Comments on Jammer's Reviews RSS feed for comments posted on Jammer's Reviews en-us Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:11:39 PDT Comment by masterspeaks on ENT S4: Babel One @Polt I second the premise that the remote drone will be viewed as a liability, as we can already see this one has broken down in enemy territory with the bridge in the hands of enemy humans. That aside, the execution of this episode is well done. Comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:11:39 PDT masterspeaks Comment by Joseph B on TOS S3: Requiem for Methuselah After viewing this episode for only the second time in 20 years, I can only assume that Kirk's judgement was impaired by early symptoms of the onslaught of Rigelian fever. That's the only way to explain his totally out of character actions in this episode, since it had already been well established on multiple occasions that his first love is his ship. Perhaps Flint was even aware of this early symptom of the disease and decided to exploit it in his effort to unlock his android's emotions. If that was, indeed, the rationale driving this story, I sure would have appreciated a few lines of exposition by McCoy or Spock confirming it. Comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:17:01 PDT Joseph B Comment by DLPB on DS9 S1: Babel MsV, what you are doing (unsuccessfully) is portraying people who have genuine grievances with the acting (bad acting) of Brooks as being intolerant and prejudiced. It really doesn't wash. You provide no rebuttal whatsoever except "He is good and I can appreciate differences" Bad acting is bad acting. If you can't see it, that's your fault, but please don't start with the moral high ground crap in order to justify your opinion. Brooks is a bad actor. I say that based on his delivery, over acting and inability to make the character believable. There is no smoke without fire, and the fact so many people are irked by Brooks should tell you something. Comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:29:50 PDT DLPB Comment by William B on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Sorry about typos, in tablet. Mostly clear except redtrained = restrained. Comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:13:50 PDT William B Comment by William B on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier I think it is time to rescue this film's reputation. Mot only is it not the terrible film it is made out to be, it is by far the best of the Trek features and the crown jewel of the franchise. In fact, while I understand that reasonable people can disagree, I think this sublime meditation on man's place in the universe runs circles around so-called classic cinema; the visuals and thematic force so far outshine 2001, the theistic intelligence is as far above something like Ingmar Bergman as humans are above dead cockroaches. There is the beautolly constructed plot, the subtle, satirical and incisive bits of humour, beautiful musical numbers -- how the musically gorgeous "Row, row, row your boat" didn't become a breakaway pop hit is surely criminal -- and held together by William Shatner's assured direction and redtrained performance. A true masterpiece! I feel like I can say without hyperbole that if the Earth were to be destroyed tomorrow, this film would be the single document most worth preserving. P.S. I don't know what time it is elsewhere, but it just turned midnight here. So, you know. Also, I actually did watch this recently and maybe will do a real review comment later. Comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:11:57 PDT William B Comment by JPaul on TOS S3: Requiem for Methuselah I found this episode interesting because in retrospect it functions very much as a precursor to themes that TNG would explore with Data. The most directly related TNG episode is "The Offspring", but there are also links to "The Measure of a Man" (Kirk showing that Rayna can be human and should be allowed to make her own decisions), as well as "The Most Toys" (an android dealing with being considered property). Having watched most of TOS now, I can say it's surprising how much material was borrowed from it for later use in the feature films and episodes of TNG. Comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:08:09 PDT JPaul Comment by Xylar on VOY S4: Revulsion No mention of Kes when Doc goes looking for her replacement. Her name isn't dropped at any point. This is disappointing to me. I've complained about this before, but the fact that Doc has apparently accepted the fact that Kes is gone and he's moving on without missing a beat annoys me. Comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:06:44 PDT Xylar Comment by Nic on VOY S7: Friendship One The colonists do have a point - intentionally or not, humans caused the devastation of their planet. Even unintentional near-genocide is a pretty horrifying prospect. Verin is badly written, making it hard to sympathize with his point of view. But the other guest characters are turned around too easily, considering what they’ve been through. Comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:32:24 PDT Nic Comment by Icarus32Soar on DS9 S6: Waltz Outstanding episode, Alaimo's performance is Shakespearean and reminiscent of the mad villain Richard III. Descent into madness through grief and loss is psychologically realistic and provides a sound dramatic premise for the episode. Dukat is a tragic hero right up there with the best of them, ambiguous and complex. It's silly that so many in this thread talk about "sympathy" for his character. What a childish and misplaced reaction. Dukat is way larger than life and beyond such pedestrian responses. I feel sympathy for Sisko who comes across as a typical federation sanctimonious prick and for Brooks because Alaimo runs acting rings round him big time. Comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:20:30 PDT Icarus32Soar Comment by Alston49 on ENT S2: Dawn At the end, the arkonian mentions he was glad he didn't destroy the vessel. My immediate thought was "makes one of us". Comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:37:32 PDT Alston49 Comment by Captain Jon on Star Trek III: The Search For Spock Here's my review. The full experience (including pictures) can be found at my review blog "" Summary The U.S.S. Enterprise heads home, damaged from its battle with Khan, and still mourning the death of Spock. When Ambassador Sarek informs Kirk that Spock's soul is being carried by Dr. McCoy and can be restored to his body, Kirk and his crew steal the Enterprise to return to Genesis to save their friend. But when a Klingon bird-of-prey learns of the Genesis planet, its commander sets out to capture the secret of Genesis for the Klingon Empire. Review Following the critical and commercial success of The Wrath of Khan, Paramount Pictures was eager to quickly release a sequel and turned to producer Harvey Bennett to make it happen. Though he'd wanted his character to be killed off, Leonard Nimoy's experience making Star Trek II had been extremely positive prompting him to ask to not only return for Star Trek III but to direct as well. Paramount head Michael Eisner agreed, making Nimoy the first Star Trek cast member to serve as director. Harvey Bennett began work on the script with the intent of bringing Spock back to life using a little opening that had been slipped in at the end of The Wrath of Khan. Bennett started with the end of the movie and worked his way forward. The smartest thing that Bennett did was to not write off Spock's death with a first act resurrection, but instead center the film's entire plot around bringing him back. More importantly, the film's story centers not just on the actions of the Enterprise crew (Kirk especially) but also the price that must be paid to bring back Spock. It grounds The Search for Spock on an emotional level and delivers some of the movie franchise's best performances. From its opening moments, Nimoy successfully establishes the somber tone that would hold throughout the rest of the movie. Spock may not be there physically but his presence is always felt. It's this tone that sets The Search for Spock apart from the rest of the franchise and adds to the emotional drama that takes place. The strongest element is the work that's done with Kirk and McCoy and the performances subsequently brought forth by William Shatner and DeForest Kelley. Kirk is not only agonizing over the loss of his best friend but at the early revelation that he is about to lose his "greatest love", the Enterprise, which is set to be decommissioned. McCoy, meanwhile, is not himself. He's behaving strangely and going to bars in an effort to book illegal passage to the Genesis planet. In one of the movie's most amusing scenes, McCoy angrily spouts logic to a Federation security officer before attempting a Vulcan neck pinch. It turns out that Spock's mind-meld at the end of The Wrath of Khan transferred his katra, or soul, to McCoy. This "Vulcan mystism" is a departure for Star Trek from Science-Fiction based storytelling into a borderline straddling of Fantasy elements, yet it's a necessary component of the story in order to bring back Spock that mostly succeeds. Kelley is fantastic in his depiction of a tormented McCoy but his best scene comes at the end as he opens up to an unconscious Spock and admits how much he's missed his friend. It's a touching standout scene. Once Spock's father, Sarek (a nearly emotional Mark Lenard in his best performance) reveals what's going on, all bets are off for Kirk as he sets out to return Spock and McCoy to Vulcan in order for the katra to be returned. To do so, Kirk tries to get a starship to take him to Genesis to retrieve Spock's body. His request is denied as Genesis is a galactic controversy which with the Federation is grappling. Despite warnings from Starfleet, Kirk jeopardizes his career by both breaking McCoy out of jail, stealing the Enterprise and sabotaging the state-of-the-art Excelsior with the help of his crew in a sequence that mixes humor and suspense. Each character gets a great moment in the sequence, especially George Takei as Sulu and Nichelle Nichols as Uhura, who both relish their rare moment in the