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Wed, Aug 2, 2017, 3:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Day of Honor

Hello Everyone!

Some, including Jammer, mentioned something about the spokesperson of the Cataai sounding off. If I am not mistaken (and I didn't look the name up), it is the same actor who was on TNG Birthright, as the thumbless alien who gave Worf the information on his Father. And allso on another episode, Gambit, where he tells them Picard had been vaporized. He played this character exactly the same way, with the same inflections, and it was distracting to me (just a little bit), since I kept thinking about the other episodes.

Now that I'm finally to the Seven episodes, I will mention again what I thought of Seven's outfit. As a former Borg, she might like the catsuit because it isn't bulky or in the way, and is simply functional. I don't see a handy zipper though, for bio breaks. But her shoes seemed to be a form of high heel. I doubt she would wear those, as it would not be helpful for much of anything, and figure she'd wear a comfortable, sturdy, shoe or boot.

As for the prurient interest in her outfit, well, in the 90's I had a nice 32" teevee, and watched the episodes on tape. Watching today, the shows are still 480, but on my rather large widescreen (and Netflix) I did notice her backside quite a few times, much more than when I originally saw them. I don't believe it distracted me, but I did have to watch the scenes twice to make certain it didn't bother me. And while I did notice the ribs of her catsuit originally, I did not realize they were a girdle that sometimes made her short of breath, or faint. I just thought they were raised parts for some decorative reason. Easier to see on the larger teevee that they don't really move. I honestly don't like them all that well.

They needed a reason to get Torres and Paris alone together in space suits, so they made a core problem, then a fetching mission with them, then the shuttle had to have a problem (Let's blow it up! That'll be different!), then they have to come up with a reason it blows up, so they have a new species that does just that, so they can float in space with nearly no air. I've heard that some write novels backwards from the ending, and I somewhat feel this episode was written that way, more than most. Not a horrible episode, but not the greatest. 2 1/2 is about right to me, with a single thumb up. IMHO, of course.

Have a Great Day... RT
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Wed, Aug 2, 2017, 12:47am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Enemy Within

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@Brian

I believe they mentioned something about transporting heaters or something to the surface, but they duplicated and would not work. On the other hand, tents might still work duplicated, or 100 blankets might still work if they were duplicated. Oh, I found the heater lines:

KIRK: Isn't there any way we can help them?
SPOCK: Thermal heaters were transported down. They duplicated. They won't operate.

But I'm fairly certain blankets would work. Heck, they should be able to burn them as well. :)

Perhaps take the warhead out of a photon torpedo, fill it with heaters, and find a way for it to make a soft landing...

Regards... RT
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Fri, Jul 21, 2017, 3:23am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part I

OK... clearly the know the show is on the way out by now, so they're just screwin around for fun. Nevertheless, I found this to be a reasonably enjoyable midriff.

Sorry, EPISODE, I meant episode...
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Thu, Jul 20, 2017, 3:12am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Bound

Yeah, this episode is definitely not what I was hoping to see when I pressed Play...
Not as completely terrible as 'Bounty', but most of the way there. Perhaps this idea could have worked if the writer had not been so determined to steer us all the way down the lite and silly path...
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Wed, Jul 19, 2017, 9:40am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Affliction

Enterprise's predicament at the end of this episode reminds me of a Homer Simpson joke...
"...I saw this in a movie about a bus that had to speed around a city, keeping it's speed over 50, and if it's speed dropped, it would explode! I think it was called... The Bus that Couldn't Slow Down..."
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Mon, Jul 17, 2017, 1:09am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Scorpion, Part II

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Upon first-run viewing, I'd been doing my best to not look for spoilers, and to not watch the trailers for the next episodes. So I was rather surprised to see Seven stay on the ship after all was said-and-done, when usually they'd just have a Captain's Log saying how they sent someone back to their home planet (or something) when the show ended. But I'd also seen Kes as a guest star, instead of in the regular spot she'd been in. I was a bit surprised. But at least it hadn't been spoiled for me. Mild Spoilers Ahead...

After I'd recently done some minor research into why Kes left, I'd found out it was supposed to be Kim who was written out of the show. From what I read, even he thinks his inclusion in the 50 sexiest men issue had something to do with it, because now even those that didn't watch the show knew who he was. I think that is why he had comparatively little to do with the episode. He wasn't supposed to be in it in his normal capacity, and they hadn't written anything for him. Yes, they could have given him more to do, but I figure they had their outline, and just left it as it was, except instead of dying, he lived.

