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Cajun
Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 4:49pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

I liked this episode. 2 and a half stars from me. I felt for the alien crew.
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Cajun
Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 11:14am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Demon

The idea of a planet so hostile that just orbiting it is dangerous, but on which you can safely send guys in slightly modified spacesuits is too much for me to suspend disbelief over right out the gate.
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Cajun
Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 9:19am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Living Witness

The episode really highlights, to me, the main problem with how the Doctor is usually presented. Theoretically such a creature would have a highly fluid concept of individuality. Like Ultron, it should be able to casually clone itself, becoming multiple beings as parts of it lose contact with each other, and refusing into a single being whenever those parts regain contact with each other. I to we to I again, all depending on how good the current 24th century version of the internet connection is.

Yet he is usually written as a single, mortal being who can only be in one individual place at a time, and is therefore relatively mortal. This is pretty much the only occasion in the entire series where his fluidity of individuality is actually acknowledged even partially by the story.
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Cajun
Tue, Feb 28, 2017, 7:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Ex Post Facto

Gotta admit, I liked the wife calling Paris out for being smug about not smoking. Kinda reminded me of Nog telling Jake that "if you don't need money, you certainly don't need mine."
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Cajun
Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 11:44am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: It's Only a Paper Moon

Making Nog illiterate was always dumb, and I'm glad he was retconned smarter. It just doesn't fit what the Ferengi are about. If anything, they would be education obsessed, as the better educated make more money.

A smart Nog also has the side-effect of showing the positive elements of someone being an experienced negotiator. Much better than just using the Ferengi as strawmen.
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Cajun
Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 10:16am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

I tend to think the opposite: that genetic and computer singularities will make whatever exists 300 years from now psychologically unrecognizable to present humans.

The genre is full of improbable conceits. It may well be that we will never exceed lightspeed, for example. It might be just flat out impossible, even to beings millions of times more intelligent than we are. Conversely, genetic engineering has a good chance of absolutely exploding intelligence, as does advances in artificial intelligence.
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Cajun
Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 4:47am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: The Magnificent Ferengi

It does seem very strange that the Dominion would kidnap a Ferengi. Sure, the writers may be play them for laughs, but the Ferengi Alliance are still a species with warships that rival the Federation in technology, and lots and lots and lots of money. If nothing else, the Ferengi could do for the Federation, Romulans, and Klingons what America did for the English and Russians: pouring their enormous wealth and industrial capacity into aid. If the Dominion think making an enemy out of a people with that much money and industrial capacity would be a non-factor simply because the Ferengi are poor warriors on average, they are idiots.
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Cajun
Sun, Feb 26, 2017, 4:07am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

I'm of mixed mind about this episode. On the one hand, the plot holes are huge. Why would a transport ship even have a cloaking-device? This is supposed to be high-end military equipment, the Star Trek equivalent of our sneakiest stealth-bombers and quietest submarines. But a transport ship has one? Wuh? That's like a 747 having stealth-bomber tech, or a cruise-ship that can run as quietly as a military submarine. It's ridiculous.

On the other hand, the plot is really a plot-device to explore Worf's psychology in an uncomfortable and interesting manner.

So I'm not sure how to rate it, as it is a blend of some really good and really bad ideas, rather than something that is good or bad or even mediocre from beginning to end. I guess it averages mediocre, but saying so feels misleading.
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Cajun
Sat, Feb 25, 2017, 3:10am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: The Way of the Warrior

I've always found the visual BJ the camera gives Worf amusing. Reminds me of the way Steven Seagal's characters were treated. But if any character deserves it, it's Worf. He spent years as the most interesting jobber in Next-Gen. He earned star status the hard way. :-)
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Cajun
Thu, Feb 23, 2017, 10:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Disaster

I enjoyed. All four stories.

I did find myself puzzled that everything is going fritz, but the artificial gravity is fully functional. Shouldn't that be futzing out, at least in random locations? Yet not only is it functional, it's functional enough to be a hazard in of itself. Even when I first saw it that puzzled me.

Ever since movies like Event Horizon and shows like Battlestar Galactica have portrayed this more accurately, I've disliked shows that portray exposure to a vacuum inaccurately: trying to hold your breath is a death-sentence.
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Cajun
Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 11:54am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: The Host

I remember my headcanon when this episode first came out. The Trill started out as horrible monsters who enslaved the local population of humanoids. As their culture evolved, they became uncomfortable with the ethics of total slavery, and genetically engineered humanoid bodies that were just automatons. After many centuries of cultural evolution, a modern Trill would rather die than enslave a sentient being, but that doesn't change the fact that by nature they are horrible monsters designed to infest and mindrape and enslave.

