Comments on Jammer's Reviews RSS feed for comments posted on Jammer's Reviews en-us Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:19:49 PST Comment by Robert on DS9 S6: The Reckoning "Interesting, for aliens supposed to be out of linear time. " They should understand linear time as well as Sisko does. Since he explained it to them! Comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:19:49 PST Robert Comment by phaedon on TNG S4: Night Terrors I'm really enjoying revisiting TNG for some reason. Bit of trivia: The ship's name is correctly spelled "USS Brattain" --- even though it's misspelled on the hull of the ship itself. You can see a screen grab of the typo here: This happens around 5 minutes into the episode. A few minutes later, Beverly and Picard review the Captain's Log from the Brattain and the entry is stamped "USS Brattain - NCC-21166." Hope you found that interesting! Comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:51:11 PST phaedon Comment by shire on ENT S4: Daedalus I find it appalling that a man can die and the captain cant give two shits about him. The captain has been preaching about how import the crew is to him but suddenly its ok to put some random that's been stuck in space for 15 odd years before the rest of the entire crew. Screw the guy stuck in space, theirs already a **** load more people on the ship that don't want to die for some random person that "might!" be alive... They dont even know what the modifications will do to the ship either. Yes I realize the captain has a past with them and that should not effect him as the captain of a star ship. Personally this episode has blown out my judgement of the captain and I think tucker was right in questioning him and they should have left then and there. Worst episode of star trek enterprise so far... Comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:00:16 PST shire Comment by Samuel on TNG S7: Force of Nature Nick P is mr Plinkett. Comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:30:01 PST Samuel Comment by dlpb on DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement Entertaining, but as usual full of holes. The biggest one is that the trial would not be allowed to proceed in this fashion. Firstly, having one judge is unlikely to happen, and even if that was the case, "as far as logic dictates" is plainly ridiculous. Court rooms work by law and strict rules. A judge would work within those confines (Starfleet rules in this case), not Vulcan "logic". Comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:54:31 PST dlpb Comment by Charles on DS9 S6: The Reckoning "This will be the end, or the beginning" Interesting, for aliens supposed to be out of linear time. Comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:51:02 PST Charles Comment by Edax on TNG S1: Hide and Q The thing that bother's me most about this episode...Is that Q is dressed as a British general (mostly), yet everyone identifies him as a French Marshal? French Marshals dressed in blue, white and gold, with maybe a red sash. Q is dressed in red and white, the colors of the British, France's sworn enemy! That's be like Q dressing in a SS uniform, and everyone referring him to an American general. Just how lazy is their custom department? The French soldier uniforms look terrible, but at least they got the general color scheme right. Comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:51:58 PST Edax Comment by Charles on DS9 S6: Inquisition "It won't be easy. If it's true this section has existed since the birth of the Federation, they've managed to hide their tracks very well" - Right, by telling every Tom Dick and Harry they interrogate about their existence and purpose. Surely NO ONE would have EVER heard of them by now. Come on writers, this is ridiculous. Comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:59:06 PST Charles Comment by Beth on TOS S2: The Apple I hated this episode when I first saw it, and I still hate it. It's only fun is for a few good Red Shirt deaths, and the Yeoman actually kicking the ass of some People of Vaal instead of doing the usual things she does in this episode, such as whining, asking a question that no one can really answer (how reproduction happens on this planet - cue unnecessarily awkward *SEX* speculation), and being the stereotypical blonde git whose idea of seducing Chekov (LOL, "Pav") is to ask him dumb blonde questions. Actually, everyone is annoying in this episode, except maybe Spock, who seems to be the sole voice of reason. Like, why is their way of life so reprehensible? Ohhh right, because the "plot" demands some forced conflict. I kind of wanted to slap McCoy for his stupid arguments, and Kirk for his asinine speech to the People of Vaal at the end on how they'll just enjoy this new life of toil so much ("HEY GUYS! You get to have the SEX now! Maybe you'll figure out how to reproduce! *crowd laughs at this for some reason*). I especially wanted to phaser McCoy and Kirk for their dumb joke that Spock looks like Satan. Like Spock's NEVER heard that one before. Or maybe he hasn't, considering that pointy ears and arched eyebrows doth not the Devil make! Comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:46:21 PST Beth Comment by Robert on TNG S3: The High Ground 3 Quick Questions 1) Can we think of very many nations that aren't technically occupying land that isn't theirs? Does there ever come a point in which it's no longer fair game to attack someone forever over land that your grandfather owned? 2) Does anyone actually think that either side would agree to anything remotely reasonable to end the fighting? 3) If #2 happened, does anyone actually think the fighting would stop? Comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:36:59 PST Robert Comment by Alex on TNG S5: Cost of Living At least we get to see Tony Jay (Lwaxana's groom) and hear his incredible voice! Comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:26:07 PST Alex Comment by Beth on TOS S2: Mirror, Mirror Oh my goodness, I just love this episode! 4 stars, for sure. Uhura gets to be bad-ass (with her dealings with Sulu, with the phaser-taking from Marlena, just all around awesome), Evil "Scarface" Sulu and Evil Chekov are GREAT, and Spock isn't even evil in the Mirror universe, just a logical man trapped in a brutal, illogical empire. I dig the goatee too - I guess they were thinking that would make Spock look more like the Devil, eh? Well, devilishly handsome, maybe. I wonder if anyone on here had considered how the Mirror Universe came to be, and why it was so easily accessible? And is it truly a Mirror Universe, or just one where Earth, Starfleet and the UFP is upside down into an Imperial Earth bent? It's been noted that in later excursions into the Mirror Universe in DS9 etc. that alien cultures behave much the same as they otherwise would, only more aggressively towards a Terran Empire that is asking for a walloping. My theory (which isn't really mine) is that the Mirror Universe came to be when McCoy stepped into The Guardian of Forever. The episode's events did put right the timeline of events for the "normal" universe that the USS Enterprise crew knows. But perhaps that other timeline, where the Nazis won WWII and conquered the world, still existed as the split-off Mirror Universe? It might explain why the Terran Empire incorporates a tradition of fascistic salutes, among other things. Anyway, it's just a possibility... Comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:11:45 PST Beth Comment by Beth on TOS S2: Amok Time In answer to Sagiam I.K., perhaps Spock is not 10x stronger than Kirk on Vulcan because Spock is, on Vulcan, subject to the thinner atmosphere and higher gravity which gives a Vulcan his "super strength" when the air volume and gravity are set to human standards. But then again, Kirk would have still been hard pressed to breathe properly while fighting, and lifting those weapons should have been much harder for him. So maybe the Plak Tow (blood fever) does something to weaken the Vulcan in this situation. Or, it's also possible that despite the Plak Tow's influence, Spock was actually trying as hard as he could to restrain his full impulse to fight with all his might, and to instead go easy on Kirk, while making it *seem* like he was going all-out for blood. Being that he's half-human, perhaps the Plak Tow doesn't have *quite* the same hold on his mind as it does for a full-blooded Vulcan. [Given that he only underwent Ponn Farr for apparently the first time in his thirties, after thinking that he "might have been spared" from it, it does seem plausible that the Ponn Farr would affect a half-Human half-Vulcan differently than a typical Vulcan]. --> And yes, the regenerated Spock on the Genesis planet did undergo Ponn Farr as a teenager, but perhaps the Genesis effect didn't just accelerate his growth, but also intensified or ignited that which would have otherwise been largely dormant post-adolescent impulses. Anyway, back to the Amok Time fight: Maybe Kirk was just very effective at evading most of the swipes and jabs and thwacks that came his way, and he didn't need to match Spock's Vulcan-adapted strength to fend him off for most of the fight - well, until the choking happened, which happened to coincide with McCoy's gamble of knock-out medicine. Oh well, in any case, it wouldn't have been as fun a match if Spock had sliced Kirk in two with the Lirpa or beaned him in the noggin with the Ahn'woon right off the bat, would it? Comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:14:37 PST Beth Comment by Charles on DS9 S6: Sacrifice of Angels As always with DS9, I loved it... up until they brought in the prophets. Way to kill your episode and everything you've worked for in