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Star Trek: The Next Generation-Tapestry (What if you could change your past?)

Season 6

Episode: Tapestry

This episode opens up with a team being beamed directly to sick bay and Picard being near death due to a blast that took out his artificial heart.  As he is dying Q appears and asks him why did he have an artificial heart?  If he had a real heart the blast might not have killed him.  Picard tells him it was due to a stupid encounter during youth that he regrets.  So Q makes him the offer to change his past and takes Picard back to his academy days right before he gets into the fight that ends with him getting stabbed in the heart and needing a replacement.  Picard manages to avoid the fight but when Q returns Picard to his present life he is no longer captain of the Enterprise.  Instead he is a low level officer who according to Riker and Counselor Troi doesn’t have much of a future in a command position.  They said he isn’t willing to take risks to get noticed.  In the end some of the actions Picard regretted were key to shaping the person he was and he never learned that life can be short and he needs to embrace it.  Upon his regret Q returns things to the way they were and gives Picard his life back.

Episodes with Q are always fun but this one also makes me think.  If you could go back in time and change something in your past, would you?

For me I was thinking back to an experience I had in the 5th or 6th grade when a teacher once told me and a couple other students that we were too aggressive in taking charge in various situations and we needed to let the other students have a chance in the leadership positions.  I don’t really recall my younger years very well so I can’t remember if I was totally bossy or if I just liked being in charged but I honestly think that affected me through out my later years.  Today I find myself being reluctant to take any sort of leadership positions and I’m always afraid of hurting people’s feelings or not letting everyone participate.  In fact, I think I’ve gone to the opposite extreme but it is so ingrained I find it hard to overcome.  I wonder what my life would have been like if that teacher never had that discussion with me.


Star Trek: The Next Generation-Cause and Effect

Season 5

Episode: Cause and Effect

This episode opens up with Riker, Crusher, Data and Worf playing a poker game and Crusher gets a feeling of deja vu.  Throughout the day she continues to have this feeling but cannot figure out why.  Then the Enterprise encounters a distortion and end up running into another star ship that appears out of nowhere.  Before we see what happens the show resets back to the beginning with the opening poker game.  This repeats a couple times and each time more and more of the crew start to feel the sense of deja vu and they realize that something happened that threw them into a time loop and they are repeating the same day over and over.  In one loop they figure out a way to send a short message to Data’s brain.  In the last loop instead of the cards they were expecting in the poker game they all get a 3 and then they all get 3 of a kind.  Throughout the day the number 3 appears in a ton of different random situations.  When the Enterprise finally encounters the other starship Data realizes the three is referring to the number of rank pips on Riker’s collar and that his course of action is the correct one to save the ship.  Once the crew recovers they find out they were caught in the time loop for 17 days.  Then when they contact the other starship they find out it’s a ship that has been out of use for 80 years.

I really like episodes like this with time loops or time shifts.  It was interesting to see the slow realization of the crew that something was not right.  As a big reader it was also nice to see even this far in the future we see Picard curling up with a good old fashioned book before bed.

The star power trivia for this episode is the captain of the ship that was caught in the loop with the Enterprise was played by Kelsey Grammar.  This episode was back in 1992 so right towards the end of the Cheers run.


Star Trek: The Next Generation-The Game

Season 5

Episode-The Game

While vacationing on Risa an alien woman introduces Riker to a new “game” that he takes back to the Enterprise.  He gets back just in time for the Enterprise with Wesley Crusher who is on break from the Academy.   Slowly Riker starts introducing the rest of the crew to the game and soon the entire crew other than Wesley and a woman he started dating, Ensign Leffler.  Wesley and Leffler start to investigate this game and find out that it was designed to be addictive and it also affects the higher reasoning portion of the brain.  Coincidentally the only person who would not be affective, Data, is out of commission.  What Wesley and Leffler do not know is that Dr. Crusher, Riker and Troi sabotaged Data.   Wesley manages to fix Data in time to prevent Picard and the rest of the crew from turning over the ship and infecting the rest of Starfleet to serve an alien race which the woman who first introduced Riker to the game belongs to.

