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TNG 3-24

TNG 3x24
"Ménage à Troi"

Original airdate: 5/28/1990
Rewatch date: 10/15/2011

Riker, Troi, and Troi's mother are captured by a Ferengi DaiMon who wishes to possess Lwaxana.

Spoiler-free notes:

The fact that Betazoids can't read Ferengi should be comforting to Data (assuming he can be comforted, of course). It is disturbing in "Tin Man" when Tam reveals that Data gives off no thoughts, implying that maybe he's nothing more than a machine. Troi tries to comfort Data by arguing that Data could be just different, which seems a lot more valid when you learn that there are aliens that are immune from Betazoid mind reading. However, as a nitpick, I'm pretty sure Troi shows an ability to read Ferengi in earlier episodes.

La Forge mentions his family for the first time. He's the only main character at this point whose family life is a complete mystery to us.

There's a scene where Lwaxana is, for all intents and purposes, raped by the Ferengi DaiMon, and the scene is played for laughs by showing Troi's disgusted look and having cutesy music playing. I'm not sure that's entirely appropriate.

Why does Data bring the Ferengi flowers on board the Enterprise?

Wesley could/should have given the message over the intercom to check the static for patterns. There's no reason for him to go running up to the bridge, forsaking his chance at taking the Academy oral exam.

Picard "fighting" for Lwaxana with the ridiculously hammy Shakespeare is pretty funny.

There are some episodes that go too far in the soap opera direction, like Season 2's "The Icarus Factor." This is one of those episodes, and it doesn't hold up very well against the high quality of the third season. Whether it's the lengthy scene with Deanna and her mother arguing about marriage and having children, the scene where Riker and Troi stroll amongst some flowers and reminisce, or the way everybody acts like a proud parent because Wesley's going to take yet another exam, there's a lot of soapy stuff going on, without a trace of sci-fi, action, or adventure. Even the Ferengi kidnapping is an uninspired storyline that doesn't go anywhere, only salvaged at the last minute by Patrick Stewart's lovingly awful Shakespeare.

Spoiler section:

Ethan Phillips, who plays the Ferengi Doctor Farek, is better known as Neelix, the loveable chef aboard Voyager.

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