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grumpy_otter
Tue, Aug 15, 2017, 8:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Crossover

I'm with Nathan B. -- this is fun, nothing more. It gives the actors a chance to do some hamming it up and that's about it. I didn't find it made me think at all--it was just a pretty-typical action story, albeit an enjoyable one.

Unlike others, I enjoyed Mirror Sisko and thought his acting was, for the most part, much better than his acting as Original Sisko. I believed in MS more than OS, anyway.

It sure didn't really seem like much of a Mirror universe though--most people were just slightly different from their counterparts and I totally didn't get Mirror Kira--very confusing portrayal.

Mirror Miles almost made me cry--he wasn't different from Original Miles at all--just ground down. Colm Meany is a real actor--I have loved him long in the Irish movies he did before DS 9. I'd venture to say he's the best actor on the whole show.

They missed a humor chance with the last scene--have the runabout dock and be met by the others--and then Kira and Bashir come out looking the way they did, the others look on in shock, then Bashir says, "I need a shower," and Kira says, "Me, too."

I think I'd rank this about a 2.5--I can imagine enjoying it again.
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grumpy_otter
Tue, Aug 15, 2017, 6:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Wire

Most excellent episode. I had been getting a bit tired of Garak prior to this with his little hints and murmurs, which i found tedious; this episode played it perfectly. He reveals a bit, then a bit that seems different, a bit more--and then it turns out to be all true. I immediately thought as Blake W. pointed out--that Garak had told the truth with every story and it showed his journey to exile.

I LOVED Tain--I thought Paul Dooley struck the perfect note. He is apparently quite the murderous villain (or maybe not--we aren't quite sure what the Obsidian Order did) but he is definitely one of those people who has information coming to him from everywhere. He was scary without being diabolical.

I absolutely LOVED that he didn't make Bashir beg for the cure--some sorts of villains would toy with him just for the fun of it--Tain isn't that type. Based on the credits we'll see Tain again--that makes me glad.

Stunning performances in a stunning episode.
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grumpy_otter
Mon, Aug 14, 2017, 7:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Gambit

Just watched this again--they really missed a good comedic moment after the resonator fails to destroy Worf. How hard must it have been for him to resist his warrior feelings? I thought a one-liner after that would have been nice. Just something like, "Well THAT was the most difficult fight of my life."
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grumpy_otter
Mon, Aug 14, 2017, 12:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Maquis, Part I

I enjoyed this two-parter, and didn't find Casey's performance lacking. I liked the character's serenity--he struck a good tone, I thought. He's a battle-weary fighter who can't muster much enthusiasm for anything. Didn't bother me and I enjoyed his scenes with Sisko except for the final (here's your uniform) one, which I thought was trite.

The one flaw in the plotting was that I knew right away he'd turn out to be Maquis, so that was some lessening of tension.

I was a bit confused about when the Maquis were introduced, though--this seems plotted to be the first time we meet them, but I checked the airdate and it looks like we'd already met Ensign Ro on TNG?



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grumpy_otter
Sun, Aug 13, 2017, 4:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Blood Oath

I enjoyed this, but it didn't stand out as one of the best for me. Of course I loved the great old warrior Klingons, but Dax really sunk this one for me. As others have pointed out above, she's Curzon when it's convenient, and her fairly-lame line delivery in this one was tedious.

I was also disappointed that we didn't get to hear the Klingon death bellow by anyone, despite losing two great Klingon warriors. That might have bumped this up a star for me if Jadzia had done it for her old friends. I did like the warrior beginning to sing the songs for his fallen comrades.

Unlike most, I did not care for the final scene. I thought it would have made more sense for Jadzia to report to Sisko and say, "I await whatever punishment you feel correct." THEN but to silence and the glaring stares. As it was, it almost seemed like she was trying to sneak onto her post without them noticing.
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grumpy_otter
Thu, Aug 10, 2017, 1:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Profit and Loss

I'd rank this even lower than Jammer did--a completely boring and unbelievable episode.

