February 19th, 2013

TNG Rewatch

Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch: "Sub Rosa"

Crusher has green-smoke sex with a ghost! Comedy Scottish accents! Fog on the bridge! Reanimated corpses of beloved grandmothers! Duncan Regehr being all Byronic and stuf! But mostly? CRUSHER HAS GREEN-SMOKE SEX WITH A GHOST! The TNG Rewatch goes "Sub Rosa."

An excerpt:
And yeah, it’s pretty horrible, but I found myself not hating it as much as I thought I would. I think the main reason for that is Gates McFadden, who spends the entire episode completely taking the entire notion of hot green smoke sex seriously. McFadden’s performance is subtle and nuanced, far more so than the script really deserves, and she totally sells it.

Of course, all McFadden’s efforts do is make the episode somewhat watchable, especially since none of the other actors seem interested in investing the same effort. Shay Duffin manages the impressive feat of supplanting James Doohan at the top of the Worst Scottish Accent In Star Trek list, Michael Keenen sleepwalks through his part, conveying none of the passion for the Highlands that the script insists he has, and the less said about Duncan Regehr’s don’t-hate-me-because-I’m-beautiful turn as Ronin, the better.
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