Comments on Jammer's Reviews RSS feed for comments posted on Jammer's Reviews en-us Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:46:36 PDT Comment by trekmedic on TNG S3: Menage a Troi Does anyone else think it's hilarious that the Ferengi starship's name is "Cretin?" Comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:46:36 PDT trekmedic Comment by Aaron on ENT S2: The Expanse I liked this one. Seriously, after 7 seasons of Voyager being mostly one-shot episodes, it's nice to get some continuing plot threads. Enterprise was basically Voyager with hull plating instead of shields for most of the 2nd season. Now they've got a purpose. I thought it was an apt storyline given ENT's broadcast existence in the post 9-11 era. Oh, and people, stop complaining about canon! No one but hardcore trekkers cared about that, and it's why the producers of the new movies just said F*** canon. It makes sense that events from more than 100 years before TOS might have lost their intensity, like the Spanish-American War or World War I for us today, that people don't talk about that much anymore unless studying history. What I didn't get, though - 1) where the hell were the Vulcans? They didn't seem to give a crap or assist at all, so I can't believe that humans would put up with them at all, especially after this. 2) Earth vessels seemed to make short work of a Klingon battle cruiser, why was there no warning about this Xindi weapon? Comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:16:12 PDT Aaron Comment by Tom on TNG S4: Final Mission Pollyanna: "I found the exchanges between Wesley and Picard genuine and realistic." Absolutely. I never thought that I would find myself actually liking Wesley. Those scenes with the captain were touching and a testament to Wil Wheaton's (and Patrick Stewart of course)'s acting abilities. It shows how much the show and its writers have progressed since season 1. @SkepticalMI - The Earth's mean temperature is 14C, or about 40C less than that planet. So, if they landed somewhere during the winter, maybe on one of the poles, than the temperatures we see in the show might make sense. Comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:33:22 PDT Tom Comment by SkepticalMI on TNG S4: In Theory Interesting that three of the last five episodes of season 4 (Half a Life, Host, and this one) all deal with very similar themes, namely a romance doomed to failure because one of the people in the relationship is completely and totally alien to the other. Of the three, I think this is the best, because it turns it around and makes the central cast member who we have seen and grown with over the past 100 episodes as the alien one. I liked Destructor, T'Paul, and William's comments, and agree with them. The fact that Data appears so mechanical here is what made the show. Others have mentioned elements of the last scene that were moving and striking, but I'll add one more. As Jenna's leaving, Data asks if this means that they are breaking up. This seems such a natural and emotional thing to do. If it were a human saying that, we might imagine he was being wistful or regretful, asking but not really wanting to hear the answer. But when Jenna confirms it, he merely comments that he will delete the appropriate program. There was no emotion behind his question, merely aiming for factual clarity so that he can efficiently organize his files. I also agree that it was not out of the ordinary for Jenna to fall for Data; the episode set it up well. Data has had 20 some years of experience dealing with people in professional or relaxed social environments. So while he's not perfect in these realms, he does a decent job of following the proper social protocols. He really was being a good friend to Jenna beforehand, both in the torpedo bay and after the concert. In fact, I remembered the "double date" with Miles and Keiko as happening after they became a couple, not before. But given how clingy Jenna was being with Data and how comfortable she was with him, it seemed only natural that she would think he might be able to be more than just a friend. And it was just as natural how much he failed. He has had zero experience with relationships (drunken one night stands with former security chiefs notwithstanding). Of course he wouldn't know how to behave. We see him act naturally (when Jenna visits him in his quarters), and he is emotionless and unavailable. So he tries to act unnaturally, and it is painfully obvious to everyone that it's a façade. Even Jenna noticed it was a failure pretty quickly. I guess that's why I can't complain about the pointless B plot too much. If it was so obvious to everyone that Data was pathetic at being a boyfriend, how could they have filled 43 minutes of it? Better to create filler than to mess up a good 30 minute story by stretching it to 43. As for comparing Data and the Doctor, this episode is one of the reasons Data is a better character. From my recollections of Voyager (and in fairness, I don't know it as well as TNG), the Doctor's INhumanity was rarely explored. For the most part, he was just a sarcastic human who could be turned off. The episode where his OS crashed due to saving Kim and not the redshirt is the only exception I can think of off the top of my head. That's not meant as a slight to Robert Picardo, who played the sarcastic doctor well. But there was much more depth to Data, because he was much more alien. We could never be sure how much of humanity he was mimicking and how much really was there. Comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:47:41 PDT SkepticalMI Comment by Ric on VOY S5: Drone Holy Trek. Aside from the very implausible, silly, ludicrous explanation for how One was "born", the rest of the episode was pure joy to watch. Oh mine, it is amazing how much Seven has added to this show. The final of the episode, the dialogue, and how it builds upon Seven's contexto is just really really good. I also enjoyed quite a lot the portrayal of One, as well as the actíng behind him. They ressembled the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz, in the way he moved, talked and, most touching, both the facial expressions in between machine and human and the way he looked at the others. Loved this one. Comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:45:45 PDT Ric Comment by skadoo on DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang I found the story mentioned above (O Captain, My Captain: A Look Back At Deep Space Nine’s Ben Sisko) below is a better link: I thought it was a great article. I'm disappointed at the attitude people have over that small scene. I think for the most part if you are a person of color you're more apt to have thought of the scene as necessary. Comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:07:44 PDT skadoo Comment by Nick P. on DS9 S6: Who Mourns for Morn? @Jammer and Torayo, as to the sexism in DS9 and beyond, the reason there are female schemers using their bodies is because men desire them and women in real life use their bodies. That is life, too bad. Comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:21:06 PDT Nick P. Comment by Nick P. on DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars I did not love this episode. It was alright and it was really cool seeing everyone out of make up, Dukat and Nog in particular. I quite liked the first half of the episode when I thought it was going to be a light period piece, but than the "Racism=Bad" chanting started, OMG, can we ever get past this as a culture? I agree with some of the poster above who said that star trek works best in allegory, I did not like at ALL when this became "12 Years a slave" light.... I disagree on one major point with Jammer also, it is true this is the first direct reference to Brooks being black, but ever since "Past Tense" it has certainly been right there under the surface waiting for this terrible episode to happen. Now, I have never been a fan of the "issue" episodes, I have stated many times I love Sci-Fi for the Sci-Fi, not for BS political reasons, I don't need over-acting Avery Brooks to tell me racism is bad, or stupid face painting in TOS for that matter, or boring TNG season 7 to know polluting is bad. I look forward to getting back to real science fiction. Comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:05:42 PDT Nick P. Comment by pip on DS9 S3: Destiny A big treat seeing Wendy Robie, one of my favourite Twin Peaks alumni. Almost unrecognisable without the eye patch. Comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:34:44 PDT pip Comment by tony on DS9 S2: Invasive Procedures "Well for all those complaining about Quark not getting punished........... Maybe this was one of the times when Sisko later proclaimed he could have come down hard on Quark but didn't. Makes sense to me." Well, it sure doesn't make any fucking sense to me, since Quark's actions almost got a friend of Sisko's KILLED!!! Comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:00:54 PDT tony Comment by Tricia on VOY S1: Time and Again Isn't the universal translator built into the com badges? How does Janeway and Paris keep talking to the aliens after the com badges are taken? Apparently the aliens not only look exactly like humans, but they speak English. (The universal translator doesn't make sense anyway, but that's a different discussion). Comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:04:16 PDT Tricia Comment by Ric on VOY S4: One @Nick "Why the strange alien of the week to pester Seven's subconscious? It made no sense. They should have stuck with the Borg theme" I agree, but it is clear why they chose the alien at first. Because we were supposed to believe, for a while,m that he was real. If it was a Borg bothering her from the begining we would not be foolished. However, it got obvious pretty soon that the alien was not real... So I also regret they did not use the oportunity