Comments on Jammer's Reviews RSS feed for comments posted on Jammer's Reviews en-us Sat, 04 Jul 2015 03:13:51 PDT Comment by MsV on DS9 S4: Broken Link I had the hardest time trying to figure out when did Odo infect the founders in the Great link. I was here, This is the only time Odo was anywhere near them. I had thought it was in Season 6 during the war, but the female changeling couldn't get back to the Gamma Quadrant. I really liked Odo in this one, he was just as loyal to the Defiant crew as they were to him, Odo looked really scared right before he entered the link. Comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 03:13:51 PDT MsV Comment by Luke on TNG S4: The Loss Is "The Loss" good? No. Is it bad? No. It's just another run-of-the-mill episode that does virtually nothing for me either way. Well, okay, it does do a few things bad. What was the point of Troi's outbursts and general attitude about her loss? Was it to make her look unprofessional and all-around unlikeable? If that was the case then mission accomplished, I guess. And, the way she gets her empathic abilities back is just absurd. A short circuit in her brain because she couldn't handle such intense emotion? Give me a break! If that's the case, why is there verifiable brain damage (which is hand-waved away in the end)? I would have rather had a techno-babble explanation for her impairment with something like the organisms blocking her abilities with a subspace field or something - because.... wait for it.... techno-babble doesn't bother me. Shock, horror, surprise, fainting, screams, sighs, pants-shitting, mass hysteria ensues and the internet explodes! Then life goes on. On to "Data's Day." 4/10 Comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:12:25 PDT Luke Comment by Fish Jones on DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars Er, "lateral-click"hosa. I put brackets around it and the computer ate them. Comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:18:55 PDT Fish Jones Comment by Skeptical on Star Trek: First Contact I know people complain a lot about nitpicks. Personally, they usually don't bother me. If you want to, you can nitpick any great movie. So the command codes for Federation starships is a simple 5 digit code? Scotty takes Preston's body up to the bridge instead of immediately to sickbay? Spock gives the most blatantly obvious code in existence? So what? Wrath of Khan is still a great movie even with these silly parts. And First Contact is still a great movie despite its silliness too. But the complaint I really don't like is that this is nothing more than actiony fluff. Nothing could be further from the truth. Now, I'm probably going a bit far with this, but I think there's a lot of parallels between the A and B plots (and a bit of the C plot as well). I mean, not the Zombies in Space part of the A plot, but the Picard part. Look at how the crew idolized Cochrane, particularly LaForge and Barclay. His flight, his character, and his subsequent first contact with aliens was so built up in the minds of the Starfleet crew that it's hard for them to imagine that their hero was a drunk and a lecher who couldn't care less about the rest of humanity. It was a case of the fallen idol. Now look at the A plot. To the Starfleet crew, Cochrane represented the best of humanity. But to Trek fans, it is Picard who represents the best of humanity. While people can argue the Kirk vs Picard (vs Sisko) for all eternity, it's clear that Picard is the ideal of Roddenberry's "evolved" human. He is the thoughtful, calm, rational renaissance man, and can always be turned to in order to give the Picard speech about the greatness of humanity. He is the living embodiment of enlightenment. And in this movie, we see him fail. Hard. Like Cochrane to the Starfleet crew, he is the fallen idol of Trek's optimism. "Don't try to be a great man. Just be a man, and let history take its course." Yet, Cochrane didn't fail. Yes, he ran. And he got zapped for his cowardice. While it seemed to be that he was forced into it, he really wasn't. In the cockpit, he smiled and said he was ready to make history. Sure, he chickened out for awhile, but he still was willing to go through it with. He may not have been the idol that Starfleet thought he was, but he still did the right thing. This is most notable in the actual First Contact scene. The Vulcans landed, and everyone just stares at them. Riker eventually reminds Cochrane that he's kinda the reason the aliens are here. And so what does he do? He steps forward. Remember, this is a guy who's initial plan was to retire to a tropical island filled with naked ladies. This was a guy who's idea of a good time is getting plastered. This was a guy who had pretty much zero cares about the rest of humanity. And he knew that this was an extraordinarily important moment in the history of humanity. So he knew that he, of all people, was going to end up being the ambassador of humanity. And what does he do? He walks forward. He accepts his role as the ambassador, and does the best he can. When the most important moment of his life appeared, he made the right choice. Zeframe Cochrane may not have been the visionary that future engineers thought him to be. But whatever else he was, he was still a good man, and still managed to usher in a new era for humanity. His quote Riker threw back at him fits him perfectly. He ended up doing the right thing and being vindicated and downright revered for it. (BTW, one nice bit of direction here: we all know Jonathan Frakes is a tall guy. Yet when he talks to Cochrane in this scene, James Cromwell looks about 8 inches taller. Riker is literally looking up to Cochrane at the moment that Cochrane becomes the hero of history.) So let's go back to Picard. His story is the same thing. Sure, we saw for seven years that he was a great man, and for the most part he lived up to that ideal. But Roddenberry's vision of mankind in the future wasn't "for the most part", it was perfection. Picard's statement here that mankind had evolved beyond such base desires is exactly what Roddenberry wanted. And Lily's response is perfectly in line with ours: "Bull---." Picard doesn't just falter here, he falls dramatically. We see him at his worst, giving irrational orders that could get people killed (or worse), succumbing to anger, insulting some of his closest friends, and seeking bloodlust. Is it a bit much compared to what we are used to from Picard? Perhaps, but we're used to seeing him at his best, seeing him up on a pedestal. Because of that, this episode needed to knock him off the pedestal as much as possible. It was easy to do with Cochrane, since this was the first we saw him (yes, yes, TOS, close enough...). So it had to be as unsubtle as what we saw, because it needed to be shocking to see his other side. The whole "tale of two Picards" is deliberate! But like Cochrane, his dark side needed to be temporary. Like Cochrane, all it took was one kick in the pants for him to do what was right and to get right back on the pedestal again. Sure, for Picard, it's not a history-defining moment, but it doesn't need to be. We are already used to seeing him as the great hero, so its enough to see him return to the calm rational captain we all know. The route was a bit different, but the arc was the same as Cochrane: idealized character gets seen at his worst, yet still comes through in the end. (One could take this further and add Data as a parallel: the incorruptible member of the crew getting tempted by the Borg, but ultimately sacrificing his dream to do what was right. But that might be pushing it a bit.) So why is this interpretation so important? Again, it all goes back to Roddenberry's utopia. By doing it like this, this film is essentially a deconstruction/reconstruction of that utopia. The writers, quite clearly, do not agree with Roddenberry's view that mankind will become perfect in this new technocratic society. By putting both the Roddenberry ideal character and the in-universe savior of humanity as imperfect, emotional fools, we are shown as plainly as possible that humanity still has its faults. Yet, most importantly, we see this without removing the fundamental aspect of Roddenberry's vision, that of optimism for the future. This isn't In The Pale Moonlight, where Sisko sacrifices his principles to gain an ally in a war. This isn't dark and grim and pessimistic in the slightest. In universe, Cochrane is still a hero in the eyes of the Starfleet officers despite knowing his flaws, and he still steps forward and accepts his place in history. And to us, despite seeing the anger and fear in Picard, he is still the moral center of the Trek Universe. And most importantly, this is actually a BETTER vision of the future than Roddenberry's silly utopia. Roddenberry is saying that you are a pathetic, fallen, dark individual, unable to reach an enlightened state, but perhaps someday your children's children's children will become perfect. Moore and Braga are saying that you already have this potential, that you are potentially great, and that the great society of the future is in your reach if you and everyone else would work towards this goal. Which is a better vision? Which stirs your soul more? If I may quote Ronald Reagan for a moment (please, no politics about the source of the quote): "I've seen what men can do for each other and do to each other, I've seen war and peace, feast and famine, depression and prosperity, sickness and health. I've seen the depth of suffering and the peaks of triumph and I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph and that there is purpose and worth to each and every life." That is the message of First Contact. And that is a beautiful, stirring, uplifting message. It is a far better message than Roddenberry's, and so this movie, which ended up essentially being the swan song of the TNG (lets face facts, nobody cares much for Insurrection or Nemesis), serves to reboot and improve on Roddenberry's message. TNG is the show that focused so much on the philosophical, so much on fleshing out the optimistic future that Trek stands for. So it is fitting that we have the final statement on that message. Not subvert it, not try to tear it down, not show the dark side of it, but to clarify and perfect the message. And it is even more fitting that that message culminates in the focal point of Trek history, the moment of First Contact itself. Such a beautiful scene. I love Wrath of Khan, but this movie defines Trek for me. Comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:42:37 PDT Skeptical Comment by Peter on TNG S7: Attached I agree with the 3 star rating on this one. I always found Crusher very attractive (guess I have Picard's taste), but it was a shame to see their relationship was basically just a tease. I guess one of those stars is just for the prominent role Bev plays. I frankly found the neck gadgets quite contrived, and even more so when they don't even let the two apart from each other. There's a whole unexplored political element to this episode as well. It is hinted at in the first scene, when Picard posits that any non-unified planet should not be admitted to the Federation. I personally don't believe that a world government would be a good thing...Just too much chance of unrepresentative politicians and bureaucrats trampling over individual rights. We actually see that hinted at here, on a planet that is ALMOST unified in that they are down to only two governments. One of them is paranoid and obsessed with spying and the other is fine with kidnapping and false imprisonment without trial, not to mention that even their Prime Minister all but panics when he finds himself speaking with an outside party (the Enterprise) without prior clearance from the security folks. The whole planet seems like it's out of the Orwel's 1984. And then there's the forcefield border fence -- surely an orgasmic dream of every xenophobic nativist. I agree the episode's best moment comes when Riker reveals his opinion of Kesprytt. Comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:15:32 PDT Peter Comment by Peter on TNG S7: Dark Page I thought this episode went a little way towards redeeming the Lwaxana character. In her previous appearances, she was strictly there for comic relief. At least in this one, she is not desperately trying to get Troi to marry someone, anyone. (OK, she does in one early scene, but then it moves on her own story.) And Majel Barrett did do a convincing job of carrying the story. I must admit I laughed out loud when she berates Riker in Ten Forward. For all the breakdown-related craziness, she probably has a point. I thought all the acting performances were competent, in spite of the "Care Bear stare" telepathy. Not sure why they couldn't just use the TOS Vulcan-style hands-on-side-of-head approach. That at least made some sense and looked dramatic. The episode lost me at the very end with the revelation of Deanna's older sister's death by (presumably) drowning. I can accept that Lwaxana hid the tragedy from her younger daughter all those years (though I'm not sure why) and deleted many diary entries to hide the fact that she had had another daughter. But the show made it a point to say that all of Lwaxana's long-time friends were contacted to see if there had been any traumatic events in her past. Did NONE of them know about the older daughter's death? Wouldn't that be a pretty major traumatic event in the life of any friend that one might be able to recall even 30 years later? Yes, fine, they had been sworn to secrecy. I can buy that if they had been asked by Deanna as a youngster -- but not by Deanna as an adult Starfleet officer 30 years later, desperate to find some information that would save her mysteriously dying mother! I just don't buy that none of the friends who were contacted knew about or was willing to confess the truth. Still, all in all, I liked this episode better than the previous "let's delve into someone's unconscious psyche" episode with Data. There, the very fake-seeming Freud ruined it for me...Along with a view on Freudian psychoanalysis that's more akin to a 1950s Hitchcock movie than a supposedly 24th-century sci-fi story. Comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:46:03 PDT Peter Comment by datalal on TNG S7: Interface After watching this episode, I thought it was...ehh. The scenes between Geordi and Data were well played, and the idea of using Geordi's VISOR implants as a way to interface with a probe was also intriguing. But I was kind of with Geordi, when everyone is giving the Hera up for dead. How long does a person have to be missing to be presumed dead? The Hera hadn't been missing more than a week, if I remember correctly. So..huh? Funerals already? Ben Vereen/Daddy LaForge just gives up all hope before his son does? Why? Oh right, plot. [It might have been cool to see what kind of person Geordi's sister actually is, too. Maybe she's a complete contrast, a religious non-techie who's married with kids. Or she's a tech nerd like him, in Starfleet too?] I also think it's kind of rotten that we only just now get to see LaForge's parents. And he didn't get back to his mom, after she sent him that message...3 WEEKS ago? Why? They could have perhaps hinted that the reason for his lack of communication might be from resentment on the part of Geordi toward his mother - which might naturally stem from her constant nagging and date-arranging. It would have