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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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Grumpy
Fri, Jan 27, 2017, 10:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Apocalypse Rising

You're being unfair to Dukat, Filip. He was completely ruined in the *6th* season.
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Grumpy
Fri, Jan 27, 2017, 10:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: The Council

There's some kind of supercut about exactly that, Dave. For Voyager, specifically.

youtu.be/JwZiezIxCVU
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Grumpy
Mon, Dec 26, 2016, 10:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Elementary, Dear Data

To be fair, Zg, the Moriarty AI is driven by a building-sized computer core, whereas Data's positronic brain fits in his skull. Granted, no one ever speaks of Soong's achievement as a feat of miniaturization.
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Grumpy
Tue, Dec 13, 2016, 10:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Thine Own Self

Jim, "Shadowplay" aired the week after this episode. Further, if I'm not mistaken, both shows shared that village set repeatedly that year.
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grumpy_otter
Sun, Dec 4, 2016, 2:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Encounter at Farpoint

@Grumpy -- "Almost 30 years after the fact, I'm beginning to wonder... how did the saucer section make it to Deneb IV without warp drive??"

I just re-watched this today, and that is the first time this occurred to me. The saucer section would have to have its own warp drive! I suppose it could, but as far as I know, we only ever see one warp core. Can't believe I never thought of that before!

I remember back when this came out I couldn't get it on my TV for some reason, so I begged the few friends I knew with VCRs to tape it--but I didn't have a VCR until about 2 years later so I was way behind on watching, lol.

I love this--a terrific start to the series, and showed them exactly what they needed to iron out, as others have noted above. I think the slow saucer separation and wide shots of the bridge are great--Star Trek hadn't been on TV in any form for a long time, so there was a bit of fan-service to show what this new Enterprise was like and what it could do.

I also love the space jellyfish--I think the idea of a sapient creature being used as a space station is original and amazing, and I loved when the two jellies went off together into space. I wish we'd me them again. They were interesting and said "thank you" for the rescue.
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grumpy_otter
Fri, Dec 2, 2016, 7:26am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Prophecy

Jammer describes this as a "mostly aimless story," which is kind of what I like about it. People always say that you need conflict to make a good story, or some sort of deep meaning, but sometimes I just enjoy watching the people I like do normal stuff. Or not normal, perhaps, in the case of Neelix and his Klingon romance, but fun anyway. I LIKE an occasional story where the imminent threat of death or privation is not driving it.

And this one delivers. We are given Kohlar as a crazy religious leader, then find out he's actually really smart and trying to find a permanent home for his people. He's awesome. It's funny Jammer says he sounds like Sisko--I was actually mildly distracted that some of his facial expression were Worf-like.

I loved Neelix's girlfriend. I have often wished to be the type of woman who could pull off that sort of raw sexuality. But alas, I am cursed to be a Lwaxana, lol

I thought everyone behaved here as they would--Tom and BLT were just normal. The battle was a bit much, but believable, given Klingon predilections.

And I loved the final scene in their quarters when BLT hangs the bat'leth on the wall. I like that she came closer to her Klingon heritage without hating it, for once. And I liked Tom's suggestion of naming the baby "Kuva'Mach." How cute would that be? "Kuva! Get in here and clean up after your targ!"

I'd give this a solid 3. Very enjoyable.

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grumpy_otter
Tue, Nov 15, 2016, 7:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Skin of Evil

@BobT

I had never saw that before with Denise waving, and although I had heard the story before, I never knew exactly where to look. Hilarious indeed!
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Grumpy
Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 11:11am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

CORRECTION: Using the holodeck as a mission simulator was shown just a month after this episode, in "Chain of Command." Thus, "Threshold" is still a waste.
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Grumpy
Sun, Oct 23, 2016, 11:05am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

Great brainstorm, Dan. Another use would be simulating missions before taking the risk in real life, a use first shown, if I'm not mistaken, in Voyager's "Threshold," of all places.
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Grumpy
Sun, Oct 9, 2016, 11:18am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

You win a No Prize, JR!

...but that would've been a great point to raise in dialog. Have a Niner ask why they don't use maximum power, and a shellshocked vet replies that they'd be defenseless while recharging. Illustrates the contrast between comfortable UFP thinking and desperate survivalists.
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Grumpy
Fri, Oct 7, 2016, 12:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Awakening

From the "Something I Didn't Know I Wanted" file:

Until this story, I never imagined that Vulcan's violent history, much alluded to in TOS, was a nuclear holocaust. Now that I've seen it, it makes perfect sense. Surak becomes a rebuilder of a wrecked civilization, like Wings Over the World in "Things to Come."

The holocaust also explains how Vulcan lost contact with their Romulan cousins. Presumably one planet or the other was colonized by sub-light starships, but records of that venture were wiped out in the war and ensuing barbarism. (How warp-capable Vulcans later ignored another habitable planet within range of sub-lightspeed colonists, I dunno.)

In a way, nuclear war was the best thing to happen to Vulcan. In terms of a harmonious canon, I mean.
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grumpy_otter
Mon, Sep 19, 2016, 12:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Sacred Ground

@George Monet -- it cracks me up that you mention The Munchkins, because i had another Wizard of Oz insight about this piece of crap show.

At the end, when Glinda explains to Dorothy that she didn't tell her the magic shoes would take her home because "You wouldn't have believed me," my reaction is to scream, "Are you freaking kidding me?" This is a magical critter who flies around in bubbles, and the little earth girl would have looked down at her newly-acquired witch shoes and said, "Nah, I don't think they will take me home. I'm heading down this road."

It is the same idiocy in this episode. The elders KNEW what needed to be done for Kes, but instead they send Janeway through this ridiculous journey of faith or whatever. For what point--to learn something about herself? Well thanks, but that's not why she was there, you religious whackjobs.

