Episodes three and four of season four are what I’ve just finished writing reviews for, and as usual I’ve had a lot of fun.
Brothers is a favorite of virtually everyone who likes TNG or Data. Data hijacks the Enterprise and takes it to world that is the current home of his creator, Dr. Noonien Soong, for a little family reunion. Things are going well until his brother, Lore, shows up. Season four leans heavily on family themes and this one is about family, with all the drama of two androids, their dying father, and a tantalizing emotion chip thrown in.
Brent Spiner plays three different roles in this episode, and the only way they could reasonably do it was to have him play one character per day of the shoot. In my review I also point out an Easter Egg that I just found out about. Take a look and see for yourself!
Suddenly Human is a definite step down from the terrific start that season four gets. It’s not all bad though. When rescuing alien teens from a training exercise gone wrong, the crew discovers that one of the aliens is actually human, and the son of Federation officers that were killed by those aliens. It’s an exploration of cultural identity that was pretty decent, but could have been better.
Suddenly Human was actually the first episode made after Best of Both Worlds II, but it was aired fourth in the season instead. I don’t know all the reasons, but I do know that LeVar Burton was still recovering from his emergency surgery. His one scene is actually stock footage. It was not shot for the episode at all. I cover this and more reasons why I consider this a sub-par episode in my review.
That’s all for now. Keep checking back because I’ll have reviews for the next two episodes, the excellent Remember Me and the landmark episode Legacy, very soon!