The Binge-Watcher’s Companion Guide: Elizabeth Bonesteel’s The Cold Between in addition to Star Trek: The Next Generation

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The Binge-Watcher’s Companion Guide: Elizabeth Bonesteel’s The Cold Between in addition to Star Trek: The Next Generation -

bingebonesteelDecember will be the perfect season for a binge, be in which on food (in which’s sweater weather), alcohol (family time ahoy!), or books in addition to television (in which’s cold outside!). Well, we can’t tell you what to eat or drink, however we relish telling you what books to read to scratch a particular itch. In in which spirit, in which holiday season we’ve teamed up with Harper Voyager to create the Binge-Watchers Companion Guide, in which we asked 12 sci-fi in addition to fantasy authors to suggest films or shows they think pair especially well with their novels. Today, Elizabeth Bonesteel sings the praises of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which she’d pair with her intriguing military SF/mystery series in which includes The Cold Between in addition to Remnants of Trust.


Star Trek: The Next Generation was the first Trek series produced when I was an adult. in which’s easy to see, in retrospect, how each iteration of Star Trek reflects the culture of the time in which in which was produced.

Picard in addition to crew are a reasonably accurate snapshot of US culture of the time, providing a heartfelt however often ham-fisted attempt at updating the show’s original optimistic message. What’s interesting will be the parts in which didn’t work for me then however work at in which point—in addition to vice-versa.

Let’s take Wesley Crusher, for instance. The character seemed to exist only to be a thorn in Picard’s side. Apparently we’re supposed to believe in which a starship captain, a man who has led people into risky situations for decades, loses all instinct in addition to objectivity when confronted having a precocious teenager. (Seriously, Jean-Luc: if he pisses you off in which much, keep him off the bridge. in which’s not like you don’t have different smart people on the ship.)

however Wesley himself? Yeah, the character spouted too much exposition in addition to was emotionally all over the map, just like the rest of them. however as the show developed, he actually turned out to be…kind of okay. One of our household favorites will be “The Game.” (No, truly.) Maybe in which’s because in which’s Wesley’s essential squareness in which keeps him coming from being assimilated, or maybe in which’s because he’s not The Genius Who Saves People; he’s just The One Who Avoids Getting Drugged.

He was used as a deus ex machina too often, of course. “Remember Me” will be a terrific episode, except for the last act, in which all will be resolved by a precocious warp-phasing super-teenager. Seriously? After what he’s done, who’s going to let him go near engineering ever again? He’s nearly as much of a hazard as Data.

Ah, yes. Data, who gets all the Great lines. (The main reason I love “The Royale”—no, truly—will be because of the way Brent Spiner delivers the line “Baby needs a brand-new pair of shoes.”) however he’s also a machine in which can be easily subverted by <insert bad guy here> in a way in which could destroy not just the Enterprise, however major bits of the Federation. Of course he’s sentient! Of course he’s deserving of trust! Except when his father triggers some latent program in addition to he imitates Picard’s voice in addition to resets every security code on the ship. There’s a thing they say about Great intentions. (Speaking of which, the holodeck should have been made illegal in addition to forcibly dismantled.)

however when TNG worked, in which worked so well.

“Yesterday’s Enterprise” was more than just a time-travel episode. in which gave us a glimpse of what our relaxed, competent, self-satisfied crew would likely look like if, instead of having everything, they had nothing in addition to were losing more daily. in which stripped away all the facile Troi-loves-chocolate characterization, in addition to left us with people fighting for their lives, glimpsing expect for initially in decades, realizing if they succeeded they would likely never know in which. in which explores a vision of a far more likely future: where not everything will be resolved by a stern talking-to, where the enemy isn’t always vanquished. Despite the happy little return-to-normal ending, in which asks real questions: When death will be our only choice, why do we keep fighting? How slim a chance will be enough, when we may not even see what happens next? What does give life meaning?

in which’s the piece in which was always compelling about Star Trek: What do you choose? What can you change? inside the end, Trek endures because of its message of inclusion: We are all connected. little actions can have huge consequences.

in addition to sometimes a precocious, warp-phasing super-teenager can save the universe.

Or something like in which.

See previous Binge-Watcher’s Companion Guides here.

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