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Gooz
Sun, Apr 16, 2017, 10:11am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The House of Quark

Poor Miles. He's either getting kidnapped, beat up, or cloned. Then he has to come home to a mopey wife. They should just call it quits. Miles can go on doing what brings him joy (his work) and Keiko can go pursue her career and find something else to be unhappy about. Molly seems to be getting raised by robots, so that's taken care of.
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Gooz
Fri, Apr 14, 2017, 11:35am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Tribunal

Sooo... 1 week with Keiko on vacation or being tortured by Cardassians and sentenced for a crime I didn't commit?

I'll take the Cardassian option any day.
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Gooz
Fri, Apr 14, 2017, 11:33am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Crossover

Ugh. Horrible. At least parallel Kira didn't have a goatee.
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Gooz
Sun, Apr 9, 2017, 8:57am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Sanctuary

This episode did nothing to generate sympathy for the Skrreeans. Even the death of Tumak failed in this regard. He was an annoying, violent p.o.s. who stole a shuttle and fired on the Bajorans. I just wish more of their men had been on that shuttle.

Also, if If the Skrreeans think their family farming (read : subsistence farming) on crap land is going to generate enough to feed themselves and the rest of Bajor, they are deluding themselves. Maybe one day the Bajorans will invent industrial farming.
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Gooz
Thu, Apr 6, 2017, 10:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Melora

Bashir is 1) a creep, and 2) an unethical/unprofessional doctor. Did they base his character on the doc from "The Love Boat?"
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Gooz
Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 8:06am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

Crap ending for a crap series.

Nice that captain Kim will be demoted to ensign for helping Janeway. It's the only closure we get.
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Gooz
Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 3:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Friendship One

These people (this week's "heard-headed aliens") are really hard to sympathize with. Not even the almost-still-born baby or the supposedly cute kid move the meter in any significant way. Let's examine: you have aliens coming in and offering to help you out of a mess of your ***own*** making, a mess that you have refused to take responsibility for by concocting a weird conspiracy theory, and the best you can do is take them hostage and needlessly kill one of them when they offer you food and medical supplies? I mean screw you and your ugly-ass radiation-poisoned people.

Also, Janeway's line at the end: I guess it's time for her to retire captaining and go back to being a repressed governess, Leonardo's apprentice, or whatever the heck her fantasy life is.
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Gooz
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 2:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

Problem: Labor shortage

Solution 1: Pay higher wages: Requires money to increase worker supply (surge pricing, anyone?) and keep workers working for you willingly.

Solution 2: Create robots to do routine tasks like the ones Janeway and Chakotay were doing (look at a number here and make sure it stays within a range). Costs money and requires labor to design and maintain.

Solution 3: Slavery. Requires lack of ethics, expensive acquisition of people (once the quadrant learns who you really are) and some labor to monitor and maintain unwilling workers.

Solution 4: This episode. Requires setting up a complex and expensive network of subspace mines that need to be replaced, hope that the mines cause radiation poisoning, count on the crew to abandon ship, then capture the crew and, using complex technology that you have also spent years creating and perfecting (without any labor issues, presumably), brainwash them into being happy workers, and spend money to routinely drug them to keep their memories suppressed, all the while making sure you don't have any telepathic species in your captured crew.

Which one is the most efficient solution?

Oh yeah. Voyager writers are economically illiterate and assume their viewers are too.
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Gooz
Fri, Mar 24, 2017, 4:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Repentance

Neelix's gullibity keeps getting voyager into trouble. They need to revoke his privileges to contact anyone other than VOY crew.
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Gooz
Fri, Mar 24, 2017, 3:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Repentance

@Joao Sousa, you're so right. Even worse, these things aren't absolute, and come in and out of fashion. Take solitary confinement, it started out as back in the day by Quakers as a humane way of rehabilitating the criminals. The theory bring that the solitude would bring penitence (hence the term "penitentiary"). Back when Voyager was being filmed, it apparently wasn't considered to be cruel by the writers, who sent Tom Paris sent to solitary for a whole month (!!!) for disobeying an order. Now, in 2017, it's considered cruel. I just wish people had some sense of the uncertainty that exists just under the surface of their beliefs.
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Gooz
Fri, Mar 24, 2017, 3:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Lineage

Very nice sci-fi exploration of CRISPR and its promises and challenges. Very cool. If we can fix scoliosis, why not fix cosmetic features?

