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Thu, Aug 25, 2016, 4:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Critical Care

A good allegory works on multiple levels. A bad one protests specific things the author dislikes.
Here we have a good one. Any bureaucracy that puts "efficiency" over patients is a bad one. This reminds you of various systems without calling out any specific one.

Trying to find a direct correlation is a useless exercise. It isn't meant to be a direct correlation, it's meant to make you think about various things that get in the way of patient care. And everyone has a story such as the wrist story in Jammer's review or know someone who has a similar story, because big bureaucracies aren't the same as caring individuals.
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Thu, Aug 25, 2016, 4:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: His Way

First up, I thoroughly enjoyed this light-hearted episode. I loved Vic: Like Jammer, I thought all the scenes of Odo and him were golden - and, despite it being a spoiler, I'm pleased to read he'll be coming back for more.

But onto the crux of my comment, my first on these reviews. I've enjoyed reading Jammer's thoughts as I've made my way through DS9 for the first time; I've also enjoyed reading everyone's comments from over the years. I decided to stop reading the comments a few seasons in after reading one too many spoilers.

Why did I come back?! I know it's a twenty year old show, but damn people! A little warning of spoilers wouldn't go amiss (he says, despite the comments being posted many moons ago).

I just learned of what seems to be a major death coming up in the show. I shouldn't have come back; why did I come back?!

But anyway, here's to you Jammer and here's to everyone else keeping the comments going all these years!
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Nicholas Ryan
Thu, Aug 25, 2016, 1:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: The Fight

1.5 stars is ridiculously high. You've rated other episodes lower and this has to be the hardest episode of Trek to sit through.
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William H
Thu, Aug 25, 2016, 9:44am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Civil Defense

I like this episode a lot.

The big thing I didn't like was the redshirt getting zapped. It doesn't fit the fun tone of the episode, was totally unnecessary and indeed totally ignored.
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Nicholas Ryan
Thu, Aug 25, 2016, 5:35am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Dark Frontier

It's possible Starfleet new about the Borg prior to Q Who. Very plausible if you consider the Enterprise episode Regeneration. It was probably just classified and compartmentalized to some part of Starfleet.

The Borg have already been retconned anyway. Originally they didn't assimilate people but later on it was stated they always have.
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Thu, Aug 25, 2016, 2:36am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Riddles

I had the same feeling as Jammer. Tuvok is mentally delayed for a while, there's a nice friendship going on with Neelix. Then they somehow manage to reverse severe brain damage completely- no residual effects, no memory loss, nothing. He's back 100%. Then we find the depths of his newfound friendship with Neelix are just lost. He's never any nicer to him, more protective of him, or anything. And Tuvok never makes dessert again.
It just seems like a potential for something that never materializes. Tuvok reverts back to the stone man, not needing or relying on anybody.
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Thu, Aug 25, 2016, 1:47am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Flesh and Blood

I never believed the premise of this for a second. But it ends up being pretty decent.

I thought at first this was going to be another "If you prick me do i not emit photons?" retread, especially with the whole Holograms Are People, Too speech the doctor is given. But it ended up being more complicated than that. Eventually it evolves into a cult episode, which I didn't expect. Pretty interesting.

No, I don't believe the Doctor gets no punishment because Janeway is down on herself. But then again, it's hard to punish an EMH. He has to use his transmitter to get to others on the ship who need fast medical care. That's one of the advantages of having it. And keeping a hologram out of the holodeck is sort of like punishing a dog by not letting him go outside. Pointless and kind of cruel.
If anything, it shows how much they rely on the Doctor to be self-governing because there is very little they can do if he isn't.
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Thu, Aug 25, 2016, 1:38am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Nightingale

I just don't get how someone could spend SEVEN YEARS as a bridge officer and still be an ensign. It's beyond unbelievable, it's absurd. Especially since he's been involved in fighting the Borg and several other baddies, been on away missions which went terribly wrong, was shot down and survived to find his way back more than once, and almost never disobeyed orders or did anything wrong, except that one episode where he caught the "love bug." And that was at least partly biochemical.
Can a guy get a break?
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Thu, Aug 25, 2016, 12:17am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Body and Soul

"I suppose it's possible that the Pon Farr urges decrease with age..." But he says specifically that it INCREASES. So I'm not really buying the holodeck solution here.
The rest is pretty fun though. I just dislike Tuvok's Pon Farr being used as such a throwaway storyline. He should have been the main character in Vorik's earlier episode instead.
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Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 11:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Pathfinder

I thought they did a great job with the holodeck versions of the Voyager crew. Notice how none of the characters actually contributed anything worthwhile, it was all just "wow Reg you're a genius!" I laughed a few times, especially with Janeway's "well, you've never given me reason not to trust you" moments before the warp core breach.
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Peter G.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 10:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Disaster

