Comments on Jammer's Reviews RSS feed for comments posted on Jammer's Reviews en-us Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:25:21 PST Comment by $G on TNG S4: Future Imperfect Hang on, I take back what I said about Barush being the silliest, most moment-killing reveal in Trek. That award goes to Enterprise's season 3 finale. Second place ain't bad. Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:25:21 PST $G Comment by $G on TNG S4: Future Imperfect I was enjoying this one for a bit. Riker's freakout is really well done, and I like watching characters feel out a scenario (Crusher did it just a few eps ago, too). The Minuet continuity was a really neat call back too. But I found that my interest really wavered during the Romulan prison section. It just felt so punch-less. Then the ending, which - well... This might be the only Trek episode that guts itself entirely in the last 30 seconds. I *like* the idea of Barush, but that costume... Just... WHAT IN THE WORLD. Absolutely the silliest, most moment-killing reveal in any Trek I can remember. I was laughing well into the credits and my girlfriend just facepalmed until the music stopped. I honestly don't even know how I'd rate this episode - it's not even *bad*. It's pretty okay, actually, but I'll never be able to think of this episode without laughing at it no matter what other merits it might have. Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:21:17 PST $G Comment by NCC-1701-Z on TNG S7: Attached I think my favorite aspect of this ep was watching Riker give both sides a talking to, jabbing them both in the places where it hurt the most (especially threatening to pester the xenophobic, isolationist Prytt with all of Starfleet's resources as invasively as possible). Very Kirk-like of him, I felt. Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:29:23 PST NCC-1701-Z Comment by Mark on DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin... What I don't get is what exactly is your issue? Why do you and other Americans hate soccer so much that you act like such childish rude assholes about it? You've missed my point entirely here and have completely supported my point about arguing with a brick wall regardless. Get over yourself and take your pompous attitude somewhere else. You just sound like some nerd who likes to boast about how much contact a sport has or how more "manly" a sport is over another despite the fact that you don't compete in any of these sports yourself. Yes of course football has injuries just as bad as soccer, my point was that soccer has lots of contact despite what you may believe. But again I don't expect that you'll see reason because you just seem very stubborn and narrow minded. In all reality its a ridiculous thing to talk about rather or not a fictional race on a TV show from 20 years ago would compete in a "non contact" sport. It hardly even matters. However you've made yourself look foolish by acting like soccer isn't a sport because it doesn't allow you to use hands, is a socialist flop sport and involves "heavy" touching. I don't think you could go anymore with the stereotypical ignorant American who knows nothing about soccer more if you tried. Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:14:54 PST Mark Comment by Grumpy on VOY S1: Jetrel @Adam In the 24th century, everyone in France speaks with a British accent, so naturally their billiards culture will have changed, too. Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:09:01 PST Grumpy Comment by Yanks on DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin... Mark, your rant is laughable. Soccer is "hard" and folks break and tear things. That really supports your argument. You could look up injuries in American football (because you brought it up) and compare it to soccer, but then you wouldn't have an argument. I'm sure folks tear things in badminton too. As to what started this, I guess you're right. I can picture little Klingon kids running around and not scoring the entire game... making sure they didn't plow someone over or hurt someone. I'm sure millions of Klingon warriors would have loved to attend those games. Especially when their kids can get a yellow card for tripping someone or using their hands...or get a red card and removed from the game for being too rough. That sounds Klingon to me. Song material there. You win. Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:16:41 PST Yanks Comment by Mark on DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin... I think at this point its obvious you're just another ignorant stubborn jackass who only sees what you want. No I haven't played football. I've had friends who have though and soccer as well who have told me that soccer is so much harder. A muslim friend of mine who was on both his semi pro soccer team in his country and football team in college at different times said that during conversation at one time. I also have a friend from Cameroon who has done the same thing more or less. Said pretty much the same thing as well. Soccer is a contact sport rather you want to see that or not. If you've ever been to an in live world class professional game you would see this. It also takes more skill to be really good at it. Maybe you should look up online at all the bad leg breaks, acl tears, and deep leg cuts(look up wayne rooney leg cut, or leg breaks soccer on google) to see just how much of a "non-contact" sport soccer is. I don't expect any change in opinion however. It's like arguing with a brick wall when it comes to debating with people like you. Have a nice day. Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:01:38 PST Mark Comment by Jeff on DS9 S7: Treachery, Faith, and the Great River Just a quick note. It's merely an observation from recently watching this episode, but Sisko comes across as a bit of a jerk. O'Brien isn't lying or exaggerating when he says it'll take weeks to get a new part, but Sisko just says "3 days" as if it will all just magically happen. And then at the end of the episode Sisko only gives O'Brien 2 hours to complete an 8 hour job. Just seems like the writers make Sisko out to be a bit unfair in this episode. Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:46:03 PST Jeff Comment by Adam on VOY S1: Jetrel That pub/bar is supposed to be in France right? So why on earth would they have an American pool table as their main table? That just does not happen in UK and France, if there is only one table it will be an English table first and foremost unless it was an American based bar which this clearly isnt. Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:32:24 PST Adam Comment by Yanks on DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin... Mark, I can only assume you haven't played American football or rugby if you are comparing the "contact" in the respective sports. "Contact" at the pro level soccer is constantly followed by flops and is more like heavy touching. But hey, I only played high school level. Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:10:11 PST Yanks Comment by Josh on TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers Changing gears from religion, I saw some of this episode while eating lunch today, specifically the portion from when Picard brings Nuria on board the Enterprise. The dramatic license during the scene in sickbay bothered me. I realize the point was to illustrate to Nuria that even "the Picard" cannot save everyone from dying (like the poor researcher in the scene), but you have to wonder about the lack of action from Crusher for someone who was, apparently, critically ill. The woman is in fairly obvious distress (why?), so Crusher orders some sort of drug, which she oddly administers through her sternum. Now it's hard to assess given the black box of 24th century medicine, but no arrest code? No CPR? Intubation? It all looked very 19th century ("I think we're going to lose her"), as the staff hovered over the no-hope patient without actually, well, doing anything. It's a fairly enormous contrast from how things work now, but then that's typical for TV and Star Trek in particular. Sick/dying people are always awake, distressed, or else able to carry on a conversation in a halting voice. Are there no ICUs in the 24th century? Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:59:22 PST Josh Comment by Capitalist on ENT S3: Exile Archer: If it's there, how far is it? T'Pol: About 75,000 kilometers Reed: Pfft! Might as well be 75,000 light years! A subtle hat tip to Voyager there? That's how far from home they were at the beginning of the series. I'm a Hoshi fan, so 3.5* from me on this one! But I kept thinking "Phantom of the Opera" all the way through it, not "Beauty and the Beast." Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:49:23 PST Capitalist Comment by Impaler on DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part I Filip - The bell riots created public awareness to the situation at hand. If there was no uprising and people just went on without it, there never would have been the one world government that laid the foundation to starfleet. Butterfly effect. Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:48:37 PST Impaler Comment by Mark on DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin... Another point is that Americans need to get over this whole "its got more contact so its more of a MANS sport" mentality. I would like to see any of those people go out and play against professional European players and see how long they last. Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:53:18 PST Mark Comment by Mark on DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin... I've known lots of people who have "played" soccer just to make a point that they know what they're talking about. Usually the ones who actually did play soccer and hated it weren't very good at it and/or they felt like they weren't good enough for a sport that is "non-contact". The problem is is that soccer IS a contact sport. It may not be quite as much contact as football but there still is a lot of contact going on, more than what you see on a high school level(which is a joke if you breathe on the guy you get sent off, there is literally little to no contact allowed probably mainly due to the fact that high school players in this country don't know how to initiate contact without seriously hurting someone) or on the television. Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:50:59 PST Mark Comment by Latex Zebra on Star Trek: First Contact Assuming that when they return to the future, any descendants of the people killed in Montana during the Borg opening attack just vanish from existence. Lets hope none of them did anything important like cure Talamarian Flu, campaign for equal rights for tribbles or invent the replicator or some shit like that. That would be bad. Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:28:49 PST Latex Zebra Comment by Jayson Vaugh on DS9 S7: Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges Just, no. This episode was vile to me. I remember loving it as a teen. However, re-watched I found Cretak's fate too hideous to find acceptable. An innocent woman to be put to death - for nothing. No thank you. Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:55:10 PST Jayson Vaugh Comment by Brian S. on DS9 S4: Accession "To continue the Catholic analogy, if Christ himself returned to earth and told people they needed to give thier lives to do something else, don't you think a lot of Catholics (and Protestants too for that matter) would consider doing it? I think that analogy is more accurate. Oh, and love the reviews!" That's probably true. Hell, I'm Jewish, and if JC was resurrected and came back to life (and that was somehow verifiable)--or if like Akorem a literary icon from 200 years ago like Mark Twain came back to life-- I'd probably listen, too. My religious "faith" would probably be a lot stronger if there were physical orbs spread across the planet that led to direct communication with actual aliens. ++++++++++ As for the B-story, I would have much preferred a script that focused more on Molly's refusal to interact with her father. The writers played up the bit about Miles missing Keiko while she was away, but they gave virtually no credence to the relationship between Miles and his daughter (a relationship that was arguably far more subject to damage by the long time apart). In this episode, Molly is supposed to be about 4 years old. She hasn't seen her dad in 6 months, and has barely seen him at all over the course of the year. This could have had a crippling effect on Miles as a father. And when Molly refused to play darts with him, even though the writers clearly didn't do anything with it, it hit a nerve with me. As a father to two small girls, it hurts deeply when work forces me into scarce appearances at home. My baby still lights up at my presence, but my toddler will turn to Mommy for everything. If I try to pick her up, she screams, "No! Want Mommy!" I understand's because my wife is able to be at home more. But it still stings a bit. And that's just after a few late shifts. Molly was gone 6 months. Most kids that age in that position would be standoffish towards the previously absent parent. Devoting more exploration to that dynamic wouldn't have merely been realistic, it could have made for a very powerful arc all on its own....whether for soldiers who have been deployed, or simply parents who have to work long hours at the cost of their time with their young children. Miles has essentially missed 1/4 of Molly's entire life, his own daughter regards him as virtually a stranger....and all he can think about is getting back into the holosuites with Julian? That rings extremely hollow for a character who is a supposed family man. Comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:21:51 PST Brian S. Comment by Dylan on TNG S1: Home Soil Reading between the lines-- fascinating to see Enterprise crew respect the alien life form so much they shut down the entire Terraforming operation--once they realize it is life--just a different from themselves-- ugly "bags of mostly water" What about the "alien" life on earth? Different than us? Would we treat it differently if we arrived from another planet to terraform ancient Earth? hmmmm Lately because of the influence of my buddhist wife I have myself had a chance to study another form of life (ants) that crawl all over our house. In the past with a brush of my hand I could wipe out a few of them with ease. Yet now I find it very hard since when you look closely they are intelligent life beings (small, they don't make much noise) yet they are alive. So a few days before this episode I made a vow no more conscious killing of these lifeforms. I still squash mosquitos as they are attacking me. When I saw this episode it reminded me even though life often cannot communicate with us...imagine what it would tell us if it could? For me this is the beauty of Star Trek--the human culture must make way for other life forms to live along us especially the smaller less fragile ones. If someday we encounter giant evolved ants on other planets...we will be forgiven.. will we? PS. Reminds me of Spock's mind meld of Horta and the miners eventually ending up living side by side with the Horta and benefiting from the partnership. Comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:14:58 PST Dylan Comment by Alex on TNG S6: Rascals I'm glad to see people like this episode! I almost skipped it because I remembered it as "that episode where we need to watch kids instead of the real actors", but tried it anyway. I was happily surprised! I thought the child actors did a great job actually, especially young Picard. That would be a very tough role to play I imagine, and he played it convincingly for me. Why would it be so difficult for the crew to respond to young Picard, though? I'd imagine they'd be able to simply see his physical body as the result of a transformation, and knowing his mental faculties were unchanged, still be able to trust his judgment. Picard's wisdom and intelligence in a child's body could actually be an advantage - the child's body would give him more energy and probably spontaneity just due to his younger cells. Probably the most ridiculous thing in this episode would be how their mentation hasn't changed at all - their brains are obviously smaller, their bodies are completely changed and are pumping different fluids, which affect their mental processing. How could their mental reasoning stay the same, given their adult minds required the input of their adult bodies? Unless we start imagining their mental process is not a result of or correlated to their physical body systems. And yeah, a little too easy for the Ferengi to take over, agreed. Comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:36:48 PST Alex Comment by Jadine on VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part I What I would like to have explained is how, after last season Kes explained the Krenim, the kronoton torpedoes and the time-shift factor of 1.47 seconds, how did they not have pre-knowledge of this and how were they not prepared in advance with counter measures? I was very confused by this, and I guess I'll have to re-watch "Before and After" again to get the answers. Did anybody else figure this out? Comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:08:30 PST Jadine Comment by Yanks on DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin... Mark, I played soccer... and I hate it. I don't begrudge anyone for what they like or dislike. My point was one would think the Klingon Worf would have played some kind of contact sport. Comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:50:15 PST Yanks Comment by Skeptical on VOY S3: Remember I admit to having two biases against this episode that may color my opinion: 1) How long has it been since Voyager met up with an actual friendly reasonable species, rather than a hostile or xenophobic or some other ways irrational group? Honestly, I think it's the first season. The alien of the week is almost inevitably the bad guy, and even the ones that seem somewhat ok at first end up proving to be rude and untrustworthy anyway. So when the episode started, I thought we had FINALLY made an episode where the aliens are friendly and engaging and all around pleasant. Nope, guess not. So that bugged me when it became clear that they were hiding a dirty secret. 2) As others have mentioned, there is a massive plot hole here. We have the common theme of one person stuck between two people she cares about, both of whom are saying that the other one is actually evil. Like I said, a reasonably common theme. Except Kirina is a telepath. Now, they don't seem to be like Bajorans in that they can read each other's minds, but they do have the ability to project their memories and experiences to another person. So instead of trying to convince Kirina with words, either Boyfriend or Dad should have mindmelded or whatever with her. Well, maybe only Boyfriend, since it's implied Dad was lying. And maybe he planned to but then heard Dad coming and had to hide. But then, why didn't Kirina demand it from either Boyfriend or Dad? Seems like that would be the only way to convince someone of it. After all, that's the whole point of the episode! So maybe those two annoyances color my opinion of the episode as a whole. I think it's good, but don't hold it in the same high regard as other commenters here apparently do. The story did seem to take a bit too long to develop. I was rolling my eyes a bit at Torres dreamy love affair before realizing that there was something more going on, and I think they could have cut down a bit on the slow rollout and expanded more the aftermath of Torres' outburst. I also thought things escalated way too quickly in the dreamworld, with Kirina being conflicted about a resettlement in one moment and jumping to support for public executions the next. That was way too much of a leap for me. But other than that, good job! I want to give particular props to the writers and Mulgrew, as Janeway's diplomacy worked quite well here (far cry from The Swarm, that's for sure). She stood by her engineer's convictions while simultaneously obeying the letter of the Prime Directive and not creating a new enemy out of these people. And, of course, props to Dawson for her acting in this episode as well. And as a random aside, I found it humorous that the evil government in this episode was so clearly a Leftist one (even calling themselves progressive at some point), given the typical political bent of Hollywood. Nice to see that it wasn't yet another caricature of what Hollywood thinks Republicans are... Comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:11:06 PST Skeptical Comment by Dimpy on DS9 S1: Progress The real problem is the old man WASTING an hour of my life watching his nonsensical struggle. He only gets a kick out of being the center of attention, and having a hot woman talk to him. Geesh. Comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:45:21 PST Dimpy Comment by William B on TOS S3: Turnabout Intruder I think the thing that distinguishes this episode from most of the 1960's-TV sexism of the original series is that it really does make broader implications about the world. Gene Roddenberry wanted to have a female first officer in "The Cage"; a few years later, he wrote the story to an episode which hinges on the *impossibility* of women becoming starship captains. It is true that we *can* believe that it's just a statement of the current state of starship captaincy that there are no women, and Janice Lester takes this as an unwritten policy but there are no rules on the books that actually prohibit female starship captains. Still, no one who isn't Lester ever makes a definitive statement, or replies to her angry tirades. Surely *someone* should say, "Women can be captains; it just has not happened yet," or some such, if that were the case. The thing is, the episode didn't *need* to be about misplaced feminist rage. A body swap, implausible or not, doesn't require a gender-flip as well. The idea of someone getting revenge on Kirk personally because Kirk succeeded in becoming a captain and the person having failed is actually the subject of "Court Martial," in which Finney's envy and anger over Starfleet's decision that he was unfit for command drives the plot. Someone like him, male or female, would be a great candidate to try to steal Kirk's life. But everything Lester says is specifically about her womanhood, and in particular a regular insistence that her womanhood is the cause of all her problems. She doesn't even hate *Starfleet* or *Kirk* the way she hates her own sex; but of course, she's undone because her Freudian starship envy still manifests in screaming fits and, as Scotty says, being "red-faced with hysteria," irrational, overly emotional, having poor impulse control, etc. even once she's got a man's body and all the perquisites that she thinks go with that. The episode's depiction of Lester relies so heavily on her femaleness, hatred of her own femaleness, and the impossibility of a woman ever doing a man's job, and has that last "if only" speech about how Lester could have had a much better life if she'd just gotten used to being a chick. It's funny that Shatner's acting as "crazy bitch pretending to be Kirk" is recognizably "Shatner playing Kirk," just ramped up to twelve (not even just to eleven), highlighting the overly emotional aspects of Kirk's usual comportment. That's a shame, because the aspects of the episode which are *not* centrally about Lester and why women need to accept their inescapable womanhood to be happy have some merit and are even particularly appropriate for a series finale. The domino-effect of Kirk getting through to Spock, then consequently to McCoy and Scotty, and then to Sulu and Chekov and finally as a result to the whole of the ship is a pleasing demonstration of the bonds that have cropped up over the series. In his talk with Spock, Kirk-in-Lester's-body explicitly mentions "The Tholian Web" in one of the series' relatively rare direct nods to past episodes; that the two then share a mindmeld (for the first time? I forget) reinforces their closeness. I like that, during the recess, it's Scotty and not McCoy who suggests mutiny, because of course Scotty is the line officer there and the one who has to worry more directly about the ship. I love Sulu and Chekov's passive resistance. There's no Uhura (or Chapel), but maybe there's a good reason for the female cast members to miss out on this episode. That they have a greater loyalty to each other than the letter of the rules, and as such rally around their real captain rather than the impostor, is a good way to demonstrate