this arc. DS9 would have been such a good show without those prophets (that definitely killed season 7). Comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:00:30 PST Charles Comment by Capitalist on ENT S1: Oasis Hmm, once again Jammer misses the point of the Trip/T'Pol scene, even after bringing up the related scene from back in "Unexpected." Isn't it obvious? Everytime Trip gets involved with a woman, T'Pol gets all miffed, pissy, n snarky. :D :D I'm watching Enterprise for the first time, so I don't know how it'll play out, but it seems clear what the writers had in mind for these two at this point. Comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:59:43 PST Capitalist Comment by Charles on DS9 S6: Statistical Probabilities Agree 100% with Jons. This is beyond absurd. How ironic that a show about intelligence insults the viewer's so much. Comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:53:36 PST Charles Comment by Beth on TOS S2: Who Mourns for Adonais? Ohh this episode... I just wanted to smack some sense into Scotty-the-Suddenly-Thick-Brained-Caveman, and give Lt. Palamas (aka Lt. Pajamas) another few whacks in the head. (And why the heck do all these pretty and easily-manipulable officers with "specializations in myth and antiquity" keep popping up on a ship of deep-space exploration? Ahhh, plot convenience, of course. Or as some might call it, poor writing). I really wished for this episode (as with a few other Trek episodes) to have a stronger-minded woman to stand up and think a little on her own, who's more like the Number One from "The Cage", logical and focused on duty to her ship and crew, rather than some flimsy mimsy, being so easily swayed by some hunky two-bit "god" and a fancy-schmancy dress or robe. GRRR. At least Kirk was able to put some sense into her and Lt. Palamas FINALLY spurned Apollo's affections with the cold sarcasm they deserved. (Too bad Kirk's speech smacks of, erm, R-A-C-I-S-M, but it gets the plot from A to B effectively enough). I did feel kind of bad for Apollo at the end - like I felt bad for Charlie X or Trelane or any other god-power-being who meddles too far with the Enterprise crew and meets their sad fate. But as others above have pointed out, what the heck was Apollo DOING - and why would he think "Hey, I know, those humans will just come and worship me again after, um, growing past the whole god thing." And it had to be Apollo that didn't see the end for him coming - so much for his supposed wisdom! Comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:43:06 PST Beth Comment by Beth on TOS S2: The Changeling Ah yes, yet ANOTHER episode where Kirk "outwits" the machine with self-destructive "logic". But wow, I was face-palming through a lot of this. From Spock's mind-meld (with a tin can?) to Uhura going from pre-school English to "College level" in a short time (wtf, do they have some kind of learn-by-osmosis machines in the 23rd century, ala the "lesson feeds" in "The Matrix"?), to the lovely (laughable) Nomad-perspective camera angles, to Kirk's TERRIBLE joke at the end that REALLY made me put palm to face... And yet, it was still an enjoyable episode, and I could get past the hokeyness and silliness. It was also interesting to see this story again, and realize what I somehow hadn't realized before: "Oh hey, this is where they got that whole V'Ger thing from The Motionless Picture!" [The movie being a slightly different case, where the story was oversimple and the plot not all that well thought-out, and the pace plodding with somewhat stiff acting, but nonetheless still was somehow an enjoyable thing to sit through]. I give it 1.5 out of 4. Stupid, but fun. Comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:27:33 PST Beth Comment by Fish on Confessions of a Closet Trekkie Ahhhhh Jammer. I feel you mate. As an Aussie, we pretty much loathe regular intellectuals over here, let alone those godsdamned nerdy bastards who are into scifi! So you can imagine I kept my love of Star Wars on the down low all through school (didn't discover Trek till I caught "The Wounded" on TNG reruns on Channel 11, and didn't get onto BSG until this year as a result of your reviews!!). Closeted myself in being captain of the school rugby team and playing all manner of competitive sports, plus being an avid surfer always helps people assume you'd never be into all that weird nerdy shit. I graduated high school four years ago, spent the last four years at uni doing law, and I can say that my experiences are similar to posters like Rachael and Starpollo (killing it with the screenname by the way). I dont advertise my trekkiness, but if someone asks me what my favourite TV series are, they'll be copping TNG, DS9 and BSG all the way. If thats enough for someone to heap judgment on me, then fuck 'em, they aren't worth it. Although that doesnt mean I'll bore them to tears with a comparison of the leadership qualities of Sisko and Picard from a moral vs. practical standpoint. Pretty open with it now, although, like you, I prefer people I know (usually dates) thinking I'm normal before I drop the Trek-bomb if we're on a topic of TV viewing! Nor do I mention commenting on Trek websites, or incidentally, membership of ASoIaF forum (baby steps, after all). Anyway, just wanted to share my thoughts, trek transcends all walks of life, as evidenced by a 22 year old surfing, rugby-playing, booze swilling, Australian law student commenting on an American website about TV shows that hop all around the Alpha, Gamma and Delta quadrants to express his gratitude for your reviews. I guess what I'm saying, in a really roundabout, long-winded manner is, you're killing it Jamahl, love ya reviews, and I'm really glad you made this website a couple of years after I was born, and even more glad I discovered it a couple of years ago! Keep it up mate! Comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:36:25 PST Fish Comment by Del_Duio on DS9 S5: Rapture "that's the episode where DS9 started to piss me off personally, talking about religion and gods like it's a real thing, and crossing from "star trek" to supernatural bullshit." Yeah but the prophets / wormhole aliens ARE real in the DS9 universe. Many characters on the show have had run-ins with them or more. They aren't some intangible thing, otherwise you would have made a good point. Comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:33:43 PST Del_Duio Comment by grm89 on TNG S6: Suspicions Just watched this one for the first time. Think most of the negative aspects have been discussed here, but one more for you that annoyed me more than anything at the end: this huge, cunning, scheming alien, who has masterminded the faking of his own death, killed someone else and then proven that he can take a phaser blast at point blank range..... Loses a fist fight to a skinny unarmed earth woman. Also was there any way for Beverley to prove what happened on the shuttle after she vaporised him? Cctv doesn't appear to exist in the future...all they've got is the word of a disgraced off duty medical officer who's about to face the ethics committee for disobeying the captain's orders. Oh dear Beverley. Oh dear. Comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:43:09 PST grm89 Comment by Jeff on VOY S7: Inside Man I was just thinking regarding holo-Barclay referring to Seven as the only human to fully recover from Borg assimilation. 10 to 1 this was, in reality, just a tremendous goof on the writing staff's part. But maybe, just maybe, it was a clue the writers' included to tip off the viewers that perhaps there was something wrong with holo-Barclay. Surely the real Barclay would be aware of Picard's situation from BOBW. He was serving on the Enterprise-D at the time. This could have been something the writers cooked up to put the viewer on edge and suspect the supposedly benign motives of holo-Barclay. Just a thought. Comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:11:50 PST Jeff Comment by Elliott on TNG S3: The High Ground Not to get into too heated a discussion over this, but... DLPB, you aren't incorrect that Islamic texts support violence, but that in no way invalidates what Corey is saying about Israel being an illegal occupying force. It's not an either/or. Dave in NC, you are also correct, however, in 2014, the only sect of Abrahamic faiths which take their holy book seriously enough to commit violence in its name on a mass scale is Islam. The other two have (mostly) gotten to the point of ignoring their own religions enough to be past this stage, so it *is* fair to single Islam out in at least this respect. Comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:50:12 PST Elliott Comment by Dave in NC on TNG S3: The High Ground I guess your Bible doesn't have Leviticus in it, dlpb. There are numerous quotes supporting murder and violence in all of the holy books of the Abrahamaic religions. It's not really fair to single out the Quran. Comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:59:04 PST Dave in NC Comment by dlpb on TNG S3: The High Ground Sorry, Corey, but no. If you understand Islamic teaching then you see numerous quotes that teach hatred to Jews. There are dozens of countries around the world that have lost land at some point, and they aren't blowing people up anymore. Islam is a death cult. Comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:35:59 PST dlpb Comment by dlpb on DS9 S1: Duet This is probably my favourite episode of Season 1, and certainly one of the best overall. Most of this is due to Harris Yulin and the script involving his character. The episode was, on the whole, well paced and scripted. The only real negative I have here is how woeful Nana Visitor comes across when compared to Harris Yulin. His