@ Ivanov,

It does seem strange, but I suspect that what happens is the moment an officer becomes senior staff and the head of a department they are immediately promoted so that they aren't in charge of people above them in rank. It would make the chain of command difficult to maintain on a ship otherwise. This would certainly be true of a ship's chief medical officer regardless of what their rank had been before; you can't have someone who effectively outranks the Captain in certain situations be an ensign. I imagine department heads in the sciences maybe have to be senior grade lieutenants or something like that (which I believe Neela Daren was). It's a little less clear since we don't ever see a 'counseling department', but still since Deanna is senior staff and is effectively Picard's attache in all diplomatic and strategic scenarios, she can't be a mere ensign and have that kind of responsibility. The show failed entirely to show her in that role, mind you, relegating her instead to inane chatter, but if you think about what she does and where she sits on the bridge she's more like a psi-corps telepath (from B5) than a therapist. That they choose to focus on her therapy sessions in later seasons rather than her tactical contribution is...well, sad.
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Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 9:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Disaster

This whole time I just assumed Troi was some sort of civilian attache, who helped out children and crewmen on the ship. I never once looked at her and thought yup that woman seems competent enough to outrank Ro laren chief O'brien Geordi and share the same rank as Data. It also explained why she never wore a damn uniform.

I always thought ships counselor was a special rank somewhere between crewman and ensign.

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Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 9:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Revulsion

Your the nastiest. dirtiest scum if the earth...uh,,,no offence' lol
quite humorous and predictable
Just ignore the seven of nine garbage
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Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 9:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Gift

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Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 9:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Day of Honor

nice episode
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Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 9:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Inside Man

LOL, I thought of "Ace" Rimmer, too, but someone beat me to it.

This episode plays like a parody. Overdrawn characters, silly mess hall antics, crew too gullible, Barclay too cartoony. It almost could have been Red Dwarf, but Red Dwarf did it so much better.
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Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 9:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Nemesis

Chokroachkotay in a sleep inducing anti thriller (0)
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Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 7:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

Honestly, unless every single officer was killed, O'Brien would not end up in command. He's an NCO--a Chief Petty Officer. That's enlisted and that means that an Ensign straight out of the Academy outranks him.

As for Major Kira, she's only officially in the chain of command on the station. The Defiant is a Starfleet vessel. The Bajorians don't have an official place there. DS9 is a joint outpost and she is in the COC there. (Dax would actually have been next in line to take command)
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Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 6:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Maquis, Part II

Heya Paul M.

Upon re-reading my comment, I realized I should have said something along the lines of Nechayev being the superior officer of the area around the Cardassian border. No, she wasn't following Picard, but when the Enterprise was about to do something with the Cardassian's, or the Maquis, Nechayev was the one who usually gave them their marching orders. And she did that with Sisko as well.

Heh, and no, I didn't like how she was written, I just liked the continuity of her being there multiple times.

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Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 5:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: One Small Step

I didn't enjoy this episode very much. It felt like the writers were trying to give Chakotay something to do. All we've ever seen from him are squabbles with Janeway and spirit quests, yet suddenly he reveals a long interest in paleontology and history? I don't buy it. This is what goes wrong when you have a poorly utilized character six seasons into the show.

On top of that we have the standard "shuttle in trouble" storyline which you already know will end just fine because this is Voyager.

The episode's saving grace is Seven's story arc. The mention of the Yankees at the end of the episode was a nice touch. 2.5 stars from me.
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Nicholas Ryan
Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 4:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Infinite Regress

Amazing how all of the personalities are from the Federation's corner of the galaxy.
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Nicholas Ryan
Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 4:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Timeless

You would think in 15 years, Starfleet would've done something about Voyager being on that planet. Anyone could stumble on it and take the technology, no matter what shape it was in. Certainly some families would want the remains of their loved ones returned.
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Nicholas Ryan
Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 4:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Once Upon a Time

They might as well killed Samantha Wildman. I'm not even sure we see her again. Everyone else seems to raise Naomi. At least killing the mom would've made the rest of the series make sense.

Just like Alexander, the alien part explains the rapid growth, just like it explains why the pregnancy went on for like a year and a half.
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Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 3:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

I'm not sure that the conflict between Kirk and Krall is that close of a parallel to any RL conflicts, aside from the general idea of whether peaceful cooperation among different species and political units is possible. My problem was more that Krall's motivation was awfully thin.

It seems likely that Starfleet didn't purposely "abandon" the Franklin - rather, they just didn't know what had happened to it and didn't have the resources or the capacity to track it down. It reminded me a bit of Voyager making a complete hash of Kes's character by having her seek "revenge" against the crew for something that she shouldn't have held them responsible for in the first place, at least not if she'd been thinking rationally and consistently with her established characterization. You can surmise that Krall had simply lost his mind after a while (same with Kes too, I suppose), but "it doesn't really make sense because the character is insane" is pretty weak when it comes to explaining a villain's motivation.

It was also unclear to me what exactly Krall's endgame was. Did he simply want to kill as many Federation citizens as possible? Did he think that all this destruction and death would somehow revitalize the Federation and/or humanity by forcing them to find strength through conflict and adversity? The female alien who had staged the whole thing to lure them there said that Krall wanted to "save them from themselves," but this was never really explained - I'm not sure if she was making this up, if she thought it was true but Krall had lied to her, if Krall told her this and really meant it, or what.
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Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 3:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

Referring to my previous post: clearly my brain hasn't exactly been working on all thrusters since the death scene in STID. It wasn't Tribble Magic Blood, but Kahn Magic Blood.
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