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Jeff
Sun, Jan 22, 2017, 11:53am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

And isn't it interesting that Ro's actions in Preemptive Strike were a violation of core Federation principles. and here the exact other point of view is a violation of core Federation principles. Here is where Picard surrenders his right to champion core Federation principles.
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Jeff
Sun, Jan 22, 2017, 11:49am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

So much nauseatingly trite banter in this film, including pretty every Anij/Picard conversation. And who the hell would want to spend 40 years as an apprentice? If adults never age and vacate social positions, the children will basically stay children even long after they're adults. What a stagnant civilization that would be. Another example of a "heaven" actually being rather hellish.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sat, Dec 10, 2016, 1:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: 11:59

I don't dislike this episode, and I applaud them for trying something different. I also don't agree that it's just filler because it isn't sci-fi. TNG's "Family" is similar, and it's an outstanding character piece. DS9's "Past Tense" is also a very similar story, and an important one.

That said, speaking of "Past Tense" there is a similar kind of artificiality I feel in both of these episodes. Maybe it's the studio backlot setting which is almost real but not quite, or the strangely quiet and somewhat stilted acting which might be a symptom of being outside the actors' comfort zones, but both these episodes have something of a Truman Show feel to them that doesn't sit quite right with me.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sat, Dec 3, 2016, 6:27pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Thirty Days

Thank you Mikey for bringing up the hull breach issue. It's not even that the stream of water would slice Tom in half, but the tiniest breach would instantly crush everyone inside to pink goo. Futurama made this same mistake (though probably deliberately) after conceding that a spaceship's design considerations are completely opposite that of a submarine.

LEELA: Depth at 45 hundred feet, 48 hundred, 50 hundred! 5000 feet!
FARNSWORTH: Dear Lord, that's over 150 atmospheres of pressure.
FRY: How many atmospheres can this ship withstand?
FARNSWORTH: Well it's a spaceship, so I'd say anywhere between zero and one.

Assuming the gravitational field holding this planet together is similar to the gravity we experience on Earth, at 600km in depth, they'd be subjected to nearly 60,000 atmospheres of pressure, or 875,000 pounds per square inch. And they were able to survive without the shields? Then there's the question of how exactly they can propel and maneuver the Delta Flyer underwater. I can see them technobabbling a way out of it, but firing phasers too? The science makes me sad.

I do think the overall idea of the planet needing an artificial gravity generator to maintain containment is sound though. At 600km in radius, this ball of water is only 1/3 the size of our moon. That's no gas giant. An all-water planet of this size wouldn't generate enough of its own gravity to prevent atmospheric escape losses. Basically the planet would evaporate away, or be blown away by solar winds without a magnetic field and other help.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sat, Nov 26, 2016, 6:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: The Omega Directive

I do like this episode, but the idea that a pre-warp civilization could come up with this technology is quite a stretch, like Leonardo da Vinci building a functional nuclear reactor. I can understand them being a space-faring but still pre-warp species, but that being the case, why would their ships even have weapons at all, let alone weapons that could damage Voyager? Unless there are multiple space-faring species in this planetary system, or they're routinely raided by warp-capable civilizations, weapons make no more sense than NASA arming the Space Shuttle or International Space Station. They don't seem surprised to run into aliens, so either they have a very non-typical history and relationship with the rest of the galaxy, or it's just a case of sloppy writing. Regardless, if they haven't developed warp drive, then it seems highly unlikely that they would have antimatter weapons capable of fending off warp capable species. Transporting the molecules and their extremely sensitive containment technology also makes no sense.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sun, Nov 13, 2016, 11:00am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Macrocosm

Near the beginning after Neelix was sprayed with mucus, Janeway notes that he has fluid in his lungs, and Neelix corrects her with "lung." A small bit of quality continuity there.

Otherwise, yeah, a silly rehash of Genesis, which was a pretty bad TNG episode too. Lots of dark corridors though.
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Jeff
Mon, Aug 8, 2016, 5:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

@Jammer. Great review. I don't know if anyone else has pointed this out, but the cast photo seen at the end is actually from ST V. You can tell by the gray in Uhura's hair and the lack of gray in Kirk's.

It's an extremely nitpicky thing to point out, I realize, but I honestly couldn't fight the urge to mention it. My apologies.
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Jeff
Mon, Jul 25, 2016, 5:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

Overall, I thought this was the best of the three reboot films. I felt that it did a swarm attack much better than seen in the VOY episode "The Swarm." I thought the nods to ENTERPRISE (the Franklin crew uniforms and the basic design of the Franklin itself) were nice to a much maligned series.