I liked Chakotay going his own way when the Captain was disabled. It showed a spark from him that had been lacking, imho. Janeway said she would have probably gone backwards as the Borg wanted them to, but I agree with Chakotay that it was a step in the wrong direction. Heck, just slow down a bit and have the cube catch up with them.

I also wondered how Seven talked to them when the air was out of the cargo bay. Perhaps their personal force fields help with that. I also figured the Borg helped them out with the torpedoes hitting the 8472 ships. But when it took a few moments for them to die, as it were, I was surprised the high-yield torpedo simply blew the following ships up right away. It should have taken a few moments with them starting to shudder and shake before blowing up.

Some compared the visual of Species 8472 with the Shadows of Babylon 5. I didn't see the resemblance (although the sound they made reminded me of the scream of Shadow vessels). What I did see were planet killers that reminded me immediately of the Vorlon's, and the living ships as well. When they fired at that planet in the previous episode, as the beams came together I didn't think Star Wars, the type and style had me thinking B5.

Just some musings...

Have a Great Day... RT
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Sun, Jul 16, 2017, 2:20am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Lights of Zetar

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@Rahul

I could not agree more with regards to Scotty. For some reason, they had him lose his marbles more than once over a "girl". "Who Mourns for Adonais?" comes to mind, and saying he'd had a distrust of women in "Wolf in the Fold" because he'd been damaged in an accident by one.

Scotty was the perfect third in Command, level-headed and able to think outside the box during a crisis. He was done a dis-service with the episodes where he's an unthinking Neanderthal when there is a lady involved.

I just never understood that...

Regards... RT
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Sun, Jul 16, 2017, 1:56am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Nor the Battle to the Strong

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@Walrus1701D

Well said. I think many of us would like to believe we'd keep a clear head when everything is hitting the fan, but the reality is many of us would run from the shelling. I mean, how is that bad? Get out of there! There was no real cover, and I think the choices were to find a hole, get moving, or die.

Back when I first saw this, I also thought along the same lines as Jake, that he'd run so he could find someone and save them. To have that soldier tell him things don't work out that way in real life, while puking up his guts, made it more poignant for me. I could not remember that happening before in ST, anywhere.

Quite an episode...

Regards... RT

P.S.: I've wondered before why the folks don't sweep their beam weapons back and forth when it gets bad. They shoot the phasers as if they need to hit a practice target, or as if it is a pulse weapon. I realized this on another page that the only time I've seen a phaser sweep back-and-forth was when Jake was firing blindly and hitting the ceiling. They use them as if they were single-shot, instead of using them as a machine gun...
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Sun, Jul 9, 2017, 2:14am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Worst Case Scenario

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Some thoughts on the episode that I had not seen addressed above.

I liked Chakotay as the bad guy, and I mean the acting. I thought he did a good job with voice inflection, the way he looked at them, a different type of facial expression. At the beginning of the episode, I was thinking this was the Chakotay they should have had on the ship all along. Not inciting mutiny per se, but just having more of an edge. I've thought they gave him too much of a fondness for Janeway, so he always seemed to simply smile and go along and not give alternative points of view, or play devil's advocate, as often as a First Officer should.

The wide beam phaser. I seem to recall reading somewhere, and it might not be canon, that the wide setting drained a phaser pretty fast and it didn't have much distance. Certainly in some settings they should have used it, especially in the past when the bad guys are coming off the turbo-lift onto the bridge. Actually, I'd think they would "sweep" more. They seem to shoot a beam straight, and never move. I'd draw the weapon from my left hip and fire a beam sweeping left-to-right across anyone or anything that might be there, perhaps similar to using a machine-gun instead of a handgun. Now that I think of it, that would give them an advantage over races that used weapons that fired a pulse. And thinking back, that is what Jake Sisko did at the end of "Nor the Battle to the Strong" when he brought the ceiling down.

Why not have the computer just finish the story? Keep the first part pretty much the same, then have the computer do some random variables, but still stay within the context of the novel. Then past a certain point, depending on their actions, the story would always end somewhat differently. Sometimes the other race would indeed come in to save the day (or have the other race actually be evil and try to take the ship). Another time there might be some romance somewhere. Or have the Maquis or Feds just simply win.

Lastly, and this is more thoughtful and morbid, there should be more dead crewmembers in this holo-novel than just Seska. Presumably, Tuvok made this early on in their voyage, and unless he programmed it to give them a random made up crew (apart from the senior staff), people like Durst should have been there. Tracking down some actors for a cameo might have been difficult, but Durst would've been perfect. However, that would have made it much more difficult for them to enjoy the program...

