Star Trek: Asterisk "Remember My Reunion Legacy"

Here we are again at the Star Trek: Asterisk podcast. Today I'll be talking about "Remember Me," "Legacy," and "Reunion". Three episodes from Star Trek: The Next Generation's fourth season.

If you've ever lost a battle for control of an empire after trusting your dead friend's sister to make all your friends disappear, then you'll really have a lot in common with these episodes.

Please enjoy this podcast, and, while you're at it, check out Dark Matter from the Google Play Store, why not?

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Star Trek: Asterisk "Remember My Reunion Legacy" Officer's Lounge

Welcome back to the Star Trek: Asterisk Officer's Lounge. Today we'll be riffing through season 4's episodes "Remember Me," "Legacy," and "Reunion."

In "Remember Me," we'll see what kind of universe Beverly can make for herself.

In "Legacy," we'll see what family members Tasha Yar left behind when she died and why she may have wanted to get away.

In "Reunion," Worf will face his most challenging opponent yet: a three year old boy.

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Star Trek: Asterisk "Suddenly Human"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E04
Air Date: October 15, 1990
Written by: John Whelpley & Jeri Taylor and Ralph Phillips
Directed by: Gabrielle Beaumont

The Enterprise finds a human boy aboard an alien craft and try to figure out who is family should be.

So it starts out as a normal rescue mission. The Enterprise heads out to help a Talarian observation craft and when they beam down they find a bunch of young Talarians... and one human. It's interesting to note that the Talarians used to be enemies of the Federation. They thought the Federation was encroaching on their property, so they attacked a Federation outpost. Since then, they've made up, but it would seem that this young human, who goes by the name Jono, is actually Jeremiah Rossa. He's from the same family that was killed by a Talarian attack on their outpost. The same family that includes Admiral Connaught Rossa in its survivors. The Admiral will be very pleased to know that her grandson, the last in the Rossa line, is alive and well.


Star Trek: Asterisk "Brothers"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E03
Air Date: October 8, 1990
Written by: Rick Berman
Directed by: Robert Bowman

Data hijacks the Enterprise when he's called home by his daddy.

We start on a boy being reprimanded by Riker for playing a prank on his brother by letting him think the boy was dead. He then proceeded to run away and eat a cove palm to survive while he was hiding. What he didn't know is that this cove palm was infected with parasites that could kill him and, if not quarantined, the rest of the ship. Luckily, Beverly got him into quarantine in time, but they have to get to a starbase medical facility fast before he succumbs to the parasites. Except Data, who suddenly received a silent command and is operating single-mindedly, has other plans.


Star Trek: Asterisk "Family"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E02
Air Date: October 1, 1990
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Directed by: Les Landau

Picard visits his brother, Worf visits with his parents, and Wesley gets a message from his dead father.

As the episode opens, the Enterprise is docked at McKinley Station undergoing some repairs and refits after the incident with the Borg. Worf reports that these procedures are going very efficiently, and Riker tells the Klingon that he's excited to meet his adopted parents. Oh, you didn't know, Worf? Yeah, apparently while everyone is on leave, your parents will be visiting. They're aware of his discommendation from the Klingon Empire. No doubt they want to see if their boy is okay after that. Meanwhile, Picard discusses his plans to visit his brother with Troi who seems a bit reluctant to let him go to that particular area of Earth. But he needs the rest and relaxation, so, after a kiss on the cheek, Picard is off to France.


Star Trek: Asterisk "A Family of Human Brothers"

On this episode of Star Trek: Asterisk I'll be reviewing Star Trek: The Next Generation's season four episodes, "Family," "Brothers," and "Suddenly Human." A fine trio of episodes with a through-line of family that allows Picard to rest after the trauma of being assimilated.

If you've ever landed in France and encountered an evil twin that was adopted by the dude who killed your parents, well, you might have some other issues... but you'll at least relate to some aspect of these episodes.

When you're done, you can check out the rest of the website and read all the reviews that have come before and maybe check out "Dark Matter" while you're at it? It's up to you. Until then...

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Star Trek: Asterisk "A Family of Human Brothers" Officer's Lounge

Welcome to another edition of the Star Trek: Asterisk Officer's Lounge. Today we'll be adventuring through the episodes "Family," "Brothers," and "Suddenly Human."

In "Family," we'll learn what France became after it was apparently conquered by England.

In "Brothers," we'll find out what happened to Lore and what Data's father has in common with Yoda.

Finally, in "Suddenly Human," we'll find a Human living among aliens whom he has come to know as his family; his brothers. Coincidence? I think not.

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Star Trek: "The Best of Both Worlds"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episodes: S03E26 & S04E01
Air Dates: June 18 & September 24, 1990
Written by: Michael Piller
Directed by: Cliff Bole

As the Borg advance into Federation space, Riker faces decisions about his future while Picard becomes the first assimilated human.