spotlight and make the most of it. Mixed with a great cue from James Horner, the sequence is a highlight for the entire franchise. Offsetting the crew's actions at Earth are the less-successful scenes on Genesis where Saavik (a rather dull and uninteresting Robin Curtis) and David Marcus are exploring the new planet with the Starship Grissom. They discover that the planet is unstable because a David "cheated" in designing the Genesis Device by using an unstable element known as protomatter. Thus, the planet is on it's way to it's own destruction. They also discover a Vulcan child on the planet, a young Spock who has been resurrected by the Genesis Wave and is aging rapidly with the planet. In addition to Curtis's stiff and unconvincing performance, the crew of the Grissom are rather lame. The captain goes purely by the book and can't make his own decision without consulting Starfleet first. Thus, when the Grissom falls at the hands of a Klingon bird-of-prey, it's a rather welcome moment. Saavik, David and Spock must flee the Klingons, led by Kruge who want the secret of Genesis so that they can manipulate it into a weapon. This storyline is not as engrossing and drags down the pace as it frequently cuts back and forth with the superior story involving the Enterprise crew. These scenes play out in a rather pedestrian and businesslike manner without much inspiration. They're also diminished by a Genesis planet that looks a lot like a soundstage at Paramount Studios. The scenes set in a snowy climate are especially unconvincing. Genesis fails to provide a sense of wonder because it seems to be anything more than indoor sets. It's rather disappointing. Christopher Lloyd is great a Kruge, bringing a sense of theatricality to a role that's not very well-written and a step back from Khan. Still, Lloyd gives it his all and is a worthy adversary for Kirk as the plot has the two parallel storylines come together in a head on collision. The Enterprise is only manned by a crew of five and is no match for the Klingons, leading to a short exchange of fire between the two ships which leaves the Enterprise crippled and helpless. The standoff between Kirk and Kruge is good, but Kruge has the upper-hand as he holds Saavik, David and Spock hostage. In the first of two of The Search for Spock's big surprises, David is killed by the Klingons in an attempt to prevent them from executing Saavik. In a bit of wonderful acting by William Shatner, Kirk breaks down. This leads to the next big surprise of the movie; in order to save Saavik and Spock from execution, Kirk surrenders the Enterprise. But, in true Kirk fashion, he sets the auto-destruct. While he and his crew beam down to Genesis, the Klingons beam to the Enterprise and are killed as the starship, in the film's best example of special effects, blows up. The conflict with the Klingons then culminates in a hand-to-hand battle between Kirk and Kruge as the Genesis planet goes up in flames around them. The old-fashioned fist fight is a nice throwback to Kirk's regular brawls on the 60's series and is enhanced by good pyrotechnic work on the collapsing set. The film's emotional climax comes with the return to Vulcan where Spock's katra is returned to him as Leonard Nimoy reprises his iconic role for the film's final scene. The closing conversation between Kirk and Spock is simple yet powerful and the perfect way to cap Star Trek's most emotional entry. All of this wouldn't work, however, if not for the pitch perfect performance of William Shatner. The Search for Spock belongs to him from beginning to end and he delivers the goods. He's never over-the-top or too sentimental, giving a very somber and tortured turn as Kirk. His portrayal of Kirk's sacrifice is touching. In order to regain his friend, he must sacrifice everything. Not only does he sacrifice his career but ultimately the Enterprise and his son. When the price paid is questioned by Sarek who just regained his own son, Kirk replies that if he hadn't done what he did, the price would've been his own soul. The writing successfully tackles the emotional consequences and Shatner doesn't miss a beat. It's definitely his best performance as Kirk. The visuals are mixed. Though the look of the Klingon ship is great and the space shots are all well executed, especially those involving the space dock at Earth, the planet sets are far less convincing. The exception to this is the scenes taking place on Vulcan. If the Genesis sets were as vast and open as the Vulcan scenes, perhaps The Search for Spock would've felt a little more epic in scope. James Horner's score is a strong entry, using many of his themes from The Wrath of Khan with the melodic "Spock theme" taking the forefront here. His Klingon theme doesn't match that of Jerry Goldsmith and is a little obnoxious at points but still entertaining. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock doesn't try to outdo The Wrath of Khan, nor does it succeed at doing so, but instead proves itself as a strong companion. Though there are some flaws, particularly with the Genesis storyline, the emotional side of the story delivers and makes The Search for Spock an admirable space opera journey. Writing: 1.25 / 2.0 Characters: 1.5 / 2.0 Acting: 1.75 / 2.0 Entertainment: 1.25 / 2.0 Music: .75 / 1.0 Visuals: .75 / 1.0 TOTAL: 7.25 / 10 Comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:41:53 PDT Captain Jon Comment by M.P. on DS9 S5: Rapture It is explicitly stated that one can have an Orb experience months or even years after the initial encounter. What were they called... orb flashes? In any case, it is possible the accident triggered and/or enhanced one of these flashes; starting the visions. Comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:40:41 PDT M.P. Comment by The Dreamer on TNG S6: Face of the Enemy Agree on the language thing. That is part of the suspension of disbelief that we have to accept for the sake of storytelling. That and her black eyes Comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:26:06 PDT The Dreamer Comment by Xylar on VOY S4: Nemesis I was slightly bothered by the many Predator esque look alikes. The Kradin, the jungle setting, the weaponry. I don't know if they did so on purpose (although I have a hard time imagining it was all just by accident), but I found it harder to get into because of this. The twist was nice though. Not only did it come unexpectedly, but it was believable and very well portrayed. I particularly liked the ending when Chakotay attempts to clarify what happened to him and Janeway replies that she doesn't know whether or not the Kradin subject the Vori to the atrocities Chakotay was brainwashed to believe or that it was the other way around. No clear cut bad guys to be found. No black and white morality issues. A few nitpick moments I had: -Another shuttle lost. I'm starting to suspect they can replicate those things as easily as they can replicate a meal. -Why did Janeway turn to Neelix for an explanation of their war? How would he know? Not only is their war taking place beyond the Nekrid expanse, it's taking place beyond Borg space and there's no way in hell Neelix ever passed through Borg space. Wouldn't she be better off hearing about it from the very people that are involved in the war? Neelix's role as their guide ended a while ago, didn't it? -Why are the Vori so quick to conscript Chakotay, an alien, to their cause? If they crashed his shuttle, shouldn't they be wondering who he is and if his people are going to look for him? Shouldn't they wonder about his technology (which may or may not be more advanced then theirs) and try to use their brainwashing abilities to extract that information from him? Seems to me like knowledge abour more advanced tech is far more usefull then just another soldier in the fray. Comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:12:55 PDT Xylar Comment by Howard Goldman on Hey Promo Guy: You're Fired Add to the hate list SyFy, which runs promos for upcoming shows EVERY SINGLE FREAKING COMMERCIAL BREAK. And chopping up the show currently being being aired to make more time for the upcoming promos. I love the original Twilight Zone, but can't watch any of the SyFy marathons because I know how badly huge chunks of the show are being cut out to make room for more commercials. KNOCK IT OFF!! Comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:58:43 PDT Howard Goldman Comment by Peter on ENT S3: Harbinger Hmm-well the punch up reminded me of Kirk and Finnegan from Shore Leave-except that fight was part of a very smart story and this fight wasn't smart at all. T'Pol snogging Trip's face off was rather gratuitous but excusable and I guess the alien in the pod turns out to be a fair way to introduce the unimaginatively named sphere builders who, as Jammer observes, looked like some sort of Suliban. Comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:51:48 PDT Peter Comment by Jammer on ANDR S2: Second Season Recap @Niall, I just wanted to follow up on your comment about David E Sluss and say that the obit you posted was for another person with the same name and similar age. I emailed the Cynic this weekend and he assured me he is alive and well! Comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:42:07 PDT Jammer Comment by Icarus32Soar on TOS S3: The Enterprise Incident A fabulous episode showing the best of ST and among the best TV episodes of any series ever. A kickass female Romulan commander, played pitch perfect by Joanne, provides a splendid counterbalance to one of Leonard's best renderings of Spock ever. Kirk comes off as second best despite an awesome performance too by William. That's what an episode should be, so much excellence all round you don't know where to focus as a viewer. The complexity and dramatic and sexual tension in the Spock-Romulan commander relationship sizzles all round and is electric till the end, especially at the end, episode endings being so often rushed and problematic in ST. My single favourite episode of all time of any series.I watch and rewatch it forever. BRAVO! Comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:45:44 PDT Icarus32Soar Comment by Icarus32Soar on TOS S1: The City on the Edge of Forever Who