Dec 16, 2019
Star Trek: The Next Generation “The Outrageous Okona” (part 2 of 6)
After the credits, we see the Roger Corman rip-off ship maneuvering under the Enterprise. Riker guides Wesley through the process of locking the tractor beam, and the cheesy military march-like music on the soundtrack makes it seem like a really tense, difficult procedure. Of course, in every other episode, Picard just yells “tractor beam on” and that’s all there is to it. But, since this is the Land of Padding Footage, it takes forever to get locked on. And, I suppose, they do need to spend some time showing Wesley growing into the role of “the kid who instantly gets to do the stuff adults gave up years of their lives to do”.
Riker contacts Okona to tell him to shut down his engines and prepare to be beamed aboard. For reasons of the Plot Device variety, Riker has Wesley and Data accompany him to the transporter room. I presume this is so they can both experience the hype that is Okona. Okona—oh, what a feeling!