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DLPB
Thu, Feb 23, 2017, 7:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

I should also note that since I posted last, various arguments I have read have shown me that my opposition to the 2nd Amendment was in error. I still don't like the idea of a population being able to buy weaponry, but I like the idea of liberty being eroded and violently replaced even less. And that's what the 2nd Amendment is there for. It's primary focus is to stop a hostile take over. One of the first things the Nazis and other totalitarian governments did was to remove any means that the population had for fighting back. I have also seen that Switzerland has its own form of the 2nd Amendment and does not seem to have the same gun problems. This is a much more complicated issue than I gave it credit for.

Also, my view on abortion has changed. I am now against it in all cases, apart from where the mother will likely die, where the mother was raped, or where the child is likely to be born with a defect. Again, it's a complicated issue. I am certainly against our current use of it - basically a form of contraception. It cheapens life.

Just thought I'd clear that up. It's always possible to reevaluate ones ideas - if one has an open mind.
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DLPB
Thu, Feb 23, 2017, 7:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

And I call on you to stop trying to close down an interesting debate and an interesting thread. The whole point of Star Trek and shows like it is - on some level - to provoke discussion on important issues.

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dlpb
Thu, Feb 23, 2017, 3:49pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: A Matter of Time

Explorers* heh.
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DLPB
Thu, Feb 23, 2017, 3:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: A Matter of Time

It was bad enough already, but when her powers would have come in useful but interfered with the story the writers wanted to tell, she was either not on the bridge, or some sort of issue stopped her telepathy. So they just cheated whenever necessary. Blatantly. They really shouldn't have bothered adding her character at all.

And you're right on Worf. His advice was always ignored, and often stupidly. "Captain, going into this nebula is extremely dangerous for little gain. " "We are explorer's Mr Worf. Shut it."
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DLPB
Tue, Feb 14, 2017, 7:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Most Toys

Because Starfleet is stupid and would prefer this evil man to carry on abusing hundreds of lifeforms for his own titillation. I'm glad that the writers decided to show that the machine weighed up the good and the bad and made a decision not based on emotion.

I believe that is the true meaning of the scene that is lost on most people.
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DLPB
Sun, Feb 12, 2017, 10:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Emergence

There isn't anything wrong with that dialogue if the "I wish I could tell you" is an introduction to more information. It isn't being used as "I wish I could tell you. Bye." It's being used as "I wish I could tell you. Check this out..."

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DLPB
Sun, Feb 12, 2017, 4:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Shadows and Symbols

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMAtGaTl6WA

More Benny!!
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DLPb
Sun, Feb 12, 2017, 4:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Remember Me

I agree, Bob. I really like this episode, but the solution by Mary Sue (again) - and this religious-like nonsense spoiled the ending. It's still an episode I rewatch a lot, though.
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DLPB
Sun, Feb 12, 2017, 1:12am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Firstborn

A very decent episode. I didn't see the twist coming, either. It was a believable and nicely written episode. Some very nice acting, and it's always nice to see some of Trek's biggest guest/recurring actors. A solid 3 stars.
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DLPB
Thu, Feb 9, 2017, 4:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

LMAO Walter!

I always end up rewatching episodes, like this one. Another thing struck me. What, exactly, do these people offer? If a bunch of savage outcasts wanted to come back to your world after you'd made it nice and homely, you'd only allow it if you needed something. Some sort of mutual benefit. There doesn't appear to be one here. Basically Picard is asking one side to make all the concessions for absolutely nothing! In fact, worse than nothing - because it will cost money and probably lives to get these rockers back integrated.
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DLPB
Sun, Jan 29, 2017, 5:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

Bravestarr
Fri, Apr 4, 2014, 12:29pm (UTC -6)
Ah yes, Nog. DS9's version of Wesley Crusher. Does anyone else get irked by how much the producers focus on this little fucker?
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HAHAHAHA! YES! ME!

