The Great Star Trek TNG Rewatch: Cost of Living

This will be my last Great Rewatch blog for a couple of weeks – I’m currently in the USA and though I understand you guys have Star Trek over here (hell, you invented it), my viewing companion stayed behind to look after the cat and I can’t watch any more without him. I can’t even start DS9 as he wants in on that (“until it gets boring”) too.

Anyway, on with the show.

Deanna Troi is less than enthused when her mother Lwaxana returns to the Enterprise with the express purpose of holding her wedding there – to a man she hasn’t even met. Meanwhile, Worf is having trouble keeping Alexander in line – even more so when the boy forms a bond with Lwaxana, who is more interested in showing him how to enjoy himself than imposing endless rules. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek TNG Rewatch: The Outcast

When a J’naii shuttle goes missing in their home star system, the Enterprise is enlisted to assist them in locating and recovering it. Unlike most races, who have distinct genders, the J’naii are all androgynous – in fact, any kind of gender expression is strictly forbidden. But when Riker develops a rapport with the J’naii pilot Soren, she risks everything by coming out to him as female. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek TNG Rewatch: Ethics

When an accident in the cargo bay leaves Worf paralysed from the waist down, it seems as if his life as a warrior is over. Unable to contemplate life in a wheelchair, Worf begins contemplating Klingon ritual suicide. Whilst Riker tries to talk him out of it, Crusher engages the services of a neurologist whose dangerous new technique might just be Worf’s only hope of walking again. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek TNG Rewatch: Power Play

When the Enterprise follows a distress call to a storm-filled moon, it looks like they have found the final resting place of the long-lost USS Essex. Even though the Essex was lost some two centuries ago, Troi insists that she can sense life on the surface, and so Riker leads an away team to investigate. But on their return, Troi, Data and O’Brien have all been possessed by consciousnesses claiming to be the spirits of the Essex senior crew. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek TNG Rewatch: Conundrum

When a mysterious ship does a deep scan of the Enterprise, the crew are left without any memories of who they are. As they struggle to extract their personal information from the computer, none of them are aware that things aren’t quite right. Who is Commander Keiran Macduff, supposedly the Enterprise’s first officer? And is the Federation really embroiled in a lengthy war with the Lysians? Continue reading