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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 7:55am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: A Matter of Honor

Surprised a few people don't seem to rate Frakes as an actor, I've never seen him in anything else to be fair but in TNG he is a very good performer, can emote very well, and is pretty charismatic IMO
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 2:22am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Remember

I have to disagree with Jammer and most of the commentors. I thought this was a dreadfully dull episode. I'm not a fan of episodes that revolve around characters other than our crew. You can say this was a B'Elanna episode, but it wasn't. The episode revolved around Kirina..... who in this instance happened to be played by B'Elanna. It was about a race I had never seen before and therefore could not care less about. I felt like I spent 45 minutes watching B'Elanna watching a story. I had no emotional investment in these "Regressives" so couldn't really be bothered if they were being exterminated or not...... Sorry. For me then, a score of 1.5 stars.
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 12:23am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Unnatural Selection

The kid is telepathetic, but Pulaski's, who's not, can hear his thoughts? Yeah, I don't think it works that way. And O'Brien is included in the senior staff meeting, just so he can come up with the transporter idea. Despite it flaws, this episode is still better than some of season one's episodes.
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 12:15am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Looking for Par'mach in All the Wrong Places

I will give you that this is one of the better-realized Trek comedy pieces, but I still have two major gripes.

Worf's "falling" for Grilka really seems out of i) character and ii) the blue. There just isn't enough there for me to believe he looks at her and things she is the most unique and amazing Klingon woman he's ever seen. Maybe had he said simply the most beautiful, I could buy that. But he surely can't know much of anything about her from one look to be enough to double-take and walk away from Dax as if they weren't even having a conversation. He acts like a silly teenager which I think sets the character evolution back a few notches.

My second problem is with the finale, and in particular the logistics. How the hell is Worf supposed to be able to puppeteer for Quark. They make NO attempt to even suggest that Worf has any idea what the bodyguard is doing. They needed do one of two things: Have a hologram of the bodyguard based on scans of the room for worf to fight against, or have Quark wear some sort of "spy glasses" and worf wear his own pair that lets him see what quark is seeing.

It was simply beyond belief that Worf could possibly block hits he could never have seen coming. Further, I would have accepted it, but some of the moves Quark makes (like blocking the blade or having his blade blocked should not be possible by Worf since his blade won't make contact with anything in his empty room.

I really would have liked to see SOMEONE come up with a better logistical situation for this (the hologram is the best answer, in my view.

I did like the O'Brien-Kira subplot. I thought it worked really well.
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 12:04am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ship

Sorry if this repeats something another commenter has said (haven't had time to read them all) but I respectfully disagree on your approval of the "tension boiling over scene".

I absolutely did not get enough stress and craziness in this episode for Worf, and Dax to just go SO out of character. O'Brien is losing a colleague/subordinate/friend. It's sensible that he would be angry with jokes or Worf's attitude...

But Worf ripping a console out of the wall? Dax chiding him for it?

Then this exchange:

WORF: That is no way for anyone to die.
O'BRIEN: I told you, he is not going to die.
WORF: It is only a matter of time.
O'BRIEN: So we might as well kill him, right?
WORF: If you truly are his friend, you would consider that option. It would be a more honourable death than the one he's enduring.
O'BRIEN: I'm not some bloodthirsty Klingon looking for an excuse to murder my friend.

This one is not completely out of character but the line that follows comes out of the middle of nowhere in my opinion:

WORF: No. You're just another weak human afraid to face death.

Worf and O'Brien have been colleagues and I suppose friends for years. Since when does Worf have this much disdain for humans, let alone O'Brien.

O'Brien then takes a swing at Worf, to which Dax makes a joke. Not like a "nervous, under her breath" joke... a flat out "everyone will thing this is funny" kind of joke... in that situation... it's just so out of character for someone with that many lifetimes of experience.

Honestly, they know the Jem Haddar won't bomb the ship, so while they've had hours of loud bombardment noise... I'm really not understanding what the actual stress building is any more than other situations this crew has faced where they haven't buckled.

Just two episodes later, in "Nor the Battle to the Strong", we see a far more convincing implementation of a stressful uncertain situation; perhaps because we have a novice like Jake and rookies and doctors facing a real threat, and not these seasoned officers facing seemingly no imminent threat. "The Siege of AR-558" 2 seasons later would do another good job on the same theme. Neither episode features the senior staff (Bashir in the former, and lots of others in the latter) breaking down and going off-character due to nerves.

