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8th Nov '17 6:31:47 PM PetroleumJerry
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**** So, all in all, the man himself isn't what is important so much as what he taught.
1st Nov '17 5:36:38 PM jayhawk01
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** It actually works: The Enterprise meets Q at Farpoint and passes his "test". The Q become curious. The Enterprise flies to the edge of the Universe (the Continuum?). The Q pay more attention. Q tries to give Riker the powers of the Q. Riker refuses the powers. The Q deem humanity worthy of additional study. A lot of WMG in all this, but there it is.
29th Oct '17 2:35:39 PM FTD
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* Hugh's Borg name, his "slave name," was Third of Five. 3/5 = [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil Three-Fifths Clause?]] He is a liberated Borg Drone, literally a freed former slave. Maybe it wasn't intentional, maybe it was, but it's very apropos of the character.
26th Oct '17 2:27:14 PM DLMaximum1
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* In Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E6TheGame Riker is given a game which can control minds via sexual gratification. Soon, the entire ship is infected, except for Wesley, who figured out what the game was doing. The crew disable the connection between Data's positronic brain and body, before hunting Wesley down relentlessly throughout the ship, finally capturing him after a long chase. Then they drag him to the bridge, hold him down and force him to play the game, before he is saved by Data, who he repaired earlier. Despite the obvious horror of having your friends and family chase you down to forcibly take over your mind, the true horror comes from the realization that Wesley has essentially been raped by the entire crew, including his own mother.
* In [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E25TheNeutralZone "The Neutral Zone,"]] the crew of the ''Enterprise'' seems to treat the 1990's people retrieved from cryogenic stasis as being positively uncivilized. This comes across as massively {{Jerkass}} until you remember a few key points:

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* In Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E6TheGame [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E6TheGame "The Game"]], Riker is given a game which can control minds via sexual gratification. Soon, the entire ship is infected, except for Wesley, who figured out what the game was doing. The crew disable the connection between Data's positronic brain and body, before hunting Wesley down relentlessly throughout the ship, finally capturing him after a long chase. Then they drag him to the bridge, hold him down and force him to play the game, before he is saved by Data, who he repaired earlier. Despite the obvious horror of having your friends and family chase you down to forcibly take over your mind, the true horror comes from the realization that Wesley has essentially been raped by the entire crew, including his own mother.
* In [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E25TheNeutralZone "The Neutral Zone,"]] Zone"]], the crew of the ''Enterprise'' seems to treat the 1990's people retrieved from cryogenic stasis as being positively uncivilized. This comes across as massively {{Jerkass}} until you remember a few key points:



* In the second season episode "Where Silence Has Lease," Picard and Riker set the Enterprise to self destruct in 20 minutes. They avoid it in the end, but you can imagine all the traumatized parents and kids as they awaited their doom... for 20 minutes.

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* In the second season episode "Where Silence Has Lease," Lease", Picard and Riker set the Enterprise to self destruct in 20 minutes. They avoid it in the end, but you can imagine all the traumatized parents and kids as they awaited their doom... for 20 minutes.



* At the end of "Ship In A Bottle," Moriarty is left to spend his days in a computer simulation. Nice for him, but from [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]] we know that if you leave a holodeck program running continuously it'll develop glitches and eventually fail. So either Moriarty will think he's going insane as the universe and his beloved [[RealityIsOutToLunch start to break down]]... or he'll realise he's still stuck in a computer, [[AndIMustScream except this time with absolutely no way to escape or even to call for help]].
** While it's possible that they might have transfered the portable-holodeck to Federation researchers to study, they never seemed to bother trying to remove his program from the Enterprise in all the years since it was first created. So, we're left with the very real possibility that it may have been in the Stardrive section in ''Generations'', meaning Moriarty would [[KickTheDog have been destroyed]] along with the Enterprise-D. The other possibility is that he was in the Saucer section and wasn't salvaged, left among the debris on Veridian III and making his [[AndIMustScream final fate]] even more dreadful.

