Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1 Disc 5

Continuuming with my Star Trek 50th year celebration by rewatching The Next Generation on Blu-Ray.  There are about five episodes, usually, on each disc so I try to keep my thoughts brief, but sometimes these posts may be quite long and occasionally have other media mixed in.

1.20 Heart of Glory

This is the main thing anyone takes from this episode… the first time outsiders have witnessed the Klingon Death Ritual, where they scream at the ceiling and then help themselves to the dead fellow’s boots.

But it’s also the first time we learn about Lieutenant Worf’s backstory, his family being killed during a Romulan attack and his being taken in by humans and raised on Earth (which makes it puzzling that he had never heard of Rome in an earlier episode).  Also, we get to see the world through Geordi’s visor, which is something rarely revisited and each it was a bit different.

Still, this episode sets up every major Klingon story arch in TNG through DS9, with them struggling with their heritage and identity as warriors through times when peace has broken out.

Overall, it’s an improvement over most of what we’ve seen so far.  Has flaws and is a little bit silly in places, but definitely one of the better episodes from the first season.

1.21 The Arsenal of Freedom

If you like shipping characters, you’ll probably hate this episode.  Picard and Crusher come so close to confessing their feelings, only to be interrupted by the bloody plot.

Anyway, they arrive at the Minos, Riker gets frozen by a mysterious weapon, and then Captain decides he’ll beam down with Crusher, because… reasons, okay?  If you don’t question it, it’s a decent episode.  But honestly, the only reason Picard goes down is so that he end up in a cavern with Crusher.  This leaves Geordi in charge of the ship, but as he’s only a junior officer he isn’t given much respect by certain other members of the crew.  Still, he stands his ground and sees everyone through (although I don’t know why the Enterprise is still being attacked after all the other weapons shut down).

There’s a few little flaws here and there, but one positve thing you can say about this episode is that, it happened.  Stuff happened.  It wasn’t like a boring clip show, or Lonely Among Us.  Events definitely did occur here.  There were things going on that we all saw, and a plot with a beginning a middle and an end.  Some of it was even a little bit exciting.

I fell asleep.

1.22 Symbiosis

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That was an anti-drug psa, courtesy of Tasha Yar.  It’s like someone asked one of the writers if they could be any more patronising, and they just accepted that as a challenge.

1.23 Skin of Evil

So this is it.  The episode in which we say farewell to Lieutenant Natasha Yar.  She got to phaser some aliens, so it’s not like her time on board was entirely wasted.  But, yeah, Denise Crosby apparently wasn’t happy with her characters development.  Not that the writing for anybody has really been stellar in the first season, but yeah… she really wasn’t given enough to do considering she was the chief of security, and despite how highly trained she was supposed her writing rarely showed her competence (which we know she must have been as Captain Picard requested her).  So, she gets killed by an oil slick in a manner similar to any other redshirt, or goldshirt now I guess.

Doesn’t seem like much of a send off for a main cast member.  I do remember finding it shocking when I first this episode as a boy.  You’ve got to remember, it wasn’t like now.  It’s like Game of Thrones where characters die so often that I just shrug whenever it happens.  Main characters never died in Star Trek… apart from Spock, but he came back.  Not so for Tasha… well, she does in a way.  But, at the time it was shocking, so if that was the intent I guess it succeeded.

Slick monster though… the only sillier thing to be killed by would be a tribble.

1.24 We’ll Always Have Paris

It’s Casablanca.

In space.

With worse special effects.

I trust you found this review helpful and informative.



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