It seemed to start out interestingly with the arrival of Natima and her students, but they sure didn't do anything with them. And the female student's acting was really lame. (Apparently that's Heidi Swedberg, who played Susan, George's fiancé, on Seinfeld. She was okay on that--maybe wearing Cardassian makeup turned off her acting ability. "They've already tried to kill us once; they're sure to try again." Blech. As a shy student her line delivery was okay--as a supposed revolutionary leader it was laughable. )

What was it they were supposed to have done, anyway? I might have gotten so bored I drifted off and missed it. Or are we just supposed to believe that anyone wanted by Cardassian authorities must be a good guy? Apparently Odo and Sisko can simply tell a good guy by smell or something.

I enjoyed Garak, but am getting a bit tired of his hints about all he knows. Slow reveals of a character can work well, but in his case I am getting tired of it. Just come out and say what you mean, dude!
@Aaron

"The actress who played Natima was particularly bad. I thought they only got good actors to play important Cardassian roles."

That was Bing Crosby's daughter, Mary! I found her acting to be better than the other Cardassians, but the dialog she was given in her "love affair" was appalling.

@ William B

"Spoilers: "Casablanca" takes place in Morocco in WW2, currently under French control . . . "

I don't think we've needed a spoiler warning for Casablanca since about 1950, lol


@Kotas

"I like Quark a lot so that saved what might have otherwise been a poor episode for me."

I hate Quark a lot so that ruined what might have otherwise been a decent episode for me. lol

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grumpy_otter
Thu, Aug 10, 2017, 12:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Playing God

I enjoyed this while watching it, but the very best part was the Klingon bar, so the episode as a whole didn't have much resonance. And now I am sad because I love the Klingon chef--a search reveals he was played by Ron Taylor, a star of musical theater who died at the young age of 49. What a great voice and what a great song and what a great character. I love those small roles that bring so much atmosphere to Trek. The Bolian barber Mot of TNG would be another.

I like Dax's intern--but his personality struck me as a bit too similar to the thief host who briefly stole Dax in a previous episode. He seemed nice--just needed a bit more character development.

As far as the "whole civilization within a universe" thing goes, I kept hoping we'd get to go inside it. You know, like at some point we'd be shown some sort of species of scientists and they'd be freaking out in their labs trying to figure out why their universe was being jostled about. Sort of like the tiny people in "Horton Hears a Who." And then they could have figured out a way to send a message out to the DS9 folks to tell them that their universe needed to be returned to the Gamma quadrant in order for them to survive. And that their universe would only get so large if they were near some sort of space thing in the Gamma quadrant.

And they'd look like some sort of adorable chipmunk people and we'd make friends with them, and Jake would decide he wanted to move to their universe and his Dad would get all upset but then appoint him ambassador from the Federation and the chipmunk people would turn out to be wonderful scientists and they'd help us create universe bubbles so we could float around in them.

I enjoyed the joke with Kira and O'Brien's butts. That was funny and the voles were cute.


@William B

"Jadzia actually talks explicitly to Arjin about what it's like to be a joined Trill. At which point Arjin says, "I know what I have to do." Well, it's great that he does, because I have no idea."

Me neither, and I don't think the writers did either. I haven't seen the rest of DS9 yet, but up to this point I am not sure if they have quite figured out what they want the Trill to be, and all the rules of hosts/symbionts. What we learned from their first appearance on TNG through Odon seems to have already been contradicted quite a bit. So maybe that's the problem--they want to explore the possibilities of a host situation, but aren't quite sure yet what the rules should be.
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grumpy_otter
Thu, Aug 10, 2017, 9:38am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Shadowplay

I have to completely disagree with Jammer -- this is the episode that has done it for me! I've been working my way through DS9 and haven't really been able to connect with it because I have to love the characters to enjoy a show. I can enjoy even lame episodes of TNG and VOY simple because I love most of those characters so much. I don't care how brilliantly plotted or wonderfully sci-fi and speculative an episode is--if I don't like the characters I don't care.

