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CJE
Wed, Dec 20, 2017, 5:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

I have to echo nemo's comments. I feel the same way.

The idea of meeting your descendants, getting to know them, seeing how they live, and having to choose between giving them life or going back to the life and people you love... I wouldn't want to make that choice, ever.
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CJE
Wed, Dec 20, 2017, 4:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin...

Wow, this episode has a lot of comments! Yikes...

Worf's story about his past really does a great job of explaining why he has been so careful over the past ten years, making sense of his comment in TNG "Yesterday's Enterprise" — "I would require a Klingon woman. Earth females are too fragile." It is a shame that Jadzorf (or Wadzia) ended up being so cliché. When you think about it, a woman with eight lifetimes of experience and a Klingon raised on Earth who suffered discommendation twice should have given the writers plenty of unique material to explore beyond "we fight all the time" and "Worf's jealous".

Initially, in TNG "The Emissary", Worf's relationship was going to be with the Vulcan Dr. Selar (played by Suzie Plakson, the same actress who played K'Ehyler), which would have been interesting. But K'Ehyler was a great character, so it probably worked out for the best.
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CJE
Wed, Dec 20, 2017, 1:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Explorers

I love this one. It goes to the root of Star Trek, and it really deepens the relationships between Jake & his father and O'Brien & Bashir. By the way, no one said the sailing ship was made of wood. The only thing that didn't make sense to me was why they had artificial gravity, but the episode was so good that I didn't care. O'Brien and Bashir singing... amazing. "At first, I hated you... and now...now... I don't."
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CJE
Tue, Dec 19, 2017, 8:30am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Always enjoyed this one, and brings back fond memories. The allegory is a little heavy-handed, but TOS never shied away from that. Nimoy, Meyer, and co. made a great team.
The Klingons' behaviour in this film seems more akin to the way it was in TOS, not in keeping with what previous films and TNG had begun to establish. It's not really a complaint, since the plot demanded it.
The Romulans could have been substituted for the Klingons with almost no changes required, right down to sending Kirk and McCoy to Remus instead of Rura Penthe. Valeris could have easily been a Romulan spy, which would have explained a lot. Kirk's personal history with the Klingons makes it essential that they are the main antagonists in this film, but if Star Trek III had gone the way Harve Bennett originally intended (with Romulans as the antagonists) then VI would have worked beautifully that way too.
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CJE
Tue, Dec 19, 2017, 5:05am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: Mirror, Mirror

Kirk "You would find me a formidable enemy."
Spock "I am aware of that, Captain. I trust you are aware of the reverse..."
Spock to Sulu "I suggest you remember that my operatives would avenge my death. And some of them... are Vulcans..."
The most bad-ass Spock ever!!!
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CJE
Mon, Dec 18, 2017, 4:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: That Which Survives

Pointless observation: this episode invented the disco cube. Watch until the end...
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CJ
Sat, Jul 23, 2016, 1:27pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

Thanks for the review Jammer! I largely agree with most of what you said, but like a lot of viewers, feels a bit too derivative of what came before. I'd go 2-2.5 stars myself.
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CJ
Wed, Aug 6, 2014, 11:08am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: The Changing Face of Evil

I find the battles a bit tiresome at this point. There's a disconnect between the ease with which Federation fleets are rendered useless and the pace of the war. I can't reconcile it. If they're beaten that swiftly, shouldn't this have been over much sooner?

That being said, I enjoyed the way this episode wrapped up. The last few episodes have seen Demar begin to question his allegiance and you finally get to see the result of that conflict. They have obviously pulled out all the stops in closing out the series and it holds up well.
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CJ
Thu, Jan 17, 2013, 10:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Carpenter Street

I was able to suspend disbelief on the technical issues and enjoy the show. It was much, much better than Similitude; I couldn't figure out all that episode asked me to believe. DNA can do anything, and you just had to watch and wonder what it would do next. In this one they laid out some rules for how time travel worked, and they stuck to it. Since time travel isn't a phenomenon in the real world, I could accept Daniels having ability to send them back in time without having details on what they were looking for. One you accept that, the story is nothing amazing, but it was an interesting hour of television.
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CJ
Thu, Jan 17, 2013, 11:32am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Similitude

The DNA memories were just impossible to accept. Star Trek has a history of plots based on DNA magic. This was one of the worst. I guess the theory behind this episode is he was aging rapidly and at each age he had the memories that trip had at that age. It's so bizarre that I can't suspend disbelief because I'm not even clear what the episode is asking me to believe.
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CJ
Fri, Jan 4, 2013, 11:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Exile

I think his mind-reading abilities weren't nearly 100%. That's why she didn't feel extremely violated and why he didn't know all the right things to say to her.

What was up with her choice of outfits? She knows this guy fancies her. She's has to spend the night at his house for work. It's weird that she would bring sexy outfits and nightclothes. The situation was uncomfortable to begin with, but she escalated it. I can't understand why she got out of uniform.
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CJ
Wed, Dec 30, 2009, 9:35am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Author, Author

I think my favorite part(s) of this episode is when the music in the holonovel suddenly cuts after the narrative (with the computer sound). A small, but brilliant little detail that most people would miss, but to me, adds just a bit more to the comedic end of things.

One of my favorites of the series though, well written, acted and directed. Great job!
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CJ
Thu, Dec 24, 2009, 2:32am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Timeless

@Will: Actually, DS9's 100th episode was "The Ship"; "Trouble" happened a few episodes later.

I enjoyed this episode a great deal; though I found old Harry's "angst" to be a bit overdone in spots, his final cry of triumph at the end was just about the best thing I've ever seen Wang do on the show; it felt very real after all the years of dealing with his (Harry's, not Wang's) failure.

If I had to rate the show with a gun to my head, I'd say 3 1/2.
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CJ
Tue, Dec 15, 2009, 1:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Initiations

Interesting parallel with this plot and Aron Eisenberg guesting. I like the inter-series situation of Chakotay talking about earning his uniform, when right around the same time this was aired, Nog was on his way to SF Academy. I found Eisenberg's delivery a bit too Nog-like in some respects, though that may be because I had watched DS9 seasons 4-7 over the last several weeks.
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