Joel Revisits TNG Season One

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by Joel_Kirk, Nov 25, 2016.

  1. Joel_Kirk

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    I'm not a fan of TNG as a whole. I personally felt the show started getting away from its roots after the first season. It took the skirts/go-go boots away (The pain! The pain!) and the adventure aspect. The show changed the Romulans and Vulcans without explanation. Also, the writing (and acting) wasn't always there; this is something that is frequent in the franchise overall.

    Now that we've gone through three Kelvin Timeline movies and we have a new series on the way....as well as an interactive series fans are able to play (i.e. "Star Trek Online," which takes place in the 25th century), I want to come back to this series, specifically season 1, to see how it holds up now in my eyes. Not too mention, as I work on my own projects, I want to see how this season one production handles things.

    I'm revisiting the TOS episodes in the TOS section and that's taking me awhile due to life priorities. I'm sure my Season One TNG reviews/retrospects will take similar time as well. So:

    Upcoming Episode
    Encounter at Farpoint, Parts 1 and 2​
     
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    I like the maturity level of STNG as opposed to TOS. However, even STNG tried to remain an "adventure" show even as the drama quotient increased. Star Trek was planned as "action-adventure-drama" a direct quote from the Gene Roddenberry bible. STNG had it's share of "action" but it's the Kelvin-era movies that restored the action element of TOS that was greater. TNG still has enough adventure/drama to make it my favorite show of all of them. Most of all what I like about Star Trek is ideas, and STNG is the show that stimulated my imagination the best.
     
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  3. Joel

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    Hi Joel, Joel here.

    i also happen to be revisiting TNG. It will be my second time through. Just finished the first two episodes. Already i'm reminded of the weird grab bag of episodes that made up Season 1.
     
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    The first 2 seasons of TNG are amongst my most favourite in all of STAR TREK. It may be a "grab bag," of sorts, in the early going, but the care and attention the show received is all onscreen. And more than any of that, there's a real sense of enthusiasm that comes across, like everyone involved feels like they're kids in a candy story ... "We get to play with STAR TREK!!" In a very real way, those earliest seasons have a freshness and vitality that the rest of the franchise from DS9 on seemed to be lacking in, unfortunately. They're more like, "let's just keep the party going." TNG, though, was made to order ... and it lived up to its hype. I look forward to reading about the journey of rediscovery into this milestone in entertainment and - indeed - Gene Roddenberry's crowning achievement.
     
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    On Blu-ray, Season one TNG is great. I don't know if its the new effects, where placed, or the HD but it adds to the cinema look they wanted for the small screen which defiantly helps where some of the stories are concerned.
     
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  6. Joel_Kirk

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    “Encounter at Farpoint”
    (Season 1, Episode 1)​

    Story:
    Captain Jean-Luc Picard has been recently put in command of Enterprise 1701-D, a Galaxy Class vessel. In this episode, he picks up his crew at various parts of the, well, galaxy while dealing with a mysterious being named Q. Q plans on testing humanity, specifically focusing on Picard, as the crew head to Farpoint Station where the people, the Bendii, are using an unwilling creature to create said station.

    Plot holes/Plot Issues:
    One plot issue I thought of while typing this review up: Why is Q only using Picard to test all of 'humanity?' 'Humanity' that is not only on Earth but obviously spread out in starbases, colonies, etc.?

    The fact that Q will always turn up to ‘bother’ primarily Picard later in the series shows a certain interest, especially since the de Lancie ‘Q’ is the one that usually shows up.

    Maybe Picard is a personal experiment? Maybe there was ‘something’ (that we never learn in the series) that drew this particular Q to this particular point in this 24th-century timeline?

    Miscellaneous Thoughts:
    I was definitely on board with this pilot. I remember there was a lot of apprehension about Star Trek continuing on without Kirk and Spock as if we couldn’t have an expanded view of a universe that had many ships, many colonies, and many different types of stories that could be had from various humanoid and alien characters. Star Trek fans are known for their complaining, but I do realize the original Star Trek cast members (at least some of them) were also apprehensive about this series. For example, a few of the original cast members didn’t like producer Harve Bennett coming up with the idea to have a ‘Starfleet Academy’ film series with younger versions of Kirk and crew, a production that could overshadow the films with the original crew members. However, we would have a version of that idea with the J.J. Abrams-produced Kelvin Timeline universe.

