Comments on Jammer's Reviews RSS feed for comments posted on Jammer's Reviews en-us Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:54:23 PDT Comment by HolographicAndrew on TNG S5: Silicon Avatar Yeah you can't really say what the writers were thinking unless you're in their head. We do know that making contact with potentially hostile species has been an objective of the show since the very first episode. Comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:54:23 PDT HolographicAndrew Comment by Peter on TNG S5: Cause and Effect Great episode! The only minor quibble I did not see mentioned yet in the comments is with the Bozeman. Captain Kelsey Gramer has been stuck in the loop for over 70 years, and the uniforms he and his bridge crew are wearing are the ones worn around the time of first few Star Trek films (based on TOS). Makes sense so far... Yet when Picard identifies himself and his ship, the Bozeman's response is, "The Enterprise? I've never heard of that ship." Really? Was not the Enterprise the flagship of the Constellation class even then? His response should have been, "You're the Enterprise? I've never heard of you, Capt. Picard. What happened to Kirk?" Otherwise a fun and well-executed episode. Comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:42:36 PDT Peter Comment by Peter on TNG S5: Ethics This episode was really good and exemplified one of the main reasons I love Trek. Who else would do a popular TV episode about a dry, intellectual subject like medical ethics. I did understand Worf's expressed desire for suicide in the context of his Klingon warrior nature. The 60-70% mobility restoration of conventional treatment would seem to be enough, however. But that's besides the point. The episode seemed to be skirting around the issue of assisted suicide in our own culture, but it did not go far enough in that regard, in my opinion. They seemed to make it a point to say that Worf was not in pain, he was fully expected to live (i.e., his condition was not deteriorating and ultimately terminal), so those conditions don't meet the standards for euthanasia in our society. Before the episode could fall short on the medical ethics front, the character of Dr. Russell, with her risky experimental treatments, brought that back into focus. Her character was perfectly written and acted, as was Dr. Crusher's in this episode. It is so rare to see a Crusher-focused episode, and she's a character I really like, so that also made it a winning episode for me. The young boy who plays Worf's son is also consistently good. I mean, he looks like he is all of about 7 years old and under a lot of makeup and prosthetics to boot. That the kid does such a convincing job is remarkable. Comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:35:17 PDT Peter Comment by Del_Duio on DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin... @ Robrow: Actually "Profit and Lace" is WORSE if you can believe it. Actually, IMO it's a lot worse. That is the single worst episode of DS9. There's only one good point to the whole episode and that's a joke Worf makes about 40 seconds in. Comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:48:01 PDT Del_Duio Comment by Robrow on DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin... Worse than 'Fascination', I now feel I can say I've watched DS9's 'Sub Rosa'. Most of it was painful, bits excruciating. Apart from Quark and Bashir's mutual shock at Leeta's attraction to Rom. That was a good one. Comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:45:55 PDT Robrow Comment by Peter on TNG S5: The Outcast Regarding the Prime Directive aspect to his episode... Why does it even apply? Previously, in both TOS and TNG, the Prime Directive was explained as applying to interference with the normal development of technologically less advanced cultures. The J'naii have space travel and seem to be more or less on par technologically with the rest of the Federation. In fact, a similar level of technological development seems to be a requirement for membership in the Federation, and the J'naii seem to be members since they can call on Starfleet for help finding a missing J'naii shuttlecraft. Picard and company have interfered in the affairs of advanced cultures before. In the leadership battles on the Klingon homeworld, for example. And then there's the episode where Wesley was sentenced to death for accidentally trampling someone's garden. They certainly interfered to save him. Comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:30:26 PDT Peter Comment by Peter on TNG S5: The Outcast Watching this episode, I did not think in terms of it's being an allegory for homosexuality so much as transgenderism and intersex. Let's look at the facts as they are laid out in the episode. Here you have a race that has "evolved" to reproducing by husks (without some pressure necessitating such an adaptation, that would not make sense biologically, but whatever). The majority of the J'naii are now undifferentiated in terms of gender. But there exists a minority who are born "in the more primitive state," according to Soren. Soren explains that it involves not only distinctly male or female "feelings" and "longings" but some vestige of differentiated sexual organs. Rather like intersex babies in the past, whose parents were pushed by doctors into assigning one gender or other to the baby, Soren explains that those J'naii who still carry a vestige of gender are pushed toward full genderlessness. She even mentions that, in addition to the "psychotectic" treatments, "any remaining physical sign of gender" is eliminated. In other words, Soren must have been born with some female organs, and those would be surgically removed in addition to the psychological treatment. This is all besides the point, of course. Riker could well have pointed out not only that homosexuality exists in his world, but that there is also such a thing as intersex and transgenderism. It makes no sense that all of those things have disappered in the future. Even if they had, Riker could have pointed out that they used to existt. The episode fell a bit short in that regard. I realize the null-space pocket shuttle rescue plot line was just a pretence, but it bothered me a bit that the shuttle crew was alive and simply suffering from a harmless "lack of oxygen" (i.e., asphyxiation?). How long were they in trapped in the null space pocket? Presumably, they also ran down their shuttle's power in trying to get out of it. Even if they had not, wouldn't their life support systems have eventually powered down? Unless they lost life support just moments before Soren and Riker arrived to rescue them, the lack of breathable air would have certainly killed them. Comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:20:37 PDT Peter Comment by MsV on DS9 S2: Shadowplay Now that Im back on track with my viewing from the beginnning to the end. Shows like this one are very cute, just like the previous posts suggest. I loved Odo in this one; I never knew he had such sensitivity for others. He always seemed to be so hard-nosed. The type of security officer that is always suspect of everyone. Almost expecting the worst like in "Dax". I like this version of Jadzia much better than the pretty science officer that does nothing for the part. She is brilliant and her portrayal of Dax gets better as the series goes on. Good Story!! Comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:01:59 PDT MsV Comment by Xylar on VOY S5: Timeless Well, I'll be damned. An interesting Harry Kim story. Truth be told, I didn't think it was ever gonna happen. But I'll give credit where credit is due. Garrett Wang did really well for this episode. He played his aged character perfectly as well as his more assertive, determined younger self. For what it's worth, I also like the subtle make up use to make Harry and Chakotay appear aged. It's only been 15 years, so they shouldn't have changed too much, but you should still see a few more lines, a bit more grey in their hair. Make up did a great job with that. I'm not going to try to poke holes in the timetravel aspect of the story, although there were definitely a few details that made my DOES NOT COMPUTE alarm go off in my head, but like Janeway says in this episode: Don't even bother. Timetravel is always riddled with holes and inconsistencies. I must say, so far Voyager later season really outshine their earlier ones. I haven't seen if the trend will hold all the way to the finish line yet, but I'm liking the improvements so far. Comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:06:37 PDT Xylar Comment by TheSisko on DS9 S2: Tribunal DLPD, you disgust me. Why are you even on here? Clearly, you have not understood the message of humanism that Star Trek delivers. How could one watch this show and yet not hear what it's saying? Comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:29:59 PDT TheSisko Comment by Peter Coutts on ENT S3: Damage While watching this I was thinking that Jammer would give this one a thumbs up. At last Archer has to face up to the extreme range of his obligations to the mission-these are potent ethical sacrifices and may turn out to be fatal for the alien crew he steals from. 4 popcorns from me. Comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:46:14 PDT Peter Coutts Comment by Azdude on ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II I could take or leave these episodes. But that's the great thing about Trek, it appeals to a wide audience, and it seems to have struck a chord with so many here. The only great thing about this alternate reality is they s#!tcanned the opening theme song. Evidently the Evil Starfleet has better taste in music. Comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:19:58 PDT Azdude Comment by Azdude on ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part I I'm tired of these alternate universe / alternate timeline episodes. I am thinking that maybe the demise of the entire Star Trek franchise had less to do with poor writers, but with the poor decisions of their Marketing Overlords. At this point in the season, there is definitely a lowering of thoughtful scripts, and a focus on target markets. Ill conceived, but very apparent. Anyway, I agree that the female uniforms were pretty silly. But also pretty freaking hot. Damn you, male hormones! ! Comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:01:31 PDT Azdude Comment by TransformerSWO on DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume To me, one of the main reasons genetic enhancement is banned in the Federation (beyond the knee-jerk fear of Khan) is that it will naturally enforce a terrible competitive environment. Parents with the means to do so will now (seeing that the consequences are minor) bring their kids in for upgrade, or risk falling behind. Your kid can be brilliant and successful, and you just have to be willing to spend a couple of years in minimum security. A lot of parents will be signing up! And competition keeps getting tougher, which imposes real costs on the children. Surprised that Starfleet's JAG admiral doesn't take that into account when rendering his very hasty decision. Comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:43:26 PDT TransformerSWO Comment by Robert on DS9 S6: Tears of the Prophets "The prophets made the Jem'Hadar disappear. I don't think they are somewhere waiting for permission to come through, they are GONE." In Star Trek Online they actually do pop out eventually and you have to deal with them years after the fact, like Akorem. Comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:29:11 PDT Robert Comment by John Logan on TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers @Picard from USS Phoenix: That is a simply unfactual remark. The first universities were started by the Catholic Church in the eleventh century. The new world was discovered by a Catholic. Ancient writings from, Josephus to Tacitus were preserved by the church, and many church fathers studied Aristotle. Even most of the first hospitals were founded by the Catholic Church. Look at Albertus Magnus, Augustin-Louis Cauchy, Pierre Duhem, Jean-Baptiste Dumas, Roger Boscovich, Blaise Pascal, André-Marie Ampère, Gregor Mendel, Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, Pierre de Fermat, Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, Marin Mersenne, Alessandro Volta, Amedeo Avogadro, John Desmond Bernal and Henri Becquerel. The current wars in the Ukraine, and World Wars I and II, as well as the Cold War show that secularism did not cause violence to go away. Comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:27:00 PDT John Logan Comment by Robert on VOY S5: Once Upon a Time Captain Janeway synched her Steam account with the VOY holodeck before they left spacedock. Comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:24:11 PDT Robert Comment by MsV on DS9 S2: The Circle @ Elliot worst line of the episode is Sisko's “As I understand it, [Li], you report directly to the Prophets, but from time to time I may ask for your help.” I seriously agree with you. @Yanks Iron Mike Kira. I like the new name. Still laughing I love this trilogy but I hat Kai Winn and my opinion of her never changed throughout the seven years. My oldest son gave Bariel a new name too. "Dried Biscuit" Comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:43:50 PDT MsV Comment by Azdude on ENT S4: The Aenar Jammer- This is the first episode that I disagree with you on. I do feel you got a bit too cerebral on this one, a bit too analytical. I