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David trekkie
Sun, Nov 26, 2017, 8:50am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy

I loved this episode. 4*'s from me. One of the things I've always found surprisingly enjoyable is Picardo's singing. I've got a love for good classical music but, by and large, opera never did it for me, but I haven't ever had less than a great time listening to Mr. Picardo in the various episodes where he sings. And the opening Pon Farr operatic gem was no exception. Well, I'd add the episode where Doc and Seven sing duets was delightful also since Ms. Ryan has a lovely voice too.
Some of the nitpicks people added don't make sense to me since it's a comedy that works. And that's what entertainment is about. ...Nice touch indeed! lol
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David Pirtle
Sun, Nov 19, 2017, 2:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Enemy Within

This is one of those episodes that I loved as a boy but has somewhat less appeal to me as a middle-aged viewer. Partly it has to do with Shatner's acting as Negative Kirk. The only scene where he really pulls it off is the final confrontation on the bridge, which almost makes up for the rest. The biggest problem of course is how they handle Rand's character, basically having her repeatedly apologize for being attacked and practically raped, starting with almost immediately after it happened, and culminating in one of the most stomach-churning moments in TOS history, when Spock actually implies that she secretly liked it. 30 years ago I probably would have given this full marks. Now, it still deserves 2 1/2 out of four on the strength of its concept and most of its execution. But I can't say I still think it's one of the best.
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Davidw
Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 1:30am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

I think the first act is so funny that i like it for it's comedic effect. It is TNG's Spock's Brain.

Dark Page and Sub Rosa are still worse because they are just too soap opera.
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Davidw
Mon, Oct 23, 2017, 1:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Sub Rosa

I think any lwaxana episode may be worse than this, but maybe not. Then there is Dark Page.

Spock's brain does not make me sick.
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Davidw
Sun, Oct 1, 2017, 4:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: The Pegasus

This is a fine episode. What prevents this from being a great episode is that it is dull. Riker's main conflict - his story - is all in exposition. This makes the conflict between Pressman and Riker central, but I think it is obvious that Pressman is an antagonistic character. I mean he is an officer from the Federation, right? And the theme is to abstract to be of too much interest.
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davidw
Wed, Sep 20, 2017, 1:42am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Mudd's Women

This was a good dramatic episode that explored really interesting issues , as Jammer says - about prostitution and drug addiction, and I would woman's rights and opportunities. This was 'Wagon Train to the Stars' Star Trek - a bit slow - but nonetheless I thought the drama was pretty intense, especially when you find out the women were there 'by choice' - of course in a Western that is often the only 'choice' a woman has.

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Davidw
Wed, Sep 20, 2017, 1:37am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Enemy Within

This is it. This is why everyone watches Star Trek. We love to laugh at Kirk and make fun of him, and wanting to be him, and wonder what our own dark and light sides are.

That's why the best of TNG is like reading a fine, dusty old book.

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davidw
Wed, Sep 20, 2017, 1:29am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Inheritance

There are a lot of dull episodes on TNG with a great theme or idea or character device.

So, the idea that Data got left behind on purpose because his mother couldn't bare shutting him down if he went crazy is kind of cool, as is the idea that there were other bad data before.

And of course the great plot twist at the end where Data decides not to tell the women she is an android is interesting moral dilemmas.

But man, think of movies like Deus Ex Machina that do this really well. Or maybe Blade Runner? Whatever. The point is that you can't just come with a great idea and put it in boring soap opera. Not that I have the least idea about how to do this. I just know that Measure of a Man explores some of these issues quite well, with drama, interest, conflict and suspense. If only they learned the lesson from Measure of a Man and admitted Data might be able to feel some emotions. I always thought that Data is a far inferior version of Spock, since Data had no emotions at all and yet for Spock it was a constant source of conflict and suspense.

