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Linda
Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 9:51am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Child

At the senior staff meeting, Troi seems to anticipate the reaction of the others: she purposefully chooses a seat away from everyone else. Picard announces that Troi is pregnant, but it’s not until he adds that Troi’s going to have a baby that the others whip their heads around to stare at her. I know guys need stuff spelled out, but geez! Riker, Troi’s former Imazdi and the guy who beds whoever at the drop of a hat accusingly asks who the father is. The men go on to discuss the situation as though Troi is not even in the room. When Troi announces no matter what, she’s going to have the baby, Picard declares the meeting over. It seems to me that they would still need to discuss logistics. Though later Picard arranges for the presence of security forces at the birth of the child.

I understand some of Jammer’s criticism, but though we’re given a minimal of scenes, it is clear that Troi has some sort of bond or understanding or sense or communication with the life growing, quickly, within her. And her explanation to Picard that Ian will explain himself when he is cognitively able seems possibly valid. That ultimately that entity intruded on the Enterprise out of innocent curiosity is believable, since it exits as soon as it realizes it poses a threat.

Having Data at Troi’s side during the child’s delivery was effective. Having Riker soften when he actually sees the child’s delivery was also effective. But later, after the child’s death, no one gives a comfortingly comment or gesture to a distraught Troi. Guess she was inconsolable.

I agree that the script set up a premise that seemed to fall a bit flat. But something during the final scene, where the men each take a share in the responsibility of looking after Wesley since his mother will not be present, made me wonder if the male staff members had perhaps been touched by the way events unfolded.

As the opening episode of season two, changes have been made: Worf had already been made security head, now Georgi is head of Engineering and there’s a new doctor. The kind of changes one would expect on a ship. Spoiler alert: In the opening credits of the second season, the actress for the doctor is always listed as special guest star, leading one to wonder if Pulaski was always intended to be temporary. After Crusher returns, the crew remains intact (except for Wesley’s exit) and in the same positions for the duration of the series. Those actors would work well together, but Riker seemed to hang around longer than was fitting for his character.
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SpaceHippy
Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 9:41am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Scientific Method

I liked this one as did the majority of commenters here. However I did not see this as a commentary on animal testing at all. It brought to mind the history of medical experimentation being done on humans against their will, for example those performed by the Nazis as well the infamous Tuskeegee syphillis study.
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Vii
Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 9:20am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Darkness and the Light

Wow, this escalated quickly. I think Peter G makes some very good points.

I really enjoyed this episode, and was completely riveted during its entire exposition. I know some people have a problem with Kira and Bajorans - they're far from being my favourite species in Star Trek and I think they weren't portrayed very well - but I highly enjoyed all of the Bajoran characters here, who were actually three dimensional and charismatic for a change, even that bodyguard guy who was punched out by Lupaza and Furel, Lieutenant Brilgar I think his name was. 'Yeah, yeah,' he growls crossly when they apologise to him, and storms out. LOL! I wish we'd seen more of him.

I was intrigued by Silaran Prin, and interested to find that he was actually an aide to the Gul Pirak whom Kira's cell murdered. I've read most of the relaunch novels, and the entire Gul Pirak assassination plot figures prominently in some of the Cardassian-themed books. I'd recommend them to anyone who's interested in reading more about Iliana Ghemor and Kira during the Resistance.

Was I the only one who thought that Silaran Prin resembled Garak slightly? The way he speaks and moves, and his voice and face (the normal half), even.
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Del_Duio
Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 8:17am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Night Terrors

Saw this again last night, I really like it. Yeah I know the Troi cloud scenes are silly however overall it's pretty memorable.

I'll agree with the others here about the creepy music- They outdid themselves here and it sets a great atmosphere.
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Welchie!!!!!
Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 4:07am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part II

Some trek fans hate Klingons, many people hate holodeck episodes others hate memory spirits/alien- telepath ghosts. I hate time travel episodes. For me this episode throws at me technobable, timeline disruption nonsense, and over the top preachiness plus boring filler.
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Grumpy
Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 2:02am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Naked Now

Apart from everything else wrong with this episode, it does have this: jeopardy. The crisis deepens, and our heroes almost don't survive. That sense of dread sustains the episode.

borusa: "What kind of a last name is Yar anyway?"

Ukrainian. She was named for Babi Yar, the location of a WW2 massacre. A location is not necessarily a valid surname, though. (The character was originally called Macha Hernandez.)
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Peter G.
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 11:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Fascination

You tell 'em, Vii.

