Comments on Jammer's Reviews http://www.jammersreviews.com/comments/ RSS feed for comments posted on Jammer's Reviews en-us Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:44:12 PST Comment by Dave on TNG S1: Lonely Among Us http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s1/lonely.php Yeah, the reaction to the murder was pretty offensive. I guess because they look like earth animals they are not to be taken seriously? Funny how Gene looked at things back then. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s1/lonely.php Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:44:12 PST Dave Comment by Chrome on VOY S6: Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s6/tinker.php So according to Memory Alpha, this was originally going to be a Neelix episode. Wow, they dodged a bullet there. Can anyone imagine Neelix in command? Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s6/tinker.php Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:39:39 PST Chrome Comment by William B on TNG S2: Elementary, Dear Data http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s2/elementary.php @Jason R., oh I see, sorry for the misunderstanding. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s2/elementary.php Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:06:34 PST William B Comment by Jason R. on TNG S2: Elementary, Dear Data http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s2/elementary.php "@Jason R., on the second point, Pulaski stated that she believed Data simply recognized plot points from various actual SH stories, and while I'm not totally familiar with the Holmes canon I thought that was the intent of the scene. It's not that Data is such an impossibly great investigator, but that his encyclopedic memory of Holmes stories allowed him to recognize each clue and figure out the story." I was thinking of the scene *after* the Moriarty adversary was created. Data and Laforge are chasing after Pulawski's kidnapper and they stumble onto this completely different murder, which I guess the computer just threw in for kicks as a "side quest". Data instantly deduces that the man was a drunkard strangled by his angry wife with some beads or something. When Laforge calls him out on it (again supposing that Data was cheating by memorizing past Holmes plot devices) Data explains his deductions indicating that he was not cheating. So he didn't solve it by memorizing former Holmes stories. It was a completely new fact pattern. @Grumpy, I kind of like the idea of the computer being basically this djinn that will fulfill your wish (so be careful what you wish for!). It's a cool idea to be sure. Had they linked this new ability with the 11001001 episode I think it would have been even cooler (and made alot more sense!) because then there'd be this sense that the computer really is alot more mysterious and has these weird, previously unknown capabilities. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s2/elementary.php Tue, 09 Feb 2016 04:55:34 PST Jason R. Comment by James on DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/leavebehind.php But quibbles aside, what an ending. The final third is up there with DS9's finest moments. Poignant, touching and well orchestrated. Take a bow, cast and crew. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/leavebehind.php Tue, 09 Feb 2016 04:39:51 PST James Comment by James on DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/leavebehind.php I think I've figured out the reason the war in DS9 didn't have a huge impact on me as a whole. I don't understand the Founders motivation as conquering aggressors. They live on a world which isn't under threat and could easily be defended with the Jem Hadar, yet they feel the need to go out and take control of hundreds of other worlds. Why? They're a pool of slime. They have no need for vast resources, they don't even eat so there's no need for new territory for food production. Why do they need to expand their military rule? When the Dominion was first introduced this didn't bother me because it seemed there were hidden motivations, but by the end you have a picture of a single Founder controlling an array of races and ships for no other reason than to conquer the galaxy. I don't buy it. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/leavebehind.php Tue, 09 Feb 2016 02:49:17 PST James Comment by Dave on TNG S1: The Naked Now http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s1/naked.php Hard to imagine how this series got renewed past the first few weeks with Farpoint and this to start it off! Oh well, Tasha had a great mid section at least :) Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s1/naked.php Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:07:48 PST Dave Comment by JC on DS9 S2: The Siege http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s2/siege.php When Kira and Dax shot that first fighter down, I hope I wasn't the only one expecting Slippy or Falco to appear in the corner. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s2/siege.php Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:44:38 PST JC Comment by JC on DS9 S2: The Homecoming http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s2/homecoming.php Given that the Cardassians were supposed to have released all Bajoran prisoners, I can't understand why, upon discovery of 12 Bajorans in a labor camp, they didn't just to report it to Starfleet and let the Federation handle it. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s2/homecoming.php Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:39:50 PST JC Comment by tlb on TOS S3: Elaan of Troyius http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tos/s3/elaan.php What a mess. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tos/s3/elaan.php Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:20:10 PST tlb Comment by JPaul on Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php The thing that's most concerning about TFA as a whole is where this trilogy is going in the future. It really seems that they've painted themselves into a corner somewhat, with Rey being set up as Luke Skywalker 2.0, Luke as Obi Wan/Yoda 2.0, Fin as Han Solo 2.0, BB8 as R2D2 2.0, Kylo Ren as Darth Vader 2.0 and Snoke as Palpatine 2.0. It's fairly clear what's going to happen over the course of this trilogy based on the events of the original trilogy, and it's going to be very difficult for subsequent writers/directors/producers to change direction a third of the way through. If the next movie features jedi training scenes with Luke and Rey, Fin and the Resistance trying to escape the New Order, and some sort of familial revelation involving Rey it won't be too much of a surprise. At least in the prequels there was some sense of a new story being told, even if the execution was abysmal. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:10:58 PST JPaul Comment by Grumpy on TNG S2: Elementary, Dear Data http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s2/elementary.php Jason R. "...in a baffling oversight / missed opportunity, they fail to mention it ["11001001"] - leaving us with the ridiculous proposition that the Enterprise computer could always conjure AI, but... no one in the Federation tried to do it before?!" "Missed opportunity" reminds me of "Booby Trap"/"Galaxy's Child" and the unexplored relationship between LaForge and the ship's computer. See, the computer wouldn't conjure AI for just anyone, but Geordi's wish is her pleasure. And he never thanked her! Latent robosexuality aside, the Data/Holmes mistake works as almost Asimovian logic. The computer does exactly what you tell it to, so be careful! We don't need to worry about Moriarty being more self-aware than the computer itself. He claims to be more, but that's the computer doing its role-playing. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s2/elementary.php Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:39:24 PST Grumpy Comment by William B on TNG S2: Elementary, Dear Data http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s2/elementary.php @Jason R., on the second point, Pulaski stated that she believed Data simply recognized plot points from various actual SH stories, and while I'm not totally familiar with the Holmes canon I thought that was the intent of the scene. It's not that Data is such an impossibly great investigator, but that his encyclopedic memory of Holmes stories allowed him to recognize each clue and figure out the story. I thought it was also a pretty good parody of how mystery fans react when encountering a new but formulaic mystery story, where they recognize the tropes and are sure going to tell everyone, not because of real world logic but mystery novel/play/show logic (where typically information only appears if it's a clue and there are X many red herrings etc). Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s2/elementary.php Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:20:42 PST William B Comment by Diamond Dave on VOY S4: The Gift http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s4/gift.php Along with Janeway and the Doctor I felt that Kes was the only other character generating really compelling story ideas in series 3. It's rare that I actually get irritated by an episode, but the arbitrary way Kes gets written out here is not a high point. Apart from the super-power new planes of reality ridiculousness of it all it's not even explained. What the hell IS going on here? I don't suppose we'll ever know. There are hints in the Seven story that this is going to become increasingly compelling, but at this point it's mostly just a shouty "return us to the Borg" type situation. 2 stars. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s4/gift.php Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:02:11 PST Diamond Dave Comment by Jason R. on TNG S2: Elementary, Dear Data http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s2/elementary.php Another thing I thought was funny with this episode, the way Data "deduced" instantly all these conclusions with no background or context and practically zero facts, even after the new simulation was made so that it was a completely new mystery. I mean he solves the murder of that man on the street in what, 8 seconds? I was just thinking, they should have Data do the Sherlock Holmes shtick all the time. Episodes like Conundrum and Cause and Effect wouldn't have lasted 90 seconds if Data was "deducing" like he did in this episode. Seriously, just put a pipe in his mouth and let him go. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s2/elementary.php Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:34:47 PST Jason R. Comment by Jason R. on TNG S2: Elementary, Dear Data http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s2/elementary.php "I enjoyed the episode, though it was hard for me to get past the "slip of the tongue" device that leads to Moriarty's sentience. The plot would have been a good opportunity to reference the Bynars and the creation of Minuet. Geordi simply could have discovered that some of the Bynars' programming had remained buried in the Enterprise's computer after all, and the computer had drawn upon those resources to fashion an improved, "real" Moriarty." You touch upon the biggest weakness in the episode. It makes zero sense that the Enterprise computer would be capable of just conjuring up an AI due to a slip of the tongue as surely someone would have figured this out eons ago and there would have been safeguards in place. The plot focuses on the hologram as if it is the source of Moriarty's consciousness, even going to the foolish proposition that he could be "destroyed" by obliterating the holographic image! No, clearly the real issue is the computer itself and why it is capable of doing something apparently unprecedented! And as you mention, this is the biggest missed opportunity of the episode. There was a ready-made explanation, namely that the Bynar's had upgraded the computer, granting it vastly greater abilities and (for the first time) the capacity to create true AI. That should have been the first thing they discussed when the problem came to light. But in a baffling oversight / missed opportunity, they fail to mention it - leaving us with the ridiculous proposition that the Enterprise computer could always conjure AI, but... no one in the Federation tried to do it before?! Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s2/elementary.php Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:28:55 PST Jason R. Comment by Chrome on VOY S6: Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s6/tinker.php I'm not as big of a fan of The Doctor as some on this board, but this is really a great episode. Voyager can be a bit of a hokey show at times, but I give the showrunners credit for playing that to their advantage when making this episode. We have what seems to be a very standard Voyager plot (The ship gets picked on by evil Delta Quadrant aliens), but it's completely inverted as the threat to the ship is never too prominent in this show. Instead, the direction is over a struggling, and for once I'd say, sympathetic doctor who struggles for command recognition. The scenarios the Doctor dreams up are funny, too! I agree with some of the above posters that this is like TNG's "Hollow Pursuits" except that the Doctor's pursuits actually end up being used to Voyager's advantage. This makes the entertainment all the more relevant. 