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Andrew
Sat, Feb 17, 2018, 10:10am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: A Night in Sickbay

Also, I like Porthos. I think he's the best thing about Enterprise, and the Porthos aspects of this episode did not bother me one bit. Humans, particularly those with no children, tend to bond to dogs as if they were children. We all know that bond can be very deep and emotional, so while Archer definitely took it a bit too far, it is not unbelievable for me (as a dog owner with no children).
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Andrew
Sat, Feb 17, 2018, 9:48am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: A Night in Sickbay

The whole sexual frustration angle in this episode is so disappointingly unnecessary and embarrassing. Did they have such a lack of confidence in their show that they felt the need to constantly just make T'Pol objectified eye candy with so little substance as a character?
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Andrew
Wed, Feb 14, 2018, 12:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: Event Horizon

I think this film is pretty dumb-fun (it's pretty openly cliche, openly treating haunted space ship as equivalent to classic/cliche haunted house) and it especially works as a cynical commentary/sort of dark spoof of Star Trek and 2001, not outright anti-science but critical of the idea that fast speed and discovery, advancing technology, going to new places and the people doing so are necessarily good, necessarily noble.
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Andrew
Wed, Feb 14, 2018, 11:24am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Spirit Folk

As I recall, this episode didn't actually end with the holodeck characters realizing and accepting they were holodeck characters but with Janeway lying, claiming that her crew were time travelers from the future and that explained why they had powers-unless that was just supposed a metaphor.
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Andrew
Wed, Feb 14, 2018, 11:13am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Worst Case Scenario

One thing I really liked was, even as the villain and even as written-by-Seska (!), holo-Chakotay still seemed pretty attracted to Janeway. Too bad that wasn't taken further later.
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Andrew
Mon, Feb 12, 2018, 9:59pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Will You Take My Hand?

@MiaBN "Garak could have solved this whole season's problems while hemming a dress." Haha, great observation, and literally true, if "In the Pale Moonlight" is any indication.

I liked what they were attempting to do, with Burnham defying orders to uphold Starfleet's principles after previously defying orders to try and start a war. That turnaround made a lot of sense to me, and it was the most Trek-like aspect of the episode. I guess it doesn't bother me that it was so easy to convince Cornwell to change course, since frankly, people lecturing each other about morality is kind of a Hallmark of Star Trek, and we haven't had enough of that on this show.

What does bother me is that the alternative plan they came up with no sense whatsoever. I agree with everyone above about the resolution to the war and L'Rell's role in that doesn't hold water in the slightest once you actually think about. There should have been another episode so we could have actually seen how all this was supposed to work. And to also see the hard work of negotiating a peace (while also building up the tension of the Klingons advancing on Earth). But we got this wacky-doodle ending where we they just hand the keys to their sworn enemy and have her sort it out somehow.

(SPOILERS for Deep Space Nine Below)

As for the genocide moral dilemma aspect, we've been here before. After rewatching DS9 I believe the most controversial episode of Star Trek isn't "In the Pale Moonlight" or "For the Uniform," but rather "When it Rains." There we learn the Federation not only contemplated genocide, but actually took all the steps to carry it out by infecting the Founders with a disease. This was a huge betrayal of the Roddenberry ideal, but the resolution made sense to me. Odo tells the female changeling to link with him so he can give her the cure, not in exchange for her surrender, but without asking for anything. That is true Trek idealism. Odo, a changeling, had a better understanding of Federation ideals than any of the Starfleet characters, including Sisko who just an episode prior had asked Odo not to take matters into his own hands.

I think that is how this season of Discovery should have ended, by taking a page from the Odo playbook, rather than by L'Rell awkwardly just threatening to kill everyone. This episode left me unsatisfied because we saw this exact same scenario work so much better on DS9. That's not to say there isn't a big distinction between threatening the use of genocide and actually doing it, so presenting Burnham as the hero is fine I guess. At least she's not completely morally bankrupt, but that's the most you can say really.

