So I'm Watching "Chains of Command"

Discussion in 'The Next Generation' started by Dale Sams, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. Dale Sams

    Dale Sams Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I *still* don't know what the hell Chekov and Sulu are doing to keep from going batshit insane.

    SULU: "Sitting here. Still sitting. Looking at a starfield. Running out of things to talk about. Oh look, Spock gets to look in his viewer all day and do stuff on the computer. Uhura gets to talk to people all over the ship."

    SPOCK: "Mr. Chekov, I need you over here at the science station to assist me."

    SULU: "What the..."

    Chekov: "Neener. Neener."
     
  2. Mutai Sho-Rin

    Mutai Sho-Rin Crusty Old Bastard Moderator

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    Ummmm?????? Wrong forum?
     
  3. Dale Sams

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    I can't use Data cause he can't get bored. And Crusher's station looks pretty advanced. He's probably got a Gameboy in there somewhere.
     
  4. Gary7

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    Justification of the plot device.

    It may be contradictory.
    It may be outlandish.
    It might even be stupid.
    But in some sense it justifies... how well, depending upon your POV.
     
  5. Mojochi

    Mojochi Commodore Commodore

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    Actually, Riker's idea was to rescue Picard & try to return him to normal, in the hopes that he'd be able to aid them in combating the Borg with his knowledge of them, basically trying to level the playing field, because they now had all Picard's knowledge. It's not a bad plan really, but it would not have been successful

    It was Data's idea to hack the collective by trying to "access the machine" which controlled Picard. That alone is what saved every living person in The Federation. Well... I suppose it also helped greatly that Picard broke through & gave Data the hint he needed
     
  6. Gary7

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    Everyone's contribution was essential. Had Riker not managed to get Worf and Data aboard to retrieve Picard, Data would not have been able to interface directly with him and then get special access to the Borg collective communication pathways. Had Picard not managed to resurface his consciousness and tell Data "sleep", Data may not have known what to look for. And remember, Geordi had figured out a way to connect Picard into the diagnostic system so that Data could interface with him--had he not done so, Data wouldn't have worked his magic.

    Riker was on the "forefront" of the hero list, because he managed the boldest element of those final moments--making the right decisions (ship decoupling and special tactics) to enable his away team to get on board the Borg cube and retrieve Picard. But I'd say Data was right up there with him, because hacking into their systems... that was pretty damn fantastic.
     
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  7. Dale Sams

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    Correct on all counts. I forgot key details of the ep. I'm watching it now in fact. Part 2 is a lot better than I remember.

    edit: By the way...had William T. "Can't make the big decision" Riker, successfully impacted the Borg vessel at warp speed, he would have obliterated half the system. So don't tell me Riker can't make big decisions, Shelby!
     
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  8. MikeH92467

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    I completely agree that Riker needed a good airing out after that episode. That really was something that Picard should have straightened out. Jellico played the hand he was dealt knowing full well that he was going to risk alienating the whole freakin' crew. I really felt like it was a great moment when he told the bridge "It has been an honor to serve with you". I felt like he meant it and regretted that he had to play the hardass. The move to make Data XO when Riker didn't/wouldn't step up was the move that kept Jellico from pushing everybody over the edge. Data showed from the get-go that he would do what was required, but Jellico also had the good sense to realize that Data was speaking the truth when he mentioned that one set of orders was going too far and was willing to pull back when given the facts. As mentioned before Jellico really showed himself to have great character when he took Geordi's advice and asked Riker to pilot the shuttle. Again, showing that when someone earned his respect he was willing to listen to them. Too bad Jellico never crossed paths with the Enterprise again. There was fertile territory there. We also have Jellico to thank for putting Troi in a regulation uniform, which I thought was way overdue. I thought it made her look sharp and professional.
     
