If you are unhappy with Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II Omnibus – Vol.22, you can take it up with my super visor…

Here’s your weekly Omnibus Edition of Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II covering Season 6 episode 23 to Season 7 episode 3:

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#StarTrekTNG S6E23 - Rightful Heir ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Having become jaded in his duties, Worf takes some leave to visit the Klingon monastery on Boreth and while there he experiences a vision of mythical Klingon warrior Kahless. Only it's not a vision, it's literally the second coming of Kahless. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The reappearance of, effectively, the Klingon Jesus causes something of a constitutional crisis for Gowron, leader of the Klingons as the Empire threatens once again to fall to factionalism. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As Gowron challenges the validity of the newcomer, it's eventually revealed that Kahless is actually a clone created by swabbing the Klingon equivalent of the Shroud of Turin or somesuch and in the end, it ends unusually for matters of a Klingon nature, not with bloodshed but with a detente of sorts as Kahless ascends to the figurehead position of Emporer, to guide the spirit of the people while Gowron retains the role and real power of Chancellor. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A pretty good episode all around which manages to avoid getting suffocated by its heavy Klingon content and even weightier religious themes. ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #rightfulheir #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #kahless #klingons #gowron #michaeldorn #robertoreilly #glorytoyouandyourhouse #boreth

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#StarTrekTNG S6E24 - Second Chances ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Remember back at the start of the season where everyone mocked Barclay for being afraid of transporters because they virtually never go wrong and yet here we are, the fifth episode of the season to deal with a transporter-gone-wrong storyline. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This time, in keeping with accidentally seasonal alignment, it's Riker who's visited by the ghost of missions past as he learns he's got a 'brother', created during a transporter accident some eight years previously. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's a clever conceit to allow a sci-fi exploration of the age-old idea of what your past self would make of the person you've become and, in many ways, Riker is a great character to do it with. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Apparently the production team briefly considered 'killing' off Will Riker and having 'Thomas' join the permanent cast but it would have been a change too far for a series this long in the tooth and starting to eye up big-screen aspirations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Of course, alt-Riker is disappointed his counterpart never managed to seal the deal with Counselor Troi and sets out to make up for lost time but the episode never gets bogged down in romantic melodrama. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's a confident directorial debut from LeVar Burton, who manages to the complex visual effects the story requires well and it's a nice touch that the episode also features a cameo from real-life space pioneer Dr Mae Jemison. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #secondchances #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #JonathanFrakes #ThomasRiker #DrMaeJemison #LeVarBurton

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#StarTrekTNG S6E25 - Timescape ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Returning to the Enterprise from a conference, a runabout containing Picard, Troi, LaForge and Data encounters some odd temporal anomalies and when they reach the ship they find it completely frozen in time, mid-battle with a Romulan Warbird. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Superficially, the set-up (the Enterprise coming to the aid of a Romulan vessel) bears striking similarities to #TheNextPhase but while that was a sci-fi contemplation of mortality and life after death, this is a much more down-the-line adventure yarn as Picard and co try to solve the mystery of what caused the temporal anomaly and how to rescue their friends. There are fun and hijinks along the way, including Picard's brush with temporal psychosis and the emergence of a second threat, an alien race who mistook the Romulan's artificial singularity drive for a place to raise their young. Brannon Braga delivers another fine script and director Adam Nimoy handles the extremely technical demands of the high concept show work. It's a wonderfully constructed puzzle as the crew find their frozen shipmates in various tableaux, adding to the mystery of just what was going on when time broke down. It's another high concept triumph for the series and one of my personal favourites. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #timescape #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #adamnimoy #patrickstewart #marinasirtis #levarburton #brentspiner #romulans #brannonbraga

