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JoeyLock
Fri, Dec 8, 2017, 2:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Rocks and Shoals

I always found the Starfleet view in this episode of "We can't just shoot them, it's not fair if we know their plan!" as being incredibly flawed and probably the reason why they're failing so miserably at the war at this point, the idea of "fair play" doesn't work well in war especially against an enemy like the Dominion who barely values your race as worthy of life. Something I would have loved to have heard Garak say to Nog and O'Brien was the immortal words of Gul Dukat "Oh now don't go spouting off your holier-than-thou Federation fair play dogma".

I mean whats the point of Starfleet Intelligence existing if they don't want to use "intelligence" to outwit the enemy? Put it into a historical perspective, when the Allies broke the German Enigma code during WWII they could study their transmissions and knew of their plans before they happened, which is a credit to why they managed to eventually win the war and prevent Europe from becoming a fascist dystopia that the Federation would become if the Dominion wins. Now imagine if some peoples personal moral view overided logic and we decided "Nah using the intelligence we gathered from breaking German codes is too "easy", it's not a fair fight. We should march onto the battlefield and meet the Nazis face to face and have a jolly old punchup like men!" we'd have lost the war within the first few years and millions would have been slaughtered in camps and massacres.

The same applies here, the Dominion is the biggest threat to Humanity in probably the history of Humanity itself, they have the Cardassian "Space Nazis" on their side and their main fighting force, The Jem'Hadar are brutal, efficient killing machines in a very literal sense, programmed to follow whatever orders they're given and that's that. These are the same group of people who have already destroyed hundreds of Starfleet vessels containing thousands of personnel and within Dominion territory itself, have slaughtered likely billions of people over the years as well as performing chemical warfare (The Blight) against civilian populations, yet we feel sorry for this squad of Jem'Hadar because their "leader" double crossed them by given Sisko their plan of attack?

This is what happens when Human Starfleet personnel "humanise" their enemy in every sense of the word, they're not Humans, they don't share our morals they don't share our view they don't even share much likeness to us or our culture. I'm not saying "slaughter every Jem'Hadar! They're not worthy of life!" or anything like that at all, I'm simply saying don't anthropomorphise them, they're not like us and as Lieutenant Neeley said "They wouldn't hesitate if the situation was reversed". There are times in war when people feel sympathy for the other side yes, this is not one of those times especially when being outnumbered 2 to 1.
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Joey Lock
Sat, Dec 2, 2017, 8:27pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Things Past

The only thing about this episode that irks me is probably the ending, I mean don't get me wrong its a brilliant scene, it's just the audacity of a countless innocents-murdering terrorist questioning the morality of Odo.

I mean we hear throughout the series about the Shakaar Resistance's "exploits" during the Occupation and especially later on in "The Darkness and the Light" (Which is an utterly brilliant episode in my view) that during one instance Kira and her terrorist buddies vaporised 12 Cardassians including Gul Pareks entire family (ergo innocents as I can't imagine his children or wife went around executing Bajorans) and crippled 23 others including Silarin Prin himself who was simply a servant who cleaned uniforms. Sure Kira defends her actions by "You didn't belong there!" but that doesn't justify her slaughter nor does it justify having the gall and the audacity to question Odo's moral stance. I know that Odo loves Kira and felt very guilty so thats likely why he didn't retort but if it were someone else they'd have likely said "You have the audacity to question my morality? You're a f**king terrorist! You blew up Cardassians for sport, innocent or otherwise yet you have the gall to moan at me? F**k off out of my office!"

Yes I got a little carried away but it's certainly even worse when you consider "Necessary Evil" where Kira lied to Odo for years and only admitted it AFTER Odo figured it out, don't throw stones in glass houses Kira.
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Joe
Thu, Nov 30, 2017, 12:07pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Firstborn

Love the write-up and I agree about the emotional angle having something to it. What bothered me about this episode was the final scene, where Worf meets Alexander in the Holodeck and basically tells him he doesn't have to practice. They walk out together. Credits roll. The problem, though, is, as a father, I would have liked to see at least some emotion from Worf. Maybe hint that, instead of Batleth training, they're going to do something together than Alexander wants to do. Instead, it plays like Alexander has FINALLY committed to doing what Worf wants and, instead, Worf's like, "Nah, never mind."
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JoeyLock
Sun, Nov 5, 2017, 2:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Time's Arrow, Part II

The thing that bothered me about this episode was just a hint of hypocrisy.

