Comments on Jammer's Reviews RSS feed for comments posted on Jammer's Reviews en-us Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:03:14 PDT Comment by Yanks on DS9 S7: Image in the Sand I'm not impressed with this season opener. I’m honestly not surprised as the writers regressed some characters in Season 6. Star Fleet just lets Sisko go for 3 MONTHS?!?!? Really? … in the middle of a war? He's so damn important that he is selected to plan the attack on Cardassia and .... poof, he's gone? Come on... Kira’s “B” Plot. I understand that placing weapons on that moon should have been a transparent issue with the Bajoran government, or at a minimum with Kira, but I don’t see Kira’s position as a realistic or even smart one. Once the cat is out of the bag, why does she have an issue with this? The Romulan’s are on our side. “KIRA: Not this time, Admiral. My government considers the Romulan presence on Derna to be a direct threat to Bajor. CRETAK: This is ridiculous. I regret not informing your government about our weapon emplacements, but I didn't think it was necessary. We're your ally. KIRA: Then remove the weapons. CRETAK: That would leave the hospital unprotected. KIRA: Bajor will guarantee its safety. CRETAK: I'm afraid that's not acceptable. KIRA: Either you remove those weapons, or we will.” Really Kira? Just how can Bajor protect anything? How does this pose a threat to Bajor? What would Romulus want with Bajor? I understand this could be seen as a problem with the Dominion non-interference treaty and all, but you just go ahead and make this public knowledge by bringing this to the Council of Ministers? This is just stupid. Hell, the hospital can be considered a breach of this treaty. Kira just said "hey Dominion, looky what we have on this moon!!" Worf & everyone else left on the station’s “C” plot: I’m OK with this one I guess, although I keep wondering if all this is necessary if Worf doesn’t leap out of his character in ‘Change of Heart’ and Jadzia dies as a result of Worf completing his mission. I’m guessing Sisko is receiving these visions via the Orb of the Emissary, but I didn’t think that’s the way it happened. I thought these visions came from the prophets in the wormwhole. Does this mean they reside in the orbs as the wormhole is cut off and all the other orbs are dark? It all seems like a plot convenience to me. I can understand Sisko being upset with Joe because Joe kept the truth from him about his real mother, but it seemed to me like Sisko went a little overboard with this. He’s had a loving caring family his whole life… Ezri, When I first watched DS9 I was so opposed to Ezri it wasn’t funny. (Jadzia lag I guess) but with more rewatches, I’m most impressed with Nicole as an actress and more welcoming to the Ezri character. I guess I was right; Sisko did need someone to call “old man” in season 7. 2.5 stars for me. Sisko’s plot dragged and I thought and Kira’s “threat to Bajor” tantrum didn’t make sense. (boy, didn’t that hospital and 7000 torpedoes go up fast on the moon? :-)) Comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:03:14 PDT Yanks Comment by Fin67 on TNG S5: The Perfect Mate Just a funny fact. Kamala means in Finnish: awful, atrocious, dreadful, fearful, gruesome... Which is quite the opposite of her role. As Etana some episodes ago means a snail. Co-incidence, or did the writers use a Finnish dictionary to pick alien names? Comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:51:04 PDT Fin67 Comment by Yanks on DS9 S6: Sixth Season Recap Here are my Season 6 ratings in order of best to worst. The seaosn started very strong and ended in a pile of dung. Significantly worse than the outstanding Season 5. (almost a half point drop off per episode) I'm afraid that DS9 has peaked but I'm hopefull they can rebound for season 7. I'm not sure that's possible as I think they've weakened some characters and Jadzia is gone. A Time To Stand 4.00 Rocks And Shoals 4.00 In The Pale Moonlight 4.00 The Reckoning 3.50 Behind The Lines 3.00 Favour The Bold 3.00 Sacrifice of Angels 3.00 You Are Cordially Invited 3.00 Far Beyond The Stars 3.00 Inquisition 3.00 The Sound of Her Voice 3.00 Tears of The Prophets 3.00 Sons And Daughters 2.50 Statistical Probabilities 2.50 The Magnificent Ferengi 2.50 Who Mourns For Morn? 2.50 One Little Ship 2.50 Honour Among Thieves 2.50 Time's Orphan 2.50 Waltz 2.00 Change of Heart 1.00 Wrongs Darker Than Death Or Night 1.00 His Way 1.00 Resurrection 0.50 Valiant 0.50 Profit and Lace 0.00 Total: 63.00 Average: 2.42 Comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:33:24 PDT Yanks Comment by Yanks on ENT S1: Dear Doctor " Archer's people were dying of Archer's own stupidity: exposing themselves to an alien virus." This is nothing more that Enterprise/Archer hate dribble. Comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:11:51 PDT Yanks Comment by Weiss on DS9 S2: The Collaborator I just watched this ep and noticed Odo's very subtle reaction to hearing kira loves Bareil. He was saddened in his reaction and but quickly hid it and misdirected kira interpretation of his reaction. Very excellent scene well written. This set up his love story for her. When I watched these eps in my teens of the bajorans I was always bored, although I always loved winns character. But now as I am older I find these eps very gripping! All the twists visions all excellently handled. It was hard telling what winns involvement was, maybe she did call the collaborator, she did have a sideways glance at him. But she was also desperate so she threw everything at the window, even trying to get a implicit endorcemtn from sisko. Her becoming kai was the worst outcome, but did the prophets want her to become kai? Quark figuring out whaat odo couldnt with security makes sense, he is a conmen and thinks differnetly. Conversely quark being a security chief would be a terible idea, he lacks a ethical code to maintain security Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:34:14 PDT Weiss Comment by Sean on ENT S1: Dear Doctor "See, that is itself a conflict; if it's a "no-brainer" as you say, then why would so many episodes make the opposite case? Isn't it clearly NOT a simple question of help or don't help?" There are some episodes that try to make the case that helping people is bad. But most of the time the reasons for not helping come down to either: "Because evolution demands that we not interfere" or "shut up, I'm the captain." Most of the episodes that involve dying species or distress calls have the main characters helping those who ask for help. The ones that don't are the exception, not the rule. And tend to have really bad justifications, like the ones I said above. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:24:19 PDT Sean Comment by Sean on ENT S1: Dear Doctor In this episode, the species is dying through no fault of their own. In Observer Effect, Archer's people were dying of Archer's own stupidity: exposing themselves to an alien virus. What Archer in Observer Effect seems to say is that allowing an entire species to die through no fault of their own because evolution demands it is ok, nay even a good thing, while allowed a few people to die from their own stupidity is not having compassion. I'm sure the species in this episode thinks you're real compassionate Archer. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:17:49 PDT Sean Comment by Tim on TNG S5: I, Borg I would argue that Section 31's actions against the Founders were perfectly given the war of annihilation (Weyoun casually discusses the extermination of Earth's population in one episode) they were waging against the Federation. Against the Borg it's even more clear cut, since I doubt the Founders would actually go so far as to exterminate an entire subject race, whereas the Borg do that by definition. At the end of the day it comes down to a larger scale version of the common criminal that decides to try and kill you. Your choice is to fight back or die; nearly everybody will opt for the former. You didn't decide someone was going to die that day, you just decided it wasn't going to be you. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:32:27 PDT Tim Comment by Nic on VOY S7: Repression @Elliott: I agree that execution is important, but I would also argue that SOME plots will never work no matter how good the execution is (the aforementioned "Genesis" being an obvious example). And isn't this episode an attempt at fan service? Doesn't it seem like the writers felt that viewers wanted to see those Maquis uniforms again, no matter what it took to ge there? Why else would they have made this episode? Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:47:55 PDT Nic Comment by Sputnik on VOY S7: Critical Care Soviet style healthcare was excellent. Even Maoism had a pretty radical and laudable health plan, sending hundreds of thousands of free docs off into the countryside. Sharing is caring. Of course such things are unsustainable under capitalism, in which all money is nonsensically issued as debt at interest, but then capitalism itself is. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:27:42 PDT Sputnik Comment by McDowell on DS9 S2: The Alternate Capturing the Odo-monster at the end of the episode seems like an homage to the end of the classic Forbidden Planet. And like Forbidden Planet this is also a story about psychology. It's a thrilling and emotional scene. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:36:49 PDT McDowell Comment by Yanks on DS9 S6: Favor the Bold DLPB, They did the same thing with Tasha Yar in TNG. So glad she got tarred and Worf took over as head of Security. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:25:02 PDT Yanks Comment by Yanks on DS9 S5: Children of Time ^^ Don't agree at all. Odo made the conscience choice to sacrifice everyone in the settlement to save Kira. It's that simple. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:21:59 PDT Yanks Comment by Yanks on DS9 S6: Tears of the Prophets Wow, I'm not sure I like or hate this one. When I bought DS9 and watched it for the first time, I did not know she seeked employment elsewhere. I was FLOORED by her death and equally pi$$ed that that frakin punk Dukat did it. Man was I upset. So sad Decker couldn't have waited a year, or that she didn't finish DS9 first before going over. She really grew on me throughout the series and had really become one of my favorite characters. Another point.... why the frak did she have to die? How about a transfer, blah, blah... oh, then Sisko wouldn't have an "old man" to confide in next season. Her death chaps my ass to this day. Well, the Federation attitude towards religion is not a surprise, but you'd think that they would realize the fact that the Dominon reinforcements can't come through the wormwhole is the ONLY reason everyone in the Alpha Quadrant isn't speaking "founder". They might think twice about contradicting what Sisko asks for when he hears from them. Head scratcher there. Jadzia not at the helm of the Defiant during battle? …. And Nog gets the call? ***slaps forehead*** I also thought the Bashir/Quark sobbing over Dax grew quite old. Little nit pick about the battle. When they finally figure out how to blow up the power generation asteroid (some pretty serious O’Brien technobabble BTW) it looked like only 1 or 2 of those platforms shot at it. It should have been all of them. It would have been much more pleasing visually and dramatically I think. Does anyone else besides me think Dukat’s little PW trick should have worked? I think DS9 was more “DS9” when the wormhole was working… “DAX: Our baby would have been so beautiful.” Snif….snif…. The writers REALLY screwed the pooch with Jadzia’s death. It should have been in ‘Change of Heart’ Well, I’ll give it 3 stars… I don't think this was as strong as other DS9 season closers. Not surprising really with the quality of the end of season 6. