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The Rewatch 223: Rightful Heir

Series: TNG
Episode: Rightful Heir (Aired 5/17/93)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Rating:0/20/54

Notable Guest Stars:
Alan Oppenheimer (Koroth) – Oppenheimer is a character and voice actor who will go on to appear on several episodes of Star Trek.
Robert O’Reilly (Goron) – Gowron remains one of my favorite reoccurring characters on TNG. He is no longer actively acting.
Norman Snow (Torin) – Snow has appeared in several sci-fi series, including Quantum Leap. He’s also a Julliard graduate.
Charles Esten (Divok)– One of his more recent roles was in 2012 as Deacon Claybourne on the tv series Nashville. He has also appeared on Voyager, ER, The Mentalist and NCIS: LA.
Kevin Conway (Kahless)- Conway had a mix-media career, with credits on film, Television and Broadway. One of his bigger credits is as the Control Voice on The Outer LImits (1995), Roscoe Martin on JAG, and Jonas Stern in The Good Wife.


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The Rewatch 221: Suspicions

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 6.22 Suspicions (05/08/1993)
Rating: 3/5
Redshirt Status: 1/20/54 

Notable Guest Stars:

James Horan (Dr. Jo’Bril)- Horan has done alot of voice work over the years in several highly known video games, including tie-in games for Star Trek, Star Wars, and Avatar. He will appear again in DS9 and Enterprise (as the humanoid figure seeking to change time). More recently he has played in Orville.
Peter Marx (Dr. Reyga) – Marx has played a series of Ferangi characters over the years, appearing first as Nibor in Menage a Troi. He will also appear in Voyager in the 2 parter year of hell
Joan Stuart Morris (Dr. T’Pan) – Morris has a fairly short credit list, with Star Trek in the middle. Her last credit is listed in 1995.
John S. Ragin (Dr. Christopher)- Surprisingly, this is Ragin’s last listed credit on IMBD. He is known for his roles on Santa Barbara, Quincy M.E., and The F.B.I. He died in 2013.
Tricia O’Neil (Kurak) – Tricia O’Niel is a Star Trek Alum, having previously shown up on TNG as Captain Rachel Garrett in Yesterday’s Enterprise. Of course, with the make-up and her acting skills you can’t recognize her.
Tracee Cocco (Ensign Jae) – while her roles are mostly listed as “Uncredited” Cocco has appeared in 62 episodes of TNG, 6 episodes of Voyager, 6 episodes of DS9, several movies, and a few video games. So for this episode, I’m going to acknowledge her contributions to Star Trek


This is an interesting episode. We start at the midway point as Guinan shows up at Beverly’s apartment seeking treatment for a tennis elbow, and listens to Beverly explain the events of the past few days. You see, Beverly was impressed by the presentation of a Ferengi scientist, Dr Reyga, and his metaphysic shield. However, Reyga was faced with some discrimination due to his being a Ferengi and in general no one trusting someone from that species to be a scientist with ethics.

So Beverly gathers a few scientists: Dr. T’Pan, Dr. Christopher, Dr. Kurak, and Dr. Jo’Bril. The four of them, along with Beverly procede to cautiously examine the data, and few the test run. Dr. Jo’Bril even offers to be the pilot of the test craft, to make it a bit more unbias. But then Jo’Bril suddenly dies, after what seems like a positive test run. Then Dr. Reyga dies. And Beverly has a hinky feeling about all this. Side Note: This review has some serious Spoilers as I have to talk about the end of the episode

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The Rewatch 213: Babel

Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9)
Episode:  1.05 Babel (01/11/1994)
Rating: 5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1

Notable Guest Stars:
Jack Kehler (Captain Jaheel)– Kehler is a member of the Actor’s Studio.  A recent credit for him includes the Amazon hit series The Man in the High Castle.  He has appeared in smaller roles across a spectrum of popular tv shows.
Ann Gillespie (Jabara)-
Gillespie has appeared in several hit tv shows, including Gilmore Girls, 90210, and Ryan’s Hope.  She currently works as an Episcopal Priest.


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The Rewatch 190: Ethics

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 5.16 Ethics (2/17/1992)
Rating: 3/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/35

Notable Guest Stars:
Caroline Kava (Toby Russell)-  Kava is not only an actress but a playwright.  She has written and or adapted several plays for off-Broadway performance.


