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- Wed, May 22, 2013, 4:14pm (USA Central)
In response, she says: "Two words. Dear Doctor."
- Wed, May 22, 2013, 1:18pm (USA Central)
Eh, no worse than 97.5% of Voyager episodes.
- Wed, May 22, 2013, 11:43am (USA Central)
Ok, that's the last time I post from my phone using speech to text. That is horrendous.
- Wed, May 22, 2013, 11:41am (USA Central)
I used to dislike Voyager because it could have been so much more, but after watching some episodes I discovered its true purpose: it's the comfort food of all the Star Trek series. Consequences of character actions are rare, and and it requires from the viewer very little thought. It's easy to watch and comprehend; just sit back and let the simplicity wash over you. Some people enjoying not having to use their brain and more power to them
- Wed, May 22, 2013, 11:24am (USA Central)
This episode certainly did the battle for the Federation's soul story a lot better than Star Trek: Into Darkness.
I'm thinking of Pine doing the final confrontation between Sisko and Leyton. It will probably be in a much noisier environment than a television set of an office. But it could have been quite awesome.
- Wed, May 22, 2013, 10:42am (USA Central)
All Good Things...
Thanks Jammer for all of the reviews, and everyone for all of the comments.
One thought on Geordi/Leah: I can't disagree with the complaints of this Easter Egg, but I can't help but compare this little debate/detail vs. the "smack you in the face" telegraphed eggs of Into Darkness with WoK. Give me the subtle but somewhat problematic Geordi/Leah any day!
- Wed, May 22, 2013, 10:23am (USA Central)
Fun fact: Clint Howard didn't need to wear makeup for this episode.
- Wed, May 22, 2013, 10:17am (USA Central)
Why did Neelix change into one of Quark's outfits? Does the replicator have a clothing section for annoying people? I don't know why but he would have been a better character had he stayed in his fur pimp coat.
- Wed, May 22, 2013, 9:39am (USA Central)
being a fan of Mass Effect's brand of military sci fi I tried to give the show another chance, but it's so far up its own ass I was unable to penetrate the pretension.
- Wed, May 22, 2013, 9:20am (USA Central)
Kazon are just queeny Klingons with krusty quaffs. Sad that they aren't the worst thing introduced by Voyager.
- Wed, May 22, 2013, 9:09am (USA Central)
These Are the Voyages...
Then my fedora fell off. :(
- Wed, May 22, 2013, 7:56am (USA Central)
Sons of Mogh
"In fact, the most horrible crap happened to Worf and O'Brien out of all the main characters on the show. Is it a coincidence that they both happened to originate on TNG? Hmmmm....."
A very good point, Patrick. This could be seen as more of Ira's hatred for TNG; hatred which, as far as I'm concerned, ensured that DS9 would not be embraced as TOS & TNG were.
- Wed, May 22, 2013, 7:08am (USA Central)
Still though, I think this is one of the heartier episodes of season 1, provides some good background development on Data, has some good crew interactions, all in all one of the more decent offerings of season 1, and foreshadows what TNG would become in later seasons in terms of the crew and the types of situations they face. It would have been nice to learn a bit more about the entity and the colony.
- Tue, May 21, 2013, 4:49pm (USA Central)
Way late, but Jack: Because they don't know what they're dealing with yet. It could be someone inside the station, or someone outside of it. Raising shields and powering up weapons could cause them to react prematurely (or for all they know raising the shields could cause the explosion), it was a point that was brought up in the episode.
- Tue, May 21, 2013, 3:43pm (USA Central)
After losing power:
Paris: "The vultures are circling."
Janeway: "Vultures eat the dead, Mr. Paris. We're not dead yet."
Yeah, that's why he said "circling," Captain Post-op. Vultures commonly circle that which is alive but near death. Don't take it out on Tom just because the raiders took your last crate of mustache wax.
- Tue, May 21, 2013, 2:42pm (USA Central)
I'm a sucker for any Trek episode involving a rogue planet or pulsar - my two personal favorite universal phenomena - so I enjoyed this solely on an aesthetic level. It's doubtful there would be plantlife, and watching now as they explore-- I take it back, rogue planets don't have atmospheres and they are deep cold, so how are they walking around in their uniforms? At least they got the sky of bright and abundant stars somewhat right.