makes up these totally cockeyed episode reputations? The single most overrated episode, other than DS9 The Visitor, in ST history. A loopy time loop episode. What a waste of the gorgeous Joan Collins! Why couldn't they write a companion piece to Space Seed with Joan a female super human giving Khan Noonien Singh a run for his money, instead of having the ineffectual Madlyn Rue as the quivering weakling female melting at his male chauvinist charms? ST not full of stereotypes? Look again closely! Comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:29:48 PDT Icarus32Soar Comment by Eeqmcsq on DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite During the play where Vulcan #11 is at bat, when he hits the ball, the music during this play suddenly made me think of ST Voyager episode Dark Frontier, when the crew boarded the Borg ship to steal a transwarp coil. It turns out both episodes were scored by David Bell. Nice little piece of music trivia there. Comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:07:57 PDT Eeqmcsq Comment by TOS-NOOB on TOS S3: That Which Survives Watching the TOS episodes for the first time, I immediately picked up on Spock's uncharacteristic incessant antagonism in this episode. As a heavy Spock watcher and fan, I found myself defensive at his portrayal in this episode! I felt that Spock had often, up until this episode, been mostly unwittingly brash when he simply found a character's actions illogical; but in this episode, he seemed to go out of his way to attack the logic of other crew members of the Enterprise. If only for the misportrayal of Spock, I was terribly annoyed at this episode! It comforts me to know that other fans of the series were similarly upset! Comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:00:12 PDT TOS-NOOB Comment by Xylar on VOY S4: Day of Honor I feel like the Cataati acted a little too extreme, the second time they came around blackmailing Voyager into giving them more then the crew could spare. I realize that they are desperate and that their very survival is at stake, but I'm surprised no one on the crew pointed out that if the Cataati took this much from Voyager, they'd basically be doing to them what the Borg did to the Cataati. Chakotay or Tuvok could have (and should have) pointed out that if the Cataati stole that much from Voyager, they'd be setting them on a path of damnation. For that matter, why did no one point out that the Cataati are thinking too small? Stealing Voyager's supplies and thorium (or whatever it was they needed) would have bought them a few more months. But as the Cataati themselves point out, Voyager is a more advanced ship with many forms of superior technology. Why not ask them how to make their replicators more effective? How to maximize the potential of their engine systems? You know, stuff that helps your survival in the long run. Seems to me like they could have just asked Voyager for help with long term solutions from the get go. Instead, Seven has to come up with that idea, out of nowhere. Just didn't sit quite right with me. But I suppose if they did that, there wouldn't have been any cause for drama and the episode would have been dreadfully boring, so then they'd have to find another way to make it interesting, so what do I know? Comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:15:31 PDT Xylar Comment by Yanks on BSG S1: The Miniseries DLPB, The season 4 finale we got was not the real finale. How season 5 ended was the season 4 closer. Once they found out they got another season, they just didn't show it until the end. Comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:52:00 PDT Yanks Comment by Robrow on DS9 S4: Return to Grace An interesting episode: a lot of Dukat's rhetoric seemed slightly insincere to me. Like he was saying stuff he didn't believe 100% in order to impress Kira and get inside her knickers. A little like the bitching about her current lover - claiming he had a file on Shakaar's many conquests. One womaniser slagging of another. The technique wasn't subtle, but it was all absolutely in character and well played by Alaimo. Quite rightly Kira didn't fall for most of it, but it seemed to me she was sufficiently seduced to lend Dukat vital assistance against the Klingons. And I bet he had a little private preen over her decision to take his daughter to DS9. 'Now we're closely connected'. I'm sure he was sincerely grateful, and concerned about his daughter, but the way he said it showed just a little preen I thought. As one commenter put it, he's incapable of not hitting on a beautiful woman. A great character: different to Garak, but just as fascinating. Comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:35:59 PDT Robrow Comment by Johnny on DS9 S3: Meridian This episode made no sense because the simple solution would be that these people leave the planet they were supposedly stranded on and go back to their own society. They don't make so much as a mention of contacting their home planet, if only out of curiosity. Dax wanting to stay behind was ridiculous and isn't even worth further mention. The only thing that saved this episode was the Kira/Quark storyline where he's trying to get Kira's holo image so Weyoun -1 can do her on the holodeck. Comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:13:03 PDT Johnny Comment by Captain Jon on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan I am posting my review for TWoK here just as I did for TMP. Please feel free to check out my "full experience" review (pictures) on my blog I'm currently in the process of writing a review for TSFS and hope to post that in the coming days with a review for each film coming as I review them. Enjoy! Synopsis Admiral James T. Kirk returns to the U.S.S. Enterprise, which has been turned into a training ship for a group of Starfleet cadets. Unhappy in his new post and not in command of a starship, Kirk struggles with aging and death when an old nemesis, Khan, escapes after fifteen years of imprisonment on a desolate world and seeks revenge on Kirk for the death of his wife. Review Despite it's mixed critical reception, the highly anticipated of Gene Roddenberry's most popular creation returned in 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture with a global box office haul of over $130 million. Happy with the movie's success, Paramount Pictures gave the green-light to a sequel. Their biggest stipulation, however, was that it be made for significantly less than the $46 million price tag of the first film. Feeling that his constant request for rewrites added to TMP's soaring budget, Gene Roddenberry was removed from any direct involvement in the sequel. The script he had written in which the Enterprise crew follows a group of Klingons into the past to alter Earth's future by preventing the assassination of John F. Kennedy was rejected and Roddenberry was "promoted" to being an executive consultant. With Roddenberry out of the way, Paramount turned to TV producer Harvey Bennett to make Star Trek II despite having never seen an episode of the series. In preparing for the project, Bennett watched all 79 episodes and selected Space Seed as the basis for their story bringing back Ricardo Montalban's Khan in as the villain. Bennett hired multiple writers who each drafted various versions of the story which involved the return of Khan. Yet, they couldn't settle on a script with which everyone was happy. Thus Bennett turned to writer/director Nicholas Meyer for help. Meyer took the best elements of each script and cobbled them together in his own draft, writing the screenplay for free and uncredited in less than 12 days. Meyer envisioned his film as "Hornblower in space" and highlighted the nautical qualities of the Star Trek series and, more importantly, realized the characters as human. To accomplish this, Meyer acknowledged the passage of time and allowed the crew of the Enterprise to grow. No longer are our heroes "gallavanting around the cosmos" but are now instructing the next generation of explorers. James T. Kirk, once again an admiral, somberly celebrates his birthday in which Dr. McCoy presents him with a pair of glasses to help him read as he gets older. This little tidbit may seem small but is incredibly significant for the character of Kirk who has always been portrayed as invulnerable. Also introduced is David, Kirk's son with the scientist Carol Marcus. In David, Kirk sees the life he could have had and makes him feel much older. William Shatner's performance is strong and mellow. His confidence is rocky as he grapples with aging but as the story progresses he gradually regains it as he recognizes that with age comes wisdom and experience. Kirk's growth across The Wrath of Khan may not seem very groundbreaking nowadays but in 1982 when many TV characters were static and unchanging, this was incredibly remarkable. The script not only packs in more characterization than The Motion Picture but adds more action as well. Featuring two of Star Trek's finest space battles, The Wrath of Khan boosts action similar to old sailing ships on the high seas with an emphasis placed on tactical strategy over brute force. This approach is quite fitting with Kirk's character growth as it's through his acceptance of aging and wisdom that he's able to defeat Khan. Though many of the visual effects are reused in much of the film's early scenes, the climactic battle features great FX in the purple-blue clouds of the Mutara Nebula. The action is packed with suspense and thrills that make it quite memorable. Accompanying The Wrath of Khan is a fantastic score by future-Oscar Winner James Horner who captures the beauty and dangers of space in a way that distinguishes the music from Jerry Goldsmith's classic soundtrack without departing too far from that successful template. Acting-wise The Wrath of Khan is spot on across the board. DeForest Kelley's Dr. McCoy is given a much more prominent role and does well, at his best when sharing the screen with Shatner. James Doohan's Scotty doesn't get much screen time but he makes the most of it, even managing to display more emotion than what we're used to from the miracle worker engineer. Even though some of the supporting characters such