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Reviewer : Grundig
Ave Rating : 3.8000 for 5 reviews
Title : The Most Toys Rating : 4
Writers : Shari Goodhartz Year : 2366
Review : Just a quick review of this one. There are SPOILERS ahead. Data is captured by a rich, sneaky b*****d who collects things. His captor tries to get Data to cooperate with him - submit to being a part of his collection. I really like that Data exercises passive resistance throughout the episode; it's a good example of how effective it can be. Towards the end, though, it's not enough, and Data starts throwing henchman every which way (which is always fun to see). Data's Captor kills one of his own crew because she helps Data escape. Then, there's a moment of truth as Data picks up a torturously lethal weapon and aims it at his captor. The Captor doesn't think Data has it in him to pull the trigger - and naturally, O'Brien beams Data to safety at the most dramatic moment possible. Turns out that Data has the balls after all, and the weapon is deactivated mid-transport. This is the another thing I love about the episode - Data fights back. He pulled that damn trigger! Rock on Data! It reveals a lot about Data's character; while he respects all forms of life, he is capable of defending himself, even if it means taking up arms. Of course he isn't taking revenge or acting out of anger, so the fact that his ethics program allows him to kill in this situation is an interesting message. Overall, Data's handling of the whole situation is terrific, and the episode exemplifies many of the things I love about Data.
Title : Hollow Pursuits Rating : 5
Writers : Sally Caves Year : 2366
Review : This is probably my favorite early episode of TNG. Barclay is a terrifically flawed character, and as the main cast deals with him, we see a side of them that we don't get to see anywhere else. It's a brilliant story - Barclay is used in a way that enhances the depth of many characters on the show; not the least of which is Mr. B himself, one of my favorite characters. Dwight Schultz's performance is genius! I was always very nervous growing up, and doubly so around the opposite sex. I immediately felt for the guy. And the scenes between him and Counselor Troi make some of the best use of the Troi character in the whole series. This character-driven episode is the kind of Trek that I like the most. 19 years later it's still relevant and highly entertaining. Also, this was the first episode that made me think dirty thoughts about the holodeck!
Title : Move Along Home Rating : 0
Writers : Michael Piller Year : 2369
Review : This episode is terrible. There are some really cringe-worthy scenes here, such as the hop-scotch game where they all have to sing like little girls. Don't have much more to say about it...
Title : Duet Rating : 5
Writers : Jeanne Carrigan-Fauci, Lisa Rich Year : 2369
Review : This is easily one of the best episodes from season 1. The actor playing Marritza is terrific! Kira also comes into her own in this episode. The arguments between Kira and Marritza are very stirring, and the last five minutes of the episode had me on the verge of tears. Don't miss this one.
Title : Emissary Rating : 5
Writers : Michael Piller, Rick Berman Year : 2369
Review : I remember thinking WOW for five minutes straight when I was twelve and watching this pilot for the first time. The introduction for this episode (and all of DS9) is hands down the best for any series in the franchise. It's action packed, it has amazing visuals, and the drama and tension is oh-so-high. The episode as a whole is easily the best of any Trek pilot. The way we're introduced to the Siskos during the battle at Wolf 359 gives the characters depth and backstory that persists throughout the series. I've always felt strongly attached to Jake and Ben Sisko because of this one five-minute scene. I love the scenes with the Wormhole aliens! This plotline is an excellent way to introduce a complex story element. Have you ever tried to explain time to someone? Sisko's got his work cut out for him.

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