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Mon, Oct 9, 2017, 4:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry

Does it both anyone else that Voq seemed so sad about someone taking over his ship? Or that L'Rell would lie to get her way? I remember Klingons as being very direct and violent in conflict. Like, I would have expected a very Klingon Voq to have had a duel with someone trying to take over his ship. Voq just seemed sad. And then for L'Rell to pretend to turn her back on him, only to lie and escape? I would expect a Klingon who wanted to unite all the Klingons to do it in a very Klingon way. This way seemed very human...

When I learned the writers were trying to humanize the Klingons, I thought they meant figuratively, like they were trying to flesh out the Klingon species with more nuance. Voq's and L'Rell's reactions don't seem like nuanced Klingon reactions at all - they just seem like human reactions, which makes the Klingons as a race a shallower concept, not a more fleshed out one.
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Bobby Carly
Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 2:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part II

@Paul: "Marina Sirtis is clearly the worst actor in the cast (possibly in all of Trek)" - July 6, 2012

Not a chance. Marina is not a talented actress (and she's a dimwitted nutball away from the camera!). But in TNG alone, Denise Crosby, Levar Burton, and Gates McFadden, when at their worst and cheesiest, are all much worse actors than Marina is at *her* worst.

I would vote Denise as the worst actor in all of Trek. MANY of her scenes are cringeworthy. Levar shines frequently, but, oddly, he's also ridiculous and almost unwatchable frequently. He's an enigma.
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Bobby Carly
Sun, Jul 23, 2017, 10:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

This movie is bad.

Not bad because it's slow. (It is). Not bad because nothing happens. (Nothing does). Not bad because there's almost no action, drama, violence, or gadgetry. (There isn't). Not bad because it's boring. (It's painfully so).

It's bad because it's dumb.

(That's also why soccer is bad---not because no one ever scores or fights).

The writing is awful. Very little makes sense, is interesting, or matters.

The acting is atrocious. You liked Kirk in the 60's? Fine. You liked him in '79? Fine. But by the 90's, now you've seen Patrick Stewart...and you can STILL stomach Shatner?? How??!!

Three stars out of ten.

But it's still better than literally any of the Trek, Star Wars, Marvel, or any other high-profile superhero or Sc-Fi offering of the past 10-15 years. Except Ant-Man, which, SHOCKINGLY, was awesome.
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Ross Carlson
Fri, Mar 24, 2017, 10:40am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Time's Arrow, Part I

Recently re-watched this episode, in my top 5, and realized something that's always bugged me. Clemens mentions Mr. Whitley from the geological survey and Data says he doesn't know the man's name but he talks with several people in that office. Given the time period he was in certainly he would have been introduced by name or at somepoint he would have learned the names of everyone in the office. Name plates, on pieces of paper, conversation, etc. He'd only have to hear it once and he'd remember it perfectly forever. The way they play it and the line written would be more like a human would have probably heard it and just didn't remember as that'd be very common for anyone other than Data.

Anyone else notice this??
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Ross Carlson
Fri, Jan 6, 2017, 6:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Lessons

I was a music major in college and have played saxophone for 30 years, as such I tend to get really annoyed by faking instruments, etc. in films and television. That said I understand it's something that just has to be done, you can't always cast a piano virtuoso for the role of Darren. That said she does an acceptable job in faking the piano, not over playing her body and facial expressions. Picard also does an acceptable job with his penny whistle flute, again not over doing it. The same goes for Data who as always does a great job at faking the violin. What does really bug me about Lessons is the total gibberish Picard says to Darren after the concert. "during the second arpeggio in the first movement, I noticed that you played an F minor chord instead of a diminished D" - what? For the non-musicians reading this that's just a bunch of musical words crammed into a sentence. First as a classically trained pianist she wouldn't be improvising in a piece like that, you'd be playing it exactly as written. The only place you'd be taking some personal liberties would be with the tempo and emotion of the piece. Then for Picard to hear the difference in a single minor and diminished cord is laughable. Had Darren made that kind of substitution each time she played an F minor cord maybe he's notice that, maybe. Again for the non-musicians there is but a single note difference between the two cords, in fact it's not even a full note/tone - it's a half tone as an F minor chord would have an A as it's third where a D diminished would have an Ab (A flat) as it's 5th - so in simple terms the difference in sound of those two chords 1 time in a piece would be absolutely indistinguishable to any human ear.

