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mephyve
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 7:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Displaced

This was another entertaining illogical episode. One person gets replaced is confusing. Ten people get replaced I'm throwing aliens in the brig and there will be some major interrogation.
Paris and the half Klingon shoot the last shot out of their makeshift phaser. They have no way of knowing if they will run into any other guards yet they leave a working rifle with the guard they just killed. That's just stupid. (**)
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mephyve
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 7:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Distant Origin

Episodes like this and The Chase always make me smile. The fantasies of evolutionists are much like the doctor's family. Real life doesn't work like that.
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mephyve
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 5:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Real Life

The half Klingon was far too much of a busy body here. The doctor was happy. Leave his family alone (*)
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Paul M.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 5:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Thine Own Self

Yeah, I have no problem with Troi becoming commander. It's the bridge officer part that drives me up the wall every time I think about it (and with Beverly too). Doctors and psychologists don't just get to pass a single test and become freaking bridge officers, just like you can't pass a test and jump careers in the other direction. It takes 4 years at the Academy and a dozen more of field experience to get there. The notion that a person can achieve the same thing via a silly holodeck test is preposterous.

And yeah, I'm taking this way too seriously for my health! :)
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mephyve
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 5:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Before and After

If I cared about Kes even a little bit I might have liked this episode. Most of the characters on this show were simply not interesting. I like the doctor. Paris. and the half Klingon. The Vulcan and harry are watchable. Kes is just blah. Neelix is unfortunate. Janeway and Chockfullofnutskotay are unbearable.
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William B
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 4:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Second Chances

I agree with Peter on this. While I would have liked the show to be more explicit about Riker, me evaluating the past couple years of my own life make me see some rough similarities. Like, oddly enough, Wesley, Riker started with a very clear picture of what he wanted -- command -- and then at some point it sort of hit him that his desperate search for captaincy might not be as strong a drive anymore. Wesley came to the realization that Starfleet wasn't for him relatively early in life after floundering a bit. Riker was very driven and talented and was on a fast track, and dropped the possibility of a real connection with Troi for his career, but then...stopped. In particular, if we view Riker in terms of what he learned from his parents -- he wanted to best his father in his career and show that he could be a great strategist and success and be fully independent of the need for real guidance, and he wanted to form a series of relationships with women which are all by their nature fleeting and temporary in anticipation of their dying when he gets close ala mother -- then it makes sense that the Enterprise finally gave him a place where he could get close enough to a woman he loved without "committing" (and thus setting himself up for heartbreak) with Troi, and could find a mentor who also gives him lots of space to run things/be independent to allow him to "grow up" and also get approval from Picard. What he really wanted is the space to be able to grow up enough to be ready for command and for an actual adult relationship, and it seems like it isn't until the features that he gets there. I think that season seven does set him up for this okay -- dealing with the mutiny and his younger self in The Pegasus suggests some of why he was reluctant to take on his own command (at some point he must have started realizing something about his zeal was overriding his judgment) and the threat of Deanna actually seriously being with someone else let him realize that he wants to keep Troi close (and it's not fair to just expect her never to date). Riker's ambition and promiscuity do seem like overcompensation in retrospect; he does want his own command and a real relationship, when he's ready, but it takes until around BoBW for him to realize that he is stalling, perhaps deliberately because he knows he's *not* ready. Apparently substituting rapid career advancement and promiscuity for emotional connection didn't actually make him more fulfilled, and he has to start emotionally catching up for what most people would probably have already managed by Riker's age at the start of the series, *in place of* meteoric career advancement/bedpost notches. (The comparison to me is more on "career" end of things, not the promiscuity; I was a little like Wesley -- ahead of my peers scholastically and socially maladapted, until I realized I had lost a certain drive and was a bit of a jerk toward the end of my undergraduate days.)