4 stars. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s6/tinker.php Mon, 08 Feb 2016 08:16:33 PST Chrome Comment by Dave on TNG S1: The Last Outpost http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s1/outpost.php Even when watching it for the first time way back in 1987, I thought the following: The federation is huge, these guys travel at WARP 9!. Humans have been space faring for 200 years; these Ferengi are in the same area of the quadrant and would have had contact with many of the same species the Federation deals with. How on earth could they have never had contact, and not even know what one another look like! No one ever shared a photo? LIke didn't the Ferengi say "so, this 150+ world federation that is 7000 light years wide.... anyone know what those humans who run the thing look like? anyone think to try to trade with them?" THen they make them so corny in this episode when they start begging the TKon guy for attention.... made them look pathetic. Strange way to write a species who were intended to be a serious villian. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s1/outpost.php Mon, 08 Feb 2016 06:07:16 PST Dave Comment by JC on DS9 S1: Battle Lines http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/battlelines.php Jammer I think you've been a bit generous with the DS9 stars... :) Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/battlelines.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 22:38:50 PST JC Comment by petulant on New Trek Series Coming in 2017 http://www.jammersreviews.com/articles/trekseries2017.php @Scott from Detroit That's what i'd do to, cancel it as soon as i'd seen the series, Be wary though because Amazon Prime has monthly subscription but a lot of the films and tv series on there have to be paid separately, for example seasons 1 to 4 of the walking dead are free to watch if you pay monthly but seasons 5 and 6 are £1.99 per episode Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/articles/trekseries2017.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 20:17:20 PST petulant Comment by petulant on TNG S1: Skin of Evil http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s1/skin.php I don't think there's anything not to like in this episode except maybe the red bloch on Yars face, i think it's an unforgettable episode, 4 stars Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s1/skin.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 20:06:22 PST petulant Comment by Patrick D on New Trek Series Coming in 2017 http://www.jammersreviews.com/articles/trekseries2017.php I can bet any amount of money you want that the new Trek series will either be a hardcore, gritty, violent nuBSG-style affair or it's going to be in the lobotomized violent style of the JJ Trek movies. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/articles/trekseries2017.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:23:49 PST Patrick D Comment by Jason R on Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php "The dumbest thing is that at the end it's revealed that BB8 only had a portion of the map and it would have been useless to the New Order without the additional piece of map contained in R2-D2." Not since Revenge of the Fallen have I seen a film with a more stupid, pointless plot filled with so many useless characters. But who cares, really. What does it matter anyway if the story makes sense, if the characters are the least bit developed, if the action is any kind of coherent. That's just nerd stuff. If you care about that you're just a neurotic fanboy and Abrams doesn't care what you think. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 16:50:40 PST Jason R Comment by Jason R on Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php Guys, the movie is 2 hours and 19 minutes. And it felt like it. I think it says something about the incompetence of the writing that in a movie this long, they couldn't find 5-10 minutes to explain such basic background necessary to appreciate the story. It's not like they based it on a well known book and needed to follow some convoluted lengthy story faithfully a la Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. It was their script. No, the story really isn't that complicated, and the only answer is that the writing is just garbage. But as I said, this is probably #3 on my list of things I hated about this movie, so I can hardly get too caught up with it. It's not like the movie would have been good if they had fixed the obvious deficiencies in the script. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 16:46:04 PST Jason R Comment by Skeptical on VOY S5: Juggernaut http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s5/juggernaut.php I guess I don't care as much about the Malon being way out here as much as I do about the Malon still dumping toxic waste. As C Baker said, Janeway offered the technology to the one Malon guy back in Night. OK, so he was an unethical jerk, fair enough. But what's to stop her from offering it to anyone others they met? This episode strongly suggests that they aren't all evil strawmen, so I find it hard to believe no one would want the technology? Or is this more of the Trek silliness of thinking anyone who has the slightest interest in money or industry automatically is close-minded and eeevil? I mean, look how much its costing the Malon to dump all this toxic waste. If someone offered technology to a nuclear plant owner that turned all the waste material magically non-radioactive, don't you think that owner would jump on that opportunity? And it really shouldn't be a prime directive issue either. The Malon are advanced, they're warp capable, they're peaceful, they just haven't figured out this issue. We saw Picard helping out independent civilizations all the time, what's the harm in giving them the technology to convert theta radiation? I mean, surely Roddenberry doesn't think that, for example, the US shouldn't tell China about our ability to clean sulfur and other pollutants out of coal emissions, right? That would just be silly. Actually, my largest annoyance is that this is the most ridiculous "planet of hats" ever. When we first saw them, I was definitely intrigued. A gritty, amoral, industrialist society? No interest in niceties or conquest or peaceful cooperation or whatever? Maybe these could be what the Ferengi should have been! Instead, all we ever saw were the garbage dumpers, nobody else... What a narrow view of their society; why did we never see anyone else? Talk about a wasted opportunity. As for the episode itself, well, see my comments on the Fight. Exact same thing. A blatantly telegraphed, overly simplified "character piece" that comes out of nowhere for Torres. She was actually this belligerent in Season 1 (she punched out Carey in the second episode, remember?), so it would have worked in season 1 or 2. But being a model Starfleet officer for 4 years, without Janeway showing any concern, and now all of a sudden it comes to the forefront in such a blatant way? Sniping to a guest when Janeway is right there? Janeway being concerned with her actions on an away mission? Well executed, but an annoyance nonetheless. We have a pattern of the crew living in limbo, with character aspects coming and going randomly, but at least they are shown in an entertaining and well developed fashion. That's a lot better than early Voyager, which tended to be poorly executed with only half-thought out plots. It's a different form of turning off your brain and untapped potential, and probably a better form, but still not quite as good as it can be. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s5/juggernaut.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 14:34:29 PST Skeptical Comment by Skeptical on VOY S5: The Fight http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s5/fight.php I guess the episode is ok. I mean, the direction is fun, and I think they captured the fear Chakotay felt well enough. The imagery worked decently, which is always a key part of these sorts of "Journey to the Center of the Mind" plots. The idea that the threat they were facing was actually just an alien trying to contact them is certainly better than the hard-headed alien of the week trope that we're used to, and in fact is very reminiscent of TNG's Night Terrors (which works as a comparison in multiple ways; it too is a mostly forgettable plot and mostly forgettable episode with some nice imagery). As for why this episode is merely ok, I have two major quibbles: 1) This is season 5, and we just now find out Chakotay both is a fan of boxing AND has a strong fear of going insane due to a hereditary disease? Neither of these was ever brought up before (and I assume the insane part doesn't get brought up again, although I guess the boxing one gets to recur in order to show The Rock)? Did he look even more uncomfortable than the rest of the crew whenever Voyager had one of its mind screw episodes? Shouldn't that have factored in with his brainwashing episode in Nemesis? Did he ever bring up boxing when he was going on about being a pacifist warrior? Nope, it just springs up out of the blue. I guess it's hard to say this episode should be abandoned just because it's too late, but this definitely would have been a better episode in the second season, and if it would have impacted Chakotay's character in more subtly ways. 2) The plot feels like something that would be analyzed in middle school. Hey kids, today we're going to talk about character development and plot! When you write a story, your character should learn something about himself, and face a challenge to overcome an obstacle that relates to that trait he learned about himself. So what do we have here? Chakotay realizes that he feels a great fear of mental illness due to this hereditary disease. Yet his obstacle is that he must risk mental illness in order to save his ship. And we learn this through the metaphor of boxing, where you have to be willing to take some hits. Let's make it even more obvious by having the trainer say boxing is all about what's in your heart. Thus, we know it's a matter of willpower to overcome the fear. That's all Chakotay has to do. Now, let's turn this simple idea into a 45 minute story. Yes, that's what many character pieces do, mirror the main plot with the character growth. But in a great story, it's subtle. In a great story, there's a real struggle, making you wonder if the hero will pull it out. But here? It's just such a straight line, so blatantly obvious. The struggle was just Chakotay taking a while to face the aliens, but no real growth there. Perhaps, rather than just seeing him screaming in sickbay, we could have seen him try to make contact, make some progress, but then seriously worsen. Start hallucinating and finding himself completely irrational more often. Then he has a real fear, that this is permanent, that he is getting worse. Can he go back inside his mind after that? Do they delay and try to find a technobabble solution? Does Chakotay risk permanent brain damage to save the ship? Does he reach back into his memories to his grandfather, and wonder what it was like for him to live with his disease? Wonder if, maybe, he can still have some peace in his life even if he does go insane? Nah, we'll just go straight to the dramatic climax. No winding around, no subtlety. Just imagery, flashbacks, and plot resolution. It all just seems so simple. It's a pleasurable enough outing, but just feels unfulfilling in the end. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s5/fight.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 14:33:27 PST Skeptical Comment by JC on DS9 S1: The Nagus http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/nagus.php Jim Hensen presents Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/nagus.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 14:02:53 PST JC Comment by Diamond Dave on VOY S4: Scorpion, Part II http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s4/scorpion2.php Not quite up to the first part but nevertheless a very strong outing. Maintaining the dramatic tension with the Borg alliance is handled particularly well - the cube sacrificing itself to save Voyager is a very neat concept. It also moves the action on board which helps to ratchet things up even more. The kick ass engagement in and out of fluidic space is also a high point. Seven provides the perfect mouthpiece for the Borg and I'll look forward to how that plays out. The one thing that bothered me was the contrivance that knocked Janeway out of the game just long enough for Chakotay to pull the rug out from under the alliance and then get her back in the game soon after. It just seemed clunky. Kim's recovery I had no problem with, if the nanites didn't work quickly then how are they going to have utility as weapons...? 