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grumpy_otter
Fri, May 12, 2017, 6:35am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace

@K9T

"Why the F*** would Yoda, a master of the Force, need a lightsaber? Yoda is not a warrior, for crying out loud. His strength is in his wisdom, foresight, and cleverness, not whipping around like a turd flung from a hippo's ass at targets three times his size."

That analogy made me laugh. Perfect! I was wondering if you saw the "behind the scenes" thing when George Lucas is going on about how everyone is all excited to see Yoda with a lightsaber? He thinks it's so neato! That little bit proved to me beyond a doubt that Lucas has no clue about the world he created.
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grumpy_otter
Fri, May 12, 2017, 6:05am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

@Smith

Thanks for the info! I can imagine, especially at the enlisted level, that it would be hard to command your drinking buddies. I would hope it would mostly turn out like when Wesley was put in charge of that science team--despite all his fears and uncertainty about how they'd react to him, when he made a decision they said "Yup." (The opposite of how the crew responded to Jellico!)

@RickTaylor

Do you think the writers intentionally meant us to take it that way? There are certain hints in the episode that make me think they wanted people to think Jellico was a blowhard. But, it's certainly open for discussion.

I wonder if they consulted with any experienced military personnel as they were crafting this episode?
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grumpy_otter
Thu, Apr 13, 2017, 6:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Melora

I actually enjoyed this while watching--it was only at the end when I questioned it. I kept thinking I knew what direction the episode was going to go and it kept surprising me, so I didn't mind it. Yeah, it was stupid for all the reasons above, but I liked the chemistry with Melora and the Doctor. (I initially thought she was going to drop him flat after she was strong)

But who the hell came up with that idiotic alien nose thingie? How would eveolution EVER come up with something that blocks the mouth? Good lord. The B-plot really sucked--mainly because I knew Quark was never in any danger--but it sucked balls because of that stupid alien face.
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grumpy_otter
Sun, Apr 9, 2017, 6:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Muse

@Yanks--I am so sorry you mentioned Kellie Waymire--I too really loved ehr performance in this. To learn she is dead is almost too tragic. Well, she left behind at least one amazing performance.

I'll join the chorus (yuk yuk) of those who love this episode, and I'll also admit I can totally say that I completely understand why some don't like it--AND THAT'S OKAY! We don't have to like all the same things! Wouldn't the world be boring if we did?

I love how the writers comment on writing in this--it is too hilarious. Watching it, i feel like the writers think i am smart and can get hints. A nice change from the moments when the writes explain things TOO much.

For me the greatest and most amazing moment of character development is when Tuvok admits he has not slept for days. I honestly didn't think he cared THAT much--it really moved me. When he snored on the bridge I felt nothing but sympathy.
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grumpy_otter
Sun, Apr 9, 2017, 12:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Virtuoso

I don't disagree with others about the flaws in this episode, but I really enjoy it just because I love the Doctor and it's funny. Nothing wrong with that.

As far as the Captain allowing the Doctor to leave the ship--he was absolutely right that if a flesh-and-blood member of the crew decided to leave the Captain would have no problem with it other than missing the person when they left. Why IS the Doctor any different? I don't understand those who think a fully-realized hologram like the Doctor isn't a person. When he was first activated, it was like the birth of a baby--who then learns and grows and adds things to his programming. I don't see why the Doctor is considered any different. He's just a different type of person.

My other thought is why the Tincoovians were so un-thrilled at Doc's final performance. They hadn't heard the new hologram at that point--Tincoo says she'd just created him. This is the first performance of the new hologram, so they have no idea how "great" his singing is going to be. So why are they so bored by the Doctor's brilliant song? (Love the little moment when the Captain wipes away tears). I know the writers were trying to show how fame and admiration is fleeting; I just felt they handled it awkwardly. Having the aliens desert the Doctor AFTER they heard the new hologram would have made more sense.
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grumpy_otter
Fri, Apr 7, 2017, 8:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Cardassians

I'm with MsV--that child belongs with his biological father. With all those above yelling that he LOVED his foster parents, does no one notice that his foster parents have taught him to hate who he is?