That being said, I now know one person who literally watched this as their very first ep of DS9 and concluded that it was a stupid show, never to watch it again. So there is that :/
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Andy in VA
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 10:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part II

Contrived circumstances aside, I really liked this episode for its against-the-grain approach.

Ronny Cox was awesome as the anti-Picard hard-ass Captain Edward Jellico. David Warner his equal as the sadistic Gul Madred and Patrick Stewart took a terrific turn as the suddenly-helpless but bravely defiant captive. Those three lifted this 2-part episode to near cinematic quality. Not coincidentally, all three have been big screen actors.

In fact, I'd have taken this episode over either of the last two TNG movies.
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Emerald Ringer
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 7:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Tin Man

Though he only appeared for a minute in the opening, am I the only one who found Captain DeSoto so darn amiable? I imagine him manning the grill at neighborhood barbecues and coaching Little League when he’s off duty.
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Oli
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 6:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

This episode could have been so much better with 1 hour, or even an hour 30, in runtime. the 40 minute episode format leads to so many episodes thoughout all of trek but especially voyager that wrap up way too quickly and in unsatisfactory ways.
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Outsider65
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 5:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: In Theory

What always got me was that Jenna liked Data for who he normally was, but once they started "dating" he wrote a program that altered his behavior (in pretty creepy ways, IMO) and that program lead ultimately to her ending it. He is capable of having "friendships" without acting too strange so if he had approached this as just another relationship things might have turned out differently.

For Jenna's part I have no idea what she was thinking, were her experiences with men really so bad that she decided to try robosexuality? I guess after her bad experiences she might see Data as a "safe" choice because deep down she knows he's not capable of getting emotionally invested, and that he'd be straightforward with her and not cheat or play games. If Yar had spread around rumors after their liaison I could see some of the crew members pursuing him out of curiosity (or maybe not, I'm sure the holodeck could do a lot better) but Jenna seemed only to be seeking emotional intimicy (something she knew he couldn't give her), not a physical relationship. I've never bought any of Data's "romances" with humanoids (Yar comes close but that's because it wasn't really "romance") and want to see him try pursuing a relationship with, say, the ship's computer or another robot (he has shown to have a greater affinity for other machines than even his closest "friends").

Maybe we should be grateful the relationship never took a physical turn, but at the same time I was curious as to how that would play out if it had. How does Data feel about being "fully functional" when it's such a useless "function" for him to have? What was Soong thinking? Does this mean Lore is "fully functional" as well? Why are his robots even anatomically correct? The implications are so hilarious and disturbing I'm (not quite) sorry it wasn't brought up again.
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JP White
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 5:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Future's End, Part II

Yanks said

"I too wondered why Voyager needed to be taken back to the 24th century."

Well they couldn't take themselves back there, they were out of place time wise.

Having averted the temporal explosion in the 29th Century, Voyager is now in the wrong time and place. Most of the time anomalies were cleared up by Voyager by stopping the ABCA time loop from repeating itself, but clearly they can't get back to where they started on their own. Hence the time police had to give them a nudge. Staying the the 1990's would distort the past too much (and hence the future), they had to be removed from that timeline.

It was destiny that voyager break the ABCA time loop. When they did, things start to return to normal.
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Andy in VA
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 5:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

Oh.

Come.

On!

This was bad. And not good bad, but bad bad. It seems like the fusion of "hey, lets turn some of the crew back into children (the little rascals, no less), and then change them back again through the magical transporter that once fixed the hyper-aged Dr. Pulaski.

Then, somebody else said, that's not enough for an entire episode. I know, lets have them rescue the ship!

Klingons? Romulans? Cardassians? No! Ferengi in surplus Klingon ships. How many Ferengi? No more than a half dozen, that should be sufficient to conquer a ship with more than 1,000 people. (After all, we want our rascals to be evenly matched).

Hey, while we're at it, lets change the sometimes insolent Ro Laren into a petulant, insufferable pre-teen.

Now, I actually like the spunky adult Ro, but this version was just irritating. Kind of wanted to shout at her, "Oh, grow up!"

Next!
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Outsider65
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 3:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

Picard is so old, sending him on a black-ops mission seemed kind of odd, even of he was an expert in the technobabble of the week. His explanations to the others were so simple they could have easily trained someone more fit for the task to go. Having Crusher there was laughable, shouldn't they have brought an expert on bio-weapons instead, or at least a more action-oriented character? Worf I could understand, but a giant Klingon isn't exactly sneaky. (Fiction always likes to have the laughably unrealistic premise of 6'+ guys somehow fitting into and crawling through tiny spaces though.) This was just a setup to get Picard in a tormented position again, because Patrick Stewart is so good at being tortured. (Between this and BoBW how is Picard not mentally fractured beyond repair or at least severely PTSD?)

