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Latex Zebra
Mon, Sep 26, 2016, 7:04am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Adversary

So now the Federation/Starfleet have had a war with the Tzenkethi.
For a peace keeping organisation based on exploration and learning they sure get into a lot of wars.

At which point do the peace loving hippies think "Screw this, lets seal our borders and stay here. Too many innocents are dying because we want to boldly go..."

Be interested to see a list of everyone they've had a war with.


The Borg don't count as they're headcases.

Anyone else?

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Mon, Sep 26, 2016, 5:52am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Renaissance Man

sigh (*)
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Mon, Sep 26, 2016, 5:26am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Homestead

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Mon, Sep 26, 2016, 4:06am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Rocks and Shoals

Thought provoking review and comments all around - genuinely worth reading (for me) almost everything on this page.

It's often jarring to be confronted with disconcern and/or unexamined ruthlessness regarding the deliberate termination of life. Irrespective of, for instance, whether it would ultimately prove necessary to kill the enemy soldiers, isn't an evolution in the thinking processes of mankind a central tenent of Star Trek? Yes there is war, but this isn't set in the 21st century and Cisco isn't Patton or Rommel. He is supposed to represent hundreds of years of conscious, progressive effort to place in check our destructive instincts.

The world is gradually becoming less and less violent (no, really - I didn't believe it myself but Steve Pinker's evidence and arguments have convinced me). Certainly the Trek universe depicts humanity as having finally done most of the remaining work necessary to embody disciplined restraint and compassion at the expense of violence, whether reflexive or strategic. Attacking Cisco for trying to find a way not to kill those enemy soldiers (while understandable given the stakes) is, I would suggest, thinking in contemporary terms at the expense of incorporating some of the most defining elements of Trek into one's calculus.

In the same vein, many comments here have characterized "Paul Gordon" (Joseph Fuqua), the handsome Starfleet "redshirt" who is killed during the climax, as a victim of what they see as Cisco's - or even the writers' - misplaced attempts at diplomacy. But Gordon was Star Fleet, and more, he was a man, a human, of his time. I would like to suggest that he was not a victim, and would not have seen himself as one. Perhaps I am out on a rhetorical limb here, but supporting evidence was provided when the crew confront the morality of Keevan's ambush. Gordon himself says, with obvious revulsion at the idea, "So we just...shoot them down?"

Being killed, especially with most of your life still ahead of you, is not a choice most of us would make. But living by your convictions, especially when doing so is difficult or even dangerous, must be among lifes' most defining behaviors. Cisco did not carelessly or needlessly throw away Gordon's life. He pursued a course mandated by a philosophy of existence to which Gordon, and Star Trek, devotedly subscribe. With so much discussion here and elsewhere about "honor", what does honor have to "say" about acting in accordance to your considerd beliefs?

This episode is repleat with subtlety, depth, thematicism, and depictional excellence. Brooks and especially Visitor knocked it out of the park, as did the writers and director. Moreover, the guest actors were outstanding. Phil Morris was riveting, and Lily Chauvin was excellent - yes, IMHO, excellent, as Vedek Yassim. She depicted Yassim as poised, profoundly serious, appropriately proclative, and, above all, crystal clear as to her purpose: to open the eyes of someone in whom she had placed her faith for the salvation of her people. In.Frakking.Credible.

That this site persists despite the antiquity (in terms of the digital world) of the bulk of its content, obligates my sincere and evergreen gratitude. I began visiting here shortly after taking my first job out of college. Now closing in on two decades later, I find my occasional vintageTrek streaming greatly enhanced by re-reading Jammer's take, and catching up with opinions of other ST devotees. I love it when someone out there elucidates a point, whether or not I immediately or ultimately agree with it, that simply had not occurred. So thank you fellow commentators, and above all, thank you Jammer.
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Mon, Sep 26, 2016, 3:26am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Warlord

yup. I noticed. was complete kakamany (or however it is spelled). completely bogus writing. they fudged up the whole synaptic simulator thing by their own description and directions.