Finally (on that topic), I felt that Sisko's over-enunciated yelling at the crew came off a bit theatrical and over the top scripted, and not so much natural.

I agree that Kilana was not played well. Apparently (for the second failed time), the Vorta was intended to be Eris, (the Vorta from "The Jem'Hadar" in s2), but the actress was again unavailable. I also agree that potentially the stakes could have been better if more had died as result of Kilana and Sisko's actual decisions. That would also have added to the basis for the crew to get increasingly nervous since their decisions would have led to more and more of them getting killed as time went on.

Apparently the producers also felt this one was a bit of a failure. Ira Behr didn't think the tension built like they wanted, and the writer felt when Sisko etc. go outside and meet with the enemy, it kills the tension, and felt it would have worked better if they had remained bottled up in the ship the whole time and only had the Vorta taunting them verbally by transmission. I might agree with that point. Behr also felt that the attempted relationship between O'Brien and Muniz (who had been in several other episodes) didn't work. I don't know if I agree. Perhaps they wanted to really get a bond established more than they did here, but I nevertheless did get the feeling like there was some existing bond and that O'Brien was taking it harder than just "some crewman". It did come off a bit as O'Brien feeling responsible for a kid under his command more than as actual friends as equals, so maybe they could have improved there.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 11:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Doctor's Orders

I'm not one to hate or bash Enterprise and this wasn't a bad episode but it was clearly a rehash of Voyager's One.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 9:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: ANDR S1: An Affirming Flame

Harper reminds me a lot of Wash from Firefly. Blond guy with wisecracking attitude, a bit on the whimsical side, technical genius of the ship (*) - they have similar manners although Harper is a lot more hyperactive than Wash I feel.

Of course, Firefly was light-years ahead of Andromeda on every level possible. Why did that show get cancelled after a season, while Andromeda ran for three and a half seasons past its expiration date...grumble grumble.

Firefly deserved at least three more seasons. Andromeda should have been put out of its misery at the end of season 2.

(*) In Wash's case, one of the technical geniuses of the ship - Firefly also had Kaylee, another hilarious character.
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Slade Barker
Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 9:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Whispers

Right from the start, I thought it was obvious that O'Brien was the one who was off -- not the rest of the crew. I am surprised that everyone else seems to have been taken in. It would be preposterous if the whole crew had been replaced by Body Snatchers. It doesn't even happen that way in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"! I must say I am astonished that Jammer gave this four stars.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 9:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Mudd's Women

Ok, I first saw this as a kid of 7. And then I went on to revisit it throughout my adult life. So my perception of it has changed through the intervening time period. But I really love this episode. And most of it comes down to the performance of Rodger C. Carmel. He really nailed the part of the con man (space pimp?) that when push came to shove was compelled to do the right thing. His performance was truly over the top and I think it made the episode. The other great performance was given by Karen Steele as Eve. She had the best lines in the whole show, "Oh, the sound of male ego. You travel halfway across the galaxy and it's still the same song." And later in her final scene (After she thinks she took the Venus drug). "Is this the kind of wife you want, Ben? Not someone to help you. Not a wife to cook and sew and cry and need. But this kind. Selfish, vain, useless."
Wow! What a line. You mean women can actually be selfish, vain and useless? You wouldn't ever have the question come up on tv of today. Women have a halo around themselves now. But 50 years ago political correctness had yet to be born.(Borne?) You could admit the obvious. That such women exist. And having the bad luck to be married to one is a one way trip to hell. Or as I have heard it said, "Marriage isn't a word. It's a sentence."
In short I thought this to be a standout episode. As a kid I loved the planet scenes because it really tried to give the impression of an outpost on a dangerous planet. As I matured into adulthood I could appreciate the commentary concerning the human condition and the relationship between men and women. And the notion that in a few hundred years out in space it will still be a struggle for us to understand each other.
And for Beth that objected to the men ogling the was a plot device. The Venus drug had made them almost irresistible to most men. So yeah, there was going to be a fair share of ogling.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 7:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Future's End, Part II

