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Wed, Mar 22, 2017, 9:53am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Profit and Lace

If we put Caedus and Okrad in a cage match, we'd easily get more entertainment than this episode.

(Hopes the Discovery writers are reading.)
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Mon, Mar 20, 2017, 12:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Sacrifice of Angels

Darren above mentioned this earlier, but the real problem with Sisko's decision to enter the wormhole (as crazy as that was) is that he never considered blowing up the wormhole. I suppose that the actions of !FakeBashir in "By Inferno's Light" may have strengthened the wormhole so that even Quantum torpedos couldn't destroy it anymore, but this should've been addressed in dialogue.

At the very least, having some sort of firefight inside the wormhole like Sisko planned should have disrupted its stability to the point where the Prophets would need to intervene out of self-preservation.

I suppose these missing details keeps this episode at 3 stars. Great action, good drama, weird ending.
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Thu, Mar 16, 2017, 3:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: True Q

To those asking why the Continuum didn't just remove Amanda's powers, I'd suggest that they wanted to make it *more difficult* for her to make that choice by leaving her with the powers still intact. Not exactly playing fair, I suppose, but the Continuum obviously wasn't happy with her choice to remain human, so it figures they'd stack the cards a little.

But, imagine the choice! If someone told you you could live your current life happily but you couldn't use your eyes or ears, imagine what great temptation you'd have to open them just a crack when a desperate need ocurred. Amanda was truly destined to be Q, but it is interesting to see that she preferred her human life, perhaps partially because of the fascination Qs have with humanity.
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Tue, Mar 14, 2017, 11:01am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Paradise Lost

I actually liked Brooks' acting in American History X; that may be his best work. I wouldn't call any of this cherry-picking though, Brooks simply hasn't been in many films/shows for us to judge him by. Certainly not as many as Patrick Stewart or Kate Mulgrew.
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Mon, Mar 13, 2017, 11:48am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Emissary

@Robert

It's interesting to think about, though Starfleet's treatment of Picard was inconsistent. Picard still had enough clout to decide how to handle Hugh in "I,Borg", and then there's "Descent" where, even though Picard got chewed out for letting Hugh go, he was put in charge of tracking down the Borg incursions and eliminating them. Also, Satie's voice certainly doesn't represent any majority of Starfleet Command, since she has admirals walking out during her mad ramblings.

I think it's Sisko's behavior was understandable, but I echo the sentiments others that say the episode would have done better with a bigger apologetic gesture of Sisko. I don't think Sisko was mad just at Picard, but mad at Starfleet in general to first be posted on a mission that cost his wife's life, then be delegated to some relatively minor outpost in the middle of nowhere.
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Mon, Mar 13, 2017, 10:25am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

@Tara

"On a related topic: I can't figure out why Wesley Crusher's GF on "The Game" is so widely adored"

This was Judd's "break-out" role which led to her appearing in many other TV shows and movies in the 90s (and 00s). It's funny to see her as some one-off character in a geeky sci-fi show.
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Sun, Mar 12, 2017, 10:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Emissary

@Zakalwe

Actually, even from an in-universe perspective, Sisko is a rational guy. That's part of why his first meeting with Picard comes off oddly; it doesn't feel like the rational Sisko we know. It feels like Sisko read every part of the Borg after-report *except* the part where Picard was forced against his will to do things he would never do.

Like I said above, even if Brooks' acting was a little off, I do think the scene of him being angry at a Starfleet captain for his post was necessary drama and closure in this episode. I wouldn't remove the scene or change the dialog, I just think it needed a few more takes to relay the mood better. I mean it's not like Sisko hating Picard was a theme throughout DS9.
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Sun, Mar 12, 2017, 5:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Emissary

@Zakalwe

I see your point, but that analogy doesn't fit. Even a seizure comes from within a person, but Picard was being controlled from without. Thus, there is physically someone else Sisko can blame, and that's the Borg. Picard's just as big a victim of the Borg as Jennifer was, the only difference is Picard was miraculously saved.

That said, Sisko seemed to warm up to Picard when found his calling was this new post. I thought that shift in the relationship between the two men was worth the early tension, even if the former was melodramatic.
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Wed, Mar 8, 2017, 9:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Angel One

Meanwhile, if you look at percentage of college graduates in the U.S., you'll see the gender numbers in dead heat. Indeed, female graduates numerically lead over male graduates in some of the younger age brackets. (see U.S. Census Beareau)

So, just throwing out the names of a few elite organizations is really not an accurate measure of intelligence in the general population.

