Episode 2.15 Pen Pals
I was kind of put off by Data doing very human things.  It sure does feel like he developed feelings for this unknown girl that every superior on the ship told him to not worry about.  I wish that they would have ran with that and questioned his actions more.  In the end, he got his way and we got a very young recognizable Nikki Cox as a guest star. Not only does he break direct orders he also violates The Prime Directive big time.
"It seems that some creatures have the capacity to fill spaces you never knew were empty."
2 out of 5 tricorders

Episode 2.15 Pen Pals

I was kind of put off by Data doing very human things.  It sure does feel like he developed feelings for this unknown girl that every superior on the ship told him to not worry about.  I wish that they would have ran with that and questioned his actions more.  In the end, he got his way and we got a very young recognizable Nikki Cox as a guest star. Not only does he break direct orders he also violates The Prime Directive big time.

"It seems that some creatures have the capacity to fill spaces you never knew were empty."

2 out of 5 tricorders

Episode 2.14 The Icarus Factor
I like to call this one Daddy Issues The Soap Opera.  It really says something when the B story line of Worf missing out on his Ascension anniversary is more captivating then Riker and his father. Also, of course Pulaski and Riker’s Dad were a thing. She had to have some involvement in this episode.
“I came here to bury the hatchet with my son, only to find out that the ground was frozen solid.”
1 out of 5 tricorders

Episode 2.14 The Icarus Factor

I like to call this one Daddy Issues The Soap Opera.  It really says something when the B story line of Worf missing out on his Ascension anniversary is more captivating then Riker and his father. Also, of course Pulaski and Riker’s Dad were a thing. She had to have some involvement in this episode.

I came here to bury the hatchet with my son, only to find out that the ground was frozen solid.”

1 out of 5 tricorders

Episode 2.13 Time Squared
Seems that higher intelligence them that I have been referring to the last couple episodes continues here.  I’m not sure that they are related, but this one was my favorite of the bunch.  I wonder how long future Picard has been going through that cycle of watching The Enterprise be destroyed.  I enjoy anything that deals with time travel so that is a plus.
“Well, they say if you travel far enough, you will eventually meet yourself. Having experienced that, Number One, it’s not something I would care to repeat.”
4 out of five tricorders

Episode 2.13 Time Squared

Seems that higher intelligence them that I have been referring to the last couple episodes continues here.  I’m not sure that they are related, but this one was my favorite of the bunch.  I wonder how long future Picard has been going through that cycle of watching The Enterprise be destroyed.  I enjoy anything that deals with time travel so that is a plus.

Well, they say if you travel far enough, you will eventually meet yourself. Having experienced that, Number One, it’s not something I would care to repeat.”

4 out of five tricorders

Episode 2.12 The Royale
Rather than doing this on the holodeck they did it on a planet that is impossible for life. Like the last episode Contagion, they seem to encounter evidence of a much higher intelligence alien race. I’m wondering if this is the start to a larger arc that the season is getting to. 
"I find it stimulating. Also, it puts things in perspective. In our arrogance, we feel we are so advanced. And yet, we cannot unravel a simple knot tied by a part-time French mathematician, working alone without a computer."
3 out of 5 tricorders

Episode 2.12 The Royale

Rather than doing this on the holodeck they did it on a planet that is impossible for life. Like the last episode Contagion, they seem to encounter evidence of a much higher intelligence alien race. I’m wondering if this is the start to a larger arc that the season is getting to. 

"I find it stimulating. Also, it puts things in perspective. In our arrogance, we feel we are so advanced. And yet, we cannot unravel a simple knot tied by a part-time French mathematician, working alone without a computer."

3 out of 5 tricorders

Episode 2.11 Contagion
What I got out of this episode is that there is a intelligence out there than the crew has come across so far. Even in the large universe they don’t see everything. Q is another example of this. 
"Tea, Earl Grey, hot."
3 out of 5 fingers

Episode 2.11 Contagion

What I got out of this episode is that there is a intelligence out there than the crew has come across so far. Even in the large universe they don’t see everything. Q is another example of this. 

"Tea, Earl Grey, hot."

3 out of 5 fingers

Episode 2.10 The Dauphin
The trouble with these early episodes is that they are all over the place. You get a wonderful episode like The Measure of a Man only to get a stinker like this next. All the momentum is lost. I didn’t care much for this episode, but I’m not a twelve year old girl. I would think that even they would hate this one.
“There’ll be others. But every time you feel love, it’ll be different. Every time it’s different”
1 out of 5 tricorders 

Episode 2.10 The Dauphin

The trouble with these early episodes is that they are all over the place. You get a wonderful episode like The Measure of a Man only to get a stinker like this next. All the momentum is lost. I didn’t care much for this episode, but I’m not a twelve year old girl. I would think that even they would hate this one.

