May 20, 2020
Star Trek: The Next Generation “The Battle” (part 4 of 4)
Stargazer bridge. Placing his ball on a pedestal, as many men do, Bok switches into “spill the plot” mode, while Picard starts losing himself in hallucinations of the events of nine years ago. It turns out the captain of the vessel Picard destroyed was Bok’s only son, and Bok has been plotting out the perfect revenge ever since.
And the fact that Picard is clearly living out his memories exactly as he says they happened, rather than as Bok wants to believe they happened, doesn’t seem to faze Bok one bit. In fact, it’s really an odd trait of early Ferengi that, despite having body parts seemingly made for the job, they don’t seem to be very good at listening.
Gleefully pointing out that the Stargazer is set up to respond to his every vocalized command (something you would think the safety-check team might have picked up on awhile back, that is, if you haven’t yet started drinking), Bok departs with a “Die well, captain.”
Riker logs that the Stargazer has now moved off under its own power. Then we see Riker on the bridge, impotently calling for a response from the now-wayward ship. He turns to Troi, as if she could possibly be any help right now.
On the viewscreen, the Stargazer turns to face the Enterprise. Then it’s back to a broad shot of the Enterprise bridge, which reveals that Worf has retrieved the other ball from Picard’s quarters, and appropriately enough, Geordi is now diddling with it.
Assessing the situation, Data reports that despite interior fire damage, the Stargazer is otherwise perfectly functional and fully armed. So… why exactly did they have to abandon it, again? Hang on… [sip] Okay, that’s better.