I loved Jellico telling Troi to put a real uniform on. Those onesies made her look UGLY, they cut into her in all the wrong places and made her figure look terrible, she looks like a real babe in normal clothes. Now maybe the character can finally get some respect.
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Latex Zebra
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 3:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

That said. I always liked him. His interactions with Riker are brilliant.

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Latex Zebra
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 3:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

Outsider65 - The same boy who played his nephew in Family.

Get your point though, it's taking too much effort for him to mimic Patrick Stewart and it comes off hokey.

I love the scene where Riker over complicates the running of the ship.
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Outsider65
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 2:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

The boy playing young Picard was dreadful - very wooden, and he sounded like he had a different British accent than Picard (or maybe his inflection was really just that off). That makes the episode very hard to watch, this kid didn't convince me he was Picard. The girl playing young Guinan was good, though, and the other two were passable. (The Ro girl was unpleasantly shrill, but I think that was just her voice).

Is it just me or was one of the ferengi (the engineer?) played by a woman? That would be a hilarious meta bit of irony, having members of this incredibly misogynistic species depicted by women, and would make sense cast-wise since ferengi are short.
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Gooz
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 2:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

Problem: Labor shortage

Solution 1: Pay higher wages: Requires money to increase worker supply (surge pricing, anyone?) and keep workers working for you willingly.

Solution 2: Create robots to do routine tasks like the ones Janeway and Chakotay were doing (look at a number here and make sure it stays within a range). Costs money and requires labor to design and maintain.

Solution 3: Slavery. Requires lack of ethics, expensive acquisition of people (once the quadrant learns who you really are) and some labor to monitor and maintain unwilling workers.

Solution 4: This episode. Requires setting up a complex and expensive network of subspace mines that need to be replaced, hope that the mines cause radiation poisoning, count on the crew to abandon ship, then capture the crew and, using complex technology that you have also spent years creating and perfecting (without any labor issues, presumably), brainwash them into being happy workers, and spend money to routinely drug them to keep their memories suppressed, all the while making sure you don't have any telepathic species in your captured crew.

Which one is the most efficient solution?

Oh yeah. Voyager writers are economically illiterate and assume their viewers are too.
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Vii
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 12:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Conundrum

I agree with Diana and Andrew. There isn't any sort of implication that Riker is being shamed for what he was doing. Also, wow - way to interpret this innocent B-plot as some sort of big, evil, feminist propaganda. It was intended to be light fluff, something for the audience to enjoy, nothing more. There's a similarly-themed episode on DS9 called Fascination, where the entire crew starts acting out on their latent attractions. Incidentally it was also received very badly here.

The basic premise of this episode was to recontextualise the crew in an unusual situation, and suggest what might happen to the main cast if the reset button was hit, literally. In this case there was some sleeping around, which probably happened a lot anyway, just not on screen. More importantly though was the fact that, for all their memory loss, the crew was able to retain its Starfleet training and Federation principle of not firing upon a technologically inferior and practically defenceless species, and of giving a potentially deadly situation the benefit of their doubt rather than going in, all guns blazing.
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Vii
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 10:17am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Fascination

Oh come on, this episode wasn't THAT bad. It was way more watchable than Meridian, which was a bit of a snooze. This one had loads of hilarious moments - ie Jadzia making off with Bareil's engagement bracelet, Bareil decking Sisko then being clocked by Jadzia, actually any scene with Bareil was pure comedy gold. Also the way she hid behind Sisko whist he tried to fend off Bareil's advances for her, and saying 'You tell him, Benjamin!' HAHA!

I thought this was a lot better than The Naked Now. TNN was so campy it was embarrassing. This ep on the other hand is a light comedy, not to be taken too seriously, and there are several genuine laugh-out-loud moments.

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Linda
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 8:27am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Whispers

An engaging episode as I watched it. After its conclusion, though, I wondered. Based on a rumor relayed by an unnamed government informer, it was believed that an O’Brien duplicate might have been created. Dr. Bashir’s medical examination showed no difference between the real and fake O’Briens. The fake O’Brien displays all memories and behavior of the real one. So based only on a rumor, his wife and friends become fearful of O’Brien? Keiko in particular seemed really fearful.

