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mephyve
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 6:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Repentance

An alien criminal gets a lobotomy. big deal (*)
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mephyve
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 6:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Lineage

I didn't realize that Voyager was produced by the Hallmark Channel.. (*)
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mephyve
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 6:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Shattered

Great episode (****)
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mephyve
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 5:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Flesh and Blood

boring (*)
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RickC
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 3:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Invasive Procedures

I kept trying to figure out what some cute and bad ass chick like Mareel would see in a dufus like Verad in the first place.
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mark
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 12:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part II

@Scottian he doesn't say "help me" but "how many".
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mephyve
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 10:43am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Nightingale

I was more engaged with the mediocre sub plot.(*)
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mephyve
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 10:10am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Body and Soul

I thought holograms had proven to be ineffective for ponfarr.funny episode (***)
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mephyve
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 9:12am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Inside Man

Leave me alone Gilligan, I'm sleeping this one out (*_
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mephyve
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 8:59am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Critical Care

Great stuff!!!1 Whodda thunk the best character on the show would be a hologram. (****)
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mephyve
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 8:00am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Repression

Tu vok or not Tu vok? That is the question (**)
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mephyve
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 7:04am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Drive

Nice (***)
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mephyve
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 6:06am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Unimatrix Zero, Part II

Voyager continues to neuter the Borg (*)
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Randall B.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016, 11:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Power Play

This was the first episode of TNG I ever saw. It got me into the show. Just saying. ;) :)
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dave
Fri, Sep 23, 2016, 6:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Apocalypse Rising

well, there is a little piece of trivia I didn't know. Thanks!
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Peter G.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016, 3:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Counterpoint

@ Yanks, "I don't think the PD means for her to allow telepaths to be mistreated. Here instincts were correct and honorable."

In TNG it's stated as a fact that the prime directive has nothing to do with being sympathetic or honorable towards species in need. In "Homeward" we're told directly that an entire civilization should be allowed to perish rather than violating the PD. Smuggling a few refugees through alien space against their laws is strictly forbidden and supersedes all of the Federation's other laws and guidelines.

AA is quite right that the hypocrisy is palpable, but to be fair I wouldn't call it hypocrisy simply because if continuity is simply not a thing (i.e. the writing staff has no central control) then each episode is basically a piece of stand-alone fan fiction with slightly or completely different personalities for the main crew each show. That being said, even aside from the PD issues, which are massive, there is also the issue of Janeway needlessly endangering her ship and crew through an illegal and dubious plan to save a few refugees. This hearkens right back to "Caretaker" and proves that whatever Janeway is supposed to have 'learned in "Night" has been eliminated from continuity already. I would never trust a Captain who endangers the lives of everyone by interfering in local politics and laws.
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Peter G.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016, 2:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

Crap. You're right, Bole is the director and not the writer. In which case I've inadvertently critiqued his direction of the counselling session instead of praising him. Ah, to hell with it, he's awesome and he did a great job with the episode.
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William B
Fri, Sep 23, 2016, 2:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

Peter, great analysis and I agree that this episode is great. I love the point that the episode finds ways to show how everyone does badly outside their comfort zone, and that for Reg this is all the time (for the moment). Just an aside -- Cliff Bole is the director, not the writer. That his episodes tended to be strong does suggest that while (like most television) Trek is mostly writer-driven, a strong hand behind the camera does add quite a bit.
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Peter G.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016, 11:36am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Timeless

Well everyone, we may have solved the quandry of how Seven could be drunk off synthehol: (just add the three w's)

independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/hangover-free-alcohol-david-nutt-alcosynth-nhs-postive-effects-benzodiazepine-guy-bentley-a7324076.html

Maybe synthehol is like this - makes you drunk but with no bad aftereffects. This would be consistent with previous episodes of Trek where people used to synthehol wouldn't be able to handle the adverse effects of alcohol. It would also explain why anyone bothers to drink synthehol in the first place.
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RandomThoughts
Fri, Sep 23, 2016, 6:03am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Distant Voices

Howdy Everyone!

Upon re-watching, I just realized there was no B-story, because there couldn't be one without giving away the premise. Hmmm... the premise...

I thought it was really creepy back in 95, but when you have an idea of what's going on, it's a bit hard to keep an interest. One small thing I did like was they kept making Bashir's uniform bigger and bigger, to show him wasting away.

As far as the other characters representing his different facets, I couldn't grasp O'Brien being sort of a coward in his mind. Nah... The angry hot-head maybe, but not someone worried about saving his own skin. Now if they had him as the hen-pecked one that gives in to avoid confrontation, that might've worked (yes dear, no dear, my fault dear).

*insert snappy finish here*... RT
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Peter G.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016, 1:15am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Apocalypse Rising

@ dave,

It was supposed to be Dax and not O'Brien, but Farrell was allergic to the makeup and couldn't do it.
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Dan
Fri, Sep 23, 2016, 12:56am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Hero Worship

Entering a mysterious and dangerous nebula which destroyed a previous ship: sounds like a good time to separate the saucer section.
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dave
Fri, Sep 23, 2016, 12:26am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Apocalypse Rising

I think the choice of people to go on the mission are correct...

Sisko - obvious reasons, captain, leader, and tough enough to be a Klingon
Worf- they needed him to get around , understand how to be a Klingon, the protocols and rituals, etc
Odo - they are going after a changeling, and he is a tough guy... needed to be there
O Brien - this technobabble equipment needed the chief.. I suppose you could have put Dax in there instead; however, I assume they wanted the comedy of the soft spoken passive chief O Brien having to play a tough Klingon.
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Jor-El H
Thu, Sep 22, 2016, 9:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Wounded

If this isn't a 4 star episode, I don't know what is. And you don't have to be a DS9 fan to love this episode: I'm not and I do. Like many other comments here, I found the ending to be far from 'unproductive' - it adds a level of nuance that puts this episode over the top. It shows how deep Picard's calculations were, how sometimes even if you're right you need to look at the bigger picture before you act. And it prevents this episode from being a predictable, black-and-white affair. I think it's actually one of the best and most powerful endings ever to an episode of TNG.
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Marshal Dunnik
Thu, Sep 22, 2016, 7:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: The Augments

In a previous episode, it was established that Klingon ships do not have escape pods - anyone with a passing familiarity with them would know why.

And yet here we have a Klingon ship with an escape pod.

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