4 comments on “The Bonding

  1. “Remember when Riker got Q powers and was about to resurrect Jack Crusher” + Jeremy as a foil for Wesley like K’Ehleyr was a foil for Worf + cribbing ancillary plot from “That Which Survives.” Maybe if they’d written it from the climax backwards instead of from the concept forwards they wouldn’t have needed the ghosts.

    Everytime I watch this ep, I see Worf’s first brooding ceremony scene followed by Geordi reporting the landmines had been pulled, and I think Worf went back to the planet and pulled them; if that’s an intentional red herring, then good on the writers. I also like how the issue of unexploded ordinance gets highlighted without becoming central.

    It’s interesting to have a conflict where everyone is trying to accomplish similar goals – doing right by the kid – and they all clash on the method. The climax feels a little artificial, but they structured it really well. It’s almost artistic how they bring all the different angles of responsibility and different stages of acceptance into a single room, with every relationship there* being meaningful for every character.

    *Except Troi.

    Not really surprised psych techniques came up; I was going to pick a (different) nit there too.

    I think the kid’s acting is on par with the colonists from “The Ensigns of Command.” Not terrible, as child actors go, but sure not helping the ep. Seeing his reaction shots cut separately from everyone else in a scene does raise questions.

    The posters/paintings in Jeremy’s (crew) quarters are kind of nice. Hah! In the home video, the kid’s clothes are the same colors as his cat! Good job, wardrobe.

    • Yeah, this was one of the cases where Derek had more the right of it than I wanted to admit; Jeremy’s acting wasn’t really at the level this episode needed. Nostalgia is a hell of a drug.

      The final scene ties everything together and the episode cleverly, effectively forgets it’s talking about ghosts it pulled out of its own ass and focuses on the human conflict. It’s so good that it’s frustrating Troi doesn’t get better treatment.

  2. I don’t see an easy way to fix the episode either. Were it rewritten today, I could see Troi fighting against an overreaching Child Protective Services, and, well… I’d kind of prefer the ghost. Thankfully, it’s rarely important to distinguish between nostalgia and enjoying something that isn’t the best.

    …damnit. Forgot they did “Suddenly Human.” Well, I guess making flawed episodes just means they’re inspired to reprise and fix the broken elements later.

    • I had forgotten about “Suddenly Human.” Whoo-boy, haven’t seen that one in a while.

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