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- Fri, Mar 7, 2014, 4:41am (USA Central)
My comment in the last episode's review was fairly in favor of season 1. And I repeat it: this was a very satisfactory first season, certainly the most consistente of all Trek's first season. And probably the second best season 1, just after TOS for me. Good premise and, actually, much more character development than any other season 1 in Trek shos, with the exception of DS9 of course, where the whole point was to have continuity throughout the show.
That said, I was chocked how weakly and poorly they ended this first season. This episode is really bad. Actually it is even childish: cheese? Really? And what about that small bag of neuro-technobabble gel? For god sake, hehehe... I don't think the idea was to make it a comic episode. There is not a comic tone whatsoever. I really think it was serious. And paradoxically, that is what made the episode laughable.
But worse: training troops in a week? Soling everything is a snap, magically like in a sopa opera, just because Tuvok risked his life to save one of Maquis? Don't get me wrong, of course it should earn more respect from the Maquis people, but magically convince them that now they are going to follow rules? This was cartoonish.
Oh yes and what about this: one of the selected trainees was chosen because he is young and could have a good motivation if challenged. The other (the blue fellow) is so ridiculously dumb, so Já Jar Binks, a real comic relief, that it makes me think that if all the other possible choices were worse... well, then the Maquis were mere jokes. There is, however, more bad stuff: as Jammer has pointed out, a hologram that Works without energy or when all system fail can really be possible in this Voyager where holodecks Works with "a diferente energy". So stupid that is enfuriating to see any holo-scene on this show. These very pontless ones with the captain.... pff, just even worse.
Not to mention: what is the relevant stuff here for a season finale? Really nothing. Did writers run out of ideas? Gesus, this was really weak in comparison to the rest of this very good season. More: if this is the most consistente and one of the best season 1 I've seen in Trek, this episode is probably the worst season finale with exception of DS9's last episode of season 6 (which is better executed, but is atrocious to Star Trek as franchise).
- Fri, Mar 7, 2014, 1:19am (USA Central)
Good episode, with a very refreshing take on Neelix that goes beyond the comical relief he has been so far (although the ridiculous clothes he keeps using are disturbing and keep reminding us how he is sort of the predecessor of Star Wars' Jar Jar Binks).
Anyway, the plot was quite interesting, with credible dillemas and this Eisten doctor suffering for having created the "bomb".
I agree that the captain was a bit too easy on the doctor, and everybody was too trustful. This is the sort of situation where I especially miss Picard-level of acting delivery. I mean, this is the sort of situation when Picard would have taken the same decisions, but with that face of whom is being pragmatic to save one's life, but disgusted to have to deal with the doctor.
Anyway, I digress... Overall, this season has been quite consistent in my opinion. Despite people warning me that Voyager disapoints later (this is my first watching), season 1 was a good start.
Dave in NC
- Fri, Mar 7, 2014, 1:08am (USA Central)
Kes's raptoresque screams crack me up.
- Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 11:27pm (USA Central)
Although a bit too scientificaly absurd for my taste, the premise was at the same time really interesting. It had potential for a lot of good character building and moral debate - which was partialy done. The psicological metaphor is a joy. Also, Roxann Dawson delivered a Strong acting here.
I only found this carrying-rocks labor-camp a little too much. The main plot of getting people's organs was evil enough. The slavery seemed just pushing too hard the vilan-ish stuff, too unidimensional. And sure, leaving the prisioners there without help was ridiculous. Federation and Starfleet principles? Who cares!
However, overall this episode has really good Trek material. Btw, K'Elvis brought a very good catch! Many thanks for that. Lastly, it could have been really nice if they have kept both versions of Torres in the show.
- Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 10:56pm (USA Central)
Sins of the Father
I loved everything in it. The way it evolved the Klingon "mythos" was incredible. They really nailed every aspect of their culture, even considering all the chances they had to drop the ball here.
They could have had a lame ritual, or they looked too simplistic as a society or something, but no. Can't say a bad thing about the plot, or the dialogue or the guest actors.
Boy. I've come to the realization the casting team does a much better job when they cast important family members of the crew (so far) than when they cast one-off guest actors.
This Kurn guy was just right as Worf's brother. Even Lwaxana Troi becomes tolerable as time goes on, in spite of the plots that always come with her.
@ Great analysis SkepticalMI!
Small complaint: I wonder why Jammer gave it "only" 3 and a half stars. His review doesn't seem to mention any negatives, in fact, it elevates the episode when he's looking at the bigger picture of the whole season.
- Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 10:33pm (USA Central)
The Siege of AR-558
@Andy's Friend I am the one who thank you for the detailed response. This has been a nice debate. You understood my point: I think Federation or Starfleet having only small defense teams of ground soldiers is not exactly a corruption of their philosophy. For localized defense. What I would only add is that I also think it was not exactly too absurd to see some of these guys sent to defend an important facility conquered from the enemy during time of emergency. Like a factory of clones or something.
Again, although I dislike the concept, I just don't think it is atrocious to previous Federation. In fact, think of it: you yourself seem to agree that the Federation and Starfleet have to fight ground battles, have to send someone to take important strategic points in the ground during war. I.e. have to fight specific battles for defense purposes. Your only disagreement is that they have sent humans. I mean, differently from Elliott, for instance, your main problem is not the Federation fighting the war on ground, but fighting with humans. Is more a matter of scientific plausibility than a moral dillema.
Btw, regarding the robots, I should say two things. First, I understood your argument abount budget constrains and I find it to be valid. Even though, one could easily especulate that there may be also moral dilemas in using robots for whatever task wone thinks. In fact, they already exist even today. So I do not know if not having robots in Star Trek is merely a budget issue or a deeper decision as well. That is an interesting question for future debate and one we should search for when we have time. However, in any case, I still think that since you agree that they should need special ground forces for some very special and rare ocasions, the robots would only displace the problem. The moral dilema for me would remain the same. How to fight emergency ground battles, with which behavior.
But now, I totally agree that it would have been a great episode if they had robots or something and discussed what we do with these robots. I mean, it would have been a much cleverer episode. The issue is that it seems that we are asking writers in the 1990s to debate issues from our current time :)
Who knows in a future Star Trek show... I would love to see this drone debate addressed.
In any case, if they at least have discusse in the episode what we are discussing here, i.e. if they have showed de moral dillema faced by the soldiers on the ground to have to do this job that does not fit their philosphy very easily, instead of showing the brute 20th century US mariners....
@ES and @Corey & @Andy's Friend Hahaha actually Corey brought an amusing provocative comparison. And the ironic examples that followed were really fun. But in a serious tone, the really juicy one was Corey's last reply with the war examples. On average, humans behave differently today even in wars. Yes, certainly we see a lot of crap being done in a lot of wars. American soldiers have been doing horrible unthinkable things throughout the world. But even though, the fact that some people can still do the same things humanity used to 1000 years ago does not mean that on average we still do the same from 1000 years ago.
There is a huge difference between the average, or the majority, and individual or minority cases. I mean, if, say, 10% of humanity behave like 1000 years ago, we cannot claim that the whole species is still the same in general, in a whole or as a tendency.
Lastly, well, if taking away confort and stuff makes people (and institutions, what is a diferente matter, but let it be) behave like in the Hobbesian philosophy (which we've learned here that is not a philosophy but the ontological truth...), why the hell the Federation and Starfleet themselves did not change during all the many wars and military crises they have faced before and after DS9? My guess: in reality they were not humans.
- Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 9:28pm (USA Central)
Ashes to Ashes
I change my mind. Rewrite this with Harry Kim dying back in Scorpion and returning as the reanimated alien. :-) I would have loved to see his character interactions with Paris and Janeway. We'd have no Timeless but if done well he'd rock this episode. Or stay on as the alien and attempt timeless in another season and kill everyone and debate reanimating (lol) but ultimately going back in time. Then they could have got around that awkward "We can't fire him he was the token asian dude for People's beautiful people!"
- Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 9:20pm (USA Central)
Blink of an Eye
Physics aside, English writing aliens, and wooden acting, I really enjoyed the idea and the music score. I even shed a tear for DDK's character as he sat to watch Voyager depart. How one ignorant choice by the curious crew inspired civilizations. I say ignorant because I am no scientist but when they read off the planet specs, I suspected it would have a ridiculous gravitational pull, yet our science officers did not...... I saw them getting stuck, why they didn't hazard that a possibility is Voyager.
The alien was way too cavalier about her death. Writers making the doc more human than our Captain . Little things distract a bit.
Last nit pick, we have so many resets the cast acting is becoming the audience and are way too nonchalant about their predicaments when stuck (The void). I get panicking doesn't help but they seem confident they'll be free in 42 mins. zzzzz...
Still, one of my faves I watch many times. :-)
- Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 8:56pm (USA Central)
Mac> Not sure what the odds you'll see this years later after your OP, but I thought that too, that it was homage to Kate but she says so many negative things about the Fair Haven arc. So my question for her would be did she play a part in fair haven and the writers didn't mention Michel until the script was done? Or did she get zero wind of it. The writers were inspired by her background and decided to do an ep? She jokes they punished her for not pursuing a love interest and frowns at the very idea of a holo- lover especially the short statured actor.