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:19:12 PDT Yanks Comment by Hlau on DS9 S5: Children of Time I can't see it as a 1 vs 8000 argument. It's one set of possibilities vs another and you can say that we all make an infinite amount of these choices with every action we make. Maybe if I don't leave my house now, I won't make my wife and none of that line of descendants would've both etc. I mean, if they did go back 200 years, O'brien would HAVE to shack up with that Ensign after ten years at the exact same time to produce the right offsprings? I guess it is the time paradox about knowledge of the future, if it's destiny then you can't change, if you can change it then what you see as the future must be something else. It's just how you frame it. I mean, we forget that this timeline only exists since Jake brought Sisko back in the Visitor. Jake wasn't presented with the choice, but the Dominion war didn't happen in his timeline, how many lives was that worth? But here we don't see odo's pov. I did think he was a bit of an idiot to tell Kira it was all about her though, that can haunt people for the rest of their life if there wasn't a reset at the end of the episode. I did like that it took Odo two hundred years and time travel to get out of the friend zone though. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:21:45 PDT Hlau Comment by Yanks on DS9 S6: The Sound of Her Voice While this is not a block-buster episode. It's better than the drivel we've been given the second half of this season. I'm not sure why I enjoy this one, it could be that I really enjoyed the sound of Debra Wilson's voice (no pun intended), or how our heroes opened up to a complete stranger, or the fact that they cared for her ... or that maybe I did as the episode unveiled. I agree, it would have been nice if they found a picture of Lisa so we could have seen her at the funeral. I thought the funeral was a nice touch and O'brien's speech quite foreshadowing. I'm guessing that was done on purpose by the writers. A filler episode, many times those are quite enjoyable. 3 stars for me. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:59:24 PDT Yanks Comment by DLPB on DS9 S6: Favor the Bold Here here, Yanks! Nothing annoyed me more than Wonder Woman Kira. See, the writers are so dazzled by the need to have a strong female, that they think showing one performing totally unrealistic feats against superior foes does that. Instead watching the frailties of the actor try and convince the audience, just falls flat on its face. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:56:12 PDT DLPB Comment by Elliott on DS9 S1: A Man Alone Did the math wrong on this. Final Score should be **.5 Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:52:45 PDT Elliott Comment by Elliott on DS9 S1: The Forsaken Did the math wrong on this. Final Score should be **.5 Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:52:20 PDT Elliott Comment by Eli on VOY S6: Ashes to Ashes Oops sorry I rushed posting that, the first paragraph should read: Three conflicts sustain a very good episode: a character torn between two cultures, an attempt to return to the past, and a revival from life after death. The meaning might have been clear, but the English wasn't correct. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:44:26 PDT Eli Comment by Yanks on DS9 S6: Time's Orphan "Eight-year-old Molly O'Brien travels 300 years to the past after falling into a time portal. The DS9 crew manages to reactivate the destabilized portal and get her back. However, due to an instability in the temporal field Molly comes home 10 years too late. She is now an 18-year-old girl, who has spent the past 10 years of her life alone on an uninhabited planet and is run wild. Nevertheless, the O'Briens decide not to alter the timeline again, since the existence of their older daughter would be extinguished once they tried to get her back at the age of eight. When Miles and Keiko finally decide to send her back to her home in the past, the time portal works properly again and she arrives at a time 300 years ago instead of the intended 290 years. So Molly meets herself as a little girl who has just arrived there, and persuades her to cross the time portal towards the future. At the same instant, the 18-year-old Molly vanishes, since she has never existed. Still, Keiko and Miles do remember her, as does the young Molly from her trip to the past. The net time travel is that of 18-year-old Molly ten years into her past. In this respect it didn't matter whether the time the portal sent Molly to in the first place was in the future or in the past, as long as no interaction with the present was possible. The obvious paradox in this story can be solved, if we postulate that the time portal has an isolating effect, allowing that different timelines exist on its two sides. (Ex Astris Scienta) Sounds good to me :-) This episode isn't the greatest, but I didn't think it was all that bad either. I actually don't see any reason Molly couldn't survive. Those instincts are pretty strong and there weren't any predators, right? (uninhabited planet) We've accepted worse in trek for sure. There were some touching moments, what I have to assume is the only purpose of this episode. I'm so glad they got Molly back, that loss would have been a hard one to swallow. Just the thought of losing your child makes me quiver. I almost lost it when 8-Molly went back through the portal. Average episode. 2.5 stars. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:43:58 PDT Yanks Comment by Elliott on DS9 S1: Dramatis Personae Teaser : ***.5, 5% Kira shows up in Sisko's office to be a bitch (this is after all, her most natural state). She wants to deny a Valerian ship docking status at the station because the Valerians sold weapons to the Cardassians during the occupation and she believes they are continuing to do so. It's a nice callback to the more interesting parts of “Emissary” in that we are reminded why Starfleet is here, calling the shots: because the Cardassians would otherwise return on a moment's notice to reclaim Bajor. Sisko offers that the Federation would use political pressure to keep the Valerians from trading weapons with the Cardassians if Kira can find evidence to support her theory. Since it was Federation political pressure that finally drove the Cardassians off Bajor without starting another war, this should be an amenable idea to Kira. Shockingly, she actually follows this supremely logical course and decides to grant the ship access. A Klingon ship emerges from the wormhole and explodes, transporting one injured individual to Ops who, with his dying breath, proclaims “victory.” Well, this is exciting! Mystery, political intrigue, reasonable characterisation. Looks like we're in for a great episode! Act 1 : **.5, 17% Sisko sends the Smart People in a runabout to investigate what the Klingon's ship was up to in the Gamma Quadrant and we get a close up on Terry Ferrel smiling goofily. Normally, this would just be another instalment of derp...acting? (see the last scene in “Q-less”), but the music tells us this is baaad news. She giggles and heads out with O'Brien. Meanwhile, Kira is being her cheerful self, ordering a “slight delay” of the Valerian ship for her own personal suspicions, but Sisko overrides and clears the ship, cueing the third time Kira slams her hands against her console in this scene. Odo and Quark chat about Klingons. Quark immediately sees through Odo's attempts to cull information about the ship, so Odo has to resort to bribery (you'd think Quark would be happy about this). Quark reveals the Klingon crew were after something “glorious” (what else could it be?). Odo turns to leave, but has a kind of Changeling seizure in which his head flaps open like a pair of wings and he falls unconscious (I immediately thought of Data's embossed tattoo from “Masks”). I still don't understand why an unconscious Odo wouldn't revert to a pile of goo. Is it not established that maintaining humanoid form requires concentration? Act 2 : **, 17% Odo “wakes up” in the Infirmary and Bashir has little to offer other than a rather cryptic set of paranoid theories. Kira confronts Sisko in his office with her “hard evidence,” ready to confront the Valerians. She and Sisko get into a weird battle of wills and she steps aside. O'Brien notes Kira's increased antagonism to Dax and they start acting weird as well, picking sides—Dax gets a little too chatty, O'Brien a little too terse. Kira meets with Odo to gain his support, giving us a preview of her awful “intendant” style from the MU. Kira asks Odo to infiltrate the vessel behind Sisko's back. Odo refuses and she backs down offering the same “choose a side” bit from before. While these character shifts border on interesting, they are happening so quickly that they already feel like a gimmick, long before we know what's causing them. Act 3 : **, 17% O'Brien notes in his personal log that Kira “must have spies everywhere,” and thus the transformation from normal to influenced is basically complete in the course of the previous act. The Smart People retrieve a portion of the Klingon's logs and the crew review them in Ops, while Sisko expresses a profound boredom in the whole thing. Odo observes everyone's odd behaviour with concern. Meanwhile, Quark makes Dax a sand sculpture to drink, mmm mmm. Kira shows up to try and recruit Dax to her team (cue: lesbian fan fic). Kira creepily maintains eye contact while sipping on her drink. Dax continues to absent-mindedly tell stories while Kira obsessively keeps trying to get her to help hold the Valerians and promises to “get rid of Sisko.” Quark overhears and Kira throws him down like an SS officer. Apparently, this wiry Bajoran is so strong, she breaks Quark's neck. Jesus. So he reveals to Odo that he overheard Kira's little insurrection. Odo realises that everyone is acting strangely and Quark starts yelling, revealing that the neck brace is a Mort Goldman style ruse and he's not that badly hurt. Odo finds O'Brien of all people sitting at Sisko's desk, reviewing the Klingon's logs. From what little we manage to garner from the video, something akin to the spheres from “Contagion” infected the Klingon vessel, and a mutiny ensued. Odo finds Sisko in his quarters under heavy guard quietly and obsessively drawing a clock. In case we didn't already get it, he lets us know that he doesn't give a shit about the station anymore and tells Odo to talk to O'Brien. Instead of slowly letting our characters transform into their various personæ, the episode has to beat us over the head with their new personalities ad nauseum. Either the writers didn't have confidence in the strength of their characters (and our ability to recognise the change subtly) or they really thought all these little performances were worth the screentime. Act 4 : **, 17% Mirroring O'Brien, Odo finds Kira with her feet up in his office, asking for his help. She confesses to locking down the Valerian ship. She tries seducing