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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Inheritance


TNG Season 7 Episode 10
Air Date: November 22nd, 1993

The Enterprise is working with the scientists Pran and Juliana Tainer to restore the core of the planet Altrea IV to a molten state. We quickly learn that Juliana was married to Dr. Noonien Soong and she was there for Lt. Cmdr. Data's creation. Through the episode Juliana spends time to get to know Data treating him as a long lost son. They even play a concert together.

What we don't know until the end, though Data discovered this much earlier is that Juliana is actually an android herself. She gets into an accident on the planet which causes her arm to fall off confirming his suspicions. They are unable to turn her on after the accident but discover a data chip in her head. The chip contains a holographic problem from Soong who tells Data that she was his last creation. The real Juliana had died and he succeeded in transferring her consciousness into a positronic net. Note that this was referenced in the episode The Schizoid Man where Soong's friend had used the technique to transfer his consciousness into Data. She was programmed to shutdown when it is revealed that she is an Android. She is the most advanced android yet with skin that looks real and ages, hair that turns grey. It even has technology that simulates human life signs to sensors and transporters.

The episode also talks about how Dr. Soong made many androids that completely failed before succeeding with Lore. This is a precursor to Star Trek Insurrection where they find another android they call Before that looks like Data but with a malfunctioning positronic net.

Quotes

"Truth is, in every way that matters she is Juliana Soong. I programmed her to terminate after a long life. Let her live out her days and die, believing she was human." - Dr. Noonien Soong

Second Sight


DS9 Season 2 Episode 9
Air Date: November 15th, 1993

Professor Seyetik arrives at DS9 with his ship the USS Prometheus (different then the one in Voyager episode Message in a Bottle). He is described as one of Federations greatest minds and he is tasked with reigniting a star to make one of it's planets habitable. This plot goes as one would expect, leading up to a difficulty, which leads to Seyetik piloting a shuttle on a suicide mission into the star.

The reason for this is due to the other plot. Cmdr. Sisko meets a woman on DS9 named Fenna whom he falls in love with. But she keeps disappearing when he looks away. We eventually learned that Fenna was a second personality of Seyetik's wife Nidell and she is able to astral project the Fenna personality without even knowing it exists. The problem is the Fenna personality when it comes out slowly kills Nidell. Seyetik's suicide is able to oppress Fenna saving Nidell's life.

Quotes

"Personal log, stardate 47329.4. I finally realize why I've had trouble sleeping the last few nights. Yesterday was the 4th anniversary of the massacre at Wolf 359, the fourth anniversary of Jennifer's death. I'm not sure what bothers me more, the date itself, or the fact that it almost passed unnoticed." - Cmdr. Sisko

"I never fail. Well, I did once; but I found it didn't agree with me, so I swore never to do it again, and I never break my word." - Dr. Seyetik

"When I came here, I thought I was looking for a place - somewhere I belong, but I was wrong. I wasn't looking for a place, I was looking for a person. I was looking for you." - Fenna

Monday, June 17, 2019

Force of Nature


TNG Season 7 Episode 9
Air Date: November 15th, 1993

The Enterprise is tasked to track down a missing Federation ship in an unstable region of space known as the Hekaras Corridor. They originally think that the Ferengi were responsible but when they find a disabled Ferengi ship they realize that something else is happening. They encounter a Hekaras ship with a brother sister scientist duo aboard that claim they are researching how warp travel above warp five is destroying the space time continuum. The sister even goes on a suicide mission to prove it creating a tear in space time.

The end result of the episode is the Federation creating a limitation that all ships not exceed warp five unless it is an emergency. This limitation is brought up in a few episodes later on, but never mentioned in DS9 or Voyager.

There is a subplot where Data tries training Spot, which is possible but for anyone who has tried to train a cat would know, it is not an easy task.