Investigating a distress call from a distant Federation colony, the Enterprise discovers that it's completely destroyed with only a crater left behind. They suspect the Borg, so they bring in the Federation's foremost expert on the Borg, the ambitious Lt. Comm. Shelby. You see, as Picard will find out through Admiral Hanson, she's gunning for Riker's job because the rumor is that Riker is on his way out to captain his own ship. When Shelby takes it upon herself to start investigation, Riker is annoyed by her initiative. But she gets the job done, and confirms that the attack was, in fact, of Borg origin.


Star Trek: Asterisk "Transfigurations"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E25
Air Date: June 4, 1990
Written by: René Echevarria
Directed by: Tom Benko

Beverly brings a man who was fatally wounded in a shuttle crash back to life and he undergoes a strange transformation by the power of lemon-scented Pine-Sol.

So the Enterprise is on a routine charting mission and Geordi has nothing to do but worry about how he can't talk to women. Worf tries to give him some pointers, but when a woman approaches him in 10-Forward, he locks up. Which is just as well, because just then, the Enterprise finds a crashed shuttle and calls Geordi along to check it out. They find the pilot under a pile of rubble and, for the most part, dead. Beverly hooks up some kind of brain scanner thinggie to him and connects it to Geordi so that Geordi's brain can help keep the alien's brain alive. But then something unexpected happens... a burst of light transfers to Geordi from the alien. And suddenly Geordi's got swag.


Star Trek: Asterisk "The Best of Both Episodes"

In this day of marathon television, it strikes me that cliffhangers are kind of irrelevant unless there's one at the end of every single episode. With that in mind, I began wondering what it would be like if "The Best of Both Worlds" was exhibited as a single episode. It doesn't take a whole lot of work to mash the two parts together, so here you go!

Granted, it's only my audio commentary, but if you really want the visuals along with it you can fiddle around with Netflix.

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Star Trek: Asterisk "The Best Transfiguration"

Have you ever wanted to evolve to another plane of existence? Has your own species ever gotten you down? Has other species tried to assimilate you into your collective? Well, I don't have any answers, but I've got some people with whom you can relate right here on Star Trek: Asterisk.

Check out my reviews of "Transfigurations" and "The Best of Both Worlds" parts one and two as I finish up season three and move smoothly into season four of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I'm sure it'll be very... enlightening.

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Star Trek: Asterisk "The Best Transfiguration" Officer's Lounge

On this episode of the Star Trek: Asterisk Officer's Lounge, we finish off the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation and move on into the fourth season with "Transfigurations" and "The Best of Both Worlds" parts one and two! Two amazing episodes and one okay one.

In "Transfigurations," we meet a guy who heals WITH THE POWER OF PINESOL. And then evolves into some kind of energy being and goes off to frolic with Q in the the next dimension or some crap like that.

And then, some of the best Trek that's ever graced the small screen. In "The Best of Both Worlds," we watch Picard get caught by the Borg and Riker being emasculated by an ambitious young commander chick.

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Star Trek: Asterisk "Ménage à Troi"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E24
Air Date: May 28, 1990
Written by: Fred Bronson and Susan Sackett
Directed by: Rob Legato

Riker, Deanna and Lwaxana are taken by a Ferengi and have to outwit him in order to escape. Which shouldn't be too hard.

So, there's a trade agreements conference on Betazed and Picard has opened up the Enterprise for the closing ceremonies which includes letting Ferengi on board. That was the first mistake. During the festivities, Riker beats one Ferengi at a game of 3-D chess, Lwaxana tries to convince Deanna to find a man and settle down, another Ferengi tries to hit on Lwaxana, and Lwaxana tries to hit on Picard. All the while, Algolian ceremonial rhythms are playing in the background to the delight and annoyance of the entire party. At the end of the conference, the Enterprise is charged to check out a nebula, but Deanna and Riker take some shore leave. While they enjoy a walk on Betazed, they run into Lwaxana, and that's when they're captured by the Ferengi.


Star Trek: Asterisk "Sarek"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E23
Air Date: May 14,1990
Written by: Peter S. Beagle
Directed by: Les Landau

Ambassador Sarek has a sick, sick mind, and it's affecting the crew of the Enterprise.

Sarek has been working on a diplomatic mission with the Legarans for a very long time and on this final, crucial step of the process, he has been brought aboard the USS Enterprise to negotiate a treaty. Before he beams aboard, however, his aids come first and warn Picard that Sarek is growing ill in his old age and won't be able to attend any of the social functions he might normally take part in as an ambassador. Picard is disappointed, but understands, and then Sarek beams aboard with his wife, Perrin. He wants to get to work immediately preparing the ship for the Legarans' arrival. And the aids just roll their eyes.


Star Trek: Asterisk "The Most Toys"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E22
Air Date: May 7, 1990
Written by: Shari Goodhartz
Directed by: Timothy Bond

Artie from Warehouse 13 bags and tags Data after faking the android's death.

