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TNG rewatch

wissa

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Report this Jul. 04 2012, 9:59 am

So I am on an ongoing quest to watch all of trek in the order it was aired and am up to tng.  I've been commenting on everything I watch over at arch-angels but thought I would give it a go at a few other places as well. 


 


so here it goes


 


I would start off with my customary complaints about the packaging; but I actually like the package. A cardboard box. Is that really so hard to deliver. Simple, functional, and sits nicely on the shelf.

Now this may amuse some younger members, but I didn't see the first few episodes of tng when they first aired. It wasn't for lack of interest, I had heard all about it and have to say I thought a new star trek with all new characters was the stupidest idea I'd ever heard. How could they recreate the magic that was star tek with no Kirk? no Spock? Sacrilege. But I was eager to see what they came up with. But the only channel carrying TNG was a fox channel in Washington state that aired on channel 15. Most tv's in those days didn't have a converter that would take you above channel 12. They had a dial you had to turn. Since I didn't have a converter on the little tv I had I couldn't watch it. But I did get one just so I could see itl. But not till about the middle of the first season.

I admit it's been a long time since I've watched tng. I just catch one now and then when I happen to see one on and don't have anything more pressing to watch. I don't have good memories of the first season so I wasn't expecting much from this episode. I couldn't be more wrong. This is a brilliant opening for the series.

Sometimes when you look back at a pilot for a show you have come to love it is almost unrecognizable as the series you have come to love. Not the case with tng. The characters are all fully realized and are recognizable as the same characters throughout the entire series. The ship is really showcased in this episode as well. While it is still recognizable as a star trek ship we see all the ways in which it is different. Though I still find it to be a bit cruise ship like. I have to admit this is pretty low on my list of favourite enterprises.

The episode is fast paced and a lot of ground is covered. Yet the technobable that became so prevalent by the end of the series is absent. There is really two separate plots: the Q trial, and the Farpoint station. Both are strong stories that would stand on thier own. Despite these two strong stories we also have a great deal of character development as they meet each other and establish the tone of thier relationship. Knowing the relationship the characters have later on it's interesting to see the way they are established right from the first moment. I especially was happily surprised to see Riker call Data Pinochio. I've always thought of Data as a Pinochio story and didn't realize there was a reference to it.

I especially loved how fully realized Picard was. He is the same tough yet compasionate man he is throughout the series. He is socially awkward, yet brilliant in his understanding of interpersonal relationships. There were a couple of examples of this. He is clearly uncomfortable around children, yet when Wesley is on the bridge he is kind to him and knows enough to be amazed at the level of knowlege Wesley demonstrates. He abruptly removes him from the bridge when a danger is exposed, yet knows this might be misinterpreted and goes to smooth things over. The other instance where we see him at his best is when he orders Riker to manually rejoin the saucer section. It comes accross as kind of a meanspirited challenge of Riker's ability, but as it happens we can see that really what he is doing is setting up a situation where Riker can earn the bridge crews trust. Something that any commanding officer is going to need in order to function in his job.

some other little things I noticed: the special effects are still wonderfull they have held up very well, Q is well established for later appearances, DeForrest Kelley's cameo was lovely though they didn't mention him by name, and O'brien is sooo young!


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Report this Jul. 05 2012, 4:07 pm

The Naked Now

I didn't remember that this was the first episode after the pilot. It seems like kinda a strange choice. I'm going to guess they aired it second to coax along tos fans with the tie in to a tos episode. I'm torn between thinking that this episode is misplaced because the crew is acting so abnormally and we should at this point be seeing them in thier regular personas, and thinking this is a brilliant way to quickly open up the crews most inner vulnerabilites to make us bond to them quickly.

I was amazed though at how sexy the whole thing was. I don't think of tng as being as sexy as tos. But this episode just oozes with it. From a room full of naked people on the science ship (what were they up to) to a silly Picard flirting with Beverly, to Deanna cooing into Rikers ear "don't you want me inside your mind?" Geordie, of course, is already the loveless loser. He wastes his drunken episode strapped to a gurney whining about rainbows. And then of course the Data/ Tasha pairing. Complete with post coitus awkwardness. Love that the two characters who appear the most asexual in the rest of the series are the ones to actually get it on.

Wesley is showing his brilliance of course. And shows he needs to be taken seriously. Though perhaps leaving him in charge of engineering was taking him a little too seriously I really enjoyed the female chief engineer as well I'm curious to see if she is around more. She also seems to be the only person whe didn't contract the disease.