Quotes

"Why is Spot under the bed?" - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Probably because she knows if I catch her, I'm gonna kill her." - Lt. Cmdr. La Forge

"I just received this from Commander Kaplan, subspace." - Lt. Cmdr. La Forge
"La Forge. I got the Intrepid's power conversion levels up to 97.1%. Maybe you should try cleaning your plasma grid once in a while". - Cmdr. Kaplan
Can you believe the nerve of that guy?" - Lt. Cmdr. La Forge
"We perform maintenance on the plasma grid at regular intervals." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"I know. He's just trying to get me angry. There, that should do it. Computer, what are the current power conversion levels?" - Lt. Cmdr. La Forge
"Power conversion levels are at 97.2%." - Computer
"Too bad, Mr. Kaplan!" - Lt. Cmdr. La Forge

Necessary Evil


DS9 Season 2 Episode 8
Air Date: November 14th, 1993


Quark is almost killed for a list of names he found that dates back to a murder from 5 years ago. Quark was hired by a Bajoran woman to get the list, but what is not known is the list contains the names of of suspected Cardassian collaborators. The episode bounces back and forth between a time when the Cardassians were in control of DS9 where Const. Odo was investigating the Bajoran woman's husbands death. In the end Odo realizes that it was actually Kira who committed the murder.

The episode plays a side story about Rom and all the things he does to help Quark with the bar that violates Quark's trust. Things like cracking the combination to his safe, or picking the lock to the store room. Rom realizes that he could inherit the bar if Quark dies but somehow Quark survives.

Rules of Acquisition

Rule 139: Wives serve, brothers inherit.

Quotes

"Commence station security log, stardate 47282.5. At the request of Commander Sisko, I will hereafter be recording a daily log of law enforcement affairs. The reason for this exercise is beyond my comprehension, except perhaps that Humans have a compulsion to keep records and lists and files. So many in fact, that they have to invent new ways to store them microscopically. Otherwise their records would overrun all known civilization. My own very adequate memory not being good enough for Starfleet, I am pleased to put my voice to this official record of this day. Everything's under control. End log."

"Now, when we get to the entrance, you stay flat against the wall. It's a pulsatel lockseal. I can get it to release in twenty five seconds." - Quark
"Twenty five seconds? But somebody will see us. Let me do it." - Rom
"You? We'd be at it all night." - Quark
"All night? No, only about ten seconds." - Rom
"How would you get a pulsatel lockseal to release in ten seconds?" - Quark
"You have one on the storeroom door." - Rom
"So?" - Quark
"Sometimes, when you forget to leave me the desealer, I have to get the storeroom open." - Rom
"You've unsealed the storeroom without my knowledge?" - Quark
"Only to serve a customer's needs." - Rom
"In ten seconds?" - Quark
"You forget fairly often." - Rom
"Ten seconds. We'll see how you handle the desealing rod." - Quark
"That's all right. I have my own." - Rom
"What?" - Quark
"Nog made it for me. The boy's always been clever with his hands." - Rom
"My storeroom." - Quark
"Time this, Brother. You'll be very proud. There, you see?" - Rom
"Thief. Don't deny it. You've been stealing from me." - Quark
"Brother, I'd never" - Rom
"Tomorrow morning, I'm changing my entire lock system. Four in, five up. Here. It's behind this one. Keep an eye on the Promenade while I burn off the panel." - Quark
"The glare could attract attention. I have a better idea." - Rom
"A better idea?" - Quark
"I took the liberty of bringing along a small vial of magnasite drops." - Rom
"Magnasite drops? What are magnasite drops?" - Quark
"A compound that will eat through duranium one on each corner and the panel will fall off." - Rom
"How do you know that?" - Quark
"When you were in the Gamma Quadrant overnight we did very good business. Naturally, I had to keep your profits safe, but you had the only key to the latinum floor vault." - Rom
"You got into my latinum floor vault with that?" - Quark
"I didn't want to tell you because then you'd know I'd burned off your floor plates, but I replaced them out of my own salary, brother." - Rom
"My floor vault." - Quark
"Should I take it out for you?" - Rom
"Don't touch it. Don't you touch anything ever, ever, again." - Quark

"He's dying, isn't he? He's dying! What am I gonna do if my brother dies?" - Rom
"Do? Oh, you'll have a lot to do once this place is yours." - Const. Odo
"But if he dies. Mine?" - Rom
"Wives serve, brothers inherit. Rule of Acquisition number 139, if I'm not mistaken." - Const. Odo
"I hadn't thought of that." - Rom
"Really? I had. Because it's a solid motive for murder." - Const. Odo
"Yes, actually. I have heard of a few untimely deaths, that seemed, wait a minute. You're not suggesting that I" - Rom
"I've had my eye on you for a long time, Rom. You're not as stupid as you look." - Const. Odo
"I am, too!" - Rom

