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Man, this is a great episode about Picard and Wesley and NOTHING ELSE. My experiences with handed-down wisdom probably aren’t singular, but they aren’t universal either. Ah, being Southern.

*Sigh*

Will Riker continues being a bit disappointing. He’s getting offered commands left and right and episodes like this make him seem not ready at all for them. Not at all. I wonder if there’s another Will Riker around that they keep recommending for commands and the offers keep ending up in this Will Riker’s mailbox or something.

I don’t know if it’s conceited that I want “I live an alternative lifestyle of austere bachelorhood” on a t-shirt.

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Q Who

I’m holding onto this “Q is a benign, albeit adversarial, guide for humanity” idea for as long as I can.

Sometime in Season 3 if I remember correctly.

I think I was wrong about the number of Borg episodes in The Next Generation. I think it’s six, including this one. The Borg cast a big shadow over the series though, especially season three. I knock Voyager for running them into the ground, but what could have been a better villain for Voyager? Could you have made anything as iconic as the Borg when Voyager was on the air?

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At long last we reach the end of our marathon. It was a lot of fun, put pretty demanding. Star Trek usually has some principles behind its characters actions. I’ve been frustrated at times when Voyager, Enterprise, and The Orville have moments where the rationale of the crew is based entirely on irrational, emotional drives and this is one of those frustrating times when the TNG crew ventures into that territory.

Oh well, I’ll just be over here imagining stories where Tryla Scott solves all of these problems in one third of the time.

Also, I’m sorry about the doorbell and dogs in the audio here. It’s a danger of the format and not paying for time in a recording studio every week.

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OH MY GOD. The Melbourne WAS a punk-ass extra ship! I mean, spoilers, but Derek called the USS Melbourne’s fate.

In other news Star Trek is full of daddy issues and Derek’s pulling me over to the “Story arc or no, Pulaski is a dick” camp.

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Some things about canon just don’t sit right. They irritate us like grains of sand in the mouth of an oyster. This is our pearl: the notion that Deanna Troi hates her job and is intentionally useless.

Also Worf’s incessant cry of, “mobiusmobiusmobiusmobiusmobiusmobiusmobiusmobiusmobius.”

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We pick this one apart, but it’s a good one. Maybe we’re hard on it because it’s an action episode with a few action-y one-liners. It uses the ensemble well and gets the fundamentals of the story well. It’s a good one, but not so great we gotta give it respect.

I’m glad the Iconians get revisited one time, although I would have preferred a catchall ancient civilization that handles those stories the same way Q incorporates (most) of the omnipotent being stories.

I apologize for the lack of editing. I’ll replace it with a second pass soon. The original (half) episode is here: http://www.vanvelding.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/TBnTB-211-Contagion-Rejected-Take.mp3

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Isn’t it cool how this episode…um…has actors…and those actors just say all of these things that are things? It forces us to ask so many deep questions like “ew?” and “what?” and “no, where’s the real episode?”

Did I come down on Derek too hard on calling them “lasers”? I mean we decontruct elements, calling Data a “robot” and phasers “guns” because those are the story elements they represent. Is “lasers” too far a departure?

I said “Will and Grace” when I meant the much more obscure “Hope & Gloria.” The 90’s had its naming conventions and stuck to them.

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We missed a lot of opportunities here. Salia’s ability to shapeshift seems like an apt (if accidental) transgender analogy. At which point in the relationship should that come up? Wesley’s reaction works for both cases. Admittedly, we came down pretty hard on him. I think Derek said “alt-right,” like, four times.

On the other hand, IS Salia a manic pixie dream girl? I dismissed it out of hand because I bought into Derek’s question as an either/or. This perfect woman who exists free of her own baggage to help Wesley out with his because she’s composed of infinite patience and love? I think the MPDG exists because some writers create the woman they would have liked when they were younger. To Salia’s credit, she does have her own issues and she and Wesley tangle each other up in a way that feels more real. I think we all agree that she needed more characterization.

This is the first of six streaming episodes, which we streamed on Twitch back in September. I hope you all enjoyed and if you wanted another stream, let me know.

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It’s hard to work with good episodes and despite what I said last week, Measure of a Man is probably the best of Season 2. But Derek does what he does best and cuts through my blind adulation. This is what we’re here for.

I mean, Derek is probably not great at poker, but we’re on the same page here. #LouvoisingIt

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