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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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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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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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IT’S BEEN A LONG ROAD.

You’ll have to excuse the audio. Derek and I started this conversation over a friendly game of Stellaris and the topic of Tarantino’s Trek came up and we started recording…without headphones. Both of us. Sorry.

We’re finally done with Season Two and while I feel really good about Season 3–yes, Riker gets his redemption–I would like to do something like Season One’s Skreliosis or Season Two’s marathon. I’m open to suggestions. We’d even be willing to have some guests.

I also wanna say that–and maybe it’s because I’m listening to the Enterprise intro for no reason–we’ve been doing this for three years and it’s been great.

Thanks for listening.

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Just like all the emotional parts of my relationships, my only contribution is, “Let’s get this over with.”

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It’s a pretty good one? Don’t have much to say, but I do apologize if I got angry about Riker’s strategies, but there are well-documented flaws with his approach to combat.

I was referencing Augustine there, not Aquinas. My bad. For the record, I think it’s weird that, despite the loss of prestige their works have suffered in the past 800 to 1800 years, the Catholic Church rank and file aren’t more familiar with them. But then, my upbringing was protestant. Weird protestant. And there aren’t too many authoritative writings by folks who list “speaking in tongues” as a second language on their resumes.

Also, submarine sails aren’t built to break ice; they just have the ability to break some ice. There have been about a half-dozen SCICEX missions where subs worked on scientific missions. There are also incidental scientific missions which occur during other ice exercises (ICEX). I was aware of these missions in general when I was in the Navy, but the specifics here are from a general internet search. I would love to hear from guys who have a more in-depth knowledge.

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It is kind of disappointing that women only get important missions when they’re destined to be a love interest and that other women only get good moments when they have other women to speak to, but I’ll take what I can get. The transition from “Manhunt” to “The Emissary” is a sharp turn in quality that probably–more than the upcoming Season 3 opener–marks the show’s change in quality.

I’m sure it’s just a coincidence those episodes aired on either side of the abysmal Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

Pulaski had that straight, but I admit; that flourish was 100% Spiner.

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