I felt the characters were better developed and better presented. I loved nods to TOS. One thing I was surprised at in terms of marketing for BEYOND is that there appears to be zero acknowledgement that this is TREK's 50th anniversary.

I thought Jaylah stole the show and I really hope she is brought back for the next film. I would love to see her take over as navigator now that it has been confirmed the role of Chekov will not be recast.

Overall, I enjoyed this more than I expected to. As so many have said before, no...this version of TREK is not TREK in the purest sense, but it is TREK as created for a mass audience.

I misted up seeing the photo of the original cast. I love how each cast member got to recite part of the "Space, the final frontier..." speech. And I loved seeing the creation of the Enterprise-A ending with it warping through space. I wish something similar had been done at the end of NEMESIS. Seeing the Enterprise-E on blocks as it were was not the final image of the Enterprise-E as I wanted to see it. I feel BEYOND, on purpose or not, corrected some of this "mistakes" as I see them.
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Jeff
Mon, Jul 4, 2016, 4:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Data's Day

@Nolan. Thanks for the clarification. I guess it's my own personal interpretations of the words. I tend to only think of situations as ironic (as the situation applies), but I definitely see where you're coming from.
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Jeff
Sat, Jul 2, 2016, 12:18pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Data's Day

Just a nit-picky comment, but I can't resist. After T'Pel asks Riker and Data to leave the ready room so she can speak with Picard alone Riker sarcastically comments "Charming woman." I've seen this episode a few times, but this was the first time I picked up on the fact that Data mistakenly categorizes Riker's comment as ironic, instead of sarcastic. A "human" error? Perhaps.
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Jeff
Sat, Jun 4, 2016, 1:22am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

Wow, 17 years after the finale aired the first time, and my fifth or sixth viewing of the entire series, and I STILL get melancholy and sad at the ending. The one thing that strikes me every time is seeing how Ciroc Lofton literally grew up before our eyes during the seven year run of the series. I felt he and Avery Brooks had such a genuine father-in-law chemistry, so believable. All that to say that I personally feel Jake Sisko deserved better than what happened to his father, especially given how he lost his mother at such a young age. But yet, here we are, still talking about the series SEVENTEEN years later. Good job, writers, actors, producers, and staff!
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Jeffery
Mon, May 2, 2016, 1:30am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: Paradise

@Alvin, I think you're a little confused as to the definition of a bottle episode...
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Jeff
Tue, Apr 19, 2016, 5:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: The Mark of Gideon

Definitely one of the weaker entries of Season 3 and TOS in general.

The most glaring plot hole in this entire episode is the existence of a duplicate Enterprise on Gideon. It's not enough that they recreated the bridge or a basic bedroom. No, they copied the ENTIRE vessel. Forget even explaining how this construction took place. How did the Gideon government get the construction blueprints for Constitution class vessels in the first place?

From what we're told the Gideons are extreme isolationists. No Federation member has ever set foot on the planet. The Enterprise crew have to be given coordinates because they can't scan the surface themselves. If Gideon is so cut off how could they replicate any part of the Enterprise with such precise detail? I can only guess some kind of spy.

It's a tremendous plot hole that serves no true dramatic purpose except to artificially extend the mystery surrounding Kirk. I think it would have been much more effective to simply beam Kirk to a medical bay holding him hostage and getting to the crux of the episode much more quickly.

One definite high note is Spock's dealings with Hodan. The diplomatic hoops that Spock has to jump through are well written and preformed by both actors.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sat, Apr 2, 2016, 9:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: The Pegasus

I'm a little miffed at all of the "the Federation would never agree to such a restrictive treaty" comments. Granted there's a lot of non-canon information about it out there, but the general situation seems to be that the Federation accepted that clause in the treaty in exchange for the Romulans retreating to their side of the Neutral Zone (I believe the Neutral Zone was established prior to that, but I'm not sure), essentially cutting off all contact with the rest of the quadrant. That actually sounds worse for the Romulans, if not for their reclusive bordering on xenophobic tendencies.

