So, I've been on a TNG Rewatch kick which, for some reason, started with Season 3, when I finished 7 I'm going back to do 1 and 2. For no real reason other than I my rewatch was prompted by a want to watch S3. Anyway, I watched the episode "The Neutral Zone" and with my rewatch I usually look and see what threads and discussion happened around the episode and can see there's a decent level of discussion on this episode. A minor point I want to kind of say is just generally how "time" tends to work in trek and, well, all TV where it seems like more time passes than should have. Data is told there's several hours before Picard is expected back so he decides to take Worf and explore the derelict cryo-stasis satellite that has some how drifted from Earth to this location in 300 years. He and Worf appear to leave immediately but they don't get very far in exploring the capsule before he's told to beam back because Picard is expected soon. A good part of the episode focuses on the crew's interactions with these late 20th century humans and much of their reaction is just the general dislike for, well, "us" as was common to this era of TNG. We could debate whether or not their disdain is warranted or not considering where humans were in the late 20th century and where we're at in TNG's time but I wonder... Are these particular people that warranting of such disdain? The lore of Trek has late 20th century Earth pretty much in shambles and at, or near a major world war. But in these three people we have: A housewife who's quiet, polite and spends most of her time crying over the loss of her children. Hardly very representative of how humans are looked at for our time. A musician who seems ready to just go on with life, to live and love it, and causes no real problems other than pestering Crusher for some pick-me-ups and patting her on the butt, but generally seems willing to stay out of everyone's way. Then there's Ralph the financier who mostly embodies the worst of what we are today as his concerns are mostly over where his own interests are right now, he pesters the Captain and goes into restricted areas of the ship. It's understandable he'd annoy Picard but he's one of three. The rest of them just seem willing to stay out of the way and figure out what is next. So where's Picard's "get those people under control" directive to Troi coming from? Most of them aren't a problem. Anyway, for me it's a fine episode and I always liked the aspect with the thawed humans and think more time should have been spent on it and the stuff with the Romulans dealt with elsewhere (mostly because it goes no where other than the "scooping" of the planets being referenced again when the Borg are introduced but the uneasy alliance between the Romulans on the issue. never seems to come up again.) And, come on, First Season Riker can't figure out what a "low-mileage pit woofie" is?