  9. Mojochi

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    I see that. I don't discount anyone's contributions. It certainly was a team effort that panned out just in time. I'm just saying Riker's main contribution was "let's save Captain Picard" which is like always his big plan. So not really ground breaking in it's genius. Certainly not enough for him to get some kind of heroic glory, when the real miracle worker & ingenious savior was Data, who is the least recognized officer in the fleet. If anyone should be commanding his own vessel it's him, & if people come on board, like Ben Maxwell & personally thank someone for saving everyone, it should be Data they're thanking

    I don't really think Riker is a waste or anything, but I see Data get drown out for his excellence so much it annoys me, & Riker being hailed the hero of the Borg attack is #1 on that list

    But I've gone off topic far too much here, so I'll shut up now. lol
     
  10. Jerikka Dawn

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    This was a really good episode and one in which I liked every character -- hahah except for Riker. Gul Madred was great and you could tell he really enjoyed his job, and particularly his job with regard to Picard. Jellico was great, Data and Troi were great, and even Gul Lemec was entertaining to watch.

    I also think Data and Jellico had a great working relationship and I think Data is the perfect XO for Jellico.

    Jellico: "Data, I want to be at Minos Corva in one hour."
    Data (without delay): "Aye sir. Set course 350 mark 215, and engage at warp 8.5."

    Way to tap your resources, Captain. And I'm pretty sure Data even factored in the time it would take for him to relay the order to con.

    Say what you want about Jellico, I think he's a good captain, and he was ready for his mission.
     
  11. Gary7

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    There's always room for expounding upon Data's capabilities. He was shorted from the beginning for being an android, even despite Picard's open mindedness. And yeah... probably by being an android, he wasn't given the attention he was due for his extraordinary problem solving.

    It's also worth saying that Riker was all about getting Picard back, the "advantage" that they had with the Borg, despite the fact that the Borg would have already absorbed everything that Picard knew. Riker had no idea about the potential hacking that could be done with Picard alive as Locutus. It was a major stroke of luck. But then... being a hero often is. There are many potential heroes out there who never get the chance to be one, because a hero will only be seen for the great cause they undertake. Without the cause, there is no hero.

    In CoC, Riker never really did anything rather notable outside of piloting the shuttle through the nebula. Yeah, placing the charges gave him that position of being indispensable, but Geordi or even Data probably could have done it (with greater difficulty). I do agree it would've been nice to see Jellico make a guest appearance again, even if only for a short scene. It would've been an opportunity to see his other side.
     
  12. BillJ

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    I doubt Data would've broken a sweat laying the mines. :p
     
  13. Dale Sams

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    Please. We've already covered the ground...twice...of machines replacing people in Star Trek. In fact, in "Booby Trap" they deliberately eschew the computer driving for a more 'human touch'.
     
  14. Mojochi

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    In all fairness, I'd say that Data cannot simply be clumped into the category of computer mechanics in that context. He is the exception to your statement, regardless of how often Star Trek touts the man being better than machine axiom. He's not just a machine. He's a person as much as any of the others. This is Star Trek & that was their intent with him

    He certainly is perhaps the most crafty & ballsy guest officer they've ever had on TNG
     
  15. Dale Sams

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    Knowing Star Trek, they would have gone out of their way to show Data lacking 'gut feelings' and pilot intuitiveness....then at the end of the episode would have shown him do something to exhibit those qualities.
     
  16. Sadara

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    I'd have to side with Riker on this one. If the crew is walking on eggshells around their captain, they're not going to perform well and in a crisis that's dangerous. Jellico was a bad fit for the Enterprise. He needed subordinates that respond well to his leadership style. Riker & Co aren't those people. And I dislike the sheep mentality. I respect Riker simply for standing his ground regardless of whether he's right or wrong. Subordinates afraid to question their superiors is never a good thing.
     
  17. Captain Clark Terrell

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    These are good points. I agree with them to a certain extent. The problem I have with what Riker did is that he argued with Jellico in front of other crew members. He should have kept his concerns under his hat until he had a chance to speak with Jellico privately.

    --Sran
     
  18. BillJ

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    And Riker should've brought up his concerns with the orders immediately, not waiting until hours later to notify Jellico that he had a problem with them.

    Jellico had every right to be pissed.
     
  19. Sadara

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    I can agree with that. I can only surmise that Jellico's unapproachability and Riker's dislike for the man made it difficult for him to want to communicate. Doesn't mean Riker made the right choice there, but that's what I imagine was the cause.
     
  20. Dale Sams

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    It was just Troi wasn't it?