Memory Alpha summary
|via The Movie Blog;|
the scary part of this image is that it makes Okona look
like adult Wil Wheaton
Because in execution, Okona, a charming rogue, is about as brilliantly executed as the rest of Next Generation's attempts to be "edgy." (Best execution: Ro Laren. But then, she was once de-aged. And then Kira became the better Bajoran. Which is all kinds of ironic.) That is to say, Okona is kind of the symbol of what Next Generation is when you take away every other possible definition: kind of soft shoe. Kind of...soft in general. (Come see Worf! The easiest-to-defeat tough guy ever!)
None of which is to say you shouldn't watch "The Outrageous Okona." It's an episode that could have had far greater significance if the series had developed any other way than it did. But in the end, Okona has about as much impact out of the episode as he does in it: Data steals the show trying to be funny.
So yeah. What ends up being memorable in an episode that tries to do something very, very different for the series is a competing element, one that explores part of what was Data's original premise: an android that wishes to be more human. Because really, as much as this is said about Data, the most that was ever really done with this gimmick was in the later movies. That's kind of weird, right?
Sounds like an episode to rediscover, right?
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