The fake is chased through the station—can’t the Federation crew use a scanner to see where his life signs are? How come they didn’t transport him from that location to an interrogation room? With all that technology, they can’t stop his escape?

To be fair, despite their fear of him, they didn’t want to hurt him. And Dr. Bashir did seem to be administering (kind of) aid to the fake before he succumbed to his wounds. I guess the world was not ready for two Miles O’Brien.
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Jon
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 7:29am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky

"But then the computer is destroyed and McCoy just...decides to leave his wife? What exactly has changed here?"

A thousand times this.

I liked the Priestess actor in this and it would have made a good two parter.
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Luke
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 6:07am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: A Night in Sickbay

Damn, I'm something of an ENT apologist, even an Archer apologist, but this is absolutely dire. I've never understood the hatred most people have toward Archer as a character. In fact, I often fail to see why so many see him as a complete incompetent. But this time the writers seemed intent on making him just that.

Let's review that major - and I stress "major" because there are plenty more - problems with this episode....
1.) Why the hell should I care about Porthos? First off, I'm a cat person not a dog person. But you know what? If there was an episode that focused on Data taking Spot to some planet and Spot getting sick, I still wouldn't care. Because a character's pet shouldn't be the damn focus of an entire episode! They actually did have Spot be the focus of half an episode - "Force of Nature" - and it was crap too!
2.) Why does Archer even take Porthos to the planet in the first place? Here he is, faced with visiting a planet of people he knows, from first-hand experience, that are more easily offended than even the most out-there, lunatic, trigger-warning-happy, modern Progressive Social Justice Warriors and he takes his freaking dog on the visit! Yeah, Jon, there's simply no way that could cause trouble. *facepalm*
3.) ARCHER: "Well, maybe if they'd bothered to read the genetic profile we sent..." Are you freaking kidding me?! Dipshit, a genetic profile isn't going to tell these people that dogs like to piss on trees!
4.) So, apparently Archer is a trained diplomat. I think this is the first time that's ever been revealed. How does he handle this diplomatic situation? By acting like a petulant jerk. Brilliant! Here's a quick tip for the writers - if you want us to believe a character is diplomatic, don't have him respond to a diplomatic situation by acting like a blowhard and a moron. You don't barge into someone else's house, start throwing your weight around, tell them what's what, act like a prideful buffoon and call it "diplomacy".
5.) So apparently Archer really, really wants to get into T'Pol's Vulcan panties. And, apparently, T'Pol might - possibly - want to let him unlock that achievement. Where in the actual fuck did this come from?! Jammer is right in that there has been precisely ZERO sexual tension or subtext between these two characters up until now. Even when T'Pol's breasts accidentally ended up in Archer's face back in "Shadows of P'Jem" there was no hint of sexual tension from either of them! Damn, and I thought the sexual subtext between Janeway and Chakotay was limited. This is practically non-existent.
6.) The Kreetassans. There's being humorously arrogant and then there's this. These people are so uptight and offense-prone that even if the episode was capable of being funny they would suck it all down the drain. If you're going to crank something up to 11 and beyond, make sure it's worth it.

Wow, even as a fan of ENT and of Archer as a character, this crap is awful. God bless John Billingsley, because Phlox is the only legitimately worthwhile part of this train wreck. His discussion with Archer about his family was easily the diamond in this sea of shit.

But, is this the worst of the franchise? Hardly. At least they didn't openly advocate for eugenics like TOS did in "The Mark of Gideon" or outright promote religious fanaticism to the point of murder like TNG did in "Homeward". Hell, it's not even the worst of ENT thus far. At least it didn't say "rape is funny.... as long as it happens to a man" like they did in "Unexpected". So, at least it doesn't promote murder or rape. Hardly high praise.
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Outsider65
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 5:39am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: True Q

@Luke

I'm not a fan of unnecessary regulation, but I think in the case of environment it's warranted. Lots of people don't care about the environment because they're either idiots or they'll be dead before what they're doing has a big enough impact to effect them. I don't think holding manufacturers to a certain standard or even mandatory recycling is necessarily a bad thing. (You might be saying "whoa, what right has the government to tell me what to do with my garbage!?" but they already do tell you what to do with it, littering is a crime and it must be taken to the dump or gotten rid of some other way on your own private land. Requiring you to sort and place your trash in different areas of the dump is also required so having you place some of that trash in recycling instead isn't that much more work. Curbside recycling is just as convenient as curbside trash.)
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Vii
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 5:23am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: To the Death

'the O'Brien'? Meant to type 'then O'Brien', but 'the O'Brien' works too, I guess.
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