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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