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Star trek: The next generation 1.07b - Angel One

Stardate 41300
Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Episode propaganda

While searching for survivors from the UFP freighter Odin, the Enterprise visits Angel I, a matriarchal planet at Earth's 20th century level of development. Displaying some measure of distrust, Mistress Beata (Karen Montgomery) grudgingly permits an away team to beam down.

There are four survivors from the Odin, led by a man named Ramsey (Sam Hennings). Because of their crusade for sexual equality they are fugitives on this world and subject to a death sentence. Back on the ship, a respiratory ailment has struck the crew leaving Geordi in command while the Federation is drawing closer to an encounter with the Romulans in the Neutral Zone...

Persons of interest

  • Patrick Stewart .... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • Jonathan Frakes .... Commander Will Riker
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
  • Brent Spiner .... Lieutenant Commander Data
  • Gates McFadden .... Commander Doctor Beverly Crusher
  • Marina Sirtis .... Lieutenant Commander Counsellor Deanna Troi
  • LeVar Burton .... Commander Geordi La Forge
  • Wil Wheaton .... Wesley Crusher
  • Denise Crosby .... Lieutenant Natasha "Tasha" Yar
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Enterprise-D computer voice
  • Karen Montgomery .... Mistress Beata
  • Sam Hennings .... Ramsey
  • Patricia McPherson .... Ariel
  • Leonard John Crofoot .... Trent
  • Patrick Barry .... Screenwriter
  • Michael Rhodes .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

A go at social justice, namely: equality between the genders. Using the tried and true formula of Turnabout, Angel One holds up the patronising attitude of men toward women and the ridiculous excuse of a "Natural Order". There is no such thing as a natural order in human society: people create society therefore society is artificial, therefore the order of any society is artificial. But such minor matters as the truth don't concern most people who claw their way to the top and then do their best to keep anyone else from getting there.

The B-plot for this episode - a flu epidemic on the Enterprise - is really only there to keep everyone who isn't in the A-plot busy. The most interesting thing that happens is that Geordi is put in charge of the ship. He's a red-shirt, which means command track in the 24th century, so it's interesting to see how he handles the responsibility, which is badly. He suffers from hands-on-itis, a common malady among inexperienced managers.

Oh, there's also another poke at capital punishment, something we saw in Justice. I guess it's more of an issue in a country that still uses it as part of its justice system. Hooray for enlightened Australia!

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Out now

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