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Star Trek episode reviews: Data’s Day and The Wounded

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Data’s Day

I’m slowing down a bit lately, but doing my best! I’ve completed reviews of episodes 10 and 11 from season four. This time we have two pretty good episodes back to back.

Data’s Day is an enjoyable and unique entry into the Star Trek canon: an episode strictly from Data’s narrative point of view. In the context of a message report to a Starfleet officer, he gives his thoughts and impressions on Chief O’Brien’s upcoming wedding and a Vulcan ambassador who apparently dies in a transporter accident.

One of my favorite scenes from this episode is where Dr. Crusher teaches Data to dance. You may not know that Gates McFadden choreographed that scene, is an experienced dancer herself, and also was the choreographer on some major films such as Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal! This is also where Data’s cat Spot first gets introduced. Check out my full review to learn more.

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The Wounded

The Wounded involves a rogue Starfleet captain attacking aliens we’ve just signed a peace treaty with, and threatening the eruption of a new war. These guys are called Cardassians? Hmm. Yep, this is the episode that introduced us to the Cardassians, which anyone who’s watched Deep Space 9 knows very well. They’re a bit under-powered in this episode though. This is a pretty good episode which addresses the problem of soldiers who can’t deal that well when a long-fought war is over. There’s also an enjoyable monologue from Chief O’Brien, who fought in that war.

The Blu Ray version of this episode includes no less than six deleted or extended scenes! I give you a brief description and my impression of each of them in my full review. That’s all for this time, thanks for taking a look!