The Rewatch 134: The Vengeance Factor

Series: Star Trek:TNG
Episode: 3.09 The Vengeance Factor (11-20-1989)
Rating:  4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/22.5

Notable Guest Stars:

Lisa Wilcox – Yuta. She had a role in the 1980s horror classic Nightmere on Elm Street. She is also the only cast member listed here who still appears to have an active career.
Joey Aresco –
Brull. Aresco has a mixed credit list, having added producing and directing to his toolbox. He also appeared on Stargate SG-1.
Nancy Parsons
Marouk Parsons was probably best known for her role in the Porky’s film franchase. She died in 2001 at the age of 58.
Stephen Lee – CorganLee was a guest star on many major TV series that I have seen, though never as a staring role. He unfortunately died in 2014 of a heart attack, cutting his career short at the age of 58.

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The Rewatch 133: The Price

Series: Star Trek:TNG
Episode: 3.08 The Price (11-13-1989)
Rating:  4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/22.5

Notable Guest Stars:

Matt McCoy – Devinoni Ral  He has most recently been in the Jack Ryan series produced by Amazon.
Elizabeth Hoffman –
Bhavani.  She was most known for her role in Sisters, but I’m just going to point out its Catherine Langford on Stargate SG-1.  According to IMDB that was her last role in 1998.
Castulo Guerra –
Seth Mendoza.  Recent credits include Madam Secretary and Jane the virgin. He also guested on The West Wing.
Scott Thomson –
Goss.  The credit I know him for is his role in 1996’s Twister.
An Shor- 
Arridor.  He will continue this role in 1996, in Voyager.
Kevin Peter Hall –
Leyor.  He played Harry in Harry & The Hendersons.  Unfortunately, he died in 1991 at 35.

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The Rewatch 130: The Bonding

Series: Star Trek:TNG
Episode: 3.05 The Bonding (10-22-1989)
Rating:  5/5
Redshirt Status: 1/1/22.5

Notable Guest Stars:

Gaberiel Damon – Jeremy Aster.  He’s no longer working as an actor, but one of his more famous roles is the voice of Little Foot in the original Land Before Time film.
Susan Powell-
Marla Aster.  She appeared on TV shows such as Emergency!, The Six million Dollar Man, and Quincy M.E. It was actually harder then normal to find out information about her, as she shares the name with a victim in a famous missing person case.

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The Rewatch 129: Who Watches the Watchers

Series: Star Trek:TNG
Episode: 3.034 Who Watches the Watchers (10-16-1989)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/0/21.5

Notable Guest Stars:

Kathryn Leigh Scott – Nuria. She played Maggie Evans on Dark Shadows.
Ray Wise
– Liko. He most recently played Marvin on the TV series Fresh off the Boat.
James Greene-
Barron. He appeared in the 1980s drama Alien Nation which was apparently cast with several guest stars from Star Trek.
Pamela Segall -Oji. She has many many credits. I had to scroll a bit on her IMDB to confirm the Star Trek credit. She does a mix of live action and voice acting. She has appeared in Pete the Cat and This is Us in the last few years.
John McLiam – Fento. He also has several credits, particularly in TV westerns, but he also had a bit part in the Audrey Hepburn version of My Fair Lady.

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The Rewatch 128: The Survivors

Series: Star Trek:TNG
Episode: 3.03 The Survivors (10-9-1989)
Rating:  5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/0/21.5

Notable Guest Stars:

John Anderson – Kevin Uxbridge. Anderson was a long time character actor.
Anne Haney – Rishon Uxbridge
. Haney would appear on Star Trek during DS9 as well. She also guest starred on many tv shows including NCIS. She had a reoccurring role on the comedy Mama’s Family.

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The Rewatch 127: The Ensigns of Command.

Series: Star Trek:TNG
Episode: 3.02 The Ensigns of Command (10-2-1989)
Rating:  5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/0/21.5

Notable Guest Stars:

Mark L. Taylor – Haritath He recently was on How I Met Your Mother as Vince Levin.
Eileen Seeley –
Ard’rian McKenzie. According to IMDB Seely hasn’t had a credited role since 2000 so I’m not sure what she is up to at the moment. She seemed to be a guest star on many tv series.
Richard Allen –
Kentor He has had various guest roles on big TV series, but he also had a reoccurring role on a Jumanji TV series. Which I hadn’t known existed till today and now I must watch. Thanks, Mr. Allen.
Grainger Hines –
Gosheven*. Hines has been on many shows I’ve seen in the past, but like Allen has brought me to a show I never existed…a tv series based on the 1950s film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I loved that movie growing up (ignoring the sexism and questionable consent of the brides) but I’m not entirely sure how one could turn it into a tv series. Add that to the list.

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The Rewatch 124: Peak Performance

Series: Star Trek:TNG
Episode: 2.21 Peak Performance (7-10-1989)
Rating:  5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/18.5/21.5

Notable Guest Stars:
Roy Brocksmith – Sirna Kolrami
Armin Shimerman –
Bractor.  Armin Shimerman pretty much plays 90% of Ferengi before he lands as Quark in DS9.
David L. Lander
– Tactical Officer.  He played Squiggy on Laverne and Shirley.
Glenn Morshower –
Burke.  He has appeared on several Sci-fi shows I’ve watched, but he has also appeared on 24, which I don’t but one of my long-time friends loves that show so I feel I should mention it.

Review:

This is a pretty well-rounded episode.  It plays up all the main character’s strengths and manages not to be overly obvious about it.  Picard shows his ability to get his crew into their best selves.  Troi gets to be a counseler, and we get to see Riker in command of his own ship, showing that he can be a Captain if he so choose.

Wesley, Worf, and Geordi also show their skill set on the Hemingway.  Although again, I question the wisdom of sending a person who hadn’t finished the academy on this, but Wesley doesn’t do too badly.   There are only two people who fail in this episode.  The first is Sirna Kolrami who spents half the episode hating Riker for no good reason and half the episode annoying Picard.  Actually he annoys Picard the whole episode.  The second is the Ferengi who spend most of TNG being idiots which is why they failed at being a good villain for the franchise.  DS9 develops them better, although potentially worse at the same time given, they were working on the original concept which has been accused of being antisemitic in nature.

Interestingly enough, this episode helps defend my personal head canon that Data actually does feel emotion, he is just not equipped to deal with it in the same manner as humans, or perhaps to feel as deeply as humans.  He feels a loss in confidence, brought on when he loses a game that everyone, including himself, thought he would be good at.  I’m sure we have all felt that at times when we fail at something.

Picard gets pushed into helping Data out, and shows how he is probably the most likely to effect Data overall.  Deanna and Pulanski are his friends, but he sees Picard as his mentor, the person who is helping him the most to be human.

This episode does make me wonder one thing though. Why haven’t the Federation come up with a way to make synthetic Dilithuim crystals. It just seems that they have such problems with the crystals chipping or cracking that they would have found out some way of making a synthetic version, if only to act like a flat tire till someone gets to a Starbase.

Interesting Notes:

  • Written by David Kemper
  • Directed by Robert Scheerer
  • Reuses set designs from previous episodes.

Pros:

  • Character showcase for almost all characters
  • “It is possible to make no mistakes and still loose.”

Cons:

  • Nothing really stands out in this episode.

Screencap via CygnusX1.net