Comments on Jammer's Reviews RSS feed for comments posted on Jammer's Reviews en-us Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:10:04 PDT Comment by Joseph B on DS9 S4: Rejoined Just finished viewing the first season of "Arrow" which is a new super hero series based on the "Green Arrow" comics series. The show utilizes the tone of "The Dark Knight" movie to good effect and is reasonably entertaining as a result. While viewing the eps it seemed to me that there was something hauntingly familiar about the actress playing Oliver Green's mother. Sure enough, it’s the same actress that played Lenara Kahn in this groundbreaking (at the time) DS9 ep. It seems incredible that this episode aired almost twenty years ago. And Susanna Thompson is still a very capable and attractive actress even after all this time. Comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:10:04 PDT Joseph B Comment by Entilzha on TNG S1: Datalore Another point to add to all those already mentioned: The solution was to just beam Lore off the Enterprise and leave him floating in space? He's not deactivated and I'm sure he can send some kind of signal that can be picked up, or just be noticed, by a space vessel flying close by. Not only would it enable Lore to resume his hostile activities, but if picked up by enemies of the Federation, his tech and knowledge can be used - imagine him in the hands of the Cardassians or the Romulans. It's very naive and sloppy solution by a crew who already behaved stupidly through most of this episode. I'm guessing not the smartest of writers were on board for this one. Comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:07:57 PDT Entilzha Comment by Michael on TNG S3: Yesterday's Enterprise They looked like warbirds but they were heavy battle cruisers. Why the Enterprise did not use photon torpedoes after the first spread? Perhaps the rift in space....they did not want to destabilize it? They knew the Klingons were on the way. No other Federation vessel could assist? Yes it is a time of war but this was an unusual event to put it mildly!! Comments welcome Comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:39:31 PDT Michael Comment by D. Albert on BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 Jammer I agree. The lack of planning cost the series dearly. Some stuff just doesn't add up. You mentioned the big two. Some thoughts: For me, Cavil's character arc flopped. He HATED humanity and thus himself. And Fate. And then, poof! He agrees to a a truce. And it was a truce, which is why he just blew his brains out when it broke apart. It just doesn't fit with his incredible bile. At least the writers in part resolved the conflict between fate and free will in the character(s) of 8. Boomer and Athena show, as you point out, that Cylon biology/fate still depends on individual choice. I like that. Comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:20:50 PDT D. Albert Comment by 213karaokejoe on TNG S7: Descent, Part II The incident with metaphysic shielding is a little confusing. The Borg ships stop and wait and the Enterprise stops, not taking advantage of the opportunity to put some distance between them. Didn't like the "Innocent girl-mean man" dynamic at play with the junior officers. Comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:23:59 PDT 213karaokejoe Comment by 213karaokejoe on TNG S6: Descent, Part I I read a lot of comments in I Borg that the next Federation death would be on Picard's shoulders for letting Hugh go. Well, Franklin was killed and they took a Borg prisoner. Picard is certainly culpable for Franklin, but so is Crusher. When Picard wants to interrogate the prisoner Crusher gets all judgemental with him. I could have slapped her. Did she learn nothing? Her nagging helped cause the Hugh debacle. Comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:58:25 PDT 213karaokejoe Comment by D. Albert on BSG S4: Islanded in a Stream of Stars I really like that Boomer is so messed up. It shows how human she is. Comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:13:18 PDT D. Albert Comment by D. Albert on BSG S4: Someone to Watch Over Me "How much individuality does Athena lose by having copies out there who know her well enough to undermine her like this? It's disturbing." I see it differently. Athena would never act like Boomer. That shows how individual they are. Free will, and all. Are we any different? I think not. Comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:18:48 PDT D. Albert Comment by Elliott on DS9 S1: Captive Pursuit Teaser : ***.5 , 5% Something's coming through the wormhole! Finally! Dax : "It doesn't match anything in Starfleet files." Really? How odd that a vessel from 70K lightyears away would not be in your files. The NSA must have stolen them. The score's a little better than usual during this scene, it helps add to the feeling of discovery and urgency, two desperately needed feelings on the series so far. I realise that Sisko thinks O'Brien would be less intimidating to Tosk than a formal greeting party, but what if he were dangerous? No security for poor Miles? So far, this is the best teaser since the pilot. Act 1 : ***.5, 17% Seems like Meaney gets all the scenes where he's talking to thin air. Hooray for good actors! There's a classic sci-fi trick of nominal ambiguity in Tosk's self-designation. It's an interesting little insight into his psychology. The majority of this act is just O'Brien and Tosk chatting. Thankfully they're both portrayed amiably and with an understated thoughtfulness. No forced smiles, not awkward laughs, no wasted steps. It feels more natural and artful than nearly any other dialogue we've seen on the series. Unfortunately, it seems like Tosk is up to no good, however, as he searches the station's plans for weapons storage, thus making the ominous music cue justified for once. Act 2 : *** , 17% Things continue to be paced better and more naturally, but I am curious if Sisko has even advised Starfleet that they just met a new race. I mean, first contact is a big deal isn't it? It brings up the question as to whether anyone on DS9 or in Starfleet is trying to contact the Wormhole Aliens. We could have had a DS9-Cmdr Maddox whose curiosity about these new creatures led to a conflict with Sisko. Are they really just like, "okay, so our only means of accessing this remote part of space requires travelling through the territory of non-linear beings who can enter our thoughts and physically control the wormhole. I'm sure that doesn't need a followup."? DS9's setting requires a lot of extras doing group-acting ("Dabbo!"). For budgetary reasons, this often leads to distracting little bits in the background. Ostensibly, all these extra people are supposed to differentiate DS9 from a starship, with its function-centric corridors and clean rooms, but the fact that so many of these extras perform so poorly ends up making the environment feel *more* artificial sometimes. Just a note. The same thing happened in Ten Forward. Next good choice, adding Quark into the mix. Horray for good actors! I do think drinking beer out of coffee mugs is kind of idiotic, however. Was this a censor issue? Next good choice, cutting Bashir off mid-sentence! One gripe is that Sisko still hasn't bothered to introduce himself to this new alien species. I realise he was trying to earn Tosk's trust by letting O'Brien deal with him, but doesn't Sisko have an obligation as a Federation commander to make a legitimate first contact? And now it seems he'd be willing to let Tosk leave without even meeting him! Tosk is caught meddling with Station security and taken to Odo's office for questioning. Here's another good choice; O'Brien earlier remarked that he found Tosk's naïveté charming and disarming, and here we see that in action (this is in contrast to just telling us he's naïve, or worse, showing us and THEN telling us he's naïve). Act 3 : **.5, 17% Well, good job putting off meeting this guy, Sisko, because now first contact is happening in prison. And now you want to "hold him till someone shows up looking for him"? You should get a promotion! "Allow me to die with honour." Oh no, he's a Klingon in disguise! Unfortunately, the plot starts to take a dive here. The other Gamma Quadrant ship emerges and starts shooting the station. The results are identical to what goes on on Starships, things shake, no one fires weapons, shields down, "I've never seen this before." It's a gigantic space station against a tiny vessel. Anyone who claims DS9 didn't pull Trek clichés is delusional. Act 4 : ****, 17% So, we get this goofy little fire fight (also, why would hitting a Changeling injure him?) between the crew and Tron. And it turns out Tosk is designated prey in a "noble and honourable hunt." It's a little predictable, but a worthwhile bit of Trekkiness. It reminds me of a cross between TNG's "Suddenly Human" and "The Perfect Mate"; Tosk is bound by his conditioning (conditioning which, by any human standards is nothing less than barbaric), but to deny him the fulfilment of his conditioned purpose would be to rob him of everything he has ever cared about. We get a moving little scene where Tosk refuses to request asylum from the Federation. Whatever injustice was done to Tosk is impossible to rectify. He's already bound to his fate. Either he dies unjustly with his socially-conditioned honour in tact, or not. Those are his only options. He cannot be saved. O'Brien doesn't plead with him, but silently walks away. Act 5 : *.5, 17% ....So O'Brien tricks Odo by playing on his Starfleet resentment. Okay, good. Then Odo just leaves Tosk, his hunter and O'Brien alone with no other security monitoring. Wow. So O'Brien breaks Tosk free (violating orders and getting at least one of the aliens killed). And here we go off the rails...we were doing so well, too. SIsko tells Odo not to hurry, other SF officers watch O'Brien go by and say nothing. No security alert. I realise that Sisko doesn't approve of the Hunt (nor should he), but you can't have it both ways. Either you're sticking to your oath or your principals. True, there are times when regulations need to be broken (see "The Drumhead"), but you don't get to hide behind a presumed morality like the Q. So what is Sisko's report to Starfleet going to say? "I tried to stop him, really." That's just a lie. He's a liar. The fact is, the hunters are as socially-conditioned as Tosk himself. They may not deserve as much sympathy as the prey, but they aren't "bad guys," they're following their conditioning. They deserve pity just like Tosk. So Sisko throws the riot act at O'Brien because of course he realised he fucked up royally in his Starfleet duty. Then has the audacity to smile, pleased with himself for helping O'Brien along. But I guess these guys just know that they're right. No moral ambiguity. Helping Tosk escape, violating their own laws and potentially igniting contact with a new species--all okay. But I'm sure there will be consequences... Episode as Functionary : **.5, 10% It's a good character piece for O'Brien. I'm not against his having a personal ethical code which overrides his duty, but there should be consequences to this behaviour right? Sisko dubious moral code is further flushed out. When Kirk, Picard or Janeway violated the letter of the law, they OWNED it. They decided to face the music and live with their choices because they thought they were right. Sisko plays this little game where he pretends to try and stop O'Brien so he can falsify his report to Starfleet. What a coward. And talk about a reset button! In spite of these issues, it's a more engaging watch than any of the previous episodes. Credit to better pacing, acting and dialogue along with a score that's at least an interesting shade of wallpaper instead of the usual beige. Final Score : *** Comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:05:12 PDT Elliott Comment by Elliott on DS9 S1: Babel Teaser : ***, 5% "You look like you could use some sleep!" Thanks, Kira. Maybe he'd have time if you didn't stand around bitching about everything. O'Brien's Bad Day is actually a decent bit of work, but dear god, how about some music [even some crappy music]? Or some snappy editing? So many seconds go by wasted where we watch O'Briend tap a console or replace a hatch. Anyway, there's a mysterious device in the bowels of the replicator system. Uh-oh. Act 1 : **, 17% And a repeat of the flaw in the Odo/Quark rapport from "A Man Alone"; they're sitting together casually shooting the breeze and are literally telling each other what could amount to character bios. This is not natural dialogue, it's ham-fisted character exposition. What is there for me, the viewer, to infer about their relationship? Nothing, they've just told me everything! Thanks for letting me turn my brain off, guys. On the other hand, it's kind of hilarious how easily Quark gains security access when Odo just left his presence. So, O'Brien's fatigue starts to bleed into his manifesting odd symptoms until he finally starts babbling nonsense at Kira. This must have been fun to memorise... TNG's S6 was an unfortunate period to air a new show. The bland, slow, padded style which characterised the direction of the series of that time was a poor vehicle for introducing us to this new series and these new characters. I found myself equally disenchanted by this style on TNG, but at least I already knew and cared about the crew and their mission. DS9 did not yet have that advantage. To me, this is a much bigger culprit in DS9's perceived lack of direction than its stationary setting. Act 2 : **, 17% Hmm...Star Trek : Gertrude Stein? It would have been nice if the crew's goofy dialogue were perceived as funny by the cast rather than "deadly serious." Yes, it's a serious problem, but come on, how about some realistic emotional responses, at least at first, before it becomes clear there's an epidemic. Clunky exposition returns as the alien with the stew makes a second appearance just to give Odo his clue about Quark's security breech. Others have pointed out the ret-con of Rom being a brilliant engineer despite his "being an idiot," but didn't we see him in the last episode being, well, not an idiot? He seemed like a normal Ferengi. So the writers later chose to take a normal character and make him both incredibly stupid and incredible brilliant. Let's keep this in mind, shall we? I am not certain that Rom was the only victim of this strategy. So, it turns out Quark is inadvertently responsible for spreading a deadly virus to the entire station's population, including all his customers. I'm sure we'll see consequences to this. Again, the story plods along at a snail's pace with the most lethargic attempts at character interplay sprinkled about. Act 3 : *.5, 17% Here's ANOTHER unnecessary scene--Kira is about to tell Sisko that she found the mysterious device (nice resolution to that mystery, by the way, if only O'Brien had thought to use his tricorder during his repairs), yet we have to actually be shown a 15-second clip of her finding it. Talk about padding. Okay, what would be different, dramatically speaking, in making the "aphasia virus" just a damned virus, ie a disease which weakens and kills you? Is there a reason to make the sufferers aphasic? Do we get some metaphor, plot twist or even a little pathos from this gimmick? Nope! It's just a way to make the virus more science-fiction-y. Take Sisko's finding Jake sick--if Jake had been, say coughing or wheezing, feverish, sick in bed, would Sisko's reaction be less warranted? Instead, we are asked to feel the same based on Jake's random word-generator speak. So, we have to overcome a strange layer of suspension of disbelief for absolutely no reason. The consequences, resolution and empathy of the plot would not be hindered by making the virus act like a virus and not an internet meme-speak. Another unintentional result is we have to rely on the actors communicating their real feelings without the aide of coherent dialogue. Colm Meany could pull this off, but Terry Ferrel and Cirroc Lofton definitely cannot. Poor kid is just flailing his eyebrows about in an attempt to convey desperation. Without knowing this particular child-actor's strengths and weaknesses, it should have been an obvious bad move for the writers to demand something so subtle and strange from a kid. Um, the Bajorans developed a complex virus (with this unexplained goofy aphasic side-effect) during the resistance? How, when? Oof, Kira's friend whom she contacts over subspace gets the shitty acting prize on this one. Act 4 : *, 17% "This virus is a work of genius." My ass. So, Kira has 12 hours to find the Bajoran genius or people start dying. Okay. So, Sisko, maybe you want to assign more than ONE person to work on this! Maybe help yourself instead of interrupting Kira to let her know she needs to hurry up. Geez. Then, we get the scene where Kira tells Sisko she's leaving to find a cure, but fails to mention she won't leave the Runabout, just so Sisko can berate her for breaking quarantine. People are yelling! Drama must be happening! RARG! Well, just in case the virus wasn't riveting enough, we've got the other contrived disaster, the exploding ship. That's right, trying to break away from the station doesn't cause his hull damage or impair his docking clamps, but triggers and EXPLOSION. That's some well-designed technology there. Act 5 : *, 17% Kira stealing Surmak from his office was hilarious. Total Janeway move. Why is it that every time someone goes aphasic, it's always met with "what, what was that?" followed by awkward babbling. Did Kira just sentence this man to death? Well, I'm sure there will be consequences. Did Kira fly past the burning vessel about to blow up half the station and do nothing? No hail, no offer to use the Runabout's transporters or tractor beam? Huh. 30 SECONDS 20 SECONDS 10 SECONDS!!!!!! 'splosion! I did like Quark's little comment about "hazard pay." Do Bajorans earn a salary working Federation jobs? The bookending was really painful--all that was missing was one of those early TNG "that was cute and funny" music cues followed by Sitcom credits. Episode as Functionary : *, 10% What's to say? The plot is ludicrous, the danger at the end obviously manufactured and the titular "Babel" aspect is just a gimmick. We could have had an interesting subtext about the original meaning of the Babel myth--the dispersion of peoples, the multiplying of tongues allegorising the divergence of cultures. Instead we get generic danger and inexplicable justifications. I'm not sure if this underwent a rewrite, but it had, in this way, a similar feel to "Masks," where a potentially intriguing idea is dumbed down to pointless drivel. Much like "The Naked Now," it's also a really bad idea to air an episode which requires the actors to be weird so early in the series. It leads to a lot of uncomfortable scenes with darting eyes and confused expressions. The Odo/Quark stuff was okay in places, but nothing about it really added to their dynamic. Sisko's concern for his son does not inflect his actions in any way except during the designated "character scene." It felt cheap. Overall, it's a cheesy, contrived mess that needs no repeat viewings. Final Score : *.5 Comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:31:36 PDT Elliott Comment by Elliott on DS9 S1: A Man Alone I started doing little act by act reviews years ago and never finished. Inspired by the good work of William B. and a few others, I'm going to press on with these: Teaser : **.5, 5% Blue Shirts and Bubbles...Here's a good representation of those typical season 1 blues (most of the series have them); the writers are attempting to define these characters in prosaic, general terms: Dax is a Trill, she's old and she's smart. The "puzzle" gives her the chance to remind us of all these things (delivery still needs work, Terry). Bashir is young, motor-mouthed and hormonal. What I remember about early DS9 and VOY episodes is that they are dealing with many of the same freshman pains as early TNG, but aired in the middle of Berman's Beige Trek. So, while in TNG I could enjoy the wonderful scores and the interesting directing choices, here there's this general haze of bland boredom. Anyway, the teaser contains absolutely no meat on its bones, but it's inoffensive enough. Act 1 ***, 17% Odo's digression on "coupling" is one of those yet-to-be-patented DS9 banality indulgences (let's call them DBIs); a potentially interesting bit of character growth for Odo is reduced to sitcom-level clichés (of course, it's not football, it's "caronette" because we're IN SPACE). Is that really the depth we're going into on the subject of "coupling"? Meh. Jadzia and Sisko share a laugh over a bit of dialogue which someone labeled a joke but is not remotely funny (this episode's take on Past Prologue's "new suit" is apparently "steamed Azna"). Clumsy, clumsy dialogue in the exposition with these two: they have to spell out for us that they feel uncomfortable. Who tells their mentor that she is his mentor? It's so unnatural. One interesting thing about the structure of this act is all the pairs : Odo/Quark [rivals[, Dax/Sisko [old friends], Miles/Keiko [spouses], Jake/Nog [new friends] : all the little dialogues present a theme of companionship. This was a good and subtle choice. Anyway, the "real" plot kicks in--it's good that Odo is still operating as he did under Dukat (basically his own rules). The murder itself is corny as hell--black leather glove holding that enormous dagger? Wasn't there a less 70s-horror-porn way to show this? In any event, the tone of this act is so different from the teaser, it feels like a different episode. Act 2 : **.5, 17% FWAK! [that was the tone metre slapping me in the face] : a return to the teaser material and whacky antics from Nog and Jake. Dax/Bashir adds nothing to what we learned in the teaser. It's just filler. Jake's and Nog's prank is another example of the DBI (I think Michael Piller thought everyone's childhood is a version of "Stand By Me"). I laughed at the generic "serious crisis" music when the deputy grabbed the boys. God these scores are awful. So, Odo discovers his name on Ibudan's Ical circa 1992. There are only 12 children on the entire station? That seems unlikely. In any event, I thought the conversation between Keiko and Sisko was pretty well done--but there's a thorny issue that wasn't addressed: Sisko rightly points out that there are a multitude of cultures living on the station. True, but the problem is that a school is a state function (unless it's a privately sponsored school). Which governmental body is responsible for the station? It seems like in civil matters, Bajoran law is respected (see "Dax"), but we saw earlier (and will see later) that Sisko expects Odo to operate under Starfleet regulations, implying that the criminal and military branch is controlled by the Federation. But the senior-ranking Bajoran is Kira, who is under Sisko's authority. Did they think this through? I know they're going for the whole "frontier" thing, but we're not talking about governments that you have to send telegrams to and wait weeks for a response. Both Bajor and the Federation are instantly accessible by subspace. Another efficient and brief scene continues the murder plot. There's not much to say about it--it's plot mechanics and nothing more. Act 3 : ***, 17% Finally, we get a bit of character work in the A plot with an understated admission of trust between Kira and Odo. Unfortunately, that trend is dropped in the Promenade scene with the Bajorans and Quark. It dawns on them that Odo's history with the occupational government might make him a poor choice for security chief. Okay, good. Then Quark has to tell them (the camera) that Odo's a good guy, despite his gruffness and that Quark considers