Enjoy the Day Everyone! RT
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Thu, Jul 6, 2017, 3:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

Hello @chris

Congratulations! :)

Regards... RT
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Thu, Jul 6, 2017, 8:11am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Empok Nor

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@R.J.

Heh, I just got done watching this, checked the comment stream, and here was your timely post that had me laughing out loud and my wife looking strangely at me. :)
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I really didn't remember too much about this episode at all. When they were on the runabout, I thought "These aren't all redshirts, are they?". Yep, they were. That was a bit disappointing. The one (1) time the entire command staff weren't there...

Speaking of which, this station is in an, uncomfortable, area of space, where Jem Hadar ships visit from time to time (but not lately and not today). Still, if these items were that important, in a potentially hostile area, why not take the Defiant?

And I agree with those that didn't like O'Brien splitting his forces...

BOQ'TA: We're going to split up?
O'BRIEN: We have to. If we don't send out a signal, we're never going to get off this station.

That... isn't much of a reason to split up. Yes, they had to get a signal off, but taking a bit longer while making certain your people are safer is of paramount importance. Heck, O'Brien still had to do most of it himself, since the other engineers ended up dead. They weren't starving yet. Keep the remainder of the team together with two or three holding phasers while one works.

You know, I really do think there is a connection with somewhat hokey horror movies. You see the folks on screen doing something stupid and you're yelling "Don't go in the Basement! Don't hide in the Cemetery! Don't Split Up!". I got the same feeling watching this, except these folks already knew there was a danger and STILL did stupid things.

I believe that even though O'Brien outsmarted Garak at the end, the remainder of the episode was a disservice to Miles and his tactical knowledge.

Your mileage may vary, of course. :)

RT
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Wed, Jul 5, 2017, 1:44am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Displaced

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Yes, yes, yes. I must do it. Even though it has been mentioned before...

Two of the bad guys are disabled in the cold environment, and as Paris and Torres leave, I'm nearly yelling "Pick up the weapons!" at the teevee. After going on about how their makeshift weapon had about one shot left in it, that they used, the actors or the director should have realized they needed to go get the guns. But they just headed off-stage. That was actually painful to watch.
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JANEWAY: How many are there?
TUVOK: Captain, there's data here for ninety four different environments.

I'm thinking not all of those environments were being used for the thousands of prisoners, so let's say half or so since some might have been empty (for new arrivals). Even that conservative estimate nets us 47 or more different spacefaring races that are probably going to be happy to get their people back, and they have Voyager to thank for it! Well, they might want to help them with provisions, weapons, navigation, gosh the list might just go on and on. Voyager's reputation in the Delta Quadrant repaired! Reams of data on new species! Instead we see Voyager buggering out and scampering off, with no mention of it. They didn't even show one other race making calls to their home world. At least we could have seen the fellow who pointed and said "They went that way".

-Captain's log, stardate 50929.6. The Nyrians have surrendered Voyager, and my crew is safely back on board. The former prisoners on the habitat vessel have contacted their native worlds, and are waiting to be taken home.

This was said as we see Voyager heading away. Now, I cannot believe these are the only Nyrians in the area. What if some of them head to the prison station, in their stolen ships, while the prisoners are waiting to be repatriated? Voyager was their only defense if that happened. And for a ship that stops by every random anomaly or planet with space races on them, sometimes for days or weeks, they just missed out on first contact with 47+ different species. That made my head hurt.

Not to mention the nifty long-range transporter that they'd take apart and integrate, never to be mentioned again.

Have a great day Everyone... RT
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Wed, Jul 5, 2017, 12:24am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Distant Origin

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I've really enjoyed reading the comments for this one. Most of them made me think a bit.

I liked how the Saurians sometimes kept their heads very still, and moved their eyes in a darting manner, this way and that, similar to how some reptiles look at things. Nice touch.

On the one hand, I can understand those that think the Voth should have been more advanced, having been spacefaring for 20 million years or so. On the other hand, maybe they were as advanced as they thought they needed to be, since they seemed to be head-and-shoulders above any others. Heck, they can go where they want, nearly as quickly as they'd like, and no one can see them when they do it. They even seemed to be Borg-proof, or at least Borg-resistant. Conflict can bring changes and upgrades, and with no-one around as powerful as they are, they saw no reason to go above a certain level. Perhaps Saurians don't feel the need to keep upgrading things just for the sake of doing it. :)

I liked this one as much as I did when I saw it first-run. Especially how the first part of it was Star Trek: Voth, instead of Voyager. Nicely different. :)

Thumbs up...

