The Rewatch 174: In Theory

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 4.25 In theory (06/3/91)
Rating: 3/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/34

Notable Guest Stars:
Michelle Scarabelli (Jenna D’Sora) Scarabelli is most known for her role on Alien Nation.  She has more recently been seen on Supernatural.

Pamela Winslow (Ensign McKnight) – Winslow is a repeat guest actor, playing the second of the three episodes she is seen as McKnight.

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The Rewatch 173: The Mind’s Eye

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 4.24 The Mind’s Eye (05/27/91)
Rating: 5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/34

Notable Guest Stars:
John Fleck (Taibak) Fleck appears in three Star Trek series, including playing a reoccuring role on Star Trek: Enterprise as Silik, a Suliban agent they often come across. He has also performed in Babylon 5, a contemporary of TNG and DS9.  He also is known as being a part of a suit against the National Endowment of the Arts and wining in the Supreme Court.

Larry Dobkin (Kell)- Dobkin was a director, actor, screenwriter, and radio personality.  He originally entered the Star Trek world as a director, filming the episode “Charlie X”.  He has a long list of credits, including getting to play Simon Templer in the earlier TV/Radio productions of The Saint.

Denise Crosby (“voice of Romulan commander”)–  Crosby is back, but this time playing Sela, Tasha’s daughter.  Of course we don’t know that yet, so she is only “The voice of the Romulan Commander” at this time.

Edward Wiley (Vagh)- Wiley will appear once again in Star Trek on DS9 as a Cardassian.  He has several film and television credits, and worked with quite a few other Star Trek Alum

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The Rewatch 172: The Host

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 4.23 The Host (05/11/91)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/34

Notable Guest Stars:
Franc Luz (Odan) Luz does not appear to have an extensive credit list, but he did have a credit for the movie When Harry Met Sally.

Nicole Orth-Pallavicini (Kareel Odan)  She has several credits to her name, mostly character acting on various TV shows through the years.  She appeared as an extra in the TV show Smash, which is another one of my favorites.

William Newman (Kalin Trose) Newman is a theater and film actor, as well as a veteran of the US Armed forces.  His film credits include Mrs. Doubfire and My Name is Earl.  Unfortunately, Newman died in 2015.

Barbara Tarbuck (Leka Trion) Tarback was mostly known for her soap opera roles, including Jane Jacks on General Hospital.  She unfortunately died in 2016.

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The Rewatch 171: Half a Life

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 4.22 Half a Life (05/06/1991)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/34

Notable Guest Stars:
David Ogden Stiers (Timicin) Stiers has been in many television shows, but perhaps he is best remembered as Charles Winchester III from M*A*S*H.  He has also appeared as a Replicant on one of my favorite shows, Stargate Atlantis.

Michelle Forbes (Dara) Forbes was a star on Guiding Light, but more importantly she would return to TNG as a reoccurring character Ensign Ro Laren.

Terrence E. McNally (B’Tardat) McNally is no longer actively doing acting work, and now is known for his radio work hosting Free Forum .He also wrote and produced the film Earth Girls are Easy(1988).

Carel Struycken (Mr. Homn)  Lwaxana is once again accompanied by her valet, Homn, better known as Lurch from The Adams Family Films.

WARNING:  This episode involves discussion of euthanasia and ritual suicide.

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The Rewatch 170: The Drumhead

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 4.21 The Drumhead (04/29/1991)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/34

Notable Guest Stars:
Jean Simmons (Norah Satie) – Jean Simmons is a classic film actress and has quite a respectiable list of credits.  She also worked with Jonathan Frakes in North and South which he was filming before and during the first couple seasons of TNG.  They enjoyed working together and apparently, she was also a Trekkie so this was a good episode for both of them.

Bruce French (Sabin Genestra) – He is known for his role as Father Lonigan on Passions.

Spencer Garrett (Simon Tarses)– Garrett appears on Trek several times and will appear again on Voyager.  He has also been in projects involving Star Wars, MCU (Iron Man 3), and Avatar.  He is also the son of actor Kathleen Nolan.

Earl Billings (Thomas Henry)– Billings is a character actor who has appeared in several television shows over the years, including Cold Case and How I met Your Mother

Ann Shea (Nellen Tore)- This was Shea’s first credited role according ti IMDB.  She would also star as Valarie on ER for several episodes as Valarie, a caretaker in the hospital day care.

Henry Woronicz (J’Dan)–  Woronicz will appear on Trek again in Voyager.

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The Rewatch 169: Q-Pid

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 4.20 Qpid  (04/22/1991)
Rating: 3/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/34

Notable Guest Stars:
John De Lancie(Q) – Once again appearing as Star Trek’s second favorite guest character (er, maybe the first, but Lwaxana won’t take second place).

Jennifer Hetrick (Vash) – Hetrick returns as Vash, Picard’s archelogy invested love interest.  She will return for an episode in DS9

Clive Revill (Sir Guy of Gisbourne) – a noted stage actor, and the original voice of the Emperor in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

Review:
I have a like/hate relationship with this episode.  It is definitely one of the more quotable episodes of TNG, but I’m not a huge fan of Q in this series (although to be fair this is one of his less annoying episodes). 

