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The Next Generation All Good Things come to an end...but not here.

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Old December 8 2012, 07:39 PM   #1
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Well, gee, what do you know?! Worf was right!

There's plenty of times in the series where Worf makes a suggestion that's a bit on the offense or overly cautious only to have quickly dismissed by either Picard or Riker. And then... He turns out to be right!

How many examples of this can you think of?

One comes in "Samaritan Snare" where Worf shows some hesitation in allowing Geordi to go the Pakled ship to affect repairs. He simply suggests to give the Pakleds what they need and leave them to their own devices. Riker dismisses this and thinks it's okay to sen Geordi.

Well, lo and behold Worf's caution shows itself to have been prudent as the Pakleds do have ill intentions and try and to kidnap Geordi who is almost killed in the encounter.

Should've listened to Worf, Number One.
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Old December 8 2012, 09:55 PM   #2
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Re: Well, gee, what do you know?! Worf was right!

I can't think of any examples off-hand, but indeed, that was an important role for the Worf character: in his capacity as Tactical Officer, he had to always have in mind the security of the Ship and its crew more than anyone else, including the Captain: as such, Worf's role in those scenes was to remind us that, yes, the characters know things can go wrong; they've thought of those possibilities, but ultimately decided to extend trust, to approach matters with a softer touch.

In those instances, sometimes Worf was overcautious or overbellicious but sometimes Picard/the rest of the crew was/were undercautious or too naïve.
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Old December 8 2012, 10:07 PM   #3
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Re: Well, gee, what do you know?! Worf was right!

In "Cause and Effect", Worf is the one who suggests reversing course to avoid the temporal anamoly, which not only seems like the most sensible option, but in hindsight is probably exactly what they should have done!

Yet everyone just dismisses the idea out of hand. Even though they had the same conversation and made the same decision to go forward in Time Squared, and barely escaped with their lives.

You would think they would learn by now!
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Old December 9 2012, 03:35 AM   #4
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In "Cause and Effect", Worf is the one who suggests reversing course to avoid the temporal anamoly, which not only seems like the most sensible option, but in hindsight is probably exactly what they should have done!

Yet everyone just dismisses the idea out of hand. Even though they had the same conversation and made the same decision to go forward in Time Squared, and barely escaped with their lives.

You would think they would learn by now!
Yes, in "Cause and Effect", turning around would've been PERFECTLY sensible, because they wouldn't have done that the first time!

(I believe in was "The Nit-Picker's Guide" that first pointed that out).
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Old December 9 2012, 07:57 AM   #5
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Old December 9 2012, 01:20 PM   #6
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t_smitts wrote: View Post
Yes, in "Cause and Effect", turning around would've been PERFECTLY sensible, because they wouldn't have done that the first time!
Exactly, why would they have suddenly changed course the first time through?


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Old December 10 2012, 04:50 AM   #7
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I Borg. Worf's suggestion was to kill the last surviving Borg, & make it look like it died in the crash. Had they done that & left, no Hugh ordeal, no rogue Borg vessel, none of the events of Descent 1 & 2, & likely lives saved

Cold? Yes... Try war instead. With an enemy combatant, doctors need to stfu if they plan to endanger themselves or their crew. Rule number one? a dead doctor is no doctor at all, Commander Beverly
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Old December 10 2012, 09:20 PM   #8
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Re: Well, gee, what do you know?! Worf was right!

I say at least 25% of TNG episodes would have been only 5 minutes long had they listened to Work more often.
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Old December 11 2012, 10:07 AM   #9
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Exactly, why would they have suddenly changed course the first time through?
Indeed, the argument they should have made is that these time loops which end up with the E-D destroyed are not particularly dangerous, because the events are always reset and nobody gets killed - but they are damn annoying, and so the heroes should press forward and face the time loop for as many times as it takes for them to render it harmless, not just to themselves but to other star travelers as well. The mission of the ship is not to survive, but to accomplish various mission goals arising from standing or specific orders. Survival is optional, and in this case doesn't seem to be particularly unlikely, either.

In other words, "Shut up, Worf, you are being a coward again!".

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Old December 11 2012, 01:38 PM   #10
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Worf to some extent was the foil (the alien perspective amongst a predominantly human one, as most of the crew were human or partly so). But even though he made some good denied suggestions, he could have given Picard brain damage had Riker OK'd destroying The Inner Light probe lol..

Or started a war with the Romulans had Picard OK'd his suggestion to fire back in The Defector lol..
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Old December 11 2012, 01:39 PM   #11
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t_smitts wrote: View Post
davejames wrote: View Post
In "Cause and Effect", Worf is the one who suggests reversing course to avoid the temporal anamoly, which not only seems like the most sensible option, but in hindsight is probably exactly what they should have done!

Yet everyone just dismisses the idea out of hand. Even though they had the same conversation and made the same decision to go forward in Time Squared, and barely escaped with their lives.

You would think they would learn by now!
Yes, in "Cause and Effect", turning around would've been PERFECTLY sensible, because they wouldn't have done that the first time!

(I believe in was "The Nit-Picker's Guide" that first pointed that out).
Perhaps, but I remember Riker responding that changing course could take them into the anomaly for all they knew. Both his and Worf's suggestions were valid.
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Old December 11 2012, 04:02 PM   #12
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I Borg. Worf's suggestion was to kill the last surviving Borg, & make it look like it died in the crash. Had they done that & left, no Hugh ordeal, no rogue Borg vessel, none of the events of Descent 1 & 2, & likely lives saved

Cold? Yes... Try war instead. With an enemy combatant, doctors need to stfu if they plan to endanger themselves or their crew. Rule number one? a dead doctor is no doctor at all, Commander Beverly
As fans we would we have also been spared the wussification of the Borg that followed in those episodes.
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Old December 11 2012, 04:03 PM   #13
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I don't think there's any validity to Riker's argument - there are an infinite number of alternate courses to take if Worf's suggestion is to be taken, and if all of them lead to the time loop, then there's no harm in following Worf's suggestion. If just one of them does, then they should clearly turn right now, and trust their luck.

But there is definitely harm in following Riker's suggestion of not altering course, since it's the one and only course that has statistically higher odds of being taken in the infinite alternate universes, and our heroes know that something they did the last time around led to disaster. They can't have done statistically improbable things every time, yet they are still stuck in the loop. So it's definitely time to do something statistically improbable.

Riker is just not applying his brain. And Data is failing to point out the profound lack of logic in Riker's argumentation, and the great advantages of following Worf's advice, even when even Worf's way could lead to a further loop.

Had they done that & left, no Hugh ordeal, no rogue Borg vessel, none of the events of Descent 1 & 2, & likely lives saved
The thing is, the rogue Borg were among the most harmless we have encountered so far. The more of those, the better. Had this particular bunch of Borg not been rendered rogue, they would have been engaged in Collective things which might have resulted in much greater horrors.

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Old December 11 2012, 04:37 PM   #14
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Perhaps, but I remember Riker responding that changing course could take them into the anomaly for all they knew. Both his and Worf's suggestions were valid.
But, that argument is invalid. Since the first time through (when they first entered the loop) they'd have no reason to change course, so staying ON course will put them into the loop. Changing their course IS the right thing to do as it will alter things from the first sequence of events.
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Old December 11 2012, 08:00 PM   #15
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