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grumpy_otter
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 7:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Equilibrium

I liked this one right up to the ending, when Jadzia's problem was solved by getting shocked in the milky pool. Really? First, why did she have to hang out with unrelated symbionts to get to know her own? And second--that's all it took? I assumed there'd be a bit more exploration of coming to terms with an unsavory host from the past.

But still enjoyable--just wrapped up too neatly.
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grumpy_otter
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 7:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The House of Quark

This was lighthearted fun, but I dislike Quark so much it was hard to get through the whole thing. I'm glad I did so I could see the divorce, but it wasn't quite worth a whole episode of him. I will grant he was less annoying than usual, and his bravery was nice.
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Rahul
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 6:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Timeless

Wow - a very good Harry Kim episode. Didn't think it was possible but Wang puts in a great performance, especially as Kim 15 years into the future as an obsessed, guilt-ridden man. Really nailed the facial expression when he sees the message from his future self at the end.

It's a compelling story, reminds me of "Yesterday's Enterprise" and obviously "...City on the Edge..." but it's not quite at the level of those classics. The idea of communicating with somebody (7 of 9) in the past is an interesting one and I guess Kim gets to do it twice after his first failure. That's one thing that takes a bit of lustre off the episode. The other is Chakotay's role -- that he'd be so willing to help Kim at the risk of his career and then get cold feet at the end -- seemed questionable. La Forge and Chakotay are so polite toward each other...

There's a fair bit of technobabble with the slipstream and Borg implants, temporal receiver or whatever etc. but that doesn't detract from the episode. It makes no sense but if you wave your hands, "Timeless" is a good episode. Like in "Generations" we see Voyager crash through the ice -- pretty amazing scene, even if it has been done before. It's still not the kind of thing you see in the TV series every day.

One thing I don't get is how the Delta Flyer has slipstream technology -- isn't it a big massive thing in Voyager? Maybe I missed it in an earlier episode that I didn't see.

"Timeless" gets 3 stars from me, nearly 3.5. Should also mention that I'm starting to like Picardo as the doctor more and more. The premise is a bit of a stretch but alternate timelines and resets will always have holes, logical flaws -- but they make for compelling stories. Wang is the star of the show here.
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MB
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 6:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

In my decades of (nonmilitary) experience, new higher-ups who come off as aggressively "top down" right out of the gate usually wind up revealing an underlying lack of confidence. Hence the following exchange is understandable:

RIKER: Well, I'll say this for him: He's sure of himself.
TROI: No, he's not.

Such an exchange between two close senior colleagues is no more unprofessional than Jellico badmouthing Riker to Picard so shortly after assuming command of the ship. If anything, Troi's comment at that particular moment speaks to the necessity for supporting Jellico's authority in a time of crisis (Sirtis said the line with alarm and concern, not bitchiness). Chances are, Jellico is well aware that the crew's respect for Riker has been earned again and again over the years. If he's overly focused on bringing "Number One" in line, now's not the time for Riker to get annoyed by it.

Both private exchanges are real character moments among many in the episode. Bravo to Ronald Moore and all the actors, especially Ronny Cox!


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Quarkissnyder
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 5:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Strange Bedfellows

Was there another Weyoun clone on the ship waiting to be activated? Does he come with his own giant slab of ice to keep him cold? Why does he have the old Weyoun's memories? If this one gets killed is there a second clone on the ship?

Are there really no cameras in the cellblock where Worf and Ezri are being held? Even though Worf has a history of escaping from Dominion prisons?

I assumed that the orb box that Dukat brought to Wynn was a fake. The prophets have never spoken to her anyway, so she shouldn't be surprised that they're still not speaking to her.

Kassidy's lack of faith in the prophets: It's not that she doesn't believe that they exist. They obviously do. She has seen no reason to think that they are a force for good, or a force that will interfere in the banal lives of individual Bajorans. Neither have we. The Bajorans have faith in this stuff because . . . that's their religion. It's not hers. Nor is it really Sisko's. He believes they have a plan for him and he has come to accept his role as a religious figurehead, but that doesn't mean that he thinks that the prophets will actually make an individual Bajoran fertile. As to why he thinks their plan for him is good, he's similar to Kai Wynne He believes it because they keep talking to him and interfering with his life. That would make anyone feel special, right?
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Joe
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 4:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Fortunate Son

Best line of the show, "Ugh... You again..." (Ryan to Mayweather)

Quite an interesting episode. Archer gets to play the big spuds with his flashy new NX boat, up against the Norsicans. He should at least have had that beer with Captain Keene after all the kerfuffle.