What really bugs me the most about things like this is just ask a damn musician to not only review your line of dialogue but to help you write it. There are many things that Darren could have done with the piece that Picard could have commented on in a believable way. "Your phrasing after the coda was great", "the dynamic range in your playing was very elegant", etc. Finally the worst part of something like this is Riker IS a musician! He's played trombone since school, when we see him play trombone he really is playing trombone (save for the time he's playing with a quartet and his birthday party but that's simply for technical reasons - he does a fine job faking it as he really plays). Why the writers would have run that past Frakes and/or he (Frakes) wouldn't chime in during the episode to say "Uh, that's stupid dialogue, try this instead".

I'm sure I'm in the minority that gets bugged by this, it's just so avoidable a mistake that I've never understood it since it's so damn easy to prevent it.
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Carlos Danger
Thu, Jan 21, 2016, 3:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

I have rarely disagreed more with a Jammer review. Attack of the Clones is, IMO, one of the worst movies ever made. There are almost no redeeming qualities to it...the only one I can think of is the sound effects in the Jango Fett/Obi Wan space battle. Anakin is not a likable character, the romance is ridiculous, the fight scene at the end is Exhibit A for the case of "Less is More" when it comes to CGI usage, Yoda's fight scene exists solely to be Yoda's Fight Scene...etc, etc.

I agree with the above comments about TPM as well. TPM is not a good movie, by any stretch of the imagination, but I think with a few script rewrites and some competent directing, it could have been a pretty good movie.
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Mon, Feb 9, 2015, 4:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Shakaar

Kotas and Moonie; You might be better off watching any other television show ever produced as they are less Bajor-centric than Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
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Fri, Feb 6, 2015, 4:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Prophet Motive

Scott wrote:

"Now Bajorans learn that since the beginning of their existence until quark went into the wormhole the wormhole aliens didn't know about earning profit."

You're forgetting that the wormhole aliens don't exist in linear time. They might be learning about profit 'now' but they had just as much access to this knowledge in Bajor's past as they will do in its future.
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Wed, Feb 4, 2015, 5:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Civil Defense

I think that Jammer must have been really grumpy when he watched this episode. His criticisms are all valid but there is a lot which is great about 'Civil Defence' which he didn't mention. My personal favourite moment was when Gul Dukat ordered tea from the replicator and the turret disappeared and then re-appeared after he took the tea.

This was one of the episodes which I was most looking forward to rewatching during my second viewing of the series. I am surprised that it is a season 3 episode, to be honest. I was expecting it early in season 2. I also was unhappy this time around that the plotline in Ops ended so abruptly with no real resolution to Dukat's part in the story.
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Wed, Jan 14, 2015, 8:33am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Man Trap

I've decided to start watching TOS on Netflix and this was my first episode. I'm primarily a DS9 fan with a guilty love of Voyager. I wasn't expecting too much from this early episode as I'm sure that it gets a lot better like most series do and so I was very happy with 'The Man Trap'.

I was really impressed with the dialogue, especially the sizzling scene between Spock and Uhuru near the start. It's a lot better than most of the dialogue on Voyager or TNG.
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Sat, Jan 10, 2015, 4:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: The Haunting of Deck Twelve

I thought that this was a really good comedy episode. I loved the scene where they mocked the use of technobabble on Star Trek - when Icheb called Neelix out on what he had said because it didn't make technical sense and he responded with - "the technical details aren't important".

I thought that episode made excellent use of both Neelix and the Borg children. I also loved the fact that Harry Kim was able to flex his 'senior officer' muscles, for once, in the mess hall scene. He did a really good job of taking charge.