I like the episode, I always enjoy two parter storyline episodes in all the different series but one thing that irritated me about this episode was the crews response to the Devidians.

Now I in no way want the Devidians to be "feeding" on Humans but earlier at the start of this season we had "Silicon Avatar" where the Crystalline Entity was "feeding" on thousands of people and entire colonies, I took the side of Dr. Marr who wanted to stop the Crystalline Entity in its path because it was clearly destructive and extremely dangerous, however the crew got extremely pissy at Dr. Marr for wanting to stop/destroy the Crystalline Entity because in Picards words "Doctor, the sperm whale on Earth devours millions of cuttlefish as it roams the oceans. It is not evil, it is feeding!" and then when Dr. Marr logically says "That would be small comfort for those who have died to feed it." Picard then retorts "I would argue that the Crystalline Entity has as much right to be here as we do."

Now, in this episode we have beings "feeding" on Human neural energy yet the crew are adament to stop them before its too late, the basic premise is the same as you have a being that is feeding on other beings and killing people yet when its a big giant snowflake in space they're alright with it, when its a sentient being that talks their language they're all pissy wanting to stop them and not let them get away with it. Interesting morality these Starfleet personnel seem to have, essentially their mentality seems to be "It's alright as long as its not happening to me".
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JoeyLock
Wed, Oct 18, 2017, 11:07pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

I've seen a fair amount of anger toward the moral commentary of the episode, especially from Trek feminists who believe its just "victim shaming" and obviously a "evil man violating a poor innocent woman" despite the whole evidence pointing to Kovin's innocence.

I think its interesting to explore the other side, the side of false rape/abuse accusations that do happen more often than people realise or are told about. However rather than blaming Seven, the victim, I would blame The Doctor as he does himself.

In my view the Doctors actions in this episode are analogous to a court case with a fervant lawyer or legal adviser of some sort. I've heard of cases before where people who believe they may possibly have been a victim of abuse but can't really be sure or remember will seek advise or help and if a lawyer decides to take the case as they see it as an "easy win" case with a big payout in court they'll try persuade the victim that the crime 100% did take place and that they need to punish the suspect to help the victim feel better. This is essentially what The Doctor did, I feel he let his affection for Seven cloud his judgement as we can see from his dialogue he continually insisted to Seven various possibilities and ardently defended her in front of the crew leading Tuvok to even notice that he had essentially already made up his mind that Kovin was guilty before any evidence had been found.

This "egging on" from the Doctor lead Seven herself to feel more secure that she had "support" for her memories and then when the Doctor realised he'd jumped the gun and admitted he was unsure, Seven felt like a victim again, being told she was wrong and in her words "The Doctor told me I would feel better when Kovin gets what he deserves. I want him to be punished. I won't settle for anything less." to me its analogous to a plaintiff being told by their legal advisers that they were definitely a victim and they'd feel good once they punished their alleged attacker only for the case to turn against them when the other side provides proof of the defendants innocence or at least "evidence to the contrary" that damages the plaintiffs case, which in turn causes the plaintiff to suddenly become more resolute and steadfast in what they were told was the truth despite previously doubting themselves in the beginning, its like a psychological self-defence mechanism of sorts.

Unfortunately Kovin was one of those cases where the accused was essentially hounded, persecuted and harassed into what is analogous to committing suicide. I quite like that they made the Doctor realise his mistake rather than just end the episode where everyone feels bad and nothing comes of it.

