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MsV - Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 10:13pm (USA Central)
Re: DS9 S6: Time's Orphan

Del_Duio, Actually, that would have been a hell of a way to write Keiko and Molly out of the show altogether.

Good point!
Kahryl - Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 10:10pm (USA Central)
Re: TNG S3: The Most Toys

I'm pretty sure Lore would have had that display room in smoking ruins inside about 10 seconds.
MsV - Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 10:09pm (USA Central)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

Vii, the only reason I said "good guys" is to differentiate between "Dominion)." You are so right they were a bunch of self-deluded, megalomaniac Starfleet cadets who bit off more than they could chew. It also struck me as being odd that Watters was offended with Jake at talking to Dorian about home. Jake had no way of knowing that this was a forbidden topic. I am sure this is where the flags came up. (in Jakes mind). Nog made me sick in this episode, when he saw "Red Squad" he put on his blinders and didn't take them off until everyone was being killed.
Xylar - Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 9:22pm (USA Central)
Re: VOY S3: Scorpion, Part I

The most interesting thing about this episode, aside from finally being introduced to an interesting threat that will persist for more then 2 episodes (the Kazon were neither interesting nor particularly threatening and the Vidiians weren't much better) is Janeway's dilemma.

Chakotay was right when he said she was so hellbent on getting home that even the almost insurmountable odds of surviving the ordeal they are faced with does not make her step back is ludicrous.
She was so determined to achieve that one goal that she wouldn't even listen to Chakotay, despite him making very good points as to why they shouldn't go through with it.
One example: When Janeway explains her plan to the crew, she calls the Doctor and his technology her ace in the hole, telling him if the Borg don't take her bait, she'll delete his program. I don't know if you've noticed, but the Doctor's face was one of utter shock and disbelief. Would she dismiss B'elanna or Tuvok just as easily if they had been the ones to come up with her ace in the hole?
Nobody even stopped to consider how ruthless this was? I know the show has a tight schedule to keep and they can't possibly dwell on every little slight that a character may or may not cause through their actions, but still...

stallion - Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 2:25pm (USA Central)
Re: VOY S1: Learning Curve

My top Ten

The Caretaker - I understand that people have a problem with Janeway decision at the end which is understandable, but this episode was a great introduction. Voyager probably had the best pilot out of all of Trek.

Parallax - The character drama is good in this episode. It probably would had been better if they replaced the special analomy (excuse spelling) with something more fitting to it's premise like being attacked by space Pirate or something like that or they debate how much resources they can afford to share. Only the second episode in and the cast comes off likeable.

The Phage - A great introduction to a new bad guy. I personally place the vidiian under the Borg as the most terrifying villians into the franchise.

The Cloud - Go drama that goes into the premise. The Cloud being actually being a life form is to TNG for my taste, but it's work.

Eye Of the Needle.
Prime Factors
State of Flux.
Horoes and Demon - A nice stand alone character episode.
Faces.
Learning Curves - It's not on the same level of Lower Deck and Good Sheppard, but still an effective episode.
Honorable mention goes to Emantion.

Seska, Durst and Carey made great recurring characters for season one.

Janeway - I like this version of Janeway better instead of the Mel Gibson type they will make her later on.
Chakotay - A nice mix of Riker and Kira.
Tuvok - Effective Character. I like his friendship with Janeway.
Tom Paris - One of my favorite character who they don't do much with in season one. I like his friendship with Harry.
Neelix - A like the idea of having a guide, but some of the comedic element is force.
Kes - Made a great nurse.
The Doctor - Break out star.
Torres - Another break out star.

Despite knowing that some of them will go on to be undeveloped I have to say the main cast came off well.
Stallion - Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 1:52pm (USA Central)
Re: VOY S2: Second Season Recap

My Top Ten for Season 2.

Alliance - They should had opened the season with this one.
Deadlock - This would had been a good episode to come on after Alliance.
Projection - A nice character episode and Robert Picardo is just a great actor.
Resistance - A nice stand alone episode to lighten things up.
Meld - A good Tuvok episode that also goes with the theme of the show.
Dreadnought - another nice standalone episode that features Torres.
Death Wish -
Parturition - A nice standalone light episode. Tom Paris is another one of my favorite character. It's just a shame they took away his edge to quickly.
Tuvix - A nice moral debate episode.
Life Sign - A nice way to somewhat humanize the vidiian.

