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stallion - Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 2:25pm (USA Central)
Re: VOY S1: Learning Curve

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.
Prime Factors
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.
Stallion - Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 1:52pm (USA Central)
Re: VOY S2: 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.

Honorable mention
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.
stallion - Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 1:31pm (USA Central)
Re: VOY S2: 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.

DLPB - Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 10:46am (USA Central)
Re: VOY S3: 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.
DLPB - Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 10:18am (USA Central)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

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.
Robrow - Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 7:56am (USA Central)
Re: DS9 S4: The Sword of Kahless

It comes across as sub-Lord of the Rings dross. Sword = ring, whatever. And increasingly I find Klingon-centric episodes annoy me. Or rather Klingon beliefs need to be shown as relevant to the ongoing arc involving the Dominion. This was what made 'The Way of the Warrior' so compelling. Whereas all this stuff about ancient relics and a semi-mythical past just seemed like so much bombast. I'm starting to prefer the Ferengi.
Deborah - Wed, Mar 25, 2015, 9:55pm (USA Central)
Re: ENT S2: The Crossing

OK, even I have to admit that Archer--whom I generally like--is too immediately hostile in this episode. It doesn't get more excitingly sci fi than an encounter with an alien species that was at one time corporeal. Definitely a missed opportunity.
Deborah - Wed, Mar 25, 2015, 8:48pm (USA Central)
Re: ENT S2: Canamar

Man, I'm going to have to disagree with Jammer and those who want more social commentary. I don't mind a little commentary, but I get my dose of seriousness listening to the news. I want my Star Trek fun, action, great effects, good acting, good chemistry, and asking myself "how are they going to get out of *this*". Overall I'm very pleased with Enterprise, and I liked this episode. I liked the fight scene, the camaraderie among the prisoners, and, for that "bit of social commentary," that the episode explored the idea of a "continuum of evil" with Kuroda worse than the guards. I watched TOS all the way through recently, and I found it quite repetitive. It's also hard for me to get past the dated sets, the short skirts, and the half-naked women. As for later shows, Darmok - boring. The Inner Light - depressing.
Del_Duio - Wed, Mar 25, 2015, 11:44am (USA Central)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

Weird, this is one of my favorite DS9 episodes (it'd make the top 10 for sure). Different strokes!
The Dreamer - Tue, Mar 24, 2015, 8:49pm (USA Central)
Re: VOY S3: Macrocosm

It is interesting also when the "little" things in an episode catch your attention.

Example: Janeway has Doc use the shuttle's sensors and com systems.

How many times have a ship's systems including the transporters been offline and we the viewer says, what about the shuttles? At least in TNG "Power Play" they acknowledged this.

Even in Nemesis when "transporters were down"

I will stop there . . . . . :-)
Icarus32Soar - Tue, Mar 24, 2015, 10:17am (USA Central)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

This childish cardboard cutout of an episode gives Let him who is without sin a bad name. That episode at least worked as a parody of all the dodgy holiday resorts and the dodgy tourists who frequent them. This moronic time loop works on no level at all, the script is something a bunch of third graders would come up with. Sisko turns to a wishy-washy do gooder and poor Odo is used like a deus ex machina to save the day? Jammer the writers got you this time, they're pulling your leg big time.4 stars? What drugs were you on when you watched this poor excuse of an episode?
Capitalist - Tue, Mar 24, 2015, 9:25am (USA Central)
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II

"She puts the "ho" in Hoshi."

Aaaaaahhhhahahahahaha!!! Jammer's Best. Line. Ever.

But ho or no, Empress Hoshi was hawt hawt hawt! :-)
45 RPM - Tue, Mar 24, 2015, 7:02am (USA Central)
Re: TNG S3: The Most Toys

I always wondered what would have occurred had Fajo found Lore instead of Data. I believe Lore was floating out in space at this time.
SlackerInc - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 10:42pm (USA Central)
Re: TOS S1: Miri

I should have listened to Jammer. I am doing a selective rewatch of the series with my kids, using these reviews as a guide, but I think there was something in the premise and in the comments that gave me hope that we should try this one. But both my kids fell asleep halfway through, and I had to fight off the drowsiness myself. Just slow and boring.

Also, the interaction between Kirk and Miri was kind of creepy; and Yeoman Rand exuded all kinds of sexist stereotypes.

The only thing that really held my interest was that some of the kids looked familiar. Particularly Miri and the older boy; and to some extent the bucktoothed younger boy.
Andrew - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 9:42pm (USA Central)
Re: TNG S3: The Enemy

@ grumpy_otter, the Romulan wasn't just a Romulan but a member of the Romulan military. I would have also liked Worf to have eventually changed his mind but I was expecting it and not having him change made the story and character more interesting.
Andrew - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 8:35pm (USA Central)
Re: ENT S4: These Are the Voyages...

