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Here there be giant faces, not dragons

  • Mar 21, 2011
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+5

Very few people will defend the second season of TNG as a masterpiece but many will argue that the series did at least get a footing here.  Much like the first season there were good episodes and bad episodes and even a terrible one or two.  This one for me is in the former.

The Enterprise is investigating an area of space resembling a void, or a hole in space.  No sensor readings are provided and there is no information available.  Probes fail and moving closer causes the void to "eat" the Enterprise.  Startled at first, the Crew begins to study the phenomenon but tension starts to rise when the Enterprise crew learns that they can't escape and efforts to escape only result in them chasing red herrings.  Picard soon realizes the Enterprise is being tested by someone, or something.  When that thing reveals themself, with a very unpleasant intent.

The antagonist is a one shot creature for Star Trek having never revealed himself again and was a very different creature as far as the monster of the weeks go, an entity who lives in the hole in space.  Who knows where else he could go to or others he has met.  He has a interest in humanoids and they're mortality and Picards strategy in the end is interesting for both sides involved.

The atmosphere is spooky at times and a lot of that is helped by the lack of the pink colored lighting on the bridge in the first season.  The exploration of another Federation vessel is especially fun and weird.  There are a few quirks like Worf's more alien attitude but I perfer that to his later "Klingon" incarnation when the whole Klingon culture of Trek got super charged and of course Pulaski is on board who people immediately turned off to when they saw her and she still has her anti Data philosophy which was an attempt to make her more like Dr. McCoy from the original series and his bouts with Spock.

Where Silence Has Lease would have been remembered by more people if it was part of the third or fourth season instead of just being a part of the second.  It maybe a bottle show, but it sure is a good one.



 

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On their way to the Morgana Quadrant, which has yet to be visited by a manned Federation ship, theEnterpriseruns across an amoeba-like hole of blackness in space. Sensors do not indicate any energy or form, probes shot into it disappear without a trace, and even Counselor Troi can get no sense from it. Worf calls for a yellow alert, relating an old Klingon legend of a giant black space that devours entire ships. When the void engulfs theEnterprise, they find themselves lost within it, unable to find their way out. Then things start to get weird. Other vessels show up. A Romulon battle ship and a Federation star cruiser appear, but they are strangely empty. Turns out the void is one of those giant, uncharted sentient beings that is trying to learn about humans and the concept of death, and is doing so by killing members of theEnterpriseone at a time. Once again, the contradictions of humans are on trial, and it's up to Captain Jean-Luc Picard to talk the ship and all of humankind out of trouble.--Andy Spletzer
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