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- Tue, Nov 26, 2013, 11:13pm (USA Central)
I was blown away by this episode. Cerebral and highrow indeed--more, please! Are Piller's other episodes commensurate with this one?
- Tue, Nov 26, 2013, 10:26pm (USA Central)
The Most Toys
I've long felt this episode easily fall within the top 20 TNG episodes. The rather sloppy details of Fajo's manufactured "crisis" struck me as implausibe, as anyone so skilled at theft and so ruthless in behavior likely would have marshalled a less transparent ruse. That said, I did enjoy how quickly the crew "put it all together" on hearing that Fajo was a collector of the rare and unique - these are highly intelligent and capable individuals and the episode remembers this and depicts them accordingly. I also valued Geordi's single-minded and grief-fueled urgency to understand what had apparently claimed the life of someone he loved (gasp, yes, obviously Geordi loves Data, who is, after all, his best friend).
Yet, for me, it was Saul Rubinek and Brent Spiner who define the episode. Spiner had by this episode created a fully nuanced Data; the episode fully, and brilliantly exploits this as we walk with the character as he is confronted by circumstances utterly novel to him, and by an opponent we gradually learn to be as vile as they come. Yet even as Spiner (almost) never cheats in the entire episode in his careful portrayal of a mechanical existence, he nevertheless memorably conveys the growing weight Data "feels" as the stakes are driven ever higher.
Certainly, though, none of this would have worked without the singular performance of Rubinek. It would have been so easy, it seems to me, to miss the mark with this character, to make him too much a clown or reveal his actual level of menace too soon. Rubinek allow the blood to drain from us slowly; he takes us for a bit of a ride with his first act. We are met with this unimpressive, fopish man full of enthusiasm and child-like delight at his latest acquisition. Yet like Spiner, Rubinek never cheats, and Fajo, a reprehensible psychopath, is "all there" from the first moment. I would go as far as to say that Rubinek creates what could have been among the greatest Trek villians, if only Fajo's ambitions had reached above the petty. Yet of course this level of unmittigated selfishness is what makes his so familiar, so convincing, and ultimatley, so chilling.
- Tue, Nov 26, 2013, 9:58pm (USA Central)
Rocks and Shoals
Another "O'Brien must suffer" episode - he ripped his pants!
Without any words spoken, Brooks wrenchingly communicated Sisko's realization that he lost a man because he tried to do the 'honorable' thing. A lot of parallels to 'The Ship' in terms trust issues with Vorta too. Great episode.
- Tue, Nov 26, 2013, 5:40pm (USA Central)
Once More Unto the Breach
This is a great episode guys. The final act was wonderful; a more bombastic climax would not have been fitting.
- Tue, Nov 26, 2013, 4:47pm (USA Central)
How many times in Star Trek have we seen dialogue similar to this:
Character X: Have you ever operated a vehicle from this period?"
Character Y: I've piloted a starship.
It's an absurd exchange. Just because you've learned how to fly a starship doesn't mean you've learned how to operate anything and everything that's ever existed.
- Tue, Nov 26, 2013, 2:35pm (USA Central)
I suspect the callback to "Little Green Men"'s kemacite wasn't accidental, and a nice touch, since on both occasions it's presented as a volatile compound.
- Tue, Nov 26, 2013, 1:26pm (USA Central)
Future's End, Part I
Like Caine, I hate time travel episodes and storylines, which indeed never make any sense and always end up being illogical.
However I never saw this when it aired, on account of my having been just 7 at the sime, so I found it rather hilarious. I felt almost closer to Janeway and the rest of the crew, watching the 1990's and their understanding of technology. And I don't mean (just) the characters in the episode - I mean the people who wrote it in the first place. The concept that downloading something (here called mistakenly "upload" because you know... the ship is up!!) causes it to flash on screen is really funny. As is the suggestion that anyone like Sterling could somehow override security codes etc. of a ship 4 centuries older than he is is also hilarious. Can you imagine Henry the VIII suddenly hacking into an ipad? That makes absolutely no sense.
But it was (is) a very entertaining episode.
