Now THIS episode is high concept science fiction episode and on paper, it sounds dreadful but on screen it is riveting. The story beat of a child having an imaginary friend that turns out to be a powerful alien is one that’s shown up in Star Trek but this predates Trek and handles it well (better in my humble opinion).
It’s good to get a focus on Penny who hasn’t had a huge amount of the spotlight (though neither has Judy, apart from being a vague love interest for Don).
The production design is great, actually, it has been great in every episode so far. I was particularly taken with the drilling rig.
Mister Nobody has an almost Philip K Dick’esque vibe as he slowly evolves to become the genesis for an entire galaxy.
The robot being let loose was interesting as his lasers are more lightning bolts and in an unexpected turn of events is completely destroyed by the entity (later to be put back together by Smith).
Smith is starting to show more of a comical villain vibe as he is very excited about getting diamonds despite their abject worthlessness. He also utters the phrase: oh the pain, the pain for the first time and I’m guessing not for the last.
Stand out episode around a concept I thought I’d hate.
As soon as the “missile attack” scene was resolved and the main theme of the episode became apparent I was really dreading it.
A space cowboy shows up from Earth (though he’s been out there longer) and I just thought the episode was going to be camp rubbish but wow, nothing of the sort.
He’s stressing the importance of sterilising his spacecraft so alien microbes don’t damage it, he’s discussing the concept that alien bacteria could be extremely hazardous to humans.
He does try to smoke the first plant he sees which I kind of love him for. Then there’s a morality discussion over bringing children into space and putting them in danger and making the hard decision to return them to Earth.
It’s an extremely watchable episode that raises some interesting ideas and again the cliff hanger is pretty bloody awesome as Penny wanders on to a mining site during blasting!
I have a feeling that this is the last episode to be made up of footage from the pilot episode though it honestly hasn’t diminished the episodes in any way.
The editing has been extremely creative and made good use of what they had. The fascinating element here is that the original trip across the ocean was the trip back in this episode. They travelled over a frozen sea to fit the storyline in this one.
That element is also quite interesting as they discuss the orbit of the planet impacting the weather and the extremes in heat and cold and it’s all science! So yay!
I was struck by the image of the neutralised robot. It’s all a little messy as the robot is an agent of Dr Smith but it’s still a piece of equipment meant to serve the mission.
I prefer the idea that the robot only looks after Will like in the film and the reboot series.
I do have to say that I’m loving the cliffhangers at the end, they’re awesome. The storyline of the episode gets resolved and then the very next scene is the set up for the coming week!
This episode is probably 90% the pilot episode with some clever tweaks and editing Dr Smith and the Robot in.
Unfortunately the space women are doing the space washing again LOL.
I love how the Robot investigates the sound of the giants and comes back unable to process anything because he can’t wrap his head around what he saw.
There’s also talk about something in the soil that mutates things and causes them to grow huge which is a really nice tie in to the giant. Will doesn’t actually kill the giant in this, he wounds it and then West kills it later on.
I of course enjoyed the scene where the giant pea pod tries to kill them.
We end up back in the ruins from the pilot and then we’re off to the ocean again.
The Jurassic Park purists out there will be having baby raptors right now as this is very clearly not accurate to the scene.
The raptor wasn’t as frowny-faced in the film.
I’m kidding, Ellie was still wearing her over-shirt during this sequence and doesn’t quite hold the arm like that. Also, the flashlight is different but it’s what I pictured in my head and so I’m offering myself some artistic liberties!
So the original commission request was for Garak reading The Never Ending Sacrifice and I started researching “reading poses” etc but I got to thinking about what the Cardassian culture meant to him and how the planet had been devastated.
I semi recently watched The Monuments Men and it got me thinking about when Garak returned to Cardassia and was helping them rebuild.
Finally the idea of him in the rubble of a library and finding pieces of Cardassia rich culture still intact and salvageable and how happy he would be.
With much of this episode the re-edited pilot episode (extremely well done I might point out – there were some clever set ups to ensure that people were where they were supposed to be).
I thought I won’t draw the giant cyclops again but would focus on West discovering “Debbie” a chimp who is clearly sad to be wearing a pointy hat and ears.I do like that the design does follow the giant’s design to suggest possibly a shared heritage.
They make really good use of their spaceship scenes and sadly the Professor goes for another spacewalk and again it is a complete cock up and frankly if I were Mr Robinson I stay in the ship.
Dr Smith is a cold son of a bitch. He orders the robot to kill the Robinsons one by one and make it look like accidents. This is like a Breaking Bad moment.
I’m keen to get past these initial episodes which feature the pilot episode footage so heavily.