added to his guilty feelings and need to save her - because maybe he didn't just fail to respond to her message one time, but hasn't talked to her much in a LONG time, and with her dead, he could no longer get a chance to heal the wounds and bridge the gap. We also might feel more pain and distress if we'd seen them before, just as in "Generations" the bit about the death of Picard's brother Robert and his nephew Rene only holds such dramatic impact when you've seen them before in an episode, on the Picard family vineyard. Comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:15:35 PDT datalal Comment by datalal on TNG S7: Descent, Part II @ Peter: Haha, I love the idea of Data calling Dr. Maddox over to pick up Lore. Dr. Maddox would be so grateful! It would have been too comical a way to end the episode, but oh well. I guess I'm one of the few who really liked Descent I AND II. I can concede that they are both flawed episodes, but they were interesting to watch. I didn't mind the presence of Hugh, or the change in Data, plus the dynamic between him and Lore and him and Geordi was interesting. I also liked the way Beverly commands a ship, although when the question is posed to Picard "Who will stay behind to command?", the OBVIOUS choice is Captain Picard, not the freaking CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER (who should be sending some of her medical staff with the teams instead). I scratched my head when the possibility of Picard staying behind isn't even *considered*. (But this episode involved a mistake that Picard made, so he had to fix it in person, I guess. It was also interesting to see a multi-away-team deployment - like, they can DO that? Neato. But just as it's easier to pretend most of the time that the ship can't separate and doesn't have a battle bridge, It's also simpler most of the time to pretend the ship isn't a compliment of just over a thousand, except as an abstract reference during times of all-encompassing danger. I laughed at how Troi had to make herself useful somehow. "I'll watch the door". And then she bungles the attempted escape. (Or was that an intentional bungle, just so Picard could retrieve the transceiver thingy from the downed Borg? That wasn't made clear). I also didn't mind the bridge officers bantering, even if the dialogue was very "OF COURSE the Lieutenant is a dick, and the Ensign is a chirpy fresh-out-the-Academy uber-genius, who talks WAY too damn much." [I guess all the other bridge officers there are mutes? Ehh, they hardly ever talk anyway]. But at least the Ensign character progressed in her scenes from being nervous and unsure of herself to being confident and bold, which is slightly more than one can say for entire seasons of certain TNG character's arcs.... And some of the banter between her and Lt. AngularFace McTallGuy was cute enough, esp. the reversed "I'll just have to make sure my calculations are accurate, ". I actually starting thinking of some fanfiction story for the grumpy Lieutenant and uppity Ensign, but that would be too likely to descend into a cheesy "characters in conflict for no real reason realize [because...plot] that they're totally IN LURVE with each other" kind of storyline that infests most romantic comedies. Comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:42:19 PDT datalal Comment by methane on DS9 S2: Rivals This is an episode that I find more entertaining now than when it first aired. When I first watched it, I groaned at the "science". Now I just accept it and find myself amused with the character interactions. Comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:52:12 PDT methane Comment by Fish Jones on DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars This episode got me to spend a year studying Africa and now it's my least favorite episode. It's like watching an someone whine incessantly about how he grew up as the runt in a mildly dysfunctional family while the next room over has a guy who survived a childhood of 2nd degree burns in a severely abusive home and nobody cares. Uhura is Bantu. Geordi's from freaking Somalia. Sisko is from New Orleans. Now compare how much fun it was to live in 1950s Bantu-speaking areas or Somalia versus 1950s New York or New Orleans. (or ya know, 2015 right now. "Do ya wanna live in New Orleans or Dar es Salaam?" kinda depends on how much money you make individually, but "Do you wanna live in New Orleans or Mogadishu... pick New Orleans.) There are parts of current USA racism that are horrific, and there's huge parts of Africa that are really, really awesome. But bringing up "US Racism Bad!" when you have Happy Somailan (SOMALIAN!) Geordi and Totally Chill Bantu Uhura is cringeworthy. 1 mention once? Fine. Giant meta weird crap all centered around you personally? Very very VERY not fine. It's so America-centric it misses the point and ruins the effect. --- Studying this also generated a funny pet peeve: Xhosa is hosa, not "zhosa". I accidentally "correct" it every single time. Comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:21:36 PDT Fish Jones Comment by Mallory R. on ENT S1: Fallen Hero Probably could have used another re-write. I hate when a guest character comes on under suspicious circumstances and the writers don't bother with a solid backstory. I agree some characters are under-written, but I find Reed enjoyable and sexy, and Phlox always a joy. Travis aka "that black guy" seems intentionally bland. Connor Trinneer is a superb actor, imo. Comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:10:46 PDT Mallory R. Comment by William B on DS9 S1: Battle Lines So Opaka spells out for us a big part of what this episode is about: warring factions locked in perpetual combat as a reflection of the state of Kira's soul. Or pagh, I guess. Kira is both ready to fight others at a moment's notice and is in a state of war with herself. There is the Kira who refuses to step down from a fight, even one that is not her own, and even one in which there is very little evidence suggesting that Their Side is any better than the other side; and there is the Kira who does not believe that the Prophets could ever forgive her for the things that she did to survive, and to help Bajor survive, the Occupation. There are no easy answers here; in a broad sense, I think Kira deserves forgiveness and peace, but in practice Kira's keeping at least some degree of self-loathing may have been one of the only things holding her back from greater horrors; meanwhile, a full-on embracing of peaceful ethos puts her prior behaviour into a new context that makes it seem horrible, unforgivable; and how can she be a woman of peace, eschewing these people locked in perpetual combat, when she would not have *been* here if it weren't for her intense dedication to violence? That Kira needs to start healing, and needs to forgive herself, is well taken, and the backdrop of a perpetual combat which sets the same people through an endless cycle (in the metaphor, this is akin to blood feuds lasting generations, where no real progress can ever be made because the combatants essentially view themselves as part of a long line) helps clarify the type of person Kira does not want to be. Still, in spite of that nice scene between Opaka and Kira, the situations are pretty non-analogous either to the way Kira was during the Occupation, or the way Kira is now. The Resistance to the Occupation was not an endless cycle of revenge, in that they actually *did* achieve the goal of getting the Cardassians to leave. And current Kira certainly very quickly starts barking orders about how to improve their defenses, and seems in a perpetual state of readiness for a fight...but this PTSD-ish readiness to combat is not the same as wanting personal vengeance. Camille Saviola is strong as Opaka, and it is also nice to see Breaking Bad's Jonathan Banks as Shel-La, leader of one of the warring tribes. Nana Visitor is okay in most of the episodes, but I agree with commenters above that her breakdown over Opaka's death did *not* work, and her breakdown when Opaka read her pagh similarly left me cold. Those help elevate the episode, which is something like a grimmer version of TOS' "Day of the Dove," except transposed to aliens and thus leaving Our Heroes mostly off the hook, despite the examination with Kira. Opaka's decision to stay behind is kind of annoying; there is some vague reference to a prophesy, which she does not go into (and the show is not really dipping its toes into the murky waters of the Prophets stuff), and to her having gut feelings blah blah blah, but it's worth noting that Sisko/Kira/Bashir do not get the words out that she's trapped on this planet forever to live out an eternal damnation, and while it is surely a noble endeavour to help these guys, there *is* still Bajor, isn't there? She saw Bajor through the Occupation, but Kira can only start healing because Opaka tells her to, and Opaka leaving Bajor very suddenly just opens up the power vacuum for people like Winn to seize control and steer Bajor toward fundamentalism. I guess maybe Opaka is meant to understand that she is dead if she leaves the planet, in which case her behaviour makes a little more sense. The pagh ear thing does bother me, though not entirely -- touch telepathy is a feature of the Vulcans, so it makes sense that some Bajorans with a certain amount of training would be able to do that, though at times it seems as if the only thing Opaka is doing is grabbing someone's ear so hard they go delirious from pain. This would not grant mystical powers but a certain amount of understanding of a person by touch-telepathy (through another name) is consistent with the Trek universe. I've got to say, Opaka does not talk about the importance of the Celestial Temple as the Prophets' home, and indeed I'm still not sure, on a rewatch, if we are meant to understand by this point in the season that the wormhole aliens are The Prophets, who are really mostly mentioned here and there in passing. The Runabout scenes were very filler-y and tech-y. Nothing to see there. 2.5 stars. Comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:39:57 PDT William B Comment by HawgWyld on DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin... Oh, yeah. This one stinks. On reflection, this is the episode that made me start thinking that the time had really come to get rid of Dax. In terms of character development, she became completely unappealing in this episode and the "ick" factor remained for the rest of the her run on the series. Comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:03:28 PDT HawgWyld Comment by W Smith on ENT S3: Carpenter Street Yeah, wow, that was pretty bad and boring. Can they ever time travel someplace besides the US (particularly California, even when they say it's Detroit and obviously LA), and not the present day? In any case, I'm so sick of Trek time travel episodes, they just overdosed on it to the point of it being silly and trite. At least DS9's Past Tense was about something interesting, it had a point. This episode was completely by the numbers and pointless. And I agree with the other commenter that Daniels needs a new barber. Comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:30:09 PDT W Smith Comment by Del_Duio on ENT S1: Dear Doctor I think he means if only it was cancelled during this point, in season 1 and not when it was later. Comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:42:37 PDT Del_Duio Comment by Toony on DS9 S7: Shadows and Symbols I think DS9 handles time like Timecop the present is immutable but the past isn't. It's possible Sisko, Dax and Bashir impacted their own histories in 'Past Tense' and maybe 'Trials and Tribblations' and the Prophets saved them by fixing a few threads that modified the present. Sisko is now compatible to join the prophets because Sarah and Joseph were originally meant to be together but the premature death of Gabriel Bell and who knows who else in Past Tense unraveled all that, changing their characters and fates. I recall in season 2 Sisko talked as if Joseph had died years earlier but he pops up alive in season 4. Comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:39:58 PDT Toony Comment by William B on DS9 S1: Vortex The episode's big draw, naturally, is the Odo of it: it's a better episode for the character than "A Man Alone," and it gestures to some of the other Big Themes besides Odo's search for justice, namely his loneliness and difficulty fitting himself in to the world of solids. The episode emphasizes different kinds of family units (Quark and Rom, Croden and his daughter) with the Miradorn who cannot live without his twin and so turns to revenge as a sole purpose being the biggest example. And along there is Odo, chasing after a necklace and the chance at meeting *someone* like him. The way the Miradorn and Croden are willing to give up everything for their missing family member -- in the Miradorn's case, to give up life entirely for a *dead* family member -- gives weight to Odo's plight; and Odo's somewhat intense questioning of Quark about other beings from the Gamma Quadrant, as well as his feelings of intense disappointment that Croden was lying about whose family was in that Vortex (as well as those tall tales he mentions) hints at Odo's own capacity. Odo's intense, connections-free attitude to his work is his protection against those feelings of isolation, but his willingness to be somewhat distracted by Croden's playing on Odo's desire to see his "family" (or at least evidence of them) suggests that, in the fact of true connection with others of his people, Odo might well find it difficult to keep his head for Justice! straight. Croden plays on Odo's feelings quite well -- by making himself out to be a persecuted prisoner and describing the way the changelings were persecuted, he essentially casts him as another person like Odo's people, even on his own planet. That his stories may have some background in myths and legends makes sense with later revelations; the Founders claim that they were persecuted before they decided to become conquering gods. Croden is playing Odo here, but it does seem plausible that Croden's life of crime did start the way he claims it did, as a nonviolent political dissident whose family was slaughtered in front of him. Of course, he might be lying. Odo's suspension of his usual absolute dedication to justice is a step toward his recognizing that things aren't as black and white as he wants, in particular the recognition of the mitigating factors in Croden's life, and that is mostly a good thing. On the other hand, there is some indication he lets Croden go because Croden has been able to convince Odo that the two of them are alike, and indeed that Croden might be like those mysterious changelings from long ago, an impression which may have lasted until even after Croden's stories about the changelings were revealed to be mostly BS. Personal feelings gradually wear down Odo's absolutist moral code, which renders him less rigid (good) but also increasingly willing to put personal feelings far above other ethical concerns (bad), and some of that ambiguity is here. I guess I do find Croden's heel-face turn at the episode's end a little unconvincing. When he finds his daughter, he really does seem to become a different character, and while I get some of that (he is going to behave differently when back with his daughter, and around her), to some extent the depiction of him as mostly a man of conscience who Did What He Had To Do to get back to his daughter doesn't *quite* settle with exactly how cavalier he was about killing the Miradorn earlier in the episode. I also think that Quark is pretty blase about a guy dying because of his negotiation tactic/trick, but then I'm still not quite sure how to read Quark's attitude about, you know, people dying because of him. Just business, I guess? The chase sequences are okay but not stunning. I think overall this is a strong episode with some significant weaknesses. 