3.5 stars. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s4/scorpion2.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 13:43:55 PST Diamond Dave Comment by James on DS9 S7: Penumbra http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/penumbra.php DeBoer's acting is quite awful here, I didn't think she was that bad up until this point but I can see what people mean when they say she is limited. As for asking about a minister, people who aren't religious use them in wedding ceremonies and I can't see that changing. Marriage is traditionally a religious institution and like Christmas, will tend to carry on with its customs even if much of the meaning is lost. It would have been nice to see Trek's take on the future of marriage, however that's not really DS9's forte. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/penumbra.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 10:30:01 PST James Comment by Perry-the-guitar-guy on TNG S1: Skin of Evil http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s1/skin.php Despite its many flaws, "Skin Of Evil" sticks in my brain as most memorable, not because of Tasha's death, but because of the Armus character. As a physical embodiment of the concept of evil, it takes my imagination to science fiction nirvana. Far more interesting to me than the intricacies of Klingon politics. isn't that sort of what STV The Final Frontier was about? A powerful force, locked away, without redeeming merit? A favorite theme of Roddenberry's, that we should avoid being ruled by our emotions. Now that we are once again being blanketed with political nonsense, I would certainly vote for rounding up all the evil and shipping it off to a distant planet. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s1/skin.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 10:29:24 PST Perry-the-guitar-guy Comment by Chrome on DS9 S7: Penumbra http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/penumbra.php I think they still have religion in the 24th century Federation. Janeway mentions Christmas several times (See also Star Trek Generations). Then there's "Devil's Due" where Ardra briefly takes on the form of a Judeo-Christian devil to attempt to prove her identity to the human away team. There's probably more examples, but in DS9 of all shows, having a minister would seem extremely appropriate. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/penumbra.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 10:02:49 PST Chrome Comment by Jason on DS9 S3: Fascination http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s3/fascination.php You people are way too serious. I had fun the entire way through. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s3/fascination.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:39:02 PST Jason Comment by JC on DS9 S1: The Passenger http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/passenger.php Summary of final acts: Inept DS9 crew forgets to grab highly suspicious unauthorized runabout with a tractor beam during a hijack plot investigation. Technobabble ensues. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/passenger.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:13:26 PST JC Comment by Luke on DS9 S7: Penumbra http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/penumbra.php Maybe because they actually believe in diversity in the 24th century? Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/penumbra.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:02:20 PST Luke Comment by Diamond Dave on DS9 S6: Sixth Season Recap http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/recap.php So overall I scored this an average of 2.60, which puts it only in 4th place of the DS9 series so far. For me it gets off to a storming start through the 6-part arc and the wedding episode, but we then disappear into a run of what I'd call concept episodes which (The Magnificent Ferengi apart) didn't really work for me and which set up a longer run of average episodes to follow. A brief spark around In The Pale Moonlight then led into a reasonably underwhelming run out to the series, containing the single dumbest episode we've yet seen in Profit and Lace. Perhaps it's just a reflection of a series running out of steam - Dax was very underused here, and her departure not unexpected as a result - but I'm not sure I could put my finger on anything specifically wrong (although the concentration on the prophets/pah-wraiths is heading in that direction). It's just not firing on all cylinders. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/recap.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:01:37 PST Diamond Dave Comment by bashir's steampunk brain on DS9 S7: Penumbra http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/penumbra.php Why oh why did they have Kassidy ask for a freaking minister? Didn't humanity rid itself of the poison of organized religion by the 24th century? Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/penumbra.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 08:56:41 PST bashir's steampunk brain Comment by Diamond Dave on DS9 S6: Tears of the Prophets http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/tears.php For me this does something well, something OK, and something not well. The really good stuff is the action scenes, which again take a massive step up on the FX front. Have you noticed how things don't move in one plane anymore, as evidence by the glorious shot of the Valley Forge taking fire and spinning out of control past the camera. As visual eye candy this is top drawer. I found the death of the Dax to be OK, and that's a bit of a shame. It was rather too heavily contrasted with all the baby talk, and in the end seemed a little arbitrary, but nevertheless contributed to a melancholy end of an era feel to the end of the show that fit well. As a trigger for Sisko heading home it works. Less good is the further story of possessed Dukat and the pah-wraiths. Having a metaphysical struggle of good and evil going on already seems like a poor choice... Overall though, good stuff. 3 stars. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/tears.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 08:46:28 PST Diamond Dave Comment by Jc on DS9 S1: Dax http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/dax.php I.e. At the end of the day we still have no sense of whether or not a Trill is responsible for the crimes of a past host. At the end of MoaM we had a sense of legal precedent for all AI sentience related issues that could follow. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/dax.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 08:18:46 PST Jc Comment by JC on DS9 S1: Dax http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/dax.php The major issue that I can't stop thinking about is it seems highly implausible to me that the issue of Trill committing crimes has never been dealt with in the past. Surely this couldn't be the first time in all of history where a Trill was on trial, and I find it hard to believe that society prior to this point never thought of this issue coming up. In "Measure of a Man", because of Data's uniqueness, it was entirely plausible that the court hearing was setting a precedence. It was even made clear that that was the case and the weight of the proceedings was conveyed and part of the story. Here that is not the case. This rings like a bunch of armchair lawyers sitting around having a debate about something and not being aware of existing established precedence. Also the entire issue of Trill responsibility, which was made out to be so important at the start, ended up being completely cast aside by the new fact that Dax had an alibi (a fact that was weirdly never questioned, apparently it wasn't possible for the wife and Dax to have collaborated on a crime). It's equivalent to all of the important issues of "Measure of a Man" being thrown away at the end because, say, it was discovered that Maddox falsified his credentials and the trial was halted with no resolution. It was a weak way to avoid actually addressing the issue that seemed so important at the start. I strongly disagree with the 3.5 stars here. Purely for the alibi cop out at the end, I'd give it 2 myself, which may be generous, but I did find the first act gripping. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/dax.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 08:15:45 PST JC Comment by Andrew Taylor-Cairns on TOS S3: The Savage Curtain http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tos/s3/savage.php Well in the midst of a lot of season 3 episodes that were fluff/out of character/ridiculous/boring (delete as applicable), The Savage Curtain was OK. I was certainly entertained, but there just wasn't much substance here. It was much better than watching The Way to Eden last night before bed, where I was worried about having song montage nightmares. Now that is a monstrosity of an episode, and I would advocate giving it a minus score. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tos/s3/savage.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 07:36:56 PST Andrew Taylor-Cairns Comment by Luke on DS9 S1: Progress http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/progress.php As lightweight, and flawed, as the B-plot is, it's the winner this time around, not the A-plot. While I love that "Progress" throws the audience into a decidedly morally-grey area, the main problem with it is Mullibok himself. Obviously they were trying to make him a likable curmudgeon, but in that they failed miserably. In order for a character to be a likable curmudgeon he has to be capable of being a downright ass most of the time but still have redeeming qualities. Perfect examples are Archie Bunker from "All in the Family" and Al Bundy from "Married with Children". Both of those characters were sexist, bigoted, superficial scumbags most of the time but the audience could forgive them for that because 1.) they were both funny and 2.) deep down, they both cared deeply for their families, even if they didn't like to show it. Mullibok has absolutely no such redeeming characteristics - he's just an asshole. I suppose you could say that he's loyal to his two friends, but that honestly comes across as him only liking them because they think exactly as he does, nothing more. As a libertarian I really want to support the guy. He is, after all, facing a situation where the big, powerful government is forcing him off his land and out of his home against his will all in the name of some greater good. But from a story-telling perspective, he's just so damn unlikable that I can't get behind him. This is the same problem I have with the Ba'ku in "Star Trek: Insurrection". Again, I want to side with them, as that time it's the big, powerful Federation government forcing them off their land against their will. But again, they're unlikable. They, like Mullibok, stubbornly stand there and claim that they're personal desires trump the benefits to countless others. This is a give-and-take world and everyone has to do both. But, in both stories, one side refuses to give anything and that makes Mullibok and the Ba'ku unrelatable and unsympathetic. Constant this with the B-plot, where Jake and Nog exchange in mutually beneficial exchange, and the differences are stark. Because everyone involved is willing to barter, exchange and engage in commerce with each other, everyone walks away a winner. The freighter captain, the Bajoran who needed the stem-bolts, the Bajoran government, Jake, Nog and even Quark all end up with something they want. It's beautiful. It's as close to an open celebration of capitalism, actual free-market capitalism, that Trek has ever given us up to this point. And most people sadly dismiss it as "the lightweight B-story." *sigh* If only we could have spent more time with this plot-line, the episode would only have benefited from it. (Though it is odd that it's Jake, not Nog, who seems to better understand the intricacies of the market. And, um, Nog sees no benefit to owning land? Really?!) But, of course, the standout scene does come from the A-plot - the exchange behind Sisko and Kira. That's probably because it doesn't involve Mullibok. That one scene, where Sisko admits that his perception of Kira has changed and that he has not only come to respect her but see her as a friend, and where Kira emotionally opens up to him, is better than any scene Picard and Riker shared.... ever. 6/10 Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/progress.