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Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 8:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Dauphin

^ Ha! You win the internet.
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Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 3:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Dauphin

In this week's episode of Space 1999 Maya finds herself abducted from Moonbase Alpha and press ganged into ending a war between two factions on a desolate planet.

Worse still Maya cannot even escape her fate by using her metamorphic abilities because her 'minder' turns out to be another Psychon.

Oh sorry-this was actually a TNG episode-are we sure though cos all those bug eyed monsters looked as crap as the ones Catherine Schell turned into in Space 1999.

Wesley kisses a gurl-oh for Pete's sake!

1 star
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Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 2:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: The Sound of Her Voice

I understand that Odo is not bound by any rule of law that requires a search warrant or respect for a reasonable expectation of privacy, but sometimes his spying is just creepy. What's to stop him from being a peeping tom?

The relationship between Quark and Odo makes little sense given everything they have now been through together. Why does the series consistently overlook that Quark is a hero from when the dominion was occupying DS9? Odo does not want Quark to go to jail, and it's weird that Quark thinks that he does.

In all these years Quark has never managed to smuggle anything onto DS9 on Odo's watch. I had kind of assumed that he was actually getting away with a lot, or he would have stopped trying, but this episode confirms that this was the first time he has ever succeeded. Which begs the question -- why does he keep trying? Why not put his efforts into opening a satellite bar on Bajor or something? It seems like that would be a lot more profitable.

As for the A plot: It fell flat because no one addressed anything real. I assumed that Sisko was planning on dumping the rarely seen girlfriend, but no, he just doesn't want her on the bridge.

O'Brien doesn't feel as close to his friends as he did because of the war, but we've never seen that. To the contrary, we have seen him speaking to Julian about very personal things, such as after his undercover operation.

Julian's speech at the end had little to do with his conversations with the woman.

I also didn't buy Lisa as a character. For one thing, she's just lost her entire crew but seems not too upset about it.

Wouldn't the characters be aware that everything they are saying to Lisa is being recorded, and self-censor quite a bit more than they did?
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Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 1:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Bounty

I can't help but be reminded of "Let He Who is Without Sin", which was totally hyped to be this scandalous sex planet in the teaser, only to be shown costumes less provocative than the citizens of "Justice". Basically, this type of executive meddling pleases no one.

But yes, to tack onto William B's point, one of the few episode of Enterprise I caught involved ensign Hoshi Sato who for some reason couldn't complete the mission with her uniform on, and well, let's just say I probably missed whatever point the writers were trying to make with this crisis.
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William B
Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 1:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Bounty

"The 90s were, to me, a really bad time for this kind of thing. You had this kind of corporatized PG13 level of tittilation that seemed gratuitous and exploitative yet tame and prudish at the same time."

I very much agree, Jason R. It's really frustrating in this time because it's like there is an intense prudishness about actual sex or sexuality combined with the exploitative outfits. Part of what's frustrating is that with Seven and T'Pol (at least early T'Pol -- I only saw s1 and some of s2, and I gather that she's eventually allowed to be a sexual being rather than sex object), they read as purely adolescent fantasies partly *because* it seems inconceivable that they could actually have sex or be so interested -- to appeal to teens who are hormonal but also threatened by sex (and especially by female desire, as opposed to desirable females). And that genuinely seems to be part of the design -- as if people being sex objects for audience purposes is what they want, in order to sell the shows, but for them to be sexual beings with their own desires would be a bridge too far and might alienate people.

I'm not apoplectic about it, but it certainly makes the shows feel tacky and hollow.
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Jason R.
Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 12:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Bounty

As an additional aside, I do think Paramount learned the wrong lessons from Ryan's success in the Seven role. When Enterprise came out the T'Pol character was all the sex appeal but with a poor actress in the role with the charisma of a bag of rocks.

I say this as someone who drooled over Blachloch's Maxim spread at the time. But looking at a hot chick was never my motivation for watching scifi and I quit Enterprise after about three episodes. Seems I wasn't the only one given how that series petered out.
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Jason R.
Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 12:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Bounty

The 90s were, to me, a really bad time for this kind of thing. You had this kind of corporatized PG13 level of tittilation that seemed gratuitous and exploitative yet tame and prudish at the same time.

In the 80s fantasy and scifi was often trashy and blatantly exploitative, but in a movie with T & A you at least got to actually see T & A.

In the 90s it was sleazy, phony and lame all in the same package. The irony with Jeri Ryan was that she was really a talented actress and the writing for her character was good - better than most of the crap we had tolerated on Voyager thus far.

Maybe I'm being naive but I honestly doubt having her in that skinsuit even mattered to the show's ratings. I feel like we the audience were taken to be idiots.
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Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 12:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Bounty

Star Trek is still lightyears ahead of Star Wars in terms of pandering to male audiences. I was watching "Attack of the Clones" the other day, and well, Natalie Portman wears outfits that make Seven of Nine's look like baggy pajamas.