"They're not keeping him alive by artificial means, are they? My brother wouldn't want that." - Rom
"No, he's clinging to life all on his own." - Const. Odo
"Typical." - Rom

"I'm looking for the proprietor of this establishment." - Const. Odo
"Does he owe you money?" - Quark
"No." - Const. Odo
"Are you here to arrest him?" - Quark
"No." - Const. Odo
"Then you've found him. Quark, at your service." - Quark

Attached


TNG Season 7 Episode 8
Air Date: November 8th, 1993

Captain Picard and Doctor Crusher are beaming down to the planet Kesprytt to meat with the Kes. The meeting is to determine if the Kes are ready to join the Federation. It is a unique situation since the Kes share the planet with another group called the Prytt who are a reclusive faction that want nothing to do with outsiders. Normally the Federation wouldn't even consider a planet that hasn't at a minimum created a world government but the Kes are starting to venture out into the stars and are ready to join.

But in mid transport, Picard and Crusher are intercepted by the Prytt who think the Federation is allying themselves with the Kes to take over the Prytt. They install a neural link in Picard and Crusher which seams to be a normal process for prisoners. A Kes spy helps them escape and tells them to head to the Kes border. As they make their way there, they start to hear each other's thoughts through the link. By the end of the episode they are able to communicate fully through thought almost as one entity.

Riker is able to work with the Kes to rescue Picard and Crusher but in doing so learned the the Kes are a paranoid people, always concerned that the Prytt are going to attack and are not ready to join the Federation.

The episode is the first episode that really looks into the relationship between Picard and Crusher. Before hand there was a lot of innuendo but always seemed to be friendly. In this episode we learn that Picard always had feelings for Crusher, even when Jack was still alive but he hid them because of his friendship with Jack. Even after Jack died, he always felt like it would be betraying his friendship. The episode ends with Picard and Crusher kissing but Crusher stopping it.


Quotes

"I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I just couldn't resist." - Doctor Crusher
"I'm beginning to realize that you always seem to have some acerbic remark on the tip of your tongue." - Captain Picard
"Well, at least I've trained myself not to say it anymore." - Doctor Crusher

"This way." - Captain Picard
"You don't really know, do you?" - Doctor Crusher
"What?" - Captain Picard
"I mean, you're acting like you know exactly which way to go, but you're only guessing. Do you do this all the time?" - Doctor Crusher
"No, but there are times when it is necessary for a captain to give the appearance of confidence." - Captain Picard

"We still plan to apply for membership, Commander! We will go directly to the Federation Council, they will listen to us!" - Mauric
"They will also listen to the reports of the Captain of the Enterprise and his First Officer! And I can tell you right now the First Officer's report will go something like this. Kesprytt, a deeply troubled world with social, political, and military problems they have yet to resolve. The Kes, while a friendly and democratic people, are driven by suspicion, deviousness, and paranoia. It is the opinion of this officer they are not ready for membership." - Cmdr. Riker

Rules of Acquisition


DS9 Season 2 Episode 7
Air Date: November 7th, 1993

The Grand Nagus arrives on DS9 in preparation to start trade negotiations with the gamma quadrant. He is convinced that the big profits to be made are in trading tulaberry wine. He enlists Quark to do the negotiation with one of Quark's new bartenders Pel. While it seems that Zek has setup Quark to fail by asking for more vats of tulaberry wine then are available, Pel convinces Quark to not give up and gets him to go into the gamma quadrant to continue negotiations.

What Quark doesn't realize is Pel is actually a female Ferengi who is using prosthetics to pretend to be male. In Ferengi culture, women are not allowed to work, make profit or even wear clothes. But Pel falls in love with Quark which exposes her to him. While Quark falls for Pel too, his lust for profit outweighs his emotions and he exposes her to Zek, knowing that she fooled Zek too so he would be obligated to cover it up.