Also, I laughed out loud at some of the recent comments here. I'd love to see more contributions like Linda and Tara's on this board.
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Tue, Mar 7, 2017, 1:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Paradise Lost

I think Brooks is a great actor, and works well in his part for this show. He can be very polite and persuasive, as well as assertive and bossy which makes for a good commander.

I don't think he has the range to be a villain though. Like in "Our Man Bashir" when Brooks plays Dr. Noah, he sounds exactly like his Joran Dax in "Facets". When Brooks chews the scenery, his scenery falls apart.
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Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 8:46am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Quality of Life

"As I remember - please correct me if I'm wrong - Data ends up asking the exocomps if they are willing to risk their little lives to save a couple of humans. And they agree! Thus, happiness reigns. "

Not exactly, the exocomps are given the Enterprise's plan, and they reject it. They come up with a new plan in which only one of the exocomps will be destroyed. Basically, they made the decision which would result in the least amount of "lives" lost. Sounds very logical to me.

But I also think that the exocomps willing to sacrifice themselves reinforces the idea that they're sentient. They not only care about their own lives, as indicated by them rejecting the original plan that would kill all three of them, but they're sympathetic to race that made them, humans, as far as they understand the importance of saving them (but not at all costs). An intelligent being that can weigh all sorts of painful consequences and come up with the least painful for society, is indeed showing high forms of consciousness and awareness, thus sentience.
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Wed, Mar 1, 2017, 11:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Quality of Life

"Picard and Geordi should have been allowed to die by Data's hand. That was the logical and expected outcome of his decision but the episode was too chickenshit to follow through"

I'm not sure I understand this line of reasoning, if the writers wanted Data to sacrifice crewmembers for his exocomps, then they would've written two extras in to die. That may not have the emotional impact of Picard dying, but it would still drive the point home that Data was sympathetic enough to value exocomps and biological sentients equally.

I would suggest that the writers only wanted the viewers to momentarily flip the ethical conundrum of the episode on its head: i.e. "why's Data protecting these robots, they're expendable" versus "why is Data protecting biological lifeforms when they're just as expendable as these exocomps." As long as the lifeform A vs. lifeform B concept is presented, I'd say the episode did its job.
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Thu, Feb 23, 2017, 2:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: A Matter of Time

It might be a fun experiment to see just which episodes Troi is helpful in, and then count how many of those episodes Troi's advice was straight up ignored by the senior staff. I'm wagering she's right up there with Worf in the latter regard.
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Thu, Feb 23, 2017, 1:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: A Matter of Time

@Jason R.

Of course the writers very often use Troi to underline an obvious story point like "He seems very sure of himself" or other nonsense. But, there are the occasional gems like "A Matter of Perspective", "Face of the Enemy", "Samaritan Snare", "Where Silence Has Lease", "The Price" and heck even "The Best of Both Worlds" to some extent.

I'm no writer, but I think it might be difficult to write about the difficulties of meeting an unknown person if you already have a character who can immediately tell you what the deal is with the unknown. I'm sure that's why Troi is only *half-Betazoid* to begin with. Just look at how crazy the episodes get when Luxanna starts narrating every little thought people have.
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Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 8:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: A Matter of Time

@Jason R.

Fair points all around, I think I give those things a pass because the actors mostly play this one for comedy (Geordi's line about poker got a chuckle out of me).

Though you're off on one thing; Troi knew Rasmussen was hiding something big and she was very cold to him the whole episode. It was Crusher's defense of him that made Picard pass over Troi's objections.
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Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 11:10am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

"One aspect of the story that I think goes unfairly unremarked, is that the episode doesn't act as if caution and suspicion aren't needed in times of danger. The klingon guy really was an enemy spy and he even used the race card. So while Sate may have been a bit too evil and not well argued, the episode is even handed enough in its approach to the situation. Yes, there IS danger-doesn't mean it's worth to let it destroy what and who we are protecting."

It brings up Satie's side of the argument, but she's made into a complete strawman. It's easy to walk away with the message that "National security just isn't worth it." because nothing Satie does actually helps the Enterprise. They already found the spy, and the "conspiracy" was debunked because there was no sabotage. All Satie did was waste everyone's time with litigation while what the ship really needed was a bigger repair crew.
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Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 11:01am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Firstborn

"Why wasn't the universal translator working??"

