A Matter of Honor - TNG (spoilers?)
(Riker getting sized up by a Klingon lady)
Guys, I swear I won’t talk about Star Trek a lot, but I’m gonna talk about it a little. Last night I watched “A Matter of Honor” (2.08) where Riker is “exchanged” via the Starfleet Officer Exchange Program to a Klingon Ship (not a Star Fleet vessel, by the way). Easily my favorite episode of the series thus far, if for no other reason than the existence of the Officer Exchange Program, which I spent most of the episode giggling (out loud, in bed) about.
The premise is that they exchange officers (sort of, no one from the Klingon ship comes to the Enterprise) and not just to like, observe, or fill some low level position, but Riker goes on board a Klingon ship, serves as FIRST OFFICER in every capacity. And here’s a thing, on a Klingon vessel, if your subordinate thinks you are unfit for duty, they kill you, so if they think Riker is weak, they’ll kill him. And look, if that’s their practice, so be it, but it seems insane to subject an exchange officer to that practice.
Anyway, Riker is on point in this episode. Watching him act all Klingon tough and eat gross Klingon food with gusto was surprisingly satisfying. He is the nerdiest, squarest, most goody two-shoes badass there ever was.
And oh man, oh man, waiting for Riker to show up on that view screen and say “This is Captain William Riker of the Klingon vessel Pagh. I order you to lower your shields and surrender.” UGH, that was the best. And Picard looked so proud! (If you couldn’t tell, it’s because you don’t know him like I do.) I enjoyed this episode so much.
Also, the next episode, The Measure of a Man, is also really great. Probably a better episode by any rubric other than my own. The show is starting to get good! If anyone wants to, at any time, discuss anything TNG related, get at me on gchat.
Some thoughts on Star Trek: TNG
A few weeks ago, I started watching/re-watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. I was a huge Star Trek fan as a kid. I had a Big Dogs TNG shirt and I wore it in public places like school. I went as Jadzia Dax for Halloween. I was a bookish kid, a member of math and computer clubs, but I didn’t really get teased or bullied growing up. Except about Star Trek. I got teased a lot about Star Trek.
The suggestion was ‘Stupendous’.
Dom Manzolillo steps out IMMEDIATELY.
“This ice sculpture is… … TREMENDOUS!”
Uproarious laughter for at least 40 seconds, and I was just laughing and saying ‘WHY is that so funny? Why was it so funny! AH!’.
Dom is a fucking hilarious BEAST. So funny.
Yup, this was great. Dom is the BEST.
Hey, book Grand Falloon on your show! I mean, if you want.