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- Sat, Mar 28, 2015, 9:36pm (USA Central)
Not sure how Montgomery was able to take being addressed like a dog on a leash. But then again Archer is a lot nicer to his damned dog. For that matter so are the producers seeing as how they practically gave him his own episode. And Archer complained about being condescended to by the Vulcans.
- Sat, Mar 28, 2015, 9:11pm (USA Central)
One of the things that really bugs me is that there is absolutely NO interaction between Kes and The Doctor considering her departure.
Neelix got one. Janeway got one. Tuvok got one. Doc didn't get anything other the one line where Kes mentions she has to tell him about her leaving and how he won't take it lightly, but then her powers kick in and we never see him respond to her departure.
I was always bothered by that. Kes has a special friendship with him, helping him develop his personality subroutines and she was the first to consider him just as important as any other crewmember and not treat him like a piece of complex technology.
So when the time comes to leave, you'd think they'd put aside a minute or 2 to reflect on their friendship of the past 3 years and give each other a heartfelt goodbye. But nope, nothing. Doc was completely left out in that regard.
On a completely unrelated note, I did like seeing how Voyager slowly but surely lost its Borg modifications over the course of the episode. At the start, you see Voyager still having all kinds of BOrg nodes and implants across various sections of the ship and then they gradually reduced it until at the end of the episode, they only had some minor changed left to make. Pretty clever how they subtly worked that in, showing you the changes slowly. Kudos for that.
- Sat, Mar 28, 2015, 1:09pm (USA Central)
A Taste of Armageddon
More so than any other TOS episode, this is the one were Kirk has been accused by many fans of flagrantly breaking the Prime Directive. I have to disagree with that. The Prime Directive is NOT an absolute, despite what Worf said once in Pen Pals. Kirk was forced into this situation by an ambitious ambassador looking to put another feather in his cap, so I don't think the Prime Directive would require him to allow his crew to be killed. As for the Eminians, they are a warp-capable species, along with the Vendicans, that have been killing each other for centuries. Kirk didn't really "interfere" with their culture, he gave them back what war really is, which forced their leaders into considering peace. Is it a "gray area" of the Prime Directive, definitely, but a one-off case that resulted in something good... Liked this episode a lot, would give it 3.5 stars.
- Sat, Mar 28, 2015, 3:34am (USA Central)
Archer: "I thought I told you to have that repainted"
Tucker: "I was getting around to it..."
*Archer gives him the look
Reed and Tucker discovered in the ship's upper corridors and teleported back to the Enterprise bridge, still on their knees.
*T'Pol gives them the look
Priceless. First time I laughed at an episode. Twice.
- Sat, Mar 28, 2015, 12:07am (USA Central)
Irony of Ironies. I am in bed reading comments on this episode while listening an episode of the new Hawaii-Five-O playing in the background. (S4:EP4 Netflix). The last scene is shown and they are singing the Minstrel Boy. I was not really paying attention to the scene but they started singing and I had to do a double take.
Not really important but had to share it.
- Fri, Mar 27, 2015, 10:04pm (USA Central)
In the Nemesis novelezation, (the audio book was better then the movie BTW) Shinzon references a "Cardassian scientist who discovered b4" But that is not canon either.
- Fri, Mar 27, 2015, 6:24pm (USA Central)
"Yeah, Keiko was always a bad idea that should have been nipped in the bud, but for the rest of it, you guys literally missed the point of this episode. It's a spoof of Midsummer Night's Dream. Magic dust and mischievous fairies, in this case the gorgeous stupendous magnificent Majel, mistaken identities and everyone falling for the most improbable person, I was in 5 minutes into the episode. It surprises me how often Star Trek fans of all series loathe certain episodes because they can't identify the allusions these episodes make to other elements of western English speaking culture. It is one of the great strengths of the whole Star Trek that it does this."
An allusion alone doesn't make a worthwhile episode though. You could argue that a female Ferengi taking off her fake ears was an allusion to Vincent van Gogh, but that doesn't make the episode any more pleasant or significant.
There's a lot of humour in Star Trek, in the case of DS9 mostly with Odo and Quark, or even better, Garak. I couldn't find anything funny in this episode. Just a "wtf was this for?" episode, like TNG's "Justice". A waste of time without any saving grace whatsoever.