him with promises of her upcoming rule of the station. Odo tries communicating with an outside political party but the Federation and Bajor, but Kira and O'Brien have respectively restricted such communication. Odo is not surprised. He reviews the Klingon's newly reconstructed logs revealing the spheres of doom and an ancient power struggle. Sisko orders O'Brien to arrest all the Bajorans, but O'Brien is more cautious and cunning. Sisko would rather go down phasers firing than play subterfuge with Kira, but O'Brien convinces him to wait while they conspire to leave on the Valerian vessel. I think I know what Joe Menosky was going for here; the superimposed personæ attach themselves to hosts who most closely resemble the archived personality; Kira and Sisko are emotionally volatile leaders and, to a certain extent, don't trust each other; O'Brien is loyal and clever; Dax is nostalgic and aloof; Bashir is an observer, curious about politics (his later forays into spy thrillers are a testament to that). The problem is, the personality shifts are so extreme that we can't take these actions as revelations about their real characters (in contrast to, say, “The Killing Game”). If the episode could have been more patient and kept its cards closer, we could have followed a more natural progression from normal characterisation to exaggerated personæ. So Odo finalises his theory about the telepathic matrix, using Bashir's own paranoia against him to get him to devise a technobabble solution to the real problem (the matrix) under the guise of dealing with the reenacted power struggle. A Bajoran tries to poison Sisko in Ops. I suppose this particular Bajoran was in Ops when the Klingon was transported, because if he's just a regular unaffected officer following Kira's orders, that would reveal some major problems in the station's personnel. So Sisko and O'Brien beat up Dax and the Bajoran agent, but Kira arrives with an armed party right before Sisko is able to kill the guy. Huh. So I guess there really will be some personnel problems. I'm sure there will be consequences... Act 5 : *.5, 17% Clever Miles beams Sisko and himself to safety (since Dax was too absent-minded to shut down the transporters). Odo plays along with Sisko while Bashir continues looking for his solution. Kira figures out that Odo is helping Sisko (but of course he plays it off as leading the commander into a trap). Question : where is everybody? Isn't anyone else on duty? It seems like it's just the senior staff and a couple of extras running around the station at this point. The notion that only those in direct proximity to the Klingon is confirmed as Odo drives out the matrix or whatever only when the senior staff is together (also ruling out the possibility that any of the other Bajorans (including the one who tried to kill Sisko) were affected, meaning they did this of their own volition. Geeze. What follows is a goofy scene that takes all the suspense from the Beverly/Geordi plot in “Disaster” and throws it out so Odo can flush the matrices into space while the crew calmly avoids being blown out with it, suffering no ill effects. Great. Kira tries to do some back-pedalling on this confusing idea by offering an apology to Sisko. We are given an interesting final shot where Sisko contemplates the clock he built while under the influence. Could this mean something? A sign of things to come? Nope. Episode as Functionary : *.5, 10% A story with a lot of promise is really botched by some poor choices. How to fix this? Have the mutiny plot build up very slowly and naturally from Kira's initial disagreement with Sisko; there need to be a couple of scenes *after* they're affected by the matrix where they speak like themselves and gradually take on the exaggerated personalities unto a crisis point, when Odo can step in and save the day. Instead, they almost instantly change and we have to endure a bunch of pointless scenes that reveal to us nothing about these characters. Too bad. Another kind of significant issue is all the other people on the station! I mean, many of them went along with Sisko's and Kira's rivalry but weren't affect by the matrix. Shouldn't there be some fallout from how easily the Bajorans mutinied or how willing the Starfleet officers were to throwing the Bajorans under the bus? Final Score : ** Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:38:59 PDT Elliott Comment by Eli on VOY S6: Ashes to Ashes There is a lot to like here. Three prime conflicts keep afloat a very good episode. One, the idea that a conflict regarding a character torn between two cultures is fascinating. Two, a conflict of whether one can go back and return to the past is a fascinating premise (both for Lillard and Kim). Three, the most ambitious and difficult, a return from death. The largest drawback to this episode in my view is that it didn't go far enough with such rich conflicts. Maybe it couldn't go far enough with the love story out of reverence to Kim's past girlfriend/fiancee. But, it was hard to watch a love story with such potential only partially enunciated and truncated before it swelled to its full ripeness. Further, without a stronger love story all of the conflicts lose their edge. I understand the nitpicks; they have merit and trek fans should be rewarded for investing in a show with continuity. But, still nothing in the show can't be explained somehow. For instance, the Kobali have some technology that is more advanced that Starfleet. (Or a wormhole is available to Kobali that others don't know about.) Two, that the woman may have been an early crush for Kim, but not a crush that prevented him from having a girlfriend at some point (with whom we was engaged). So, I don't think the nitpicks regarding logic/continuity were fatal errors in the episode. Overall I thought the episode was very good - 3.5 stars. Could have been four with more poetic and/or dramatic touches. (And, yes some continuity errors should have been addressed.) Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:36:25 PDT Eli Comment by Yanks on DS9 S6: Inquisition Section 31 isn't anything like the PSI-Corps. What clues did you want? They don't operate on the front page of the "Star Fleet Journal". Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:01:55 PDT Yanks Comment by Jack on DS9 S3: Second Skin Yanks said: He didn't want the OO to know that he was the one that saved Kira. Entek entered the room with a couple of henchmen with him, and they weren't killed. Surely they saw Garak. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:52:21 PDT Jack Comment by DLPB on DS9 S6: Inquisition Oh, and yeah, Bureau 13 from B5. It's clearly a stolen idea. But the writers forgot that you can't just tack that into a story from nowhere. There was no clue, and nothing leading up to S31... it was just "Hey, guesss whoooooooo!?" Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:41:02 PDT DLPB Comment by DLPB on DS9 S6: Inquisition Actually, Section 31 is born of Babylon 5, where the series is based off. That's why DS9 isn't like normal Trek. Even through that, S31 seem to be totally tacked on to me. The writers wanted to add some drama to the show and just added B5's Psi-Corps with a tweak. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:38:36 PDT DLPB Comment by Zuriel Seven on DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement To many people's point about O'Brien taking command, there is a possibility that O'Brien's years since we've seen him on the Enterprise have been as a senior non-com, which may be often classified under enlisted service. O'Brien has been fond of his discussion of being enlisted since his discussion with Worf's father... Given that he's addressed as "Chief", he likely has reached the advancement of "Chief Petty Officer" or its senior or master designations, which, in Naval tradition, provides for his technical job specialization as well as his command experience despite his lack of officer's status. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:12:44 PDT Zuriel Seven Comment by Vylora on VOY S2: Threshold @Dusty: That. So very much that. Was awesome. Thank you. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:36:24 PDT Vylora Comment by Dave in NC on TNG S4: Suddenly Human @ Elliot I'll watch Child's Play in the next few days and I'll let you know what I think. hopefully I'll have a more positive opinion. (I haven't seen that one since the late 90's, maybe earlier). As far as Michael Piller's comments go, the fact that he mentioned all the angry letters and felt it necessary to explain what the episode was supposed to be about (that long after it aired) tells me that this episode really did mix its messages. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:15:57 PDT Dave in NC Comment by Vylora on VOY S2: Alliances This has all the necessary ingredients for a fantastic episode and actually comes through for the most part. Great opening that nicely sets up a sense of urgency. We finally get some much needed backstory on the Kazon. The crew gets put into a unique situation involving underhanded politics and corrupt alliances. Plus a lot of meaty dialogue. The real drawback to all of this is the completely unnecessary speech by Janeway at the end. Before that, though, I completely understood her extreme reluctance in allying with only certain Kazon sects. It is nothing like the Federation allying with (insert species name). In this case, it is a technologically advanced ship contributing its assets to said sects thus causing a change in the balance of power concerning the Kazon as a whole as well as any other species involved. I noticed a couple of other things here and there. Like the torpedoes hitting the Trabe ship that was firing on the building. I realize that the shields would absorb most of the energy, thus limiting damage to the building. It did seem kind of weak though, like they purposely lowered the yield on the torpedoes so there wouldn't be blast radius damage...also having the added effect of not destroying it, killing all Trabe aboard, and causing massive collateral damage as well... Really great job all around, however. The fact that I know what becomes of all of this doesn't matter. On its own merits, this is a winner. 3.5 stars. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:09:42 PDT Vylora Comment by Elliott on TNG S4: Suddenly Human @Dave : Check out "Child's Play" and "And the Children Shall Lead" for other examples of Trek tackling the subject. This isn't the last word on the matter. For the record, Piller is quoted saying "We got some pretty angry letters on that show. They said, 'How can you let an abused child go back to the people who are abusing him?' We really brought the child abuse issue up because it was the right and natural thing to bring up in the context in the story. There are real parallels to stories that go on in today's world about parents who fight over custody and one says there's been abuse. Who do you believe? But mostly, it was a cultural clash story. It was a story of someone who was human who had been raised in a totally alien environment. Is he human any longer? That's really what that story was about." Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:58:25 PDT Elliott Comment by Elliott on DS9 S6: Time's Orphan @Yanks : Trek's time-travelling rules are very inconsistent; it seems that the portal transports one back to the same point in time every time one goes through. Although, if "Parallels" (I hate that show) is to believed, Big Molly should still have to live her life as an illiterate alone in the wilderness in another quantum reality. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:49:56 PDT Elliott Comment by Dave in NC on TNG S4: Suddenly Human @ Elliot Thanks for saying that. I just detest this episode because of the conclusions it makes the viewer draw. It was one of the only times Star Trek ever tackled child abuse as a serious topic and it's a crying shame this is what resulted. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:48:37 PDT Dave in NC Comment by Dave in NC on TNG S4: Suddenly Human @ Robert They returned the boy after ONLY SEVEN YEARS OF CAPTIVITY? I'm even less inclined to think those injuries were all from rough-and-tumble play. He repressed HIS ENTIRE HUMAN CHILDHOOD in 2500 days?! THIS IS AN OBVIOUS SIGN OF ABUSE. I hate Picard's decision even more now. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:44:54 PDT Dave in NC Comment by Yanks on DS9 S6: Time's Orphan Before I rate this episode, can anyone explain to me why there was an 8 year old Molly in there when Molly-18 went back through the portal? Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:43:07 PDT Yanks Comment by Elliott on TNG S4: Suddenly Human @Dave : Forgive me if that came across as condescending. It was not meant to be. I found your reaction to be knee-jerk because you seem unwilling to confront the episode's moral dilemma on its own terms. You have brought your own preconceptions with you and refused to set them aside to consider the arguments in the show, it seems. I call him "Jono" because that is who he believes himself to be. Whether or not he "should" have been raised to be Jono is moot--it has been done, and that is who he is. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:42:41 PDT Elliott Comment by Robert on TNG S4: Suddenly Human And actually "CRUSHER: Two previously fractured ribs, a broken arm, and a low grade concussion. There might be neurological impairment. I'd like to examine him further. Jean-Luc, the Talarians have been known to be ruthless to their enemies. I think there's a real possibility they may have brutalised the child. PICARD: Isn't it possible the injuries were caused prior to his captivity? CRUSHER: Not likely. He's been with them a long time. Long enough to assimilate their cultural traits, and calcium trace patterns indicate the injuries took place during the past seven years. PICARD: But if they have abused the boy, why would he so devoutly wish to return to them? CRUSHER: It's not uncommon. It was identified centuries ago as the Stockholm syndrome. " She's not even sure. A lot of her conjecture of abuse is based on prejudice against a former enemy. For what it's worth I really don't think you're wrong about the episode's moral being wrong or Picard screwing up. I just think your view of Endar is wrong. I don't see him as the villain of the piece. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:41:53 PDT Robert Comment by Robert on TNG S4: Suddenly Human "She had a LOT of evidence and was VERY certain how one would get those injuries. Picard's explorations of her concerns were beyond pathetic. And why weren't Counselor Troi and Dr. Crusher involved in talking to the kidnapping parent? They're the medical experts." It was bait and switch. The intent of the writers was to put it in your head that they were abusing this boy (possibly even BECAUSE he was human) and then bring Endar in and spin it 180. I'm SURE a lot of important details get glossed over/hashed out off screen in other episodes and this one probably bothers you more for personal reasons. I mean, I just assumed Picard gave Deanna a look off screen and she nodded ("I sense no deception from him") and that she sensed no fear when Endar was brought near the boy. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:40:36 PDT Robert Comment by Elliott on DS9 S7: Extreme Measures @Robert : It's a small distinction, but I think it's important that all of the Founders' punishments were meant to serve as deterrents to others in the Dominion, like typical fascists. I don't think Stalin sent dissenters to the gulags out of personal spite, but as a political move to maintain control and order. It was only at the bitter end when the Female Founder ordered the pointless destruction of the entire Cardassian population (whom would that deter?) that she crossed into spiteful territory, I believe. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:39:37 PDT Elliott Comment by Dave in NC on TNG S4: Suddenly Human @ Elliot I'm kind of bummed you'd assume my reaction is a "knee-jerk" one, and thus, dismiss my points as ones based on illogic and emotion. I will agree with you on one point. The fact that you are still calling him Jono tells me you REALLY need to rewatch this episode. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:38:26 PDT Dave in NC Comment by Elliott on TNG S4: Suddenly Human "How does any rational human decide that kidnapping and child abuse is something that could be "right"?" Rationality allows a human to understand (not decide) that with cultural practices there is not "right" or "wrong", just different. "Right" depends upon a set of circumstances, a context which allows us to judge actions against a social contract. Your knee-jerk reaction to this situation is a testament to the episode's emotional relevance to you, but not evidence of a "correct" answer. For the record, I am not condoning Picard's actions in the end--I actually need to rewatch the episode before I make my final call. But his approach the situation is laudable: collecting evidence and weighing the pros and cons rationally. Beverly's analysis of Jono's injuries reflects the way 24th century humans raise their young (apparently), but takes no accounting of Talarian culture. Picard, the archæologist, takes an unbiased view. Robert is correct, that I only meant that Beverly's position is the most similar to your own. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:33:04 PDT Elliott Comment by Dave in NC on TNG S4: Suddenly Human @ Robert Thanks for being understanding. I admit that personal experiences can color perception, so yes, in that sense, I may have sided with Dr. Crusher right from the start, but still . . . She had a LOT of evidence and was VERY certain how one would get those injuries. Picard's explorations of her concerns were beyond pathetic. And why weren't Counselor Troi and Dr. Crusher involved in talking to the kidnapping parent? They're the medical experts. If the episode hadn't made Dr. Crusher's protests such a big deal, I wouldn't have either. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:32:15 PDT Dave in NC Comment by Yanks on DS9 S6: Profit and Lace Season 6 has offically tanked... my God what has happened to DS9? No discussion necessary. ZERO stars. (burp) Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:22:39 PDT Yanks Comment by Yanks on DS9 S6: Valiant Hey, was Nog an Ensign yet? If so, he should have relieved Captain Nemo and took the Valiant back to DS9. I don't for a second believe the dying Captain told or even hinted to Watters to complete the mission. His order would have been "get out of here, go to..." I don't for a second believe that even if the dying Captain only told Watters to take command, that the crew would have blindly just followed him on this stupid quest. Especially for 8 MONTHS!! I don't for a second believe that a ship limited to wap 3.X with no cloak survives for 8 months. I don't for a second believe Watter's little talk with Jake was meant as anything but a method to his madness. He needed Jake to shut up. I don't believe for a second that a group of anyone would support going after this monstrosity of a battleship. Nog, while in character here (not correct, but in character), was fine I thought up until he supported attacking the battleship. Not even Nog is that naive. "NOG: He may have been a hero. He may even have been a great man. But in the end he was a bad captain." I don't think he was any of the above Nog. I think you and the cadets were stupid and enabled Watters and I think you owe a big apology to Jake. Watters might have been sincere, or he might have been nuts, but someone’s clearer head should have prevailed. Officers don't blindly follow orders, they are there to question as well. How many times has Sisko be respectfully questioned by his officers? All the time. .5 stars because the XO was cute. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:20:33 PDT Yanks Comment by Robert on TNG S4: Suddenly Human "By the way, I'm not sure what you mean by "a character for you", but somehow that doesn't seem like a compliment" I don't think Elliott meant anything by that, only that... in TNG a few characters always seemed to disagree with the final verdict, which was nice because there was always someone for the viewer to identify with, even if they disagreed with the episode. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:19:17 PDT Robert Comment by Robert on TNG S4: Suddenly Human One last comment. What I think is interesting about these pair of episodes ("Cardassians"/"Suddenly Human") is that when I was young I wanted to keep Jeremiah AND Rugal. I wanted to keep Rugal because of my feelings towards the Cardassians. As I'm older and have children I think Sisko is right and Picard was wrong. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:17:39 PDT Robert Comment by Dave in NC on TNG S4: Suddenly Human Elliot said "Your gut, nor mine nor Picard's is not the measuring stick by which we should be judging the morality of other cultures." reply: Actually, it is. This is a show that regularly asks the viewers to make moral choices and to question their own decision-making processes. We, as viewers, were very much being asked to pick a side by the time the credits rolled. How does any rational human decide that kidnapping and child abuse is something that could be "right"? How could anyone think that is something we shouldn't judge harshly? How could anyone think that is something not worth taking a stand against? Let's be real. If your neighbors were immigrants and they were abusing their children, would you say "well, it's just their way"? I'd hope the answer is no, but I'm starting to wonder. Elliot said "The episode even has a character for you, Beverly (as an aside, this is exactly what I prefer in TNG over DS9, there's usually someone in the debate to voice counterarguments)." reply: Beverly wasn't expressing a counterargument, she was EXPRESSING HER MEDICAL OPINION. I found Picard's dismissal of her 24th Century forensic evidence (after the father says one sentence about it) to be out of character for Picard. It's even sadder that the viewers don't seem to care about him casually brushing aside her concerns. By the way, I'm not sure what you mean by "a character for you", but somehow that doesn't seem like a compliment. Elliot said "You see it as wrong, and you made your case, I am saying that it is more complicated than that. "Wrong" is not an absolute, it is a cultural consensus." reply: Remember when I said this episode is an "apologist argument for abusive upbringings in foreign places"? Thanks for proving my point. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:15:58 PDT Dave in NC Comment by Robert on TNG S4: Suddenly Human Also, if I were the admiral and it was my grandchild Picard would spend the rest of his career as an Ensign scrubbing plasma conduits, assuming he didn't spend the rest of his life on a penal colony somewhere for deciding that without any power to do so. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:14:33 PDT Robert Comment by Robert on TNG S4: Suddenly Human "I just feel that my interpretation of this episode is not dependent on having an abusive childhood, and my gut reaction was that you were dismissing my points because of my history with this episode. " I think you viewed Endar as LYING because of your past, where the episode paints his words as the truth. I'm not saying that he wasn't abused at all, especially from a human perspective. I just think that Endar truly does love him and from a certain mindset being forced to care for children that you caused to be orphaned might even be an enlightened philosophy. "ENDAR: I lost my son at the hands of humans during the conflict over Castal One. Talarian custom allows me to claim the son of a slain enemy." From my HUMAN perspective, if my wife and I were killed I'd want my child to go to whomever it specified in my will and certainly not my killers, have their name/identity removed, etc. But to me, the fact that Endar loves Jeremiah the same as he would a Talarian son seems evident by the episode and is not really up for interpretation. He had a rough and tumble childhood, likely doing things that the physically tougher Talarians would get hurt doing (all ST aliens seem stronger than us physically) and Endar is not physically abusing him. I think Endar is a loving parent and is not abusing Jeremiah. But Jeremiah is human and from a human perspective everything that has happened to this boy is wrong. If I were Picard I would have made the opposite choice. I was mostly taking issue with your repeated comments that Endar is lying, which the episode does not support, not necessarily your conjecture that returning him to the people who killed his parents and took him away from his life was a good idea. "I still remember despairing when Picard bought Endar's lies about the abuse" "The scene with Jeremiah (not Jono) and Endar first meeting on the Enterprise also had the uncomfortable vibe of an abusive parent attempting to keep his child from saying something incriminating about them." "It's basically a apologist argument for abusive upbringings in "foreign places."" "I totally understood Jeremiah's internal conflict, feeling love for people that can't or won't express it to you, people that you don't really have a connection with, despite all your best efforts." These are the lines I took issue with that I feel may be colored by your life. I don't think Endar is lying, I DO think he loves Jeremiah and gives him love, I don't think the episode supported their reunion as uncomfortable, and I don't buy Picard as gullible or "buying" anything false. I actually think the whole episode is really, really interesting up until the part in which Picard sends him back, and then it slams into a brick wall. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:10:37 PDT Robert Comment by Dave in NC on VOY S4: The Gift As much as I enjoy Harry and Tom's bromance, let's face it: Kes (Jennifer Lien) was a better character (and better actor) than Harry Kim (Garrett Wang). Her character deserved more than a creepy pseudo-pedophilic relationship with Neelix and refilling hyposprays in Sickbay. With a life span that short, there was an endless amount of possible "aging/maturing" story lines they could have followed. And that doesn't even include all the potential outcomes of her mental powers! Truly a waste. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:01:24 PDT Dave in NC Comment by Elliott on TNG S4: Suddenly Human Your gut, nor mine nor Picard's is not the measuring stick by which we should be judging the morality of other cultures. You have decided that Jono's treatment was wrong, and made clear what your position would be in this situation. The episode even has a character for you, Beverly (as an aside, this is exactly what I prefer in TNG over DS9, there's usually someone in the debate to voice counterarguments). That does not end the debate. You see it as wrong, and you made your case, I am saying that it is more complicated than that. "Wrong" is not an absolute, it is a cultural consensus. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:56:52 PDT Elliott Comment by Dave in NC on TNG S4: Suddenly Human And I must say, this whole line of thinking "it's just their way of doing things" is kind of a cop out. Think about it: it's very convenient when one can say "tsk, tsk" but not actually have to take a stand against something that is wrong. That's not the kind of lesson Star Trek should be sending, but apparently, that's the one that's being received. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:41:54 PDT Dave in NC Comment by Dave in NC on TNG S4: Suddenly Human @ Elliot Abuse is an umbrella term . . . but dictionary definitions aside, in it's colloquial usage you know exactly what I am referring to. Let's get our heads out of the dictionary and back into the real world. Don't like the word "abuse"? How about Jeremiah was "violated"? Jeremiah was "traumatized"? Or maybe just, "What happened to Jeremiah was WRONG." In the end, they are all just adjectives. My gut tells me returning a teenage kidnapee to their abductor is wrong. Doubly so when you consider that A) the abductor killed the kid's parents and B) the kid is comfortable with murdering a veritable stranger. Child abuse and kidnapping are the last things anyone should be attempting to rationalize, in my opinion. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:37:21 PDT Dave in NC Comment by Elliott on TNG S4: Suddenly Human I am sorry, but it isn't cut and dry for me. Abuse is defined as "the improper use of something; misuse; misapplication." Improper is defined as "not in accordance with accepted rules or standards, especially of morality or honesty." Thus in order to call something abuse, the standards by which something can be called improper have to be agreed upon. Clearly between these two cultures, human and Talarian, they do not agree. If a human did these things, it *would* be abuse. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:23:25 PDT Elliott Comment by Dave in NC on TNG S4: Suddenly Human Even calling him Jono is abuse. How do you think it felt to be a small child and be told your name is not your name anymore, your parents are not your parents and never were, and everything you were taught about respect and tolerance was wrong?! That's ABUSE. "Cultural practices" is a red herring argument. This should have been treated as a criminal case, and Picard should have told Endar to shove his violent threats up his ass. (I highly doubt his species would have gone to war over a kidnapee, especially since the Federation could crush them). Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:12:20 PDT Dave in NC Comment by Elliott on TNG S4: Suddenly Human @Dave : "Just because something is 'cultural' doesn't mean it is worth preserving or defending." I totally agree with this! But, what needs to change is the cultural practice, right? We wouldn't accuse a devoutly religious man telling his daughter that she ought to submit to her husband of abusing his daughter, but we still would want to change this cultural practice. Likewise, I don't think Endar was abusing Jono, but, should the Tamarians ever join the Federation, their cultural practices would have to change. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:06:34 PDT Elliott Comment by Elliott on ENT S1: Dear Doctor @Sean: "Star Trek's morality is one in which it's a no brainer to answer distress calls and help people. This episode (and others like it from TNG and VOY) try to make the opposite case." See, that is itself a conflict; if it's a "no-brainer" as you say, then why would so many episodes make the opposite case? Isn't it clearly NOT a simple question of help or don't help? "[H]ow many people does it take before curing a disease is somehow different?" As many as constitute an entire species. I think that's the point. "[W]hy simply helping people is controversial is beyond me." Please don't take this as arrogance, because it is not. But, the whole premise of Star Trek is that humanity will evolve 'beyond' where it is now, physically, technologically, socially, politically and ethically. The fact that it is "beyond you" is a testament to this idea. @Robert & Yanks : Thanks for beating me to this point. The Organians in "Observer Effect" were akin to Picard and co. in "Pen Pals." Also, we're talking about two people dying due to external factors versus and entire race going extinct due to internal factors. Apples and Oranges, as you said. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:02:24 PDT Elliott Comment by Dave in NC on TNG S4: Suddenly Human I accidentally posted as Robert at 11:56 AM (sorry, I was getting passionate and wasn't paying attention to where I was typing). Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:02:14 PDT Dave in NC Comment by Dave in NC on TNG S4: Suddenly Human @ Elliot I think you are splitting hairs. "After all, indoctrinating children with a religious belief that condones suicide bombing or wife-beating is, in my view a kind of child-abuse, but cultural relativism demands that such behaviour be viewed, in context, as simply the continuation of social traditions." Slavery was a social tradition. So was child labor. And racism., And homophobia. And religious oppression. Either something is wrong or it isn't, and all the cultural relativism in the world isn't going to make those bruises vanish or make someone un-raped. Just because something is "cultural" doesn't mean it is worth preserving or defending. "To echo what Robert said, this isn't a great boy-raised-by-wolves story, but I don't find it offensive, nor do I believe for a moment the episode is condoning child-abuse." So it's not abusive to murder a kid's parents, kidnap him, and destroy his personality and heritage to the extent he is willing to murder someone before the age of 16?! That's the DEFINITION OF ABUSE, and if you think Picard made the right choice in rewarding the kidnapper, I think you are beyond wrong. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:01:06 PDT Dave in NC Comment by Yanks on DS9 S6: The Reckoning Jammer, "Kai Winn, who was a major disappointment this time around. The story paints her as entirely too self-serving." "Unfortunately, this is too much of a retread, especially when considering the groundbreaking changes in her character in "Rapture" last year (as well as dialog from "In the Cards"). Her actions this week strike me as character regression rather than character development." This is only true of you've been fooled into believing that Winn had ever "progressed". She most certainly has not, ever. She's always been a self-serving egotistical bitch. Now she KNOWS the prophets see through her veil as well. She only has verbally capitulated on occasion because she had no choice or she needed to attempt to save face. She's not only faithless, she's also talentless. Her actions while she was First Minister clearly demonstrate that. Now, on to this episode. Aside from the "battle" at the end, this episode is well done I think and after reading all the comments here the choices for the participants in this battle made sense. I still don’t know why they needed corporeal bodies, but one can question just about everything in Star Trek on that same level if they chose. Some things you just have to accept. Kira being selected as a portal was perfect 9and well played), Jadzia’s humor was on key and enjoyable, Jakes special moments worrying about losing his dad again were priceless. While we all love the "shades of grey" that DS9 has given us, there is room for good old black and white "good vs evil" as well. I'm not sure why some have an issue with the "red eyes". The PW's have always been red since we learned of them. They were red when they were purged from the celestial temple. If I were Star Fleet I would have told Winn to pack sand with regard to the artifact. How many times has Sisko/Emissary saved Bajor? Screw her. This isn't a classic, but I think 2.0 stars is epically low. 3.5 stars for me. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:00:47 PDT Yanks Comment by Robert on TNG S4: Suddenly Human @ Robert For the record, I do appreciate your sympathy. (Star Trek fans really are nice people for the most part). I just feel that my interpretation of this episode is not dependent on having an abusive childhood, and my gut reaction was that you were dismissing my points because of my history with this episode. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:56:12 PDT Robert Comment by Elliott on VOY S2: Non Sequitur Katie : "let the market decide" That's exactly what I mean by "faith-based economic system"; the market is not a god or a being which can decide things, it is a system of controlling the distribution of wealth. When the system is nominally free of regulation (laissez-faire), those who already have accumulated wealth are free to direct the markets in their own favour, artificially increasing both their wealth and power, thus, ironically, making the whole system really very un-free for the majority of people. Also, "consensual trading" is not capitalism. Trading with consent means that each individual assigns an arbitrary value to his goods for the purpose of trade. Capitalism uses currency whose value is determined by a complicated set of market factors, none of which require the consent of anyone but a few cronies at the top. Regulating capitalism (known as the social market) prevents this kind of corruption; limiting the freedom of those who would stand to become exorbitantly wealthy at the expense of the majority, but expanding economic freedom to the vast majority. Freedom is not absolute, it is a compromise. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:52:39 PDT Elliott Comment by Elliott on TNG S4: Suddenly Human I'm afraid I agree with Robert, here. Qualifying something as abuse requires cultural context. After all, indoctrinating children with a religious belief that condones suicide bombing or wife-beating is, in my view a kind of child-abuse, but cultural relativism demands that such behaviour be viewed, in context, as simply the continuation of social traditions. It seems clear that Jono was not singled out for treatment by the Talarians, but was treated as any Talarian boy would have been. Now, we may not approve of their culture, but it isn't fair to single out his treatment as abuse when his behaviour suggests he's not atypical for a Talarian. To echo what Robert said, this isn't a great boy-raised-by-wolves story, but I don't find it offensive, nor do I believe for a moment the episode is condoning child-abuse. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:38:27 PDT Elliott Comment by Dave in NC on TNG S4: Suddenly Human @ Robert After viewing how warlike Endar's race is (and how prone to violence Endar himself is) I find it very doubtful that a human boy forced to become an alien (in that kind of culture) wasn't physically abused. If you DO buy that Jeremiah did it all to himself, why didn't Dr. Crusher see those as injuries relating to a fall? She seemed quite convinced there was more there, and Jeremiah's behavior reinforced her suspicions. I think I'd trust Dr. Crusher's 24th Century forensic evidence before I trusted some enraged kidnapper's excuses. But setting that all aside, HE WAS STILL KIDNAPPED AGAINST HIS WILL AND MENTALLY ABUSED!!! No matter which way you slice it, Jeremiah was stolen from his parents (who were murdered in front of him) and forced to become the very thing he should despise. In my opinion the murder of one's parents, kidnapping, the breaking of one's will, and the repression of his kinder past DEFINITELY QUALIFIES as abuse. And that is IF YOU SET THE QUESTION OF PHYSICAL ABUSE ASIDE. Maybe that's because people don't view mental abuse in the same way they view physical abuse? I don't know. It all comes down to whether you think Jeremiah was abused. I think it's pretty obvious he was, no matter WHAT kind of childhood I may have had. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:26:24 PDT Dave in NC Comment by John TY on TOS S3: The Savage Curtain Lol at Jammer's second paragraph. I think they could have made a whole series out of shamelessly killing history's noblest figures! At least this inspired a pretty good Futurama episode. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:09:18 PDT John TY Comment by John TY on TOS S1: The Return of the Archons Yeah I used to have some affection for this one in spite of its flaws. Or maybe because of them. Note: I like how easily Sulu gets 'absorbed' and yet Kirk is allowed to get away with blue murder. Much like dgalvan's comment above about Kirk's smugness at the end, I also laughed when Scotty says something about Sulu being back to normal and Sulu gives a coy little smirk and then says to the con officer 'relieving you'. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:56:40 PDT John TY Comment by Yanks on ENT S2: Dead Stop NCC-1701-Z, Another good episode but I did have a few quibbles. Why didn't Enterprise beam Archer, T'Pol and Mayweather out of the computer room? Why didn't the computer beam them out, it was clearly aware they had penetrated the area! ================================================ It's apparent that that function was designed to prevent folks from entering the chamber (location specific. The designers obviously didn't take into account that anyone would ever want or need to get past it. Another area that had location specific transport capability was the "payment" area. So at least they were consistent. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:54:25 PDT Yanks Comment by not-dead-yet-jim on TNG S4: First Contact Bebe Neuwirth - nuff said! Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:52:04 PDT not-dead-yet-jim Comment by Yanks on ENT S1: Dear Doctor Robert, Completely agree with your assessment of the 'Observer Effect' comparison here. Totally apples and oranges. Little more "Prime Directive" info, I think Picard describes it best [Pen Pals]: "You see, the Prime Directive has many different functions, not the least of which is to protect us. To prevent us from allowing our emotions to overwhelm our judgment." Precisely why I think Archer should have helped here. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:45:00 PDT Yanks Comment by HolographicAndrew on VOY S4: The Gift Personally I don't really believe the myriad of reasons for the departure of Kes. To me it seems clear that they just replaced one hot female with another. I don't buy for a second that they were considering having both of them on the show. It's just odd that it was so transparent that the new character was introduced at the exact same time she leaves. That aside, atleast I found her storyline in this episode quite a satisfying conclusion to the character at this point. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:34:58 PDT HolographicAndrew Comment by Yanks on DS9 S6: His Way I love the "Vic" episodes. I love episodes that explore the Kira/Odo relationship. I don't love this one though. It’s kind of a love/hate relationship with this one. Cute yes, humorous yes, touching at times yes, but necessary? ... I don't think so. It's actually a character killer for Kira. Didn't Odo just "go all linky" with the lead Founder and totally forget/disregard his job and responsibility? Resulting in the falling of the minefield and risk of death to his crewmates? How does Kira just forget that? IS this the same Kira that just plotted to kill her own mother? I don’t see a “forgiving Kira” here… It’s a personal opinion I know, but here we are again, a “relationship” within the Chain of Command…. That never works (see Jadzia & Worf [Change of Heart]) and we ALL know what Odo is capable of doing with regards to his feelings for Kira (8000 wiped out [Children of Time]). I thought their relationship up to this point was a great one. Very enjoyable. Deep at times, funny at times… This was neither needed nor desired and this is at this time is like jumping off a cliff right after ITPM. 1 star. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:30:33 PDT Yanks Comment by Robert on TNG S4: Suddenly Human @Dave - I don't like this episode but I think "It's basically a apologist argument for abusive upbringings in "foreign places." is a bizarrely off base argument. There is a difference between coming from a culture where it's acceptable to beat your kid and coming from a culture where it's acceptable to let your kids do things American parents would find dangerous. Before helicopter parenting kids jumped their bikes over ditches without helmets on, climbed trees/buildings, ran across roofs, played outdoors, used jungle gyms (those are basically not even allowed anymore) and you know what? They broke arms and stuff. I am not defending this episode but the writers intended it to be canonical that Endar was NOT abusing Jeremiah. Fractured ribs? A broken arm? A concussion? Back in the day you could get such from climbing a tree, playing on a jungle gym and some football on the pavement in a parking lot. "Have you ever had a son desperately try to win your approval, your respect? Jono broke his ribs riding on a t'stayan. Six hooves. A very powerful beast. The arm, in a contest with other youths. He endured the pain and won the competition. One day, he will be a great warrior." If you think that line is BS you're reading something into the episode that is not there. Given your upbringing (which I am sorry for) it does not surprise me that you read them as lies. But the episode was not written to have them be lies, the actor did not deliver them as lies and Picard (who is our hero and we're supposed to trust his judgement) states his complete belief in these lines. My cousin got a serious concussion falling off a horse and that's not a really powerful 6 hooved beast. Children's games in warrior cultures would be rougher than here, but even human cultures are not immune. Heck, even humans in the 24th century play dangerous games. Parrises squares killed the Doctor's daughter! I'm not telling you to like this episode, to agree with Picard or to agree with the decision. I personally sided with Sisko in Cardassians, so I'd technically side against Picard here. But those lines are not lies and if you read them as such it's entirely a product of how your life colored this episode for you. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:24:14 PDT Robert Comment by Robert on DS9 S6: Sons and Daughters @Nonya - For like a minute. From the moment he sat on the spine to the moment he told Kira his plan to kill Ziyal (which all happened in a single scene). The episode so nicely helped you let your guard down with Dukat and make the two of them feel cute together and then slammed you in the face with the fact that he's a killer and what he's capable of. It partially redeems him of course that he didn't kill Ziyal (especially if you take the position that he told Kira because he wanted to be stopped) but it was such a contrast between the two of them laughing together and him talking about murdering his daughter that the brief thought was fleeting. But I'll admit I had it. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:05:37 PDT Robert Comment by Vylora on VOY S2: Prototype Pretty decent Torres stuff. Otherwise, it is typical filler that is watchable enough with a few nicely conveyed character moments and some by-the-numbers plotting. 2.5 stars. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:00:45 PDT Vylora Comment by Robert on ENT S1: Dear Doctor @Sean - You make some good points, but some fall flat. "Again, why simply helping people is controversial is beyond me." Nobody is saying that. Simply helping PRE WARP people is controversial. I don't know that it should be, and if you've read my take on the issue I think Archer made the wrong call.... but somewhere between "Dear Doctor" and "Homeward" there probably is a line we should not cross. I believe the as yet un-existing Prime Directive should not apply because these people are literally launching ships into the heavens looking for saviors with warp technology. Everything is a slippery slope, it's a grey morality thing. Helping with medicine is totally cool right, but would you give them phasers and shield technology if they lived next door to the Borg? I mean... that's just as likely to off them as a genetic disease... The Prime Directive is about deciding where to draw lines, and what I liked about this episode is that it said that Archer wasn't sure where to draw them. That's a pretty standard reaction for the first human captain and it colors his character in an interesting way. He's not perfect, he's not god. Was this maybe the perfect episode to say that? No. But I thought it served alright. "Again, another episode within this same show: Archer pleads with the Organians in Observer Effect to help him. When it's his people that are dying from a disease, the people that can but won't help are horrible monsters. But when it's someone else, we didn't come out here to play god and evolution demands that we don't help." That episode is so different from this it's not even funny. EVERY TIME the Federation EVER came across a planet with a danger like this they tossed a beacon to warn new comers. Why did the Organians not do that? Because they wanted to keep the planet in it's lethal state for the sake of running experiments. They WERE interfering in a way already. Science tells us that simply observing something can be interfering. Especially the WAY they were doing it.... It'd be like if you knew the playground you jogged by every day was unsafe and you didn't tell anybody the flaws you noticed because you wanted to see how the children dealt with getting hurt. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:57:59 PDT Robert Comment by Vylora on VOY S2: Resistance One of the better executed episodes so far this season. No major turns in plot for the sake of itself; just good storytelling from beginning to end. The plight of the old man was touching and tragic. Unfortunately, in this viewers opinion, the episode was not as touching and tragic as it seemed to want to be. I can't put my finger on it, so I won't. It is well done, though. 3 stars. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:48:00 PDT Vylora Comment by not-dead-yet-jim on ENT S2: Dead Stop Am I the only one that thought the station showed elements of Borg-like qualities? Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:59:33 PDT not-dead-yet-jim Comment by Yanks on ENT S1: Dear Doctor The Valakians did reach out for help, and Archer did help them. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:26:11 PDT Yanks Comment by Yanks on VOY S2: The 37's I'll rate this later when I rewatch Voyager but damn, folks that are making a cow out of the truck need to get over yourselves. Seeing Tuvok draw his phasOr when it back-fires is worth it all :-) Lighten up people! Have some fun! Every episode doesn't need to be Scorpion, or Inner Light... Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:01 PDT Yanks Comment by Yanks on DS9 S6: Sons and Daughters Yes, just you :-) Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:37:46 PDT Yanks Comment by Todd on TNG S6: Rightful Heir Skeptical, I disagree on the notion that DS9 suddenly made Gowron incompetent. For starters, we don't know if he was ever a particularly effective tactician to begin with, but that wasn't the problem on DS9. The problem was he was *intentionally* making Martok (who apparently WAS an effective tactician) look bad by sending him into hopeless battles to discredit him. I do wish we'd seen more of what supposedly made Kahless great, emphasizing a sense of honor, but for an episode about faith, Worf's proposed compromise of having Kahless installed as emperor was the best possible compromise to avert division or even another civil war. Neither Gowron, nor Korath, seem particularly happy about it (maybe not even Worf, for that matter) but seem to understand it's the best solution there is. All in all, despite being an agnostic myself, I really enjoyed this episode and what address, regarding faith and symbols. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:59:52 PDT Todd Comment by Vylora on VOY S2: Maneuvers Quite an enjoyable episode despite the contrivances. Once again, though, it is also seemingly another example of the writers not thinking things through completely when developing a story. Jammers quibbles are of note. I do like one commenters example of shields going down long enough to attempt transport. I believe that's what they meant in "Caretaker" when they spoke of combat-transport. Chakotay risking himself was all fine and good, but leaving the opportunity open for the Kazon to have the shuttle, core wipe or no, was utterly foolish. I wasn't too bothered with Seska being left behind. After everything was said and done, it was a judgement call and they probably figured it would be too dangerous of a hassle considering that set of circumstances. As far as Seska not taking over Voyager at the outset; I can see why they didn't. Why risk the crew of one Kazon ship in a takeover attempt when you can instead steal an important piece of tech, use it as a bargaining chip in acquiring an alliance, and THEN use said alliance to overpower Voyager for the tech? Makes sense to me. The pacing was great, the direction was tight, and there were some really good scenes. The interrogation especially was well played out. 3 stars. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:26:44 PDT Vylora Comment by Vylora on VOY S2: Cold Fire This showing is a prime example of why Voyager, as a series, frustrates the hell out of me. We get a fantastic recap opening scene to set up a potentially great episode. This scene is followed by a few acts of nicely done character growth for the oft under-utilized Kes. All of it involving the ever reliable guest star Gary Graham and the hope for further insights into the Nacine. Plus an opportunity to learn more about the wayword Ocampa. After a pretty satisfying, yet lengthy appetizer tasting menu, we're prepared for the main course. The plate is set before us which consists of simply dried, moldy bread slathered in what seems to be actual shit. Enjoy what you can; just make sure to satiate your appetite before the last course here at the Unfulfilled Potential Restaurant and Bar. 2.5 stars. Comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:09:32 PDT Vylora Comment by Gandhi on BSG S2: Downloaded An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind Comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:37:09 PDT Gandhi Comment by Dave in NC on TNG S4: Suddenly Human @ Andrew I disagree wholeheatedly!!! Endar was antagonistic because he was from a warlike race that kills parents in front of their children and then abducts these children back to their world, where entire personalities and heritages are systematically replaced by the violent primitive thinking of an alien culture. And what of Jeremiah's numerous significant injuries which so alarmed Dr. Crusher? The explanation offered in the episode was laughable. Jeremiah should NEVER have been sent back because HE DIDN'T BELONG WITH THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE. He was kidnapped and mentally and physically abused. The more I think about it, the more I really hate this episode. It's basically a apologist argument for abusive upbringings in "foreign places." I hate the message it sends, and I hate the way it puts a great character like Picard in a bad light. A personal note: I was adopted and raised by someone originally from another country. I was abused a lot as a child, and I still remember watching this for the first time at age 12. I totally understood Jeremiah's internal conflict, feeling love for people that can't or won't express it to you, people that you don't really have a connection with, despite all your best efforts. I still remember despairing when Picard bought Endar's lies about the abuse, and I can also recall being really upset when Jeremiah was sent back. This episode actually contributed to my staying silent, and that is something that I guess still gets to me a little. Sometimes the moral IS important. How anyone can like this episode is beyond me. Truly a ZERO STAR episode. Comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:17:21 PDT Dave in NC Comment by Dave in NC on DS9 S2: Second Sight An episode that depends on contrived plot twists and red herrings to keep the obvious from being obvious. First off, Ben Sisko is a BIG fan of Professor Seyetik and his celebrated/celebrity career, yet he has no idea that he is married?! Much like the Geordi/Leah Brahms episode, marriage status doesn't appear to be publicly available information in the future. Except other episodes directly contradict this possibility, so what gives? Bad plotting. Fenna and Sisko didn't have a relationship, you could barely call it a flirtation. The longest amount of time they spent together (traveling from the Promenade to the docking ring) we don't even see. What did they talk about in the intervening time? Whatever it was, it wasn't anything personal, judging by the dialogue we did see. I also thought it odd that Sisko didn't just say "Computer, halt turbolift, security authorization etc etc" when Fenna ran off in the docking ring. In four years, THIS is the first woman that Sisko had any kind of infatuation with? A woman he spent maybe a half hour with? I'm not sure I'm buying what they're selling here. When Sisko meets Odo in his office to find Fenna, it's strange that Sisko doesn't think it prudent to mention her doubly-pointy ears. I know there are a lot of species out there, but you'd think a pseudo-Vulcan would sort of stick out. Maybe because that would have solved the mystery in five minutes. Very contrived. And when Odo DOES find out that the woman doesn't exist on any manifest, he makes the rather ridiculous claim that not one member of the Prometheus's crew has disembarked for Deep Space 9 in the three days it has been there (other than the Professor). And how did not one surveillance camera catch this