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* At the end of "Ship In A Bottle," Bottle", Moriarty is left to spend his days in a computer simulation. Nice for him, but from [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]] we know that if you leave a holodeck program running continuously it'll develop glitches and eventually fail. So either Moriarty will think he's going insane as the universe and his beloved [[RealityIsOutToLunch start to break down]]... or he'll realise realize he's still stuck in a computer, [[AndIMustScream except this time with absolutely no way to escape or even to call for help]].
** While it's possible that they might have transfered transferred the portable-holodeck to Federation researchers to study, they never seemed to bother trying to remove his program from the Enterprise in all the years since it was first created. So, we're left with the very real possibility that it may have been in the Stardrive section in ''Generations'', meaning Moriarty would [[KickTheDog have been destroyed]] along with the Enterprise-D. The other possibility is that he was in the Saucer section and wasn't salvaged, left among the debris on Veridian III and making his [[AndIMustScream final fate]] even more dreadful.



* In "Brothers," Noonien Soong, Data's creator, summons him to a planet and tells him he has "found his father". However, Soong doesn't ''act'' like a father, for reasons not the least of which was subverting Data's will to summon him, instead of simply calling him. He also states that he was only interested in the challenge of creating an artilect. Poor Data (and [[EvilTwin Lore]]) had an [[AbusiveParents abusive father]].

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* In "Brothers," "Brothers", Noonien Soong, Data's creator, summons him to a planet and tells him he has "found his father". However, Soong doesn't ''act'' like a father, for reasons not the least of which was subverting Data's will to summon him, instead of simply calling him. He also states that he was only interested in the challenge of creating an artilect. Poor Data (and [[EvilTwin Lore]]) had an [[AbusiveParents abusive father]].



*** If you read the relaunch book The Persistence of Memory, you will find out that [[spoiler:Dr. Soong had survived Lore's attack and had transferred his mind into a new android body, one that was almost indistinguishable from a human body, like the one he built for his wife. He continued his work, and after learning that Data had died, spent much of his time building Data an even more advanced body. That body was destroyed in an attack before it was complete. He later found out that Data's memories were decaying in B-4 positronic brain. After discovering that all of the android that he had built were kidnapped he engages in a dangerous quest to save them. During the book, he transfers Data's consciousness into his own body and deletes his own personality, reviving Data in his body with both of their memories. He sacrificed himself to save Data.]]
*** The events of this book are not canon so really should not be included on this list. But putting that aside, its really difficult to see how erasing Data's childhood proves that Soong cared for Data regardless of whether he kept a copy of them or not. Imagine if that was you; if you were an amnesiac orphan found in the middle of a warzone who finally after many years receives a message from your long lost father... only to have him give your memories back on a flash drive after deliberately stealing them from you because he didn't want you to have them at the time for some reason. FridgeHorror to the nth degree.
* At the end of "The Next Phase," Geordi is eating a lot to make up for the two days without food, but Ro isn't eating that much. Since she grew up in a concentration camp, missing food for two days isn't that big a deal to her.
* As mentioned on the HollywoodGenetics page, Wesley has brown eyes, while both of his parents have blue eyes. Originally, the writers considered revealing that Wesley was actually fathered by Picard, who indeed has brown eyes as well. While this idea was dropped, there are still some hints towards it, and Wesley and Picard do eventually develop a sort of a father/son relationship... So you could interpret Wesley's eyes as proof of him being a result of an affair between Picard and Dr. Crusher. However, while eye colour is controlled by at least three genes and blue eyes mean you have to be recessive for all three, the colour alleles are not completely dominant. It is possible for blue-eyed parents to have brown-eyed children
* In "Data's Day," the Romulans had a spy masquerading as an ambassador [[KarmaHoudini who gets away unscathed]]. Who knows what vital secrets she might have brought back? It is brought up in "The Drumhead" later that season.
* In "Starship Mine," Picard has gone back to the ''Enterprise'' and figures he has just enough time to beam back out before everything on board shuts down. Unfortunately, he runs into a snag, and has to rush to the transporter room. He sets the coordinates and the auto-engage, hops onto the platform...and the power shuts down just before transport can begin. What if everything had shut down while Picard was in transit?