really enjoyed this episode. if I use this kind of analysis when I sat down to eat I probably never would eat. Thinking about where food came from, the processing, the poor animals that gave up their lives for my meal; well it just be too much. Sometimes, simply put, a good steak is a good steak. Just enjoy. Comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:47:33 PDT Azdude Comment by Norvo on DS9 S6: The Reckoning "Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the gateway to the temple... Deep Space Nine?" ... Well, don't mind if I do, Dax. That line always felt like cheating on the writers' part, a way of adding artificial tension and drama to the story. Throughout the series, the (mouth of) the wormhole is considered the gateway to the Celestial Temple, not the man made space station that was moved towards it. For example, revisit "The Assignment" in which the Pah'Wraith possessed Keiko flew a runabout to the mouth of the wormhole in preparation of killing the Prophets. Or season 3's "Destiny" where another Bajoran prophecy claimed three vipers would "burn the temple gates", and that turned out to be three comet fragments that passed through the wormhole. But, like Bashir said in The Reckoning: "The ancient prophecies are a tangle of vague contradictions". Comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:41:18 PDT Norvo Comment by W Smith on ENT S2: Stigma Better than the last few episodes, with a social commentary that is kind of the point of Trek, but in the end it's not nuanced enough, the Vulcan bashing is tiresome, and what the heck were they thinking with Travis and melons! But at least with the A story in this episode, the writers tried to tell a good, Trek story. Comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:24:31 PDT W Smith Comment by Xylar on VOY S5: Once Upon a Time So, is no one wondering why Voyager even has that Flotter program in its holodeck base? Why would they have that? Voyager was only scheduled for a 3 week long mission with no children on board. There would have been no reason for them to include that to the holodeck archives. They couldn't have made it from scratch, because it has all the stories it's supposed to have on Earth and wherever else it exists, so where do they get them from? They can't pull up the stories from the database, because Voyager shouldn't have it in its database, because it doesn't need them. There were never supposed to be children on board. These are the questions that haunt my mind. I know it's nitpicking and focusing on a detail that doesn't matter, but hey, that's how my mind twists stories that don't require me to pay much attention. Comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:06:38 PDT Xylar Comment by nothingoriginal 55 on TNG S6: Starship Mine I have a few problems with this ep. Troi never senses any hostile intent from anyone...would've been better had she not even be in the ep. and, the ending was too light haerted. I know they didnt like him, but a starfleet commander was still killed in the line of'd think they'd talk about that instead of Picads frackin saddle. Comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:52:05 PDT nothingoriginal 55 Comment by Azdude on ENT S4: Daedalus @Polt I'm glad I'm not the only one that noticed this glaring lack of continuity. ENT certainly isn't the shining star in the Star Trek universe, but the shows have been getting better, like a light bulb getting brighter before it burns out. But, evidently, the powers that were didn't even watch their own shows. A pity. I'm sure I'm not the only one going through Trek withdrawal. Thank goodnes for Amazon Prime, and the ability to catch up on shows I wasn't able to watch the first time around. Comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:17:07 PDT Azdude Comment by $G on TNG S6: Suspicions Sometimes there are mediocre or bad episodes I don't think are *too* bad, but I'll see commenters here stamp them with a zero or half-star rating and think those commenters are being over the top about it. This episode is probably my turn at being one of *those* commenters. I can think of only one compliment to lob at this episode: that Klingon and, specifically, Ferengi scientists are shown. Even better, the Ferengi scientist isn't just a businessman or con man in disguise trying to make some profit on some stolen technology (actually, he *does* offer exclusive rights to its further study or some such, but that's fine by me considering it's still *his* research and he is genuinely passionate about it). Other than that? Terrible all around. Dialogue, plotting, characterization. All worthless. Was Beverly's autopsy on the Ferengi so invasive? Couldn't it have been just a scan? How come the autopsy on Jo'Bril left him intact? Why did Picard or Riker seemingly not care about proving that a murder (or two) took place on the Enterprise? Why was Worf not being held back from getting involved in the investigation? It all just seemed so tired, so worn out, and a little bit depressing? Bad writing, or just late season fatigue on the part of the producers and actors? Why is it *Beverly* who is interested in shield technology? Why not Data or Geordi? Probably because Geordi got his own put-my-career-on-the-line murder mystery plot a few weeks ago. Yeah, I think "Suspicions" is even worse than "Aquiel". And then the killer crawls out of the shuttle furniture (in one of the most unintentionally hilarious scenes since Season 1) and spills his *whole* plan. All of it, everything. I covered my eyes when he boasted about stealing the technology to build "a weapon". I was stunned into silence when Beverly did some kung fu (which I guess makes sense since she's pretty athletic, I guess...?) shot a hole in his belly, and when he, like a zombie, lumbered towards her until she vaporized him completely. Punctuating this is the most juvenile and pathetic use of Guinan on the show. None of her advice is something anyone else could have given her. None of it is even all that *good*. Why did she need the pretense of tennis elbow? I mean usually she comes up with some act to make a point, but in this episode it's more like a parody. I'm also reading that this is Guinan's last appearance on the show. Not that the producers could have known that, but what a ball dropped. Oddly, even though I'm a huge Trek fan, I'd never seen this episode before last night. I probably will never watch it again. Zero stars for me. Probably one of the five or six worst entries of the series. At least most dreadful Season 1 outings had a kernel of an interesting premise buried somewhere. I know an episode is beyond saving when I pulled out the "at least" apologetics for Season 1. Comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:56:54 PDT $G Comment by jcar on TNG S4: The Host Omg - everybody's so intellectual and seemingly not viscerally disturbed by this episode as I was - I'm so grossed out by this episode in so many ways - it's kinda nauseatingly creepy how it starts off as an almost Aliens-like impregnation suspense theme, combined with the betrayal of Odan's self presentation to Crusher. So creepy. Then, when they did find out that he was actually just a worm squirming inside a host and Beverly had essential fallen in love with this Trill thing, there was virtually zero reaction from any of the crew, least of all Dr. Beverly. I mean, sure when things went south after the shuttle incident they seemed a natural level of concerned, but after that it was as if nothing had phased her about her boyfriend being basically pregnant with the alien-worm (true) version of himself. Seriously!? Sure in the TNG universe everyone in Starfleet is super open minded and educated and generally unphased by strange beings or bizarre phenomenon, well, mostly anyways, but I would've expected at least some base level reaction of mild disgust or turned-offness in some respect. i mean... Look at that thing!! Yeah so, I agree about Riker's performance and the philosophical intrigue of pondering love in many forms, and even slightly agree with the comments about it being a good opportunity to "tackle" homophobia (although in a way they kind of did - it was probably pretty edgy for 1990's television - she did after all, sensually kiss Beverly's wrist and for a belief moment Dr. Crusher seemed quite taken...) I also wondered where Riker's conciousness went. But overall it was just a weird and disturbing episode for me. The fact that everyone acted so normal was disturbing in itself. Plus, McFadden's character role often makes me laugh - a lot of the time when things are supposed to be serious, she just carries on with an almost childlike goofiness - it's fairly subtle but sometimes it's just that slightly vacant , off-in-la-la-land look in her eyes or that slight goofy smirk when shit's going down that provides a bit of comic relief when things get tense on the Enterprise. So it wasn't the most convincing portrayal of a heated romance from my POV either. It was amusingly disturbing. I'll give it that. Comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:48:09 PDT jcar Comment by Pam on TNG S2: The Schizoid Man WHEN will Data learn to stop revealing the fact/location of his "shut-off" switch?? He can absorb vast quantities of information in seconds, but he can't figure this out? I suppose his naivete is just part of what makes him human. Comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 03:22:02 PDT Pam Comment by W Smith on ENT S2: Dawn Another really pedestrian outing that had me looking at my watch quite a few times. It was utterly predictable not only plot-wise, but even the plot holes were predictable. Obviously Enterprise could have beamed down water, medical supplies, etc. but that would have "ruined" the storytelling by ending the episode without preordained drama. I remember watching these mid-season 2 episodes in the first-run, and it's when I started skipping weeks if the previews looked trite and predictable. I gave up after another round of alien nazis, the Xindi, were introduced but I'll stick through the entire series this time to the end of season four for completeness since it doesn't look like we'll be getting another Trek television show again. Comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:25:16 PDT W Smith Comment by MsV on DS9 S6: Tears of the Prophets I just skipped a year of shows, but I'd like to say what bothered me was Admiral Ross. He had a lot of nerve giving Ben an ultimatum, at this point I would kiss the prophets' butts for getting rid of those Dominion ships in the wormhole. He should have been afraid to say no to them. Ever since season 5 when that Julian changling messed with the wormhole to make sure it didn't collapse, well Sisko should have asked the prophets for help because the moment that Pahwraith went in the wormhole, they closed it permanently. (or at least until they wanted it opened). So much for not being able to collapse the wormhole. Also, what makes Dukat think that the Pahwraiths can bring reinforcements from the Gamma Quadrant? The prophets made the Jem'Hadar disappear. I don't think they are somewhere waiting for permission to come through, they are GONE. Other than being sorry Jadzia died, these are the only things about the episode that bothered me. Now back to the beginning of Season 5. Comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:04:37 PDT MsV Comment by Azdude on ENT S3: The Forgotten I just realized, not everyone knows who Seth McFarlane is, he's the creator of "Family Guy". Funny seeing him on the show! Comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:51:18 PDT Azdude Comment by Azdude on ENT S3: The Forgotten I agree with Jammer, except I would give it four stars! Not much to add, except did anyone else catch Seth McFarlane as the crewman who got chewed by Tripp, at 14.08? Comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:48:06 PDT Azdude Comment by Azdude on ENT S3: Hatchery Wow, I must be really smart. Yep, the alien egg peed on the Captain and turned him into Mr. Mom. Wow, never saw that coming. On a side note, I'm catching up on Star Treks I missed when I was in the Air Force for 22 years. TNG is ny favorite series, although I was stationed in England when it came out, and assumed it was a British produced show because of Picards accent. No Google back then to educate me. Enterprise is dissapointing, to say the least, but it is satisfying my Trek cravings. I just lower my standards. So many here like DS9. I never cared for it, but maybe I'm missing something. I'll revisit. Anyway, I feel so much better getting these random musings off my chest. Thanks Jammer! Comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:01:24 PDT Azdude Comment by Azdude on ENT S3: Hatchery I just started watching this episode, only 10 minutes into it. Haven't read the comments yet, but Archer just got sprayed. I've always wondered why, when there's a breathable atmosphere in a potentially hazardous situation, they upen their helmets. I'd be the crewman that says "that's ok, I'll just keep mine on." We'll see if I'm right. Resuming the episode. .. Comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:04:18 PDT Azdude Comment by St..Manfred on VOY S7: Seventh Season Recap A good series. It is a lot easier to criticize than to praise it. I consider myself a huge Star Trek fan. When I say "Star Trek", I am speaking of the utopian future Gene Roddenberry envisioned, from the core of mankind improving the human condition itself to economics all the way to philosophical normative ideals. Whenever I watch a Star Trek show, I am expecting this premise to resonate through its fabric. When I started out watching VOY, I did not expect any serialized soap drama we now find in almost every TV show (the incredibly manipulative, pseudo-level-of-suspense and pseudo-plot driven "Game of Thrones" being paramount here). I expected a show that (for the most part) conveys the serene, humbling and enlightened Roddenberry-vision even through its darker plots. I like the occasional character and relationship development, as well as progression of the Bigger Picture in Star Trek shows, but I never watch them for these. I am watching Star Trek to get positive-normative allegories on where mankind might end up in some distant future, when we finally will have been able to "kill the beast" within. Bearing this in mind, I think VOY has delivered. And it's these unique characteristics that make Star Trek so outstanding among all these hip post-modern self-devouring TV-shows nowadays, which basically cuddle our vanities and fears of loss of ego and materialistic possessions. 