acting puts hers to shame. Most of the main characters are not up to scratch in this show. Nog (especially Nog), Jake, Sisko (oh, and him too), Nerys, Dax, and Bashir... All their actors underperformed throughout the entirety of the show. When compared to the actors who played Weyoun, Garak, Quark, Gul Dukat, Martok, and Gowron, it is painfully obvious. The actors playing Odo and O'Brien did a good job, at least. Comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:52:51 PST dlpb Comment by Leeroy on DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars I didn't realize the captain was black, so I didn't understand this episode when it aired. Comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:39:59 PST Leeroy Comment by Capitalist on ENT S1: Rogue Planet "Why don't they explain what they know? The obvious answer would seem to be because they know Archer would disapprove of their hunting of a sentient species — but no, because near the end of the story they lay all the cards on the table voluntarily. What makes them decide to do this, when nothing about the situation has significantly changed?" LOL, I've often thought (and posted at least once) about how the folks on this board don't seem to get out much, and clearly that includes Jammer as well. What has changed to cause the hunters to reveal their knowledge? Well, what are they all doing during that scene? Drinking. Hello??? I guess Jammer's never been out in the woods for several days hunting/fishing/camping/combat training or whatever with a group of guys. After a hard day or two humping around in the woods, it would be sacrilege not to unwind around a campfire with a few adult beverages of your choice. That's when the interesting convos always happen... Comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:34:35 PST Capitalist Comment by Gil on ENT S1: Strange New World "WHAT protocols, given that this is probably the first space mission." Even coffemakers are required by law to provide proper use instructions and safety guidelines. To suppose that space exploration amounts to no more than intuition and/or blind guesswork is patently absurd. Comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:20:28 PST Gil Comment by Susan on TNG S5: Redemption, Part II We the fans know Data and his abilities and character from previous episodes and therefore we trust him. Hobson didn't seem to know anything about him except that he is a legit 2nd officer on the Flagship. So it's true Hobson is being biased and prejudiced but he also had no experience with Data and his abilities. He also may have resented Picard advancing Data over him. It must be tough having to submit to a CO you don't have history with. If Hobson had been less jerky it would have made for a more intriguing story. Comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:29:48 PST Susan Comment by Dave in NC on ENT S1: Unexpected ^ Looking at the current problems Paramount is having with the script and the director for the new film, not much has changed. For such a venerable piece of pop-culture (which has been around now for half a century), it's amazing how those in charge really have NO idea what makes the franchise work. Case in point? Jonathan Frakes isn't even being considered as a candidate for director, yet we have two directors from the Fast and Furious movies high on the inside track. Fast and Furious?!? That's just what the new ST movie needs: more jump cuts, swearing, and idiotic catchphrases. So so sad. Comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:54:59 PST Dave in NC Comment by Jeff on VOY S5: Course: Oblivion This episode seems to have gotten more comments than most others did. The words "bleak" and "pointless" appear a lot. I agree with Destructor; it really goes to the essence of Existentialism, but it also transcends Existetialism. The great fear of the duplicate crew was that they would simply disappear without leaving any record of their accomplishments -- which is what happened, and yet unbeknown to them, their real counterparts were doing fine. The theme of parallel universes is common in science fiction, but here the two parallel universes are in one universe, and almost encounter each other. If the survivors of the duplicate crew did meet the real crew, they would have realized that, however meaningless their existance was, in the other universe their existance was fulfilled. As someone said, whether the episode was plausible or not, it did succeed in making us think about existance and meaningfulness. Comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:12:42 PST Jeff Comment by todayshorse on TNG S6: Suspicions What a bizarre episode. Having read the comments there's not much more to say but I did note a few things. The 'entire' crew seem totally not concerned with what's going on, even picard seems to give the impression ' oh Beverly what have you done now...sigh' like she does this all the time... even Beverly walks round the ship in a slow convoluted way, Data seems confused and 'not really interested' when Beverly asks him if sabotage is possible. They all seem to treat her as they would any 'non regular' crew member - or maybe it's just me that's noticed that - With contempt, irritability, as if anyone else on the ship but them has problems or knows what they are doing. Strange. Did enjoy the almost 'porn movie' sounds that seemed dubbed over the fight scene on the shuttle craft, and Beverlys roundhouse kick chuck norris stylee on the was dead but now isn't alien scientist bloke. Just how did he get out of the morgue and back again whilst he was doing dastardly things? And if I hadn't known better I would have said Will Wheaton played the ferengi. Comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:16:57 PST todayshorse Comment by Chris M on TNG S1: The Neutral Zone Watch Q Who. Data states the Borg damage in that episode is "identical to what happened to the outposts along the neutral zone." Comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:42:27 PST Chris M Comment by Adam C on TNG S7: Emergence The Enterprise used personal logs and holodeck programs to help design the new widget. Two problems: 1. “Erase all programs filed under ‘Reginald Barclay’.… Except program nine.” 2. “Riker to bridge: If you need me, I’ll be in holodeck four.” And this supposes that Professor Moriarty is still locked away in Reg’s little yellow cube. I just watched it (and actually enjoyed it quite a bit, although it’s hardly a classic — I’d say 2.5, maybe 3), and when Picard and Data were talking about the thingamajig in the ready room, I could only think that maybe they made a mistake. (Personal logs, too. Think of Worf saying as if reciting a weather report, “The conditions were difficult. Many contestants were maimed.” Yikes!) Good luck, universe. Enterprise Junior is on the loose! Comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:44:48 PST Adam C Comment by Chris M on TNG S1: The Neutral Zone For me, 3 1/2 stars out of four. The first of the Borg episodes. And kudos to the writers for the subtle foreshadowing and introduction of the greatest of Star Trek villains, the Borg. As for the other subplot, our greatest villains generally appear to us when we are focused elsewhere on something relatively banal and we are feeling superior and smug, like thinking how advanced we are relative to another group of people. Looks like pretty damn good writing to me and yet another reason I love Star Trek. Comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:42:08 PST Chris M Comment by BearHeart on TNG S4: Reunion Not sure why you gave this 3-1/2 stars -- it's clearly a four-star episode. Great script, excellent direction by Frakes (who's since become one of the best directors in television) and fantastic performances all around. This is high on my best-of-Trek list. Comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:21:03 PST BearHeart Comment by Caleb on VOY S2: Death Wish Gosh, voyager wastes a lot of good ideas and good acting by being really stupid. Still, it remains eminently watchable. Comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:02:21 PST Caleb Comment by Chris M on TNG S1: The Neutral Zone I've always enjoyed this episode. Both sub plots. I always thought that this episode contained the first appearance of the Borg. As I recall, the outposts were scooped up with no trace. Neither Star Fleet nor the Romulans knew why or were capable of doing this. So the purpose to me was so much more than just showing the Romulans were back. It was foreshadowing for the entrance of the Borg. Comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:46:15 PST Chris M Comment by Charles on DS9 S5: Rapture PS: Agree 100% with everything KanarWithDamar says in their comment. Sisko is the worst Captain for these reasons (and actually more, but regarding this episode and the whole Bajoran religion thing this is enough). That's the episode when he starts to believe in himself as the emissary, which if I had been the Federation, would have been reason enough to cut him as a captain to DS9. Of course, DS9 is a TV show, and the character was written that way (and we're supposed to admire him for it), so the fault lies entirely with the writers of DS9. Comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:17:13 PST Charles Comment by Charles on DS9 S5: Rapture Interesting that Jammer put 4 stars to this episode, because personally that's the episode where DS9 started to piss me off personally, talking about religion and gods like it's a real thing, and crossing from "star trek" to supernatural bullshit. I'd give it 0 stars. Comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:03:52 PST Charles Comment by fatejacketx on TOS S1: The Conscience of the King Great,informed