Makes sense JP. I guess my point was why couldn't they just pluck Voyager back by Earth?
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 7:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: First Flight

Thanks Greg. One of my favorite trek episodes.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 7:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Bound

Hey cupcake. Did the fact that I mentioned that I have quite literally had more alien tail than Captain Kirk ruffle your feminist sensibilities? I have piloted a plane to the edge of the atmosphere in my professional life and I have been 300 ft down in the Pacific ocean with nothing more than a 3 mil wetsuit and a bottle of tri-mix to sustain me in my private life. I did that last one just for kicks. In either situation one tiny mistake can kill you. Funny thing was I have never encountered any feminist at either place. Just men.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 6:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: First Flight

I have to agree with you 100% on how great this episode is. You summed it up nicely. I think anyone that found it boring didn't bother to look beyond the surface. And yeah, the final scene where T'Pol suggests naming it after A.G. was the cherry on top of the sundae. But I am biased, being a pilot.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 6:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Data's Day

You are not sure if the joke about the Devoras was on purpose? Come on, these people are professional writers. Something like that didn't just happen by accident. It was totally on purpose. Just to see if people are paying attention.

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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 3:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: It's Only a Paper Moon

This was a 4 star for me, not just for the episode but for your review. I really enjoy reading everyone else's too. I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who appreciated it on many levels.

This was one of the best minor stories in Star Trek history. It gave consequence to war, showed us a realistic development of a person (Nog), humanized otherwise comic relief characters (Lita/Nog) and flirted with philosophical thoughts of what it means to be sentient (Vic).

This episode should be a template for any episodic tv series and a blueprint for making side quests in a role playing video game. This totally gave me a Witcher 3 quality feel, wonderful stuff!

I gotta tell ya,I lost it when Nog started crying,that was so powerful. I love DS9 so much!
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 2:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Loud as a Whisper

I agree that Troi might seem wrong to question Worf about the emotion she reads from him before they all step onto the transporter. But only a few episodes earlier, in Where Silence Has Lease, Worf had demonstrated that he possibly had not yet completely mastered control over his Klingon impulses. Thus his unchecked state of mind could have had a bad effect on their diplomatic mission. Since there was no time to privately consult with him, Troi might have believed it to be her duty to immediately confront him.
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Lt. Yarko
Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 1:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Sons of Mogh

I'm sorry, but asking someone to kill you and standing there while they do it IS suicide. It might also be murder, but it is suicide.

Why wouldn't the Klingons see living as long as possible and using that life to fight back for your honor until the last possible moment as honorable? Assisted suicide is really just giving up. I don't have a problem with honor, just the way the Klingons think of it. This was the most whiny I've seen Klingons (Worf's attempt at assisted suicide in TNG was pretty bad too), and I have to say it is realty unattractive. Man, find something else to do with your life. There's a whole universe out there.

This is why I hate nationalism and ethnic self-identity when it becomes central to a person's personality. Kurn's problem is that he can't be anything but a Klingon since that's what they are raised to be. Worf is able to be more flexible because he wasn't brain-washed with only one perspective.

The acting in this episode is great, and Kurn has been a favorite character of mine, but this episode really turned me way off the Klingons and Kurn. It's really depressing to see him go out of the canon in this way. I would have so much rather seen him die in a glorious battle! What a terrible way to end his story.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 12:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Through the Looking Glass

Sisko sleeping with Dax is strange. Partly for reasons already stated above. I could almost get my head around Sisko going along with it as Dax seems to expect sex and he is pretending to be mirror-Sisko, except for Jennifer. Sisko seems to be not over her death yet up to this point, he was obviously very in love and given the chance to see a mirror-jennifer, would his feelings about that alter his approach to Dax? I think it would, unless he sleeps with Dax to shield against his feelings about seeing his dead wife again. Like when he became Gabriel Bell, Sisko seems to quickly pick up stepping into other roles, but I still found it a bit unbelievable. And real Dax is his friend. Did he ever tell her? Wish this had more consequences than a slap in the next MU outing.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 9:51am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Child

At the senior staff meeting, Troi seems to anticipate the reaction of the others: she purposefully chooses a seat away from everyone else. Picard announces that Troi is pregnant, but it’s not until he adds that Troi’s going to have a baby that the others whip their heads around to stare at her. I know guys need stuff spelled out, but geez! Riker, Troi’s former Imazdi and the guy who beds whoever at the drop of a hat accusingly asks who the father is. The men go on to discuss the situation as though Troi is not even in the room. When Troi announces no matter what, she’s going to have the baby, Picard declares the meeting over. It seems to me that they would still need to discuss logistics. Though later Picard arranges for the presence of security forces at the birth of the child.

