Sunday, February 12, 2017

Nostalgia Theater: Star Trek's First Duty

I've been going through the entirety of Star Trek: The Next Generation with my kids, and we just watched the episode "The First Duty," which first aired in March of 1992, just over twenty-five years ago. The Next Generation always excelled when it staked the high ground in a moral argument and allowed Patrick Stewart the chance to speechify in his typical stentorian fashion as Captain Picard, and this episode's script by Ron Moore & Naren Shankar certainly gave him an opportunity for that.

The plot is devoid of the usual spacial anomalies and time-space distortions the Enterprise would typically encounter, and instead presents a moral quandary for guest star Wil Wheaton as Starfleet Cadet Wesley Crusher. This particular portion, coming in the third act, really shows off the show at its best. It's a vid that I show regularly in my Public Speaking classes not only for its exemplifying the uses of Ethos, Logos, and Pathos in persuasion, but also the underlying lesson about the importance of truth-telling in any context:

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Two Years Ago in Nostalgia Theater: Ultraforce -- It Came From the Nineties!

Three Years Ago in Nostalgia Theater: Hey Paisanos! It's The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

Four Years Ago in Nostalgia Theater: The Pretender Among Us

Five Years Ago in Nostalgia Theater: America's Brief, Torrid Love Affair With ALF

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