Monday, 5 January 2009

Star Trek: TNG 3.4 - Who Watches the Watchers

Review 135 - Episode 131 (16th Oct 1989)

The One with the peeping toms.

So, I thought, fuck it. If I'm doing this, I'm doing this right. Every episode, even if it takes 20 years.

And this one was okay, the prime directive being the main angle. The Fed's are spying on a "primitive" race, but their hideout is spotted. How do they uncontaminate the planet?

Picard has the "God" role and is played well by Stewart as usual. I'm not entirely convinced by his tactics of beaming up Nuria. How does this contaminate the planet less? Also, we're talking about a group of 8 people. Would that really change the planet? If you can accept these daft things, it's okay, but Picard goading Liko into shooting him with an arrow is just stupid. He's gonna shoot you Picard!
Riker and Troi have fun roles beaming down to the planet in disguise, but once Riker is rumbled, Troi is simply collateral.
Worf is pretty much AWOL as is Geordi. Bev and Data have some technobabble, but no main scenes.

I must mention the lovely outdoor shooting. Makes the episode much fresher than a dusty set.

It's a nice premise, but it will be done better in later episodes and Picard is actually quite stupid this episode.

Overall Star Trek Franchise Rating so far: 391/670

Factoid: Crushers big coat makes it debut this episode... Nah, can't get enthusiastic for that fact.

Troi/Crusher Appreciation Society

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