After something of a long wait, the first two episodes of season five are complete! This time around it’s Redemption II and Darmok, two standout episodes of the entire series. Redemption II is a worthy denouement and Darmok is simply an episode for the ages.
Redemption II is the 100th episode and is all about the Klingon Civil War, which we jump in to right from the first. There is so much plot in this episode it’s bursting at the seams. Frankly they could have made this a three-parter with all the plot threads they needed to tie up, but it’s a great ride.
Denise Crosby tells the story of how she came up with the idea for Sela, and Dan Curry talks in depth about how he made the effect for the surface of sun, and they’re both pretty interesting. Multiple characters from this episode appear in later DS9 episodes as well. Check out my review for all the details.
Darmok is an episode that had been percolating for years. Initially hated by Rick Berman, Michael Piller saw its real value and gave it to Joe Menosky to adapt, and he turned it into one of the best Star Trek episodes ever made. It’s all about an incomprehensible species that kidnaps Picard down to a planet to an apparent duel with their captain, but turns into something entirely different. It’s one of those episodes that’s hard to write a synopsis for, but every Star Trek fan should see.
This episode debuts Picard’s new captain’s jacket, the two-piece with a gray undershirt that I ended up liking. We also see the first appearance of Ashley Judd as Ensign Lefler. She’s really cute, but evidently as the actress got older she got weirder too, oh well. Check out these and other behind-the-scenes curiosities in my review.
That wraps up the long-overdue blog entry. Next I’ll review Ensign Ro and Silicon Avatar, a decent episode and a weird one. Hopefully I’ll get to them soon!