how their time in space has brought this crew together. Rating this episode is very hard. I guess I will say 1 star for the Lester material, 3 stars for the crew-mutiny material, for an average of 2 stars. This leads to ratings for the season, overall. Ratings included where my rating disagrees with Jammer's (parenthetical is the difference between my rating and Jammer's): The Paradise Syndrome: 1.5 (-1) Is There in Truth No Beauty?: 3 (+1) For the World is Hollow...: 2 (-.5) Plato's Stepchildren: 2.5 (-.5) Wink of an Eye: 1.5 (-1) (down from the 2 I suggested in the review, after more consideration) Elaan of Troyius: 1 (-1) Let That Be Your Last Battlefield: 2.5 (+1) The Mark of Gideon: 1 (-1) The Lights of Zetar: 1 (-1) Requiem for Methuselah: 2.5 (-.5) The Way to Eden: .5 (+.5) The Cloud Minders: 2.5 (-.5) The Savage Curtain: 1 (-.5) Turnabout Intruder: 2 (-1) The episodes I'd recommend this season are: The Enterprise Incident (****), The Empath and All You Yesterdays (***1/2), and Is There In Truth No Beauty?, Day of the Dove, and The Tholian Web (***), with a fair number of 2.5 star episodes (Spectre of the Gun, Plato's Stepchildren, Whom Gods Destroy, Let That Be Your Last Battlefield, Requiem for Methuselah, The Cloud Minders) that sort of work for me. Overall, the season is one of the weakest in Trekdom, a rambling affair with few highlights and a great chunk of boring stories with maybe one or two decent ideas with wan execution, or sometimes terrible ideas with a few moments executed well. This sense that the show had run out of ideas and was running on fumes is sometimes present in TNG's last season, of course, but TNG's seventh season had many more memorable episodes and highlights, IMO. The thing that's frustrating about TOS season three isn't so much the worst-of-the-worst episodes, because "Spock's Brain" and "The Way to Eden" are fascinating, not just bad but endlessly *weird*. Episodes like "The Mark of Gideon" or "Wink of an Eye" or, at worst, "The Lights of Zetar" just sit there doing very little, having the appearance of a Trek episode with almost none of the passion that makes this series work. While "The Lights of Zetar" is arguably Scotty-centric, Chekov gets big roles in "Spectre of the Gun" and "The Way to Eden," and there's a lot of Scotty and Sulu screentime in "That Which Survives," I mostly feel that the season boils down, even more than previous seasons, to the Big Three, to the point where in some episodes like "The Empath" or "All Our Yesterdays" the crew besides them are completely irrelevant to the story. Still, what the season does do well, in some of its better episodes, is depict the slow shift in Spock and McCoy's affection for each other, and the way Kirk fits into their new dynamic as a result. Spock and McCoy were "friends" before this season, but "The Tholian Web" and "All Our Yesterdays" place special emphasis on the relationship between those two with Kirk absent, and the strengthening of that bond makes episodes like "The Empath," about all three of them sacrificing for each other, with all three bonds (Kirk-Spock, Spock-McCoy, McCoy-Kirk) well developed, work. This puts the characters in good position for the movies, especially the way STII and STIII play with the Spock/McCoy bond. Comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:00:26 PST William B Comment by William B on TOS S3: All Our Yesterdays I quite like this episode as well. I know that Leonard Nimoy said that season three was a weak season overall and particularly weak for Spock, and it's hard to argue with that assessment of a season that contains "Spock's Brain." Still, some of the strongest episodes this season are Spock-focused, with Kirk consigned either to the action-adventure B-plot to Spock's emotional A-plot (this, "The Enterprise Incident") or taken out of the episode for long stretches nearly completely ("The Tholian Web"). Giving Kirk an action-adventure/suspense subplot, as happens here, with little emotional weight besides the question of whether Kirk can escape, both keeps the episode moving at a fast pace while the Spock/McCoy plot moves fairly deliberately, and also provides contrast. We know how hard it is for Kirk to get out of his predicament, the wheeling and dealing and punching and whatnot he has to do, and how he has to deal with both the past and with Mr. Atoz. However, this just serves to emphasize how much harder what Spock and McCoy have to do is: emotional difficulty, rather than physical. The Kirk plot also contains some comic relief; I especially like the shot of Atoz trying to cart an unconscious Kirk through the portal. The real emotional core of the episode is the Spock/McCoy/Zarabeth story. Criticism out of the way first: I've always found the idea that Spock would retreat to pre-modern levels of Vulcan emotional control dubious. It would be one thing if he were "prepared" for going to the past, the way we are told Atoz can (and is supposed to) do. (Aside: this thing is handled pretty inconsistently in the episode; does Atoz "prepare" Kirk before going to send him through a portal, for example, and if so does that mean Kirk can't stay in the present? Why can Spock and McCoy stay in the past if they weren't "prepared"? What kind of "preparation" is this, anyway? It's clearly a plot device to force Zarabeth to "have to" stay in the past, and to provide a reason for Kirk to return to the present. I will accept it as such, I guess.) But Spock is not physically or internally changed by the move into the past. And even if he were physically changed in some way, Vulcan discipline is not a matter of physical parts of the brain but of regular practice and teaching. The way I tend to fanwank it is that it has to do with the mysterious, somewhat inconsistent Vulcan telepathy. We know, for instance, that Spock can feel the deaths of a Vulcan crew from light years away (from "The Immunity Syndrome"), and so by the same mysterious, improbable process, I could believe that the collective barbarism of the entire Vulcan species on his homeworld might reach him somehow. Spock getting the chance to experience emotions, including love, and having it ripped away, were covered in "This Side of Paradise," and so this episode could feel redundant. Still, "TSOP's" spectrum of emotions as experienced by Spock (and the others) were extremely narrow, and I think it's fair to say that, joy or not, it's not much of a life. Spock is given here the chance to have the complete range of emotions, including the darker, angrier impulses that are even more powerful and more suppressed. When Spock says to McCoy, "I don't like that. I don't think I ever did," the temptation to let go of his propriety and express his anger pushes through pretty strongly. And in spite of Spock and McCoy's genuine closeness, it's hard to say that McCoy doesn't deserve some of Spock's anger (if not to a murderous degree!) at this point. The temptation to stay is in some senses greater here than it was in "TSOP," because the happy spores in "TSOP" more or less induced a euphoric state, whereas in this episode aspects of Spock's deeper desires, for good and ill, are unlocked; it feels quite natural. And so id comes raging in: sex, meat, rage -- and having these natural inclinations and denying them all the time means having those restraints suddenly, dramatically lifted feels good. Further, McCoy of all people acting as the "voice of reason" makes it easy for Spock to ignore him for quite some time; it's very easy to believe that McCoy's rampant emotionality renders any of his judgments on Spock's behaviour, when Spock is veering toward the "irrational," easy to dismiss. McCoy and Spock's dynamic, then, is reversed. That Spock basically has to listen to McCoy, and then eventually has to return to the present because the two of them went through the portal together, reinforces the connectedness of these two. The two can't fully exist without the other; they can exist without Kirk, but they need each other, at least to a degree, in order to function, which is what "The Tholian Web" stated as well and what will continue into the movies. Spock and McCoy switching roles as a result of the time jump allows for Spock to get something of a handle on McCoy's usual frustration and for McCoy to see more clearly than usual what his constant berating of Spock must do to him, as well as a recognition of what it is that Spock's insistence on logic and propriety keeps at bay. The romance between Spock and Zarabeth works for me, despite the short running time, because of the "unlocking" of Spock's emotions as imposed by the episode's plot, and because she really is quite beautiful. I do think that this makes the romance in "The Cloud Minders" seem particularly silly, since part of this episode relies on the recognition that having a real, open-hearted emotional relationship is extremely difficult for Spock, perhaps all the more so because he's half human and doesn't have the security in his Vulcan training that pure Vulcans have. For Game of Thrones viewers, something about this dynamic reminded me of Jon Snow and Ygritte, Zarabeth as a guide to life on the margins, away from what Spock had thought of as "civilization," which also happens to be a place where Spock will never quite feel at home. With Zarabeth, the ultimate outcast, alone in the middle of nowhere and deep in the past, Spock might have been able to "be himself," whatever that means, without fear of judgment, even judgment from himself. He also might eventually have killed her in a rage on their first lovers' quarrel. And ultimately, as much as he still feels like an outcast on the Enterprise, with McCoy in particular not really understanding him...he does belong there at least to an extent. I think it's a strong outing and one which, I agree, allows the series to end with some dignity. 3.5 stars. Comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:21:28 PST William B Comment by Mark on TNG S6: Tapestry Favorite episode of Star Trek TNG of all time and arguably favorite episode of star trek period. So many deep relatable topics in this one and pretty much perfect from beginning to end. Amazing episode and fully worthy of a 4 star rating. Comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:38:38 PST Mark Comment by Mark on DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin... Yanks is just displaying the usual ignorance that a lot of my fellow Americans have when it comes to soccer(its actually football, the real football but I digress). They don't really know anything about the sport but yet they "hate" it. Makes sense to me. Of course the typical response there would be "I know enough", which is one of the most arrogant and ignorant comments someone can possibly make about anything. I echo the sentiment of grow up. As far as the episode goes, this has to go in the top 3 or 4 worst episodes of star trek period. One reason I hate it so is because I've never seen Jadzia and Worf as a legitimate couple, and their scenes were just beyond painful in this one. I will never understand for the life of me why the writers decided to pair them up. To me Jadzia only liked Worf because of her obsession with Klingon tradition from her past hosts, and that influenced her to liking the only available Klingon who was also a main cast member. I think her getting with Julian in the last season and not getting killed off would have made more sense then the almost train wreck direction they decided to go with her character. Dreadful dreadful episode overall. Comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:34:00 PST Mark Comment by CPUFP on TNG S1: When the Bough Breaks What I meant to say was: "It's understandable that the Enterprise will often encounter civilizations that have *NOT* made certain scientific discoveries (yet)" Comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:06:04 PST CPUFP Comment by CPUFP on TNG S1: When the Bough Breaks Tyra: "I agree with Jammer that the plot is illogical when Dr. Crusher can find cure in a few days and advanced race cannot figure that out in eons." This is a common thing in Star Trek which I hate. It's understandable that the Enterprise will often encounter civilizations that have made certain scientific discoveries (yet), just like they often meet near-omnipotent beings. But the way the crew keeps coming up with quick solutions to problems which these other civilizations