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eastwest101 - Thu, Apr 24, 2014, 6:03pm (USA Central)
Re: DS9 S6: Profit and Lace

I usually like the Ferengi outings, and have seen that the DS9 guys can do comedy properly, but not in this case.

Once the cross dressing began it became unintentionally creepy, if Armin Shimerman chose to "tone down" his performance imagine what the original script looked like! I bet a lot of people regret this. Ultimately the episode failed because the comedy was not strong enough and the jokes were not funny, and not even due to the dubious lack of "political correctness" but they just were not executed well and had all been done better/earlier....
eastwest101 - Thu, Apr 24, 2014, 5:54pm (USA Central)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

Not the worst episode but certainly not very good. The whole thing came off as a bit manipulative and certainly very very clumsy. I am never really one to nitpick myself but the holes in the plot and leaps of logic were just too much for me in this episode, and then throw in some poor scripting, lazy writing and stilted acting and it plays out almost like an abandoned pilot episode for a failed to launch "Young Star Trek: Valiant" spin-off series....
DPC - Thu, Apr 24, 2014, 5:22pm (USA Central)
Re: VOY S2: Twisted

They could have called this one "Non Sequitur" because it made no sense.

The cliche of "spatial/dimensional anomaly" being the cause of the ship being turned into a labyrinth would have been better than a space critter that swallowed the ship, made space bend in impossible ways, crush the hull (yet it clearly didn't), made people act slow, gave Janeway the big-O, et cetera, only to have the very end reveal the twist (no pun intended) that ruined the whole episode... complete with magical data exchange between both 'vessels'... really?

Kudos, in a way, for trying to do something other than a spatial distortion, but it just doesn't work. But at least they kept the big revelation to the very end... which seems a trifle unfair, now that I'm thinking about it, but if it were revealed earlier I would have changed the channel...
DPC - Thu, Apr 24, 2014, 5:18pm (USA Central)
Re: VOY S2: Parturition

I went into this episode out of boredom, expecting to hate it.

It grew on me.

I didn't expect Neelix and Paris' argument to continue on (though they do make up at the end, go figure), much less be a fresh take...

But what I really liked was the M-Class planet fooling their sensors into thinking they were finding humanoid-compatible food when what they were reading was the food the lizard creatures ate.

Loved the ending as well.

And, yup, the tricorder problem was grating... It's amazing, where they put in some thought -- and where they overlooked detail just to keep suspense going...

3 of 4 stars, and a lot of it has to do with the quality of the acting drawing and maintaining interest... but - yeah - in 1995 I would not have cared for this episode at all...
lizzzi - Thu, Apr 24, 2014, 3:14pm (USA Central)
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

While I don't expect them to be very good, I've been watching Enterprise and Voyager for the first time, just for completion. (I'm very late to the party.) I thought that no matter what people said, this episode couldn't be that bad. Often the "bad" episodes are just silly or campy, and I can at least laugh and shake my head after watching some moronic, mindless entertainment. This episode was creepy, though. Definitely an icky feeling to it, and boring besides. I agree with others' comments over the years--throw it out the airlock and space it.
lizzzi - Thu, Apr 24, 2014, 10:45am (USA Central)
Re: ENT S2: Precious Cargo

I always enjoy the ones jammer says are terrible. This was no exception. Sure, it's not "The Inner Light." It's just mindless, hokey, old-fashioned space opera-- Moronic escapism, which at times we all need.
Kieran - Thu, Apr 24, 2014, 9:49am (USA Central)
Re: TNG S4: The Host

Crusher seems fine with the idea of Odan having a new body until she sees it is going to be female. It's interesting that this is where the line is crossed for her. I wonder if he had come back as a hideously ugly man would she be similarly uninterested? And would we think less of her if she were?
Kieran - Thu, Apr 24, 2014, 9:28am (USA Central)
Re: TNG S4: Half a Life

I must admit when Troi's voiceover said "My mother is on board", I was tempted to hit the off switch immediately, but I'm glad I stuck this one out. It raised some interesting questions about ageing and care for the elderly and I liked the sombre way the actor who played Timicin played it. Lwaxana was annoying as ever but at least she was annoying in a good episode for once.
Ric - Thu, Apr 24, 2014, 3:28am (USA Central)
Re: VOY S5: Relativity

Really good episode. It proves that even this often used card of time travel, the whole tired concept, can be put to new use. Even bold use, I should say, as it meta-plays with the very series more than parodies with the franchise.

Pretty good. Certainly not exactly deep in philosophical issues and had its fair share of plot holes. But it certainly pushed forward the time travel stuff, gave a good scifi hour and smart entertainment.
Ric - Thu, Apr 24, 2014, 3:22am (USA Central)
Re: VOY S5: 11:59

Not bad, not good. A meh character development episode. Full of holes, short on the deepness it wanted to achieve.
Ric - Thu, Apr 24, 2014, 1:55am (USA Central)
Re: VOY S5: Think Tank

Reaaly good plot argument. The idea of these genius aliens just looking for intellectual challenges was quite good, as well as how it matched with Seven's retained attraction for pursuing perfection. I also enjoyed the idea that Voyager turns the table by diplomatically convincing the first enemy that they were both being played by the second.

Sure, the episode did not execute these fine ideas as well as they could make one expect. But still a solid episode enough. And just another good one in this very consistent season. This has to be one of, if not the, most consistently good seasons in the franchise.
Ric - Thu, Apr 24, 2014, 1:16am (USA Central)
Re: VOY S5: Someone to Watch Over Me

Superb episode, pure gold. Easily one of the best of Voyager until this point, and not impossibly seats among the very best of all Star Trek's finest.

