Thanks for bearing with me over the delay between my last post and this one. I’ve been distracted a bit by my wife and I having an addition to our family: a new baby girl! Don’t worry, ultimately this has not stopped me from reviewing episodes 15 and 16 from season five, Power Play and Ethics.
The doldrums of the last three average-ish episodes is delightfully disrupted by a genuinely good episode in Power Play! Responding to a distress call brings the Enterprise to a turbulent moon which Riker, Data, and Deanna shuttle down to, only to barely escape with their lives with help from O’Brien. But they’re not alone! It’s not long before Data, Deanna and O’Brien try to take over the ship! The ghost of Christm–I mean an old shipwrecked vessel inhabit their bodies, and we end up with a hostage situation for most of the episode, and it’s great fun to watch.
Babylon 5 aficionados should recognize the redhead in this episode as Patricia Tallman, who portrayed Lyta Alexander on that show! Marina Sirtis tells a well-known story of performing her own stunt on this episode, and practically breaking her coccyx as a result. It was all for nothing, as the shot of her lying on her back is so distant it could’ve been anybody! Check out this as well as other cool stuff on my full review.
The next episode, Ethics, is a definite step down. In fact we’re right back to average and below-average episodes again for a bit. The plot of Ethics is pretty straightforward: Worf gets hit hard in the back by a heavy container and is paralyzed from the waist down. To Worf, this means he needs to kill himself, and he asks Riker to help him. A “neurological specialist” beams on board to see if there’s anything that can help Worf, but she’s a bit of a loose cannon ethically.
There’s not a ton of behind-the-scenes tidbits here, which suits this somewhat unenjoyable episode just fine. There are multiple references to other episodes, and even a parallel on a DS9 episode that you can learn more about, as well as what I did enjoy about this episode in my full review.
That’s it for now. I’m not really looking forward to reviewing the next episode, The Outcast, but Cause and Effect is spectacular, so stay tuned!