24 days ago
Production Title: The Battle
Synopsis: The C̶h̶i̶n̶e̶s̶e̶* Ferengi show up again, and they “give” Picard his old ship, the Stargazer. Oh, and Picard is starting to get crippling headaches. These two things are unrelated. He spends the rest of the episode tripping down memory lane, and it turns out that the Chinese* captain, Bok, is trying to control him using a beach ball. After Picard uses a phaser to destroy the beach ball, Bok is fired for not turning a profit, and Picard decides to move on with his life.
Wesley: “You’re welcome ladies… ” (Troi and Crusher exit) “… adults…”
Wil Wheaton cites this episode as the point when Wesley turned from “mildly annoying to a vehemently hated character”.
#sttng #thenextgeneration #thepicardmaneuver #ferengi #mindgames #shutupwesley #socialmetaphor
*The authors of this post are Chinese, so it's okay. Also, there is a very profound geopolitical metaphor in the Star Trek universe. at Stargazer