- Fri, Mar 27, 2015, 5:45pm (USA Central)
The Q and the Grey
I didn't like Death Wish, either, because it was trivializing the Q to the point of farce. The thing the writing staff should have realized from the beginning is that because the Q live beyond our comprehension, trying to answer what they are should have been left to people's imagination. And, furthermore, the Q was to humans, like humans are to bacteria... so all these nonsense comic relief episodes are totally off-base. Q was meant to be a serious, clever, near omnipotent being, possibly millions of years older than humans. Their "race" was judging humanity. It became less and less about that and more about cheap humour. The writers, especially after TNG, just had no clue what they were doing. They also ruined the Borg with similar childish storylines and short-sighted logic.
How else can it be said, really? Some of the writers are utterly Q-less.
- Fri, Mar 27, 2015, 12:14pm (USA Central)
The Way to Eden
Couldn't agree more, this episode was pure stupidity. The writers and producers must have just finished a pot-smoking session when they dreamed up this mess. Bad, bad, and more bad.
- Fri, Mar 27, 2015, 12:05pm (USA Central)
The Enterprise Incident
I hear ya, Jammer, and the only thing I can think of is that this episode, given the special effects, just wasn't ready yet. Given that, the producers should have aired a rerun the first week! But agreed, this episode was excellent.
- Fri, Mar 27, 2015, 11:43am (USA Central)
This is probably one of those episodes that seemed good on paper to the producers (although I can't imagine why), but ended up oh so bad on the screen. I mean, to open your 3rd season, which the fans fought for, with this terrible story is an embarrassment to the franchise. As for the excuse they were on a tight budget, bull! Look at the STNG episode "The Measure of a Man". That was probably super cheap to produce, but it's one of the best episodes across all of Star Trek. You don't need aliens, phasers, ships blowing up, and worm holes to tell a good story.
- Fri, Mar 27, 2015, 11:28am (USA Central)
Totally agree, this is easily a top 10 episode from the original series. I've read reviews on other sites that didn't like this episode because of the "cheesy" special effects, but those are people in my opinion who just don't get Star Trek. Watch the episode in remastered version, and it's even better because the better special effects serve what is already a great story. Loved this one!
- Fri, Mar 27, 2015, 5:15am (USA Central)
"There were so few Tuvok/Seven scenes that I would say this was a theory (albeit a rational one) more than an actual fact supported by evidence."
I recall one scene involving Seven of Nine & Tuvok.
the two-part episode Year of Hell. They showed more chemistry and spark in that one scene than anyone in this entire episode.
- Fri, Mar 27, 2015, 2:06am (USA Central)
@SlackerInc: Funny you mention that; one of the little girls was Bill Shatner's daughter.
See Memory Alpha, "On the Set":
- Fri, Mar 27, 2015, 2:02am (USA Central)
The Q and the Grey
@DLPB: Completely agree with you there. VOY ruined the Q so badly that their emasculation of the Borg looks like substantial character development by comparison. (lone exception being "Death Wish", the last great Q episode)
- Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 11:28pm (USA Central)
'...put the shoe on the right foot first, but put the left foot first into the bathtub.'
That line and Kira's reaction to it always kills me. :)
- Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 10:13pm (USA Central)
Del_Duio, Actually, that would have been a hell of a way to write Keiko and Molly out of the show altogether.
- Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 10:10pm (USA Central)
The Most Toys
I'm pretty sure Lore would have had that display room in smoking ruins inside about 10 seconds.
- Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 10:09pm (USA Central)
Vii, the only reason I said "good guys" is to differentiate between "Dominion)." You are so right they were a bunch of self-deluded, megalomaniac Starfleet cadets who bit off more than they could chew. It also struck me as being odd that Watters was offended with Jake at talking to Dorian about home. Jake had no way of knowing that this was a forbidden topic. I am sure this is where the flags came up. (in Jakes mind). Nog made me sick in this episode, when he saw "Red Squad" he put on his blinders and didn't take them off until everyone was being killed.
- Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 9:22pm (USA Central)
Scorpion, Part I
The most interesting thing about this episode, aside from finally being introduced to an interesting threat that will persist for more then 2 episodes (the Kazon were neither interesting nor particularly threatening and the Vidiians weren't much better) is Janeway's dilemma.
Chakotay was right when he said she was so hellbent on getting home that even the almost insurmountable odds of surviving the ordeal they are faced with does not make her step back is ludicrous.
She was so determined to achieve that one goal that she wouldn't even listen to Chakotay, despite him making very good points as to why they shouldn't go through with it.
