Apr 30, 2020
Star Trek: Generations (1994) (part 4 of 12)
Riker starts throwing out sailing jargon and then steps aside and has banter with Picard, who gets wistfully sentimental about life on the bounding main. He paints a pretty picture (if you can call blindingly naïve nostalgia pretty) which Riker slices to bits: “Bad food, brutal discipline, no women.” And you know which one is the real deal-breaker for Riker. Has there ever been a serious topic this guy couldn’t turn into a smartass remark? I mean, I’m pretty good at it myself, but this guy is my god.
This pointless reverie is interrupted by an intercom call for Picard. He accesses a computer arch on the holodeck, and evidently it’s bad news, since Picard is overcome with emotion as a look of sheer horror and devastation crosses his face.
Troi notices this, as she is wont to do, being the ship’s resident shrink and all, and asks him if he’s alright. Picard gruffly says he is and stomps off. And so we go back to the nautical stuff. Just as Geordi makes a sighting with a telescope (which makes for a pretty damn silly visual), another call from the bridge comes in. A space observatory is under attack, and the Enterprise is being dispatched to investigate.