Wednesday, February 20, 2013

10 Reasons Why The Naked Now Is Awesome

The very first "Reasons" post I did was all about "The Naked Time." Since "The Naked Now" is really just a tribute to that first, iconic episode, I felt like it would be appropriate to talk about all the awesome stuff in it. So, here are 10 reasons why "The Naked Now" is awesome:

1- From the very first minute of this episode, when they get a hail from a ship full of drunk people, we can pretty much guess what's going on. I mean, it's not like Starfleet is in the habit of offering booze cruises.

2- Deanna's super bun. This thing is invincible. It looks exactly like this from the beginning of this crazy episode to the end.
She's smiling to hide the pain.
3- Wesley has created a device that perfectly mimics Captain Picard's voice. I see no way this could go wrong.

4- I love the sound effect that happens when the "infection" is passed from one person to the next. It's very reminiscent of "The Naked Time." 

5- Geordi's the first to go. He's the kind of drunk who gets really sarcastic and insults people from the corner. That's kind of surprising. 

6- Poor, innocent Wesley. Everyone in this episode is getting it on with everyone else and here he is, acting captain, and all he wants is cake before supper. Bless his heart. 

7- The awesome thing about Tasha in this episode is that I realize how actually great she is when she's not drunk. Here, she's silly and giddy and for some reason intoxication has lead her to slicking her hair straight back, leaving only a completely immovable Superman curl on her forehead. I so much prefer her when she's slinging guys around with her mad judo skills. 

8- This is the episode that introduced the phrase, "Fully Functional" as a running joke among Star Trek fans. It's a joke which would last the next two and a half decades.

9-Beverly and Picard make their almost-love official in this one. The lines exchanged between these too kicked off seven years of PiCrusher shipping. 

10- The most awesome thing about this episode, I think, is that it even happened at all. What a great idea to pay tribute to one of the most iconic TOS episodes. And, they should get bonus points for making it their second episode. Like "The Naked Time" we get a lot of insight into the characters that they wouldn't offer if they were sober. We would have to wait around to find out how super into each other Picard and Crusher were, or how Tasha Yar was always on the run from rape gangs, or how Data is "fully functional." Additionally, because of the Tasha/Data get-together, we have a brilliant moment in "Measure of a Man" later on. But, I'll get to that. There's plenty of TNG on the way. 


  1. I'm so woefully not caught up! Shame me!

  2. I've always loved this episode! I especially loved Data in it. Even if they never really explained how it was possible for him to be infected, the scene with him going to lean on the chair and falling sideways was just brilliant!

  3. I can't wait till you get to "Measure of a Man." That's when I realized that I didn't just like this show; I loved it. And it wasn't just because I was sobbing like a baby. Do you also end every third episode in total, bat-shit tears? 'Cause I'd like to believe I'm not the only one.

    (Also, you can probably tell by the arc of my commenting that I am currently back-reading. I can't believe my life has come to the point where I don't have time to read about Star Trek whenever I want, but there you have it.)


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