Weird random thoughts:

--What does the interior of the Enterprise look like? I feel like if it looks exactly like TOS it will be laughably out of place on this show, but if it looks more like the interior of the Discovery, everyone will say this show is stepping on nostalgia and get mad. Or will it look like the Abrams reboot Enterprise notwithstanding the fact that CBS doesn't have the movie rights? I feel like there's no good way to do this, only a wrong way.

--Also, someone mentioned it above, but wouldn't it be safer if the Discovery away team all wore green makeup on the away mission? They'd certainly draw a lot less attention that way. I did like the whole Blade Runner feel of the place though.

--Why do all the bad guy characters have to keep talking about eating each other?
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Andrew
Fri, Feb 9, 2018, 4:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Rightful Heir

I saw this episode as part of a big TNG rewatch (yes, every episode), and by this point, I was just so burnt out on all the Klingon stuff. With as much character potential as Worf had, I feel like they made him either ridiculous or boring in TNG, and this episode didn't help. Definitely not a fan of this one in the context of rewatching the whole series, but maybe if I took a long break and came back to it as one-off watch, I'd enjoy it more.
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Andrew
Thu, Feb 8, 2018, 5:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Hunters

As for the Hirogen, not bad but a bit too much trying to be like the Klingons and Kazon yet again, even pretty Klingon-like in very similar ways as the unsuccessful Kazon had been.
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Andrew
Thu, Feb 8, 2018, 5:02pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Hunters

I thought the bulk of the episode was fine (aside from Kim, waiting a long time for a letter and doubting it and finally getting it, and Paris's stories being a little too sappy) but uneven, especially it felt like Janeway, Chakotay and the episode overall were a bit callous in not caring much about the fate of the Maquis, having a lot more attention to that Mark moved on, and indeed ending in oh great Neelix is throwing a party.

Janeway also just seemed a bit too reckless-risky and the solution of how to get out of the confrontation (and its damage then being ignored) particularly artificial.
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Andrew
Thu, Feb 8, 2018, 12:49pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Paradise Lost

I'm afraid it does seem pretty smug by the characters and self-congratulatory by the writers to admit that terrorist attacks might happen but trying to prevent them isn't worth giving up any freedom/privacy rights-and then, after that, *not* have any more terrorist attacks actually happen. That's kind of taking a stand without dealing with the consequences. Of course most of Trek is episodic like that but the point of the Dominion was to have a continuing threat.
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Andrew
Thu, Feb 8, 2018, 2:21am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

I think quite good, close to but not quite being one of the best episodes.

The acting/character portrayals were all pretty unrestrained and some a little cliche though they were all generally effective. Auberjonois was pretty good at balancing enforcing pragmatism and antagonism but especially near the end a bit too much antagonism; I'm not sure what was really intended with the ending suggesting he was more of an outright villain, agreeing with the racism and firing Benny, even though he was also in a sense right as not he but the publisher refused to publish the story even with the dream ending and insisted on firing Benny. The whole conflict felt a little too one-sided, all the writers thinking and the viewer supposed to think that enough of the audience would accept the story, the writers kind of refusing to admit (or wanting Pabst to ignore) that they were making mass-market pulp entertainment. Shimerman's character gets off to a pretty bad or at least questionable start in raising Hell over hours-old donuts (given how strident he was it's not really believable that there hadn't been the Communist accusation before) as do the staff writers generally for gushing about the competitor (maybe more prestigious) sci fi magazine.

There were also a few too many characters, some pretty much just there to be played by the regular main cast (particularly Bashir's double and Dax's who, almost admitting that there are too many, had to be not included initially and then specifically introduced later). Although Visitor's and Meaney's were well-done and added a lot, especially in their earnest, helpful yet at-least-slightly demeaning ideas about the compromise dream ending.