So Data is taking shuttle trips back and forth to and from Kivas Fajo's ship to pick up hytritium, a rare, volatile element needed to treat a tricyanate-poisoned water supply on Beta Agni II. All seems to be going as planned right up until Data's shuttle EXPLODES.The crew assumes Data to be dead and contacts Fajo about it, but all he can do is send his condolences. So the Enterprise warps off to Beta Agni II and Worf takes another dead officer's place. Except he's not dead. Later, Data wakes up inside Fajo's ship and he is informed that he is to be a part of Fajo's collection of rare, one-of-a-kind artifacts. Welcome to Warehouse 42.


Star Trek: Asterisk "Sarek's Ménage à Toys"

And now some review action where I break down "The Most Toys," "Sarek," and "Ménage à Troi."

Have you ever found yourself wanting something for yourself so badly after having beaten a Ferengi at chess to get it that you faked a Starfleet officer's death to secure it, but then beat it in a fit of senile rage after passing 200 years old? Then you'll totally relate to these three episodes!

We're nearing the end of season 3. Come back on Friday and we'll watch the last two episodes and follow it up with the premiere of season 4!

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Star Trek: Asterisk "Sarek's Ménage à Toys" Officer's Lounge

Welcome to the Officer's Lounge. Straight ahead we've got commentary on "The Most Toys," "Sarek," and "Ménage à Troi". We're rapidly approaching the end of Season 3 of Star Trek: The Next Generation. But before that, we've got three excellent episodes to talk about with ya.

In "The Most Toys," listen to Data battle it out with Artie from Warehouse 13 to avoid becoming just another artifact.

In "Sarek" watch and cry as Spock's dad breaks down in his old age.

In "Ménage à Troi" gawk over Deanna and her mother getting naked in front of Ferengi... audibly.

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Star Trek: Asterisk "Hollow Pursuits"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E21
Air Date: April 30, 1990
Written by: Sally Caves
Directed by: Cliff Bole

Star Trek writer, Sally Caves, predicts the effects of tech addiction coupled with social anxiety with scary accuracy by introducing Lt. Barclay.

Presume for a moment that you are a nerd; socially anxious, reclusive stutterer with a genius level IQ and creative tendencies. Presume also that, instead of sleep, you enjoy a rousing 20 hour game of The Sims in which the people you know in everyday life are recreated for your amusement. You are Lt. Barclay, who, in the first five minutes of this episode, we see kicking both Geordi's and Riker's butts and wooing Dianna Troi in a holodeck fantasy version of 10-Forward. Then he's called to the cargo bay where he meets the real versions of them and promptly turns into a scared puppy. But a scared puppy with a job to do: find out why the anti-grav sled isn't working.


Star Trek: Asterisk "Tin Man"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E20
Air Date: April 23, 1990
Written by: Dennis Putman Bailey and David Bischoff
Directed by: Robert Scheerer

All Tam Elbrun wants to do is make first contact with a living starship on behalf of the Federation. But the Romulans and an exploding star get in the way.

While on a routine mission, the Enterprise picks up a transmission from Captain DeSoto saying that they've got more important things to do than routine missions. DeSoto informs Picard that Tam Elbrun is on his way over and he'll explain the mission details because they're afraid Romulans might be listening in. Tam is a Betazoid and he's a very gifted telepath even by Betazoid standards. While most Betazoids come into their powers in puberty, he was born with it and has heard the thoughts of billions since he was a child. His specialty is in making first contact with alien species, and his mission on the Enterprise is to do so with a being they've nicknamed "Tin Man."


Star Trek: Asterisk "Captain's Holiday"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E19
Air Date: April 2, 1990
Written by: Ira Steven Behr
Directed by: Chip Chalmers

Picard takes a vacation, gets the girl, and saves the future all at the same time.

We start on Risa where a couple of aliens from the future materialize and look for Picard. But when they don't find him, they decide to wait around for a while. It's a nice place, after all. Meanwhile, on the Enterprise, Captain Picard is coming back from a mission and he looks really tired. His crew says as much, but he refuses to go on vacation... until everyone harrasses him about it. On his way to Risa, Riker asks him to pick up a Horga'hn, which is a type of idol. And when he beams down, some chick greets him with a makeout session.


Star Trek: Asterisk "Tin Man's Hollow Holiday"

Today on Star Trek: Asterisk I'll discuss "Captain's Holiday," "Tin Man," and "Hollow Pursuits," so get in the holiday and run Barclay Program 9. Or just play The Sims. That works, too.

Join The Green Asterisk every Friday at 6pm for more awesome Star Trek stuff. Next week we'll be seeing who has "The Most Toys," meeting "Sarek," and having a "Ménage à Troi." You know that's going to be fun. Very logical fun.

Until then, here are my reviews for this week!

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Star Trek: Asterisk "Tin Man's Hollow Holiday" Officer's Lounge

It's time for the Star Trek: Asterisk Officer's Lounge again! There are a few technical hiccups in this one, so if you try to sync up Netflix, be ready with the pause button in the first fifteen minutes, but it clears up around the middle of the first episode. And that episode is... "Captain's Holiday"! Followed up by "Tin Man," and "Hollow Pursuits." A few classics for your pleasure today.

I have to admit I've been really tired this week so my commentary may not be up to snuff, but at least you get to enjoy the episodes themselves. Here it is...

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