as Chekov, Sulu and Uhura don't have much to do, the performances from Koenig, Takei and Nichols are more energetic and a big improvement over The Motion Picture. The additions to the cast are also perfect. Merritt Buttrick not only looks like he could be the offspring of Shatner and Bisch, he also carries his part well. Bibi Besch is also perfect in her limited screen time as Carol Marcus. When Nicholas Meyer cast the role, he wanted someone who could not only convey the brains of a scientist but also someone beautiful enough for the audience to buy that she could once old the heart of James T. Kirk. In Besch, Meyers succeeds. Paul Winfield is good as Captain Terrell, portraying cool and confidence. Considering most "other captains" would later be portrayed as weak to show how much better our captains our, Winfield's performance is welcome. The two biggest additions to the cast are Kirstie Alley as Saavik and Ricardo Montalban as Khan. Despite portraying a Vulcan, Alley is never stiff and gives the impression that beneath the surface is plenty of sass and wit waiting to bubble to the surface. Alley's Saavik is instantly loveable and fits right in with the series cast. Of course, The Wrath of Khan probably wouldn't be anywhere near as successful as it is without Montalban. He chews the scenery from the moment he appears and never lets up. Though the role is entirely fueled by hate and vengeance, Montalban gives anything but a one-note performance, adding plenty of charm and menace in a role infused with undertones of Captain Ahab. To this day, Ricardo Montalban's Khan is still Star Trek's most memorable villain. Just as The Wrath of Khan wouldn't be the same without Khan, not would it be without Leonard Nimoy's Spock and the emotional payoff in the movie's climax. In The Motion Picture, Nimoy seemed uninterested in his performance. Wishing to be done with the role of Spock, Nimoy requested his character be killed off. Early drafts featured the death as a surprising twist in the opening act. But here Nimoy features it as the film's emotional climax to great effect, making it not only Star Trek's best character deaths but likely one of the best in all feature films. Nimoy's performance is much more engaged and more along the lines of his portrayal of the character that made him so loved in the 60's series. Spock's death serves not only the plot but also the ultimate character growth of Kirk as he's forced to face death in a way he never has before. Always has Kirk cheated his way out of facing death. But not here as he has to learn a lesson that he tried to teach Saavik early on in the movie; that how you face death is as important as how you face life. It's this deep and insightful exploration of challenging themes that has always been a crucial part of Star Trek and The Wrath of Khan tackles the theme of death like the franchise never had before. Both Shatner and Nimoy are excellent in Spock's death scene in which he makes the ultimate sacrifice to save the ship and crew. Neither is over-the-top, their performances subtle yet powerful. It's a great and emotional scene that is just as powerful today as it was in 1982. After 33 years, The Wrath of Khan remains the standard which all Star Trek films have strived to achieve, each with their varying levels of success. It's this attempt to emulate what worked in The Wrath of Khan which solidifies it's status as a great movie. Packed with thrilling actions, incredible performances and mature storytelling, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan remains a timeless classic. Writing: 2.0 / 2.0 Characters: 2.0 / 2.0 Acting: 2.0 / 2.0 Entertainment: 2.0 / 2.0 Music: 1.0 / 1.0 Visuals: .75 / 1.0 TOTAL: 9.75 / 10 Comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:37:34 PDT Captain Jon Comment by Alston49 on ENT S2: The Seventh Not sure how Montgomery was able to take being addressed like a dog on a leash. But then again Archer is a lot nicer to his damned dog. For that matter so are the producers seeing as how they practically gave him his own episode. And Archer complained about being condescended to by the Vulcans. Comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:36:32 PDT Alston49 Comment by Xylar on VOY S4: The Gift One of the things that really bugs me is that there is absolutely NO interaction between Kes and The Doctor considering her departure. Neelix got one. Janeway got one. Tuvok got one. Doc didn't get anything other the one line where Kes mentions she has to tell him about her leaving and how he won't take it lightly, but then her powers kick in and we never see him respond to her departure. I was always bothered by that. Kes has a special friendship with him, helping him develop his personality subroutines and she was the first to consider him just as important as any other crewmember and not treat him like a piece of complex technology. So when the time comes to leave, you'd think they'd put aside a minute or 2 to reflect on their friendship of the past 3 years and give each other a heartfelt goodbye. But nope, nothing. Doc was completely left out in that regard. On a completely unrelated note, I did like seeing how Voyager slowly but surely lost its Borg modifications over the course of the episode. At the start, you see Voyager still having all kinds of BOrg nodes and implants across various sections of the ship and then they gradually reduced it until at the end of the episode, they only had some minor changed left to make. Pretty clever how they subtly worked that in, showing you the changes slowly. Kudos for that. Comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:11:01 PDT Xylar Comment by Shannon on TOS S1: A Taste of Armageddon More so than any other TOS episode, this is the one were Kirk has been accused by many fans of flagrantly breaking the Prime Directive. I have to disagree with that. The Prime Directive is NOT an absolute, despite what Worf said once in Pen Pals. Kirk was forced into this situation by an ambitious ambassador looking to put another feather in his cap, so I don't think the Prime Directive would require him to allow his crew to be killed. As for the Eminians, they are a warp-capable species, along with the Vendicans, that have been killing each other for centuries. Kirk didn't really "interfere" with their culture, he gave them back what war really is, which forced their leaders into considering peace. Is it a "gray area" of the Prime Directive, definitely, but a one-off case that resulted in something good... Liked this episode a lot, would give it 3.5 stars. Comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 11:09:13 PDT Shannon Comment by Alston49 on ENT S2: Dead Stop Archer: "I thought I told you to have that repainted" Tucker: "I was getting around to it..." *Archer gives him the look Reed and Tucker discovered in the ship's upper corridors and teleported back to the Enterprise bridge, still on their knees. *T'Pol gives them the look Priceless. First time I laughed at an episode. Twice. Comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:34:00 PDT Alston49 Comment by The Dreamer on TNG S4: The Wounded Irony of Ironies. I am in bed reading comments on this episode while listening an episode of the new Hawaii-Five-O playing in the background. (S4:EP4 Netflix). The last scene is shown and they are singing the Minstrel Boy. I was not really paying attention to the scene but they started singing and I had to do a double take. Not really important but had to share it. Comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:07:57 PDT The Dreamer Comment by The Dreamer on TNG S4: Brothers @NCC In the Nemesis novelezation, (the audio book was better then the movie BTW) Shinzon references a "Cardassian scientist who discovered b4" But that is not canon either. Comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:04:51 PDT The Dreamer Comment by Gul Sengosts on DS9 S3: Fascination "Yeah, Keiko was always a bad idea that should have been nipped in the bud, but for the rest of it, you guys literally missed the point of this episode. It's a spoof of Midsummer Night's Dream. Magic dust and mischievous fairies, in this case the gorgeous stupendous magnificent Majel, mistaken identities and everyone falling for the most improbable person, I was in 5 minutes into the episode. It surprises me how often Star Trek fans of all series loathe certain episodes because they can't identify the allusions these episodes make to other elements of western English speaking culture. It is one of the great strengths of the whole Star Trek that it does this." An allusion alone doesn't make a worthwhile episode though. You could argue that a female Ferengi taking off her fake ears was an allusion to Vincent van Gogh, but that doesn't make the episode any more pleasant or significant. There's a lot of humour in Star Trek, in the case of DS9 mostly with Odo and Quark, or even better, Garak. I couldn't find anything funny in this episode. Just a "wtf was this for?" episode, like TNG's "Justice". A waste of time without any saving grace whatsoever. Comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:24:19 PDT Gul Sengosts Comment by DLPB on VOY S3: The Q and the Grey I didn't like Death Wish, either, because it was trivializing the Q to the point of farce. The thing the writing staff should have realized from the beginning is that because the Q live beyond our comprehension, trying to answer what they are should have been left to people's imagination. And, furthermore, the Q was to humans, like humans are to bacteria... so all these nonsense comic relief episodes are totally off-base. Q was meant to be a serious, clever, near omnipotent being, possibly millions of years older than humans. Their "race" was judging humanity. It became less and less about that and more about cheap humour. The writers, especially after TNG, just had no clue what they were doing. They also ruined the Borg with similar childish storylines and short-sighted logic. How else can it be said, really? Some of the writers are utterly Q-less. Comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:45:32 PDT DLPB Comment by Shannon on TOS S3: The Way to Eden Couldn't agree more, this episode was pure stupidity. The writers and