Especially loving the ever more sardonic T'Pol, whose dryly mocking condescension is often as delicious as her catsuit.
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Caedus
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 4:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Relativity

My favorite Voyager sci fi. The time travel is interesting and fun, we get a glimpse of a future Federation, seven looks hot in the green science uniform, and Seven meeting seven was more hot.

I always watch this on a rainy day with nothing else to do, its a fun and very enjoyable episode.
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A.D.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 4:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

Sintek : How exactly is Dwight Schultz a wacko, racist, or nutjob??!!
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borusa
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 3:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

The episode starts off as a rather lacklustre plod through unconvincing ' Cloud Minder' territory but in the last Act transcends this admittedly dull premise.
The final scenes are great.
As to the idea that Riker could have rendered Yuta unconscious -well I thought that it was made clear that she has been transformed on a cellular level to complete her task ( incidentally a very similar idea crops up in an episode of UFO from 1970) so disintegration was the only way to stop her.

4 stars from me.
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artymiss
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 1:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Daedalus

Well, at least I FINALLY got to see Porthos again...
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grumpy_otter
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 12:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Maquis, Part I

Thanks Methane--very cool info! I think it is cool to see that obviously they were working with a well-developed idea there--setting it up in one series, then actually introducing them in another.
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grumpy_otter
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 12:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Collaborator

I think you are right, Paul M. I read up on Bajor a bit after this and learned that apparently the Cardassians scorched certain only regions of the planet--keeping a pristine capital would definitely go right along with Cardassian values. They remind me more and more of North Korea.
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Alisha Hird
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 12:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Vis A Vis

I completely understand the general consensus about this episode in regards to its anticlimactic and re-used Paris plots, and I can also see that this episode had a lot of potential, which is unfortunate that it did not explore more. Especially B'elanna and Toms relationship, there could have been a far better conclusion to the episode with far more emotion and meaning than "I should have spent more time with you than in the garage" between them both.

What I always took from this episode was that Tom was suffering from depression, I don't believe it is a stretch in explaining Tom's out-of-character behaviour and attitude; missing meetings/duties, arguing/short temper, over emotional, feeling persecuted by B'elanna and Chakotay and the Doctor, focus on the negatives more than the positive (such as working in sickbay), dissatisfaction with life generally etc, which were quite obvious to me throughout the episode.

For whatever reason, whether it is neurochemical, emotional, or more specifically the routine of life on Voyager (which kinda contradicts Message in a Bottle where Tom says how much he enjoys life as opposed to his previous one, but anything can happen).
That is why it would have been far more meaningful for the episode to end with Tom addressing this directly, and even tell B'elanna how he's been feeling. It seems unresolved and unfinished, and something more serious has been brushed off lightly.
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artymiss
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 11:49am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Kir'Shara

Oooooo! A Romulan! How I wish there had been a season 5, 6 and 7 to build on that promising scene...

I can't decide if V'Las was a rubbish Vulcan because he was supposed to be (ie he'd spent too much time hanging around Romulans or was even part Romulan) or because the actor was rubbish.

Love the Shran and Soval scenes.
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grumpy_otter
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 11:28am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Search, Part II

Unlike apparently everyone, I thought this was a better episode than Part One. From the moment Dax and O'Brien came back to the shuttlecraft, I KNEW something was very off. We had seen an unknown being observing them while they were trying to hack the Jem'Hadar computer, but then they suddenly appear on the shuttle just fine?