I don't think you're ever going to please *everyone* with costumes that appeal to general audiences. The best I could hope is that the actress and maybe some of the female writers have some input as to whether they think a woman in the 23 - 24th century would wear a particular costume.
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William B
Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 10:04am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Bounty

I am also reminded of Ron Moore's comment in his famous Voyager rant about Seven's outfit -- if you want her to be sexualized, have her be interested in sex. Seven is put in a body suit which is designed to be super attractive for audiences but has no organic role in story. Most of the people who complain about the titillation in costuming divorced from actual characterization don't complain about all the sex (and the titillation associated with the sex) in BSG. I can't speak to this particular episode, though.
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Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 9:54am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: The Andorian Incident

Agree The Cisco.

I think they took the beratement of T'Pol too far also as I indicated in my post above.

You hit the nail on the head. We can all understand Archer's personal attitude towards the Vulcan's but that's a personal vendetta and shouldn't have bled over to his role as Captain as much as it did.
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Peter G.
Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 9:35am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Bounty

You guys are seriously going to point out that Trek's treatment of women hasn't changed since the 60's, and you're going to *celebrate* that? To be fair, I think society's sexualization of women has greatly devolved since the 60's, so from that standpoint ENT is probably accurately indicative of the general state of things. No surprises there, I suppose. But I suspect the reason Trek fans are displeased at the sexualization (of a Vulcan, no less) on ENT is because Trek is supposed to be representative of a future that is beyond racism and sexism, and certainly part of that vision should be avoiding sexualizing people for profit. Is it surprising that the producers did it? No, especially given what we know about Berman and Braga. Is it a betrayal of ST values? Absolutely.
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Jason R.
Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 9:31am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Bounty

Luke I don't really see negative comments here coming from a place of prudishness. You are misreading the situation. What people don't like is when Trek uses sex appeal as a substitute for good story or to distract from poor quality. It's not about being offended by female nudity - it's being offended by the notion that putting an actress in her underwear can distract us from a terrible episode.
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Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 9:29am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Bounty

Agree Luke. Trek has always been an American TV series that uses the same lures as any other TV series. It has always pushed the "limits of the day" with regard to drama and sex. No different than any other TV show.

TOS-Enterprise, it's never changed.
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David G
Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 8:57am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Scientific Method

Good episode, terrible review.
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Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 8:40am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Demon

Not a great episode, but I too think it's worth more than half a star. I like how the events of this episode are continued in "Course: Oblivion", which I recall being quite dark when I saw it on TV maybe a decade ago. I'm looking forward to watching that again when I get up to it and seeing if it's as good as I remember.
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Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 8:06am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

Crap ending for a crap series.

Nice that captain Kim will be demoted to ensign for helping Janeway. It's the only closure we get.
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Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 7:25am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

by the way, regarding Jamie Lee Curtis:

I learned in some genetics class that she has androgen insensitivity syndrome. If true, that means she has XY chromosomes and is genetically male. However, people with AIS lack the testosterone receptor in their cells, so their bodies function as 'testosterone-free' and develop under the influence of estrogen instead. That makes them develop as females in utero and at puberty. They are female in almost every way: they have a vagina, not a penis; they have a 'female' brain, etc. As I vaguely remember, they lack a uterus (the vagina ends in a blind cul de sac) and they have vestigial undescended testes inside the pelvis, rather than true ovaries.

That would make JLC a female in every way, except that she's infertile and her chromosomes are not the typical XX.

I have no idea if she is or isn't. But that's what the prof said.

This comment is brought to you in the interests of scientific understanding and irrelevant celebrity gossip. Live long and prosper.
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Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 6:03am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Bounty

Okay, can someone please explain to me what it is about a certain subsection of Trek fans and their obsessive disdain for sexuality (especially female sexuality)?

"OMG, Jolene Blalock's belly button is showing?! WHY ISN'T SHE IN A BURQA?!?!?!?! WHERE'S MY FAINTING COUCH?!?!?!?! GET ME MY SMELLING SALTS!!!!! Clearly this is only meant to appeal to those disgusting, teenaged, horndog boys - people who I'm naturally better than because I'm above such filthy things as titillation. Not that I'm opposed to sexuality, mind you; I just howl with indignation every single time it's presented in any fashion."

Seriously, for a fanbase that so prides itself on being open-minded, there is a remarkable streak of sex-negativity among us. Just look at SFDebris, for example. The man descends into apoplectic rage every time a female character wears something even remotely skin-tight, let alone when she's *GASP* scantily-clad. I just don't get it. I'd say a lot of Trek fans are awfully Victorian when it comes to sex, but that's an insult to Victorian era people. They're more like modern day Puritans.
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Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 2:56am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

People have mentioned their uniforms not degrading, but remember their uniforms were not part of them (like Odo's uniform was). Their clothes were created separate like the ship and other objects. Obviously they change their uniforms every day, take them off to shower, etc. If they were actually part of them they wouldn't be able to do that and it certainly would have given it away to them that they weren't really human. I took it that non-living matter created by the silver stuff held up better than living organisms created by it.
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Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 12:30am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Miri

I would venture to guess those complaining about the Miri-crush on Kirk as "disturbing" or "creepy" are a) men (who have no idea what this feeling is, because they conveniently forget when they had this exact same thing when they were young teens with a very good-looking adult woman in their life) and/or b) have never worked with kids of that age before (as a teacher, etc.), because a young girl getting a puppy-love crush on an older man, especially one she looks up to, is entirely believable, real, and occurs every day with human beings. The "disturbing" or "creepy" part would be if the man used that crush to take advantage (romantically, of course, or even with just plain power-abuse, like using her infatuation to con her out of money, etc.), which Kirk patently does NOT do in this episode.