- Tue, Nov 26, 2013, 1:11pm (USA Central)
Just an opinion, but this episode is a four-star affair. A good deal of rich - and beautifully delivered - dialog (may I add to those actors already mentioned in previous comments that guest Bob Gunton here adds his name to that long list of standout Trek guest performances ) skillfully employed to construct a fine tapestry of nuance and complexity in a very short space of time, and enabling two separate, engrossing payoff scenes...a laudible acheivement in just 45 minutes. I might add, here attempting to provide something I've not yet seen mentioned (and apologize if I'm repeating anyone) that a critical element of the episode seems to have been the conversation between Picard and the Starfleet Admiral. Specifically, it was unambiguously stated to Picard that Starfleet was unprepared, presumably as a consequence of their losses to the Borg (as depicted, of course, in the final episode of the previous season) to undertake a "sustained" conflct, and Picard was explicitly constrained to maintain the peace with Cardassia irrespective of any other considerations. This surely informed Picards' subsequent actions; we probably see this most plainly when he orders the Cardassians be provided the prefix codes of the Phoenix. Yet while in any reasonable scenario we would see one of Picards' actions, reigning in Maxwell, as an absolute certainty, we might wonder just whether, when and how Picard might have made different choices at other points along the story, or attenuated those portrayed, had the Federation been possesed of a stronger hand (ship-to-ship dominance not withstanding.)
- Tue, Nov 26, 2013, 12:12pm (USA Central)
It's not hard to find distinction between two three star episodes...one might be a 2.8 and the other a 3.2.
- Tue, Nov 26, 2013, 12:00pm (USA Central)
And why would the change suddenly and instantaneously make them know the native language?
- Tue, Nov 26, 2013, 11:59am (USA Central)
The virus seems to work in literally seconds. The shock of the change would kill any being.
- Tue, Nov 26, 2013, 9:25am (USA Central)
Rocks and Shoals
I liked this episode, but I can't say I love it like everyone else seems to. I have a problem with the ending. Why is the Vorta ratting out the his own soldiers "wrong"? Why is Sisko so pretentious about it? Why in the hell would he TELL THE JEM'HADAR? My problem is the Vorta is correct in every point. He does not have enough white to maintain the Jem'Hadar, so they will become killing machines then turn on each other. so how is getting them ambushed and than surrendering wrong? I don't get it. It seems to me a smart tactical decision. And I really don't get Siskos snarky attitude about it all. I really don't think there is an "moral issue" here, there is a problem, and a solution, and the Jem'hadar were going to die ANYWAYS......
- Mon, Nov 25, 2013, 10:26pm (USA Central)
Jammer is right...it's utterly absurd that a region of space that "anatomically inverts but doesn't kill""people (something epically difficult to buy) wouldnt be mentioned in the other "later" Trek incarnations.
- Mon, Nov 25, 2013, 9:54pm (USA Central)
Off topic, but I cringe every time Archer says "Tell Chef that blah blah blah". The ship's cook surely has a name, it's absurd and impolite not to use it.
- Mon, Nov 25, 2013, 2:34pm (USA Central)
I agree with Daniel. Sisko is an enigmatic character, and at this point in the series, he has been made acutely aware of how bad racism was in the 20th century when he exists as Benny. This made him the perfect agent to allow the writers to directly compare attitudes from our time to the ones of DS9's crew.
- Mon, Nov 25, 2013, 1:36pm (USA Central)
Blink of an Eye
If we're going to mention all previous iterations of this concept, I might as well bring up the most obvious one, which is the previous season's "Gravity". The main difference between the two is that in "Gravity" the concept was used to serve the story and characters at hand, whereas here it takes the center stage and the characters are not as important. Surprisingly, though, I think this episode is superior, if only slightly.
- Mon, Nov 25, 2013, 9:26am (USA Central)
Underwater buldings, submarine action, attack of the 50-foot killer croc-dino ... I love it!
This is probably my favorite action-episode on Voyager so far. Paris as the rogue hero, flying in the face of authority and beurocracy to take action ad "do the right thing" really made me root for him.
The "shock-start" with Paris' demotion and incarceration, Janeway forced to fire at the Delta Flyer, Paris' letter to his dad - lots of great dtials in this episode!