There’ll be others. But every time you feel love, it’ll be different. Every time it’s different”

1 out of 5 tricorders 

Episode 2.9 The Measure of a Man
This is a episode that I haven’t had a chance to see yet that I have heard the most about. It’s pretty great actually. Everyone is on their top game. This is easily my favorite episode so far. If you were to show someone who thought that Star Trek was just about space battles with Klingons. This is the episode to show them and make them become a fan.
“Now, the decision you reach here today will determine how we will regard this… creation of our genius. It will reveal the kind of a people we are, what he is destined to be; it will reach far beyond this courtroom and this… one android. It could significantly redefine the boundaries of personal liberty and freedom - expanding them for some… savagely curtailing them for others. Are you prepared to condemn him and all who come after him, to servitude and slavery? Your Honor, Starfleet was founded to seek out new life; well, there it sits! - Waiting.”
5 out of 5 tricorders

Episode 2.9 The Measure of a Man

This is a episode that I haven’t had a chance to see yet that I have heard the most about. It’s pretty great actually. Everyone is on their top game. This is easily my favorite episode so far. If you were to show someone who thought that Star Trek was just about space battles with Klingons. This is the episode to show them and make them become a fan.

Now, the decision you reach here today will determine how we will regard this… creation of our genius. It will reveal the kind of a people we are, what he is destined to be; it will reach far beyond this courtroom and this… one android. It could significantly redefine the boundaries of personal liberty and freedom - expanding them for some… savagely curtailing them for others. Are you prepared to condemn him and all who come after him, to servitude and slavery? Your Honor, Starfleet was founded to seek out new life; well, there it sits! - Waiting.”

5 out of 5 tricorders

Episode 2.8 A Matter Of Honor
Strong episode after the last one. I like the idea of Commanders serving time on other ships. Wouldn’t the Klingons need to have someone serve on the Enterprise if it was a exchange though? 
“It’s been my understanding that one of the duties of the first officer of the Klingon vessel is to assassinate his captain?”
3 out of 5 tricorders

Episode 2.8 A Matter Of Honor

Strong episode after the last one. I like the idea of Commanders serving time on other ships. Wouldn’t the Klingons need to have someone serve on the Enterprise if it was a exchange though? 

It’s been my understanding that one of the duties of the first officer of the Klingon vessel is to assassinate his captain?”

3 out of 5 tricorders

Episode 2.7 Unnatural Selection
I joked when Geoff Johns wrote Aquaman #1 he basically held a gun to our head and said “HEY, AQUAMAN IS COOL NOW! GET IT! LOOK HOW COOL HE IS!”.
I felt the same way about this episode. The beginning of the episode was a conversation about how cool Pulaski is. Then they get a distress signal which amazingly enough needs Pulaski’s expertise. The problem is that the actress who plays Dr. Pulaski (Diana Muldaur) is really not cut out to play a major role like this. It’s pretty obvious that she spends most of her on air time reading cue cards. I was actually upset that they found a way to save her. It would have been better if this was her last episode.
Also… Isn’t genetic testing against Federation guidelines?
“I’ll tell you one thing: if I live through this… I’ll have a much better understanding of geriatrics.”
1 out of 5 tricorders

Episode 2.7 Unnatural Selection

I joked when Geoff Johns wrote Aquaman #1 he basically held a gun to our head and said “HEY, AQUAMAN IS COOL NOW! GET IT! LOOK HOW COOL HE IS!”.

I felt the same way about this episode. The beginning of the episode was a conversation about how cool Pulaski is. Then they get a distress signal which amazingly enough needs Pulaski’s expertise. The problem is that the actress who plays Dr. Pulaski (Diana Muldaur) is really not cut out to play a major role like this. It’s pretty obvious that she spends most of her on air time reading cue cards. I was actually upset that they found a way to save her. It would have been better if this was her last episode.

Also… Isn’t genetic testing against Federation guidelines?

I’ll tell you one thing: if I live through this… I’ll have a much better understanding of geriatrics.”

1 out of 5 tricorders

Episode 2.6 The Schizoid Man
Great way to show off Brent Spiner’s acting skills. Although how they couldn’t figure out that something was off with Data earlier than they did is a mystery. Also it seems odd that they find Data on the ground and just take his word that he’s good. Plus they are good with this jealous dude living in the computer? Even though they said he lost all human conscious, I would have deleted that in a heartbeat. 
“I feel pity for you. Your existence must be a kind of walking purgatory - neither dead nor alive. Never really *feeling* anything. Just existing. Just existing.”
3 out of 5 tricorders

Episode 2.6 The Schizoid Man

Great way to show off Brent Spiner’s acting skills. Although how they couldn’t figure out that something was off with Data earlier than they did is a mystery. Also it seems odd that they find Data on the ground and just take his word that he’s good. Plus they are good with this jealous dude living in the computer? Even though they said he lost all human conscious, I would have deleted that in a heartbeat. 

I feel pity for you. Your existence must be a kind of walking purgatory - neither dead nor alive. Never really *feeling* anything. Just existing. Just existing.”

3 out of 5 tricorders