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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 7:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Enemy Within

Brilliant, a very important acknowledgement of the uncomfortable part of ourselves being actually very useful, and I think present day people could learn a lot from this.

I apologise if this is insulting or something but I think the two Kirks can be argued as similar to "the left" and "the right" - the carer/nurturer and the red blooded go getter, and rather than being at each other's throats we need each other. We're living in a time when we're pretty much Kirk vs Kirk right now.
Similar with Spock and the battles he shows between his Human and Vulcan sides.

I feel sorry for Yeoman Rand - constantly the subject of sexual harassment in I think every episode she's appeared in so far!
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 7:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Naked Time

Bloomin' awful, much like the TNG remake. Maybe I'm being uncharitable because I watched it after a few drinks, which normally helps this sort of thing! Perhaps a revisit sometime...
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 7:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Where No Man Has Gone Before

3 years later another rewatch. Not as good a pilot as The Cage, but not bad. Mitchell just has one of those "if I started hitting it, I'd not want to stop" kind of smug faces :)

Interesting in that it's very much fantasy rather than sci-fi, with the magical powers and such, laying the foundations for what would be a show that mixed the two quite a lot.

Hard to say how I'd rate it.. it does seem to hold up decently.
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Jason R.
Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 4:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

Claudio as others noted the episode wasn't about false rape allegations, it was about false molestation allegations due to "recovered memories", a topic that was current when the episode aired in the 90s.

Don't get me wrong: the topics are related as present moral panic over rape is very similar to moral panic over molestation, just as it was for Satanic ritual abuse before it.

But if you're intent on projecting contemporary obsessions on 90s television, then I'd argue the false rape narrative is even more germane. Given the push to reverse the burden of proof for sex assault (believe women) and the hysteria trumped up by man-haters and their apologists, I'm quite pleased with the end product. We need more stories about false allegations, not fewer.
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 3:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

Everyone here arguing whether Kovin may or may not have been guilty, while that's of no consequence. The problem isn't that the story as written makes no sense: it does. The problem is that they should have written a different story.

What about writing an episode where a woman's TRUE rape accusations are not taken seriously, which is not only more realistic (unreported rapes are far, far, far more frequent than false accusations) but also more in line with Voyager's ethos as a whole?

For all its great emphasis on social and political justice, the show has a truly bad track record about violence against women. (Blood Fever is another offender, though to a lesser degree than this mess of an episode).

I often use "Retrospect" in my ethics classes, and students are almost universally appalled by it.
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 3:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Friendship One

These people (this week's "heard-headed aliens") are really hard to sympathize with. Not even the almost-still-born baby or the supposedly cute kid move the meter in any significant way. Let's examine: you have aliens coming in and offering to help you out of a mess of your ***own*** making, a mess that you have refused to take responsibility for by concocting a weird conspiracy theory, and the best you can do is take them hostage and needlessly kill one of them when they offer you food and medical supplies? I mean screw you and your ugly-ass radiation-poisoned people.

Also, Janeway's line at the end: I guess it's time for her to retire captaining and go back to being a repressed governess, Leonardo's apprentice, or whatever the heck her fantasy life is.
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Peter G
Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 2:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Change of Heart

@ Vii,

"I thought it was pretty out of character for Worf to go back for Dax, and then for Dax to just go along with it like that. She would have been furious. "

Are you talking about the same Trill that was willing to throw her life away in order to rekindle a relationship from a previous host?

As for Worf, the fact that it's out of character is not a weakness of the episode but rather is it's point. This is not something the old Worf would have done, and we are meant to understand that he's shifted his values as of right now.
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 1:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Change of Heart

Great comments.

I agree with Quarkissnyder, I thought it was pretty out of character for Worf to go back for Dax, and then for Dax to just go along with it like that. She would have been furious.