Janeway's habit of talking to the ship was clearly something invented by Neelix to spice up the telling of the story. I'm pretty sure she talks to her replicator in other episodes but not the other systems in the ship. I thought this was a nice touch in this episode given that the framing narrative made it valid.

As was the case for Zarm, it seemed clear to me at the end of the episode that the power had been shut down to reduce the risk of dissipating the new nebula.

Jammer! Don't forget that you hated 'Bride of Chaotica!' - and with good reason. This episode is far more charming and more humorous.
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Mon, Jan 5, 2015, 3:31am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

Re:vegetarianism, I think Arachnea's comment pretty much addresses the inconsistency raised by Chris. Chakotay ate the replicated quail served in 'The Void'; he didn't eat the nectar mentioned in this episode, which was presumably made using non-replicated meat by-product. This suggests that he is happy to eat replicated meat products but not actual ones.

I also agree with the comment about it making no difference whether the meat is replicated or not. I assumed that his vegetarianism was cultural and would not have been surprised if he did choose to observe it even in respect of replicated meat.
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Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 1:11am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Begotten

Seems to me the Bashir changeling could have birthed a batch of changeling or brought a container of chilled raw changeling and set it on its course to be found by Odo. The supposed infant changeling could have even engineered its own journey to DS9, it's purpose to give Odo his changeling powers back.

Otherwise, every which way I could have felt about this episode seems to be covered in the above comments
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Mon, Oct 28, 2013, 4:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Enemy

I think that saucer separation would have been inadvisable in this episode as the saucer section would have been vulnerable to a Romulan assault. The presence of a Romulan vessal on the planet suggests that there could be a cloaked warbird nearby and the risk, though small, is surely great enough to make separation inappropriate.

As a nurse I was pretty shocked by Picard's and, especially, Dr. Crusher's treatment of Worf in this episode. Respect for autonomy is a cornerstone of medical ethics. Besides which Crusher's antagonism of Worf (especially bringing him to witness the close-to-death Romulan's suffering) is very counterproductive. I'm thinking in terms of human psychology here, of course, but clearly Klingons find this approach even less endearing than we would. However I was pleasantly surprised that this plot thread ended the way it did.

I wouldn't take the Romulan's speech to Worf to be a refusal of the procedure, though. He was saying this for the Klingon's benefit and was in an aroused emotional state at the time. Any medical or healthcare professional who overheard this and withheld treatment on this basis, without discussing the operation calmly and privately with the patient, would be guilty of criminal negligence.

As a huge Babylon 5 fan I was thrilled to see Andreas in the guest star credit. He was excellent as Tomalak. I'm glad to read that he will return.
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Sun, Oct 13, 2013, 11:43am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Up the Long Ladder

I really loved the Worf-Pulaski stuff at the beginning. Like the Picard-Wesley material in the early part of the previous episode, it really lifted an otherwise inconsistent episode for me. Like William B, I am sad that Pulaski will not remain on the show. She's one of my favourite characters so far (this is my first proper viewing of TNG).

Riker's volatile response to the cloning society's request was hardly becoming of an officer in his position. I also think Picard was presumptuous to claim that his attitude would be prevalent among the other crew-members as I for one would be happy to provide genetic material in such a situation (but I accept that it would be inappropriate for Picard to allow such a request to be made - if he had said 'I cannot allow you to take genetic material from my crew, starfleet regulations blah blah blah...' then I would have been happy).

The kill-the-clones scene horrified me, especially with the lack of any protest from Pulaski.

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Sat, Sep 21, 2013, 6:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Symbiosis

I found this episode really fun and well-paced. I objected to the preachy, cloying morality tale aspect deeply (this is the one aspect of Star Trek that I truly despise) but by the time that element reared its head, I realised that the episode was nearly over and I'd enjoyed the rescue sequence and subsequent conflict so much that I hadn't noticed the time.

