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Brandon Adams
Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 10:47am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

No date offered.

I think we're officially in development hell.

I figured out a while ago that all this "subscription lets us do graphic stuff we couldn't on networks!" and "sci-fi sucks on networks!" is really just studio-code for "we're going to have a gay character and he's going to be kissing men". I wonder if that was a source of conflict between the various parties.

But between them putting it behind a paywall and the Axanar studio, I can tell you I have no intention of supporting Discovery. Moonves is just putting forth a token doomed effort so he can go "See? Nobody wants it!" and dodge further criticism.
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Adam
Wed, Jan 18, 2017, 8:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: A Matter of Time

I think the most important question is... where is the toilet on that guy's tiny ship?!
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Adam C
Wed, Nov 23, 2016, 3:13pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Unnatural Selection

It just occurred to me that the Lantree quarantine beacon would be like a dinner bell for the Ferengi. They could have tried to salvage the ship or scavenge from its contents, potentially proliferating the disease despite Our Heroes’ best efforts. Would have made for an interesting (if grim) sequel.

Also, the more interesting and path would have been to leave Pulaski to die, presenting a true cost of her folly. One supposes they might have done just that, had the episode fallen near the end of the season.
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Adam
Sat, Oct 1, 2016, 3:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

Just finished a rewatch of this series, and this finale is much more hollow than I remember it being. The whole thing screams of utterly sloppy writing. There is the borg civil war from Unimatrix Zero that is completely ignored. It was earlier established that Seven could NOT have a relationship because of one of her implants, yet now she has one with Chakotay with no issues (a relationship that just came out of nowhere and is not believable in the slightest.) Why would Admiral Janeway go to that particular point in time? Why not use the technology to simply bring Voyager back across the galaxy? Why is the exit point of the transwarp hub so close to Earth? Wouldn't it have been seen before? (They allude earlier that the exits are static: "That one leads to the Delta Quadrant.") If the Borg have trans-warp hubs, why haven't they ever sent an army to cripple Earth? With that kind of traveling power, one would think the Battle at Wolf 359 would have been a cakewalk for them.

I love Voyager but it could have been so much more. The whole story line with the Maquis is left unanswered - it's alluded to earlier in the series that the Maquis will face severe consequences when they get back! How does Seven integrate into society? What about the Doctor? Echeb?

My hope was that with the new Star Trek Discovery, we would at least get to see what happened to some of these characters via guest appearances, but turns out the series will be set before TOS. I don't have much hope for the Trek franchise anymore.
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Adam
Mon, Sep 12, 2016, 6:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

Disappointed that the series is taking place in the pre-TOS era. Enterprise failed and the new movies are already in that time frame (albeit a different dimension).

Was excited to have a new series that took place after Voyager and that gave TNG, DS9 and Voyager actors a chance to make guest appearances.

Trek has been a disappointment for the last 15 years and I hope the new series breaks the wheel.
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Adam
Thu, Sep 1, 2016, 9:09pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Life Line

I liked the premise of the episode, but it grew tiresome after so many scenes with the Picardos shouting at each other. Zimmerman's behavior was not believable at all. I would think a scientist, especially one near death, would be eager to exhaust every treatment option.

The constant references that the EMH Mark 1's were scrubbing plasma whatevers was ridiculous. The programs could be upgraded or deleted. That's like saying "my Windows Vista is outdated so I have it relegated to being my calculator."
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Adam
Thu, Aug 25, 2016, 11:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Fair Haven

My claim was not that cause and effect is sufficient for sentience, it was to counter Skeptical's argument above that the Doctor was different than the Fair Haven character because he has free will. In terms of free will, I see no difference between Janeway, the Doctor or Michael of Fair Haven.

According to the dictionary definition, sentient is "having the power of perception by the senses; conscious" or "characterized by sensation and consciousness", although I will agree with you that conscious is the better word. The question of what it takes to be conscious is obviously a valid one, which is why I qualified my statement with "arguably."
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Adam
Thu, Aug 25, 2016, 7:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Fair Haven

I disagree with Jammer's criticism that the hologram isn't real enough, and with Skeptical's assessment above that the Doctor has free will. In Sam Harris' book on free will, he makes a compelling case that humans don't have free will, only the illusion of it. After all, our thoughts simply appear in consciousness and it has been demonstrated in the lab that choices in the brain can be made as much as several seconds before we are consciously aware of them. In this sense, the only difference between humans and holograms is the physical substance with which these spontaneous thoughts are produced. In this sense, the story was much more compelling because the Fair Haven hologram is arguably just as sentient as Janeway and the Doctor.
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Adam
Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 11:26pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Pathfinder

I thought they did a great job with the holodeck versions of the Voyager crew. Notice how none of the characters actually contributed anything worthwhile, it was all just "wow Reg you're a genius!" I laughed a few times, especially with Janeway's "well, you've never given me reason not to trust you" moments before the warp core breach.
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Adam
Wed, Aug 24, 2016, 5:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: One Small Step

I didn't enjoy this episode very much. It felt like the writers were trying to give Chakotay something to do. All we've ever seen from him are squabbles with Janeway and spirit quests, yet suddenly he reveals a long interest in paleontology and history? I don't buy it. This is what goes wrong when you have a poorly utilized character six seasons into the show.