    This pilot had many Roddenberry-esque elements. Specifically, there were the costumes created by William Ware Theiss who worked on the original series. In this case, there were ‘skants’ or skirt uniforms (and sexy boots) that were not only for women, but skants (and male-centric boots) for men. Alas, this interesting idea only lasted for one season; our society which focuses on a warped sense of masculinity couldn’t handle men in attire that was primarily deemed ‘feminine.’ There was also an interesting scene (on Farpoint Station, if I remember correctly) with two extras walking together, a bit that was possibly unintentional: There were two ‘redshirts,’ one was a woman in a jumpsuit and the other was a man, wearing the skant.

    Counselor Deanna Troi is in the skant, a blue one, for this episode. I can understand why her attire was changed since she was a counselor. For this particular episode, her role was primarily to look pretty. (And she does, which had me crushing on her for a few episodes). I was glad they had her back in the skant in the final episode of The Next Generation “All Good Things.”

    Tasha Yar was an interesting addition as well. Her hairstyle denotes a ‘next generation’ of Star Trek (aka ‘this is not your father’s Star Trek’)as well as the fact that she is head of security and one who is formidable in hand-to-hand combat. Like Troi, Yar is in a skant, a yellow one, at the end of the episode. Unfortunately, for me at least, she is behind her console during this particular scene and the camera is panning to Patrick Stewart’s Picard, who is giving his line of closing dialogue. (I should also say: I was also crushing on Tasha Yar at the time).

    Some other interesting additions include a Klingon as well an android on the bridge. Since the Klingons were known villains (or at least there was a ‘cold war’ relationship with the Federation) in the Star Trek universe, it was curious to have a Klingon officer on the bridge, as we saw with Lt. Worf. With Lt. Commander Data, it was going to be -- I’ve used ‘interesting’ a few times so I’ll say ‘fascinating,’ to coin a term from Spock -- to see how he interacted with this crew.

    One line of dialogue I got nitpicky with, from Counselor Troi to Grappler Zorn: “I’m only half Betazoid[...]my father was a Starfleet Officer.” Well, couldn’t her father also be a Starfleet Officer and Betazoid? It’s not like one becomes another racial group once he or she joins Starfleet.

    The worst part of this episode is Wesley Crusher. I know I’m coming off as a typical Wesley hater, but I personally found him obnoxious. The scene where he is in awe of the bridge of Enterprise is cheesy.

    There are other character things I didn’t agree with: Picard is an ass when dealing with children. Riker is a bit too ‘by the book.’ It’s the 24th Century and they can’t cure blindness, in regards to Geordi LaForge. A year before in “Star Trek 4,” Dr. McCoy gave an elderly woman a pill to grow a new kidney, yet blindness is still a thing? (I know Picard’s baldness has been brought up as well). Some other things include Worf being a bit too overzealous; action before thinking. Although, a credit to the writers for having Worf admit he’s still learning. (Yar also comes off as overzealous at times but I think I’m biased and forgiving since I’m a Yar fan).

    There are a few nitpicks I have in regards to the production: The effects are dodgy, but I understand there are remastered versions. And there is some cheesiness going on when The Next Generation theme plays while the Enterprise does a saucer separation.

    I have some further observations, not exactly nitpicks: I’ve liked how Colm Meaney (as an unnamed redshirt) has such a bit part, but will come to be a primary character in the series as Miles O’Brien; I’m sure his character here has a backstory and is most definitely Miles O’Brien, just not settled in his Engineering role. I also liked how we would see actress Lorine Mendel show up frequently in her yellow skirt (or ‘skant’) and boots as a walkon in practically each episode of the 1st season, reminiscent of Lt. Leslie frequently turning up as a minor but memorable character. Most ‘fascinating’ is the fact that DC Fontana wrote this episode. Other observations are seeing actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa in a bit role in one of Q’s illusions, and the fact we see the Farpoint Station aliens (yes, they are called Farpoint Station aliens) in Star Trek Online at one point. Also, the fact that we see the holodeck (officially?) since a similar version turned up in The Animated Series, in the 23rd century.

    Finally, with the apprehension that Star Trek can’t exist without Kirk and Spock, one of the best scenes happen with an original cast member. A 137-year old Admiral McCoy, portrayed by the late DeForest Kelley, shows up for a brief tour with Lt. Commander Data.

    Score:
    4 out of 5, I was a fan of TNG at this point and was looking forward to future episodes.

    Next Up:
    “The Naked Now”​
     
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    Interesting observation. Yes I agree everyy actor involved seems happy to be there.
     
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    I don't have to go in depth with Farpoint but speaking as someone with no apprehension whatsoever, Farpoint is highy mediocre. What sold me and everyone else was that it "felt" right...the deep space but self exploration was spot on.
     