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*** If you read the relaunch book The "The Persistence of Memory, Memory", you will find out that [[spoiler:Dr. Soong had survived Lore's attack and had transferred his mind into a new android body, one that was almost indistinguishable from a human body, like the one he built for his wife. He continued his work, and after learning that Data had died, spent much of his time building Data an even more advanced body. That body was destroyed in an attack before it was complete. He later found out that Data's memories were decaying in B-4 positronic brain. After discovering that all of the android that he had built were kidnapped he engages in a dangerous quest to save them. During the book, he transfers Data's consciousness into his own body and deletes his own personality, reviving Data in his body with both of their memories. He sacrificed himself to save Data.]]
*** The events of this book are not canon canon, so it really should not be included on this list. But putting that aside, its it's really difficult to see how erasing Data's childhood proves that Soong cared for Data regardless of whether he kept a copy of them or not. Imagine if that was you; if you were an amnesiac orphan found in the middle of a warzone who finally after many years receives a message from your long lost father... only to have him give your memories back on a flash drive after deliberately stealing them from you because he didn't want you to have them at the time for some reason. FridgeHorror to the nth degree.
* At the end of "The Next Phase," Phase", Geordi is eating a lot to make up for the two days without food, but Ro isn't eating that much. Since she grew up in a concentration camp, missing food for two days isn't that big a deal to her.
* As mentioned on the HollywoodGenetics page, Wesley has brown eyes, while both of his parents have blue eyes. Originally, the writers considered revealing that Wesley was actually fathered by Picard, who indeed has brown eyes as well. While this idea was dropped, there are still some hints towards it, and Wesley and Picard do eventually develop a sort of a father/son relationship... So so you could interpret Wesley's eyes as proof of him being a result of an affair between Picard and Dr. Crusher. However, while eye colour color is controlled by at least three genes and blue eyes mean you have to be recessive for all three, the colour color alleles are not completely dominant. It is possible for blue-eyed parents to have brown-eyed children
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* In "Data's Day," Day", the Romulans had a spy masquerading as an ambassador [[KarmaHoudini who gets away unscathed]]. Who knows what vital secrets she might have brought back? It is brought up in "The Drumhead" later that season.
* In "Starship Mine," Mine", Picard has gone back to the ''Enterprise'' and figures he has just enough time to beam back out before everything on board shuts down. Unfortunately, he runs into a snag, and has to rush to the transporter room. He sets the coordinates and the auto-engage, hops onto the platform...and the power shuts down just before transport can begin. What if everything had shut down while Picard was in transit?



* In "Code of Honor," why didn't Tasha just agree to be the second wife of the savage, then wriggle out of it later? It could have saved the trouble of the whole "battle to the death" with the leader's wife.

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* In "Code of Honor," Honor", why didn't Tasha just agree to be the second wife of the savage, then wriggle out of it later? It could have saved the trouble of the whole "battle to the death" with the leader's wife.



* In the episode "The Mind's Eye," the Romulans kidnap Geordi and make him a ManchurianAgent to sabotage Federation/Klingon relations. Their plan is making it look like the ''Enterprise'' is supplying rebels on a Klingon planet in civil war. Part of their plan, and a minor test to ensure Geordi's effectiveness, is killing Chief O'Brien. In Ten Forward. The most public area on the ship. Did they seriously think nothing might happen to Geordi afterwards? In fact, when Geordi went to Ten Forward as per the plan, Commander Riker was sitting in plain view! "Luckily", Geordi decides to "accidentally" spill a drink on O'Brien instead. The Romulan's EvilPlan may nearly have backfired because of this minor detail.

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* In the episode "The Mind's Eye," Eye", the Romulans kidnap Geordi and make him a ManchurianAgent to sabotage Federation/Klingon relations. Their plan is making it look like the ''Enterprise'' is supplying rebels on a Klingon planet in civil war. Part of their plan, and a minor test to ensure Geordi's effectiveness, is killing Chief O'Brien. In Ten Forward. The most public area on the ship. Did they seriously think nothing might happen to Geordi afterwards? In fact, when Geordi went to Ten Forward as per the plan, Commander Riker was sitting in plain view! "Luckily", Geordi decides to "accidentally" spill a drink on O'Brien instead. The Romulan's EvilPlan may nearly have backfired because of this minor detail.



