The Beige and The Bold

There have been good episodes of TNG up until now. But I strongly feel like The Defector is our first Hot Damn episode of TNG. It’s not ‘every frame a painting’ good, but it’s a lean 45 minutes of television and it’s gripping. There’s no personal tsuris about–I don’t know–Troi grappling with drug use or Crusher having trouble at home. There’s no lagniappe drama; there’s no small, personal bullshit or character arc that Jarok’s mission folds neatly into.

Again, I kinda freewheel about what I’m going to call “VanVelding’s Starfleet TOE,” which I think I hit on just enough to quiet the voices. I’m not going crazy when I expect the Enterprise to have a home port and to be assigned to the command of an admiral, right?

The book that Derek is referring to is the one, I think, Picard and Wesley talked about in “Samaritan Snare.” It included the work of American philosopher William James.

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I would have liked a musical cooking montage where Riker bonds with Yuta. This episode needs an additional Riker/Yuta scene and improvements on the ones its already got. I like the dimensions of Acamarian society, but it comes at a cost of the heart of this episode, which IS Yuta.

The idea of having Riker’s emotional investment in folks get the viewer emotionally invested is a good one, but the execution is often a bit too romantically focused. It comes off forced and shallow. That’s probably because I’m a homosexual man. On an earnest level, I hope it works better on straight dudes.

Does it?

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50 Shades of Grey (1989)

I’m still stuck in this thing where I’m kinda obsessed with how aware the writers were of the size of Devinoni Ral’s terribleness. I feel like they wanted us to think of him as appealing and then suddenly realize he’s terrible for reasons they couldn’t articulate, but I have a hard time believing they could be that bad at writing. On the other hand, the alternative is that they knew he was terrible and made Troi an idiot.

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Should the Romulan they found have had some well-buried desire to live? Oh yeah. Derek was even right about Worf reading between the lines on that one. Alas.

Still though, I really like this episode because it’s good to have a Geordi episode which lacks a certain level of…romantic complexity.

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We’re jumping ahead because it seemed like a good time to cover this episode right after David Ogden Stiers passed instead of interjecting, a “remember when this guy died a year ago?” when we actually got to the episode. Especially given the nature of the episode, it seemed apropos to jump around. I don’t expect we’ll be doing this for anyone else.*

I wouldn’t really trade Lwaxanna Troi’s ‘Auntie Mame in space’ schtick for anything, but I’m so glad this show decided to add some depth to her. The character deserves it and Majel Barrett-Roddenberry deserved it.

Oh, and I checked the numbers; it takes light hundreds of thousands of years to move from the sun’s core to its surface. We accept Star Trek’s various sun bombs for dramatic purposes, but they are silly. Suns are big and writers don’t know scale.

And Rizzoli and Isles isn’t from the eighties and David Ogden Stiers wasn’t a title character; he played the adoptive father of one of the title characters. Research is important, kids.

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*When I say, “anyone else,” if a main cast member does die while we’re making these, we’ll probably jump to one of their best episodes like we did with Nimoy.

I feel like this episode has really lost itself, despite having Guinan pitch the lesson across the plate in the first fifteen minutes. I complain about Star Trek fans not getting Star Trek, but this seems like an episode where even Star Trek doesn’t get the message that it’s saying.

I hope you all like some dating and relationship advice from Derek and ALL of my dating and relationship advice.

Also, I’m not saying episodes of Moonlighting are on YouTube, but it sure as heck isn’t on Netflix.

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It’s a ghost-powered plot. I understand the ghosts are necessary, but I wish the team had had the time/skill to think of something better.

Derek and I definitely get into the bickering, and of all things we could have chosen, it was how similar Troi’s psychological techniques are to those of the real world. Honestly, considering how little faith I have in both of those things, I was on the wrong side of this one. That said, I think he’s setting a high bar for the principals’ realistic emotional reaction to these events. Is he wrong or is this a case where Star Trek has abbreviated the language of television too far?

Also , those ghosts are so stupid.

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I think it’s silly that we assume a whole culture is at risk from a single incident. You figure that’d be sucked up by cultural background radiation of bullshit stories.

I didn’t express it well in the episode, but after Ira Graves, I don’t think people in Star Trek are mortal any longer. I guess they have to be uploaded to positronic brains, but…maybe that’s what Maddox was working on. It might explain his urgency. Maddox wanted to use Graves’ work to save a dying family member?

I think we watched this one about a month after The Orville season finale, so that’ll be the last Orville reference for a while.

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We like this. It’s a good one. The sidelining of Troi is at least an acknowledgement of how useful she could–hypothetically be. As depressing as it is, it’s something. It’s also notable for using Worf a little more than we’ve come to expect.

I do kinda want, “When you least expect it, the Breen will be important,” on a t-shirt.

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Evolution

Good Wesley episode? Good Wesley episode? Good Wesley episode? Aaah, I’m sure it is. Sadly, I think this marks a dropoff in the number of eccentric Great Man Scientists we see in Star Trek. They still come around, but they’re more rare. I’ll miss all you lil’ Rick Sanchezes. I’ll miss all y’all.

We’ll get back to making fun of Doctor Crusher’s parenting skills in time. In time. Right now, I’m going to celebrate Troi having a handful of scenes.

Also, I know the sound quality is bad. I honestly don’t know why. If it’s too bad, go ahead and tell me. I’m not leaning towards rerecording, but I’d hop over that line with a gentle push.

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