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    I love the first season of Next Gen. The first episode I watched fully was "Justice" and I became a fan ever since. The show only got better and by mid season TNG had hit a real stride with episodes like "11001001" and "The Big Goodbye". You can really see the cast coming together comfortably in their roles by "11001001". There's that great scene where Riker patrols the ship and observes Geordi and Data painting together.

    "A blind man teaching an android how to paint? That's got to be worth a couple of pages in somebody's book!"
     
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    Now that I have a little more time...


    I'm glad you enjoyed the episode. as I mentioned in my quick answer, I had NO apprehension for STNG, to me it was a vindication of the Trek idea working on televison. It broke records on release, and Farpoint had 27 million viewers. Staggering for syndication.

    Having said that, you rated Farpoint much higher than I would have. I can understand why, despite trepidation, the episode is very TOS-like. One caveat is introduced here...STNG was stubbornly determined for most of it's run not to fire its phasers..that conflict could be avoided, which I think frustrated many old school viewers (to this day). Still, the pattern of the episode is much like a standard TOS episode.

    Where Farpoint succeeds is in it's familiar format, it's "spirit" and general direction. It's moral, enlightened and still adventuresome although it's a bit simplistic here as well.

    Why did Q choose Picard? The Enterprise D supposedly had the best and brightest of humanity and as Picard points out in the prologue: they are on the outer rim of the Galaxy, exploring. Nobody else is out that way.

     
  11. Joel_Kirk

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    Thank you for the comments, everyone.

    I'm in the process of getting my other writing projects together so I'm a bit behind; my pitches for Cracked.com, spec scripts, short film scripts, short stories, etc...etc...etc. I've also been trying to catch up on shows.

    Stay tuned.
     
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  12. Cutie McWhiskers

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    Season 1 was a very mixed bag and even good story premises like "Datalore" suffer BADLY due to season 1's overall production greenness. But one can still see the potential...

    "The Naked Now" exemplifies your approach of enthusiasm and getting to play. I adored reading your take on early-TNG, and you're right. It does have a freshness and playful feel, even if it screws up at times.

    (Season 2 also brings a more sinister edge to stories, making me wish TNG kept its formula and Dr Pulaski along for the ride a bit longer. It's my overall favorite of the 7 seasons, even if season 3 is more well-rounded and tighter, season 2 takes more risks at times.)

    Blu-ray's added resolution and color gamut makes every episode, even the poorest written of the bunch, sparkle. Even scenes on the beige bridge pop and look alive now. Even badly executed stories like "Justice" and "Code of Honor" are more engaging due to the wider palette, they're both stunning to watch. Editing on NTSC videotape just made everything look even more dull than "the beige hotel in space" (which is a weird criticism people had back then since the original Enterprise was "the gravestone gray sardine can in space" for lack of better definition of the original 1701's smaller size, gravestone gray is pretty much the hue...

    Am loving your posts, thanks!

    Great point, why only Picard? What would the Q have picked up about him and not the rest of humanity in the galaxy?

    Makes sense, given how the Continuum even made judgment on humanity and DeLancie-Q meddles to save Picard's bacon anyway. :) Or he was hoping to get a bit of Janeway and couldn't do that without having to step in to prevent Picard from annihilating all of humanity in what amounted to a big accident with using sensors through a spatial anomaly without experimenting how that might hamper causality beforehand... (woops)

    At the time, I wasn't enthralled, apart from the f/x and Patrick Stewart's performance being a bit tighter and assured than the rest of the cast's. Rewatching it a couple decades later, there are so many little nuances that swooshed far over my head. The premiere is still corny in spots, but there's far more to genuinely enjoy. Especially from Q mocking humanity.

    The original Academy would have sunk the series. Going into the future post-Kirk and having a new crew was the safest risk to take and it ultimately paid off big-time.

    JJ-timeline pays homage to the academy/younger version idea, but those movies - which have the right action feel - still lack some of the depth that TOS had (on tv or movies), despite having some moments that were very good...

    That and redoing alternate timelines isn't going to do the franchise much good forever. They have to move forward while still having some ideals true to what makes Trek unique.

    It was different and it felt like a mishmash of two different styles and the result clashed, especially considering the history of the kilt. Ultimately, making everyone wear pants was simpler, even if poor Troi had to wear nothing but bedroom sheet sets until season 6. The blu-ray brings out the sheen of the teals, greens, red hair beret, etc, of her outfits in ways the broadcast VT masters couldn't begin to do, though... but having digressed, I wonder if doing more to explain the "skant" onscreen may have allayed fears from viewers.

