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Mon, Oct 24, 2016, 6:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Ship in a Bottle

If you want to go down the road of technical deficiencies with the show, you are definitely starting down a long journey, Odoley.

The writers were obviously NOT technically proficient in any way - their main purpose, as with virtually all television shows, was to provide entertainment, not to give you a technically accurate future.

If you really want to get into the nitty gritty of the supposed holodeck:

- How can several people exist on the holodeck in different places at the same time while hidden from each other? What is the barrier that keeps one person in one reality, and ten other people in completely separate perspectives that don't overlap in the small space inside the holodeck? So basically they are floating all over the place inside the holodeck, each real person being given their own perspective and own projection which somehow rejoins with others with they get close to their location?

- How do we keep seeing people eat/drink object on the holodeck? Shouldn't the food/drink dissapear from their digestive tract once they leave the program?

- How much energy would really be needed to create entire worlds inside the holodeck, with objects that become solid as the real person encounters them? It would seem like a beach scene with the ocean extending out would take massive amounts of energy to create, not to mention the massive amounts of computing power needed to recreate other human characters that attempt to act/think like people. Could a single ship really power such a device without draining all of their resources?

- Could computer generated 'parameters' about a real-life person really mimic that person exactly in real life? Would the holodeck Dr. Crusher really act anything like there real one just because it knows a couple of her characteristics?

- Shouldn't Picard have picked up on the fact that things were wrong very quickly in the holodeck? After all, it was merely a recreation of the ship. Meaning, all of the objects all over the place that exist on the real Enterprise would not be reflected on the holodeck. Say Picard moved his personal computer over to the left side of his desk - there's no way the holodeck would know this, it simply recreates the room based on schematics.

And on and on and on if you really want to get into this.........
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Mon, Oct 24, 2016, 4:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Haven

I'm surprised at the benign response to this episode, I thought it was hideous. Riker acts like a massively unprofessional bell-end; how did the guy presented at this point in the series get one unfortunate transporter accident away from commanding the flagship of the Federation? The chump flounced out of a meeting with the senior officers in with Picard literally in mid-sentence and cried off an important social function because of a chick? At least the bloke who he would become - a chubby hirsute comedian with an ongoing mission to impregnate new life forms - was portrayed as professional and competent enough at the actual job to be a believable commander. But this dude?! Come on!

Then there's Picard, a man so far presented as angry, humourless and certainly not one to suffer fools gladly but also confident and assertive. How did he suddenly turn into a genuflecting moron in front of Troi's mum? I'd like to think season one Picard actually in-character would sooner "accidentally" leave her in a holodeck simulation of a nuclear apocalypse with the safety protocols disengaged rather than do his best bellboy impression to carry her freaking massively impractical bronze-plated suitcase.

Perhaps I've just had a sense of humour failure?
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Mon, Oct 24, 2016, 1:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: In Purgatory's Shadow

One thing I love about this show is how many episodes start off as a big yawn and then build up to being superb. I just don't care that much about the relationship between Ducat and Ziyal, or Garak and Ziyal and I was expecting this episode to be dull. But as it went on it became increasingly gripping. The Bashir reveal was excellent.
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Mon, Oct 24, 2016, 10:25am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: A Matter of Time


He says "the late 26th century" and "nearly 300 years". This episode occurs in 2368 amd Rasmussen claims to be from 2599? So, sure, it was only around 230 years and his statement was a bit of a stretch, but then just about everything Rasmussen says is a bit of a stretch. I'm pretty sure the audience is supposed to catch on quickly that Rasmussen is a flim-flam man, but the drama is how the Enterprise crew handles him. Riker, for example, is skeptical from the very start, but Crusher is more willing to hear the man out.
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Mon, Oct 24, 2016, 8:47am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Critical Care

@Polly - The propaganda is very easy to explain. There are a lot of Americans that have a strange affliction where.

a) They see themselves as hard working
b) They see people who get more government assistance as they do as lazy
c) Whenever government assistance helps them they view it as normal, whenever government assistance hurts them they view it as theft
d) Because most of us know more poor people than ultra rich people, many people fixate on the poor stealing from the government instead of the rich

So to provide 2 examples... most people in my socio-economic class are bitching that their premiums have gone up since Obamacare. I personally shell out about $20 ($30 up from $10) more per co-pay and more in my check each month without any increase in service. I was on one of those "cadillac plans" that were heavily hit with higher costs. In theory I can afford to pay this, in practice it can be tight. People with more money have higher living costs. That said though.... Democrats in power have also brought free universal pre-k to my area. I currently am paying thousands less on childcare for pre-k this year than nursery school. And in 3 years my second kid will be in pre-k. The truth is that until all my kids are in school my very decent salary makes me feel poor because I bought a house and have to pay very expensive child care. So this break is when/where I need it the most in a lot of ways. But my peers don't see the connection between socialism in A and B. They see UPK as a needed service and socialized medicine as theft. Because in one case we're fitting the bill for other people's stuff and in the other we're recipients. So that's how my c) works.