It may be outspoken to say but given the wave of Feminism and "social justice" in recent years, I can't imagine anything like this would appear on Star Trek Discovery unless Kovin was 100% guilty and it was more of a cut and dry "man vs woman" rape metaphor rather than a good ambiguous possible false accusation story this episode was.
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JOEY L
Mon, Sep 25, 2017, 1:21am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: The Vulcan Hello / Battle at the Binary Stars

I saw both episodes. And they suck donkey balls. All it was ''boom boom boom boom''. OMG, what happened to character development? Or some dialogue? I guess my Trek is dead. At least I have my TOS, TNG, DSP, VOY and ENT to watch. DSC is dead to me
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Joe
Fri, Sep 8, 2017, 5:32pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Acquisition

You bunch of cranky old moaners! I quite enjoyed this episode and I think it would be a good one to watch with the kids (other than the sexual undertones in a scene or two).
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Joe
Thu, Aug 31, 2017, 6:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Shuttlepod One

I must say, Malcolm's dreams about T'Pol are a lot more family friendly than mine are.
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Joe
Sat, Aug 26, 2017, 6:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

The outcome of Flox and Archer's decision is probably worse than a quiet decline of the dominant race. In all likelihood, the result of the Menk's growing intelligence and perhaps developing technology of their own would be war between the two species and who knows what atrocities.

However.... this doesn't mean I wouldn't have made the same choice. You can't just fly from planet to planet giving warp technology to every species that asks for it. The result would be a galaxy teeming with cultures in posession of this new power, who lack the sophistication to use it responsibly. The Vulcans had a bloody good reason for carefully shepherding humanity through the transition to being a warp-capable society.

In fact, this episode is painfully prescient to me, as a European, who has seen my country and others in our union fling our borders open to the third world and the middle east, thus attracting whole nations of people who are utterly unequipped to benefit the modern society they arrive in.

Sorry to get political, but warp technology (like 21st century western civilization on Earth) is damned hard earned and must be fiercely guarded, lest the whole galaxy be reduced to the level of the lowest common denominator.

On a lighter note: It was a good episode. Flox's love affair was a bit awkward, but Archer/Bakula came into his own here. I even got a tingle during his play god speech.
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Joe
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 4:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Fortunate Son

Best line of the show, "Ugh... You again..." (Ryan to Mayweather)

Quite an interesting episode. Archer gets to play the big spuds with his flashy new NX boat, up against the Norsicans. He should at least have had that beer with Captain Keene after all the kerfuffle.

Especially loving the ever more sardonic T'Pol, whose dryly mocking condescension is often as delicious as her catsuit.
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Joe
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 6:04am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Civilization

This episode would make it seem that Star Trek's production values have not progressed in 50 years. The crew land on a planet full of 'aliens' who walk, talk, dress, look and live exactly like humans, who drink tea and go to the market and live in nice villages with cobbled streets and houses with doors and windows. In fact, other than two budget-friendly bumps on the natives' foreheads, the planet overall is indistinguishable from Earth.

Coupled with a clumsy and awkward romance theme, this is a really lazy and uninspired installment. A handful of shows in, I'm really warming to the 'earthiness' of the characters. It seems to be the lackluster stories that let the whole thing down.

Since this is my first watch though, I look forward to improvements.
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Joe
Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 5:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: The Andorian Incident

So what did this episode tell us?

1. The Vulcans are sanctimonious shifty bastards.

2. T'Pol needs surprisingly little prompting to share a blanket.

3. As we already knew, the Enterprise is best commanded by an Englishman.
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Joe
Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 5:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Terra Nova

Oh Archer, you chump. Even playing wargames as a 9 year old lad, I knew to cover my crewmate while he escaped.
Lamest episode so far.
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Joe
Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 4:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Unexpected

I actually enjoyed the unintentional hilarity of this episode. T'Pol totally out of character as a vulcan but brilliantly barely controlling a smirk in sick bay and then the klingons having a good laugh about the whole thing too. Good stuff.
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Joe
Thu, Aug 17, 2017, 6:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Fight or Flight

I hope Hoshi isn't going to be this ridiculous all the way through.

Firstly she is totally speaking Jabba the Hutt language to that alien. The whole scene was excruciating by the way.

And secondly, of course the one place in the galaxy a slug wants to be left is on a DESERT PLANET...

Picard would facepalm about now.
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Joe
Thu, Aug 17, 2017, 6:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Strange New World

Did anyone else wonder for a little while if T'Pol really was talking to some aliens in that scene? I even went back and paused it and that guy on the left looked like an Andorian.