3 stars from me. Comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:21:10 PDT William B Comment by SecMan on ENT S2: Canamar Eh...pretty dull. I couldn't agree more with Elphaba. To me, quality entertainment has to have a point i.e. interesting plot. I don't care how well produced something is - see the Transformers movies - if it doesn't have a compelling plot, I'm bored with it very quickly. I don't *need* social commentary because quite frankly I usually disagree with the point of view of the writers OR I find the commentary so heavy handed as to be irritating. But at least have some interesting plot twists. I always wished ST hadn't gotten away from accepting "original" scripts from outsiders. I suppose that's just how business in Hollywood is done now...if the writer isn't part of the guild, then their script can't/won't get used. It's a shame IMO since many of TOS' best scripts came from outsiders. Most people only have so many good ideas in their heads. To expect them to come up with a great new idea 22x per year (or more if they work on multiple shows) isn't realistic, so why do they try? If they are going to spend so much money producing these episodes, can't they find a method to generate better writing? More writers, original scripts, etc? Almost all of these shows have the "story" by Braga and Berman. Then they hand the plot outline to someone else who writes the screenplay. Having all "creativity" coming out of these two was a very poor idea. Have you watched any of the extras on the Blu Ray discs? One is an interview with these two, and if there are two more sarcastic, less defensive, less likable people I haven't seen them. I'm watching Enterprise all the way through again, and with many episodes I'm seeing them for the first or second time. Many are rather good; others are just decent. Still others are terrible. I't put this outing in the "decent" category. Definitely a rehashed, cliched plot derivative of previously-done Trek. I won't go as far as to say "wasted hour" because with toddler twins I only get 45 mins of TV a day. But it's certainly a worse-than-average Trek outing. Comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:08:53 PDT SecMan Comment by William B on DS9 S1: The Nagus This is indeed a lot of fun, and a great addition to the Star Trek universe, even if the second-order effects (i.e. most other DS9 Ferengi episodes) suffer badly. The episode functions as sort of a parody of "The Godfather," filtered through Ferengi values -- one of many occasions in which Quark is chosen to be the centre of one of the classic American films. ("Profit and Loss" -- LOSS, not Lace -- is essentially a low-quality "Casablanca"; Harry Lime's monologue from "The Third Man" is repeated to Quark close to verbatim in "Business as Usual.") The most explicit "Godfather" reference is of course in the darkly lit scene with Quark stroking the Ferengi cat thing, which sets up the pattern: Quark enjoys the feeling of power and demands personal loyalty, like the Don, but unlike Don Corleone the second a sufficient amount of profit is offered to him he drops the act, so to speak: QUARK: A very lucrative opportunity. Tell me Nava, when Zek announced I was to succeed him, were you pleased? NAVA: No, Nagus. QUARK: Did you come to me and offer your support? NAVA: No, Nagus. QUARK: Yet, now you call me Nagus. But is it out of true friendship? No. You only pretend to show me respect so I will grant you this immense opportunity. NAVA: Which I'm willing to split with you. fifty-fifty. QUARK: Well, in that case, let's hope the Gamma Quadrant develops a taste for synthehol. Ha. The same pattern is repeated at the end of the episode. (Major spoilers for "The Godfather, Part II" in this paragraph.) Rom, as Quark's "idiot," put-upon brother, who complains that Quark has so much and he, Rom, has so little, can't help but fall into the orbit of an ambitious man who makes promises to Rom which he will likely overturn the moment Rom's usefulness has been outlived. So Rom plays Fredo Corleone to Quark's Michael. The episode ends with what seems to be the start of a "You broke my heart!" scene of Quark unleashing his anger on Rom, perhaps with some sort of threat; or maybe, like Michael, Quark would wait until their mother dies but all the time be planning to dispatch Rom. Nope: Quark sees that Rom had it in him to kill his brother, and suddenly recognizes that their relationship needs to be realigned. On the one hand, Rom is better for profits if he is put in a position where he can use some of his ruthlessness (which up until now Quark didn't even believe existed), and I think Quark also recognizes on some level that, yes, Rom's actions were extreme, but maybe Quark had it coming just a bit for the constant abuse and threats to send Rom out an airlock. (I guess on Rom nearly killing Quark, I do find it hard to believe Odo would simply let an attempted murder slide like that, even if Quark would. And I do think that Rom's hard edge here is inconsistent with later characterizations, but it works here -- Rom as a mostly soft-hearted man who is easily manipulated and who also responds to his brother's constant mistreatment.) Anyway, the episode's humour doesn't depend directly on the knowledge of "The Godfather," but I think familiarity with gangster narratives definitely helps. And the episode, ultimately, points to something interesting about what Ferengi society maybe has to teach us. Quark, Zek, Rom and Krax all want profit, but Zek comes out of the episode as a triumphant mastermind, Krax as a miserable failure, Rom as an idiot, and Quark as -- well, as Quark, but not much the worse for wear, and somewhat regarded by Nagus Zek as a guy with potential. Putting morality aside, I think the big difference amongst these guys has something to do with pride and ego. Quark lets the Nagus-ship get to his head, but one thing that is to his credit is that with, say, that Nava scene, Quark is either just pretending to be angry that Nava didn't show him respect, or genuinely is bothered but drops it the moment he stands to gain. Similarly, he doesn't react to Rom's betrayal by angry demands that he will destroy Rom, which one could imagine lots of other people doing -- I mean, for an example from later in series, compare Quark's reaction to Rom's betrayal to Sisko's reaction to Eddington's; by any reasonable standard, Rom's betrayal was far greater, but Sisko becomes twisted up with rage. Quark is greedy and Quark is ruthless and Quark's moral compass doesn't often point in the right direction, but Quark doesn't actually hold grudges; Quark may get angry briefly, but he gets over it and moves on to enjoying life. Quark doesn't really do that revenge thing. Quark's main downfall in this episode is his somewhat pompous behaviour as Nagus, believing the thing is legit and being unable to fully come forward to Odo out of a sense of stubborn pride, as well as his refusal to see Rom's treachery coming (or to start treating Rom better) because he is so used to being the good brother. But ultimately the ego dissipates when confronted with the possibility of major profit or loss; Quark is not so full of himself to be blind all the time, which is what distinguishes his moderate failure/moderate success to Krax's failing MISERABLY -- Krax, who seems to want the Nagus job for the prestige and out of a sense of entitlement and so makes risky, obvious plays rather than, as Zek suggests, be content to acquire profit and influence gradually and in a less flashy way. Quark's willingness to discard pride at a moment's notice means he grovels an awful lot, but it also means that he doesn't actually go out of his way to injure others when his ego is wounded; I'm reminded of the exchange in "The Battle," that there is no profit in revenge, and nor is there in a straight power-grab that is bound to backfire. The Jake/Nog subplot is sweet, though, yes, I have a hard time understanding why Nog doesn't know how to read at his age; Rom must really be an idiot if he thinks that ability to read couldn't help Get Profit. I do like how the opening sequence gives a pretty good description of how privilege operates, with Nog's failure to do his homework being a direct result of the living conditions he has, being currently at the bottom of the food chain below Rom (below Quark), whereas Sisko's nurturing parenting gives Jake plenty of time to do homework. The subject of the paper -- "ethics" -- ties in with the main plot, in which the seemingly unethical Ferengi end up demonstrating a sort of code, wherein placing one's pride above other benefits is an automatic downfall. In general, Jake and Nog's friendship develops nicely in this episode, which is also the first show to get under Jake's skin a little bit; Jake's unwillingness to see Nog as A Ferengi whereas Sisko can't help but see Nog's uncle when he looks at him creates some nice interpersonal conflict that is delivered in an appropriately low-key way. I think this earns 3.5. Comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:45:45 PDT William B Comment by William B on DS9 S1: Dax The strongest episode up to this point. Not only does this give a good introduction to who the Trill are and what kind of internal and external conflicts Jadzia Dax will face, it also is probably the first great vehicle for Sisko -- "Emissary" was okay, but he otherwise has been more part of an ensemble than lead. Criticisms out of the way first: it is odd, as others have pointed out, that there doesn't seem to be a set Trill policy on the culpability of new hosts for the crimes of their previous lives. Maybe there is such a policy, or maybe Trill society is so invested in the transcendence of symbionts that they deny that joined Trills could ever commit capital crimes at all (the cover-up of Joran supports this theory). Now, the way the episode gets around addressing this directly is by suggesting that there is a Klaestron-Federation unilateral extradition treaty -- but is that really plausible? I mean, if the Klaestrons do not have to show any evidence *at all* that Federation citizens committed crimes against them, what is to stop them from picking up any Federation citizens, i.e. to blame them for unsolved crimes or some such -- with no consequences? Along those lines, the idea that the Klaestrons *can* extradite Jadzia Dax for Curzon Dax's ostensible crime either suggests that the Federation accepts this transfer of responsibility from one host to the next (which would be good to know!) or that the Klaestrons can genuinely apprehend any Federation citizen they want even if the Federation would not even accept that that person was accused of crimes at all. This type of thing is a problem with most Trek courtroom shows, which tend to fudge the details for the sake of getting to the dramatic meat, which is generally exploring some fundamental issue -- liberty vs. security in "The Drumhead," the responsibility someone has for command decisions in "Court Martial" or "Rules of Engagement," and, most relevantly, the status of an artificial being as person/non-person or property/non-property (or author/non-author) in "The Measure of a Man" and "Author, Author." The courtroom scenes are a great way to introduce the relevant questions of Jadzia Dax's one/many joined identity from several different angles, expanding the Trill metaphor from its use in "The Host" (which was a good use for a one-episode story but limiting for a long-term one). I like Elliott's suggestion that the big allegorical question here is ancestral crimes and responsibilities -- should children pay for their parents' sins, in some way? This interpretation is given added weight by the fact that it's General Tandro's son who is pursuing Jadzia Dax's extradition and execution, suggesting the way a sense of responsibility passes through generations under normal, non-joining circumstances, where the bonds are of genetics and upbringing and name rather than of symbiont/memories. I think that most people would agree that children are not responsible for their parents' crimes, and so the idea of punishing someone for what one of their ancestors did is clearly wrong. However, in both metaphor frame (Dax) and literal frame (Tandro), people feel a real sense of responsibility to and for their progenitors. Tandro is acting in a legal capacity here, but he is also seeking something like personal justice (vengeance?) due to wrongs committed against his father, and believes that wrongs committed against his father still need to be answered for, both to the state and to him personally. As we'll see in the series, Jadzia has similar feelings about wrongs committed against Curzon and Curzon's "family" (c.f. "Blood Oath") -- where the responsibility to right past wrongs (in the Klingon way, no less) falls on future hosts, to ensure that injustices are not simply forgotten in death. And I think that's the rub: Tandro wants to believe that no crimes go unpunished, that even in death -- death of the victim OR death of the criminal -- there is some way to balance the cosmic scales. For the Trills, there actually is no simple answer of responsibility. That Jadzia, the host, is blameless for Curzon's crimes is obvious, and I was going to say that Sisko won the case in a slam-dunk (or home run, which I guess would be Ben's preferred metaphor) until Tandro pointed out that Trill hosts accepted all responsibilities when they joined. Now, on the one hand, the idea that Jadzia takes on responsibility for Curzon Dax's actions *about which she knows nothing* by joining, once again is clearly unfair. It's one thing if Jadzia knew that this hypothetical Curzon Dax was a murderer (and, again, we know from "Equilibrium" that this type of thing gets covered up, even from the symbiont), but it's quite another if she is not told that by joining she's both becoming a murderer and sentencing herself to death should the Klaestrons ever release their military files and extradite. AND YET, Jadzia benefits from previous Dax hosts, and agrees to give up some of her separateness in the exchange in order to carry on the Trill legacy. If she gets the benefits, is it not fair that she gets the drawbacks? And of course, there is also the question of what *does* happen rather than what *should*. It is unfair that Jadzia give up her life because of Curzon Dax's decisions, but Jadzia Dax certainly feels the weight of Curzon's desires nevertheless. Ilon feels the pain of his father's death acutely and wants to try to make it right, even if a generation has passed. The Sisko/Dax friendship, similarly, depends *entirely* on Sisko's bond to Curzon going to Jadzia. Sisko's frustration with Jadzia, though weirdly expressed (IF YOU WERE A MAN I WOULD PUNCH YOU), comes down partly, yes, to the fact that she is refusing to provide any explanation, but also because Sisko *wants* Jadzia to be Curzon -- take charge, be the life of the party, be expressive -- and she stubbornly refuses to be the withdrawn, aloof Dax she currently is (though Jadzia's character will be somewhat rebooted over the next season or so). Sisko's desire to defend Jadzia comes down to his bond with Curzon, which is also how/why he knows that Curzon didn't commit the murder. The explanation that Curzon did not commit the murder is a bit of a cop-out, but it reveals again that Jadzia puts stock in her loyalties to past lives. And it also, interestingly, shows a Dax who is willing to give up her life to do the opposite of Ilon Tandro holding grudges across generations. On the one hand, continuing to maintain the deception about General Tandro having betrayed his people is maybe a bit shady (the truth is a good thing?), but a lot of it comes down to an unwillingness to open old wounds that could destabilize the Klaestron society -- a willingness to die to let the past be the past. It's an appealingly complex situation. 