One could argue both cases are good for people and society. Certainly giving people childcare a year earlier brings more spending money to families when they really need it and gets more people back in the workforce earlier. It's good for everything. But so is having poor people with healthcare. Because when people who can't afford healthcare get checkups they don't end up in a hospital (that cannot legally refuse service) for something more serious 5 years later racking up tens of thousands of dollars in bills that... yes.... SOMEBODY has to pay anyway. And it keeps them healthy and working, which is also a good thing for the economy big picture.

But that brings me to d). I've seen people rage about people showing up with their hair and nails done to supermarket and pay in food stamps (nevermind the possibility that these people are working a job where they need to look nice). This happens a lot that people worry about what other people are getting free when 1) the cost to police who's cheating what might actually cost more than the cheating... because are we going to pay PIs to follow people on disability around to see how disabled they really are? 2) because we all know more poor people than we do ultra rich nobody sits there and fixates on the fact that rich people pay half the taxes on capital gains that you do on income. And that you could pay for all those poor "thieves" if you did, in fact, fix that.

So the propaganda is largely a "look over there at that poor person who is not the same color as you and is stealing your money" (see Ronald Reagan and the welfare queen speech and Mitt Romney's 47% "speech") way to misdirect people and make them distrust socialism in all forms where in fact most people would benefit from socialist policies and those who wouldn't could probably live without that 3rd vacation house. And the last piece of the puzzle in the American dream. People don't want to gut rich people because they think that if they work hard enough and pull themselves up by their bootstraps that they too will be rich. I've got news for those people though, most rich people have a trust fund. Most of them are not wunderkinds like Zuckerman that just happened to have made the most successful damned product on the planet and gotten magically rich. Most money is old money, very old money.

Now after reading all that one might say I'm against capitalism. I'm not entirely sure that I am. Obviously capitalism has done some good things. But the older I get the more I'm convinced the true solution is somewhere in between, and we have to stop viewing socialist ideas as though they are poison. And lastly... it might also sound like I think all conservatives are like this. I don't. I think many conservative politicians have fanned the flames of American dream propaganda alongside people's inherent need for things to be fair and distrust of minorities (especially in communities where there aren't many) and big cities in order to achieve wins against socialist policies. And that those politicians aren't being honest because they seek wealth distribution where they want it (see farm subsidies for a random example) and try not to call it that. There are truly conservatives that think if we all just paid nearly zero taxes and spent all of our money how we saw fit that most of us would be better off. For them it's an ideology, the principle that if you work for a dollar you should keep a dollar. There were actually founding fathers who didn't think the federal government should have taxes at all. Some who would be aghast that a dollar you gave to federal income tax could be used to fund a farm or a school that's a 6 hour plane flight away from you. I don't know that I have anything to say on that ideology except that I don't think it's realistic at this point.... but the majority of "conservatives" who have poisoned people against "socialism" think nothing of having laws on the books that can cause you to pay no taxes for 20 years because you had a billion dollar loss. Think nothing of letting people write off losses on buildings that they won't rent because they want to charge more rent than any store is willing to pay to occupy that space. Think nothing of cutting taxes to the 1% because they want to pretend that "trickle down" works. Well it doesn't. After the recession when businesses were making money again they didn't hire more workers or pay their existing workers more. They paid their CEOs bigger bonuses because those guys were getting the same work out of less employees. Good job!!!

This turned out longer than I thought it would. But for those who don't live her who are curious... that's how the propaganda works. You make people furious that the poor people are stealing your tax dollars so that you don't notice that the rich people are doing it.
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Mon, Oct 24, 2016, 6:05am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: A Matter of Time

meant to say 23rd centary
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Mon, Oct 24, 2016, 5:33am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: A Matter of Time

in the beginning he says went back in time 300 years from 26 centenary. so that would be 25 centenary then? don't know why didn't say something till the end where say welcome to 24th centenary.
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Mon, Oct 24, 2016, 4:19am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Critical Care

A very enjoyable episode, as the Doctor's usually are. For once the B plot meshed well with the main story and I appreciated the comic relief provided by The Search for the EMH. I agree with the comments about Tebbis' character being as pathetic as a drowned kitten, but I still think it was good that the writers didn't cave in and provide him with a miracle cure. I didn't find the ending anticlimactic. It wasn't the EMH's business to single-handedly change that society, but he seemed to have planted seeds of rebellion in the minds of Dr Dysek and Dr Voje, which might or might not have resulted in changes.

