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.

Review:
 

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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.

Review:
 

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The Rewatch: 164: First Contact

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 4.15 First Contact (02/18/1991)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/34

Notable Guest Stars:
Bebe Neuwirth (Lanel ) She is probably most known from her role on Fraiser (and earlier Cheers) She is also probably the most known of the actors on this list for just that.

George Coe (Arvel Durken)-  I know him best as a reoccurring character, Senater Stackhouse, on The West Wing. I loved him on that show, and his character in this episode is remarkable similar if younger and with more power.

Carolyn Seymour (Marista Yale)- Seymour has presented quite a list of credits, working both in live action and voice work.  She has contributed to both Star Trek, Star Wars and several video games such as Mass Effect.

George Hearn (Berel)- Hearn has several broadway credits, including playing Sweeney Todd with Angela Landsbury for a Showtime presentation (for which he won an Emmy).  He has also won several Tony Awards.  A more recent credit includes 1999’s Sarah Plain and Tall: Winter’s End, a direct to DVD sequal to Sarah Plan and Tall.

Michael Ensign (Krola)- Ensign would appear several times over the course of Star Trek, including in 2003 for the episode “Stigma”.  He also would have several Broadway credits, and like Carolyn Seymour, have several video game voice credits, including Bio-shock 2.

Sachi Parker (Tava)- Parker had a relatively short film career, with her last film being in 2010. She has gained notoriety because of her famous mother, Shirley MacLaine, and for writing an autobiography of her childhood.

Review:
 

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The Rewatch 163: Clues

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 4.14 Clues (02/04/1991)
Rating: 3.5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/34

Notable Guest Stars:
Patti Yasutake (Alyssa Ogawa) – She is a reoccurring character on TNG, which is probably the role I know of the best.  She appears 16 times on the show and makes appearances in at least two of the films.

Pamela Winslow (Ensign McKnight) She is a broadway actress who got to star as Rapunzel in the original Broadway production of IntoThe Woods. (1987) She will appear twice more as McKnight over the series.

Review:
 

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The Rewatch 162: Devil’s Due

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 4.13 Devil’s Due (02/04/1991)
Rating: 3/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/34

Notable Guest Stars:
Marta Dubois (Ardra) She spent a lot of time on television, ending up in a reoccurring role on Magnum PI, and eventually a lead in a series of TV-movies as Detective Roberta Hanson. She passed away in 2018.

Paul Lambert (Howard Clark) Lambert was a character actor who appeared in over 300 shows. He was also a veteran of WWII, a Lieutenant in the Army’s air forces. He passed away in 1995.

Marcelo Tubert (Acost Jared) Tubert is a second generation actor, and has done many different mediums.  He has done both live action and voice acting over the years.  In more recent years, his credits include Prison Break, Jane the Virgin, and Pink and the Brain.  He continues to work in film.

Review:
 

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Rewatch 161: The Wounded

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 4.12 The Wounded (01/28/1991)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/34

Notable Guest Stars:
Rosalind Chao (Keiko O’Brien nee Ishikawa) – Keiko will become a regular minor character in both this series, and more so in DS9 when she and Miles move to the station with their daughter Molly.  Rosalind Chao is always pleasant to watch on screen.

Marc Alaimo (Gul Macet) – Marc Alaimo has played several characters on Star Trek, and will return as a returning character Gul Dukot. 

John Hancock  (Admiral Hanson)

Review:

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Writing Analysis Update (among others)

Back in 2009 (gosh, was that really 12 years ago??) I wrote a summery of my history in the world of fanfiction. Today I was going through my old posts, trying to make sure that the categories/tags were correct and deleting some minor posts that really never felt like they fit on this blog. It made me think of how I was doing in the fandom world today.

I’m not going to do an as in depth timeline of fanfics. I have over 100 fics on AO3 now (and I haven’t moved over all my FF.net ones. I should, and probably will sometime soon). There are way too many to do that for, and I doubt anyone is interested anyway.

I haven’t had any more award nominations for my fanfic, but I don’t sense alot of fandom awards anymore, at least not for the fandoms I write, which are getting older. I still write many fandoms (Too many as some of my friends say). Currently my major project is finishing ‘”Looking After You”, an Avengers AU story I started to write back in 2012. Its clearly AU now, because that is what happens when it takes you a decade to write a fic on a series of films that keeps pumping out movies every year. But I am determined to finish it. Its probably one of my longest fics, and I’m kinda of proud of it, despite my embarrisment that I’ve taken so long.

I’ve tried to switch over to some original work as well. For Camp NAno this July, I will be working not only on LAY but on an original story based off a Marvel fanfic I started to write in my head but will no longer work in canon. But I still like the idea, and since many of the characters are not based on actual Marvel characters it is not that hard to transfer them to the original realm. And the two characters that are are not that hard to change either. Hopefully one day I’ll be saying that one is complete and getting published.

I plan on getting things together before the end of this year to make changes to my writing (better organization etc) and to this blog. Right now it has become mostly a review blog, as I work through my pandemic project of a complete watch of Star Trek. However, I will be posting periodic posts about my writing, and book reviews as well as I get things better organized in my personal life so I have the time to meet deadlines when it comes to the blog and writing.

I have also decided to create a second blog for my history posts. I feel they get a little lost on here, so if you have been waiting for more of those posts, I will be announcing the new blog soon, and I welcome you to come read them over there. I will be revising my old posts as I transfer them over so they should be fresh and perhaps have more content then the original. Any posts that have comments will be kept, but if there are no comments I may delete the originals on this blog just to tidy up and kept it from being double posted.

Thank you all for sticking around for whatever topic you came for – be it my writing stories, fandom posts, book reviews or history essays. As always, I welcome your comments.

Good luck to anyone writing in Camp Nano.