woman? More bad plotting. I also found it odd that his wife had conjured Fenna three times over two days (twice during the day) and her husband (nor any Prometheus crewmember) noticed it. I didn't like the persona of his wife, she came across as a rather stony-faced grim enigma in the little screen time she was given. She didn't express any kind of spousal affection to her husband at all. I understand the actress was trying to draw a dichotomy between the two characters she was playing, but when Ben told Nidell at the end she was exactly like Fenna, I rolled my eyes. They were polar opposites. I think we were supposed to hate the scientist character and his personality, but everything the plot and background information told us showed that he was indeed an accomplished and gifted man. Since the "douchebag husband consumed with work" characterization didn't ring true, Nidell's true reasons for being angry with her husband were never explained (other than a vague sentence from the Professor about her mating for life and some ensuing disagreements). Come to think of it, if her species DOES mate for life, you'd think she would have taken more care in choosing a spouse, especially one who dresses in such a provocative boisterous manner. (Seriously, who is his tailor?!) Nitpicks: Does Nidell have dreams of being a hairstylist and fashion designer? Those were some pretty banging threads for a dream made flesh. Why is Kira so obsessed with Sisko's morning routine? It didn't seem to fit her character. (I sense a rewrite from an originally Dax perspective). More nitpicks: Why didn't Nidell mention that she had conjured up this woman before? Why didn't Seyetik call sickbay when he finally did see his wife was in distress? Also too, the actor who played the Commander of the Prometheus was very wooden. Snooze! And why exactly was it necessary for the Professor to ACTUALLY kill himself in order to free his wife? Surely the Federation would have helped him fake his death to spare his wife's life. More terrible plotting. Unusually for any modern Trek show (since TNG Season 3), this show LOOKS bad. The lighting is noticeably too bright, the various camera shots seem to linger a second too long, the characters not their usual selves. Everything about the episode seems kind of off. Especially noticeable is the incredibly slow way Nidell starts to clear the table after dinner, and the ridiculous baby steps she takes on her goodbye walk in the final shot. This episode was padded to fill time, and then some. The only things that really worked for me were the exploration of the father-son dynamic between Sisko and Jake, the crew banter before the banquet, and the actual rebirth of the star. Special kudos to the composer of the star-rebirth score, who managed to sneak in some melody despite the Producers commands to the contrary. Not a very good episode at all. 1.5 stars (and only because I liked the too-few father-son scenes). Comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:29:28 PDT Dave in NC Comment by Vylora on VOY S2: Tattoo Admittedly, there's some decent effort given to this episode. However I have a feeling that the writers, at times, delve into story ideas without really thinking them through. The Chakotay story here was admirable enough but some of it didn't feel quite right. It didn't help that too many contrivances were involved. The parts involving the Doctor, though, were fantastic. 2.5 stars. Comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:16:55 PDT Vylora Comment by Vylora on VOY S2: Persistence of Vision Sometimes, in fiction, it is quite alright to not be given any answers. This is one of those times. I found most of the scenes to be quite effective in slowly building a sense of delusional paranoia. I agree with Jammer in that the spreading of the hallucinations among the crew slowed the dramatic momentum a bit. However, it also allowed for a few interesting scenes. Whether they were necessary additions or not is debatable. This is a breath of fresh air after the last few clunkers and a pretty good showing in its own right. The whole "only the Doctor can save us" premise (with Kes in this instance) doesn't bother me when it's done as well as it is here. Only downside is the reasons for some of the crew slipping into a catatonic state showed a weaker willpower on their part than I would like to think that they should have. 3 stars. Comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:58:22 PDT Vylora Comment by Nonya on DS9 S6: Sons and Daughters ....So...does anybody else have a little piece of them that kinda wishes Dukat and Kira would have gotten together? No? Just me then? Comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:56:01 PDT Nonya Comment by Sean on ENT S1: Dear Doctor I wasn't aware we were talking about economics, technology, or politics. Elliott, at this point I'm talking about Star Trek's confliction with itself on this point. Star Trek's morality is one in which it's a no brainer to answer distress calls and help people. This episode (and others like it from TNG and VOY) try to make the opposite case. And actually, it is about helping people. As I asked before, how many people does it take before curing a disease is somehow different? Because doctors treat people all the time. Indeed, many doctors look for cures for diseases. In Star Trek, doctors work with multiple different species and multiple different diseases from these species. At what number of people does it change from simply helping people to whatever it is you're talking about? We like DS9 because it didn't have a clear cut answer to everything. That was the point. It was very different from most Trek in that regard. Moral ambiguity was everywhere in that show. However even Sisko would agree with Starfleet morality: that answering distress calls and helping people who ask for help was the right thing to do (and he even did so on numerous occasions). Again, why simply helping people is controversial is beyond me. Again, another episode within this same show: Archer pleads with the Organians in Observer Effect to help him. When it's his people that are dying from a disease, the people that can but won't help are horrible monsters. But when it's someone else, we didn't come out here to play god and evolution demands that we don't help. Comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:46:36 PDT Sean Comment by Sean on ENT S4: Observer Effect Is this episode penance for Dear Doctor? You be the judge. Comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:39:08 PDT Sean Comment by Vylora on VOY S2: Parturition It's a credit to Frakes' direction and some good performances that this episode is better than it actually is. Unfortunately, it is still subpar quality Star Trek with more contrivances than intelligent storytelling. Watchable enough, but not passable. 2 stars. Comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:42:05 PDT Vylora Comment by Vylora on VOY S2: Twisted Go home, Voyager! You're drunk! I give this a bit of credit for weirdness, a few good moments, and the ultimate acknowledgement of defeat by the crew. I'm sure there are much better ways to tell that story than this. In the end it all amounts to nothing and is mostly a waste of airwaves. Half star. Comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:29:58 PDT Vylora Comment by Katie on VOY S2: Non Sequitur Elliott, this is not true. Capitalism is free markets, and even the currencies themselves are also subject to whatever happens in the marketplace. In a real capitalistic society, there would be multiple currencies, and the best of them would be rise to the top. It could be gold or something else - let the market decide. When I refer to capitalism, and I am referring to Laissez-faire capitalism where the markets are not controlled by governments and there is a respect for property rights. Comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:18:59 PDT Katie Comment by Vylora on VOY S2: Non Sequitur Fairly enjoyable in parts, but somewhere underneath, a much better episode is screaming to get out. Otherwise it is more or less decent, yet, skip-able filler with an ending that shoots itself in the foot. 2 stars. Comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:47:14 PDT Vylora Comment by Vylora on VOY S2: Elogium Pros involve a few really good character moments and effective dialogue. Cons include everything else. The issue of childbirth with the crews situation is admirable. The execution of the idea is atrocious. And unless the Ocampa have twins, triplets, or the occasional litter - the one chance at conception in nine years or so is evolutionary implausible. A few good moments is all this episode has. 1.5 stars. Comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:26:42 PDT Vylora Comment by Vylora on VOY S2: Projections Even knowing how it ends, this episode is about pitch perfect in nearly every sense. I do not think its a slam-dunk classic but one of the closest yet for Voyager up to this point. Fantastic insight into the inner workings of the Doctor abound here. If that's not part and parcel to character growth, which is in turn inherently important to "the bigger picture", then I don't know what is. Speaking of which, dismissing a whole episode just because it's a plot you don't want to see is not properly judging the episode on its own merits. There's a difference between "it's a bad ep because its not what I wanted" and "its a bad ep because writing, acting, dialogue, etc". No, the episode itself isn't part of the bigger picture, but then the majority of Voyager episodes aren't, anyway. What IS important here is the character insight and development which is a necessary part of great storytelling which, in turn, enhances the bigger picture, as it were. Just my two cents in response to a few above comments. Anyway, great job here. Really enjoyable all around with fantastic performances and dialogue. The very last scene: Cutest Kes moment ever plus Doctor cautiously poking his arm into the corridor equals huge grin for me. 3.5 stars. Comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:09:51 PDT Vylora Comment by Vylora on VOY S2: Initiations An average episode made better by a couple of nice twists in the plot and surprisingly intriguing dialogue between Chakotay and Kar. Entertaining enough all around if a bit derivative. The reason for Chakotay to have the shuttle was absolutely stupid. 3 stars. Comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:36:45 PDT Vylora Comment by Elliott on ENT S1: Dear Doctor Sean, you are refusing to take this episode on its own terms. It's not about "helping people." Now, I will not claim that the writing of Jonathan Archer's character is good. In fact, he's my least favourite captain, including Sisko. But, the "message" here is not "don't help people." I'm equally amused as frustrated by the frequent comments that when it comes to other subjects, Trek is is in the wrong for over-simplifying; Economics? Trek is too simple. Technology? Trek is too simple. Politics? Trek is too simple. Oh ho, but MORALITY? Waaay to complicated there, Star Trek. Don't you know that there is no moral ambiguity in making a decision to help people? It's very simple. Black and white. That's why we like DS9. The writers on that show knew that every problem has a clear-cut yes or no answer. Why can't you be more like that Star Trek? Pitiful. Comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:44:37 PDT Elliott