Archive for February, 2012

Trekathon 299: Inheritance (TNG)

February 29th, 2012

Data meets his mother.

This episode ended up as just a great big pile of ‘meh’. While I like Data as a character, this journey into his past just ended up as dull. The story is well executed, with a good subtle sense of there being something just a little ‘off’ about the mother, and the reveal was (for me at least) surprising. But I just didn’t care.

It didn’t help that I never really understood the B-plot about magma flows and the like beyond ‘planet in trouble, technobabble will save us’.

299 down, 438 to go.

Trekathon 298: Second Sight (DS9)

February 28th, 2012

Sisko meets a woman who was never there.

There wasn’t anything particularly bad about this episode, but it fell flat in almost every direction. There was an incredibly interesting science fiction premise here – if a species biologically mates for life, what implications does that have (moral, practical) for people of other species. Is it ethical or just for a species without those restrictions to try a relationship?

But the episode talked about none of that. Instead we get the galaxy’s greatest egomaniac committing suicide to save his wife, which just made no sense at all. For a start, I don’t see how it was clear that this even solved the problem (otherwise why didn’t he just fake his own death), and secondly it rang false for the character, to do something like that solely for another’s benefit.

298 down, 439 to go.

Trekathon 297: Force of Nature (TNG)

February 27th, 2012

Speed limits come to the Star Trek universe.

This feels like an episode that went very badly wrong somewhere in the writing process. There’s an awful lot of padding in the first half, and the story of the researchers happens so quickly that it doesn’t make much of an impact. Then we spend a little time moping, and then a quick action sequence where almost everything happens off screen.

And then to top it all off, there appears to be a massive overreaction with the speed limit of Warp 5 for all starships, as the problem only applies to a very small area. (Which, I must admit, is probably the most realistic bit of the episode)

By the way: try and train a cat? Geordi should be banned from cat ownership…

297 down, 440 to go.

Trekathon 296: Necessary Evil (DS9)

February 26th, 2012

A crime committed during the occupation comes back to light as someone tries to kill Quark.

The first major episode to feature Odo, and it’s a great story. The flashbacks to the occupation are very well done, giving us the first look at what the station was like before. The actual mystery is a little light on, but that’s made up for by a great reveal at the end of the episode.

As an aside: compare the Quark in this episode with the one in Rules of Acquisition – they could almost be different people. One is whiny and erratic, the other a tough nosed businessman trying to get by. Why can’t we have more like this?

296 down, 441 to go.

Trekathon 295: Attached (TNG)

February 25th, 2012

Picard and Crusher are captured and inadvertently joined telepathically.

The best parts of the episode were the Picard/Crusher scenes as they came to terms with their new mental link. Perhaps they got there a little too quickly, but the adaptation was fun to watch. The final scene between them was also nice to see, with some suggestion of consequences beyond the episode, but I suspect follow up won’t be good.

But the overall frame, with two paranoid alien races sharing a world fighting each other, was silly and unsubtle. It didn’t need to be painted in such stark strokes. And Riker should never ever be allowed to do diplomacy again.

295 down, 442 to go.

Trekathon 294: Rules of Acquisition (DS9)

February 24th, 2012

Some Like It Hot takes on a Ferengi twist.

Overall an offensive and misguided episode, focusing on the single most offensive part of Ferengi culture. I simply can’t believe that in Gene Roddenberry’s future we’d tolerate aliens who treat women like this.

The rest of the episode doesn’t help. I find the Grand Nagus tiresome, and the aliens of the week looked like WWE wrestlers.

The only positive was a very small point – the first mention of The Dominion, soon to become a very big part of this series.

294 down, 443 to go.