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David K.
Wed, Jul 26, 2017, 2:23pm (UTC -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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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David G
Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 8:57am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Scientific Method

Good episode, terrible review.
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David Ware
Fri, Mar 17, 2017, 8:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Empath

For me, personally, I rate THE EMPATH very highly indeed. There is much pathos throughout the episode and the friendship of the captain, Spock and Dr McCoy is very transparent indeed. I loved the acting in this episode and I thought the actress who was one of the guest stars was very convincing. The musical score added so much to this episode and for me it was a most appropriate choice for the type of content and issues that were contained in it. I have definitely grown to love this episode, as I became older, as an adult. For me, it is one of my favourite episodes of that brilliant series.....classic STAR TREK!
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David
Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 5:03am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Firstborn

One problem I have with this episode is where Crusher asks Worf "What are they saying" when they're on the Klingon colony. Why wasn't the universal translator working??
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David
Thu, Feb 9, 2017, 12:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Masks

I can't understand what people don't like about this episode - I really enjoyed it! The concept was really intriguing, and Brent Spiner was great as usual. I was quite fascinated by this civilization that existed so long ago. However, there were a few issues with the episode - firstly, why were all of these personalities within Data so afraid of the sun (Masaka)? Why was "over 20%" of the ship transformed, and yet no people were killed? You'd assume that a similar percentage of the crew would have perished if this was the case. I was also really let down by the final reveal - that Masaka was the sun. Seriously?! The symbol looks like the sun, and yet this whole time they're trying to figure out who Masaka is. Early on, they even refer to the symbol as "sun like" and then at the end we find out it's... the sun. What a shock!! I have to give the episode a solid 2 stars. Someone in another comment mentioned that filming this episode took longer than usual due to the cast constantly cracking up laughing as they delivered their lines. I don't know if this is true or not, but I'm sure that it probably had more to do with Brent Spiner's voices.
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David
Tue, Feb 7, 2017, 6:44am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Thine Own Self

Jammer - the name "Jayden" wasn't arbitrarily chosen. In the deleted scene, the girl explains that it came from a kid's story. However, the scene is rather boring and I agree with it being deleted - no explanation is really needed for the choice of name.
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David
Mon, Feb 6, 2017, 10:32am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

I'm surprised that nobody mentioned that Alexander Enberg who played the Vulcan ensign in this episode, is the son of Jeri Taylor! How nice it must be to have a mommy who can get you a role on TV because of who she is...
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David
Fri, Jan 27, 2017, 9:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Inheritance

I'm surprised that more people haven't nitpicked on the fact that Dr. Tainer couldn't have gone through life not knowing she's an android. For starters, her weight would be much more than her human self - almost double. She would of course notice her incredible strength as well, and conclude that it's not possible for a human female of her age. Furthermore, has she never had an X-ray done in her life?
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David D
Wed, Jan 25, 2017, 6:48am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

Interesting how they followed perhaps the worst episode of TNG (the ghastly "Sub Rosa"), with one of the best.
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David
Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 12:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Descent, Part II

One minor goof in this episode - when the Enterprise is in the sun's corona, we can see that about half the windows on the ship are lit up (which is about the usual amount). In reality, if you were that close to the sun, the light would be blinding, which would require closing all shutters/blinds on the windows of the ship. Of course, we can assume that some rooms are not occupied (such as crew quarters where the crewman is on duty elsewhere), but I still think that for safety reasons (such as, oh, I don't know, avoiding blindness), Crusher would have closed all blinds on the windows before entering the corona, or at least done so as soon as realistically possible!
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