A few highlights from this episode are of course Wil Wheaton is back which when I was younger was a big deal.  I will admit I used to have a crush on him.  The other random star power fact is that Ashley Judd played Robin Leffler.  Looking at IMDb it looks like this might have been Judd’s film debut.  She starred in two episodes, The Game and Darmok.  It’s actually pretty amazing how many stars actually had walk on roles on Star Trek at the beginning of their careers.


Star Trek: The Next Generation-Disaster

Season 5

Episode: Disaster

This episode opens with Picard taking 3 children who were winners of the science fair on a tour of the ship.  During the tour the ship runs into a quantum filament that damages the ship, takes down communication and traps the crew in various parts of the ship.  Picard’s ankle is broken and he has to try and get the children to safety.  In the meantime Troi, O’Brien and Ensign Ro are on the bridge and it turns out Troi is the ranking officer.  She is faced with a tough choice when a containment leak threatens to blow up the entire ship.  She can either separate the saucer section and rescue those in it or diver energy to engineering and hope someone is still alive and can stop the leak.  Ensign Ro is for separating as there is no evidence anyone is alive.  Troi overrides her objections and waits.  Thankfully Data and Riker make their way to engineering in time to stop the leak.

A funny side story is that Keiko O’Brien goes into labor and only has Worf to help her deliver.  Nothing like seeing a big old Klingon trying to walk a human woman through labor based solely off of his experience during a simulation.  He even growls at one point how this labor was very unorderly unlike the simulation.

The other humorous part of this episode was seeing Picard’s discomfort with the idea of having to spend time with three kids.

I think this episode was a nice prelude to Troi’s re-evaluating her position on the Enterprise.  She holds the rank of Lt. Commander but during the emergency she had no clue about any standard procedures, any science information, etc.  In a way it is kind of scary to have someone with that little background in charge that you can understand some of Ensign Ro’s angst.


Star Trek: The Next Generation Time’s Arrow

In this episode the Enterprise is called back to Earth after some futuristic artifacts are found at an excavation site from the late 19th century.  Among the artifacts they find Data’s head.  During the investigation to find out how his head ended up in the 19th century they find out that a group of aliens are traveling back in time and killing humans for their life energy.  Everyone except Data is taking the news that apparently Data dies at some point pretty hard.  For Data he feels the fact that he will die at some point takes him one step closer to being human.

While tracking down the aliens Data goes through a time rift that takes him back to the 19th century where he meets up with a past Guinan and Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens).  The future Guinan tells Picard he needs to join the away team to try and retrieve Data otherwise they will never meet.  In the end, thanks to the help of Clemens and Guinan they manage to stop the aliens and return to the future.  In the struggle with the aliens there is an explosion that disconnects Data’s head from his body.  Thus, how they end up finding Data’s head.  Geordi manages to attach the 500 year old Data head to the body that somehow returned with the rest of the away team to the future.  That part actually confused me.  In the struggle the head and body disconnect and yet his head stays in this site for 500 years yet his body returns to the future?

One fun thing about this episode was there was a bell hop helping Data out in the past and it isn’t until almost the end that we find out that he is the young Jack London.  The other interesting tidbit we learn in this episode is that Guinan is a lot older than we ever thought.  She was on Earth in the 19th century, 500 years before she is on the Enterprise.  So just how old is she?

Through out the seasons Data has made no bones about wanting to be human where as many humans would love to have the strength Data has, never get sick and can withstand a lot without “dying”.   Yet it is sad when Data talks about outliving the friends he has just to make new friends and then outlive them.  To me it just is not worth it.  What do you think?

 


Star Trek Movie 2009

The first stop in my Star Trek project was watching the latest Star Trek movie again.  I enjoyed just as much as the first time I watched it.  I was surprised how much I enjoyed it since the classic series was not one of my favorites.  The main thing that did bug me was the relationship between Uhura and Spock.  That was just wrong.  I know this is now an alternate timeline but still I hate them with messing with the characters like that.  Still I have to say it was clever of the writers to create this alternate timeline so now any future movies do not have to stick with what happened in the original series.

During the closing credits I was surprised that Winona Ryder was in the movie.  I did not recognize her and had to look up online who she played.  A couple of my other favorite stars who were already known prior to this movie was John Cho (Sulu) and Eric Bana (Nero).   I thought the guy who played Captain Pike did a great job.

I certainly hope this movie made enough money that they will make another one.  I was impressed with Chris Pine as Kirk.