Riker? I barely had the chance to tell her about Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II Omnibus – Vol.9

Here’s your weekly Omnibus Edition of Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II covering Season 3 episodes 10 to 16:

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#StarTrekTNG S3E10 - The Defector ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It opens with Shakespeare and ends in tragedy as the crew of the Enterprise intercept and play host to an apparent high ranking Romulan defector. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's a taut and engrossing shell game as Picard and crew peel back lie after lie in order to get to the truth only to find they themselves are participants in an even greater Romulan game. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Guest star James Sloyan brings real gravitas and pathos to the role of Romulan Admiral Jarok, giving the episode's denouement real emotional weight. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #thedefector #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration

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#StarTrekTNG S3E12 - The High Ground ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Anakin Skywalker's least favourite episode, it also found disfavour with the BBC, being banned from transmission for many years. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Little wonder given it attempts to tackle the thorny issue of terrorism and makes direct reference to The Troubles in Ireland. In execution, though, its a windy, verbose soapbox of speeches and lectures on the esoteric theoretical morality of terrorism which doesn't really have anything to say beyond piously resolving the conflict for the convenience of the episode's conclusion. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Trek wouldn't touch the idea of terrorism again until #DeepSpaceNine came along and explored it with much greater insight and sensitivity. ⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #thehighground #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #bannedbythebbc #terrorism #anakinskywalker #obiwankenobi

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#StarTrekTNG S3E13 - Déjà Q ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When Q appears naked in mid-air on the bridge of the Enterprise, the crew studiously maintain eye-contact lest they accidentally stare at his Q-tip. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Depowered by his fellow Q, the suddenly mortal and powerless former omnipotent one must learn to make do as a mere human. The only problem is that the Calamarain, an energy-based race who Q used to torment for fun, have learned of his plight and come to settle the score. John de Lancie is, once again, tremendous fun, bringing a wit and energy to the role which gives the regular cast a lot to play off. Corbin Bernsen makes a fun cameo as a fellow Q (Q2) who are caught off-guard by what Q decides to do. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #déjàq #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #johndelancie #nudity

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#StarTrekTNG S3E15 - Yesterday's Enterprise ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When Shooter McGavin falls through a timewarp, history is radically altered. Not only is the Federation, and by extension the Enterprise, involved in a fierce war with the Klingon Empire but Tasha Yar is alive and actually competent at her job. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Denise Crosby finally gets a chance to show what she could have done with the character had she had the benefit of better writing and storylines. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Once again, Guinan manifests a conveniently extra-sensory perception that allows her to sense the changes in the timeline (Guinan must have a permanent migraine in the Kelvin universe) and it’s a credit to this episode that it not only manages to rehabilitate the character of Tasha Yar but it also brings new depths to Guinan and Picard's relationship. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #yesterdaysenterprise #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #TashaYar

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#StarTrekTNG S3E16 - The Offspring ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's a family affair as Data gets broody after a cybernetics conference and decides to create a 'child', Lal. Although the crew are a bit taken aback, they quickly adapt to and support Data's foray into fatherhood. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Unfortunately, Starfleet don't see it the same way and want to take Lal away for study, like we didn't all learn something in season 2's 'Measure Of A Man'. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fortunately, the episode avoids retreading the same ground by taking a more emotional approach and manages to deliver a poignant and moving tale of two supposedly emotionless machines experiencing the love and loss of family. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's also Jonathan Frakes' directorial debut and he shows a deft touch in handling the AI EQ with sensitivity and lightness although he also makes sure Riker still gets a little smooch action so 🤷‍♂️. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #theoffspring #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #lal

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