I kept thinking of fundamentalist Christian parents who have a gay child--instead of teaching the child about gay history, and helping him accept who he is, they try to erase reality and fill their child full of hate for what is inside him. Those Bajoran parents were wicked and evil--they should have celebrated his Cardassian heritage and helped him learn about them. IF they truly loved him, they wouldn't have denied who he was.

I cannot imagine what kind of psychological problems this child will have going onward--he's been taught to hate his people and himself. I only hope he'll be able to get past it.

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grumpy_otter
Fri, Apr 7, 2017, 6:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: One Small Step

I like this one a lot. It is not quite "Lower Decks," but close. When Seven tells him the Yankees will win the Series in 2032, I always tear up (remind me to put a bet on that, btw--it's rare we know who will win ahead of time!)

For those who dislike Chakotay in this--I have been trying to think of what would be our modern-day equivalent of something SO amazing to find. Imagine you were the one to find Amelia Earhart's plane. There's a tidal wave coming, so your Captain orders you to abandon it. Do you? Or do you try to get it as long as you can--because you can see her log book in there though you can't reach it. . . That idea makes Chakotay's actions believable to me.

I agree with the others who think Kelley should have been brought back to Earth--but his funeral was a pretty good scene, so I'll let them have that one.
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grumpy_otter
Thu, Apr 6, 2017, 4:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Barge of the Dead

I'm fine with Klingon ritual and tradition (I love "First Born" from TNG), and I don't have a problem with B'Elanna or a show about self exploration. But when it is clear from the beginning that the whole Barge experience is in her head--who cares? I despise daydreams, dreams, hallucinations, whatever. If it's not real, count me out--find some other way to tell the story. A "journey of self-discovery" might as well take place with the character sitting on a couch and thinking.
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grumpy_otter
Mon, Apr 3, 2017, 8:01am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Transfigurations

LOL @ Aaron and Tara

It can't be unseen, can it? I am reminded of a time when a friend called me and told me to turn on Saturday Might Live because she wanted me to see the pants on that night's musician and she didn't know who it was. I recognized him but couldn't think of his name, but MAN, those PANTS! Quite revealing.

It turned out to be Joe. . . Cocker.

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grumpy_otter
Mon, Apr 3, 2017, 7:56am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: One

@Peter G.

I am of the opinion that Jellico fans are the BEST Trekkers; any dissenters can come at me!

I added another comment below the one you quoted that expanded on what i meant--just "don't be rude!" I'll add that men should never comment that awoman needs to get laid. In every context I have ever heard such a remark from a man, it means that HE wants to be the one to "relax her." It's such a smarmy and icky come-on. Blech.

I guess I have heard men say that to other men, but in that case the dynamic seems different, though still abhorrent. When I've seen that, it seems like saying "Go find a convenient hole to fulfill your needs in." Which again denigrates women.

I am not one of those vicious feminists who get all riled up when i hear stuff like that, and I'm happy to explore my beliefs. But I'll tell you, it gets a bit tiring to hear stuff like that so often and be told to "Lighten up!"

@Mikey

If Jammer comes by and tells us to stop talking about a certain subject, I'll happily comply.
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grumpy_otter
Mon, Apr 3, 2017, 7:27am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Infinite Regress

I join everyone's praise of Ryan's performance in this--except for her Vulcan, who i thought was just Seven back to normal until she identified herself. But I have a few problems with the episode that haven't been addressed yet.

The little bit at the beginning when Neelix points out that Tuvok had been unable to catch the meat-eating intruder, and Tuvok is REALLY snarky suggesting an "armed security detail" when Neelix asks for stronger measures. I thought Neelix was dead-on to insinuate that Tuvok didn't take the thefts seriously. And then, after Tuvok's snark, all Neelix wanted was some padlocks. Serisouly? Tuvok hadn't thought of LOCKS for cabinets before this? I thought this was a great Neelix moment, and I wanted to slap Tuvok.

When Seven turns into the Klingon and B'elanna thinks it was a joke from Tom? Really? That struck me as completely unbelievable that B'elanna would entertain for even a moment that it was a joke. She knows what Seven is like--has Seven EVER done such a thing? Her immediate reaciton should have been "Torres to Sickbay; something is wrong with Seven."

