Episode 8

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26th May 2022

S1E8 The Battle: The One in Which Picard Gets a Headache

Star Trek: The Next Generation analysis of season 1 episode 8 (The Battle)

We are with the Ferengi again in another offensive and poorly written episode, although we get some amazing lines from our favorite boys, Data and Wesley!

The episode's storyline, which focuses on a past battle in which Picard destroyed an unidentified ship in defense after an unprompted attack, serves YET AGAIN to allow Picard and, by extension, European settlers as a whole to avoid having to reconcile with past violences against native peoples via a black and white narrative that frames the Ferengi as cartoonishly bad and Picard as cartoonishly good.

Though some extremely interesting and important themes are brought up in The Battle they, as always, are bypassed in favor of making sure that no one aboard the Enterprise ever has to truly grapple with the past atrocities of the ruling class or the reality of Starfleet as a paramilitary institution.

Also, very inconsistent headache logic.

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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.

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