There’s no need to make a song and dance about Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II Omnibus – Vol.11

Here’s your weekly Omnibus Edition of Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II covering Season 3 episodes 24 to 26 and Season 4 episodes 1 to 4:

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#StarTrekTNG S3E24 - Ménage à Troi ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's hard not to believe the writers hadn't been planning this title from the moment the character names were set down by Gene Roddenberry. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Luckily it's a fun and lighthearted romp which eventually sees Picard have to pretend to woo Lwaxana Troi by hamming it up to an extraordinary degree, weaponising his knowledge of Shakespeare. Both Majel Barrett and Patrick Stewart are having so much fun here although it's now a bit distracting that one of the Ferengi sounds exactly like Neelix from #StarTrekVoyager 😉 ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #ménageàtroi #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #lwaxanatroi #lwaxanatroidaughterofthefifthhouseholderofthesacredchaliceofrixxheirtotheholyringsofbetazed

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#StarTrekTNG S3E25 - Transfigurations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Beverly sure can pick 'em. This time, she falls for an alien who is recovered from a crash site and turns out to be the Zalkonian Jesus. Resurrecting from a shuttle crash after three days, he proceeds to perform a series of miracles as he heals the injured O'Brien and helps the crippled Worf to walk again. Eventually, his own people turn up and demand to be able to crucify him properly this time but instead he completes his transition and ascends to a higher plane of being, telling the Zalkonians to watch for his return. Happy Easter, everyone! ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #transfigurations #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration

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#StarTrekTNG S3E26 - The Best of Both Worlds, Part I ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Not just one of the finest episodes of the Next Generation but one of the finest episodes of cliffhanger TV full stop. It's so perfectly judged throughout. Sombre, doom-laden and spectacularly plausible in its implied consequences. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Back when it first transmitted, it was entirely believable that the series would write out Picard and go on with Riker as Captain. Elizabeth Dennehy's abrasive and ambitious Commander Shelby shook up the cosy status quo in all the right ways and gave every impression she'd be here to stay. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Borg have never been scarier or more relentless than this, their finest hour (well, 44 minutes). ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #thebestofbothworldspart1 #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #theborg #commandershelby #locutusofborg

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#StarTrekTNG S4E01 - The Best of Both Worlds, Part II ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Not since the summer spent wondering who killed JR had TV delivered such a finely balanced cliffhanger, and in common with many such high watermark cliffhangers, the immediate resolution is utterly anti-climactic. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's pretty much downhill all the way in this episode, coasting on the dramatic high from the last episode of season three but thankfully the starting point is so high that you don't notice the decline even by the end of the episode. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The problem is it's nowhere near as good as its predecessor. Because it's usually watched in a double bill it gets away with it, but if you look at it in isolation, it's actually a pretty average episode and it’s very clear the production team hadn’t plotted it out until they came to make it. Not only does it miss the opportunity to have Jonathan Frakes do the opening 'Space, the final frontier...' monologue but it doesn't even show us the Battle Of Wolf 359 that it keeps promising - we'd have to wait for the pilot episode of #DeepSpaceNine for that. ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #thebestofbothworldspart2 #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #theborg #commandershelby #locutusofborg

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#StarTrekTNG S4E02 - Family ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Showing remarkable foresight, the second episode of season four serves as a prequel to both #StarTrekGenerations and the forthcoming #StarTrekPicard TV series. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Unusually for episodic television of the time and almost unprecedented in Star Trek at this point, the episode deals with the consequences of the previous episode's events. That's it, that's all it's interested in. There's no additional peril or other threat or menace going on, it's just (almost) all about Picard's recent experience with The Borg. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I say almost because there is an 'amusing' sub-plot of Worf's adoptive parents visiting him onboard the Enterprise to remind us of the discommendation storyline which will come to the fore this season and also Wesley is reminded once again that his Dad died tragically. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's all terribly well acted, sombre and serious and it's creditable the series tried to acknowledge the serious effects assimilation may have had on Picard but ultimately its undermined by it not really having an impact beyond the limit of this episode and by the fact that's it's a little bit dull. ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #family #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration

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#StarTrekTNG S4E03 - Brothers ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With Picard cured of being a stick-in-the-mud, things are back to normal on the Enterprise, although we're not straying far from the theme of 'family'. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This time we're treated to a story, or a pair of sibling stories, of brotherly love. A pair of brothers have got themselves into trouble thanks to a prank which goes wrong and infects one of them with a lethal parasite which cannot be treated aboard the Enterprise. No biggie for our intrepid crew who set course for the nearest starbase. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Unfortunately, Data's deadbeat dad Doctor Noonien Soong has decided it's time to reconcile with (one of) his electronic offspring and sends a signal which compels Data to immediately travel to Terlina III. With impeccable machine logic, Data achieves this by hijakcing the Enterprise and locking the crew out of the ship's controls. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With time ticking away for the infested infant, Data finds he must vie for his father's affections and #StarTrekGenerations-ruining macguffin the emotion chip, with his bad-boy-brother Lore who also picked up Soong's signal. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The episode, of course, is dominated by Brent Spiner who hams it up in triplicate but if you're thinking this is peak Soong Soap Opera, then you're in for a disappointment. ⭐⭐⭐ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #brothers #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #DoctorNoonienSoong #BrentSpiner #Lore

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#StarTrekTNG S4E04 - Suddenly Human ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Answering a distress call from a Talarian vessel, the Enterprise crew discover one of the survivors is a young human. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Discovering the child is a long-lost Federation citizen thought killed when his parents died during a skirmish years ago, Picard must try to convince the young man to return to his human family. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yes, it's another family affair on Star Trek: The Next Generation, this episode dealing with issues around adoption and cultural assimilation. It's a subject #DeepSpaceNine would later tackle in the episode 'Cardassians' and with a little more success than it's tackled here. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's too slowly paced, the script isn't great, lumbering guest actor Chad Allen with some sub-Anakin Skywalker petulance and mood swings. It also leaves some important plot points such as Picard directly disobeying the order to return the boy to his human family without resolution, giving the whol episode a decidedly unsatisfying feel. ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #suddenlyhuman #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration

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