After a gap in my reviews, owing to engaging in the biggest move of my life, I’m back to my TNG reviews! This post is to announce I’ve completed two more reviews, episodes 19 and 20 of Season Four, The Nth Degree and Qpid. In contrast to my last post, which consisted of reviews of two of the weakest episodes of season four, I’m happy to have reviewer two of the better episodes.
The Nth Degree is about Barclay essential becoming a super genius after investigating an alien probe in space. He helps the crew out of danger, repairs a huge Federation telescope single-handed, becomes a best of an actor, argues theoretical physics with Einstein, and happens to take over the Enterprise in the process. He ends up being brought back down to earth in the end, but it’s a great ride.
Did you catch the 2001: A Space Odyssey reference in this episode? Or the in-joke hidden in the equations on the blackboard that Einstein was writing on? Check out my full review to learn what they are.
Qpid is a big fan favorite, where we have Q–and the captain’s old girlfriend Vash–subjected Picard and Company to engage in a Robin Hood fantasy. The kicker is Q is doing it as a favor to Picard, who feels he owes him his life back when he lost his powers. Why? He’s trying to teach him how stupid and deadly love can be. Almost the entire episode is great, and is a refreshingly light and fun 45 minutes.
Did you know that Patrick was dating the actress who plays Vash when they were filming this episode? I’ll bet his wife didn’t approve! Jonathan Frakes got injured while they were filming the rescue, so much so that he had to be taken to the ER. There’s other stories and anecdotes from the actors of what happened behind the scenes in my full review, and leave some comments if you like.