I'd love to know what propaganda was being employed to convince Americans that universal free health care is an evil communist plot - it seems to have been very effective. I wonder if some of the above comments might be changed with Obamacare now under way. By the way, here in Australia, Medicare will cover part of the cost of an abortion which, it might surprise Yanks to learn, is not a cosmetic procedure.
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Mon, Oct 24, 2016, 1:00am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

Tch, I was 21* not 2. Damn tiny phone keypad.
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Mon, Oct 24, 2016, 12:58am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

I was doing my first rewatch of this series and got to this episode about a week after my father passed away. I thought I could deal, there were, afterall really good episodes to get to. It destroyed me. Now, my parents had been seperated, and I only saw my Dad every two weeks, and it had actually been less frequent the last six months. I was 2, distracted by other things. I woulda wiped out history to change things. As time goes on maybe I'd be less inclined, but if I had the kinda constant reminders that Jake did, I would probably still do it. As long as you love the person who was lost and it over rules any animosity, you're gonna want to change history to get them back.

I will never watch this objectively. I will bever not identify with this episode 100%, paradoxes, plot holes, lack of consequences be damned.
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Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 11:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Final Mission

"And if you do have to go into the sun? Why go through the belt? It's a BELT, not a hollow sphere. Go over it. "

Because going over it would take considerably longer, and time was something they didn't have. They had to take the most direct route - through the belt.
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Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 5:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

I really enjoyed this episode the first time, but subsequent viewings leave me sort of cold.

I guess the first time, a small part of me thought there might be bigger consequences. Obviously, Ben is not going to be gone for good, but maybe some other consequences. Having seen the series through a couple times, one could argue that a lot is different in the "real" timeline that Jake restores.

Other commenters have mentioned some of my issues with the episode, such as Jake's lack of concern for altering decades of history. Of course, any time when our main character(s) encounter some temporal issue, we the viewers know that they will correct it (for the most part). I always get the impression that the timeline is meant as a single one (there can be only one!). Our main characters are almost always fully driven to "fix" the timeline to how it "should be" or was "meant to be." This episode is less about the time/subspace travel and more about the characters, and that is fine.

The other issue I have on subsequent viewings that no one mentioned exactly is the idea that Jake would be so driven to fix everything. Obviously losing his father is painful and the visits are not helpful to getting over it (though he seems to get by for a while - he writes, he's married, etc.). I am just not sure that Ben and Jake seem close enough to justify so much emotional plotting.

I feel like over the course of the series, we are TOLD Ben and Jake are super close more than we ever really see it. We are essentially told that because Ben's wife/Jake's mom is dead, they are closer. Maybe, but there are countless instances where they do not seem very close (some of which were mentioned in comments above).

Take the episode where Ben and Jake build the ship in space. They do not seem very close, but plot-plot-plot and they are so close at the end. Ironically, in this episode we are commenting on, Jake is busy writing and doesn't care much about his father's excitement in the wormhole phenomenon. Of course, this is part of what leads to the "put your head up" statement, but Jake cannot take that advice, as he never met his future self or lived to see his father disappear, after the timeline is restored (or the accident is prevented or whatever).

Of course there are other moments in the series, SPOILER like Jake staying on DS9 during Dominion occupation for example SPOILER, which only further the notion that they are not as close as the writers or this plot want us to believe. Ben and Jake are close when the plot wants it, and maybe more so in Ben's mind than Jake's usually.

This is why the scene with Jake weeping over his father in sickbay just seemed flat in the 2nd and later viewings. Sure, he is torn up over his father's death, but I just never bought that they had that kind of relationship. Maybe losing Ben made Jake realize how much his father meant to him (or should have). That feeds back into the "put your head up" notion. If only there had been lasting consequences from this, where they could remember and feel closer, but no.

I liked Todd's performance and Lofton is better than usual. Brooks is hammy in moments, but I have just accepted that is Ben Sisko. I know people in real life who always seem to be a little over-the-top like that. The writing is decent enough and it is a nice change-of-pace after TWOTW and given the stuff coming in later seasons.

