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Dr Qui
Tue, Aug 30, 2016, 5:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Storm Front, Part II

Not only was this a bad episode, but if you watch the fake newsreel footage carefully, you'll note that one of the 'parasitic elements' that needed to be rooted out was apparently the Canadian Prime Minister during WII, William Lyon Mackenzie King.

Granted, I've always suspected that if time travelling Nazi vampire aliens were to invade America they'd naturally want to make us into your puppet rulers, but I think the producers might have gone a little too far with that one.
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mephyve
Tue, Aug 30, 2016, 4:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Drone

As Janeway pointed out, we went through this with Seven. Predictable ending (***)
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mephyve
Tue, Aug 30, 2016, 4:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Night

hmmmummmm ... what happened? ...nvm
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Glen Leslie
Tue, Aug 30, 2016, 4:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Cloud Minders

Let's not forget about the ridiculously sexist gag in this episode.

SPOCK: "Remarkable. The finest example of sustained antigravity elevation I've ever seen. "

Followed immediately by our first view of Droxine, in that incredible gravity-defying dress.
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mephyve
Tue, Aug 30, 2016, 2:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Hope and Fear

GILLIGAN! PUT THOSE BAGS DOWN! WE'RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE! again....
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Jasonr R.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016, 2:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

"But the JJ-verse films threw the baby out with the bathwater and basically turned the tech of the universe into Dr. Who, where if you can imagine doing it, they can come with a way to do it. Under those conditions you can't create continuity or story limitations anymore and it becomes a free-for-all."

Apart from so many gaping plot holes you really hit the nail on the head when it comes to reasons I dislike the Abrams films.

For previous Star Treks going back to the original the technology was a lovingly crafted part of the universe, something that was given alot of thought, even when it was relied on as a crutch or a stopgap (like the original transporter). Like the languages in the Lord of the Rings books it was an important part of the universe building and generally writers respected its continuity. Even Voyager, which monkeyed around far too much with that continuity, at least attempted to maintain some consistency.

For the Abrams films it's more than just abandoning the pretenses of scifi and delving into fantasy. It's clear that the writers don't even care about the tech or have any interest in it as anything but an immediate means to an end for a specific episode's plot resolution. How do we get from point A to point B? Whatever, a wizard did it. Who cares? Not the writers. Even Voyager at least attempted to give their technobabble solutions a consistent feel.

In the Jem Hadar the destruction of the Odyssey was impactful to the viewer not just because it was another Enterprise look alike being destroyed but because we knew how powerful the Galaxy class ships were and to see the Jem Hadar just wreck one in a matter of minutes was shocking. It spoke to the incredible ruthlessness and power of the Dominion that they could just ignore the Odyssey's shields, bypass its defences and obliterate a huge ship of its power with a couple of fighters! Because the writers took the time to establish the technology and define our expectations, they could really wow us when something really big and bad came on the scene, like the Borg in Q Who.

The destruction of the Enterprise in Beyond is comparatively a non event for the viewer. The Enterprise is nothing. Its technology is just some vague plot devices that are whatever the story requires them to be for each movie. If it gets wrecked? Who cares? They'll have another faceless one built in time for the next movie. It'll be really "advanced"? Sure - whatever that means. Maybe it will be able to blow up starsystems with its phasers and warp across the galaxy in one movie - right before it gets wrecked by the alien of the week in the next.

You know what the Enterprise has become in Abrams' universe? One of Voyager's shuttles.
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Yanks
Tue, Aug 30, 2016, 10:08am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

D.C. Fontana and Manny Coto are still out there....

.... just sayin...
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Del_Duio
Tue, Aug 30, 2016, 6:39am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: If Wishes Were Horses

@ dave-

I think it's an homage to Babe Ruth, widely considered the best player in baseball history (or top 3, easily). Think of someone with the power to hit 50+ homeruns in an era when getting 20 was amazing. On top of that he was also an incredible PITCHER.

Anyhow he was not the.. ah, most fit guy out there. He routinely drank beer and ate hot dogs, I think even before games haha.

So I think that's why they went the Buck Bokai route there.
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mephyve
Tue, Aug 30, 2016, 4:44am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: One

Ensign "Who Cares' must be the unluckiest guy in the world. Every one else got minor burns. For some reason he was fried .
If I see Lenny show up as a clown I'm out.
Things disintegrated into dullsville when Seven started spacing out. (*)
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mephyve
Tue, Aug 30, 2016, 12:34am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Demon

I had this on as background noise then Harry and Paris died so mi skipped to the end where I knew they'd be alive again, only to hear idiot Janeway tell her crew to line up for replication by a silver liquid... you know what; I don't want to know. Next
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dave
Tue, Aug 30, 2016, 12:02am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: If Wishes Were Horses

Buck Bokai...

