When the Captain says ‘Fire at Will!’, it’s time to GTFO of there. Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II Omnibus – Vol.12

Here’s your weekly Omnibus Edition of Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II covering Season 4 episodes 5 to 11:

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#StarTrekTNG S4E05 - Remember Me ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's a Beverly Crusher episode but unusually, it's not one that focusses on her embarking on another doomed romance. Instead, it's a forensic examination of the egotism required to be a top surgeon as Beverly begins to believe the entire universe revolves around her. The twist is, she's absolutely right. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thanks to her son's latest experiment gone awry (seriously, how is Wesley still allowed to continue experimenting aboard ship), Doctor Crusher is trapped in a collapsing mini-universe. The episode plays its concept cleverly, drip-feeding the mystery as more and more people vanish until it becomes clear what's actually happening. After the kitchen-replicator family dramas of the past few episodes, it's a welcome return to pure sci-fi shenanigans and an early highlight of Season Four. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #rememberme #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #doctorcrusher #gatesmcfadden

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#StarTrekTNG S4E06 - Legacy ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We're back to keeping it in the family as the Enterprise answers a distress call from a freighter crew who have crash-landed on Turkana IV, a human colony which left the Federation fifteen years before, and the birthplace of Tasha Yar. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Beaming down to the lawless colony, they meet Tasha Yar’s sister and reigning Linda Hamilton lookalike champion Ishara Yar. She promises to help them find the missing colonists but ends up betraying the crew for her own faction's interests. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's a solid but ultimately forgettable episode which somehow doesn't really add anything to the character of Tasha Yar or have any longer-lasting repercussions, which is odd considering what will be revealed later in the season. It's also something of a lacklustre milestone marker as TNG surpasses TOS' episode count with this show. ⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #legacy #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #IsharaYar #TashaYar #TurkanaIV

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#StarTrekTNG S4E07 - Reunion ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We've had long lost fathers, long lost brothers, long lost sisters and long lost grandchildren so if you're playing drama cliché bingo at home, get ready to complete your game card because this time we've got secret love child! Also, you remember the Klingons? I bet you've been dying to know what those crazy crimp-heads have been up to? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Worf's ex returns to the Enterprise and she's got a surprise with her: a son Worf didn't know he had. Meanwhile, K'mpec - the leader of the Klingon Empire - is dying, poisoned by a rival. After appointing Picard his Arbiter Of Succession he promptly dies, leaving Duras to compete with Gowron for the Klingon leadership. Before anyone can ascend to the throne, a Romulan explosion disrupts the ceremony, K'Ehleyr finds out the truth about Khitomer, Duras kills her to cover up his shame and Worf kills Duras in retaliation, leaving Gowron to take over the Empire. Confused? You won't be after this episode of Soap: The Next Generation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It packs a lot of important season arc developments into the episode but it's all overshadowed by the death of Suzi Plakson's K'Ehleyr which hits harder than any death previously shown on the show (sorry, Tasha Yar) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #reunion #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #Kehleyr #AlexanderSonOfWorf #suzieplakson

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#StarTrekTNG S4E08 - Future Imperfect. We've all had birthday parties where we've woken up the next day and had no memory of some of the previous night's events but when was the last time you celebrated your birthday and woke up sixteen years later? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's actually a pretty fun episode, with Riker apparently contracting another mysterious virus on an away mission which erases his memory of the previous 16 years. No doubt relieved it wasn't that previous away team virus which made him rewatch seasons one and two of The Next Generation, Riker is still confused to find he's captain of the Enterprise and father to a young son. Of course, all our favourites are here and the make-up team have gone with the universal sign of aging: a distinguished strip of grey in everyone's hair. Except for Picard who is apparently going through a bit of a mid-life crisis and has taken to wearing a goatee and has grown a futuristic bald/ mullet hybrid (perhaps on his way to a ponytail?) With hindsight, there are a few foreshadowing nods to both Nog (DS9) and B'Elanna Torres (VOY) as well as a completely accidental alignment with the events of #StarTrekNemesis during the sumary of what Riker has 'missed'. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Of course, the real genius of the episode is that we work out the whole future setting/ Romulan peace talks are a simulation quite early on, thanks to the weirdly deep cut call-back to Minuet (Riker *really* shouldn't be ragging on Barclay if he's still jonesing for his own hologram hottie from three years previously), but then it reveals its second twist: that the Romulans (although aligning with the season arc) are themselves just another layer of fakery and it's all just a front so that a lonely alien boy can have some company. Everybody say 'ahhhh'. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #futureimperfect #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #AndreasKatsulas #barash

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#StarTrekTNG S4E09 - Final Mission ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Wesley is finally off to Starfleet Academy so of course, there's time for one more 'road trip' with Captain Picard. After all, Wesley & Picard shuttle trip episodes are always a blast, aren't they? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The episode feels like a throwback to a previous (worse) era as the episode juggles two competing but unrelated and not very involving stories. The disposal of a radioactive garbage scow gives some unpleasant thematic subtext to an episode designed to give Wesley a proper send-off as he leaves the series and to that end, the showrunners seem to want to soften the blow of him leaving by placing him front and centre of a boring 'marooned-on-a-desert-planet' cliché. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ They add in the improbable obstacle of an apparently uninhabited planet having a water fountain protected by a force-field and lethal security system which is conveniently overcome when the story requires it but this is a disappointing grabbag of plots episode and a real low note for Ensign Crusher to finally set off for the Academy. ⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #finalmission #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #wilwheaton #wesleycrusher

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#StarTrekTNG S4E10 - The Loss. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Counselor, analyse thyself! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Remarkably the loss of empathy rightly turns Troi into a sociopathic bitch as she lashes out at her friends, colleagues and even patients. Meanwhile, the series’ cheapest special effects to date keep the rest of the crew occupied. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's curiously appropriate that the dilemma of this episode involves two-dimensional life-forms because the writing treats most of the characters in much the same way, but especially Troi whose two dimensions amount to stroppy or sad. The crass attempt to turn the story into a disability allegory just makes things worse. ⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #theloss #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration

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#StarTrekTNG S4E11 - Data's Day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Not one to hold a grudge, Data has become pen pals with the odious Commander Maddox who only two years before wanted to disregard his human rights and dismember him to find out how he ticks, making this episode kind of a Star Trek version of those people who correspond with incarcerated serial killers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Luckily, we're privy to Data's correspondence during a particularly eventful period as it coincides with Chief O'Brien's marriage to Keiko and the arrival of Vulcan ambassador T'Pel who apparently dies in a mysterious transporter accident. It's a good Data episode and although story-wise it feels a bit patchwork, it's a nice opportunity to see various aspects of life aboard the Enterprise from Data's unique point of view. Brent Spiner gives a nicely understated performance, allowing the events and other characters to reflect off him. It's also fun to see Gates McFadden put her choreography experience to use as she pre-empts the 2005 revival of Doctor Who by showing us the doctor dances. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's also the debut of Data's cat Spot and, of course, Keiko O’Brien (née Ishikawa). ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #datasday #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #gatesmcfadden #chiefobrien #colmmeaney #brentspiner #SpotTheCat #rosalindchao

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