3.5 stars, I'd say. Comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:18:04 PDT William B Comment by Al on TNG S5: Silicon Avatar This episode has some merit. The relationship between Marr and Data is one of them. However, I could never really like this episode because of how hypocritical it makes the characters look. When encountering the Borg, it wasn't long before the crew understood that they had to be stopped by force. However in this episode, Picard suddenly decides to avoid the use of deadly force at all costs, even after witnessing first hand the planet-killing potential of the entity. On the other hand, Picard never saw the Borg assimilate an entire planet, but nonetheless saw the Borg as an enemy (this was still before he was assimilated himself). To me, Picard's treatment of the entity made no sense whatsoever. His attempt to justify this using a sperm whale analogy doesn't make sense either. While the sperm whale offers some kind of benefit to nature by keeping certain populations of organisms in check-it is part of the 'cycle of nature', if you will. However, the Crystalline entity does not do this. It literally devours organic nature by the planet-load, putting an end to whatever natural cycles existed in the first place! Not one of Picard's better moral philosophies I'm afraid. Comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:30:54 PDT Al Comment by Claire on TNG S7: Dark Page Just rewatched this ep for the first time since I was about 12. I don't recall getting emotional then but I did this time. I personally really bought Majel's performance. In fact, I don't think I would have started crying if not for her breaking down as she relived Kestra's death. Comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:21:03 PDT Claire Comment by NCC-1701-Z on Star Trek III: The Search For Spock Why would the Klingons send their boarding party through the Starfleet transporter rather than just transport them straight into a corridor or something? If I were Kirk, I would just arrange for a convenient little malfunction a la poor Commander Sonak in The Motion Picture. "Oops!" Kidding, kidding. This is still a great Trek movie, and it's pretty amazing that they are able to bring Spock back to life without it feeling like a push of the reset button. That's no small feat. The scene where Enterprise is stolen is a classic. Jammer is right, operatic is the best way one can possibly describe it. James Horner does a terrific job with the music, although the TWOK soundtrack is still his best work within the Trek world. He was a man of incredible talent and will be deeply missed. High 3 out of 4. Comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:43:12 PDT NCC-1701-Z Comment by Jonn Walsh on TNG S5: Power Play Actually, as much as I never really cared for this episode, '90s guy' never really struck me as out of place. He's an off duty officer in civvies. Adult civilian clothing on TNG was typically distinguished itself from '90s couture by altering the waistline and/or the neckline and I felt that that was accomplished adequately here. The narrow belt with the waistline showing above it was a stylistic touch along with the no lapel neckline giving the ensemble a crisp neat look that said, "we still wear pants and shirts in the future but style still exists as well." It does not scream '90s to me. I must agree with one of the comments above stating that hellish disembodiment will rewrite anybody's personality after 200 years. Surely enough to drive anyone insane in but a fraction of that time. Comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:05:50 PDT Jonn Walsh Comment by William B on DS9 S1: The Storyteller On tablet so briefer than usual: Both plots share a story structure, where our burgeoning best friends end up helping a Bajoran guest character self-actualize and live up to the auhthority role left for them by their father or mentor: the second Sirrah for Bashir and O'Brien, and the princess (effectively) for Nog and Jake. The station plot is not great, but I like the idea of Nog and Jake getting interested in girls together and have Freaks and Geeks lite adventures. The Odo's bucket thing is amusing as a joke played by Nog to shock Jake, though I wonder if Nog having nearly been permanently locked up as a felon in the pilot might make hi warier than he is here. The depiction of the advantages to Ferengi philosophy, helping the princess come to a compromise, is worthwhile, and the princess character is okay. It is lighthearted, not so earnest as to be difficult (ala The Dauphin), fluff and not well acted, but okay. The Bajor plot is mostly awful, characterized mainly by Bashir and O'Brien not giving a crap about their situation and seemingly viewing the situation entirely in terms of how to get these villagers to stop annoying them -- which I sympathize with to a degree. But really, what exactly makes Bashir think that the guy who tries to murder O'Brien in plain sight of a witness has either the moral fibre or even the common sense to be a spiritual leader, rather than say in jail. I do not understand why Bashir and O'Brien do not consider at all telling the villagers about this deception, especially given that Bajor's situation has changed since the Cardsssians have left; but even if we assume they are bound by some sort of Prime Directive restriction, should they not at least appeal to murderous Sirrah apprentice to send the orb fragment away so that no one will be killed by a cloud monster? At least there is some moral conflict in what should be done, given that the Sirrah himself put O'Brien in charge, and while Bashir and O'Brien are MAYBE not all that prepared to make these Do We Tell These Villagers They Have Been Lied To calls, they have subspace radio and command officers to call, including a Bajoran national who should have no ethical conflicts I can see about exposing the spiritual deception involving using secret Bajoran artifacts to create life-risking shows to maintain authority. As a story about the power of myth in shaping and maintaining society, it is of a piece with this series in theme, but that the Sirrah is essentially Dukat in Covenant without the charisma (and the apprentice is even worse at covering up his attempted murders) is kind of a big deal to avoid talking about at all. The Bashir/O'Brien friendship is eventually effective, especially in e.g. Hard Time, but is just annoying here. Why does Bashir tell O'Brien to stop calling him Julian at the end? If it is because he hears the contempt in Miles' voice, he otherwise does not seem to indicate he gets it. 2 stars for the fluffy but somewhat enjoyable Jake-Nog-Princess plot. Comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:51:08 PDT William B Comment by Yanks on DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement Teejay, The whole purpose of the trial was to convict Worf under Starfleet/Federation rules and discredit him because he chose to serve in Starfleet. As Sisko and Odo proved, it was a set-up. Comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:25:30 PDT Yanks Comment by Yanks on ENT S1: Dear Doctor Enterprise was canceled. Comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:22:25 PDT Yanks Comment by Del_Duio on ENT S1: Dear Doctor "If only Enterprise had been cancelled instead of Farscape... " Or Firefly :( Comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:15:46 PDT Del_Duio Comment by Teejay on DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement Ugh. Two stinkers in a row. Really disappointing, considering how strong season 4 had been up to this point. The only thing that "lawyer" proved is how ridiculous the Klingons are. He repeatedly states that Worf acted as a klingon would in that situation. If that's the case, WHY ARE THEY TRYING TO EXTRADITE HIM? According to what the lawyer presents, he acted as a Klingon would, so why would they want to put him on trial? In their eyes, he did nothing wrong. Once again, I tend to dislike Klingon-centered episodes. Jons above pretty much stated my feelings about Klingons. Comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:26:49 PDT Teejay Comment by Teejay on DS9 S4: Accession Bad episode, possibly the worst of the season(along with "The sword of Kahless, although in that case, i'll admit I'm just not a fan of Klingon centric stories). The Bajorans come across almost as bad as the rubes following the crazy lady in "Paradise". Only thing worth seeing in this episode is Worf's reaction to the news that Keiko is pregnant. Comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:11:26 PDT Teejay Comment by Darknet on DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang So there's a "Jack in the box" in the program but that doesn't explain why they couldn't stop the program. The program is supposedly still functioning normally. Comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:07:02 PDT Darknet Comment by NCC-1701-Z on BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2 @William B: Touche. Comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:15:49 PDT NCC-1701-Z Comment by Chris on TNG S2: Manhunt Picard shouting "Computer, freeze programme!" as a goon nearly blows him away with a Tommy Gun is priceless. Stewart's face is hilarious as he throws himself back against the wall. Comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:33:37 PDT Chris Comment by Dimpy on VOY S6: Blink of an Eye Watched it again, just to see the guy write in English. I missed it, I must have blinked my eyes or something... Comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:16:46 PDT Dimpy Comment by Dimpy on TNG S7: Dark Page The reason for lots of Troi is most likely that she looks more attractive here then in the older episodes. Better face, better shape, better makeup, for some reason the longer the show went on the better she looked, until the movies. Comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:24:32 PDT Dimpy Comment by mcoy, leonard mcoy on TNG S5: The Game Ashely Judd looked really young here. She's still wife material. Not a g/f or anything of that matter. Just straight up put a ring on that woman. Average episode though. Comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:05:35 PDT mcoy, leonard mcoy Comment by William B on BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2 There are no guns in Game of Thrones. Comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:22:43 PDT William B Comment by Capitalist on BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2 My gut reaction to the shooting: "WTF is THIS?? Game of Thrones??!! Comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:44:49 PDT Capitalist Comment by Robert on ENT S1: Dear Doctor I'm not diving off the deep end of "Dear Doctor" again, but I think you completely missed the point in Congenitor. For the record, I'm totally morally appalled by the "Congenitor" episode, but not because of Archer. Archer had 3 choices. Keep the Congenitor and risk making an enemy of one of the few really friendly species out there. Give the Congenitor back and refuse the asylum request of one individual. One could argue that being friends with them has a better chance of eventually changing things for all Congenitors than rescuing one individual. But the point in the end was not "sex slavery good" vs "sex slavery bad". That's preposterous. Archer made a "selfish" choice to do something against the human moral code because it's better for his people. Plain and simple. I disagree with you about "Dear Doctor" being genocide, but at least you have a shot at defending that. Trying to twist Congenitor into saying that Archer or the show runners were CONDONING sexual slavery because of cultural differences is preposterous. And based on simple story telling techniques you're OBVIOUSLY meant to agree with Trip. In the end he learns the price of interfering... the lesson wasn't that he was wrong about the Vissians. The lesson was that he shouldn't be playing hero by himself in the middle of a first contact. Comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:07:02 PDT Robert Comment by Teejay on DS9 S4: Return to Grace Definitely one of my favorite episodes of the season. Man, the speech he gives to Kira when he's trying to convince her to join him on his crusade(and seems to me to convince himself as well) was awesome. I would've fought with him after that speech, and I'm a pacifist! :) Comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 23:42:55 PDT Teejay Comment by Mcoy, Leonard Mcoy on TNG S5: Disaster Yeah surprised Jammer didn't like this one so much. I gave it easily a 3 star. I really enjoyed this episodes use of characters. Putting each character in uncomfortable situations or with there own set of obstacles. Picard with kids and Counselor Troi on the bridge and ranking officer. Data and Riker getting to enginnering and uses a frequent unused combo of Dr. Crusher with Geordi. I also like that the storyline was that there was a phenomenon and the ship goes down. It felt more like a realistic thing and a movie style premise. Great episode. Comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:38:22 PDT Mcoy, Leonard Mcoy Comment by Andy1 on DS9 S7: Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges @Aldo Johnson: * "If the code you live by, your morality, your democracy, can be so conveniently put aside whenever you think it's dangerous, then why live by that code anyway? Might as well just choose any moral that fits what's happening this month, this week, this day." - It's no different than killing. It is illegal and immoral, yet allowed in war and in self-defense situations. As with every thing else in life, different circumstances dictate different ways of doing things. * "Or put it another way; officially the Soviets do not have a policy of state-sanctioned assassination. Yet I'm sure the GRU/ KGB "allowed" people to die." - I find it interesting that use Soviets/KGB as an example. Are you from Russia? Because I am from the USA, and if I was trying to make your point, I would have used USA/CIA, and the sentence would still be true. * "Now replace 'the Soviets' with 'the Federation' and 'GRU/ KGB' with 'Section 31' Any Difference?" - I will replace "Soviets" with "USA", and "KGB" with "CIA" as indicated earlier. Any difference? No. Ok, replace them with Federation/Section 31. Any difference? Probably, but it doesn't matter either way. * "When they did it, the Soviet was an 'evil Empire' What does that make the Federation?" - They were an "evil empire" because someone