Lads! Lads! Lads! Come on, quick! We’re going to miss Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II Omnibus – Vol.15

Here’s your weekly Omnibus Edition of Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II covering Season 4 episode 26 and Season 5 episodes 1 to 6:

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#StarTrekTNG S4E26 - Redemption, Part I ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The culmination of a season's worth of teasing, hinting, foreshadowing and - occasionally - overt expositioning comes to fruition as the Romulan plot to destabilise the Klingon Empire enters its endgame. As the Arbiter of Succession, Picard is invited to oversee the installation of Gowron as leader of the Klingon Empire but is informed that the House of Duras intends to put forth a challenger - the dead Duras' illegitimate son Toral, in reality a callow youth being manipulated by his aunts Lursa and B'Etor who in turn are mere pawns of the Romulan leader Sela - who bears an uncanny resemblance to the late Tasha Yar. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Unlike the previous season spanning cliffhanger, this story has clearly been written as a cohesive arc, with the result that this episode is pretty much all set-up for the season five opener to deliver the payoff although Worf's send-off from the Enterprise after he 'resigns' is genuinely touching. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Given this would be the one and only time the series would make a serious attempt at a season-long arc (future season cliffhangers would be effectively standalone stories), it does just about enough to justify the storytelling investment and while the cliffhanger is massively less charged than season 3's, it still has enough going for it to bring you back for season 5. Qapla'! ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #redemptionpart1 #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #lursa #betor #denisecrosby #sela #romulans #klingons #gowron #robertoreilly #tonytodd

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#StarTrekTNG S5E01 - Redemption, Part II. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ War! The Klingon Empire is crumbling under attacks by the ruthless Duras sisters. There are heroes on both sides. Evil is everywhere. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In an action-packed opening, the sons of Mog use the sun and warp to defeat their pursuers while Picard pleads with Starfleet Command to intervene to prevent the Romulans from exploiting the Klingon civil war for their own ends. Picard suggests a blockade and Starfleet reluctantly agrees, providing our heroes with the standard assortment of vessels in various states of disrepair. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Data bucks for promotion when he's overlooked for a temporary command and has a nice storyline throughout as he proves his mettle against one of Starfleet's surprisingly common surly senior officers. It's a nice touch that Worf and the Romulans are both impatient with the Klingon tradition of drinking with your enemies in neutral territory and if you keep your eyes peeled you'll see Friends' superintendent Treeger pop up as a Duras loyalist. The Duras sisters set out to try and seduce Worf, to no avail, and when Picard's net catches a shoal of Romulan, the day falls to Gowron. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's a rousing and energetic season opener with plenty of incident and action to keep you occupied. The Picard/ Sela meeting is a particular highlight but its something of a teaser for the confrontation yet to come. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #redemptionpart2 #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #sela #denisecrosby #robertoreilly #klingons #romulans

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#StarTrekTNG S5E02 - Darmok ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A poetic, poignant and wonderfully cerebral episode of Star Trek, it's a superb palate cleanser after the dingy and dense Klingon political soap opera. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Featuring an alien race who communicate only in metaphor and cultural references, this episode foreshadowed the rise of meme culture in real life. It's a perfect Picard episode, bolstered by a wonderfully exasperated guest performance from Paul Winfield. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The bittersweet ending just adds to the power of this episode which somehow manages to marry classic mythology to high concept sci-fi and, for once, puts our intrepid crew on the back foot as they turn out to be more belligerent and ignorant than their Tamarian counterparts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Star Trek and great writing at the start of season five. This viewer, his eyes wide. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #darmok #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #paulwinfield #dathonandpicardateladrel #darmokandjaladattanagra #shakawhenthewallsfell #patrickstewart

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#StarTrekTNG S5E03 - Ensign Ro ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Coming aboard at a Space Doc', Ro Laren arrives on the Enterprise and she's not bashful about being grumpy. She's been put there by a sneezy Admiral who's planning to use Captain Picard and his crew to manoeuvre the Federation into siding with the Cardassians against the Bajorans. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Riker might be less than happy to have Ensign Ro onboard but she's just the kind of presence needed to help thwart the Cardassian's dopey plan when a visit to a sleepy colony of Bajoran refugees reveals the truth. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Although it hadn't yet been commissioned, this episode ended up inspiring a lot of Deep Space Nine. Michelle Forbes is a great addition to the cast, bringing a needed touch of friction to the snow-white do-gooders about the NCC-1701-D. It's not every show that can introduce a new alien race and two of the most significant supporting characters in TNG's storied history in one go. That's right, this episode also sees the debut of Mr Mot, Bolian barber. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #ensignro #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #michelleforbes #rolaren #mrmot #bajorans #bolians

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#StarTrekTNG S5E04 - Silicon Avatar ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The episode might begin with old smoothy Riker making a dinner date with a would-be colonist but he ends up dining on ashes when the crystalline entity attacks. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It turns out to be the same crystalline entity which attacked Omicron Theta, the colony world where Data was first discovered. As the Enterprise tracks the lifeform across space the crew are joined by Dr Marr, a xenologist who's made a lifelong study of the entity after her son was killed during the Omicron Theta attack. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's a solid if a little underwhelming episode but it succeeds thanks to its willingness to embrace a darker ending that you might be expecting from TNG. There's some good work by guest star Ellen Geer as she goes full-on Ahab in her quest to destroy a unique alien lifeform but it's hard to ignore that much of the regular cast pretty much just stand around and watch. ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #siliconavatar #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #thecrystallineentity #omicrontheta

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#StarTrekTNG S5E05 - Disaster ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Having flirted with the trappings and tropes of the genre time and time again, Star Trek finally goes all-in on the Irwin Allen-isms and turns the Enterprise's tangle with a quantum filament into a Poseidon Adventure clone, with entertaining results. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ensign Ro makes her second appearance, deliberately paired with Chief O'Brien to see how well the two characters worked together with an eye to their transfer to Deep Space Nine (although Ro turned out to be a no-go, d’oh!) and the cast and crew have great fun splitting up the regular characters and distributing them throughout the ship to deal with the various interlinked crises that have occurred. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Picard stuck in the turbolift with some kids is a particular highlight as is Worf becoming a midwife to Keiko's baby but everyone gets a fun moment in a fun-packed episode. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's a very different type of episode but thanks to that it feels fresh and, in amongst all the fun, it doesn't forget to move some characters forward in important ways, especially Troi. Oh, and Happy birthday, Molly O'Brien! ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #disaster #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #colmmeaney #michelleforbes #marinasirtis #rosalindchao

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#StarTrekTNG S5E06 - The Game ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Don't hate the player, or the fact that Wesley's back. Once again, Riker's redoubtable randiness endangers the ship and crew as he's easily persuaded to try out a new game in the hope of getting some. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And get some he does, get some mind control that is. Sent back to the Enterprise, Riker quickly encourages his friends to try out the latest craze and before long the Federation flagship is surprisingly easily on the brink of being taken over. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thankfully, Wesley's powerful uncoolness means he remains aloof from the popular kids' craze and he's joined in this by the delightful Ensign Robin Lefler as the pair fight against a high concept sci-fi remix of Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's a fun episode, full of lovely character moments - Troi's love of chocolate really intensifies in this episode - and Lefler's another welcome return, getting much more to do this time than in her #Darmok debut although this would be her final onscreen appearance. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #thegame #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #ashleyjudd #leflerslaws

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