Wow, that was longer than I thought. Apologies for the delays in posting here, real life, yada yada.
Anyway, this is quite a lowkey episode where not a lot happens. The Sheliak are an interesting race in that they barely tolerate human life and have no compunctions with wiping the colonists off the planet. Picards growing frustration with the aliens and his final victory are made all the more sweeter by Stewart, giving some excellent acting with his body language. Wiping dust of the plaque was a lovely touch.
Data has the other plot, trying to convince the colonists they have to leave. It's okay, but sometimes the whole Data as Pinocchio angle can get overdone and repetitive at times
Decent episode, but not a lot for the regulars to do.
Overall Star Trek Franchise Rating so far: 385/660
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