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Report this Jul. 06 2012, 9:20 am

Code of Honour

The Enterprise goes to Ligon II to pick up a vaccine for a plague and Tasha is kidnapped in part of an elaborate way for the leader to increase his prestige and bank account.

I think that this is a real typical tng story. Little bit of crew peril, little bit of friendly banter on the enterprise, lots of diplomacy by the captain, and they break the prime directive without realizing it.


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Report this Jul. 08 2012, 9:28 am

Welcome Wissa, some interesting reviews, i look forward to reading more

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Report this Jul. 08 2012, 9:42 am

The last outpost


So the Ferengi are introduced. Ferengi are really a well done alien. The face and size really do set them aside from the bumpy nosed alien of the week we see so often. And I'm amazed how their look stays consistent right from the start. Although their clothes do get a lot better by the time ds9 comes along.

I found the angle used on the view screen to be pretty odd though. Did we really need such an extreme closeup? though maybe it's so we can see the full facial structure that might have been missed in the scenes on the planet.

I found this to be a good episode. The bantering on the bridge seemed a bit out of place. Not to mention it was heard by the ferengi. I can't imagine Picard putting up with that. I also found it a bit odd that they walked away so easily from this portal without investigating it's memory banks a bit more. Seems like something they would be interested in.


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Report this Jul. 10 2012, 9:11 am

Where no one has gone before

The Traveller pushes the Enterprise into parts of space that no one has reached before.


This, of course, is an episode that resonates right though the whole series. The traveller reveals that Wesley is a genius on the level of Mozart. This is a theme that continues right till Will Wheaton leaves the show. So far in the season the Wesley is brilliant theme is really the only one going on. He is the only character we are learning anything about. I find it curious as well that there is still a rotating cast in engineering. I wonder if they deliberately have no consistant chief engineer in an effort to distance the show from tos. It seems like a rather huge gap in the casting. I also wish a little more explanation of where they ended up in the galaxy.

I found it amusing when Worf wasn't surprised at all to see a Targ on the bridge, but is SHOCKED when it disapears. :lol:



Lonely among us

the enterprise picks up a energy based life form that enters the bodies of different crew members.

Now these are some great aliens. The Selay and the Antican looked like a lot of fun. I wish they got some more screen time or even another episode. That last scene where Yar tells Riker that the Antican brought something to the chef to cook that looks like one of the Selay is priceless.

But instead of the interesting aliens right in front of us the episode centers on an energy based cloud of aliens the Enterprise flies through. Then the alien travels from crew member to crew member till it finds Picard and has him turn the ship around and take it back to the cloud. I did like the way the entity got better at hiding itself with each person it posessed. I did find it pretty funny though when Riker said they had no reason to remove the captain from his post after Picard had told Troy that he was posessed. Surely that is covered somewhere. It happens all the time. Already, though, we are seeing a plot wrapped up in the last couple of seconds of the episode by some magical technology.


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Report this Jul. 20 2012, 11:54 am

I've just started rewatching TNG myself and I have to say I'm rather shocked.  Maybe we didn't see the same TNG? Encounter at Farpoint was filled with wooden acting and poor direction.  I was stunned because I remember absolutely loving it the first time around.


The scenes moved slowly, I'd say almost sluggishly and were filled with secret meaningful looks and dramatic pauses.  It was very 80's.  I'm sure it was brilliant for it's time and that's how I remember it.  But if the same show was aired as a pilot now, it would die horribly before the second half aired.


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Report this Jul. 20 2012, 2:29 pm

i have done that myself lots of times.

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Report this Jul. 21 2012, 6:37 am

Quote: WarpGirl9 @ Jul. 20 2012, 11:54 am

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>I've just started rewatching TNG myself and I have to say I'm rather shocked.  Maybe we didn't see the same TNG? Encounter at Farpoint was filled with wooden acting and poor direction.  I was stunned because I remember absolutely loving it the first time around.

>The scenes moved slowly, I'd say almost sluggishly and were filled with secret meaningful looks and dramatic pauses.  It was very 80's.  I'm sure it was brilliant for it's time and that's how I remember it.  But if the same show was aired as a pilot now, it would die horribly before the second half aired.

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  that was totally how I was expecting it to be.  But I'm finding it not bad at all. 


