I kid, I kid. Rather her in charge then flying the ship. Watch out for that planet in Generations.
Season 5 was certainly one of TNG's better years and there was no shortage of great episodes but to pick only one as my favorite.......which one? I Borg? Cause and Effect? hey great episodes one in all but my pick would have to be Disaster and it's far from it's title.
The Enterprise is struck by an energy field which has disabled and damaged the entire ship. Troi is on the bridge and left in charge with a yin and yang in O'Brien and Ro to deal with as far as how to handle the emergency when Troi lacks experience. Beverly and Geordi are stuck in a cargo bay with a radioactive fire to deal with before it detonates some hazardous material, Worf is in Ten Forward and must contend with Keiko going into labor with no doctors around and Riker and Data must crawl through the bowels of the ship to engineering to repair the damage to the ship. Picard is injured in the turbolift with his arch nemesis: children.
The action yo yos successfully between our heroes and seeing how they deal with emergencies like Worf using his limited medical knowledge to deliver Keiko's baby or Troi feeling (no pun intended) her way through a tense situation on the bridge. The best has to be Picard in the turbolift. Captain Picard, a man who has stared down alien warlords and other hostile situations looks bothered by having to babysit some elementary school kids who are trapped with him. It could explain why in later episodes he has a softer touch when it comes to kids.
There is no antagonist short of Ro and O'Brien debating how to handle the shipwide crisis with Troi having to decide between them. Ro belives in practicality and cutting off a thumb to save the hand whereas O'Brien insists on compassion and consideration for the crew. Put in the same situation, we can see how either side could be right.
Disaster is a great ensemble piece for TNG and yes there are better episodes but when it came to thinking up that great season 5 episode, this is the one I always think of first on it's sheer entertainment merit and story. It is far from a disaster.
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