* In "Q Who," Q did the Federation a back-handed favor. According to that episode, "Q Who" was the first contact with the Borg. However, it later turned out that the NX-01 ''Enterprise'' (Episode, "Regeneration") had met the Borg more than a century earlier, and even managed to signal to the Borg of that time about Earth's location. Captain Archer notes that it will take about 200 years for the Borg to receive the signal, or about the time of "The Best of Both Worlds". Q's little trick was to let the Federation know about the Borg ''before'' the invasion, giving them some time to prepare. Picard said as much at the end of "Q Who", not knowing that he had just met up with a Borg cube that was already on its way to slurp the Federation down like a milkshake. Or maybe Q was trying to protect ''Picard'', knowing that without some fore-warning, nobody on the ''Enterprise-D'' would be able to rescue the Captain.

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* In "Q Who," Who", Q did the Federation a back-handed favor. According to that episode, "Q Who" was the first contact with the Borg. However, it later turned out that the NX-01 ''Enterprise'' (Episode, "Regeneration") had met the Borg more than a century earlier, and even managed to signal to the Borg of that time about Earth's location. Captain Archer notes that it will take about 200 years for the Borg to receive the signal, or about the time of "The Best of Both Worlds". Q's little trick was to let the Federation know about the Borg ''before'' the invasion, giving them some time to prepare. Picard said as much at the end of "Q Who", not knowing that he had just met up with a Borg cube that was already on its way to slurp the Federation down like a milkshake. Or maybe Q was trying to protect ''Picard'', knowing that without some fore-warning, nobody on the ''Enterprise-D'' would be able to rescue the Captain.



* In "The Naked Now," Data establishes that he is versed in sexuality multiple techniques and a wide variety of pleasuring. It's an early episode with lots of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness but the stuff with Data and Tasha is referenced several times throughout the series and even gets a callback in eighth movie. So how come in "Angel One" this living supercomputer with vast repositories of knowledge in his head doesn't know what the word ''aphrodisiac'' means?

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* In "The Naked Now," Now", Data establishes that he is versed in sexuality multiple techniques and a wide variety of pleasuring. It's an early episode with lots of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness but the stuff with Data and Tasha is referenced several times throughout the series and even gets a callback in eighth movie. So how come in "Angel One" One", this living supercomputer with vast repositories of knowledge in his head doesn't know what the word ''aphrodisiac'' means?



* In "Second Chances" it seems to be awfully coincidental that pre-beard Riker got stuck on a planet, and independently, while living alone, chose to grow the exact same beard, groomed the exact same way.

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* In "Second Chances" Chances", it seems to be awfully coincidental that pre-beard Riker got stuck on a planet, and independently, while living alone, chose to grow the exact same beard, groomed the exact same way.



** They keep up this system in Star Trek Online as well.
* This one belongs to WebSite/SFDebris. In "Hide and Q," First-Season Picard quotes ''Hamlet'' without irony about how awesome humans are. Q vanishes in a huff. The next time we see him, he introduces Picard to the Borg, and ''that'' ultimately resulted in Picard's hate-filled rant in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact.'' Who's laughing now?

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** They keep up this system in Star ''Star Trek Online Online'' as well.
* This one belongs to WebSite/SFDebris. In "Hide and Q," Q", First-Season Picard quotes ''Hamlet'' without irony about how awesome humans are. Q vanishes in a huff. The next time we see him, he introduces Picard to the Borg, and ''that'' ultimately resulted in Picard's hate-filled rant in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact.'' Who's laughing now?



* In "Booby Trap," Picard is shocked that no one else grew up making ships in bottles, and they seem to have no idea what he's talking about. Considering building ships in a bottle is a rare hobby among the audience ''in the modern day'', it's really strange that Picard grew up this way. Then you meet Picard's family. They're old fashioned for the time period the show was ''released in'', let alone when the show ''takes place''. Picard's hobby suddenly makes perfect sense.

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* In "Booby Trap," Trap", Picard is shocked that no one else grew up making ships in bottles, and they seem to have no idea what he's talking about. Considering building ships in a bottle is a rare hobby among the audience ''in the modern day'', it's really strange that Picard grew up this way. Then you meet Picard's family. They're old fashioned for the time period the show was ''released in'', let alone when the show ''takes place''. Picard's hobby suddenly makes perfect sense.



* In "Tapestry," despite the drastic change in Picard's life arising out of not getting stabbed in the heart, the ''Enterprise'' crew we know [[InSpiteOfANail is still there]], except perhaps Dr. Crusher. Although, because Picard didn't become captain of the USS ''Stargazer'' in this timeline, perhaps Jack Crusher is still alive and Beverly is with him on the ''Stargazer'' or some other ship.

