Warp 3? I thought this vaccine was urgently needed at Styris IV, why so slow?
Still an early episode, and suffers from all the usual bits and bobs. Characters aren't well defined yet, some interactions seem out of place vs. the people we come to know later. The premise feels a bit hokey to me, but I'm not sure if that's because it's still early-season or if it's just this era of television. It's been quite a while since I watched TNG, after all.
I realized tonight that a lot of the episodes in this first season evoke a feeling of "Oh, this one…" like it's going to be something of a slog getting through. Not uncommon for me to feel early in any Star Trek series, I suppose.
Here in particular, I thought a lot more could have been done to show how Picard figured out what was going on. He obviously knew Lutan's intent with regard to Yareena, and prepared his staff for it (off camera so the viewers would be surprised—kind of a cheap trick). But a big part of the thrill in stories like this (for me) is following the investigation, the research—how the problem is solved, rather than the solution itself. In this case, even discovering what the problem was would have been an interesting journey that got skipped.
Now this is what I've come to expect from Star Trek. Cleaner content; an epic, movie-like plot; dealing with intergalactic life...this one was fabulous.
Content Concerns:Sex: Polygamy on an alien planet is discussed. 4/5Nudity: Cleavage; a woman in an off-the-shoulder dress; a man wears a vest-like outfit with no undershirt. 3/5Language: One use of the d-word. 4/5Violence: A brawl to the death; a man is impaled and poisoned, which is slightly bloody. 3/5Drugs: Poisoned weapons; talk of a vaccine; Picard is seen drinking what appears to be alien wine. 3/5Frightening/Intense Scenes: The brawl to the death; emotional intensity; talk of millions dying from a disease. 3/5Other: Talk of human evolution. 4/5
What the heck!? This alien species is crazy! An entire planet full of MC Hammers!? Who comes up with this stuff!? I love it.