Geordi, Data…it’s your turn to post Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II Omnibus – Vol.20

Here’s your weekly Omnibus Edition of Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II covering Season 6 episodes 9 to 15:

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#StarTrekTNG S6E09 - The Quality of Life ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Evaluating a particle fountain energy project, the crew of the Enterprise encounter the exocomps, robotic drones which assist in repairing and maintaing the experimental fountain. Data in particular is fascinated and begins to suspect the exocomps are alive. After the swing-for-the-fences creativity of the last few episodes, this is a leaden return to Star Trek by the numbers and while it's a perfectly servicable episode, there's never a moment where it doesn't feel like a story we've seen a dozen times before. The exocomp design is dull and while the episode contains some fine moral philosophising, it never really ignites, remaining inert and abstract despite the increasingly desperate attempts to introduce some actual peril late into the episode. ⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #thequalityoflife #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #exocomp

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#StarTrekTNG S6E11 - Chain of Command, Part II ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While Jellico remains locked in gameplaying negotiations with the Cardassians, Picard is being held captive and under interrogation by the coolly malevolent Gul Madred. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While part one of "Chain Of Command" belonged to Jellico, part two belongs entirely to Picard and Gul Madred and between them, Patrick Stewart and David Warner deliver an acting masterclass in subtle menace, chilling evil, courage and defiance. You'd never know that David Warner was actually a late replacement for another actor and took the role with three days notice. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Never before had any Star Trek series or movie pushed one of their characters as far as it does here. Thank goodness we're all too well aware of Picard's rubber-like resilience to catastrophic trauma. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This was the last episode of TNG to air before Deep Space Nine premiered and it couldn't have provided a better springboard for the Cardassian-driven series. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #chainofcommandpart2 #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #ronnycox #patrickstewart #davidwarner #edwardjellico #torture

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#StarTrekTNG S6E12 - Ship in a Bottle ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Andrew Scott can take a seat, because the real Moriarty's back in town, a long overdue and very welcome return for our favourite holographic mastermind, who's accidentally revived by - who else - Reg Barclay and swiftly takes over the ship. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's a fascinating exploration of holographic rights long before Voyager would run the subject into the ground and yet another of season six's episodes which deal with transporters and their permutations and possibilities. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Daniel Davis is always a delight and this time he's joined by Stephanie Beecham who seems tickled pink to be having such period-costume fun on a sci-fi show. Although it may take a couple of watches just to double-check if all the matryoshka holodecks make sense (they do), you won't object to repeatedly watching such a joyful episode. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #shipinabottle #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #danieldavis #stephaniebeecham #dwightschultz #moriarty #holodeckgoneright

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#StarTrekTNG S6E13 - Aquiel ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's been a long time since we've been troubled by sex pest Geordi but he's back on his old bullshit in this half-baked murder mystery mash-up with John Carpenter's The Thing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Investigating a murder at a remote relay post, Geordi starts to form a post-mortem attachment to Lieutenant Aquiel Uhnari as he trawls through her personal logs which is understandable but then he goes the full LaForge when she turns up alive and he starts using everything he's learned from reading her personal diary to worm his way into her affections. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Apart from the uncomfortable boundary issues, the rest of the murder mystery is something of a damp squib, so forgettable that you could be forgiven for it slipping your mind while you're watching it. It meanders confusingly around a Klingon red herring and some biomemetic nonsense and even Aquiel herself before it turns out the killer has been the one nuzzling at Geordi's crotch all along. ⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #aquiel #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration

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#StarTrekTNG S6E14 - Face of the Enemy ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If at first, you haven't abused one of the show's only female characters enough, Troi, Troi again. At least this time, Deanna's not subject to a doomed romance with her would-be abuser as the show has been fond of doing but she's still been abducted and surgically altered against her will in order to facilitate a Romulan defection plot. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The mechanics of how and why they came to select Deanna, never mind obtain her without alerting her crewmates to her absence, is never explained and while the defection plot itself is slightly too convoluted for its own good, it's refreshing to see the Counselor get in on the action for once, going toe to toe with Carolyn Seymour's fearsome Commander Toreth (sadly not the same Romulan commander she played in season 2's #Contagion). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's the only episode to openly reference #Spock's reunification efforts apart from the self-titled two-part episode but this is a much more action and intrigue orientated homage to The Hunt For Red October with a little dash of inspiration for Crimson Tide in the shouty bits. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's an unfairly underrated episode and certainly one of the finest Troi-focussed episodes the show has to offer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Of course, Deanna's not the only one to have had a make-over. Worf's luxurious locks are now styled in a manly ponytail, a look he would retain for the rest of his Trek appearances - because he's worth it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #faceoftheenemy #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #romulans #talshiar #carolynseymour #thehuntforredoctober #spock #reunification

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#StarTrekTNG S6E15 - Tapestry ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Picard was dead to begin with. As dead as a door nail. That one thing you must remember or nothing that follows will seem wondrous. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The episode begins in media res as Doctor Crusher prepares for an incoming medical emergency and, to our shock, the critical patient is a fatally wounded Picard, who promptly dies on the operating table and finds himself visited by the guest star of episodes past. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Q offers Picard the chance to go back to the point where he lost his heart to a starship trooper and change his destiny. But, like Merida, he finds that changing his fate comes with some unforeseen consequences and it’s not too long before Picard decides its a wonderful life after all and asks Q to make it ‘best of three’ in the heart-stabbing stakes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With much of the regular cast absent for the episode, this is the Picard and Q show as our redoubtable captain tries to correct the excesses and arrogance of his youth. It’s interesting to see everyone in the movie uniforms, suggesting that Starfleet was able to resist changing its uniforms for over fifty years and at least this time they’ve got the proper undershirts unlike #YesterdaysEnterprise. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Perhaps the best thing about this episode though is that it leaves the ending ambiguous. Having delivered a tale of the value of hard-won experience versus forewarned caution it then refuses to state definitely whether the adventure really happened or whether Q and the visit to his own past was only ever in his mind. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #tapestry #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #q #johndelancie #itsawonderfullife #achristmascarol #patrickstewart #theafterlife #jeanlucpicard

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