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Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 1:48am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

213karaokejoe, I agree completely. Also, the minute something weird happens in the ship's computer, standard practice should be to shut down & evacuate the holodecks. They're trolling us at the end by Picard not even *acknowledging* that he had officers in mortal danger.

I wish Star Trek had done more with the idea of the holodeck. As a sci-fi concept, mostly it was used by TNG/DS9/VOY for play-acting and artificial peril. There was occasionally some good stuff done with artificial intelligence and reality vs. fantasy, though in both areas pretty limited in imagination (an intelligent being always looks and behaves like a human, and reality is always better than fantasy).

Imagine this technology exists. Then what? Some brainstorming ideas:
- You could live your life in a holo-cubicle; the entire ship's crew could be people in these things.
- Normal rules of, say, physics need not apply. You could be a superhero. You could mess around with bad guys who are taking over the ship. "Augmented reality" could be your permanent reality.
- In the spirit of Avatar, explorers could virtually enter any hostile environment (space, a planet that—gasp!—isn't earth-like) by sending out a sophisticated probe and using the holodeck as the UI.
I'm sure this is just scratching the surface...
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Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 1:15am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

It never feels like there are 1000 people on this ship. (It also never feels like they *need* 1000 people on this ship—100 would probably work just fine.) Where's the resistance? Maybe the adults all wanted to go down to the planet and be miners, because they've been stuck on this thing for 5 years and never got to go on an away mission.
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Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 1:07am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Afterimage

I think a lot of people posting about this episode don't have a clue. I thought this was a very good episode and I thought the whole Ezri Dax story line was very well thought out. What do we know of Trills? That you have to go through a huge complex and difficult screen process. Here we have a Trill who not only wasn't trained, but DIDN'T WANT to be joined, something that must be rare amongst Trills. Everything that she went through in this episode was realistic and believable. Sisko putting too much pressure on her and having too high of expectations of her. Worf's reaction to her is so understandable. In fact in reality she should never have stayed on the station because all in all, Ezri Dax needs to live her own life, not just pick up Jadzia Dax's life and continue. I liked that Jake has the hots for her, she is after all close to her age and all.
What I didn't like was Bashir rolling over meekly to Worf. Worf acted unprofessionally and insinuating threats to another officer is something that Bashir should not have taken laying down.
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Andrew Hoffmann
Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 9:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Little Green Men

Odo as a German Shepherd is worth the watch on its own.
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Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 6:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Price

Man, the horrible outfits of Beverly Fonda & Troi. The terrible music during the "romantic" scenes. The not realistic fling of Troi. And annoying Ferengi. One star. At the most. Only Troi being put in her place was kind of a nice moment.
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David Pirtle
Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 5:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Little Green Men

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Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 3:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

If, as Picard states, the Federation is in a state of war with the Borg, then Hugh must be by definition a prisoner of war.

By referencing it can be seen that the Federation is violating at least seven of Hugh's rights as a prisoner of war.

I thought that the Federation were suppsed to be better than this.
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Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 3:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: The Pegasus

This episode was fine up until the ending, which irritated me. The righteous indignation that both Picard and Riker have for the admiral is way overdone. The federation can't keep using a piece of cloaking tech, which has just been demonstrated to work awesomely, because of some stupid treaty with the Romulans? They should've told the Romulans to shove their treaty.

At the very least there should have been much more nuance and consideration of whether they wanted to use the cloak and renegotiate with the Romulans. I really didn't like the high horse from which they talked down at the admiral.

That cloaking device is freaking awesome. I'd like to see them pass through Earth with it enabled. :-)
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Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 5:26am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

I ilked the first maybe 20 minutes which gave me a little sense of wonder and excitment and some bits between Spock and Bones were good too. It is style over substance. A pretty mediocre action movie.
Star Trek: the fast and the furious.

And reading through the comments and how people say that they liked it because it wasn't as bad as the others to that I can only say: Hunger makes the best cook.
People just ignore that the movie made no sense. Jammer and some other pointed that out. They have succesfully dumbed down the audience. Nobody minds anymore that this movie had no big ideas and that the story is a big plothole. And yeah they talk about unity but the Federation isn't about unity it is about community and how acceptance and individuality strengthens that community. In Star Trek the word unity means probably more to Romulans or the Cardassians.
But I would give it 2.5 stars too which may sound surprising but yeah I have accepted it, it is dumb and I don't consider it to be Star Trek and judging it on its own it is a sometimes enjoyable action movie with some nice jokes. And I'm sure that I will have forgotten in a year or two what this movie is about. I more or less have forgotten the 2009 movie (Vulcan was destroyed, a fight on something in high alltitude and Spock flying around in an egg, that is all I remember), Into Darkness is already fading (Only things I remember here are Benedict Cumberbatch, the horrible KHAAAAAAN scene, the other horrible scene with carol marcus aka look ! A blond woman in her underwear, the evil admiral, people in torpedos and superblood). And I have already forgotten the motivation of two jj movie villains.
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Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 4:14am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Encounter at Farpoint

Sarita, if you haven't already stick it out because your in for a treat with TNG.
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Fri, Oct 21, 2016, 4:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

@aemom: Maybe Troi was guiding Worf's hand on the targeter to get around some Starfleet regulation preventing unauthorized personnel from firing the weapons. "I never fired those weapons, it was Worf who pressed the button".
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Fri, Oct 21, 2016, 9:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Schizoid Man

The only reason to ever become a scientist in the Federation is because of the lovely assistants you get, Why do you think La Forge took that path? He knows the score.
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Fri, Oct 21, 2016, 8:13am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Regeneration

You too! I've been enjoying your ENT reviews :)
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Fri, Oct 21, 2016, 7:55am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Second Season Recap

OK, season 2 in the books. It rated higher than I expected.

