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Brendan
Sun, Feb 11, 2018, 5:42am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Hope and Fear

If someone else pointed it out, I missed it.

I wonder how they learned what Voyager did. Is there some news service letting everyone else the latest in the Borg v 8472 conflict?
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Brendan
Mon, Jan 29, 2018, 6:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Remember Me

Episodes like this, Birthright, and a few others make me wonder why they're allowed to do any experiments in Engineering. The Warp Core isn't merely like a nuclear power plant that can meltdown and wreak havoc under specific circumstances, it's also a massive nuclear bomb that will explode, killing everything on board and within a decent distance should its delicate containment field(s) be breached.

Knowing this, they still hook up random crap from the Gamma Quadrant directly to said engine core, beam space gasses into lab containers right next to it, dick around with super cool new warp fields, etc.

There's really no justification for testing new torch and lighter technolgy in the room full of nitroglycerin.
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Brendan
Sun, Jan 14, 2018, 5:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

I'm watching this now and noticed that Data states that Riker's cranial plating has increased in size and his brain is much smaller. I guess the virus reset button restored all that brain matter and its original state. :)

Also sucks to be that redshirt at the Conn who had his spine broken in multiple places though, no viral enzyme intron resequencing to correct that I guess.
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Brendan
Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 1:40am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Dauphin

I don't know I kinda liked Anya overpowering Worf as some disgusting screeching monster then trash talking him as a small older lady.

"You underestimated me in your sickbay. That is usually fatal." I like this line and how she delivers it, It doesn't sound like she's bluffing. I do agree though that there's little chance the Enterprise would put up with such dangerous behaviour
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Brendan
Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 7:55am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: A Matter of Honor

Surprised a few people don't seem to rate Frakes as an actor, I've never seen him in anything else to be fair but in TNG he is a very good performer, can emote very well, and is pretty charismatic IMO
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Brendan
Sun, Nov 16, 2014, 7:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: Interstellar

There were a few parts that were swings and misses, like Hathaway's speech about love, and some of the weird characterizations back on Earth in the first act. I also thought the black guy was so nonchalant when they came back and "it's been 23 years. I have some grey in my beard. anyway how's it going?"

Other than that though, I thought it was a masterpiece in just about every sense of the word. I had no issues with the ending. People seem to think the movie was saying love was a force of nature that allowed him to communicate to the past - no it was gravity, in the context of an artificial 3D space in a 5D reality created by... whoever. The way this was visualized on screen was spot on.

And Matt Damon's part is probably the most memorable cameo I have ever seen, both for the surprise factor and the way he played it. He portrays a subtly deranged person extremely well.
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Brendan
Sun, Jul 7, 2013, 12:14am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

I liked it quite a bit. More so than the first one. Yes the homage to Wrath of Khan was maybe a bit too direct, but I couldn't help but enjoy it anyway. As the twists and turns worked on me too. And the surprise appearance of Leonard Nimoy got me too.

It did fail like te frost to be about anything serious, but it flirted with it early. The torpedoes as drone strike without trial analogy was a welcome one, I wish they ha gone further with it to solidify that message.
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Brendan
Wed, Mar 27, 2013, 5:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

Another problem with the Pasteur creating the anomaly is that it is later implied that all three tachyon beams came from the Enterprise in three different times and their identical frequencies are why they interacted (somehow). This of course is obviously not true since it was the Pasteur, not the Enterprise, in the future timeline.

It's such an obvious mistake by the writers in an otherwise masterpiece of a finale. Fun fact: When I first saw this episode as a kid, I didn't realize it was the finale because we didn't watch in order but rather in random re-runs. Only later did I realize and then understand how well it was suited to that role.

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Brendan
Wed, Dec 5, 2012, 12:57am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

I loved this episode when it aired and I was 8 years old. Not so much as an adult. Though I always have a soft spot for disaster type scenarios where the ship is eerily abanoned with random mayhem abound.
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Brendan
Mon, Nov 19, 2012, 7:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Parallels

Having watched TNG as a kid mostly via re-runs out of order, this was I believe the very last episode I ever saw, probably a good 10 years after it aired, and I have to say it's one of my favourites.
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Brendan
Mon, Nov 19, 2012, 6:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Dark Page

I haven't seen this episode in at least a decade but I remember it being decent. I always appreciate when they take an annoying "comic relief" character and give them some real development (like Quark on DS9 or Neelix on Voyager), and I feel that was accomplished here, even if it was sort of left field.
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Brendan
Tue, Jun 26, 2012, 2:16am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Ship in a Bottle

A clear rip off of Inception.
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Brendan
Sat, Jun 16, 2012, 4:21am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

The made up technobabble by Riker was a great in-joke that I thought deserved a shout out and I'm surprised it didn't get one.
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Brendan
Fri, Jun 15, 2012, 7:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges

Can people NOT post spoilers in their comments? Completely ruined the ending of DS9 for me.
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Brendan
Mon, May 28, 2012, 6:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