Also (and again, it's difficult to separate what little actual canon exists versus fanfic or just speculation) it's entirely possible that the Federation LOST whatever conflict spurned this treaty. Maintaining that treaty could very well be the only thing preventing an all out war with the Romulans that the Federation knows they would lose, again. That's all speculation on my part yes, but it does show how something like this could come up.
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Jeffrey
Mon, Oct 19, 2015, 9:14pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

Lol... I find it amusing that some people seem to desperately desire that Star Trek somehow more firmly "take sides" in real life when it comes to spirituality/religion versus secularism/science. As if there is any need or pragmatic reason why they should. Keep dreaming...
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Jeff
Mon, Jul 27, 2015, 5:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: The Empath

@William B. Not at all meant to be argumentative, but merely to express my own opinion: Your idea that the Vians are going to sacrifice themselves is an intriguing one, but anytime I've watched this episode I've always thought that the Vians are saying they have the ability to save one "other" species. I could very well be wrong. Your idea puts a very interesting spin on things.
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Shannon Jeffries
Tue, Jul 21, 2015, 6:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Haven

Another mediocre episode, but had a few decent moments. The dinner scene was quite comical, and I laughed out loud when data asks "Would you please continue the petty bickering?" Good stuff. And the crisis that Picard faced was interesting, the last remaining survivors of a race carrying a deadly disease. But the solution was too contrived... Anyway, 2 stars at best.
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Shannon Jeffries
Tue, Jul 21, 2015, 6:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: The Battle

A good effort, and I did enjoy the episode, but yet another example of why the old TOS writers needed to get swept out, which is what happened and led to much more relevant storytelling in Season 2 and beyond.
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Shannon Jeffries
Tue, Jul 21, 2015, 6:19pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Justice

TNG's first stab at tackling the Prime Directive, and wow, what a flop! Sometimes episodes seem good on paper, but just don't quite play out that way. Yet I have to wonder, how could the producers have read this script and thought it was any good? In comparison it was ever so slightly better than Code of Honor, but it's not that hard to be better than a zero! And good grief, I will never understand the writers' preoccupation with always qualifying Wesley as "the boy".
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Shannon Jeffries
Tue, Jul 21, 2015, 6:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Code of Honor

Agree with all the negative reviews here. This is about as bad as Trek ever gets, right up there with Spock's Brain, The Way To Eden, and Shades of Gray... I was 16 at the time. As an avid Trek fan, I, like so many others I would imagine, was just so excited to have Star Trek back that I didn't even realize how bad this episode was. I'm rewatching all of the episodes now on Amazon Prime, and didn't last 5 minutes on this one before skipping right to the next episode... Sad that Enterprise got the negative fan reaction that it did. I bet many of those fans that didn't seem give Enterprise a chance forget, selectively I suppose, how bad many of TNG's first season episodes were.
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Jeff Bedard
Thu, May 14, 2015, 5:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Enemy Within

@Nathan G: the behind the scenes reason for no shuttlecraft is that this early in the series the idea of the Enterprise having shuttlecrafts hadn't been created yet. So for the original audience of this episode it wouldn't have been a concern. But all these years later anyone viewing this episode will have a difficult time letting this in-universe gaffe slide.

I enjoy this episode, especially Spock's explanation of what is happening to Kirk and comparing his own inner battle with his Vulcan and human sides. I do wish the "evil" Kirk could have been more talkative. I understand that he is meant to personify Kirk's anger and rage, but EK still has intelligence and reasoning as well.

A few filming gaffes (some of the EK scenes are clearly reversed from how it was actually filmed) tend to annoy me a bit, but I like how even for 1966 and just a few episodes in TOS was tackling some wonderful philosophical and ethical issues. And William Shatner (for all the acting bashing he gets) does a superb job (in my opinion) of embodying two diametrically opposed versions of himself.
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Jeff O'Connor
Wed, Apr 29, 2015, 2:19am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Fortunate Son

Wait, this isn't Enterprise, this is Islam.
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Jeff O'Connor
Wed, Apr 29, 2015, 2:08am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Fortunate Son

Hey, a currently-ongoing Enterprise episode discussion! I don't have anything to add, but dammit, it's nice to see.

Rewatching this one momentarily.
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Jeff O'Connor
Wed, Apr 22, 2015, 1:27am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Fourth Season Recap

1989-2005 for no Doctor Who episodes on television... the Trek version would be 2005-2021. I can live with that. I can live with six more years without weekly Trek.

I don't want to live with it, but I can!
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Jeff O'Connor
Wed, Apr 22, 2015, 1:02am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Second Season Recap

Some of these comments leave me baffled.
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