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Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 5:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

I really enjoyed this episode the first time, but subsequent viewings leave me sort of cold.

I guess the first time, a small part of me thought there might be bigger consequences. Obviously, Ben is not going to be gone for good, but maybe some other consequences. Having seen the series through a couple times, one could argue that a lot is different in the "real" timeline that Jake restores.

Other commenters have mentioned some of my issues with the episode, such as Jake's lack of concern for altering decades of history. Of course, any time when our main character(s) encounter some temporal issue, we the viewers know that they will correct it (for the most part). I always get the impression that the timeline is meant as a single one (there can be only one!). Our main characters are almost always fully driven to "fix" the timeline to how it "should be" or was "meant to be." This episode is less about the time/subspace travel and more about the characters, and that is fine.

The other issue I have on subsequent viewings that no one mentioned exactly is the idea that Jake would be so driven to fix everything. Obviously losing his father is painful and the visits are not helpful to getting over it (though he seems to get by for a while - he writes, he's married, etc.). I am just not sure that Ben and Jake seem close enough to justify so much emotional plotting.

I feel like over the course of the series, we are TOLD Ben and Jake are super close more than we ever really see it. We are essentially told that because Ben's wife/Jake's mom is dead, they are closer. Maybe, but there are countless instances where they do not seem very close (some of which were mentioned in comments above).

Take the episode where Ben and Jake build the ship in space. They do not seem very close, but plot-plot-plot and they are so close at the end. Ironically, in this episode we are commenting on, Jake is busy writing and doesn't care much about his father's excitement in the wormhole phenomenon. Of course, this is part of what leads to the "put your head up" statement, but Jake cannot take that advice, as he never met his future self or lived to see his father disappear, after the timeline is restored (or the accident is prevented or whatever).

Of course there are other moments in the series, SPOILER like Jake staying on DS9 during Dominion occupation for example SPOILER, which only further the notion that they are not as close as the writers or this plot want us to believe. Ben and Jake are close when the plot wants it, and maybe more so in Ben's mind than Jake's usually.

This is why the scene with Jake weeping over his father in sickbay just seemed flat in the 2nd and later viewings. Sure, he is torn up over his father's death, but I just never bought that they had that kind of relationship. Maybe losing Ben made Jake realize how much his father meant to him (or should have). That feeds back into the "put your head up" notion. If only there had been lasting consequences from this, where they could remember and feel closer, but no.

I liked Todd's performance and Lofton is better than usual. Brooks is hammy in moments, but I have just accepted that is Ben Sisko. I know people in real life who always seem to be a little over-the-top like that. The writing is decent enough and it is a nice change-of-pace after TWOTW and given the stuff coming in later seasons.

Probably 4 stars on 1st viewing, 3 in subsequent ones.
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nothingoriginal 55
Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 5:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Warlord

I could have done without Neelix's big dancing number in the beginning. Bleh.
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Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 12:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Turnabout Intruder

So the 4-star episodes in Season 1 both took place in the 20th century, while all the ones in Season 2 occurred in the. "present".
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Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 11:26am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

Season 7's "Interface" also does that Avatar-like tech with a VR device. So, if anything, Avatar ripped off the idea from TNG.
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Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 11:11am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

CORRECTION: Using the holodeck as a mission simulator was shown just a month after this episode, in "Chain of Command." Thus, "Threshold" is still a waste.
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Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 11:05am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

Great brainstorm, Dan. Another use would be simulating missions before taking the risk in real life, a use first shown, if I'm not mistaken, in Voyager's "Threshold," of all places.
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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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