Star Trek:TNG "The Neutral Zone" (S1E26)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by DougF, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. DougF

    DougF Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    North Dakota


    I enjoyed this back then and still do. While it's titled "The Neutral Zone", that story almost seems to be the b-plot. I really liked the concept of those people being frozen at death and then awakened all those years later.

    The guest stars really helped. To me, they really sold their parts. The character of Ralph Offenhouse was a tad over-the-top at times, though.

    Does anyone know definitively if the Borg angle was ever something official from the writers or just an attempted sort of fanboy retcon?

    This is kind of a random thought, but the round-room set used for the cryo-ship seemed to get a lot of use on the Trek series over the years.
  2. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    The biggest problem I had with this episode was that the two characters of Ralph Offenhouse and Sonny Clemmons. Both were a little too over the top for my tastes, a little too much of a caricature to be real. I thought the character of Clare was much better, much more realistic.

    I agree with Doug that it was interesting how what should have been the A-plot ended up being a definitive B-plot instead. Plus, it wasn't even really a stand-alone episode, but as a setup to whatever was to come that was destroying the starbases and such.

    Interesting to see a brief guest star appearance by Mark Alaimo, the future Gul Dukat, as the Romulan commander.

    Speaking of the Romulans... I loved the reveal of the new D'Deridex class Warbird. I bet long time fans were probably still sort of expecting the ultra-cheap paper glider-looking warbird from TOS, only to get what we got. The designer of that ship did a fantastic job of building that ship, making it look every bit the match for the Enterprise, and retaining the bird influence without it being too obvious. It still remains one of my favorite ship designs from Star Trek.

    I don't know. Part of me also wonders if perhaps this was originally envisioned as being a continuation of the aliens from "Conspiracy."
  3. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I always wondered why they didn't bring back Ralph Offenhouse to deal with the Ferengi.
  4. allan

    allan Just someone TCF Club

    Oct 13, 2002
    Wow! Great minds think alike! I thought he would have been a great ambassador to the Ferrengi.
  5. Fassade

    Fassade New Member

    Apr 8, 2004


    They never did in the TV show, but in the TNG novel "Debtor's Planet" Offenhouse came back aboard the Enterprise as an Ambassador to the Ferengi Alliance.
  6. mrdbdigital

    mrdbdigital The TBS Archives TCF Club

    Feb 2, 2004
    Moultrie, GA
    Favorite Quote: "Let's you and me find a couple of pit groupies and help them build a memory!" :)

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