Fun, funny, touching, poignant. Fantastic dialogues, smart without forcing, acute and accurate. Jammer is right and the B plot was distracting and unnecessary, but overall it was pure magic how this episode guards, behind the fun and entertainment, a very deep exposure of the complexities and perils of being a (or in this case trying to become a full) human being. Both for the Doc and for Seven.

If this one does not deserve 4 stars, a full 10 out of 10, I do not know which one does.
Garrison - Wed, Apr 23, 2014, 11:17pm (USA Central)
Re: TOS S1: This Side of Paradise

I love the way DeForrest Kelly says 'Ennerpriiiise' when calling the ship. Used it as a ringtone for awhile.
Grumpy - Wed, Apr 23, 2014, 5:43pm (USA Central)
Re: TOS S3: The Lights of Zetar

According to Memory Alpha (named, of course, for this episode), Shari Lewis -- yes, the ventriloquist -- wrote the story so that she could play the lead. So there was never any contemplation of putting a regular cast member in the role.

Although Trek fanfic had been printed since 1967, this story is, in a way, the first to become canonical. Even has a classic Mary Sue!
Stallion - Wed, Apr 23, 2014, 2:27pm (USA Central)
Re: TOS S3: The Lights of Zetar

I was thinking the same thing. A lot of episodes would had be better if they rewritten a whole bunch of roles in season 3 for sulu, chekov, and uhura instead of having an unknown crewmember. That would had made season 3 better. Despite the behind the scene changes im surprise the writting staff didnt suggest instead of having an unknwown crewmember play this part why not make it someone the audience know and care about like sulu, chekov, or uhura.
Stallion - Wed, Apr 23, 2014, 2:12pm (USA Central)
Re: TOS S3: The Paradise Syndrome

This episode would had been a little better if it was uhura translating and figuring out the presever language with spock or chekov instead of having mccoy telling spock to go to bed. Would had been a good use for her character.

Stallion - Wed, Apr 23, 2014, 1:55pm (USA Central)
Re: TOS S3: Spock's Brain

I meant roddenberry. This episode would had been better if they said spock's conscioness got stolen and uploaded to a computer instead of his brain. Also drop robotic spock. I like the character interraction to this episode.
Bravestarr - Wed, Apr 23, 2014, 1:25pm (USA Central)
Re: TNG S1: Encounter at Farpoint

Not going to lie, this episode BORED me. I actually skipped the whole episode when they started the slow as molasses seperation sequence. I liked Q of course, but the episode just went downhill fast after he let the crew go. Is this an episode about Q or about Space Jellyfish? Entirely too unfocused, thank god things picked up later on or else I would've thought this show would be cancelled.
Bravestarr - Wed, Apr 23, 2014, 1:12pm (USA Central)
Re: DS9 S1: Battle Lines

Not going to lie, I almost gave up on DS9 while watching this episode. Keep in mind I came off of TNG, and Voyager, so I was a little Star Treked out. This episode though I found slow, boring, and dull. Thankfully DS9 gets MUCH better later on around the 3rd season, but man did this episode suck.
Bravestarr - Wed, Apr 23, 2014, 12:58pm (USA Central)
Re: DS9 S7: Field of Fire

Was on the fence on this episode up until they both looked at each other through the x-ray sights. I would've loved to see an Oh Shit expression on the vulcan's face as he saw that Ezri was looking at him with the exact same gun. Can you imagine looking through a sniper rifle to see someone else looking at you as well?
Corey - Wed, Apr 23, 2014, 7:25am (USA Central)
Re: TOS S2: Wolf in the Fold

As others have noted, this is a pretty great and tense episode, but the sexism displayed by the Enterprise crew is disgusting (the entire season is sex obsessed), especially in light of the episode's broader story, which is ABOUT the sexism and violence of a crazy serial killer. In essense, the good guys are portrayed as being no better than the bad guy, but we're positioned to accept this because they're only "casually sexist" and dont kill people. Oh my.
Garrison Skunk - Wed, Apr 23, 2014, 2:28am (USA Central)
Re: TNG S1: The Neutral Zone

I'm not sure if anyone mentioned it, but isn't it convenient that Riker answered the page using the room's comm unit instead of his communicator, just so the guests could later get on the comm and annoy Picard.

One thing I do give the episode props for...the bit about TV going out of style seems visionary from a show about 8 years away from the popularity of the Internet itself, and about 10 years away from YouTube and DVRs
Ric - Wed, Apr 23, 2014, 1:48am (USA Central)
Re: VOY S5: The Fight

Yeah, this one was sort of character dev.... Zzzzz.... just a shame that it had such magic-babble visions tha... Zzzzz.... chaotic space, chaotic episode, loosing my min... Zzzzzzz
Ric - Wed, Apr 23, 2014, 1:00am (USA Central)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

This is the typical case of an episode where I couldn't help but feel that the writers were trying a bit too much to be smart and hit home. I mean, forcing an artificially wishfully-smart plot, not developing it organically. And for me, they did not completely succeed.

Even though, some issues raised here were powerful enough to make me think and enjoy the set up moderately. In the end, it certainly is another episode underrated by Jammer, but I would not give a constellation of stars as well.
Ric - Wed, Apr 23, 2014, 12:47am (USA Central)
Re: VOY S5: Bliss

Repetitive plot (everyone blacks out, leaving the Doc alone - only this time he had Seven as well). Repetitive anomaly of the week. Repetitive ending. But as Jammer has precisely captured, there is something that makes it sort of good. Quite fun at least.

Maybe it was the grouping of good acting, just as others have said above. Anyway, surprisingly enjoyable. Of course, though, there were other episodes in this very same season that deserved 3 stars more than this and did not get them.
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