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#StarTrekTNG S6E26 - Descent, Part I ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Borg are back, and they've got a new target in their sights: Data. But these aren't quite the Borg we're expecting. They've got names, they've got individual personalities and they have a leader. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I guess it turns out that the idea the Borg could no more disconnect a drone than a person could an arm or a leg turned out to be pretty wide of the mark given the Borg swiftly cut loose any drones which were infected by Hugh's individualism. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ They have a funky new ship and a feirce new attitude but there's no denying the Borg feel diminished in this episode. They're not so much about conquering and assimilating as they are being anonymous henchmen to Brent Spiner's hammiest turn as Lore yet. In an attempt to spin up some kind of momentum for a season finale, we get action, adventure, drama, intrigue and improbable command decision, such as emptying the Enterprise of all but a skeleton crew to conduct a manual search of a planet, leaving Doctor Crusher in command. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We're left with Picard, Troi and LaForge captured by Lore and Data having apparently turned to the dark side, joining his brother in his out-of-nowhere plan to destroy the Federation. ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #descentpart1 #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #brentspiner #alberteinstein #isaacnewton #stephenhawking #theborg

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#StarTrekTNG S7E01 - Descent, Part II ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With Picard, Troi Geordi captured by Lore, it's up to Riker, Worf and some unexpected allies to rescue them. Meanwhile, Doctor Crusher is in command of the Enterprise and determined to rescue the crew stuck on the planet's surface. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With a script which can't make its mind up whether emotions can or can't be positive or negative, there's a lot going on in this second part of the story but it never feels like it matters and there's never a sense of any real peril. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hugh's return is a welcome one but it only serves to underline how much this story treats the Borg as toothless cannon fodder, without malice or menace while Brent Spiner struts about hamming it up and chewing the scenery with his trademark 'evil' enunciation. There were apparently plans to return to this group of Borg later in the season or on DS9 but they came to nothing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Crusher's command of the Enterprise is actually pretty good and Gates McFadden shows she would make a pretty kick-ass Captain but her sequences are saddled with a needless side-plot about a new ensign who needs a confidence boost. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But the very worst thing about this damp squib of a season opener is in its final moments when Geordi convinces Data not to destroy the emotion chip, thereby ensuring that #StarTrekGenerations would be rubbish. ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #descentpart2 #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #brentspiner #jonathandelarco #lore #data #theborg #hugh

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#StarTrekTNG S7E02 - Liaisons ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ First contact with the Iyaarans takes an unorthodox form as two ambassadors arrive on the Enterprise while Picard boards a shuttle for an exchange visit. While one of the visiting ambassadors is aggressive and rude and the other gloriously glutinous, Picard's host turns out to be the worst of the three, crashing their shuttle and marooning them on an unidentified class-M planet. But just as things look bleakest for our redoubtable Captain, he discovers he's not the only human marooned on the surface. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's a muddled and unfocused script, which bears the scars of the constant rewrites the episode underwent. While it's a mildly amusing premise, the final twist is little more than a redressed 'it was all a dream' fake-out and individually, each of the storylines basically boils down to the Star Trek cliche of 'show me more of this Earth thing you call kissing'. ⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #liaisons #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #chocolate

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#StarTrekTNG S7E03 - Interface ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Season seven of The Next Generation marks the point at which the writing staff had started to run out of steam. With ideas short on the ground and the knowledge of the series coming to a (merciful) close, there was a marked increase of soap opera-style family dramas as long-lost relatives and revelations came to the fore to prop up the ailing sci-fi shenanigans. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This time out, it's LaForge who has mummy issues as he receives news that his mother's ship has gone missing during but he remains focused on his current mission - using a unique interface to pilot a remote probe on a rescue mission of another vessel, one stuck in the atmosphere of Marijne VII. The only problem is that when in probe form on board the stricken ship, he encounters what appears to be his mother who claims she and her crew are trapped on the surface of the planet below. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's an episode which combines dull family melodrama with a dull scientific procedural to inevitably dull effect. The whole thing is compounded by the plot point that it's not remotely credible for even a second that the entity really is LaForge's mother so it's annoying that he's fooled by it at all. ⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #StarTrek #TheNextGeneration #interface #CraggusTrekTrekPhaseII #StarTrekTheNextGeneration #geordilaforge #levarburton

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