Have I ever told you how much I adore Majel Barrett Roddenberry? I adore her. She’s talented and funny and gorgeous and a little on the awkward side and we lost a treasure when we lost her.
Now that’s out of the way let’s talk about her character for a hot minute. Hilarious. Self-involved (though she claims to be above such things because of her mental powers as a Betazoid which aren’t actually as impressive as the dudes with the giant throbbing brains who can project their own thoughts into the minds of others regardless of those individuals’ extra-cerebral abilities). Devoted to her daughter and tradition.
What can I say? I like the broad almost as much as Majel herself.
Now, the totally predictable ending is another thing. It’s not that I didn’t like it, it was the perfect solution to the primary conflict of the episode. My concern was the logic of its ultimate execution.
Spoiler alert: I’m about to give away the ending in the midst of questioning its logic.
If the Terrellian ship was incapable of communicating unless it was within transporter range, why wouldn’t they ask for help fixing that bug so as to not risk being blown out of the sky in the future? If the Terrellians are so interested in a cure and now have the very up-to-date Dr. Wyatt on board, why don’t they “weigh anchor” next to Federation Starbase as he studies their disease in order to have easy access to resources the base could beam over to them?
Why the hell did the Terrellians take their faulty communications device and their new doctor with limited resources back into drifting-through-space mode? Are they so used to the inevitability of death that they don’t feel whole unless they live ridiculously close to oblivion at all times?
These questions are more are why I didn’t write a sonnet, but I feel a sonnet for this series is pretty imminent, folks. No fooling.