You’ll fall head over heels for this week’s Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II Omnibus – Vol.6

Here’s your weekly Omnibus Edition of Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II covering Season 2 episodes 11 to 17:

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#StarTrekTNG S2E11 - Contagion. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There are some really big things at stake in this episode but none of the characters ever really seem too stressed out by them. It’s a weirdly laid-back life and death cosmic archeological adventure. A bit like #IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull, really. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We see the Enterprise's sister ship destroyed by mysterious malfunctions, the Romulans are lurking in the shadows and a significant historic alien culture, the Iconians, are introduced to Trek cannon. Given the huge stakes introduced, it's almost brilliantly absurd that they manage to save the day by applying IT Helpdesk 101: switch everything off and then on again. ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #contagion #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #TheIconians #IconianGateway

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#StarTrekTNG S2E12 - The Royale. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Goofy and cheesy in the very best Star Trek ways, this holodeck-gone-wrong-by-another-name is daft as a brush but the cast are having fun and the guest stars give it their all. It's got a kitsch likeability that's almost irresistible and I admit I've got a real soft spot for its sub-prime time soap opera Sydney Sheldon schtick. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My favourite bit, though, is when Troi criticises the dialogue of the novel "The Royale". People in glass season ones shouldn't throw stones, counsellor. ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #theroyale #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration

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#StarTrekTNG S2E15 - Pen Pals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Another trademark combo episode stiching together two stories, only one of which is interesting and therefore feels underserved. Taking up valuable air time from the super cute tale of Data stumbling into a moral dilemma is yet another tedious rite of passage story for Wesley (how many times does one kid need to ‘come of age’ anyway?) as he leads a team of older, more experienced officers as part of his training. Meanwhile, Data and Pulaski, unusually, join forces to thwart Picard's attempts to adhere to the Prime Directive and consign an adorable E.T.-fingered alien moppet to certain death. ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #penpals #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #Sarjenka

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#StarTrekTNG S2E16 - Q Who ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Q is back and Guinan implies she has some kind of Kung-fu anti-Q powers that will never be explored or mentioned ever again. But Q isn’t here to exchange snarky quips with a barkeeper - this isn’t ‘Space Cheers’, it’s ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ and it’s about to play its series trump card, introducing Cybermen-homage The Borg to the Star Trek universe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's a dark and jarringly brutal introduction to one of TNG's greatest antagonists and, for once, there’s a real sense that the crew can’t just brush this encounter aside and merrily carry on to the next planet. Things have been set in motion, even if we have to wait a whole season for them to come to fruition and then for subsequent series and movies to completely mess up the continuity this episode sets up. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #qwho #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #DoctorWho #Cybermen #resistanceisfutile #youwillbeassimilated #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #theborg

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