Like I said before the Kazon and Vidiian made effective bad guys for season 2. Hogan, Sudar, and Jonas made effective recurring character. It's a shame they got rid of Joe Carey. They probably could had been used a little bit better and I love that moment when Hogan snapped on Janeway. I liked Seska more in season 1.

Honorable mention
I'm giving these episodes honorable mention for touching on Element to goes into Voyager premise and for showcasing my favorite characters even.

ColdFire - For meeting another Caretaker.
Elogium - for the element of introducing a pregnant crewmember.
The 37's - For the subplot of the crew finding an ideal planet that they can settle in.
Prototype - Torres is my favorite character.
Investigation - I like the idea of the Jonas arc, but not exactly all of the execution.
Resolution - The theme of Voyager having to go out it alone without Janeway and Chakotay.
Basic - I like the idea of the Voyager crew being stranded on a planet. I wish it was a three parter with all of part being being about The Voyager crew being stranded on the planet with part 3 being about Paris retaking Voyager.

If season 2 consist of these episodes and themes.
stallion - Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 1:31pm (USA Central)
Re: VOY S2: Second Season Recap

Voyager is an interesting series. With the exception of Elogium, Threshold, and innocence I don't mind most of the episodes of Season 2. Season 2 had so great stand alone episodes that pretty much had nothing to do with Voyager premise like Meld, Resistance, Death wish, Projection, and Dreadnought.

It would had been better if season 2 opened up with Alliances and was more like that episode. The episode is not perfect, but he did a good job dealing with it themes. The Kazon and Vidiian made great villians.

DLPB - Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 10:46am (USA Central)
Re: VOY S3: The Q and the Grey

Writers WAY out of their depth here in understanding what made Q a great character... this episode and the writing is frankly an embarrassment.
DLPB - Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 10:18am (USA Central)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

You are desperately trying to explain away an absurd storyline. Q is not mentioned in the episode and the writers weren't thinking of Q when they made that story. You are.
Robrow - Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 7:56am (USA Central)
Re: DS9 S4: The Sword of Kahless

It comes across as sub-Lord of the Rings dross. Sword = ring, whatever. And increasingly I find Klingon-centric episodes annoy me. Or rather Klingon beliefs need to be shown as relevant to the ongoing arc involving the Dominion. This was what made 'The Way of the Warrior' so compelling. Whereas all this stuff about ancient relics and a semi-mythical past just seemed like so much bombast. I'm starting to prefer the Ferengi.
Deborah - Wed, Mar 25, 2015, 9:55pm (USA Central)
Re: ENT S2: The Crossing

OK, even I have to admit that Archer--whom I generally like--is too immediately hostile in this episode. It doesn't get more excitingly sci fi than an encounter with an alien species that was at one time corporeal. Definitely a missed opportunity.
Deborah - Wed, Mar 25, 2015, 8:48pm (USA Central)
Re: ENT S2: Canamar

Man, I'm going to have to disagree with Jammer and those who want more social commentary. I don't mind a little commentary, but I get my dose of seriousness listening to the news. I want my Star Trek fun, action, great effects, good acting, good chemistry, and asking myself "how are they going to get out of *this*". Overall I'm very pleased with Enterprise, and I liked this episode. I liked the fight scene, the camaraderie among the prisoners, and, for that "bit of social commentary," that the episode explored the idea of a "continuum of evil" with Kuroda worse than the guards. I watched TOS all the way through recently, and I found it quite repetitive. It's also hard for me to get past the dated sets, the short skirts, and the half-naked women. As for later shows, Darmok - boring. The Inner Light - depressing.
Del_Duio - Wed, Mar 25, 2015, 11:44am (USA Central)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

Weird, this is one of my favorite DS9 episodes (it'd make the top 10 for sure). Different strokes!
The Dreamer - Tue, Mar 24, 2015, 8:49pm (USA Central)
Re: VOY S3: Macrocosm

It is interesting also when the "little" things in an episode catch your attention.

Example: Janeway has Doc use the shuttle's sensors and com systems.

How many times have a ship's systems including the transporters been offline and we the viewer says, what about the shuttles? At least in TNG "Power Play" they acknowledged this.