from another empire with a similar track record decided to label them as such. That's the only reason, and it is only a label. Someone might label the Dominion or the federation as an evil empire as well, that doesn't mean that either is actually an evil empire. Comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:54:55 PDT Andy1 Comment by Boxman on ENT S1: Dear Doctor With the "Dear Doctor" and "Cogenitor" episodes we've seen the show's writers successful sell genocide and sex slavery to a wider audience. Bravo! Proof again that "open-minded" people are actually the most simple minded of all people in the end, for they are so easily brainwashed. Throw out some high-minded talk about "evolution" or "cultural differences" and you can convince the high-minded "moral relativist" crowd to sanction just about any type of evil one can imagine. Sorry armchair philosophers: moral relativism doesn't make you intellectual; it's actually nothing but a cop-out. There's nothing high-minded or grandiose about moral relativism; it's a sign of intellectual and moral weakness, nothing more. Comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:28:00 PDT Boxman Comment by dlpb on DS9 S2: Melora Although, to be fair, they had to be lazy there to make the story they wanted work. It can be forgiven. Comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:23:41 PDT dlpb Comment by Troy on TNG S5: A Matter of Time I don't like this episode 1-1/2 stars. I didn't know, until I read the comments, that Robin Williams was the first choice to play the professor. While on the surface it seemed like it might be a disaster, Robin Williams had very good range, look at one hour photo and some other serious roles where he played criminals or other types of marginalized people. I don't blame Matt Frewer for this episode, just bad writing plain and simple (also great range love him in the Knick). At no point does it feel true. The one shining spot is the confrontation with Data in the time probe. Comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:16:42 PDT Troy Comment by Peter on ENT S4: Home Well it is good Archer remembers the aliens from Damage he stranded but who knows whether he would be able to organise a rescue mission. Comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:16:35 PDT Peter Comment by Troy on TNG S5: The Game I still like this episode. It feels realistic to me, especially using the reward system of the brain as a method of mind control. Depicts a valid underhanded way to take over the Enterprise/Federation. I can fully understand why Wesley would rather date 20 something Ashley Judd rather than play some new fad game. By the time he started considering trying it his intuition was buzzing about something not being quite right about it and in Wesley fashion do an experiment and hook it to a simulator. The chase scene and creepy forced "feeding" after Wesley got caught were well done. I know a lot of fans don't like Wesley and also don't like Wesley saves the ship. This episode in particular is robust and doesn't bother me. Comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:00:11 PDT Troy Comment by Troy on TNG S5: Silicon Avatar I agree with 2-1/2. Dr. Marr always strikes me as loony, annoyingly so, but the episode still remains provocative. This is sort of a conterpoint to season 3's "Evolution", where humanity is unwittingly destroying intelligent beings. Communication in that case allowed for a truce to be reached. Communication would have also added to the knowledge base of the CE, and might be useful to defend against any of its race. (Like bugs and rats, doubt it was the only one.) I think an interesting twist would be to have the CE's mode of reproduction to be destroyed with harmonic disruption. Possibly it's life cycle is to get large enough that it destroys humanoid planets at which point the humanoids "destroy" it thereby breaking it into uncountable spores ready to repeat the life cycle. Probably wouldn't work as a sequel, but worth thinking about. Comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:52:51 PDT Troy Comment by william on ENT S2: Canamar Just watched this episode today and I agree it wasn't the best but I did love the alien with seaweed on his face irrational Trip. Hillarious. Comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:50:02 PDT william Comment by NCC-1701-Z on DS9 S6: Sacrifice of Angels This episode epitomizes the reasons why I love DS9. Not only is it entertaining from a plot/action standpoint - those battle scenes are AWESOME!!! They still hold up today effects-wise - DS9 easily had some of the best battle scenes in all of Trek, even rivaling the movies. It also makes room for crackling intellectual dialogue - the scene where Dukat and Weyoun are in Sisko's office and talking about the philosophy of war is pure gold, best line going to Dukat: "A true victory is to make your enemies see they were wrong to oppose you in the first place. To force them to acknowledge your greatness!" Very 1984-ish, especially since from TNG's "Chain of Command" onward the Cardassians were essentially depicted as a spacefaring Orwellian society. I just love how DS9 is able to almost effortlessly balance out the talking and the action. Comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:29:30 PDT NCC-1701-Z Comment by Robert on VOY S7: Repentance The subplot was a necessary counter-point though. At the start, Neelix is a bleeding heart-liberal who thinks that most criminals are victims of their own circumstance. And Neelix, being a shady character that was in fact a victim of his own circumstances that turned into an upstanding guy when his circumstances switch is the perfect person to espouse this view. Seven meanwhile is the hardened conservative. The death penalty is necessary sometimes and who cares about the prisoners as long as we maintain order. By the end of the episode the prisoner she was ready to ship off to die is someone she's mourning over and Neelix got taken by his bleeding-heart. Subtle? No. Is there good stuff here? I think so. In the end the only lesson here is a condemnation of revenge-sentencing and the idea that one should take a second look at ones own views on crime. In regards to the revenge sentencing I just think it was meant to make us think about why we punish criminals (deterrent, revenge, good of society, efficiency, order, etc.) Maybe it loses a drop of points for not being subtle, but it was a good episode and all the pieces came together for a greater whole. Comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:49:58 PDT Robert Comment by dlpb on DS9 S2: Melora My point was that that is lazy writing. It's an excuse pushed in for no reason other than to explain something that is nonsense. Comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:49:54 PDT dlpb Comment by Andy1 on DS9 S7: Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges @Jayrus: I don't know if Section 31 won the war not. I don't know about all their operations and what kind of advice, input, and information they provided to Starfleet/Starfleet Intelligence during the war. There could be an entire parallel series just for Section 31 and their role during the war that we don't know about from watching DS9. But I do know this: Tactics and methods identical to those used by Section 31 helped win the war. The example I can think of right now is what took place in "In the Pale Moon Light", which caused the Romulans to join the war on the Dominion. It doesn't matter who did the dirty work, the dirty work helped win the war. None of that bothers me, what bothers me is that I don't recall seeing any serious and genuine effort by the Federation on this show to seek peace with the Dominion before the war started and during the early stages of the war, before things get out of control. Comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:21:49 PDT Andy1 Comment by Andy1 on DS9 S7: Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges I don't know what's worse... Bashir's hard-ons and constant drooling over a certain female character on the show (in my opinion, the worst female character on the show), or his display of naivety and emotionalism every time he opens his mouth to bitch about someone "violating the principles we are all sworn to protect". Comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:06:01 PDT Andy1 Comment by Xylar on VOY S7: Prophecy I find the fact that B'elanna and Tom's baby has two episodes devoted to her already (and she's not even born yet!) hilarious. I don't really care about Klingon religions and all that, but I do have to admit that if they stuck to their guns and continued their mission faithfully for 4 generations, that that is some serious devotion to your faith. Especially considering the fact that it was not originally their idea to start the journey. The fact that even the great-grandchildren of the ones who originally began the mission are still devoted to it, is a testimony to the faith of the Klingons. Too bad they didn't adress that, at all. The Neelix subplot was meh. Harry shoves a Klingon female once and suddenly he's got a 'fiery spirit that makes him a worthy mate'. Neelix shoves Harry one time and says one harsh thing and suddenly he's an even worthier mate. This particular Klingon sure is easily impressed...And yeah, more forced Tuvok/Neelix comedy routine, which never works, including this time. Can we move on to something Delta Quadrant related now? Like the Borg or a native alien species or some unique space phenomenon or something? Comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 18:02:48 PDT Xylar Comment by August's Lament on ENT S1: Dear Doctor This is the episode that caused me to stop watching Enterprise. If only Enterprise had been cancelled instead of Farscape... Anyway, I don't know how you can dismiss Phlox developing a cure to a horrible disease, and then WITHHOLDING it, knowing that it will cause a world to end. The reasoning for this decision was so flimsy, that it requires extensive mental gymnastics to justify. Dr Phlox ends up coming off as some sort of mengelesque monster, seeming to not be at all disturbed by what he is doing. Was this could not have been intentional on the part of the writers, but it is still disturbing. This episode managed to be both preachy and repugnant, and left me feeling sick inside. Maybe if I took Star Trek less seriously, it would not have bothered me so much. Comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:36:19 PDT August's Lament Comment by Capitalist on BSG S1: Colonial Day Surprised no one mentioned the interesting statement by Roslin that she had TWO unpleasant matters to take care of on the resort ship. One of course was the dismissal of her original VP candidate. You could argue that the other was the meeting with Baltar and bringing him on as a VP candidate. But could the other task have been the killing of Valance? Not that she personally did it of course, but she could have arranged it. We've already seen her throw one prisoner out of an airlock. And the little comment by Zareck about how he didn't kill Valance, and wondering who did...just plays into this. Comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 15:54:28 PDT Capitalist Comment by W Smith on ENT S3: Similitude I'm on the fence for this one. The story was about something interesting for a change, but the plot had too many contrivances. It could have been interesting if Sim didn't have Trip's memories. That part was too convenient in setting up conflict and strained any scientific belief. On the other hand, Trineer did some fine acting in this episode and the outcome had some emotional resonance despite the absurd science and contrivances. At the story intro, it was funny how the camera last panned to Mayweather, I thought he might be the one to play dead for the entire episode since he doesn't get a chance to do or so much anyway. Poor guy... Comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 12:31:09 PDT W Smith Comment by Ini on TNG S7: All Good Things... Been re-watching all of Star Trek and reading these pages. Awesome show, awesome reviews and comments. Thank you. Comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:52:34 PDT Ini Comment by Metcaffeine on VOY S5: Relativity I totally agree with this review. I love the whimsical attitude towards time travel in this episode. It's so fun... but in the end it doesn't have much meat on it's bones. But it brushes over some interesting philosophical issues. For instance, what about this whole temporal reintegration thing? Do three versions of a person, from three different time periods, really count as all the same person? Is temporal reintegration murder? And who does get to decide how the time-line "should" be? Presumably, Starfleet Command or the 29th century equivalent. It seems as if the purpose of the 29th century's Starfleet is to impose the will of High Command on the past. What's it like serving in such an organization? How did Starfleet become something so militaristic, paternalistic, and dark? The ideas that this episode brings up are begging to be further explored. A series based on this episode could be a fresh and different take on Trek, even while preserving the ideals that Trek has espoused from the beginning. Here's a post I wrote up that goes into more depth about what this series could look like: I think it could work really well. Comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:27:36 PDT Metcaffeine Comment by Mcoy, Leonard, Mcoy on TNG S1: Code of Honor I'll be honest. After watching these idiots roll out a red carpet and the leader show up, I immediately deleted this episode off my DVR. As Jammer said, this is not only bad TNG it's bad TOS. Comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:24:15 PDT Mcoy, Leonard, Mcoy Comment by Star Trek fan on TOS S3: Requiem for Methuselah I think this episode is hysterically awful. The episode's premise is "we must stop the virus before it kills all the crew" and yet the story turns into a totally non-credible love story. Kirk acts like some possessed school boy having his first crush on a girl. The pace is slow, no sense of urgency. The Enterprise turned into a model was Irwin Allen type gimmickry. KIrk is more concerned with loving a robot woman than saving his crew. Totally out-of-character. It was fun to watch, all episodes of Star Trek have fun moments but I'd have to rate this episode zero out of four. Meh. Comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 08:37:31 PDT Star Trek fan Comment by Andy1 on DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite I agree with eastwest101, and would like to add that this is nothing more than an anti-Vulcan episode. The DS9 crew, especially Sisko, behaved like a bunch of inferior idiots who suffer from a superiority complex. Comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 07:09:28 PDT Andy1 Comment by Eddington on VOY S6: Good Shepherd "Dark matter" is more a description than a hypothesis. Gravity is detected where seemingly insufficient mass is observed. The only thing we know of that generates gravity is matter. Therefore this "dark" matter must be the additional, unseen mass needed to explain the gravitational effects. Be that as it may, the dark matter centipede was very creepy and none the worse for being an obvious and predictable plot point. Actually the episode was enjoyable despite the overplayed caricatures and Kate Mulgrew's contemptible on