A group of violent separatists take Beverly Crusher hostage because they need a doctor, and while the Enterprise gets her back, no one leaves the planet unscathed. This week on TNG Rewatch, we revisit “The High Ground.”
The Enterprise and crew evaluate a planet applying for membership in the Federation. Everything looks good on the surface, even if the local population is a bit boring, until they discover that not everything is as it seems. This week’s TNG Rewatch revisits The Hunted.
Q has been defrocked by his fellows, and he seeks asylum from his favorite species, the particular breed of Human that inhabits the USS Enterprise. The rest of the crew are not so thrilled with their new passenger whose histrionics are distracting everyone from their efforts to save Bre’el IV from a misbehaving moon. TNG Rewatch Continues with Deja Q.
The Enterprise encounters a Romulan shuttlecraft speeding toward Federation space carrying a passenger who carries information that could either avert a war or start one. Captain Picard must decide. Next in TNG Rewatch: “The Defector.”
Captain Picard becomes a god to a proto-Vulcanoid culture who prepares to sacrifice Troi to him. For some reason, he feels compelled to stop them, and in so doing, he stomps all over the Prime Directive. It’s the anthropology episode, folks
Otherwise known as the one in which Q asks to become an officer aboard the Enterprise, throws a fit because Picard says no, and introduces them to the Borg because his feelings are hurt.
The Enterprise picks up a duplicate shuttle and finds a duplicate Picard inside it. The crew must race against time to stop the ship’s destruction, and Picard has to make the hard choice to save the ship. In other words, shenanigans ensue.
Moving on through Season 2, we get to answer the question of whether Data is a person or property while the show trots out the least convincing relationship ever for our viewing pleasure. Commander Riker gets to try his hand at being a prosecutor, and Picard offers an eloquent defense of Data. Yep, it’s “Measure of a Man.”
In a fantastic Klingon episode, Riker participates in an officer exchange program and introduces us to gagh, Klingon humor, and their particular chain of command. Meanwhile, Mendon, a Benzite, manages to out-Wesley Wesley Crusher as we move through TNG’s second season.
The Enterprise crew picks up the greatest mediator in the Federation, and upon the death of his Chorus, they must find a way to communicate with Riva. Loud as a Whisper is a great episode through which to explore how Star Trek views disability and how that view has changed over time.