have been laboring on for ages is just too implausible. I get that they do it because the problem has to be solved in the course of a 45 minute episode, but they could at least make the crew work a little bit more to get there. Comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:05:18 PST CPUFP Comment by Tyra on TNG S1: When the Bough Breaks I agree with Jammer that the plot is illogical when Dr. Crusher can find cure in a few days and advanced race cannot figure that out in eons. I do like the part where Aldeans encourage kids to follow their feelings (encourage them to do what they love to do such as art & music) instead of thinking (calculus). PS. The angelic little girl's face reminds me of a like a younger Miranda Kerr. Comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:56:05 PST Tyra Comment by CPUFP on TNG S4: The Mind's Eye Definetely the darkest episode so far, and another thrilling LaForge-focused story after his holodeck investigation on "Identity Crisis". Since I'm often unsatisfied with TNG's endings, where plots are usually resolved by technobabble or deus ex machina and the crew flies off into the sunset without any consequences from their adventure, I was very happy with this episode's ending. Of course TNG is far away from today's arc-based drama series, but the last scene at least shows that the events of the episode have some lasting effect on Geordie and he will have to work to achieve some closure. This was a welcome change after the last episode, where a Trill used Riker's body and we were shown no effect at all on the host. I also liked the ending because Troi actually does some real counseling (only for the third time after "The Loss" and "The Nth Degree") instead of just "sensing feelings". The further development in the Klingon-Romulan alliance arc was excellent, too. In my memory, the Borg were the most menacing TNG villains, but during my recent rewatch I've grown to appreciate the Romulans as much more interesting. Their actions in this episode give us some of what the people over at TV Tropes like to call "fridge horror": SkepticalMI already pointed out that only Bochra could have informed the Romulan command of the VISOR, but there is another thing - how could they have known that LaForge would be attending the conference on Risa and that he would be travelling there by shuttle? Either they had an informant on the Enterprise, or they had access to the ship's communications. The only person aligned with the Romulans who had sufficient access to the ship's computers had been ambassador T'Pel (from "Data's Day"), so it is probable that she had planted a bug there. Anyway, in this episode the Enterprise's crew learns the hard way that the Romulans know much more about the Federation than they had thought. They even employed a human spy who acts as Geordie's double (or was that a surgically altered Romulan?)! Another interesting aspect for me was the role of the Klingons. TNG had first developed them into a one-dimensional warrior race, but then their society was gradually explored over the course of several episodes and they became more and more fleshed out and believable. Here, we are shown more of the corruption that drives their political elite and which is usually hidden behind big words about honor and glory. We also see that not all Klingons care about the Empire. In fact, a whole colony is fighting for independence! Starfleet's role in this conflict is of particular interest, because here, their whole non-interference and alliance policy serves to protect an aristocratic empire which crushes its internal resistance with brute force. Even with all the Federation's ideas of cultural exchange and mutual understanding, the Empire's policies are obviously against Federation core values (well, at least against values which Picard likes to uphold in his speeches). Picard, who is usually eager to understand other cultures, doesn't show the slightest interest in the nature of the conflict on the colony. Why do the secessionists want indepence? What are their problems with the Empire? What has either side done in the conflict, and how might a resolution be reached? Instead, Picard's sole interest is in keeping friendly diplomatic relations with the Empire, because they are needed as a military ally against the Romulans. This is in line with his behavior in "The Wounded", where he put the goal of avoiding war with the Cardassians above everything else. The episode gives an interesting twist to the optimistic portrayal of TNG's non-interference policy in the previous seasons. Here, non-interference is just another word for realpolitik. In that way, the Klingon-UFP alliance reminded me of the relationship between the USA and despotist governments like Saudi-Arabia, whose human rights violations are tolerated by the US as long as they are considered a useful ally against their enemies. Just some more minor thoughts: Isn't Troi a little too nosy and fond of gossip to be considered a trustworty counselor? Granted, Geordie is her friend and she'd like to know if he enjoyed his vacation, but he's also her colleague and a potential patient and she should respect some boundaries when asking other crew members about their love life. Speaking of love life... Wasn't it nice of the Romulans to inject Geordie with the memory of a holiday romance? And wasn't it sad that his love life as shown on the series now consists of one holodeck romance, one fake memory romance, one date where he got stood up and one date which only came to be because he had been given an artificual boost of confidence by an alien? And another thing about Geordie. It's cool that we see for once what his VISOR shows him, but really: How can he function in the world with this thing? It only gives him blurred infra-red images of his surroundings with some strange blinking symbols going over the screen. No wonder he always complains about headaches! But more importantly: It must be really hard for Geordie to have a convincing holodeck adventure. Unless the holodeck also replicates the infra-red signatures of the images it creates (including the body-warmth patterns of humans), he should only be able to see undefined mass and a lot of light. Comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 03:22:50 PST CPUFP Comment by Dylan on TNG S1: When the Bough Breaks Enjoyed this episode and also your take on it. One line that stood out for me was Aldea leader and Riker in the negotiation Riker says "We sympathize with your situation. But what you ask is not possible." Aldean Leader says "And that your final answer" and Riker says "Its our only answer" Picard of course knows that is not true and continues the negotiation stalling for time. The computer has taken over the planet and what they think is their savior (computer tech) is killing them. Kinda similar to our planet? Hmmm... Comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:57:54 PST Dylan Comment by GRiM on DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume Why play for the bullseye when playing for triple 20 would be better? I always wondered this and especially now when apparently Julian "played" properley at end of episode. If you're playing days properley you would be going for triple 20 not bullesye as bullseye is only 50. Comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:47:45 PST GRiM Comment by Halane on DS9 S4: The Sword of Kahless I enjoy Dax's storylines because I like how Farrell protrays her. She is not the stronger actor on the show, but her mannerisms as Dax are truly fascinating. There is always something slightly manly in her body language. Other than that, I felt that the episode went too far with Worf too. If it had been another Klingon, I'd be ok, but Worf would never kill someone like that. I don't even object to his political ambition, I object to his coward attempt against Kor. Comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:38:01 PST Halane Comment by Robert on TNG S4: Half a Life Fanwank time. There are 3 types of possible "telepathic powers". 1) Active Send - This would be when you can push your thoughts into the head of another person. 2) Active Connect - This would be when you can connect two minds together, similar to the Vulcan mind meld or Borg links. 3) Passive Receive - You always hear everything that is going on in a radius that your powers are capable of. You'd have to learn to tune into a specific voice and/or block them all out to not go insane. This was discussed in the "Tinman" episode and in Kes/Tuvok's lessons. We pretty much know Betazoids have #3. Tam had issues tuning out the voices. Troi is sometimes overwhelmed by a powerful nearby emotional presence. So if someone is giving a speech they can "tune in" to the right voice (ie they guy on the podium). But assume for a minute that they DON'T have #1 also, you'd kind of need a voice box to say "Hey, Deanna" if you were behind her and wanted to start a conversation. Otherwise she'd be ignoring the background "static". There is SOME evidence to support the other 2 kinds (primarily that Deanna talks to Riker telepathically). One would assume that since he cannot "receive" at all, that she must be able to "send" to him. And one primitive, pre-tech Betazoids can send and receive they honestly don't need to develop complex vocal cords at all. Sure, once they develop the telephone they might be sad that they don't have vocal cords.... but presumably they'd just develop texting instead. Of course if Riker/Deanna talk via a link (as in #2), then they could still reasonably need vocal cords to indicate who you should "tune into". Although perhaps they don't need them to be so complex and would have just developed grunting. Comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:40:55 PST Robert Comment by William B on TNG S4: Half a Life @CPUFP: A few possibilities that come to mind: 1) they developed telepathically after developing verbal communication, and it's semi-vestigial; 2) it's still useful to have verbal communication for recorded messages, long-distance communication, etc.; 3) telepathy doesn't work in all cases, even among Betazoids, and the exceptions are rare enough that they don't come up. It may be that even the average full-Betazoids are not at Lwaxana levels, and so verbal communication is useful as a result. Comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 03:57:19 PST William B Comment by NCC-1701-Z on DS9 S6: Change of Heart Worf: "On the Enterprise I was considered to be quite amusing." Dax: "That must have been one dull ship." Worf: "That is a joke! I get it. It is not funny, but I get it." That has to be somewhere in the top 5 Best Worf Exchanges ever. Comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:00:34 PST NCC-1701-Z Comment by CPUFP on TNG S4: Half a Life One thing about this episode made me wonder: If the Betazoids communicate telepathically with one another, why did they even develop verbal communication during their evolution as a species? Comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:30:12 PST CPUFP Comment by Niall on TNG S1: Skin of Evil I agree with Nic. The fact the death is "meaningless" is the point (as in the case of Course Oblivion - though I'm not a fan of that episode, I do appreciate what they were going for with the ending). I was 7 when I saw this episode and it had a profound impact on me. Like Conspiracy a few episodes later, it's marvellously un-Trekkian - irredeemable badness exists and good people die for no "meaningful" reason. There's a unsettling rawness and viscerality to both episodes that I find very effective and powerful. Comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:59:17 PST Niall Comment by William B on TNG S1: Skin of Evil Thanks for that, Nic, especially for sharing about your own harrowing experience. I agree that the concept (if not necessarily the execution) of Tasha dying randomly is not a bad idea at all, and true to life. Comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:35:29 PST William B Comment by Nic on TNG S1: Skin of Evil P.S. Even in the remastered version, Tasha still has that fake-looking blood sploch on her cheek. This is an instance where I feel the Okuda's tenet of preserving the original artist's intent went a bit too far. Comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:49:48 PST Nic Comment by Halane on DS9 S4: Hippocratic Oath @MsV But that is what makes Julian