So, I guess, I'd just say to all the witch-hunters: pack your torches and pitchforks and go home, because every interaction between an adult male and a female child is NOT the sick and perverted fantasy created by your own minds that you think it to be.
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Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 11:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Hero Worship

As a friend pointed out, the kid's (Joshua Harris) performance was exceptional; it must've been very hard for a boy of 12 to imitate an android with no emotions (and still keep a straight face.) For this alone, the episode should be awarded 2 stars.

Troi explained that she couldn't council the boy, who was traumatized, because he'd closed himself off to most strangers, all but Data, who had saved his life. However, I do agree with the earlier comment: her function was as a counselor (ship shrink) and she failed miserably in this in this episode. It was due to this episode alone, that I'm glad there are no counselors on smaller ships like Voyager.

Ezri Dax pulled of a decent counselor on DS9, mainly because she was working through her own issues of multiple personalities, due to getting a symbiant without being trained for it. (This was done to save the life of the Dax symbiont during transport on the USS Destiny; Ezri was the only Trill on board.)

All in all, Hero Worship was a fairly decent episode, if only because it showed how the crew handled the sole survivor of a ship disaster, a traumatized child. I just feel it could've been written better. Perhaps a scene where Timothy screams in his sleep, reliving the disaster, and waking up crying, with Data trying for comfort him. That would've been far better than the ridiculous castle-building scene!
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Peter G.
Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 11:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Arsenal of Freedom

@ RT,

Frank Herbert wrote about something like this in the Dune series. Basically, by even creating a self-programmable AI killing machine one literally risks the annihilation of all life in the universe. If you've seen The Lexx there's a similar theme there. I don't know if there would have been an upper limit to what this thing would do. Maybe it would have realized at a certain point that it needed to assimilate new technology in order to improve itself and become a new Borg race.

My take on the uses of such technology is that it's better not to use them, for any reason.
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Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 10:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Game

I would like to thank outsider65 for the above comments, which are the possibly the funniest comments ever written about any episode. Bravo, 65!
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Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 9:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Arsenal of Freedom

Hello Everyone

I always thought the machine started at its lowest level when against a newer foe. It had to learn their strengths, weaknesses, and capabilities, then would level up in a appropriate manner. If the Ferengi had landed, it would have started off the same, then gone off in a different direction. Same with Klingons or Romulans. It would eventually decide how much power was needed to defeat/kill the newcomers, and used no more than that.

No matter how smart Geordi and the Enterprise got in defeating one of the weapons in orbit, the machine would just program another machine to defeat them the next time, or come close to it. Then a better weapon would appear based on the information from the previous one.

If our intrepid band of heroes hadn't told it they were intent on buying one, it would have continued to display its weaponry and destroyed them all. The hologram did say it was a learning machine.

Actually, I'd have thought this would have had the weapons designers of Starfleet salivating for years. With just a few tweaks (don't kill the folks that designed you), something like this would be able to defend just about any Federation planet from invasion, forever. And for the larger/more important planets (Earth, Vulcan, etc.), they'd just give it more power to do whatever it wanted/needed to do. Of course, it might have destroyed the solar system to defeat the Borg, but what a show it'd have been...

Too bad when one of the shows went back to Earth, on a somewhat war-time footing, they didn't show a few of them floating around in the background, on partol at Starfleet...

Regards... RT
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Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 7:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Field of Fire

Just rewatched this episode again and it wasn't as pedestrian as I'd remembered it to be, but my main problem with it (as many others have mentioned before me) was the inconsistency. This Joran had literally nothing in common with the Joran in 'Equilbrium' save the name and the fact that they'd both been Dax hosts. They don't even look the same. If anything this Joran bears a close resemblance to Ezri's mad brother who was also driven to murder. I like JimmyDee's theory that the Joran we see here is a projection of Ezri's, but that was lazy writing/casting on the producers' part that they couldn't even be bothered to find someone who resembled the Equilibrium Joran.

Another inconsistency I found hard to swallow was how Ezri made it very clear that Jadzia had suppressed and denied the memory of Joran Dax, even though the entire last scene on Trill in 'Equilibrium' was dedicated to the fact that Jadzia had accepted Joran into her life and as part of her identity. This episode basically cancelled out the denouement and thesis of 'Equilibrium,' which is another reason I find it to be somewhat lacking and unsatisfactory.

If anything the Joran of this episode was somewhat more consistent with 'Facets' Joran, but that one might as well have also been a different person from the Equilibrium version, who was painted as a sensitive if slightly unhinged young man who loved music, but had a violent temperament if provoked. The followup episodes basically turned him into a sadistic serial killer like Ted Bundy, whom according to his biographer was "a sadistic sociopath who took pleasure from another human's pain and the control he had over his victims."
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