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She Wolf
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, 2:17am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Tomorrow Is Yesterday

It's a good thing Trump wasn't president when this happened, or we would be at war with North Korea! LOL

I am really bad at pointing out inconsistencies in any kind of show or drama or comedy, but I do realize that to enjoy entertainment, we do have to acknowledge the inconsistencies, suspend belief comma and move on. I find it really hard to do sometimes and I can accept that others do as well. If you look at time travel in the dust on a butterfly's wing theory, you would go absolutely crazy trying to deal with the impact of time travel. Sometimes you just have to enjoy!
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She Wolf
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, 1:31am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Tomorrow Is Yesterday

It's a good thing Trump wasn't president when this happened, or we would be at war with North Korea! LOL

I am really bad at pointing out inconsistencies in any kind of show or drama or comedy, but I do realize that to enjoy entertainment, we do have to acknowledge the inconsistencies, suspend belief comma and move on. I find it really hard to do sometimes and I can accept that others do as well. If you look at time travel in the dust on a butterfly's wing theory, you would go absolutely crazy trying to deal with the impact of time travel. Sometimes you just have to enjoy!
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She Wolf
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, 12:47am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Balance of Terror

I agree with a lot of the comments made, and won't belabor than by repeating them. This is indeed one of the best Star Trek episodes and rewatching it recently confirmed my opinion.

Some comments have been made about the style of helmets. Other than the obvious, which somebody already mentioned, was that the helmets were to prevent the expense of making everyone with ears. Aside from that, references to the founders of Rome by naming the planets Romulus and Remus, it is clear that someone based the Romulans on the Roman Empire. The references to Centurion, Decius, Centurion, etc make it clear. If you look back at history you'll see Romans wore this type of helmet at one point.

On the other topic, I think the episode The City on the Edge of Forever is overrated. It's not that it's a bad episode, but to state it is the best Star Trek episode of all time is going too far, in my opinion. I think it gains its reputation because it was written by Harlan Ellison. Even though a lot of it was rewritten after his original draft, I think a lot of people elevated to the best because of his reputation.

As an episode I don't particularly care for, the one I would nominate is Shore Leave . When I was a kid I really enjoyed this episode, but when I watch it as an adult it just seems a little bit silly. And Kirk's fight with Finnegan went on way too long and was just boring. I think probably Shatner pushed this idea to celebrate his machismo. I think that the idea was interesting, but it wasn't executed very well.
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Reuben K
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, 12:08am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Gravity

@Tmrn I agree with nearly everything you said. It would've been really engaging if the aliens attacking at the end were that desperate and Tuvok points out that they are not necessarily the enemy. Of course, that would require the original message that Voyager sent to include the information of what the idiotic and inexcusably inflexible aliens were doing to the sinkhole and what that would do to the planets therein.

My point of contention is the racist remark: "Is it because she is white and looks like a human and has sparkly stuff on her face while the aliens look less human and have darker skin?" Too often these days such a statement is brushed aside, accepted or simply ignored because it targets "the Man" or white people. Basically it's become acceptable to make disparaging remarks about a particular skin color because of the skin color - making a race-based judgement. I understand the history behind the accusation and for all I know it might be true! But that does make its tone any less racist than it is.

I mean no offense to you Tmrn. I just wanted to make the point that this kind of behavior shouldn't be accepted. Again, the trend you point out may have some basis in fact, but too often it is used by race-baiters on both sides to pollute the debate with their own agendas.
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BSGCommenter
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 10:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 1

did anyone notice that Tyrol referred to God (singular) and not gods (plural) when talking to Cavil?
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BSGCommenter
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 9:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Downloaded

noticing that these debates go on for years (with back and forth exchanges once a year)
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Tara
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 9:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ethics

@outrider65,

Bravo! Well said. Especially your sixth paragraph: I couldn't agree more. She's all braying emotion, and seems to lack even the capacity to calm down and apply reason and ethics. How did this idiot become CMO on the Federation's flagship?

I got the impression Worf doesn't really matter to her. She doesn't consider his point of view or have any apparent compassion for him; his body is pretty much a prop for her strutting self-important theatrics.

This behavior might have suited the Julian Bashir character in an early episode of DS9;, since he was portrayed as young and untried and egotistical in the first season. But Crusher is supposed to be a seasoned physician. And she's horrible.

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BSGCommenter
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 8:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: The Captain's Hand

Garner's sacrifice at the end felt like the end of The Wrath of Khan where Spock goes to the engine room and sacrifices himself
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mefive
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 7:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Chosen Realm

Hohum, the ship is hijacked. Hmmm, the last time we 'rescued' someone and gave her free reign to roam around the ship, she turned out to be a spy for the Xindi. Let's do it again with these strangers. I ff'ed to the last 10 minutes.
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Chrome
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 6:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Begotten

@Linda

"Chrome, wasn’t Hugh the Borg a member of the collective that had been assimilating other species? Obviously he’d fit the category of POW. This Changeling was a baby, essentially a blank page who had done nothing wrong."

