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Star Trek:TNG "Too Short a Season" (S1E16)

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OAD 2/8/1988

I barely remember this episode from the first run. I'll watch this one before Angel One. I've already watched 11001001, and I'll start a thread on that in a bit when I have time to type up my thoughts.
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OK, a couple of things I've got to get out of the way first off.

1. I hate old age makeup. I tend to not like it even in big budget films. It just never looks real.
2. The original Admiral uniform is terrible. It looks like some sort of outfit a rockstar would wear. Lots of gold, lots of colors and harsh angles.

Now for the episode...not bad, but there was a lot of nothing going on. Guy gets younger, guy gets foiled by a wall, guy dies, bad guy suddenly feels his vengeance has been carried out and turns nice. There's a little bit of Riker as a pansy and young guy trying to rape his older wife thrown in, but that's pretty much the plot.

It wasn't a bad episode, but I feel just like I did when I saw it the first time years ago--I've got no interest to watch any of it again.
The first of many early ST:TNG episodes that showed that Star Fleet can't pick admirals worth a damn...
This was a surprisingly solid episode overall. Nothing that stood out, but ultimately nothing wrong with it either. In that, though, it was a monumental achievement over many of the first season episodes.

I agree about this version of the admiralty uniform. Looks like a design by committee, where everyone had an idea and no one said no to any of them.

I actually thought that the old age makeup in this episode was better than most, and I was surprised at how believably the actor was able to portray a debilitated old man. Yeah, the makeup did end up looking a little waxy, but ultimately not bad at all. At least they went for believable old man. Many times, including later on TNG, they think greying the hair and adding a few wrinkles is enough to make a person believably old. (I point to the difference between old Riker from All Good Things, and the older Frakes we see to day, for an example>)
This was a surprisingly solid episode overall. Nothing that stood out, but ultimately nothing wrong with it either...

And, yeah, the admiral uniform sucked. So did the dress uniforms we saw previously. But, the regular uniforms already blow. Can't expect much from variations on those, I guess.

The old-age makeup wasn't bad. I've seen way worse. If TNG every does get the rumored HD conversion, I imagine it won't look too good, though.
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