6/23/14

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Host"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E23
Air Date: May 13, 1991
Written by: Michael Horvat
Directed by: Marvin Rush

Premise
Beverly falls in love with a Trill, but can she handle who he is on the inside?

Recap
Meet Odan, the handsome Trill ambassador who, in two weeks, has established a passionate romantic entanglement with Dr. Beverly Crusher while being escorted to the Peliar system to mediate a dispute. It's a perfect opportunity for Data to step in and completely misunderstand why they want to spend so much time together. After Beverly escorts Data away, Odan returns to his quarters and reveals that there's something funky going on with his stomach area. No time to worry about that, though. After the opening credits roll, Beverly and Odan arrive late just a few seconds apart from each other to a briefing at the Peliar system. Troi knows what's up. She always knows what's up.

6/17/14

Star Trek: Asterisk "Half a Life"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E22
Air Date: May 6, 1991
Written by: Ted Roberts and Peter Allan Fields
Directed by: Les Landau

Premise
Lwaxana Troi falls hard and fast for Dr. Timicin, and then discovers he's scheduled to die.

Recap
"Counselor Deanna Troi, personal log, stardate 44805.3. My mother is on board." And with that single line of a personal log, the episode begins. Picard cautiously steps into the hallway trying to avoid Lwaxana, and fails. She easily catches up with him as he makes his way to the transporter room to pick up one Dr. Timicin, who is part of a reclusive alien race with a dying sun. His mission is to test a solution he has to the dying sun problem by hitching a ride on the Enterprise to a nearby sun that's almost exactly alike, but in an empty system. So, whether he likes it or not, Picard is joined by Lwaxana for this diplomatic meeting in the transporter room. Dr. Timicin beams on board, Lwaxana is there... and it's love at first sight.

6/10/14

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Drumhead"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E21
Air Date: April 29, 1991
Written by: Jeri Taylor
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes

Premise
Retired Admiral Norah Satie is brought out of retirement to hold a witch hunt against an alleged Romulan terrorist.

Recap
We begin by questioning a Klingon exchange officer, J'Dan about the events surrounding a dilithium chamber explosion. Coincidentally, Starfleet recently learned that the Romulans got their hands on information regarding the chamber, and with the Klingons having a history with those green blooded villains, you can see why we would be suspicious of J'Dan. But J'Dan is not talking. He dies having anything to do with the explosion, so Starfleet is forced to bring in the big guns: retired Admiral Norah Satie, a debater so good that she regularly outsmarted her brothers at the dinner table after her father brought up a subject to be debated. Oh, and she also headed up the investigation into the alien conspiracy against Starfleet three years ago.

6/8/14

Star Trek: Asterisk "Qpid"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E20 (lol blaze it)
Air Date: April 22, 1991
Written by: Randy Russell and Ira Steven Behr
Directed by: Cliff Bole

Premise
Q teaches Picard all about his weakness and the dangers of love by turning him into that most classic of literary lovers, Cassan--... wait, no, Robin Hood?

Recap
The episode starts off by promising a most exciting premise: an archeology symposium! But, wait, before you start to drift off, what if I told you that Vash was part of this symposium? You know, the chick that Picard met on Risa who was just as good at stealing Picard's heart as she was at stealing ancient artifacts for a living. She smuggles herself on board the Enterprise ostensibly as part of the archeology council, but she's vague enough about her answers that one supposes she has ulterior motives while orbiting the long-forbidden archeological treasure trove of Tagus III. Meanwhile, as she introduces herself to the crew (including a mischievous Dr. Crusher), she begins to realize that Picard never told any of them about her. And that makes her a bit upset. After all, she thought they had something special!

6/4/14

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Nth Degree"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E19
Air Date: April 1, 1991
Written by: Joe Menosky
Directed by: Robert Legato

Premise
After scanning an alien probe, Lt. Barclay goes from zero to Gilderoy Lockhart, quantum engineering wizard, in sixty seconds.

Recap
It starts with Broccoli and Crusher acting in a stage production of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac with the esteemed actor Reginald Barclay wearing the famous long nose. And when I say "esteemed actor" I mean "person who's too nervous about remembering his lines to remember or deliver them correctly." After watching the horrid rendition of Rostand's masterpiece, the audience applauds, and this confuses Data who wonders why they're praising Broccoli for mediocre work. He doesn't understand that just putting himself in front of a crowd and performing is a big event for the shy lieutenant. He's made a lot of personal improvements since we last saw him. He does, however, express concern that he's only trading one virtual reality (the holodeck) for another (the stage). Nevertheless, Troi assures him that he's doing great.

6/2/14

Star Trek: Asterisk "Identity Crisis"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E18
Air Date: March 25, 1991
Written by: Brannon Braga and Timothy de Haas
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe

Premise
People are mysteriously migrating to Tarchannen III and Geordi can't figure out why until he turns into one of those people himself.

Recap
After reviewing footage of a mission to Tarchannen III that Geordi was on with Susanna Leijten from a previous starship, Leijten informs the crew of the Enterprise that she and Geordi are the only two people left from the mission that hasn't dropped everything to go back there and completely disappear. So, what's the best course of action to figure out why they're doing this? Drop everything and go back there. But this time, follow the last crew member to do so. He hasn't reached the planet yet, but he's on a stolen shuttlecraft to get there. In fact, he's so dead set on getting to the planet, that he pilots the shuttlecraft straight into Tarchannen's atmosphere, causing it to blow up. This is a rookie mistake, really. He probably didn't pass driver's ed.