Posts Tagged ‘Jean Luc Picard’

Over the last few weeks I’ve been “binge-ing” on the TV series: “Star Trek: Enterprise“.   There are ninety-eight episodes representing over seventy hours of viewing so it was quite an investment of time!!  The series originally ran from 2001 through 2005 and I saw about twenty-five of the episodes when they originally aired.  I’m not sure why I never watched them all, but I’m nearly positive I didn’t as I remembered so few.  The series is about the first Starship Enterprise and humanity’s first attempts to explore “deep space” with the development of a Warp-5 capable spaceship.
Now, with full disclosure, I am a “Trekkie” and saw all of the original series (Star Trek: TOS) in their initial broadcasts and have subsequently viewed them all at least three times and most of them far, far more than that as I used to watch them back in the ’70’s and ’80’s when they were in syndication.  Back then, you could watch them day after day and so see most of the 79 episodes four times in a single year.  In fact, you could see them more than that as the series ran on a couple of different channels a various times of day.  Yeah, I know, a bit OCD!!
Anyway, as SciFi goes, like most of the other Star Trek franchises, this is not very good.  In terms of special effects, it is pretty good to outstanding – particularly for TV.  In terms of acting, the series starts out MUCH better than TOS (The Original Series) or TNG (The Next Generation).  TOS never had a chance to explain much of its back history and TNG was incredibly stiff in its first season.  Picard (played by Patrick Steward) was particularly wooden.  In terms of “realism”, this series is pretty much the same as all the others – little or none.
Does any of that (bad science, poor realism) matter?  Not one iota!!  The show is about humanity and our efforts to deal with “ultimate” issues: war, racism, sexism, slavery, social justice, etc.   All the things which have always made all of / each of the Star Trek franchise TV series great viewing.
This is a VERY good TV series which I thoroughly enjoyed watching!  I hate to say it, but it is every bit as good as the best episodes of TOS and TNG.
(I was never a big fan of DS9 (Star Trek: Deep Space 9) or Star Trek: Voyager and barely watched any of either.  Just a couple of seasons of each and then the odd episode.  I recognize that both of those series have their fans, but as neither of those series have had a sniff of interest in getting turned into a movie franchise, I think my opinion is justified.  I will admit, though, that now they are available (more or less free) on Netflix, I will be watching them both as and when I have time.  I doubt I’ll be binge-ing on them, though.)
As with both TOS and TNG, the stories all center around the senior staff and the most interesting characters are the Captain (Jonathan Archer played by Scott Bakula) and the main alien – as in TOS – the Vulcan First Officer (T’Pol played by Jolene Blalock).  Over the course of the series, the former goes from being an idealistic explorer to a military commander and diplomat while the latter goes from being an emotionally suppressed Vulcan to an openly emotional “almost human” female.  As such, the stories are mostly self-contained episodes with sub-story arcs which span a couple of episodes to the entire series.  Watching the whole series in compressed mode, therefore, made it seem much more understandable to me as I was easily able to remember nuances which I almost certainly would have missed (or forgotten) if I had viewed the series over a four year time span.
If you consider yourself a “Trekkie”, you must watch this series.  If you just want enjoyable SciFi about space exploration and humans meeting alien species, this is a great series.  As I said, it’s well written and character driven and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and highly recommend it.
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[The following quotes are from the episode titled: “The Drumhead” from the TV series:  StarTrek: The Next Generation]
Sir, the Federation does have enemies! We must seek them out!
Oh, yes. That’s how it starts.  But the road from legitimate suspicion to rampant paranoia is very much shorter than we think.  Something is wrong here, Mr. Worf; I don’t like what we have become!
[Worf (in italics) and Picard (in bold)]
You know, there are some words I’ve known since I was a schoolboy: ‘With the first link, the chain is forged.  The first speech censured…  the first thought forbidden…  the first freedom denied  —  chains us all irrevocably.’  Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie, as wisdom…  and warning.  The first time any man’s freedom is trodden on, we’re all damaged.  I fear that today–
How dare you!  You who consort with Romulans, invoke my father’s name to support your traitorous arguments?  It is an offense to everything I hold dear!  And to hear those words used to subvert the United Federation of Planets!  My father was a great man!  His name stands for integrity and principle!  You DIRTY his name when you speak it!  He loved the Federation!  But you, Captain, corrupt it!  You undermine our very way of life!  I will expose you for what you are!  I’ve brought down bigger men than you, Picard!!
[Picard (in bold), quoting Judge Aaron Satie, and Admiral Satie (in italics), angrily chastising him for it]
Am I bothering you, Captain?
No, please come in, Mr. Worf.
It is over.  Admiral Henry has called an end to any more hearings on this matter.
That’s good.
Admiral Satie has left the Enterprise.
We think we’ve come so far.  Torture of heretics, burning of witches, it’s all ancient history.  And then, before you can blink an eye, suddenly it threatens to start all over again.
I believed her.  I – I HELPED her!  I did not see what she was.
Mr. Worf, villains who twirl their mustaches are easy to spot.  Those who clothe themselves in good deeds are well camouflaged.
I think, after yesterday, people will not be so ready to trust her.
Maybe.  But she or someone like her will always be with us, waiting for the right climate in which to flourish  —  spreading fear in the name of righteousness.  Vigilance, Mr. Worf.  That is the price we have to continually pay.
[Worf (in italics) and Picard (in bold), discussing both the investigations and the misguidedness of Admiral Satie]
[How “SAFE” are we when the government has suspended the right to Habeas Corpus and is tapping every single phone and email in the country without a warrant?  What are we sacrificing in the name of security from terrorism?    —    KMAB]
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