TNG Season 1, Episode 21 (Netflix: S1 E22): The Arsenal of Freedom
The plot strains through the motions of getting the characters into a dangerous situation on the surface of a planet, but once they get there it’s pretty entertaining. The separate threads of narrative are all fun to watch and provide a lot of good character moments, particularly for Geordi and Picard.
We learn for the first time that Riker is passing up opportunities to command his own ship
The premise and the possible message of this episode aren’t that interesting
Riker’s old pal shows up. When Riker learns he isn’t real, Riker just decides to screw with him
What most people remember from this episode is this robot flying around a bad set
Riker gets stuck
This makes Picard want to go down there. He puts Geordi in command!
Troi doesn’t understand why Picard is going down there. Neither do I. Seems awfully risky with no foreseeable benefit. He’ll probably just fall into a hole or something.
Then Picard and Crusher fall into a hole
Chief Engineer Logan shows up to give Georgi guff. That really is the character’s only purpose. When Geordi wants to stay in orbit, Logan thinks they should leave. When Geordi decides it’s too dangerous and they need to leave orbit, Logan thinks they need to stay.
Meanwhile, Yar and Data hide
Yar and Riker are facing certain death! Yar scrambles to come up with ideas, and Riker acts like she’s an idiot
Geordi did a good job.
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