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TNG 2-21

TNG 2x21
"Peak Performance"

Original airdate: 7/10/1989
Rewatch date: 9/29/2011


Riker and Picard participate in a full-scale battle simulation.

Spoiler-free notes:

Picard agrees to the military simulation because of the Borg threat. The Borg is continuing to provide the show with an overarching storyline.

Riker says, "When I agree to do something, I do it." It's hard to question this assertion after "The Measure of a Man," in which he was forced to prosecute Data, putting in a full effort to do so.

Troi and Pulaski both encourage Data to challenge Kolrami to a game of strategema, citing the "thrill" and importance of competetion, even though, a few episodes ago, in "The Icarus Factor," they were commiserating with each other over the ridiculousness of males competing with one another.

The necessity of coming up with creative solutions to intractable situations is becoming a running theme on this show.

I don't like that Worf was able to fool the Ferengi sensors so easily. It makes sense that he would be able to fool the Enterprise sensors, having access to those codes, but if he can so easily fool the sensors of an alien vessel, how come nobody tries that strategy again?

This is a pretty good episode, filled with good, tight writing. The B-story, with Data's crisis of confidence and his altered game premise in his rematch with Kolrami, is especially notable for being cleverly wrought. The character of Kolrami, even if he is so easily reduced to one dimension, is a nice foil for the main characters, and I like how Picard's respect for Riker is showcased.





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