Mr Worf, did you remember to post this week’s Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II Omnibus – Vol.8?

Here’s your weekly Omnibus Edition of Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II covering Season 3 episodes 3 to 9:

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#StarTrekTNG S3E04 - Who Watches the Watchers ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A story so good they'd later spin it out into a full-length feature film. A classic Trek morality tale and a classic Trek location - Vasquez Rocks! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Once again, Picard pulls his old trick of beaming a primitive to the ship to prove he's not really a god (it's basically his version of Kirk's ability to talk the hind isolinear chips off of any computer). The ethical trifecta of science versus superstition versus the Prime Directive gives the cast a meaty moral dilemma to chew on and a great guest cast bolster a serious and high quality episode. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #whowatchesthewatchers #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #MintakaIII

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#StarTrekTNG S3E05 - The Bonding ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Reminiscent of #TheSurvivors a couple of episodes ago, this story deals with another tragic death, this time of a security officer on an away mission, leaving behind an orphaned son for whom Worf - as the leader of the away team - feels responsible. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It deals with grief and loss in a curious way, hamstrung as it is by the still-present Gene Rodenberry's oddly constrictive rules regarding humanity's evolved sensibilities. When the dead officer mysteriously reappears, though, the crew must find a way to help the boy come to terms with his loss, despite the easy temptation of a life of denial thanks to well-meaning but guilt-ridden non-corporeal life forms. ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #thebonding #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration

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#StarTrekTNG S3E06 - Booby Trap ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This episode marks the beginning of creepy incel Geordi as we see him strike out in his latest attempt to trap himself some boobies early in the episode. It's a cringe-inducing start to an episode that sees Geordi settle into a pattern of in some questionable behaviour in respect of women in general that continues for the rest of the series. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This time, in order to save the away team from an ancient energy-draining trap, Geordi recreates the designer of the Enterprise's engines on the holodeck and then spends more time flirting with her than focussing on his work. ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #boobytrap #DrLeahBrahms #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration

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#StarTrekTNG S3E07 - The Enemy ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Geordi's bad 'luck' with relationships continues as a literal blind date with an injured Romulan on a storm-ravaged planetoid goes as well as can be expected. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Meanwhile aboard the Enterprise another Romulan is critically injured and only Worf can save his life with a transfusion but decides not to because of racism. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Geordi's storyline is an 'Enemy Mine' survival trope that #StarTrek would return to many times in the future, almost always with better results than this but there's no denying the power of Worf's dark refusal to do the right [Trek] thing. ⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #theenemy #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration

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#StarTrekTNG S3E08 - The Price ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Geordi deserves a break after the last two episodes so this time it's Troi who gets saddled with a creepy romance as well as being fat-shamed by the Enterprise computer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Matt "The Town That Cancelled Christmas" McCoy plays arch-negotiator and sleazy wormhole salesman Devinoni Ral who catches Troi's mind's eye. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The negotiations are dull and the love triangle between Troi, Riker and Ral never feels remotely interesting. The best thing this episode does is set up a superior #StarTrekVoyager sequel epsiode. ⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #theprice #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #DevinoniRal #BarzanWormhole #thetownthatcancelledchristmas

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#StarTrekTNG S3E09 - The Vengeance Factor ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Attempting to resolve a long-running societal schism, Picard convinces the ruler of Acamar III, Sovereign Marouk to seek reconciliation with The Gatherers, a self-imposed exiled faction of Acamarian society. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But unknown to Sovereign Marouk, someone in her retinue has a blood feud with a rival Acamarian clan and will stop at nothing to avenge her family and not even Commander Riker's redoubtable horniness can dissaude the would-be assasin from completing her task. Fair play to Riker, though, for looking to score while Beulah Balbricker's onboard the Enterprise. ⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #thevengeancefactor #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #porkys #beulahbalbricker

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