Episode 16

Published on:

24th Nov 2022

S1E16 When the Bough Breaks: The One in Which Parents Just Don't Understand!

Star Trek: The Next Generation analysis of season 1 episode 16 (When the Bough Breaks)

Happy LANDBACK Day! Mike and Nic come back after a long break full of piss and vinegar, ready to review an episode jam-packed with complex themes. What we lack in regular posting, we make up for in rowdiness. And conversations about dog poop (you'll see!).

When the Bough Breaks is doing a LOT - we ended up identifying something in the range of 10 major ideas that this episode introduces and tackles to varying degrees of completion.

We do our best but can't cover all of it; most of our analysis focuses on the idea of family, parental expectations of their children, the dangers of insinuating some races (species) don't care about their kids, and what it really means for a culture (or a people) to persist.


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Redshirt Collective
A Star Trek: The Next Generation Watch-Along Podcast!
Join Nic and Mike as we boldly go...through every single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation! We post every other Thursday, covering one episode of TNG in each episode of the podcast, giving our takes as radical leftists and connecting themes in the show to our personal experiences.

Looking to create a welcoming space for all those in the fandom that are usually kept at the margins; we want our comrades from around the world to laugh and rage along with us as we analyze a show that functioned as dangerous heteronormative neocolonial propaganda, but also as a heartwarming attempt to find humanity, tenderness and curiosity within ourselves. Welcome aboard, comrade!
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