Sure, there are (as always on Voyager) stuff that doesn't make much sense ... but this is one of the episodes where this nonsensical stuff doesn't steal focus from the story, at least not for me. Maybe that's also due to the great pacing of this episode ... someone barely says somehitng moronic, then we're off into the underwater adventure on planet Raindrop.
I love it! 3,5 stars from me :)
- Mon, Nov 25, 2013, 9:02am (USA Central)
I'm in two minds about this episode.
On one hand I think it's a good example of what Trek does best: tackling big ethical and moral issues, making valid arguments for both sides, letting the answer be up to the audience(regarldess of the chloice our main character ends up making).
The execution is great - the dialog is really well written, the delivery by the actors is passionate and emotionally engaging (not something Voyager usually does well).
On the other hand ... contrived plot with huge holes and character discrepancies and .. well, stuff that just plain doesn't make much sense at all.
I understand when people say "don't let details that dont make sense spoil the rest of the episode for you" - and I wish I could follow that advice to just shut out those details.
I love the taste of a good moral dilemma presented with good dialog, but ... when delicious strawberries a presented on a plate of faeces, it kind of ruins the whole dish for me, no matter how much I like strawberries.
- Mon, Nov 25, 2013, 8:39am (USA Central)
To me this episode marks the point where Jeri "Eye Candy" Ryan made it absolutely clear that she's more than a walking, talking wet dream.
Sure, I'm still convinced she was hired (and dressed) to keep the male audience coming back for more week after week, but luckily they also got a skilled individual at the same time they hired that killer body and big blue eyes.
Ryan's acting is stellar - she glides in and out of the many characters seemlessly, making each and every character believable (and sometimes hillarious) with a lot of empathy.
The girl playing Naomi Wildman should also be commended: she's not just adorable, her way of delivering lines is great and she has a superb screen presence.
A different note about the episode:
This is one of the VERY few Trek episodes I've seen that made me question whether children should watch it. The sequence where Tuvok is inside 7's nightmare is really disturbing!
- Mon, Nov 25, 2013, 8:09am (USA Central)
I enjoyed this episode a lot - and that's coming from someone who despises time-travel episodes.
The visuals in this episode were just great, details like Voyager under the ice and the celebraion in slow-motion just made thus episode stand out to me.
I also loved many of the little character moments, somethign we generally don't get enough of on this show.
It's just too bad that this episode, like most of Voyager in general, doesn't do human drama well. The episodea are usually filmed and edited in such a way, that we don't get a chance to "linger" on the emotinal impact on a character. Some TNG or DS9 pacing would've meant a world of difference for the way we perceive older Harry in this episode - as it is, we get a sense that he's bitter an all that, fine ... but we never get under his skin, the epsiode doesn't make us feel what he feels. As a consequence, I (as a viewer) don't really care whether he suceeds or not, it's all more or less a matter of going through the morions, getting from point A to point B of the story.
So, to me this episode is enjopyable and entertaining - not "great" or "fantastic" or even something I'll remember a week after watching it, unless I really strain my memory.
But that's just the nature of Voyager as a whole (in my eyes).
- Mon, Nov 25, 2013, 2:00am (USA Central)
Someone above remembered Suder - but I don't think the Clown would have gone for someone like him vs Janeway. Courage defeats fear, and that's what the Captain should have more than anyone else.
Well done, Voyager!
Oh and I hope they got to keep those stasis chambers as a reward. Score!
- Sun, Nov 24, 2013, 11:51pm (USA Central)
Not just "Duras" but "Duras, son of Toral" felt like epic pandering and namedropping.
- Sun, Nov 24, 2013, 1:14pm (USA Central)
Unimatrix Zero, Part I
If they can plant a virus to let the drones remember unimatrix zero, why can't they plant a virus that just destroys the borg? Ugh, I have decided that the entire crew of voyager is slightly mentally retarded. after that I could enjoy the show a lot more.
- Sun, Nov 24, 2013, 12:24pm (USA Central)
It wasn't exactly captivating, but I enjoyed it, and it was far more interesting than Voyager's similarly styled 11:59.
- Sun, Nov 24, 2013, 11:14am (USA Central)
My main criticism here would most definitely be the music... awful.
Besides that, Kai Winn is an awfully loveable villain!
And Kira becomes more and more attractive character-wise as time goes on.
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