The episode is the first that really talks about the Dominion. It doesn't give much detail, only that they are a significant power in the gamma quadrant.

Rules of Acquisition

Rule 21: Never place friendship above profit.
Rule 22: A wise man can hear profit in the wind.
Rule 33: It never hurts to suck up to the boss.
Rule 48: The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife.
Rule 59: Free advice is seldom cheap.
Rule 62: The riskier the road, the greater the profit.
Rule 103: Sleep can interfere with profit.

Quotes

"The Ferengi reputation speaks for itself." - Major Kira
"A reputation for honesty and decency and reliability. You always know what to expect when you do business with the Ferengi." - Zek
"Which is why, if you're smart, you don't do business with the Ferengi." - Major Kira

"Tell us, Zyree, what is this place? - Quark
"This, this is where opportunities are made." - Zyree
"Really? I thought it was some kind of party." - Quark
"Then you thought wrong. This is all about profit, and like the Ferengi, the Dosi are very serious when it comes to profit. Very serious" - Zyree

"Most of my information consists of little more than hints and whispers, but it's enough to convince me that whoever learns the secret of the Dominion, whatever that may be, will learn the secret of the Gamma Quadrant." - Zek

"Let me remind you that taking business advice from a female is a violation of Ferengi law." - Zek
"I didn't know she was a female." - Quark
"Stupidity is no excuse. Now one more word out of you, and you are going to share her cell." - Zek
"Then you better make sure that it's big enough for three." - Quark
"Are you threatening me?" - Zek
"I wonder what your associates will say when I tell them you allowed a female to represent you in a business negotiation." - Quark
"I didn't know she was a female." - Zek
"Stupidity is no excuse." - Quark

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Dark Page


TNG Season 7 Episode 7
Air Date: November 1st, 1993

The final episode we see Lwaxana Troi on TNG. The ambassador is working with a species that communicates solely through telepathy that is in talks to join the Federation. She is teaching them how to communicate vocally so they can work with other planets. Communicating entirely telepathically has a toll on Lwaxana and she ends up slipping into a coma. They use telepathy to enter into Lwaxana's mind where they eventually discover that she had been keeping a secret. Deanna Troi had an older sister who drowned when Deanna was very young.

The episode hit me harder then I remember it did. The thought of a parent losing a child is a haunting thought, and with Lwaxana feeling like it was her fault, that she had looked away and wasn't paying close enough attention. The episode ends with Deanna asking her mother to tell her about her sister.

Kirsten Dunst was a guest star in this episode. It was her sixth role shortly before her breakout role in Interview with the Vampire.

Quotes

"Help me. Help me, Papa." - Kestra
"Here." - Cmdr. Ian Troi
"Please, don't make me go through this again." - Lwaxana Troi
"Now hold on to him. Don't let him run off." - Cmdr. Ian Troi
"I will. Mommy, can we go play by the water?" - Kestra
"No, Kestra, stay here with us." - Lwaxana Troi
"Please." - Kestra

"I remember the day I took this." - Lwaxana Troi
"Mr. Homn said he saved it, in case someday you wanted to remember her." - Counselor Troi
"I wish you could have known her, Deanna. I wish you two could've grown up together." - Lwaxana Troi
"Tell me about her. I want to know everything." - Counselor Troi

Melora


DS9 Season 2 Episode 6
Air Date: October 31st, 1993

Ensign Melora, a stellar cartographer arrives on DS9 but she has special requirements. She is the first of her species to leave her home planet, mostly due to the gravitational differences. Her planet has a very low gravitational pull so she requires a special chair and her quarters needs to have the gravity plating disabled.

Doctor Bashir takes a liking to her and tries to get around her emotional defenses. She believes in depending on nobody even with her difficulties, which throughout the episode does have an affect on her. Bashir comes up with a medical procedure that is able to enhance Malora's muscles, but it means she would never be able to go home again. She takes the first round of treatments but in the end realizes that the prices is too high.

A subplot of the episode revolves around Fallit Kot who threatens to kill Quark. Quark had been the reason he went to prison years ago and now that he is out he wants revenge. But Quark offers him a deal that will make him a lot of money. Kot agrees but uses it as a ploy to kidnap Quark. In the end, Malora is able to disable the gravity on the ship Kot and Quark took and is able to defeat Kot.

