The Rewatch 205: True Q

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 6.06 True Q (11/02/1992)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/3/38

Notable Guest Stars:
Olivia d’Abo (Amanda Rogers) – d’Abo might be recognized as Karen Arnold, the character she played for seven years on the Wonder Years. Which oddly enough, I don’t think I’ve watched other then clips.  Might have to do that one of these days.
John de Lancie (Q) – He’s back, back again.  Still causing trouble, still judging humanity.

Review:

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The Rewatch 204: Schisms

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 6.05 Schisms (10/19/1992)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 1/3/38

Notable Guest Stars:
Lanei Chapman (Sariel Rager) – A reoccuring Star Trek actress as Rager, this is the final appearance of the character. She then starred in a short lived series Space:Above and Beyond.
Ken Thorley  (Mot) – Thorley was a character actor, and appeared as more then one minor character on the series.
Tyce Bune (Lt. Edward Hagler) – I am honestly not sure what to say about his list of credits but I felt he should be on here since he plays a character who is a plot point.  His career became rather un-family friendly after his appearance on Star Trek.

Review:

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The Rewatch 203: Relics

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 6.04 Relics (10/12/1992)
Rating: 5/5
Redshirt Status: 1/2/37

Notable Guest Stars:
James Doohan (Montgomery Scott)-  He’s Mongomery Scott.  Need I say more!

Lanei Chapman(Sariel Rager)-  Chapman has been a reoccuring minor character on the series, appearing in two episodes in season 4, and two episodes in season 6.  Oddly enough the episode Geordi references in this episode was one of the episodes where Rager appeared.

Erick Weiss (Ensign Kane) – This is Weiss’ second appearance on TNG, but not his last for the series.

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. 

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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 199: The Inner Light

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 5.25 The Inner Light (6/1/1992)
Rating: 5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/35

Notable Guest Stars:
Margot Rose (Eline)- Rose has a varied career, working both as an actor and as a musician. She has appeared on several popular TV shows as a guest star.
Richard Riehle (Batai) –
You may recognize Riehle as the grandfather on Ground For Life.  He has also appeared on TNG before and will appear in Trek again on Voyager and ENT
Scott Jaeck (Ressik Administrator)-
Jaeck is a reoccuring star Trek actor, and will return for Voyager.
Jennifer Nash (Meribor)-
She played guest roles on many series in the 1990s to the 2010s.  I could not find a credit after 2009.  As a side note, her brother Marcus got to portray Picard in a flashback sequence.
Daniel Stewart (Batai, son of Kamin) –
Speaking of family involvement, Daniel Stewart is the son of Patrick Stewart.  He is still actively in acting, with recent roles including a regular appearance on the TV series Blunt Talk (Which also included his father in the staring role) and Silent Witness.

Review:

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The Rewatch 198: The Next Phase

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 5.24 The Next Phase (5/18/1992)
Rating: 5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/35

Notable Guest Stars:
Thomas Kopache (Mirok)- Kopache has played several roles on various Star Trek series, including TNG, DS9, and ENT . He has also appeared frequently on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, West Wing, Stargate, and the 2020 West Wing Special.
Susanna Thompson (Varel)– She appears in DS9 as Lenora Kahn, Jadzia’s love interest as her most notable Trek role. But she has also appeared on Voyager as the Borg Queen, so I may be wrong about that. I know her more from the series Arrow where she played Moira Queen.
Shelby Leverington (Brossmer)- It was kind of hard to find much on Leverington past 2009. She has been on several daytime Soap Operas, and her last recorded role on IMDB is an appearance on ER during its final season in 2009.
Brian Cousins (Parem) –like Levrington, he appeared on daytime soap operas (a bit later in his career), as well as appearing in several well-known crime investigation shows. He will appear again on TNG in “Descent” which is connected to this episode. He will however be playing a different character.

Review:

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The Rewatch 196: Imaginary Friend

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 5.22 Imaginary Friend (5/4/1992)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/35

Notable Guest Stars:
Noley Thornton (Clara)- Thornton will also appear in DS9 as another child character.  She however is no longer active in the acting field.
Shay Astar (Isabella) – You may recognize her from Third Rock from the Sun where she played August.  She is also a musician, and you can purchase/listen to her music on Itunes and Amazon.

Review:

 In this episode, we are focusing on a child character again, but in an interesting way.  Clara is the daughter of a new engineering officer on The Enterprise.  She has an imaginary friend named Isabella who begins to concern her father, so Deanna is called in to meet with her.

She sees no problem with imaginary friends at Clara’s age and seems unworried.  However, an energy being decides to learn about the Enterprise via being Isabella, and starts to get Clara in trouble.

I’m actually surprised how long into the episode they figure things out. I feel they should have figured things out earlier, and it could have been scarier.  Its like they tried to make a scary episode and got not far enough. Its fine…but it could have been better.

Interesting Notes:

  • Written by (story)Jean Louise Matthias, Ronald Wikerson, Richard Fliegel, (Teleplay) Edithe Swensen, and Brannon Braga
  • Directed by Gabrielle Beaumont

Pros

  • Hey, look other vacation spots then Risa is suggested.

Cons:

  • Why do all energy beings look the same?  Like it looks like they used the same effect for Ian Troi, the energy being of Season 2.

Screencap via CygnusX1.net