3 Stars for Star Trek VOY from me. Now I am looking forward to watching Star Trek DS9 for the first time. Comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:23:23 PDT St..Manfred Comment by Grumpy on TNG S5: Power Play Peter: "[Ro] seems to embody everything Yar was supposed to have been but failed to become." Never thought of it that way, surprisingly. Seems an obvious comparison, now that you mention it... yet I tend to disagree. Yar was supposed to be a competent department head, not a woman with something to prove, like Ro. While Yar took no guff from outsiders, she was fully loyal to the Starfleet agenda. Comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:03:04 PDT Grumpy Comment by Brian on ENT S1: Fortunate Son Even with it's faults, I think Enterprise is the best of the Star Trek spin-offs -which I find amazing, considering Rick Berman was involved Comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:53:47 PDT Brian Comment by Peter on TNG S5: Power Play This episode really clicked for me and was among the best of Season 5. I was impressed by Sirtis' acting. I think I like her better as a General Zod-like prisoner yearning to escape than as Troi. Spiner's acting was also superb (as usual). His hatred of Worf had me thinking the possessor really were from the Essex, because almost two centuries ago Klingons were THE enemy. My one quibble was O'Brien's involvement in the first place. Why does he beam down with the gadget that will strengthen the transporter signal? Never mind that he is the father of a newborn taking a 50/50 chance (according to LaForge) of getting his atoms scattered everywhere -- can they not beam down a piece of equipment without a person holding it? That's just silly. I'm also liking Ro more and more this season. She's intelligent, tough, and sexy (witness her seduction of Riker during "Conundrum"). Her character seems to embody everything Yar was supposed to have been but failed to become. I also noticed the strong score in this episode. A good score always enhances the mood and action, while a bland or forgettable one detracts from it. Hard to believe a producer actually wanted weak music on this show. Glad he was overruled. Comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:40:33 PDT Peter Comment by FutureDude on Star Trek: The Motion Picture Often maligned as “slow and boring”, in my opinion, this is actually the best Trek film. The human adventure is just beginning I’ve had the argument for years. Most people think Star Trek: The Motion Picture is plain boring. I recently saw it described as “the motionless picture” in a writer’s blog. It’s considered slow. Ponderous. Monochromatic. Humorless. The conventional wisdom holds that the second movie, The Wrath of Khan, is not only the best Star Trek film, it is also one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time. But I have to admit that — while I really enjoyed Khan — ST: TMP is, by far, my favorite of the eleven Trek movies. Before you roll your eyes, please let me explain. For me it all boils down to one unifying idea — Star Trek: The Motion Picture is on a very small list of modern films that depict a powerful, beautiful, and original view of the future. I may not change your mind, but I hope you can experience the film through my eyes. December, 1979 Think about the time when it was made. It was 1979. Star Wars and Close Encounters graced the screen two years earlier. Superman: The Movie made us believe that a man could fly in 1978 and The Empire Strikes Back was just around the corner in 1980. For anyone with an imagination, it was a tremendous time to be alive and the golden age for blockbuster sci-fi cinema. But none of the aforementioned films mattered to me as much as Star Trek. As a wide-eyed, twelve-year-old seventh grader, I probably had built up more excitement and anticipation for The Motion Picture than any other event in my entire life. My childhood heroes — Kirk, Spock, and McCoy — were about to grace the big screen! What would the Enterprise look like? Would they change it? How would it look flying through space with modern visual effects? I was so excited to see what they would do with a big budget. Once I started seeing the commercials, I went nuts. I remember the voice of Orson Wells: “It will alter your perception of the future by taking you there.” That was what I wanted to hear. The FUTURE. Finally, a film about the future! Star Wars took place “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.” What did that have to do with me? I felt like I was finally going to get what I wanted from a film: a real depiction of human potential hundreds of years in the future. I had seen 2001: A Space Odyssey a few years earlier. It was the first honest tour of tomorrow that I had ever seen. It seemed very possible and right around the corner based upon what had been happening with NASA’s space program. Krypton in Superman was really, really cool. But again, that was an alien planet with magical technology. I wanted to see something that connected to Earth and, ultimately, to me. Star Trek: The Motion Picture delivered exactly what I was looking for. While 2001 showed me the world that I expected to live in as an adult, Star Trek promised to reveal a future of my dreams. Finally, It Arrives in Theatres When I saw the film with my cousin James, we were mesmerized from the first moment. Seeing the camera do a 180-degree pan of the updated Klingon cruisers as they approached a huge blue luminescent cloud blew my mind. Once we were inside the ships, I was sucked in by the production design. Clear screens with data projected on them. Actual Klingon language graphics on screen — not English! Then we moved on to the Epsilon 9 space station with astronauts jetting around outside. I was blown away, and this was just the beginning. After a quick and epic stop at Vulcan to visit a hippie version of Spock, I finally got to see what I had been waiting for: Earth in the future. You see, when I watched the original Star Trek as a child, I always wanted to see what Earth looked like in the 23rd Century. Yes, it was cool to travel around the galaxy seeking out new life, but I wanted to know what it was like at home. It always felt like they avoided it due to budget or something. And, no; visits to Earth in the 1960’s didn’t count. Earth in the 23rd Century Now, here was Starfleet Headquarters in San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge covered by pneumatic travel tubes. Shuttles flitting across the sky as routinely as a buses travel the streets. We then move to an orbiting office complex bustling with traffic; followed by an extended drydock sequence that reveals the Enterprise in all of its futuristic glory. Speaking of the Enterprise, Andrew Probert took Matt Jeffries’ original design and blew it out of the water. The clean lines and details make this still the best ship to ever grace a Star Trek film or TV series. For the first time, we’re able to ascertain the actual size of the ship. As Admiral Kirk and Scotty circle in a travel pod, the front window is large enough to see them inside. This — when mixed with the floating astronauts and traffic — gives us a real sense of scale. It was like going to the airport, and watching the airplanes and ground crews. There is something magical about it. The ultimate sequence was the launch of the Enterprise. A tiny astronaut waving goodbye. The sun rising as the ship cruises away. Seeing Earth dwindle in the viewscreen as Sulu takes them to impulse. Shooting past Jupiter and its moons was awe inspiring. All of these aspects felt like a love letter to us from the future. I felt like I was finally there. The sets and costumes were amazing. Every aspect felt rich and fully realized. The visual effects were spectacular. Each time the Enterprise went into warp speed, I was left speechless. It was even more amazing than watching the Millenium Falcon jump into hyperspace. The icing on the cake was the final reveal of who/what V’ger really was — an evolved NASA space probe that had returned home after a galaxy-spanning adventure. The fact that the core concept was about exploration and connected to Voyager — a real planetary mission at the time — was validating and inspiring. The only complaint I had about the film was that the plot reminded me of the Original Series episode called “The Changeling” where the Nomad probe went through a similar conversion. But I could forgive this. A Futuristic Work of Art All in all, seeing Star Trek: The Motion Picture was the greatest experience I had ever had at the time. My cousin James and I were blown away when it was over. As this was not the time of instant mp3 downloads, we drove back from the theater singing the theme over and over in an attempt to remember it. We must have driven my Aunt Cecelia crazy. The soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith remains legendary to this day. Few sci-fi films have ever topped it. In fact, I was ecstatic when Gene Roddenberry chose to use the theme for The Next Generation in 1987. I still listen to it often. Roddenberry wanted to tell this story. He was inspired by the future and wanted to share that vision with the world. He finally had the budget, and the team to do it right. Director Robert Wise, the actors, and the production staff — which included effects wizards Douglas Trumball of 2001 and John Dykstra of Star Wars — crafted a beautiful journey to tomorrow. It moved at a thoughtful pace so that the audience could take everything in. There was art transpiring on the screen; it like a classic painting — you don’t just scan it for two seconds and walk away. All I ask is that you revisit the film and give it another chance. This time, look around. Take it in. You might find that you like it a little more than you expect. Comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 04:40:35 PDT FutureDude Comment by MsV on DS9 S6: Sacrifice of Angels I loved this arc, except Sons and Daughters. Just couldn't stand it. Of course Odo made me mad enough to eat nails, but I enjoyed the story anyway. I just hate the way Odo looks when he is linking, he has that same lethargic expression that babies have when they are kept in a swing too long and can't speak to say they want out. (I think they may be sick) I also wish they had kept Ziyal alive, maybe she could have bonded with Jake and Nog as a potential playmate. Either way I just LOVED this arc, I had not seen it in years. This time I am attempting to watch every show in this serial from beginning to end. BTW I like the post about not using Q. real funny. Comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:53:07 PDT MsV Comment by Alston49 on ENT S4: Divergence Not really Sam S. I keep looking at Dr and expecting an oh, boy. Still get a kick out of S1's Detained. At the end of that ep I'm thinking "Sam, don't hit Al! Ziggy hasn't told him why you're here yet!" Comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:16:26 PDT Alston49 Comment by MsV on DS9 S6: A Time to Stand I know things were bleak and the Federation was taking a licking, but did the Feds even destroy at least one JemHadar ship? I would have liked to have heard one good story. Comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:54:08 PDT MsV Comment by Xylar on VOY S5: Drone I enjoyed the episode, even though the origins of the drone were a bit of a stretch. Still, I'm willing to let it slide as it was obviously just a set up to get to the story. If it takes a rather implausible set of coincidences to get to a story as decent as this, I'm okay with that. I was initially thinking the story would rapidly devolve into the predictable tedious Borg drone runs amok and causes general mayhem kind of stories, but I'm glad they decided to go the other way. It was for the better. I don't think it detracts from the threat of the Borg as a dangerous adversary, since One is a unique instance who is completely detached from the collective. He was a freak accident. As is getting to be the routine, it was another Seven of Nine focused episode, but like I already said. Voyager has very few characters interesting enough to work with, so if that means they have to rely heavily on the most interesting one to carry the show, then so be it. I do tire of it sometimes, but it's better then seeing episodes focused around characters that don't really grow or change. That's looking at you, Neelix and Harry, who are still mostly the same now as they were in season 1. At least Seven grows and