Also, great character development. We finally know why B'Elanna is such a chronic asshole. It turns out, she has a long history of being a self-hating, super sensitive baby, with a persecution complex and a distorted perception of realty.

The only social interaction thing she has ever been right about (other than Tom's love affair with his alien ship in "Alice") is the reason her family fell apart. If her mom was anything close to the douche B'Elanna Jr. was (and, as we saw in "Barge of the Dead," she definitely was), I'd have left her and her stupid mom too.
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Gooz
Thu, Mar 23, 2017, 1:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Flesh and Blood

Voyager involved in yet another mess that is none of their concern. Because "we gave them the technology." No. You can't be responsible for what a sadist does when you give him a fork. "Oh no, he's stabbing someone with the fork we gave him."

But it moves the plot along and brings up nice issues about sentient photonics. I like it. Of course you need the double reversal, where we find out that the leader of the photonics is deranged. He also happens to be an idiot who doesn't know the difference between sentient holograms and 1-job subroutines.

Not sure why I'm supposed to care about whether the Hirogen live or die. I do care how they seem to always be there, no matter how far away they seem to get from their home world. I'm waiting for the Oompa Loompas (Kazon) to show up again.

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Janeway to the doc after his insubordination: "How can I punish you for who you are?"

Janeway to pedophile: "How can I punish you for who you are?"

Sounds like a solid way of running a ship and society.
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Gooz
Tue, Mar 21, 2017, 1:06am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Critical Care

If only there were a way for society to determine the value of an individual and allocate resources accordingly. Oh, yeah. It's money. When society values a person more, they pay them more. Professional athletes, who provide a lot of value for their teams and TV networks make more money. COEs, who provide growth and value for their companies make a lot of money. Doctors, who suck in a lot of money from insurance companies and medicare/medicaid make a little. Teachers, who pull in crap from government make crap. And homeless/mentally ill people, who drain societal resources, make less than zero. This is how our society allocates value in a bottom-up manner, and this is how we pay for healthcare, housing, schooling, etc. This is how this supposed dystopian society works, and this is how it ***should*** be. If you provide ZERO value to society, you get ZERO value from society. If we have to ration resources, this is the best way to do it. Otherwise we all lose.If the society fails to account for the potential of youth, as in the wide-eyed viral-kid, then they're doing a crap job of accounting for value. No society is going to pay for arterial health of an old agricultural engineer at the expense of a bright student. This episode is a great screed against socialist bureaucracy that fails to identify value and places a top-down number on human life and potential and fails to allow for human flourishing.
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Gooz
Mon, Mar 20, 2017, 5:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Unimatrix Zero, Part II

Why is it that the writers can't understand the difference between upload and download. It's very distracting. Like watching a serious movie, and the main character keeps saying push instead of pull.
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Gooz
Sat, Mar 18, 2017, 11:47am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: The Haunting of Deck Twelve

Fun episode and by far the most self-aware Voyager episode: crappy story teller (Neelix/VOY writers) telling a story with lots of plot holes that the smart kids (borg kids/us) see through easily, but push aside to have fun with characters they know and love.

