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Mother Lumper - 2017-07-10

Well come on, he said it pretty threateningly. That head explosion is probably the sweetest thing to have ever come up in Star Trek other than the time traveling whale movie.

StanleyPain - 2017-07-10

I cannot for life the of me understand this episode. In pretty much all of televised Star Trek canon, it is easily the most weirdly unpleasant and violent episode arguably ever aired. It's radically out of tone with most of TNG and especially this season in particular which was still in that weird, early phase of TNG where the stories were largely the usual Roddenberry fodder.

Raggamuffin - 2017-07-11

This was the season 1 finale, and I think they wanted a big bang to get people's attention and close out on since the show's future was still in serious doubt. Also, these little alien parasites represented an long-shot attempt at making a sort of Big Bad alien race for the federation to fight since the Ferengi kinda fell flat and they hadn't come up with the Borg yet. This episode even closes with a little "THE END?" thing to hint that we haven't seen the last of these nasty little bugs (we have).

StanleyPain - 2017-07-11

Just think of how different Star Trek would be if, instead of say, the Dominion, the whole last couple seasons of DS9 was them fighting these things....

badideasinaction - 2017-07-11

Ragamuffin: The Borg were the replacement for these guys; they were meant to be the ongoing baddie but the starting tone was way too extreme so they came up with the borg for that role instead.

Two Jar Slave - 2017-07-10

The best part of this episode is when an old man Van Damme kicks Riker through a door.

Another good moment, and this one's for serious, is when Picard has a secret meeting with three other captains down on a lava planet. They tell him that something is up within Starfleet and he should watch his back, and the whole meeting is very tense, good-looking, and cinematic. For all its story flaws, the earliest seasons of TNG looked the most like movies, with big dramatic lighting and staging, etc. The show developed a glossed-over TV look as time went along, but the early stuff looked great, as though everyone was bringing their A-game to this show except the damn writers. Even this scene is a good example of someone looking at the script and saying, well, it reads like Aliens, so let's just go for it.

The Mothership - 2017-07-10

Yes, as the writing got better the production levels dropped.

memedumpster - 2017-07-11

The viewscreen communications abruptly stopped looking awesome when they got bridge sets for the other party. They stopped bothering to direct those shots.

Nominal - 2017-07-11

Probably the only watchable episode of season 1.

Two Jar Slave - 2017-07-11

C'mon, there are at least... four.

Xenocide - 2017-07-11

"But captain, I thought peaceful co-existence was the whole purpose of Starfleet."

"Yes, but there are limits, Number One. Certainly, one can peacefully co-exist with an alien species which happens to look exactly like humans. One can even co-exist with a species that looks exactly like humans except they have some weird thing on their foreheads so we can tell they're aliens. But those guys? Those guys were gross-looking. I didn't spend four years in British Captain School just to make friends with a smiling tumor."

Bort - 2017-07-11

The funny thing is, that's probably what they DID teach in British Captain School from about 1600 to 1950. It was just less about the foreheads and more about their willingness to succumb to economic exploitation.

godot - 2017-07-11

Riker: In brief then, we can peacefully co-exist with any species we can bonk.

chumbucket - 2017-07-11

They could have spent another 10 minutes of airtime consulting with Deanna Troi as to whether or not he was being sincere.

kingofthenothing - 2017-07-11

Captain's Log, 41780.2. Commander Riker and had to do the most gangster shit I think either of us has had to do in quite some time.

memedumpster - 2017-07-11

The episode that set this one up has a great montage of the crew all telling Remmick to fuck off. Only Picard cooperates with his investigation.

bopeton - 2017-07-12

I find it impossible to believe that shit was inside a Starfleet Commander and the teleporter never noticed.

StanleyPain - 2017-07-12

I've been sorta working my way through all the Star Trek shows on Netflix over the last couple years and, yeah, it's amazing the amount of massive plot holes that are in some of the episodes. And it's not like Trekkie minutia or something, a lot of times it's really obvious awkward stuff.

Two Jar Slave - 2017-07-13

Plot holes are inevitable when you keep introducing badly-defined science fiction technologies that are themselves nothing more than hand-wavy conveniences designed to keep the central metaphor of naval exploration intact at any cost.

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