Tyyr wrote:I think it can be understood. While Threshold, Royale, Shades of Grey etc. tried to tell a story and it sucked for one reason or another Okana was supposed to be carried by the comedy and even at the time it was broadcast the thing wasn't funny. In fact it was painful to watch. Royale was boring, Shades of Grey is a clip show, and Threshold is stupid but at no point did I wince during them as often as the "comedy" in this one.
Maybe that's the difference... I never looked at it as an episode that was meant to be carried by the comedy. To me this was an episode meant to be about what is funny, not an episode that was meant to be funny.
To my mind the story was about Data trying and failing to be human. The fact that it was comedy he was exploring was incidental. I liked the pathos of it - so often we are given a plotline where Data succeeds in mastering some aspect of his being human quest, I rather enjoyed seeing him reach a hard limit and have to admit failure. If anything, it's a tragedy not a comedy.
And in the other plot, it was about Picard having to deal with a situation where he's in a position of overwhelming strength, yet unable to use that strength. Kinda boring and silly, I thought.
Give a man a fire, and you keep him warm for a day. SET a man on fire, and you will keep him warm for the rest of his life...