Once again, the aliens of the week have to be assholes in order to create "tension." Are any aliens ever just nice people? If they seem nice, they are greedy or underhanded. All I can think of are 8472, who SEEMED mean but were really only acting defensively. They turned out to be really nice once they weren't scared. It would have been funny if one time an alien race was just nice and helpful, and then after Voyager got what they needed they simply comment "Well, they were nice." And that's all. Refreshing.

Unlike others, I HATED the ending. I loved the setup, and the idea of Tuvok risking himself to help Seven, and yes, it was really scary in Seven's mind. But I was rooting for Tuvok to be what saved her--and it turned out to be B'elanna turning off the tech thingie. What Tuvok did turned out to be useless.

I would suggest this is similar to what George Lucas did in later films--in the original Star Wars, all the tension leads up to the single focal point of Luke destroying the Death Star, and we as the audience are with him every moment. In each film following, the climax of the films became split more and more. In TPM, for example, we have to split our attention from the fight on Naboo with Qui Gonn, the droid fights, the battle in space, and good lord maybe more. What winds up happening is we care for none of these climaxes.

I would have handled this by having Voyager vanquish the bad aliens as one small climax, then B'elanna fails to turn off the vinculum, all the while Seven's condition deteriorates. THEN Tuvok steps in as the last resort and all focus is on his ability to find the real Seven in her mind. We'd all be focused and able to enjoy Tuvok and Seven's success. Instead, our attention, and the tension of the episode, keeps getting pulled from what is happening in Seven's mind. I found that less than effective at building emotion.

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grumpy_otter
Thu, Mar 30, 2017, 8:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Invasive Procedures

@Elliott -- lol--I thought of Barclay, too. So similar!

As this episode began I thought, "Symbiont theft! cool!" And then the idiocies got me so annoyed I wanted to throw things at the screen.

Yes, John Glover's performance was very good, and I too felt sorrow for Jadzia when she was violated and assaulted.

But are you telling me that Verad had so much control over Dax that Dax didn't care that he was killing Jadzia? How much IS the symbiont once joined? Y'all above seem to know more about how the host relationship works, but in this I was just furious. If Dax is a friend of Sisko (indicating Dax is a decent "person") he would have marched right back to sickbay and ordered the doctor to remove him.

Sheesh. I can't get past that.

And apparently Quark will not be punished for what he did. He only helped them when it turned out he wasn't getting paid--what scum. Throw him out an airlock.

Additionally, they hang around the station just doing nothing for long enough for the heroes to prevail. Are you kidding me? Why weren't they gone immediately? I didn't mind the storm as a conceit for getting the station evacuated until it was forgotten for the rest of the episode.



I understand that apparently everyone thinks DS9 gets better, and TNG's first season was bad. . . but TNG was bad because they were still trying to figure out who the characters were--most of the plots were decent and would have been fine if the characters hadn't been all over the place. This plot was idiotic. But I like the characters, so I'll hang in there.
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grumpy_otter
Thu, Mar 30, 2017, 7:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Siege

I thought I'd live-blog this one. . .

Sisko's "motivational speech" is making me yawn. I just really don't care for this actor's style, or his voice. What a surprise that everybody decided to stay!

I've never watched the whole intro before--it is very similar to Voyager, even down to the "sound" of pebbles in space!

I love Keiko--love it when they give her cool things to do! Isn't their child younger than she was on "Rascals?"

So, the Ferengi have a practice of overbooking flights? Guess they learned it from all the airlines we have today.

Li Nalas is being awesome and saving the day. He's going to die, isn't he?

Poor Quark left behind! lol--that was a funny bit.

HAHA--that's Steven Weber from "Wings" with the Circle forces. This series seriously went all out with the guest stars!

Bajoran spiders are cute!

"Together, we will rule the galaxy as father and son!" Whoops! "Together, we will rule Bajor as one!"


I really enjoy Dax and Kira and their camaraderie--they have good chemistry.

Now I'm laughing at the "combat rations" bit. I like the humor--but does it fit in an episode about a takeover of the station?

And now the DS9 crew jumping out of buckets to capture the circle was hilarious! I have a feeling Odo is going to appear in some unexpected way.

Aaaaand he's a trip wire. I think it would have been funnier to reveal him AFTER the Circle guys tripped.