Have a great day Everyone! RT
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Tue, Jul 4, 2017, 10:54am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Damage

Great episode. Situations like that bring realism to the burdens and responsibilities of leadership to an extent that Trek rarely goes anywhere near. When it was Rodenberry's "Western in space", the show would never have put the heroes in that scenario, but episodes like that really evolve the possible breadth of the show/franchise, for the better I think.
There was NO other choice, no magic alternative. Could they say "too bad, I guess we can't save humanity after all..." Nope. It's not just their own ship and their own lives, but billions of other lives depending on their success. In the same situation, Picard would have done it, and Janeway, and Sisko, and Kirk, because what is going to bother you more... the fate of this other ship, or failing to save your planet? It may have made the crew sick to their stomach, but I don't think any could argue against the need to do it. It's a good thought-provoking story idea, even if it isn't traditional Trek.
As for why Archer was released at the beginning, the council may have reasoned that he would be killed off by the Reptilians or the Insectoids if kept around, and wanted to leave room for the possibility that he was right. One fan theory anyway...
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Mon, Jul 3, 2017, 10:46am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Hatchery

I don't see how Archer's (insectoid-juice-affected) point of view would be defensible at all, under the circumstances. This is, after all, a mission to save the entirety of Planet Earth from destruction, a mission where the clock is ticking, and you don't know how much time you will have, or need, or whether you can even be successful. Under the circumstances, Enterprise shouldn't delay their primary mission for one minute. It's not reasonable, this is not Allied soldiers in a warzone, this scenario is more like trying to get a torpedo into the Death Star before it kills everyone. Well, perhaps not quite as exciting as that...
Maybe saving some alien babies will be noticed... by the same attackers that killed 7 million of your people... or maybe not. Can you place a bet on that? No way.
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Mon, Jul 3, 2017, 9:23am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Doctor's Orders

I quite enjoyed this episode. If we're going to have a diversion from the Xindi story arc, then this is the sort of story I'm happy to see, certainly much more entertaining than that groan-worthy Harbinger ep. Personally I'm just glad when the writing and execution can sucessfully achieve a clear goal, even a simple one, without reaching for lazy solutions, and I don't think that's an issue here. It does strongly resemble Voyager's "One" in many ways, but I consider it a sufficiently different take to be worthwhile, and good further development of Phlox's character. And the atmosphere of the story was well realised. This isn't a deep story, but, it isn't dumb, and I'm always grateful of that in a Trek episode, because you can't take that for granted...
The truth about T'Pol isn't overly hidden, plenty of clues are there, enough to make an attentive viewer fairly sure that she's imagined, but not quite 100% sure for a while, at least. And so I think the twist works well even if you do see it coming, because you get to say "Ha, knew it!"
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Sun, Jun 25, 2017, 3:42am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Rapture

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@R.J.

But is it Star Trek plastic? My thought here is they are making certain plastic is used up, by turning it into collectibles that would be saved for years on shelves, and in old trunks... until our Mothers get rid of it... :D

Yes, we should be more evolved (as Trekkers/Trekkies). I've seen comments on these pages that makes me believe we have not come as far as we think we have.

Good comments on the original Star Trek and their mentions (or implied) of a Greater Deity.

McCoy also said "In the name of heaven, where are we?" in the Squire of Gothos. There are probably more... A quick search revealed:

SCOTT: "Captain, thank heaven..." Obsession
SCOTT: "Then may heaven have helped your mother." The Corbormite Maneuver

Even if some in the 23rd/24th centuries are pure atheists, the use of god (small or big G) or heaven should still be in the language. And when their Star Ship is being blowed up real good, they would still call out to... something... to save them. It's instinct. My opinion of course on that.

Just some thoughts... RT
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Mon, Jun 19, 2017, 11:32am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Precious Cargo

Yes, it was zero-stars bad.
This is a first-time run through of Enterprise for me, and being very familiar with the other Treks, I know that there are usually at last a couple of turkeys in every season, but wow, that was complete garbage. Super-dumb. I can like shows that are very dumb, but that's never what I'm looking for in Trek. That was depressing. Can we be certain that they didn't let an 8-year old write this, just for a laugh?
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Sat, Jun 17, 2017, 11:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Journey's End

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I'll probably catch some flak for this, but I have said American Indians since the 80's, especially after I found out they were named for the folks in India, which is where that very, very lost explorer thought he was...

