Relax, sit back and enjoy Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II Omnibus – Vol.19

Here’s your weekly Omnibus Edition of Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II covering Season 6 episodes 2 to 8:

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#StarTrekTNG S6E02 - Realm of Fear ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Guess who's back? Barclay's back and this time he's forced to reveal that he has a pathological fear of using the transporter, despite having been in Starfleet for years and it never coming up. This time, however, he's right to fear the beamer as lurking inside the sparkly matter stream are giant bitey maggots. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's a fun episode and it's always nice to see Barclay back but it's a bit aggravating to have all the command crew dismiss his concerns so readily given the way the character has grown over his previous appearances. The transporter effects are nice too, even if it feels a little unlikely that someone would remain cognizant and aware of the transporter process during their molecular disassembly. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Gene Roddenberry was always against stories which explained exactly how 23rd and 24th-century technology worked and this story gets perilously close to proving his point for him. ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #realmoffear #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #dwightschultz #transporter #reginaldbarclay

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#StarTrekTNG S6E03 - Man of the People. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After the tone deaf psychic rape trauma of #Violations, you'd think the writers would have been keen to give Troi a break but no, in this sci-fi spin on 'A Picture Of Dorian Grey', our favourite counselor finds herself a vertiable emotional sports sock for a renowned intergalactic diplomat to dump his negative emotional load into while keeping his peacekeeping calm. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Apparently the key to being a good diplomat is to take all your jealousy and horniness and give it to someone else, leaving you to live your best life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Once again, the crew of the Enterprise seem curiously powerless and slow to act in the face of an obvious and egregious assault on one of their own but thankfully they eventually twig that something might be up with their Counselor and manage to reverse the emotional sewage pipe. The psychic shock kills the bad guy while simultaneously rejuvinating Troi's youthful skin and hair with a rapidity that would make Oil of Olay weep. ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #manofthepeople #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #marinasirtis #deannatroi

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#StarTrekTNG S6E04 - Relics Great Scot! Putting the ‘Scotty’ - and, in fact, the ‘beam’ into ‘beam me up Scotty’, famed Enterprise Chief Engineer extraordinaire Montgomery Scott finds himself eighty years into the future after a bit of creative thinking following a shuttle crash. Usually, these kinds of episodes would be content to rest on the laurels of the special guest star but #Relics provides a much heartier haggis of storytelling, stuffing the high-concept sci-fi MacGuffin of an abandoned Dyson Sphere and the idea of perpetual transport as a virtual lifeboat to the future inside a thematic sheep’s stomach of meditations on obsolescence and growing old. The episode is peppered with nods and references to the original series - Data’s ‘it’s green' routine is a nice callback to the original series episode #ByAnyOtherName but the crowing glory is Scotty and Picard sharing an Aldebran whiskey on the recreated bridge of the OG Enterprise. #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #relics #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #jamesdoohan #scotty #dysonsphere #aldebaranwhiskey #montgomeryscott

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#StarTrekTNG S6E05 - Schisms ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ TNG does #TheXfiles and, to be fair, it's a pretty great attempt. Alien abductions are the order of the day (or, more appropriately, the ship's night) as Riker, Worf and an assortment of other crew members find themselves missing out on sleep and, occasionally, their own blood. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Frakes has fun playing an exhausted and dishevelled Riker and the episode expertly builds its mystery and tension as we learn the reason for his tiredness isn't a constant stream of shipboard one night stands. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The abduction scenes themselves are creepy and effective. The aliens are well-realised and, crucially, never more than minimally explained which adds to their unnerving presence. The holodeck's abrupt creative licence during the sequence where abduction victims try to build consensus around the table where they were held notwithstanding, this is a top episode where the idea, execution and performances come together beautifully. Also, I really like 'Ode to Spot'. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #schisms #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #jonathanfrakes #odetospot

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#StarTrekTNG S6E06 - True Q ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can't blame the Q continuum for wanting to bring the delightful Amanda Rogers into the continuum - guest star Olivia d'Abo is the ray of sunshine as the wide-eyed and eager intern who's scored a posting aboard the Federation flagship. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Of course, all is not as it seems and it's not long before Q drops in to deliver the whole "you're a wizard, Harry" thing and invite Amanda to the interdimensional Hogwarts that is the Q continuum but there's a catch: she has to remake the early season one episode Q-Who but make it actually good this time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There are plenty of fun moments as Amanda struggles with the moral and ethical temptations of unlimited power, not least of all Riker being on the receiving end of the sexual harassment for once, and it's great to finally have a Q-related episode where the omnipotence is put to an easy deus ex machina solution to the background sci-fi problem that underpins the story. John de Lancie really is excellent here, too, bringing a subtly different take on Q as he's charged with a mission he's not entirely comfortable with. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #trueq #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #johndelancie #oliviadabo

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#StarTrekTNG S6E07 - Rascals ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Star Trek Babies, will make your dreams come true Alexander Rozhenko, we've got some friends for you ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When your crew looks kind of weird And so young you can't be sure Just get Crusher to have a look And try to find a cure ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ro had no childhood! Guinan sees a chance To give her a second And Keiko loves plants! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Data’s a computer Picard now has hair Keiko’s far too young now O’Brien beware! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Red alert! The Ferengi! Beep, beep, beep, beep! Is everything all right on board? It will be! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Star Trek Babies, we make our dreams come true Star Trek Babies, we'll do the same for you Star Trek, Star Trek, Star Trek, Star Trek Babies, Babies, Babies, Babies ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #rascals #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #rolaren #guinan #whoopigoldberg #michelleforbes #transporteraccident #muppetbabies #muppetbabiesthemesong

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#StarTrekTNG S6E08 - A Fistful of Datas ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's no real surprise that the writers on TNG often treated Worf as something of a joke because Michael Dorn is just so good at comedy and the more deadpan and exasperated he plays Worf, the funnier it becomes. While Deep Space Nine would give the character back his dignity, TNG allowed him to cut loose and have some fun, which he has in spades in this cod-Western holodeck-gone-wrong story. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With no dangerous enemies or cosmic anomalies to threaten them, the crew of the Enterprise take the opportunity to work on their own projects. Picard continues to practice his flute playing, Riker is presumably off tromboning somewhere and Geordi decides it would be a fun idea to combine Data and the Enterprise's main computer so that Data could take over the functions of the ship in an emergency. The experiment doesn't, however, go to plan and ends up having unintended consequences for Worf and son, who find themselves in a wilder wild wild west than they were expecting. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Directed by Patrick Stewart, who shows a surprisingly deft comedic touch, this story may centre on Worf and Alexander but it's Troi and especially Data who get to have all the fun. It's well established by now that Brent Spiner likes nothing more than doubling up on the roles and playing dress-up and he's absolutely in his element here. The episode's final flourish is a masterstroke as the Enterprise rides off into the sunset. It's nice to have kept things light because in a few episodes time, things will be super serious once again. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #afistfulofdatas #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #brentspiner #patrickstewart #marinasirtis #michaeldorn #holodeckmalfunction #western

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