Season 3 Episode 3
Original airdate: October 7, 1989
The Enterprise responds to a distress call from Rana IV, a Federation colony that is under attack from an unknown alien ship.
My Brief Review
At last, a genuinely good episode. The story in this one has some of the TOS spirit in it, and it kept me genuinely in suspense until an “ah-ha” moment I won’t spoil here.
I realized, in retrospect, that the initial setup of the episode doesn’t make sense… unless the distress call has been in automated transmission for many years, because the attack clearly did not just recently happen. But once the Enterprise arrives at Rana IV, things get interesting, and it’s easy to forget that detail.
How did one house and an elderly couple survive the destruction of an entire planet? Why is Deanna Troi possessed by the music from a music box they own, even though she wasn’t part of the away team? This one is worth watching to find out the answers.
Picard shines in this episode, figuring things out several steps ahead of his dimwitted first officer and the rest of the bridge crew. The moment when Picard reveals exactly what he has finally figured out is going on gave me chills.
Not sure who it was, but some rando on the bridge nearly did a backflip when the Enterprise was hit with a blast from the enemy ship.
Distance Rating: 6K
IMDb score: 7.7/10
Needless to say, I do not believe the world is going to end tomorrow. OK, I said it anyway. And now that it’s said, let’s have a little fun with it.
I’ve put together an iTunes playlist of songs from my music library that seemed fitting in some way for the occasion:
- Steely Dan — Black Friday
- National Health — The Apocalypso
- Nine Inch Nails — The Beginning of the End
- Rush — In the End
- The Beatles — The End
- Styx — Don’t Let It End
- Zero 7 — End Theme
- Kraftwerk — Europe Endless
- Hall & Oates — Friday Let Me Down
- Chicago — It Better End Soon (1st Movement)
- Chicago — It Better End Soon (2nd Movement)
- Chicago — It Better End Soon (3rd Movement)
- Chicago — It Better End Soon (4th Movement)
- Prince — 1999
- Genesis — Los Endos
- King Crimson — Peace: An End
- R.E.M. — It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
- U2 — Until the End of the World
- Elvis Costello — Waiting for the End of the World
- Happy Apple — The World Begins and Ends in Your Combover
- Room 34 — December 22, 2012
Yes, that last one is my own… recorded earlier this year as a reflection on what the world will be like the day after it ends. You can get it here. (Interesting side note: every sound on that song — the whole album in fact — was produced on an iPhone.)
In that other universe, they never kicked David Palmer out of the band…
On a related note, three words: purple velvet pants.
I’ve just added a new t-shirt design to my Born in 1974 shop on CafePress. This new design pays tribute — in a suitably retro cheesy style — to the glorious year of my birth.
And while you’re there (since I know you’re on your way at this very moment to buy one), don’t forget my other retro-ish designs, Seven Days without Pizza Makes One Weak and Old Old School (featuring a truly “old school” media format).
Checking Wikipedia, I discovered some celebrity birthdays of note: I was born a week after Jenna Fischer (Pam from The Office) and 11 days before Lark Voorhees (Lisa from Saved by the Bell.) I’m also within a month or two of Kate Moss, Tiffani Thiessen (another Saved by the Bell alumna), Christian Bale, Seth Green, James Blunt, Mark-Paul Gosselaar (more Saved by the Bell), Jenna Jameson, Da Brat, Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham, Penélope Cruz, Jewel, Alanis Morissette and Derek Jeter. And that’s just in the first half of the year.
Sheesh. And my greatest claim to fame is the freakin’ Chewbacca thing.