Carbon Creek / 4.00
Dead Stop / 4.00
Stigma / 4.00
Cease Fire / 4.00
Cogenitor / 4.00
First Flight / 4.00
Minefield / 3.50
The Seventh / 3.50
Future Tense / 3.50
The Breach / 3.50
Regeneration / 3.50
Shockwave part II / 3.00
Singularity / 3.00
Vanishing Point / 3.00
The Catwalk / 3.00
Judgment / 3.00
Horizon / 3.00
The Expanse / 3.00
A Night in Sickbay / 2.50
Canamar / 2.50
The Crossing / 2.50
Marauders / 2.00
The Communicator / 2.00
Precious Cargo / 1.00
Dawn / 1.00
Bounty / 1.00

Total: 77
Average: 2.96

Little higher than season 1. More 4.0 episodes, but more stinkers as well. While this season wasn't as consistently good as season 1, it has some trek classics in there. The 4.0 episodes are truly that good.

Of course Carbon Creek is my favorite Star Trek episode so.... :-)

My favorite theme is the ever improving relationship between Archer and T'Pol.

Comparing with DS9 and VOY S1&S2 is always interesting.

Voy: 3.06 / 3.02 average per episode
Ent: 2.94 / 2.96 average per episode
DS9: 2.08 / 2.71 average per episode

This falls right in line with what I've always thought. VOY/ENT Season 1&2 are way better than DS9's. I'm a little surprised, I'd always had in my head that the ENT early seasons were the best early seasons in trek (spin-offs) but my numbers don't quite reflect that.

On to Season 3!!!
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Fri, Oct 21, 2016, 4:49am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Non Sequitur

"but if that happens to entail playing pool in the afternoon while getting mildly sauced"

Anyone else have an office at WeWork?
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Peter G.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016, 10:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Schizoid Man

@ Jason R.,

To know those vapid and clueless assistants, is to love them. And to love them - you wish.
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Jason R.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016, 8:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Schizoid Man

I am grateful that for once Wesley Crusher had no hand in solving this particular puzzle.

While the answer was obvious, and it may have taken a little longer for Picard to put 2+2 together than I would have hoped, I do like that the climax of the story renders that little mystery rather superfluous; the issue isn't figuring out that Graves has usurped Data, but rather the moral implications of this act. As Graves puts it, he is human and Data is a machine. Legally speaking, he's probably not wrong. This is a taste of the ethical problem more fully explored in Measure of a Man. But it's only a taste. And ultimately Graves' decision to just pull the plug, just like that, seems far too easy.

This episode has its moments, but they are only moments.

As an additional criticism, I found the character of Kareen immensely tiresome. How many of these superfluous female characters are we going to keep running into? Does every old scientist have a beautiful young assistant / wife intensely devoted to him, but utterly vapid and clueless? It's like a repeating motif in Trek.
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Thu, Oct 20, 2016, 7:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Regeneration

Good to hear from you Robert. Hadn't heard much since I finished Voyager.
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David Pirtle
Thu, Oct 20, 2016, 4:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

What a powerful, moving episode. I usually am disinclined to heap praise on episodes that show an alternate future we all know is going to be wiped out by the end of a Trek episode, but this is so well written and acted that it is even more than the sum of its parts (and its parts ain't that bad to begin with).

As for the commenter who says it's 'racist' to have a black Bajoran be Jake's wife, I really can't understand his or her complaint. We never saw a black Vulcan before Tuvok. Someone has to be the first. It's odd to hear someone say it's racist to be inclusive of other races...
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Klovis Mann
Thu, Oct 20, 2016, 1:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Family

Just a note: The person in command of a ship is always called captain no matter what rank is formally held. For example "Captain" Bligh was a lieutenant.

I liked that Worf's parents were plainly Jewish. They would naturally sympathize with Worf's "outsider" status. I thought their family scenes together were quite touching. His request for some of Mom's Pie was a "humanizing" touch, sweet.

I imagine vineyards will look pretty much the same in a couple hundred years as they do now. Bottles? Maybe not. Corks or screw tops?
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Thu, Oct 20, 2016, 12:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Loud as a Whisper

In a different kind of episode the Troi-Worf 'moment' of professional misconduct could serve as an interesting jumping-off point to study the profound cultural differences that would exist between a species of isolated individuals, and a species of empaths & telepaths.

