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John TY
Mon, Aug 1, 2016, 4:36am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Beyond

Awful. Just awful.

Haven't we seen all this before but in versions where we might've cared?

The only times I wasn't bored was when I was cringing.

"Free tip: If you take a drink of something alcoholic every time Pegg calls Jaylah 'lassie,' you will die. That’s not a joke, it will kill you. Don’t do it." - Forbes
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John TY
Thu, Feb 18, 2016, 3:28am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith

91 Reasons to Hate Episode III... This guys says it better than I can:

www.chefelf.com/starwars/ep3.php
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John TY
Thu, Feb 18, 2016, 1:37am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones

It's somehow reassuring that so many others agree that this is the worst of the prequels.

Everyone has already mentioned why, I'd just add that I hated how dumb Lucas chose to make all the Jedi (and other 'good guys') in order for the Republic to crumble. By the end of Ep III, I kinda felt like they deserved to lose.
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John TY
Fri, Feb 12, 2016, 2:11am (UTC -6)
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John TY
Thu, Feb 11, 2016, 3:14am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens

It kinda makes any victories the good-guys had in the original trilogy a bit pointless doesn't it... Empire's back; Death Star's back; Luke has trained new Jedi but they're all dead (except for his nephew who's gone bad); You can learn to use the force, and a light-sabre, in about 5 minutes (all these theories about Rey's repressed memory are ridiculous - as Jason R was saying - there needs to be some indication from her, or those around her, that she is MASSIVELY exceeding her known abilities); Han is a smuggler again and he and Leia's relationship didn't really add up to much; Sith lords can use the force to read minds now - why didn't Vadar just "mind-meld" the Rebel Base info out of Leia's head in ANH? (I guess this is an issue with ROTJ as well when Vadar discovers he has a daughter by reading Luke's thoughts/emotions) If this is some Knights-of-Ren ability then some reference to that effect might have been handy. And as an aside, all this talk of getting-rid-of/minimising CGI only to have the main villain and a yoda-wannabe needlessly animated.

I think this is my problem with Abrams reboots: He has so much respect for the franchise but close to zero respect for the people that worked on it before him.

Then again, Star Wars is purely a corporate vessel now and he probably has to wear Disney's directives. At least when you get a Lucas-type running the show you know you're gonna see what they want and not what they've been told to show you.
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John TY
Wed, Sep 3, 2014, 11:10am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

I agree that it was an apt end for the show. And I don't mean that quite as cynically as Jammer.

Couple of points:

- I like how the Doc's future wife was basically Seven 2.0

- Harry's "It's all about the journey" speech had me in stitches. I mean my god, how cornball can you get..
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John TY
Tue, Sep 2, 2014, 9:05am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

Agree with Paul and Jack's comments above.

I also found a lot of the 'relationship setup' (eg. Janeway/Jaffin, Paris/Torres) to be painfully tedious.
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John TY
Tue, Sep 2, 2014, 8:57am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

Ok but given all the positive comments above I expected something less... dull. And inconsequential.
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John TY
Mon, Sep 1, 2014, 9:14am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Pathfinder

Definitely not 4 stars for me. I enjoyed certain aspects: The basic concept and the sentimental touches at the end made it significant. But there were some major flaws.

Firstly, we've seen the holo-addiction plot before. A loooong time before. Reg is a basically the pathetic Trek fan we've all been at some point, finding more comfort in its safe and familiar universe than in our own lives. Fair enough point, but no need to keep reminding us about it! Especially since he doesn't get any actual help for his problems. Troi just shames him, he then runs amok due to his inability to articulate his plans (and his bone-headed superior) and then there are no consequences just a 'Well done Reg, how's the new gal you're seeing'. I kept thinking: What an terrible councillor, Troi is. Same as old TNG times.

And the acting. And some of the inane banter between Red and Deanna. The Admiral was terrible and Troi was as painful to watch as ever. Reg was deliberately bad though handled well by Schultz. But I still had issue with the nature of his character; Shy introvert then feisty risk-taker.

All of it made me think the Voyager writers themselves were the ones pining for the glory days of the Enterprise, not Barclay.
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John TY
Sat, Aug 30, 2014, 8:57am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Space Seed

Entertaining in parts but some serious issues as others have mentioned.

Something else: As an Australian I find Kirk's comment about the British landing at Botany Bay - "Those men went on to tame a continent" - as dated at best. Such a western world mentality believing that a continent inhabited by a 40,000 year old culture needs taming. And then setting Kahn and his people on a world that hasn't asked for him tells us that colonialism is good; the locals are just savages that need to be taught how to live proper like.
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John TY
Thu, Aug 28, 2014, 11:47am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Prey

Good episode, some meaty questions to ponder.

But I do have some issue with the resolution of the plot. Having Seven countermand Janeway's orders robs us of seeing how Janeway ultimately deals with the impossible decision she faces. I think it would have been good to see Janeway either relent on her moral stance for the good of her crew or deal with the consequences of doing the 'right thing'.