producers must have just finished a pot-smoking session when they dreamed up this mess. Bad, bad, and more bad. Comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:14:25 PDT Shannon Comment by Shannon on TOS S3: The Enterprise Incident I hear ya, Jammer, and the only thing I can think of is that this episode, given the special effects, just wasn't ready yet. Given that, the producers should have aired a rerun the first week! But agreed, this episode was excellent. Comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:05:53 PDT Shannon Comment by Shannon on TOS S3: Spock's Brain This is probably one of those episodes that seemed good on paper to the producers (although I can't imagine why), but ended up oh so bad on the screen. I mean, to open your 3rd season, which the fans fought for, with this terrible story is an embarrassment to the franchise. As for the excuse they were on a tight budget, bull! Look at the STNG episode "The Measure of a Man". That was probably super cheap to produce, but it's one of the best episodes across all of Star Trek. You don't need aliens, phasers, ships blowing up, and worm holes to tell a good story. Comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:43:53 PDT Shannon Comment by Shannon on TOS S2: Obsession Totally agree, this is easily a top 10 episode from the original series. I've read reviews on other sites that didn't like this episode because of the "cheesy" special effects, but those are people in my opinion who just don't get Star Trek. Watch the episode in remastered version, and it's even better because the better special effects serve what is already a great story. Loved this one! Comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:28:23 PDT Shannon Comment by Alston49 on ENT S2: Carbon Creek "There were so few Tuvok/Seven scenes that I would say this was a theory (albeit a rational one) more than an actual fact supported by evidence." I recall one scene involving Seven of Nine & Tuvok. the two-part episode Year of Hell. They showed more chemistry and spark in that one scene than anyone in this entire episode. Comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:15:02 PDT Alston49 Comment by NCC-1701-Z on TOS S1: Miri @SlackerInc: Funny you mention that; one of the little girls was Bill Shatner's daughter. See Memory Alpha, "On the Set": Comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:06:49 PDT NCC-1701-Z Comment by NCC-1701-Z on VOY S3: The Q and the Grey @DLPB: Completely agree with you there. VOY ruined the Q so badly that their emasculation of the Borg looks like substantial character development by comparison. (lone exception being "Death Wish", the last great Q episode) Comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:02:12 PDT NCC-1701-Z Comment by R. on DS9 S1: Dramatis Personae '...put the shoe on the right foot first, but put the left foot first into the bathtub.' That line and Kira's reaction to it always kills me. :) Comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:28:18 PDT R. Comment by MsV on DS9 S6: Time's Orphan Del_Duio, Actually, that would have been a hell of a way to write Keiko and Molly out of the show altogether. Good point! Comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:13:49 PDT MsV Comment by Kahryl on TNG S3: The Most Toys I'm pretty sure Lore would have had that display room in smoking ruins inside about 10 seconds. Comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:10:26 PDT Kahryl Comment by MsV on DS9 S6: Valiant Vii, the only reason I said "good guys" is to differentiate between "Dominion)." You are so right they were a bunch of self-deluded, megalomaniac Starfleet cadets who bit off more than they could chew. It also struck me as being odd that Watters was offended with Jake at talking to Dorian about home. Jake had no way of knowing that this was a forbidden topic. I am sure this is where the flags came up. (in Jakes mind). Nog made me sick in this episode, when he saw "Red Squad" he put on his blinders and didn't take them off until everyone was being killed. Comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:09:20 PDT MsV Comment by Xylar on VOY S3: Scorpion, Part I The most interesting thing about this episode, aside from finally being introduced to an interesting threat that will persist for more then 2 episodes (the Kazon were neither interesting nor particularly threatening and the Vidiians weren't much better) is Janeway's dilemma. Chakotay was right when he said she was so hellbent on getting home that even the almost insurmountable odds of surviving the ordeal they are faced with does not make her step back is ludicrous. She was so determined to achieve that one goal that she wouldn't even listen to Chakotay, despite him making very good points as to why they shouldn't go through with it. One example: When Janeway explains her plan to the crew, she calls the Doctor and his technology her ace in the hole, telling him if the Borg don't take her bait, she'll delete his program. I don't know if you've noticed, but the Doctor's face was one of utter shock and disbelief. Would she dismiss B'elanna or Tuvok just as easily if they had been the ones to come up with her ace in the hole? Nobody even stopped to consider how ruthless this was? I know the show has a tight schedule to keep and they can't possibly dwell on every little slight that a character may or may not cause through their actions, but still... Comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:22:21 PDT Xylar Comment by stallion on VOY S1: Learning Curve My top Ten The Caretaker - I understand that people have a problem with Janeway decision at the end which is understandable, but this episode was a great introduction. Voyager probably had the best pilot out of all of Trek. Parallax - The character drama is good in this episode. It probably would had been better if they replaced the special analomy (excuse spelling) with something more fitting to it's premise like being attacked by space Pirate or something like that or they debate how much resources they can afford to share. Only the second episode in and the cast comes off likeable. The Phage - A great introduction to a new bad guy. I personally place the vidiian under the Borg as the most terrifying villians into the franchise. The Cloud - Go drama that goes into the premise. The Cloud being actually being a life form is to TNG for my taste, but it's work. Eye Of the Needle. Prime Factors State of Flux. Horoes and Demon - A nice stand alone character episode. Faces. Learning Curves - It's not on the same level of Lower Deck and Good Sheppard, but still an effective episode. Honorable mention goes to Emantion. Seska, Durst and Carey made great recurring characters for season one. Janeway - I like this version of Janeway better instead of the Mel Gibson type they will make her later on. Chakotay - A nice mix of Riker and Kira. Tuvok - Effective Character. I like his friendship with Janeway. Tom Paris - One of my favorite character who they don't do much with in season one. I like his friendship with Harry. Neelix - A like the idea of having a guide, but some of the comedic element is force. Kes - Made a great nurse. The Doctor - Break out star. Torres - Another break out star. Despite knowing that some of them will go on to be undeveloped I have to say the main cast came off well. Comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:25:56 PDT stallion Comment by Stallion on VOY S2: Second Season Recap My Top Ten for Season 2. Alliance - They should had opened the season with this one. Deadlock - This would had been a good episode to come on after Alliance. Projection - A nice character episode and Robert Picardo is just a great actor. Resistance - A nice stand alone episode to lighten things up. Meld - A good Tuvok episode that also goes with the theme of the show. Dreadnought - another nice standalone episode that features Torres. Death Wish - Parturition - A nice standalone light episode. Tom Paris is another one of my favorite character. It's just a shame they took away his edge to quickly. Tuvix - A nice moral debate episode. Life Sign - A nice way to somewhat humanize the vidiian. Like I said before the Kazon and Vidiian made effective bad guys for season 2. Hogan, Sudar, and Jonas made effective recurring character. It's a shame they got rid of Joe Carey. They probably could had been used a little bit better and I love that moment when Hogan snapped on Janeway. I liked Seska more in season 1. Honorable mention I'm giving these episodes honorable mention for touching on Element to goes into Voyager premise and for showcasing my favorite characters even. ColdFire - For meeting another Caretaker. Elogium - for the element of introducing a pregnant crewmember. The 37's - For the subplot of the crew finding an ideal planet that they can settle in. Prototype - Torres is my favorite character. Investigation - I like the idea of the Jonas arc, but not exactly all of the execution. Resolution - The theme of Voyager having to go out it alone without Janeway and Chakotay. Basic - I like the idea of the Voyager crew being stranded on a planet. I wish it was a three parter with all of part being being about The Voyager crew being stranded on the planet with part 3 being about Paris retaking Voyager. If season 2 consist of these episodes and themes. Comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:52:34 PDT Stallion Comment by stallion on VOY S2: Second Season Recap Voyager is an interesting series. With the exception of Elogium, Threshold, and innocence I don't mind most of the episodes of Season 2. Season 2 had so great stand alone episodes that pretty much had nothing to do with Voyager premise like Meld, Resistance, Death wish, Projection, and Dreadnought. It would had been better if season 2 opened up with Alliances and was more like that episode. The episode is not perfect, but he did a good job dealing with it themes. The Kazon and Vidiian made great villians. Comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:31:51 PDT stallion Comment by DLPB on VOY S3: The Q and the Grey Writers WAY out of their depth here in understanding what made Q a great character... this episode and the writing is frankly an