I was actually quite progressive at the time.

I seldom say Native Americans because, heh, if we go back far enough, maybe there was another civilization before them that crashed and disappeared into dust, and they were the natives. Really, after a few billion years, it could have happened. Heck, go back just a few hundred million years, and dinosaurs ruled that area I believe.

Why don't folks get mad at the North American state of Indiana? Indian(a). No one ever, Ever, ever sees that? Are we hiding it under a rug somewhere?

Of course, it might be a very nice rug...

Just some musings... and no offense meant to anyone, and I mean ANYONE!

RT
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Fri, Jun 16, 2017, 10:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Future's End, Part I

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@Frank

Great question! And considering how big that ship was, we could've had a whole FLEET of timeships trying to stuff that thing back down the rabbit hole... (so to speak).

Regards... RT
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Wed, Jun 14, 2017, 5:47am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Rise

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When Sklar fell out of the mag-lev, I just had to laugh. I watched the scene twice, and it seemed as if he was about 12 feet from the open door, and after he was hit he just kept shuffling his feet backwards until he was gone. I think if he'd just stopped moving his feet, and let his momentum keep going, he'd have fallen over about three feet away.

After coming in from the cold, perhaps Tuvok was having a problem with not having proper air to breathe. But after showing that one fellow just how strong he was (he caught his punch and took him to his knees), he could not overwhelm the stodgy scientist, and only won the fight because the scientist shuffled out the door.

Yes, I also noticed the beaming scene and had a problem with it:
*Janeway tells Tuvok standby to transport*
*Shot of ship shooting Voyager, hitting shields*
*Tuvok on bridge, using pad to save the day*
These three shots were bang, bang, bang, seeming to take less time than even a normal beaming would take. And it didn't look like Tuvok had just arrived, he looked like he'd been there for a few moments.

I really, really wished Neelix had actually worked on tether systems before. Finding out he lied just to get them over to the tether was a disservice. It would have been much better to find out he really did know what he was doing. Having a homage to another show is great, but only do it if it helps the show. This simply made me think he was the same, old Neelix. Doesn't know how to do anything really well, and lies about his prowess so often I don't ever believe a word he says. Then he compounded his lie by saying they always named their mag-lev craft. Did they really? Or did he just name his models? And if they did, how would he know? He never worked on them.

It never worked for me that the scientist fellow would completely lose his cool and try to launch the darned thing before it was ready. He knows there is a traitor, but does not know who it is or if they are near him or not.

HEheheh... yes, I also laughed at Tuvok not noticing the pad was held in place by a simple turn lock. He fought with it so hard... hehahahah... then, the baddie just twists the knob... hehahdhdh... the one who shouldn't be able to breathe... heheheh... stupid funny.

Have a great day Everyone!...RT
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Sun, Jun 11, 2017, 1:30am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Assignment: Earth

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@Rahul

Yep, it was a pilot for another show. And what you wrote got me to thinking...

I read recently that the original series never broke the top 50 in ratings, and of course we know NBC tried to cancel it after each of its first two years. Now, taking all of that into consideration, why in the world were they using it as step-stone for a new show? If they did not believe many people were watching, how was this going to help the new one get off the ground?

That just seems weird to me...

Have a Great Day Everyone... RT
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Fri, Jun 9, 2017, 9:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Darkling

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One of the things I noticed was, and maybe it was just me, Kes was talking in a somewhat lower, huskier tone in this episode. Not quite to the level of when she was possessed, but lower than the higher-pitched voice she normally used. I thought she must have done that on purpose.

She was with Neelix for 2 1/2 years. For her, that's 25% of her normal lifespan. I believe she had a bit of a mid-life crisis. Also, the writers were hopefully trying to (finally) get her to grow.

Kes wasn't wearing the little dress thingy she wore for most of the first 2 1/2 years. Actually, I didn't understand why she wore the same thing all the time anyway. But, while I didn't really notice until a bit later, she seemed to wear at least two different sets of clothes in this one. I was astonished!

Just some musings and have a great day... RT
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Fri, Jun 9, 2017, 7:25am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Pathfinder

Loved this episode, I can forgive the obvious plot hole (it being practically impossible to predict Voyager's current whereabouts) because the story was fun to watch and the emotional payoff in the end was great, had me in tears :')
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Wed, Jun 7, 2017, 8:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

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@Witney Seibold

@Garret Mathany

Thanks for these....

Regards... RT
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