Monday, 13 October 2008

Star Trek: TNG 1.25 - Conspiracy

Review 109 - Episode 105 (May 9th 1988)

The One with the exploding head

The most violent episode of Star Trek ever? Bet that got your attention. The fact that I had only seen a cut version of this and only seen the uncensored version last night tells it's own tale.

There is a conspiracy in the Federation and it turns out to be bodysnatching beasties. This is one of the few out and out horror/x-files episodes that Star trek did and it benefits greatly from the change of pace and style. Also, using continuity and referring to "Coming of Age" is excellent and it's a bit of a mystery why this isn't the Season finale.

Picard meeting his old chums is tense as is the scene where he meets the heads of star fleet. Now, I find it hard to believe that the Federation is governed by a few old codgers and budgetary restraints take it's toll this episode. But the final scenes with Remmick are very creepy and the final OTT scene with heads exploding and a weird Alien creature poking out his body made me laugh. Bit of a cop out that once you kill the queen, all others die within their hosts, but I'll let it pass.

Good to see Crusher be a bit more aggressive (though Worf comes across as an idiot) and the final scene of the signal being sent into space is suitably spooky. Good stuff.

Overall Star Trek Franchise Rating so far: 314/550

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