Episode of the Week: 2x18 "Up The Long Ladder"

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by Jeyl, May 27, 2013.

  1. Charles Phipps

    Charles Phipps Captain Captain

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    I just watched this episode and it occurs to me that it's all over the place.

    * The Irish stereotypes make me wonder what Colm Meaney was thinking during this episode (sadly, he doesn't have Michael Dorn's excuse "I wasn't there for Code of Honor--THANK GOD").

    * There's a good parable about immigration -- a society needing new blood but it's almost irrelevant given it's too literal. The Irish don't offer anything to the clone civilization but their brood mare status.

    * The "clonebortion" debate overshadows everything when it's miniscule to the episode as a whole.

    * The forced marriage is really-really creepy when you think about it.

    * I think it would have been a more interesting episode if the Irish weren't primitive, just POOR. Such as their planet was **** and the other guys planet was rich but they didn't have the people to harvest those resources.

    * The idea of "uploading memories" into adult clones is not a new one but, oddly, makes the clone question more odd. I suppose the implication is there since Riker and polaski blasting artificial wombs would have been too much at the time.
     
  2. Captrek

    Captrek Vice Admiral Admiral

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    He kind of does. IINM, he was there for only a single brief scene.