Yes, and the Changelings were at one time all part of the great link. But, Hugh was also a youth and he had no control over his actions, so I think he's just as innocent as a stray Changeling.
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Ridgemont
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 5:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Jetrel

Decentish episode that lost the plot in the last 10 mins.

"I've plugged in the DNA sequencing. We also have remnants of the victims of the event. Lets reconstitute a casualty!
More power to the pattern buffers!
(Bzzzzzzzzshhhhhh)
Er ok... we appear to have reconstituted a pile of ashy slime.
Oh yes, forgot that the transporter never actually held a copy of the actual body.."

I know Star Trek has a macguffin attitude to technology but it could at least be consistent in the technology principles it laid down. A DNA sequence might be useful for generating an interesting splodge on the transporter pad, but resurrecting atomised individuals in form pushes the boundaries of coherent storytelling.

I also wish they wouldn't do close ups on neelix's face. His nose resembles a circumcised penis.
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Michael Z Freeman
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 5:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: False Profits

Wow. I appreciated this the first time I saw it for the exploitation. The gullible population. Like Scientology or other cults as noted above. But further viewings. It is weird. Why do people keep taking off their shoes ?! And the guy with the eye patch ... MY GOD! There must have been a lot of tension on the set that needed blowing off with episodes like this. Maybe other much better episodes could not have existed without this kinda thing ? Who can say.
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Jasper
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 5:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Attached

Two stars at most. Indeed the whole thing to get Picard and Crusher running across a planet was very far-fetched. They couldn't deliver their communicaters with the tricorders so they could be beamed out? When they escape, there is no security around the prison they escaped from? Why are aliens always also in pursuit on foot? No cars or planes? And then the climax is... Nothing. All this time together should have been a buildup to a romance. Then it might at least have had some consequence. Also, the aliens were so over the top. The 'comic relief' with the paranoia seemed too childish for my taste.
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Miguel
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 4:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

What I don't understand is , why is it so offensive if a heterosexual 's ways and belief is so offensive to a homosexual . If the idea and concept of acceptance of another's practice or belief of being has been a struggle for the homosexual community , then it should go without saying that the heterosexual community have just as much right to their concept and belief and should be respected . It might seem to many as being closed minded but mutual respect for ones belief is a two way street in my eyes . I don't have to agree with you to respect your right and freedom to live your life , but neither do you have that right to judge and disrespect mine . Live and let live .
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Rahul
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 4:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Visionary

A good episode for sure - and having just seen VOY's "Before and After" it's interesting to compare the two.
Again, I don't mind the technobabble with the radiation and the singularity to create time jumps for O'Brien -- it's sci-fi, the writers can have their creative licence as long as they make some effort to not be totally ridiculous in the sci-fi paradigm -- and I think they achieve that in this story.
Must say, pretty cool (and tragic) watching DS9 blow up -- that takes a fair bit of work.
Of course, the issue with time travel stories is the inconsistencies/contrivances. Why does O'Brien travel into the future to witness only really important things? Because it makes for a good story.
VOY's "Before and After" was also an interesting episode, but what's becoming clearer to me is that DS9's characters are less wooden.
Pretty ballsy of the Romulans to have such a plan to blow up DS9 and the wormhole -- I don't know if that's a stretch for the writers to write that in but I would expect repercussions from this now that Sisko and Co. have found out. And does this de-frock cloaking technology going forward once and for all? Seems the Romulans giving the Defiant the cloaking device in exchange for info is a win for the Romulans if they can actually get good info.
I'd rate this a solid 3 stars - plenty to digest in this one but all the individual parts of the episode tie together well. The writers came up with a new way to have timeshifts just as was done in VOY's "Before and After" and I'm cool with the technobabble.
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TH
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 4:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

Anyone ever wondered how the EMH "sees"? Why on earth would he need a flashlight and what magic makes him detect anything through his eyes? not mentioning that i'm not exactly sure that a holographic doctor would have the same shadow as a real human. This part of the whole EMH thingie is annoying me more and more...:) it came to my mind again when he showed up on the bridge and met Chakotay and Kim.
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Linda
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 3:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Begotten

Chrome, wasn’t Hugh the Borg a member of the collective that had been assimilating other species? Obviously he’d fit the category of POW. This Changeling was a baby, essentially a blank page who had done nothing wrong. It was only wanted by Starfleet because of its species. Yeah, I get how dangerous it might be, one day, and why Starfleet would want to keep tabs on it. But to threaten to take the changeling, is something else. (And without an offer of reimbursement too!) And it sort of annoyed me that apparently Odo didn’t even think about giving the changeling a name. And Odo and Mora kept referring to the changeling as it. And so I have to as well.

