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Mon, Jan 23, 2017, 12:03pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Devil's Due

@Jason R.

"If Ardra can just cloak the Enterprise and disappear it with a "cheap copy" of a Romulan cloak - why don't Romulans just do it whenever they fight the Enterprise? If she can create forcefields on the bridge to swat away security, why doesn't everybody do that?"

I wasn't under the impression that the Enterprise was caught up in it very long. Geordi did, in fact, figure out the shield pretty quickly and got into contact with the Enterprise.

But if it's any consolation, this episode was originally written as a Phase II show, so I think some of the campy goofiness from TOS makes it's way into this episode. I wouldn't call it an idiot plot though, because Picard's onto Ardra from the very start, and any minor tactical advantage she has with her toys is thwarted pretty easily.

What's funny, and perhaps scary is that, even in our time, people are still very susceptible to parlor tricks and carnival sideshows like Ardra. One need not look further back than our previous election cycle's Fake News for proof of that.
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Mon, Jan 23, 2017, 11:43am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Devil's Due

"The idea of her being able to sand bag [sic] the Federation flagship is laughable."

Precisely! Which is part of what makes this a comedy. And the Federation Flagship was already conned by Pakled traders, so let's not give it too much credit. :)
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Mon, Jan 23, 2017, 11:40am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Devil's Due

It isn't stated specifically, but it's appearance in "The Most Toys" was there to show that Fajo was capable of obtaining the usually unobtainable. Just like Ardra is able of conning even technologically advanced societies. How many aliases did she have 23? Does that mean her trick worked in some way on 23 different other planets? If so, Ardra's quite resourceful indeed.
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Mon, Jan 23, 2017, 11:25am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Devil's Due

@Jason R.

Yes, I'll compare it because the Mona Lisa is under extremely tight security. And we're supposed to believe that 350 years more sophisticated *Federation* technology still couldn't prevent Fajo's theft? And the theft of Data? Furthermore, and speaking of non-Federation technology, what about the Breen and their shield-disabling weaponry? The Ferengi mind control devices? No matter how mighty you build up Enterprise's technology, there's obviously a limit to what the Enterprise can deal with when it's caught off guard.

At any rate, the tone of this episode is a comedy, so the audience should be expected to a lighten up a little when it comes to scientific scrutiny.
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Mon, Jan 23, 2017, 10:22am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Devil's Due

"As others have noted, this episode cheats, to the point where it is impossible to take it seriously. This flim flam lady can project forcefields onto another ship? She can disrupt all communications and cloak a Galaxy Class starship without anyone onboard realizing it?"

What's the big deal? She just has technology that Starfleet isn't familiar with. If she's a really good con artist, she probably has enough money to buy expensive toys. And don't say that could never happen in Star Trek. In "The Most Toys", Kivas Fajo had access to hand weapons more powerful than phasers, and was able to sneak the Mona Freakin' Lisa off Earth.
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Mon, Jan 23, 2017, 9:20am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Child

@Tara

"Does B Crusher have any personality at all? Besides "dedicated doctor" and "worried mother"... What words would describe her?"

She outwitted the Borg when in command of the Enterprise, so "Skilled Leader" comes to mind. Also, of course "The Dancing Doctor" from "Data's Day" :)
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Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 12:30pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: The Darkness and the Light

Kira's temper flaring up and going on a half-cocked vigilante mission is completely consistent with her character. Actually, I always admired how relatively restrained Kira was as her friends were killed off one by one. If this were Season 1 Kira (or maybe just non-pregnant Kira), I'm sure she would've gone hunting for the assassin much sooner.

Now one may not like Kira's character because of her fiery temper, but do keep in mind this character flaw was given *intentionally* by the writers to show how much the Cardassian Occupation wounded her. Ensign Ro, the character upon which Kira based on, basically had the same flaw, one you can very much see in her TNG outings.
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Tue, Jan 17, 2017, 8:48am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Civil Defense

Some of us recognize that this episode is based on imaginary assumptions, yet still enjoy it. I could imagine the Cardassians being insidious enough to plant a booby trap in their systems that isn't easily recognizable to Non-Cardassian engineers. It may have happened a little too late in the series, but this one's enjoyable enough that I can roll with it.

