Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 5 Episode 5

Disaster

6
Aired Unknown Oct 21, 1991 on CBS
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8.6
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  • A classic premise leads to some great character development.

    8.0
    "Disaster" themes are a cliche in human mythology - a bunch of individuals rise above themselves in adversity. The disaster, and overcoming it, are a key element, but the story is really about the characters themselves. It's almost a surprise that TNG took more than 4 seasons to offer their own spin.

    There are five stories here. The best, without a doubt, is the Worf-Keiko plot. Yeah, it's a predictable one that has been used many times before - but it's done so well, for so many laughs, that you can't help enjoying it.

    The Picard-and-children is also extremely engaging. TNG had mixed success with kid actors and kid stories, but this is an obvious hit.

    The Riker-Data and Geordi-Crusher stories are fun filler. It's clear that on their own they would have been thin gruel, but in this context they work well.

    The Troi-Ro-O'Brien story may be the weakest link here. The writers clearly share Ro's contempt for Troi, which is probably well-deserved but still painful to watch. Still, at least they get points for honesty - a "Troi proves to be a convincing commanding officer" story would have been ludicrous.
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