The episode just tried to cover too much (Sisko's status as war leader, as the Prophets' Emissary, racism and discrimination, the power of fiction to inspire change, writers having to deal with censorship/publisher control generally, the passion writers feel for their creations, the uncertain nature of dreams vs. reality) even though it did most of it well. It did particularly well with its main themes of racism and the passion of writers (I thought the It's real climax was strong) but the parallels between Russell writing and Sisko as the Emissary and a wartime captain felt too strained (especially given how Russell seemed to in the end not succeed) even though they are ostensibly the main motivators to the story (and its connection to the larger series).
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Andrew
Thu, Feb 8, 2018, 1:14am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Who Mourns for Morn?

A bad guy turning against his brother for calling him dim is one of the funniest things I've seen but the ending felt halfhearted and like too much of a copout-Morn isn't really dead (not surprising, OK) but he also didn't just trick Quark to exploit him, well he did but he gives him a reward that satisfies Quark.
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Andrew Williams (AndrooUK)
Fri, Feb 2, 2018, 5:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Minefield

Mining on Asteroid Whilst Being Stalked by Pervert Vulcans: Reed builds a snowman with Token Black.

Sex on Risa: Reed is having a good time and looking for alien poontang with Farmboy Warp Engineer.

Series 1.5 to 2 and beyond: Reed is a stoic and pessimistic asshat with no interpersonal skills or joy left in his heart.

Stick with a personality, writers!

Beam Reed back. He can stick his fingers in his leg when aboard, or just leave the sealing gel to fill the gap, and Phlox can fix him up with some eels and worms (forget gauze or stitches). Then detach the hull and be on your way.

PS: 'No trespassing' signs would ruin many a storyline for Star Trek...
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Andrew
Sun, Jan 21, 2018, 8:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

Had it at all been previously established or hinted that people from the mirror universe have light sensitivity? Did I miss something? They acted like that was supposed to be a clue except it wasn’t for me.
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Andrew
Thu, Jan 11, 2018, 2:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Waking Moments

Pretty fun throughout, aside from some lack of energy in the last two acts (but quite good cast chemistry even there).
Agreed it was disappointing the aliens didn't have any reasonable motive (what with being asleep, they wouldn't even want to take the technology/ship and they could have just, as initially was presented, demanded the ship avoid their territory) but I thought that wasn't too harmful.
Maybe the Doctor was programmed to be able to kill if doing so would be following a just order (though that wouldn't make sense for a temporary/supplemental doctor, maybe that programming was added on later).
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Andrew Williams (AndrooUK)
Mon, Jan 8, 2018, 9:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Tin Man

The Enterprise was thrown 3.8 billion kilometres away from Beta Stromgren. The supernova should not have been visible from that distance for about 3.5 hours, with the following caveats:

Assuming they were using visual sensors, because the magic active sensors were still crapped out, it would take more than twenty seconds to see the supernova occur visually.

Even on Earth, it would take us 8m20s to see our own Sun go supernova, and that's a good deal closer than the Enterprise is to Beta Stromgren at this point.

3,784,292,189 km = 0.0004 lightyear.

0.0004 lightyear = 3.506 light-hours.

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That's the most I got out of this episode. The second more minor element was that Betazoids for some reason can't handle all the voices from childhood, when they would be best suited to learn to process external stimuli and filter out unwanted noise, but can handle it during adolescence, when the brain has already undergone most of its formation and should find it most difficult to process a new sensory input.

As some anxiety or agoraphobia analogue, it was interesting to bring that up and how it can affect people so negatively.

Otherwise, this was a pretty flimsy episode with a predictable outcome and transparent process. But it didn't have Riker standing with his legs spread out and dangling his balls everywhere like the first series, so that counts for something.

1 out of 4.
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Andrew
Sun, Jan 7, 2018, 8:49pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Despite Yourself

Are we going to see a mirror Philippa soon? I feel like it’s strong possibility. I don’t want them to spend the whole rest of the season in the mirror universe since that would get a little tedious.
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Andrew
Wed, Jan 3, 2018, 12:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: First Contact

Trying to go back in time initially and preventing the Federation would forego getting its (recent) technology. It makes sense to me that the Borg would only be willing to do that, time travel in order to prevent the Federation forming in the first place, after being beaten again.
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Andrew
Thu, Dec 28, 2017, 12:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Mortal Coil

I think this is a good example of a character story feeling both real and significant despite the series being very episodic-it makes sense that Neelix's religious/afterlife beliefs would suddenly be focused on in the circumstance despite the lack of focus before and the episode does nicely build on and use Neelix's background, especially the importance of his family.