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* In "Tapestry," "Tapestry", despite the drastic change in Picard's life arising out of not getting stabbed in the heart, the ''Enterprise'' crew we know [[InSpiteOfANail is still there]], except perhaps Dr. Crusher. Although, because Picard didn't become captain of the USS ''Stargazer'' in this timeline, perhaps Jack Crusher is still alive and Beverly is with him on the ''Stargazer'' or some other ship.



* In "Deja Q," [[CassandraTruth nobody believes Q]] when he tells them that he's been banished from the Q continuum and stripped of all his powers, seeking refuge aboard the ''Enterprise''. But in his last appearance in "Q Who", Q also made the claim that he'd been banished, before introducing everyone to the Borg in an incident that left at least 18 crewmen dead. [[CryingWolf So it's entirely understandable why they don't believe him this time.]]
* Q's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Picard in "All Good Things...," among other lines, makes more sense when you interpret it as the complaints of more cynical Trekkies and critics who doubted whether TNG could carry on TOS's legacy, or thought [[SeasonalRot the show had become stale]] by this point.

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* In "Deja Q," Q", [[CassandraTruth nobody believes Q]] when he tells them that he's been banished from the Q continuum and stripped of all his powers, seeking refuge aboard the ''Enterprise''. But in his last appearance in "Q Who", Q also made the claim that he'd been banished, before introducing everyone to the Borg in an incident that left at least 18 crewmen dead. [[CryingWolf So it's entirely understandable why they don't believe him this time.]]
* Q's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Picard in "All Good Things...," ", among other lines, makes more sense when you interpret it as the complaints of more cynical Trekkies and critics who doubted whether TNG could carry on TOS's legacy, or thought [[SeasonalRot the show had become stale]] by this point.



* In "Deja Q," when Q gives Data a moment of real laughter, most of the bridge is looking at Data like he grew another head. Troi, however, gives a little smile. This serves as {{Foreshadowing}} for the fact that android emotions generated or enabled by the emotion chip register on the Betazoid empathic sense. It also means that Data's mirth is wholly genuine. [[PetTheDog What a nice thing to do, Q]].
* In "Darmok," the eponymous Tamaranian figure's name is "Komrad" (comrade) [[SdrawkcabName spelled backwards]], very appropriate given [[EnemyMine the]] [[FireForgedFriends theme]] of the episode.

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* In "Deja Q," Q", when Q gives Data a moment of real laughter, most of the bridge is looking at Data like he grew another head. Troi, however, gives a little smile. This serves as {{Foreshadowing}} for the fact that android emotions generated or enabled by the emotion chip register on the Betazoid empathic sense. It also means that Data's mirth is wholly genuine. [[PetTheDog What a nice thing to do, Q]].
* In "Darmok," "Darmok", the eponymous Tamaranian figure's name is "Komrad" (comrade) [[SdrawkcabName spelled backwards]], very appropriate given [[EnemyMine the]] [[FireForgedFriends theme]] of the episode.



** There may be another reason: Starfleet Command expressed doubts concerning Picard and the Borg as late as the movie "First Contact". If they leave Riker as first officer, they leave an experienced officer with a proved ability to command, intimate knowledge of the Enterprise, a history of speaking up when he thinks something is wrong, and the trust of Picard, just in case anything "hinky" happens with Picard. The events of "First Contact", as well as the events in "Voyager" concerning the Borg, give Starfleet Command enough confidence in Picard by "Nemesis" for them to offer Riker his own command. This time, he accepts, with Troi by his side.

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** There may be another reason: Starfleet Command expressed doubts concerning Picard and the Borg as late as the movie "First Contact". If they leave Riker as first officer, they leave an experienced officer with a proved ability to command, intimate knowledge of the Enterprise, a history of speaking up when he thinks something is wrong, and the trust of Picard, just in case anything "hinky" happens with Picard. The events of "First Contact", ''First Contact'', as well as the events in "Voyager" ''Voyager'' concerning the Borg, give Starfleet Command enough confidence in Picard by "Nemesis" ''Nemesis'' for them to offer Riker his own command. This time, he accepts, with Troi by his side.