Now they trapped some Circle in the holosuite. I feel a bit like I am watching "Home Alone."

Kira and Dax dressing as "nuns" is funny--but pertinent to the story. The other humor seems a bit forced and is upsetting the tone of the episode.

"My name is Li Nalas. Perhaps you've heard of me." GREAT line! I know we've heard it before, but it really worked here.

Li Nalas' death would have been more meaningful if the pacing of this episode had been better. Instead it seemed pre-ordained, and the humor interrupted the buildup of tension. I liked it, but it could have been an epic end to the three-episode arc; instead it was sort of anti-climactic.

I despise Sisko's ending speech about Li -- just more feeding into the Bajorans' delusions about religion and faith and their hatred of truth. Are they seriously this weak?

And at the end we didn't get to see Jake and Nog or Keiko? Oh well.

And now I've read the review and comments--we all seem to have responded similarly to this episode. Not a great ending to a great beginning.
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grumpy_otter
Thu, Mar 30, 2017, 5:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Circle

I disagree about the pacing with Vedek Winn--the only time I had problems with the pacing was every time Sisko was speaking. His voice is so deep and slow and he seems to try and say everything with gravitas; it's tedious. It was especially noticeable in an episode with Frank Langella (I KNEW he was going to be a bad guy!) who also has a very deep voice but modulates it better. I just can't like Sisko much--he's dull. But I do like Kira more and more.

I am reminded of the Roman Republic when the approval or disapproval of the gods on an action was correlated with the relative size of the gift paid to the priests. Amazingly, the more one paid to the priests, the more favorable their prognostications of the priests would be. In this case, I suppose being the next Kai was enough for Winn to feel the blessing of the prophets on the Circle's plans.

Odo sure makes a cool rat! I am looking forward to finding out what else he will become! But is there no conservation of mass in his shapeshifting?

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grumpy_otter
Thu, Mar 30, 2017, 4:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Homecoming

Great fun! A good beginning to Season 2 and I'm glad to get back to DS9 again! I loved Kira and Chief off on a mission together--and I liked the way their rescue played out. I would assume that a prison camp out in the boondocks wouldn't need too many guards. How far could an escaped Bajoran get on a Cardassian planet?
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grumpy_otter
Thu, Mar 30, 2017, 2:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Lessons

@sonofmog

There is no one behind Patrick Stewart "playing" the flute; he did the finger motions himself. But I saw him explain in an interview once that the flute made no noise when he "played" it--the sound was added later.
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grumpy_otter
Thu, Mar 30, 2017, 12:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

This will be my third comment on this episode--I get mad at the crew every time I watch it!

When Jellico comes on board, he has clearly studied the Enterprise and her crew carefully--he knows everyone's names, service records, and his way around the ship. AND he is 100% confident that the Enterprise crew is amazing and capable and that all he has to do is give them one order and they get it done. I LOVE his attitude! He gives quick commands, sure in his certainty that this fabulous crew will succeed.

Instead, all he gets is whining and complaints. No wonder he gets more terse as the episode goes on.

Some above me have argued that changing to a 4-shift rotation was a pointless move meant to flex his command muscles, but perhaps not. I assume that a 3-shift rotation means each shift member has an 8-hour shift each day. A 4-shift rotation would mean a 6-hour shift for each. I think that makes perfect sense when going into a high-tension military situation. Each crew member would be more fresh for each shift. A conflict occurring in the 7th hour of an 8-hour shift might mean you have a team of tired people, not at their best.

So I think moving to (or trying to move to) a 4-shift rotation was a smart move. And Riker's response? "Uh, I was gonna talk to you, but it will be hard on us." I see Jellico's absolute disappointment at that moment when he realizes this crew he thought was top-notch isn't quite.

I'd make the same argument in regard to telling Deanna to deal with crew morale--he has absolute confidence in her ability to get this done. Her undercutting him by revealing his emotions was such a failure on her part. Of COURSE he's uncertain going into this situation--the fact that Riker thought he wasn't proved that he was presenting himself well. For her to undermine his command that was was completely unprofessional.