This episode was also one of the few to use well the idea of Voyager as a closer and less formal crew/community, especially Chakotay as a colleague and counselor-like role to Neelix.
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Andrew
Wed, Dec 27, 2017, 12:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Shadows and Symbols

I always thought the idea of the prophets existing outside of linear time was pretty fascinating. It is Sisko in the first episode who teaches them about linear time when they appear to have no knowledge of it and no interest in “corporeal matters.” To the prophets all of this is happening simultaneously whether it’s past present or future. In fact, one could suggest that Sisko introducing the prophets to linear time and corporeal matters is what causes them to send orbs and prophecies to the Bajorans in the past. Sisko really is the emissary because without meeting him, do they even know enough about time to contact Bajor in the past through the orbs? SIsko makes them realize they have an interest in corporeal matters such as Bajor, and in “Accession” and “Sacrifice of Angels” the prophets return the favor by making him realize he is “of Bajor.” And here they arrange his birth because they recognize that he needs to be born in order to teach them about linear time so all of this can happen. What appear to be inconsistencies with how the show treats the prophets (such as their level of interest in the Bajoran people and level of influence on Sisko’s life at various points in the past or future) actually makes sense when you think about. Because they exist outside of linear time, the prophets can essentially “retcon” themselves, doing things in the past because they gained knowledge from the future.
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Andrew
Wed, Dec 27, 2017, 12:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Accession

I always thought the idea of the prophets existing outside of linear time was pretty fascinating. It is Sisko in the first episode who teaches them about linear time when they appear to have no knowledge of it and no interest in “corporeal matters.” To the prophets all of this is happening simultaneously whether it’s past present or future. In fact, one could suggest that Sisko introducing the prophets to linear time and corporeal matters is what causes them to send orbs and prophecies to the Bajorans in the past. So Sisko makes them realize they have an interest in corporeal matters such as Bajor, and here the prophets return the favor by telling Sisko himself that he is “of Bajor.” What appear to be inconsistencies with how the show treats the prophets (such as their level of interest in the Bajoran people and Sisko’s life) actually makes sense when you think about. Because they exist outside of linear time, the prophets can essentially “retcon” themselves and do things in the past with the knowledge they have gained in the future.
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Andrew
Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 2:26pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Statistical Probabilities

This episode had a lot of potential and some moments but ended up feeling, disappointingly, way too black-and-white, good vs. evil-goodies vs. baddies.
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Andrew
Mon, Nov 27, 2017, 10:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Random Thoughts

A very intriguing moment was, though it was contrived that Neelix would still stick around after most crew had been called back, when Neelix was really bothered by when Torres's thought led to violence against someone he really cared about and thought maybe Torres should therefore be punished/treated.
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Andrew
Mon, Nov 27, 2017, 10:50pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Random Thoughts

The first act or two I was thinking whoa this is a lot like "Justice", why would they do that (IMO not a terrible episode but I know it's widely derided), and then it actually claims that no, Yar wasn't and now Tuvok isn't incompetent, that kind of thing supposedly happens regularly ....

Otherwise Tuvok is interesting but seems a bit too reckless, especially for being after his experiences in "Meld".

A dog barking being thought to be scary sure was goofy.
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Andrew
Mon, Nov 20, 2017, 1:32pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: You Are Cordially Invited

I think the conflict between Dax and Sirella could been a lot better if Sirella thought Dax was over-playing her connection to Curzon and thus her Klingon-ness rather than just directly racism/xenophobia, openly against any non-Klingon and supposedly that she's less physically strong.

I don't blame Dax for either having mixed feelings about getting married or remembering & being affected by having been married multiple times before.
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