January 18th, 2013

TNG Rewatch

Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch: "Phantasms"

Cellular peptide cake! With mint frosting! Crusher sucking Riker's brains through a straw! Tom Petty homages! Sigmund Freud! Silliness with Spot! Picard avoiding admirals! And the first android smart phone! The TNG Rewatch sees some "Phantasms."

An excerpt:
Data decides to re-create Sigmund Freud on the holodeck. Freud’s interpretation of the dream is that it’s a clash of id and superego, a classic “dismantlement” dream (an android’s variant on a dismemberment dream), and that the Troi cake is him wanting to devour his own mother. (Data’s comment that he doesn’t have a mother doesn’t even slow Freud down.) Once he gets into Data’s sexual desires and alleged impotence (Freud obviously didn’t get the “fully functional” memo), Data realizes that this is a waste of time and deactivates the holodeck.
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