Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 4
SPOILERS TOTAL. You've been warned.
Not that it's a bad thing, but this has to be the... least perilous episode of Star Trek ever. There's no real danger to anyone that goes beyond the level of "Will my parents embarrass me?"
Data can imitate a man's voice well enough to trick the computer... but still can't whistle.
The rare strong Dr. Crusher episode. Decently strong for both Crushers, really, as it also advances the story about Wesley having special abilities.
Kids grow fast. Klingon kids apparently grow super fast.
The double fake totally makes this episode.
The rare Troi-heavy episode, but she really irritates me here. She has a problem, and goes through the annoying phases of "I don't have a problem!", "Talk to a counselor!? Are you nuts!?", "Stop trying to be so understanding, assholes!", "It's impossible for you to understand, assholes!", and "Now that I have as few superpowers as you guys, I'm worthless!"
The 2D creatures affecting the ship are an interesting sci-fi idea. Though it does seem a relatively low threat phenomenon. I mean, yes, they get to within a few minutes of ship destruction, but why? Given their 2Dness and the angle they seemed to be intersecting the ship at, it seems like they could've done a saucer separation and at least saved the crew on one half. Of if that wasn't possible, shuttles and escape pods.
- Humanoid species are SO SO SO incredibly alike that even their dream systems are almost all identical and cause the same effects when disrupted in the same way?
- The crew of the Brattain all murdered each other. OK, I can see that. But the bridge crew got murdered while sitting in their seats? I can see a surprise phaser blast getting someone, but so many?
- Somehow it seems funny that what the mystery alien ship was really short on was the most common element in the universe.