* In the ''TNG'' episode "Samaritan Snare," Picard recounts to Wesley how he got into a fight with Nausicaans, only to get stabbed through the heart. He remembers looking at his wound and laughing for some reason. WebSite/SFDebris theorizes that it's because when Q lets Picard relive that scenario during "Tapestry" (after making himself worse off earlier), he's laughing because he knows everything's in order once again. Even if he's going to die in the future, he's going to die as a person who actually did something with his life.

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* In the ''TNG'' episode "Samaritan Snare," Snare", Picard recounts to Wesley how he got into a fight with Nausicaans, only to get stabbed through the heart. He remembers looking at his wound and laughing for some reason. WebSite/SFDebris theorizes that it's because when Q lets Picard relive that scenario during "Tapestry" (after making himself worse off earlier), he's laughing because he knows everything's in order once again. Even if he's going to die in the future, he's going to die as a person who actually did something with his life.



* Here's a wacky fan theory that some of the writers have actually commented on its unlikeliness (but likewise never refuted it outright): In the episode "Yesterday's Enterprise," there is a highly militarized version of Starfleet in a losing war with the Klingons. Then it hit me: "Yesterday's Enterprise" actually takes place in the Mirror Universe! At the end of the TOS episode "Mirror, Mirror", Kirk leaves goatee-Spock with the objective of overthrowing the Terran Empire and setting up a more Federation-like government, which in [=DS9=] we find out leads to the Terrans being overthrown by the Klingons and Cardassians (although the Klingons are considered the major partner in the alliance). What the viewers are seeing is what the post-Spock reformed Empire was like prior to being overrun by the Klingons.

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* Here's a wacky fan theory that some of the writers have actually commented on its unlikeliness (but likewise never refuted it outright): In the episode "Yesterday's Enterprise," Enterprise", there is a highly militarized version of Starfleet in a losing war with the Klingons. Then it hit me: "Yesterday's Enterprise" actually takes place in the Mirror Universe! At the end of the TOS episode "Mirror, Mirror", Kirk leaves goatee-Spock with the objective of overthrowing the Terran Empire and setting up a more Federation-like government, which in [=DS9=] we find out leads to the Terrans being overthrown by the Klingons and Cardassians (although the Klingons are considered the major partner in the alliance). What the viewers are seeing is what the post-Spock reformed Empire was like prior to being overrun by the Klingons.



* In "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E21RightfulHeir Rightful Heir]]," at first it feels a bit odd that they cast a relatively short actor to play the clone of Kahless (with Worf in particular towering over him), even though Kahless is supposed to have been the strongest warrior in Klingon history. But when you think about, a lot of the stories of Kahless are obviously exaggerated (or even fabricated), so it makes sense the real Kahless might not have been quite as strong as the legends make him out to be.

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* In "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E21RightfulHeir Rightful Heir]]," Heir]]", at first it feels a bit odd that they cast a relatively short actor to play the clone of Kahless (with Worf in particular towering over him), even though Kahless is supposed to have been the strongest warrior in Klingon history. But when you think about, a lot of the stories of Kahless are obviously exaggerated (or even fabricated), so it makes sense the real Kahless might not have been quite as strong as the legends make him out to be.



* In "The Outcast," the J'naii flip human phobias (homophobia, transphobia) by being genderless/sexless and forbidding gender and sex. But when you consider the etymology of cisgender and transgender, they are still being transphobic. "Cis" means "on the side of" and "trans" means "across / beyond." (e.g. cis-linked genes occur on the same chromosome, trans-linked on different ones) For a J'naii, agender ''is'' cisgender. Soren, by being female, is still "crossing" to her non-biological gender and is transgender.

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* In "The Outcast," Outcast", the J'naii flip human phobias (homophobia, transphobia) by being genderless/sexless and forbidding gender and sex. But when you consider the etymology of cisgender and transgender, they are still being transphobic. "Cis" means "on the side of" and "trans" means "across / beyond." (e.g. cis-linked genes occur on the same chromosome, trans-linked on different ones) For a J'naii, agender ''is'' cisgender. Soren, by being female, is still "crossing" to her non-biological gender and is transgender.



* Ever noticed that ships launched after the ''Enterprise''-D (such as ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' or the next ''[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact Enterprise]]'') are no longer designed to have families on board? It's because after 7+ years, Starfleet (and the writing staff) finally realized that putting civilians and children on a ship that gets into trouble every other week is a very bad idea. It may have looked good on paper, but so have many other things that simply didn't pan out.