Because the UT reads brainwaves and can pick up the speaker's intent. If someone intends to speak so foreigners don't understand, it won't translate.
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Fri, Feb 17, 2017, 8:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: To the Death

"But what makes the "Apocalypse Rising" different from the "To the Death" is that it was gripping from start to finish to the extent that it didn't challenge my suspension of disbelief the way "To the Death" did."

I disagree, I think this one's a very underrated peek into the rare (only?) occasion the Dominion and Starfleet work together. Though I do like AR as well, I just think it's full of hilarious examples of the point you're making here. I highly recommend that comment section next time you view AR.
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Fri, Feb 17, 2017, 8:58am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Measure of a Man

@Tara

To be fair, Picard actually did run down the list of the three requirements the show set for sentience. Plus, we don't really know what property laws were being challenged here. It could very well be relevant that a machine has a life-like existence in order to qualify as non-property.
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Thu, Feb 16, 2017, 4:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: To the Death

"To better summarise what I've been trying to say, any mission that requires an implementation of a warship is very likely to need a MACO-like team on it."

Maybe by current era standards, but there's already a precedent that Starfleet Officers are Jacks-of-all-Trades. I mean, I get what you're saying, but this episode is hardly the worst offender given the urgency of Sisko/Weyoun's mission. What about "Apocalypse Rising" where Starfleet sends Sisko, O'Brien, and the newly solid Odo undercover to overthrow the head of the Klingon Empire?
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Thu, Feb 16, 2017, 2:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: To the Death

@Filip

"This wasn't an unplanned event."

So, DS9 getting one of its pylons obliterated by rogue Jem'Hadar and then teaming up with other Jem'Hadar to help obliterate was all part of Starfleet's plan? Genius!

Seriously though, Weyoun depicted the situation so dire that he *needed* Sisko's immediate help. Otherwise, Weyoun could've just waited for more Dominion back-up. There's nothing in this episode that suggests Sisko had the leisure to ask Starfleet for special trained ops. This whole situation caught DS9 off guard, and the imminent threat of rogue Jem'Hadar understanding the Iconian gateways put a clock on the whole mission.

Now as for why DS9 doesn't have MACOs ready to go? Heck, the station was just finally assigned a Captain after 3 years. The station is still a frontier for Starfleet, and Sisko does his best with what officers Starfleet gives him.
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Wed, Feb 15, 2017, 10:43am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Most Toys

@Peter G.

You're right, after reading the script, I see it's this episode where Data says he's never killed before. Though in that same conversation he tells Fajo that he's perfectly capable of doing it. Data even starts to describe the difference between self-defense and murder.

Perhaps the writers wanted us to struggle with the question of when it's justified to kill. But I still question why they wouldn't allow Data to defend his decision to Riker later. I suppose the interview quoted above shows that it was indeed too much of a hot-button issue to push on a Data's character. His lie to Riker gives him a clean way of avoiding controversy.
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Wed, Feb 15, 2017, 10:19am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Most Toys

@William B

You're making a huge assumption that Data's never needed to kill before as part of his Starfleet career. In fact, I don't think Starfleet would allow Data to serve if he couldn't use deadly force when necessary. If that were so, he couldn't follow orders like a normal officer and he'd be a total liability in a combat situation. The fact is, we *do* see Data kill dozens of Borg and never get questioned about it (Star Trek: First Contact).

But even if we accept the idea that Starfleet would frown on Data killing in any situation, it still seems off that Data wouldn't tell Riker, at least in private. The two are friends, after all. After putting up with Fajo's deception, I'm sure Riker and Picard would quickly and easily defend Data's actions here.
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Tue, Feb 14, 2017, 9:48am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Most Toys

Though I do agree with Tara that it's confusing that Data would lie to Riker. If it was justified self-defense or defense of others, you'd think Data would just say that. I believe one of the commenters above nailed it with the out-of-universe explanation that there just wasn't time in the show for that type of conversation.
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Tue, Feb 14, 2017, 9:32am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Most Toys

@Peter G.

We don't know if he was actually going to shoot to kill Fajo though. Data could've fired a warning shot to let Fajo know he was serious, or he could've shot his foot or his hand just to incapacitate him.
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