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 06:26:05 PST Luke Comment by Diamond Dave on DS9 S6: The Sound of Her Voice http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/voice.php DS9 does Midnight Caller. It's most effective in using the format as a means of drawing out some quietly effective character moments. Cusak is an engaging enough character that it seems organic and worthwhile. I'd agree though that the twist ending makes no sense at all and badly undermines the episode. The B-story - Odo has a heart of gold! - is amiable enough. 2.5 stars. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/voice.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 06:21:55 PST Diamond Dave Comment by Bashir's steampunk brain on DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/baddabing.php My, my, so many people butthurt about the realities of racism in America! The mere mention of it for a few seconds sent so many of you into a tizzy. It is really funny to read all these complaints about "of course the black guy brings up racism" in a tone that sounds very much like something they probably think about saying in everyday life but cannot without sounding like a racist. "When you're accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression". Interesting to see how many cryptoracists like DS9. Wow. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/baddabing.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 05:35:44 PST Bashir's steampunk brain Comment by Robert on DS9 S1: Q-Less http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/q-less.php @zoko - This is a S1 episode. There were S1 TNG episodes that were 40 minutes too long! Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/q-less.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 03:26:40 PST Robert Comment by zoko on DS9 S1: Q-Less http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/q-less.php Every time I watch a DS9 episode I feel like it could have been about 20 minutes shorter. They're just so... dragged out, with very little substance. Vash has things she wants to auction. They're causing problems. Crew figures out why. Q is annoying. Quark wants a profit. That crazy Vash! Now read the above paragraph again, but take 45 minutes to do it. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/q-less.php Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:18:01 PST zoko Comment by Francesco on TNG S5: Unification http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s5/unification.php The people commenting as if they do not believe there are ships in the Federation other than Starfleet ships are being ridiculous. Starfleet ships are military ships, their era's equivalent, though in space and not on the water, of the U.S. Navy, the British Royal Navy, etc., the professional military navies of nation-states. The ships of nations' standing navies, however, are not, in 2016, the only ships in existence. There are privately owned cargo ships, cruise ships, yachts, speedboats, etc., hundreds of thousands or even millions of them, worldwide. Suggesting that in the 23rd or 24th century in the Federation the only space vessels would be Starfleet ships is utterly ridiculous. Just like the U.S. Navy's ships are not the only ships plying the seas in and around America, Starfleet ships are not the only ships any worlds in the Federation have around. There are likely hundreds of millions of civilian space vessels of every possibly type and size in the Star Trek 23rd and 24th centuries throughout the Federation. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s5/unification.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 22:46:47 PST Francesco Comment by Grumpy on Star Trek: Insurrection http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-films/insurrection.php "There's also the whole issue of Data's emotion chip, which now apparently can be removed on a whim. My question to the producers of the TNG film series: Do you want Data to have emotions or not? Whatever the case, it's a waste to simply have Data in a state of non-growth." For a long time, the brush-off of the chip bugged me because it violated an established rule. However, just because the chip couldn't be removed in Generations doesn't mean further experimentation wouldn't find a way. These people can cure incurable diseases in a single episode! Clearly, Data has been busy, offscreen, trying to rid himself of his bothersome emotions. Think of it! Data achieved his lifelong goal but chose to reject it. (Or maybe his friends, tired of the "Mr. Tricorder" routine, persuaded him.) This isn't non-growth; it's a hint of a deeper tragedy. Which would've been more interesting than this movie. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-films/insurrection.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 20:07:28 PST Grumpy Comment by petulant on TNG S1: We'll Always Have Paris http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s1/paris.php This episode just went on and on, i think it is the dullest episode Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s1/paris.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:58:24 PST petulant Comment by BZ on DS9 S2: The Collaborator http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s2/collaborator.php I know that I am comparing an alien religious system to one on Earth, but Bereil doesn't seem like a good vedek to me in that he basically treats the Bajoran religion as just so much mombo jumbo. I can imagine that his views reflect those of most Americans "God may exist, but the bible is not necessarily literally true", but would someone with such views be a cardinal, and frontrunner in contention for pope? Sure he communicates with the prophets via his orb in this episode, but I just don't see those scenes as authentiic given his beliefs as shown in this and earlier episodes. I see Opaka as a much more convincing leader of a global religious movement, and Winn at least plays one (maybe even too over the top). Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s2/collaborator.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:42:21 PST BZ Comment by Jammer on DS9 S1: Emissary http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/emissary.php Just for the record, JC, I am perfectly okay with people writing reviews in the comments. In fact, I quite enjoy seeing other takes without having to seek them out elsewhere on the web. If I didn't want discussion and input, I wouldn't have opened the comments in the first place. It's not all about me anymore, especially with me being less active these days. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/emissary.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:18:58 PST Jammer Comment by JC on DS9 S1: Emissary http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/emissary.php What's up with people presumptuously hijacking Jammers site to write their own reviews in comments? It's pretty trivial these days to start your own blog... Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/emissary.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:58:09 PST JC Comment by Diamond Dave on DS9 S6: Time's Orphan http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/orphan.php OK, I get all of the plot contrivances here (with a whole planet to choose from the picnic site is where Molly happens to find an 2000 year-old abandoned time machine etc...), but do you know what? I have always enjoyed this one, and I'm not even sure why. Perhaps because it's a "bad things happen to Chief O'Brien" that has a happy ending? Because it's a DS9 episode that has some sensitivity, a bit of heart, and is genuinely moving? Because of a great little performance as older Molly? Because it has an amiable B-story? Perhaps all of the above and more. "He acquitted himself well" indeed. 3 stars. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/orphan.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:37:14 PST Diamond Dave Comment by Diamond Dave on DS9 S6: Profit and Lace http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/lace.php Well that was a shocker. I thought it was an interesting choice to revert Quark to the sex offender he seemed to be in very early season 1. I was astonished by the choice at the end to have Aluura come round to the idea. And it's amazing to think that anyone thought that might be amusing to have Quark learn nothing at all from his experience as a woman, which might have provided at least some justification. And that's the main problem I have with this episode - it's just not funny. It's cliched, boorish, and exploitative. And all in an episode that's supposed to be championing women's rights. Horrifying. 1 star. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/lace.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:17:15 PST Diamond Dave Comment by Diamond Dave on DS9 S6: Valiant http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/valiant.php Dumb as two bricks, this one. Although I suppose in showing the likely consequences of self-delusion, hubris, megalomania, and getting hopped up on stimulants takes you, it has a value. What DS9 usually gets right is nuance - something these last two episodes have badly lacked. Here, Watters was unarguably not a hero or a great man, but a charismatic fanatic who got his crew killed. The guest performances weren't great across the board, and what was with the pre-credit scene? Did that come from another episode or something? Some nice VFX at least. 1.5 stars. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/valiant.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 10:46:47 PST Diamond Dave Comment by JPaul on Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php @Chrome They've already said they're not doing an extended edition or director's cut version of TFA. It desperately needs one though, as many have pointed out the movie doesn't take 5 minutes to explain the most basic things that are going on. Overall, TFA is a poor version of ANH, combined with a few other throwbacks to the original trilogy. In ANH the entire movie is built around the need to destroy the Death Star, from the opening scene to the end, giving it an elegant simplicity and cohesion. In TFA, the destruction of the Starkiller Base is almost a throwaway, the bulk of the plot is built around the location of Luke Skywalker and it's never really explained why that's so important. The dumbest thing is that at the end it's revealed that BB8 only had a portion of the map and it would have been useless to the New Order without the additional piece of map contained in R2-D2. My theory with the popularity of TFA is that it has a few legitimately funny moments, a few likeable characters (Rey, Fin, BB8, Han Solo) and a decent villain (Kylo Ren). People didn't like the prequels because there were no likeable characters, all the intended humorous moments fell flat, and there wasn't a good visible villain until halfway through Revenge of the Sith. It's sad, but most people don't care how nonsensical, pointless, or poorly explained a plot is as long as they get to watch characters they like make funny jokes on screen. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 10:08:53 PST JPaul Comment by Diamond Dave on DS9 S6: The Reckoning http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/reckoning.php A lot of exposition for a sub-Ghostbusters finale. On the debit side we have what is normally a carefully nuanced show getting into a binary good-evil conflict between energy beings. Hmmmm, OK. You have to wonder whether the non-interventionist wormhole aliens have been unambiguously 'good' up to this point. It's certainly all getting a bit metaphysical. On the other hand we have some good performances and some nice dialogue. But not great overall. 2 stars. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/reckoning.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:31:50 PST Diamond Dave Comment by Caleb on Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/sith.php Anakin's actions are senselessly extreme and never supported by writing, acting, directing - anything! This is not a 'good' film. Aside from the complete lack of plausible and well-presented character development (there is none), there is in general just a terrible lack of subtlety about everything here. Best of the three just makes it the least worst. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/sith.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:04:23 PST Caleb Comment by Caleb on Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/jedi.php The climax of this film is the highlight of all Star Wars for me. More than anything else, its what I remember about Star Wars and the images, sounds and feelings of those last scenes are what stayed with me from child to adult. The insertion of the two "no"s is just stupid. The scene is far more powerful with Vader's actions doing the talking. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/jedi.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 08:46:42 PST Caleb Comment by William B on DS9 S1: The Storyteller http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/storyteller.php LOL, thanks for that Luke. (Did I say 2 stars up there? What? I do think the princess/Jake Nog scenes are okay, but the main plot sure is dire. Consider my rating 1.5* officially, and only just because I do find the B plot cute.) Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/storyteller.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 08:21:49 PST William B Comment by Diamond Dave on DS9 S6: His Way http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/hisway.php I've always been agnostic on the Odo/Kira relationship thing but if you're going to do it, then I suppose this is about as good a way as any other. Think of this as a sorbet to clear the palate before the next heavy course, this is about as light and fluffy a rom-com as you're going to see. And yet it kind of works. Vic Fontaine may be a lightning rod for discontented viewers, but James Darren nails the role. The cute Odo moments may be a little too cute, but who can't like he and Sisko singing along together. The kiss scene really works. And if there's a finer verbal expression of embarrassment than "Nerys... Kira... Major" then I've yet to hear it. 3 stars. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/hisway.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 07:54:23 PST Diamond Dave Comment by Luke on DS9 S1: The Storyteller http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/storyteller.php I'm going to paraphrase a review I saw over on TheTrekBBS a while back.... "Following the loss of Kai Opaka, old tensions on Bajor re-emerge, threatening to throw that world into civil war. Nah, just kidding, they're just randomly about to enter a civil war because the Cardassians moved a river, or something. The key to this dispute is a 15 year-old girl who took control of her region after her father died. It's good to know that hereditary rule is alive and well in the 24th century, it was under a real threat from democracy for a while there. She's very dour and serious and fails to understand the concept of negotiation, but she's lucky because Jake and Nog are on hand to teach her how to have fun, and how to trade one thing for another thing. Yay! Meanwhile, O'Brien and Bashir go to a village of children that look curiously like adults, and they demand to be told a bedtime story every night because they're scared that if they don't hear the story a monster will eat them. It sounds like a joke, but it's the actual premise of the episode. I'd compliment the episode for being so subversive in having the child act like an adult and all the adults in the village act like children, but I don't think the episode was that clever. Story this, story that, bless my child, please give me attention and, oh by the way, these women want to suck your dick... As if all that stuff didn't make the townsfolk look bad enough, one of them throws a temper-tantrum and tries to stab O'Brien because he wants to be the Sirah. Then we learn that the Dal'Rok is an artificial construct that was created by the original Sirah because the villagers couldn't get along and kept fighting one another. It's amazing that for decades they needed an artificial enemy to unite them, instead of the Cardassians. It's a village of feeble-minded people, but then they're religious so they have to be. UGH!! If I was O'Brien I would have fucked off back to the station and allowed the Dal'Rok to kill them all. Hell, I would have torpedoed the village from orbit, it's the only way to be sure. I'm not a fan of this episode, as you might have been able to gather. This literally is a TNG episode that was adapted to work on DS9, and it shows since none of this fits with the Bajor from the rest of the series, even the Bajor established by the series at this point.Someone need to grab all the guest characters by the shoulders, shake them vigorously, and shout "STOP BEING MORONS" at the top of their lungs." The only salvageable parts of "The Storyteller" are the interactions between O'Brien and Bashir (it's no wonder these two would work so well together throughout the series) and between Nog and Varis (I'll admit, it was really enjoyable watching Nog get all flustered around a cute girl). 2/10 Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/storyteller.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 07:33:23 PST Luke Comment by Dom on Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php This film could definitely have used an extra 10-15 for exposition and character development. I understand why studios want to keep films short (so they can replay them more in theaters and get more money) but I don't understand why audiences tolerate it. I think the best movies need time to tell their stories. Films like Lord of the Rings really benefit from taking their time. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 07:05:28 PST Dom Comment by Luke on DS9 S1: Battle Lines http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/battlelines.php So, let me get this straight.... Kai Opaka is the only thing holding the sectarian violence at bay on Bajor (which was expressly stated by Kira in "Emisssary") either through her charisma, sheer force of personality or whatever. So now, when her services are still greatly needed on Bajor during this time of transition after the Occupation, she just up and decides to abandon everything she's worked for for her entire life and help some random group of strangers? Yeah, I'm not buying it. The Bajoran religion in general, and Opaka in particular, is stopping various factions on Bajor from degenerating into something very similar to what is happening on this moon and Opaka thinks it's more important to help these people? What?! I hate to have to boil a moral question like this down to simply mathematics, but I'm going to. She's essentially turning her back on billions of people in order to help, what, at most fifty? This makes no sense. Add to that the fact that this is going to have major ramifications on Bajor besides the possibility of civil war. Imagine if Pope Francis just up and disappeared one day. What do you think that would mean for the world's Catholics? And just remember, Francis is the spiritual leader of only one-seventh of the population and leads a religion that isn't as essential to it's practitioners as the Bajoran religion is to its. The sudden departure of the Kai would have ramifications (political, economic, spiritual and military) that are so gargantuan it's almost impossible to convince of them. And yet, the episode just fluffs that off like it's no big deal. Are they kidding?! And, of course, the eternal war on this moon makes no sense either. So, these people all know they can't die but they're so blinded by their thirst for vengeance that they're willing to condemn themselves to perpetual suffering. But they want to end their suffering. Um, come again. Either these people are just stupid or.... no, they're just stupid. Here's an idea, one faction moves to the other side of the moon. Problem solved! Why have they all clustered themselves in a twelve square kilometer area? The episode never explains that, so.... yeah, morons. What saves "Battle Lines" are the Kira/Opaka scenes. Say what you will but Kira's break-down over Opaka's "dead" body worked for me. And their scene where Kira bares her soul was wonderful - great character growth for Kira and a splendid example of how someone's religious faith can make her a better person. 5/10 Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s1/battlelines.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:42:58 PST Luke Comment by Diamond Dave on DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/moonlight.php Stirring stuff. Good people doing questionable things to achieve justifiable ends always enters into the realm of impassioned debate - witness the comments here. Where this episode succeeds is that it shows not only the cost to Sisko - the "self-respect of one Starfleet officer" as Garak puts it - but also the tangible benefit. He knows that he's done the right thing - and he knows he hasn't. It's that contradiction that lies at the heart of that great final scene. Of course, to counterpoint that self-examination we need Garak, who has no qualms or remorse about doing what needs to be done. Here is the master of expediency, doing what he does best. Is Sisko like Garak then? Of course not, and again that's what creates the dramatic tension. It's a wonderful episode, beautifully written, acted and directed. "It's best not to dwell on such minutiae" indeed. 4 stars. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/moonlight.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 04:41:15 PST Diamond Dave Comment by Diamond Dave on DS9 S6: Inquisition http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/inquisition.php Strong Bashir episode and a bit more atmospheric than some we've seen recently. Yes, the "it was all on the holodeck" is a bit of a cheat, but it's not obvious when you are watching so I can let that slide. The argument constructed against Bashir is actually the most subversive bit, given that it actually creates a credible (if circumstantial) case that Bashir is guilty - and the tip of the hat to the orbiting runabout is a nice one. The misdirections of Bashir's rescue by the Dominion and subsequent rescue by the Defiant are also nicely played. As to Section 31, there have been hints of a dark element to Starfleet since early TNG, so I think it fits in OK. 3 stars. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/inquisition.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 03:06:27 PST Diamond Dave Comment by James on DS9 S7: Chimera http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/chimera.php I think this is my favorite DS9, along with "Duet". There are other great episodes but these two are on a different level, being not merely great drama but revealing something poignant about the soul. Simply fantastic. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/chimera.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 03:03:43 PST James Comment by Dave on Interstellar http://www.jammersreviews.com/movies/interstellar.php I don't understand why people are confused about Brand's work on the equations and "the problem of gravity". What his problem was, is to be able to get a massive space station to launch and escape Earth's gravity. There were too many people on earth and not enough time to shuttle everyone up in little rocket ships. They needed a mass carrier and they had to solve certain equations and physics to do it. Brand realized he could not solve this problem without data from a black hole (which he could never get). So he lied about it so people would join him in the mission out of a sense of hope even though he knew the only option was the embryos. I took the ending as this: "they" are humans, from the far distant future. Humans had evolved to the point of being able to work through time as a physical dimension, but could not travel through it themselves. So, Cooper was moved into a physical dimension so he could move to any point in time he wanted to get himself to the NASA facility and allow Murphy to solve the equations. I didn't know the wormhole had collapsed... .who said that anyways? I assumed they solved the equation, launched all the space stations and got out to Saturn, where the worm hole was. The plan was to take the stations to Edmund's planet , and that is where Cooper was flying off too.. to go be with her until humanity arrives. Epic film, not everyone will interpret it the same way, and that is part of what makes it great. Some people get pissed if a movie gives something that is not 100% clear and not the same answer for everyone. My two negatives were they could have cut out the frozen planet and Dr Mann. I guess they wanted to show how loneliness and desperation can lead to someone doing that. I also didn't like how Murhpy's brother was such an asshole that he would rather his son die than leave the farm behind. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/movies/interstellar.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 01:03:21 PST Dave Comment by Gertie Deoliveira on Frequently Asked Questions http://www.jammersreviews.com/info/faq.php Invaluable analysis - Speaking of which , if someone require to merge some PDF files , my colleague came across a service here AltoMerge.com Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/info/faq.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 01:00:08 PST Gertie Deoliveira Comment by Dave on Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/empire.php Let's just hope Episdoe 8 doesn't try to remake Empire and have Snoke saying "Rey, I am your father!". Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/empire.