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Star Trek episode reviews: First Contact and Galaxy’s Child

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First Contact

I’m getting a little quicker at writing and posting my reviews! This time I’ve reviewed episodes 15 and 16 from season four, First Contact and Galaxy’s Child. First Contact turned out to be much better than I recalled it, while Galaxy’s Child stayed just as lackluster as I remembered.

First Contact is about just that: first contact with a planet that’s about ready to discover warp drive. Riker has gone down to meet with the team, but ends up in the ER after a riot rocks the city. The twist is, this entire episode is from the perspective of the people from the planet.

This episode, #88, is the exact halfway point in the TNG series. Bebe Neuwirth, who played Frasier’s wife Lilith, has a great cameo that is hilarious! For Mass Effect fans, the actress who voiced Doctor Chakwas plays a major character in this episode, see if you can find her. Check out my full review for more tidbits as well as a full analysis of this good TNG entry.

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Galaxy’s Child

Galaxy’s Child is the next episode, and it’s a definite step down. There are two plots here. The first is the Enterprise crew, after accidentally killing a space-born life form, find a way to cut its young free only to find the little bugger has attached itself to the ship. Plot B features the return of Dr. Leah Brahms, Geordi’s ‘holodeck helper’ from Booby Trap. Only now she’s here in the flesh and she can’t stand him!

This episode features CGI prominently for the first time since Datalore, and it’s been updated for the Blu Ray version. I discuss this and the double meaning of the title along with a deleted scene in my full review. Feel free to check it out and comment if you like.