embarrassment. Comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:46:30 PDT DLPB Comment by DLPB on TNG S5: Silicon Avatar You are desperately trying to explain away an absurd storyline. Q is not mentioned in the episode and the writers weren't thinking of Q when they made that story. You are. Comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:18:31 PDT DLPB Comment by Robrow on DS9 S4: The Sword of Kahless It comes across as sub-Lord of the Rings dross. Sword = ring, whatever. And increasingly I find Klingon-centric episodes annoy me. Or rather Klingon beliefs need to be shown as relevant to the ongoing arc involving the Dominion. This was what made 'The Way of the Warrior' so compelling. Whereas all this stuff about ancient relics and a semi-mythical past just seemed like so much bombast. I'm starting to prefer the Ferengi. Comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:56:38 PDT Robrow Comment by Deborah on ENT S2: The Crossing OK, even I have to admit that Archer--whom I generally like--is too immediately hostile in this episode. It doesn't get more excitingly sci fi than an encounter with an alien species that was at one time corporeal. Definitely a missed opportunity. Comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:55:07 PDT Deborah Comment by Deborah on ENT S2: Canamar Man, I'm going to have to disagree with Jammer and those who want more social commentary. I don't mind a little commentary, but I get my dose of seriousness listening to the news. I want my Star Trek fun, action, great effects, good acting, good chemistry, and asking myself "how are they going to get out of *this*". Overall I'm very pleased with Enterprise, and I liked this episode. I liked the fight scene, the camaraderie among the prisoners, and, for that "bit of social commentary," that the episode explored the idea of a "continuum of evil" with Kuroda worse than the guards. I watched TOS all the way through recently, and I found it quite repetitive. It's also hard for me to get past the dated sets, the short skirts, and the half-naked women. As for later shows, Darmok - boring. The Inner Light - depressing. Comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:48:03 PDT Deborah Comment by Del_Duio on DS9 S5: Children of Time Weird, this is one of my favorite DS9 episodes (it'd make the top 10 for sure). Different strokes! Comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:44:59 PDT Del_Duio Comment by The Dreamer on VOY S3: Macrocosm It is interesting also when the "little" things in an episode catch your attention. Example: Janeway has Doc use the shuttle's sensors and com systems. How many times have a ship's systems including the transporters been offline and we the viewer says, what about the shuttles? At least in TNG "Power Play" they acknowledged this. Even in Nemesis when "transporters were down" I will stop there . . . . . :-) Comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:49:27 PDT The Dreamer Comment by Icarus32Soar on DS9 S5: Children of Time This childish cardboard cutout of an episode gives Let him who is without sin a bad name. That episode at least worked as a parody of all the dodgy holiday resorts and the dodgy tourists who frequent them. This moronic time loop works on no level at all, the script is something a bunch of third graders would come up with. Sisko turns to a wishy-washy do gooder and poor Odo is used like a deus ex machina to save the day? Jammer the writers got you this time, they're pulling your leg big time.4 stars? What drugs were you on when you watched this poor excuse of an episode? Comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:17:43 PDT Icarus32Soar Comment by Capitalist on ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II "She puts the "ho" in Hoshi." Aaaaaahhhhahahahahaha!!! Jammer's Best. Line. Ever. But ho or no, Empress Hoshi was hawt hawt hawt! :-) Comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:25:26 PDT Capitalist Comment by 45 RPM on TNG S3: The Most Toys I always wondered what would have occurred had Fajo found Lore instead of Data. I believe Lore was floating out in space at this time. Comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:02:28 PDT 45 RPM Comment by SlackerInc on TOS S1: Miri I should have listened to Jammer. I am doing a selective rewatch of the series with my kids, using these reviews as a guide, but I think there was something in the premise and in the comments that gave me hope that we should try this one. But both my kids fell asleep halfway through, and I had to fight off the drowsiness myself. Just slow and boring. Also, the interaction between Kirk and Miri was kind of creepy; and Yeoman Rand exuded all kinds of sexist stereotypes. The only thing that really held my interest was that some of the kids looked familiar. Particularly Miri and the older boy; and to some extent the bucktoothed younger boy. Comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:42:04 PDT SlackerInc Comment by Andrew on TNG S3: The Enemy @ grumpy_otter, the Romulan wasn't just a Romulan but a member of the Romulan military. I would have also liked Worf to have eventually changed his mind but I was expecting it and not having him change made the story and character more interesting. Comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:42:49 PDT Andrew Comment by Andrew on ENT S4: These Are the Voyages... I thought the series actors did pretty well (although Blalock seemed overly uncomfortable with some dialogue) and Frakes did alright (aside from annoying as Chef) but Sirtis was too dismissive of the characters and sets and events and a lot of the writing didn't make sense. It did feel like Berman & Braga were pretty resentful of being cancelled, of Season 4 getting more praise, of T/T and possibly of Moore and took it out on the characters. The episode would have been a lot better if Trip hadn't been killed (preceded by Troi saying he would be and followed by complaining about seats and Phlox claiming Archer was very lucky) and there had been somewhat less of Riker playing chef. Comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:35:57 PDT Andrew Comment by Chris on TNG S4: Brothers "They're brothers Data, brothers forgive". Picard's face also changes to one of deep thought. Anyone ever try to guess why? I always find that scene very subtle because everyone is focused on Data's face but it's obvious that statement moved Picard as well. Comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:05:50 PDT Chris Comment by Chris on TNG S4: Brothers The "nod" is just Picard and Riker acknowledging that Data will remain on the bridge. There's no reason for him to leave his primary station because of a life support failure. Comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:03:46 PDT Chris Comment by Capitalist on ENT S1: Dear Doctor @ Demosthenes Ahh, having skimmed over most of the debate, I clearly didn't understand the "ground rules" as you pointed out. I thought posters in this thread were coming at the moral dilemma from their own real-life moral principles. But you're saying we're all supposed to pretend to accept the moral code which "is extant on the various Star Trek series." I didn't realize that. If that's the case, then I guess I can't add anything at all, since it's pointless and distasteful to pretend to accept the absurd leftist utopian moral code of Gene's vision for the series. Of course, not everyone "in universe" accepts that code do they? My favorite line of the entire DS9 series is when Nog asks Jake, "Well if you in the Federation don't need money, then why do you need MY MONEY?" So as a representative of the Ferengi point of view, I still offer up my own solution. Rendering aid is neither morally compulsory, nor is it morally prohibited. It's a matter of individual choice. Not under Gene's code, but under the moral code of Quark, Nog, et. al. (notwithstanding the writers' slandering of that moral code as exemplified by the silly Rules of Acquisition, etc.). Comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:08:42 PDT Capitalist Comment by HolographicAndrew on TNG S5: Silicon Avatar Q was judging to see if we could expand our minds. He doesn't care about 18 crew members lost at first contact with the borg, he probably doesn't care that the CE killing before making first contact. "If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed." Comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:04:33 PDT HolographicAndrew Comment by DLPB on VOY S7: Imperfection Not bad, but too damn cliche. Once again, all hope lost... only for a risky procedure that ends in 100% success for all parties. Urgh. And, of course, magic wand writing... like lost Borg ships being nearby. And the ending was v corny. Comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:57:46 PDT DLPB Comment by DLPB on TNG S5: Silicon Avatar 3. It is sentient, mass murderer that they had an opportunity to stop peacefully Option 3 does not change option 1 in the slightest. Option 3 is not an option. Firstly, while trying to reason with a mass murderer you risk further death, and secondly, a mass murderer needs to be imprisoned or, better yet, executed. We don't go off playing happy families with a mass murderer. A mass murderer doesn't deserve any compassion or any second chances. Good luck telling the families of those dead that it's all ok now because we had a little chat with it. That's not justice at all. Even if the creature changed its ways, the fact is, it is TOO LATE. As for Q, he was judging us on our actions and if they were merited. You'll be hard pressed to find a majority of people who believe executing a mass murderer is unreasonable. Or that using deadly force in self defence is not justified. You are debating this creature like it stole a few lemons. Comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:09:18 PDT DLPB Comment by Del_Duio on DS9 S6: Tears of the Prophets This is a good episode, but one that always pisses me off. #1) It sucks that they killed off Jadzia. I know Terry Farrell didn't want to stay on but re-assign her or something so she might come back later. #2) The crew (aside from Sisko) took the death of 'The Sound of Her Voice' chick worse than Jadzia's! And when the