A couple of commentators have questioned the logic of the Ornarans giving the 'medicine' to newborn babies. I guess they are not aware that, for many drugs, babies of dependent mothers are born with the same dependency. Even if they weren't in this specific case then they would still likely become addicted due to breastfeeding. I'm assuming the Ornarans are mammals, here, of course.

Also I don't think the Ornarans are required to be stupid to not have 'figured out' that they don't have the plague. They are drug addicts and there would be no benefit to them (as far as they can see) in making this discovery. The drug makes them happy. They have a socially accepted reason for taking it. They can afford to keep buying it from the Brekkan - their resources could be better spent, no doubt, but that's not how they see it. The Brekkan, in contrast, perhaps had to recover from the addiction because devoting their resources to producing the drug for themselves really was crippling their society and so it had to be addressed.
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Mon, Sep 16, 2013, 5:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Justice

My biggest issue with the plot of this episode is that, surely, beaming one of the Edo onto the ship and allowing her to come closer to her 'god' than was ever intended was a far greater violation of the prime directive than rescuing Wesley would have been. Yet Picard felt that it was the correct course of action despite the fact that it achieved very little.
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Carl Johan
Sat, Jul 13, 2013, 3:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: The Void

I think this episode is great. Although, could have been better executed, perhaps made into a two-part episode.

But it really captures the essence of the advantage of cooperation and comparative advantage.

Great article about comparative advantage.
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Thu, Jul 12, 2012, 12:30am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Tapestry

It's ok, Jammer. I don't hate you. Ha. You do have a good point. I wouldn't detract a half star for that myself, but then again, I think "The Search, Part II" and "The Ship" are an easy 3.5 myself. I tend to agree with you on 90% of your reviews anyway.

Regardless, thanks for the new reviews! I literally check this site several times a day hoping for a new batch, and it's always a thrill to see new ones. Keep 'em coming!
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Carl Walker
Sat, Oct 2, 2010, 10:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

Maaz, Odo explains to Sisko that he is "certainly aware of the need for special security measures during wartime," and in fact he's always wishing that he could implement "special security." Odo had no problem recommending that "human" rights (there must be a broader term for this in the Trek universe, although we never heard it) be trampled on for the greater good in "Homefront." Letting an attempted murderer go must have been a bit harder for him to swallow, but I still find it plausible that he sees all justice as ultimately secondary to the greater order (just as the FC claims).
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Fri, Nov 27, 2009, 5:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: In the Cards

I'm completely spellbound. I've never felt this way about a Star Trek episode before. I didn't think that anything could top "The Visitor" but "In the Cards" is perfect.
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Sun, Nov 8, 2009, 7:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Broken Link

This is another great review, Jammer. However, I object to your claim that some of the changelings wanted Odo executed. That was my first thought during that scene, but the female changeling never stated that it was the case, and given that 'no changeling had ever killed another' prior to Odo in 'The Adversery', I think it very likely was not. I am not forgetting the line 'perhaps we should have killed you - it would have been far less cruel' - the way that line is delivered suggests to me that execution was never considered an option.
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Sat, Oct 31, 2009, 8:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rejoined

As David states above, the exposition scene in this episode is awful. I couldn't concentrate for the next 10 minutes because I was fuming so much for being presumed dense, and by then I had lost interest in the episode completely. I can understand why clumsy exposition is sometimes necessary, but there was nothing stated in that scene which I couldn't have figured out based on the remainder of the episode. Furthermore, it really was clumsier exposition than any I have ever seen before, and I'm a 'Captain Scarlet' fan!
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Sat, Oct 31, 2009, 7:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Indiscretion

I loved the scene with the thorn. I agree with you on everything else about this episode but I think you missed the idea of that scene. As Nic said above, it rang very true to me and I felt that it was very well acted - I really sensed that these two characters finally saw each other as people. Just a minute later, however, Dukat reveals that his intention is to murder his daughter. It has so much more impact, on account of the thorn incident, than it otherwise would have done.
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