Even in Nemesis when "transporters were down"

I will stop there . . . . . :-)
Icarus32Soar - Tue, Mar 24, 2015, 10:17am (USA Central)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

This childish cardboard cutout of an episode gives Let him who is without sin a bad name. That episode at least worked as a parody of all the dodgy holiday resorts and the dodgy tourists who frequent them. This moronic time loop works on no level at all, the script is something a bunch of third graders would come up with. Sisko turns to a wishy-washy do gooder and poor Odo is used like a deus ex machina to save the day? Jammer the writers got you this time, they're pulling your leg big time.4 stars? What drugs were you on when you watched this poor excuse of an episode?
Capitalist - Tue, Mar 24, 2015, 9:25am (USA Central)
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II

"She puts the "ho" in Hoshi."

Aaaaaahhhhahahahahaha!!! Jammer's Best. Line. Ever.

But ho or no, Empress Hoshi was hawt hawt hawt! :-)
45 RPM - Tue, Mar 24, 2015, 7:02am (USA Central)
Re: TNG S3: The Most Toys

I always wondered what would have occurred had Fajo found Lore instead of Data. I believe Lore was floating out in space at this time.
SlackerInc - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 10:42pm (USA Central)
Re: TOS S1: Miri

I should have listened to Jammer. I am doing a selective rewatch of the series with my kids, using these reviews as a guide, but I think there was something in the premise and in the comments that gave me hope that we should try this one. But both my kids fell asleep halfway through, and I had to fight off the drowsiness myself. Just slow and boring.

Also, the interaction between Kirk and Miri was kind of creepy; and Yeoman Rand exuded all kinds of sexist stereotypes.

The only thing that really held my interest was that some of the kids looked familiar. Particularly Miri and the older boy; and to some extent the bucktoothed younger boy.
Andrew - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 9:42pm (USA Central)
Re: TNG S3: The Enemy

@ grumpy_otter, the Romulan wasn't just a Romulan but a member of the Romulan military. I would have also liked Worf to have eventually changed his mind but I was expecting it and not having him change made the story and character more interesting.
Andrew - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 8:35pm (USA Central)
Re: ENT S4: These Are the Voyages...

I thought the series actors did pretty well (although Blalock seemed overly uncomfortable with some dialogue) and Frakes did alright (aside from annoying as Chef) but Sirtis was too dismissive of the characters and sets and events and a lot of the writing didn't make sense.
It did feel like Berman & Braga were pretty resentful of being cancelled, of Season 4 getting more praise, of T/T and possibly of Moore and took it out on the characters.
The episode would have been a lot better if Trip hadn't been killed (preceded by Troi saying he would be and followed by complaining about seats and Phlox claiming Archer was very lucky) and there had been somewhat less of Riker playing chef.
Chris - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 4:05pm (USA Central)
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

"They're brothers Data, brothers forgive". Picard's face also changes to one of deep thought. Anyone ever try to guess why? I always find that scene very subtle because everyone is focused on Data's face but it's obvious that statement moved Picard as well.
Chris - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 4:03pm (USA Central)
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

The "nod" is just Picard and Riker acknowledging that Data will remain on the bridge. There's no reason for him to leave his primary station because of a life support failure.
Capitalist - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 12:08pm (USA Central)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

@ Demosthenes

Ahh, having skimmed over most of the debate, I clearly didn't understand the "ground rules" as you pointed out. I thought posters in this thread were coming at the moral dilemma from their own real-life moral principles. But you're saying we're all supposed to pretend to accept the moral code which "is extant on the various Star Trek series." I didn't realize that.

If that's the case, then I guess I can't add anything at all, since it's pointless and distasteful to pretend to accept the absurd leftist utopian moral code of Gene's vision for the series.

Of course, not everyone "in universe" accepts that code do they? My favorite line of the entire DS9 series is when Nog asks Jake, "Well if you in the Federation don't need money, then why do you need MY MONEY?"

So as a representative of the Ferengi point of view, I still offer up my own solution. Rendering aid is neither morally compulsory, nor is it morally prohibited. It's a matter of individual choice. Not under Gene's code, but under the moral code of Quark, Nog, et. al. (notwithstanding the writers' slandering of that moral code as exemplified by the silly Rules of Acquisition, etc.).
HolographicAndrew - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 12:04pm (USA Central)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

Q was judging to see if we could expand our minds. He doesn't care about 18 crew members lost at first contact with the borg, he probably doesn't care that the CE killing before making first contact. "If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed."
DLPB - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 9:57am (USA Central)
Re: VOY S7: Imperfection

Not bad, but too damn cliche. Once again, all hope lost... only for a risky procedure that ends in 100% success for all parties. Urgh.

And, of course, magic wand writing... like lost Borg ships being nearby.

And the ending was v corny.
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