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We get right into it in this season’s supplemental, rolling from the season three finale right into:

-The Question

-Season 3 versus Seasons 1 and 2.

-What we’re doing during the interregnum.

-YouTube, sound quality, iTunes, and listener feedback.

-Characters and characterization.

I’m serious about podcast recommendations. Maybe I’m a bad participant in the podcasting community because I listen to Writing Excuses and…nothing else. Given that my music playlist is getting a bit stale, I’m wide open for suggestions.

Anything else we’re missing though? We do this casually, but we would like to improve.

Also, there will be a brief–odd–mini-series of Altered Carbon for the next four weeks. Then we’ll start season four.

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It’s done. It’s hard to say anything about what might be–as a Deep Space Nine fan–the greatest multi-part Star Trek story ever told.

Star Trek: The Next Generation was under restrictions neither you nor I fully understand, but they still managed to push the serialized network television format to its limits.

I try to end these with a question, so ‘great episode’ or ‘greatest episode’?

As a special bonus, the Season 3 Supplemental goes up on Monday night.

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We’re three years in and we’ve already established that Worf is a romantic. I’m glad that’s something that’s kept as part of his character.

I think that Star Trek has telegraphed ascension several times, with the Traveler, with Q, and with the Metrons back in The Original Series. And then this guy does it because he’s an X-Man, basically. That seems kinda weak. On the other hand, how would the much-foreshadowed ascension of humanity work in the Star Trek universe?

“The Best of Both Worlds” trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_mFdqY6y4g

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This is another one of Season 3’s signature solid episodes. I think it’s a bit underrated by the fan base, honestly. Maybe because the stylistic choices are so bold it gets cringey for some folks. This thing gets high marks for me for conflict, villain, universe building, continuity, and characterization. It tells us so many things about all of the working parts in it that the worst criticism I can give it is that it’s not longer.

The auction house I was thinking of was Christie’s. I don’t feel bad for blanking; I mean, who uses Christie’s when eBay exists?

Before every episode, Derek and I warm up a bit and do some planning–that’s where I get the SoundCloud teasers from. Part of the discussion for this episode was about serialized series versus episodic series. This is a smart, self-contained episode that would lose a lot of momentum if these Data/Fajo scenes only happened once per episode over three or four episodes or if we filled those same episodes with failed escape attempts. On the other hand, the concept of Data’s death is big enough that we should see its effects on the Enterprise.

I dunno, it seems like TNG and DS9 balanced the serialized/episodic divide much, much better than Voyager and (or so I’ve heard) Discovery. This is a good episode to demonstrate that, right?

“Sarek” trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h_-bG5Mvkc

The Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/vanvelding

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My main complaint with Barclay is that he’s overrated. But that only comes because he’s vulnerable in a way that no main character could be. My main complaint isn’t with the fandom, but with the cultural limitations of the 1990’s. I guess that’s a recurring theme.

“Look behind you,” stretches back at least to Cu Chulainn, the mythical hero of Ireland. It’s an old, old trick.

It’s really frustrating to see the main cast be so bad at basic leadership. It’s not just about them, but about the setting and the philosophy behind it. What could they have changed to keep this episode essentially intact but to still functional?

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Tin Man

Y’know, when I say an episode is boring, I don’t mean “it’s so boring, I’d edit it and then totally forget to post it,” but that’s what happened.

I’d apologize for our weird digression into class structure but honestly, what else is happening in this episode? What’s your favorite class, listener? The humble proletariat? The reactionary bourgeoisie? The redoubtable bürger?

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We compare Riker vacations to Picard vacations, gush about Vash, and also there some time travel there…just because?

Vash seems like such an outside-of-the box perfect fit for Picard. I’d be curious about other such fits for members of the crew. I would not put K’Ehylar in that place for Worf. They have dynamite chemistry, but she borders on whatever a Klingon version of a manic pixie dream girl is. I’d be interested in seeing the “Vash” for the rest of the crew.

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People talk about Patrick Stewart coming back to Star Trek. They don’t want a send-off for Captain Picard (We had one of those and it was called “All Good Things…” They want more TNG, just TNG for a million years. www.TNG.com.

That’s not going to happen and if we ever—god forbid—see the TNG cast together in some kind of production, it should be a really real super sendoff. My initial impulse for that was something grimdark; ‘Fall of The Federation’ or some bullshit like that. Everything breaks. The universe is reset. Everybody dies.

Because of course everybody dies. But that’s not want people want from TNG either. They want the people they like to be happy and to grow and change. The grimdark story is a lot easier to pitch, but it seems fair to start with the happy ending rundown and then say “but that’s not interesting” and do the stupid, grimdark lazy story.

So what’s that happy ending look like?

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Allegiance

This one’s got Libertarian jokes and pacifist jokes in it because we are both fair and balanced and neither Libertarians nor pacifists. “Allegiance” isn’t bad; it just fails to be inspiring and is another in a long line of episodes that are about Picard, but don’t need to be.

I also have to apologize because it was only during editing that I realized I missed a long line of “you might be a Libertarian if…” jokes. I’m sure we’ll get to them.

Finally, I want to introduce everyone to my son, Applied Research VanVelding, and my daughter, Doctoral Thesis VanVelding. They’re great kids and my hopes for them in the future are modest. Really, naming your kid ‘fighter’ in a martial society works, but it would be hilarious to see a more modern/post-modern culture do it. Maybe the diversification of labor keeps us from doing it, but we could still go for D&D classes, right?

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