8/24/14

Star Trek: Asterisk "Redemption"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E26
Air Date: June 17, 1991
Written by: Ronald D Moore
Directed by: Cliff Bole

Premise
Attempting to avoid a Klingon civil war, Worf makes a deal with the intent of restoring his family's honor.

Recap
Gowron is set to be installed as the next leader of the Klingon High Council. Probably because of his diplomatic past with the Klingons, Picard is going to the ceremony along with Worf to take an unspecified part in it. While the Enterprise is on her way there, Picard visits Worf and tells him this trip will be an excellent excuse to challenge his discommendation. Worf is hesitant, but admits to being weary of the dishonor, since it is, in fact, a lie put in place to protect the Klingon Empire and those who Picard labels "less honorable men." There's no more time to discuss that, though, because Gowron has just arrived unexpectedly demanding that they act quickly to avoid a civil war!

8/12/14

Why Robin Williams' Death Hit Me So Hard

Celebrity deaths come and go. The news pops up on Twitter and while I may have a few somber thoughts, I'm never really touched. No matter how tragic, I went through the day without any problem. So, why, then, when I heard the news of Robin Williams' passing, did I suddenly feel a lump in my throat? Why did I consider work that night a distraction from my emotions, when Michael Jackson's passing felt more to me like just crossing off a list?

8/11/14

Star Trek: Asterisk "In Theory"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E25
Air Date: June 3, 1991
Written by: Joe Menosky and Ronald D. Moore
Directed by: Patrick Stewart

Premise
Fresh off a breakup from an emotionless snob, Ensign Jenna D'Sora finds herself a coin-operated boy.

Recap
The Enterprise is coming up on the Mar Oscura, an unexplored dark matter nebula. In order to make it visible, Data and Ensign Jenna D'Sora are working together on a probe made out of a photon torpedo that'll light it up using science! As they work together, Jenna says that her ex had invited her to dinner. And, as she had previously requested, Data reminded her of all the reasons that was a bad idea. They launch the probe which sparks luminescence in the nebula to examine the deep, unknowable void of dark matter, while something else sparks an infatuation in Jenna to examine the deep, unknowable void of Data's emotions.