I hated the storm. Frankly, I hated this episode except the friendship of janeway and chakotay on the bridge. I liked seeing some deep continuity that they aren't superficial but loyal friends.
- Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 8:35pm (USA Central)
Also, midway through the episode, the Kes guy suddenly starts thinking that the Enterprise is working with the Prytt, but then at the end, he still says he wants into the Federation...so...does he think the Enterprise has gone rogue from the Federation then? Logically, this episode was a hot mess.
- Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 8:17pm (USA Central)
The Siege of AR-558
"Corey, if you think that that was a well thought out comparison, then we really don't have much to discuss."
I think the comparison is valid.
"Take away our creature comforts, and many of us won't behave like we did 500 years ago."
Exactly. There's a reason the US military loses about 30 soldiers to suicide a day, and that tens of thousands of troops commited suicide after Vietnam. We even know that most soldiers in war time purposefully dont shoot the enemy (they deliberately miss) and that most killings during wars are done by a small majority. Often, it is simply ideology and superstition (religious, political, economic or otherwise) which sanctions things like mass killings, witch burnings, xenophobia and so forth, though of course not always.
- Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 5:08pm (USA Central)
About the "no female captains" issue, I think Lester's line about "your world of starship captains doesn't admit women!" was referring to Kirk leaving her for the Enterprise.
While it's true there were no female Starfleet captains seen in TOS, that doesn't mean they didn't exist, and what has been seen supports the possibility: The Romulans had female captains ("The Enterprise Incident") and it's hard to see them as being more progressive than the Federation. More importantly, "The Cage" and "The Menagerie" establish that the Enterprise's previous first officer was a woman, and that she took command of the ship after Captain Pike's abduction without any objection from the rest of the crew.
- Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 4:28pm (USA Central)
For the Uniform
I loved this episode but certain things got to me. The whole "Defiant is broken" thing just seemed to be an excuse to have Nog around. Nobody evens cares about him, get him off the show!
Eddington turned out be a great villian, loved his acting in this one. But the final solution Sisko uses....at the end of the episdoe I was yelling at the tv. "BEN you just poisoned an entire planet!?"
And that sick chuckle that Dax gives, like it's alright.
I like Sisko but the man is ruthless, he is not above extorting and violence to get what he needs done.
- Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 1:06pm (USA Central)
The Siege of AR-558
@ES: "Corey, if you think that that was a well thought out comparison, then we really don't have much to discuss."
I'm not Corey, but whether his analogy is 100% accurate or not isn't the point. The point is that mentalities change, and given enough time, even our most basic reactions and instincts also change. Take away our creature comforts, and we won't behave like we did 5,000 years ago. Take away our creature comforts, and many of us won't behave like we did 500 years ago. If the present evolution continues, take away our creature comforts 500 years from now...
- Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 12:52pm (USA Central)
The Siege of AR-558
Corey, if you think that that was a well thought out comparison, then we really don't have much to discuss.
- Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 10:10am (USA Central)
The Siege of AR-558
@Corey: ""I guess we will have to agree to disagree. Humans will always be human."
Yeah, that's why I still rape kids and own slaves. Because it was normal and socially acceptable long ago."
-- I promise you this, Corey: if you steal any of my slaves, I'll personally flog and then hang you, and I'll let your body hang for all to see. That is and always will be the only way to treat a criminal who steals other men's rightful property. [What are you saying, woman?!] Sorry, have to go now, my woman is whining about something, have to go and smack her and make her shut up.
- Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 9:55am (USA Central)
The Outrageous Okona
A little harsh. I'd say this is a 2 at least. Yes Joe Piscopo (I'm a Brit, still never heard of him) is awful but I always figured that was the point.
I really liked the Okona character though. He was fun and I liked the vibe he gave to the crew.
TNG was still finding it's feet but this was a lightweight episode moving in the right direction.
- Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 9:31am (USA Central)
The Siege of AR-558
"I guess we will have to agree to disagree. Humans will always be human."
Yeah, that's why I still rape kids and own slaves. Because it was normal and socially acceptable long ago.
- Wed, Mar 5, 2014, 11:52pm (USA Central)
Tomorrow Is Yesterday
@DutchStudent82: What?! Do you mean that they don't really fly super super fast in Star Trek? Do you mean that... when Superman flew around and around the Earth so fast that time went backwards, that it... never really happened?!... Do you mean that... that... that Father Christmas doesn't exist at all?! Bwahaha, I want my mommy...!!! ;)
- Wed, Mar 5, 2014, 10:51pm (USA Central)
Tomorrow Is Yesterday
I prefer GOOD science, in my science fiction.
this episode fails HORRIBLY in that regard.
