Arrrgh can this season get any more frustrating. Subtly goes out the window in this episode as well as any sense of continuity with Trek and itself!!!
[spoiler] So now Vulcan mind melds are done by a “deviant” portion of the society which causes a disease by those involved. And those with the disease are not properly treated and stigmatized. Only those who were forced to mind meld might be an exception.
Hmmm Gee I wonder what issue they are discussing in such a cleverly disguised way. A brain-dead chimp could have made the connection (for those brain-dead chimps who didn’t I’ll say AIDS)
Why the hell has the Mind meld become a sexual act?!? First it was used to oh so subtly show date rape now it leaves a disease behind. Oh those clever creators have now f*cked up any sense of continuity.
So in 100 years or so the Vulcans all come out of the closet and start melding like it was 2199 even though they act like only a few can do it in this series. Also They are spreading some disease without warning beings first.?
And If the meld is sexual how do I take Spock’s melding with Kirk, or the Horta or even Nomad. Damn what about the imposition of melding with McCoy in Star Trek II?!? How about Sareks demand
in Star Trek III for Kirk to Give him his thoughts?
It seems that the only two references they used were Spocks first Mind Meld and His last. In the first one (Dagger of the Mind) he mentions it is a personal and private thing Vulcan’s never do often I believe he even used the word intimate (Of course he starts doing it left right and centre after that episode) The last occurs in Star Trek VI where he forcefully extracts the information from Valeris in what almost looks like mental rape. Now I can give that one leave as it seemed Spock was desperate and resorted to something he seemed to find distasteful himself.
Everything else is ignored and thrown out the window so they can make a statement. [/spoiler]
That’s not all. They even ignore things they themselves have created!
Though the characterization of Feezal (one of Phlox’s wives) was not bad, especially how she mimicked Phlox’s cadence when she spoke (nice touch), however suddenly Denoblians have no problem with physical intimate contact. The way She was pawing Tripp was ridiculous considering in “Dear Doctor” Phlox Bristled at the slightest touch of a hand.