to explore in the way you've suggested. Sure, the episode had a few big logic flaws, many of them already pointed here by others. But overall I found ths episode really entertaining, with a terrific development of Seven's character. Pretty good. Comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:38:51 PDT Ric Comment by Retrospeculative on Star Trek: The Motion Picture I have to disagree with the prevailing opinion; as science fiction, this is a much better film than The Wrath of Khan, which has some embarrassingly bad ham acting (in particular, from William Shatner and Ricardo Montalban). Comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:30:35 PDT Retrospeculative Comment by SkepticalMI on TNG S4: The Mind's Eye As others have mentioned, this is a rather dark story, with Geordi being put through hell. Of course, it could have been darker. Tell me, how did the Romulans know so much about Geordi's visor? How did they single him out so easily and seem to have the technology all in place? After all, it's not like they've ever gotten their hands on a VISOR before. It's not like any of them ever tinkered with one before. Well, except for that one guy in The Enemy, who worked with the VISOR enough to hook it up to a tricorder... Oh. Yes, Bochra, the man who saved Geordi's life, who confided to Geordi that he did not want to die, the person involved in what Geordi cheerfully and triumphantly declared the first Federation-Romulan co-venture... Bochra was the one who caused all of this brainwashing. How's that for a nice swift kick in the gut, La Forge? Although I'm not sure which scenario is darker: Bochra immediately going to the Tal Shiar and offering up all intelligence freely, or Bochra imprisoned by the Tal Shiar and forced to give intel on his new Federation friend... OK, random speculation aside, this is an excellent episode. There really is a sense of dread, a sense of danger throughout the episode. Of course everything would turn out ok. But Klingon and Romulan episodes tended to be the dark ones, tended to shake up the status quo. Worf killed someone in the last one. Maybe La Forge would too. Probably not, but maybe... Of course, it wouldn't be O'Brien. But that scene in 10-Forward was creepy enough because you knew something was going to happen. And when it ended up just being a spilled drink, it made perfect sense (the Romulans aren't going to call too much attention to themselves for a test) as well as being, well, a bit unexpected. A bit of relief, but then you realize that means he is still being controlled by the Romulans, so not a relief at all. And then we see him in action, using his brain to wipe the computer memory. And then see him later with no recollection of it. It's painful for the viewer to see, which is undoubtedly the point. And then Data gets on the case, and it's a race to the end... The end is a little bit contrived, but forgivable. I wasn't bothered by Data not running or anything, he didn't know an assassination attempt was underway. What was a bit of a bother was Worf fighting with the two Klingon bodyguards while Picard and Vagh stand there stupidly and watch him. And then Data seemed to hedge all his bets on Kell still having the transmitter on him. Which was a lucky guess. This was definitely the last order (since La Forge would be imprisoned if successful), and Kell beamed down to the planet after giving the last order. He could have abandoned the doohicky at any time. Yet it was obvious that Kell still had it. But it's a minor nitpick. The overall episode was still an excellent, suspense-filled show, a worthy member of the Klingon civil war arc. Comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:01:26 PDT SkepticalMI Comment by DLPB on TNG S3: Sins of the Father Decent episode. Not great. The main issue is that the council were willing to cover up the truth, which is contrary TO Klingon honour. The council leader even suggests that he served alongside Mogh and "I do not want to remember him this way" What way? You'd rather he was remembered as a traitor? That's bad writing. Comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:31:59 PDT DLPB Comment by Buck on DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight "... and all it cost was the life of one Romulan senator, one criminal, and the self-respect of one Starfleet officer." Best line of the episode. Comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:25:32 PDT Buck Comment by Joe on TNG S7: Genesis am i the only one that liked this episode? Comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:48:47 PDT Joe Comment by Ric on VOY S4: Demon That review was by far one of the best I've read on any Trek so far. Other sites included. Very very funny. This episode's lack of logic was ofensive. The sudden lack of fuel/energy just to bring a pseudo-continuity for a lazy plot excuse was even more. The half stars is more than enough. I would give this same half star, but only for the fact that the writers decided to show officers beaming down to non-M class planet, i.e. even using astrounaut clothss. It always bothered me how rare this is. Comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:15:27 PDT Ric Comment by Ric on VOY S4: Unforgettable Holy Trek, I almost slept during this one. Comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:44:10 PDT Ric Comment by Ric on VOY S4: The Omega Directive Really Strong episode. Very good all along. From the captain finally listening the suggestion given by other (jn this case, Chakotay), to Seven's personal quest. And mostly, the way the episode dealt with "spiritual experience" - compare that with how DS9 deals with that and you give this episode some twenty stars. The plot was pretty engaging and, as Jammer has pointed, it used the Voyager features naturally. Fully good, and Seven is a joy to watch. When I think we had to pay one Kes in exchange for Seven of Nine, I smile. Comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:00:36 PDT Ric Comment by Ric on VOY S4: Vis A Vis The plot is poor. In fact Paris' need for a change of pace was too sudden, flat and lazy writing. As lazy was the how idea of changing bodies as a way to see some fake character conflict. Not to mention that once again, the security measures of Voyager are worth nothing. The alien can so easily access the central computer and a lot of bio info on Paris. Pathetic. Oh, in a last note, the first scene of the alien-Paris and The Doc shows again that he is not very good in psychology... Comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:03:19 PDT Ric Comment by Rivus on DS9 S3: Second Skin *FOR when it was finally time for a new trial to get the people all riled up But yeah, 4 stars for me, this was excellent. Oh and to the ones questioning Sisko's capacity for blackmail... Episode 1. Quark. Comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:31:02 PDT Rivus Comment by Rivus on DS9 S3: Second Skin I like to think that the body's purpose was to instill a sense of ambiguity, that it was meant as a side dish for viewers who tried to piece the whole thing together in their heads. I, for one, feel that Ghemor was 99% certain that the dead body was, in fact, his actual daughter. Of course, now that he cannot return to Cardassia Prime, he will never know for sure. It was for this reason that my eyes got a bit cloudy when he gave back the family jewel. Then, of course, he says he hopes he'll find her some day, but again, I think the line was meant, once again, for the sake of ambiguity. It could very well be that he KNOWS he will never find her. That the order would be so cold as to use Ghemor's famillial emotions against him to an end, and that on Cardassia trials are already decided before they begin, I wouldn't put it past them to keep the fake corpse when it was finally time for a new trial to get the people all riled up. They probably knew Ghemor was a traitor from day 1, and the cameras that weren't on? ... Yeaaah I doubt that. Also, the comment about Garak, while could easily put the Legate into question, it could at the same time simply add more depth to DS9's ambiguity figurehead himself. All in all, "Face of the Enemy" obviously comes to mind (possibly the only Troi episode I actually really enjoyed), but also "Frame of Mind", with the plot centering around trying to convince a main character that their life is a lie. To me, combining two of my favorite TNG episodes together and then having Garak come in and say what pretty much everyone in this comments section was thinking... " Major, I don't think I've ever seen you looking so ravishing." Comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:26:27 PDT Rivus Comment by DLPB on TNG S3: The Hunted Also some of the lefty writing is annoying as usual. "You are a non-violent man, yet you committed acts of excessive violence" lmao... Comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:44:39 PDT DLPB Comment by DLPB on TNG S3: The Hunted Decent episode. But have you noticed the sheer frequency of criminals in Trek that aren't to blame for their own actions? Comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:38:27 PDT DLPB Comment by Jerry on TOS S3: Day of the Dove I agree with the 3 / 4 stars given. I think Michael Ansara was one of the high points of the episode, and the other was the 2nd most famous Klingon proverb - Only a Fool Fights in a Burning House. Comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:01:01 PDT Jerry Comment by Rivus on DS9 S3: The House of Quark The whole episode I was bracing myself for another display of Quark groveling at "Move Along Home" cringe levels, instead I get a thrown bat'leth and (if you'll excuse me) "COME AT ME BRO", followed by the most amusing divorce ceremony ever. And yeah, it's good to see Keiko responding negatively with depression, as awful as that sounds now that I think of it... It gives the character more dimensionality than the usual O'Brien