Alex is right, you're wrong. I even rewound my DVR to double check myself. the doctor said the "doodad" would work based on the implant's tech to force the warlord out. it was discussed that KES would have the transfer implant most likely and that they would use it against her. they were counting on her having a transfer implant. only way the "doodad" (synaptic simulator) works on the dude at the end is if he had an implant setup as a pre-plan that the warlord would escape to him which was never mentioned.

as it was never mentioned, counts as a huge plot hole in my book for a series that tech is a huge part of.

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Mon, Sep 26, 2016, 2:54am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Relics

I am not so sure about this "miracle worker" thing: Did Scotty really overestimate the repair time on purpose during TOS?

I always thought that idea came from parodies ...

And I've been watching the BR commentary on this episode: Initially, Ronald D. Moore had written an even more distanced crew, but the actors thought their characters would like Scotty. Since he's the engineer of the crew that saved the Federation many times, I'm sure every Starfleet cadet would have read about him as often.
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Mon, Sep 26, 2016, 2:38am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Wink of an Eye

I wonder if they died out. Oh well, at least they got one baby out of the deal (Kirk&Deela). More, of they used that one redshirt before killing him off.
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Mon, Sep 26, 2016, 2:14am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: That Which Survives

You could tell immediately when they beamed down that the blue geologist was doomed, lack of red shirt notwithstanding.

Spock was at his most obnoxious in this episode, needlessly berating his crew and nitpicking at their language and mannerisms. Scotty's a saint for putting up with all that. This is just one more episode explaining why the crew has ample reasons for being uncomfortable when Spock is in charge. Dude either yells at them for no reason or sacrifices them to space cavemen. Or endangers them all because he values the life of the captain over the combined ship and crew. Maybe it was a showcase of why Dr. McCoy is so essential - if he's gone, who's Spock supposed to fight with?

The away team hiding behind each other to evade the 'ghost' was a pretty funny visual. Sulu got some dumb moments but at least he got off the bridge this ep.
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Mon, Sep 26, 2016, 1:43am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Assignment

Hah, Luka...

I watched this tonight and came here to read the old review and comments. Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. I didn't like her too much as a character back in the day, however, she did hit the right notes in this episode. Maybe it was the aggression instead of her usually fluffy character that made it sexy?

Ah these Pah Wraiths...

They never explained them very well.... I always told the story to myself that they were the same type of beings as the wormhole alients and they had some sort of war or civil war in the wormhole, lost, and got locked into something that was buried in these fire caves. They always wanted revenge and to destroy their mortal enemies.

I wish they had of explained it more than just go on and on about Bajoran religion. We know it was just a created narrative for the people, they were not gods or prophets or anything more than just beings that lived outside of time, that could be killed.
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Mon, Sep 26, 2016, 12:28am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

It felt like an episode of something else that happened to occur in the Star Trek universe. So even though it was well-executed, it felt off as a Star Trek episode. During the battle in particular I noted that the orchestral, epic music was really grand and profound, but it was SO not Star Trek. I would probably deduct a star for that.

Am I the only one who noticed that the engineer who dies is Will Robinson from Lost in Space (which was TOS rival back in the day)?
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Mon, Sep 26, 2016, 12:20am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Whom Gods Destroy

I always wondered: if insanity is so easily treated and cured in the TOS universe, why was it always treated so seriously when a character was insane or went insane, or the possibility of being driven insane came up. After all, it seems like now only a temporary condition.
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Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 8:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: The Swarm

Especially when in his minimal screentime he's actually competent or at least helpful.
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Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 8:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: The Swarm

There may be a trend that the better episodes of Voyager have a minimal amount of Neelix ...
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Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 8:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Unexpected

I wonder if a female character had nipples growing on their arm, would they be allowed to show that on TV?
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Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 7:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Natural Law

Despite Chuckthemagicdragonkotay, the episode didn't suck
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Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 6:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Friendship One

It's always funny when you see a new crew member on an away mission. You can't help but see a target on their back.
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Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 5:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Author, Author

Deja Data
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Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 5:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Plato's Stepchildren

One of the better season three episodes, IMHO

The character arc of Alexander was brilliantly played and always felt real, maybe because it's still relevant today.

The interactions of the main three were on par with previous seasons, with each wanting to save the others and Spock finding the whole thing so loathsome that he can barely control himself. It was a good bit of character development.