changes over the course of the show. And although she's not the only one to do so, she is one of the more interesting ones. Comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:12:20 PDT Xylar Comment by James on VOY S7: Flesh and Blood @Jeff This is one of the most fascinating comments I have ever read on this or any Trek related site. I honestly cannot decide whether you are being serious or sarcastically humorous. Given the tone of the first paragraph and the content of the last, I am guessing its a serious comment, so I will take it as such. "Because he was played by an handsome actor with a open sincere face, we automatically trusted him and were surprised when he turned out to be a shithead.", that's not even remotely the reason why we trusted him to begin with. I could not give a hoot if he was a male model, or his face looked like a malons arse. We were inclined to trust him because when we first encountered him he was calm, rational, reasonable and kept his word. He returned the doctor to Voyager as promised and endeavoured to open a dialogue with Janeway to find a peaceful resolution to the situation. His courage and compassion for his fellow holograms was evident when he risked his own "life" as it were to save them whereas he could so easily have escaped himself at no risk. Finally, he was articulate and sincere enough to effectively convey the intolerable suffering he and the others were subjected to during their captivity and this enabled us to empathise with their plight. It's somewhat ridiculous to reduce all this to simple good looks and an open expression. The fact is his character morphed from a reasonable, principled and charismatic leader into a deranged, irrational psychopath so fast I got whiplash. "There was also a feminist solidarity message here. Torres and Kejal were able to forego their racial differences and connect with each other as women to reject Iden's DEVIANT MALENESS and cooperate for the advancement of life." Now you have really lost me. What "message" are you contriving to see here? So its "feminist solidarity" just because two females (actually one female and one computer program) manage to agree on something? Thus every time two men, say Chakotay and Tuvok, find common ground on an issue, it must constitute masculinist solidarity? It can't just be seen as two characters finding consensus on issue of common interest? And what on EARTH is "deviant maleness"?! Are you somehow implying that the source of Idens latter megalomania was his (simulated) male gender?? Therefore I can infer that the message you are seeing here goes something like this: the male leader symbolises patriarchal rule, which is inherently "deviant" owing to its "maleness" and only the inherent purity of feminine virtue, as expressed through "feminist solidarity" can stand up against it and cooperate "for the advancement of life"?! Its rude to simply mock another persons point of view, but thats utterly bonkers. With the greatest respect, you sound like you have swallowed a radical feminist treatise of misandrist propaganda, suffered indigestion and then regurgitated it here. Furthermore, you hypothesise that the source of Kims retarded growth and development as a character is actually his Chinese ethnicity. This, I believe, is a truly unique take on the problem. Somewhat ludicrous, yet refreshingly orignal at the same time lol. Personally, I have to go with the more conventional explanation of poor writing over the course of seven years. You feel TNG lacks realism because Riker is too gorgeous and perfect (Eh...okayyy), ditto Troi, Laforge is blind and hides his eyes, Wesley is too annoying (I will grant you that one), Picard is too cultured and Worf is too ugly. Again, I do believe this to be an entirely original take on the shortcomings of TNG. Somewhat disappointingly, your final paragraph actually makes complete sense, and I concur with almost all of it. As for the episode itself, its a solid 3 stars. Entertaining, imaginative and well acted. However it once again demonstrates why Janeway is the most maddeningly inconsistent captain in the history of Trek. Contrast her treatment of the doctor here with that of Harry when he fell in love/lust with that alien chick. Kim disobeys orders to cease contact with the alien, despite there being serious mitagating circumstances (he was under an alien influence that impaired his judgement and free will i.e. that ritual bonding that made him glow in the dark). Janeways response: a furious dressing down and formal reprimand on his record which even Chakotay said was too harsh. The doctors offence on the other hand was several orders of magnitude more egregious. He disobeys orders, betrays the voyager crew by sending the holograms the information they need to cripple and almost destroy the entire ship, potentially killing everyone aboard. Finally he completes his disgrace by defecting to the enemy, abandoning his friends and colleagues (not for the first time) to go with a bunch of strangers he knows nothing about. Cathys response? Zilch. Zip. Nada. Because apparently he was just being "who he was". As I recall when Tom Paris attempted to "be who he was" by disobeying orders to help another culture save their planet he was demoted back to ensign. Not for the first time, Janeway displays the most appalling judgement. Comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:31:50 PDT James Comment by W Smith on ENT S2: The Catwalk Better than average outing for Enterprise. We knew the three aliens were up to something at the beginning of the episode, but it had some twists to keep it interesting and not cliched. Comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:56:27 PDT W Smith Comment by W Smith on ENT S2: Precious Cargo Nowhere near as bad as Threshold, which still maintains the threshold for most execrable Trek ever. No doubt that Padma Lakshmi is beautiful, but to criticize her acting here is to miss the point that not even Meryl Streep could deliver this poorly scripted character (a ridiculously cliched stuck-up princess). In addition, Trineer and Lakshmi had no chemistry together so to see them fall into each others' arms was painful to watch. Yes, it was bad, but at least they didn't de-evolve into slugs. Comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:50:31 PDT W Smith Comment by Robrow on DS9 S5: Nor the Battle to the Strong Sorry, but it was too manipulative for my taste. If Bashir had died Jake's self-disgust would have carried more weight. Or if he had known about Jake's actions (and naturally forgiven him), it would have given their scene an interesting edge. As it was Lofton's meltdown in front of the nurses seemed closer to a teenage strop than PTSD. The trite benediction at the end, and Lofton's cheesy smile, just seemed to chrystalise my dislike. Ahh poor Jake, now everything will be fine. Not in the same league as Duet and the Wire. There I really sense emotional depth. Comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 03:26:33 PDT Robrow Comment by Azdude on ENT S3: Extinction This is the first comment I've made on this outstanding blog. But oh my god, this show had to be the most painful show of the series to watch. That's saying a lot, considering the lack of writers on this series. Or I should say, the lack of writers that know how to write. Or think. I'm not saying that watching this show was as painful as, say, being water boarded or some similar torture such as bamboo shoved under my fingernails. I have yet to experience these tribulations, but if I am ever forced to endure them, rest assured I will recall the hour I spent watching this episode, and compare. If I do, I'll let you know which is worse, but I'm sure it'll be a close call. I really expected one of the mutants to start asking "where is my precious?? " ala Gollom in the Lord Of The Rings. No disrespect to that bug eyed little creep, he's much more dignified than Starfleets finest with DNA issues. And LeVar Burton directed this. I'll forgive him, he had only so much to work with. Comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:05:35 PDT Azdude Comment by eastwest101 on ENT S2: Regeneration Was watching this on DVD last night and then ducked into the writers audio commentary, was interesting to hear a very defensive Mike Sussman defend the choices made and response to similar criticism seen here. Overall the whole thing worked and is justifiably regarded as entertaining and well directed with an excellent score, but even Sussman recognized the implausibility and sheer stupidity in Act 1 and admitted that it was a bit of leap to far in logic and belevability which many in the audience couldn't overcome. I got the impression that Braga wanted to do this episode, there were some spare sets and costumes floating around from the First Contact shoot. They did okay to try to tie in some difficult sequel/prequel issues but the explanation of how Flox's radiation treatment for the nanobots somehow got lost from the 22nd century to the 24th century was pretty weak. We did get something close to an apology for Acquisition although to be fair I don't think we could put that one on Sussman's shoulders! Comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:02:07 PDT eastwest101 Comment by MsV on DS9 S4: Hard Time I think the only reason they made this episode was to upset me. (just kidding) I was upset when I watched it completely, from beginning to end. I had started months ago, but I could get through it. I felt so sorry for Miles, he did nothing to deserve this. I have always love Colm's acting and he did a terrific job here, I was convinced he had been tortured for real. Although Julian was trying to be a good friend, he did jump the gun by telling Sisko that Miles was not fit for duty. When Sisko relieved him of his duty, he was so depressed he screams at Molly, tears up things in his way, and attempts to kill himself. I think he needed his work to help him. Bashir is a good friend to Miles. There was a lot of great acting in this story, but I hated the story. Too sad. Comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:33:54 PDT MsV Comment by Deborah on ENT S4: United OK Jammer, OK everyone. I got up off my couch and came over to my computer and said if Jammer doesn't give this 4 stars I'm going to personally track him down and... do something. What a nitpicky bunch. What the hell is WRONG with you guys? Comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:53:59 PDT Deborah Comment by MsV on DS9 S4: The Visitor @ Dimpy He did ruin his life I agree with you he did ruin his life. I wrote what I did because I thought you were asking why would Jake ruin his life. Comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:08:28 PDT MsV Comment by Xylar on VOY S5: Night I was fine with most of the episode. There's only one small thing I would've liked to see changed. I would have preferred the Malon ship to be incapacitated by Voyager (or those Void aliens) as Voyager uses the vortex to escape and permanently shuts the door behind them, thus leaving the Malon stranded in the void and at the mercy of all the victims they themselves created. It just would have made for a more poetic justice kind of ending, but it's not essential, I guess. I just like to see the bad guys get their comeuppance in ways that aren't just 'kill them somehow'. Comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:00:12 PDT Xylar Comment by Robert on TNG S5: The Outcast "I have to respect Jonathon Frakes advocating a male candidate for Soren, though that's a bit of a stretch since Soren identified as female, in fact they might have made "her" subtly more feminine." If memory serves the aliens were all played by women. If they were all played by men they could have just picked big burly men and then one who had softer features. I think that cast properly it would have worked. Obviously if the love interest was the ONLY male that would have been bonkers, but I assume it would have changed the casting of the entire episode. Comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:34:55 PDT Robert Comment by Peter on TNG S5: The Masterpiece Society I'd give this one a solid 3 stars. I've always liked the kind of science fiction that deals with an "engineered to be perfect" society, and I especially like it when these kinds of societies fall apart, are shown to be evil (think "Logan's Run") or are otherwise subverted even at the cost of violating the Prime Directive (like Star Trek TOS "The Return of the Archons". "Gattaca" is a sort of slightly newer analog to this episode, and it's a superb film. This episode falls short of "Gattaca," of course, but then you can't compare an hour of TV to a big budget film. As a Star Trek episode, this one is quite good. I liked the Hannah character in particular and the way that her seeing both society's advancements and Geordi's disability caused her thinking to evolve. I also liked the matte painting of the colony's exterior. That the view through the glass of the biosphere actually looked like the planet they were on was a nice touch, given the constraints of special effects. I found the colonists genetically pre-determined roles to be an interesting (and frightening) idea, along the lines of "Brave New World." I must question why such a society would even need a leader,however. Everyone's role is clearly defined and the closed colony never faces any significant challenges or threats (until the solar core fragment nears, of course) -- so what purpose does Aaron serve? Where work roles are so clearly defined and the culture is