Nog is by far the most annoying and useless and shoehorned character in DS9. He's just there to give the actor a job. I can't stand any scene he is in - and the writing for the character is piss poor!
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DLPB
Sun, Jan 29, 2017, 5:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

I always skip this. I try to watch it, but it's impossible. I can't stand Nog. Jake is a pointless character too with a daft "reporter" job to keep him in the show. And then we are forced to believe these naive teens are running a star ship. It's cringe inducing. Unwatchable.
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DLPB
Sun, Jan 22, 2017, 7:06am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Family

Out of universe I'm sure Luke is 100% correct and it is kind of insulting. If a COMMANDER can run a space station why can't the FLAG SHIP have a Captain as a first officer.
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It's more to do with the fact everyone would then call Riker captain from time to time and this is confusing in a TV show. Nah, it would be too silly to try to pull off.
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DLPB
Sun, Jan 22, 2017, 7:01am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Family

Sigh, I really wanted to like this...

And I did. 3 stars? Are you smoking pot, Jamahl? This is a 4 star - or definitely a 3 and a half star episode. We're not used to seeing the human side of Picard - and after what happened with the Borg, this was a wonderful way of addressing the long term effects he will face from his ordeal. The whole storyline with his brother was well acted, well scripted, and had a genuineness that craps all over the "shields at 22%" waffle that plagues too many scenes in Trek. Even the B stories were important and gave some depth to the characters. And it's always a pleasure to see Whoopi playing Guinan.

It was a stroke of genius to portray his brother a jealous, bitter, older polar opposite character. Instead of a silly episode where Picard has a sentimental heart to heart, we get a believable breakdown. And it's all set up properly. I've seen this episode a few times, and I always doubt whether it's the same show that gives us so much treknobabble. After the silly unrealistic "Shelby" character in the previous episode, it was great to see a believable and flawed character - and the real Picard behind the mask of captain.

It was a lovely episode.

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DLPB
Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 4:46am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: The Darkness and the Light

Criticizing a character for being hot headed and unable to control themselves is hating women according to you?

LOL. Stay off the Kool Aid.

There have been many female characters I have praised over the years - and those are much better acted and scripted than Kira (Ripley, Susan Ivanova, Resistance Leader in B5 spring to mind every time) . Don't project your bigoted crap onto me, mind reader.

I don't like Kira because she is a grossly unrealistic character, poorly acted (probably because of the script/writers) and poorly scripted. It has nothing to do with her gender. I happen to also find Nog a worthless pile of dung too for much the same reasons. I dislike that character even more than Kira. Man hating now too?
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DLPB
Wed, Jan 18, 2017, 2:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Extreme Measures

I'm not sure how one ends up with the views that you hold- because I have a sound and logical mind.

- I have a bad cold.
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DLPB
Wed, Jan 18, 2017, 2:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Extreme Measures

1. No leaps at all. The Founder herself states her goal is the total domination of the Alpha Quadrant and destruction of the Federation. They have already killed millions. You're straw clutching again, and you know it.

2. He violated and risked the life of someone. You're again splitting hairs. He also tortured Sloan, whatever mealy-mouth excuse you can give., That actually makes Bashir reprehensible in his own eyes, your eyes, and most people's eyes.

3. This is leftist nonsense. For someone who purportedly respects all sides of debate, and accepts so called "shades of gray" in writing, you do sure come across as very intolerant to views you disagree with.

I'd never want you in charge during war time. You're a dangerous individual, who would willing sacrifice his own race for the "greater good". Except there is no greater good from annihilation and mass death from a deadly enemy attacking for the sole reason of conquering.

I'm not sure how to get you end up with the views you do - because I have a sound and logical mind.

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DLPB
Tue, Jan 17, 2017, 11:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Extreme Measures

Let me put the final dagger into this episode. Julian Bashir, our stupid leftist "hero", has decided that losing the war is a risk worth taking in order to save the life of his friend Odo. He makes a grandiose speech declaring that Section 31, and their tactics, are abhorrent to the ideals of the Federation. There is no alternate viewpoint from a neutral source; Miles O'Brien simply agrees on the spot.

Julian then proceeds to enact his master plan for saving Odo... violating the rights, and deliberately risking the life, of another individual (Sloan). So, let's recap what the writers want us to swallow:

1. One individual's life is paramount and is worth any number of other lives—even the annihilation of one's own race via a genocidal enemy. The ends (using a virus to kill the genocidal enemy) do not, and can never, justify the means.
2. One individual is expendable if it means saving a friend.