But now I'm in love! I thought Dax and Odo had great chemistry--it was funny of her to try and tell Odo about his Bolian crush (I googled her name and it didn't come up, so I assume we don't see that develop, but it was a nice little piece of character-building)

I thought every main character's development was wonderful in this--we see Kira having a bit of romance, Jake exploring who he is, Miles being kind, Dax being helpful, Quark being Quark (OMG I HATE THE FERENGI) and Odo being sensitive and sweet. And twirly. I feel connected to the characters now as I never did before. This is good--now I WANT to watch the rest.

I teared up when we learned that this was a holographic village. Kenneth Tobey played Rurigan beautifully and I felt his pain. But he did it without ever chewing the scenery--a subtle, masterful performance. I often bemoan how every alien we encounter has some evil undertone and wouldn't it be nice to meet some that were just nice people? Well here they are. I loved it.

Biological people are just a set of biological systems working together to create bodies and personalities; holographic people are just mechanical systems working together to create bodies and personalities. Holograms are people, full stop. Some are smarter than others, some have more complex emotions, and some can reproduce. Just like organic people. I do NOT understand anyone who claims they aren't real.

By the way, Rurigan must be the greatest holographic engineer ever, right?

As others have pointed out, Odo's friendship with Taya was the best part of this--she certainly is a talented little actress, and I loved that we see this side of Odo. Turning into a top was adorable and touching.

This one is a solid 4 for me.

@Dimpy

"She goes from having an imaginary friend, to being an imaginary friend."

lol-I had to go look her up right away when I saw her because I knew I recognized her!

@Lt. Yarko

"Would have been nice of the dude to tell Odo and Dax not to waste their time with a mystery investigation as they started one. Would have saved them some time."

I think they had to have him not say anything for the story to progress, but I actually liked the way this worked. I could tell he was hiding something, and figured it was some evil plot (as usual). Was SO glad it turned out to be nothing sinister.


"And why didn't he fix the thing himself? He built it. He just let people disappear and waited for someone else to come fix it? Then he doesn't want to fix it and bring it back up? This guy was really weirdly written."

I didn't think so--I thought he was perfectly created. In the short time we got to see him, I feel like I know him. I assumed his holo-engineering skills were faltering because he was frail because he was dying.
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grumpy_otter
Fri, Jul 28, 2017, 7:39am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Paradise

I am a bit dismayed at all the folks above who are mocking a low-technology lifestyle and point out how a bow and arrow is "technology," so "HAHAHA they are stupid and inconsistent." I have a semi-Luddite preference in my life, and it's not the strawman y'all are presenting. What most people like me find upsetting are the kinds of technologies that pollute or cause harm. Have you ever lived in a town with a paper mill? Have you ever met some coal miners who've had to breath that stuff? I used to have to commute past a shipyard, and I'd be coughing for ten minutes.

The Star Trek universe seems to have solved some of these problems, but we've seen with the Malons that all that great technology does have harmful waste products. Someone like me would then take a hard look at it and decide if that technology was worth the impact. Do we need that much power if it is going to create that kind of waste? I'd say no--find another way.

There are lots of types of technology that we simply want but don't need--and they all come at a cost to our health and the planet. Some things that we make are unable to biodegrade for millennia; other things are "use once and throw them away." I find that problematic and try to minimize it. For example, I don't have a smartphone--I am typing this on a ten-year-old computer that is perfectly suitable for my needs. I do own a car, but that's even older and gets 35 mpg. I buy all my clothes except underwear at a thrift store. I try to "repair, don't replace" as much as I can. I know how to sew and fix my own stuff.

When this episode first started, it looked like a paradise to me for sure (when it seemed the people were there voluntarily). But because their leader was a fanatic devoted to a particular ideal, they burned wood and had candles--very inefficient and polluting sources of light and heat. You'd think they'd be doing wind and solar and water power if they wanted to truly have a low-impact lifestyle in terms of pollution.

So my request is simply that y'all recognize that not everyone who has troubles with some of our technologies is some sort of crazy idealistic freak. Some of us are just trying to minimize the impact we have on this planet. Unlike the folks in Star Trek, it's the only one we have.

