Synopsis: The Enterprise returns to Earth, setting their phasers to kill.
Memory Alpha Summary: Suck it, Nibbish
Review: My favorite episode of season one. It actually feels way longer than 42 minutes with no wasted exposition. Picard’s covert meeting with various Starfleet captains is chilling. The return to Earth is fraught with more uneasiness and tension. Crusher gets to use her phaser to save Worf and Geordi’s life. Riker’s fake parasitic abduction is brilliant. And despite the goofy looking claymation effects, I love the gory destruction of Remmick. TNG swung and missed on some daring things in season one, but this episode was a home run. Finally, Data’s announcement of a homing beacon being sent out is creepier still. It’s too bad it became a dangling thread, though being as that the Borg replaced these aliens as the Federation’s nemesis, I can deal.
Even with all the tension, the episode also added some humor. The computer cutting off Data’s rambling is a hoot, and Worf lands the best one-liner of the season when asked if he ever goes swimming.
“Swimming…is too much like bathing.”