Rules of Acquisition

Rule 16: A deal is a deal.

Quotes

"There's nothing worse than half-dead racht." - Malora

"I suggest you carry a combadge with you at all times. Call me at the first sign of trouble." - Const. Odo
"What if the first sign is the last sign?" - Quark
"You people sell pieces of yourself after you die, don't you?" - Const. Odo
"Yes." - Quark
"I'll buy one." - Const. Odo

Phantasms


TNG Season 7 Episode 6
Air Date: October 25th, 1993

Lt. Cmdr. Data starts having dreams that are twisted and weird. Things like Doctor Crusher drinking blood out of Cmdr Riker's head or Counselor Troi being represented as a cake that everyone is eating. During the episode we start to learn that the dreams are Data's subconscious telling him that there is a threat, a parasitic creature that lives in another phase of existence. He realizes that the dream is also indicating their weakness which he uses to get rid of all the parasites before everyone dies. This episode is one I was looking forward to seeing since starting TNG.

Quotes

"Something wrong, sir?" - Cmdr. Riker
"I just got a message from Starfleet Command." - Captain Picard
"Bad news?" - Cmdr. Riker
"You could say that. I've been invited to the annual Starfleet Admirals banquet." - Captain Picard
"My condolences." - Cmdr. Riker

"Bridge to Engineering. Mr. La Forge, why isn't my ship moving?" - Captain Picard

"I believe you are experiencing a classic dismemberment dream. Or in your case, being a mechanical man, a dismantlement dream." - Dr. Sigmund Freud

"Data, you must be the first person who's come into my office and been excited at the prospect of a new neurosis." - Counselor Troi

"You must provide him with a sandbox, and you must talk to him. Tell him he is a pretty cat, and a good cat" - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"I will feed him." - Lt. Worf
"Perhaps that will be enough." - Lt. Cmdr. Data

"I wonder. What would Dr. Freud say about the symbolism of devouring oneself?" - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Data, sometimes a cake is just a cake." - Counselor Troi

Week Twenty Four


June 9th - June 15th

This was a good week for watching, but a bad week for writing my blog posts on the episode. I was able to get through 20 episodes. I finished both Season 6 of The Next Generation and Season 1 of Deep Space Nine.

Recommendations

If Wishes Were Horses: Aliens appear on DS9 appearing as characters from people's imagination.
Rightful Heir: The return of Kahless.
Second Chances: Cmdr. Riker has a doppelganger.
Duet: A Cardassian war criminal is captured, but there is more then meets the eye.
Timescape: The Enterprise gets trapped in a time bubble.
In the Hands of the Prophets: The finale of season 1.
Descent: Lore leads the Borg who are now individuals thanks to Hugh.
The Homecoming, The Circle and The Siege: Three part season premier of DS9. Develops story lines that will be important for the rest of the series regarding Bajoran politic

Red Shirts

5 people died in episodes this week, most in the episode with the Borg. They all wore gold uniforms.

Episodes

TNG S6E22: Suspicions
DS9 S1E15: If Wishes Were Horses
TNG S6E23: Rightful Heir
DS9 S1E16: The Forsaken
TNG S6E24: Second Chances
DS9 S1E17: Dramatis Personae
DS9 S1E18: Duet
TNG S6E25: Timescape
DS9 S1E19: In the Hands of the Prophets
TNG S6E26: Descent, Part I
TNG S7E1: Descent, Part II
DS9 S2E1: The Homecoming
TNG S7E2: Liaisons
DS9 S2E2: The Circle
TNG S7E3: Interface
DS9 S2E3: The Siege
TNG S7E4 & S7E5: Gambit
DS9 S2E4: Invasive Procedures
DS9 S2E5: Cardassians

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Cardassians


DS9 Season 2 Episode 5
Air Date: October 24th, 1993

A Cardassian teenager arrives on Deep Space Nine accompanied by his adoptive father, a Bajoran. Garek takes interest and after he is attacked by the boy, he informs the Cardassian command of the situation. Gul Dukat shows up and asks the boy is returned to Cardassia. They discover his father was a Cardassian senator.