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grumpy_otter
Mon, Jul 24, 2017, 7:16am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens

I just saw Rogue One--FINALLY! I immediately went to Jammer's site to read his review and all the comments. I have been making a list of all the points I wanted to discuss and noting what other commenters had said. And then I thought, "I don't recall commenting on The Force Awakens? I'll go over to that review and see."

So I read this review, and these comments, and refreshing my memory of the film reminded me of why I hadn't read them before, or commented myself. I enjoyed TFA while watching it, and loved seeing old friends again, cried at Han's death, enjoyed the good protagonists, and when the movie was over I said to myself, "Ah, I get it," and no further exploration seemed necessary.

I felt it was clear as crystal that Abrams was wiping out the existence of the prequels with this film, which was just a redo of "A New Hope." I was grateful for that, because I am one who finds the prequels to be complete garbage, but there didn't seem to be much to say about this film since it was basically just a new ANH to restart the series under new leadership. The whole film was screaming "WE LOVED THE ORIGINAL SERIES AND WE HATED THE PREQUELS SO HERE WE ARE SHOWING YOU HOW MUCH WE LOVED THE OLD ONES." It was enjoyable, but I didn't feel there was much to discuss about it since that motivation seemed so obvious to me.

I also strongly suspect that somebody involved with this film is a fan of Red Letter Media's prequel-trashing reviews (which I have watched more times than the actual prequels). Certain things Mr. Plinkett pointed out in those reviews were front and center in this film--even down to how the protagonist was presented and characters were carefully given motivation, and how NOBODY sat on a couch to talk. Just a suspicion.

There were two things about this that bothered me -- one was Snoke.

NCC1701-Z said it perfectly: "One of the weak points of the story, for me, is Snoke. He feels pulled out of thin air to be a copy of the Emperor and not an organic character in any way. I mean, seriously, where the frak did he come from? What hole was he living in during the original trilogy? "Snoke" just *sounds* like a phony name to me."

Indeed. And if my theory above is correct, then Snoke WAS just a copy of the emperor. That was taking the "return to OT" just a bit too far because it made no sense. And you are right about the name, NCC, but at least it wasn't "General Grievous." Sheesh. I literally facepalmed when I heard THAT name.

The other thing that bothered me was the new death star. Star Killer? Whatever they called it. The Empire was almost destroyed at the end of Return of the Jedi, but they had the resources to build this? Come on. (Interestingly, this ties in to part of my hatred for the prequels--I wanted more about how the Death Star was actually conceived and built and how they were able to get enough materials to build something the size of a moon. And whoot! That is part of what Rogue One has done.)

But anyway--the short version of all this is that this film might have been subtitled "WE HATE THE PREQUELS TOO!"
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grumpy_otter
Sat, Jul 22, 2017, 7:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Human Error

I join the annoyed commenters on this one--it could have been so much more!

But what probably annoyed me the most of all is that Miss Super-Perfect Seven is SUDDENLY so obsessed with exploring her emotions that she starts missing duty shifts--even to the point of putting the ship in danger-- and failing to regenerate. Horse puckey. I would have believed this much more if she hadn't slacked off so much to explore this new project. Including lying to the Captain!

Sheesh. I sometimes have to wonder if the writers ever watch the show they are creating.
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grumpy_otter
Fri, Jul 7, 2017, 5:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part II

This two-parter was so gut-wrenching, so challenging, so moving--I was truly invested in it from beginning to WHAT THE FUCK?

The reset button here is the most unforgivable in the history of trek. There was NO point to that. The crew didn't grow as we saw through their experiences--just worthless bunk.

I threw things when this one ended.
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grumpy_otter
Thu, Jul 6, 2017, 3:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Darkling

@Robert

You noted:

"He's still Patrick-freaking-Stewart and he'd be captivating reading the yellow pages in a closet on a stool"

Interestingly, I have the whole Narnia series audiobooks read by different British actors like Kenneth Branagh, Lynn Redgrave, Derk Jacobi, and Patrick Stewart, who reads "The Last Battle." And it's horrible. It sort of reminds me of how Sisko says his lines with deep gravitas for every one. It makes the story really plod, while others' versions soar. I agree he's a great actor--but not so much for the reading.

