Speaking of bad placing, how is this the season finale?
This is a very serious episode dealing with possible Romulan encroachment in the Neutral Zone and the outright destruction of multiple outposts (I see you, vague foreshadowing). You know what would make a super awesome B story? Why, a wacky fish-out-of-water tale of three humans who were cryogenically frozen and now find themselves IN THE FUTURE!!!, complete with comical musical cues! Golly gee, that southern boy sure do talk funny! And women, they are SO emotional when they realize everyone they have ever known and loved is dead! But at least we have the Captain of American Industry there to let all us enlightened space folk know our place. Hyuck hyack!
I’ve watched this episode three times and all I seem to remember is Remmick’s head exploding. There’s “something wrong” with the highest echelons of Star Fleet and I feel like this episode would have been awesome if it was part of a multi-story arc, but to throw it in, randomly, with little or no build up, and sandwich it between “I once stood a lady up in Paris” and “Oh, yeah, we haven’t really SEEN the Romulans” seems like bad placing.
The Enterprise has déjà vu. No, it’s not a time loop – the moment only repeats once. And since they mention it spread out to everything in the vicinity I wonder if it just keeps going, across the galaxy, making everyone everywhere have déjà vu, or if it dissipates, and do, like, dogs get déjà vu? I have already put way more thought in to this than the writers did.
Tasha dies the most pointless death in the history of television.
Picard finds himself in the middle of a hillbilly heroin deal gone bad, and uses his smug superiority – I mean, The Prime Directive – to tell both sides to just say no.
In search of the missing USS Drake, the Enterprise visits the Planet of the Arms Dealers. They leave Worf out of the Away Team because he gets his ass kicked on a regular basis and he’d be no match for automated weapons.
We get a chance to see through Geordi’s visor. It’s kinda neat but I’m not sure why it’s in this episode, which will now focus on a damaged Talarian freighter and three fugitive Klingons who will, of course, “die well,” but only after teaching Worf that he’s a giant pussy.
Lieutenant Commander Remmick comes on board and raises the douche quotient by a factor of 10. Wesley fails his Star Fleet entrance exam because he is a fan favorite and can not possibly be written off the show.
The Enterprise visits a terraforming technobabble. A laser technobabble technobabble. Scientist technobabble technobabble. Technobabble.
A legendary planet shows up and steals a handful of children from the Enterprise. In my mind, I watch an alternate episode where the children NOT kidnapped wonder why they aren’t special enough.