- Tue, May 21, 2013, 1:36pm (USA Central)
Spectre of the Gun
Chekov is an idiot.
- Tue, May 21, 2013, 11:40am (USA Central)
These Are the Voyages...
This episode made me shart in my favorite jorts.
- Tue, May 21, 2013, 10:49am (USA Central)
I have little to say about this one. As Elliott points out, the themes of this episode are very important. The bioengineering is mostly there as metaphor; for the real world equivalent of "creating a perfect soldier," think not genetic engineering but the training as represented in (e.g.) Full Metal Jacket, where in order to become perfect killing machines people are stripped of their individual identities and "reprogrammed" through intensive training. The split personality within Danar also hits many of the points associated with soldiers suffering from PTSD after the war is over (or even milder forms thereof), of one part of them never really leaving the battlefield while they try and try to reclaim their identity otherwise; and Danar's scenes with Troi do help get across his conflicts, and his absolute recognition that he can kill any moment and has killed. The government's disinterest in making any real effort to help "deprogram" or reverse the bioengineering of their soldiers is also believable and on point, since while soldiers are publicly honoured upon their return the medical and psychological damages wrought by the war are no longer so important once the soldiers' use to society as a whole has ended.
I do think that the Angosian prime minister (James Cromwell!) and the society he represents are not given enough depth. It certainly is plausible that the bioengineered soldiers would have trouble adapting and that there would be large outbreaks of violence upon their return; but we don't get a real sense of scale of how bad this was that the Angosians went to the idea of resettling the ENTIRE soldier force away from society. This works best as an allegory if we consider this to be representative of soldiers on Earth being socially ostracized and feeling no longer at home, but this social ostracization is often unconscious or contributed by both sides, and one doesn't have to kill to get out of it. The allegory is certainly more effective than something like "Symbiosis," but I think that while there is an attempt to portray both why Danar is dangerous and why he needs sympathy and understanding, there is very little effort to present the prime minster as anything but smug, condescending, and cowardly. This probably is done so that the pat ending can feel less unearned than if he was actually portrayed sympathetically (the way, for example, the police chief in the following episode, "The High Ground," is, despite a somewhat similar function in the episode), in which Picard leaves him and his to be held at phaserpoint by prisoners who *did* use the Enterprise to get back to the planet.
I think all in all 2.5 stars sounds right.
- Tue, May 21, 2013, 9:46am (USA Central)
Second Season Recap
I think that the show is worth watching, up til the point where Sorbo thinks he should have creative control of the show. At that point the show would have been better served without him and probably would have made more sense and had better continuity.
- Tue, May 21, 2013, 9:06am (USA Central)
I honestly thought this was a good episode. It has a solid plot and I like the fact that the crew has to decide between obeying the society's rules or doing what's morally correct. I find the whole bit about the "prime directive" kind of stupid though. There's a difference between interfering in a society's affairs and not following society's rules and then leaving. Still this deserves a 3 out of 4 stars as it really wasn't a bad episode.
- Tue, May 21, 2013, 6:11am (USA Central)
Body and Soul
Dayumn, that Lokirrim woman got back. That booty is kaBLAM.
- Tue, May 21, 2013, 5:49am (USA Central)
"the Reset Button mentality of TNG"
- Tue, May 21, 2013, 5:40am (USA Central)
Janeway: "Unfortunately extinction is often the natural end of evolution."
Four words: WHAT THE FUCK, BITCH???
- Tue, May 21, 2013, 3:50am (USA Central)
The poor guy only ever plays deranged jerks, it seems, although I think I saw him in some movie in which he was a sympathetic character. I really like him as an actor.
I hate time travel in movies. It's never done right. People who write time travel stories never seem to be clever enough to think the damn thing through properly. (Primer is the only good one I can think of right now.) But setting my hatred for time travel aside and also setting aside the car door unlocking tricorder, I liked this episode. I'm glad they didn't get into silly fish-out-of-water stuff and just stuck to the story.
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