Ross TW, from what we've seen so far youngish Cardassian officers are generally jerks, it's just the way they are. The way Lasaran behaved was no different from S6 Damar, Seskal or Rusot. For my part I found him quite likeable and was sorry that he died, though not surprised in the least. He may as well have been wearing a red uniform when he showed up on the viewscreen. Am I the only one who thought he was a dead ringer for Damar?

Ascii, you nailed my feelings on this episode and why it didn't feel right. It would have been great to get closure on Lasaran's death, and the complete disregard that Sisko, Dax and Worf show for his demise at the end of the episode left a bad taste in my mouth. You would think that Worf of all people would honour a promise made in good faith, and that his failure to do so would have weighed heavy on his conscience for awhile.

Nice foreshadowing of the Cardassian rebellion to come in S7, though.
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 10:41am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Time's Orphan

I liked that the O'Briens had the cat. That was a bit of continuity that we rarely see.

The B plot was cute. I thought Michael Dorn's acting was excellent in it.

Those are the only good things I can say about this episode.
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 7:55am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: A Matter of Honor

Surprised a few people don't seem to rate Frakes as an actor, I've never seen him in anything else to be fair but in TNG he is a very good performer, can emote very well, and is pretty charismatic IMO
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 2:22am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Remember

I have to disagree with Jammer and most of the commentors. I thought this was a dreadfully dull episode. I'm not a fan of episodes that revolve around characters other than our crew. You can say this was a B'Elanna episode, but it wasn't. The episode revolved around Kirina..... who in this instance happened to be played by B'Elanna. It was about a race I had never seen before and therefore could not care less about. I felt like I spent 45 minutes watching B'Elanna watching a story. I had no emotional investment in these "Regressives" so couldn't really be bothered if they were being exterminated or not...... Sorry. For me then, a score of 1.5 stars.
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 12:23am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Unnatural Selection

The kid is telepathetic, but Pulaski's, who's not, can hear his thoughts? Yeah, I don't think it works that way. And O'Brien is included in the senior staff meeting, just so he can come up with the transporter idea. Despite it flaws, this episode is still better than some of season one's episodes.
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 12:15am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Looking for Par'mach in All the Wrong Places

I will give you that this is one of the better-realized Trek comedy pieces, but I still have two major gripes.

Worf's "falling" for Grilka really seems out of i) character and ii) the blue. There just isn't enough there for me to believe he looks at her and things she is the most unique and amazing Klingon woman he's ever seen. Maybe had he said simply the most beautiful, I could buy that. But he surely can't know much of anything about her from one look to be enough to double-take and walk away from Dax as if they weren't even having a conversation. He acts like a silly teenager which I think sets the character evolution back a few notches.

My second problem is with the finale, and in particular the logistics. How the hell is Worf supposed to be able to puppeteer for Quark. They make NO attempt to even suggest that Worf has any idea what the bodyguard is doing. They needed do one of two things: Have a hologram of the bodyguard based on scans of the room for worf to fight against, or have Quark wear some sort of "spy glasses" and worf wear his own pair that lets him see what quark is seeing.

It was simply beyond belief that Worf could possibly block hits he could never have seen coming. Further, I would have accepted it, but some of the moves Quark makes (like blocking the blade or having his blade blocked should not be possible by Worf since his blade won't make contact with anything in his empty room.

I really would have liked to see SOMEONE come up with a better logistical situation for this (the hologram is the best answer, in my view.

I did like the O'Brien-Kira subplot. I thought it worked really well.
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 12:04am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ship

Sorry if this repeats something another commenter has said (haven't had time to read them all) but I respectfully disagree on your approval of the "tension boiling over scene".

I absolutely did not get enough stress and craziness in this episode for Worf, and Dax to just go SO out of character. O'Brien is losing a colleague/subordinate/friend. It's sensible that he would be angry with jokes or Worf's attitude...

But Worf ripping a console out of the wall? Dax chiding him for it?