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grumpy_otter
Tue, Jul 4, 2017, 9:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Whispers

I think they missed a real chance with this one--because of the way it starts we already know something is up. I think it would have been better to experience it with Miles, without being on the alert for something amiss from the get-go.
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grumpy_otter
Tue, Jul 4, 2017, 6:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Armageddon Game

I just started watching this episode and I LOVE these alien hairstyles! The ones that flare back especially, to accentuate the shape of the ears. Very cool.

OMG THIS FIRST ACT IS SO EXCITING! Nice saving Dr. Bashir, Chief! And I am really sad about the male T'Lani doctor--he seemed so nice.

I note that this is one time when Sisko's constant air of gravitas is appropriate--when he thinks some of his crew have died.

Quark's tribute to good customers actually made me tear up a bit--kind of sweet!

I liked this one a lot--Miles and Julian's bonding scenes were great, and the funny bit about the coffee at the end was clever. Solid 3 for me.

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grumpy_otter
Tue, Jul 4, 2017, 5:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Alternate

Unlike most of you, I didn't care for Mora at all. He was played well, but his cloying "I'm like your Dad! Love me! Respect me! Ignore that I think of you as a project!" really annoyed me.

I preferred learning bits about what Odo can do, but overall I found this pretty dull. Except the scene in sickbay when Odo (before we knew it was Odo) attacked Julian. That had good atmosphere and I actually tensed up a bit.
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grumpy_otter
Mon, Jul 3, 2017, 6:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Rivals

While it was nice to meet another El-Aurian (to learn they are not all like Guinan) this was just fluff. And, as Jammer suggests, it could have been much better fluff if they'd pushed it a bit. As it was, a bit of a yawn.

Aside from that, the other big mistake was trying to explain how the device worked. Neutrinos? Clockwise? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? They should have just let how it worked remain a mystery.
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grumpy_otter
Sat, Jul 1, 2017, 8:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Second Sight

@MC

"I actually Google the query 'Avery Brooks rubbish actor' each time I watch DS9"

Well that was fun! Thanks for the recommendation.

I have to join the chorus of those who can't stand his acting--whether he is saying "My wife died four years ago," or "Major Kira, report to the bridge," he sounds EXACTLY the same!

I love Richard Kiley in this--because I hated the character and I knew that's what I was supposed to feel. He was marvelously over-the-top. How many other narcissistic selfish snobs are so self-aware of their flaws? cough Tru. . COUGH

I liked Fenna--she was so lovely I just enjoyed her--I also knew pretty quickly I wasn't supposed to get invested in her.

A 2.99 for me.
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grumpy_otter
Sat, Jul 1, 2017, 7:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Necessary Evil

I enjoyed this, just not quite as much as others. This is partly my own bias--I DESPISE the arrogant "femme fatale" sorts of characters. They always seem so cardboard to me.

I also suspected it was going to be Kira from the moment we saw her in the flashback, so i felt they were pushing a bit too hard to give her a checkered past.

But it was enjoyable--solid 3 for me.
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grumpy_otter
Fri, Jun 30, 2017, 11:08am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

@Fungarian and @Linda

The two of you nicely elaborated exactly what my biggest problem with this episode always was--the cruelty of the crew. And Linda, you very clearly showed how it could have been resolved--Kirk's compassion made all the difference. Tom might have rushed up to Tuvix and shaken his hand, Harry would have given him a hug, Chakotay would have kindly touched his shoulder. Their absolute non-reactions were the most horrible part of this whole thing for me. I think even Kes would have been kind to Tuvix instead of practically cheering for his death so she could get Neelix back.

