Who’s Camus, Anyway?

The most interesting movies are those that you like, but respect other people’s right to hate or even be indifferent to. I really, really liked Who’s Camus Anyway?. But you know what, if you hated it, I’m OK with that. I can see the case. This is a movie-maker’s movie, both “meta” and “quirky.” It’s…

STTNG – Peak Performance

What lesson were we supposed to learn from the Kobayashi Maru scenario in Wrath of Khan anyway? A conventional reading would be that refusing to face death just puts off the inevitable. By cheating death, Kirk is unprepared for it when it really comes – though by the same token the experience is strangely liberating.…

STTNG – The Emissary

Another episode where we boldly stay on the ship and talk about our feelings! An emissary is sent to the Enterprise sealed inside a probe barely big enough to hold her because there’s a time-critical mission with an approaching deadline. Apparently a ship of Klingons 75 years in stasis is about to wake up. 75…

STTNG – Manhunt

Dismal – on a number of levels, starting with the fact that it’s a blatant rehashing of Tracy Torme’s episodes from Season One. First, just like in Haven, they start out by teasing us with some science fiction. An alien delegation has beamed on board to be escorted to a conference, and for once they’re…

STTNG – Up the Long Ladder

This one’s a matter of taste. I mean, I guess everyone agrees that it’s one of the dimmer lights of Season Two – definitely not one of Star Trek‘s finest moments – so I’m really talking about the degree of one’s dislike. For my part, I dislike it a lot, modulo a really interesting subplot…

The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods is one of those things that’re better if you have no idea going in what the twists are. No, not really because of the surprise factor – the twists in Cabin are surprisingly unsurprising, given how surprising they should be. Given how the movie opens, it’s clear the writers aren’t…

STTNG – Samaritan Snare

Remember that scene in Planes, Trains and Automobiles where John Candy and Steve Martin – sharing a bed in a hotel because there are no other options – wake up in each others arms and, as soon as they realize it, bound out of bed and immediately talk about sports? That’s kind of what this…

STTNG – Q Who

Stellar. But … how the hell did they sneak this one past Roddenberry? I mean, it’s an open secret that Roddenberry was largely out of the loop by the end of the second season, but this one is so thorough and explicit about upending every classic Star Trek vanity that you’d think he’d have had…

STTNG – Pen Pals

What a horribly manipulative episode! The Enterprise is doing survey work in a sector where mysterious geological phenomena are tearing all the planets apart. Riker thinks it might be a good idea to put Wesley in charge of the survey team investigating the problem. Meanwhile, Data is doing a project to enhance the sensors which…

STTNG – The Icarus Factor

Another episode that everyone loves to hate, and that I strangely don’t mind. There’s a lot to dislike for sure, but let me get the obvious out of the way: I don’t give two shits for Worf’s stupid pain ritual. As I’ve said before, no civilization that acts like this would ever make it to…