That was my headcanon, anyway. The DS9 retcons probably open up far more complex identity stories than what I came up with. My version only allows for a few stories about a noble people with an incredibly ugly history and cultural guilt, and physical requirements that make even their workaround somewhat morally grey.
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Cajun
Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 2:26am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: The Host

Yeah, this story is just kind of a mess. I get the metaphor they were going for, but the way they went about it just didn't work. I'm glad DS9 retconned the heck out of the Trill, changing them into a workable race.
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Cajun
Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 11:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Data's Day

The spy thing is an interesting inverse of the episode where Troi has to smuggle some rebels to Romulus.

The discussion about irony reminds me of conversations I've had with British people. They seem curiously obsessed with irony and act oddly superior about Americans being relatively literal minded.
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Cajun
Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 2:51am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Most Toys

"Which is why the lying to Riker bit always bugged me. If the writer wanted it to be ambiguous, the episode was shot as Data pretty clearly trying to kill Fajo. So yes, it does come off as a lie. And actually, it seems the writer wasn't necessarily on board with that line either! From Memory-Alpha: "I asked Brent Spiner whether he thought Data purposefully pulled the trigger or not, and he was adamant that Data did fire the weapon, which was my intent as well, but the powers-that-be wanted that kept ambiguous, so it was. If I had a chance to do it over, with all the experience I have behind me now, I would argue passionately for Data's actions and their consequences to have been clearer, and hopefully more provocative." Sounds like it was probably Gene that forced that line in there. So frankly, I'd rather just pretend it doesn't exist. It just doesn't seem to fit."

In other words, it's a bit of bad writing caused by too many cooks in the kitchen. The writer wanted one thing, the execs wanted something else, so the final few minutes just plain old don't make sense. It's a pity, as the episode is otherwise outstanding.
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Cajun
Sat, Feb 18, 2017, 4:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

About Worf not being duplicated: perhaps Dorn lacks the range needed to play one of Barclay's goofy characters? Dorn is great at playing the serious, put-upon, straight-man, but maybe he doesn't have it in him to play a goofball? The closest I can think of him coming to such a character was the baseball player in DS9, and even that character was relatively serious, if notably less serious than Worf.
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Cajun
Sat, Feb 18, 2017, 2:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Peak Performance

I'm not sure that it's possible to make a game with rules that wouldn't be vulnerable to brute-force-searching. I'm not an expert on game construction, but it seems counter-intuitive that such a thing would be possible.
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Cajun
Sat, Feb 18, 2017, 9:58am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Peak Performance

Data losing space-chess is likely a reflection of the era in which the show was produced. There was a long period during which chess-masters could still beat computers via superior strategic ability. Computers exceeded humans at brute-force searches pretty early, but for a long time there chessmasters could more than compensate with strategic analysis, to the point that many people felt that computers would never beat the top human players. So it must have seemed perfectly logical to writers that an alien with superhuman strategic ability playing a game with a stronger strategic element than any real-world game would easily beat Data.

Of course nowadays we've reached the point where computers crush the best human players of any game where brute-force searches are possible. So the idea that anything with an organic brain could beat Data sounds downright silly. But at the time the show was created it would have seemed not only plausible, but actually more realistic than Data winning.
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Cajun
Thu, Feb 16, 2017, 9:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Ensigns of Command

The colonists are rather unbelievable because their position is so blatantly hopeless. They don't seem to have any weapons of consequence. Even if every last man woman and child has a phaser, it's hard to imagine a colony of 15 thousand beating the plain old army of a small real-world country like Peru, nevermind beings capable of dropping anti-matter-bombs from orbit. Their position is just so blatantly preposterous that it detracts from my ability to suspend disbelief.
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Cajun
Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 2:29am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Liaisons

The Worf scenes are awesome! The rest is boring drek. Thankfully, Netflix makes it very easy to skip boring stuff. Just hold my cursor over the bar until the little mini-image of Picard and Anna end, and Worf is back on screen. Click. Boom! A really awesome 20 minutes or so length Worf story. :-D
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Cajun
Wed, Jan 18, 2017, 6:02am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Suspicions

One thing I did find interesting about the portrayal of the Ferengi was the evolution of the Ferengi themselves. They started out as savages, as even worse Klingons essentially. Violent, misogynistic, imperialistic. They were even implied to be cannibals.

Gradually, though, they changed into space-nerds. Awkward, sniveling guys who were good at math, and science. Opportunistic but mostly peaceful. By late DS9, Quark is talking about how savage humans are, and how the Ferengi alliance recommended peaceful negotiations with the Dominion and the Federation ignored them.

This episode marks a kind of mid-point for them.
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CajunKhan
Tue, Oct 20, 2015, 4:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Latent Image

Science fiction tends to be at its best when dealing with real-world issues via metaphor. In this case, PTSD caused by guilt. Picardo sells being a sufferer of PTSD wonderfully. That the story has certain scientific problems is trivial to me.
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