marital duking we've seen. Here, we see Miles instead of returning angry canned lines off in the distance, we get 'I can't see her like this' and real solution. I agree with Nic, though... Does Jake just have to suck it up and tutor himself and everybody else now? Comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:39:50 PDT Rivus Comment by Robert on DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite @Bravestar - Considering Nog is Jake's best friend and the purpose of the staff meeting was to get a senior staff baseball game going and the only person who knows more about baseball on the entire station than Kassidy and the Sisko's is probably going to be Jake's best friend.... I'd say it makes plenty of sense that he was invited. Beyond that.... since I'm aware of at least 3 people that WERE NOT main cast that outranked Harry Kim, what the heck was HE doing at the staff meetings (or Seven). Comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:56:04 PDT Robert Comment by Robert on DS9 S3: The Search, Part II @Rivus - The Odo plot was a 4 and the other plot was... I dunno... badly written fan fic? I absolutely love the beam out where Kira presses Odo's comm badge. I just love their closeness there. I could never give this episode a 2 because of how much I love Odo's story in it. Comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:48:40 PDT Robert Comment by Robert on VOY S4: Message in a Bottle Are there bald people in the mirror universe? They have gay people there.... I always just assumed that bald was a fashion choice in TNG era.... after all, the Doctor re stimulates Seven's follicles to let her grow hair.... Comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:46:09 PDT Robert Comment by Rivus on DS9 S3: The Search, Part II I tend to look at the stars before watching the episode, then read the review... This whole episode, I was scratching my head, going 'how in the hell is THIS two stars!?!?!?' I was laughing my head off at Garak's one-liner... But then the ending came around, and while I think the 'cop-out' isn't nearly as bad as some say, I think the issue is more with how it's presented. It's not like "Whispers", where there's all this huge buildup until the plot's made clear, it's just madness and chaos all throughout, and a sudden sucker punch at the ending... I just don't feel it punctuated the overall feeling of the episode as well as it could have... Still, excellently acted, especially the interactions between Kira and Odo. I'd say it's worthy of a 3, docked down from 3.5 just because the ending felt admittedly abrupt. Comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:38:39 PDT Rivus Comment by Robert on DS9 S3: Second Skin "Why did the Bajoran woman just happen to contact Kira at the beginning of the episode, just when the Cardassians wanted to kidnap her? If she had been working for the Cardassians, then she wouldn't have contacted Sisko when Kira didn't show up. The Cardassians did not need the backstory of Kira just learning that she had supposedly been in the prison. " It's pretty obvious that SOMEBODY was working for the Cardassians, but I doubt it was that woman. The Kobliad woman who kidnaps her watches the communication at the beginning of the episode. Most likely whomever assigned the Bajoran to research Elimspur was working for the Cardassians, even if the woman who contacted Kira was not. The events were clearly not random (as you could see by the Kobliad woman observing) they were planned in some way. "The idea that in ten years Kira never had a check up, which would have easily revealed that she was Cardassian, is silly." I believe in Voyager Seska (who was also genetically altered to be Bajoran) scanned as Bajoran to most superficial scans... it wasn't until the doctor kept poking that he discovered she was Cardassian. And she tried to lie it away, claiming a transfusion from a Cardassian caused the readings. The doctor saw through it, but she clearly felt she had enough Bajoran DNA for it to be worth a try. And Voyager (at it's time) was state of the art. DS9 was likely using a lot of old Bajoran equipment and before DS9 she was likely getting even crappier check ups. Voyager's Second Son shows a race genetically altering Harry to not appear human as well. The original ending was going to have the doctor not be able to verify one way or the other.... so clearly the writers thought this tech was good enough to fool medical equipment (or at least it could be). "Why would Kira's interrogator be asking stupid questions that Cardassia easily has the answers to? Wouldn't that tip Kira off that they don't actually want information from her?" As far as I know interrogators almost ALWAYS start with the easy stuff. If you're not even willing to admit you've been in Ops, of course you're not going to tell them anything useful. You'd start with the basics (stuff she knows you know), move onto intermediate (stuff she doesn't know if you know) and move on from there. The idea being that there is no point in starting off with things you can't verify.... "I like to think that this episode is actually leading to a triple cross. Kira's "father" is a double agent. The bracelet he gives her is a spy device. His overwrought warning about Garak then takes on a different meaning altogether. It would have made the episode a lot more interesting. " Have you seen the followup to this episode yet? "Also, why does Garak kill the guy instead of stun him? Why does Sisko not have a problem with this?" Considering Sisko later decks Garak for something similar, I agree with you here 100%. It was good for Garak's character to be established with the kind of edge that could just murder somebody like that for the hell of it, but it weakens Sisko's character a bit that he doesn't even so much as grumble about it. I mean.... in the end there's not much he could do. The man just saved his first officer and I HIGHLY doubt that there would be any real consequences for what Garak did... but Sisko is explosive enough (and presumably against murder) that I find it hard to believe nothing came of this. Maybe off screen.... Comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:35:55 PDT Robert Comment by Grumpy on VOY S4: Message in a Bottle "If Picard can baldly go, so can Picard-o." --some damn "Making of" special As far as we know, Ric, incurable baldness is a side effect of the 24th century's cure for gayness. Comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:25:37 PDT Grumpy Comment by Ric on VOY S4: Prey I can't help but keep saying: it is impossible to keep swallowing how easy it is for someone to escape security measures. To overcome security officers at the sickbay, to by-pass command codes. To beam people without authorization. The lazy writing is extreme. Btw it is funny that Jammer did usually excuse these things more than he did the losses of shuttlecrafts. That said, of course it was a good episode. Mostly by the fact that we start seeing continuity regarding the development of Seven's character. And finally we see some consequences for her wild actions. The last scenes and the dialogues between her and the captain were a joy to watch. Comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:01:52 PDT Ric Comment by Rivus on DS9 S2: Crossover I think the best Trek episodes are ones like these that make you think. Speaking of Plato, I could imagine Picard shaking his head at all this. But that's a lot of DS9. Sisko says it best in The Maquis... The heart of the federation is all up in the clouds with their saints and philosophies, but the same doesn't hold true for the rest of the galaxy. In a way, the mirror universe takes this idea, and exponentiates it. Now, looking at what Mirror Kira said about the terrans... Sure, there was probably high hopes initially, but look at what they faced here. First off, trying to make peace when all around you is much more chaotic, never mind the likelihood that mirror terrans would be ill-equipped to actually enact change in the way the Federation did... Klingons are no help, neither are the Bajorans, in fact here they seemed to have become Cardassians. Another parallel I see here would have to be the prime directive (Yeah, I know, I know...). Much like how TNG gets all preachy with developing worlds, tampering with the course of natural history... Where here, 'natural history' throughout the galaxy seems to be one of chaotic order. All Kirk did would not be dissimilar to taking a pail of septic sludge and an eyedropper to drop a tiny droplet of pure water. At first, perhaps for an instant, the drop will appear to make a tiny portion of sludge look like cloudy water, but corruption is inevitable. Granted, I still have yet to see "Mirror, Mirror", or for that matter the remainder of DS9... But this is how it looks to me. Comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:54:11 PDT Rivus Comment by Ric on VOY S4: Message in a Bottle Quite a good episode. I only can't take the fact that Voyager easliy sent the only doctor available in the ship to a mission with high likelihood of failure. It does not make sense at all and is one of these many examples of silly lazy wrtting in this show. Also, the lack of imediate consequences for Seven's wild behaviour was a bit annoying. But again, the rest of the episode is very good. I do think that it managed to balance fun, funny and important storytelling. I can't understand how Jammer could have said this episode was superficial. We saw Seven's behaviour going wilder, we saw a bit of build up on her relationship with Torres, we saw The Doctor delivering a message to the Starfleet! Now they now about Voyager's journey. One thing is to expect deep character moments. Or profound moral choices (this looks a bit like a DS9-addiction). Another is to say the episode, its plot or its consequences were superficial like it was said about past episodes in this season. Lastly, what a joy was the