    Ditto. :)

    The few times she was given dialogue of substance she was great. I'm also one of the few who liked "Symbiosis" as an episode.

    Crosby is hawt, that's for sure! :D

    I wish Ms. Crosby hadn't left the show, though it's hard to blame her given how sappy season 1 could be at times. Ditto for season 5 after Sela was dropped without reason, she's a good character actress, IMHO.

    At first I wasn't keen, but as episodes went on he grew on me. "Heart of Glory" was the first great Worf episode, and while later TNG seasons had some hit or miss episodes, to the point of the Klingons being done to death and more, when he came back in DS9, I was susprised at where they took Worf and the Klingons because it felt like a renewal of the sort I wasn't beginning to expect - because they were adding the the Klingons again and in so many ways, it was new life and I was glued to the set again.

    Yeah, the line's a bit of a nonsensical misnomer. Drove me bonkers too. Isn't Betazoid in the Federation, protected by Starfleet? Doesn't Starfleet have officers from all sorts of races and species?

    In DS9, they figured out how to write for child actors and Jake Sisko is handled far better.

    Wil Wheaton was not a bad actor. It bugs me no end that he gets hate mail when Wesley is not his fault but the writers'. Not until "The Dauphin" did Wesley get a decent episode, if not "Coming of Age". And those are the exceptions, not the rule. Season 3 does Wes some more justice, but the writers more than not opted to make him smart by making all the adults dumb - the very thing a writer shouldn't do. "Datalore" is a great example of that.

    The Picard/kids thing was decent and made way for some lovely awkward moments in "Descent", "Pen Pals", and so on.

    Riker was more or less a Kirk-clone who also despised Data for no reason and made crude jokes about him and Geordi ("A blind mean teaching an android how to paint?" as he grins insanely, trying a poor imitation of Tom Baker's award-winning grin).

    Nobody's perfect, not even in the sciences?

    Given Roddenberry had a thing against baldness, I'm somewhat surprised he didn't try to force the issue (baldness in characters, much less forcing Patrick Stewart to wear a wig made from a Chia Pet or anything else...)

    Worf's overzealousness worked great in DS9, either against Odo or Dax... :)

    Yar's overzealous but I took it as a result of her abused upbringing and her descriptions of the disordered nastiness she survived.

    I thought they were awesome in 1987, but since then they are comparatively dodgy. Most if not all look better than the original master tapes' versions.

    LOL!!

    I've not been through all of DS9 yet but I hope he gets one retroactively...

    Didn't Gene co-write or partially rewrite it? (that decision by Paramount to make it from a 1-hour to 2-hour event?)

    TAS did have some influence on TNG, as had TMP (Riker/Troi = Decker/Ilia). A couple Phase II scripts became TNG (The Child, Devil's Due) as well...

    McCoy's line of "How do you remember that so precisely?" when Data didn't go into the number of months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds, milliseconds, microseconds, nanoseconds, and so on prior to his apparent shock? That's the only nitpick, McCoy's otherwise wonderful to see and works off of Brent Spiner well (and vice-versa, a shame we only get a cameo.)

    4 out of 5, definitely. Looking forward to your upcoming reviews!
     
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    When I first saw Picard, I laughed.
    I thought he needed a walker to go with his ancientness!
    Now, I think he looks pretty good
     
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    The Naked Now
    Season 1, Episode 2

    The Story:
    The S.S. Tsiolkovsky, an Oberth-class vessel (last seen in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock) is to rendezvous with the Enterprise. Unfortunately, the Tsiolkovsky crew caught a virus that made them go crazy, and during a landing party mission aboard the ship, Geordi catches the virus and starts the spread of the virus by first touching Tasha who goes on to touch Troi..and so on. It is revealed that a similar virus affected Kirk’s Enterprise during the 5-year mission, and Dr. Crusher (while under the virus herself) seeks an antidote as yet another problem is discovered: A huge piece of space rock is heading towards the ship while majority of the crew is under the influence and unable to focus.


    Plot Holes/Story Issues:

    Members of the crew come off pretty incompetent. For example, we have the Assistant Chief Engineer -- Shimoda -- leave the Engineering area based on Wesley’s word alone. (Yeah, he’s brilliant, but don’t you have a duty? And aren’t you, like, old enough to know better? Brilliant or not, he’s still a child)

    As for the Chief Engineer herself, MacDougall, it is Wesley that suggests how she should save the ship from the incoming space rock. I’m not totally against it, but it could have been written better.

