Episode of the Week: 4x03 "Brothers"

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by Jeyl, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. Harvey

    Harvey Admiral Admiral

    Oct 8, 2005
    Los Angeles, California
    That's true for most television directors, although series often have directing producers on staff these days. Bowman held such a position on The X-Files and now has the same function on Castle. Other examples of directors on staff would be Jon Cassar on 24 and Michael Rymer on Battlestar: Galactica.

    Having said that, you're absolutely right about Bowman. He was a "director for hire" on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and certainly wasn't fired. That rarely happens on episodic television, since the schedule is over so quickly that it's probably easier to just let a troublesome director finish their work and never hire them again than it is to go to the trouble of firing them.
  2. JirinPanthosa

    JirinPanthosa Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 20, 2012
    A lot of children in real life have bushes full of poisonous berries in their backyard. They try to eat them once when they are three, and their mother tells them no, it will make you sick. They don't try again. If six year olds can do calculus, I think they can be taught not to 'Eated the purpleberries'. In a galactic community one of the first things you must learn is not to eat strange food without being absolutely sure it's safe.

    It wasn't his fault his brother got sick, but making your brother think he killed you is something that would get any child yelled at.
  3. Jeyl

    Jeyl Commodore Commodore

    Feb 19, 2009
    Asheville, NC
    I wonder why Gene Roddenberry didn't step in and demand this scene be changed since it paints humanity as quite infantile and imperfect. I mean, the whole crew is rushing to save this boy's life even though death is an accepted part of life. What's the rush? Gene probably would have had Riker scolding Jake for having a brother who panics at the mere thought that he accidentally killed him, insisting that as perfect human beings they shouldn't be so attached to each other. I mean, just look at how attached Riker is to Troi. So much history, set up and moments yet they never decide to commit during the whole seven year long run.
  4. Rory1080p

    Rory1080p Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Sep 18, 2012
    Somerset, England
    I like the episode, I guess partly cause Data is one of my favorite characters, but I think the stuff with the emotion chip was done a bit confusingly (like how Lore would need it given he already has them?)

    but it was interesting to see Soong, and to learn more about Data's origins, and it brings Lore back into the show as a future enemy which is good, the sub plot with the kid was okay, I think it's meant to be a contrast to the relationship between Data and Lore which it sort of does but it isn't brilliantly pulled off.
  5. The Old Building & Loan

    The Old Building & Loan Auld Lang Mod Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    The Old Mixer, somewhere in Bedford Falls
    While not explained in the episode, I think that Lore took the chip in the irrational belief that it would "fix" him...his own emotions having obviously been off-kilter, such that Soong felt the need to shut him down and build a new android.
  6. les.kelly

    les.kelly Ensign Newbie

    Jan 26, 2014
    i really liked the whole sequence with data taking over the ship. the super long security code, talking in picards voice, good stuff. i was surprised to learn that rick berman wrote the episode!
  7. Agent Richard07

    Agent Richard07 Admiral Admiral

    Jun 20, 2001
    I didn't find out until several years after this episode aired that Spiner played Dr. Soong. Good work playing three characters like that.
  8. USS Excelsior

    USS Excelsior Commodore Commodore

    Jun 16, 2004
    Alpha Quadrant
    Convenient that Soong didn't activate the beacon during a crisis, such as during Best of Both Worlds!