and civil debates! I'm impressed with you all. Comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22:42:14 PST fatejacketx Comment by mark on VOY S7: Endgame Just re-watched this tonight and it really is the perfect finale for this show. They cheated. They had their cake and ate it too. Just as the crew of Voyager cheated, so did the writers: they cheated the fans out of the series Voyager could have been, given its premise, and gave us reheated TNG instead. (Oh, and while they were at it, they ruined the Borg.) When I was through watching this I found myself thinking about Farscape, a TV show with a similar premise of space travelers stranded far from home. Specifically, I was thinking about the episode in which the food rations had run out and the characters were actually starving to death. (They ended up having to join an outer space mining camp in order to earn enough money to eat.) I wish Voyager had given us stories like that...but they didn't. Instead, food never ran out and the ship was always repaired by the next episode, ad characters never had to pay the price for their actions, because the writers never saw that as important. I know Brannon Braga is bewildered as to why the Trek fandom turned on him so vehemently--for me, Voyager was the reason. Under Braga, Voyager was a craven show, and ultimately a failure. And Seven and Chakotay was just silly. Like combining a firecracker with a glass of warm milk. One is explosive; the other just puts me to sleep. Comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:22:59 PST mark Comment by $G on TNG S2: The Measure of a Man A lot of lively discussion here. I wish I'd been around to partake! As for this episode, it's TNG's "Duet" as far as I'm concern. The "so this show IS worth watching" moment. Even barring that, a fantastic hour. 4 stars easy. Top tier Trek. Comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:49:25 PST $G Comment by $G on TNG S2: A Matter of Honor This one is solid early TNG for me. I may not like it as much as some other posters here, but I think it *is* a notable highlight of the series so far. The only episodes up to this point that I'd rank above it are "10011001", "Elementary, Dear Data", and MAYBE "Where Silence Has Lease". Like Jammer, I think the Klingon captain is a bit too hard-headed and that it slightly drags the hour down. I did really like the third officer, though, and the Benzite subplot. This one is an easy 3 stars for me and a very nice example of the show finding its bearings. Comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:29:15 PST $G Comment by Skeptical on VOY S2: Threshold The problem with the science in this episode isn't just that it's not science. Of course Trek makes up science as it goes along, and Voyager is the master of it. The technobabble in this series goes above and beyond the absurd, stringing random techy words together and pretending it fits. But frankly, I'm used to it. No, the problem with this episode is that it constantly contradicts itself. If Wrath of Khan had started with Chekov asking Dr Marcus if they can just use the device on a nebula, and Carol saying no, then yes, the ending would be bad. The fact that the genesis device does apparently work on a nebula is strange, but we can live with it. Yet Threshold fails on both halves of the episode, constantly telling us one thing and showing us another. The episode states, flat out, that warp 10 is theoretically impossible. Not just "beyond our technology", but impossible. As in mathematically impossible. In modern times, traveling at relativistic speeds is beyond our technology. Building a functional fusion reactor is beyond our technology. But both are theoretically possible; we just don't know how to do it yet. But traveling at the speed of light? Building a reactor that combusts carbon dioxide? Both are theoretically IMpossible; the math simply does not work no matter what you assume. And that is what Trek claims that warp 10 is. So, naturally, they approach it as a typical engineering problem. We just need to improve things a little bit and it will totally work. That's completely absurd! Likewise, they say, flat out, that Warp 10 is infinite speed. So, then, why are they acting like they just need to speed up a bit from warp 9.99? Infinite doesn't work that way! You don't start counting numbers and end up at infinity! Yet that's how they suggest it works. And then they say it's infinite speed and consists of being in every location at once. Yet we keep hearing "what's your flight plan?" "The shuttle's no longer on sensors!" "Look at all this data we got from the local area!" None of that is consistent with infinite speed. In brief, the episode kept claiming the threshold was like breaking the speed of light, but kept acting like it was simply breaking the speed of sound. Now, let's move on to the "evolve into a salamander" part. OK, yes, evolution doesn't work that way. I get it. But Trek has always had a bit of reckless fun with DNA approach, and I accept it. Genesis is a guilty pleasure of mine. But once again, they say one thing but show another. The Doctor says that Paris is proceeding with the arrow of evolution or something like that. Let's ignore the fact that evolution doesn't have a direction for the moment, and pretend it does. If the Doctor's right, then that means that Paris should continue moving in a direction similar to the changes in traits from earlier hominids. Which means he should be getting more thin, larger head, more hairless, more nimble fingers, etc. So how is that consistent with becoming an amphibian? It doesn't. But anywho, even the "science" part of the show isn't the worst aspect. Tell me, what was the point of this episode? What was it's purpose? What was its theme? I don't have a clue. I have two possibilities. Either it's an homage to 2001 (man goes on fantastic voyage and evolves into higher life form) or it's a throwback to the old 40s and 50s sci-fi declaring the dangers of technology (You can read stories back then of people going into space and becoming mad, because naturally humans can't be in space or something). If it's the latter, it fails miserably because the voyage and evolution of David Bowman had a purpose. If it's the latter, it's positively anti-Trek, which usually posits technology is a good thing. It would also completely fail to account for the maturation of sci-fi. This episode posits that technology is bad because of a deus ex machina; there was no way to rationally conclude that reaching warp 10 turns you into a lizard. However, good anti-technology sci-fi is anti-technology by extrapolating negative societal results from the technology, or comment on a hubris that people will end up relying on too much technology. This says nothing of the sort, but rather "don't explore, because it will kill you in completely random ways". That's a lame message. And what other message is there? It's a collection of random scenes, not anything worthwhile. What was the point of having Janeway kidnapped too, other than to put in a little juvenile joke at the end? What was the point of anything at all? It was a complete waste of time. Well, not a complete waste. Tom's dying eulogy was nice. But that's about it. Also, Janeway can now, with full sincerity, point to Tom and say "He turned me into a newt! ...I got better..." Comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:41:47 PST Skeptical Comment by Wouter Verhelst on VOY S6: Collective "Four of the five drones (as well as a Borg infant that is beamed aboard the ship)" I just rewatched this episode for the first time in a long time, and realized that this infant is never heard from again. The doctor saved its life, so it's still on the ship, but it is never so much as mentioned in any future episode. Presumably, when Mezoti, Azan and Rebi leave the ship some time later, the infant leaves as well, but it would've been nice to see some follow-up on that part of this story. Ah well... Comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:09:48 PST Wouter Verhelst Comment by MidshipmanNorris on Star Trek: The Motion Picture I can't read this many comments, so here's my unabashed take on this thing. If the movie didn't have Decker it would be alright. He slows the plot waaaay down, and it's more or less his only function, other than to merge with Ilia at the end and leave the Enterprise conspicuously un-Captained. Without Decker, or by making him less of a central character, this movie would move along a lot faster. Comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:31:04 PST MidshipmanNorris Comment by Paul M. on ENT S1: Unexpected MY god... seems like the execs on Trek were a bunch of very... interesting guys. I read a bunch of horror stories like this one; who the hell knows what their deal was. I remember, Moore was it?, saying that it was discouraged for writers to be on stage for the shooting of their episodes. I think it was even considered taboo to have any kind of direct line between the writers' room and the set. Everything had to go through the production team. I guess Berman had some kind of ultra hardcore anal control freak attitude toward the whole thing. Comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 03:45:27 PST Paul M. Comment by Andrew on TNG S7: Interface This episode was good until it had one twist too many, that the mother image was not only an alien-that had caused the death of the crew and seemed to be trying to harm Geordi-but causing the deaths had been an accident! Way too much having your cake and eating it too. Comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:45:02 PST Andrew Comment by Phillip on DS9 S4: Sons of Mogh In BLOOD OATH Sisko knows Jadzia left the station to commit murder based on klingon