Defiant.. meandered.. itself back to the docking ring Worf should've been running his ass off to sickbay since she only had like 5 minutes left to live at that point. Damn this episode pisses me off, lol. Great GREAT visuals and space battles though, some of the best on the entire show's run. Comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 06:18:08 PDT Del_Duio Comment by RH-father-of-Z on DS9 S4: The Visitor I was putting my toddler son to bed tonight, and as he fell asleep, I decided sit beside him and watch this episode. As I watched this superb episode, I felt a strong bond with my son, just as Jake feels for Sisko. What a moving episode!!! I've watched all other ST series and DS9 is my last unseen series. I can definitely say this is one of the top 3 episodes of the ST franchise. What an episode!!!! Comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 23:52:48 PDT RH-father-of-Z Comment by NCC-1701-Z on BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 1 I am so glad they didn't go with the cliche of "This is a dangerous mission and we may not come back alive, so volunteers only." [cut to everyone volunteering anyway right down to the last deck scrubber] The fraction of people who actually did volunteer during the red line scene is probably very close to what it would be in reality. Comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:55:37 PDT NCC-1701-Z Comment by The Dreamer on VOY S3: Basics, Part II @Toony Very good observation. Another suspension of disbelief :-) Galactic Basic Comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 18:27:25 PDT The Dreamer Comment by Shannon on TOS S1: The Conscience of the King Jammer, would definitely suggest that you rewatch this episode. I think you are misinterpreting McCoy's line at the end. This was a good story, the result of what happens when you combined great writing with solid performances. Easily 3 stars. Comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:51:17 PDT Shannon Comment by The Dreamer on TNG S2: Up the Long Ladder Definitely another example of early series wierdness and TOS like scenarios. What was stopping them from recommending that more humans transport there and help in some way? But alas, these are people we will never see again and will not be contacted, they are isolated and must survive. The kill the clone scene was definitely a whiff. The Eddie Murphy look alikes wrere amusing though. Hee, Hee, Hee . . . . . Best scene was when Worf gave them a real drink. Comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:42:56 PDT The Dreamer Comment by NCC-1701-Z on BSG S3: Exodus, Part 2 The battle scene is probably my second favorite one in the series (first prize still goes to the tylium asteroid battle in "Hand of God"), but I was very disappointed by the sacrifice of Pegasus from a tactical standpoint although the execution of Pegasus' sacrifice was pitch-perfect (*). That ship took out a basestar in her opening salvo, and contained all the flight simulators and Viper production facilities - what a waste! Lee Adama, you are a frakking moron! I know that behind the scenes it was getting too expensive to maintain the Pegasus sets, but it was still disappointing. One other online reviewer (Kethinov, I think) said that he would have scrapped the Colonial One sets instead, by having Colonial One and a few other ships do the ramming instead while Pegasus repaired its FTL and jumped out to fight another day. Sigh, what could have been... Despite that, still a 4 star ep for me. (*) The way Lee Adama looks back at the Pegasus CIC in flames is very similar to the scene in STDS9's "Changing Face of Evil" when Sisko looks back at the burning bridge before heading to the escape pods. Given that RDM worked on DS9, it's an interesting thing to note. Comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:00:52 PDT NCC-1701-Z Comment by Capitalist on ENT S4: Bound One thing is clear. Jammer doesn't ship T'Pol + Trip. ;-) As for the episode, meh. Kind of slow and predictable. I was really hoping for Hoshi and T'Pol to team up and take down the Orion girls on the bridge near the end there. A little Vulcan nerve pinch and an open can of Hoshi-whoop-ass would have gone well together. On the positive side: -The mention of the Gorn at the start of the dance scene ("the less said about the Gorn the better" ... hahahhahhaa!! ) -T'Pol and Trip together again!!! Yay!!! -Fun with Vulcans tribute to TOS at the end -The interesting reveal on Orion society 2.5* from this Cap. Comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 13:13:13 PDT Capitalist Comment by W Smith on ENT S1: Detained Too heavy-handed in the social commentary to warrant a 3-star rating, and additionally brought down by a by-the-books action-packed ending. I get the idea of making some Suliban not a part of the Cabal and being under suspicion by other species for potentially being subversives. But the story could have been written with a lighter touch and more nuance, and hence, more interesting. Comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:45:50 PDT W Smith Comment by 45 RPM on ENT S1: Dear Doctor "...and I like even more how Phlox explains that he is unsettled by T'Pol's pure logic, which seems to be missing something that an emotional catalyst might add." He should ask her again during her Pon Farr. I'm sure he would get a completely different response. Comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 04:59:29 PDT 45 RPM Comment by Chris on TNG S2: Peak Performance I wonder what Worf was building in his quarters before Riker interrupted. I also loved the way he seemed genuinely chuffed by the fact that Riker selected him as his First Officer on the Hathaway. It's little moments like those that make Worf a character worth rooting for when the Klingon/Romulan arc develops over the following two seasons. It's a shame the writers later relied on him being a grumpy and humourless lump, and sadly this is the Worf that was portrayed for the most part on DS9. Comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 02:52:34 PDT Chris Comment by $G on TNG S4: Galaxy's Child ^ That really is one of my favourite Picard moments as well. The sense of abject failure Stewart squeezes out of that scene is really, really effective. Comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 18:24:52 PDT $G Comment by Andrew on DS9 S3: Visionary I was bothered by at least Sisko not having doubts about whether destroying the wormhole would have been for the better. Comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 11:24:08 PDT Andrew Comment by Jason on TNG S6: Relics I have been and always shall be partial to TOS; though, I have come to know and love TNG equally. "Relics" is a quite enjoyable episode, with one of my favorite Original Series characters. Seeing Picard on Kirk's Enterprise, even as a replica, was speechless. I have to agree on Johnny's comment--would have liked to see it as a two-parter, similar to "Unification." Maybe have Picard mention that he knew and met Spock already. Comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 09:21:20 PDT Jason Comment by HolographicAndrew on TNG S6: Lessons @CPUFP I think he's playing annoyance and surprise at Picard's new girlfriend. Seemed fine to me... Comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:22:37 PDT HolographicAndrew Comment by HolographicAndrew on TNG S5: Silicon Avatar You forgot option 3. 3. It is sentient, mass murderer that they had an opportunity to stop peacefully and in the process make first contact with an alien species. Are you also forgetting that Q is judging humanity? He charges humanity with being a dangerous, savage child-race and your approach doesn't exactly win the gold star for contradicting him. Destroying it isn't the worst outcome but it is a wasteful one when the episode shows that it was not necessary in the moment. Comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:03:52 PDT HolographicAndrew Comment by W Smith on ENT S1: Oasis Jammer's too generous with 2.5 stars for this episode for it commits the cardinal sin of just being soooo boring plus we'd seen practically the same show before on DS9. B&B just ran out of ideas and should have turned the writing reins over to new blood. Comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 21:31:57 PDT W Smith Comment by W Smith on ENT S1: Rogue Planet A sunless planet with a thick jungle? Hunting is unethical but eating animals is fine? I'm willing to suspend disbelief on many fronts for a good narrative, but this is a bit too much. Even in an imaginary milieu, there has to be some logical consistency. Comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 21:25:35 PDT W Smith Comment by W Smith on ENT S1: Acquisition The only cool thing in the ep was seeing the Ferengi energy whip back in action. It appeared in TNG's The Last Outpost and then disappeared from the Ferengi arsenal. It seemed a fitting weapon for a culture that subscribes to subjugation, greed and selfishness. Comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 21:20:05 PDT W Smith Comment by Xylar on VOY S3: Favorite Son Intergalactic succubi! Because why not? Oh, and some nonsense about Harry being an alien or something. Did they even try to explain why the Nizari hate the Taresians so much? I don't think they did. They just hate them because ... reasons, I guess. Yea, no. Not worth rewatching. Comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:03:24 PDT Xylar Comment by Del_Duio on DS9 S3: Fascination "If they sold a DS9 box set, this ep and "Profit and Lace" should be separate from the rest and put on one disc as a "free coaster". At least that way you'd technically have all eps if you're a completest" - DVMX Hahahaha, 100% agree! Though this one is crappy I feel it's much more watchable than Profit and Lace is. That is painful to watch, this one is just "regular" bad. Comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:07:00 PDT Del_Duio Comment by DLPB on TNG S5: Silicon Avatar This thing isn't some misunderstood child... it's been killing people by the thousands. You have 2 options: 1. If it is sentient, it is a mass murderer and needs to be killed 2. If it is not sentient (Lore episode disagrees) then it needs