I couldn't get into it at first, though. I couldn't tell if Neelix was telling a real story or was just making crap up to entertain the kids.
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Gooz
Fri, Mar 17, 2017, 11:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Muse

Clapping, standing ovation, greek tragedy elements, human social organization and monogamous sexual conventions, 8-day coma without water and no renal failure, non-stubbly Harry, shuttle crash trope, zero character development, jealous girlfriend without a real resolution, primitive alien accessing logs: way way too many distractions to allow any appreciation of the pseudo-deep message that has impressed the lowest common denominator crowd here. Weak episode.
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Gooz
Sat, Mar 11, 2017, 4:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Fair Haven

Crap episode, but at least it wasn't Janeway acting out some weird governess fantasy again.

Also, what happens to secretions of sex when the holodeck turns off. Whose sad job is it to mop up the holodeck afterwards?
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Gooz
Mon, Mar 6, 2017, 8:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Barge of the Dead

Decent. Interesting. Not 4-star great, but different strokes, right?

The annoying bit for me: why the candles in sick bay? It's a medically induced coma/NDE/Klingon vision quest. Is mood lighting really necessary? Also, who's replicating all these candles that pop up every few episodes? Or, has Neelix found another hobby/job description?
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Gooz
Mon, Feb 20, 2017, 3:42am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Once Upon a Time

The absence of seat belts on shuttles has made countless episodes like this possible. Thanks!
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Gooz
Fri, Feb 17, 2017, 2:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Night

Bored? Crew have nothing to do? Create a massive, multiplayer holodeck world and have the crew rotate in and out depending on their shifts. You can even create a couple of rich brats who need Janeway to play governess to.
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Gooz
Fri, Feb 17, 2017, 7:04am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Hope and Fear

Arturis to Janeway and 7/9: "I was hoping to get your entire crew, but I'll settle for the two of you."

Earlier, before the "entire crew" was on board the fake ship, and before Arturis knew his ruse had been discovered:
B'Elanna to Arturis "Don't touch that. You almost kicked us into slipstream drive."

So, does Arturis want the "entire crew," including his hated Janeway, or does he want a few random crew members who happen to be on board at that moment?

Him trying to kick the ship into slipstream did provide for nice tension before we knew what the evil plan was, but more lazy writing that doesn't fit into the whole story.
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Gooz
Mon, Feb 13, 2017, 9:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Vis A Vis

I though they only had synthehol in the future? How is Tom getting drunk?

B'Elanna's violation by the alien was very conveniently ignored. No biggie for the writers, apparently.

Agree with @Broadlake re seatbelts on shuttles and the bridge. Not to mention, maybe a fusebox so the panels don't explode.
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Gooz
Mon, Feb 13, 2017, 9:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

This was obviously a dig at recovered memories (all the rage when the episode aired) not sexual assault accusations (all the rage now).

The part that bugged me was in the beginning when Janeway gets that self satisfied look on her face when she's negotiating, and leans back after the arms dealer pays her a false compliment when he's the one who just upped the ante (installation charge) and got more chips for it. I half expected her to buy the extended warranty for 50 more isolinear chips and lean back when Korvin congratulates her on her excellent choice.

F'in Janeway. Why is she so poorly written? Do the writers hate her?
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Gooz
Mon, Feb 13, 2017, 9:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Killing Game

You're a Hirogen who has put together a holodeck program for whatever reason. Do you a) go around doing actiony stuff to achieve said goal, or b) Spend your time on patrol and stop Neelix to search his baguette and wine?

Also, the writers keep killing Janeway, because they think it's introducing some dramatic tension or something. Am I the only one who wishes they'd let her RIP.
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Gooz
Tue, Jan 24, 2017, 12:27am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: The Q and the Grey

Any Voyager Q episode that doesn't begin with Janeway and every other member of the crew getting on their knees and begging Q to tell them what they can do for him so that he'll send them home is a nonstarter. Doesn't matter what happens in the rest of the episode. I just can't watch an episode where every character suddenly forgets their number 1 motivation. By the way, we all know Kirk would have had sex with Q in exchange for a ride home, if he were stuck in the gamma quadrant and Q came a courtin'. Not sure about Picard.
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