beliefs. She says she's gonna do it regardless and he does nothing to her when he gets back. But Worf is threatened with murder chargers. this doesn't make any sense. Worf should have just taken Kurn off the station and done it. The beat part of the episode is when Worf says to Jadzia "you are not klingon". FINALLY!! Someone finally tells her she's not a klingon. It's almost like she wants to be a klingon. I just always found it annoying how she would act like she knew all things klingon and would condescendingly tell people about klingon beliefs. She did that to Bashir once. Comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:29:57 PST Phillip Comment by Dave in NC on VOY S7: Natural Law I haven't seen this one yet, but I have to reply to your point about Chakotay's Pan Flutes. It is cliched and a bit racist to bust out the Zamfir whenever Chakotay gets "spiritual". I'm not sure at what point Hollywood composers thought pan flutes were appropriate for scenes involving Native Americans (Poltergeist II, perhaps?), but at this point, it is lazy and eye-roll worthy. PS- Pan flutes are native to Europe. Comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:53:45 PST Dave in NC Comment by Jeff on VOY S7: Natural Law All of you who criticize this episode have standards which you expect the episode to comply with, and you don't like the fact that it doesn't comply. There wasn't enough sexual tension between 7 and Chakotay to satisfy you, the wood flute music was too much of a cliche for your standards, the energy barrier protecting the Vintu didn't make sense to you. Can't you appreciate the subtleties of that relatonship, the beauty of the music, the possibilities of a technology beyond your understanding, just for how they are presented? I really appreciated the personal growth that occured in Seven -- from the bitch who would not go to the trouble of signalling good-bye, to the woman who stood up for the rights of the Vintu to keep their culture. The bond between the teenage Vintu girl and Seven was beautifully expressed -- from Seven shivering in the cold to Seven appreciating the beauty of the waterfall along with the girl. Voyager, more than any other Star Trek series, affirms the power of female solidarity -- though most of the male audience overlooks or laughs at this message. Comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:45:32 PST Jeff Comment by xaaos on TNG S6: Time's Arrow, Part II SERIES 1. VOY 2. TNG 3. ENT CHARACTERS 1. EMH Doctor (love him!) 2. Picard 3. Tuvok 4. Data 5. Seven 6. Tom Paris - Harry Kim and their friendship 7. Guinan 8. Janeway 9. O'Brien and his wife 10. Lal Comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:59:27 PST xaaos Comment by $G on TNG S2: Unnatural Selection I'm not going to write what I think of this one because William B pretty much said it for me a year and a half ago. Though there is one thing I want to point out: I really like the last scene of this episode when the Enterprise destroys the Lantree. It treats the deaths of these non-characters with respect. Instead of just kicking off the story and never being brought up again ("The Arsenal of Freedom" I'm looking at you) the mystery of the dead Lantree crew comes full circle and our characters get a moment to honour their unfortunate colleagues. It's a notable and welcome detail in an episode that otherwise appears to have just solved its own central mystery because there were only 5 minutes left in the hour. Comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:56:48 PST $G Comment by tulpa on ENT S2: Regeneration @elhphaba, "It's the fact that the 22nd century crew can fight off the Borg when at Wolf 359 the massive Starfleet fleet was destroyed by one cube in the 24th century. It's disrespectful to Best of Both Worlds, Emissary, and Ben and Jake Sisko." I've been thinking about this, and let's compare these two situations: 1-- Wolf 359. A fully functional entire cube , that could have held more than 100,000 fully assimilated and functional drones, (considering a borg cube is HUGE (> 3 km on each side). ) That could easily be more than 10 times the total number of starfleet personnel on those 39 destroyed ships -- assuming not all ships are as large as the enterprise. 2-- Archer, battling an earth transport ship, seized only days ago, that originally wouldn't have had ANY combat capability, let alone be any match for the enterprise NX, with 29 drones aboard - and even then, the great majority of those was still in the very early stages of assimilation, so it's reasonable to assume they weren't 'fully functional' yet. We see just two drones being excavated, so that latter number could even be as low as 2. Perhaps the Borg do win their battles more by force of sheer numbers than by overhwelming technology. Also, we're not sure that if a collective dies, and only a very few survive, they have (instantaneous) access to all specific knowledge of the previous collective. In short, I do not necessarily see a contradiction here. Though I will admit it _is_ a stretch that Phlox is capable of finding a radiation cure within hours whereas 24th century science has a much harder time of it ... Comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:35:20 PST tulpa Comment by Dave in NC on ENT S1: Unexpected Getting hung upon the number of windows is really stupid, what idiotic producers . . . no wonder Enterprise sucks so much. Comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:45:18 PST Dave in NC Comment by Jason on ENT S1: Unexpected Wow, that was an interesting read. Thank you for the information. Comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:35:39 PST Jason Comment by Macca on DS9 S6: Tears of the Prophets Not sure if this has already been raised elsewhere. When did the character of Jadzia Dax change to Terry Farrell playing herself? I reckon it was the beginning of Season 3. Comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:01:44 PST Macca Comment by Nonya on TNG S2: Elementary, Dear Data This episode was okay. Was anyone else bothered by Data's and Geordi's bad British accents? Comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:56:39 PST Nonya Comment by mark on VOY S5: Drone I thought One's decision to resist the Borg was completely unearned by the plot. He spends a few days with the Voyager crew and suddenly he's willing to die for them? He has no human sense of morality, so I don't see how he could be so moved by the plight of those that the Borg assimilate. When he finally learned the Borg's history he reacted to it the way a human being would, but he's not a human being. When he finally made contact with them it would have made far more sense for him to embrace them rather than fight them. The greater problem though, is that the episode was sappy. I thought the same thing about "I, Borg". Episodes like this serve to neuter the Borg as adversaries. I will say that Jeri Ryan was enjoyable to watch as always though, and like T'Pol on Enterprise, she's my favorite part of this show. Even Comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:34:05 PST mark Comment by NCC-1701-Z on ENT S1: Unexpected @Jason @Paul M. According to Memory Alpha, the CGI people had a pretty good model ready to use for this episode but were forced to scrap it at the last minute due to producer idiocy - i.e. they wanted "more windows" - no, I am not making that up! For more info: I'll let Picard convey my feelings on the situation: No wonder why Enterprise got cancelled. It was only a matter of time before the head honchos' incompetence caught up to them. They did more than kill the goose that laid the golden egg, they vaporized it with a phaser on full power. Comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:01:43 PST NCC-1701-Z Comment by Del_Duio on TNG S5: The Inner Light @ Andy's Friend: "I would recommend "11001001". It's Season 1, it introduces the holodeck (to one who has never seen Trek before), it is very much Star Trek, and let's face it, it's pretty good sci-fi, and with great sound effects for the era." Not only that, it helps the later episode "Future Imprefect" make sense in that it introduces Minuet. Comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:04:04 PST Del_Duio Comment by Del_Duio on DS9 S5: Empok Nor Just saw this again last night. I think the powers that be were really trying hard to get Andrew Robinson to channel his inner Scorpio Killer again (from Dirty Harry). While my daughter definitely liked the episode, I do feel it falls a bit flat in places. A two star review is a pretty good assessment. Comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:17:57 PST Del_Duio Comment by Paul M. on ENT S1: Unexpected ^ Someone on the production side did later say that the design of the Klingon battlecruiser was a mistake. It wasn't supposed to look like that. Comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 02:55:41 PST Paul M. Comment by Dave in NC on TNG S2: The Outrageous Okona @ Elliot, Harry Kim gets my vote. Re this episode: The idea of a lovable space rogue isn't that terrible or implausible, but I found the character of Okona to be unbelievable all the same. He smiles WAY too much. I also found the "drama" surrounding his life and his suitors to be uninteresting, not to mention a tad bit outdated and sexist. The whole Data/comic thing works if you think about it as anti-humor. That includes Guinan's regrettable annoyed/droid pun. It is SO profoundly unfunny that I find myself laughing at how inept and off-base it is. Yes, I just said it's so unfunny it's funny. :/ It's like the car accident you can't pull your eyes away from. It's VERY bad, but such in interesting ways! ** Two Stars Comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:43:56 PST Dave in