CONTENT WARNING: This review, due to the episode, contains references to Assisted Suicide/ Suicidal thoughts.

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The Rewatch 150: Transfigurations

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 3.25 Transfigurations (6/17/1990)
Rating: 5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/.5/22

Notable Guest Stars:

Mark LaMura (John Doe)- He has a wide array of credits, including television and stage.  He had a long term stay on All of my Children.
Julie Warner (Christy Henshaw)-
She appeared in Tommy Boy, Puppet Masters, and Indian Summer which I might need to watch because the cast sounds amazing.  She also appeared as this character earlier in the season.
Charlies Dennis (Sunad
)-  Dennis is a writer and actor, having started his career as an 8 year old.  He even tried his hand as a film critic before moving onto TV, film and video games himself.


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The Rewatch 119: Samaritan Snare

Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 2.17 Samaritan Snare (5-15-89)
Rating: 3/5
Redshirt Status: 0/18.5/21.5

Notable Guest Stars:
Christopher Collins – Grebnedlog. He would continue to appear on Star Trek in DS9
Tzi Ma – Biomolecular Specialist


I watched this episode with my mother, who is a nurse.  While she wouldn’t be in a surgery (she’s not a surgical nurse) she agreed with me that this episode is full of technobabble that makes no sense.  They even made up a name for a scalpel, calling it a Tissue migrator.

I don’t really care for this episode.  I feel its not anyone’s best.  There is nothing in particular bad about it, but nothing particularly good about it either.  This is probably the shortest review ever, because other then Picard’s backstory, there is nothing really important in this episode to comment on.

Interesting Notes:

  • Written by Robert L. McCullough
  • Directed by Les Launau
  • This episode plays a part in the sixth season episode Tapestry


  • Picard backstory
  • Advancement of technology to include artificial hearts.


  • I like that they are now wearing hair coverings in surgery, but why not masks?  Its it the sterile field?
  • This is supposed to be a routine procedure with complications, yet the complication is something only one doctor can handle? I would think they would have had someone able to deal with it at the hospital.
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The Rewatch: 113: Contagion

Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 2.11 Contagion (03-20-89)
Rating:  4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/0/3

Notable Guest Stars:
Thalmus Rasulala – Captain Donald Varley.  He played Captain Bolz for a season in Dragnet
Carolyn Seymour – Taris.  She did voices for several Star Wars video games (as Mon Mothma), so she ties two “Star” franchises together.  She would also appear on Star Trek: Voyager
Dana Sparks – Williams.  She appeared as Grace Bennett on the soap opera Passions and as Lt. Commander Carolyn Imes on JAG


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The Rewatch 104: The Child

Series: Star Trek The Next Generation
Episode: 2.01 The Child (11/21/88) (Season Premire)
Rating: 2/5
Redshirt Status: 0 /3

Notable Guest Stars:
 Whoopi Goldberg– Guinan.  She would appear as Guinan several times across the series, and played a major tole in the 1994 film Generations.  If you don’t know who Whoopi Goldberg is, I suggest you share your method of ignoring pop culture.  She is known for many films and tv shows, currently the talk show the View.
Seymour Cassel – Hester Dealt. He was a prolific actor, and even showed up in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
R.J Williams – Ian Andrew Troi. He no longer acts, but instead runs Young Hollywood, an entertainment company.
Colm Meaney – Transporter Chief. Or Miles O’Brien. I’m not really going to point him out much because as far as I am concerned he’s a main character for Star Trek. Same with Whoopi Goldburg. Guinan shows up often enough to be considered a medium character. (There should be a term between major and minor.)
Diana Mulder – Katherine Pulaski. She was a guest star in two TOS episodes, and would remain a main character for season 2.

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The Rewatch 81: Code of Honor

Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 1.04 Code of Honor (10-12-87)
Rating: 1/5
Redshirt Status:  0/0

Notable Guest Stars:
Jesse Lawrence Ferguson – Lutan.  Appeared in the film Boyz n The Hood.  He also appeared in a movie called The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh which sounds ridiculous, but I love Pittsburgh movies.  Might have to watch it.
Karole Selmon – Yareena.  She does not have many credits, but is still active.
James Louis Watkins – Hogan.  He had a minor role in X-men the Last Stand.


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