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The Mission is the Man (H50/Star Trek:TNG mashup)

For all their massively obvious differences, Commander McGarrett & Captain Picard actually have quite a bit in common now that I’ve been thinking about it for a little while.

Both are strong, smart leaders of their loyal teams. They usually never get themselves into any trouble they can not get out of using skill, smarts or a little luck. This makes it all the more dramatic when they fall into the hands of their enemies.

The Borg are an implacable, unstoppable force. With their robotic implants and “hive mind” they erase all individuality & free will decision making from each drone assimilated into their collective. They captured Picard, assimilated him, and used his tactical knowledge to destroy most of the federation’s fleet. The man who prided himself on his self-restraint and self-control had been used like a pawn with little hope of rescue from his crew – how do you rescue someone who’s told the enemy holding them captive all the ways you could possibly save them? Of course, the crew of the Enterprise do rescue their Captain, and slowly begin to separate him from the mechanics installed in him by the Borg; but it will take all the force of will he can muster to regain control of his consciousness…

When McGarrett is captured by the ruthless Wo Fat in North Korea, he can have no hope of rescue. He hadn’t given the 5-0s too many details on where he was going or why — and he had no way of letting them know anything had gone wrong. Throughout his imprisonment & torture at the hands of Wo Fat, McGarrett’s inner strength & fortitude are tested. Escape is his only objective. He couldn’t have known that the murder the 5-0s were investigating at the time he left Hawaii would lead them to discover he was in danger. The team takes great personal risk to go to his rescue, making sacrifices McGarrett would never have asked them to make. As the rescue helicopter rises up over the Korean landscape, a speechless and disbelieving McGarrett takes stock of all that’s happened…

The Mission is the Man

The idea for this collage came from Alicia over on H50Sardonic. She noted the similarities in their situations & we wanted to give Alex O’Loughlin props for “Patrick Stewart level emoting.” Which I think we have on display here for sure.

Also, my best wishes are going out to “The Man” himself, Mr. Alex O’Loughlin, as he tends to his (sadly all too real) injuries incurred in pursuit of our entertainment. Take care, buddy & get well soon.

This post was also meant to educate Crumpet on some Star Trek… So sorry, but I don’t think this will help anyone understand Star Trek any more than they already do! I will admit this post completely failed in that regard.

The title is from the tagline for “Saving Private Ryan.” The collage was created from my own screencaps (from ST:TNG S4e01 & H50 S2e10) and assembled using the “Pic Collage” app on my iPhone. Because I am obviously a crazy person.

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30 thoughts on “The Mission is the Man (H50/Star Trek:TNG mashup)

  1. This is amazing beyond words, Steph. You really captured in your commentary how difficult it is for both of them to find themselves helpless and beyond their ability to resist. And the montage is beautiful. Two such moving moments, side by side.
    Thank you thank you thank you ❤ ❤ <3.

    Posted by aliciad71 | March 6, 2012, 1:52 am
  2. “a speechless and disbelieving McGarrett takes stock of all that’s happened… ”
    interesting how it is was in this scene and the ones before it, so few words are spoken (especially between Steve and Danny) but their expressions say plenty.

    As for Patrick Stewart, Sheila and I know him better as Professor X. 😀

    Posted by Infant_Sardonic | March 6, 2012, 3:04 am
  3. Patrick Stewart will always be Picard to me. Geek alert – I’ve seen every single TNG episode. More than once.
    Can Danno be McG’s number one?
    LOVE what you’ve done here, Steph!!

    Posted by heymomo | March 6, 2012, 7:06 am
  4. Now that you pointed out the similarities between the two situations – you are so clever. It was only the expression that struck me as being reminiscent – I’ve been thinking a bit more (no, really) and there are a couple of things that I loved about the ST:TNG episode that weren’t there in H50:

    The Best of Both Worlds might have appeared to be about Picard, but really it was more about Riker. He was the one who saved Picard because he is a tactical genius, and the whole two-parter was really a showcase for what a brilliant Captain Riker would be, because being second in command necessarily means that you’re not supposed to be the best. I would have liked it if Danny had been more instrumental in the rescue instead of just tagging along with TBG because Danny is a smart guy and even though he isn’t military, I’m sure they could have found some way for him to have made a suggestion that was crucial to the success of the mission. It would have been a good way for Show to stress how good he is at what he does (see Pilot!) because that does get a bit lost sometimes while Show is trying to stress how amazing Steve is.

    Also, the very next episode was about Picard’s reaction to what he’d just been through (which ended with him having a mudfight with his brother, as I recall. Genius). I think we are all probably in agreement that it would have been nice to see this in H50. Especially if it involved a mudfight.

    Posted by aliciad71 | March 6, 2012, 7:43 am
  5. Steph, Thanks for doing this, I totes know what you were talking about now – honestly!
    1) Is Professor X taking part in a new production of Phantom of the Opera?
    2) Is Professor X turning into Arnie in the Terminator? (was it The Terminator or just Terminator? Hmmm)

    Thanks 😉

    Posted by Wee Jayne | March 6, 2012, 9:44 am
  6. Picard was def. a boss – and we all know Riker could have had his own ship to command but liked being on the Enterprise where all the important action happened. Steph – this is a great comparison – two men and leaders so different yet similar. Love it! Alicia you are right about the mudfight in a vineyard, just saw the ep. recently when I assimilated my son to the collective of being a TNG fan. He was a baby when it was first on. That brother was an a/s but he had a nice family.

    Posted by cvc | March 7, 2012, 12:00 pm
    • I don’t remember that episode terribly well – I had a box set of all the two-parters, so I didn’t get the videos which had the episodes before and after them (i.e. TBoBW Part 2 was on the same video as Family, so I didn’t have it. Also, it’s weird to be talking about videos). Sad to think of it in light of what happened in Generations.

      Posted by aliciad71 | March 9, 2012, 2:46 am


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