NC Comment by Matrix on VOY S2: Threshold @dlpb. Yeah it's amazing how the slingshot around the the sun for time travel is based on real physics. Or those parallel Earth planets that Kirk stumbled on every other week. Or the dopey space probe that collides with another probe and becomes a deathray. Or the terraforming device that's intended to work on moons and planets, and yet turns a nebula into a planet. Star Trek has routinely taken liberties with depictions of science, as well it should because it's not trying to be science-fact, it's science fiction. Comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:51:28 PST Matrix Comment by $G on TNG S2: The Outrageous Okona Data and the comic doing Jerry Lewis is the worst scene ever filmed. I actually covered my eyes for a moment out of embarrassment. This episode sucks. The conclusion involves two characters we had no idea existed until about 1 minute prior. Shockingly incompetent all around. Comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:31:58 PST $G Comment by Beth on TOS S1: The City on the Edge of Forever Oops I meant "that somehow the survival of a pacifist could prevent America from joining WWII...". Her death, of course, supposedly stops that chain of events from happening. Comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:11:03 PST Beth Comment by Beth on TOS S1: The City on the Edge of Forever Well, much has been said about this episode already. I loved it, personally. Such great acting on all parts (I found DeForest Kelley's rendering of a mad McCoy breaking down in front of that hobo to be particularly moving). And good work on Joan Collins' part too (though part of me wondered what a clearly English emigree was doing across the pond in the US. Oh well, I guess they don't have to explain that). I also have always found it hard to buy the central premise of the episode - that somehow the death of a pacifist could prevent America from joining WWII, and that would somehow give the Nazis time to construct an Atom Bomb. Pearl Harbour aside, I don't get the impression that the Nazis were even *close* to constructing a functional atomic bomb by 1941, or even 1944. That said, even if they were close (indeed, even they had been testing atomic weapons, which some eye witnesses claim had happened), did they really have the capability to bomb the heck out of ALL their enemies? Britain maybe, but how about Russia and the U.S.? That might have pushed the U.S. to enter the war then, and the Russians to develop that A-Bomb A.S.A.P. In any case, Japan can't really be taken out of the picture. Even if Pearl Harbour hadn't happened (though I don't know how it would not have), they might have done something to trigger kick-back offensives on the U.S.'s part, or Russia's. Anyhoo, good episode. 4 stars for sure. Comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:08:40 PST Beth Comment by dlpb on VOY S4: Scorpion, Part II This was another one of those episodes that turned the Borg into a a kiddy boogieman. And Species 8472 was just a lame excuse to stoke up some more tension and get fanboys to talk about the new "even deadlier threat!!!!". Nothing really came of it, and an alliance with the Borg is as ridiculous as it sounds. And like usual... it's entertaining at the same time. Comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:32:05 PST dlpb Comment by Capitalist on ENT S1: Dear Doctor Didn't read every one of the 200+ comments completely, so someone may have brought this up already but... One group (pro-Phlox decision) is saying that providing a cure is morally PROHIBITED. The other group is saying that providing a cure is morally COMPULSORY. Both groups deny the moral right of individual choice to dispose of one's resources as one sees fit. Some might decide to provide a cure, others might not. There could be any number of factors that enter into either decision. But the decision is entirely up to the PROVIDER of help. And either decision is morally valid. No one is obligated to help, nor should they be prohibited from helping. I'm firmly in Black Hat's camp from this XKCD comic: h t t p:// Explanation here: h t t p:// Comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:50:16 PST Capitalist Comment by Charles on DS9 S3: Improbable Cause What I love about DS9 is the Cardassians. They're the only really well-developed alien race ever made on Star Trek. They are all-around different. I love the discussions about the difference between Cardassian and human literature for example. Or the way they conduct trials - finally, a society that is truly, entirely different, and yet is big and powerful. The vulcans could have been that, but apart from "no emotion", their society was never really developed. I LOVED the boy who cried wolf tale: Garek's immediate interpretation of it is so Cardassian, so him, so alien. Or the Cardassian adage about burning your bridges: Taking something we (Western 21st century humans) take for granted and common sense and turning it on its head while still making complete sense. Comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:05:11 PST Charles Comment by Jason on ENT S1: Unexpected So, does the Klingon battlecruiser design not change between this episode, the original series, the films, and Deep Space Nine? I get that the ones in DS9 were probably meant as second-rate ships pressed into service in an emergency, but still, that means this design was active for two hundred years. Comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:30:02 PST Jason Comment by Adam on BSG S4: Guess What's Coming to Dinner? I am completely and utterly flabbergasted by the comments and review. Add me to the group of people that just doesn't buy into the mythology side of this show. It seems that when I watch an episode and think "wow, that was terrible," I come here and it has a 4-star review with others praising it as the best episode in the series. I just don't get it. Maybe I'm crazy, but I'm not at all surprised that this show saw a steady decline in ratings in seasons 3 and 4. Comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 23:02:21 PST Adam Comment by Moegreen on VOY S3: Macrocosm So the stuff dissolves the transporter pad and doesn't make a welcome hole in Neelix's chest?? Dire, dire episode. Comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 13:37:13 PST Moegreen Comment by Robert on VOY S5: Nothing Human In all fairness Elliott, the point of the VOY episode was absurd, even if the episode itself turned out pretty good. Any excuse as to why the Doc couldn't just access all the information in the computer database and do the work without consulting "holo-Crell" is a joke. I always though the episode would have worked better on DS9 with the real Crell wanting to treat Kira. That said, if you wave away the nonsense of the holodocs computer finding creating a holomatrix to talk to more efficient than directly accessing the information, the rest of the 45 minutes after that is quite good. What's absurd in Voyager is not necessary that they CAN make Crell, it's that they needed to. And beyond that, Crell is practically a new EMH and there was an episode where Harry was unable to create one. In TNG the only "oddity" is that a holo character was given sentience. I don't know that those 2 things go together. Comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:33:49 PST Robert Comment by Elliott on VOY S5: Nothing Human Jammer's comment from this episode : "Harry and Doc spend a few minutes in the holodeck, give the computer a few broad commands, and presto—Krell in the flesh, a surgical assistant who can supply Doc with the assistance he needs to save B'Elanna's life. Absurd." and from "Elementary, Dear Data" : "Who cares if he instructed the computer to create an adversary that could 'beat Data' as opposed to the fictional Holmes? The computer's sentient capability is the issue, not whether misspeaking one word can, or even does, cause it." Just an interesting juxtaposition, I think. Comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 09:38:00 PST Elliott Comment by Matt on ENT S2: Cogenitor After such heavy discussion, I'd advise taking a break. Go back to the episode and freeze the shot of the monitor where Trip is trying to choose a movie. The list of titles is a hoot! Comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 08:15:09 PST Matt Comment by Chris M on TOS S2: Amok Time I like Jammer's review, this episode is fun. But I also agree with Mike who wrote in 2013 about the seriousness of this episode to Star Trek canon. I was 12 to 15 years old when TOS originally aired. TOS was my favorite show back then. And this episode was one of the best for me. And after having to wait for season two through the whole summer! Great payoff! This episode is 4 star TOS for sure in my opinion. The big three relationship and the love they had for one another is on full display here. Nurse Chapel's care for Spock is really touching. The twist at the end is awesome. And like Jammer said, one of the best TOS moments ever is when Spock finds Kirk is still alive. I also agree that battle or sex would release Spock's hormones back to normal. So battle did it. I didn't find the plot trivial at all. I love this one and think its one of the very best TOS episodes ever. Comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:39:26 PST Chris M Comment by Jack Bauer on VOY S6: Muse "that lead shows like "Tsunkatse" to be the highest rated of the season for reasons that aren't about matters of the intellect)" Tsunkatse was the highest rated show of the season becasue it had The Rock in it and Smackdown (on the same network) drew 6 million viewers a week. Comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:01:43 PST Jack Bauer Comment by