I have no tolerance for people who appoint themselves your teachers without you asking for it. Sometime yes, it is valuable to go through a learning process rather than to just be given the answer. But when someone is dying, don't mess with me.
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Grumpy
Fri, Jul 22, 2016, 11:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

A review written soon after release might've been different. I, for one, emerged from the theater angry and insulted. Over the years, I've mellowed. Movie still sucks, but it wasn't made for me.
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grumpy_otter
Fri, Jun 24, 2016, 12:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Q2

This really has nothing to do with this episode except that I am rewatching some of Voyager and this episode reminded me of my story. . .

I got to meet John deLancie! AND I made him chuckle.

He's VERY tall, AND very handsome, which actually surprised me, because I have never found Q attractive in the least. His wife is BEAUTIFUL, and I seriously kicked myself for not googling before the event so I would have known that she is the actress who played the female voice of Reva in "Loud as a Whisper." Just like in that episode, her voice is lovely. She was also very nice--I was chatting with her for a while without realizing until later who she was.

So anyway, this was at a dinner during the Reason Rally, and John deLancie was seated right behind me. After dinner, people got up and began mixing and chatting, and the organizer requested over the microphone that all the "main stage speakers come to the annex room for a group photo." John apparently didn't hear, because he turned to me and asked what they had said. I repeated it, then said, "I thought you were supposed to be omniscient!"

He chuckled and replied, "Oh, I've NEVER heard that one before!" But he said it with a smile and wink, so I think it was okay. I at least refrained from falling at his feet in admiration, so it worked out well. :-)
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grumpy_otter
Thu, Jun 23, 2016, 5:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Repentance

When I first commented on this episode 9 years ago, I indicated that I was undecided about the death penalty. No longer, and I fight it every chance I get. It is a symptom of a barbarous and misguided society. But I do not think this for the reason you might suppose.

I have no fundamental objection to killing someone; if a person were trying to hurt my family, I might try to kill them, and they might deserve it. But that is in the category of self-defense, and happens quickly--it is not killing for revenge or punishment.

When a society decides that execution is to be punishment for a crime, that society must either find or create someone who is willing to kill. Someone has to pull the trigger or flip the switch. No civilized society should be involved in the business of creating killers.

I began to come to this view when I saw an interview with a death-row guard. He indicated he had carried out countless executions over decades, and one day he woke up insane. Horrible guilt wracked him, to the point that he could not function. By the time of the interview he had gotten somewhat better, but I imagine he will never be fully whole. I realized when watching the interview that I had done this to him. I had driven him insane because I allow my country to continue to execute people. No longer. I will never vote for someone who supports the death penalty again.

This is the same reason I am against torture; in order to carry it out, we must find or create someone who is willing to torture another human being, and I will NOT condone that by my society.

In this episode, it is the victim's family who carry much of that responsibility, and the satisfaction they feel from the revenge will not be enough to comfort their guilt, which WILL come.
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grumpy_otter
Mon, Jun 20, 2016, 6:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace

This is utter, pointless dreck from beginning to end. It adds nothing to the original trilogy, and simply piles up lots of garbage. Visually appealing? Who gives a crap if the story is shit? I am amazed anyone has anything good to say about this.

To clarify that I gave this a fair chance; I was hung-over when I first went to see it. But I had promised my son and his friend that I'd take them on opening weekend, so off we went. I semi-dozed through most of it, but basically thought it was complete garbage even as I was cringing from the noise and the light.

However, since I knew I wasn't in the best frame of mind to watch any film, I went back to see it again the following week, and it was still crap. I am amazed that anyone can find anything good in this. The acting is appalling, the story line is stupid, and the visuals are just so much clutter. Blech and double-blech.

A virgin birth? ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME? Sailing through the middle of a planet? A dull and witless Padme? An obnoxious, well-fed slave family? THE DESIGNER OF C-3PO? And that flying Arab salesman whose name I can't remember? This was bad. Appallingly bad. It should be forgotten and erased from our collective memories. Yippee!

I can't even remember why the brat yelled that--there was some sort of battle at the end, I think. But I could be wrong--who knows? Not memorable.

One small thing that also bothered me is that once it became obvious that Padme was going to be Luke and Leia's mom, I was disappointed that she was royalty. I had imagined they came from humble beginnings. Making them royalty seemed to buy into the bullshit idea that certain bloodlines are more valuable than others. And an elected queen? Can you define queen?

Sheesh. Big old pile of worthless garbage. Jar Jar was probably the least offensive thing in the movie since he was just supposed to be comic relief. Anybody who was supposed to have a purpose was embarrassing.

People have mentioned the "impressive" lightsaber battles. Really? I don't care what people do with lightsabers if they are dull and wooden and pointless people.

Okay, well, that was fun to vent. I'll end with a little story.

Shortly after ROTS came out, I was exiting the grocery store and saw a man who looked like George Lucas--so much so that I did a double-take. He saw me do this, smiled and said, "You're about to ask me why I ruined Star Wars, aren't you?"
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Grumpy
Tue, Jun 7, 2016, 12:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Nightingale

With ranks, another issue is chain of command. Eventually, everyone on the ship would be promoted, and suddenly it's all chiefs and no braves, so to speak.

As others have said, the producers should have allowed the crew to grow. As higher-ranking officers are lost in shuttle crashes or turned into cubes and crushed, our heroes rise to take their place. New recruits -- Maquis, Equinox, Borg foundlings, useless loads like Neelix -- fill out the bottom ranks. That way, everyone knows who's in charge.

I'm thinking of "Band of Brothers," which clearly portrayed the promotions within Easy Company during their one year in combat.
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