Episode #40: The Icarus Factor

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Episode #40: The Icarus Factor

Post  BoG on Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:41 pm


THE ICARUS FACTOR episode #14 of 2nd season / Air Date: 4/24/89
written by David Assael, Robert McCullough; Directed by Robert Iscove

There are two character-building stories in this one: the first introduces Riker's father, a freelance expert who does various pick-up work for the Federation. His current assignment is to brief Riker on a region of space to prep Riker prior to his taking the captaincy on another ship, the Aries. Yep, Riker is offered the captain's chair in this one; we all know he'll refuse and not the first or last time (I think he was already offered a ship previously, just before he elected to become first officer on Enterprise-D). Father & son are estranged, last having spoken 15 years ago. They settle matters by trying to beat each other's brains out in a Japanese-styled combat sport, as Troi and Dr. Pulaski fret on the sidelines.

The 2nd story involves Worf, who is even more short-tempered than usual (at least we get to see him yell at Wesley). Wesley soon deduces that Worf has reached a certain age when he must participate in a special Klingon ceremony; this involves two sets of Klingons sticking Worf with 'pain sticks' as Worf speaks his heart. His closest friends are to witness this; the only way to do this is to set it up on the holodeck. Pulaski & Troi fret over this, too. In all, I guess this was a commentary on the male animal.

There is an interesting conversation between Riker & Picard in this one, where Picard spells out the prestige of being first officer on the flagship of the Federation vs. the perks of being captain of your own ship; it's surprisingly honest for the usual fluff & piffle of the show. And, there's a nice character scene in the pre-titles, when we learn how Riker had to learn to cook at an early age. But, other than that, it's mostly pedestrian stuff. BoG's Score: 6 out of 10

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TNG Trivia: that's John Tesh as one of the Klingons created by the holodeck; Tesh was covering the show for Entertainment Tonight at the time and asked to be included.


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