Allison on TNG S5: Disaster I love how this episode had lots of problems, but the non-qualified solving each: Troi in command, Crusher pushing the control panel in the cargo bay because Geordi has collapsed, Picard with children, and, Worf delivering a baby. I was cracking up with every line he had. The tension between him and Keiko actually made you forget there was a bigger disaster going on. This will be one of my favorites, but unlike others, I think TNG is entertainment. Tension, humor, and fish-out-of-water stories are always theatrical, and usually entertaining. I don't really care how much techno-babble Troi can speak. She was true to character--she could feel every living being onboard. I don't think she could ever consciously decide to take their lives. Comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 19:45:32 PST Allison Comment by William B on TOS S3: The Lights of Zetar Oh, right -- I should say, I did like that Scotty was sure that Mira wouldn't hurt him, and that this faith turned out to be justified. This does somewhat help with Scotty's annoying, patronizing behaviour earlier in the episode, because his initial misplaced faith that there is nothing wrong with her becomes a better, more precise kind of "faith" that she is strong enough to not hurt him, even though she fears she would. That moment did help and was a good moment for the character. Comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:56:56 PST William B Comment by William B on TOS S3: The Lights of Zetar A dead civilization "takes over" and finds new life on the Enterprise -- taking over a crewmember in the process. If this sounds familiar, it's because I'm not just describing "The Lights of Zetar," but also "Return to Tomorrow," and, frankly, "The Inner Light." The crew member also happens to be a librarian, which means that one could read the episode as a metaphor for, um, becoming lost in long-dead worlds through, uh, books; one could read "The Inner Light" the same way, given Picard's interest in archaeology. Still, the difference is that "Return to Tomorrow" is a decent episode and "The Inner Light" is a classic, and "The Lights of Zetar" has nothing to say. What does it mean for the Zetarians to be extinct? Who knows or cares. About all I can say about the Scotty/Romaine romance is that it makes me glad there weren't any other Scotty romantic subplots. (I guess there's also that scene in Star Trek V where Uhura hits on him.). It is somehow dispiriting that the only official "Scotty-centric" TOS episodes are this and "Wolf in the Fold," which focuses on how he maybe murdered a woman (but don't worry, he didn't!). Scotty's version of love means speaking patronizingly, speaking for Mira, ignoring Mira's repeated concerns that there is something wrong with her and some degree of prescience even in the wake of her unexplained fainting and unexplained (even by the episode!) near-loss during transport. Scotty's affection is meant to be endearing, but wow is it ever not. It's stated as a joke by Chekov that Scotty didn't even notice that Mira *has* a brain, but joke or not that's more or less how he acts, that Mira is a dumb but pretty bag of sweetness who needs to be protected from the world and her own hysteria by Scotty. The episode *almost* moves into criticism of Scotty for this, when it's revealed that Kirk et al. heard about her premonitions and connection to the "storm" hours late because Scotty kept telling her not to come forward, but at the end Kirk, Spcok and McCoy basically all agree that Scotty gets lots of, or maybe all of, the credit for Mira's recovery because he's so supportive. This fits with, as Alex points out, the continued patronizing way they all refer to her as "girl." It is a shame, because I like Scotty and wish that there were a good Scotty vehicle in the series; his support role as captain in a few episodes works pretty well and he gets to show some nice comic shading in eps like "The Trouble with Tribbles" and "By Any Other Name." Apparently James Doohan's favourite episode is "The Doomsday Machine," and Scotty's intense, excitable nature helps build up the tension there, too, and there are other episodes like "Mirror, Mirror" and "The Galileo Seven" which succeed very well and benefit from Doohan's support work. But "Wolf in the Fold" doesn't really reveal much about Scotty at all, and this episode just puts him in a terribly annoying light. The episode is padded and substance-free. Ron Moore reportedly picked this as his worst episode of the series. I wouldn't quite go that far, but it is pretty hard to get through. 1 star, maybe? I could see going lower, but I'm not sure if it has that extra edge of awfulness. Comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:47:29 PST William B Comment by Nonya on TNG S7: Attached I'd rate this episode two stars at best. It's okay, but very dull. The aliens just aren't that interesting. The only thing I like is the bit at the end, and even that would be better if Beverly and Picard actually started dating. Comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 22:04:30 PST Nonya Comment by Nonya on TNG S7: Phantasms This is a pretty fun episode, though I understand if people don't like it. To me, the only truly bad parts were any time "Freud" was on screen. Not only was the actor appallingly bad, but Freud himself was demented, and it's hard to take anyone seriously when they quote him. Given that the problem with Data was mechanical and not a real nightmare, Freud's input was useless and annoying. That, and characters created from real people are almost always cringe-worthily inaccurate. Comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 22:00:49 PST Nonya Comment by Nonya on TNG S6: Second Chances I'm sorry, Jammer, I just can't with this one. This episode wasn't horrible, but it was just so, so boring. The concept could have worked, but it was too dull to rewatch. That, and it's off-putting how no one seems to care about Tom Riker's feelings. He's brought off the planet, and then immediately expected to act like he's just another junior grade officer. Why couldn't they just let him get used to the Enterprise again before giving him any duties? Maybe allow him some recovery time after being alone for several years? What huge jerks. Comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 21:47:48 PST Nonya Comment by Nonya on TNG S6: Suspicions A whole lot of talking about a meh episode. Comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 21:42:58 PST Nonya Comment by Yanks on ENT S2: Stigma Great post Eli. Bravo. Comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 18:04:01 PST Yanks Comment by Yanks on ENT S3: E<sup>2</sup> Mark, I COMPLETELY agree with you. T'Pol is not only my favorite Enterprise character, but Star Trek character. Also, Enterprise suffered only for coming last. All series had time to gain their footing. Enterprise did that and the plugged was pulled. Comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 18:01:17 PST Yanks Comment by Moegreen on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Did anyone notice that the sound effect used for God's howl is exactly the same as for the alien who Kirk kicks in the knee-crotch in Undiscovered Country? Comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 15:07:19 PST Moegreen Comment by Nonya on TNG S6: Birthright, Part II What I don't like about this episode is Worf isn't Worf. While Worf has always done a pretty good job being a Klingon for someone raised on Earth, he's never quite gotten there. In this episode, he seems to know everything about it. It's not just a matter of Worf romanticizing his culture -- Worf never at any point lived out his own culture the way he describes it in this episode. It's like Worf suddenly became a different person. He was especially different when it came to respecting the Romulans. If Worf can live like a non-Klingon on the Enterprise, then why is he throwing such a fit when other Klingons have adapted to different situations? He can't call a Romulan wrong when all that guy wanted is for the two peoples to get along. If Klingon tradition wouldn't prevent the two from getting along in the past, then clearly the only reason it is now is because Worf is being belligerent about it (and for some reason the grown-ups thought their tradition wasn't worth teaching, somehow). Also, as far as the comments above about honor go, please don't let TNG affect how you feel about honor. For one, all fiction is the artificial construct of the writer, and events that happen there cannot reflect reality more than they reflect how the writer feels about reality. For another, Roddenberry's themes are often very anti-cultural -- anyone who isn't a "starfleet-minded" atheist is wrong and ignorant, and no series in the franchise reflected this more than TNG. These types of themes have been subtly hinted at throughout the series. It's no coincidence that many people here hate the Klingons. They were artificially constructed that way. Comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 22:34:52 PST Nonya Comment by Andrew on DS9 S1: Progress I think this series, but all of Trek to a lesser degree, does struggle between balancing individual rights and collective utility but tends to side with the latter (this series perhaps a bit more), siding with the former only when the deprivation would be severe (and/or if a main character is involved). I didn't think the Bajorans were that unreasonable (while I don't like it, eminent domain with compensation is generally uncontroversial and certainly practiced) and I liked that the dilemma was made grayer with the mention of a slower method and that there was a lot of suspense about what Kira would finally do until the