I understand some of Jammer’s criticism, but though we’re given a minimal of scenes, it is clear that Troi has some sort of bond or understanding or sense or communication with the life growing, quickly, within her. And her explanation to Picard that Ian will explain himself when he is cognitively able seems possibly valid. That ultimately that entity intruded on the Enterprise out of innocent curiosity is believable, since it exits as soon as it realizes it poses a threat.

Having Data at Troi’s side during the child’s delivery was effective. Having Riker soften when he actually sees the child’s delivery was also effective. But later, after the child’s death, no one gives a comfortingly comment or gesture to a distraught Troi. Guess she was inconsolable.

I agree that the script set up a premise that seemed to fall a bit flat. But something during the final scene, where the men each take a share in the responsibility of looking after Wesley since his mother will not be present, made me wonder if the male staff members had perhaps been touched by the way events unfolded.

As the opening episode of season two, changes have been made: Worf had already been made security head, now Georgi is head of Engineering and there’s a new doctor. The kind of changes one would expect on a ship. Spoiler alert: In the opening credits of the second season, the actress for the doctor is always listed as special guest star, leading one to wonder if Pulaski was always intended to be temporary. After Crusher returns, the crew remains intact (except for Wesley’s exit) and in the same positions for the duration of the series. Those actors would work well together, but Riker seemed to hang around longer than was fitting for his character.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 9:41am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Scientific Method

I liked this one as did the majority of commenters here. However I did not see this as a commentary on animal testing at all. It brought to mind the history of medical experimentation being done on humans against their will, for example those performed by the Nazis as well the infamous Tuskeegee syphillis study.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 9:20am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Darkness and the Light

Wow, this escalated quickly. I think Peter G makes some very good points.

I really enjoyed this episode, and was completely riveted during its entire exposition. I know some people have a problem with Kira and Bajorans - they're far from being my favourite species in Star Trek and I think they weren't portrayed very well - but I highly enjoyed all of the Bajoran characters here, who were actually three dimensional and charismatic for a change, even that bodyguard guy who was punched out by Lupaza and Furel, Lieutenant Brilgar I think his name was. 'Yeah, yeah,' he growls crossly when they apologise to him, and storms out. LOL! I wish we'd seen more of him.

I was intrigued by Silaran Prin, and interested to find that he was actually an aide to the Gul Pirak whom Kira's cell murdered. I've read most of the relaunch novels, and the entire Gul Pirak assassination plot figures prominently in some of the Cardassian-themed books. I'd recommend them to anyone who's interested in reading more about Iliana Ghemor and Kira during the Resistance.

Was I the only one who thought that Silaran Prin resembled Garak slightly? The way he speaks and moves, and his voice and face (the normal half), even.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 8:17am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Night Terrors

Saw this again last night, I really like it. Yeah I know the Troi cloud scenes are silly however overall it's pretty memorable.

I'll agree with the others here about the creepy music- They outdid themselves here and it sets a great atmosphere.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 4:07am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part II

Some trek fans hate Klingons, many people hate holodeck episodes others hate memory spirits/alien- telepath ghosts. I hate time travel episodes. For me this episode throws at me technobable, timeline disruption nonsense, and over the top preachiness plus boring filler.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 2:02am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Naked Now

Apart from everything else wrong with this episode, it does have this: jeopardy. The crisis deepens, and our heroes almost don't survive. That sense of dread sustains the episode.

borusa: "What kind of a last name is Yar anyway?"

Ukrainian. She was named for Babi Yar, the location of a WW2 massacre. A location is not necessarily a valid surname, though. (The character was originally called Macha Hernandez.)
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Peter G.
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 11:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Fascination

You tell 'em, Vii.

That being said, I now know one person who literally watched this as their very first ep of DS9 and concluded that it was a stupid show, never to watch it again. So there is that :/
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