    Miscellaneous Thoughts:
    I like how Geordi gets infected. Rather, I don’t mind how Geordi gets infected. It’s a lot more plausible than Joe Tormolen in ‘The Naked Now’ who takes it upon himself to take off a glove in an infected area and rub his face.

    One thing I didn’t like about Geordi that his character was known for: The VISOR. For me, it’s cheesy….and I do like the eyes given to him in the movies. (One of the things I actually like about the TNG films).

    I found it interesting that Data also gets infected, something that Picard asks. However, we never find out how it is that Data, an android, can get infected with a virus that seemingly attacks organic beings.

    Wesley was the weakest part of this episode. I brought out above that he makes some of the seasoned crew incompetent; the chief and assistant engineer. And Riker doesn’t do anything worthwhile save for staying strong (‘I don’t have time for this’) while he’s under the influence and watching a virus induced Wesley keep the Engineering section hostage. Wesley seems to have too much time to create a voice replicator (which comes into play later on) as well as a portable levitator...which is also used. I mean: Does this kid have any friends outside knowing the main crew because his mother is part of said crew? (I recall he is shown with one kid his age later on, about to fiddle around in the holodeck).

    This episode also had one of the most risqué lines (in Trek) not said, a joke that was started by Data and abruptly stopped by Picard before the android could finish. You know the one: “There once was a girl named Venus, whose body was shaped like a --”

    I ripped on MacDougall early on, but looking at my notes, I recalled that she was also infected, but remained focused.

    Oh yeah! I forgot to mention two other things I liked about this episode: The spotting of the very attractive redhead in the yellow skirt uniform and boots, Diane Giddings. And Tasha Yar’s scene in her quarters when she meets Data in a amazing outfit. (Heh heh heh)

    Score:

    Looking back at this episode, Wesley’s antics bring it down for me. I remember watching this initially and not having an issue that they were having their ‘just introduced’ characters go crazy, but the writer in me has a problem with how Wesley is used in relation to the crew. It could have been done better.


    3.2 out of 5

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  16. Cutie McWhiskers

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    The Naked Time was rather a good episode to update, because the 60s original focused on character and personal motivations. And had Kevin Riley to top it all with. The 1987 reboot turns it all into a mindless drunken orgy, thus wastefully squandering what should have been far, far better. Seeing Dr Crusher (with her big, room-filling red hair with enough hairspray that should have rendered everyone in the room unconscious for hours) uniform partly unzipped doesn't make up for it.

    If nothing else, Wesley's gizmo from this episode became an inspiration for a certain "Futurama" episode where Professor Farnsworth creates a device that allows anyone to say things in his voice. Like those Doctor Who Dalek toy things that make your voice into a Dalek only for another person instead. Oops, I just slammed real life in the process - sorta...

    Season 1's tactic of making Wes look great by dumbing everyone else down was, in a word, "utterly idiotic". Okay, that's two words, but unlike inflation this one's noticed. :razz:

    Aye, that's one thing the reboot episode did right. Geordi and how he gets it and how he spreads it is far more plausible. Joe's was way too contrived, never mind had the infection been airborne, those outfits they were in the 60s original would have been useless. Thankfully Geordi doesn't kill himself - but the 60s original with Joe didn't have much impact because he was a one-off, which says a lot about a completely different point that Trek would cover elsewhere (the death of one vs the death of many and under what context.)

    Also, I noticed - for 1987 - they had a lot more leeway with showing fully clothed people in a shower, or completely nude (covered up by the ice particles.) It's actually a properly horrific scene. Kudos to the 1966 original, but "show vs tell", the 87 reboot got another scene right in what's largely an "epic fail" despite the occasional set-piece.

    Ditto. LeVar has THE most expressive eyes - it is ironic he ends up with the eyegear, which is iconic. I wanted to wear something similar back in the day, I'll admit. And yet, the silver lining is that - the few times he gets to see for real - it's made that much more awesome because of his expressing it so wonderfully - which is equally iconic.

    What bugs me is that "Nemesis" had the eye implants back, also rendering "Insurrection" being a total waste of time for the Federation to try to get at the magical radiation... the sunset scene stood out for me, but "Hide & Q" had preemptively one-upped it when Geordi first gets to see - the bridge, the starfield, yummy Yar... that scene gets to me even more, though - still - it's a sunset. On most days the painted hues of reds, yellows, purple, blue, teal - Creation is a -- well, there are no words that are beginning to be synonymous on such a scale; I am humbled to say that all of creation is awe-striking and a blessing in wonder. IMHO.