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* Ever noticed that ships launched after the ''Enterprise''-D Enterprise-D (such as ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' or the next ''[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact Enterprise]]'') are no longer designed to have families on board? It's because after 7+ years, Starfleet (and the writing staff) finally realized that putting civilians and children on a ship that gets into trouble every other week is a very bad idea. It may have looked good on paper, but so have many other things that simply didn't pan out.



* In "Up the Long Ladder" at first it seems like fridge logic that the Mariposans should have asked the Bringloidi if they could just use their DNA for cloning rather than integrating them into their society (they could have certainly offered them compensation if required and if not the Bringloidi seemed an accommodating bunch and in either case it wouldn't hurt to ask). However, then you remember that Picard had told them that his anti-DNA giving attitude was prevalent among "all the Enterprise people". They probably assumed the Bringloidi were counted under that.

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* In "Up the Long Ladder" Ladder", at first it seems like fridge logic that the Mariposans should have asked the Bringloidi if they could just use their DNA for cloning rather than integrating them into their society (they could have certainly offered them compensation if required and if not the Bringloidi seemed an accommodating bunch and in either case it wouldn't hurt to ask). However, then you remember that Picard had told them that his anti-DNA giving attitude was prevalent among "all the Enterprise people". They probably assumed the Bringloidi were counted under that.
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** It's more an issue that just passes the problem down.
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*** Well, even if it's a clone of Klingon Jesus, that just means he's Klingon Jesus' twin. That doesn't give Kahless any of the original's legendary fighting skill as he's really just a accelerated aged newborn full of Klingon Bible stories as Gowron demonstrates.
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* In "Sarek", the Legarans' insistence on meeting with a specific ambassador (Sarek, as per the title) at a specific time nearly leads to a diplomatic failure when Sarek comes down with Vulcan Alzheimer's, jeopardizing his ability to perform the negotiations. What if something worse had happened? What if Sarek had ''died'' before the conference? What if the ''Enterprise'' had been attacked by Romulans and been destroyed, severely damaged, or just delayed for a day or two? Would the Legarans have thrown away diplomatic relations with TheFederation simply because one bit of bad fortune messed up their hyper-exacting demands?
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* In Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E6TheGame Riker is given a game which can control minds via sexual gratification. Soon, the entire ship is infected, except for Wesley, who figured out what the game was doing. The crew disable the connection between Data's positronic brain and body, before hunting Wesley down relentlessly throughout the ship, finally capturing him after a long chase. Then they drag him to the bridge, hold him down and force him to play the game, before he is saved by Data, who he repaired earlier. Despite the obvious horror of having your friends and family chase you down to forcibly take over your mind, the true horror comes from the realization that Wesley has essentially been raped by the entire crew, including his own mother.
23rd Aug '17 10:51:01 PM Cupcakes
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** True but then again would he really want to admit to where they had been? He has enough trouble dealing with the pompous federation folks without them knowing where exactly he lives. The last thing Q wants or needs is Picard crashing on his metaphorical couch.
26th Jul '17 3:08:51 PM Scarab
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* There's a subtle tone that many miss in ''The Best of Both Worlds''. The two parter is frequently said to be the point where ''The Next Generation'' truly became equals with the original series, and became respected in its own right. It did this by not only crafting what has become a critically acclaimed story, but by choosing to tell the kind of story the original series could/would never have attempted (partially due to technology constraints of the time, partly because of the changing writing staff, and partly due to the kind of stories they told - the original series was more isolated fables, distant from earth). It's a bittersweet moment, heartwarming and half tearjerker all in one. The crew of the Enterprise D are truly their own now. And to embrace that, we have to let go of a Captain too. Just maybe not ''this'' Captain.
** Remember also that Guinan, the one giving Riker the ''you have to let him go'' speech, is played by WhoopiGoldberg, who has spoken out loud as owing her acting Career to The Original Series of Star Trek. Her love for the series is as deep as Guinan's love for Picard. Knowing this, Guinan telling Riker he has to let the man who to her is "beyond friendship, beyond family" go, takes on a much more personal meaning. TOS brought her here, but she is a part of TNG.
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