S02E14 The Icarus Factor


When Commander Riker is offered command of the starship Aries, his estranged father, Kyle Riker, is sent by Starfleet to brief him on the mission. Meanwhile, Data, La Forge, Dr. Pulaski, Wesley, and O’Brien help Worf celebrate the anniversary of his Rite of Ascension.


It's time to clean your ears, son!

It’s time to clean your ears, son!


First Broadcast:  24th Apr 1989.

Quote:  “I know her, too; but we don’t do that.”

Score: 3

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

7 thoughts on “S02E14 The Icarus Factor

  1. Great podcast gentlemen! This episode has some dialog that I never quite understood…

    From “The Icarus Factor”

    Pulaski: “… Will, please join us! Your father and I are just catching up.”

    Riker: “You never told me you knew him.”

    Pulaski: “Well it wasn’t exactly a secret, it just never really came up.”

    Never came up? What about the other week when it came up in a casual dinner setting between Pulaski and Riker?

    Opening from “Time Squared” (one episode earlier)

    Pulaski: “…ahh you have a practiced hand!”

    Riker: “I have my father to thank for that.”

    Pulaski: “Your father liked to cook?”

    Riker: “No he hated it. That’s why he left the chore to me…”

    Wouldn’t that have been an opportune time for Pulaski to mention that she knew Kyle Riker?

  2. I find it funny how the assistant engineers brought in were just completely ignoring Geordi despite him talking directly at them, much like that incident with Pulaski and her assistant a few episodes ago.

  3. Yep, an awful episode.

    I’m probably Wesley’s only fan, having first watched ST:TNG as an 11/12 year old (in 1990/91, when it was first shown in the UK) the older boy was an inspirational character I could relate to, so even now I’m much more forgiving of his character as I remember how I used to look upon him. That said, even I thought Wesley was so annoying throughout this episode; when we see him walking down the corridor with Worf at the beginning, I immediately wanted to see Worf punch him straight through the bulkhead!

    Thankfully normal Wesley service returns in the next episode…

  4. I would like to point out of that Worf was 6 when Khitomer colony was attacked by the Romulans. As part of a great house he would have been instilled with great pride for his people and the culture; possibly more so than the average Klingon. Being adopted by humans would have been quite the culture shock and may have prompted his efforts to be a ridiculously quintessential Klingon. To me this explains his native language being Klingon and the majority of his personality…quarks.

  5. Have you heard of the blog’Fashion it So’? It’s also a sort of rewatch, but focused on glorious TNG fashions.

    Charlie (@chozzles) and Anna (@ajlobster) are revisiting Star Trek: The Next Generation. In a big way. And we’ve noticed that the clothes on that show are AMAZING. And not just 1987 amazing, or 24th century amazing, but BOTH, SIMULTANEOUSLY. We celebrate those fashions here.

    They also reviewed this one and its beige onesies and Power Ranger outfits: http://sttngfashion.tumblr.com/post/56249019072/the-icarus-factor-214

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