last scene, what a great line delivery when the captain gets the final message... In another tone, the dialogues between the doctors are frequently really fun. The piece about sex, with our Doc so proud of his sexual experience was amazing. And what about Seven's face when she asks "I am rude?", haha. Also, I think they have managed to bring the Alpha Quadrant to the show in a smart and sort of believable way. I liked the episode a lot. PS: Paris asking for more hair to the replacement doctor made me remind of something that I always have though about The Doc. He makes 21th century bald people like me hopeless about the future... Comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:09:33 PDT Ric Comment by SlackerInc on VOY S3: The Q and the Grey Bob's comment at the top of this thread perpetuates a pernicious myth about the Civil War that needs to be countered with a dose of reality: Comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:17:37 PDT SlackerInc Comment by Ric on VOY S4: Waking Moments I actually think this is episode is quite good. Sure, not really deep, good quality entertainment. Fun, funny, and with a fresh way to deal with the mind control, parallel reality stuff. Just for that summed to the good dialogues, it deserves more than 2.5 stars in my perspective. Comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:03:38 PDT Ric Comment by K'Elvis on VOY S4: Mortal Coil A good episode. It challenges Neelix's belief in the afterlife, but doesn't come to a clean resolution. There's any way of re-interpreting the afterlife to be compatible with his lack of experience. But even if there is no afterlife and this is all there is, is it truly of no value? While Neelix doesn't resolve his question of whether or not there is life after death, he does appear to accept that even if there is no afterlife, this life is still of value. If this life is all we have, it is precious. Imagine you had the last bottle of wine on Earth. Is it valueless, just because it won't last? Or is it something of great value to be saved for a special occasion, and shared with friends? It's quite realistic that Chakotay was able to talk him down from the ledge, so to speak. It's a common enough phenomenon in real life, after all. It doesn't mean that everything is going to be perfect afterwards. I would have liked the closing scene to be Chakotay and Neelix doing the ritual again. Comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:15:27 PDT K'Elvis Comment by Verdeta on DS9 S5: For the Uniform I assure you, Gene Roddenberry turned over in his grave. Comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:04:19 PDT Verdeta Comment by Ric on VOY S4: Mortal Coil Such a touching episode, very good. Amazing plot, deep debate behind the story. Loved it. Even more because FINALLY someone was not able to beam without authorization, or to steal a shuttkecraft and etc. Hope it happens again other times when it is not Neelix the one trying. However, I also thought that the nano-tehnobabble was littel credible and I totally agree with DLPB's comment above, about the ex machina and the issue it introduces. What saves us from any fear is to know that in Voyager it will not have consequences later anyway... Comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:12:28 PDT Ric Comment by Peter on TNG S4: Devil's Due To fluffysheap and all: "Devil's Due" like TNG's season 2's "The Child" was actually an episode written for the non-produced late-1970's TV series, "Star Trek Phase II", that yes would have been given to the original series cast. Comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:35:35 PDT Peter Comment by Ric on VOY S4: Concerning Flight @Nick LOL LOL Awful episode. Implausible plot, childish story, cartoonish execution. Besides, I am also one of those who just can't stand anymore "There's too much interference, I can't get a lock on him", not to mention "they bypassed security protocols". At this point, when I listen these lines, my mind already goes off the episode. Comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:47:09 PDT Ric Comment by Bravestarr on DS9 S7: Treachery, Faith, and the Great River Once again Nog saves the day. Comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:51:48 PDT Bravestarr Comment by K'Elvis on VOY S4: Random Thoughts Non-touch telepathy among Vulcans has been shown ro exist, but is also shown as being very limited, but this episode makes it appear that speaking telepathically is common among Vulcans, but Tuvok chooses to use spoken words to deal with humans. There's little indication that Tuvok has substantially greater telepathic gifts than other Vulcans, and so rather than throw out the rest of canon to accommodate this episode, I choose to interpret it as he is able to communicate telepathically with someone who is a strong telepath. I'm not sure what to think of this episode, because it requires judging this society, and we really don't know that much about it. It makes sense that a species of telepaths would have to control their violent thoughts. Are there better methods available? Perhaps they could work on shielding themselves from negative emotions rather than forcing them not to have such emotions. The Vulcans are even less open to emotions than these people are. While I don't think they would force you to have memories erased, they expect Vulcans to control both positive and negative emotions, and a Vulcan who went about expressing emotions would be treated as mentally ill. Comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:39:48 PDT K'Elvis Comment by Quarkissnyder on DS9 S3: Second Skin Also, why does Garak kill the guy instead of stun him? Why does Sisko not have a problem with this? Comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:16:46 PDT Quarkissnyder Comment by Ric on VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part II The explanation given to Chakotay about how the weapon-ship operates and of what it has done, was terrific. The complexities of the Krenims behaviour was really nice to watch. However, as @Jake Sedge has asked above... here I am to be the annoying one! I hated how the writers have writen the captain in this episode. Since the beginning, she was refusing to take any medical care or precaution was irritating and silly. Culminating with her disrespecting not only the Starfleet regulations, but The Doctor, in quite an awful way. Was this show to have a bit more of continuity and lasting effects, this would have to harm inescapably the relationship between her and The Doc, and more, would harm how much The Doc see himself as a real part of the real crew. Some can claim that this moment has introduced a deeper, dark-side DS9-ish moment. I say it introduced an annoying captain, in a character moment I hope I can forget. Granted, we all know she wanna save the ship. We all understand the parallel that was trying to be made between her obssesion and Annorax's. But one thing is to show that she also has her obsessions, another is to show her so out of character. More than that, repeating her moments of stupid bravery dozens of times was not necessary. Not to mention the dozens of "captain is being stupid, but let's obey". Curious, the crew still obeys hierarchy, but the captain herself does not! It is like just a personal stuff, the captain chooses when Starfleet stuff are valid or not. This is crap. It put me off the episode. That said, of course it was entertaning, had a few good dialogues and a bit of deep moments. I also enjoyed the irony in the end, when we see that had Annorax let his ship and himself be destroyed before, everything he wanted to restore would have been restored! But for me, the damage was already made in my connection to the episode due to the shallow and irritating poratryal of the captain's obsession. I cannot give this episode more than an intermediate score. Comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:59:10 PDT Ric Comment by Quarkissnyder on DS9 S3: Second Skin While this episode was enjoyable, it had huge plot holes. Why did the Bajoran woman just happen to contact Kira at the beginning of the episode, just when the Cardassians wanted to kidnap her? If she had been working for the Cardassians, then she wouldn't have contacted Sisko when Kira didn't show up. The Cardassians did not need the backstory of Kira just learning that she had supposedly been in the prison. The idea that in ten years Kira never had a check up, which would have easily revealed that she was Cardassian, is silly. Why would Kira's interrogator be asking stupid questions that Cardassia easily has the answers to? Wouldn't that tip Kira off that they don't actually want information from her? I like to think that this episode is actually leading to a triple cross. Kira's "father" is a double agent. The bracelet he gives her is a spy device. His overwrought warning about Garak then takes on a different meaning altogether. It would have made the episode a lot more interesting. Comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:58:50 PDT Quarkissnyder Comment by Dutchstudent82 on BSG S3: A Measure of Salvation This was THE one moment in the entire series that made me think WTF! *genocide on your attacking race? without even twinking my eyes. It is what I NOT share with star treks cosy little world, I much more prefer the Alternative relaity of Terra Prime / The Terran Empire -> but than one with a little more trust between humans, and a little less killing your officiers. As such the survival of man must ALWAYS take priority and any and all that pose even the slightest risk to that factor must be wiped out. They NEVER should have stroke the accords with the cylons back than, and running was NOT the prefered chooise of action, ever since the first eposide my feeling was, payback, genocide on the cylons, in this episode they could, why don't they! And didn't they took blood samples? surely they are not all