Probably 4 stars on 1st viewing, 3 in subsequent ones.
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nothingoriginal 55
Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 5:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Warlord

I could have done without Neelix's big dancing number in the beginning. Bleh.
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Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 12:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Turnabout Intruder

So the 4-star episodes in Season 1 both took place in the 20th century, while all the ones in Season 2 occurred in the. "present".
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Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 11:26am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

Season 7's "Interface" also does that Avatar-like tech with a VR device. So, if anything, Avatar ripped off the idea from TNG.
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Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 11:11am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

CORRECTION: Using the holodeck as a mission simulator was shown just a month after this episode, in "Chain of Command." Thus, "Threshold" is still a waste.
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Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 11:05am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

Great brainstorm, Dan. Another use would be simulating missions before taking the risk in real life, a use first shown, if I'm not mistaken, in Voyager's "Threshold," of all places.
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Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 1:48am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

213karaokejoe, I agree completely. Also, the minute something weird happens in the ship's computer, standard practice should be to shut down & evacuate the holodecks. They're trolling us at the end by Picard not even *acknowledging* that he had officers in mortal danger.

I wish Star Trek had done more with the idea of the holodeck. As a sci-fi concept, mostly it was used by TNG/DS9/VOY for play-acting and artificial peril. There was occasionally some good stuff done with artificial intelligence and reality vs. fantasy, though in both areas pretty limited in imagination (an intelligent being always looks and behaves like a human, and reality is always better than fantasy).

Imagine this technology exists. Then what? Some brainstorming ideas:
- You could live your life in a holo-cubicle; the entire ship's crew could be people in these things.
- Normal rules of, say, physics need not apply. You could be a superhero. You could mess around with bad guys who are taking over the ship. "Augmented reality" could be your permanent reality.
- In the spirit of Avatar, explorers could virtually enter any hostile environment (space, a planet that—gasp!—isn't earth-like) by sending out a sophisticated probe and using the holodeck as the UI.
I'm sure this is just scratching the surface...
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Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 1:15am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

It never feels like there are 1000 people on this ship. (It also never feels like they *need* 1000 people on this ship—100 would probably work just fine.) Where's the resistance? Maybe the adults all wanted to go down to the planet and be miners, because they've been stuck on this thing for 5 years and never got to go on an away mission.
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Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 1:07am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Afterimage

I think a lot of people posting about this episode don't have a clue. I thought this was a very good episode and I thought the whole Ezri Dax story line was very well thought out. What do we know of Trills? That you have to go through a huge complex and difficult screen process. Here we have a Trill who not only wasn't trained, but DIDN'T WANT to be joined, something that must be rare amongst Trills. Everything that she went through in this episode was realistic and believable. Sisko putting too much pressure on her and having too high of expectations of her. Worf's reaction to her is so understandable. In fact in reality she should never have stayed on the station because all in all, Ezri Dax needs to live her own life, not just pick up Jadzia Dax's life and continue. I liked that Jake has the hots for her, she is after all close to her age and all.
What I didn't like was Bashir rolling over meekly to Worf. Worf acted unprofessionally and insinuating threats to another officer is something that Bashir should not have taken laying down.
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Andrew Hoffmann
Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 9:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Little Green Men

Odo as a German Shepherd is worth the watch on its own.
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Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 6:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Price

Man, the horrible outfits of Beverly Fonda & Troi. The terrible music during the "romantic" scenes. The not realistic fling of Troi. And annoying Ferengi. One star. At the most. Only Troi being put in her place was kind of a nice moment.
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David Pirtle
Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 5:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Little Green Men

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Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 3:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

If, as Picard states, the Federation is in a state of war with the Borg, then Hugh must be by definition a prisoner of war.

By referencing it can be seen that the Federation is violating at least seven of Hugh's rights as a prisoner of war.

I thought that the Federation were suppsed to be better than this.
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Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 3:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: The Pegasus

This episode was fine up until the ending, which irritated me. The righteous indignation that both Picard and Riker have for the admiral is way overdone. The federation can't keep using a piece of cloaking tech, which has just been demonstrated to work awesomely, because of some stupid treaty with the Romulans? They should've told the Romulans to shove their treaty.

At the very least there should have been much more nuance and consideration of whether they wanted to use the cloak and renegotiate with the Romulans. I really didn't like the high horse from which they talked down at the admiral.

That cloaking device is freaking awesome. I'd like to see them pass through Earth with it enabled. :-)
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