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Star Trek: The Next Generation 2.10 (The Dauphin)

dauphinCast:
Colm Meaney Miles O’Brien
Whoopi Goldberg Guinan
Paddi Edwards Anya
Cindy Sorenson Animal Anya
Jennifer Barlow Ensign Gibson
Mädchen Amick Anya as Teenage Girl
Peter Neptune Aron
Jamie Hubbard Salia

Writers: Leonard MlodinowScott Rubenstein

After a pair of excellent episodes, The Dauphin is a bit of an anticlimax.  It’s not that it’s horribly bad, like most of the first seven episodes of the season, but it’s not that great either.

It’s a basic plot.  The Enterprise is taking the next ruler of a planet from a planet (Salia) where she has been hidden until she is ready to rule.  Her only company on this world has been her protector, an old woman called Anya.  Anya, it turns out, is a shapeshifter and will do anything to protect Salia – even if the threat is relatively minor (for example, she orders a crewman with a mildly contagious disease to be killed).

Meanwhile, Wesley and Salia seem to like each other.  Wesley, not having had much experience with the opposite sex, goes around asking people for advice on how to approach her, and this gives us two of the best scenes in the episode.  The first is when Worf describes Klingon mate attraction techniques (complete with roar) and seems to get rather carried away.  The second is when Riker uses Guinan to demonstrate his chat up lines, but they both get so carried away they ignore Wesley who leaves in disgust.

We do not initially know that Anya (and later Salia) are shape shifters, but it is not a major shock.  Anya is very well played, and although she is a small woman you seriously get the impression that she could take on Worf.

The scenes between Wesley and Anya are quite nice, but it is still not all that substantial an story for the character.  Wesley is hard to use well, and they very rarely manage it.

So, an average tale, made slightly better by the couple of humorous scenes in the  middle.  It is something this show can sometimes do very well.

Oh, and in case you don’t know, the episode title is a French historical allusion – in France, the Dauphin was the title given to the heir apparent of the throne of France from 1350 to 1791, and from 1824 to 1830.  See, you learn something from this!

Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 5
Score: 6/10

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May 17, 2009 - Posted by | chief o'brien, formless creature, guinan, monsters, shape shifters |

4 Comments »

  1. I have a soft spot for this episode… good review.

    I’m going to find the first 7 eps of season 2 and read your reviews. I love “Elementary Dear Data”, but I doubt I’d disagree with you on the others, hehe…

    Comment by DPC | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  2. When I first saw this episode, I had a massive crush on Salia. To this day, I think she had a nice butt and looks fantastically hot in that nice outfit she wears. To this day, I would totally have sex with her, teen or not. In Star Trek’s future, age does not matter anyway. Oh Salia! I so pine for you baby. I wish you were real, and I wish you were mine. 😉

    Comment by Khan the Second | September 25, 2011 | Reply

  3. Everytime I see her in that episode… I get hot. Especially her butt, and how fine it looks in that outfit. God, girls in that time really know how to dress! I cannot count how many times I have pleasured myself to her while watching that episode. Khan the Second, you are totally right! I too pine for Salia. If I were on that ship, I would have thrown Wesley out the airlock Battlestar Galactica style and taken Salia for myself. She is totally my kind of girl. God, all the fantasies I have thought of about Salia over the years… oh baby, is she the stuff my dreams are made of!

    Comment by Klingon Commander | September 25, 2011 | Reply

  4. Ever since I first saw this episode, I have been totally, madly, and even perversely in love with Salia. She is young, beautiful, and has a very nice butt. God, that butt! Perfection. Especially the way she looks in that beautiful outfit she wears! My kind of girl, all the way around. I cannot count how many times I have pleasured myself while watching her in that episode. She may be young, but in Star Trek’s future I’ll wager age does not matter when it comes to falling madly in love. And baby, I am madly in love with Salia. If I were on that ship, I would throw Wesley out the airlock, Battlestar Galactica style and take Salia for myself. I’d show her some rough, Klingon-style fun. And then I would read her poetry. And then have fun with her again. Oh, the fantasies she has inspired in me all these years! I dream of you, and pine for you, my beloved Salia. I wish you were real, and that you were mine!

    Comment by Khan the Second | September 25, 2011 | Reply


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