My favorite part was when Dukat appeared in person and flicked the baseball off Sisko's desk. :)
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Sun, Jan 15, 2017, 9:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Civil Defense

@DLPB

Yes, yes, and in the Star Trek world we should be entrenched in WW3 by now. It's a fictional universe with fictional rules. That's the show. We get it.
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Sun, Jan 15, 2017, 4:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Our Man Bashir

@Peccath

It's common courtesy to warn of spoilers, but if you're going to get knee deep into the comments section of a program now over 20 years old, you should expect to be spoiled. Not that Kira becoming a Colonel really changed her activities on the show anyway.
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Mon, Jan 9, 2017, 11:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: The Loss

@DLPB

Then you have episodes like "Face of the Enemy" where Sirtis and Troi play out a fantastic Hunter for the Red October-like story. And to be fair, this episode itself did a good job of showcasing Troi's psychology abilities minus her powers. I don't think overall the writers did a stellar job with the character but credit where credit is due.
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Mon, Jan 9, 2017, 3:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Rocks and Shoals

@Del_Duio/Robert

In "To The Death", there is at least a company of Jem'Hadar who have enough free will to not only break from The Founders, but come up with their own plans to rule the galaxy. The issue of white never came up, but Weyoun admitted that the Dominion's appearance of control over the Jem'Hadar had been exaggerated.

Between this and "Hippocratic Oath"'s portrayal of the Jem'Hadar, my take is that they're both a psychologically and physiologically dominated people, who can do well enough on their own when these controls are removed.
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Mon, Jan 9, 2017, 9:23am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Enemy

@SteveRage

" Picard should have ordered Worf to submit to the transfusion."

You think so? Would you follow an order to give blood to someone who murdered your family?
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Sat, Jan 7, 2017, 10:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Relics

Also, he gave this episode 3 stars. That's hardly a bad score.
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Sat, Jan 7, 2017, 10:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Relics

@Ken

I noticed half of your comments are complaints about a dude who hasn't commented here in years. Just let it go, already. 😂
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Fri, Dec 30, 2016, 12:26pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: The Chase

@Kary

That's a good question and one I've often asked myself. My take on this is that once Galen was murdered, the matter was escalated from archaeology to a criminal investigation and then to an interstellar conflict. Since the Enterprise is routinely involved in security missions, this would probably be under its umbrella of operations, especially considering the Enterprise was the closest ship nearby.
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Fri, Dec 16, 2016, 12:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part I

@Intrinsic Random Event

Good catch. If Trump was ever serious about building walls, then the sanctuary might be just the answer he's looking for.

That said, I can't see a Republican congress backing such a bloated state program.
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Sun, Dec 11, 2016, 11:10am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Statistical Probabilities

Thematically, this episode is about intelligent people with good intentions coming to dangerously wrong conclusions. Also, like Peter, I wouldn't classify this being unfair to mental illnesses. After all, Sisko actually passed on the original work product of the mutants right over to Starfleet, and Starfleet was pleased with it. That doesn't sound like discrimination at all.

Sisko was only unhappy later because he was basically told he should surrender now. His displeasure had nothing to do with mental handicaps, rather it stemmed from the unpalatable option of giving up.
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Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 10:39am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

It would've been more believable if the assignment was something we knew Picard was good at, like archeology. Instead the audience is supposed to buy some technobabble and think, "Oh right, theta-band carrier waves, Picard's perfect for that."
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Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 9:57am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

To be fair, Picard being used in that Chain of Command mission seemed pretty unrealistic itself. I always thought Nechayev had it out for him, putting Picard on that mission as a form of punishment.
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Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 9:30am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

@james alexander

Blame Rick Berman for trying to use the cast to do too much action stuff despite them proven at more thoughtful Sci-Fi pieces. It's funny, people complain about Abrams' Trek, but at least Abrams knew how to work with his cast. You certainly didn't see him pushing Nimoy into any stunts.

Insurrection could've been so much better if it was played out more like a TNG episode such as "The Ensigns of Command" or "Who Watches the Watchers". Those episodes and many others play to the cast's acting strengths.
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Tue, Dec 6, 2016, 8:02pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: A Matter of Perspective

@mik73

Good points here. There's no purjury here in any case, as according to Troi, Manua was telling the truth as she remembered it. It just so happens she remembered wrong.
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Sat, Dec 3, 2016, 3:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: The Pegasus

@Smith

I like that idea, let's ask Paramount to make it canon!
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Wed, Nov 30, 2016, 3:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

In April, I actually I agreed he got "caught up in a fantasy". I also said he could've come off a lot better if he had explained what happened to Leah earlier instead of letting her find out on her own out of context.
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Wed, Nov 30, 2016, 1:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

The exact line is:

RIKER
This is a violation of protocol. Crewmembers should not be simulated in the Holodeck...

GEORDI
Ah, Commander... I don't think there's any regulation...

RIKER
Then there should be...

So, no, there's no regulation against it. However, if you had to access restricted crew profiles like Quark when he was trying to do this to Kira, then there's a problem.
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