Month: March 2012

  • Trekathon Season Review: The Next Generation, Season 7

    Season 7 ended well. That’s about the nicest thing that I can say about it. Otherwise the season was mostly bad to mediocre, with only 6 episodes making it to ‘Very Good’ or better in my ratings (*Lower Decks*, *Preemptive Strike*, *The Pegasus*, *Parallels* and *All Good Things* 1 and 2). Against that were two […]

  • Trekathon 330: All Good Things… (2) (TNG)

    And now, the end of the end. Endings are hard. But they pull it off about as well as could be imagined. It’s a good story, the stakes are high, and the performances are great. It’s masterfully done. The intercuts between the different time periods become more and more complex as the episode progresses, but […]

  • Trekathon 329: All Good Things… (1) (TNG)

    It’s the beginning of the end for The Next Generation. Endings are hard. Just ask the the writers of *Lost* or *Mass Effect 3*. So there’s a lot of pressure coming in to this episode. There’s a lot happening in this first part. Too much really. Picard is jumping through time. Worf and Troi are […]

  • Trekathon 328: The Collaborator (DS9)

    It’s everyone’s favourite SF theme, elections for a religious post. Overall the structure of this episode is quite clever, and it manages to avoid a lot of the cliches the ‘investigation’ plot often has. It felt a bit light on, like there wasn’t quite enough story to fill the hour. The best bits are Vedek […]

  • Trekathon 327: Preemptive Strike (TNG)

    The Maquis and the Cardassian DMZ are back. That’s four episodes now, must be a thing. At last, a good episode of TNG. It’s been a while, as there’s been one of the worst runs the show has ever experienced lately. This is the last regular episode of the show, and yet we spend the […]

  • Trekathon 326: Crossover (DS9)

    293 episodes later, it’s time to back to the [Mirror universe]( Outside of Tribbles it’s hard to think of a more beloved story to return to than the mirror universe, although a couple more [goatees]( would have been nice. Everyone gets to have a whole bunch of fun chewing the scenery as the evil (or, […]

  • Trekathon 325: Emergence (TNG)

    The Enterprise evolves into another life form. It’s another strange symbolic episode, only this time with an even less enjoyable ending as rather than resolve the problems on their own logic it’s external technobabble that saves the day. It was nice to see the Holodeck back as it’s been a while. But there was never […]

  • Trekathon 324: The Wire (DS9)

    ‘Plain and simple’ Garak has a complicated medical problem. Fantastic stuff. Not much I can add really. It takes the pieces set up earlier in terms of Garak’s mysterious past, and while it looks like resolving everything ends up opening up as many questions as it answers, and then some. And has the courage to […]

  • Trekathon 323: Bloodlines (TNG)

    Picard’s son is threatened by the Ferengi. Hang on a minute… Strange that there’s been a kind of family trilogy here – Crusher’s son, Worf’s son, and now Picard’s ‘son’. It wasn’t a huge surprise to see that he wasn’t really his son, but the development of the relationship worked pretty well. A lot of […]

  • Trekathon 322: The Maquis (2) (DS9)

    The fight against the Maquis continues, although it’s a bit more complicated than that. Unusually for a Trek 2-parter, this episode actually delivers. It all gets messier than before, but there’s a nice story told, particularly the parts involving the enigmatic, and always slightly suspicious, Gul Dukat. But the thing I liked the most was […]