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Rewatch 168: The Nth Degree

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 4.19 The Nth Degree (04/01/1991)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/34

Notable Guest Stars:
Dwight Schultz (Reginald Barclay) – Everyone’s favorite socially awkward engineer.  He has returned for his second (but not his last) appearance in the franchise.

John Norton (Albert Einstein)- Norton will appear as Einstein again in season 6.  He is also known for his role on the British sitcom Father Ted. He also appeared in Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets.

Kay E. Kuter (Cytherian)- Another reoccuring actor on Star Trek, Kuter will appear once again on DS9 as Sirah.  He is also known for his role as Newt Kiley on Green Acres.

Review:
Barclay’s back, back again.  This time he’s not having awkward hologram relationships, but he’s still awkward.  And then he gets creepy awkward.  But I digress, lets start at the start.

We start the episode with Beverly Crusher, the Enterprize’s Entertainment Director on the few hours she’s not in med bay, putting on a performance with Barclay.  It shows character development for Barclay, who is making an effort to be more involved in things on the ship, putting himself out there.  He is however not a good actor.  I’m guessing his relationships with Beverly and Deanna have improved since neither show being too awkward with the guy who was romancing holographic versions of themselves.

There is a bit of a comedic moment when Data is confused by how the entire audience is clapping for the sub-par performance.  Deanna and Riker look like proud parents, Deanna cheering for Deanna while Will tells Data its polite.

Deanna is in fact very proud of Barclay.  She compliments him on putting himself out there.  Geordi is also proud of him and invites him on an exploration trip the next day.

And here is where the main plot begins.  Probes are always iffy in Star Trek.  They could be well meaning, but often are not.  In this case, Barclay becomes a human computer, able to process things faster then even the computer on the Enterprise. 

When reading notes on this episode, I found many people mention the book Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.  It is a book I read in high school and always found the be a tragedy. In the book, Charlie is a mentally challenged man who is put into a medical testing program where he becomes friends with the rat that proceeded him, both showing severe jumps in mental abilities.  However, he is forced to watch Algernon the rat deteriorate when the medication no longer works, foreshadowing his own decline back into lower mental processing.

I can see where they get the inspiration from that, Barclay is temporarily given super genius mental processing and confidence.  But its hard to see much more.  Barclay is already a pretty smart guy.  He’s one of Geordi’s top engineers, and its already been mentioned several times on the show that only the best get on the flag ship Enterprise. He is however what I would think of possibly autistic (similar to Data, but in a different part of the spectrum), and unable to feel comfortable in social situations. He also doesn’t deteriorate as much as Charlie does. 

The interesting twist at the end as this being the benevolent workings of an alien race who are explorer who bring the aliens to them rather then go to the aliens was interesting.  I don’t know if we see more of this race later in the franchise, but it’s a concept not often used.

I do however dislike the lack of an aftermath.  The Array blew up, and there appears to be no thought of it after meeting the aliens.

Interesting Notes:

  • Written by Joe Menosky
  • Directed by Robert Legato
  • Menosky claims he wrote this in homage to Flowers for Algernon (Which might explain the comparison reviews)
  • The lasers were done in live production rather then in post production

Pros:

  • This is a little better showing for Barclay. Dwight Schultz does an amazing job in this episode going back and forth from Super Confident to regular Barclay.
  • I like moments where you see the crew off duty. 

Cons:

  •  What is with this season and every male character getting his creep on?  When a woman wants to leave, let her leave.  Accept it.  *headdesk*

Screencap via CygnusX1.net

Rewatch 167: Identity Crisis.

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 4.18 Identity Crisis (03/25/1991)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/34

Notable Guest Stars:
Maryann Plunkett (Susanna Leijten)- Plunkett is a long time Broadway actor, known especially for her portrayal of Barbra Apple in a series of plays by Richard Nelson.

Patti Yasutake (Alyssa Ogawa) – Yasutake is a reoccurring actor on the show, playing Dr. Crusher’s primary assistant in the sickbay.

Mona Grudt (Graham) – Grudt had won the Miss Universe pageant in 1990, and so far remains the only Norwegian to win the title.  She appeared on the show while holding the title and was the last contestant to tour with Bob Hope’s USO tour.

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The Rewatch 166: Night Terrors

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 4.17 Night Terors (03/18/1991)
Rating:  2.5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/34

Notable Guest Stars:
John Vickery (Andrus Hagan) – Vickery was a reoccuring actor on the series, and will appear in several episodes of DS9. He also got to originate the role of Scar in The Lion King musical.

Review:

TRIGGER/CONTENT WARNING:  This episode contains suicidal behavior.

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The Rewatch: 165: Galaxy’s Child

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 4.16  Galaxy’s Child (03/11/1991)
Rating:  1/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/34

Notable Guest Stars:
Susan Gibney (Leah Brahms)– I knew her best as Renee Walcott on Crossing Jordon. She appears twice as Leah Brahms on Star Trek, and will later appear on DS9 as another character. She has a wide array of television roles as well,

Lanei Chapman (Sariel Rager) – Chapman is a reoccuring actor on the series, but she only is credited for half the episodes.

Jana Maries Hupp (Pavlik)– You might recognize her as Mindy Hunter, Rachel’s maid of honor on Friends (the second one), and she will appear as Lieutenant Monroe on a later episode of Trek.

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