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The 'banned' Star Trek episode that promised a united Ireland


https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-68342135

When sci-fi writer Melinda M Snodgrass sat down to write Star Trek episode The High Ground, she had little idea of the unexpected ripples of controversy it would still be making more than three decades later.

It comes down to a scene in which the android character Data, played by actor Brent Spiner, talks about the "Irish unification of 2024" as an example of violence successfully achieving a political aim.

Originally shown in the US in 1990, there was so much concern over the exchange that the episode was not broadcast on the BBC or Irish public broadcaster RTÉ.

Satellite broadcaster Sky reportedly aired an edited version in 1992, cutting the crucial scene. But The High Ground was not shown by the BBC until 02:39 GMT, 29 September 2007 - and BBC Archives says it is confident this is its only transmission.

Now it is 2024 - and Sinn Féin, which emerged as the political wing of the IRA, is the largest party in the devolved Stormont assembly.

The party's leader in Northern Ireland, Michelle O'Neill, became first minister last month and has predicted a referendum on Irish unity within a decade.

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That's one of my favorite episodes. Star Trek (original & TNG) was great at predicting the future.

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One of the ones I skip - along with *anything* Troi's mother is in

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Troi's mom is a hoot! My favorite scene was when Picard pretended to be jealous in order to save her from the Ferengi. He usually runs away from her.

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Her character just rubs me the wrong way.

I mean, it's not the actress. While her Nurse Chapel was just filler, Barrett's best role by far to me was as First Officer in the Trek pilot The Cage. Too bad they couldn't have kept her in the series with Spock as Science Officer and commander.

What I don't know is how Number One's inclusion would affect the Kirk/Spock/McCoy dynamic or if they could have included her just as tightly.

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Troi's mom is supposed to be loud and annoying so I'm not surprised when some people find her that way.

I read that women didn't like her as Number One. Too soon for that time, I guess.

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I read that women didn't like her as Number One. Too soon for that time, I guess.


I also read the network heads weren't crazy about it either, or the guy "with the ears".. Too bad, Number One would have been a great character.

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lol that was a horrible episode. Not really more horrible than most of season 1 or 2 episodes, but not good for sure. The irish lady was pretty good looking tho.

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Show appeared to become better about the time when Riker grew a beard.

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Satan, yo a misunderstood guy and I, 4 1 don't think u da devil!!!!

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"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that KISS is a good band."

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