Friday, September 14, 2012
I’m house sitting at my parents place this weekend and getting a good dose of the farm life. I grew up on a ten acre farm with horses, llamas, cats, dogs, bunnies, and a donkey. It was fun and a great way to grow up and I honestly wouldn’t change a thing about it, but I don’t need to live it full time again. That being said I do enjoy a good day on the farm now and then. The other benefit of staying at my parent’s house is that they too have an elliptical but they also have a sauna! I spent my normal 45 minutes on the elliptical and then 40 minutes in the sauna.
Doctor Crusher enters her quarters in a terrible mood when she gets an unexpected visit from Guinan who needs some help with her elbow. Apparently she has injured herself during a match of tennis with LaForge, but Crusher says she can’t help because she has been relieved of duty. Crusher proceeds to tell Guinan how the whole mess has come to pass that she was relieved of duty and now on her way to a hearing at Starfleet headquarters. The story is now told in flashbacks as Crusher tells the story of hosting a science meeting on the Enterprise and how two parties end up dead. One of them is the Ferengi scientist who invents a subspace shield generator, the other a strange alien who agrees to pilot the shuttle in an experiment. Crusher then begins an investigation but determines that the only way to solve the mystery of the Ferengi scientist’s death is to do an autopsy even though the family has specifically said no. Crusher finds no evidence of foul play so we assume the Ferengi committed suicide. This is when she resigns and we pick up from the moment Guinan is talking to her and gives her a kick in the pants to keep working to prove her case. She figures out that there must have been sabotage so she hijacks a shuttle in an attempt to recreate the shield experiment. While on the ship things go well and it is proven that there was sabotage and a murder. The odd alien apparently faked his death in order to steal the technology but Crusher kicks his ass and proves she was in the right. In the end Crusher wants to give Guinan a tennis racket but Guinan reveals she has never played tennis and just wanted to light a fire under Crusher's butt.
This was a fun Film Noir style episode and I really enjoyed it a lot. It kept you involved and interested. It was also fun to see Dr. Crusher get a really good episode to play with and prove she has some brains.