I'm on my first Enterprise watch-through so still full of intrigue.
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Joe
Tue, Aug 15, 2017, 5:31am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Deadlock

Welcome to the Bridge.
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Joe
Fri, Jul 21, 2017, 11:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Concerning Flight

Are holodeck characters as sentient as the Dr so easy to produce?
Doesn't this create some severe ethical issues in how the holodeck is used?
What does it say about the nature of life and sentience?

Or, alternatively, if the Da Vinci character (as sophisticated as he appears) is not sentient then doesn't it cast doubt on the validity of the Dr's supposed claim to sentience?

I'm confused!
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Joey Lock
Thu, Jun 8, 2017, 11:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

Jason, I understand they wanted to learn from it and that he may be the last of his kind, but if they did make contact and the doctor hadn't have killed it, would they just forget all the deaths it caused? Would the slate be wiped clean after contact? How can you accuse or extradite or hold trial on a giant space faring snowflake?

If it could communicate and said "Woops, my bad" or "Woops, sorry about that" would that be enough to satisfy all those who died and all those who lost loved ones to it? I doubt it. What if they contacted it and somehow managed to understand it, maybe even telepathically and they discovered it was perfectly sentient, knew exactly what it was doing and gladly killed people for its own purposes, what then?

Granted it would be great to understand and study the the Crystalline Entity, but what if it decided to carry on "feeding" well into Federation space during this "study"? Would we let them munch away at innocent people whilst we hastily jot down some information on the way it behaves or do we destroy it to stop it going further?

My point is regardless of if contact is made it needed to be stopped otherwise it'd be a worse killer than the Borg in time, so whether it was that day or within a month or two, eventually it'd have to stop or be stopped, especially if it entered Klingon or Romulan space, they'd be far less scientific and friendly.
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Joey Lock
Mon, May 29, 2017, 1:09am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

I've always had a problem with this episode, to me it sums up, what Gul Dukat calls, "holier-than-thou Federation fair-play dogma". This seems to be an episode that demonstrates where the science and defence sides of Starfleet clash, on the one hand they're there to seek out new life and understand it, on the other hand that new life has slaughtered thousands or even millions and will continue to unless opposed.

Now it's all well and good sitting ina room having a good old debate over morality and "Do we have the right to..." like a bunch of college students trying to get into a pseudo-intellectual argument but this isn't the time or place, lives are at stake and Starfleet is the only defence against those threats.

Imagine if a terrorist attacks your city and your police hestitate and sit there having a little chat over whether they have the right to kill another person or not whilst that terrorist kills more innocent people.

Now as Picard tries to mention "It is not evil, it is feeding" but imagine if a bunch of sharks or crocidiles moved into a local swimming pool that kids go to, or a hoard of bears or wolves invaded a local town, mauling people as they walk down the street or invading homes because they're "feeding" would we sit idly by and go "Well what makes me better? What gives me the right to survive whilst they starve?" and reflect on morality as they chew off your leg or would you defend yourself from what is by definition an aggressor, whether or not their intention is simply to feed or whether its malice? I would hope most people would defend themselves unless they had little value for their own lives and I'm a Vegetarian and animal lover and even I would defend myself with a weapon if a wild animal was attacking.

So I find the holier-than-thou attitudes of some of the senior staff like Picard and Troi quite annoying considering they never faced the crystalline entity, Picard wasn't down on the planet, he didn't see a woman he had feelings for get vaporised infront of his eyes, he never saw the or knew the victims of this entity, so it gave him a nice, comfortable, self assured attitude that he's morally correct in his actions whilst making a rather conviniently dispassionate decision simply because "It never hurt me so I'm fine with it" and then gets angry toward someone who suffered the loss of her own son toward it. We see Picards attitude toward the Borg later, imagine if Doctor Marr came to Picard after Wolf 359 and said to Picard "What right do you have over the Borg? What gives you the right to kill them? Why don't you let them assimilate you? They're only feeding. Lay down your arms and let them carry on." do you think he'd agree? Like hell he would.

The Federations morality conveniently changes to suit the "view of the day" it seems.
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JoeyLock
Fri, May 19, 2017, 11:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Crossfire

I feel so bad for poor old Odo in this, he was properly in the Friendzone, especially when she put his arm around him thanking him for being such a good friend, its like seeing a man stabbed through the heart.