Deanna -- well, I think that the Enterprise was simply always a great career move (and where is she going to get promoted to?), so careerwise she's not in the holding pattern he's in, and in fact she even takes greater career initiative within the series than he does (with the eventual improbable Thine Own Self promotion). And I think that she was probably pretty happy with Riker, relationship-wise. It's possible that observing her own mother's pushiness is part of why she had the level of patience to put up with Riker's kind of waffling on how serious their thing is as long as he did, subtly opting for "slightly more than friends" intimacy without being willing to go all in. (I love when she gets sarcastic with him about it. From The Loss: "Imzadi..." "OH PLEASE.") In fact it may be that she needed to get up the nerve to treat herself with more respect -- being a potential equal to him (in rank too!) and being willing to try dating, first with another actual Riker and then with Worf (even though it probably never would have worked), to implicitly let him know that the clock was ticking, for him to finally grow up. (The various men-of-the-week didn't seem that serious for the most part, and the ones who did -- like Ral -- turned out to be evil to various degrees so could be chalked up to her making stupid decisions rather than her being independent enough Riker would have to seriously risk losing her romantically.) I ignore most of Insurrection and Nemesis in my head but Riker/Troi getting together (and him taking a command) is something I think makes sense as an endpoint of that story and I'm happy enough with it.
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mephyve
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 4:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Favorite Son

Ignore the silliness Jammer lol
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mephyve
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 4:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Favorite Son

fun romp if you ignore the silliness (**)
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mephyve
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 4:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Rise

watchable
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mephyve
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 3:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Darkling

this made no sense. The holodeck computer took over the holographic doctor and made him evil. really?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Some Guy
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 2:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Deadlock

Why isn't everyone freaked out that they all just died? Why is Harry so nonchalant at the end of the episode that his own dead body is floating outside the ship? Why isn't the Wildman mother not totally weirded out that someone just handed her an identical copy of the baby that just died in front of her? Why isn't Janeway affected by the fact that her whole crew just died, and ot could have been her "her" crew just as easily.

This episode shows the crew as cold hearted, and indifferent to the suffering and deaths of themselves. It's seriously freaky, yet the crew handles it with a kind of inhuman shrug of the shoulders.
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Rob
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 2:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Dax

I couldn't agree more with Luke on this one I also agree with RT in regards to not yet being emotionally invested enough in the characters to really care what the outcome of the court case was.

I really truly don't understand all the praise the court case episodes of Star Trek get. I find them incredibly boring. One of the few positives to this particular court episode is that it was used as a vehicle for developing Dax as a character. Unfortunately at this stage in my viewing, I'm not convinced she's going to be a character I'll ever actually like or be particularly interested in.

So far Odo is my favourite DS9 character. I'm intrigued to see how he develops as the series progresses.
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David
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 1:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

I'm not sure this episode was deserving of a 3.5 rating - I think it's more like a 3. A much better episode along the same lines of "trying to alter a future outcome" was the one where the ship was stuck in a never ending loop (can't remember the name).

By the way, I find the early shuttle pods from the first few seasons to be ugly and very TOS-like in design. Considering what a gorgeous and sleek ship the Enterprise D is, the art department really let us down when it came to her shuttles. In the shuttle bay, the thing looks like it's made of cardboard - a real embarrassment.
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David
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 1:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Generations

Regarding Picard's children speaking with British accents, I didn't find this odd, because Picard himself speaks with such an accent. Therefore, wouldn't it make sense that his children speak the same? There are also other explanations, such as: 1) Wanting the best education for his kids, Picard may have sent them to top boarding schools in the UK (either that, or they went to some kind of international/Federation school) 2) The kids are actually speaking in French, and what we are hearing the universal translator, not the kid's real accents, 3) In the far future, it's possible that the English language has been embraced by the French to such a degree that it's almost, if not as popular as French itself. If you listen to some Swedish people today, many speak with American accents because they hear it on TV.

A few problems I had with the film - at the end, where they report that there were only "minimal" casualties to the Enterprise. Excuse me, but didn't the Klingon ship blow huge chunks out of the Enterprise's hull?? Each of those blasts would have killed dozens, with a total death toll probably in the hundreds. I don't call more than 10% of a ship's crew dying to be "minimal' by any means.

I found the "media circus" at the beginning to be very un-Trek and too 20th-century for my liking. Star Trek has always managed to avoid media, newspapers, and the like, because showing us how people get their news in the future isn't necessary, and leaves more to our imaginations.
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Chrome
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 11:38am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

"Everyone who watches this film takes away from it the same thing they take from watching an hour of CNN: Federation/UN/USA killed some people today, but its okay because they embodied bad values. "

In the Federation/Kirk's defense, he's shown trying to reason with Krall for several minutes in the film before resorting to violence. But Krall's methods are clearly the more violent of the two. And yes, sometimes you need to act violent to stop violent people. That's just self-defense.