a good doctor. He has to put saving lives over war strategy. He is idealistic, of course, but that is what he is supposed to be when it comes to saving lives. I can understand both sides, but ultimately I would try to help to, as Julian did, because no matter how terrible the Jem'Hadar are, I am not cut to kill or let die. I admire O'Brien for his strength, though, because it is a hard decision. However, I agree with @Quarky: O'Brien would never do this to Sisko or Picard, probably not even to Worf or Riker. Even if he believed they were making the wrong decision, he would have obeyed. He doesn't respect Julian as an officer because he is young and somehow naïve, and I think he even resents him a little for having a higher rank. Their friendship is always tainted by this slight paternal attitude from Miles. Comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:46:51 PST Halane Comment by Nic on TNG S1: Skin of Evil A year ago (almost to the day), my father was driving to work, lost control of his car and crashed into a truck. He was killed instantly. To quote Guinan, it was « an empty death. A death without purpose. » I am sharing this for it may help you understand my change of opinion regarding this episode. Sure, Armus is still one of the most uninteresting and implausible villains in the entire Trek canon. I feel bad for Lt. Prieto who may as well be wallpaper. I also fell bad for Frakes having to be covered in printer’s ink and metamucil. Apparently LeVar Burton went over to him after they shot it and said « I would never have done that! » But the sudden death of Tasha is arguably the bravest moment of the season, if not the series. Having her go out in a blaze of glory would have been a hoary cliche. Most deaths in real life don’t have a purpose, they’re just a result of circumstances. It’s a gut-punch that stays with you and makes you realize how precious life is. It even makes up for all the silly « redshirt » deaths in TOS, because you can imagine them being ‘real’ people too. This episode is also an opportunity to gaze at Patrick Stewarts amazing acting chops. No matter how bad the dialogue is, he can make you believe it. His "Au revoir, Tasha" brought a tear to my eye. So 3.5 stars for Tasha’s death, 1.5 stars for Armus. Overall grade: 2.5 Comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:06:19 PST Nic Comment by Niall on TNG S7: All Good Things... Just watched this for the first time since the first time... so let me get this straight, the plot of the series finale is about a spatial anomaly expanding in anti-time created by an inverse tachyon pulse in a possible future and that has to be collapsed by ships from three different times creating a static warp shell? WTF? Braga writing at its absolute nadir. The series deserved so much better. Unlike many I'm not a fan of Cause And Effect, Timescape etc., but this is considerably worse drama than previously similarly-themed Braga episodes. The Q scenes are great, and Patrick Stewart's ability to transcend bad material is really on show here - he's brilliant, especially in the future scenes - but the plot is dire, and the attempts at character work (the Riker-Worf conflict, Worf/Troi, Beverly "Picard", the poker scene) are ham-fisted and don't ring true. Not to mention Riker's laughable aging-makeup and Beverly's "old lady walk". The DS9 finale had its flaws for sure, but it's in another league to this. As bad as the Voyager finale, quite possibly worse. Comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:38:43 PST Niall Comment by Rossana on ENT S2: The Crossing My problem with the episode was only the ending. Why couldn't Archer just negotiate with the aliens and offer them to come in Enterprise and if they agree not to possess any crew member without a concrete agreement including length of time and alerting the crew of not commissioning the crew member to real work while the exchange was happening... Enterprise would then take the noncorporeal lifeforms to a planet where they could live in peace. I think the way they destroyed 300+ lifeforms without trying to negotiate with them was inconsistent with their value system. Comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:14:07 PST Rossana Comment by Transformer SWO on ENT S4: Kir'Shara How would war with the Andorians serve the reunification goal? Several reasons: war inevitably damages the Vulcans which makes them prepared to accept an offer of help from their long-lost Romulan cousins when they really need it against the very capable Andorians. Further, the Romulans are not looking for an equal partner in reunification; they'd prefer a weakened, dependent Vulcan that's just happy to be on the team. Overall for the trilogy - yes rushed, yes unnecessary martial arts, but I really appreciated the smart efforts to show that this planet Vulcan grew into the Vulcan of Spock's time. This looks much more like the same universe at different times, unlike JJ Abrams' alternate universe. Liked seeing a fiery (for a Vulcan) T'Pau who could age into the only person to turn down a seat on the Federation Council. Loved seeing Vulcans using the lirpa. Liked them fixing the stigma of the mind meld, and curing T'Pol's syndrome while still leaving her obviously suffering from being emotionally unmoored from her addiction. Good storytelling (not great but very good) and good to see this level of respect for the ST universe. Comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:56:35 PST Transformer SWO Comment by David Ryan on ENT S1: Dear Doctor Pretty late to this debate (which I'm surprised has gone on so long, in fact), but here's my two cents: First off, emotive value aside, what Archer and Phlox agreed to do (or not do) does not amount to genocide. The long-established definition from Raphael Lamkin of genocide is "a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves". Whatever else it amounts to, the decision in this episode cannot rationally be described as "a coordinated plan of different actions" or having "the aim of annihilating" the species. They left them medicine to try and help, after all, which contradicts that. What it does amount to is omitting to act, and that invokes a different parallel. The closest parallel, and perhaps the root for some justified criticism, is that it is akin to the international community response to Rwanda or other such atrocities. Even so, this is not strictly comparable. There isn't a direct campaign of violence against the Valakians; the source of their illness (and eventual presumed demise) is faulty genetics. There is no third party involvement. As such, the question becomes whether Enterprise could (and should) intervene - and I suspect the key point of the episode, which has gotten lost in all the bandying about of claims of "genocide", is that this became a much more complicated question once the crew realised what was actually at play. It wasn't a case of giving a vaccine or stopping an epidemic - it was potentially a case of deciding the outcome of two species, of which they had limited knowledge yet for whom they were proposing to make a judgement call without any idea as to the consequences. In short, they were in over their heads. The obvious answer, for a number commenting on here, is to provide the cure regardless - but there are a number of what ifs. What if the peaceful state of coexistence between the Valakians and the Menk was purely a reflection of how the Valakians were being subdued by the illness, and their reliance upon the Menk in certain situations (the orderlies working in the hospital, for example)? What if, once back to full strength, the Valakians decided that co-existence wasn't so fun after all (particularly if the Menk begin to develop as suggested by Phlox) and moved to subjugate - or even destroy - the Menk? Would Enterprise then bear moral responsibility for triggering a potential genocide? What if, on being provided with warp technology (which they also asked for), the Valakians became a threat to other species in the galaxy? How plausible or not these are is a matter for conjecture - the Valakians did not appear particularly antagonistic or belligerent, but at the same time they're subjugating an entire species already - but ultimately they're questions which the crew cannot answer. So what is seemingly the obvious answer isn't necessarily so much. Ultimately, there's a knowledge gap which makes any decision by the crew a punt in the dark - and that, I believe, is why Archer eventually decides not to intervene. The status quo is not a particularly palatable option for him, but at least it's reasonably forseeable. Where I think this episode did fall down, however, is (i) cures for genetic defects don't tend to come in easy-to-use, portable vials and (ii) this was crying for a kind of follow-up. Like, "We'll send help in a decade" or something along those lines. As a standalone incident, it does jar very strongly against the principles the Federation is due to adopt in the future. Phlox's cure, meanwhile, came across as a bit of a deus ex machina - it would have been more compelling, for my part, if he had maitained the difficulty contention and suggested instead that he had found some promising leads from the Menk DNA, but couldn't justify carrying on his research for the reasons he gave. That would perhaps be more justifiable than deliberately withholding a cure. Not necessarily justifiable full stop, but a less-worse option perhaps. Overall though, I think it's a fair reflection of the fact that there are no easy answers to a lot of situations, and that's something Trek was very strong on. Look at "Space Seed" in TOS followed by The Wrath of Khan for a (probably far better) illustration of this. So as difficult an episode as it may be to stomach, calling it a betrayal of Trek is a bit too strong for me. Comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:00:05 PST David Ryan Comment by Ian G on BSG S4: Razor So we're told that both Kara and Baltar will lead humanity to its end?.. and of course nothing comes of either of these foreshadowings. Typical of season 3 and 4 to drop plot threads or give them the last minute resolution of "something, something god's plan". Comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:26:40 PST Ian G Comment by Spicerak2 on TOS S3: Plato's Stepchildren This episode was by far my favorite of TOS. There is such nuance and layering to make this a gem of all three seasons. The in depth exploration of Spock's psyche, as well as the graceful development of the Alexander character make this worthwhile on their own. Add to that, the performance of Shatner and Nimoy. Many have found this episode to be controversial, but it is not simply because of an interracial kiss. The circumstances that lead up to that forced affection and the whipping scene after are meant to be grotesque displays of power and feigned superiority. If fans of the show felt uncomfortable or awkward while watching Shatner and Nimoy flopping around in humiliating fashion, the objective was met. That was exactly the point. I applaud the actors for "going there" for the sake of the story. 