him a friend. The amity between Odo and Quark will of course prove to be one of the best character features of the series, but telling us flat out in such an omniscient expositional manner is very trite and lazy. If they're at this point now, exactly where are they going in the future? I'm trying to figure out Keiko's motivations here. She's bored and thus wants something to do; O'Brien and Sisko help her found a school...why is she so persistent of Rom? Is there a quota of multi-ethnic children her new school must possess? I never heard mention anything about her wanting to play Ambassador to the Ferengi. Meanwhile, we get the ominous glare from Obi-Wan Bajori, followed by a scene that is literally just Bashir waving around fake instruments while the score continues to convince us we'd be better off napping. There's emmy-winning material. The best scene in the episode occurs when Sisko relieves Odo of duty. Although Sisko is mostly a cardboard sounding board, sleepily professing is baseless belief in Odo's innocence, the writers make a really good choice in having Odo's dialogue flow directly from character. He's upset of course, but he's also unwaveringly cunning. Whereas perhaps most humanoids would appreciate the vote of confidence Sisko casts in spite of his dutiful actions, Odo sees the flaw in Sisko's logic and all but rejects wholesales his overture of collegial respect. It's worthy of a Spock/Kirk moment. Kudos. Act 4 : **, 17% On the other hand, the ransacking of Odo's office is pretty silly (boy, the Bajorans picked up English quickly). And the Quark/Odo dialogue is mostly the same clunky "tell don't show" stuff from earlier, but Auberjonois and Shimmerman display a wonderful chemistry that transcends the lousy writing. In the middle of all this, Bashir and Sisko grab lunch. Okay. I appreciate that the writers are trying to flush out the Sisko/Dax backstory, but a lot of this is hard to swallow. Dax died of old age (we later find out, that Serena Williams literally fucked him to death). Sisko may not be as young as Bashir, but when exactly were he and Kurzon galavanting around, wrestling and picking up women? I could see the older mentor drinking Sisko under the table and maybe embarrassing himself in an attempt to pick up a woman, but it seems a little far-fetched. Worse is the fact that they seem to want to build the backstory on this kind of frat-boy meets midlife crisis camaraderie, but didn't Sisko marry Jennifer when he was fresh out of the Academy? When would Sisko and Kurzon have had these adventures? When Sisko was a teenager? What was their relationship like after Sisko got married? I doubt they were hitting on Amazons. Swing and miss, folks. While we're on the subject of contradictions, why is Odo's shape-shifting ability seem to be the root of the mob violence? I thought the Bajorans resented his status as a former Cardassian collaborator. Why are they playing the race card? It feels like a forced way to try and make Odo's persecution more metaphorical, but it's damned sloppy and comes from nowhere. They *would* do this properly in S7's "Chimera." Closing out the act, we have super-genius Bashir staring at the growing glob in the Infirmary. What could this clump of organic matter made from Bajoran DNA be? Jinkies, what a mystery. [Trivial bit: Morn is seen in the mob outside Odo's office. That's got to be awkward] Act 5 : *.5, 17% Why is the Federation helping these people again? "How do you get a rope around the neck of a shape-shifter?" I'm not suggesting that the Bajorans should have the evolved sensibility of humans (how could they after their history?), but this kind of blood-thirst is absolutely nauseating. You'd think they would have had enough pointless bloodshed by now. In reality, this "kill the shifter" bs is what RedLetterMedia's Mr Plinket properly refers to as a script's equivalent to a penis car (those ridiculous sports cars middle-aged men buy to overcompensate for their perceived lack of sexual virility); in order to artificially inflate the stakes, the mob has to want to kill Odo for...why do they hate him again? His collaboration (didn't seem to bother them before today)? His alien nature (ostensibly so, but what exactly is their objection?)? His alleged murder of one ill-reputed Bajoran we know nothing about? The only thing this approach achieves is to make the Bajorans seem cartoonish. So, the big mystery is revealed: Ibudan cloned himself to frame Odo. Actually, pretty clever. So Odo tracks down Obi-Wan Bajori, who turns out to be Ibudan. All that was missing was Ibudan's "And I would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for you meddling shape-shifter!" Closing the episode is Keiko's first class. Sort of cute, but we get nothing further from Rom re: his interest in putting Nog here, and there are NO other human children on the station? Scratch, that, Federation children? No other officers have kids except Sisko, so the only other kids who show up are Bajoran. See, this is another contrived conflict: given the size of the station, there should be at least a a couple of other officers' kids between the age of 4 and 18 who would attend Keiko's school, making the need to solicit Bajoran and Ferengi children superfluous. Again, unless Keiko's stated purpose had been to try and bridge the cultures on the station--but her motivation was to have something to do with her time, since her degreed profession was apparently not an option. Whatever, enough of this cheese-fest. Episode as functionary : ** 10% There's a bit of good character work for Odo, but there's WAY too much clunky exposition. For the most part, we aren't allowed to discover the characters' backstories or their relationships, we are just told about them (exceptions are Kira/Odo and Jake/Nog). Couple that with some really illogical history with Sisko/Dax and the totally botched motivation for the Bajoran mob, as well as Keiko's amiable, but rather flimsy B-plot and it's probably one to skip. It's worth a footnote that Keiko's school will become important later, but not really worth sitting through the hour to get that bit of information. Final Score : ** Comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:41:14 PDT Elliott Comment by Baron Samedi on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap A very good final season to a magnificent show. The resolution to the Winn/Dukat/Sisko story was ridiculously anticlimactic and the ommission of Bajor's entry to the Federation was disappointing, but otherwise this was an excellent string of shows. Ezri was a great character. I loved her speech to Worf about the failings of Klingnon culture. DS9 is my favorite Star Trek show and one of my top shows in general (up there with The Wire). I admire the vision and ambition that went into it. Not everything on DS9 worked, but even when it fell flat it was rarely for lack of trying. I wonder if there will ever be a time when a fairly big budget and such a great degree of freedom (though I'm aware many of the limitations) are put in the hands of such a talented group of writers behind a sci-fi series. Thanks for the wonderful reviews, Jammer. Comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:52:57 PDT Baron Samedi Comment by Entilzha on TNG S1: Lonely Among Us 2 reasons: 1) It created Data's fascination with Sherlock Holmes. 2) It gave us Colm Meaney's 2nd Trek appearance which would later lead to Chief O'Brien. The rest is boring. So, historically we need this episode in the tapestry of Star Trek making, but we don't really have to watch it. :p Comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:49:45 PDT Entilzha Comment by Entilzha on TNG S1: Where No One Has Gone Before I loved the Klingon targ hallucination of Worf, and also the one with Tasha and her cat. It really showed something about the characters. After those two it seems the writers got tired from thinking and just decided to do strange things around the ship. What a missed opportunity. The Traveller and Kosinski, and Wesley were also good. The rest of the crew were portrayed as very reactionary and stuffy. Comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:33:01 PDT Entilzha Comment by Entilzha on TNG S1: The Last Outpost Just notice how in each episode Troi's neckline is a little bit lower. Also, the notion of women being 'less than' seems to be a universal one as it is presented by most of season one & two. Almost every single race sees females as a stereotypical weaker sex, or something to be viewed sexually. Really annoying. Seems the only true feminists on Trek so far are the Klingons. (Later there'd be the whole House of Duras inheritance that would wreck that :/). This episode works if you see the first half as an action with a mystery story and the second as a comedy. It feels as if the director had a Jekyll and Hyde mental breakdown while working here. Comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:20:37 PDT Entilzha Comment by Entilzha on TNG S1: The Naked Now Worf: I don't understand their humor, either. Wesley: It was an adult who did it! Those two quotes can sum up most of this episode. Wesley I liked. He is a bright kid who for some reason (through most of season 1) is surrounded by professional adults who act very stupidly: Why would the assistant engineer leave him in charge (It was before the infection took hold of him)? Why would his mother not notice her son sweating buckets after she knew about Geordi's and Tasha's condition? Wesley being a very smart kid made sense for him doing all the things apart from the last 'saving the day' act. That just range false. I also loved this being a carefree Wes, drunk, happy and naughty. Much more enjoyable that his anxious to please everyone demeanor in later episodes. The other good thing besides Wesley was Data's "If you prick me would I not leak." Love the Shakespearean paraphrasing. Also, that small part foreshadows great episodes to come in the future. Small thing: both here and on Haven, Deanna calls Riker 'Bill'. Doesn't really suit him and I'm glad they changed that. I didn't watch the show in episode order so for me it wasn't the second episode and the first time seeing it was quite amusing. But the unsophisticated humor fades very quickly after a couple of viewings. I found myself now laughing derisively at it rather than with it. Comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:11:25 PDT Entilzha Comment by Mike on TNG S3: Yesterday's Enterprise Wow, finally someone, with my same name, that pointed out my biggest gripe of this show! You're tell me that the flagship of the Federation after episodes like the survivors, q who, the best of both worlds, couldn't mop up three 20 year old warbirds? Don't get me started on Generations... Comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:10:23 PDT Mike Comment by LongKahn on DS9 S2: Crossover I would have liked it if the writers had used the mirror universe in the dominion arc. They could do it in many ways. Maybe as a way to escape in a grave situation like when the dominion took over the station. Or maybe they could have gone to the gamma quadrant in the mirror universe to get the cure for Odo. Oh well. Almost every mirror episode had the other side using our characters for their advantage. Once the station was taken over by smiley they should have gone there for something. I mean there was a whole universe that the dominion didn't have access to. Just a thought Comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:48:19 PDT LongKahn Comment by Ian G on DS9 S2: Melora This is a pretty dull and ponderous episode that try's to make some sort of ham fisted point about accepting handicapped people that would be fine in a 90's public service video but not Star Trek. Melora's predicament seems silly in the midst of all the medical marvels of the ST universe. The episode then degenerates further into a meaningless one off love story with her and Bashir. Melora