Also, the episode makes Janeway out to be totally adamant, seeing the situation as completely black and white, thinking that her decision is the only right way. Now I'm NOT saying her decision is wrong by any means but I think she should have shown some sign of the pain that decision would cause a Captain. Just because she believed her decision was the moral one doesn't mean she wouldn't have wept blood at the knowledge that the likely result was the capture or destruction of her ship and crew.

It reaffirms unfair stereotypes that having ideals and taking a moral standpoint is naïve and ultimately dumb by portraying Janeway as indifferent to the likely consequences of her actions.
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John TY
Mon, Aug 25, 2014, 8:50am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: Catspaw

Incredibly thin. I wish I could say this is as bad as it gets.
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John TY
Fri, Aug 22, 2014, 12:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: A Taste of Armageddon

Actually I recall that Robert S McNamara made the comment that the US administrations he served had a very misguided/limited view of the nature and causes of the conflict in Vietnam. And we all know how that turned out.
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John TY
Fri, Aug 22, 2014, 12:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: A Taste of Armageddon

Enjoyable - Kirk as quasi-villain is always fun to watch.

And some nice insight on the way casualties of war can become numbers and thereby facilitate the indifference of the general public. Topical stuff given the Vietnam War, and obviously still relevant today.

But in order to achieve a dramatic conclusion the show falls into a few TOS clichés. Most annoying is Kirk and co deciding they're going to dictate what's best for these people even though they've only just met them and know close to nothing about their war. Whether it technically breaks the prime directive or not, this kind of message is simplistic at best; encouraging very black and white thinking. It brings to mind many people's attitudes to ongoing (yet distant) conflicts around the world today - Israel/Palestine for example.

Anyway yes, at least no red shirts died in the filming of this episode.
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John TY
Wed, Aug 20, 2014, 10:09am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: The Savage Curtain

Lol at Jammer's second paragraph. I think they could have made a whole series out of shamelessly killing history's noblest figures!

At least this inspired a pretty good Futurama episode.
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John TY
Wed, Aug 20, 2014, 9:56am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Return of the Archons

Yeah I used to have some affection for this one in spite of its flaws. Or maybe because of them.

Note: I like how easily Sulu gets 'absorbed' and yet Kirk is allowed to get away with blue murder.

Much like dgalvan's comment above about Kirk's smugness at the end, I also laughed when Scotty says something about Sulu being back to normal and Sulu gives a coy little smirk and then says to the con officer 'relieving you'.
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John TY
Tue, May 21, 2013, 7:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

It would seem there is only one official ship in starfleet in the 23rd century...
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John TY
Wed, Jan 23, 2013, 8:43am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: The Aenar

I'll back you up here Jammer, although I found the plot holes in all 3 episodes to be too much of a distraction. Not to mention the shallow characterisation in all but a few scenes.

It was reasonably fun but ultimately left me flat. An ok cross between TOS and VOY.
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John TY
Thu, Jan 17, 2013, 8:00am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Observer Effect

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this.

I mean, the idea that humans are somehow more compassionate and unpredictable than any other species observed over hundreds of years is shamelessly appealing to our vanity..

But all the same, I found this a pleasure to watch for all the reasons you've mentioned Jammer. Particularly the way it "believes in Trek as humanist science fiction rather than just an adventure show".

3.5 from me. Best thing so far this season after The Forge.
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John TY
Thu, Jan 17, 2013, 6:44am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Daedalus

What was with the dumb scene where Danica stabs Emory's deformed back with a giant syringe? Maybe Phlox should introduce them to a hypospray.

And some of the direction during the failed transporter shenanigans was awful.
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John TY
Wed, Jan 16, 2013, 8:07am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Kir'Shara

I pretty much agree with you here Jammer although those negatives outway the positives.

In addition: No one seems to have mentioned the inconsistency of having pacifist Vulcans, like T'Pau, fly-kick a guy in the head. And once again we have Archer beating up Vulcans at will even though they are meant to be significantly stronger than humans.

So a good change of scope for Enterprise, yes. But aside from The Forge this is another wasted oportunity; An action romp that could have been so much more.
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John TY
Wed, Jan 16, 2013, 6:10am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Awakening

Ouch. Massive step down from The Forge.

Probably doesn't help when you notice Andre Bormanis' writing credit at the start; But this felt more typically Enterprise/Voyager than I was hoping for.

About 2.5 I'd say.
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John TY
Wed, Jan 16, 2013, 5:11am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: The Forge

Finally, something substantial.

My only real nitpick: Why would the chief prosecutor deliver the bomb himself in an obvious looking box? And why would a regular human guard recognise him?

Whatever. This was entertaining, reverent and mature enough an episode to finally make me not care so much about the minutiae. Here's hoping it's resolved well.

3.5
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John TY
Wed, Jan 16, 2013, 1:36am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Cold Station 12

Maybe I was hoping for too much again.

Yawn.
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John TY
Tue, Jan 15, 2013, 9:18pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Home

I'd agree with your review Jammer.

The Archer stuff is best, although I think it degenerated a bit after the kiss.

The Vulcan part was second but still very annoying. I just can't buy the way they portray Vulcans in this series. Too emotional, too passive aggressive.

John Billingsley makes the 3rd part watchable but that's about it.

As everyone has stated; the episode we (mostly) had to have.
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