So during the entire episode, I had been primed to know something wasn't right, and everything else on the simulated DS 9 station supported my assumption that something was very off--I just wasn't sure what it was. At first I had thought Dax and O'Brien were actually Jem'Hadar in disguise, then Admiral Nechayev's reckless disregard of the Romulans made me think it might be a holographic simulation--so I wasn't at all surprised when it turned out to be a test by the founders. So does that mean I'm smarter than all y'all? lol

I am also very relieved that the Dominion turned out to be who they were. In the last episode, I was afraid they were just going to be some warlike conquerors and we were going to get a lot of stupid battles. The way it is presented, with the changelings becoming autocratic out of fear (and their associated desire for power) I think is very good and offers much more potentially-rewarding story lines than I had suspected might be coming.

I was very moved that Odo immediately turned his back on them even after having a union (is that their sex?) with the female changeling. Odo's world was really cool--I liked all the scenes there. His developing friendship with Kira is wonderful.

I'd give this one 3.5, part one a 3. I am not so scared of the Dominion now.

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kznate
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 7:44am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Aquiel

Why did the dog attack? Why not just stay a dog until a better moment came for - whatever it was the dog planned to do?

The episode up until that point was okay, but this quick resolution just seemed much too rushed.

And it's also too bad they didn't connect with Odo and DS9, considering.

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Joe
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 6:04am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Civilization

This episode would make it seem that Star Trek's production values have not progressed in 50 years. The crew land on a planet full of 'aliens' who walk, talk, dress, look and live exactly like humans, who drink tea and go to the market and live in nice villages with cobbled streets and houses with doors and windows. In fact, other than two budget-friendly bumps on the natives' foreheads, the planet overall is indistinguishable from Earth.

Coupled with a clumsy and awkward romance theme, this is a really lazy and uninspired installment. A handful of shows in, I'm really warming to the 'earthiness' of the characters. It seems to be the lackluster stories that let the whole thing down.

Since this is my first watch though, I look forward to improvements.
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Prince of Space
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 2:15am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Vis A Vis

Oh man, I love Jammer's site. Commenting on reviews written a decade ago but with the enthusiasm of fresh off the stove.

I periodically do a binge-watch of Star Trek on Netflix, and am now slogging through my 2nd run through of Voyager. I've enjoyed almost all the episodes, even the dumb ones (and there have been plenty. haha)

I think the difference is between those who watch with a critical eye, and those that watch to be entertained. I like to think I'm smarter than the average bear, but I have no problem firing up Netflix and hitting play on the next Voyager episode and turning off most of my critical thinking and just enjoying a group of people I am fond of going through some adventures.

Now don't get me wrong, I still chuckle or holler out at the really silly stuff. I was screaming that Voyager musta left Spacedock with more shuttles than crew members when most of you all were still crying over Tasha Yar's sad, sad demise.

But anyways... I have a routine, now, when I watch these ST shows binge-style: watch the episode, read Jammer's review and all the comments, then read Memory Alpha's behind the scenes stuff, then watch the next episode and repeat.

Of course, once I hit season 4 of Voyager I also have to start reading the Cynic's Corner reviews of Voyager, as well. (And seasons 6 and 7 of DS9). You think Jammer can be harsh... hahaha... Jammer is Neelix on laughing gas compared to the Cynic's Corner reviews.

Last, but not least, I love the comment section here at Jammer's cause you'll see people replying to stuff from years earlier. Sometimes, those people respond back and it's like, "Wha?? You checking the comments every week for years to see if you got a reply??" Who knows... maybe they do. Overly critical Trekkies can be weird.

Oh yeah, to CinYin up there... howdy. Nice post, kinda amusing. Well written, and good use of sarcasm. I have to give it at least 3 stars. I look forward to you maybe one day responding, say by 2019. And by then I'll be back around to my binge watching routine and will see this and it'll be like using the Hirogen communication relay to myself.

Awsome.

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Startrekwatcher
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, 11:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

3.5 stars. Pretty good finale especially when you consider how pretty much every other tv show I can think of barring TNG and nBSG had AWFUL series finales

The Good:

The best parts of the Final Chapter were the Dominion war and the Cardassian resistance

Just a lot of good elements from the Founder disease, the Breen joining the Dominion, the Cardassians growing tired of being second class citizens rising up against the Dominion. The Bajoran Cardassian parallels impressed me a great deal. It's pretty clear none of this was planned from the beginning of the series but it doesn't make the way it all came together any less impressive or awe-inspiring.