Why would they place a chubby out of shape actor as "one of the greatest ball players of all time"? Was this a rib or some sort of inside joke?


I can get him being the best of his era.. perhaps nobody played anymore and nobody cared to be fit or work hard so he was fine against who he was competing against.. So that may mean he did obliterate the record book against inferior competition; that doesn;t make him a greatest of all time.

So, 20+ years later, does anyone know why they chose this particular guy to play a pro baseball player other than being some sort of inside joke?

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mephyve
Mon, Aug 29, 2016, 11:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Living Witness

I had this on as background noise but it grabbed my attention so I had to start from the beginning. Excellent (****)
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Jack D
Mon, Aug 29, 2016, 9:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Blood on the Scales

Dyac ... Adama, not Adams. Roslin, not Rolling.
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Jack D
Mon, Aug 29, 2016, 9:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Blood on the Scales

@Michael: Your concerns are based in real issues (Adams and Rolling are willing to ignore rules when it suits them), carried to hysterical extremes (do you really think Adams or Roslin have any interest in power for power's sake?).

Also: LEE, of all people, as a future dictator?
STARBUCK, of all people, as a future president?

I can only assume that you have spent less time watching the show than you've spent typing comments about it.
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mephyve
Mon, Aug 29, 2016, 7:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Unforgettable

A Chunkytay showcase. Good as background noise nothing more. (*)
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mephyve
Mon, Aug 29, 2016, 7:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Omega Directive

Episode did nothing for me. Just another Janeway or the highway showcase. (*)
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Jack Bauer
Mon, Aug 29, 2016, 3:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

If Fuller makes this show half as good as Dead Like Me was for the first 6 episodes, were in for a massive treat.
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Nicholas Ryan
Mon, Aug 29, 2016, 12:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Flesh and Blood

Once again it was established in the first episode they appeared that the Hirogen were at least spread out all the way to the Beta quadrant. And they all can stay in contact via their communications network. So obviously they shared the holodeck technology that way.
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Aaron
Mon, Aug 29, 2016, 12:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Game

I see Leffler and Crusher as two very high-functioning autistic people with a high-degree of social awkwardness, which would make sense how the whole game thing kind of missed them until it they were the only ones left not hooked. The two of them play well off each others quirks, but I sense zero chemistry. They both read as asexual to me.
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Ivanov
Mon, Aug 29, 2016, 11:28am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Fair Haven

Irish stereotype:Exuse me Father I need a bit of counsel
Doctor:Not now
Irish stereotype:But iv'e broken the 5th commandment again!
Doctor:Say 10 our fathers and get me latter.

Um Doc the Catholic 5th commandment is Thou shalt not kill the innocent.

So that annoying old Irish guy is a repeated murder? that strangely makes him more endearing to me.
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Chrome
Mon, Aug 29, 2016, 11:22am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

@Timeship

I'm sure there's a perfectly reasonable sounding technobabble solution here. Like, the future tech Janeway gives past Janeway is surrounded by chronoton particles which renders it safe from the fluctuations of time. (See "Past Tense")
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Jammer
Mon, Aug 29, 2016, 11:05am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

@Del_Duio, I'm actually with you here. I hope that they keep this mostly family friendly so that kids of a certain age can watch it. It's just a matter of where to draw the line so that the show can work for the more sophisticated audience as well. Most of that, however, has little to do with how graphic the content is versus how good the writing is, so this whole thing is really a bit of a red herring.
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Timeship
Mon, Aug 29, 2016, 11:02am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

I just finished watching "Voyager" on Netflix this past weekend. I remembered why I was so irritated with this show at that time.
They use time travel as a fast way to get a plot point across without using any logic. (Not to sound Vulcan) Paradox after paradox, returns to the point, that once you create a new timeline, it will loop to the point of it's beginning. And start again. And repeat.
Janeway's solution was to go back in time, and give high tech equipment to her prior self, and bring them home earlier. Coming home earlier, erases everything, including the need to be brought back. So, by not doing this, they are not brought back and they stay, until, They once again are brought back, which eliminates their need...
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Ivanov
Mon, Aug 29, 2016, 10:58am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

@Chrome
The only way she''ll be like janeway is if she gets written inconsistently from episode to episode in a way that makes her look bipolar.
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Chrome
Mon, Aug 29, 2016, 10:13am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

@Del_Duio

My first reaction:

Please don't be like Janeway,
Please don't be like Janeway,
Please don't be like Janeway!

But yes, I see potential here. Sisko started as a Commander too, after all.
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