I thought the series actors did pretty well (although Blalock seemed overly uncomfortable with some dialogue) and Frakes did alright (aside from annoying as Chef) but Sirtis was too dismissive of the characters and sets and events and a lot of the writing didn't make sense.
It did feel like Berman & Braga were pretty resentful of being cancelled, of Season 4 getting more praise, of T/T and possibly of Moore and took it out on the characters.
The episode would have been a lot better if Trip hadn't been killed (preceded by Troi saying he would be and followed by complaining about seats and Phlox claiming Archer was very lucky) and there had been somewhat less of Riker playing chef.
Chris - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 4:05pm (USA Central)
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

"They're brothers Data, brothers forgive". Picard's face also changes to one of deep thought. Anyone ever try to guess why? I always find that scene very subtle because everyone is focused on Data's face but it's obvious that statement moved Picard as well.
Chris - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 4:03pm (USA Central)
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

The "nod" is just Picard and Riker acknowledging that Data will remain on the bridge. There's no reason for him to leave his primary station because of a life support failure.
Capitalist - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 12:08pm (USA Central)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

@ Demosthenes

Ahh, having skimmed over most of the debate, I clearly didn't understand the "ground rules" as you pointed out. I thought posters in this thread were coming at the moral dilemma from their own real-life moral principles. But you're saying we're all supposed to pretend to accept the moral code which "is extant on the various Star Trek series." I didn't realize that.

If that's the case, then I guess I can't add anything at all, since it's pointless and distasteful to pretend to accept the absurd leftist utopian moral code of Gene's vision for the series.

Of course, not everyone "in universe" accepts that code do they? My favorite line of the entire DS9 series is when Nog asks Jake, "Well if you in the Federation don't need money, then why do you need MY MONEY?"

So as a representative of the Ferengi point of view, I still offer up my own solution. Rendering aid is neither morally compulsory, nor is it morally prohibited. It's a matter of individual choice. Not under Gene's code, but under the moral code of Quark, Nog, et. al. (notwithstanding the writers' slandering of that moral code as exemplified by the silly Rules of Acquisition, etc.).
HolographicAndrew - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 12:04pm (USA Central)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

Q was judging to see if we could expand our minds. He doesn't care about 18 crew members lost at first contact with the borg, he probably doesn't care that the CE killing before making first contact. "If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed."
DLPB - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 9:57am (USA Central)
Re: VOY S7: Imperfection

Not bad, but too damn cliche. Once again, all hope lost... only for a risky procedure that ends in 100% success for all parties. Urgh.

And, of course, magic wand writing... like lost Borg ships being nearby.

And the ending was v corny.
DLPB - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 9:09am (USA Central)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

3. It is sentient, mass murderer that they had an opportunity to stop peacefully

Option 3 does not change option 1 in the slightest. Option 3 is not an option. Firstly, while trying to reason with a mass murderer you risk further death, and secondly, a mass murderer needs to be imprisoned or, better yet, executed. We don't go off playing happy families with a mass murderer. A mass murderer doesn't deserve any compassion or any second chances.

Good luck telling the families of those dead that it's all ok now because we had a little chat with it. That's not justice at all. Even if the creature changed its ways, the fact is, it is TOO LATE.

As for Q, he was judging us on our actions and if they were merited. You'll be hard pressed to find a majority of people who believe executing a mass murderer is unreasonable. Or that using deadly force in self defence is not justified. You are debating this creature like it stole a few lemons.
Del_Duio - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 8:18am (USA Central)
Re: DS9 S6: Tears of the Prophets

This is a good episode, but one that always pisses me off.

#1) It sucks that they killed off Jadzia. I know Terry Farrell didn't want to stay on but re-assign her or something so she might come back later.

#2) The crew (aside from Sisko) took the death of 'The Sound of Her Voice' chick worse than Jadzia's! And when the Defiant.. meandered.. itself back to the docking ring Worf should've been running his ass off to sickbay since she only had like 5 minutes left to live at that point.

Damn this episode pisses me off, lol.

Great GREAT visuals and space battles though, some of the best on the entire show's run.
RH-father-of-Z - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 1:52am (USA Central)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

I was putting my toddler son to bed tonight, and as he fell asleep, I decided sit beside him and watch this episode. As I watched this superb episode, I felt a strong bond with my son, just as Jake feels for Sisko. What a moving episode!!! I've watched all other ST series and DS9 is my last unseen series. I can definitely say this is one of the top 3 episodes of the ST franchise. What an episode!!!!
NCC-1701-Z - Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 12:55am (USA Central)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 1

I am so glad they didn't go with the cliche of "This is a dangerous mission and we may not come back alive, so volunteers only." [cut to everyone volunteering anyway right down to the last deck scrubber] The fraction of people who actually did volunteer during the red line scene is probably very close to what it would be in reality.
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