May 8th, 2017

cass, can you not

And of course, I ended up spending all Sunday watching TNG.

Assorted thoughts, in no particular order:

By Season 7, Counselor Troy had a much more active role; considering how often the Enterprise's problems had to do with weird entities, telepathic traces, and so on, it makes sense, and gives the lie to the cliche about her being "useless."

There was this scene where a Lore-influenced Borg was making Data accept that he had enjoyed killing another Borg and would do it again (he was being influenced by some carrier wave thingy at the time, but whatever) that could've been lifted word by word from a Hannibal episode.

Data being reprogrammed, taken over, or unable to deal with feelings are a significant fraction of the Enterprise's problems.

Lore's a very Loki character.

Geordi has terrible luck with his romantic life, but he's also kind of a creep in that sense. Guy's very respectful of Data's personal boundaries, but needs some remedial courses when it comes to women's.

The scenes about paperwork and routine stuff are my favorite, and there are quite a bit of them, considering.

Every series has a Die Hard episode, but TNG's was an almost direct homage.

The ship runs on dilithium and gossip, and not in that order.

The Starfleet of the TNG era is essentially the quandrant's biggest nerd club. Yes, they'll raise shields and/or shoot photon torpedoes if needed, but they prefer to charter nebulae and do archaeological surveys, and in their downtime they do theater plays or gardening (they also do martial arts or whatever, but in a nerdy way).

It's a series where and we must treat it with the same respect with which we would treat any other sentient being can be said with a straight face, and mean something.

Emergence (S7E23), the one where the Enterprise just decides out of nowhere to become slightly self-aware and build and give birth to a little weird-looking knotty ship wasn't particularly thrilling, but it'd have been a nice ending to the series. What would've been more TNG than that last scene, with Picard, Earl Grey cup on his hand, telling Data:

The intelligence that was formed on the Enterprise didn't just come out of the ship's systems. It came from us. From our mission records, personal logs, holodeck programs, our fantasies. Now, if our experiences with the Enterprise have been honourable, can't we trust that the sum of those experiences will be the same?

Almost a metatextual send-off to the series, although in terms of what should've and still might come later, I do prefer Q's:

For that one fraction of a second, you were open to options you had never considered. *That* is the exploration that awaits you. Not mapping stars and studying nebulae, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence.
cass, can you not

Fic: On the papers found in Hamlet's rooms in Elinore (Hamlet fanfic, PG13)

I was finishing Act IV when the idea hit me. So I put down the tablet, wrote it, gave it a quick once-over, and here it is. Be kind, I pray, and suit your expectation of the dish to the haste with which an unprepared cook was compelled to make it.

Title: On the papers found in Hamlet's rooms in Elsinore
Fandom: The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Rating: PG13

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