DS9 will rate it.

TNG Episode 1.14: Angel One

In which the cause of gender relations is set back approximately as far as the cause of race relations in ‘Code of Honor.’ These two episodes would make the most horrible/awesome double feature.

Memory Alpha says: Riker struggles with a planet’s female leader, while a plague on the Enterprise prohibits sanctuary for the rebels. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review
This is going to be another bullet-pointer, because this episode, my word, this episode. I’m going to write a proper summary for the next one, though, because it’s actually quite good and interesting, and would make an awesome/not horrible double feature with ‘The Big Goodbye.’ Read the rest of this entry »

TNG Episode 1.13: Datalore

In which the crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe.

Memory Alpha says: Enterprise explores Data’s home planet, Omicron Theta. They find his brother, and the dark secret he carries. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review
Of course I’ll have a lot to say about this one, because it’s the first really Data-centric episode, and to me TNG is a show about Data. It also introduces one of my favourite characters, and one I feel is sadly underused, Data’s villainous older brother Lore. In the early planning stages, the new android was going to be female (a gynoid, really) and a love interest for Data (so, um, presumably not his sister, although I suppose if you want to be really rational about it it’s not exactly incest if there’s no DNA or shared experience of a familial relationship involved) but Brent Spiner suggested the ol’ evil twin routine.
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