[TNG] The Bonding

[TNG] Season 3, Episode 5: The Bonding

The Bonding

Rating: 4

This episode deals with the loss of a friend and family member in a thoughtful way. We get to see the reactions of each of the characters, all of which were very well written in this episode. We were surprised by how well done this episode was, especially the first half.

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Notes:

Someone dies on what was supposed to be a routine mission. An old mine went off left from a war that happened hundreds of years ago

Someone dies on what was supposed to be a routine mission. An old mine went off left from a war that happened hundreds of years ago

She left behind a son, who also lost his father. Troi helps Picard prepare to talk to the boy

She left behind a son, who also lost his father. Troi helps Picard prepare to talk to the boy

All of the scenes in the first half were really well done

All of the scenes in the first half were really well done…

Even though the young actor doesn't do a great job

…Even though the young actor doesn’t do a great job

We get to see how different characters react to what happened. Data doesn't understand, and Riker has to help him

We get to see how different characters react to what happened. Data doesn’t understand, and Riker has to help him

Worf is frustrated by the death being senseless. He identifies with the boy because he was an orphan also

Worf is frustrated by the death being senseless. He identifies with the boy because he was an orphan also. He wants go through a Klingon ritual called “the bonding,” where Jeremy becomes part of his house

Wesley is reminded about when his father died, and Picard had to tell him

Wesley is reminded about when his father died, and Picard had to tell him

But then his mom shows up again

But then his mom shows up again

She recreates his house on earth to make him feel better. Their house had kind of creepy art on the wall

She recreates his house on earth to make him feel better. Their house had kind of creepy art on the wall

Troi tries to explain why Jeremy needs to leave this fantasy. Kitty, you aren't supposed to look at the camera

Troi tries to explain why Jeremy needs to leave this fantasy. Kitty, you aren’t supposed to look at the camera

Picard comes to talk with the boy. Seriously look at this art on their wall. That would freak me out as a kid

Seriously look at this art on their wall. That would freak me out as a kid

The impersonator says she's an alien that doesn't want anyone to suffer

The impersonator says she’s an alien that doesn’t want anyone to suffer

Picard explains that humans need to grieve, and they won't be satisfied by a fantasy

Picard explains that humans need to grieve, and they won’t be satisfied by a fantasy, even if it feels good for a moment

Wesley tries to help to boy too

Wesley tries to help to boy too. He said that holding in your anger and grief makes things worse

Troi eggs Jeremy on to get really mad at Worf because he came back and his mother didn't

Troi convinces Jeremy to get really mad at Worf because he came back and his mother didn’t. Thanks Troi

Worf says to honor his mothers memory, not to pretend she's still alive

Worf says to honor his mothers memory, not to pretend she’s still alive

Worf and Jeremy do "the bonding"

Worf and Jeremy do “the bonding”. It might have been cool to have a follow up to the episode

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  • Steffen

    I especially liked it that Wesley admits that he hated Picard because he was responsible. I think Wheaton manages it to give us a hint that he dealt with it by now, but that there still is that little dark corner in his soul that still hates Picard. And him and Gates McFadden had one of their best scenes together. The 4 is well earned.

  • Malachi Ward

    Yeah, this is an all-around really good episode, which is surprising because it’s the kind of episode that Trek doesn’t often handle very well

  • Wes

    You forgot to mention the kid was the kid nuke dealer in Robocop 2. The whole episode I was waiting for him to pull out a folding machine gun and Cain to come smashing through a wall.