4 comments on “Galaxy’s Child

  1. The story of our heroine, a woman in STEM, getting a colleague to rein himself in and treat her professionally. The Enterprise plot kind of works in parallel – coming on too strong, Worf’s vs Guinan’s advice, the weaning, swallowing your pride…

    Structurally it mimics “Booby Trap,” with Brahms starting out argumentative and then warming up in stages just like her hologram did. That’s a fine starting point, but it’s frustrating to watch the writers undo “Booby Trap”‘s lesson about [romantic objects vs building rapport as colleagues], and the new lesson about disclosure (though foregrounded well throughout) isn’t given the same substance. I mean, you could cut the confrontation on the holodeck and the episode doesn’t really change. It might even run more smoothly.

    Maybe they shouldn’t have tried to pack an entire episode’s worth of issues into that single scene?

    …TNG would never do this, but I wouldn’t mind a followup episode where Brahms creates a holo-Geordi to talk over problems at her design office.

    Hah, how much does the episode change if, instead of simply directing Brahms to the file and holodeck, the ensign walks her in and it’s obvious the ensign has been roleplaying as Brahms with a holo-Geordi?

    Kinda think this ensign was meant to be ol’ Ingenue Gomez.

    …you joke about Geordi and Riker’s date, but that doesn’t feel real out of character for what Geordi might do platonically.

    Geordi lets Brahms take a call in his office. Are we still tallying which officers have offices?

    With the computer extrapolating holo-Brahms from her public appearances, and not mentioning that she’s married, the subtext may be that those appearances are where she met her then-soon-to-be-husband and the computer was putting Geordi in his place. Also: with Brahms seeming to be in a closed marriage, I guess TNG has given up on Troi’s claim that “humans no longer own each other that way.”

    • That’s a good catch on the similarities in the A and B plots. I regret missing that. It feels exactly like “Booby Trap.” Ship looks at something, ship starts losing power to death, Geordi gets solution as last minute. I think that’s one reason people have trouble telling these two episodes apart. I think “Relics” kind of commits the same sin, especially with Geordi retelling this story to Scotty in that one.

      Cutting the confrontation on the holodeck would do nothing but improve this episode. Those last few scenes need to be reworked.

      Other folks working with holo-Geordis would be interesting. I’m still reeling from the idea that “All Good Things” intended to imply these two get married for no fucking reason.

      Geordi might do something similar to Riker, but as the audience, we’ve never seen anything close to that. Even one scene where Geordi is hosting fellow officers in his quarters while everyone wears civvies would establish that, but we don’t get that before or since. It’s the kind of thing Geordi could do, but not the kind of thing the series tells us he does.

      I was really harping on Worf not having an office that whole time, but I learned that he actually did early on. I think Data and Riker are the only ones without their offices now. Assuming that Data’s quarters aren’t actually the operations office.

      • The parallel clicked when you mentioned Picard needing to fall on his sword. …I want to criticize the writers for not doing more with ‘falling on your sword,’ but I don’t know how much more there is to say that “First Contact” didn’t already cover the previous week.

        What “Relics” gets right though, and what “Galaxy’s Child” was trying to do, is to reprise those superficial plot points as contrast for the new personal stories being layered on top of them. I guess “Relics”‘ thing about living in the past could be viewed as a meta-comment on “Galaxy’s Child”‘s failure to develop that new layer.

        Reworking the last few scenes fixes the flow of the episode but I don’t think it fixes the content. The holodeck confrontation is what distinguishes this ep from “Booby Trap” so I think the issues raised there needed to be expanded earlier. They could even have lead with them. Either “so you’re the one who’s made me into a holo-doll” as Brahms steps off the transporter pad, or a quick sequence of her first tour of Geordi’s changes, him showing too much personal knowledge, and the ensign showing her to the holodeck.

        I forgot about the Federation’s anti-cloning bias from “Up the Long Ladder.” That adds an extra color to things.

        With the Hologram Rights episodes in Voyager, I guess the Brahms from “All Good Things” could retroactively be this holodeck program after her emancipation. But yeah, while I’m fine with Brahm and Geordi being on friendly terms, it would’ve been better to pick someone else or invent someone new. …Y’know, I think I’d also be fine with the Geordi in “All Good Things” being Brahm’s holo-Geordi.

        Fair point on the series not developing Geordi.

        I’d assume the operations office would have a bunch of people in it. Probably redress sickbay for it. …I want to comment on the Enterprise’s department structure, but I know that’s a dead horse, and I don’t actually have the brain juice to flog it today.

        • “Falling on his sword” is definitely what I was looking for.

          I’ve definitely subscribed to the theory that holographic marriage is legal on Rigel 3 and that’s why All Good Things Geordi lives there with holo-Brahms. It throws the character of Geordi under the bus, but not any further under the wheels than the actual writers did.

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