The Rewatch 144: Captain’s Holiday

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 3.19 Captain’s Holiday (04-02-1990)
Rating: 4.5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/.5/22

Notable Guest Stars:

Jennifer Hetrick – Vash.  She will return as the character twice more, once on TNG and once on DS9.
Max Grodenchik –
Sovak. He played many characters over the year, but mostly is known for being Rom, Quark’s younger brother on DS9.Apparently he’s in Apollo 13, but I don’t recall seeing him.  Oh, well.  What a hardship to rewatch my favorite movie again.

Review:

The episode begins with everyone on board agreeing that Picard needs a vacation.  Troi even tries to use her Mother to convince Picard to go.  He eventually decides to go if only to stop his senior officers from trying to convince him.  Will and Deanna convince him Risa is the perfect place to go, although Will also tries to play a prank on the Captain, asking him for a souvenir – a Horga’hn.

You know its not going to be a Picard preferred style holiday when the first thing that happens when he arrives is he is kissed by a strange woman (later we learn is Vash), and then he’s greeted by two future security officers trying to get back a fussion device called a Tox Uthat. 

Archelogy is right along Picard’s line of fun, so at least he gets that.  But first, he finds out that the Horga’hn is a fertility symbol on Risa, and is meant to show willingness for companionship.  (Riker is probably going to have to schedule himself quite a few night shifts to make up for this one).

This episode overall is fun.  I imagine Picard would find archeological digs a fun relaxing activity.  Often times the most relaxing thing you can do is something you don’t always do.  But He gets a chance for a love interest, a trip into his favorite hobby, and gets to save the day.

Interesting Notes:

  • Written by Ira Stevens Behr
  • Directed by Chip Chalmers
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Pros:

  • Picard character development

Cons:

  • Nothing stands out

Screencap via CygnusX1.net

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