On top of that we have the standard "shuttle in trouble" storyline which you already know will end just fine because this is Voyager.

The episode's saving grace is Seven's story arc. The mention of the Yankees at the end of the episode was a nice touch. 2.5 stars from me.
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Adam
Thu, Jul 28, 2016, 11:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

This was the most enjoyable of the 3 films. The scene where the Enterprise is destroyed was the best, however, I found myself tuning out during a lot of the movie. I'm not sure what it is about the reboots - maybe the way they are shot - but these films just don't feel like Star Trek anymore.
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Adam
Tue, Jul 26, 2016, 11:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Unforgettable

I found it funny that earlier this season, the crew was fighting tooth and nail to stop B'Elanna from being forced to undergo an engramatic purge - a procedure that would erase the memory of a violent thought. This time around, no one seems to really care that these aliens are essentially wiping everyone's minds. Chakotay even drinks champagne to celebrate it!

No consistency...
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Adam
Sat, Jul 23, 2016, 2:13am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Concerning Flight

This one is a guilty pleasure for me. For some reason I take great delight in seeing Da Vinci trying to comprehend all of this 24th century technology.
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Adam
Mon, Jul 18, 2016, 11:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Day of Honor

Funny how their suits only had a half hour of oxygen left, yet in that time, Seven was able to design and replicate a perpetual Thorium source and give it to the Cataati with enough time to spare for Voyager to find Tom and B'Elanna.
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Adam
Thu, May 5, 2016, 12:35am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few...or the one."

Unless it's Troi?
Clearly, Picard did not share the beliefs of his predecessors.
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Adam
Fri, Feb 5, 2016, 7:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones

@Peter G
One minor flaw with your Order 66 theory. This was a republic so even if the Jedi were considered traitors they would have deserved a trial, not to be executed off hand. This would be true even if the Republic was under martial law. You also ignore the fact that the Jedi now had evidence that Palpatine had committed treason; they went to arrest him, not execute him (unless you believe the serial liar/deceiver Palpatine).
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Adam
Tue, Jan 26, 2016, 12:05am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Time's Orphan

Best bit of this episode was the chief shouting "bollocks" :D
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Adam
Mon, Jan 25, 2016, 8:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

Love the episode but the amount of hypocrisy in it is unbelievable considering the attitude about section 31 and the attitude in later episodes about them.

The way it all transpired was also very sloppy. If Sisko needed the gel why on earth would he go through Bashir. Surely if Bashir could get it so easily and surely if if it was supposed to be so important why didn't it go through more secret channels. It makes no sense.

I do love the episode but you need to look past a lot of things as I could pull this epiose apart on just about every scene.
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Adam
Fri, Jan 22, 2016, 8:32am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Twisted

Joining (some of) the crowd here to say that, while TV generally does not have the budget to convincingly pull off a sense of the surreal, and here you see just about every one of those cliches put into action, I enjoyed the characterization here. Chakotay's grimace when paired with Neelix was a great little detail, and the closing scene with the ring slowly encroaching on everyone was downright touching, even if Chakotay and Tuvok's dialog there was a little on-the-nose.

I will say that watching this series in order now and trying not to skip any episodes like I did the last time I attempted to get into the show, that the angle of Neelix's jealousy for the way others act around Kes is getting tiresome. They never seem particularly good as a couple until the show finds a way to 'challenge' their relationship, which always feels forced.
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Adam
Wed, Jan 20, 2016, 5:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: In Purgatory's Shadow

Anybody else notice Dax says "Sisko" instead of "Benjamin" while talking to Worf? Only time as far as I know. She also called "Ben" in one episode.
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Adam
Thu, Jan 14, 2016, 6:21am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: The Way of the Warrior

So do Federation have Universal translators or not? Why do you get some episodes where they speak in native language and it doesn't get translated and instead have to rely on somebody else to translate? Do the writers just forget or think we're simple enough not to realize? Either way it really gets on my nerves.
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Adam
Wed, Jan 13, 2016, 9:26am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Explorers

Elliot is an idiot. Fact.
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Adam
Tue, Jan 5, 2016, 12:51am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: The Wire

Doh!

Seconds after I posted this I remembered he made an appearance for a few seconds when Bashir was giving him a hypospray after shouting at admirals.

But it's still interesting to see an episode without main character.

I can't think of any other episodes where he didn't show or only made a very small/token appearance, or more likely my I just have shit recall memory as usual.

Can anybody enlighten me?
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Adam
Tue, Jan 5, 2016, 12:46am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: The Wire

Just re-watched this episode fir first time in long time and I could be wrong but I don't think Sisko even made an appearance in this episode. I hadn't realised that before and can't thin of any other episode if that also being the case. I flicked back through it but I'm sure he didn't?

Does anybody know if this was only episode? I'm quite surprised I didn't remember that or notice it before. Unless I'm completely wrong and made a quick show without me realizing.
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Adam
Sat, Dec 26, 2015, 4:59pm (UTC -6)
Re: New Trek Series Coming in 2017

I really hope it's in Prime universe. If not then I hope it's some kind of TNG reboot. Not TOS/era.
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