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Davidw
Fri, Sep 8, 2017, 5:18am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Phantasms

I just felt tired of the gags - just seemed to be contrived and pointless. Actually, annoying.
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David K.
Wed, Jul 26, 2017, 2:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

I just finished DS9 for the first time ever. I've been a big Star Trek fan forever, but never watched any DS9. Boy was that a mistake. Although it did allow for my girlfriend and I to watch it together, neither of us knowing what would happen next. We have been binge-watching every single one of the 729 episodes and movies of Star Trek in chronological order in preparation for Star Trek: Discovery. We have loved DS9 for the past few months we've been watching, and were quite sad as it approached its end. We were both bawling at the end of What You Leave Behind. I agree with many of the aforementioned flaws (Damar's quick death, Dukat's possession, Bajor not joining the Federation, no Jadzia, etc.), but I still thought it was a great end to a great show.

That is to say, however, that I am wrecked by Sisko's disappearance. The man just got married and heard he was having a baby, and then he's gone for "Maybe a year. Maybe yesterday." That didn't do it for me, so I looked up to see what the inevitable novel or comic book said happened next. I was pleased to see that in the relaunch novels, he returned from the Celestial Temple on the day his daughter was born. I was kinda furthered saddened though to see that his life wasn't that great after the Prophets, and he wanted to divorce Kasidy to keep her safe, and with his new command he was very short and distant with his crew and all this. I guess eventually it turned out alright though.
But then I saw the Star Trek Online continuty. Up till now, I have considered STO canon. It is a perfect post-Nemesis storyline that I couldn't have asked for better if I tried. Or it was...
Apparently it is alluded to that Sisko is STILL with the Prophets, 34 years later?! Wth! I understand that neither the novels or Star Trek Online are canon, but STO seems to be as close as it comes. And this "ending" to one of my favourite characters makes me very sad, and I've been distraught all day. :p Why wouldn't STO tie up this very loose thread??

Although I would like to say - I'm so glad I stumbled upon this page, and it is SO cool to see a review for the episode from when it came out in freaking 1999, and there are still people commenting on it (before this comment) as recent as yesterday. Such a testament to how great Deep Space Nine was, and forever will be. Here's to hoping Star Trek Discovery is even half as good.
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David
Wed, Jul 19, 2017, 9:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: The Magnificent Ferengi

The ferengi characters make good supplements at times. They've improved a lot over the years. As the centerpiece of an episode, no. Just no. Every ferengi-centered episode in every series has just been a waste of time, except Little Green Men. I'm sorry, these stories are just not very entertaining.
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David
Fri, Jul 14, 2017, 10:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Sacrifice of Angels

I always wonder about the Star Trek attack patterns. At the end of "Favor the Bold," Sisko commands the huge attack fleet to assume attack pattern Delta 2. Is this the attack pattern where they all clump together so they can be easily fired upon and run into teach other? Star Trek battles never made much sense to me anyway. These are ships that can travel at warp 9 point something. Surely it's harder to successfully fire at a ship doing warp 9. But they always slow to impulse and fight rather than just fly past the enemy fleet and make them chase.
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David
Fri, Jul 14, 2017, 7:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Emergence

This may have have been the greatest episode, but it did have one great scene: the first scene with Data doing The Tempest and Picard commenting. I loved it and still remember it though I haven't seen it for years.
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David
Mon, Jul 10, 2017, 5:30pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap

There were some great episodes this season that I thoroughly enjoyed. On the other hand, we had to endure a lot of screen time with Kai Winn, one of the most grating Trek characters ever. In addition, there was Vic Fontaine. Who could possibly find watching him and his lounge entertaining? it was completely wasted screen time. And seriously, how can we get wrapped up in these holodeck characters for more than a single episode (Moriarty in TNG being the exception). They aren't real! Finally, the final episode. What a mess. It's like the writers had an hour's worth of material and that the had to supplement by nostalgic flashbacks. TNG and STV had good (if imperfect) final episodes. What happened to DS9?
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David
Sun, Jul 2, 2017, 10:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Nothing Human

This episode lost me pretty early. Sorry, I just didn't feel the ethical dilemma. He's a hologram! Just change him into a Vulcan and he's fine. And so what if the knowledge can from terrible methods. It's in the database now. Use it. Does anyone think that if the Nazis had cured cancer we would have let hundreds of millions of people die of cancer in the last 80 years?
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David
Mon, Jun 26, 2017, 9:35am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: 11:59

