Synopsis: Riker hangs all of us on the Borg’s precipitous cliff.
Review: “Mr. Worf….fire,” might be the greatest cliffhanger in TV history, though to be fair, I never watched Dallas. I was ten years old when this episode aired and I remember it like it was yesterday. The climactic music. The banging drums. Shelby’s stare. Riker’s order. Then “To Be Continued…” I was so pissed, but in a good way, and I’ve never eagerly awaited an episode of TV in my life. Many view the second half of the episode as a let down, but I felt it was tied up really damn well considering they had no idea how they were going to finish it when the first half was written. Shelby’s a less slutty version of Riker that I wish would have made some future appearances. She really adds to this episode. So does Admiral Hansen, really, and it’s nice to see someone in Starfleet Command who actually thinks Picard is awesome.
Can’t find much to criticize here. If anything, it’s perplexing that Picard isn’t present at the meeting the senior staff has while they’re inside the nebula. I can never remember him skipping a strategy meeting before, and it seems like it’s there just so Riker and Shelby can have their standoff. My biggest gripe is that in part one, they try to rescue Picard but a force field around Locutus prevents them. In part two, the force field is suddenly gone. Um…why? Even one sentence of technobabble would have been preferable to leaving it alone.
Also, the poker game is a bit off. When Wes bets with three jacks, Shelby calls. Shelby knows she can’t beat him (with two pair), so the only way she can win is if Riker raises and knocks Wesley out. Granted, Riker raising is commonplace, but if he folds or calls, she loses. A huge raise was her best bet, especially if she was going to call Riker no matter what.
O’Brien has a lot of screen time, which automatically makes the episode better.
Love the look on Wesley’s face when Riker orders a collision course with the Borg ship. Also like how he magically doesn’t have any answers to stop the Borg.
I can’t ignore how awesome the music is in this episode. Just listening to it is chilling, as the trumpets and drums really set the tone for each tense scene. The scene where the Enterprise comes across Wolf 359 is epic, and no action shots could have done it justice. A lot of money was poured into this episode, and it likely helped keep the show on the air four more seasons.