The Rewatch 214: Ship in a Bottle

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 6.12 Ship in a Bottle (1/24/1993)
Rating: 5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/3/38

Notable Guest Stars:
Dwight Schultz (Barclay) Does Barclay really count as a guest star at this point?  He’s become more of a recurring character.
Daniel Davis (Moriarty)-
Davis is reappearing as the character from the episode “Elementary, My Dear Data”.  You may recognize him from The Nanny where he played the butler, Niles.
Stephanie Beacham (Countess) – She has a range of credits in British television as well as American, and stared in The Colbys, a spinoff of Dynasty.  She also is an advocate for elderly care.

Review:

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The Rewatch 202: Man of the People

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 6.03 Man of the People (10/5/92)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 1/1/36 (resurrections tally 2)

Notable Guest Stars:
Chip Luca (Ves Alkar)- Luca is a reoccuring Star Trek Actor, with one of his final roles being on ENT.  He also appears in Voyager.
George D. Wallace (Simmons)
– As well as being a WWII vetran, Wallace starred in Broadway plays and musicals.  He also appeared in Gunsmoke and other popular westerns.
Lucy Boryer (Janeway)-
She is best known for her time on Doogie Howser, MD.

Review:

Well, it didn’t take long before I had an episode I disliked. To be fair to this episode, it was made quickly as a fill gap solution when the next episode had to be delayed, so perhaps it didn’t have the time to be developed.

I’m just tired of storylines where women are victims of subservice.  There are three women in this episode who are victimized by Alkar.  He forces his will on these women.  I understand that this is supposed to be a new take on the Dorian Gray story,  but it comes off as another form of rape. These women loose their autonomy, their minds, and their lives. 

My uncomfortablness with how they went about this is also enforced by the fact that Alkar victimizes only women.  He had a male attendant, but somehow, Ihe’s not to be seen when Alkar needs a emotional bag holder. It wouldn’t make it much better (it would still seem a bit like a rape analogy) but it wouldn’t seem so targeted at women.

That being said, Marina Sirtis did an excellent job with what she was given.  Its also interesting to compare her aging make-ups to her actual person now.  She certainly has aged better then they would allow for.  But then so did Picard in “The Inner Light.”

Basically 90s aging make-up was not quite accurate.  But that’s okay.

Interesting Notes:

  • Written by several Staff writers, then polished and woven together by Frank Abatemarco
  • Directed by Winrich Kolbe
  • According to IMDB, this episode was made in a rush to fill the space as originally they meant to film Relics, but scheduling issues pushed the filming back.
  • This episode has a Janeway, but not “Janeway.”  She’s off being a commander or Captain elsewhere in the Federation.
  • This episode was inspired by “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde.

Pros

  • Deanna episode!
  • Imzadi content
  • Alkar gets  his comeuppance.

Cons:

  • Why do so many episodes for Deanna involve her being a disposal unit for people’s emotions/assaults
  • “Receptacles”.  Yeah, I’m as disgusted as Picard at that terminology. Also I would have felt better if it wasn’t just women he was victimizing. 

Screencap via CygnusX1.net

The Rewatch 200: Time’s Arrow (1 & 2)

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 5.26/6.01 Time’s Arrow (6/1/1992)
Rating: 5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/35

Notable Guest Stars:
James Hardin (Sameul Clemens)- Hardin is a long-term character actor, with credits spanning from the 1960s well into the 1990s.  He will appear in other episodes within the franchise. His most known role may be that of Deep Throat on the X-files.  He is also the father of Melora Hardin, who may be more well known.
Michael Aron (Jack London) –
According to IMDB, Aron had a short career from 1989 to 1998.  He has appeared in later roles, usually playing himself.  Since 1998 he has been running Mojotown, a multimedia Agency, as well as the Mojotown Project which is a charity that provides creative services to other charities.
Marc Alaimo (Frederick La Rouque) –
Marc Alaimo is a reoccuring Star Trek actor, and this is not his first appearance on TNG. His main role on the franchise will be Gul Dukot in DS9
Alexander Enberg (Young Reporter) – 
While not a major player in this episode, he does continue to play an ongoing role in Star Trek as Vorik in Voyager.  He also happens to be Jeri Taylor’s son, so creativity must run in the family.

Review:

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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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