Up The Long Ladder

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  • 4.5

    ouch!

    By wetwilli, Apr 02, 2015

    A real stinker! Piccard's acting chops were apparently not fully developed at this time. His staccato verbal exchanges were laughable! And what did Worf''s sickness have to do with the lame story? -other than to illustrate, one more time, how image conscious he is. Did none of the reviewers here notice Eddie Murphy's role as a cloned security guard? I find that odd in itself. I give a rating if only for the entertainment value delivered by the unbelievably goofy dialog and daffy acting.moreless

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  • 6.0

    The Enterprise rescues a primitive rural farming community along with an advanced race of clones from a doomed planet.

    By Celedorian, Jul 08, 2011

    With this episode, Melinda Snodgras ("The Measure of a Man", "Pen Pals") proves that even she can write a clunker. She wanted to make a statement about the U.S. immigration policy here, but the finished product part muddled mess and part heavyhanded preaching (along with the obvious resolution.) There are really two plotlines, with an A story dealing with a stereotypical Irish community and a B story (which is a little better) exploring issues of cloning. The limited budget of this episode does it no favors, though it has its moments (including my favorite, a reference to ""a diplomatic mission to Alderaan" in the 22nd century.) Mostly, however, this one's a yawner. Incidentally, the title comes from the expression, "Up the long ladder and down the short rope", an Irish rhyme popularized in a Tommy Makem song, "Are You Ready for a War?".moreless

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  • 6.0

    Stop the inanity! A mishmash of mediocre, half-baked ideas that's meant to be humorous but falls completely flat.

    By pharoahsdance, May 30, 2011

    In the context of the 1st season I might have rated this episode a tiny bit higher. But this is frankly a lame episode -- a ugly bastard stepchild of two other lame episodes, "Symbiosis" and "The Neutral Zone".



    The Irish colonists are completely uninteresting and the less said about that plot the better.



    Their cloned cousins and the plot they generate is somewhat better. As one of the other reviewers said, the idea (do we "own" our genetic material - to the extent of killing a human being?) is actually an intriguing one. But it's completely glossed over and this plot is rushed through so quickly that it fails to make any impression except a negative one.



    I have no clue what the plot about Worf having Klingon measles was about, but it was lame. Did we ever hear about a "Klingon tea ritual" again?moreless

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  • 6.0

    Get me the warp out of here

    By AvatarBlue, May 30, 2011

    Another shoddy episode, filled with unimportant characters and unimportant events. The plot follows a basic - solve a problem - kill two birds with one stone storyline. It also weaves the crossroads plot device into it, to show a possible different evolution for the central group of colonists settled on two different planets and developing differently.



    As others had said, the use of stereotypical Irish travellers though it works, is an ugly choice and doesnt lend to the watchability of this episode. Though the use of a closed off cloned society would have been novel at the time.



    Furthermore, the only conflict /confrontation is with the customs/traditions and the no nonsense ways of the colonists. Its is only when the Enterprise is called to the planet with the advanced soceity. Right from the beginning the situation calls for someone brave to shout... eureka - I got it! Unfortunately though we must sit through another 1.2 hr where the only thing that happens is that Ryker and the Dr. are stunned and their dna removed for cloning without their consent. Im sure that this was probably hairstandingly shocking back in the day... but this episode doesnt age to well.



    We are finally put out of our misery when Picard comes up with the resolution. Unless you like me are on a quest to sit through every episode (again), consider giving this a good miss. Nothing of any consequence happens.moreless

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  • 7.5

    The "Enterprise" responds to a distress signal. It seems some descendants 22nd century European explorers are along way from earth and are in the Ficus Sector and on a Planet that is about to be destroyed by stellar flares. The colonist are know as the Br

    By Pink_Floyd_AL, Feb 24, 2006

    The "Enterprise" responds to a distress signal. It seems some descendants 22nd century European explorers are along way from earth and are in the Ficus Sector and on a Planet that is about to be destroyed by stellar flares. The colonist are know as the Bringloidis. Riker beams down to save them. Riker wants to hold off on beaming the colonist on the "Enterprise", But Captain Picard orders the beam up. Is he in for surprise. Farm animals aboard the "Enterprise" They find there is more colonist on a another planet. I give this episode a 7.5 sheep approval.moreless

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