I never understood how Kira didn't have a single inclination that Odo liked her, like she must be incredibly oblivious or just not very bright, especially when Odo removes the belt at the end and cancels their meetings, its like she can't even put two and two together "Hmm I wonder what that was about?".

But the people above saying "Ugh why is Odo not being better at his job?!" - I don't think you fully understand Odo as a character. He's not grown up as a humanoid, he's not had a "girlfriend" when he was a kid, hes not had a "first love" or experienced being broken up with etc like many humans have, so to most of us, seeing your "crush" go out with someone else isn't nice but its not the end of the world and doesn't make us angry but Odo has never had those feelings, he's never had a girlfriend, hes never had love or a relationship and so all these feelings are brand new to him, shes the only woman hes ever felt for and thats why he lashed out and got so distracted.

Think back to your first love, think about how you felt and how you were on top of the world just to see them smile and how strong those feelings were and for those of you not still with your first love, remember the pain you felt, the heartache, the distraction, the constant sadness for a while afterward etc
That's what Odo felt in this episode, except he not only felt that but he had to protect the bloke his love was metaphorically and basically smooching in front of him with right in his face. I don't think people really think about the emotions behind that situation and seem to think everyone is a Vulcan and "must do their duty". This episode shows the difference between Worf and Odo quite well, despite them both being very isolated, duty-driven personalities as Nikolai said to Worf in TNG Homeward "Duty. That's all that really matters to you, isn't it?".

Odo has always been a man of duty, a workaholic who did his job 24/7 with no break except to regenerate in order to be ready for another day of non-stop work, this is the first time we get to see him show that his job isn't his entire life and yet people still aren't satisfied?
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JoeyLock
Thu, May 18, 2017, 11:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Homeward

The crew in this episode cling to the Prime Directive like American gun lovers like the NRA seem to cling to the 2nd Amendment, as if there are literally no exceptions and that rules cannot be changed or broken whatsoever in anyway shape or form regardless of how many lives it costs in the process.

I found it odd that Troi didn't support Beverleys stance on this, during the episode "Conundrum", Troi was the single and main voice of "We can't just kill these people we don't know, it feels wrong" yet now shes a hoity-toity Commander she suddenly seems fine with letting people die miserable painful deaths to satisfy their, in the words of Gul Dukat "holier-than-thou Federation fair-play dogma". She must have taken that holodeck simulation where she killed Geordi quite seriously as she seems fine to let innocent people die off too as do the others. Rikers attitude in this is expected, hes always perfectly fine with letting people die, thats like his jam.
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JoeyLock
Mon, May 1, 2017, 11:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

Barclay has to be one of the most relatable characters for me in Star Trek, I suffer from a similar social anxiety although not as bad as Barclays, so his character relates to me quite well compared to the heroic, outgoing and commanding bridge crew we always see. It's a shame we don't see more of Barclay though considering hes basically a genius underneath despite being restricted by his crippling anxiety.

Also Wesley's being a dick in this episode as usual, not only was it obnoxious to point out the obvious to a Starfleet Academy trained adult with a higher rank and far more experience but Barclay hadn't even finished his sentence and giving him an insulting nickname? I wonder if Wesley would have appreciated being called "Willy Sucker" instead of Wesley Crusher or just see Barclay say at one point "Where's your Dad? Oh wait." and see his expression.
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JoeyLock
Mon, May 1, 2017, 4:27pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

Great episode, horrible conclusion.

Phlox's decision is basically an example of all the bad things about science, it'd be the same as going "Who cares about preventing global warming and possibly saving this planet? How do we know we won't do more harm? Just let nature take its course and see what happens" if we followed that logic, we wouldn't be around long enough to develop warp drive let alone help another planet.
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JoeyLock
Sat, Apr 1, 2017, 10:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part I

If it weren't for the fact they were filming "Move Along Home" at the same time, having the entire DS9 cast cameo in it would have likely made the show better, or at least having an O'Brien-Picard meeting or even a Sisko-Picard meeting. It'd have certainly been interesting to have seen Worf meet Odo long before they would meet and work together again.
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