Those are two completely opposite beliefs. The doctor is willing to kill one person to save one person, but not willing to allow the death of one person to save entire races.

This episode is demented.
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DLPB
Tue, Jan 17, 2017, 9:19pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: The Changing Face of Evil

Ken, I'll be the first to say I am completely opposite Elliot politically and this has led to a few feuds, but I don't think he's wrong in his observations here at all. Just because he disagrees with you - or has critical views of a show you love - does not a troll make. Not even close.

Dan
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DLPB
Tue, Jan 17, 2017, 8:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Afterimage

The character of Ezri was poor. Why didn't the writers learn their lesson regarding ship "counsellors" from TNG? She's less convincing as a counsellor than Troi was—and that's saying something. As someone else (above) pointed out, the biggest issue here is that the writers are introducing a new character in the final season of a seven season show. An galactic war is coming to an end. All characters we've known since Season 1 have to be done justice too. It's a total lame-brained idea to then start writing in a new character. I think they did it because they ran out of ideas and wrote themselves into a corner. Even the war itself fell apart—the silly Dukat Fire Monster storyline being the absolute pits.

The writers were running the clock down at this point, totally out of ideas. They also introduced the Breen to waste even more time.

Saying that, some people are calling Nicole de Boe a bad actress. She is not. Have a look at her in one of the best sci-fi episodes of all time, Quality of Mercy, from the new series of The Outer Limits. It really is Troi Syndrome all over again. A bad character, shoe-horned in with a silly dead-end job role, scripted poorly. I mean, why would DS9 need a counsellor now? Why? No-one has been missing a counsellor in any of the other episodes. Sisko explains she will now be responsible for everyone's well-being. So, until now, Starfleet saw fit to leave an entire station in the jaws of mental disorder? Bollocks. The whole "OH NO! MY CLAUSTROPHOBIA IS WORSE THAN EVERRRRR!" melodrama from Garak was simply thrown into the mix to justify her existence. It also made Garak look stupid.

I don't think any of us could have made Ezri a better character. This is all on the writers.
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DLPB
Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 11:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: In Purgatory's Shadow

There's no need to "deliberately ignore"
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I gave you a need. It was hard for the writers to pull it off. It would have complicated the story they were telling, and they weren't prepared to invest time necessary to realize it. It's nothing to do with "canon". It's the realities of writing a fiction.
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DLPB
Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 11:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Civil Defense

Chrome, really? Well can you tell your buddy that? He seems to believe that there are no theoretical limits to anything and so all predictions on the future are off.

I am willing to bet my life that alien systems won't interface on a space station (in fact, we won't even meet another alien race ever), and that we won't break the speed of light. Know why? Cause that's impossible.

I also know that in 300 years, carbon lifeforms will still die. And they'll still be susceptible to fire damage. But --- ohhh noooo... I can't possible know this, can I?

lol.
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DLPB
Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 11:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Civil Defense

When 3 alien computer systems are interfacing on a space station, pigs will sprout wings and do the air tango.

It ain't happening. It's not even theoretically possible. You'd have better hope trying to do what Tom Paris did and break the light barrier. HAHAHAHAHA!
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DLPB
Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 11:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: The Darkness and the Light

As for Hillary: if you think what she did was OK or in the least bit acceptable, you need your head examining. She is lucky she is not in jail - Anyone who did what she did while not being part of the protected elite would be. She lost that election for far more than emails, too. But, sure, keep crying sexism. Hillary had no workable polices; she destroyed Libya and is a war mongering nutcase that was provoking Russia. The electorate saw through it. 52% of white women voted for Trump. They misogynist too?

Get over it. The Left lost because their argument of "Trump is an evil sexist" fell short. And will continue to. You're going to be needing adult arguments in future. Pandering to minorities, virtue signalling, and slinging out stupid insults won't work now. Get that?
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DLPB
Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 11:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: The Darkness and the Light

Accusing people who disagree with you of misogyny is old news. It doesn't work anymore. Please try to respond with an intellectual comment and not a stupid tag designed to close down debate. Cheers.
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