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:35:44 PST Dave Comment by Dave on Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/clones.php Hayden's acting here killed the movie for me. My gosh was he just dreadful. It is no accident that his career went nowhere after Star Wars and I believe he is essentially retired from acting now. What a horrific choice. I often have wondered the difference if they got a quality actor in there. I have a hard time with this movie just because of his acting and delivery of his lines. The plot itself was decent and the Palpatine political movements are the best part of the prequels. I wish they made them even more detailed but alas, George was writing the prequels for kids. Looking at the prequels over a decade later, they are not too bad. A lot of good ideas and plot lines. I think if I were to go back and re-cast.. I would have made Ewen McGregor the Anakin character (he was young enough they could have pulled it off), and had someone else be Obi Wan. Natalie Portman was cut off at the knees because she had poor dialogue and had some of the worst chemistry in movie history with Hayden. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/clones.php Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:29:42 PST Dave Comment by Dave on TNG S7: Homeward http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s7/homeward.php And JJ's Trek 2 did this shit too. Pike was ripping Kirk a new asshole for helping those people at the beginning of the movie. He preferred a mass extinction event over the planet surviving and changing it's direction. Such nonsense. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s7/homeward.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:29:25 PST Dave Comment by Dave on TNG S7: Homeward http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s7/homeward.php I always hated the hypocrisy of the Prime Directive and this may be the most blatant abuse of it in all of Trek. So, the choice is as follows: 1 - let them be exterminated and cease to exist 2 - Let them survive, with an altered cultural direction, with the chance to become space faring in 5000 years and join the rest of the galaxy; find out about their true history, and develop a great culture Picard's choice is #1. He would rather they cease to exist than have thousands of years of history ahead of them; simply because it will be different History changes every day. We have a natural disaster, a mass extinction event, a war.... our "direction" changes all the time. This episode is really a black eye for the Federation and what the writers were trying to do. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s7/homeward.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:28:11 PST Dave Comment by petulant on Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/clones.php I agree with everything Jammer said, i find The Phantom Menace unwatchable but i quite enjoy Attack of the Clones, if i could remove most of the romantic (I hate sand) scenes with Anakin and Padme i'd enjoy it a lot more. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/clones.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:37:27 PST petulant Comment by William B on DS9 S3: Meridian http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s3/meridian.php Sorry, that was @Jason. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s3/meridian.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:49:23 PST William B Comment by William B on DS9 S3: Meridian http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s3/meridian.php @James, the first part of "The Search" happened, up until the Defiant was attacked. Then Odo and Kira got an an escape pod and found the planet with the Changelings on it, and all their scenes really happened. Meanwhile, the rest of the main characters on the ship (Sisko, Dax, Bashir, O'Brien, the Romulan) were captured by the Dominion and they hooked their brains up to a simulation thing. Then at the end of the episode Odo and Kira found out that the changelings had put the Defiant crew in a simulation, and the Female Changeling agreed to let Odo's friends go, at which point Odo, Kira and those who were hooked up in the simulation were allowed to go home on the Defiant. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s3/meridian.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:45:49 PST William B Comment by William B on DS9 S7: Field of Fire http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/field.php @Robert: Point on the A-A-A plot in the s7 premiere. Although, I feel like Sisko's gets the edge on "episode's most important" given that it is the one that gets the title of part 1 and then a middle section in part 2 where for a few minutes it seems possible that the other two plotlines may be deluded scribblings of Benny Russell. And yeah, Joran was portrayed very differently in "Field of Fire." Well, actually, he sort of went from "weirdo musical genius with anger management problems" to "soft-spoken psychopath" to "expert on the art of murder" in the three episodes that focused on him, and so it may be more "Facets" that altered his character -- but still. Yeah, I guess the Ezri/Julian thing doesn't break the reassociation taboo any more than being friends with Sisko as you say. It's more that if they are going to have a romantic ending, it seems like they should acknowledge that Bashir had this six-year torch which was still being brought up until the episode Jadzia died and afterward, and whether that would make it super awkward for him and Ezri (spoiler: I bet it would!). I didn't get deep into them but I read the first of those post-DS9 novels and they did start on that, which is a good call. I definitely agree about her speech in "Tacking," a great moment for the character. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/field.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:35:38 PST William B Comment by Jason on DS9 S3: Meridian http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s3/meridian.php So I may just be lost here or missed something, but I'm confused on one thing in this episode - why does the crew have the Defiant? The Defiant was brought to DS9 during "the Search", which was essentially just all a dream. So if none of that happened, why are they in possession of the Defiant? Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s3/meridian.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:23:38 PST Jason Comment by Chrome on Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php @PeterJason They could've added a lot more exposition like the good examples you guys give, but that would've padded out the movie 10 - 15 more minutes. Sometimes films work better when exposition is left to the imagination, without sacrificing pacing. The flip side to all this, I think, is that they've now set the expectations for great exposition in the next film, and cutting back now could easily blow up in the writers' faces. Still, my curiosity is piqued enough that I'm willing to hold my expectations until that next and hopefully great film. They might also release an extended addition or at least some deleted scenes on the home release. Maybe that'll give something for everyone because I do understand how strongly some fans feel about more meat to this film. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:54:23 PST Chrome Comment by Adam on Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/clones.php @Peter G One minor flaw with your Order 66 theory. This was a republic so even if the Jedi were considered traitors they would have deserved a trial, not to be executed off hand. This would be true even if the Republic was under martial law. You also ignore the fact that the Jedi now had evidence that Palpatine had committed treason; they went to arrest him, not execute him (unless you believe the serial liar/deceiver Palpatine). Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/clones.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:44:28 PST Adam Comment by Tom on VOY S2: Twisted http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s2/twisted.php Awesome review site, thanks for such analysis!! I have to disagree as well with the 1 star though. I found the despair and submission so fascinating, and I guess it really is nice to have an episode where something cannot be solved. It makes everything feel very human, very mortal... Also, there was no "enemy" per se. Probably the same reason why I found Gravity as a movie so interesting. There was no conflict, just survival against the reality of space (I use the term "reality" loosely. Also, there's so much Neelix-bashing - duly deserved perhaps ^_^ But personally, the whole family vibe Voyager has (and I just watched Naomi being born and saved) really makes me chuckle and feel calm. Neelix adds to that. It does make everything less starfleet-stuffy. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s2/twisted.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:42:58 PST Tom Comment by Dom on Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php I'm with you Peter & Jason. A bit of exposition would have gone a long way. Rey is the POV character and presumably knows nothing, yet she seems to have heard about the Resistance, so in a way she actually knows MORE than the audience. Instead, that scene when Finn says he's from the Resistance, I wold have had her remain ignorant of the Resistance and let Finn tell her. Could have gone something like this: REY: "Resistance? Resistance to what?" FINN: "You know how the Republic signed a peace treaty with the First Order a few years ago? Well, some people weren't too happy about that, thought the First Order was secretly building up an army to invade Republic territory. So they started to fight the First Order on their own, with some covert help from the Republic military." REY: "Were they right about the First Order?" FINN: "More than they know!" Likewise for the planet that got blown up. Just a line of dialogue later in the movie about the state of the Republic might have helped. Leia could at some point have said, "We're still reeling from the destruction of the Republic capital. Not sure what happens next." Or something like that. I'm not going to claim I can write as well in a few seconds in a comment section as professionals paid hundreds of thousands to. But those professionals should be able to write well and provide that necessary information. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:01:52 PST Dom Comment by Jason R. on Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php @Chrome, Do you think it would be an important thing in the story to mention who was getting blown up by the death star thing? Do you think the scene would have been more meaningful if we actually knew who all those people running around were or even the name of the planets they were on? As Peter notes, none of this is mysterious in ANH, the movie this one was modeled on. I didn't fall asleep because they took two sentences to explain what Alderran was, why they were destroying it, and how that related to Leia. The irony here is that I actually thought I knew who was getting blown up - I assumed it was Coruscent. Due to my mistake, I actually was pretty blown away by that scene. Why? Because Coruscent means something to me. It's an important place and destroying it would have been a big deal! Except, whoops, it wasn't Coruscent. It was some planet I never heard of that isn't even mentioned by name in the movie. Jesus. When did getting such elementary information become such a big deal? Are we all suffering from ADD that we can't pause the space battles and lightsaber duels for just a minute or two to explain even some basic facts? Or is it we just don't care what's going on or why, just as long as big explosions are happening on the screen? Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:30:49 PST Jason R. Comment by Chrome on Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php @Peter G. Even that sounds like a waste of screentime to me. The opening crawl already reads: "Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed. With the support of the REPUBLIC, General Leia Organa leads a brave RESISTANCE. She is desperate to find her brother Luke and gain his help in restoring peace and justice to the galaxy." It's the second sentence that explains what you're asking for. I would've fallen asleep faster than you could say The Phantom Menace if they kept repeating this story. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:34:30 PST Chrome Comment by Peter G. on Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php @Robert, That is a very good point about Rey not knowing the answers to any of these questions, and therefore not being able to clue us in either. But actually this is what ought to point to Rey as being the perfect audience proxy to whom to explain all the things she's missed out on while stuck on Jakku. Even something as simple as "The First Order; what's that" followed by "Eh, some remnant of the Empire that won't give up." That would have been enough! Two lines. And the film's structure, especially with her being paired up with someone FROM the First Order (!!!) is the perfect vehicle for her to be asking these questions and getting quick, even comical answers. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:16:30 PST Peter G. Comment by Riceman1974 on TNG S3: The Offspring http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s3/offspring.php Also doing a rewatch thanks to Netflix. Haven't seen this one in 26 years, and totally forgot what happened. Now I'm a father of 2, and that last scene brought full on tears. True the plot has holes, and the Admiral was pure characiture (all he needed was a twirly mustache to complete the cliche), but damn this was a great episode, with an incredibly bittersweet ending. TNG, nay television itself, at its best. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s3/offspring.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:55:25 PST Riceman1974 Comment by Robert on DS9 S7: Field of Fire http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/field.php @William - I'm not 100% sure I agree with the Sisko story in the opener being an A-B-C style as much as an A-A-A style... but I'll give you that the baseball episode was probably Sisko centric enough to count. You have his baseball obsession, character back story, and a bunch of other Sisko/centric bits. And the central lesson was his to learn. So yes, I'll give you that one. It's not a typical Sisko episode like say... Destiny... but I'll count it. "The one major Jadzia episode which is neither a Worf/Dax (or Worf-Dax) episode nor in some way about her Trill-ness is "Meridian," which, you know, let's forget about that." Deal! And I like Blood Oath too :) "Now...again, if the stories were good enough, it wouldn't really matter, but "PD" and "TENC's" Ezri portions feel disconnected to DS9's first six seasons and also suck, whereas "Field of Fire" is...somewhat more connected to DS9's first six seasons, and also sucks." Agreed mostly. "Field of Fire" is connected to the rest of the series, but it's such a weird reboot of Joran's character that I'm not sure why they bothered. That just wasn't the same type of killer we saw in the previous episodes. I'd have preferred her need to tap into a different Dax. One we'd have spent less time with... like maybe the nervous one O'Brien played in Facets. Maybe something that would have helped her deal with her own neuroses? I dunno. It's not even that I HATED FoF... it's just it was in the middle of such a miserable slog of Ezri garbage (and as you said, EZRI garbage, not even Dax garbage) that my patience for an episode such as this were about non-existent. "Shouldn't Ezri/Worf be verboten, by Trill custom, even if Worf isn't Trill?" Yes, and Worf mentions this. I assume if they'd continued their relationship outside of captivity that it would have been dealt with. "Isn't Julian/Ezri on very thin ice for that reason?" Probably not? No more than 3 lifetimes of friendship with Ben. Or basically taking Jadzia's old life.... I actually don't think the stuff with Worf scales poorly. As one of only 2 times in Trek history that 2 main characters got married (or 3 if you count Nemesis... but that's awfully late in the game) these 2 characters tying up their history was a necessary end game plot. The Julian stuff felt "fluffy" compared to all the heavy weight stuff, yes. "it would be hard to figure out what major part of galactic politics Ezri would have a logical stake in" It's a small role but I LOVE her role in Tacking. Once we got over the relationship stuff Ezri's friendship with Worf is really sweet. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/field.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:49:55 PST Robert Comment by Diamond Dave on DS9 S6: Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/wrongs.php Nah, sorry but I just can't get past the plotting here. Believing that Dukat would never have mentioned a 7 year relationship with Kira's mother until now? That smacks of lazy writing - we never did anything with Kira's mother, so let's do something now. Having the Orb of Time play a role also just smacks of convenience. What the episode does successfully portray are the shades of grey here - and actually, Kira's mother doesn't come off as a very sympathetic character, and certainly there seems to be more than just noble self-sacrifice in her relationship with Dukat. That's a fairly sophisticated outcome, even if it can't redeem the episode entirely. 2.5 stars. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/wrongs.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:27:02 PST Diamond Dave Comment by William B on DS9 S7: Field of Fire http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/field.php @Robert, I agree that the real problem with Ezri is that the show gave her a *concentrated* series of *bad* episodes, while neglecting several main cast members. I take some issue with 0 Sisko episodes" -- the opening two-parter and "Take Me Out to the Holosuite" are basically Sisko-centric. They may be ensemble pieces, but the opening two-parter is very Sisko-focused, with the Sisko story arguably being the A-plot (in an A/B/C structure), and at least the title story, but anyway over two episodes constituting about one Sisko-centric episode. "Take Me Out..." is all about Sisko's baseball obsession and while it is an ensemble show, it is an ensemble related to Sisko's leadership and tone-setting -- though I will accept that this is a significant departure from previous seasons, where there were both "Sisko-led ensemble episodes" and "Sisko & one other person" episodes constantly. I think that in s5-6 the focus of Dax episodes shifted away from stories about Trill issues and Dax-the-symbiont's past ("Dax," "Invasive Procedures," "Playing God," "Blood Oath," "Equilibrium," "Facets," "Rejoined") and, with "The Sword of Kahless" as transition ep, became primarily Worf/Dax stories ("par'Mach," "Let He Who Is Without Sin," "Soldiers of the Empire" [more Worf/Martok-centric with Jadzia as important supporting role], "You Are Cordially Invited," "Change of Heart," and the subplot in "Time's Orphan"). The one major Jadzia episode which is neither a Worf/Dax (or Worf-Dax) episode nor in some way about her Trill-ness is "Meridian," which, you know, let's forget about that. Actually my favourite Dax episode is probably "Blood Oath," which is maybe a marginal case but is still very much about Jadzia's relationship with Curzon Dax's past. ("The Sword of Kahless" is transition because it is a sequel to "Blood Oath" and is the main Worf-Dax story of s4.) And there are episodes like "One Little Ship" in which Dax is something of a co-lead in a more adventure-y/tech-y plot. For what it's worth, I don't really like many Jadzia episodes that much -- "Blood Oath" is my favourite, followed by "Dax" which was admittedly Dax 1.0 -- and I think I like Jadzia best in a supporting role, such as in "The Quickening." But anyway, that gives some background to interpreting the Ezri episodes against the Jadzia episodes. "Afterimage" is a getting-to-know-you episode and so obviously a fine story to tell (I forget how successful it was, but that's another story). "Field of Fire" is pretty dumb but is at least consistent in subject with the type of Dax stories we have seen before. It's hard to know what the motivation behind "Prodigal Daughter" is though. I'm not saying the episode couldn't have been good, but why this interest in showing Ezri's (blood) family, when there was never even the slightest interest in examining Jadzia's (blood) family? Didn't they spend four years establishing that any "family drama" episodes for Jadzia are told through metaphor via her "ancestors" and "family members" via the symbiont? It's like another entry in the TNG s7 family drama sweepstakes...but this time for a NEW CHARACTER just introduced. Episodes about the Dax symbiont history, and about Ezri rebuilding (or not) her relationships with the DS9 crew based on Jadzia, are relevant to the show's history and make for a logical continuation of Dax's narrative. In fact, since the Trill change-of-symbiont is built into the character, it is fully consistent to continue telling Dax stories after Jadzia's death. But it gets really weird with an episode like "Prodigal Daughter," or really material about Ezri that's totally unrelated to the fact that she's Dax; it's really late in the series, with a lot of plotlines left to tie up, to basically introduce a new character and give her so much screentime, some of which continues a character we know and some of which, "Prodigal Daughter" and "The Emperor's New Cloak" (where IIRC Mirror-Ezri is unjoined), seem to have nothing at all to do with the character from the past. Now...again, if the stories were good enough, it wouldn't really matter, but "PD" and "TENC's" Ezri portions feel disconnected to DS9's first six seasons and also suck, whereas "Field of Fire" is...somewhat more connected to DS9's first six seasons, and also sucks. For what it's worth, (SPOILER) I find both the Ezri/Worf and Ezri/Julian material, well, relevant I guess, but oddly hampered by a lack of real follow-up to "Rejoined." Shouldn't Ezri/Worf be verboten, by Trill custom, even if Worf isn't Trill? And isn't Julian/Ezri on very thin ice for that reason? The Ezri romance material does also suffer because it is going on at the same time as Damar's preparation for rebellion against the Dominion and Dukat's game on Winn and so on, and it's not just a matter of scale, they are really completely unrelated types of stories, and it gives the weird impression that our main cast are really quite boring in comparison to the supporting players -- that the only interesting questions for the main cast are who they will end up with. Fortunately Worf and Bashir got meatier material later on (even if I think "Extreme Measures" was badly botched), but Ezri really doesn't get much, which...is probably okay (it would be hard to figure out what major part of galactic politics Ezri would have a logical stake in -- it turns out that the symbionts in that pool on Trill have superpowers that hold the key to the war!). Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s7/field.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:24:05 PST William B Comment by Robert on Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php I will concede that if you need to ask yourself "what is happening" that it is a story telling failure. I don't necessarily know that "how is this happening?" necessarily constitutes a story telling failure... but "what is happening" does. I will concede that I know very, very little about the First Order, the Resistance, the Republic, etc. and I wish I knew more. I guess I was ok with it because the PoV character is Rey and I assume she doesn't know any of this. I'm hoping that in the next story they explain to HER what's going on and take us along for the ride and that those things weren't the story this was trying to tell... but instead were scenery... if that makes sense? I also got the feeling that Snoke and Ren knew something about Rey... multiple scenes gave me that impression. I suppose though that if I'm saying the point of the story was Rey's tale we might have needed more from her. I will concede that Finn asking "How the hell did you do that" at some point or another might have been useful. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:08:02 PST Robert Comment by Peter G. on Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php @Robert @Chrome, I understand what a trilogy is, but do you understand that the present action of a film cannot be literally unexplained AS IT'S HAPPENING? There was never one instant in ANH where I saw what was happening and asked "what the hell is going on?" or saw something and said to myself "that makes no sense given what they told me already." When Alderaan was destroyed I knew what planet is was, what it mean to Leia, and what the stakes were. I knew who did it, and why, and who was next. Tell me - how much exposition, exactly, did informing me of this take? So how can a star system be destroyed in TFA without me knowing what planets they are or why they were chosen? Should I have to wait until the next installment to find out? How can Rey do all these miraculous things without anyone (herself included) commenting on how bizarre it is that she can use these powers. She never says, even once, something like "I don't know how I know how to do this, this is crazy." Which, by the way, is what any sane person would say if they were suddenly a kung fu master with no apparent training. Rather, she has this smug look on her face when she realizes she can do stuff and just wins. This is especially so when she faces Kylo Ren a couple of times and just when he thinks he's got her down for the count (mind control scene, and then lightsaber duel) she pulls a "I'm not left handed either" and turns the tables as if it was all according to plan. And you'd think he'd say something like "How can a mere force sensitive do these things?" You'd even suppose, after having his mind read, that he'd report immediately to Snope to tell him that some neonate has uncanny force abilities, asking for an explanation. Then there are the things Jason brings up; the First Order, the RESISTANCE (sigh), the lack of the Republic, the reason the First Order appears to be unopposed, the reason some droid is carrying the map to Luke, and so forth. We begin and end the film knowing jack all about the universe, what's going on, who is on what side, what the deal is with the search for Luke, and even why exactly Han left Leia. Heck, we don't even know basic things like who the heck Orange Yoda is and why she has Vader's lightsaber (you know, the one that fell to the void on Cloud City), or why Ackbar is with the RESISTANCE but not Wedge or the others. It's not even mentioned, as if it doesn't matter! This goes beyond merely sloppy writing and insulting the audience's intelligence, which by the way we know is part of it since Abrams has verbatim stated that he didn't want to "complicate" the film with background. Yeah, it would be too complicated for us to know anything, thanks buddy. But it's worse than that, because I honestly feel all of this is being kept from us precisely so that we HAVE TO see the sequel to understand anything. It's a marketing ploy, plain and simple. That is what I call fraud; when a product cannot stand on its own two feet and be meaningful on its own. If I saw ANH and never knew of any sequels the film would be satisfying and I would never realize something was missing or that I had to watch more to understand what had happened. Empire does have a cliffhanger ending to be sure, and yet all questions in that film are answered other than whether Vader is telling the truth. As you mention, TFA does technically have a standard dramatic structure, but it's not like we learned a bunch of stuff and have a few new questions to have answered next time; we have only questions and no answers. We literally do not understand the meaning of most events in the film, and we are obliged to observe them but not comprehend them, to sit back and watch but have no stake in it since there's no context. The real questions at the end of TFA should have been (1) Who is Snope, (2) Why did Luke leave, and (3) what happened when Rey was a child. Three things that big is already a damn lot but I wish those were the only unanswered questions. Instead nothing is answered; tune in next time!!! Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:46:54 PST Peter G. Comment by Diamond Dave on DS9 S6: Change of Heart http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/change.php Probably the cleverest part of this episode is how the tongo plot works up to something quite touching between Bashir and Quark on missed opportunities. The two - not one, but two! - jungle walking montages show the less clever, time filling side of the main story. There's some really good dialogue in here, and a fairly daft plot, and in all honesty you have to wonder whether Worf's decision is not just a bit out of character. Of course, it's a contrivance to even get to that point in the first place. The asteroid field FX is indeed outstanding, as is the make-up department's work on Dax. 2.5 stars. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/change.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:17:03 PST Diamond Dave Comment by JohnG on TNG S4: Galaxy's Child http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s4/galaxys.php Add me to the "Geordi comes off as a creepy, obsessed stalker" list. At the time the show aired, there really wasn't any real life parallel. Now with social media and other technology we are getting closer to where someone could create a virtual reality version of a person he/she had a crush on or an obsession with. You would think the evolved humans of the 24th Century would have had developed a good code of holo-ethics that would forbid such behavior. He essentially appropriated her 3 dimensional image, her voice, and and his approximation of her personality and used it to create a virtual version of her for his own fantasies. I think she had every right to feel violated and even more reason to think Geordi was pathetic and creepy. I think Geordi had at least as serious holodeck issues as Reg Broccoli...I mean Barclay. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s4/galaxys.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:12:33 PST JohnG Comment by Jason R. on VOY S5: Drone http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s5/drone.php As I was watching this episode, it occurred to me that instead of showing this advanced drone around the ship and giving him a tour of the mess hall, they probably should have just handed him a rusted out transwarp coil from one of the borg wrecks they salvaged, a screwdriver, and said "here, make this work" and then given him an afternoon to get them home to the Alpha quadrant. You'd think the crew would have learned by now that characters like that don't stick around for long and you gotta put'em to work while you can. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s5/drone.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:00:08 PST Jason R. Comment by Robert on Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php @Chrome - Sounds complete to me. The big question is of course how a force newb can mind control and beat a trained dark Jedi in combat. That doesn't make the story incomplete... it sets up a bit of bait to make you wonder what's going to be revealed in the next movie. People complaining about this are either a) Annoyed that they can't think of a good reason for her to have been able to do this b) Think she's ridiculously overpowered c) Think the writers will fail to properly explain this The trilogy may still fail, but it may also be explained to our satisfaction. For now I consider it a mystery I'm intrigued to know the answer to. My money is on a combination of 1) Ren is severely weakened by the guilt of what he had just done weakening his connection with his dark side force powers and his injury from a weapon we've seen kill people in one shot 2) Rey already having decent hand to hand combat (which we saw earlier). Untrained Jedi are supposed to be able to anticipate things before they happen. If Finn can hold his own against severely diminished Ren for a few moments a hand-to-hand combat veteran with the ability to anticipate things before they happen could easily do the same. Remember Luke basically blew up the Death Star blind folded. For me the bigger mystery is what's up with Ren that he was so BAD. He should have been able to bisect Finn with little effort. So our mysterious are.... 1) What's going on in the larger world? I don't feel this is knock against the movie because our POV character isn't going to learn any of that stuff until the following movie because she's living in a backwater nowhere. 2) Why was Rey so strong/Ren so weak? 3) Who are Rey's parents? 4) What has Luke been up to? 5) What happened with Han/Leia/BRen? Is that really too many unknowns? Things that are name dropped in New Hope and not elaborated on... 1) Vader "killed" Anakin 2) The Clone Wars 3) What's going on with Han/Jabba 4) The Emperor Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:51:20 PST Robert Comment by Jason R. on Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php @Chrome, The Force Awakens didn't come out of a vacuum the way A New Hope did. There have been six movies that came before, giving us a pretty clearly defined universe to work with. It seemed to me, watching this movie, that Abrams was so committed to basically remaking A New Hope, that he had little interest in actually making sure that anything fit with the existing story. Where elements of the New Hope story didn't really jibe with the events of the previous movies, he just kind of crammed them in there, I guess hoping we'd assume that it was going to be explained later in another movie, or maybe just not caring whether it made sense or not. It's not that the events of TFA are inexplicable in the context of the existing Star Wars universe, it's just that they simply aren't explained at all, and many scenes leave the audience scratching its head saying "huh?". For instance (not to beat a dead horse!) but one of the defining plot points of the original Trilogy was the empire being defeated. But now they're back and they're called the First Order? And Leia is back to being a rebel again? Wow. They might have taken 11 seconds of screen time to at least tell us why after 30 years we're back to square one, like nothing in the last three movies ever happened! Now you can say that Abrams was rebooting the franchise, which is kind of the case - except that this wasn't what we were promised. I thought TFA was supposed to be a sequel, i.e. a continuation of the story we had come to love. If I had known he was just going to give us a straight remake of A New Hope, I might not have bothered showing up. But I will say that these elements weren't really the worst failings of the story. There's just so much else to hate about this film, I can hardly get caught up with this one issue. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/starwars/forceawakens.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:42:46 PST Jason R. Comment by Scott from Detroit on New Trek Series Coming in 2017 http://www.jammersreviews.com/articles/trekseries2017.php I hope they do the new-age way of releasing ALL episodes for the season at once. CBS All-Access is $5.99 per month. I could watch an entire new season of Star Trek in the matter of a week or two. So $5.99 to watch a season of Star Trek? Hell yeah, sign me up. I'd more than likely be canceling the subscription when I was done watching Star Trek, but maybe they can convince me otherwise, which would be the main reason for making Star Trek online-exclusive. Mr. Jammer, there's plenty of time. Even if you don't review these episodes as they release we'll be hoping for reviews, even if they take years! Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/articles/trekseries2017.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:27:59 PST Scott from Detroit Comment by Diamond Dave on DS9 S6: Honor Among Thieves http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/thieves.php To me, this one would live and die over whether O'Brien feels sympathetic enough to Bilby to care enough whether he lives or dies. And I'm sorry, but the episode didn't sell that. At the end of the day, Bilby is a killer - the fact he loves his family and owns a cat being somewhat by-the-by. This also reminded me a little of Far Beyond The Stars, insofar as it didn't really feel like a DS9 episode. A couple of good performances don't save it. 1.5 stars. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-ds9/s6/thieves.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:27:47 PST Diamond Dave Comment by Chrome on VOY S5: Relativity http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s5/relativity.php Call me a sucker for time travel plots, but I liked this a lot. Seven plays an interesting time cop, and it's nice to see some of the scenes of "Caretaker" from another perspective. I also think it was a smart choice to use Seven, because other members of Voyager might have tried to alter Voyager's fate in the Delta quadrant. Seven doesn't really care about being stuck in the Delta quadrant at this point, so it makes sense that she'd help just to save her new home in the established timeline. I'm not going to try and make sense of the time travel shenanigans (and you shouldn't either!), I'll just let myself be entertained by the idea of the challenge in stopping temporal threats and leave it at that. 3 stars. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-voy/s5/relativity.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:19:13 PST Chrome Comment by Chrome on TNG S1: Conspiracy http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s1/conspiracy.php @petulant "The aliens were too dumb to check the back of Picard or Rikers neck to see if they was one of them" Actually, they did check Riker's neck and found bluegil because Crusher made a fake one. Picard wasn't taken over yet, the bug creatures were just taunting him before they did his conversion. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s1/conspiracy.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:09:58 PST Chrome Comment by petulant on TNG S1: Conspiracy http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s1/conspiracy.php This episode barely kept me interested, even when Riker then Laforge and Worf were beaten up by an old guy i wasn't impressed, The aliens were too dumb to check the back of Picard or Rikers neck to see if they was one of them, and the alien that burst out of Remmik at the end just made me laugh, over all the episode felt like a rip off of a few sci-fi films and the fact that there was no episode that continued from this one made it feel even more lame, 1 star might be too generous. Comments http://www.jammersreviews.com/st-tng/s1/conspiracy.php Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:42:59 PST petulant