stable, Ursula LeGuin's "The Dispossessed" paints a picture of peaceful and productive anarchy. Comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:58:20 PDT Peter Comment by Troy on TNG S5: The Outcast I like this epidode, to me it was the gay rights version of the original series episode with the anti-racism half black/half white aliens. One thing I do have a hard time seeing Riker going gaga for Soren. Star Trek accelerated love montages are usually weak, this one especially so. I have to respect Jonathon Frakes advocating a male candidate for Soren, though that's a bit of a stretch since Soren identified as female, in fact they might have made "her" subtly more feminine. A previous comments suggested Wesley might have been a better candidate, I have to agree. Comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:03:00 PDT Troy Comment by W Smith on ENT S2: Vanishing Point A surprisingly fine episode even though the plot is derivative from multiple previous Trek plots. The show rises about that and serves up an interesting mystery. I don't agree that it's necessarily a reset button since the memories are real to Hoshi, and she has to live with the experience (even though there will probably be no follow-up). Park did a fine job, and I've come to the conclusion that the two best characters on the show are the women. Their characters are interesting, rational and professional, while the men are written to be small-minded and childish. Trineer is a fine actor and does what he can with puerile material, but Trip is written to be such a child that it's grating to watch. Hoshi and T'pol are the only adults on the ship (and the boomer, I forgot his name, gets no lines so I don't know what he is), and it just makes the show difficult and unbelievable to watch. Comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:33:57 PDT W Smith Comment by Robert on ENT S1: Fortunate Son "F.W.I.W., I don't think the woes of the Near East can be ascribed solely to Islam." I realize my first sentence could be misread to imply you think that. For what it's worth my post was trying to separate the fact that your argument doesn't seem to think that and that makes it a more complex case than DLPB's. Comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:26:42 PDT Robert Comment by Michael on ENT S1: Fortunate Son F.W.I.W., I don't think the woes of the Near East can be ascribed solely to Islam. That would be as fallacious as averring that those woes have NOTHING to do with Islam. Islam is certainly a factor in a way religion in other, comparable, parts of the world and flashpoints is not and was not. Islam certainly contributed to an immense degree to the suffocation of free thought, academic inquiry, and just sheer curiosity. For that, one need look no further than the way the Ash3ari school of theology vanquished, indeed obliterated, the m3atazilism, which had for a few centuries of early Islam played a pivotal role in societal and academic advancement. (When they talk about the "Golden Age of Islam" they are talking about the era during which Islamdom was very secular.) Other than Islam it could be the terrain, climate, economy, interactions with the (type of) neighbors, and just bad luck. But it is without a doubt that Islam has been bad news wherever it set foot. In fairness, so has pretty much every religion, particularly the proselytizing, monotheistic ones. But all the others have been voluntarily vel non neutered over the years. Islam is the only one that has stubbornly regressed and is the single most potent, most perilous destabilizing and negative force in the world today. Comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:23:39 PDT Michael Comment by Robert on ENT S1: Fortunate Son @DLPB - I've said before that I disagree with you and Michael that Islam is somehow the root of all evil over there in the middle east. We can all agree to disagree (and certainly can disagree with Sparrow that the US is the root of all evil ::eye roll::) but don't you think "All of the issues in the Middle East are caused by religion - by Islam." is MAYBE just an oversimplification on the other side? Michael and I do NOT agree on this issue (as you can see in our exchange up above) but his latest post at least contains a level of thought on the subject beyond "Islam vs the US is root of all evil". I mean, I do reject the concept that it is this religion that is causing all this. I do however find there are truths in Michael's post that there is something going on over there culturally that is more screwed up then being screwed over by the west could cause. As I said earlier, I will not condemn Islam but we do need to be able to talk about fundamentally troubling things about Middle Eastern culture without being called racist. For the record I personally think that America has been pretty horrible at times but that Michael's statement - "America, for all its faults, has been by far the most benevolent and altruistic superpower ever seen in recorded history." is pretty spot on. Comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:51:08 PDT Robert Comment by Pam on TNG S2: The Outrageous Okona @Elliott: The way Wesley looked adoringly up at both Okona and Riker in the span of about two minutes definitely had me thinking the same thing. I'm about 15 minutes into this one, and I'm relieved that my phone is about to die. Every other word out of Okona has me rolling my eyes so hard they're about to roll out of my head. I'm committed to watching every episode, but I may have to come back to this one. Comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 03:40:47 PDT Pam Comment by Michael on ENT S1: Fortunate Son Sparrow is so blinded by the dogma he has bought into, that he doesn't realize how incredibly offensive he himself is being. There are dozens of nations and peoples on almost every continent of the world who experienced the yoke of colonialism for far longer and to a far more brutal effect than the majority of Moslem states. (Indeed, North Africa and the Near East had remarkably little Western interference, compared to the centuries of control exerted over Latin America, Africa, and parts of Asia. Insofar as they were colonized, it was by the (Moslem) Ottoman Empire.) Yet, even in the most bitter internecine conflicts and acrimonious civil wars, the people of Colombia, Argentina, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, India, Korea, etc. did not evidence a fraction of the savagery witnessed at the hands of Moslem terrorist groups AND THOSE WITHIN THEIR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE! I mean, it's one thing for a couple of Islamic State douchebags to throw a gay man off a tower block; but it was then dozens of residents, ordinary Moslems, standing below who gleefully threw rocks at that man when he survived the fall. The people of Ghana, for instance, hardly strangers to Western exploitation and brutality, are devoutly religious Christians. Yet, they don't go around throwing acid in the faces of women dressed "immodestly." Nor do they don't demand women get a male relative's permission to exercise even the simplest freedoms in life such as going on a trip, starting a college course, or opening a bank account. Or look at India, another country with a long, ignominious history of colonial oppression. Women and minorities are INFINITELY freer than in the neighboring Pakistan or Bangladesh, both overwhelmingly Moslem, even though all three have very similar histories. So hundreds of millions of people are living evidence that centuries of slavery, pillaging, and humiliation do NOT turn people into misogynist, homophobic, racist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, bigoted beasts. Sparrow's arrogant, ignorant remarks spit in the faces of such decent, upstanding people, many of whom are still experiencing the type of instability and privations never even seen in Iraq or Afghanistan. The evidence is simply overwhelming and it boggles the mind the extent of the sophistry, mental gymnastics, and the sheer intellectual suicide to which the extreme Left goes in an attempt to fabricate facts and impose a fraudulent narrative on us all. Comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 01:48:23 PDT Michael Comment by Adam C on DS9 S2: Melora It’s pretty bad on its own, but as an inspection of Bashir, it’s legit. And very sad, in a way. One thing that we learn over the course of the show is that Bashir is a profoundly lonely man. Oh, sure, if it isn’t screwed down, he’s the man to screw it, but as far as emotional intimacy goes, it’s not there for him. Part of that is the tinkering and puttering done to his brain, making him almost as smart as Cytherian Barclay; part of it is the arrogance that goes with the extreme intelligence. He doesn’t mean to push people away, but he does it nevertheless. So here’s Melora, who does the same thing for her own reasons. Bashir forges a connection with her because he recognizes that aspect of himself in her. And that’s how we get to Bashir’s first attempt to construct the perfect woman. (I don’t think his doormat Dax daydream counts, although Terry Farrell was quite hilarious in that role.) She’s got the moxie, the strength of character, but she needs the strength of body or it won’t work. So Bashir, possibly thinking, “Yes! This is my chance!”, tries to make Melora the woman he wants. When she turns down the treatments in the end, she’s effectively turning down Bashir as a potential mate, and that hurts. Over the course of the series, this aspect of Bashir’s personality will be revisited enough that the seed planted here is worth note, even though the episode on its own is mediocre. (Also, the B plot should either go away or be fully developed. The idea of Quark double-crossing a business partner and reaping as he’s sown is pretty great, but it’s given such minimal development here that they shouldn’t have bothered.) Comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:40:48 PDT Adam C Comment by Jeff O'Connor on ENT S4: Fourth Season Recap 1989-2005 for no Doctor Who episodes on television... the Trek version would be 2005-2021. I can live with that. I can live with six more years without weekly Trek. I don't want to live with it, but I can! Comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:27:45 PDT Jeff O'Connor Comment by romemmy on VOY S5: Night Why didn't Voyager just wait for the Malon to go home since they knew where the vortex was. It's not like the Malon would have hung around for years guarding the vortex.. It can't take them that long to dump their waste and leave (and since they stranded the Malon on the other side their waste is still going to be dumped there, and more of the aliens are going to die as they battle it out). This is the issue I guess when the story needs for the crew to be unusually stupid (like why did they let Arturis hang out on the bridge of their new ship in Hope & Fear, where he could cause a problem.. and when they found out he had tampered with the message, why didn't they just beam him to the brig? Because the story would have ended, that's why...) Comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:19:30 PDT romemmy Comment by Jeff O'Connor on ENT S2: Second Season Recap Some of these comments leave me baffled. Comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:02:44 PDT Jeff O'Connor Comment by Gil on ENT S1: Sleeping Dogs TNG era Klingons were written as such thickheaded buffoons it's hard to take any episode that revolves around them with a any seriousness; and that includes Worf. Comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:48:57 PDT Gil Comment by $G on TNG S6: Lessons Really liked this one. Watching this show a decade and a half later shows how much *I've* probably grown. As a kid, I probably preferred "Starship Mine" to this outing, but now I barely tolerated "Starship Mine" and greatly enjoyed this one. Season 6 and on is where I'm more iffy with episodes since I caught more early-series re-runs than latter, so I was surprised and pleased to see a semi-sequel to "The Inner Light". Great work all around. One of the very, very few 40-minute romances that has ever worked on Trek (the other, for me, is another Picard show: "The Perfect Mate" - makes me think this Stewart fellow can sell pretty much anything). There's also some genuine tension about the fate of Lt. Commander Daren on the away mission. Even though I'd seen this (but mostly forgot it), I still wasn't sure if she'd make it back. I was legitimately pleased when she beamed back up, and I think sparing her life was probably the better writing decision. A high 3 stars for me. Season 6 is quickly becoming one of my favourite TNG seasons. A pleasant surprise, that's for sure. After the first 7 or 8 episodes, I'd thought the magic that Season 5's final third brought had vanished completely. Season 6 doesn't have as many Trek masterpieces as other seasons, but it keeps up a high batting average with a significant stock of very solid episodes. Comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:10:15 PDT $G Comment by Kahryl on TNG S2: Pen Pals That senior staff debate made them all look like spoony morons swayed by the worst excuses for poetic one-liners. Not a moment of clarity or logical thinking from any of them. The Wesley subplot on the other hand was very well done and showed a side of the Enterprise we rarely see. Comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:03:34 PDT Kahryl Comment by Sonya on VOY S5: Warhead I seem to be in the minority on this one, but I enjoyed Warhead. It is