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Andrew
Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 12:40pm (UTC -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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 -6)
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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Andrew
Sat, Nov 19, 2016, 8:27pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: First Contact

I also don't get the view that Trek in the late '90s or especially mid-'00s absolutely needed to reboot, that the reason fans were becoming more dissatisfied was familiarity. Sure there was a lot of story material that could be intimidating to casual viewers but that could also provide foundations for really interesting stories (I think this film is a great example of both working as a sequel/follow-up to TBoBW and the TNG series overall for those who watched while also establishing the backstory and characters very quickly, efficiently and non-boringly for new viewers) or just go to a different time period without a lot of previous details about what it was like.
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Andrew
Sat, Nov 19, 2016, 8:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: First Contact

I especially like that, though there are some (good) action scenes and Picard is effective in them, he's not some action hero, the film is willing to let Worf and Data be as or more effective and key in the action and the film doesn't feel all about or driven by action.
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Andrew
Sat, Nov 19, 2016, 8:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: First Contact

There are some flaws (mostly that some of the Cochrane scenes feel a little too, jarringly, light and there probably should have been a scene with him between being phasered and in the cockpit) but the movie still works excellently as a sequel to "The Best of Both Worlds," a TNG film and a film in itself.
Agreed that the parallels between Cochrane and Picard and Data and their storylines worked wonderfully and the cast was at the least in-character enough, Picard especially was the same character believably grappling with but able to, with help, put aside his darker and more vengeful side.
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Andrew
Fri, Nov 4, 2016, 6:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Allegiance

I didn't like that the crew used the language of mutiny when back in season 1 ("Lonely Among Us") there was an established, orderly way of relieving the captain of command, controversial but hardly not permitted.
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Andrew Hoffmann
Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 9:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Little Green Men

Odo as a German Shepherd is worth the watch on its own.
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Andrew
Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 8:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: The Swarm

Especially when in his minimal screentime he's actually competent or at least helpful.
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Andrew
Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 8:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: The Swarm

There may be a trend that the better episodes of Voyager have a minimal amount of Neelix ...
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Andrew
Mon, Sep 5, 2016, 12:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: The Void

I hated this episode because sorry but the music aliens really did seem like unapologetic parasites and Janeway was ridiculous for being offended at the idea.

An interesting and unacknowledged aspect is that while the coalition was eventually able to succeed it only consisted, IIRC, of three other species and two or three other ships ... and then at the end one of the species leader said he never actually expected success, really further undermining whatever messages or idealism were in mind.
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Andrew
Mon, Sep 5, 2016, 11:28am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Spirit Folk

I liked "Fair Haven," especially that it ultimately didn't hit the reset button, but this episode was pretty much nothing but idiot plotting.
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Andrew
Sun, Sep 4, 2016, 11:32am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Virtuoso

I think I agree with the consensus that there was potential and some moments but way too overdone. I totally agree that the writing and direction seemed very disingenuous in pretty directly claiming Tincoo had fallen in love with the Doctor and then claiming that wasn't what she meant (and for the Doctor to think he could still win her back when she hadn't actually liked him as he thought she did was just really dumb).
I think this episode is also the only time it seems Seven has romantic feelings for the Doctor, hurt not just because a friend is leaving, due to vanity, but hurt more deeply because she wanted to romantically be with him ... and that idea doesn't work.
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Andrew
Sun, Sep 4, 2016, 10:42am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Persistence of Vision

It's kind of funny that in the early seasons there was complaining that the episodes were too much ensembles rather than focusing on a particular character while in the latter years the episodes were criticized for focusing too much on only one character, usually Seven or the Doctor (but to be fair I think Jammer is consistent and prefers and is more positive to the latter style).
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Andrew
Wed, Aug 17, 2016, 9:04am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Ensign Ro

I thought Ro was a great character, especially in this introduction and the way it sets up relationships with the other characters, although Kira was an even better character. The only time Ro seemed even somewhat cliche-badass was "The Next Phase," especially as she had previously gotten along pretty well with Geordi in "Power Play."
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Andrew
Tue, Aug 9, 2016, 10:35am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part II

Some of these complaints seem kind of petty, like complaining that "Time Squared" ended without an explanation. Yeah, Worf could have admitted/discussed how he was raised by humans and is in Starfleet and some of the plot developments were a bit simple and rushed. To me those flaws are hardly devastating.
I loved how the episode had Klingons acting so un-Klingonlike and their parents being ashamed of but reluctantly accepting their situation, the intensity of the conflict between Worf and Tokath (if anything helped by how much the focus is narrowed to them following the dual plots of the previous episode), how both are understandable and yet quite flawed, how the viewer can be conflicted about the situation (a harmonious community that is actually also a prison).
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Andrew
Tue, Aug 9, 2016, 10:22am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Lessons

I like most of the TNG romance episodes but this one felt just OK to me, the main problems were that it felt like there was too forceful an attempt, but more by telling, to get the audience to like Daren, it didn't actually succeed, and the outcome felt kind of inevitable.
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Andrew
Fri, Aug 5, 2016, 12:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Nothing Human

It's possible if not likely that Janeway and more so the other crewmembers do feel uneasy about using Borg technology; I don't see why a lot of fans seem to have accepted it and view this episode as the morally odd view. That a lot of fans did accept it and thus are perplexed that there's a dilemma here seems an example of how questionably-ethical actions set precedents for having more later on.
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Andrew
Fri, Aug 5, 2016, 11:10am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Someone to Watch Over Me

I have to agree that, maybe especially for being directed by McNeill, Paris came off as a big idiot in this episode.
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Andrew
Wed, Aug 3, 2016, 11:24am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Prime Factors

The unfortunate thing is that this episode felt like it was (somewhat awkwardly) introducing the Sikarians to be one of the big antagonists of the area ... yet even here in introductory mode they were quite interesting ... and then they weren't seen again.
Regardless, in my view the episode is at least one of the best episodes of the series. Great uses of Janeway, Torres, Seska, Carey and Tuvok.
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