The episode largely follows the relationship between Doctor Bashir and Garek. Garek uses metaphors to try to help Bashir understand the interstices of politics and espionage eventually leading Bashir to the conclusion that Gul Dukat purposefully left the Cardassian boy behind when evacuating Bajor.

Quotes

"There's nothing quite so depressing as a winning streak that won't stop streaking." - Quark

"So, you deduced that Garak thinks Dukat is lying about something you're not sure of, and you proceeded to interrupt my conversation to confront him about whatever that might be." - Cmdr Sisko
"I'm sorry, Commander. It just seemed an opportune" - Doctor Bashir
"Don't apologize. It's been the high point of my day. Don't do it again." - Cmdr. Sisko

Invasive Procedures


DS9 Season 2 Episode 4
Air Date: October 174th, 1993

Deep Space Nine is evacuated during a plasma storm and left with a skeleton crew. During this time, a ship shows up, attacks and takes over the station. The goal, to take the symbiont Dax and put it in a Trill host named Verad. Verad had failed in his training to be joined and wanted the Dax symbiont. Once Verad has the Dax symbiont, Cmdr. Sisko uses his knowledge of Dax to distract him while Quark is able to free Odo who stops them from escaping. Dax is returned to Jadzia.

Tim Russ who is known as Lt. Tuvok in Star Trek Voyager played a Klingon and John Glover played Verad.

Quotes

"I know, I know. He couldn't find a cup of water if you dropped him in a lake, but even if he is an idiot, he's still my brother." - Quark
"And you'd betray him in a second if it suited your interests." - Const. Odo
"That doesn't mean I don't love him." - Quark

"We are still friends, aren't we, Benjamin?

"I hope so. Come with me down to the infirmary and prove it." - Cmdr. Sisko
"I can't do that." - Verad Dax
"Then you're not the Dax that I know. Our friendship is over!" - Cmdr. Sisko

Friday, June 14, 2019

Gambit


TNG Season 7 Episode 4 and 5
Air Date: October 11th and 17th, 1993

The senior staff of the Enterprise start looking for Captain Picard who went missing. They learn that he died, killed by some mercenaries that had been looting archaeological sites. Cmdr. Riker is given command of the Enterprise (not the first time Picard has died to give Riker the chair) but Riker refuses to accept Picards death and takes the Enterprise to find his killers. They track them to another archaeological site where Riker gets abducted leaving Lt. Cmdr Data in command.

We learn that Picard didn't die but is under cover on the ship trying to figure out what it is they are looking for. Eventually they find a Vulcan artifact that can amplify negative emotions. One of the crew of the mercenaries is Vulcan and she was wanting the artifact to take over Vulcan and return them to a time where they had emotion. Only Picard figures out that the device only works when a person is experiencing a negative emotion such as fear or anger and by taking no aggressive action towards her, is safe from the weapon.

Quotes

"This is not about revenge. This is about justice. The Captain died in a bar fight, for nothing. Somebody has to answer for that. Then I can mourn." - Cmdr Riker

"Do you think you're the only one in pain? That you have a monopoly on loss? Well, I've got news for you. We're all hurting, we're all angry. And like it or not, you've got a responsibility to this crew. And you can't just indulge your personal desire for revenge." - Counselor Troi

"He's all right. He's only stunned." - Counselor Troi
"I must admit, I am experiencing a similar sensation." - Lt. Cmdr Data

"Number One, will you set a course for Starbase 227, I'll join you on the bridge shortly." - Captain Picard
"Wait a minute, you've been declared dead. You can't give orders around here." - Cmdr. Riker
"If we are to adhere to the exact letter of Starfleet regulations, then technically, sir, you have been declared a renegade. In fact, I believe you are facing twelve counts of court martial offenses. You cannot give orders either, sir." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"That's quite right. And as I am supposed to be dead, I'll go and get some sleep, and Mr. Data, I suggest that you escort Commander Riker to the brig." - Captain Picard
"Aye, sir. This way, sir." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Data, he was joking. You know that, right? Data?" - Cmdr. Riker