Set your faces to stunned! It’s Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II Omnibus – Vol.5

Here’s your weekly Omnibus Edition of Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II covering Season 2 episodes 4 to 10:

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#StarTrekTNG S2E05 - Loud as a Whisper. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's nil point for the Ramatis III entry for the intergalactic song contest as famed peace negotiator and BeeGee cosplayer Riva's chorus is reduced to a skeleton crew. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As allegories go, this one is so heavy-handed it constantly risks collapsing in on itself, becoming a black hole of metaphorical earnestness. When it's not taking itself too seriously, it's fine but it has to do a lot of quick thinking to keep its premise just this side of plausible. It's nice to see Troi get some praise, though. ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #loudasawhisper #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration

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#StarTrekTNG S2E06 - The Schizoid Man. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Enterprise rushes to the aid of the galaxy’s biggest asshole and suspected paedophile, Dr Ira Graves. It turns out Graves is sort of Data’s grandad (building the tedious soap operatics of Data’s family tree which will continue to grow throughout the series) but instead of a kindly word and a Werther’s Original, Data’s grandpa archives his consciousness and steals his body. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It takes the crew far too long to figure out Data isn’t himself but at least once they do, Graves just gives up and dies. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #theschizoidman #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration

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#StarTrekTNG S2E07 - Unnatural Selection. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When the Enterprise installs a new 4K UHD viewscreen on the bridge, it does Doctor Pulaski no favours at all. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The good doctor encounters some wrinkles in time as Season 2 continues plundering the back catalogue for ideas, this time rehashing TOS' The Deadly Years with amped-up teenage hormones aggressively making everyone old. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The eventual solution (transporter cure) is borderline JJ-verse world-breaking and is therefore promptly forgotten about for future dramatic convenience. ⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #unnaturalselection #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration

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#StarTrekTNG S2E08 - A Matter of Honor. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Riker participates in Starfleet's school exchange programme and heads off to serve on a Klingon ship where he finds their regulations on management bullying are somewhat less stringent than Starfleet’s although their similarly lax attitude to workplace sexual harassment is more to his liking. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It turns out the Federation/ Klingon peace treaty is pretty tenuous as the Klingon captain decides to attack the Enterprise at the drop of a bat'leth when some corrosive space mold is discovered. ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #amatterofhonor #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration

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#StarTrekTNG S2E09 - The Measure of a Man. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Classic allegorical Star Trek as the crew is required to debate and determine the status and rights of Data. Is he a man or a machine? And how did this not get settled when he applied to join Starfleet? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Probably the first truly great episode of The Next Generation as Data lends Riker a hand as he and Picard face off in court room to decide the fate of their friend. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The only minor grumble is that this would have been the perfect episode in which to have Pulaski confront and explore her own prejudice when it comes to Data but she barely appears. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #themeasureofaman #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration

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