Then this exchange:

WORF: That is no way for anyone to die.
O'BRIEN: I told you, he is not going to die.
WORF: It is only a matter of time.
O'BRIEN: So we might as well kill him, right?
WORF: If you truly are his friend, you would consider that option. It would be a more honourable death than the one he's enduring.
O'BRIEN: I'm not some bloodthirsty Klingon looking for an excuse to murder my friend.

This one is not completely out of character but the line that follows comes out of the middle of nowhere in my opinion:

WORF: No. You're just another weak human afraid to face death.

Worf and O'Brien have been colleagues and I suppose friends for years. Since when does Worf have this much disdain for humans, let alone O'Brien.

O'Brien then takes a swing at Worf, to which Dax makes a joke. Not like a "nervous, under her breath" joke... a flat out "everyone will thing this is funny" kind of joke... in that situation... it's just so out of character for someone with that many lifetimes of experience.

Honestly, they know the Jem Haddar won't bomb the ship, so while they've had hours of loud bombardment noise... I'm really not understanding what the actual stress building is any more than other situations this crew has faced where they haven't buckled.

Just two episodes later, in "Nor the Battle to the Strong", we see a far more convincing implementation of a stressful uncertain situation; perhaps because we have a novice like Jake and rookies and doctors facing a real threat, and not these seasoned officers facing seemingly no imminent threat. "The Siege of AR-558" 2 seasons later would do another good job on the same theme. Neither episode features the senior staff (Bashir in the former, and lots of others in the latter) breaking down and going off-character due to nerves.

Finally (on that topic), I felt that Sisko's over-enunciated yelling at the crew came off a bit theatrical and over the top scripted, and not so much natural.

I agree that Kilana was not played well. Apparently (for the second failed time), the Vorta was intended to be Eris, (the Vorta from "The Jem'Hadar" in s2), but the actress was again unavailable. I also agree that potentially the stakes could have been better if more had died as result of Kilana and Sisko's actual decisions. That would also have added to the basis for the crew to get increasingly nervous since their decisions would have led to more and more of them getting killed as time went on.

Apparently the producers also felt this one was a bit of a failure. Ira Behr didn't think the tension built like they wanted, and the writer felt when Sisko etc. go outside and meet with the enemy, it kills the tension, and felt it would have worked better if they had remained bottled up in the ship the whole time and only had the Vorta taunting them verbally by transmission. I might agree with that point. Behr also felt that the attempted relationship between O'Brien and Muniz (who had been in several other episodes) didn't work. I don't know if I agree. Perhaps they wanted to really get a bond established more than they did here, but I nevertheless did get the feeling like there was some existing bond and that O'Brien was taking it harder than just "some crewman". It did come off a bit as O'Brien feeling responsible for a kid under his command more than as actual friends as equals, so maybe they could have improved there.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 11:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Doctor's Orders

I'm not one to hate or bash Enterprise and this wasn't a bad episode but it was clearly a rehash of Voyager's One.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 9:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: ANDR S1: An Affirming Flame

Harper reminds me a lot of Wash from Firefly. Blond guy with wisecracking attitude, a bit on the whimsical side, technical genius of the ship (*) - they have similar manners although Harper is a lot more hyperactive than Wash I feel.

Of course, Firefly was light-years ahead of Andromeda on every level possible. Why did that show get cancelled after a season, while Andromeda ran for three and a half seasons past its expiration date...grumble grumble.

Firefly deserved at least three more seasons. Andromeda should have been put out of its misery at the end of season 2.

