S01E25 Conspiracy

Time to get out the popcorn worms and watch this iconic tale from TNG’s ‘Starfleet politics’ department. Some of the special effects have stood the test of time, and the plot and characterisation mostly hold up too. Grant and Rob have been looking forward to Conspiracy as a season one highlight – will they be disappointed for not?


Episode synopsis:  9th May 1988.

Quote:  “Just try that in hyperspace”

Score: 8

MP3 can be downloaded here. More episode info on IMDBMemory Alpha, and Wikipedia

2 thoughts on “S01E25 Conspiracy

  1. I remember watching this episode the first time around, 1987 or 1988, and having a very difficult time with it because of a) the sudden fit of worm eating and b) the guy with his head being blown off, where they just hold the shot. That was very rough for me, and I was literally sickened and actually astonished to see it on prime-time TV. Nowadays, of course, it would be a commonplace, but then…a real shocker, terribly distasteful and out of character for that show. But I also remember being surprised later that they never got back to this Invader Creature theme, which felt to me like a start of a new, big story line…the creatures invading from within StarFleet. It had a horror element that was a grabber. But no, they simply dropped it.

    With the alleged wisdom of age, I speculate that the show runners dropped this idea because a) they got too much guff from the affiliates and the audience about the sheer grossness of that particular episode, making it hard to resell in syndication; b) the trivial physical nature of the creatures themselves (the stop-motion animated earwig things) were not sufficiently exploitable as characters to make it worth their while (not enough inherent personality, such as you would find in a Romulan or Cardassian or other biped baddie); c) perhaps significantly increased expense and time to do stop-action animation in the days before widely used CGI; and d) a sheer lack of nerve to try and continue to develop the show along those sensationalistic, violent lines. Let’s face it, there is no other Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, that season or any other, that really seems anything like this one. There are deaths, but not headless guys sitting in a chair, looking like an exploded blood volcano.

    I’m both sorry they didn’t continue the Invaders in StarFleet idea and relieved that they didn’t. Perhaps the gory ending was somehow their way of guaranteeing it wouldn’t be continued? That it was sabotaged from the start? Hmmm. I don’t know quite where I’m going with this, but I’m going somewhere.

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