herself is unbearable throughout, at first she's angry at everyone for no reason, then she's just a sappy love interest. Through all this we are slapped in the face by the script and told how awesome she is at everything lest we think all people with disabilities are meek and worthless. Comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:34:27 PDT Ian G Comment by HolographicAndrew on VOY S2: Tuvix I used to like this episode before I saw season one, and now I realize it doesn't match up at all with Janeway's earlier actions when Neelix's lungs were stolen. So what we have here is an episode where the entire crew is out of character, simply to force the status quo of the main bridge crew to remain the same. There's just no way they would sit there saying nothing. I'm not saying Tuvix should have stuck around, but I don't like the show pretending there's some big ethical dilemma to Janeway's decision when really it's just the reset button being pushed. That's the same awful thing that happened in every conflict in BSG later on. Comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:08:59 PDT HolographicAndrew Comment by D. Albert on BSG S4: The Oath "It's been an honor serving with you, my friend." And that says it all. Homo Sapien. Cylon. All too human. Comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:03:51 PDT D. Albert Comment by Ian G on DS9 S2: Sanctuary There are some interesting concepts here but the episode is very poorly executed and stumbles around mostly padding out the run time. The Skrean story might have been compelling if M class planets weren't miraculously ubiquitous in the Star Trek Universe. The Skreans just come off as arrogant and idiotic since the Federation is willing to give them a whole planet. The Bajoran government's reasoning seems perfectly sound. Comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:40:06 PDT Ian G Comment by D. Albert on BSG S4: A Disquiet Follows My Soul Roslin has totally checked out. She should resign. And if the mutiny happens, it's Adama's fault. Discipline on the ship has broken down. Baltar's gone angry nihilist. Gaeta gone angry. Chief is lost. Everyone is broken. Or angry. Or both. Which is cool. Because that is exactly how they all should react. So, yeah, good episode, despite all the flaws Jammer pointed out, Comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:10:34 PDT D. Albert Comment by Eddington on TNG S5: I, Borg I understand that this is a metaphore for genocide, but it is a weak one. The Borg are not a species and not a race, and they share among themselves very little in the way of genetics, and they do not sexually reproduce so there is no "emerging" species or race. It is a purely techno-social military organization, albeit involuntarily conscripted. Aggressive military targets are fair game for extermination, if you ask me. Yes, genocide is always wrong, even if it's your only hope for survival and you do it out of desperation. Your fear and desperation may mitigate your moral culpability, and good may come from your survival, but the genocidal act is objectively evil. But the fact remains that exterminating the Borg is not genocide. Once again TNG's attempts to preach their morality have rung false due to bad science, sophomoric use of English, and shallow philosophy. DS9, as usual, got it right. Section 31 was attempting to commit bona fide genocide, and that's why the story was so hard-hitting: they were actually dealing with the moral implications in a sci-fi setting with good science (a synthetic virus infecting a species), good English (look up genocide, they did), and deep philosophy (desperation, remorse, risk and sacrifice, action and rectification). Comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:50:01 PDT Eddington Comment by Adam on TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I Yes, one does wonder if this type of special ops mission would not be better suited to the likes of Section 31? Or the 24th century equivalent to Enterprise's MACOs. I always wondered about the plausibility of sending Worf, Crusher, and Picard on a dangerous grenade throwing mission behind enemy lines. Comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:33:33 PDT Adam Comment by D. Albert on BSG S4: Sometimes a Great Notion Good review and comments. I know attraction is personal, but I'll never understand why anyone would prefer Starbuck to Dee. Starbuck was a mess. Dee was sweet and a knock-out. Comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:35:36 PDT D. Albert Comment by Eponymous Jones on TNG S7: All Good Things... It's been a real pleasure re-watching the entire TNG series and reading these write-ups and comments. It's made me think about the series in a whole new, more literary, way. This is what the internet is all about. Franz Kafka wrote a short story called "Before the Law" ( that reminds me so much of Picard's relationship with Q and the Continuum he represents. It's a story about a gatekeeper that denies a man entry through a door that was specifically designed for him. Superior morality. The other thing I remember sending chills down my spine as a child is watching Riker's immensely powerful Enterprise come to the rescue of the Pasteur at an angle from below. To be with the old crew that is rescued by the starship we've followed for years - what a change of perspective! Still affects me! Just wanted to share that! Comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:00:00 PDT Eponymous Jones Comment by Yanks on BSG S4: The Plan "The Cylons were created by man. They rebelled. They evolved. They look and feel human. Some are programmed to think they are human. There are many copies. THEY HAVE A PLAN." So, we learn that "The Plan" was to "kill them all!!!" (see Cavil) How epically disappointing... Comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:19:58 PDT Yanks Comment by Yanks on BSG S1: 33 I remember when I first saw this episode. Wow! Riviting, suspenseful, pounding steady pace, just draining television. After all this episode brings in the suspense/empathy department, what really caps it off is when the baby is born and our President adds a number to the tally. (snif) Just a tremendous hour of television. Hard to match. (in any series) 4 stars EASY. Comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:18:05 PDT Yanks Comment by HolographicAndrew on VOY S2: Innocence I agree that this episode is worth a second look. My immediate thought after seeing this episode for the first time, is that I enjoyed it more than TNG's Darmok. Both episodes are about misunderstanding another alien's culture. I found Tuvok's interaction really touching in this episode, not tired at all. And usually kids acting gets pretty annoying, but they were actually good in this one. Sure the reverse aging is silly, but no more so than the alien's language in Darmok. It just worked for me and to me it was a solid hour of Trek. Comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:21:46 PDT HolographicAndrew Comment by Robert on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap That was half my point though. I wasn't making a value judgement as to anything, I was just saying that it's jarring if the (very small) amount of brown people all share each other as love interests. As to what should be done to make it less jarring? Ya, I'd be in favor of more minority actors. You either should not have black Bajorans/Vulcans or you should make them common. I swear that Tuvok literally married the only other black Vulcan on the entire planet. Why couldn't Solok's baseball team be half black (it would have made the Tuvok thing feel so much less weird if there were a lot of black Vulcans). Did they ever have any on Enterprise (I haven't finished it yet). "In that vein, Enterprise credits are the worst offender. They purport to depict humanity's progress towards the Space Age only to omit every single non-American achievement. Where's Gagarin or Sputnik, for instance? They fail to show the first human in space and the first Earth spacecraft? How about the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova in Vostok 6? Or Leonov's first spacewalk? " Totally agree! Wasn't Chekov included on the bridge as Rodenberry's nod to Russian space progress? Back when we were enemies! That's the spirit of Star Trek. Brown people are clearly the minorities on every planet somehow, even though by the time Star Trek rolls around America won't be very white anymore. Mind boggling. Comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:18:47 PDT Robert Comment by Robert on VOY S2: Deadlock @Andrew - Sort of? Who mourned for the other crew that died? Why is Harry special? They all got duplicated. In the SAME universe. Harry died exactly the same as literally everyone else. Everyone got split in two and EVERYONE had 1 duplicate die. Considering there are theories that the transporter is doing this (killing you and beaming a duplicate somewhere else) the only thing that was really "lost" is Harry's memories between the split and the death. So like 10 minutes tops. What WOULD have been interesting is to revisit this (briefly) in Basics when Naomi is sick. I always felt Samantha should have had PTSD from losing her baby the first time. Yes, technically the Naomi she has is the same one she carried inside her for (what is it, like 15 months?) but she still watched one of the Naomi's die after childbirth. Would screw with anyone. Comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:08:01 PDT Robert Comment by Angel on TNG S2: Q Who Was always amused in this episode when Picard orders Worf to "locate the exact source of that tractor beam, lock on phasers" and it takes Worf 4 shots to actually even come close to remotely hitting it =D Comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:04:53 PDT Angel Comment by HolographicAndrew on VOY S2: Deadlock Funny episode, but a little disturbing if you take it seriously. Because there's a universe where Harry Kim is dead and no one even mourned his death, because his duplicate stepped in to replace him. Since the show plays it off as an upbeat moment it kind of creeps me out. Yeah, I'm going to try to pretend that didn't happen. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:32:01 PDT HolographicAndrew Comment by Max Udargo on BSG S4: He That Believeth in Me @D. Albert Excellent analysis of the fundamental problem that undermined the series at it moved along. The key word here is "lazy," I think. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:09:03 PDT Max Udargo Comment by D. Albert on BSG S4: The Hub Good review. Thanks. Baltar's biggest sin,of course, is giving the nuke to Damaged 6. And there is no forgiveness for that. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:39:55 PDT D. Albert Comment by D. Albert on BSG S4: Sine Qua Non Good episode and good review. Lampkin: Maybe just another manipulation. Maybe all the cool cynicism just a cover for twisted guilt. Most likely a combo of both. The greatest cynics were once idealists, for if you cannot understand the subjective, you cannot never move beyond it to the objective. Saul: Looks like the Final Five are very different than the other Cylons. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:46:43 PDT D. Albert Comment by D. Albert on BSG S4: Guess What's Coming to Dinner? "If you are not riveted by BSG mythology by the end of this episode, then you likely never will be." I'm not. But, interestingly, neither is Sharon. She's chosen her side: family. And that I can respect. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:42:44 PDT D. Albert Comment by D. Albert on BSG S4: Faith Jammer, et. al No doubt that "Faith" tells a story combining religion and science fiction. I am not so sure it does it successfully. If we presume science fiction is based in the so-called materialist view of the universe, then faith by definition is a material phenomena -- that is, part of the mechanics of matter and energy. Thus, to allow faith (unreason) equal footing with science -- in its broadest sense -- intrudes on science fiction and thereby undermines it. It is not just this episode. Its the whole story. Most simply put, the Plot Gods' reliance on Fate and Destiny takes BSG well outside of SciFi. BSG is not SciFi, and that is too bad. Just imagine a BSG universe that had been better laid out. Imagine a cohesive plot that made sense, rather than relying on Fate and Destiny to force things along. In such a series, the characters struggle with meaning would be much more profound. As it stands, its just kindergarten spiritualism. Expertly executed, but trite nonetheless. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:37:42 PDT D. Albert Comment by D. Albert on BSG S4: The Road Less Traveled Plot Gods indeed. It'd bad when character development becomes replaced with the demands of the Plot. All the more so when the plot is Destiny this and Fate that. The series writers lack of planning really injures both the plot and the characters. What could have been a great show has become overrun with boring New Age metaphysical boringness. I wrote before, the Spirit Quest should have been planed out. It was not. And it shows. I'd like to see more Zarek, more Baltar machinations, more SciFi. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:21:17 PDT D. Albert Comment by SkepticalMI on TNG S6: Relics OK, I'm going to have to come to the defense of the Enterprise crew here. Picard and Geordi were perfectly justified in their actions. For one, Picard took the time to immediately introduce himself to Scotty, and then went to see him as soon as he got off duty. Is it that unreasonable for Picard to not abandon his duties? After all, it's not like anyone expected Scotty to disappear or anything; he would still be around in a few hours. And one could naturally assume Scotty would want to spend a few hours regathering himself anyway. It's a big shock to his system suddenly rematerializing after 70 years; does he really want to spend his time talking to strangers? Certainly Picard's actions are reasonable. Secondly, calling Scotty a living legend is probably a stretch. The difference in time between TOS era and TNG era is a bit more than the difference between now and World War II. Tell me, do you know the name of Eisenhower's quartermaster? Patton's chief of staff? Nimitz's second in command? I don't. It wouldn't surprise me that even quartermasters in the army now don't know the names of quartermasters from WWII. So while Kirk and perhaps Spock may be household names in the Federation, it's reasonable to assume Scotty was just a footnote in history. Heck, Data has a vast encyclopedic knowledge, and even he didn't know of Bones' aversion to Vulcans. So maybe LaForge had heard of him, but probably not as a legendary figure. But most importantly, Scotty was acting very rudely in engineering. Someone used the analogy of Wilbur Wright suddenly appearing. Yeah, we'd be excited to talk to him. But what if someone was getting a jet ready for takeoff, and Wilbur kept interrupting our hypothetical mechanic with a bunch of complaints. "What are you doing building a plane outta metal, laddie? It's too heavy! And only one set of wings? Where's the propeller? Oh laddie, this bucket of bolts will never get off the ground..." I think the mechanic might start to harbor the same annoyances that Geordie showed. I'm an engineer. I've given tours and shown off our company's technology to many other scientists, engineers, and professionals, the majority of which were older and more experienced than I. Not one of them acted in a manner that Scotty did. Not one was so condescending. Every one asked questions and tried to understand the technology and assumed I knew what I was talking about rather than being so dismissive. Scotty was being very unprofessional in there. I don't blame Geordi for showing him out. Especially since it was clear LaForge wasn't taking it too personally. He still seemed excited to talk to Scotty at first, and seemed ok with him while fixing up the old ship. In any case, maybe its because I don't have the same nostalgia filter for TOS (TNG was my first Trek show, and so its the one that gets seen in rose-colored glasses), but I don't see this as an instant classic. I agree with pretty much everything Jammer has to say. The theme is hammered with no subtlety, and the intrigue of the Dyson Sphere was simply put by the wayside. It's still a fun episode, of course. And showing the old bridge (with the Star Trek fanfare playing in the background) was enough to force the nostalgia out of me anyway. I think this would have been nice for a pseudo two-part episode. Leave Relics the way it is, and have it end with Scotty riding off into the sunset. Then have the next episode be focused on the Dyson Sphere itself. This is the biggest, best technology humanity has seen since the Iconian Gateway. This civilization had a level of engineering skill far beyond anything Starfleet has encountered so far. Doesn't that work as a mystery? Isn't that worth another episode? It's too bad that it didn't; I would have loved to see what they could have come up with. As an aside, I'm not sure if anyone else noticed this, but the episode opens with Picard and Riker looking over Data's shoulder as he works at one of the science stations in the back. After some techtalk, the two stroll to the front of the bridge and continue the technobabble with... Data, who is now sitting at his normal console. Oops. Combine that with LaForge constantly grabbing Scotty's injured arm, and it seems the director wasn't a very detailed-oriented man. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:35:44 PDT SkepticalMI Comment by D. Albert on BSG S4: Escape Velocity Baltar speech makes sense. He is an entirely selfish SOB whose incredible guilt for his role in the genocide, and all that follows, weighs on his conscience -- which he has. And that is key, I think, about making sense of his speech. Unlike Tory, Baltar is no psychopath. Baltar takes Tory's psychopath maxim of perfection and turns it into absolution, which is what he seeks. He twists the humanist ethic Love They Neighbor into Love Thyself. Because that is what he does. The Ayn Rand meets the Buddha. What a shit! Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:51:06 PDT D. Albert Comment by D. Albert on BSG S4: The Ties That Bind Great post and comments. My take; Tory: Tory is not acting out a program. Just like Saul and Tyro, aren't. They are individuals. They have no program. Saul is a loyal soldier. Tory is opportunistic, amoral and murdering was done in "self-defense." Learning she is a Cylon, just allowed her to fully express her sociopath nature. And it was done in "self-defense." Cally: Cally was alway a place-holder more than a character. If anything, she was the victim of poor paling on the writers part. Think about it: Hera is the Special One, right? Well, Hera ain't so special if Nik is around. So, I guess Nik's gotta bit it too. Nice Destiny they got going there.... Civil War: First, AWESOME! Second, how dumb is Six? If you're gonna play power politics, you got to think. Totally walked right into it. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:44:00 PDT D. Albert Comment by Jeff Bedard on VOY S5: 11:59 I do enjoy this episode, but I have to wonder if Voyager's library computer would truly contain the vast amounts of biographical and historical data the crew uses in this episode to research the past. It seems like any starship (not just Voyager) can call up information on anyone or anything no matter what world or time period. I just find it a little hard to believe. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:21:57 PDT Jeff Bedard Comment by Michael on BSG S4: He That Believeth in Me @D. Albert: THANK, YOU!!! You're the only one here who echoed and further articulated my own views about soap-operas, "spirit quests," and other such hooey infused into a sci-fi show to such an extent that it takes over. I also maintain that in a SCIENCE FICTION production SCIENCE comes first, whereas fiction comes second and is always in the service of science! When I opined this a few times on the Star Trek: Voyager boards the others tore me a new one, accusing me of being shallow and failing to understand what they continually referred to as "character development." Oy! Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:20:13 PDT Michael Comment by Paul M. on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap Well, seems to me we should then be talking about the lack of racial (and ethnic) diversity in Star Trek and not about the colour of Sisko's love interests. You said it yourself, Robert. Why are there 90 pink swatches? The real problem, and one that's been bothering me for a long time, is the fact that the vast majority of humans on Trek are white and from English-speaking countries, usually Americans. Even guys like Sulu, Harry Kim, Novakovich (from ENT) turn out not to be from Japan, Korea, etc. In that vein, Enterprise credits are the worst offender. They purport to depict humanity's progress towards the Space Age only to omit every single non-American achievement. Where's Gagarin or Sputnik, for instance? They fail to show the first human in space and the first Earth spacecraft? How about the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova in Vostok 6? Or Leonov's first spacewalk? For a franchise that depicts a future history of our world, this comes dangerously close to rewriting history. Star Trek deserves better than that. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:08:13 PDT Paul M. Comment by Michael on TNG S3: Yesterday's Enterprise First off I enjoyed this episode thoroughly and have seen every TNG DS9 Voyager and Enterprise episode including all movies. The flaws: Space is vast. No one seemed intrigued that it was the ENTERPRISE D and no other starship that "happen to come upon" the ENTERPRISE C at that point in time in the vastness of space? Uncanny no one pointed this out. Secondly, why would a Federation battleship in a time of war be traveling alone and not part of a squadron or small fleet(4-10) vessels like a powerful navy would utilize. Apparently the Klingons use a squadron of vessels 3 vs 1 Federation vessel. Third, the way the ENTERPRISE D utilized it's firepower. Firing photons only once? If anyone watched episode 51 The Survivors the Enterprise D unleashed quite a volley on the mysterious and powerful attacking vessel. A couple volleys like this would disable or destroy 2 Klingon ships in the first 2 volleys leaving it as a 1on1. Any thoughts feel free to comment I look forward to replies. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:41:21 PDT Michael Comment by D. Albert on BSG S4: Six of One And speaking of SciFi: Cylon Civil War! YES!!!!!!! This is the kind of thing that goes heart of science fiction: how technology affects us, and how placing humans in the alternative universe of advanced tech allows us to understand what it means to be human. SciFi is all about exploring what it means to be human. Cylons are not human; but they are. We -- homo sapiens and Cylon -- are tool using biological machines. We can even interbreed in BSG. The exploration of their humanity is, IMO, the most interesting and appealing part of the show. And this episode finally brought all that out. By raising the morality of the humanoid Cylon enslavement of the more machine Centurions and Raiders. And the civil war, Totally awesome!! Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:37:32 PDT D. Albert Comment by D. Albert on BSG S4: Six of One "I particularly appreciated the irony in Adama, the atheist, finding that he suddenly must reevaluate his position on miracles." Perhaps. It depends on what you mean by miracles. They can either be 1) events which are caused by the supernatural, or 2) material phenomena not explainable by our science. If the latter, then the science just needs to get better. "Any significantly advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic..." So, Starbuck's return could be a miracle under either of these understandings. I'm guessing, it is the former. Which is a bummer, because that ain't SciFi. (Yes, my recurring gripe about what I think this series has become) Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:29:07 PDT D. Albert Comment by Dave on ENT S2: Shockwave, Part II Really disappointed with the scene where Hoshi's clothes fall off. And then the next episode has T'Pol stripping off in silhouette. I'm not saying there can never be nudity but this is just tacky, sexist and exploitative. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:49:26 PDT Dave Comment by D. Albert on BSG S3: Maelstrom Or one more possiblity: Destiny/God made her an Angel. Boring. If she is an Angel (remember, Angels are not necessarily good, they are agents of God) , then what does her character arc mean? Nothing. Because character arcs are all about the way the Greeks taught us how to tell a story. And the greeks railed against the deus machina. With good reason. If she is an Angel, or whatever, then who cares about Apollo and her Love Z?! I, along with many here, got tired of that, and now it doesn't really matter at all. The writers are being vary lazy. Gawd, this show is taking a turn for the worse. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:30:57 PDT D. Albert Comment by D. Albert on BSG S4: He That Believeth in Me This is my first time watching the series, and I dislike the the lazy way in which the writers use Fate, Destiny, God, to patch up plot holes and poor planing in story line. I also dislike how the SciFi has degenerated into Space Opera and Space Fantasy. The story is on the verge of becoming a cheap melodrama/spirit quest set in space. If it wanted to be Space Opera, fine. But instead of really delving into its own mythos, it just superficially exploits and banally borrows from various religious traditions. I'm see a very bad New Age bag of nonsense. It could have dealt with the spirit quest in a much deeper and more appreciative manner, and actually learned something about the way the Ancient Greeks and Romans viewed their gods, how that view conflicted with their reason, and how it was eventually challenged by an alien monotheistic religion. It could have expanded on those themes and applied them to the advanced technological civilization of the Battle Star Universe. It could have had mystery cults as well. It could have really created an interesting, engaging, well though out spiritual/political universe. But instead it just slapped whatever Fate card was needed to move the plot -- such as it is -- forward. It relies on the viewers accepting Mystery -- but that is NOT what SciFi is about! -- Learn This overuse and reliance on deus machina Not that Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:24:46 PDT D. Albert Comment by SamSimon on TNG S7: Force of Nature While I do agree with Jammer on all the weaknesses of this episode (basically, the fact that there are a couple of subplots just to fill the hour), I do believe that the final message alone deserves a couple of stars on its own. Simply great. And 20 years later, we are still destroying the only Planet that we have using fossil fuels, and we are not going to do anything at all to stop this in the foreseeable future... Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:49:43 PDT SamSimon Comment by Robert on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap I'm really not trying to say there's anything sinister or racist going on here, or that it's not progressive. As was point out, Picard didn't date people who aren't white... why should Sisko date people that aren't black? I'm just trying to point out that given the lack of brown guest stars, the fact that Avery and Cirroc manage to get them as love interests so frequently points to intentional behavior. Jake's mom probably should be black to reflect Cirroc's heritage properly. As to Fenna/Kassidy? Or the 2 black bajorans? COULD be a lot of coincidence, but seems intentional on SOMEBODY'S part. And I'm not even saying it's jarring because Jake is black that he dated half the black Bajorans we've ever seen. Maybe if half the Bajorans on the station were black I wouldn't have found it so noticeable.... Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:40:08 PDT Robert Comment by Robert on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap Maybe mandate was too strong a word. Let's go at this from a different point of view. We'll play a game where you have 100 color swatches. The object of the game is to pair each swatch with 1 other swatch, creating 50 different set of stripes. There are 6 swatches that are shades of brown, 4 that are shades of yellow and 90 that are shades of pink. We'll play the game for 5 rounds. If EVERY round the pink swatch you're watching is paired with another pink swatch... your brain won't notice anything odd. If EVERY round the brown swatch you're watching is being paired with another brown swatch.... your brain will notice. That's what I mean by jarring. Given the amount of brown guest stars vs white ones, to always give the brown ones to the brown main characters in noticeable. I will not make a value judgement here (in the sense of good/bad/otherwise), but I highly doubt that you could come up with an argument that would hold water where you could say that this was an accident (ie not intentional). So if mandate/jarring are too strong for you... how do you feel about noticeable and intentional? Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:33:54 PDT Robert Comment by Josh on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap Why is it jarring? It strikes me as a rather suspect double standard that the romantic relationships of black characters are being subjected to this kind of scrutiny, that they are not sufficiently "interracial". Now, we may indeed be seeing the effect of Avery Brooks specifically with Sisko's relationships, but it's entirely unsubstantiated to suggest that there was any kind of "mandate" to maintain limited "mixing". Because that is the substance of this claim, isn't it? Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:15:15 PDT Josh Comment by Josh on VOY S4: The Raven While I agree that the Bomar certainly qualified as the Hard Headed Aliens of the Week, they did have a point about the appearance of incompetence after Seven's escape from the ship. Already not favourably disposed to Janeway, they see her rapidly lose control of a "rogue Borg" with no more than her say-so that she would get Seven back. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:41:36 PDT Josh Comment by Robert on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap @Josh - It certainly wouldn't be more progressive if Kassidy was white. It's just particularly jarring that Jake found 2 out of the 3/4 black bajorans to date, that both of Sisko's wives were black AND that his only other real love interest (Fenna) was also black. Considering how few black (or brown if you prefer) performers there are on Star Trek there was clearly some kind of mandate to keep these characters paired up with people that look like them. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:26:53 PDT Robert Comment by desultoryd on TNG S1: Encounter at Farpoint the folks at missionlogpodcast (who have been doing a podcast of all the star trek shows and movies) are finally getting to ST:TNG. Can't wait to combine the excellent reviews here with the audio commentary they provide. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:03:38 PDT desultoryd Comment by Ian G on DS9 S2: Paradise I liked how this episode explores the dark side of leadership based on rigid political ideology. However the whole thing derails in the final scenes when the colonists aren't mad at Alixus and consider staying/turning the machine back on. It's ridiculous, she stripped them of their free will and condemned many of them to death. Her speech at the end is some ham fisted effort by the writers to try to show her as multifaceted, when the entire episode had built her up to be a pure villain. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:47:59 PDT Ian G Comment by Yanks on ENT S1: Dear Doctor I don't know that the "prime directive" later in trek EVER prohibited the issuance of medical aid. I seem to remember Beverly getting in Picard's face and winning the argument on a couple of occasions. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:54:18 PDT Yanks Comment by Yanks on ENT S1: Acquisition So, "Ferengi on DS9 = funny" and "Ferengi on ENT = Lame and pointless" I didn't want to see this on Enterprise either, but it's not a "bad" episode. Combs brings his magic to the screen and there is some good comedy. Hell, the gals are happy.... they get to see Trip running around in his space undies. Clint Howard was fine and Eathan Phillips got to play a Ferengi again. Just a fun episode. I thought all the characters were well played. 2.5 stars for me. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:35:47 PDT Yanks Comment by HolographicAndrew on VOY S2: Meld Totally agree with this positive review. The scene with tuvok going out of control on Janeway blew me away. This has to be one of the best episodes up to this point in the series, not to mention one of the best vulcan centered episodes. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:50:15 PDT HolographicAndrew Comment by Sean on VOY S7: Unimatrix Zero, Part II "Something acknowledging they're forever changed would have been cool." Voyager didn't acknowledge things that happened in previous episodes. Continuity was an extreme rarity. And even when continuity did happen, it made no sense and was fairly badly written, as in the early season and with Fury. Comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:30:29 PDT Sean Comment by NCC-1701-Z on DS9 S4: The Muse Onaya felt like a villain right out of Doctor Who, specifically, the witch-beings in the Doc Who episode "The Shakespeare Code", basically aliens controlling Shakespeare in order to accomplish their evil plan of the week. Except "Shakespeare Code" was fun while "The Muse" was just lame. And I still can't stand Luaxana. Jammer put it just right - a major stumble in what is otherwise one of DS9's best seasons. Odo had the best line though: "I trust I can count on you to accept me even if I just stand there and read last week's criminal activity report." Comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:25:34 PDT NCC-1701-Z Comment by NCC-1701-Z on VOY S7: Q2 I liked this episode...when it was TNG's "True Q". Bleah. Voyager ruined the Q even worse than they ruined the Borg. Comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:06:42 PDT NCC-1701-Z Comment by Tommy on TNG S7: Attached SPOILER I don't see the tricorder as being contrived, but it was a huge stroke of good luck. Comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:13:41 PDT Tommy Comment by Chris on ENT S1: Acquisition As much as I detest pretty much ALL Ferengi episodes, and the writing talents of Berman and Berman Jr, I actually found this to be the least offensive of the Ferengi stories. Just based on reading the first few lines of Jammer's review prior to viewing, I was expecting spmething much, much worse that this. Combs did his usual admirable job at making the character his own and playing it convincingly, seeing 'Balok' return to Trek was a nice touch, and I thought Bakula channeled a bit of Kirk when trying to convince Krem to help him. Really, it wasn't THAT bad .... As Ferengi episodes go. At least not one character uttered the word "moogie". God, how I hated that shit. Comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:31:29 PDT Chris Comment by SkepticalMI on