(*) In Wash's case, one of the technical geniuses of the ship - Firefly also had Kaylee, another hilarious character.
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Slade Barker
Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 9:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Whispers

Right from the start, I thought it was obvious that O'Brien was the one who was off -- not the rest of the crew. I am surprised that everyone else seems to have been taken in. It would be preposterous if the whole crew had been replaced by Body Snatchers. It doesn't even happen that way in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"! I must say I am astonished that Jammer gave this four stars.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 9:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Mudd's Women

Ok, I first saw this as a kid of 7. And then I went on to revisit it throughout my adult life. So my perception of it has changed through the intervening time period. But I really love this episode. And most of it comes down to the performance of Rodger C. Carmel. He really nailed the part of the con man (space pimp?) that when push came to shove was compelled to do the right thing. His performance was truly over the top and I think it made the episode. The other great performance was given by Karen Steele as Eve. She had the best lines in the whole show, "Oh, the sound of male ego. You travel halfway across the galaxy and it's still the same song." And later in her final scene (After she thinks she took the Venus drug). "Is this the kind of wife you want, Ben? Not someone to help you. Not a wife to cook and sew and cry and need. But this kind. Selfish, vain, useless."
Wow! What a line. You mean women can actually be selfish, vain and useless? You wouldn't ever have the question come up on tv of today. Women have a halo around themselves now. But 50 years ago political correctness had yet to be born.(Borne?) You could admit the obvious. That such women exist. And having the bad luck to be married to one is a one way trip to hell. Or as I have heard it said, "Marriage isn't a word. It's a sentence."
In short I thought this to be a standout episode. As a kid I loved the planet scenes because it really tried to give the impression of an outpost on a dangerous planet. As I matured into adulthood I could appreciate the commentary concerning the human condition and the relationship between men and women. And the notion that in a few hundred years out in space it will still be a struggle for us to understand each other.
And for Beth that objected to the men ogling the was a plot device. The Venus drug had made them almost irresistible to most men. So yeah, there was going to be a fair share of ogling.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 7:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Future's End, Part II

Makes sense JP. I guess my point was why couldn't they just pluck Voyager back by Earth?
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 7:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: First Flight

Thanks Greg. One of my favorite trek episodes.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 7:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Bound

Hey cupcake. Did the fact that I mentioned that I have quite literally had more alien tail than Captain Kirk ruffle your feminist sensibilities? I have piloted a plane to the edge of the atmosphere in my professional life and I have been 300 ft down in the Pacific ocean with nothing more than a 3 mil wetsuit and a bottle of tri-mix to sustain me in my private life. I did that last one just for kicks. In either situation one tiny mistake can kill you. Funny thing was I have never encountered any feminist at either place. Just men.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 6:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: First Flight

I have to agree with you 100% on how great this episode is. You summed it up nicely. I think anyone that found it boring didn't bother to look beyond the surface. And yeah, the final scene where T'Pol suggests naming it after A.G. was the cherry on top of the sundae. But I am biased, being a pilot.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 6:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Data's Day

You are not sure if the joke about the Devoras was on purpose? Come on, these people are professional writers. Something like that didn't just happen by accident. It was totally on purpose. Just to see if people are paying attention.

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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 3:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: It's Only a Paper Moon

This was a 4 star for me, not just for the episode but for your review. I really enjoy reading everyone else's too. I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who appreciated it on many levels.

This was one of the best minor stories in Star Trek history. It gave consequence to war, showed us a realistic development of a person (Nog), humanized otherwise comic relief characters (Lita/Nog) and flirted with philosophical thoughts of what it means to be sentient (Vic).

This episode should be a template for any episodic tv series and a blueprint for making side quests in a role playing video game. This totally gave me a Witcher 3 quality feel, wonderful stuff!

I gotta tell ya,I lost it when Nog started crying,that was so powerful. I love DS9 so much!
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 2:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Loud as a Whisper

I agree that Troi might seem wrong to question Worf about the emotion she reads from him before they all step onto the transporter. But only a few episodes earlier, in Where Silence Has Lease, Worf had demonstrated that he possibly had not yet completely mastered control over his Klingon impulses. Thus his unchecked state of mind could have had a bad effect on their diplomatic mission. Since there was no time to privately consult with him, Troi might have believed it to be her duty to immediately confront him.
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