In my first teaching job, I assumed my students would do the work assigned them, and prepare for tests. It was a shock and a disappointment to learn that most don't. For example, I permitted my students to bring a one-page "cheat sheet" to their exams. They could write anything on it they wished to help them with the exams. I told them ahead of time that they needed to bring the study words from the course to use as the word bank for fill-in-the-blank questions. Fewer than 50 % of the students would actually bring cheat sheets to the exams. I felt like Jellico--I assumed that my students were top-notch and willing to work; over the years I had to adjust that perception. It was disappointing. So I know how he felt.

And I STILL am not sure if the writers of the show meant for the audience to be angry with the crew, or angry with Jellico. As the comments above attest, you could definitely make and argument either way.

I have a question for Smith or any other person with military experience--it is my understanding that second officers are almost NEVER promoted to command of the same vessel where they serve. It seems that once you have been a colleague of people who are about equal to your rank, it is extraordinarily difficult to move into a position of command above them. The camaraderie you formerly had with others must necessarily change once you are Captain, so that situation is usually avoided by transferring second officers to other vessels once they are promoted to Captain. Am I correct in this?


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Grumpy
Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 2:02am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Naked Now

Apart from everything else wrong with this episode, it does have this: jeopardy. The crisis deepens, and our heroes almost don't survive. That sense of dread sustains the episode.

borusa: "What kind of a last name is Yar anyway?"

Ukrainian. She was named for Babi Yar, the location of a WW2 massacre. A location is not necessarily a valid surname, though. (The character was originally called Macha Hernandez.)
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grumpy_otter
Sat, Mar 18, 2017, 6:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Icarus Factor

@Tara

"But what Worf actually says in the gauntlet is "The best thing in life is to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the wailing of their women!!"

Seriously? You speak Klingon well enough to translate what he said? And THAT's what they had him say? Holy crap. No accusations of plagiarism?

Your suggestion of what he should have said is dead on.
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grumpy_otter
Sat, Mar 18, 2017, 5:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Encounter at Farpoint

@Gregor

"She is a great actor, but I always got a sense that her personal beliefs played a very large role is her decisions to leave and then come back later for very specific appearances.

And bless Gene Roddenberry, who was a wonderful man and welcomed her back despite her rejection of certain aspects of the Star Trek world. "

I don't know what you are referring to here--could you expand? What personal beliefs and what rejections?

I'd disagree that she's a "great actor" -- I've seen her in other things and have never been impressed. But I definitely think she did better playing Sela.
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Grumpy Tribble
Thu, Mar 9, 2017, 2:00am (UTC -5)
Re: ANDR S2: The Things We Cannot Change

God this episode's ending INFURIATES me.

The premise up till then had me on the edge of my seat. Two realities and a black hole, I thought this was going to be about either time travel or parallel universes. I was having fun guessing what was going on. I thought maybe the black hole was causing two Dylans from different universes to share memories, or something.

And when Dylan said to his "wife," "I've seen you before," and then it cut to a flashback with Trance Gemini, I gasped aloud, because I took that to mean that Trance was the wife. And I waited for "Trance" to finally reveal what was going on.................and no, I was just jumping the gun, giving the episode too much credit. I was afraid of the "nope, doesn't mean shit, it was just a dream. We needed a filler episode." ending. FRELL!
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Grumpy
Sun, Feb 26, 2017, 9:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

Megan: "Like maybe the crew in general got depressed as the years dragged on, lost their curiosity and desire to help planets and people in need, etc."

Great suggestion. Even better if this had been true all season, say, showing an actual change in the characters as a consequence of their voyage.
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Grumpy
Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 10:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: Interstellar

Z: "(thanks, Kip Thorne and Caltech!)"

For the record, Kip Thorne is also acknowledged in Contact (the original novel) for conceiving of the wormhole transportation network.
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Grumpy
Sun, Feb 19, 2017, 1:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Pen Pals

Tara: "I do not think Troi got another normal conversation during the entire run of the show."

Troi's chocolate sundae bit in "The Game" always seemed a little odd, and now you've explained why.
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Grumpy
Mon, Jan 30, 2017, 1:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

DLPB: "Nog is by far the most annoying and useless and shoehorned character in DS9."

Rom and Leeta appreciate your endorsement. And Vic Fontaine.
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