end, that she had to and chose to make a difficult choice. Comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 20:50:40 PST Andrew Comment by Corey on TNG S3: The High Ground "But let me make one thing clear here: Palestine's issue is not the same as this. The fact is, Palestine bombs Israel because the Koran and Hadith teach..." Palestine bombs Israel because Israel is illegally occupying land, was illegally formed in violation of the UN Security Council in 1948, and refuses to return to UN242 borders, as mandated by the World Court, UN and virtually every country on the planet. Everything else is irrelevent. As for this episode, its very daring, but mis-steps by not delving into why independence is not being granted, and why it should. The episode ultimately comes down on the side of the State, of the status quo, and is so less radical than it seems at first glance. Also, I didn't see anyone talk about the teleportation device in the film. Seems to me, the device is a metaphor for suicide bombing. ie - the device slowly saps the lives of the rebel faction, but allows them to infiltrate everywhere. It's a kind of tactically useful death sentence. Comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 18:56:37 PST Corey Comment by mark on ENT S3: E<sup>2</sup> I think you're too hard on Jolene Blalock--I liked her performance here, in both roles (though I agree they went too far with the old age makeup--but then, at least she didn't look as monstrous as Picard did in "Inner Light"--how old was he supposed to be a thousand?) And the more I attempt to watch Enterprise and wring some enjoyment out of what was an essentially misguided and ultimately disappointing series, the more I've come to appreciate Jolene, and to realize that she has been my favorite part of it. Enterprise was blessed in that it had no overtly annoying characters, unlike all the other modern Treks (no Wesley, no Rom, no Jake, no Neelix, no Harry Kim.) It's too bad such a solid cast was so badly served by their writers, but I thought at the time I first watched the show, and I think even moreso now that I'm rewatching it years later, that Jolene was my favorite of that cast, and the heart and soul of that series. Comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 18:08:51 PST mark Comment by mark on VOY S5: Course: Oblivion I agree with Moegreen--the universe does not have anyone's best interests in mind nor does it care about providing emotional closure. Sometimes entropy wins. Voyager had more than enough unearned happy endings over its run; just this once I liked the fact that things simply didn't work out. Was it manipulative? Sure. But don't we all have rotten days sometimes when it feels like the whole world is against us? The world isn't against us--it's just the Law of Averages dealing us a really lousy hand. These "silver blood" creatures got dealt a really lousy hand, but while they lived we got to see them embody the best qualities of the people they copied. *That* was the point of the story, not some token happy ending. Comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 17:26:21 PST mark Comment by Skeptical on VOY S2: Prototype I'm with Charles here; I wonder if the idea was specifically to mimic the era of the original series. I mean, the idea of robots who killed their inventors, only to continue on the war their inventors started is about as 50s or 60s style sci-fi cliche as you can get. Same with the look of the robots. I know a lot of people complain about it, but, well, it kinda fits the theme. Like I said, this has a very retro feel to it. So it's a Torres episode, and how did it work? I'd say it did ok, but nothing spectacular. The first part of the episode, with her obsessing over the robot, came out of nowhere. Does she get this emotional about every new piece of technology? She was practically bawling over the dumb thing. Scientific curiosity I can see, but this seemed over the top. After that, however, things started to fall in place for her. Her initial willingness to try to create the prototype goes along is reasonable enough, and her sense of betrayal by her kidnapping is believable as well. The best Torres scenes were while she was working on the prototype. It was pretty believable that she would lose herself in her work, and so the scenes where she was practically cheering over the work that she was being forced to do against her will actually worked despite being a bit disturbing. Given that the show was doing everything possible to declare that building the prototype was the "wrong" course of action, we had the hero of the show desperately trying to finish it. And when she completes her task, she's completely happy about it, despite the fact that she was forced to do it in the first place. Which, of course, makes her "what have I done?" moment work as well. Like I said, it's believable that Torres would have ended up so wrapped up in the task, so single-minded in her pursuit of a technical problem that she would forget the ethical ramifications. And the sense of accomplishment at finishing such a task momentarily overrode her common sense. I mean, yeah, the matter-of-fact way the robot explained how they killed their inventors was a bit cheesy, but like I said, this whole episode felt old fashioned. And so you feel a bit sorry for Torres, and for the prototype. It's not the prototype's fault that this perpetual war is ongoing, and yet Torres killed him anyway. Is this a case of murdering an innocent "for the greater good"? Does the episode consider such a dangerous ethical ramification? Of course not, that would be too meaty. But I did like the way that scene was portrayed. The prototype's innocent repetition asking for input worked to solidify the fact that, well, none of this was his fault. And the tension of the scene, with a battle going on and the robot's calm demeanor in explaining everything and the fact that Voyager was going to simply grab Torres and bug out (explicitly leaving behind the mess they helped create) meant that Torres really didn't have time to decide the best course of action. So she kills her own creation. Because that's all she could do to stop a perpetual war. That could have been heavy material. But it's still decent material, at least. If only the first half of the episode was as good as the second half. Comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 14:03:59 PST Skeptical Comment by Skeptical on VOY S2: Resistance Dom, I disagree that this episode doesn't tell us anything about the crew. I mean, the Janeway plot doesn't tell us too much about her, but it does give her some pathos. But no, I'm talking about B'Elanna. The scenes in the jail cell did not quite go the way I expected them to. Torres is known for her temper. Here she was, trapped in a cell with Tuvok. Tuvok, who betrayed her Maquis crew. Tucok, who is insufferably calm. Tuvok, who tells her to sit down and shut up when she first gets trapped in there. I was expecting her to mouth off, maybe getting some pent up anger at Tuvok released. I was expecting, given the situation, that she would shed some of the Starfleet tendencies she picked up. But that's not what happens. Instead, Tuvok tells Torres to sit down and shut up, and Torres listens! I was a bit surprised at first, and thought it was a missed opportunity for the show. Just more stale scenes to bide the time and give Dawson and Russ a paycheck until we get back to the meaty Janeway story. That's usually what happens in the B and C plots. The people on the ship spout technobabble, the people in jail spout their cliches. But the more I thought about it, it makes sense. I like it. We know Torres hates her aggressive side and feels it's just a bastion of her Klingon heritage. She's embarrassed by it. So even though she has every right to be miffed at Tuvok for his betrayal of Chakotay, she is probably envious of his Vulcan emotional control. And because she's envious of Tuvok, she is even more embarrassed by her actions, so of course she listens to him. Because she respects him so much. Well, not him particularly, but his ability to control his emotions. There were a few scenes that reinforce this aspect. Even after Tuvok is taken, Torres was seen being calm and deliberate in her attempts to escape the cell. Secondly, she is severely troubled when she heard Tuvok scream. She wants to completely control her emotions, but the one she thinks can do this has failed in the face of extreme stress. I think that's why she brought it up with Tuvok afterwards. Seeing him lose control shows her how serious it is, because she puts such value in control. Most importantly, though, was the scene after Tuvok gets back. She goes to him, moves her hands towards his face, clearly wanting to do something to help him. But there was clearly nothing that she could do. One would normally expect her to vent some frustration at this, but instead, she surrendered to the situation, just like Tuvok does. She stopped, slumped over, and just sat there accompanying her troubled friend. Like a well measured, reasonable person in control of her emotions. I liked Torres in this episode. I mean, I liked the main plot too, but I thought the Torres part was interesting. Comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 14:02:07 PST Skeptical Comment by gozar on ENT S4: The Forge "Comb the desert" - nice space balls reference. Comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 21:32:24 PST gozar Comment by Nonya on TNG S6: Rascals @Skeptical How can you possibly compare this to "One Little Ship"? OLS was dreary, nonsensical, and the Jem'Hadar were arguing about something pointless. It had none of the fun of this episode. Comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 18:10:48 PST Nonya