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Old July 29 2008, 04:21 AM   #65
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Re: Greater Than The Sum Review *** POTENTIAL SPOILERS ***

Wow. Golly.

The ironic thing is, I wasn't going specifically for family. The thematic link I was going for is right there in the title: the idea of a whole being greater than the sum of its parts, of people (or entities) being able to accomplish greater things in partnership than they can on their own -- as represented by such elements as the crew trying to mesh into a unit, Picard and Beverly coming together to start a family, the Liberated trying to consolidate as a civilization, Nechayev and Picard overcoming their differences, and of course the cluster entity and the Borg representing two different approaches to collective existence. I guess what you mean by "family" is pretty much the same idea, but I thought of it in terms of relationships and partnerships in general, whether familial, friendly, professional, or something more alien.
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