Star Trek: TNG | “Disaster” with Jon Krause

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Rob Cesternino Recaps Star Trek The Next Generation’s “Disaster” with Jon Krause

To get ready for the premiere of Star Trek Discovery later this month, Rob Cesternino has begun to talk to some Star Trek fans about their favorite all-time Star Trek episodes.


Rob is joined by Jon Krause (@JonKrause) to discuss one his favorite episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation as we recap “Disaster”.  In this Season 5 episode, the Enterprise-D runs in to a quantum filament which disables the ship forcing many of our heroes in to unfamiliar roles.

  • Snuffeldjuret

    I was so happy when you guys started podcasting about Seinfeld, now I am even happier with Star Trek podcasts :D. I would also listen to Orville podcasts ^^.

  • Hornacek

    Hmm. Well, I guess it’s true what they say – every episode of a show is someone’s favorite episode.

    This wasn’t the worst TNG episode, it’s probably somewhere in the middle. Just a lot of goofy scenes, as if the writers were playing a “What if?” game – “Hey, what if Picard were trapped in a turbolift with a bunch of kids? What if Worf had to deliver Keiko’s baby? What if Troi was in command? What if we ripped Data’s head off?” It probably works a lot better if you grew up watching the disaster movies of the 1970s; I’ve seen a lot of them since this episode aired and I can see a lot of the influences.

    Personally I found the kids annoying. Around season 4 is when I found the show really shifted to include more stories with kids – Picard trying to connect with a human child in Suddenly Human, Alexander coming onboard to live with Worf, and this episode in season 5. We get it show, the Enterprise contains families which include children. We didn’t need stories with cute kids in them.

    Worf probably saves the episode with all his line readings:
    “This is not a good time, Keiko!”
    “Congratulations, you are fully dilated to ten centimeters. You may now give birth.”
    “The computer simulation was not like this. That delivery was very orderly.”
    “I will smack the child to induce breathing.”

    • TrentC

      I read this in Worf’s voice and I can’t stop laughing…

      “Congratulations, you are fully dilated to ten centimeters. You may now give birth.”

  • Hornacek

    Just finished this podcast. Some more thoughts.

    Michelle Forbes has a reputation of not wanting to be tied down to a role on a show. She does almost exclusively “recurring” characters that only appear in a single season of a show. If she appears in a show and then you don’t see her for awhile, chances are her character is never going to return (she was introduced as a key character in the season 3 (?) finale of Orphan Black, then disappeared and was never mentioned again). The exception is Homicide: Life on the Street where she was one of the main cast members in that ensemble for 3 years (but that was early in her TV career).

    Maybe the reason there’s no one in engineering when the disaster happens is because Geordi, the boss, isn’t there. In most jobs, when the boss leaves, the other employees leave work early.

    Following up on Rob’s complaint that people died during this disaster but at the end of the episode Picard and Riker are on the bridge chuckling like nothing bad happened, I heard there’s a deleted scene that shows that when they’re chuckling, Lieutenant Monroe’s dead body is still laying off to the side. #NeverForget

    Regarding Keiko forming a school on Deep Space 9 and it still running during the Dominion War, they show that once the war starts, families move their children off the station, so Keiko closes the school.

    Regarding the barrels in the shuttlebay that Rob says look ready to fall over, these could be the same barrels as the one that falls and breaks Worf’s spine later this season (Ethics).

    I think the reason they don’t remove Data’s head before he disrupts the electricity is that Data thinks he might be able to disrupt it without damaging his body too badly. But he suspects that it will probably damage his body, which is why he tells Riker about removing his head after if necessary.

    On Deep Space 9 Worf’s reaction callback is when Keiko learns she is pregnant and Worf is told that “Keiko’s going to have another baby!” and he says “Now?!?” When he’s told that it’ll be in 7 months, he says that he will will “far away” from the station at that time.

    Jon says that after this episode Troi starts to wear her officer’s uniform. That’s not the case – she doesn’t start wearing that uniform until the Chains of Command two-parter where Picard, Worf and Crusher leave the ship for a mission and Captain Jellico (the bad guy from Robocop and Total Recall) takes command. He tells Troi “I require all bridge officers to wear regulation uniforms” so she switches to her blue uniform (she keeps wearing it after Jellico leaves, although she goes back and forth between the two uniforms).

  • Charles Bikle