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Andrew
Sun, May 21, 2017, 2:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Dragon's Teeth

My mistake, that was in "Homestead".
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Andrew
Sun, May 21, 2017, 2:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Dragon's Teeth

I do have to LOL that this episode has little Naomi knowing about and merrily telling about the events of "Tuvix," that must have been the writers slamming all the fans who found its ending unethical.
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Andrew
Sun, May 21, 2017, 1:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Blaze of Glory

This episode had a better version of Eddington than "For the Uniform" but it still or more so feels like demonizing and strawman-ing the Maquis overall, as ruthless fanatics. I really disliked that the episode so much identified Eddington as The Leader of the Maquis, that seems pretty simple minded-they're bad guys, he's really bold and ruthless and was already a Lieutenant Commander so everyone else accepted and followed him.
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Andrew
Sun, May 21, 2017, 12:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Darkness and the Light

I think Behr as showrunner in season 4 and 5 kind of regressed some of the characters from where they were in seasons 2, 3 and somewhat 4, notably Kira and, until DBIP, Bashir. So Kira's views were disappointing but not really surprising.

This episode, especially its ending, kind of exemplifies dark for the sake of dark and dark & ambiguous in an at least somewhat pretentious way.
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Andrew
Sun, May 21, 2017, 11:36am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: The Void

Gilmore was a killer who shouldn't get a lot of consideration, let alone deference, from the crew.
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Andrew
Sun, May 21, 2017, 10:06am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Distant Origin

Some elements that were kind of inconsistent, especially why and how the doctrine was essential to the governmental system being maintained (and why and how the scientist initially didn't know or ignored that), but still a success, mostly because Beltran did well and the relationship and chemistry between Chakotay and Gegen.
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Andrew
Sun, May 21, 2017, 9:55am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Unity

To me this episode just felt too on-the-nose and manipulative and odd and unpleasant since it seemed manipulative with dark messages ... when people regain individuality they'll instantly go to incompatible tribalism and fighting? They need to be magic-technology-re-collectivized, that's the only way to prevent or end fighting?
And, from the early deceptions, it seemed obvious that the group would of course end up being not so benevolent or tolerant as they initially claimed to be (and the ending was a way to show that but in a safe way).
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Andrew
Sun, May 21, 2017, 9:43am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Third Season Recap

On the one hand, this season generally didn't feel business as usual, there were some interesting stories and fine risks, on the other hand there were some episodes that were really awful and others that had too little energy and/or ended safely.
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Andrew
Sun, May 21, 2017, 9:41am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Before and After

The beginning felt a little too much like a low-energy "All Good Things...," with both Lien and Mulgrew no Patrick Stewart but still good in their own right, otherwise pretty good uses of characters but the pacing felt a little too random.
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Andrew
Thu, May 11, 2017, 12:50am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Generations

I think this film works better viewed (as was probably much more intended) more as a film sequel to TNG rather than to TUC.
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Andrew
Thu, May 11, 2017, 12:46am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Worst Case Scenario

Seska is a lot better as a Bajoran Maquis than a Cardassian. This episode was a lot of rewarding fun even though the jeopardy section felt a little contrived and routine.
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Andrew
Sat, Apr 22, 2017, 10:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Bounty

I think a lot of the outrage against Troi's and Seven of Nine's and T'Pol's costumes is at best excessive but I thought a bit part of why this episode felt so dumb and unpleasant was because it did feel exploitative, T'Pol's horniness was completely forced, with no real connection to let alone impact on the character.
A really sad aspect is that Dawson as a director pretty much does wrong everything she as an actress did right in the broadly similar "Blood Fever," there she and the episode overall treated the scenario with respect.
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Andrew
Mon, Mar 20, 2017, 10:19am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Coda

Jammer's review and rating seem pretty harsh, his complaints pretty much that it was too sci-fi-y and reset-y and that it wasn't as good as "The Visitor".
I thought it was still a very good premise and pretty good execution. We may have seen time loop episodes before but it was still nicely nightmarish (and was mostly effective misdirection and also OK as Janeway refusing to accept her actual or phenomenon- or alien-induced death). My biggest complaint was that the false father did seem too bad guy for too long.
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Andrew
Mon, Mar 20, 2017, 9:51am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Favorite Son

The episode also felt too predictable and drawn-out.
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Andrew
Mon, Mar 20, 2017, 2:44am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Favorite Son

The first act or two were pretty nice, otherwise way too ridiculous and dumb. Beltran seemed pretty checked out and Mulgrew and Picardo somehow both indifferent and embarrassed.
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Andrew Hoffmann
Wed, Mar 8, 2017, 8:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Muse

Odo inviting Quark to his wedding is a bit of a reach, even for their Odd Fellows relationship.
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Andrew
Fri, Feb 10, 2017, 3:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: For the Uniform

Eddington felt written and played too much as a delusional-psychopath-strawman.
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Andrew
Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 12:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Sons of Mogh

Or, given "Ethics", assisted suicide may be legal but Sisko abhors it so much he ignores the facts in order to regard it as murder and illegal.
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Andrew
Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 12:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Sons of Mogh

^Dax was trying to explain that it was an assisted suicide, which is apparently still not legal (and Dax herself felt some repugnance toward it) but most would say it is at least not the same thing if not less bad than murder.
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Andrew
Wed, Dec 14, 2016, 9:58am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

A reason that this episode is much better than most others from season 7 may be that Berman and especially Piller trimmed away a lot, especially from the second half, and thus increased the focus.
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Andrew
Thu, Dec 8, 2016, 1:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

It's too bad Data had the Lt. JG pips rather than those of full Lieutenant in the past scenes-I would have liked that he got a promotion just before the series but he couldn't have gotten two at once so it's just an error.
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AtemAndrew
Sat, Dec 3, 2016, 2:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Vanishing Point

Wow...reminds of 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge', at least in it's time span..and partially of Stephen King, assuming anyone else has read his short story, "The Jaunt".
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Andrew
Sun, Nov 20, 2016, 2:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Singularity

Pretty pedestrian but entertaining for most of the episode, then just boring in the last act.
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Andrew
Sun, Nov 20, 2016, 12:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Generations

To me the Nexus fantasy wife looked a lot like Jeri Taylor.
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Andrew
Sun, Nov 20, 2016, 11:52am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin...

Frequently annoying but not terrible or painful ... I thought both plots were interesting, at least as concepts and in moments, but they both became too overdone, Worf was too character-assassinated and the plots really didn't work together in their conclusions. The whole style felt too smug too often even though Dax and Worf and their interactions were often pretty good and they went through at least some growth.
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