This arc also gave us the most interesting characters with the a Founder Damar Weyoun Garak Kira Odo

The arc gave plenty of satisfying developments and twists from the attack on Earth, the destruction of the Defiant, the Breen joining the Dominion, the Founder disease bring created by Section 31, the Founder ordering the annihilation of every Cardassian leaving Cardassia in ruin. And all the battles were epic and really well done. I didn't mind the recycled footage myself

The writers made the Founders worthy Trek villains who demonstrated cunningness and smarts and let me tell you as easy as that sounds I have rarely encountered it

The Dominion War arc also benefitted from sound tactics and strategies sprinkler through it which made it truly feel like a real war was taking place. It also took what TOS, TNG and DS9 itself established and explored fascinating dynamics created from the Dominion invasion. That's to be commended. It managed to really explore on a truly epic scale these well known societies and in the final stretch reflect on them as a whole which leads me to another good thing that came out of the Final chapter---

The series gave us closure on the Cardassians, Klingons, Bajorans and even the Ferengi. These would come to be nice sendoffs because as we now know this was pretty much it for the 24th century Alpha Quadrant. I liked Martok becoming Chancellor and Rom the Nagus. I didn't see that this was where everything was leading but in hindsight it makes a lot of sense and all seem appropriate. And Cardassia is in the same position Bajor once was

I know some people were disappointed the finale didn't address Bajor's admittance to Federation but it must not have been a big deal to me since I didn't really have a reaction either way about it being dropped

And also Odo leading the Dominion was fine. Although it reinforces for me the romantic angle with Kira and Odo was wrong. Here he gets the woman he loves and dumps her. It would have come across better if they were just friends and saying goodbye to each other

The Bad

The initial pairing of Winn and Dukat had potential. Pairing two villains seemed like a winner--on other shows it has been. Unfortunately after The first two episodes featuring them in the Final Chapter this particular thread spun it's wheels in all subsequent episodes dragging things out to the finale. And the payoff to all that was ultimately very very unsatisfying. DS9 you could usually count on to pull the trigger and do the unthinkable but here they didn't let the pagh wraiths out. It all ended before it began and the trial for Sisko was quite anticlimactic. The only two things I enjoyed was Winn's last minute change of heart and one final time Dukat being restored to his Cardassian appearance.

There was some emotional resonance from Sisko dying but that was undermined with the revelation that he would return 'some' day. I
Years after I originally watched the finale in 1999 I heard That originally he was gone for good but Aveey Brooks had it rewritten that a Sisko would return one day cause he didn't like the idea of a black man not being there to be a father to a child--which is out of place and ruined an otherwise nice ending for Sisko.

I also thought that the writers would have A Prophet in Sisko vision take the form of Jadzia so Terry could make an appearance

The Ezri Bashir Worf romantic stuff bogged down the whole arc taking up way too much time and says a lot of about those characters that their arc revolver around defining them by a romantic relationship
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REMOVE YANKS FROM PREMISES
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, 10:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: For the Uniform

*trumpet*
OD BADLANDS, DO SOLOSOS SELA
DO SOLOSOS SELA
MAQUISKA ZEMLJA, NAPADNUTA CELA
NAPADNUTA CELA
EDDINGTONU, VODI MAQUIS SVOJE
VODI MAQUIS SVOJE
NEK SE VIDI, NIKOG SE NE BOJE
NIKOG SE NE BOJE
*datface's accordion*
OJTA VI DE, CARDASSKE USTASE
CARDASSKE USTASE
NE DIRAJTE, U PLANETE NASE
U PLANETE NASE
EDDINGTONU, VODI MAQUIS SVOJE
VODI MAQUIS SVOJE
NEK SE VIDI, NIKOG SE NE BOJE
NIKOG SE NE BOJE
*datface's accordion*
IZ ATHOSKE, RO LAREN SU VUCI
RO LAREN SU VUCI
CUVAJTE SE, CARDASSKI I STARFLEET
CARDASSKI I STARFLEET
EDDINGTONU, VODI MAQUIS SVOJE
VODI MAQUIS SVOJE
NEK SE VIDI, NIKOG SE NE BOJE
NIKOG SE NE BOJE
*datface's accordion*
U ODBRANI, SVOGA MAQUIS RODA
SVOGA MAQUIS RODA
BORIMO SE, DRAGA NAM JEAN VALJEAN
DRAGA NAM JEAN VALJEAN
EDDINGTONU, VODI MAQUIS SVOJE
VODI MAQUIS SVOJE
NEK SE VIDI, NIKOG SE NE BOJE
NIKOG SE NE BOJE
NEK SE VIDI, NIKOG SE NE BOJE
NIKOG SE NE BOJE
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Brian
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, 10:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Dauphin