to be culled because it can't be reasoned with. What exactly are you having an issue here with? You think we should negotiate with a tiger? Or discuss alternate food supplies with a mass murderer? Your approach is completely illogical... like do-gooder Picard. Comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:53:27 PDT DLPB Comment by Demosthenes on ENT S1: Dear Doctor @ Capitalist "One group (pro-Phlox decision) is saying that providing a cure is morally PROHIBITED. The other group is saying that providing a cure is morally COMPULSORY. Both groups deny the moral right of individual choice to dispose of one's resources as one sees fit." I think what you have said is a bit of a mischaracterization of the debate, though an understandable one. Granted, there are many systems of morality. But having read, and at times taken part in, this discussion, it seems as if most of the discussion has taken place *within* a system of morality -- namely, the one that is extant on the various Star Trek series, and held by (most) members of Starfleet, in relation to contact with other worlds and other forms of life. If your point is that there are a variety of moral codes, and an individual has the right to choose between them and so decide what ethical obligations s/he lives under, then you are clearly correct. But people who accept a moral code consequently accept ethical obligations. If your point is that regardless of the moral principles they hold, individuals always have a choice to do as they please, then again, you're right. Moral principles, unlike metaphysical principles, are violable. But choosing to violate them would be doing something you have accepted as wrong. All of this was my long-winded way of saying that your comment is beside the point. Within the context of the ethical framework in which this discussion has taken place, the act of giving the cure to the Valakians cannot be both morally prohibited and morally compulsory. (It can be neither, but it cannot be both.) Hence, the debate -- which is about what is right in that system. Pointing out that people still have a right to choose, whether you were talking about choosing one's ethical system or about choosing one's actions, is tangential to the main issue -- which is, having accepted a frame of morality (in which some actions are right and some wrong), and having accepted that one has a choice to make (and the right to make it), what should we do? Comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:03:15 PDT Demosthenes Comment by Demosthenes on ENT S1: Dear Doctor Thought Experiment #1: You are the captain of a Federation starship. You receive a distress hail from the dominant species on a nearby planet -- people are dying of a peculiar genetic disorder, and the species as a whole has perhaps a couple of centuries left. (Other species are not directly affected by the disorder, though of course the extinction of the dominant species may eventually lead to massive changes in the biosphere and food chain.) Your ship's doctor investigates, and finds that he can cure the disorder. You can, of course, not project all the possible consequences of intervention. Consider the above scenario in relation to the following planets, and answer the question: Do you give the society the cure? (Remember to justify your answer.) a) Vulcan, a planet that is a core member of the Federation. b) Ventax II, a non-aligned world with a warp-capable society. c) Valakis, a non-aligned world with a society that is not warp-capable, but has had contact with warp-capable societies. Thought Experiment #2: Consider the scenario from Thought Experiment #1, again in relation to the listed planets, with the following difference: instead of a genetic disorder that will eliminate the species within a couple of centuries, the planet is beset by a massive plague that will kill every member of the affected species within three months. The conjunction of these thought experiments is designed to consider two variables: a) the type of society asking for help, and b) the relative immediacy of the need for help. Good answers will consider such questions as: a) Is there a "bright line" of ethics that permits interfering with the natural development of Vulcan, but not Valakis, and if so, what is it? b1) If your answer to a) involves drawing an ethical distinction between the cases based on the Prime Directive, on which side of that line do the Ventaxians fall, and why? b2) If your answer to a) involves denying the applicability of the Prime Directive to these cases, in what circumstances is the Prime Directive applicable? c1) If your answers to analogous cases Thought Experiment #1 and Thought Experiment #2 are different based on the time factor, why should a difference in the amount of time available to solve the problem affect a Starfleet officer's principles or actions? c2) If your answers to analogous cases Thought Experiment #1 and Thought Experiment #2 are the same in spite of the time factor, why should a difference in the amount of time available to solve the problem NOT affect a Starfleet officer's principles or actions? Those students who need or want extra credit, and who have the time, may also consider suitably adjusted thought experiments related to the non-aligned, non-warp-capable, and completely isolated society that existed on Vaal, pre-Kirk. Comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 23:35:33 PDT Demosthenes Comment by eastwest101 on ENT S2: Vanishing Point Totally agree with Jammer on this one - a very impressive and skillfully put together and well directed episode, Linda Park really pulls it off. The audience is masterfully misled but I did have some of the same thoughts as Auralgami that preclude this episode being perfect, but its undeniably above average. Comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 23:15:33 PDT eastwest101 Comment by eastwest101 on ENT S2: Precious Cargo This is an interesting episode to me, it was entirely predictable and yet - as others have said - I was actually not bored! Maybe it was the high satire aspect of it that kept me watching, sort of thinking - will they go there? Oh yes they do! While its undoubtbly true that Padma Lakshmi is wonderful to look at, and what a good sport Connor Trineer is, or maybe its the increasing "campy-ness" of the whole thing that makes it so compelling. But it is still below average - zero stars is a bit of a stretch though.... Comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 23:08:14 PDT eastwest101 Comment by M.P. on DS9 S3: Life Support This episode has always bothered me. Primarily what Comp625 said so well, so I won't repeat that. I really didn't like Bashir in this episode. He came off as way too preachy and arrogant. As Yanks says above, I do agree that he should have just refused to give the drug. In modern society doctors generally have the right to refuse treatment on moral/ethical grounds, as long as they provide an alternate physician. It should always be the right of the patient to determine their own treatment and even if they live/die (assuming they are of sound mind). This, to me, is an inalienable freedom worth dying for. This episode dropped the ball though, with both sides of the question. Comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 20:56:03 PDT M.P. Comment by DLPB on TNG S6: Suspicions Watched this again and the biggest problems are: 1. The idea that only radiation / heat are the issues with flying into the sun. Clearly, the writer had no idea about the science behind it (what about enormous gravity for starters?) 2. "I do not believe the shield will ever work" It did work. The dude entered the sun and then (albeit supposedly dying) made it back out. In science terms, while not perfect, this would still be a breakthrough. 3. A scientist agrees immediately, and without hesitation, to piloting a test run into the sun. Like his life is meaningless. 4. Klingons don't rate scientists... but she is a Klingon scientist. And how would Klingons get anywhere without scientists? It's just really shoddy writing. No thought went into the set up at all. Comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:27:49 PDT DLPB Comment by HolographicAndrew on TNG S5: Silicon Avatar But it hadn't been asked to stop killing or provided a subsitute energy source in previous episodes. CE might have had that ability and now they'll never find out. Good luck if they ever run into the same species again. Comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:17:23 PDT HolographicAndrew Comment by CPUFP on TNG S5: Silicon Avatar I hated the ending to this episode. The whole communication attempt was based on everybody forgetting the events of "Datalore", where it had been established that the CE could be communicated with and that it was hostile towards humanoids. There really was no other option than to kill (why does TNG always use the euphemism "destroy"?) the CE, and it would have been honest of the writers to let Picard give the order to do so. But instead that task was shifted to Marr, who is then presented as mentally deranged by grief. The script could at least have had Picard acknowledge that she probably saved other people from being killed by the CE. Or even better: Worf could have sided with her. But this way, the Enterprise crew gets a desirable outcome without having to take responsibility for it, while looking down on the person who was willing to take that responsibility. Comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:13:37 PDT CPUFP Comment by CPUFP on TNG S6: Lessons What is up with Jonathan Frakes in this episode? His facial expression and posture is slightly off in all his scenes. Had me thinking he might have been drunk on set. Comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:57:32 PDT CPUFP Comment by dlpb on TNG S5: Silicon Avatar Except that they hadn't tried communcation with CE before. -------- Except it had been communicated with in previous episode with Lore. And communicating with a rampaging death sentence is not hip. It's a threat and you wipe out a threat of this magnitude - not try to get to know it while it poses an immediate danger. Comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:44:59 PDT dlpb