It's almost impossible to fathom how the nature of privacy, social boundaries and even 'self' vs 'other' would develop in a race of beings who can read the true thoughts and feelings of the person their dealing with (and visa versa).

Lwaxana kind of embodies this friction whenever she steps on board the Enterprise, and ironically it's Deanna who has to remind her how different the social and behavior standards are among humans -- Which is a long way of saying that the good Counselor definitely should have known better in this episode.

Thankfully she does seem to redeem herself as the episode develops.

But setting aside previous character precedent (and a lack of discretion and common sense on Troi's part), one could imagine just how jarring it would be for a Betazoid to adjust themselves to an emotionally 'blind/deaf/dumb' culture. I suppose in a Betazoid culture, a reaction like Worf's would be immediately evident to everyone...including Worf. He would never think to 'hide' his feelings on this issue, he wouldn't even try.

If you are an open book to others, you would have to become an open book to yourself as well. Honestly and openly dealing with your emotional foibles, hangups, prejudices, anxieties and so forth would be 'de-rigeur' as there's no hiding from the judgement of others.

I guess a very stretched parallel is the development of monolithic Social Media in today's 'always connected' society. Virtually everything anyone thinks on a given topic can be transmitted instantly to a huge number of people, who in turn transmit that information to their circle of friends, etc, until everyone 'knows' about a given topic, incident, misdeed, etc. At least in 140 characters or less. How are you feeling at this moment? In the past you may tell a co-worker in the cubicle next to you can 'Share your thoughts' to half the planet with a few clicks of a virtual keyboard.

Along with that has come an erosion of our boundaries of what information is private and what is public (much to the benefit of certain corporation's bottom lines). Young people today are growing up in a more 'Betazoid' style world where everything is shared, and is expected to be shared, with everyone else. In many cases whether you like it or not (the Internet never forgets...).

Of course many members of 'older' generations look at this development with a mix of confusion and horror. Boundaries are being broken or at least mutated in ways we could hardly imagine even in 1989.

Full disclosure, I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Troi and I try to avoid dumping on the character every time she tells Picard she's 'sensing something', or 'doesn't think so-and-so is being totally honest'. She's an underdog type and I try to root for her, despite her frequent 'hicups'.

Ultimately I think the incident in this episode was just the writers trying to shoe-horn in another joke "Worf is a bad-ass warrior who cares little for 'peace'. And did we mention he's Klingon? Rawr!" Hamfisted and a disservice to Troi, unfortunately.

Hmm maybe Lwaxana, a full telepath and hillariously oblivious to Human social standards, should have been made the ship's counselor so we'd have awkward moments like this every episode. The crew would lose their minds, and Lwaxana would be there to provide a running commentary as it happened....

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Thu, Oct 20, 2016, 12:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: The Expanse

Jammer: "Couldn't they have tested their weapons anywhere?"

Ah, yeah.... eeeesh.... the relative intelligence of our foe has just regressed to the level of a 5 year old. The test itself #1 removes any element of surprise for the real attack and #2 risks revealing your identity to your enemy.

This is just one of the writing gaffs that I just wipe from existence while watching season 3, the other is how an event of this magnitude couldn't ever be mentioned in trek lore. There ARE other ways to set the stage without killing 7 million humans in the first ever attack on Earth by an Alien civilization. Come on.

All that said. Most of what I just mentioned entered my brain after I watched this. This episode is fun to watch and does have emotional impact. The Delphic Expanse is portrayed by the Vulcan's as being very dangerous, the addition of the MACO's to the Enterprise crew speaks to conflict ahead. I was eager to start season 3. Just glad I didn't have to wait as I watched all this on DVD.

The best part of this one for me again involved Archer & T'Pol. She resigns her commission to remain with Archer & crew. Glad to see it.

Duras... blah, blah... only interjected so Reed can test his new weapons.

While this episode gets the blood pumping and I'm more that ready for more, I can't really give it above a 3 star rating because the test strike was just that stupid.
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Thu, Oct 20, 2016, 12:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: These Are the Voyages...

" I can ignore the fact that Riker is old, grey and fat in this, but the holodeck really pisses me off. "

Spoken like a true Trekkie. I salute you Mr. Vulcan!
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Thu, Oct 20, 2016, 12:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Who Mourns for Morn?

@RJ - Having the hots for Spock? All she said is "He's so much more handsome in person. And those eyes."

He's a legend. It'd be like going back in time and finding that say... Rasputin is better looking in person than his pictures. I don't think there's anything wrong with such a line.... if a man said it, nobody would blink.

And if she had sex with McCoy then it was Emony!

As to Boday, he's just an ex boyfriend with a transparent skull. I will say the whole fire dancer thing bothered me though.
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Thu, Oct 20, 2016, 12:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: First Contact

Jack, you sound like yet another dime-a-dozen, (disgruntled?), (frightened?), (insecure?), shameless, insolent, lazy, know-it-all, total-ignoramus atheist who has zero idea what genuine religion is about, its intentions, and its potential.
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