Season 3 Episode 6
Original airdate: October 28, 1989
The Enterprise picks up ancient radio signal code from the ruined planet Orelious IX, a remnant of a total war over 1,000 years ago.
My Brief Review
That incoherent Netflix synopsis, coupled with an opening shot of Geordi trying — and failing — to seduce Christy (no rank given… is she crew? non-Starfleet personnel on board for some other purpose? who knows?) on a beach, on the Holodeck, were enough to bias me against this episode before it even really got started.
The premise of this episode is excellent… the Enterprise crew happens upon a perfectly preserved ship from an ancient war (a “total” war, in fact) and investigates, but soon discover that they’re ensnared in the same trap that killed that ship’s crew at their stations.
But… ugh. There is so much Holodeck in this, and it’s so much creepy Geordi, feeling stirrings towards a programmed simulation of Dr. Leah Brahms, one of the scientists who designed the Enterprise’s engines.
Great premise, terrible execution.
Picard taking the helm to steer the Enterprise on thrusters through an asteroid field… pretty cool.
Since we don’t know whether or not Christy is actually part of the crew, I’ll go with the unnamed engineer milling around in the background as Geordi first starts talking with Leah’s simulated voice, before entering the Holodeck.
Distance Rating: 2K
IMDb score: 7.5/10
To be fair, I probably would’ve gone longer on the treadmill during this episode if this weren’t my first post-Christmas run, and my ankle and knee were bugging me a bit.