(even for 1960-standards)
*WARP speed is supposed to be FASTER than light.
(the WARPING of space, thats why normal relativity does not count)
*the sling-shot effect of a star might give you fast speed, but NEVER faster than light, hence it would at best give you normal (aka impuls-speed)
*one can NOT travel back in time in normal impuls speed, only slow down time that effect at 0.5 impulsspeed (or halve the speed of light would be nearing a factor 6000 (or 1.7 hours passing relativily for ever second experienced while traveling at 0.5 impuls) The story that gravity would cause rime to go BACKWARDS is total bullshit.
*the kind of slingshot effect needed to even GET a proper time dialation effect would need something FAR more massive than our sun, like the black hole at the center of out galaxcy, one slingshot around that MIGHT give a ship 0.5 impuls.
*there IS no difference between speed and gravity, both are the same force, having the same effect on time.
*they are slingshot away from the sun, saying they travel at off the chart speeds, way faster than warp 8. given that warp-factor is compression factor. they should move out of the solar system in a blink, the distance they travel (sun to earth) should have taken them a lot shorter and at that speed they should have flows far out of the solar system in no second at all.
Here is the data :
(warp 1 = 1.00-9.99* speed of light)
(warp 2 = 10.00-99.99* speed of light)
(warp 3 = 100.00-999.99* speed of light)
(warp 4 = 1000.00-9999.99* speed of light)
(warp 5 = 10000.00-99999.99* speed of light)
(warp 6 = 100000.00-999999.99* speed of light)
(warp 7 = 1000000.00-9999999.99* speed of light)
(warp 8 = 10000000.00-99999999.99* speed of light)
(warp 9 = 100000000.00-99999999.99*speed of light)
Given that it's of the chart.. it must have been at least warp 9.0
thats at least 100 MILLION times faster than the speed of light.
the distance between the sun and earth is about 6 light-minutes.
It would have taken : 0,0000036 seconds to reach earth at warp 9.0
given that we have seen this speed activated for about 57 seconds (time between sulu saying of the chart, and the captain being beamed down)
the distance traveled would have been a little over 180 lightyears.
the only thing that MIGHT be possible is that black matter star, causing a distortion in the warp-field causing it to warp time too, into the negative.
-> getting back would just have needed them to travel a while at impuls speed. (one other common mistake in star trek, they travel WAY to much at impuls without showing any of the time-differiental problems that that would cause.
- Wed, Mar 5, 2014, 9:15pm (USA Central)
When the Bough Breaks
The first half of the episode was great. The thought of parents losing their children is chilling. But then things started to get stupid, and it just kept going downhill. I give the first half 3 1/2 stars and the second half a reluctant half star.
- Wed, Mar 5, 2014, 8:41pm (USA Central)
@Amanda You wouldn't immediately explode on exposure to the vacuum of space. If you're lucky you've got at least a few minutes before you run out of air or suffer injuries from swelling/burst blood vessels etc.
As for the decompression, I guess it wouldn't seem more or less explosive than in a jet liner at high altitude (which is dramatic but not instantly fatal).
- Wed, Mar 5, 2014, 8:02pm (USA Central)
I watched it again and what still bothers me is what happens to bodies in space? Wouldn't be'lanna be dead right along with him once the breech happened? It's not like they were on a commercial air plane, it was space. The vacuum would suck them both out and death instantly that's why we wear space suits and not a snorkel. *shrugs*
Speaking of dead Ensign Kim forgotten, wouldn't episode Ashes to Ashes have been WAY cooler if they came across Harry Kim back from the dead as the reanimated alien? Ha...Continuity is too much to ask :-)
- Wed, Mar 5, 2014, 7:59pm (USA Central)
@Elliott and Paul M.: Hehe, sorry, Elliott, but I have to agree with the M. man on this one: Muldaur was hawt back in the 60s ;)
About the gay issue: there will be no gays in the 24th century. Just like any other "abnormality", we will have eradicated it by the 22nd century at the very latest as soon as genetic engineering becomes widely available. No fat people, no short, bald guys, no albinos, nothing. The real Picard will have forgotten how to say "Vive la différence!". Such is the vanity of men. And women. And parents. Alas, future mankind will be a poorer one...
- Wed, Mar 5, 2014, 7:31pm (USA Central)
Other than that, it's a pretty good episode. But Trek really doesn't know how to stay consistent or believable. It pushes the boat out and goes lazy.
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