I wonder if Riker/Guinan flirting scene was improvised, perhaps a bit? It's convincingly done, but also feels spontaneous. Apologies to Trekxperts who will produce the script!

Also want to say how I continue to enjoy Jammer's reviews and reader comments. Someone commented how it's a bit like moving through time and space.
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grumpy_otter
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, 8:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Search, Part I

Things I liked:

The Jem'Hadar ships have purple lights

T'Rul -- so familiar, so familiar, I like this Romulan's no-nonsense style, so familiar--ach! Seska!

Quark was off the ship quickly

Sisko likes African art

The ending planet--aside from the "Welcome home," it also just looked cool


Things I didn't like:

Battle. Yawn. I don't object to the occasional fight, but I hate when it becomes the focus, and from talk I know the Dominion will become important, so I fear DS9 will start having lots of battles.

Dax's hair. Women who work in fast-paced serious jobs don't have elaborate hairstyles that take a long time to do. They wear no-fuss hair like Kira. Did the producers think Dax wasn't attractive enough? Blech. It's one of the reasons I never liked Beverly Crusher--hair that flopped all over, including into her patients' faces.

The random redshirt, who I hadn't even seen before he died during the battle. Where did he come from? This small ship had room for an extra?

Quark. Just really hate him.

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grumpy_otter
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, 7:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Jem'Hadar

I enjoyed that from beginning to end--aside from Quark's scenes. Man, I really can't get past my hatred of acquisitiveness.

I noted one thing that would support the idea that Eris had no actual powers and the force field (that supposedly would kill you) was really just a light show--THEY ALL SAT SO CLOSE TO IT! If I were being confined by a force field that would kill me, I'd sit in the middle. Wouldn't you?
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methane
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, 6:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Maquis, Part I

"So this IS the first time in Star Trek that we ever meet the Maquis? "

I looked over some stuff at memory alpha to verify it:

TNG episode "Journey's End" aired 28 March 1994:
-Admiral Necheyev tells Picard they have a new Cardassian treaty & they need to move those "Native Americans" off their planet because it ended up on the Cardassian side of the new border. Violence breaks out...but ends with an agreement that the colonists will stay where they and accept Cardassian rule.
-This introduces the ideas necessary for the Maquis, but not the Maquis itself. Also, this was intended to be Chakotay's home planet, though that was never mentioned onscreen (according to memory alpha).

DS9 episode "Maquis part I" aired 24 April 1994:
-first actual appearance of the Maquis, an organized resistance to the new treaty.
-first mention of the badlands...they note a few ships have gone missing there.

TNG episode "Preemptive Strike" aired 16 May 1994:
-Ro is sent to infiltrate a Maquis cell; she joins the cell instead.
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gingerbreadmen
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, 5:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Penumbra

I think Ezri's disregard for the reassociation taboo is perfectly in character. Dax had shown itself willing to go against it in Rejoined, with great reluctance. It makes some sense that much of that reluctance would come from Jadzia, after all she was indoctrinated by the Trill authorities during her rigorous training to become joined. Without that indoctrination, Ezri probably doesn't feel that same reluctance. Plus it could be a case of 'Well I never wanted to be joined anyway so why do I care about their stupid rules.' Also what are they going to do? Exile her from Trill? She's never shown any interest in going back and her family doesn't even live there. Disallow Dax from seeking another host? Maybe but Dax has already been willing to disregard the taboo anyway.
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