    The episode was quick to brush it under the carpet. "The Game" did a better job of getting Data out of the scene. Even TNN could have done a better job. Or a far better job by not infecting him in the first place. They just didn't try anything coherent, they just wanted Data to bang someone. And noticing how many subsequent seasons try to elevate the Data/Yar thing into something more proper - it's another irony in that one of TNG's worst scenes led to amazing stuff such as in "The Measure of a Man" and others where Yar is referred to, when Data is involved. But the 4th Doctor said it best, about out of every evil comes a greater good. Usually.

    More on the virus, did Troi go into a breakdown over her mind reading in the thoughts of over 1000 people? Dare I say it but I'll have to revisit this episode... as long as she didn't beam about all the joooooooooooooooooy now in the ship (eww), which leads to the other chestnut of a tangent (a sequel in which Dr Crusher reports to the Captain a few hundred STD contractions, some being fatal ones... missed opportunity for season 6 right there and that would still be better than "The Quality of Life" and far more worthy OF that episode's title... :rofl: )

    For merchandising, they could have sold coffee with the name "WonderWes". Drink a cup and you'll feel smarter all day. And, like the coffee, Wes was often written as a gimmick.

    The voice replicator... Cue Futurama, LOL! Surprised there was no "Sound like Captain Picard" toy back in the day, actually...

    I can handle Wes being a loner - most children of high IQs are often ostracized. That is potentially why Wes always throws tantrums of "If I were an adult" - which higher IQ kids, especially those with Asperger's Syndrome, might do. (So the next time one hears anyone ironically blither "autistic screeching" and pundits from multiple political viewpoints all dragged out the meme to feel more self-important with, more autistic-spectrum people than naught have an IQ > 110... ) But I can see why later seasons turn him into a normal kid, albeit latch-key equivalent that many Gen-X'ers were - more people can relate to a normal teenager trying to get it on with another teenager, and "The Dauphin" is rather underrated as a "coming of age" story IMHO, especially and ironically when the TNG edition was remarkably mature (unlike season 1's orgy-themed stories) yet most 80s movies that dealt with similar topics were substance-less raunchfests... but I digress again...

    The miniature tractor beam/repulsor was a half-obvious maguffin from the start but it does have the feel not dissimilar to those electronics kits sold to high schooler kids of the era. Put bits together, augment them, see what goes where and how and why... but that was before that industry died out here so if kids today have no clue about the basics of watts and amps, it's not their fault. Why do I keep digressing? Oh well.

    And from Data, the only one who could tell it without the censors throwing a snit-fit about it. Spiner and Stewart do the near-impossible, though.

    It's amazing who the writers allowed to keep focus. Especially Riker, known as being the Kirk-Trope for TNG. Unintentional, given everything else in the episode, but it could be seen in a positive way.

    William Ware-Theiss did the original TNG uniforms, and Tasha's "come hither" outfit. The guy was good, with both.

    And I'll readily agree; redheads are the best. :luvlove:

    :angel:
    :devil:

    Aye, it could have been much much better. So many wasted opportunities, and Wesley being elevated inversely by writing just about everyone else down. But at least we saw everyone everywhere drunk and horny as opposed to real character development (in most cases)... I suppose that counts for something... Like 4 points deducted from the get-go...

    Wesley was a downer, so was taking a decent script and devolving it into something so largely shallow, where most of the good points seem to be more accidental than anything else - thankfully later seasons re-using old stories did some proper innovation rather than devolving them. How Geordi contracted it and explaining character manifestations he keeps buried, while low-hanging fruit, are (to me) the only scenes in the story that actually hold up. Yar also deserves an honorable mention for the same reason, some actual background and a reason for her wanting intimacy and it's a disturbing one due to her previous society. Something that also never gets followed up on, no wonder Denise wanted to quit - she had one of the more interesting stories with potential... But, to me, the whole of the episode is far less than the sum of its parts.

    2/5
     
  17. BillJ

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    It has been more than five years since season one was released on Blu-ray. I still have the card CBS sent with the discs to replace the ones with audio issues. The receipt is still in the case as well, dated 7/24/12.
     
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  18. Tom

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    Yes Wesley and Robin made a good couple, they obviously had sex before he left, due to Robin looking at his shorts commenting on his 'birthmark'. Now Riker's hook up at the beginning of the episode not so much a good choice. LOL