The One with the war games
Arghh, I fucking hate Sirma. He's too OTT for me and almost derails this episode.
With the Borg on the horizon, starfleet gets Riker to take charge of the Hathaway and engage the Enterprise in some war games.
The scenes on the Hathaway are excellent. You really sense the crew are up for the challenge of tring to beat the Enterprise. Picards respect and practical fawning of Riker are maybe a bit much, but fuck it, I like it when Picard hands out the compliments. Nice effects as well of the ship powering up.
I don't really believe the Ferengi would appear out of nowhere, be confused and boost again. But it kindof works as a twist.
Data having a lack of confidence is also a good B plot and praise when it's due, Pulaski is very good here. Shame it's 2 episode before her finale, but I like her here which makes a change.
Good episode again, but Sirma ruins it slightly.
Overall Star Trek Franchise Rating so far: 379/655
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