Let’s relive the 80’s, watching one episode a week and coming together here to discuss it. Today, release day, we’ll start with Encounter at Farpoint, and begin a new thread each Tuesday. We won’t have reruns or summer hiatus, so we’ll go through about two seasons per year, assuming the Blu Ray releases keep up with that schedule. Some of my miscellaneous reactions to EaF: The crew other than Picard, Riker and Data are largely depicted as lacking professionalism and common sense, often being scolded for it and apologizing. For example: WORF: And now a personal request, sir. Permission to clean up the bridge. TASHA: Lieutenant Worf is right, sir. As Security Chief I can't just stand here and let PICARD: Yes you can, Lieutenant Yar. PICARD: You will command the saucer section, Lieutenant. WORF: I am a Klingon, sir. For me to seek escape when my Captain goes into battle PICARD: You are a Starfleet officer, Lieutenant. TASHA: Will we make a fight of it, Captain? If we can at least damage their ship we'll have a chance PICARD: Lieutenant, are you recommending we fight a life form that can do all those things? I'd like to hear your advice. TASHA: I spoke before I thought, sir. PICARD: Tasha, no. TASHA: I must! Because I... LAFORGE: Sir, the Enterprise is arriving RIKER: Is this an official report, Lieutenant? LAFORGE: Sorry, Commander. Sir, Lieutenant La Forge reporting. PICARD: Lieutenant! Do you intend to blast a hole through the viewer? WORF: Sorry, sir. RIKER: You reacted fast, Mister Worf. PICARD: But futilely. WORF: I will learn to do better, sir. TROI: Don't. If you should be hurt RIKER: You have your orders, Lieutenant. Carry them out. TROI: Yes sir, I'm sorry, sir. Roddenberry sure liked to load up on the superlatives. He must have thought it intensified the drama, but at some point it gets excessive. TROI: Or an incredibly powerful forcefield. But if we collide with either it could be very Q: Knowing humans as thou dost, Captain, wouldst thou be captured helpless by them? Now, go back or thou shalt most certainly die. Captain's log, supplementary. The frozen form of Lieutenant Torres has been rushed to sickbay. The question now is the incredible power of the Q being. Do we dare oppose it? TROI: Its mind is much too powerful. DATA: It is possible, sir. But absolutely no margin for error. PICARD: Using print-out only, notify all decks to prepare for maximum acceleration. Now hear this, Maximum, you're entitled to know, means that we'll be pushing our engines well beyond safety limits. TROI: Very, very advanced, sir, or certainly very, very different. DATA: Projection, sir. We may be able to match hostile's nine point eight, sir. But at extreme risk. DATA: Historically intriguing, Captain. Very, very accurate. Q: Another brilliant suggestion, Captain. But your test hardly requires a long mission. Your immediate destination offers far more challenge than you can possibly imagine. Yes, this Farpoint station will be an excellent test. Q: Captain, you may find you are not nearly clever enough to deal with what lies ahead for you. RIKER: Thank you. But it still seems incredible to me that you could have constructed this station so rapidly and so, so perfectly suited to our needs. PICARD: It seems we're alive only because we have been placed on probation. A very serious kind of probation. TROI: Pain. Pain. Loneliness. Terrible loneliness. Despair. I'm not sensing the Groppler, sir, or any of his people, but it's something very close to us here. TROI: Pain. Such pain! Pain! (etc. Basically every time Troi opens her mouth.) I really enjoy the music in this episode. Denise Crosby was a terrible actress. I wish saucer separation had been used more throughout the series. First of all, it’s cool. Second of all, it would have made more sense than routinely bringing all the civilians into dangerous situations. For example, when they go to investigate the loss of outposts along the Romulan Neutral Zone, the saucer should be left behind. One failure of the Data character for me is that the series never explores why Data wants to be human. When Riker meets him, he’s frustrated with his inability to whistle like a human. On the other hand, he can do perfect voice impressions. Why should being able to do perfect impressions and unable to whistle be any worse than the other way around? (By the way, Data, I can’t whistle either and it doesn’t make me inhuman.) On a similar note, Data says he would “gladly” give up all his android abilities to be human. If he has no experience with gladness, on what basis can he conclude that becoming human would make him glad? He doesn’t need an emotion chip, he needs the Wizard of Oz. When Data runs to get Wesley out of the water, the stunt double looks nothing like Spiner! The joys of Blu Ray! Geordi says his visor causes him constant pain. That fact is mentioned again in a second season episode, but is otherwise pretty much forgotten. It should have been remembered. A curious bit of dialog: The mission is “to boldly go where no one has gone before.” Risking his crew beaming into unknown situations should be routine.