The whole premise of this episode is impossible to buy. A corporation wants to bulldoze an entire town to build this thing? Have the writers ever been to Indiana? I could show them a few cornfields that would be a lot cheaper to plow under. Or they could do it in Iowa and use Kevin Costner's land from Field of Dreams.
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Davidw
Sat, Jun 17, 2017, 2:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: The Cloud Minders

Yeah, this is a good episode. Nice morality lesson. Great babes. Cool man-o-man action. But, I'm really done with it. It's time to move on. I mean, I can take only so abstract theorizing that has nothing to do with real conflict and morality.
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davidw
Sat, Jun 17, 2017, 2:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: The Savage Curtain

The 'message' of this show? Don't try for peace. Tell Edith Keeler that too.
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Davidw
Sun, Jun 4, 2017, 1:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky

Love the security guards Italian clown outfits.
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Davidw
Wed, May 31, 2017, 10:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: And the Children Shall Lead

This is so bad it could have been a TNG episode. Is it the worst TOS episode? Why not?
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Davidw
Wed, May 17, 2017, 1:06am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

"For every episode like City on the Edge of Forever or A Taste of Armageddon, there were ten episodes like The Arena and Amok Time."

But we want the movies to be of the best of Star Trek. They have years to work on them and develop them. We should except character development, themes, stories and plots that drive the action.

But even in Arena, they have Kirk forgiving the Gorn - and it is that forgiveness that the Melatrons think that the human race might have a decent future. In other words, back then, you actually had to go through the motions of having some message or theme.

Amok Time was a great character study, and really explored Vulcan culture.

Even in some the worse of the TOS (but unfortunately, not all), there is usually some theme about how mankind must do better and strive and struggle to achieve peace and prosperity.
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Davidw
Wed, May 17, 2017, 12:50am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

I don't see what people see in this movie.

Character development? What character developed? There was no character development. There were character *moments*, which is nice. But the character moments had nothing to do with the plot and story. There is nothing in the characters of movie that made decisions that drove the plot.

For example, the movie hinted that Sulu was gay. But why? The movie did not deal with issues about gays, about how gays are oppressed. Remember X-Men? They dealt with the issue far better - and hardly at all.

You can go down the list. Current Spock sees a picture of the now deceased Spock and decides to leave his girl friend and become an ambassador, fulfilling the elder Spock's ambitions. But the movie did not address these issues, did not deal with it, and did not tell us why Spock changes his mind.

Same with Kirk. Kirk is burnt out - like he was in the Cage and Star Trek II, and - am I forgetting other episodes and movies? And, for some reason, after extended chase scenes and quips changes his mind. Why?

Any other character arcs in this movie? What about the villain? He actually had a nice little story. But it was at nearly the end of the movie!

If you think about it, what was this movie really about? It was lots of action scenes. It was blowing up the Enterprise. It had that cool looking planet from Elysium. It was flipping the saucer section over. Phaser and hand fights. There was a cool chick that sounded like the girl from the Fifth Element. More fight scenes. More Quips. A motorcycle chase scene with bad CGI. And two people leaping toward each other while simultaneously being beamed up.

That is what this movie was about. That is what it spent it's time, energy and money on. Those few character moments? Afterthoughts. All exposition. Asides. Melodrama.

I am sort of glad it lost money. Perhaps it will make them re-think what they are doing.
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DavidA
Thu, May 11, 2017, 10:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Corbomite Maneuver

Did anyone but me want to shout, "you people get out of that hallway!" as they were thrown back and forth? Pretty funny "special effects"!
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Davidw
Sat, Apr 22, 2017, 12:43am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Heart of Glory

Best episode of Season 1. Great character development, good acting. This is the first one that didn't make me sick to my stomach with wooden acting, boring story or sickly kids.
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David
Thu, Apr 6, 2017, 1:59am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Coda

The best part of these comments is the guy blathering about his age and waist size. haha

It's like, "Listen up Star Trek nerds, I'm older with a skinny waist! HA! Take that!!" and the entire viewership just kinda reads it and hopes he takes his meds at some point.
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