easily my favorite Harry Kim episode so far. If Harry would have felt more confident in his leadership position, he might have argued against transporting the unknown technology onto the ship. Whereas B'Elana has become a caricature of herself (always angry, always suspicious), the writers allowed Harry to engage in some smart dialogue to convince the Doctor/Warhead to abandon the original mission of destruction. It was also wonderful to see Harry *not* be lovesick for once, and *not* be flustered or irritated by 7 of 9. Maybe the Doctor/Warhead character bore some similarities to the real Doctor, but the menacing look after the transfer of the sentient being was pretty good! Comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:36:54 PDT Sonya Comment by DLPB on ENT S1: Fortunate Son Sparrow is the latest in a long line of leftist apologists who have absolutely no idea what Islam is about. The very idea that Iraq would have "progressed like Turkey " is utterly laughable. And, Sparrow, if you think Turkey is a free society that we should praise, you really are clueless. All of the issues in the Middle East are caused by religion - by Islam. Comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:03:41 PDT DLPB Comment by DLPB on VOY S2: Basics, Part I And yes, the crew would have been executed. But the writers pick and choose when to apply logic. I just roll my eyes. Comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:57:05 PDT DLPB Comment by DLPB on VOY S2: Basics, Part I I was rooting for the Kazon. Voyager's crew was too stupid to have the ship. They didn't even deserve to live. Going on rescue missions for Kazon... going all the way back for Seska... and Chakotay's "son". And then when it was obvious this was all a set up, they still flew on into danger. The series should have ended here, with Voyager's crew marooned forever. Comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:50:38 PDT DLPB Comment by St.Manfred on VOY S7: Q2 I liked the ep, with the exception of Keegan's acting and / or the sudden change of mind forced upon his character by the writers. 2.5 stars. Comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:00:59 PDT St.Manfred Comment by Peter on TNG S5: Violations @ KittyKatt: Imzahdi is a word that was previously used by Troi and Riker in a different episode. Sorry, I don't remember which, but it was in an earlier season. It means "beloved" in Betazoid. I agree with William B that the story makes more sense as one of psychiatric/psychological malpractice. There have been real-life cases of implanted false memories. That said, it did seem that Jev did try to rape Troi. His later assaults on Riker and Crusher were basically non-sexual assaults to silence those who were leading the investigation. I would have awarded the episode 3 stars, especially as I enjoyed the Geordi/Data detective team. For an episode in which the tension was almost purely psychological, I found it was well paced and it kept my interest. It loses an entire star from me, however, for Picard's ridiculous moralist speech at the end. I just don't buy that every human "carries the seed of violence" and that it's possible for that seed to "gain control." Especially not when we're referring to sexual violence rather than the biologically programmed "fight or flight" extreme stress reactions. Comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:12:22 PDT Peter Comment by Jeff Bedard on TOS S2: The Apple And we never do find out what the People of Vaal find so humorous about Spock's name, do we? :) Comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:49:38 PDT Jeff Bedard Comment by Pam on TNG S2: The Child Just watched this creeptastic episode (yay, Netflix!), and I agree with a lot of the comments. The two main story lines are disjointed and without much tension. I spent most of the first half cringing whenever Troi was on screen, but I did feel a bit of vindication on her part in regards to Riker. His charming outburst questioning the identity of the "child's" father had me triumphantly (mentally) crowing, "In your face, Will Riker!" His wishy-washiness when it came to Troi always irritated me. As for the virus plot... Zzzz. Dr. Porn-Stache's majestic facial hair was more riveting. The one saving grace of the episode, I felt, came from an unlikely source: Wesley Crusher. He was helped along by Golberg's Guinan, of course. The conversation after she joined him at the viewport was one of the most genuinely human moments Wes ever had. The Ten Forward set provided an overall depth to the atmosphere of the Enterprise that we didn't realize we were missing until it appeared. It was a nascent glimpse of the Enterprise as being more than just a tin can full of random people. It was also a community. Then Wes had to ruin the whole moment by, well, becoming Wes again. Overall, this creepy/boring episode get's about a star from me, and that only because of Whoopie Golberg's injection of some much-needed class into it. Comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:09:22 PDT Pam Comment by $G on TNG S6: Birthright, Part II ^ Just clarifying my thoughts a bit more on how the two-part story was handled: TNG *often* had strong continuity, but storylines were often left to simmer and then return later on (to give the series weekly variety). "Birthright, Parts 1 and 2" contain very different plots, but are connected in the overall tissue of the show, not unlike "The Enemy" and "The Defector" were from Season 3. Or "Sins of the Father" and "Reunion" from Season 3+4. Strong continuity, but not necessarily unified plots or something that would work if aired side by side. I feel like the storytelling of the "Birthrights" is closer to that long-haul type of continuity than it is to the 90-minute plots of "Best of Both Worlds", "Time's Arrow", "Unification", etc. Comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:02:12 PDT $G Comment by $G on TNG S6: Birthright, Part II I don't dislike this episode, but I don't necessarily like it either. Like most people say, it's boring. Jammer, IMO, accurately points out the whole thing plays out like a simplistic parable. By the end of the episode I was trying to think of a word that described it - and I think "parable" is the perfect label for something that felt so obvious and straightforward from nearly the minute it started. I'd give it 2.5 stars at the MOST - again, I don't dislike it and I think the concept it interesting, but it plays out with about as much life as a dying camp fire. I'm a big fan of how TNG generally handled Klingon culture episodes so this one being so tame is disappointing. One thing that's interesting to me is the "Part 2" aspect of this episode. In my opinion, it's the most unusual "part 2" in TNG - it plays more like a serialized followup than a standard two-parter. Worf's dilemma (as well as Data's story) were enough to make Part 1 work on its own. But Part 2 doesn't include the Data story (which is wise, since it was perfect the way it was in Part 1), but it also doesn't really involve Worf's story from Part 1 either. What happens in Part 2 is a completely different Worf story - at least plot-wise. Once Mogh is ruled out the rest of the hour tells its own story. Very few elements of Part 1 are present at all, including Data, DS9, Bashir, Mogh, and even the Yridian. This episode is loosely connected to its direct predecessor, but I'd hesitate to call it a conclusion. The "Part 1/Part 2" title scheme seems more like the producers really not knowing how to treat the serialization, so just going with the Part 1/2 convention, subverting the strict episodic nature of the series but doing so in a way that's not too unfamiliar to the regular audience. Comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:51:22 PDT $G Comment by Xylar on VOY S4: One The show is getting to be close to the Seven of Nine show, rather then conventional Trek, but I don't really see a way around that. The only characters worth a damn who aren't Seven are Janeway, The Doctor and Tuvok. And even Tuvok is dancing on the line of just barely being worth remembering. Harry, Chakotay, Tom, B'elanna, Neelix. Not much interesting going on there. They either were never interesting to begin with (Neelix, Tom and Harry) or they already depleted what little material their characters had that was interesting (Chakotay and B'elanna). Doc remains interesting, because he's the Data of this show. An unconventional piece of technology that attempts to become as human as possible and continuously struggles with achieving the same rights any human being has. Tuvok remains interesting, even if just barely, because as the Chief of Security as well as Janeway's confidant, he is often involved in whatever alien activity Voyager encounters and thus always able to voice his opinions or give his advice. Basically, Tuvok remains interesting because he simply gets enough screentime to be such. Janeway was always going to be interesting, simply by virtue of being the captain. She's the main character and everything goes through her. After 4 seasons, you can't suddenly make uninteresting characters interesting without completely rewriting them. And that would require a lot more effort then just simply focusing on the ones that already work. Comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:12:38 PDT Xylar Comment by Scubabadger on VOY S4: Message in a Bottle Xylar - turning off lifesupport would presumably just stop replenishing the air / filtering out CO2 etc, and turns off the heat. It doesn't mean that all the air suddenly vanishes, we've seen that else where as well. With only a few unconscious romulans breathing i'm sure there's plenty. Comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:05:06 PDT Scubabadger Comment by Scubabadger on VOY S4: Concerning Flight Nick - "how the hell can Voayger track the bad guys when their computer core is stolen" - I think they made some reference to backup systems coming online but that it would take a few minutes for everything to kick in. Cold standby so to speak. Kieran - "at one stage Da Vinci is shot and was surprised that he wasn't hurt. I thought he would then realise he's a hologram and have a breakdown which might have been interesting" - there's a reference to the da vinci character interpreting his surroundings through the limited parameters of the programmed character e.g. he interprets the aliens and strange planet as people in "america". He's a hologram of a renaissance character so he couldn't possibly conclude from being shot and unharmed that he's a hologram - something he's never conceived of. Now if it was explained to him that he was an artificial man etc. etc., he could. As terrible episodes go at least this one made efforts to explain the terribleness....and yes i'm answering 5 year old questions Comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:34:20 PDT Scubabadger Comment by bhbor on VOY S3: Future's End, Part I I couldn't help but think how Paris and Tuvok came off like a gay couple when Tom laid into Sarah Silverman about obscure B-Movies and promptly shot her down. That and the shirt he was wearing. Comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:07:08 PDT bhbor Comment by SamSimon on DS9 S2: Whispers I totally agree with Jammer on this. Brilliant episode. As for one of the comments above, they couldn't simply lock the false O'Brien, because they had to wait for his rescue first. Locking him too early could have meant the death of the true O'Brien held captive somewhere! Comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:40:43 PDT SamSimon Comment by Peter on TNG S5: Hero Worship The worst aspect of this episode is the order in which it aired. Why show two child-centered stories back-to-back like this? Had the show just been moved to a Saturday morning time slot? Standing on its own, it wasn't so bad. I found it believable that an emotionally devastated child would choose to emulate the emotionless strength of his android rescuer. I also found the boy's acting, right down to imitating some of Spiner's vocal inflections and mannerisms, to be pretty impressive. We're talking about a 10 or 11-year-old actor here. While it may be contrived, I also liked the way it turned out that the "attack" on the Vico was not an actual attack. Although, again, the science of gravity fields having such an effect on most of the Enterprise's systems seems implausible. Doesn't the ship encounter strong gravity fields on a daily basis? If it's a question of sheer scale in the black sector (100's of collapsed proto-stars), wouldn't that be a good argument for a ship to study the area from a relatively safe distance? As others have pointed out, this episode also demonstrates why it's not a good idea to have children on starships. Not only is it risky, it also apparently leads to terrible education! Story time, playing with blocks, and "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" singalongs for 10 and 11-year-old students?!? Judging by what little we saw in Alexander's classroom in the previous episode, it looks like the curriculum gets simpler as the kids get older. So I guess failing schools have become an even worse problem a few centuries from today. "EVERY child left behind!" might be the motto of the Federation's education ministry. Or is this just subtle way to highlight what an auto-didactic young genius Wesley Crusher must have been? Comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:43:24 PDT Peter Comment by icarus32soar on DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind Sorry, typo, Cardies, that is! Comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:22:38 PDT icarus32soar Comment by icarus32soar on DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind They killed Bareil, they killed Ziyal, they gave the spectacular stupendous unique Gul Dukat, the single best character in all of ST a trivial end, and they killed the second best character ever, Damar. Sisko ended up in the never never of the celestial temple idiocy. Every time an awesome promising character or story line was suggested by these mentally challenged and LAZY scriptwriters it was not allowed to go anywhere. The dusgusted smirking look on Weyoun's face when the horrid female changeling is peeling was a dramatic opportunity these idiot scriptwriters missed. Weyoun should have snapped HER neck and the Vorta should have co-ruled the universe with the Carries. I officially loathe DS9, a dozen or so outstanding episodes over the 7 seasons but all the promise of the most inventive ST series ever tossed out the scripwriting airlock. Comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:20:14 PDT icarus32soar Comment by Peter on TNG S5: New Ground I agree with Jammer's rating on this episode. It wasn't terrible, but it could have been better. My main problem was a scientific quibble with the wave, which I initially found to be a very interesting idea, although I did not get quite as excited about it as Geordi. It seems that the Law of Conservation of Energy would preclude the wave from becoming ever-stronger as it neared the planet. What was driving such an increase? The more important plot, of course, is Worf's reunion with his son. I enjoyed that part more and also found it more believable than the other plot. I must admit to a certain satisfaction in learning that school kids in TNG sometimes encounter problems such as misbehaving in class. To me, the idea that humanity has somehow been perfected in the future has always been laughable. Some kids will always act out and need guidance, and other parts of society will also always be less than exemplary. That said, I liked how Worf handled his new role of father, and liked the idea that the boy will remain with him on the Enterprise. I liked both Worf's and the boy's acting, and also liked seeing Troi doing her job well for once instead of just stating the obvious. ("I sense he may be hiding something, Captain.") I must question, however, why the Enterprise in TNG is carrying families in the first place. It's not like the ship isn't threatened with destruction in every other episode. It seems like Starfleet realized that a starship was a dangerous place for kids in TOS but forgot about that a few decades later. Comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:13:04 PDT Peter Comment by Nic on TNG S3: The Survivors John Anderson lost his wife shortly before filming "The Survivors". He claimed the episode was one of the most difficult of his career because of its subject matter. The final scene moved me to tears, in part out of sympathy for Kevin Uxbridge and in part out of sympathy for the actor who played him. Still, I don't think it's a perfect episode. It's not the kind of mystery where you're kicking yourself in the head at thend for not figuring it out, because there's simply not enough clues given for you to make a guess. The Troi scenes were grating as well. Comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:51:07 PDT Nic Comment by bhbor on TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor Space diaspora. Interesting I guess. I found the gatherers entertaining and interesting although I don't completely buy why the federation is involved. These guys could make a show in and of themselves but this is Star Trek, not the space gypsy hour. Comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 03:07:37 PDT bhbor Comment by W Smith on ENT S2: Singularity Another episode that just went nowhere and made me dislike the characters more except T'pol. This ship is so important to Earth but they put a bunch of people on it who are so unprofessional that is belies any disbelief. Yeah, I get it that it was the singularity causing this behavior, but some of them should have noticed its effect at some point. And the plot device is one that Trek has done so many times before. This is why people eventually stopped watching Enterprise, it didn't boldly go anywhere new in Trek storytelling. Comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 02:00:34 PDT W Smith Comment by Alston49 on ENT S4: Observer Effect Very interesting reading Wisq. I liked the parallels you drew. This was like watching Dear Doctor. Except the victims are now humans as opposed to being the alleged saviors. Interesting to see how desperate we became in our hour of need. Archer's speech about "playing God" in the aforementioned episode gets quickly put on the backburner when the shoe's on the other foot. I do wish the writers had chosen to not let the aliens help the crew, though. They should have been made to accept the inevitable just as the Valakians were forced to. No reason why the Prime Directive shouldn't cut both ways. I also agree with Markus. Travis gets more screen time, just not as himself. The irony of that wasn't lost on me either. Comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:44:42 PDT Alston49 Comment by Adam C on DS9 S2: Playing God Might’ve been fun to revisit this later on, not for the proto-universe thing but to see what happened to Arjin. Maybe he got drummed out and turned, like Verad, to stealing a symbiont to realize his (father’s) dreams. Maybe he got a symbiont but went insane from incompatibility, making for a massive cover-up by the Symbiosis Commission. Or maybe, whether he got the symbiont or not, he decided that the whole process was unfair and became a black-market symbiont broker. (Perhaps it could have had some interesting implications between seasons 6 and 7, for example.) As it is, it’s not one of the better Dax episodes, and it’s not one of the worst. It just exists. I do, however, love the Klingon restauranteur. He should have been a recurring character, at least until Worf showed up. Comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:49:35 PDT Adam C Comment by Sonya on VOY S5: The Fight In my opinion, the show had a good premise and poor execution. I like the idea of Chakotay confronting his fear of mental illness. (As an aside, how impressive that a treatment could turn off a single gene and prevent mental illness, presumably without having other unintended consequences.) I like the idea of showing the potential value of being insane by other people's standards. Here, the value is that the aliens could communicate with Chakotay and save Voyager in the process. (Usually, the "value" of insanity is portrayed as enhanced creativity or productivity.) I did not like boxing and Boothby as mediums for conveying Chakotay's struggle. Why couldn't the struggle have been portrayed solely through Chakotay's flashbacks of his grandfather? Or perhaps flashbacks of other times in Chakotay's life when he was concerned about being vulnerable to mental illness. I couldn't wait for this episode to be over, which is too bad. More could have been said or implied about the nature of mental illness and what constitutes lucidity. Comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:59:54 PDT Sonya Comment by Taron on DS9 S6: His Way "Unfortunately that whole sexual attraction half of the equation is kind of a major hurdle that one dinner and one dance doesn't cure." I'll grant your other arguments (his earlier betrayal was overlooked way too easily, apparently entirely during a long conversation at Dax's party a few episodes ago) but I wanted to touch on this statement because it resonated with me personally. I've been married now for 17 years to a woman who, for the 10 years prior to that, thought of me only as a casual acquaintance and then for that last 3 of those as a good friend. She even admitted in a journal entry back then (that she later revealed to me in a moment of weakness) that though she appreciated our friendship, she found the idea of anything beyond friendship with me to be "repugnant" (her exact word), which I've occasionally teased her about ever since. How did we move from the "friend zone" to a romantic relationship that eventually lead to a long-term stable marriage? I took her dancing. I'm totally serious - there was this girl's choice dance at the university that she really had her heart set on going to, but the guy she wanted to ask become unavailable. Not wanting to miss out on the dance itself but having no one she was truly interested in going with as a date, and knowing that I happened to be trained in ballroom dancing, she asked me to go as a friend just so she could attend and wear the dress she had been wanting to wear for it. After that dance, she suddenly saw me in a whole different light and we began dating, fell in love, got married, and have been together ever since. My point is, don't underestimate what effect dancing might have on a woman who previously saw you only as a friend! Comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:41:56 PDT Taron Comment by linc on TNG S3: The Hunted It's Zephram Cochraine!!! Comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:47:07 PDT linc Comment by Michael on ENT S1: Fortunate Son Jammer, my friend, I apologize for what's been happening on this board, including my own contributions. Feel free to delete every message written this year. It seems not one of them has anything to do with the Fortunate Son episode! Comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 04:27:25 PDT Michael Comment by Michael on ENT S1: Fortunate Son If ever there comes a time of severe shortage of fertilizer, this Sparrow personage would have us covered. The above assortment of comments alone constitutes fine, premium-grade manure to keep the global wheat fields going for years. All you, Sparrow "old chap," do is regurgitating a bunch of prooftexted, fact-mined events and incidents to validate your normative biases. You decided as a college freshman that the West was the embodiment of evil and you set out to "prove" it. Oh, if the demonic old West hadn't arisen, what a glorious kumbaya place the world would be! Such reasoning is so obtuse as to commit the fallacy of being not even wrong ("es ist nicht einmal falsch"). You are as far gone in your bigotry as the most fanatical of religionists. You spurn all views and nuances not conforming to yours with the exact same zeal, arrogance, and self-assured obstinacy as the religionists dump on, say, evolution. Just like they assert a huge wall of silence among scientists, you also throw in a few cockeyed conspiracy theories gleaned from And just like they, you, too, believe yourself to be uniquely privy to the whole of self-evident truth while the other saps are hopelessly misguided. Ah, if only you were in power, you could "reeducate" us dissenters, in good old Commie style, whether we liked it or not. Anyway, this is neither the time nor place to engage in a detailed exegesis of each other's comments. My remarks enumerated above show you are clearly not worth the effort of a protracted, candid discussion anyway. The others on here can easily see who between us is the more openminded, moderate, and reasonable. Three points though: (1) So, the terrorist sub-animals are not raping, kidnapping, enslaving, beheading, stoning, executing, immolating, acid-attacking, oppressing women and minorities, etc. because they hate the West. Rather, on your planet, it is on account of their not having been able to form strong and stable enough governments to outlaw such behaviors... - BECAUSE OF THE WEST, naturally. That is SO empirically and historically incorrect as to be beyond risible. While a dozen cases may indeed indicate such to be the case, hundreds of others disprove it categorically. It is also illogical: Individual morality should dictate that throwing off a person from a tower block because of whom they sleep with is fucking W-R-O-N-G, but since governments--whom you posit as the ones alone tasked with stopping such acts--are composed of INDIVIDUALS, your whole premise is petitio principii. (That, of course, explains the barbarism prevalent in almost every Moslem-majority country in the world. It likewise explains why non-Moslem-majority states, which, ironically, experienced Western interference on a much larger, lengthier, and far more intrusive scale, are almost wholly devoid of the brutality and victimization evidenced in most Moslem communities.) But one has to take a dispassionate, academic distance from the matter in order to recognize all that, which you do not have. All one can do is guffaw at your juvenile highschool-grade attempts at polemic. (2) Re the "billions"(?!?) of Moslems around the world who are not savage beasts. Well, there are ca. 1.6 billion Moslems in the world. Of those, 1.4 billion hold that a wife "must obey" her husband. More than 1.1 billion maintain that shari3a should be law (and no, not just the fuzzy interest-free mortgages facets of shari3a; ALL of it). Three quarters of a million (that's 47% of the world's Moslems) think that adultery should be punishable by death, whereas just under 600 million insist that leaving Islam should entail death. Those are not "moderates," pal. But I suppose it can all somehow be traversed down to the evil West's "interference" in their sovereignty. Your racism of lower expectations is at once laughable and depressing. Or is it that none of these are connected to