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Joel
Fri, Nov 6, 2015, 5:03pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: These Are the Voyages...

This day marks the final episode of Star Trek Enterprise that I've seen. And thus, I've finally seen every single episode of every single series, all the movies, read a dozen or so of the books, played a handful of the games... this is it. I've reached the end of Star Trek... until the next Abrams movie comes out at least. And I have to say, I feel like Enterprise was given a short shrift. To be brutally honest, I liked it better than Voyager or even TOS. And while I acknowledge the historical relevancy of the Original Series and respect what Gene was trying to convey about a utopian future, I kind of liked seeing the way Archer and the folks in Earth Starfleet struggled to get there.

Maybe it's a personal moment for me since I've spent so much of my life enjoying the various incarnations of Star Trek. But I couldn't disagree with you more. Far from being 'mediocre', I found myself genuinely choked up watching the crew interact, watching T'Pol and Trip discuss their feelings for one another, watching Archer give T'Pol a hug at the end of the episode. You could tell that the cast was fully aware that this was the end for them. They would not go on to make any more episodes. They wouldn't appear in any movies. Hell... we don't even seem to invite them to all the conventions. It truly is, the end of an era. I really feel like they were finally just warming up to something. And I, for one, will miss these guys.
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Joel
Fri, Oct 30, 2015, 2:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Borderland

Maybe it's nostalgia for my childhood in the 80s but I LOVE the augments. Everything about Khan and that 80s aesthetic just screams home to me. So I realize that I may not be perfectly objective with regard to this episode. But as a matter of personal preference I can honestly say: Best. Episode. Ever. If all we ever saw in Enterprise was an Earth Ship dealing with Augments in the Borderlands and basically setting off the war with the Klingons, I'd be 100% satisfied. Pity this hadn't all been started in season one. We might have gotten somewhere.
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Joel
Thu, Oct 29, 2015, 2:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Storm Front, Part I

Star Trek Time Travel has become WAY too overdone. There's a right way and a wrong way to do it and going back to WW2 is definitely the wrong way.

The right way is to use computer graphics to insert the crew into earlier episodes of Star Trek TOS, the movies or TNG.

Going to the 20th Century is passable but ultimately unsatisfying. If we're going to explore earth's past, we ought to take a look at a portion of the alternate history that we've heard about but never seen. My vote would be a look at the Eugenics Wars.

But WW2? Nazis? A case of mistaken identity? Yawn. It was already too unbelievable when Kirk and Spock did it in the Original Series. And it hasn't gotten any better since.
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Joel
Fri, Jun 27, 2014, 6:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Code of Honor

One of my favorite episodes.

When I first saw this, I was pretty intrigued that they had a planet of dark-skinned aliens - being a dark-skinned individual myself - and I wished that they'd revisited the Ligonians in a later episode. (Not too mention, this episode featured Tasha Yar, who I had a crush on at the time).

While it could have been stronger, being that that 1st season episodes were a bit shaky, I would give this episode a 3 out of 5 stars.
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Joel
Wed, Aug 22, 2012, 6:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: The Muse

Oh my God. I just saw this episode and had to rush to the internet to find anyone as outraged as I was. I can't believe that I couldn't find a single person mentioning that taking a child from their parent is called 'kidnapping' and the whole idea that Lwaxana is somehow a victim just because she doesn't agree with their traditions is absurd! If she hates Tavnian culture so much, why the hell did she marry a Tavnian!?!? Is the moral that a woman is allowed the final say in how a child is raised? Whatever happened to equality? That a Starfleet officer would go out of his way to assist in a kidnapping is beyond, disappointing. It's morally repugnant! I'm sure that some will argue that Odo maintained the letter of the law. But come on! If roles were reversed and a husband showed up with a baby claiming that he needed asylum because the mother "just won't leave us alone" he'd be turned around to settle things in some kind of family court! Lwaxana is upset that Tavnians believe in seperation of the child from one of their parents. Her solution? Do the exact same thing! Hypocrisy! Oh, but I guess it's okay because a mother stealing a child is obviously way better than a father stealing a child. Ridiculous! They were both wrong. So how come she gets away scot free with her crime? There's no way in my imagination that the Federation would allow either parent to simply cut out the other one just because they can. Not sure if Tavnia is a Federation member, but I'd expect the Federation to at least hold Betazed to a higher standard.
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