As for the broad pro-West or whatever message you're throwing into this film, I say, well it's a film made in the West; you have to expect it to support Western values to *some* extent. Nevertheless, I think the director's INTENDED vision was trying to support global ideals of teamwork (I mean, the director's a Taiwanese migrant, for Pete's sake).
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Paul M.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 8:54am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Maquis, Part II

RandomThoughts,

I never liked Nechayev. She was way too rigid and one-dimensional as a character and had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. She was a stock boneheaded admiral ready to be inserted whenever plot required a higher-up to vex our gallant heroes. Also, it doesn't make much sense that in the vastness of the galaxy, dealing with a bunch of different species, she was always the one in charge. What, was she following Picard all the time?

In this episode she was especially insufferable, bordering on the caricature of a clueless bureaucrat.
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mephyve
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 8:16am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Unity

Hey look! Upchokotay with ensign Who Cares. Don't get used to her.
(I'll come with you......, NO) Nothing suspicious about that.
O great. let's watch Chocobokotay not die. Stupid overused premise.
Reactivate a Borg ship transmitter... No danger there. Extremely skeptical???!! How about Not in a million years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's get the heck outta here now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh well. Don't say I didn't warn you. (***)
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RandomThoughts
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 7:42am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Maquis, Part II

A silly little thing, but important to me: Admiral Nechayev.

Having her be the immediate boss of Captain Picard and Commander Sisko was so great! It really sold me that there was a hierarchy in place at Starfleet that was continuous, instead of having the 'admiral of the week'.

That being said, I never really liked how she was written. Stiff and uncompromising. But darn it! She was there multiple times, over two shows, and you knew what to expect from her (stiff and uncompromising :) ). So, while I never liked how she was written, at least they were fairly consistent with her character.

Enjoy the Day... RT
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mephyve
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 7:39am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Blood Fever

Wow yáll are so rigid. Maybe it was thought that the fight had to be to the death because that's how it was always done. Since nobody died, logic would indicate that the myth has been busted.
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mephyve
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 7:17am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Blood Fever

Looks like Jammer was entertained as well.
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mephyve
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 7:13am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Blood Fever

I would say now we're talking but that would imply that I think Voyager will become a better program. So I'll just say that the implications of Borg activity elevate the possibility of some good episodes in the future.
as for this episode, the doctor's innocent amusement at the plight of the hapless victims of the irrepressible sex demons, was highly entertaining
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Fenne
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 6:18am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

I don't have that much to say about the movie, good or bad. I think it's the most Trekian of the three. It reminds me the least, I guess, that this is not the original timeline (apart from Spock mourning Spock), which means it feels less forced. STID would have been okay without the Tribble Magic Blood and the horrendous ripoff of a death scene. I wonder how that movie would have been without the death scene in particular. All sorts of things went wrong in my brain when I saw that.
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Corey
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 6:06am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

"Native Americans underwent something close to genocide a century-and-a-half ago"

A bit off topic: we hear often of the slaughter of the North American Indians, but the wiping out of indigenous South American Indians was shocking as well. I was reading Charles Darwin's accounts of the period, when General Juan de Rosas initiated policies to purge the continent. It's sick stuff, systematic and on a massive scale.


"CHakotay was somehow expected to represent an entire ethnic demographic, and it just didn't work, and Beltran's cardboard performance can only be partially at fault."

I would say they didn't even try to make it work. Voyager just didn't really use its crew and their personalities well. A better series would have had the Federation and Marquis at odds, learning to work together, and then have Chakotay and Janeway have an extended romantic relationship. Instead they went the episodic, reset-button route.

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mephyve
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 5:50am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Coda

The problem with this episode is that Janeway and Chuckotay won't stay dead.
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mephyve
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 5:40am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Alter Ego

Hey look. A seemingly innocuous space phenomenon. Let's get up close because nothing ever happens to us when we get close to seemingly innocuous space phenomena.
I thought it was a holodeck episode. Turns out it's just a repressed alien. (**)
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