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 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.