The ending did lack any sort of comeuppance for the antagonists, which is always frustrating, but par for the course with TOS villains, who are almost always easily forgiven by Kirk no matter the atrocities they inflicted (Khan, those tentacle monsters in human form who turned everyone into giant dice in "By Any Other Name", the Gorn, etc). Oddly, minor villains usually are punished (Harry Mudd, Tyrano Jones).
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Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 4:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Cloud Minders

I disagree, this episode was less than a three star outing.

Season three seems to rely on a lot of "dying of the plague" time limit backstories, only to ignore the urgency implicit in such a framing story to focus on our mains flirting and breaking stuff. There's no sense of tension and urgency like there would have been in previous episode because of this backdrop, now our heroes just lull around as though they're on a day trip.

Spock flirting with the naive councilman's daughter wasn't really sold well, we were never given a reason for his attraction to her other than it being purely physical. We're given no plausible reason why he would start moving in on her, no traits she possesses - talent, wisdom, intelligence - that would interest him, it's clearly just an interest based on appearance, the sort of interest that he's supposed to be immune or at least very resistant to. His voice-over didn't serve to advance the plot or inform us of motives - he was just telling us he found her hot, which we already knew. I have to laugh at the fact that Kirk is taking a nap while on a critical, time sensitive mission - he must really trust those officials to do their job properly. Also, there seemed to only be one bed and Kirk was taking up the whole thing. No wonder Spock was sitting awake monologuing. (I have to wonder what the Ardanans were expecting them to do - share it?)

Spock ditching the sleeping Kirk to make advances on the girl seemed out of character, especially when there were hostiles nearby. And him casually telling this girl he just met about the Vulcan mating cycle - something he would have almost rather died than admitted to in "Amok Time", and then only to Kirk, who was sworn to secrecy and entirely sympathetic - was completely unbelievable. One can only draw the conclusion that he did indeed suffer lasting brain damage from the events of "Spock's Brain", and that is why so many season three episodes have him acting so contrary to his previous nature and attitudes.

Kirk's going against the orders of a local planet's government and even kidnapping an official seemed off. He always looked for loopholes and compromises, but here his immediate solution is to break the rules. He's always played hard and fast with them and disregarded them when necessary, but there was no cleverness on his part. He had access to the mines and instead of ordering down some reds and quickly mining the stuff he needed himself, he chose to kidnap an official and lock himself in a room with dwindling oxygen to prove a point. Not one of Kirk's better moments.

I didn't find myself sympathetic to the miners. Kirk tried to help them and they wanted to kill him, and then made him dig in the dirt barehanded for seemingly no reason. He was already sympathetic to their cause, why waste time like this?

Honestly, I would have found the idea of Spock having a romance with the Horta from "Devil in the Dark" more believable than the one he had in this episode. She's a naive air-head, taken with him because she's never seen his kind before, and he seems happy to exploit her curiosity, Kirk-style. I never liked it when Kirk got predatory around younger women and now Spock's doing it too. Yuck. Maybe too many mindmelds with sleeping Kirk's subconscious mind have corrupted him.
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Paul Allen
Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 3:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Indiscretion

Couldn't care less about Kassid Yates story.

But loved the Dukat and Kira scenes. Especially the butt-hurt scene. :)
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Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 11:53am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Masterpiece Society

Forgot to say: big props to this episode for acknowledging that the whole galaxy doesn't run on Enterprise Standard Time. A refreshing bit of realism.
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Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 11:50am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Masterpiece Society

I had fun imagining the Troi hand-wringing scenes replaced with Riker in that role. "Captain, I have to confess, um, I think I've made a terrible mistake!" Man, that would be a great scene.

(A little bit of this mismatch is characterization, but it's mostly just a dumb sexual double-standard. I think Starfleet's "real" attitude about relationships with the locals is more closely aligned with how we see Riker getting treated.)
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Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 6:19am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Human Error

Fell asleep at some point. I'm not inclined to revisit
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Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 6:16am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Q2

Voyager finally did it. first they neutered the Borg and now they've broken Q (*)
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Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 4:12am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

That was cool! (****)
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