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Starship Mine

Review

Series : The Next Generation Rating : 4
Disc No : 6.4 Episode : 143
First Aired : 29 Mar 1993 Stardate : 46682.4
Director : Cliff Bole Year : 2369
Writers : Morgan Gendel Season : 6
Guest Cast :
Alan Altshuld as Pomet
Arlee Reed as Waiter
David Spielberg as Commander Calvin Hutchinson
Glenn Morshower as Mr. Orton
Marie Marshall as Kelsey
Patricia Tallman as Kiros
Tim deZarn as Satler
Tim Russ as Devor
Tom Nibley as Neil
Tracee Lee Cocco as Lieutenant Jae
YATI : Picard tries to escape the Enterprise after disabling Tuvo- er, a terrorist. He fails because the power goes out. Why not use a shuttle? The transporter on a shuttle? The Captain's yacht? An escape pod?

When the terrorists take over on the station base, one of them stuns Geordi and then points his weapon at Data, who freezes in place. But in "Power Play" when somebody fires a phaser stun at him and he is completely unaffected by it. So if Data is immune to stun settings, why doesn't he just charge the bad guy and knock him out?

Speaking of Data, when he tries out his small talk skills on Beverly and Riker, he asks if they have noticed that the temperature on the planet is slightly higher than normal for human comfort levels. He goes on to note that "I have found that humans prefer a body temperature of 21 Celsius in order to operate most efficiently." Um, no. Humans may prefer an atmospheric temperature of 21C, but if your body temperature is 21C then you're not operating efficiently at all, because you're dead!

He even goes on to continue this theme by saying that some species prefer their body temperature to be the same as the temperature of the room. Data seems to think that your body temperature is something that varies significantly. In reality your temperature does vary, but only very slightly - if your body temperature goes more than a degree or so up or down you're in pretty serious trouble, and your body will do everything it can to get the temperature back to normal.

Now this is true for humans, of course, and it is possible that there are alien species whose body temperature can indeed vary widely. So maybe Data was talking about those. But the way he described it, he really appears to think that everyone's body temperature wanders waaaay up and down according to how hot or cold it is, and the only result is that they feel a little warm or cold.

Great Moment : Picard has such a wonderful time in this episode, it's hard to pick out any specific moment. My favourite is the way he cold-bloodedly lures his first victim into the baryon sweep to kill him - and to think there are those who claim Picard is too wimpy to use force.
Body Count : Six, I think.
Factoid : Strangely, the only people from the base at the reception for the E-D officers are Commander Hutchinson and two waiters! The originally planned extras were unavailable due to budget restraints.

Plotline

The Enterprise-D is evacuated to undergo a high tech cleaning that will destroy all life on board. But Picard is trapped - and he is not alone.
Copyright Graham Kennedy Page views : 16,638 Last updated : 10 Jan 2018