4 stars! Comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:46:46 PST Spicerak2 Comment by Chelsea on DS9 S4: The Muse Reading through these comments I can see that people really hated this episode. But I thought it had some good moments! I've always thought that Jake as a writer was kind of a joke since he's never actually written anything. But here he actually comes out of his shell and nearly finishes a book! Who cares if the plot device was a little droll? The point was to get Jake writing and I think it worked. The B plot was the weak point in the episode. I like Lwaxana Troi. She's always seemed like a fun and kooky aunt who comes over some times and spices things up. But I have to agree with the guy who said that her actions here were wrong. She's the non-custodial parent taking to the space lanes with her infant in contravention of the law. In our society, that would be grounds for an amber alert. But I guess alls well that ends well. I give it 2.5 stars. Comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:33:55 PST Chelsea Comment by Stuart on VOY S6: Life Line This episode takes place sometime after First Contact. I thought when Admiral Hayes' ship was destroyed in First Contact, he would have gone down with the ship. Seemingly not because he's still around! Maybe the admiral is a hologram! Or like Weyoun...Weyoun-5! Maybe he faked his own demise Section 31-style. Or he was the first one to the escape pod. Comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:04:16 PST Stuart Comment by Gil on TOS S1: Arena Definitely one of those episodes best watched as an 8 year old. Comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:28:43 PST Gil Comment by Brian S. on DS9 S4: Rejoined On the issue of homosexuality, while it probably would be better to see actual homosexual characters, I do at least like the fact that Star Trek seems to at least make supportive references to characters of a bisexual or asexual nature. I forget the episode, but Sisko had a bried conversation with someone where he expressed his genuine congratulations and warm wishes for a fellow male officer who had given birth. It may involve only passing references to off-screen characters we never see, but I do like the implication that the Federation is a place of tolerance and acceptance of all sexualities, and that the differences of those sexualities (be they in aliens or human-like beings) are generally tolerated and accepted as normal by most people. Maybe "Star Trek" the TV show wasn't willing to show an actual lesbian couple (rather than two women portraying the reincarnation of a straight couple), but there is enough shown to infer that Starfleet doesn't discriminate or denigrate based on sexual orientation. I also find it interesting looking back now after Britney, and Katy Perry, and all the other things that have happened in pop culture over the past two decades, and remembering how this benign scene used to be such a big deal. Same with the Kirk/Uhura kiss. It's interesting to note how far we've come (and depressing to think about far behind we used to be). ++++++ As for the story itself, I go back and forth for the reasons many of you have already stated. At first I thought the Trill taboo was an odd contrivance. If past associations are so taboo, why does Dax spend so much time around all of Curzon's old buddies? And if you actually live on the Trill planet, surely you'd come into contact with a LOT of your former spouses and children. Especially in a field like politics where you constantly negotiate with other ambitious Trills and tend to interact with many of your constituents. On the other hand, I can kind of see the point of the taboo. If I died and was reincarnated, I'd want to go back and rejoin with my spouse, see how the lives of my children and grandchildren turned out. I'd just seek them out and try to resume my old life right where I left off. Which could be a problem for the new initiated host. They didn't really go into this too much, but what becomes of the initiate host's family? Remember hosts are grown adults before they are joined, with their own lives and experiences and worlds to live. Lenara had a brother. Under different circumstances, does Lenara turn her back on her parents, her brother, and possibly even her own spouse or children in order to go back and re-live past lives with former spouses and siblings and children? Personally, I have a wife and 2 daughters. Once joined, do I abandon them to re-immerse myself with my former wife and children? And what if a host marries someone who used to be one of their past symbiant's former children? Taboo? Awkward? I can see the societal ramifications of such intimate and familial relationships in a way that merely re-associating with old buddies or colleagues might not present. Now that I am a grown adult with kids of my own, this episode became a lot more powerful for me, even beyond any plot holes. I envisioned the emotional torture I might go through seeing a reincarnated version of my wife. Or even just knowing she was out there, somewhere. Especially if she were taken from me suddenly through something sudden like a plane crash, where so much was left unsaid. I really don't know what I would do. How might I react if my wife's soul was hosted in a man's body? Or my children? If I die and am reincarnated, how do I just let go of them? Never see them or contact them again? How do I just willingly leave that life behind? Could have been better explored, and the pain and probably could have been better acted, but the story itself is very intriguing. Comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:58:02 PST Brian S. Comment by Brian S. on DS9 S4: Indiscretion The sand spine moment didn't really strike me as comic relief. In other words, it wasn't really intended to be funny for the sake of audience laughter the way a well-timed Rules of Acquisition quote might be. It was a humorous moment for the characters to share. Except that the "laughter" went a lot deeper than that and actually helped illustrate the relationship between the two. Up to that point, the two characters had been strategically adversarial. Going along and tolerating each other for the sake of the mission and the larger spirit of the peace treaty, but the tension and contempt for each other was palpable. Nearly every comment was a pointed jab at the other, even the compliments (or as Garak might say, "*Especially* the compliments"). Their entire conversation was a constant power struggle. Dukat's condescension towards Kira trying to maintain his superiority and justify his actions during the Occupation; Kira wanting to lash back at the former oppressor of her people and looking for any avenue to attack him. When Dukat sits on the thorn, Kira laughs loudly at him. But Kira's initial laughter wasn't jovial. It was bitter. It was basically schadenfreude. She was enjoying seeing him in a little pain. Here was the man who was the taskmaster, this powerful man who inflicted so much pain and misery on her and her people, who ordered death squads to kill dozens of freedom fighters.....and he's hopping around like mad, howling and begging one of his former enemies to help him, because of a simple thorn. It gave Kira the satisfaction of seeing Dukat knocked him down a peg....and Dukat knew it. And had no defense for it. At first Dukat was just simply dealing with the momentary reaction of the pain. He quickly turns to anger and frustration over losing control of the situation and seeing his air of superiority and authority stripped away. He invested so much time and energy trying to maintain his power in front of Kira, and now she's just sitting back laughing as he makes a spectacle of himself. It infuriates him and he shouts at her. But then he calms down a bit and has no other choice but to acknowledge the humor of the situation. And for a moment, the bravado and the power struggles and the manipulative game-playing are all set aside and they share a brief but genuine chuckle that helps bring down some of the walls between, even if only slightly. They still don't like each other much (Kira less so), but for one brief moment, they stopped being bitter rivals or cold allies. I thought it was well-done. ***** As for Sisko-Yates, the part I didn't like is how it's acceptable for her to fly off the handle the way she did. I get that he could have been a little more communicative with her, but Sisko was right....her moving to the station *IS* a big step. Surely she would (or should) have recognized that and understood it. This is his first real serious relationship since his wife's death. The possibility of her moving to the station was pretty sudden (not something they had talked about at length for months before). It's understandable that he might still have some reservations or hesitation before such a major change in their relationship status. A more compassionate partner would have been more understanding of how big a step this was and how Sisko might need a few days to process this new development and figure out if he was ready for it. Storming out and stonewalling him because he displayed a reserved response is detrimental to a healthy relationship where the feelings of BOTH partners are valued. If my wife had basically asked to move in with me after only 6 months, I would have hesitated, too. And I probably would have rejected it as being too much too soon, even though I loved her. Comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:01:22 PST Brian S. Comment by Jason on ENT S2: Horizon ARCHER: Maybe inviting her to movie night wasn't such a great idea. T'POL: On the contrary. I'm looking forward to Bride of Frankenstein. This is, in my opinion, the funniest exchange on the entire series. I laughed so hard I thought I was going to be sick. There are a great many subtleties in the post-movie meal scene and this is a sterling example. For some reason I couldn't help but imagine T'Pol as Elsa Lanchester, with the inhuman facial expression, bird-like movements, and insane haircut. There is also, perhaps, an implied threat in T'Pol's line: if you liked my analysis of Frankenstein, you're going to love where I go with Bride. Maybe you'll think twice before dragging me to another movie night, eh? On the subject of Frankenstein, I got a good laugh out of T'Pol's line about a reading of the book being more true to the author's intent than a film adaptation. There aren't a lot of films that deviate from their source novels more than Frankenstein! Lastly, I had a problem with this line of Trip's: TUCKER: Mary Shelley wrote it, the wife of a famous poet. That strikes me as a bit sexist. Percy Shelley was a great writer and certainly more famous in his day, but in terms of cultural impact, the poor sod has been so thoroughly eclipsed by his wife that I can't imagine him being the first Shelley that pops to mind any time after the mid twentieth century or so. Then again, maybe Percy's works have enjoyed a new cultural relevance in the Trek universe? Comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:37:59 PST Jason Comment by buddha on TNG S7: Emergence This episode did what Inception tried to do. Throw in some Back to the Future 3 and James Bond From Russia with Love and you get this, not so bad. Comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:11:42 PST buddha Comment by todayshorse on TNG S4: Brothers I love this episode, the build up as Data takes over the ship is intense and well put together. But has anyone else noticed the knowing 'nod' Data and Picard share just as they clear the bridge? Everytime i see this episode i wonder about it. When i first saw it, i presumed this 'nod' implied Picard was 'in' on whatever was about to take place. But its clear he isnt. Saw it again the other night, and theres also a 'nod' between Data and Riker just before Picards 'nod'. Bizarre!!! Im guessing its a 'meet you in engineering in a minute' type acknowledgement but im still not sure. Even Mrs Todayshorse noted it, i paused and rewound my tivo box to better grasp whats going on. Maybe its nothing! Still, brilliantly done, and as a few others noted i didnt even realise Spiner played Doctor Soong until more recent times. Its one i can watch over and over whenever its aired. 4 stars from me easily. Comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:45:09 PST todayshorse Comment by Niall on VOY S3: The Swarm Totally agree with Skeptical. Comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:56:45 PST Niall Comment by Robert on VOY S3: The Swarm That counts as meaningful on VOY!!!! :P Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:47:34 PST Robert Comment by dlpb on VOY S3: The Swarm No argument about the lack of followup, but he DOES mention it again in Future's End. -------- @Robert, the person you were replying to said "in any meaningful way". Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:40:01 PST dlpb Comment by NCC-1701-Z on ANDR S2: Second Season Recap Jammer, I just want to say I admire your thoroughness in giving a full, coherent explanation as to why you quit watching this show. I watched my friend struggle through season 2, and if it was indeed as horrible as he said it was/the few episodes I did see, I really wouldn't have blamed you for just posting one sentence for your season recap. Based on the eps I did (unfortunately) see, I came away with the feeling that nothing will ever save this series from obscurity except a complete BSG-style reboot - i.e. junk everything except the most basic plot and character elements of the original and start from scratch. A pity; the premise was very interesting but light-years behind in execution. If this series had been left in better hands, it could have been a classic despite the obvious low budget. Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:37:33 PST NCC-1701-Z Comment by Skeptical on VOY S3: The Swarm This feels like it could have and should have been better. There were two potentially interesting ideas here, and both got shortchanged by being intercut with each other. First of all, about the swarm. This is quite possibly the most blatant and most pathetic case of the writers not caring about characters so far in the series. Janeway's ENTIRE persona up to this point is that she will not sacrifice her principles to get the crew home in a faster or more convenient manner. This has been drilled into our heads over and over and over since the very first episode. So what happens here? She decides to trespass through a region of space controlled by a hostile species after being warned not to. Sovereignty? Respecting other species? Prime Directive? Screw it, I want a shortcut. No explanation given for her sudden change of heart, just a stupid line about them being bullies. Completely and totally out of character for her. And completely irrelevant. They could have accidentally stumbled upon the swarm. They could have been responding to a humanitarian crisis. They could have been misinformed as to the swarm's intent. But no, we'll just have Janeway act wildly out of character for no reason whatsoever. Hurray! But I feel the need to harp on this issue, because a couple commenters suggested that this is part of Janeway's character arc. Sorry, it doesn't work that way. If you want to have Janeway evolve from principles over expedience to ends justify the means over the course of the series, so be it. But there needs to be reasoning behind it. Either it needs to happen slowly, breaking down her resolve over time, weighing her decisions more and more before sacrificing just a few principles, or else there needs to be something big to justify her change. Neither happened. It was just "Starfleet principles morals Prime Directive, oh hi shortcut!" No agonizing decision, nothing. Just a quick change. If they wanted to do that, they should have waited for Scorpion. The Borg are big enough to accept that Janeway might change her perspective. But a little shortcut? A quick line about bullies? Stupid. Meanwhile, we have a potentially interesting alien species here. There's not a lot about them that is similar to people we've met previously. Perhaps it would be worthwhile to explore this race in more detail? Perhaps we might want to see what makes them tick? Nah, just show some random action scenes and call it a day. No need to develop them. No need to make them a recurring villain (after all, it sounds like their space is pretty big). Just show some special effects and have the bridge shake like normal, and we're good. As for the Doc scenes, they're good, but they should be really, really good. I like a lot of how it went down. The fact that Kes was adamant about saving the Doc's memories and refused to back down is very consistent with her character. The fact that the Doc immediately was fine with wiping his memory was surprising, but in a good way. After all, his primary purpose is to be a Doctor. His lack of concern for his "life" is refreshing and shows that he still is, in fact a program. Some of my favorite Data scenes were the ones that made it clear he wasn't just a funny human, but rather still an artificial life form. That little scene in the beginning is the same. So there was a lot of good going on there. Everyone's character seemed to be natural, and everyone's choices seemed a logical extension of what we've seen so far. But the ending was just a bad reset option. For one, there was no drama. The Doc was rapidly degrading; he was clearly "dying". This meant that something had to be done, and that there was a clear time limit to when it had to be done. That leads to fake drama sometimes. If I have a life threatening injury and will die within hours unless I try a risky surgery that has a 50% chance of killing me, I will obviously try the surgery. The only drama is seeing how the cosmic author wants my surgery to go: successful or not. But if I have a serious but not immediately life threatening injury? Should I take the risk on the surgery or not? Now the drama depends on my choices, not a cosmic roll of the dice. What if, instead of Kes treating the other person, the Doc was needed for another surgery? And what if, instead of an unknown solution, B'Elanna was reasonably confidant she could find a solution but it would take time? Then, drama. Do we force the Doc to dump his memory so that he can perform the surgery, or risk waiting so that B'Elanna can perform her surgery? Would Janeway order the Doc to die? Would Kes be conflicted between her role as a medic and her friendship with the Doc? How about another option: the solution isn't to merge Holo-Zimmerman with the Doc, but rather to store the Doc's personality in the Holodeck computer? The holodeck can still be used for simple recreations, but no more advanced holocharacters. Will the crew be willing to give up their primary form of escapism just for a holographic program, most of whom probably don't work with him and thus still don't think of him as sentient? Would this be the way to finally accept him as a person? Instead, we got a plotline that was pretty much just on the rails, with no chance for deviation. A "risky" solution is found, but the only risk is that it might not work, not that it involves any sacrifice on anyone's part. Since the Doc is all but dead anyway, a chance of a cure is better than none. So of course it's used. And then the cheap reset ending. The Doc apparently doesn't remember anything, then starts singing. And other than a throwaway line a few episodes later, it's never mentioned again. I mean, if you're going to press the reset button so blatantly, at least play with it a bit. Have him lose his memories, but still a backup exists in the ship's computer (it just can't be integrated into the program). Then you can have a few episodes of Kes grieving for her friend and trying to teach the Doc to become a person again, while Picardo can have some fun playing him like he did in season 1. Then hit the reset button later with magical new tech. Maybe even in Future's End. Do something rather than an ambiguous scene that is never brought up again. Like I said, a lot of lost potential. Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:29:06 PST Skeptical Comment by NCC-1701-Z on ENT S4: Fourth Season Recap It's too bad Enterprise ended this way. It could have been so much more, but got screwed over by incompetent writers who were too afraid to do anything more creative than rehash warmed-over TNG-type storylines. By the time they did (Seasons 3 and 4 were a massive improvement over 1 and 2, and I liked S4 as a whole a lot more than Jammer did, apparently), it was too late. That pitiful excuse for a finale was the final insult. (HIMYM fans: We Trekkies feel your pain.) On the bright side, 2005 was a good year for sci-fi. That was the year BSG started airing weekly episodes. Doctor Who was revived to resounding success (and it's still going strong to this day!). Lost finished up its first season, firmly cementing itself as a classic. It's a pity Trek wasn't there to join the party. Someday, I hope, Trek will experience a Doctor Who-like revival and come back to TV with a fresh take on the genre that still respects what came before. The original Doctor Who was basically dead in the water when it ended in 1989, but when the time came, it roared back to life with a clean restart that still stayed mostly faithful to the old series. Hope springs eternal, I guess. Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:20:19 PST NCC-1701-Z Comment by Niall on TNG S7: Preemptive Strike But also I want to comment on how sensual and heartfelt this episode is, and how the line between father and lover is blurred in the form of Picard. It's an episode of goodbyes for Ro - goodbye to her father figure Macias, goodbye to her one-time lover Riker (their relationship only being possible under the circumstances of the episode Conundrum, but a tenderness and connection nevertheless remaining between them), and goodbye to Picard, the person who meant most to Ro in the world and who in turn cared tremendously about her and was truly proud of and invested in her. The scene where Ro and Picard have their final conversation while posing as sex worker and client, as they touch each other tenderly and whisper in each other's ear, is phenomenally directed and acted - there a breathtaking sensuality and deep sadness to it. Zack Handlen was right when he wrote that it came over like a break-up; they're both solitary people who forged an unexpected but deeply meaningful connection with each other in the face of barriers and who mean a tremendous amount to each other, more than is verbalized by either, but are both bound by their moral code and sense of duty, with the result that their paths are destined to diverge. That scene and a couple of others in this episode (like the final shot, and "Goodbye Will") feel kind of iconic and it's a shame that moments this truly deep and sensual are so rare on Trek; the intimate personal aspects and subtext of Pre-emptive Strike do remind me of Echevarria's Chimera in the final season of DS9, and the actors make just as much out of them. Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:20:27 PST Niall Comment by ThankYouGeneR on TNG S4: First Contact Having just re-watched this episode myself and coming here to read Jamahl's experience of it I found myself surprised at the comments about the Bebe Neuwirth scene. I automatically took Riker's statement "There are differences in the way that my people make love" to be the setup for Riker to tell her anything as innocuous as elbow touching to be 'the way WE do it', which would certainly give her the desired 'perception' of alien sex without needing Riker to engage sexually with her. She would accept that without hesitation and of course & fully experience it AS satisfying. I mean, gosh, her mind would have taken over and sparked her own happy physical responses. And she would have taken away the 'illusion' she had just had sex with an alien. Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:32:50 PST ThankYouGeneR Comment by BRIAN ROBERTS on TNG S5: New Ground WE LIKE TO SEE MORE T.N.G. AN VOYAGER AN DS9 WHAT GOING TO HApPEN BEN SISCO .WE DID NOT THE OLD STAR TREK WITH KURK GOOD NEW LAST TONEW MOIVES LOST THE FILL OF WHAT STAR TREK IS ALL ABOUT HOW ABOUT LET ME NOW IF YOU DO IT RIGHT Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:42:48 PST BRIAN ROBERTS Comment by Vidur Kapur on ENT S3: Carpenter Street I actually enjoyed this episode. Star Trek has criticised our current society on countless occasions, but, for me, it never gets old, and I thought Blaloock played T'Pol's disgust at human greed, fossil fuel consumption and meat consumption very well - the scene in the drive-thru where the piece of meat fell on her, for instance, was well played, as was her dislike of Loomis, as this review notes. Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:15:46 PST Vidur Kapur Comment by Edmund on BSG S4: Guess What's Coming to Dinner? Correction: make that 7 years! Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:34:12 PST Edmund Comment by Edmund on BSG S4: Guess What's Coming to Dinner? I love the fact that nearly 5 years after the original air date, people are STILL contributing with comments. A testament to the quality of both the show (good job, Mr. Moore) and the blog (good job, Mr, Jammer)! Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:32:55 PST Edmund Comment by Del_Duio on TNG S6: Face of the Enemy Weird, because when I saw TNG during its first-run I thought Dr. Crusher was a far superior character to Troi but upon rewatching the series again I don't know what I was thinking. Except for a few stinkers in the first couple seasons ("I SENSE PAIN!... GREAT.. PAIN!!!) Troi is a whole hell of a lot better than ol' Bev was. This episode is a great example of that. Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:41:22 PST Del_Duio Comment by Del_Duio on TNG S6: Suspicions She should have been bounced out of Starfleet at the very least and most likely jailed. But then they'd break up the happy 7 and we can't have that! Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:30:04 PST Del_Duio Comment by Del_Duio on DS9 S6: The Magnificent Ferengi Wow, what a brainfart haha! I meant bailed Gaila out of jail, not Keevan. Kind of makes my whole 2nd part of the post moot, but still it's weird to see the Federation taking bail money. Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:27:17 PST Del_Duio Comment by Del_Duio on DS9 S6: The Magnificent Ferengi A good episode, and one my 13 year old had this to say about: "How are they getting the Vorta out of jail by paying his freedom, I thought the Federation didn't use money?" This is a REALLY good point. Why on Earth would they ever allow Keevan out of jail #1 and is he really just there until somebody shows up and posts bail? Sisko alone should've been so pissed off at what Keevan did during "Rocks And Shoals" that he should have made it a personal point to keep him locked away (at the very least). Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:13:29 PST Del_Duio Comment by Niall on TNG S7: Preemptive Strike This is one of TNG's best, it really stands up and Michelle Forbes's performance is great - there's a maturity, depth and roundedness to it that perhaps was less visible back in "Ensign Ro". Great script by Rene Echevarria. As much as I love it, it's not without its niggles and problems though - firstly, not only does the way Ro is so easily accepted by the Maquis cell strain credulity, their later off-camera acceptance of Riker(!) as a Bajoran relative of hers is downright ridiculous. And the cell members don't really seem like credible terrorists/resistance fighters; Macias (as written) seems to exists only as a father figure for Ro and isn't otherwise fleshed out as a character. Finally, how does Ro explain herself to her Maquis colleagues at the end? How does she explain how she knew about the Starfleet armada in the nebula? How does she explain the disappearance of her "Bajoran relative" and the loss of her ship? Non-credible details like this do harm an overall excellent episode... Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:04:41 PST Niall Comment by eastwest101 on ANDR S1: Fear and Loathing in the Milky Way Jammer, I can understand your problems with this episode but I enjoyed this demented, hilarious romp/take on Raiders of the Lost Ark much more than you. The casino scenes in particular were fun, the bad guys straight out of B grade horror movies and I thought John Trench did alright with it - if anything - I thought he really carried the episode. I don't think anyone intended this to be taken seriously, there is just too much post-modern nudge & wink happening here to be an accident. But you are right - it was beyond silly and way over the top, and the B plot was an absolute clanger. Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:56:25 PST eastwest101 Comment by eastwest101 on ANDR S1: A Rose in the Ashes As Jammers rightly says - this is a particularly bad episode and without any of the redeeming silliness or interesting stuff of all the other many bad episodes, a loose collection of clichés in search of a narrative...... Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:46:01 PST eastwest101 Comment by Roger on TNG S6: Suspicions So...uh....Crusher still did an unauthorized autopsy. What am I missing here? Why wasn't she disciplined? Comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:53:36 PST Roger Comment by $G on TNG S3: Tin Man I like this one quite a bit. If there's a flaw in the episode it's the cutting to Geordi's issues trying to get the ship to 100% again. Other than that, the sci-fi premise (an organic spaceship from an extinct race from possibly another galaxy), the guest star, and the Romulan motivations all work for me. I think I like this one more than any of the commenters, and Jammer too. A solid 3 stars for me, *without* some of the reservations some people have. A solid TNG hour, IMO. Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:16:46 PST $G Comment by HotLanta on VOY S3: Before and After I agree with everything Dave said. Back vagina! Lmao! Also, Kathy & B'Elanna dead? No Seven? This time line is beyond lame! Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:07:07 PST HotLanta Comment by eastwest101 on ANDR S1: The Sum of Its Parts In summary - Andromeda goes the full Borg in an interesting but somewhat derivative and then genuinely surprising, unpredicatble and touching way at the end. Hats off to the costume guys whom obviously had just seen The Eve of the Future or Metropolis. Either through budget constraints or a deliberate process they had probably seen some of the Borg stuff in various Star Trek shows and decided to go a very different way.... Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:54:36 PST eastwest101 Comment by eastwest101 on ANDR S1: Forced Perspective Flashbacks within flashbacks? Linear rambling big picture main plot resolved by action sequences? Weightlifting romantic B plots? Laboured preachy reloution? Whats not to love about this adorable, dorky and simultaneously slick and juvenile series? As long as you check your brain in at the door you can have fun with this stuff. Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:46:14 PST eastwest101 Comment by eastwest101 on ANDR S1: Harper 2.0 I enjoyed this demented and off-balanced romp more than a lot of other season 1 eps, as noted, not entirely original but executed well and kept me entaertained enough not to abandon my own "Andromeda Project"! For a history of many thousands of years there seemed to be a lot of stock footage from earths second half of twentieth century though! I can't believe no one has commented on the "cunning linguist" line delivered by Lexa Doig...... Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:37:23 PST eastwest101 Comment by lt.holman on TOS S1: Miri Captain I was always trying to get you to look at my legs, captain look at my legs!!! (Kirk looks upon legs with diease with doom music in background)......oh the burdens of being the captain!!!! Makes me laugh everytime!! Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:30:03 PST lt.holman Comment by dlpb on TNG S2: Peak Performance And the game doesn't even need complex rules... just complex strategy. Read this Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:46:31 PST dlpb Comment by dlpb on VOY S7: Prophecy Blame the writers... Beltran made it clear that he had no time for their nonsense and admits that he expected to be fired. You can't blame him for staying on a show that doesn't even care enough. Not only did the writers write garbage (on the whole), but they were also too lazy to care what their actors were saying or doing. Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:18:15 PST dlpb Comment by dlpb on TNG S2: Peak Performance Also, Andrew, you are wrong about machine calculations equalling success. The more complex the game and rules, the harder it is for computers to win. This is the reason computers suck at "Go". Although humans cannot calculate moves in advance anywhere near as fast as a computer, computers are not really thinking about a position or the benefits of such as a whole. They are mainly brute force calculators. This is the whole point of the episode in regards to Data. Data is different, of course (and the writers ignore that), because he has a neural net and is not just some CPU. So yes, it's more far fetched to think he would lose, but that misses the point of the episode- The instinct vs computerization. We don't know the rules of the game, so we have to imagine that it's something an android struggles with. Just like modern computers with Go. Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:14:39 PST dlpb Comment by dlpb on TNG S2: Peak Performance What a meaningless debate. But since I am here, let me shed some light on this. In chess, a stalemate occurs as a final conclusion to the game. It's forced BY THE RULES. One way to have a stalemate is if both players repeat the same move three times. In the Startrek episode, this is not the case. Data is indeed not "playing to win", but the rules of the game evidently do not allow for a stalemate. Look, people, it's THIS simple: The alien guy (out of Total Recall among other things) LOST. He lost because he had to give up. The machine's (Data) perfect Stamina ended up being the critical factor. And if you know chess, you will also know Stamina is a factor in success. If the Trek episode ended with the game itself declaring a tie because of "repeated moves" or something, then yeah, it would be a stalemate. This is NOT a stalemate situation - it's just the android playing NOT TO WIN and knowing he can force the other person to GIVE IN. Stalemate in chess is a RULE. Giving in is LOSING, even in chess. Is that clear enough? Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:49 PST dlpb Comment by Yanks on DS9 S1: Dax I agree SamSimon. Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:04:42 PST Yanks Comment by Robert on TNG S2: Peak Performance Also, the debate was Andrew vs everyone else. They were all on my side!! Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:47:15 PST Robert Comment by Robert on TNG S2: Peak Performance I busted him up. Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:25:55 PST Robert Comment by Dimpy on TNG S2: Peak Performance Who won the Robert vs everyone debate? Was it an actual win, or a tie? Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:17:55 PST Dimpy Comment by Nic on VOY S7: Prophecy @dlpb: Regardless of his opinion on the show, I find it remarkably unprofessional on his part. If he was that dissatisfied he could have asked to leave the show. Instead he stuck around (probably for the paycheque) and slacked off. Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:23:24 PST Nic Comment by SamSimon on DS9 S1: Dax I liked the episode, but I do agree with RD GEEK on this: "So, wouldn't the legal question of culpability of Trills and their hosts have been long settled by Trill society? Instead of having the back and forth of the extradition hearing, couldn't they just cite (or even the Trill minister just cite) the relevant legal standard? Why didn't the prosecutor just ask him how it worked on the Trill home world?" After all, Trills have been known for decades now, so I think that they should know how to deal with such questions at this stage! Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:18:19 PST SamSimon Comment by SamSimon on DS9 S1: Vortex I agree with Jammer on this review. I think that the episode is really solid. I like how DS9 can deal with violations of the prime directive (Odo clearly violated it, and it didn't bother him so much) in a more credible way than TNG. Then, it may have been a more compelling episode without having Croden's people believing in a very strange idea of justice (killing your family to punish you!), and without having Croden so 100% innocent (although we only find out about that at the end of the episode). Nevertheless, I enjoyed the episode. Also, they should certainly exile Quark, he appears to be at the centre of every single mess that happens on DS9, doesn't he? :--) Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:15:04 PST SamSimon Comment by Ben Masters on VOY S7: Nightingale When I saw Ron Glass in this one as Loken, I immediately thought, "That's the same one who played Harris on Barney Miller!" Sure enough, he was the very same. Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 02:31:32 PST Ben Masters Comment by eastwest101 on ANDR S1: Music of a Distant Drum Fell asleep watching this one. Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:07:20 PST eastwest101 Comment by eastwest101 on ANDR S1: The Mathematics of Tears As Jammer says - a madcap and totally unhinged episode that actually had some interesting things to say and some moments of execution that worked really well. Comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:05:17 PST eastwest101 Comment by lt.holman on TOS S1: What Are Little Girls Made Of? Ruk!!! No kill!!! No kill!!! Ruk!!!! My favorite chapel line Ruk is the rock love him he makes me laugh soooooo hard!! Comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:23:02 PST lt.holman Comment by Trent on ENT S1: Fusion If you omit those terrible dream sequences, this episode is actually quite great. Comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:39:28 PST Trent