One example: When Janeway explains her plan to the crew, she calls the Doctor and his technology her ace in the hole, telling him if the Borg don't take her bait, she'll delete his program. I don't know if you've noticed, but the Doctor's face was one of utter shock and disbelief. Would she dismiss B'elanna or Tuvok just as easily if they had been the ones to come up with her ace in the hole?
Nobody even stopped to consider how ruthless this was? I know the show has a tight schedule to keep and they can't possibly dwell on every little slight that a character may or may not cause through their actions, but still...
- Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 2:25pm (USA Central)
My top Ten
The Caretaker - I understand that people have a problem with Janeway decision at the end which is understandable, but this episode was a great introduction. Voyager probably had the best pilot out of all of Trek.
Parallax - The character drama is good in this episode. It probably would had been better if they replaced the special analomy (excuse spelling) with something more fitting to it's premise like being attacked by space Pirate or something like that or they debate how much resources they can afford to share. Only the second episode in and the cast comes off likeable.
The Phage - A great introduction to a new bad guy. I personally place the vidiian under the Borg as the most terrifying villians into the franchise.
The Cloud - Go drama that goes into the premise. The Cloud being actually being a life form is to TNG for my taste, but it's work.
Eye Of the Needle.
State of Flux.
Horoes and Demon - A nice stand alone character episode.
Learning Curves - It's not on the same level of Lower Deck and Good Sheppard, but still an effective episode.
Honorable mention goes to Emantion.
Seska, Durst and Carey made great recurring characters for season one.
Janeway - I like this version of Janeway better instead of the Mel Gibson type they will make her later on.
Chakotay - A nice mix of Riker and Kira.
Tuvok - Effective Character. I like his friendship with Janeway.
Tom Paris - One of my favorite character who they don't do much with in season one. I like his friendship with Harry.
Neelix - A like the idea of having a guide, but some of the comedic element is force.
Kes - Made a great nurse.
The Doctor - Break out star.
Torres - Another break out star.
Despite knowing that some of them will go on to be undeveloped I have to say the main cast came off well.
- Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 1:52pm (USA Central)
Second Season Recap
My Top Ten for Season 2.
Alliance - They should had opened the season with this one.
Deadlock - This would had been a good episode to come on after Alliance.
Projection - A nice character episode and Robert Picardo is just a great actor.
Resistance - A nice stand alone episode to lighten things up.
Meld - A good Tuvok episode that also goes with the theme of the show.
Dreadnought - another nice standalone episode that features Torres.
Death Wish -
Parturition - A nice standalone light episode. Tom Paris is another one of my favorite character. It's just a shame they took away his edge to quickly.
Tuvix - A nice moral debate episode.
Life Sign - A nice way to somewhat humanize the vidiian.
Like I said before the Kazon and Vidiian made effective bad guys for season 2. Hogan, Sudar, and Jonas made effective recurring character. It's a shame they got rid of Joe Carey. They probably could had been used a little bit better and I love that moment when Hogan snapped on Janeway. I liked Seska more in season 1.
I'm giving these episodes honorable mention for touching on Element to goes into Voyager premise and for showcasing my favorite characters even.
ColdFire - For meeting another Caretaker.
Elogium - for the element of introducing a pregnant crewmember.
The 37's - For the subplot of the crew finding an ideal planet that they can settle in.
Prototype - Torres is my favorite character.
Investigation - I like the idea of the Jonas arc, but not exactly all of the execution.
Resolution - The theme of Voyager having to go out it alone without Janeway and Chakotay.
Basic - I like the idea of the Voyager crew being stranded on a planet. I wish it was a three parter with all of part being being about The Voyager crew being stranded on the planet with part 3 being about Paris retaking Voyager.
If season 2 consist of these episodes and themes.
- Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 1:31pm (USA Central)
Second Season Recap
Voyager is an interesting series. With the exception of Elogium, Threshold, and innocence I don't mind most of the episodes of Season 2. Season 2 had so great stand alone episodes that pretty much had nothing to do with Voyager premise like Meld, Resistance, Death wish, Projection, and Dreadnought.
It would had been better if season 2 opened up with Alliances and was more like that episode. The episode is not perfect, but he did a good job dealing with it themes. The Kazon and Vidiian made great villians.
- Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 10:46am (USA Central)
The Q and the Grey
Writers WAY out of their depth here in understanding what made Q a great character... this episode and the writing is frankly an embarrassment.
- Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 10:18am (USA Central)
You are desperately trying to explain away an absurd storyline. Q is not mentioned in the episode and the writers weren't thinking of Q when they made that story. You are.
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