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Report this Jul. 21 2012, 6:39 am

Justice

The ship is assessing a utopian planet's suitability for shore leave when Wesley breaks a minor law in a zone where every infraction is punishable by death.

This is really a silly episode. It doesn't even make sense within itself. I think the main purpose of it is to have an excuse for a bunch of buff people to be running around almost naked. Those costumes really do not leave much to the imagination. The most annoying thing about the episode, well besides wesley's pants, is all the discussion around the prime directive. A big deal is made about how it would be a violation of the prime directive to rescue Wesley from a rather bizarre form of justice, but no one seems concerned that they openly told a pre warp society that they were from outer space. They even take someone up to their ship and show them "god".

The bubble alien who is guarding the planet is pretty interesting though. I do have to say so far the show has had an impressive array of aliens.



The Battle

The Ferengi give Picard his old command, the stargazer, as a gift.

Interesting episode. And thank goodness it wasn't about Wesley. I enjoyed learning more about Picard's past. Thought the concept of them trying to change the official view of what happened and manipulate Picard into attacking Enterprise was interesting. It shows the Ferengi understand the federation a whole lot better than the federation understands them. Or at least this one Damon does.

although it was wesley who figured the whole thing out in the end wasn't it. d_oh.gif



Hide and Q

Q returns and tries to tempt Riker by offering him Q powers.

dunno3.gif I've been trying to think of something to say about this episode for a couple days and there just isn't much. Sad to see they are wasting the concept of Q already.


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Report this Jul. 21 2012, 1:53 pm

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Report this Jul. 22 2012, 11:51 am

thanks


 


Haven

Troy's intended groom arrives on the ship.

Yay! another episode that isn't about Wesley!

I like this episode. I think the connection between Troy and Wyatt is believable. And it's fairly realistic that adults brought together would have issues with other relationships to straighten out. Riker is just acting like a spoiled child though :lol: and I'm sure Troi calls him Bill once or twice.

I like the introduction of Luxanna as well. Although she comes off a little more meanspirited than she actually is.

Other than that my main commplaint is how quickly it is wrapped up in the end. I'd like to see Wyatt's decision unfold a little bit more.

And he should have taken a bit more medical equipment with him :lol:


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Report this Jul. 29 2012, 4:46 pm

The big goodbye

Picard, Crusher, Data, and some red shirt are trapped in the holodeck in Dixon Hill program


God I hate holodeck episodes. Is this some attempt to save money on special effects this episode or something? cause really that is the only thing that explains it. It would have been somewhat redeeming if they had actually solved the murder in the program rather than what they did, which was nothing. Then when Wesley finally gets the doors open they all stand around and discuss the holodeck with the holodeck creations. And why weren't wesley, Geordie and Riker standing outside the doors?

Wesley being the only one to work on the doors seemed ludicrous as well. Really, he was the only one who could get them open? Scotty would have just shot them open with a phaser. Or, manually done it.

then the story surrounding it about the Jaradan negotiations. All that drama building up to talking to them then they exchange one friendly greeting and fly away? img border=






Datalore

The Enterprise travels to the planet Data was found on to find a dead planet and another data.


I liked this episode. We learned a great deal about data's background without any tedious explanations. The mystery on the planet was creepy and mysterious. Lore was sinister and dangerous. Wesely got told to shut up. The crystaline entity was another great special effect.

found it curious however how they kept bringing up where Data's loyalty would now be. They didn't ask Troi that when her mother got there. Seems unlikely an android without emotion would be more likely to be swayed by family than a human officer.




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This episode is all kinds of lame. The planet is obviously some based on some writers fantasy about how a planet of matriarchs would respond to a "real" man. The sets all look like an 80's dentists office. The "love" scene between Riker and the elected one is just creepy. The virus outbreak onboard the Enterprise is ridiculous. Why does no one realize it came from the holodeck? How could it have come from the holodeck? Then the way riker talks them out of executing the prisoners is reminiscent of Kirk talking computers into killing themselve. Guess their convictions aren't really that strong in the first place.




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Report this Aug. 07 2012, 12:44 pm

11001001
Bynars steal the enterprise while Riker and Picard flirt with a holodeck girl.

"A blind man teaching an android how to paint. That ought to be worth a couple of pages in someone's book"

I thought this was another strong episode. Interesting aliens, strong plot, and there is a real sense of peril. Interesting to see the crew setting off for some recreation.

wonder if the holodecks are fixed yet


 


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