One of the most moving episodes of DS9 (strangely enough, I watched this the day after Memorial Day). Definitely up there with the best of the series.
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Brendan
Wed, May 11, 2011, 3:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Cause and Effect

I thought the whole set up for the "3" message didn't make sense anyway, Riker suggested something with mere seconds to spare, then Data spends another 5 seconds explaining a different option, by which time it's too late. It wasn't a matter of which choice was correct, it was a matter of reaction time.
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Brendan
Fri, Apr 1, 2011, 11:51am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Game

Ashley Judd?
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Brendan
Sat, Feb 12, 2011, 12:53am (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2

Nic, Six is a cylon, it doesn't matter how skinny her arms are they are just stronger than humans. As for why she was alone, there's dozens of explanations for that, most likely being she was just in the area and happened across her.

And as for it being "impossible" for Adama to survive... says who? People survive being shot in the chest all the time. Even the head, as recent real life events have shown. And it's not as if he's up and in command again the next episide, there is an appropriately difficult recovery period for him.

Seems like you're nitpicking details on two of the best scenes of the season!
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Brendan
Mon, Feb 7, 2011, 10:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S1: Water

^ She's not really framing herself, she's just doing the crimes and the evidence left over when she comes to makes it seem as if she is being framed. By "she's being framed by herself" Jammer simply meant the person who planted the explosives and left the evidence behind seeming to incriminate her, is herself, not that her sleeper side was intentionally trying to incriminate her.
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Brendan
Tue, Aug 31, 2010, 4:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2

This episode (or movie, as the case may be) benefits greatly from viewing the extended unaired version on the DVD. It's all strung together as one 2 hour 32 minute film, there's a lot more flashback material that was great, a few of which should have stayed in favour of a few action beats in the middle (as awesome as the battle was, it was really really long and it wouldn't be hard to find 2 mins out of that).

There was a whole Tyrol/Helo/Cally/Boomer flashback thing going on that was great and tied together nicely by the end after Tyrol kills Tory.

Also there was an odd beat where Baltar seems to have taken some neighbor kid under his wing, the implication appears to be that he was secretly his father, but it's a very vague implication and I could be wrong on that.
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Brendan
Sat, Aug 28, 2010, 3:00am (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: Islanded in a Stream of Stars

There's a couple of key scenes that were totally cut from the air version that appear in the extended DVD edition.

1) Athena confronting Tyrol in the brig - great scene and necessary plot as well. Tyrol turned himself in but she doesn't care.

2) Kara and Helo getting plastered at Joe's. Kara whines about her confusion about destiny and everything, Helo gets pissed about it and turns the tables on her. This is right before he confronts Adama in the corridor. Explains why he seems to be really out of control, because he's actually roaring drunk during that scene.
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Brendan
Wed, Aug 11, 2010, 4:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: Revelations

Bread,

Do you not recognize a nuclear wasteland when you see one? It's clearly uninhabitable. The Geiger counter, the sky, the monochrome cinematography, and the ruins in the background are more explanatory than any dialog they could have put in. A picture says a thousand words, as they say.

It was devastating because, well, this was the hope of the entire show from day 1, and now it's a grotesque carcass flaunting the misery in their faces as if some kind of cosmic practical joke. They didn't know what to expect, but a livable planet was probably the least they were hoping for, while the actual living civilization of the 13th tribe would be the dream.

As for protection, well it's not hard to surmise that the radiation levels are low enough to stand around for a few hours with no real issue, but that prolonged exposure would be deadly.

You really think that haunting, wordless, scoreless shot at the end would benefit by Mr. Gaeta appearing and saying "sir, the levels of radiation render the planet uninhabitable, but we should be okay for a short time with no protection, so feel free to stand around looking melancholy for a while longer! I must return to the ship though, my cane sinks into the sand here."
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Brendan
Fri, Aug 6, 2010, 11:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: Faith

Barolay was actually not a random crewman. She was in Ander's resistance on Caprica (as a former C-Buck), then on the second resistance on New Caprica, then as one of the members of the tribunal in Collaborators. That's why Anders was so distraught and called her Jean because he knew her personally going all the way back then.
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Brendan
Fri, Aug 6, 2010, 3:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: The Road Less Traveled

There's an interesting deleted scene that I guess was cut because they changed their mind about it. In it, Head Six sends off Baltar before one of his sermons and tells him that he's now done what she's been leading him to all these years and that she is leaving, but that other angels will continue to guide him. She then literally fades from view as Baltar walks out to the people, with a bitter-sweet look on her face.

I guess this was part of the aborted plan to have more Head Baltar talking to Baltar. It was really interesting and kind of sad, almost like a death scene for Head Six.
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Brendan
Sun, Aug 1, 2010, 5:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: He That Believeth in Me

Yeah, that was the idea Max according to the podcasts. But on some level it's so bizarre that even knowing these people might exist in real life doesn't seem to make it much more believable.
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