TNG S6: Man of the People I think you have mentioned your appreciation before, and the feeling is mutual. For the record, I did not intend to imply that you agreed with Alkar in any way. I simply meant that if their intention was to make this a social commentary episode, they did a poor job of it (which you seem to agree with too). I'm thinking that if they did want to go with this angle, of using this episode as a springboard to discuss whether or not it was ok for a politician to have moral failings if their cause is just, then changes would need to be made. For starters, I'm guessing that someone else (perhaps from the same species) would need to make the argument that Alkar was justified in doing this, rather than Alkar himself. That would fit with how politicians act; they try to avoid the subject entirely and if forced to discuss the matter, usually offer a hollow apology and say they are working on improving themselves (while the "machine" politicians work in the background to set the proper narrative). When Picard talks to Alkar and he defends himself, there's simply no denying that he looks like a common criminal offering lame justifications for his crimes. Not that this one change would make it a good episode... Comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:25:43 PDT SkepticalMI Comment by Josh on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap The counterargument from the "real world" is that Kassidy's character allowed for a prominent recurring role played by black performer. I don't think there's anything more "progressive" about portraying Sisko dating a white woman instead! Also, as has been pointed out, Jake's most prominent love interest was Mardah - a Bajoran played by an apparently Caucasian woman. Way back in "The Storyteller" both Jake and Nog seem interested in another "white" Bajoran girl. Otherwise, I'm pretty sure Harry is supposed to be of Korean descent (certainly Kim would be an extremely atypical Cantonese name), though according to Memory Alpha he's from South Carolina. So I figure he'd be speaking English too. (And, generally, I prefer to avoid the translation issue! Too thorny.) Comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:11:53 PDT Josh Comment by dgalvan on Star Trek III: The Search For Spock Christopher Lloyd was awesome in this. Also, what was his dog/pet on the bridge of the bird of prey? It was not a Targ, was it? Comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:18:27 PDT dgalvan Comment by Ian G on DS9 S2: The Homecoming I really enjoy this whole arc which starts at the end of the first season. The action sequences were from 90's TV so the standards were much lower then, but I still thought they held up fairly well. DS9 has a really funny trip of giving tiny Kira, who weighs in at a whopping 115 lbs, an iron fist that can knock any character, no matter how large and powerful they are, down with one hit. I also thought that it was odd that the nature of the political violence was toned way down to graffiti and branding Quark, compared to religious extremism fueled bombings and assassinations from the previous episode which seemed more appropriate for a society that fought a 50 year long insurgency with terrorist tactics. Comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:09:18 PDT Ian G Comment by Kahryl on ENT S1: Dear Doctor No, Petrus, you DON'T know exactly what will happen if you don't do anything. In fact that result is just as unpredictable as one in which you interfere. Deciding not to act, is in itself a decision and an action with distinct results. Also, the idea that the best decision is the one with the most "predictable outcome" is ridiculous. How about destroying the aliena' atmosphere and killing them all - you know EXACTLY what the result of that will be! Comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:47 PDT Kahryl Comment by Elliott on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap If not for Time's Arrow messing it up, we could have included Guinan in with Picard's love interests. While I understand why the subject may be an uncomfortable one, in this case, there seems to be something deliberate going on. I cite again "Badda-Bing" wherein Sisko makes a comment to Kassidy about "our people." Sisko's family seems to have settled in New Orleans. Of course, they could have settled there as late as his father's generation, but, assuming they've been there since our time, it is likely that Sisko's ancestry can be traced to the French slave trade. Is that Kassidy's ancestry as well? We hear her speaking English, but I always assumed that Keiko was speaking Japanese, Picard and Geordie French, Worf Russian, Kim Cantonese, Torres Spanish, etc. "Yates" is an old British surname, so it is likely that Kassidy's family can be traced to one of the empire's trades. The point is, the only feature Sisko can be referring to when isolating Kassidy, Jake and himself from the other humans is race. Without going off on too much of a tangent, this idea is another example of the writers failing to extrapolate in futuristic terms. These issues are only relevant to us now in this way. Until that episode, it didn't seem like humans paid race even the slightest attention. In fact, "race" was usually interchangeable with "species" (which makes more sense anyway, as there are actual genetic differences between different species). But now, we have to reevaluate Sisko's choices in light of this attitude, and his and his son's exclusive coupling with humans and aliens whose skin colour was the same as theirs is disturbing. Not to mention, as Robert noted, the only two non-white Bajorans we meet are Jake's love-interests. And there was Fenna, the only member of her species we ever meet, and she is played by a black woman. I can make exactly one exception to this rule--Sisko slept with mirror Dax (but that was mostly to keep her from suspecting his identity). Comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:52:52 PDT Elliott Comment by Robert on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap Memory Alpha's picture of Vedek Tonsa confirms you are right! I went through all of them and there is one. I didn't remember him. Comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:34:48 PDT Robert Comment by Paul M. on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap Robert, as I remember, there were a few black Bajorans: a vedek, maybe some militia members... Comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:23:49 PDT Paul M. Comment by Robert on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap That should have read "more wrong". Must not post before coffee. Comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:27:11 PDT Robert Comment by Robert on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap @Paul - "For an out-of-universe answer, I'd hope there are enough "minorities" in Hollywood to allow a white guy to have a black girl every now and then. " Of course there are, it's just less jarring when it doesn't happen (although that doesn't make it less wrong). If 9/10 characters we meet are played by white people, it doesn't feel deliberate that Picard didn't date the 1/10. When Sisko manages to ignore the 9/10 EVERY TIME and always land on that 1/10, it feels deliberate. Again, doesn't make it less wrong but it IS more jarring! Although TNG did do a better job than you might think mixing races. Geordi had Aquiel and Leah (one black, one white). Worf's love interests are all played by white people (which means of course that Deanna's love interest was played by a black man). O'Brien married Keiko. Sure, Picard's 3 or 4 love interests are all white, as are Beverly's. Riker hit on anything with a pulse so there must be something in there that's not white... anyone remember anything right now? Comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:26:36 PDT Robert Comment by Robert on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap Is the actress who played Mardah white? She's darker than me, but I'm translucent. I wasn't counting the vampire as a love interest, but I guess you could! I don't care that Jake dated black Bajorans, I just found it jarring that I don't think there were ANY black Bajorans on the show EVER EXCEPT the ones he dated. Someone please point out if I'm wrong though!! Comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:17:37 PDT Robert Comment by Josh on VOY S4: Revulsion I'm catching this episode now on a quiet post-call morning but I have to say.... After Dejaren's outburst to B'Elanna about how, among other things, he's ashamed to be made in her (organics') image, I can't say I understand why she's willing to stick around on this ship. As she says, he's a lunatic, and even without the dramatic irony of the teaser, I would have gotten myself off that ship without delay. Why she's willing to stick around yet alone snoop around the mysterious lower deck is beyond me. Comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:40:22 PDT Josh Comment by Paul M. on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap I don't know Elliott, that seems a problematic explanation, and one that relies on strange rationalisations. What happened to 24th century Earth? Did some unmentioned genocide of Africans and Asians happen that we don't know about? For an out-of-universe answer, I'd hope there are enough "minorities" in Hollywood to allow a white guy to have a black girl every now and then. If we're finding Sisko's choice of dates odd, I posit that it's no less odd than Picard's or Riker's choice of girlfriends. Or Beverly's choice of men, for that matter. I'm feeling a bit uneasy with this line of thought. Comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:17:53 PDT Paul M. Comment by Elliott on VOY S2: Non Sequitur Katie, you just described barter not capitalism. Capitalism requires, well, capital. Something with assigned value rather than intrinsic value. When you don't sufficiently regulate this faith-based economic system, those with power manipulate the capital standards to benefit themselves. Capitalism is fine, but you have to dam the waters or you're liable to drown Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:43:43 PDT Elliott Comment by D. Albert on BSG S3: Maelstrom Very good acting, particularly by Sackhoff. This is my first time watching the series. Three possibilities: 1. She is dead. If Starbucks is dead, then her "special destiny" was suicide after a life fighting depression. Not particularly interesting, IMO, but as a study in self-destuction. Which, I suppose, should be part of this universe. Still, sadly, I must agree the fleet is better off without her. The series certainly is better off without the chaotic Starbuck generated Love Z... It would have been much more satifying to see he get her act together along the lines the XO. Don't tell me his life was a bowl of cherries, and he manages to get his act together. 2. She survived. Well, there are no weird aliens in the series, per Olmos demand, so only the Cylons could save her. Which makes little sense. 3. She is one of the Five. Which means, well, whatever that means. 3.5 Stars Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:50:04 PDT D. Albert Comment by Katie on VOY S2: Non Sequitur What is so fictional about capitalism? It is people consensually trading with one another. People give up things of what they perceive are lesser values for things they perceive are greater values. Is this really so strong? That is exactly what it is. As for Corey and Elliot, capitalism isn't what we have right now. It's hardly unregulated and is nothing even close to what capitalism is. There is so much regulation, from both right and the left (even more from the right under Bush) that one could hardly call it capitalism. Every year, the state gets bigger and bigger. There's nothing capitalistic about what we have right now, so if you think capitalism is at fault, you're criticizing the wrong thing. This is not capitalism. Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:46:32 PDT Katie Comment by Dave in NC on VOY S2: Non Sequitur It's been awhile since I've seen this episode, but I definitely can say that the actress who plays Libby's performance is so legendarily bad that among my Trekkie friends it's become a running joke. The way she plays her, it almost seems like Libby's a little . . . slow. I'll have to rewatch it (not sure if that's a good thing or not haha), but they way I remember the episode playing out, Harry had way more chemistry with Tom than with his beard in San Francisco. Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:30:51 PDT Dave in NC Comment by Peremensoe on TNG S7: Parallels The other Worfs weren't just swapping places with ours, they (or at least some of them) were sliding through various successive realities as well. With so many possibilities, surely some were having similar troubles. On the other hand, there's no reason to think they'd snap back perfectly to their originals. Something must go wrong with a few of them. Not all the *ships* survived, why should the Worfs fare better? Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:20:08 PDT Peremensoe Comment by Dave in NC on TNG S4: Suddenly Human I forgot to mention this in my review earlier, but this was another episode where Troi asks inappropriate questions which seem designed to pull off mental scabs. If I didn't know better, I'd say that Troi gets off on making others feel pain. It's never seems to be enough for her just to make a point with a logical defense, she really seems to go for the jugular an awful lot. As we saw with Suder on Voyager, it's definitely possible Betazoids can get addicted to the strong emotions of others. Naybe that's why she freaked out when she lost her powers in "the Loss": she simply couldn't get her fix. Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:02:34 PDT Dave in NC Comment by D. Albert on BSG S3: Dirty Hands Adama is no dictator. He shares power with the Pres. Adama has complete military authority; the Pres has civilian authority. So, the question is whether Adama went overboard by threatening Cally. Maybe. For the reasons many here have made. On the other hand, Chief's mistake was to "unionize" the flight deck crew. That violates the chain of command. Ooops. I am all in favor of unions, and this episode does a good job of showing why. But the military is NOT a civil society. The chain of command can only be bucked when an immoral order is given. 3.5 stars Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:42:14 PDT D. Albert Comment by Shane on VOY S4: Demon This episode is profoundly stupid. I found myself constantly shaking my head every time a character said something or some element of the plot was revealed. Here we have a crew too stupid to conserve energy until the tank is on empty. Just a few weeks earlier we had Tom Paris playing with his Camaro on the holodeck. The crew should've been aware of their dwindling power supply at that time. Since they found themselves out of gas in the middle of nowhere they move all the crew to one area to conserve energy. That's a good idea, but Tuvok won't let Neelix bring a blanket and small book for comfort? That was irritating. The book and blanket take up no more room than Neelix himself really, and they will serve to improve his morale slightly. Screw you Tuvok. Janeway intends to crawl along at 1/4 impulse power. Do the writers have any clue how large space is? Speaking in interstellar terms they won't get anywhere at impulse speed in the week before their fuel runs out. (Not that they need the engines running constantly in the first place, but Trek always screws up the physics of space travel). Why doesn't Starfleet have any robotic probes that can be used to "mine" deuterium? If a shuttle and environmental suits can survive the environment (even briefly) then Starfleet must have robotic probes that are more capable. The Soviets landed probes on Venus in the 70s and were able to acquire photographs and scientific data. Venus is incredibly hostile, surely humanity in the 24th century would be much more advanced. (Another thing that bothered me able Trek in general -- where are the robots?) Tom and Harry land the shuttle a good distance away from the deuterium. Why would they wander so far from the shuttle in such a hostile place? And why only a crew of two? Why do they leave the shuttle door open? Wouldn't the "hostile" environment damage the interior of the shuttle? I'd hate to see what exposure to Venus' would do to the interior of my car! Janeway again opts to land Voyager in a dangerous situation that really doesn't warrant it. She has a penchant for doing that. And finally, looks like the whole crew opted to be duplicated. I wouldn't go through with that. I doubt most of the crew would either. What did I like? Harry's little bit at the beginning of taking the initiative and voicing his opinion. He really has gained a lot of experience and did deserve promotion. Too bad the writers and producers were assholes and liked to punk Harry on every possible occasion. This episode is definitely a 1-star or less for me. Not so bad it's good, just so bad as to be maddening. Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:55:31 PDT Shane Comment by Dave in NC on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap @Robert Jake dated a (much older) white-Bajoran Dabo girl, and he was pretty infatuated with the weird (also white) mind vampire in The Muse. Jake liked all kinds of ladies, just saying. Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:48:48 PDT Dave in NC Comment by D. Albert on BSG S3: Unfinished Business Apollo loves the wrong woman. Dope. Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:45:41 PDT D. Albert Comment by Matt on DS9 S5: Rapture Funnily enough the uniform change led me to believe that the whole episode wasn't "real". I first noticed the difference after he was shocked and was talking to bashir, which seemed to me a designation of the difference between reality and wherever the event were happening in. Very confusing. Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:45:14 PDT Matt Comment by Snooky on ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part I I'm surprised how many people found the female outfits sexist -- considering the TOS female uniforms in "our" enlightened future were really impractical miniskirts! As a female, I thought it was funny. But I wouldn't have minded some bohunk action in exchange. The opening sequence was so phenomenal and unexpected, I dragged both my husband and son into the room and made them watch it. The credits, too. And the credits really were a social commentary of their own -- yes, we've invented and explored, but yes, most of the tech has been used for warfare. Even landing on the moon was an outcome of the Cold War (I say this at the 45th anniversary of the walk on the moon.) The rest was so over the top, there's not a lot there to even discuss. The best part by far were the TOS references, the Tholians, seeing a Tholian, the Tholian web, and the TOS BRIDGE!!! That thrilled my Trekkie heart. Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:40:15 PDT Snooky Comment by D. Albert on BSG S3: A Day in the Life Yeah, this episode could have been done better in all the ways discussed. According to Wikipedia "Edward James Olmos submitted this episode for consideration in the category of "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" on his behalf for the 2007 Emmy Awards." Perhaps Olmos's desire to get an Emmy made what could have been better what it was... Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:38:52 PDT D. Albert Comment by Snooky on ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II Wow, talk about spit screaming. I could see the spittle flying out of Archer's mouth. Jammer is right -- Bakula was insane here! I have often been put off by his character yelling and getting angry all out of proportion to what the scene requires or what the other characters are doing. Now I see Archer's volatility as visible evidence of hammy, overblown, really bad acting. Where was the director to tell him to dial it down a notch? Or ten? I rewatched TOS not long ago, and was struck by how charismatic and confident James T. Kirk is, thanks to Shatner's portrayal. We've all made fun of Kirk's hammy acting over the years, and he had a few bad moments, but Bakula gets the prize by far. Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:17:46 PDT Snooky Comment by D. Albert on BSG S3: The Woman King As a secular Jew, I found this episode particularly well-crafted, and executed. We need not know the specifics of why Saggitarions are despised. Our world gives us examples enough: Jews are despised for being stinky Jews; Romani for being thieving Romani; in Japan, barakumin suffer the same. Christian Scientists are despised for not believing in medicine. I am sure you can think of any number of examples. The writers cleverly exploit our very human prejudice that many -- including myself -- have towards insular religious communities, and how that prejudice allows and even condones persecution. The episode really shines, IMO, with the expression of this hateful prejudice in the bar scene. Characters who we know as decent people who strive to do the right thing reveal the insidiousness of this kind of bigotry. Tyrol and Dualla's were treated particularly deftly. Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:41:19 PDT D. Albert Comment by D. Albert on BSG S3: Taking a Break from All Your Worries Great comments. Re: Balter taking a bullet: Ain't gonna happen. Balter is about Balter and only Balter. He's an entirely self-centered SOB. And yet, (And I'm guessing here) he will be redeemed somehow. By saving humanity...? RE: the Love Z. BORING I don't care about any of them, except Dualla, who is a decent person. I like SciFi, and every moment spent on soap is one less spent on Scifi. But, I guess, enough Fan Boys and Fan Girls need the soap, so there you go. Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:25:19 PDT D. Albert Comment by Matt on DS9 S5: Nor the Battle to the Strong What bothered me was that he hid under a table instead of helping evacuate. I was not expecting him to fight, only help everybody else carry the wounded, something he had shown he was capable of earlier. instead he hid under a table while waiting for the Klingons to arrive. While I can't vouch at all for a combat experience, I know that when I am nervous or scared, actively doing something helps relieve those feelings. Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:23:12 PDT Matt Comment by Elliott on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap Paul M, because the Universe unfortunately includes people of non-white ethnicities as minorities (they are the exception, not the rule). Thus when their love interest seem to include only members of their own, relatively scarce race, it seems purposeful. Imagine a show set in India with a white protagonist who only sought out other white people. Wouldn't that be racist? Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:59:56 PDT Elliott Comment by Paul M. on DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap Elliott, I'm as white as you can get--well, not really, those Nordic guys are blindingly pale;)--, but I have trouble understanding why it is only noteworthy when non-white guys exclusively date people of their "race". Don't get me wrong, I do hope that our own 24th century humanity outgrows this "habit". But how come it's odd if Kim (hypothetically) only dates Asian girls and Bashir only dates Middle-Eastern girls and Sisko only dates black girls, yet it's perfectly OK and in no need of commenting when a white guy only dates white girls? Comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:40:49 PDT Paul M.