destroyed. Time to catch some new prisoners, for attempt 2.0 BTW why think so small, the ONLY reason they ever needed that resurrection ship was because of the distance towards their homeworld(s)(as such resurrection ships are mere signal boosters) killing them in orbit of caprica, or any of the colonies would infect ALL cylon homeworlds, retake what ours. Also there is the fact of having to protect that possible 13th colony too (and as far as story goes we still believe those to be humans) In the same line, in the earlier kara-episode, I would have killed that kid, even on the hint she was hybrid. Humun blood must be pure, everything that has ANY cylon in it must be eridicated. It might be a quick end to the series.. killing the cylons off in this one, but it would have been the right call. It leaves me VERY dissattisfied in the end not each and every cylon has been wiped out of excistance as should have been the priority mission from day 1 (even more than survival) Comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:39:10 PDT Dutchstudent82 Comment by Matrix on DS9 S7: The Dogs of War @Rob in Michigan. Love, love, loooooove those ideas. I remember when I first watched 'Valiant' and how Jake and Nog talk about how Starfleet sending Nog on some mission to Ferenginar or somewhere might lead to the Ferengi helping out in the war. I was really just hoping to see some of those big Ferengi ships we saw on TNG turn up on DS9. That second point, man I remember thinking up strategies where the Tholians and Gorn would make some kind of appearance, or at least just their ships. Plus, anyone remember in Voyager's 'Scorpion' where they talk about the Breen having organic ships? I always hoped those guys would show up with a Vorlon-type ship, but on the good guys side. Around about this same time Babylon 5 had the end of it's 4th season and they have that combined fleet of all the major races heading to liberate Earth. I would have loved something like that! Comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:42:40 PDT Matrix Comment by Bravestarr on DS9 S7: Chrysalis I could not be any less interested in a episode, and I spent 90% of it on my phone. Really hope this isn't the last Julian Bashir episode because the guy deserves more than this. Who decided the genetic crazies needed a new episode? They weren't all that interesting last time and they aren't now. Also, did anyone notice the kind of homosexual undertones with O'Brien and Bashir in this episode. Miles sounded alot like a jealous house wife. Comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:28:43 PDT Bravestarr Comment by Bravestarr on DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite So...Nog is an ensign right? I guess he works in Engineering right? So what in the hell is he doing there during the senior staff meeting? Seriously, Chief O'Brien is there so you don't need any more engineering officers. So why in the hell is he so hamfisted into this show!? I'm serious about him being the DS9 Wesley Crusher, the guy literally does eveything! And who makes the one score in the game? Nog of course. While I found this episode fun, and I do love baseball, this episode was also grade-A stupid. Comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:18:02 PDT Bravestarr Comment by Bravestarr on DS9 S7: Afterimage "If it wasn't Worf it'd been you." Screw you writers, Jazdia had three years/seasons to do something about Bashir and all of sudden you say she had actually liked Julian but Worf came into the picture? I call bullshit. Comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:12:45 PDT Bravestarr Comment by SFKeepay on VOY S3: Scorpion, Part I Futile, pedantic crusade alert: PLEASE do not abuse the word "literally". I know, I know, even the OED has (inexcusably) warped the definition to allow it in the context Jammer has employed above ("...literally make a deal with the devil."). But, to borrow a phrase, the line MUST be drawn HERE! The Borg are not some mystical incarnation of the famous cloven crowd-control device; Alice Krige is not Satan (although she clearly qualifies as godlike.) No other single word in the English language conveys the concept, and being squishy on this is just going too far! Great review, classic episode. Gotta run, I've literally got a hundred more of these to write! Comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:19:44 PDT SFKeepay Comment by Cal on Star Trek: Nemesis The soundtrack was so good, I splurged double on the deluxe version of the soundtrack. The movie was so bad I gave the blu-ray away to my friend for free. I think that covers it. Also, given Tom Hardy's acting here, it's no surprise to me that he got picked to be Bane. I feel sorry for the guy, he tried to do his best with what he was given but the poor writing let him down. Glad it worked out for him in the end though. ("When the Federation is in ashes, you have my permission to die." Wait a minute...) Seriously, how did he not get an Academy for TDKR? Comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:04:36 PDT Cal Comment by ryan on VOY S5: Dark Frontier children episodes are so much better if you're a parent I can think of all those TNG serials which I found annoying but then rewatching them 20 years later the emotional response (like the Hansen flashbacks)were disarming nerds can only agree upon one thing:that there should be more episodes Comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:12:48 PDT ryan Comment by me on TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits program 9. Comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:10:54 PDT me Comment by NCC-1701-Z on TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I Jellico to Troi: "I'd appreciate it if you wore standard uniform when you're on duty." Me: "THANK YOU!!!! I've only been asking about that for the last five and a half seasons!" Comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:59:21 PDT NCC-1701-Z Comment by Kuwanger on TNG S4: The Drumhead I stand corrected about the mustache twirling. You're right. The episode would have been strengthened without the rant but would have left the episode with a more horrific truth, that Saties of the world keep on going and rarely do they go in and attack someone who has any chance of even debate. That's a harder truth to stomach, though. :/ Comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:37:23 PDT Kuwanger Comment by Tom on TNG S4: Legacy I thought that this episode was interesting, at least 3 stars in my mind. Personally, I did manage to care for these people. I wonder what's supposed to be the Federation policy in the case that a civil war breaks out on a member planet. Did the Federation try to help them in the past? Maybe. The Prime Directive shouldn't apply in this case, so the Enterprise should have the right to intervene. I understand that the Enterprise's mission isn't to help these people, but it's interesting to see that the Enterprise only seems to care about the missing crew members and Tasha's sister. Given how little the Federation cares about them, I can't really blame them for trying to manipulate the Enterprise into helping them. I thought it was a bit jarring to see Picard blame Riker for "taking unnecessary risks" when he saved Ishara's life. That really makes the Federation look cruel and heartless. First, Ishara is a former crewmember's sister, she's also a former member of the Federation, a human and she, as well as her friends, risked their lives and gave valuable intelligence to the Enterprise. But it seems that her life is worthless to Picard. This is a prime example of Federation arrogance. It shows an inherent sense of superiority compared to "these people". Transpose this into a colonial context: The white colonel blames his officer for risking his own valuable life to save a worthless black woman who well, risked her own life to help them. But he lets it slide because the officer had "an emotional response". I find this disturbing morally. And couldn't they have made a bit more of an effort to help these people? They offer Ishara the chance to get rid of her implant, but what about the rest of the colony? At the end of the episode, Data keeps thinking about Ishara, but what about the billions of people suffering on that planet? Nope. I guess their boobs are not as hot. It's also really simplistic to depict the colonists as ignoring the value of friendship. "No one ever does anything for anyone else unless they have something to gain from it." I understand that they have limited time and that their society is a caricature, but really? Humans everywhere are capable of friendship. A major point of the episode is that disabling the defense system is wrong and that Data cannot allow it because then "the Federation will be responsible for the resulting deaths." But, wouldn't allowing one side to win the war bring a quicker end to the conflict? Isn't the Federation really just keeping in place a system that is causing a perpetual war? And what about the Federation's duty to help these people? Does it have one? In the end, they blame themselves for having trusted Ishara, they wanted to see Tasha in her. But isn't it normal that Ishara tried to used the Federation to her advantage? After all, she and her people are in a desperate situation and the Federation clearly doesn't give a dang about them. Yet, if she had managed to manipulate the Federation people, then maybe she could have improved her people's situation or put an end to the conflict. The episode's theme is betrayal, and doesn't this apply, first and foremost to the colony? They joined the Federation and when things went wrong, the Federation, presumably, didn't help them. Aren't they the ones who were were betrayed? I wonder what other people think about this. Copyright © Tom 2014 Comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:55:53 PDT Tom Comment by AnchorintheStratosphere on TNG S6: Tapestry This is one of my favorite episodes. If you like it too I recently wrote a post on my blog inspired by this episode and it's lesson and I'd love for you to check it out! Comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:03:27 PDT AnchorintheStratosphere Comment by Nathan C on Star Trek (2009) I am a Trekker and have seen all forms of Trek @ least twice. Overall, Voyager was the worst. This movie as good as it was when I first saw it seemed to be a good reboot. I have to agree with Jammer, alip, and the criticism of this movie. Original Trek, TNG, Ds9, and most of the movies grt better over time. Repeated viewings bring out more SF, and healthy discussion. As entertaining as the cast was in the reboot, it's all eye candy, flashy, and shiny. The reboots focus too much on action and sfx, the story suffers and winds up sitting on your shelf collecting dust for months at a time. After a while you can't remember why you put it back on your shelf and watch it's again. This is one of those movies. The movie reminds me of every Transformers movie. So busy from beginning to end that it's comes off like a roller coaster ride. That is what Jj does well leaving viewers feeling like they were at an amusement park not at a movie. Case in point: there are over 200 lens flares used in Star Trek. Distracted by so many shots, sfx, and speed, there isn't much left to tell. My biggest gripe is the engineering scenes. Why does it' look like a boiler room or brewery? Comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:23:03 PDT Nathan C Comment by Tom on TNG S4: Remember Me "Use the force, Wesley. See past the numbers." "Yes, Master Yoda." I don't like it when Star Trek goes too far into "space magic". I have trouble suspending my disbelief. The idea that space and time can be controlled by someone's imagination... That's pretty much magic. I kind of liked the concept of having people disappear aboard the Enterprise. The reveal that Beverley was the one trapped was nice, but... I can't say I liked the solution too much. I wish they would never have introduced this traveller and his mystical powers. In my mind, the Enterprise should solve problems by using logic, reason, science, philosophy, but not mystical powers or magic. For me, that belongs in another universe, maybe Star Wars. Comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:49:36 PDT Tom Comment by NCC-1701-Z on TNG S5: Power Play The ever-reliable writers at wrote up a hilarious take on this episode, well worth reading: I liked this episode, it was quite fun. I loved seeing Marina Sirtis play the ruthless type, it was quite refreshing. (Small quibble: When Riker sent the bridge controls to engineering, couldn't the bad guys have just left someone on the bridge while the other two took over engineering? Answer: Because we wouldn't have had much of an episode then. I'll let that one slide.) Comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:09:29 PDT NCC-1701-Z Comment by Tom on TNG S4: Brothers I agree with the rating. Masterful performance by Brent Spiner. Am I the only one who hadn't noticed that he played Soong? The episode does leave a lot of questions unanswered. First, there's the question of Soong's call to Data. I have no problems imagining that a selfish old man would program a simple homing beacon without thinking about the consequences, but there should ideally have been some sort of reflection about the morality of doing that. Alright, that would probably require a double episode, so I can see why they left that out. It's probably also why we don't see them helping Soong at the end. They just left the old man injured in his home. No one would do that. @SkepticalMI " At this point, Lore is essentially unredeemable. Why should Data forgive him when he has shown no sign of remorse for his actions? Brothers may forgive, but it requires some reciprocity on the part of the aggressive brother. Sigh... " I thought that Beverley's line about forgiveness might be foreshadowing a future episode where Data has a good reason to forgive Lore. Comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:33:16 PDT Tom Comment by Josh on BSG S3: Dirty Hands I thought this episode was pretty weak; I actually preferred the previous "Day in the Life" episode over this one. The class conflict comes out of nowhere as does Baltar's schtick about being a man of the people (and I agree with Michael it is hard to imagine Baltar developing a following). The resolution is way too pat. This should have developed over many episodes, not condensed into one. Sam brings up the DS9 episode on the Bajoran caste system; DS9 also had an episode on worker organizing as did Babylon 5. All of those episodes like this one had commendably pro-labor messages but they all shared the same nice ending where the heroes pull a solution out of their asses to meet the demands of the workers. In reality successful labor mobilization are extremely difficult. It'd probably be easier to defeat the Cylons than win a union election in the contemporary US! Comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:53:40 PDT Josh Comment by Roland on TNG S2: The Child Although the ratings are low for a reason I do think this was a great episode, great because of its campiness. How did they make up this stupid story? Anyway it was really amusing to see. I had the idea that the second general secretly was jealous that someone else gotten Crusher pregnant. It is good that if they cannot make a good espide at least make it campy and worth to laugh about. Comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 04:33:25 PDT Roland Comment by Ric on VOY S4: The Raven Loving Seven of Nine so far. I enjoy the character, the portrayal, the acting. But I just cannot swallow anymore how easy people can pass through Voyager security, escape from the ship, override crucial commands, beam up or down without authorization, steal or kidnap shuttlecrafts, and so on. Ok, Seven is a borg. So what? It's week after week, the same thing. If the one in charge for these security ridiculous flaws is Tuvok, he should have his career suspended right away... Besides, what about the Borg stuff regenerating itself without any robotic pieces being implanted again? Even the super strength and the Borg shields. Meh. Lastly, it was way too soon to have Seven finding her original ship where the Borg assimilated her. For my taste, playing this card at this point felt like a total lack of sense from the writers and more, a bit of an appellative and lazy way of making Seven move on more quickly. Fortunately, however, Jeri Ryan and her character have both delivered so many good things so far that in the end the episode is at least a bit enjoyable. PS: I usually thought that Jammer's point about shuttle losses sometimes is so repetitive and annoying as the unexplained shuttle losses themselves. But I have to admit and be fair. It has become beyond silly to lose a shuttle per week after 3 seasons. Comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 03:32:06 PDT Ric Comment by NCC-1701-Z on TOS S1: Arena The redshirt guard accompanying the captain down to Cestus III earns the dubious distinction of Dumbest Red Shirt Ever in my book. Today's lesson: If you're in a war zone and see the bad guys, scream really loudly and stand up tall. That always goes over well. "CAPTAIN, I SEE SOMETHING!" [ZAAAAAAP!] [instantly vaporized] Comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:02:14 PDT NCC-1701-Z Comment by NCC-1701-Z on TNG S7: Genesis Disagreeing with the general consensus, I must say that I liked this episode. Yes, it was completely implausible from a plot standpoint (yeah, sudden mutations to the DNA would have killed everyone), but I tend to give episodes with way-out-there plots the benefit of the doubt as long as they are entertaining (i.e. don't involve characters turning into lizards and making lizard babies). Doctor Who has done crazier things than "Genesis" did. And I kind of enjoyed the technobabble this time. (Granted, my major is in bioengineering so DNA/genetics stuff is like second nature to me.) All in all, it was fun to watch. It felt like a throwback to "Cure-The-Disease" style TOS episodes. I enjoyed the heck out of watching the transformations progress, especially Riker's - I found that one the funniest. I could tell the actors must have had a lot of fun playing their "transformed" roles. Would have liked to see Crusher's transformation - maybe an Irish Setter? Comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:48:40 PDT NCC-1701-Z Comment by Nathan C on VOY S7: Shattered So many times in Trek there is a logical or scientific approach to (in this case) temporal mechanics that allow the viewer to follow along using their brain and it makes sense. Kirk faced The Guardian of Forever. Picard in Yesterday's Enterprise, you get the picture that good credible SF can exist in Trek, but when episodes like this one come about, the writers throw everything and anything into it, that it becomes more fantasy. Doctor Who does this shattering effect better than any. Entertaining it may be, yet when a mashup of timelines exist that would confuse even Doc Brown from Back To The Future let alone the most avid of Trekkers it destroys the premise.The reasons for criticism from those of us who are Trekkers is because we enjoy Trek, and don't feel that we should have to turn off our brain on every episode. Credible SF is what made shows like Stargate successful. Gateheads follow the science and mechanics of Stargate just like those in Star Wars and Doctor Who. Criticism of a show like Star Trek is no different. When writers abandon what has been established as canon, then the material becomes mashed up and becomes less SF and more fantasy. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:54:13 PDT Nathan C Comment by redshirt28 on TOS S1: Space Seed Notice khan had "5 times" the strength of kirk yet couldnt take him. Still one of the best. Imho TWOK saved the ST movie franchise. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:18:42 PDT redshirt28 Comment by redshirt28 on TOS S1: Dagger of the Mind Wasnt van gelder the same dude that led the comms against the yangs? Guy plays a good nut. But not good enough as this one never broke out of the middle of the pack. Just a double. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:03:46 PDT redshirt28 Comment by redshirt28 on TOS S1: Where No Man Has Gone Before Always loved the "cage-like" look of this ep. Both pilots have that look of 50s scifi that I always found to have a certain mystique. Also enjoyed how gary was portrayed as essentially turning into a Q but in a much more human and believable way. 3+ for me as well. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:57:04 PDT redshirt28 Comment by redshirt28 on TOS S1: This Side of Paradise Drug culture references indeed. Spock hanging from the tree did this in for me. 1.237 stars for me. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:48:20 PDT redshirt28 Comment by redshirt28 on TOS S1: Tomorrow Is Yesterday Too funny you two. Never crazy about this one. Produced well and had its cute moments, but what really happened? What was the story? Beam pilot aboard, beam him back, go back to future. Yawn. The whole time travel vehicle has been utilized very well in the trek universe, just not here, imho. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:23:14 PDT redshirt28 Comment by redshirt28 on TOS S1: The Squire of Gothos Review is pretty much dead on except I would not give it 2 stars... Maybe not even 1. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:39:18 PDT redshirt28 Comment by redshirt28 on TOS S1: Arena Whats not to love? Mortars, car chase, scavenger hunt, fight to death, speed vs Brawn, iconic alien. Oh yeah, there was that androgynous liberal at the end... OK well bump it down to 3.5 stars for that. Classic trek. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:31:10 PDT redshirt28 Comment by redshirt28 on TOS S3: And the Children Shall Lead Wow, never knew this ep was so hated. I actually always liked this one. Not the best but a good middle of pack. To each his own I guess. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:21:46 PDT redshirt28 Comment by Tom on TNG S4: Family I agree with Jammer's review. This was a nice, but flawed episode. I found it strange that Picard would confide in his brother who he has not seen in years. Picard's brother is extremely unsympathetic. He bullies Picard heavily. He's rude and bigoted. I don't buy Picard's sudden breaking down into tears after a mud fight. He should still have been angry after what his brother had said to him. You don't just forget those things after a little fight. I agree with William that it did bring Picard down to Earth, which is a good thing, but I don't like how it was done. It's also strange that the 24th century French have gone back to living like in the 20th century, except that they have forgotten how to speak French. Wesley's father's speech was pretty horrible. "You're only a baby, but you'll probably be a doctor." This could have been a very moving scene. Wesley's "goodbye dad" was a lot more moving than his father's speech. It was nice to see Worf's parents. They reminded me of Bashir's parents. Except they had better luck than the latter when visiting their son. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:39:44 PDT Tom Comment by Londonboy73 on TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part II I love this episode for all the reasons said above. The Picard scenes are among the best in Trek I have to say though that there is a major floor in the fact that Riker is apparently the best shuttle pilot on The Enterprise. It's obviously Data as he is programmed to be the best!! If you have to be extremely precise in dropping mines who you gonna call...... It's not going to be the imperfect human is it. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:47:08 PDT Londonboy73 Comment by Ric on VOY S4: The Gift It was pretty nice to see our new Borg friend develop into human being, along with the moral issues it brought. It is just a shame that in the end we are presented to such a rushed development: Seven of Nine becomes magically cooperative and almost fully human. It would have been much better to keep her development slower trough the next episodes. Maybe even still not hair for a while, wwhy not? I agree with those who have said that this episode should have focused on her, instead of letting Kes go at the same time. It was distracting. By the way, of course Kes was a character with huge potential for development due to her mind abilities and different aging. However, let's face it: her character was always dealt with very poorly. From her relationship break up with Neelix, which has to be one of the worstly handled character situation ever in Trek, to now her going without us seeing her goodbye neither to Paris nor to The Doc! Oh gosh, it is really good that she was dropped from the show. Her whole presence was a total mess from begining to the end. Overall, Seven of Nine saves the episode and gives me new hope for good character development. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:21:21 PDT Ric Comment by Ric on VOY S4: Scorpion, Part II Good episode, but once again we have to see the complete lack of security measures in Voyager. Nobody was watching what the Borg were doing in the cargo bay? Nobody can use a knife or something similar while the Borg is assimilating Voyager, since the Borg is resistant to the faser? Bleh. In the end, however, it seems that we are going to get some good welcome continuity. And to be fair, the interaction between Chakotay and the captain remains a joy to watch. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:18:18 PDT Ric Comment by SkepticalMI on TNG S4: Half a Life This is probably the best Lwaxana episode, not that that's saying much. I think I like the idea of her more than the actual presence of her. Some of the stupid Lwaxana tricks (such as nearly launching a photon torpedo) are just silly, but seeing some of the reactions to her works well. It just doesn't help when the plots surrounding her shows are awful (see Menage a Troi as an example). So it was nice to see a good plot for once. And it was nice to see Lwaxana forced out of her annoying mother character and into something more sobering. I won't get too much into the death/respect of elders aspect, because I felt there was another theme there too that nobody else commented on. And that is the theme of love vs one's tradition and culture. Timicin did find himself falling in love with Lwaxana, and was then forced to choose between that love and everything that he was. Lwaxana was, essentially, asking him to sacrifice his entire way of life just to be with her, while Timicin was demanding that she put aside all of her morals and beliefs and accept his fate. And, to the story's credit, Timicin simply could not abandon his life for his new love (just as Worf couldn't in Emissary). Relationships ain't easy, and it's not clear how much of yourself you can bury for your partner. Yes, this is a more fantastic version of this theme than, say, one person wanting kids and the other doesn't, but it still demonstrates it all the same. And because of the fantastical nature of the rift between Troi and Timicin, the helplessness and anger Lwaxana feels hits home just a little bit more. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:50:15 PDT SkepticalMI Comment by SkepticalMI on TNG S4: The Drumhead The mustache-twirling part refers primarily to her courtroom breakdown. It's just so out of place and unrealistic. I didn't want to bring it up earlier given how easily these comments veer off in a political manner, but I was reminded of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged while watching the end of this show. In the book (spoilers abound in case anyone cares), the characters are representative of Rand's Objectivist philosophy, so all the protagonists are 2-dimensional perfect paragons of rationalism while all the antagonists are 2-dimensional villains. That's ok, because it worked within the plot. The villainous qualities were greed, corruption, refusal to accept reality, and an overwhelming and flawed sense of self-righteousness. While it may be absurd to have everyone act this way, it was engaging on its own... until the end of the book. These self-righteous businessmen were now torturing one of the protagonists while becoming wildly unhinged, while said-protagonist was dealing with the torture and pontificating how awesome Objectivism is. It took me completely out of the story. Just because you're a greedy self-righteous jerk doesn't mean you're also a sadist! It didn't fit the way the characters were presented for the first 80% of the book. And it didn't follow naturally from the events of the plot (at least to me). People just don't end up over-the-top like that. Furthermore, it makes it look like a cheat; a way for the author to turn the ratchet up on the opposing philosophy. Naturally, the author is right and anyone who thinks otherwise is clearly insane! Have you ever composed arguments in your head while alone or in the shower or something, and imagined how devastating said arguments are? Of course, it's easy to win arguments in your head; you are calm and rational and understand everything perfectly, leaving your imagined opponent stuttering helplessly. Heck, I composed this reply while in the shower, and it was so awesome that the owner of Paramount read it and made me writer, director, and star of the next Star Trek movie... But seriously, most of us are smart and humble enough to know that we don't have all the answers, and that the arguments in our head are different than ones we might have in real life. But this episode reads like the sort of imagined argument you would come up with in the shower. Norah Satie is a respected admiral and investigator. She is also a brilliant debater, and was trained by her father to be able to use logic as well as any Vulcan (at least that's what her tea break scene with Picard suggests). Given that, do you really see her spouting out a bunch of random insults at Picard's leadership, and then go on a rant when he gives one small speech? I don't. Up to that final act, this was an excellent episode. But that rant kinda ruined it for me. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:19:31 PDT SkepticalMI Comment by Rivus on DS9 S2: Playing God This whole season seems to reek of the TOO MANY PLOTS syndrome so far... Not only that, but I feel this moral dilemma of taking out a universe was already explored far too many times in TNG in some form or another for me to feel any impact from it. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:10:53 PDT Rivus Comment by Ric on VOY S3: Worst Case Scenario How disappointing! What a waste of an episode! Sure, the first 30 minutes were brilliant. But once again we have to see a failure that makes the holodeck alive, and... yah, dumb. So we have holodecks that do not use the ship's energy and that get alive and cause trouble all the time. Pifui. Oh yes, the self-destruct sequence in the holodeck program will destroy the holodeck matrix which will call Paris and Tuvok. Lame. Score: 9/10 for the first 30 minutes. 5/10 for last 15. Overall, 6/10. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:23:48 PDT Ric Comment by Corey on VOY S4: The Gift A touching episode. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:21:28 PDT Corey Comment by Ric on VOY S3: Displaced In the first minutes, when they found out that Kes was not aboard, the first thing I thought was the following. Will it be too hard in the 24th century to program the ship's central computer to detect and inform when people leave the ship without previous authorization or without informing the ship? That is something that has always bothered me in diferente Trek shows. But in Voyager it gets even worse. It is impressive how often the security measures of Voyager show to be simply absent. How easy is for anyone to steal a shutlecraft, to beam up or down without authorization, and so on. Blah. I was also bothered by Torres turning The Doctor's voice out. This is really na unethical behaviour if they now consider The Doc a being, right? And what about Trek shows once again showing the crew easily operating computers used by a totally diferent species that they have just met? Sure, finding out that they were within a ship was nice. But a good surprised for 2 seconds. In the end, a weak episode, meaningless, silly, with all sort of those distracting problems. I will forget this in 15 minutes. And I will not regret that. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:39:57 PDT Ric Comment by Ric on VOY S3: Distant Origin Jammer was quite accurate to point that Voyager has played this card of "an element of Earth in the Delta Quadrant" way too often. Not to mention that Trek in general has abused the idea of alien connections with past Earth. It is starting to get childish. Sure, in what regards execution this episode is one of the best approaches to that theme in the whole Trek. But still, it feels really repetitive. Discounting that and the cartoonish idea of the aliens being evolved dinossaurs... well, the execution of the episode was excelente. Almost perfect, for my taste. The way the episode starts is quite amuzing and, actually, as soon as I saw the show keeping a while without even showing Voyager, I felt sort of a breath of fresh air. The premise was very powerful as well. And talking about that, I certainly agree with Elliot that it was not about tradition versus change. Of course not, this was quite superficial. The subtle debate about what it really means to evolve as a civilization was way deeper. Also, the way the episode ended was really really good. Reminded me of the best episodes of DS9, which I was missing. In the end, if one discounts the major crucial problems of "element of Earth" and "dinossaurs", this one easily desserves at least a 9/10 score. Not discounting, it drops to at most 7/10. Comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:15:34 PDT Ric Comment by Quarky on DS9 S5: Things Past I just started watching DS9 for the first time. I liked this episode so much I watched it twice in one night. Just an interesting observation. The character of Thrax does a perfect impersonation of ODO. Either the actor has watched a lot of ds9 or the odo actor helped him with his scenes. Look at when he's talking to quark. All his mannerisms are perfect odo. Great episode Comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:30:46 PDT Quarky Comment by rick on TOS S3: Wink of an Eye I love this episode. I also like all the season 3 episodes if for nothing else, nostalgia. Everytime I watch I am transported back to being a child watching them with my father whom is no longer among the living. That being said I do realize season 3 is weaker but this episode is a highlite. Just don't use logic and it goes down well. Comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:40:38 PDT rick Comment by Steinway on VOY S7: Homestead @Elliott: Thanks, I'm glad I was wrong on one continuity issue :) It's been years since I saw Seasons 1/2 where they talked about that... Comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:10:55 PDT Steinway Comment by Steinway on VOY S7: Endgame I have to agree with the consensus (and Jammer) on this farewell episode. The first time I saw it (in college—I had a Voyager finale party at my apartment), I liked it—it had action, the Borg, Klingons, time travel, and...they got home! But watching it again so many years later, it was frustrating for all the reasons people have already said—the ethics of Admiral Janeway's quest, the split-second shot of Voyager approaching home, and all the rest in between. Interestingly, my husband liked it (much like I did the first time around) but he did notice the ending was a bit abrupt! Voyager is our favorite series and this finale is just okay. It works, for what it is, but I wouldn't call it "special". The big asset Voyager had to offer was the characters—the good acting, the sense of "family", and the quest for home. And it seemed it was the characters who got shortchanged in the final saga. I liked the idea someone had above: what if the Borg weren't annihilated (were they, even?) but rather their queen crippled and they somehow became liberated? It would have been a fascinating premise. "Endgame" (with its flaws, I suppose) could have been aired as a mid-season two-parter/mini-movie, and then the second half of the seventh series could be Voyager trying to help all these Borg who are lost and confused, maybe the Borg and Voyager working together to get Voyager back home (or in contact with Earth) to pull in the resources of the rest of the Federation, to help with his massive and unprecedented effort. Starfleet could launch a plan to send a buch of ships to the Delta Quatrant to help out, and voila, you have a neat set of episodes where you're seeing more of the Federation, maybe Earth, maybe homecomings, and some interesting Borg moral dilemmas (some of them die, some of them go crazy, some try to take over Starfleet, etc.). Could've been fun! Comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:06:44 PDT Steinway Comment by NCC-1701-Z on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Review: "With the line being said by a black actor, Cartwright's prejudice has a disturbing, ironic dimension — even though his race is irrelevant in the movie itself." I read somewhere that the actor playing Cartwright had to shoot that in multiple takes because he was very uncomfortable saying those lines due to the racial undertones. Nichelle Nichols also refused to read some lines she considered racist so Chekhov ended up saying "Guess who's coming to dinner?" Comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:58:43 PDT NCC-1701-Z Comment by NCC-1701-Z on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country The Khitomer battle sequence is probably one of the best battle scenes in the entire Trek franchise, purely due to the suspense/tension factor. I felt the battle was kept relatively simplified in terms of effects, which actually worked to its benefit, unlike many other movies being too overly dependent on elaborate CGI and stretching out battle scenes for way too long *cough Transformers franchise cough* And Jammer hits the nail on the head - the moment when Chang gets blowed up is one of the most satisfying villain deaths in all of Trek - in fact one of the best villain deaths of all time. I cheered very loudly the first time I watched this movie. Comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:50:55 PDT NCC-1701-Z Comment by Adara on TNG S7: Masks Steve, were you high? Be honest. Comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:52:33 PDT Adara Comment by NCC-1701-Z on Star Trek (2009) When I saw this in theaters, half the room erupted in laughter when Olson went the way of every red shirt before him. Comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:13:27 PDT NCC-1701-Z Comment by Guy on TNG S5: Power Play When O'Brien beamed down with the pattern enhancers he materialized behind a rock formation. Was it my imagination or was this rock formation a piece of set salvaged from the original series? It appeared to me to be the gateway to the past from City on the Edge of Forever. Comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:18:29 PDT Guy Comment by Jack on DS9 S7: Chimera Presumably Odo transmitted the changeling disease to Laas here. One wonders if the cure ever made its way to Laas wherever he went after this. Comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:10:28 PDT Jack