I haven’t seen Chimera yet. But I thought this episode harkened back to The Abandoned in S3, about the Jem’Hadar that Odo raised, and no matter what Odo did, the Jem’Hadar seemed preprogrammed by the genetics of his species. Though Odo hasn’t turned against humans, I wouldn’t assume that this changeling would necessarily follow Odo’s lead. Starfleet is right to be watchful. Beyond that, I guess I can’t comment since it didn’t happen.
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Chrome
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 2:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Disaster

@Michb

I could say the same of your review. What did you find boring? How would you improve the episode?
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Michb
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 2:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Disaster

Boring. Two stars is being generous.
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BSGCommenter
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 12:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Scar

I was surprised to see a deleted scene added to the flashback to previous episodes
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BSGCommenter
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 12:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Sacrifice

this was somewhat of a bottle episode
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Chrome
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 12:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Begotten

"Sisko announced that, if results weren’t timely enough, Starfleet would take the changeling, I thought, can Starfleet just do that? With a sentient being, even if it is a changeling? Odo would be okay with that and allow it and not fight against it?'

Typically, I don't think Starfleet could do it, but the Federation probably considered any non-Odo changeling a POW at that point in the series. Though, you're right that there's some uneven treatment. "Laas" in "Chimera" is strictly under Odo's custody until a homicide is committed. It kind of makes you wonder if Starfleet has lower standards for sentient being-rights for incomplete beings (like they do with Androids, as seen in TNG).

However, it really seems dependent of the degree of Federation security needed. Hugh, the Borg on TNG for example, was immediately taken into custody and treated as a POW and then a walking bomb. Although Picard softened in the end, Nacheyiv later makes it clear that Starfleet would've gone forward with walking bomb route, because of the Borg level of security risk.
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Linda
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 11:50am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Begotten

I saw very few episodes of DS9 during its original run and I probably wouldn’t be watching now if it wasn’t part of the ST block of shows presently on H&I, and if I wasn’t able to read the comments here. It’s pretty mind-blowing (and enjoyable) how the very same episode of ST can have totally opposite effects on viewers. And I sorta like the spoilers—or maybe just the enthusiasm of the commenters.

When Odo was telling the baby changeling about the joys of taking the various shapes, I wondered if Odo had better appreciation of being a changeling, now that he couldn’t be one. And when Sisko announced that, if results weren’t timely enough, Starfleet would take the changeling, I thought, can Starfleet just do that? With a sentient being, even if it is a changeling? Odo would be okay with that and allow it and not fight against it?

SISKO: Why would the Founders send such helpless creatures out into space?
ODO: To find out if the species they encountered posed any threat. What better way to gauge another race than to see how it treats the weak and vulnerable?

But I’m wondering if it was also somehow used to assess if other species would be vulnerable to a takeover.

Mora said Odo’s shape-shifting was somewhat limited. And I’m thinking maybe it was because Odo had Mora for a teacher, and because of the experiments Mora put him through. But even if so, Mora didn’t initially know what or who he was dealing with. It was good that Odo recognized the debt that he owed Mora, and that the two reconciled.

In his celebration with Quark, Odo said that now it wasn’t so bad being a solid any more. So I’m wondering if it was because being a solid was no longer such a punishment, and that Odo had a newer appreciation for the Changelings, if that was what allowed him to change back. Or maybe it was because for the very first time he’d experienced unconditional, unselfish love. Then again, all that seems too hokey. But during that first flight off the balcony, he certainly seemed to have found a better joy in being a Changeling than ever before.
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BZM
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 7:22am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Samaritan Snare

Did anyone else catch Wesley ask "....was that before the Klingons joined the Federation...?", and Picard answer "yes"?!
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Ridgemont
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 2:38am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Faces

On one level I do love this episode. The whole faces theme was well handled and at one stage genuinely shocking (poor Durst).

But actually this somewhat exposed a bit of a logic hole in the execution. Rewind to Phage and the only reason for not wiping the videans off the face of the quadrant is the heart rending quandary they are in. In order to survive they have to stoop to pretty exceptional desperate measures. Or, as we discover here, if they are trying to impress passing Klingon booty. 'Check out my new face! Nice hmmm? Pay no attention to likenesses to any acquaintances of yours... purely coincidental'... Er these folks are monsters... set phasers to disintegrate. Except possibly down to time constraints (another episode where attempting a dual story line of Videans plus Torres personality split, leads to both stories feeling rushed) we don't get to see Janeway reconsidering her previous assessment of these organ kleptomaniacs. Instead there is yet another swift cut to Voyager resuming warp speed and trundling onwards. No 'alas poor Durst' moment, no reverie, just pedal to the metal and off we go...
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