ST:TNG Mirror TV Guide S1E16: When the Bough Breaks

ST:TNG Mirror TV Guide
by the Enigmatic Miss Sunbeam
read by Karmen Ghia

16. When the Bough Breaks. Starring Radue!!! Studio audience, give a warm welcome to Radue! The plot is that there’s a race of people and they have screwed around with nature and so they’re sterile and they’re really sad but they cheer up a lot after they steal Wes and some other children from the Enterprise and this looks like a good deal for everybody!!! Yay! Especially the studio audience! Radue is the ringleader of this wacky scheme; he is played by Jerry Hardin! Jerry Hardin! He who had a small role in *Thunder Road* (“And it was Thunder! Thunder! Over Thunder Road! Something something something and white lightnin’ was their load!” I love old movies about the hotheaded drawlin, brawlin, lovin, smoochin South, esp. if they have Robert Mitchum in them.) (Jerry Hardin also gets to be in Joe Don Baker movies!) However, the downside of all this is that Jerry Hardin also played the single most irritating character on TNG when he was the wheezy Mark Twain in *Time’s Arrow* I and II. Oh, yeah, Wes and them get to go back to the ship, and somehow the magic faerie of fertility visits Radue’s race, so this was another ep with no real point.

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ST:TNG Mirror TV Guide S1E15: Too Short a Season

ST:TNG Mirror TV Guide
by the Enigmatic Miss Sunbeam
read by Karmen Ghia

15. Too Short a Season. Guy gets young v. quickly (useful skill). There’s also a mean alien named Karnas who wants to wreak revenge on young-ing guy. Mean alien is played by soft-core porn actor/producer Michael Pataki. I LOVE Michael Pataki. His speciality as an actor is the wicked blowhard, from the insulting second-Klingon-in-command in *The Trouble with Tribbles* to the hot ‘n’ ultra slashy J.C. in Mystery Science Theatre 3K classic, *The Sidehackers* (which is where I first fell in love with Michael Pataki). I’m not sure what this episode is about, but I’ll probably try to stay old.

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ST:TNG Mirror TV Guide S1E14: 11001001

ST:TNG Mirror TV Guide
by the Enigmatic Miss Sunbeam
read by Karmen Ghia

14. 11001001 – starring the Bynars! For a long time, I thought this was the ep where some problem occurs and so Jean-Luc has to set off a ship-auto-destruct mechanism (so teen-aged-girl petty that I was surprised our captain didn’t go to the mall afterwards and shoplift some nail polish). Turns out I was confused. But still a problem DOES occur. And then a solution. Hey, while Riker falls for holohottie Minuet, JLP seems to be there only as background noise. Ho ho. You can tell GR is still fruitlessly grooming Frakes as TNG’s resident stud. (Roddenberry *really* likes that kitten-faced-boy/angular-man dyad, doesn’t he? Riker and Picard. Kirk and Spock. Pike and Spock. Even Pike and Number One. And way back in *The Lieutenant* with Gary Lockwood and Robert Vaughn. Even way way WAY back to the early 1950’s “Rocky Jones” serial with Richard Crane as the criminally cute pug-faced Rocky and the pointlessly ferret-y Scotty Beckett as his sidekick Winky. Say, where is the torn-from-today’s- headlines Ph.D. thesis on Rodenberry’s deep debt to “Rocky Jones”? That’s what I want to know! Hey you! Quit sitting in front of the Internet and get to work out there!)

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ST:TNG Mirror TV Guide S1E13: Angel One

ST:TNG Mirror TV Guide
by the Enigmatic Miss Sunbeam
read by Karmen Ghia

13. Angel One. A planet where Girls’ Gym Teachers Rule! Seems these Girls’ Gym Teachers capture Riker and put him in a dress and earrings! And then there’s some plot. Like all the other first-season redherrings, the fascinating image of an ultra- femme Riker is not followed up in the next seven years.

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