Islam? Not in the Koran. They are all "culture." How about you--the consummate Islamic theologian, I am sure--go explain that to your buddies in the Islamic State? Or maybe to their victims as they're getting rocks thrown in their heads. (3) My wife's parents are from Oman, the U.A.E., Yemen, and (distantly) Somalia. Is that "brown" enough for you? Is that enough for her to be a "victim" on your hierarchy of "privilege"? Or is that, because she shacked up with an "Islamophobe," etc. like me, she is now a self-hating sellout (possibly like Ayaan Hirsi 3Ali) not worthy of your "enlightened" "protection," "respect," and deference? How are you not ashamed of yourself to be even asking me where her parents are from?!? Like a commissar in totalitarian Soviet Russia, examining people's lineage to weed out "undesirables." Honestly, the bigotry, racism, ignorance, and bare-faced apologia for some of the most depraved, barbaric, anti-human acts in modern history perpetrated on a genocidal scale make me despair. You should do some serious self-examination, son. Comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 04:24:28 PDT Michael Comment by Sparrow on ENT S1: Fortunate Son Michael said: "We never went on an expansionist spree all over the world, we never sought to forcibly convert anyone to our values or beliefs" Seriously? Take 1900 to 2014. You have the massacres committed against the Indonesian independent movements (over half a million civilian deaths). From 1903-1936, Panama, Haiti and Nicaragua became bloody, defacto US Colonial holdings, whilst the US began supporting the White Rebels and the Tsars/aristocracy during the Russian Civil War. In the 1940s, right-wing dictators were backed in the Philippines, Peru, Ukraine, Syria (Colonel Al-Zaim's dictatorship), Albania, South Korea, and Italy (the CIA bought every Italian election from 1948-76), with local democratic elections subverted and "non compliant" politicians/movements murdered. President Lyndon Johnson's "F**k your parliament and your constitution", uttered to Greek ambassadors epitomizes US policy during this period. The West then couped Greece in 1949, 1967 and 1973, with US backed dictatorships running for decades. Our arming and backing of the Kai-Shek family in China would lead to some 18 million deaths. Then we couped Iran in the 1950s, and then Guatemala, Albania, Poland, Lebanon, Jordan, Guyana, Hungary, Oman, Portugal, Haiti, Taiwan, Cuba (the CIA overthrows Socorras and puts in place Batista), Costa Rica, Jamaica, Bolivia, Dominican Republic and Ecuador. In Pakistan, we armed and funded General Yahya and his genocide. In 1971 the US put the genocidal Idi Amin in power of Uganda (he stayed at the white house while we sweet talked him). In Puerto Rico, independence movements were violently crushed. From 1950 to 75, the US supported fascist dictators in Spain. In Laos, one coup a year was instigated by the US almost 2 decades. Similar coups were spearheaded in Brazil, Honduras, Fiji, Congo, Columbia, the Balkans, Romania, Liberia, Turkey, Dominican Reublic, Uruguay, Bolivia and Indonesia...all with bloody fallouts. In Vietnam, the 1952 Saigon bombings were faked and blamed on "terrorist communists" to justify US intervention. About 5 million south east Asians would die in that "conflict", 40,000 to the CIA's assassination programme, Phoenix. Meanwhile, the US supported dictators in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, installs dictator Kamuza Banda in Malawi and starts copious coups in Ghana. In 1970 the CIA installs a puppet in Cambodia (the US also sponsor Pol Potists with 89 million dollars). Presidents in Bolivia and Chile are overthrown and replaced with dictators around the same time. From 1962 onwards, the US sponsors pro apartheid movements in South Africa, and engages in proxy wars in Angola, Lesotho, Chad, Surinam, Mozambique, Seychelles, Namibia, Kenya, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Ethiopia and many more African countries. In 1975, the CIA and Britain overthrow the left leaning government of Australia, whilst backing brutal dictators in Angola. In the late 1970s, they arm psychos in Afghanistan, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama and Iran, and back Indonesia's invasion of and massacres in East Timor. In the 70s and 80s it also spoonfed the Contras in Nicaragua. Grenada was invaded for similar reasons whilst Operation Condor removed the last vestiges of left leaning movements in Latin America. Actions against Panama, Bosnia, Venezuela, Croatia, Yugoslavia (Serbia/Kosovo) and Libya follow, then Iraq, home of CIA asset Saddam Hussein. Then came Ukraine (a billion dollar coup in collaboration with neo Nazi groups - Right Sector and Svoboda) and Syria. Not to mention that various global bodies (WB, BIS, IMF) which the West uses to exert its will upon smaller nations. And of course the old British Empire (itself more a collection of mega-corporations sanctioned by the Crown) behaved exactly as the contemporary "West" behaves today. People simply have a cartoonish view of how "looting" and "meddling" took place in the 1700s-1800s. Comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:50:07 PDT Sparrow Comment by Sparrow on ENT S1: Fortunate Son "All I see amid your bloviations are idle hypotheses. If X hadn't done this, if Y hadn't done that, if Z had done the other, A would have happened, B would have happened differently, C would not have happened at all, yadda-yadda-yadda." What a stupid thing to say. Yes, if the West didn't support the Iraqi monarchy, coup Iraq, destroy Iraq's first elections, put Saddam in power and arm and finance Saddam in a ten year war against Iran because the West's puppet in Iran was ousted, Iraq would be a better place. Anyone who says otherwise is deeply uninformed. Iraq would have progressed like Turkey or a better version of Egypt (itself a country messed up by the West's incessant attacks on Nasser), and would be several generations away from major religious reforms and civil rights movements. Now they're too busy dodging bombs. Or look at Afghanistan; it was the most secular middle eastern country in the 1960s, with more women in political office than the then contemporary United States, and better women's rights than most Mid East countries too. To be a right-wing muslim nutcase in Afghanistan was to be ridiculed. It was a way of life and thinking that was dead, until the CIA started arming and financing nutjobs and promising them political powers, which they eventually got. "I'd infinitely rather have the West running the world than someone like Russia, China, Iran, Brazil, etc." What a stupid and false binary: "We can behave like colonialists because if we don't behave like colonialists someone else will behave like colonialists!" "As far as the Islamic State, it originated in Syria (where, (in)famously, there was ZERO U.S. involvement)." Nonsense. The US has been "involved" in Syria since the 1950s. "We've" been funding and arming what became "Isis" in Syria for the last 8 years. Since the 1960s, it has been US policy to Balkanise the Middle East. "America, for all its faults, has been by far the most benevolent and altruistic superpower ever seen in recorded history." Only a psychotic would think this. Almost 800 unconscionable wars by the US since 1775 - three and a half times a year to preserve the American Way of life - and coups in over 80 percent of the countries on the planet, all across Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Mid East, the West Indies and even First World nations like Australia and Greece; over fifty million deaths since the 1980s alone, either overtly thanks to US wars, embargoes, puppets and militias, or covertly via economic policies. "The sub-animals slicing off innocent people's heads by the thousand, kidnapping/raping/enslaving girls as young as eight by the thousand, stoning people, throwing people off tower blocks, etc., etc., etc" Gee, if only "they" had stable governments with laws against these things. I wonder why they dont... It's like complaining about the state of Somalia and Ethiopia whilst ignoring that you're funding dictators there and arming them to invade each other. Anything to keep the oil cheap! "No. The answer is found in their ideology. You obviously don't know s**t about the history of Islam." Islam is a magical ideology which forces all muslims to suddenly transform into crazy killers? What is this, Battlestar Galactica? Stoning (not in the Koran), beheading, rape, genital mutilation etc have very little to do with religion, and everything to do with global politics, global economics and local patriarchal/conservative cultural practises, practises which are themselves a product of global politics and global economics. Not to mention that the very practises which you deride and ascribe to Islam are practised in even GREATER degrees in many Hindu, Christian and Buddhist countries. By all means, criticise Islam, criticise all religion, but criticise it with nuance, with historical context, and dont use it as a tool to promote your moronic philosophies. "There have been HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of people throughout human history who had (and hey, are STILL having to!) to endure FAR worse that what those mofos supposedly experienced; yet, they did not turn into savage beasts." There are billions of muslims in the world. The vast majority are not "savage beasts". The actions of those you deem "savage" are a result of external conditions. Not to mention that the United States has higher rape rates, murder rates, and war crime rates than many of these supposed "savage" Third World countries, and that most terrorist acts aren't by muslims and that all major studies (Robert Pape et al) show that terrorism commited by muslims have nothing to do with Islam and eveyrthing to do with specific secular and strategic goal: to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from territory. The CIA itself publishes reports which lay this out clearly. But when does the US ever listen to its own intelligence reports? "If you did, you would recognize that their actions are both catalyzed and endorsed by the Islamic creed." It doesn't matter, you idiot. The Bible or the Koran or the Torah - primitive, patriarchal, stupid books - could have huge chapters specifically demanding that believers kill every baby on the planet. It doesn't matter. This behaviour is a crime, and governments punish crimes. That's all. Muslim commit crime, muslim go to jail. There is no existential horde trying to take your freedeeerms, nor can it if it existed. "She is a "brown" Arab" And where are her parents from? "I am Libertarian." Of course you are. Because you're a silly individual. You hate Muslim fanatics but you endorse the "logical" and "sane" belief in deregulated free markets and the holy powers of the unimpinged Invisible Hand. Tell me, how come no libertarian economist has a clue about how money is created? How come even those who do - the Ron Paul nutjobs who (rightfully, if naively) want to nationalise the Fed - are still in denial that capitalism itself must create unpayable debts and so poverty? Do you know why? How come libertarians are so obsessed with "cutting down welfare" when, historically, welfare sprung up to prevent capitalism from collapsing? Didn't your own god, the nutty Ayn Rand, tell you that that capitalism cannot provide full employment? Don't you know this? Do you realize that "capitalism" deems an 8 to 15 percent unemployment rate ideal? Do you know why? Do you know why anything less causes inflation? If capitalism must lead to millions unemployed, don't you think this will lead to millions of uppity, violent people? Doesn't welfare placate them? Who do you think profits most from placated people? Tell me, why are libertarians obsessed with "big governemnt" (such an innane term)? Doesn't history tell us that capitalism needs a "big government" to protect itself, its values and spread? Could the land enclosure policies in 1400-1600s England, which enshrined private property rights, ever be enacted without massive government? Doesn't profit lead to power and monopoly and so the hijacking of government anyway? How come no libertarian has a clue about all the scientists and post-neoclassical economists (Adrian Dragulescu, Victor Yakovenko etc) - you know, REAL economic scientists not sponsered by banks - who are running computer models of capitalism (complete with billions of AI "consumers")? Do you know that we can fast-forward these simulations? You know what the end results of these simulations always are? Being a libertarian in the 21st century is like worshiping Loki with a straight face thousands of years ago. You're a relic oblivious to the irony of your hatred of relics. Comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:28:45 PDT Sparrow Comment by bhbor on VOY S7: Nightingale Garret Wang himself complains that much like WIl Wheaton, Rick Berman had it out for him from the get-go which is why we saw Wesley Crusher ultimately sidelined more and more shortly after Gene Rodenberry's death. Berman actually wanted to fire Wang, but Wang made it on the cover of some magazine and helped give the show some recognition and ultimately I think he was chosen over Kes. His punishment (in his mind) was that his charcacter would never be full developed beyond geeky sidekick. Wang himself complains that towards the end that the series had become nothing more than the, "Doctor/7 show" Comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:42:32 PDT bhbor