And Janeway! That wicked bitch. Some pointed out that she "looked Tuvix in the eyes." Yeah, she looked him in the eyes with the hard, steely glare of a serial killer. How about saying "I am sorry, but this is the decision I must make." or "I am sorry this solution can't save you." BITCH! I hate her so much in this episode. And in that final scene she pauses for one moment--with another look of steel on her face. How about even a little sob of emotion--just one? Sheesh. I hate how they handled it. Poor Tuvix not only has to die, but he has to die in a cold environment with no compassion from his "friends" to help him pass. Couldn't someone have even said, "Tuvix, I will make sure you are remembered?" or "We will make sure Star Fleet knows of your sacrifice?" Assholes.

Okay, deep breath.

Now let's get on to the idea of who has the right to live. There is zero evidence that anything has a soul, so let's throw that crap idea right out the window--irrelevant. What is fact is that we acknowledge that certain creatures are sapient (not "sentient" -- that means "feeling" -- even a mouse is "sentient") and that sapient creatures have certain rights. Data has rights. We'll determine the Doctor has rights in a later episode.

If a clone of a person exists or is created, from the very moment of creation, that is a new INDIVIDUAL, with all the rights of any individual. The DNA donor has NO rights over the new, sapient individual anymore. A millisecond after creation, the clone has amassed billions of unique bodily functions--neurons firing, cells dividing, digesting proceeding, and THOUGHTS--all those new events are different from the donor, so that new creature is an individual with all the rights and privileges thereto. To suggest otherwise is a twisted and inhumane idea and is, I suspect, the result of people subscribing to the erroneous idea of "souls." Garbage. If you can think, make decisions, learn--you're a person, no matter how you were created or what you are made of.

All that being said, I am okay that the writers wanted to try and wrestle with the morality of killing Tuvix, but it was so sloppy for them not to even acknowledge they could have saved him--even in holographic form. A line or two of dialog explaining why he couldn't be cloned or something would have sufficed. But whatever. They murdered an individual--whether it was right or not is a different issue.

And to finish off, y'all should see The Outer Limits episode, "Think Like a Dinosaur." Their transporter technology leaves behind the person while a copy is sent to the new location. It is one guy's job to kill the original person immediately upon receiving notification that the copy has arrived at its destination. Well, one day the original person doesn't die. What to do now? The "dinosaurs" of the title are the aliens directing this method, and I think it actually weakens the ethical argument, but it's still a thought-provoking episode.

Rest in peace, Tuvix. You were better than all those heartless bastards. :-)
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grumpy_otter
Thu, Jun 29, 2017, 9:09am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Innocence

I enjoy this episode very much--for most of the reasons detailed by other commenters above--especially the tissue-box moment when Alcia tells Tuvok that he's done a good job helping the children. That moment of different species finding respect for one another is very moving.

One thing I also really liked were the first-contact moments, including the tour of the ship. I suppose it would seem boring to some--I just found the Drayans so interesting that I enjoyed seeing them getting to know the Voyagers.

What I didn't like about it was how cloying Janeway and Chakotay and the Doctor were in their interactions during the tour. It reminded me of meeting people who have no sense of social boundaries and act like overly-enthusiastic puppies jumping on you. If this is truly how first-contact situations are taught in Star Fleet, they need a new set of guidelines.

First, take it slow. Listen to what the new visitors say--don't just wait for them to stop talking so you can jump in with YOUR words.

Second, ask them what they'd like to see on the ship. Don't just drag them off to see the giant explosive combustion machine.

The whole tour was like going to my grandchildren's home. They grab my hand and drag me off to see whatever projects they've been working on. That's wonderful when you're Memaw and happy they are delighted to see you, but for adults meeting a new species, I found it a bit cringe-worthy.

But overall I like this episode very much--I thought Tuvok and the kids were adorable and I loved his lullaby. Solid 3 stars for me.
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grumpy_otter
Sun, Jun 11, 2017, 2:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Rules of Acquisition

Personally, I liked the Dosi. They struck me as a TOS species, and I enjoyed trying to figure out their face makeup. They didn't need to be developed too much as really they were just there to introduce the Dominion. So i was fine with them.

I had one question; While they were playing Tongo, there was a slurping sound as they spun the board. WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT?
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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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