screen presence. These three sixth-year misfits are far more interesting than any of the main characters. And, for the record, if we're ever on a smallish space ship and a dark matter centipede alien bursts out of someone's neck and starts destabilizing the core or whatever, you shoot it. That's an order. Comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:42:58 PDT Eddington Comment by Luke on TNG S4: Final Mission "Wesley, you will be missed." ROFLMAO! No, no he won't! The scenes between the injured Picard and Wesley are serviceable. They're a little heavy-handed (especially Picard envying Wesley) but workable for what they are. The B-plot? Completely pointless and drama-free. Just go over or under the asteroids, morons! However, for all the good on display (such as the wonderfully evocative shot of Picard, Wesley and Dirgo walking across the desert) they just couldn't help themselves, could they? They just had to give us another "Wesley saves the day" story to send him off. God, I'm so glad I only have his guest appearances to suffer through after this. They even go so far as to make the only other characters in the A-plot either completely brain-dead or incapacitated in order to make Wesley look better. To semi-quote an internet reviewer I follow - We get it, Wesley is awesome. But people, it is of paramount importance that as you feverishly fellate this character until he leaves a gland-shaped impression on your tonsils, you occasionally come up for god-damn air! 5/10 Comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 22:02:04 PDT Luke Comment by Luke on TNG S4: Future Imperfect "Future Imperfect" is a fluff episode, but an enjoyable piece of fluff. I don't quite know what else to say except that it was a pleasant little diversion. As for Barash's "actual" appearance at the end of the episode - I kind of liked it. At least he actually looks alien. His species isn't identical in appearance to humans or identical to humans except with something glued to the forehead. Yeah, it looks corny, but so what? What really stands out for me in this episode, however, is the use of Minute as Riker's imaginary wife. I'm literally stunned that Season Four made so many attempts to work in references and concepts from the first two seasons. I did not notice that until this re-watch. We've had the Borg, Lore, the Traveler, Yar's backstory, K'Ehleyr and now Minute make reappearances. For the most part, they've all been good as well. I'm going to give "Future Imperfect" a +1 bonus to my score for using a Season One character so well. 7/10 Comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 21:32:37 PDT Luke Comment by Luke on TNG S4: Reunion "Reunion" is one of the prime examples of what Trek can, and should, be. It's pure, unadulterated universe building, nothing else. There is no "seek out new life and new civilizations" or "boldly go where no one has gone before" here. And thank God for it! It's an unabashed attempt to showcase the larger picture in this fictional universe. What this episode provides via the Klingon Empire and with Worf's personal story is exactly what I thought was missing from "The Best of Both Worlds." By dealing with entities and people we already know, it allows for scenes that would otherwise be as enjoyable as watching paint dry (scenes of people talking in the Observation Lounge and the scenes between Picard, Gowron and Duras) to instead be infused with a great amount of drama and emotional investment. And I have to say, massive props are due to the writers for having the guts to do two rather unexpected things - having K'Ehleyr die and having Worf do the non-PC thing of killing Duras in full Klingon berserker mode. Both of those were major risks for this show that often doesn't rock the boat. Hands down one of the best of TNG and quite possibly one of the best of the whole franchise. 10/10 Comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 21:19:36 PDT Luke Comment by Luke on TNG S4: Legacy You know what, I've decided not to go back and re-watch this one, because I just can't bring myself to do it. The plot inconsistencies, the political subtexts, the woeful misuse of Yar's sister and the complete failure to show Turkana IV as a desolate wasteland of violence (seriously, it just seems like they have two competing governments instead of one world government - if that's so bad, then how come we manage to get along with around 200 governments in the real world?) all add up to one major misfire of an episode. It's not as bad as, say, "Shades of Grey" because at least it's trying to be an episode. It's not as bad as "Code of Honor" or "Up the Long Ladder" because it's not openly racist. It's also not as bad as "The Last Outpost" because it's not a showcase of total incompetence. But, still, it's pretty bad. 0/10 Comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 21:00:27 PDT Luke Comment by Yanks on DS9 S2: Melora methane is right dlpb. BASHIR: Her normal anti-grav unit isn't going to work here. Same problem we had with the Starfleet cargo lifts. Cardassian construction just isn't compatible. Comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 18:57:36 PDT Yanks Comment by Xylar on VOY S7: Repentance Could've done without the Neelix subplot. Just because a Starfleet vessel saved them, doesn't mean the prisoners fall under Starfleet regulations. They are still Nygean prisoners and, in order to follow the prime directive as much as possible, should be treated as such. Which is to say, the Nygeans call the shots on what rights the prisoners do and do not have. I understand that Voyager had to interfere to save the crew from their malfunctioning ship, especially because they didn't know who was on board at the time. I understand that, while they are on Voyager, the crew has a right to keep an eye on their 'guests'. But that's about as far as their interference should be allowed to go, if they truly intended to follow the prime directive. Ofcourse, the guy turned out to be a rotten apple all along. Anyone with half a brain could've seen that one coming a mile away. How else are they supposed to hammer their point home? Had Neelix just butted out and minded his own business, we wouldn't have learned this 'valuable lesson'. I really disliked that subplot. It had all the subtlety of a truck barrelling down on an innocent deer caught in its headlights. Comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 18:04:20 PDT Xylar Comment by dlpb on DS9 S2: Melora They did mention somewhere early in the episode that anti-grav technology doesn't work on Deep Space 9...something about the Cardassian construction. ------ You mean something about lazy writing? Comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:38:40 PDT dlpb Comment by Darknet on DS9 S7: The Emperor's New Cloak Was I the only one who like the mirror version of Ezri? She's just so much more interesting as a bad girl/lesbian. Comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 11:09:52 PDT Darknet Comment by Xylar on VOY S7: Lineage Hm, this was the perfect episode to showcase Samantha Wildman again. Who else has been through a prefnancy on Voyager? Samantha Wildman. Who knows what it's like to raise a kid on a starship that has no other kids? Samantha Wildman. Who knows how to raise a kid with mixed heritage? Samantha ****ing Wildman. And yet, no sign of her. Of all the people on Voyager, she is the most fit to give you advice, because she's been through all of it. Everyone on Voyager is giving you parenting advice, except the one person that actually knows what they're talking about. Sure, there are probably other parents on the ship, but she comes closest to B'elannas situation. Damn shame, that is. Comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:55:38 PDT Xylar Comment by Yanks on VOY S1: Ex Post Facto I didn't have a problem with Tuvok using the actions of the dog to cement his case as much as I had a problem with a no-shit "dog" in the DQ. WTF??? Jesus, Tolen even called it a dog! (slaps forehead) I even paused for a second and tried to use some universal translator techobabble crap to justify it :-) I enjoy Tim Russ' Tuvok. Outstanding character in my book. I also enjoy who-dun-it eps in trek. They are kind of fun. I also don't think that this method of getting info to the bad guys is a bad one. Seems legit to me. Encrypted transmissions in wartime are cracked" more often than you think. Had they got Paris, it would have worked. I wonder how many other times they did this? I enjoyed this one. Not a great episode, but not bad. I did not that Tuvok didn't say the standard "my mind to your mind" crap during the meld. 2.5 stars for me. Comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:17:26 PDT Yanks Comment by Yanks on VOY S1: Eye of the Needle Voyager's best thus far. I always enjoy this episode. Great point about Chakotay's comment. Although I think I agree, this was not the writers intent or someone would have brought up Kes and I'm sure Kes would have brought up the EMH. This is the side of Voyager that frankly they do better than anyother trek series. When they tug on the heartstrings, they do it well. This coupled with Doc's wit makes this a really fun series to watch time and again. Janeway in her quarters holding her picture of Mark was touching. I initially thought this episode came too soon as well, but after thinking about it I think it was fine. It wasn't so much about how long the Voyager crew had been gone as much as all their loved ones etc. have no clue where they are or even if they are alive. I know that would bother me. Vaughn Armstrong once again brings a character to life. Nicely done. Let's see, when he told the Senate about Voyager, he wasn't aware of the time difference... so I'm not sure the Senate ever knew of the 20 year difference? If I'm Janeway, I'm not sure I agree to grouping all the crew in a Romulan troop transport. The Romulans are paranoid... to many unknowns there. Voyager's first 4 star episode. Well done. Comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:00:02 PDT Yanks Comment by methane on DS9 S2: Melora Yanks said: "We see anti-gravity trays carrying all kinds of stuff around in TOS, but she has to have a wheelchair? The can't create a suit that compensates for her? "Cardassian construction just isn't compatible"??? Really? No gravity plating/technology on DS9? or something mechanical that actually works?" They did mention somewhere early in the episode that anti-grav technology doesn't work on Deep Space 9...something about the Cardassian construction. Comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:36:24 PDT methane Comment by dlpb on DS9 S3: The House of Quark This really is a fun episode. It's not taking itself too seriously and apart from keiko's miserable face, it's very funny all round. I think Gowron's face as he looks over Quark's figures is the funniest thing I've ever seen on any Star Trek series. Comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 06:02:09 PDT dlpb Comment by Robert on VOY S1: Parallax @Yanks - I was always a sucker for this one. I like scientist Janeway and I actually think Chakotay was right. Janeway is right too, but that's what was so interesting about the early episodes. Yes Carey got the shaft, but Chakotay destroyed his ship to save Voyager. Had he not had to do so the two ships would presumably be flying home side by side and B'Elanna would still be a chief engineer there. Chakotay's point that she shouldn't take the entire maquis crew and make them all nobodies is spot on. I like Chakotay here, I like B'Elanna here, I like Janeway here. It was a good episode. I'd even give it a solid 3. This is everything I liked about S1/S2 Voyager. Comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 05:14:04 PDT Robert Comment by Robert on TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers I appreciate the distinction. It'd be nice some day if the left and the right weren't at war, but I guess there's still a chasm to overcome. Still, it was nice finding some common ground. I hope you walk away with a bit more understanding of what the other side finds scary about the church and I definitely have more understanding of how a person in your shoes feels. Comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 05:05:49 PDT Robert Comment by Yanks on VOY S1: The Cloud I pretty cool episode. I'll agree with Jammer. I like the way each of the characters play off each other. I guess this was "the kiss" episode :-) (yuk) The "animal guide" thing is unique... not sure what I think of all that. Nice getting Doc involved. "That's your problem, not mine. Doctor out." :-) By this time in the series I've already decided that Doc is one of my favorite characters. Picardo is outstanding. I'll go 3 stars. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:19:43 PDT Yanks Comment by Yanks on VOY S1: Phage With so many aliens in trek that are just blah... I've got to give credit where credit is due. The Vidians are a great concept. Outstanding dilemma. It seems they are very good at surviving too. Over two millennia and still alive. I'm sure we'll see them again. For all the "Janeway screwed up" folks... I wonder what your argument will be in 'Tuvix'? Your argument also falls flat because they clearly stated "I have already bio-chemically altered the air-breathing organs and grafted them into Motura's body. They are a part of him now." when Janeway demanded Neelix's lungs back. It wasn't going to happen. So what do you expect her to do? ... shoot them? ... torture them? ...force the to rape someone else's body? eeesh... I thought Cully Fredricksen's portrayal of Dereth was outstanding! I felt like slapping Kes upside the head when she said Doc couldn't do anything without her knowing every detail and her approval. Who the hell is she? I don't care for this Kes/Neelix love affair thing. I feel like he's grave-robbing. The kiss didn't set well with me. Kind of made me feel dirty. "One of these days I'm going to surprise you, Tuvok, but not today" :-) I'm liking the Tuvok/Janeway relationship. Great trek episode. Not a 4 star one, but a strong 3.5 from me. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:48:59 PDT Yanks Comment by Yanks on VOY S1: Time and Again This has never been a favorite of mine. I come to the realization that Jennifer isn't the best actress. The scene with her crying was cringe worthy. I've just about had enough of this time travel stuff for awhile... So so episode, I'll give it two stars. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:59:40 PDT Yanks Comment by Xylar on VOY S7: Shattered I kinda liked it, to be honest. I thought it was a very unique way to put together a clip show from previous episodes. Sure, the premise of it didn't make sense, but they at least tried a fresh idea and I gotta give em credit for that. It's better then bunching the main characters together and have them reminisce about the times that were, as most clip shows do. My favorite scene was the one where Seven barges in through her temporal anomaly, casually shoves a Kazon aside while taking a phaserblast without flinching and manhandling Seska like a ragdoll. It was a good ride. Not a very sensible one, but fun. I enjoyed it, at least. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:54:36 PDT Xylar Comment by Yanks on VOY S1: Parallax An OK episode. Not a bad story, but man... can't go without a female Chief Engineer long, can we? Essssh, the opener we get Chuckles as the XO, and episode #2 boom, welcome B'Elanna. While I didn't want the Maquis thing to drag out, they could have spent a few episodes working things out. Janeway made a GREAT point at the beginning of this episode: JANEWAY: The Starfleet officers on this ship have worked all their lives to earn their commissions. How am I supposed to ask them to accept a Maquis as their superior officer just because circumstances have forced us together? Yup, these Maquis should have had to prove themselves more. If I'm one of those Starfleet officers, I'd be real pissed if a criminal got a position over me, especially right off the bat. The whole Doc shrinking thing was hilarious. I've watched Voyager at least 4 times all the way through and I still cracked up. I'm not saying B'Elanna isn't more talented, she might be. But LT Carey really got the shaft. What could and probably should have happened, is Carey should have got the job, then HE should have realized that he was in over his head over a few episodes, or half a season or something, then he should have surrendered the position much ot B'Elanna's surprise. 2.5 stars for me. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:26:24 PDT Yanks Comment by John Logan on TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers Robert@ That is not my view, but the view of the pope and the church. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:12:39 PDT John Logan Comment by Robert on TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers I think I'm going to have to check out of the conversation if you're comparing pro-choice/abortion doctors to a holocaust.... I am pleased we were able to find common grounds in some places though. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:51:58 PDT Robert Comment by William B on DS9 S1: Move Along Home Yeah, the Ben & Jake scene at the episode's beginning is pretty good. I like that Sisko wearing his dress uniform for the first time since Jennifer died suggests that he is starting to "awaken" from a period of grief, as Elliott suggests above. Although, I'm not sure how we're supposed to take the girls talk in this scene. Is the implication that Nog has been giving Jake fashion tips and saying sexist "all girls are stupid" tips, or is the implication that Jake has been "picking up" sex knowledge on the street in a future where fourteen-year-olds have no sex ed? I can understand Keiko being unprepared for how to give multi-cultural sex ed, but Jake was in Federation schools before now. Anyway, one of the implications of the teaser is that Ben wishes Jake would stop growing up, and stay a child so that Sisko can continue to protect him and understand him fully. In a dramatic "be careful what you wish for" twist, Ben's reluctance to see Jake grow up leads him to meet the childlike Wadi, and then be trapped in a childish game. Anyway, the opening scenes of the episode after the Ben & Jake scene are thin but have a certain energy; I like how the Wadi's refusal to be Serious Adults gets on Sisko's nerves because this is presumably his first First Contact not just on DS9 but of his career. (Especially because he never bothered doing much First Contact-ing with the Tosk or the hunters.) So Sisko's conflicting feelings -- he wants Jake to stay a child and make models and play games; he wants the Wadi to stop acting like children and stop playing games -- in principle could give meaning to he and the senior staff being locked in a game. Maybe there could have been something about "thinking like children" involving a sense of creativity and non-rigid thinking necessary to get out of the puzzles, which could lead to life lessons of keeping one's sense of fun and wonder into adult responsibilities. That type of thing. Anyway, instead we got this! Lots of people have talked above about how terrible this episode is, and I don't feel the need to reiterate those points. I gotta say though, I like how the closest things we see to a "riddle" are 1) hopscotch and 2) the riddle, Q: "why are a bunch of Wadi not dying of smoke inhalation," where the hint is the Wadi saying "DRINK!!!!!!!" and the answer is A: "They are drinking an anti-smoke inhalation liquid." On Quark's end, literally the only choices he ever makes are between the short way and the long way -- and he insists on being able to make reasonable guesses about what the relative dangers are! Quark officially has a conscience and cares about not killing the senior staff of the station -- for what it's worth. That took long for Primmin to be reduced to total joke. Odo and Quark sure accepted quickly that there were no other options, at all, but to play through the game and to try their best to win; and, further, that the only option was to do so still without demanding any new rules instructions, etc. What a strange mess. Which -- well, it wouldn't be *okay* if the episode were more interesting, but it would at least be a mixed bag. This is nonsensical and also totally boring, at times simply ludicrous. 0.5 stars -- I think this is the worst episode of DS9's first half, though I might stand corrected. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:49:16 PDT William B Comment by William B on DS9 S1: The Passenger First of all, I like the double meaning in the title. "The Passenger" refers to Vantika both as the passenger Bashir attempts to save, and Vantika as the passenger in Bashir's brain. So, this is sort of a Bashir introduction story. As Elliott points out, the teaser scene of Bashir bragging about his exceptionality raises the question of whether Bashir is more interested in healing patients or showing off. It's also appropriate that the key thing was that Bashir identified that a person was *not dead* in spite of all obvious external signs pointing to them being dead. He is just that good! So the episode's plot hinges on Bashir's wunderkind ability to see through the obvious failing; he declares Vantika dead, and Vantika isn't. The reason that Bashir could identify that the patient he and Kira talked about in the teaser was not really dead, and fails to do so with Vantika, is kind of neat on a character level: Vantika was *inside Bashir*, and Bashir, as it turns out, is capable of careful observation on the outside but not the inside. Vantika, "man of science" obsessed with his own longevity in a Voldemort type of way, and unable to care about anyone but himself, is an extreme narcissist which one could say is an extreme version of Bashir's obnoxious but mostly harmless egotism. Bsahir's expression of humiliation at the end maybe is the result of Bashir recognizing the limits of his powers -- he worked for hours and hours, and never found the evidence that Vantika was still alive, because he didn't check himself. For what it's worth, Bashir's genuine desire to be a healer also brings about the Vantika possession -- his ignoring Kajada's insistence that he stay away from Vantika is because he's more concerned with the care of his patient than the broader implications of what that patient may do, which is explored in interesting ways in episodes like "Hippocratic Oath"; I do not think this is a bad trait for a doctor to have, but it is an interesting trait. So that sort of works. Any character work for Bashir is hobbled, though. I can sort of spin a tale akin to the one above that has the events of the episode transpire in a way that is related to Bashir's character, mostly it's hard to expect Bashir to have been able to guess that Vantika would send his glial cells into Bashir's brain and then take him over and then have Bashir/Siddig do a weird, nonsense voice. Bashir's failure to recognize that Vantika isn't dead doesn't actually tell us anything about Bashir, except maybe that he is not infallible, which is possibly a lesson Bashir actually does have to learn. The battle over Bashir's brain is of course won by technobabble alone. I also have got to say that while I'm skeptical about that "shut down Vantika's brain by message along the tractor beam" thing, I find the idea of beaming any of Vantika's glial cells out of Bashir's brain even funnier, especially when Bashir's "I have such a headache!" is accompanied by sitcommish laughter from Sisko and Dax. Ha ha, he has a headache because a bunch of matter just got beamed out of his brain! To talk about Bashir more generally at this point, I actually do think that the retcon about his having been genetically engineered mostly works, and in particular it changes how I read some of his behaviour. Without the knowledge of his genetic engineering, Bashir's boasting does seem like ordinary bragging of a genius without many social skills; but with it, it may be a kind of overcompensation. I do think that Julian has some real shame about the sense that "Jules" was not good enough as a child, and while probably not their actual reason I can see Julian believing that his parents' breaking the law to make him better is one heck of a rejection of the qualities of Bashir *not* related to his extreme intelligence. Bashir's unusual shame at coming second in his class instead of first sort of plays into the same thing; he brags and brags because he thinks his worth is very much based in his intelligence, which wasn't originally his to begin with; and he needs to tell everyone about his accomplishments to convince himself that he's doing everything he can with his illegally-acquired talents. Just a thought. I do have to wonder what to make of Quark in these episodes. Quark as petty thief and low-key con man is one thing, but being a middleman to bring mercenaries to steal a freighter containing ultra-rare material is a bit much. And even if we accept that, wouldn't he maybe have *some* inkling that he should tell someone that a psycho killer has taken over the station's doctor's body, even through anonymous message (which I really do think he'd be able to do)? My girlfriend pointed out that maybe Quark didn't have time to do much here -- and it is possible even that Vantika simply knocked him out at this point in the story -- but without further information I don't know. I think Quark's conscience is somewhat of an inconsistently rendered thing, and in these early episodes I'm not sure what the writers thought Quark was supposed to be. (We can add his putting sexual favours as a requirement for dabo girls in the contract to this, from a previous episode.) This does also make Odo and Primmin look particularly bad, that Quark gets away with so much even though he is their prime suspect as a participant. Anyway, the episode's real strength, such as it is, is the Odo v. Primmin argument; Primmin quickly disappears, and the writers fail to take advantage of Eddington's turn as security chief for any more of this particular conflict. The story loses points by having Primmin call Odo out so publicly on Odo's talking-in-front-of-Quark strategy, and for having Primmin fail to understand Odo's motivation there until it's explained by Sisko; given that Quark got away with everything he did in the episode, it seems that Odo's strategy was bad (or at least ineffective) and so Primmin has some right to criticize him, but it would at least be nice to have Primmin be smart enough to see what Odo is *trying* to do in forging cop-criminal/informant bonds. I guess Starfleet officers don't watch cop shows. Anyway, Odo's bristling at any limits on his power and any threats to his sovereignty is in character, well-acted by Auberjonois, and also hints at certain traits in Odo that are even greater in the Founders -- whose entire foreign policy involves total control so as to avoid any possible "conflict" where they have to work with someone else. Primmin's coming around on Odo, and the two forming a shaky bond, seems fair enough. I like that Primmin figured out the [tech][tech][tech] by using non-traditional reasoning, but couldn't he have told someone else on the security team where he was so that he didn't leave his area completely unsupervised? These are decent enough scenes, though not amazing, and they take up a very small proportion of the episode. 1.5 stars. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:21:15 PDT William B Comment by W Smith on ENT S3: North Star I'm shocked so many posters here liked this episode. I thought it was rather shallow in plot and full of cliches. The premise that an advanced alien species would need to travel to far away Earth to find slaves is ridiculous. And if the Earthlings overthrow the Skag overlords, why didn't a Skag SWAT team show up to put down the human uprising? Just makes zero sense. The action scene at the end was a joke with Archer got shot in the shoulder and then taking down the deputy at the horse stalls. Just embarrassingly bad, and such a shame to have such a dud after two solid episodes. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:23:19 PDT W Smith Comment by John Logan on TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers Robert@ The church also condemns spousal abuse, believing it is oke to control how a man treats his family to protect the innocent. The church banbed infantcide on the grounds you could control people to not harm others. As the woman is the cause of the fetus being inside her, the church doesn`t see it as a justifficationn for murder. It is infantcide. The church like with the T4 program, will not compromise. Telling a man not to rape is also controlling his body in a sense. The women harms not just her own body, but the fetus, she put inside her body. I am allowed to kill trespassers, but not my own children I take care of inside my home. I also cannot kick them out while it is storming or until I have found another home. The burden is on the parent to find alternative care. So go work on that. No but they wouldn`t be going even the church sold out to the evils of the world, as Protestantism has shown. Nazis were excomunicated, anyone else who supports a holocaust will receive the same treatment. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:19:17 PDT John Logan Comment by Robert on TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers "However I think you understand that if you are really prolife abortion is like murdering a baby. So the liberals have to give way on that. The church generally supports the Republicans indirectly, by default." I would hope we could agree to disagree on that one. I don't expect them to ever not see it as killing a baby, but I hope there could be some common ground between killing and murder. It's my hope that the church one day says "I cannot control your body, but I'm here to offer you support both financial and otherwise if you make the right choice." I think attempting to control another person's body is immoral and the middle road is the only moral choice. "Liberal Christianity has also seen better days." At least in big cities it's dying, albeit slowly. Where I live the # of parishes has more than halved in my lifetime. My cousins and I all have pleasant memories of church and going with our parents. Of the 10 of us, only 3 still attend, and 2 of those are minors. The previous generation all 6 of them went. My kids are not and will not be baptized. I know in the South it's doing well, but young liberals aren't going to church. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:48:41 PDT Robert Comment by John Logan on TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers Robert@ The Catholic Church actually supported centrist parties a lot like the Catholic Centre Party in Germany. True but I think killing babies before they are born, chosing who lives and who dies, is a freedom noone deserves. The church long did ally itself with centrists, in many countries, especially south America, Poland, the Philipines, Australia, and Germany they still do. However I think you understand that if you are really prolife abortion is like murdering a baby. So the liberals have to give way on that. The church generally supports the Republicans indirectly, by default. Also there is a difference between judginng sins and the sinners. The church is not merely a charity orginisation. The Nazis also provided social services to Aryans, the church condemns what it connsiders the murder of the innocent. The church saved many mentally handicapped people from the Nationnal Socialists because they refused to compromise. The Episcopelians, Lutherans, Presbyterians, and generally all liberal protestants have done what you suggested. Those churches are already practically dead. As Catholicism is the biggest single denomination this makes sense. Most Protestants are agnostics as well, but there churches have themselves become agnostic and don`t even care whether you show up or not, so noone notices. Liberal Christianity has also seen better days. Also if the church in Poland had followed your advice, the iron curtain might still be up. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:10:32 PDT John Logan Comment by William B on DS9 S1: Q-Less When the episode seems to have a point at all, it seems to be a half-hearted remake of "Encounter at Farpoint," of all things; Q taunts the crew for failing to solve the Big Mystery of what is wrong with the station, and What Is Wrong turns out to be that a space aquatic lifeform is trapped and commodified. However, the title's pun -- "Q-Less," as in "clueless," and "Q-Less" as in Q is absent from the main action of the plot, despite his presence -- suggests the difference. Q mocks the DS9 crew for failing to figure this technobabble out hours ago, and well he should, but the fact that the entire investigation was entirely tech-based, tritium and all, removes any of the humanistic message that "Encounter at Farpoint," however haltingly, tried to present. No wonder Q mocks these guys; they don't show any ability to reason, say, by remembering that Vash came in from the Gamma Quadrant and is an archaeologist and capitalist who might well have picked up some items for sale, and it's not even as if it seems likely to me that the auction in Quark's was a secret. "Unknown Gamma Quadrant item on station" should really be one of the first items on any checklist of "explanation for bizarre happenings." The episode is sort of a rundown on human(oid) failings -- greed especially, in that it's Quark's and Vash's that endangers the station by their carelessness about investigating what that glowy thing is, which is especially bad for archaeologist Vash -- but also lust, with Quark and Bashir in particular, and pride & wrath in Sisko's physical aggression against Q (really?), all of which get in the way of solving the mystery. Mostly I find this episode boring and pointless, taking the long way around to make everyone look foolish. Q's presence as commenter on Our Heroes' failings is amusing at times, but the big problem is that it's hard to tell exactly why he is so interested in Vash that he's acting like a stalker, giving potential romantic rivals two-day sedatives or making them disappear entirely and the like. Q going off with Vash as an experiment is one thing, especially since "QPid" made a point of emphasizing that Q feels particularly interested in humanity as a result of his "Deja Q" experiences, but it's hard to imagine anyone keeping his interest for two years to the point where he pulls out one or two of his bags of tricks again and again. We know at least that Q did do other things during this time ("True-Q") so that I can imagine that Q was multitasking, but really. Boring and pointless -- 1 star. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:44:43 PDT William B Comment by Robert on TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers "As for your last question, I think the annulment might have been granted because of lack of maturity when entering the marriage, not being ready for it, and that the new marriage might be less harmfull to the children then one that didn`t work." It was his third marriage and the previous 2 spanned nearly 40 years. I think he was ready to make those vows the first time. I also get where you are coming from and I'm sorry for your experience, but I think things like this are pendulum issues. Like... if conservatives and liberals could just be centrists we could mix the good ideas from both sides. I also appreciate you saying that you have no intrinsic opposition to gay marriage IF you could be certain Catholic churches and Catholic adoption agencies were exempt. I think that if more people were against the separation of church and state in that way that the Church would be less dangerous. And I understand the sentiment behind things like "I became prolife after learning of the aborting of children with downsyndrome, and girls, and because women wanted to go on vacation." but I feel like that's the argument for a lot of conservative things and I hate it. If you start banning things because of potential for abuse you end up with a country that is not free. Damn near everything can be abused. But conservatives use this to say why affirmative action, welfare, abortion, pot, and a myriad of other things are bad (I'm not actually 100% supportive of all of those things in their current form, but I would not use their potential for abuse as reasons to get rid of them). To be honest I've never felt the Catholic Church belonged with the conservatives and if they could find a way to ally themselves with liberals instead and focus on the compassionate side of Catholicism instead of the judging sin side (which they shouldn't be doing anyway, judge not lest ye be judged and all of that) that it would strengthen the church and lengthen it's life. At least in America that's a big problem for them. Some joke that Catholics like me who are, for all intents and purposes non practicing, are the second biggest religion in the country.... Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:59:06 PDT Robert Comment by John Logan on TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers Robert@ Actually secular education already existed in Roman times. Paul epistles are pastoral and refer to roles in the church, and it means women should not try to discuss the faith within the church. Temple discussion and discussions in church were theological, and sacramental. You shoulde check the constitutional ban on divorce that existed in Ireland till 1993, or the protests of the church and papacy over the legalisation of divorce in Austria-Hungary, the constitutional ban on divorce in Brazil in 1978, the attempts to ban divorce in Italy trough referendum in the sixties, to opposition to divorce in Spain and Portugal. To be very honest. We lost. Similarly Ireland, Argentina, Chile, etc. all used to ban birth control. I think Bolivia, El Salvador, and Colombia still do. The Philipines still has a ban on divorce. The church mainly opposes gay adoption as like abortion it is seen as hurtful to young children. They believe children need both a father and mother. The church Always defended marriage as it started out as a religious Union first, and the goverment used to base its views on marriage on the Christian religion of the founding fathers. The church has Always requested the goverment upholds the Christian ethics the Western world was founded upon. If they wouldn`t adopt kids I wouldn`t have a big problem with it. Also if it would legalise adoption the church would request their adoption agencies be exempted. Which too often they are not, forcing them to close centuries old adoption agencies and abandon hundreds of children. I would prefer for divorce to be banned as well, as I have seen what it did to countless children. Most became bullies, or severly depressed. I believe divorce goes against the promises you make, the vows you take. I think birth control also has done great harm, as it caused people to view their own bodies in a superfisial way, and caused certain children to be accidents. It caused getting children to become a choice, and it suggests my grandparents were breeders. Many of us exist thanks to the times that birth control and abortion were banned. Also considering birth control was made popular by Communists and eugenicists I could favour banning that. Pope Francis tried to keep birth control illegal in Argentina. Also one a personal note, one of the reasons I became Catholic is because I have OCD and Tourette and have been bullied for that, relentlessly, including by own liberal teachers, and I soon learned that the liberal anti-discrimination movement only wanted to protect certain groups, while allowing the truewlly handicapped and weak to suffer. If you were gay you were totally save, but I was physically assaulted by own liberal teachers. I also came to discover liberal doctors and psychiatrists supported the Nazi eugenics program, and that it was the silly Catholic Church that opposed eugenics. I became prolife after learning of the aborting of children with downsyndrome, and girls, and because women wanted to go on vacation. Also my parents sometimes treated me as a burden, and sometimes that caused me to wish I hadn`t been born, till I realised it was their choice to get me, and that children are not pets you can love or take responsibility for, only if they suit your demands. I came to the conclusion that the liberal freedom= happines culture, was a mild version of anarchism. Of allowing 2 wolves and 1 sheep, to vote over what you are going to do. Seeing the silent scream was especially interesting. Learning of partial birth abortion was also horrifying. One person even said he didn`t care if the fetus felt pain. I was also interested to learn that the church stance against abortion and euthenesia and birth control made them one of the greatest opponents of both Nazism and Communism, and the heroic role of the church during World War II was universally aknowledged till a disinformation campaign from the KGB in the sixties started to influence public opinion. As for your last question, I think the annulment might have been granted because of lack of maturity when entering the marriage, not being ready for it, and that the new marriage might be less harmfull to the children then one that didn`t work. I hope they had valid reasons for it. Henry VIII showed annulments aren`t granted lightly. But the bishop could have been a hypocrite, yes. I hope he wasn`t. Even the pope can make mistakes when not speaking ex cathedra, although rarely. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:10:54 PDT John Logan Comment by HawgWyld on DS9 S3: Heart of Stone I've got to go along with all of those saying this is a good episode because of the excellent "B" story. I could have done without the whole "let's trick Odo" bit, but the major story arc involving Nog becoming a Star Fleet officer started here and that makes this episode worthwhile. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:06:25 PDT HawgWyld Comment by Robert on TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers And before you explain to me what an annulment is, I'm not totally against it (even from a Catholic perspective), but a marriage that lasts over a decade and produces multiple children can only be annulled by a hypocrite. And granted, the hypocrite was a Bishop, not the Pope, but I was just wondering how you feel about it anyway. I presume you are at least allowed to think Bishops are hypocrites sometimes even if you aren't really allowed to disagree with the Pope. I was never 100% clear on that, but I know he speaks with the authority of God. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:53:14 PDT Robert Comment by dlpb on VOY S6: Riddles Well, the answer to that is simple, Garth: Don't do crappy PC to begin with. Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:48:42 PDT dlpb Comment by Robert on TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers Considering the primary place for learning back in the day was the temple and rabbi means teacher I actually interpret those passages to mean that women should learn what their husbands want to teach them and not be in charge of men ever. And there are several other passages that can be interpreted similarly in the New Testament. At the very least married women don't need the right to vote because they'd never vote opposite their husbands. But let's return to the crux of the problem which is that the main danger of the church to those outside the church is power overreach. Why are Catholics not then for gay marriage? Or at least not against it. I mean, it would seem to me that your, I would even call it very reasonable point of view is that... 1. Lots of people shouldn't have sex. 2. You should only have procreative sex. 3. You should only have said procreative sex inside a loving FIRST marriage between a man and a women. 4. Other kinds of sex... gay sex, fun sex with birth control, extramarital sex, pre-marital sex, masturbation, etc. is all off limits. So the truth is that since I have 2 kids and don't want more it really wouldn't suck to be a gay Catholic much more than it would suck to be me and Catholic if I was following the rules properly because I'm in my early 30s and I'd be done having sex forever already. Let's call this "checkpoint A". Are we in agreement here at "checkpoint A"? A place I'd call silly but logically consistent thus far. So if Catholics want to prevent gay couples from getting legally married (we're not speaking of in church marriages) and adopting kids... why are they not equally trying to stop divorces from occurring? Remarried couples from having kids? The position seems logically consistent in most other places (Catholics are for abstinence only, against birth control, etc.). But as you've said they are against THEIR employees getting birth control. They are only against teaching abstinence only education in THEIR kid's schools. They are only against remarriage in church (unless you're Newt Gingrich apparently). As you keep saying "church teaching positions are seperate from public life." So I ask you, if I tried to pass a law that said gay people could be legally married BUT that no institution would ever be forced to perform that marriage, if that wording was coded into that law... would you be for or against? Such a law would, in a way, be a win for churches that fear of legislative overreach forcing them to perform these marriages (something I'd never be for). If not, why? And if not, do you think the rest of Catholic dogma should be enshrined in our legal system? Specifically no divorces? And if so, how do you feel about the church hypocrisy in those matters (like in Newt's case). Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:44:56 PDT Robert Comment by Teejay on DS9 S4: The Visitor While it doesn't take away frome the episode at all for me, I have one small nitpick: If they just discovered this wormhole at the beginning of the series, how do they know it's going to do this "inversion" thing? And even further, how do they know it only happens once every 50 years? Comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 01:13:39 PDT Teejay