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Jonah Falcon
Wed, Jan 10, 2018, 1:17am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

Incidentally, it wasn't "all for nothing". That crew helped others along the way, just as the originals did. Those they helped will always remember them.
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Jonah Falcon
Wed, Jan 10, 2018, 1:13am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

To me, the episode is strangely hopeful. It answers the question of how far would Janeway cling to Federation ideals? Answer: To the bitter end, facing oblivion.
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Jon
Sun, Dec 31, 2017, 7:23am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: The Fight

Simply shockingly poor. What on earth did a mainstream audience make of this?

Beltran simply cannot act at all. Out of the thousands of actors desperate for a role, they somehow ended up with him, McNeill, Wang and Lien, something which badly hobbled this show from the start.

Boothby shouldn't be in this story and his boxing advice is nonsense as said above.
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jamnjon
Tue, Dec 26, 2017, 4:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part I

I have a question regarding 7's statement that "The Borg were present during [First Contact]". Obviously it wasn't meant to be looked at in depth, but how would she know that they were present during the events. From my understanding (and recollection), all of the Borg involved were destroyed, and obviously they failed at their objective to inform the rest of the Borg from that time of Earth's presence, or it would have been destroyed. Is the collective able to know what's happening to each other despite being out of their own time?
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Jon
Sat, Dec 23, 2017, 3:19pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Dark Frontier

Re-watching this, it's very amusing how blatantly they have sidelined all the poorer actors in favour of the the Captain, Seven, the Doctor and Tuvok. Naomi Wildman is a more convincing character than most of the adults and that is embarrassing.

I really enjoyed all the scientist back-story even if it was ridiculously reckless and is retconning, but this ep. is, yet-again, another showcase for superb Jeri Ryan acting. To have somehow found someone who looks like that for the geeks, and yet constantly delivers superb and convincing performances should result in a medal for the casting team.
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Jon
Fri, Dec 15, 2017, 6:09pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Gravity

Some absolutely shocking writing in this.
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Jonah
Sat, Dec 9, 2017, 11:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Mad Idolatry

"Creating a ridiculous version of "Christianity" just to throw religion under the bus isn't a debate, it's merely flimsy propaganda."

I think what Mad Idolatry does is actually worse. At the end, the emissaries of the "enlightened" futuristic civilization tells Kelly that she didn't poison their culture with false faith, and that she "must have faith in reason and endurance of the logical mind". Thus reason and logic are taken as some kind of evolutionary endpoint rather than simply another stage of evolution. This is not sci-fi, it is not looking to the future. There may come a time where our reliance on reason and logic (which represent a mere millisecond of the timescale of human existence) will come to an end or be subjected to a new metaphysics. If The Orville demonstrates anything with its flawed characters, it's that the benefits of reason and logic will not bring our miseries to an end (hell, our own civilization demonstrates it). This is something Bones might have pointed out but is lost in the absence of the dialogue that the original Star Trek had between competing ideologies.
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Jonathan
Fri, Dec 8, 2017, 9:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Mad Idolatry

@navamske. On your third point, they showed Malloy piloting the shuttle back to the Orville, he dropped off Isaac.
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Jonathan
Sun, Nov 5, 2017, 2:25am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

Also quite late to the discussion, watching through Enterprise for the first time (have seen all of the other Star Treks). I also really enjoyed this episode despite some flaws (certainly the way evolution is understood by the characters is lacking).

One thing I haven't seen mentioned (it's possible it was, as I haven't read every comment) is how Phlox's decision was influenced by human perspectives. He originally sees nothing wrong with the Menks' condition, as they seem quite content with the way things are. It's only after human crew members argue that they have their potential limited by the Valakarians that Phlox eventually come around to that position. In fact, I don't think he would even consider withholding the cure if not for how humans have influenced his view on the Menks.

So, paradoxically, it's human ideals, mediated through Phlox's alien perspective, that lead to a decision Archer makes against his instincts. It raises some profound questions of how human morality can be differently interpreted by other species--and lead to unforeseen outcomes. That's my perception of the episode, anyway.
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Jonah
Mon, Oct 30, 2017, 9:21am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

How does the space whale even "swim" around in space? Does it have engines?
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JonR
Sat, Oct 14, 2017, 6:14pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Final Mission

I am rewatching TNG and I wasn't even through half of this episode when I thought:

"Why do they need third party transport? Why didn't they just take a Federation shuttle?"

I'll tell you why, because then they would have had emergency food and water. The writers don't want that. :P
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JonR
Thu, Oct 5, 2017, 11:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Measure of a Man

I love this episode. The only things that bug me are as follows:

1) When Picard was arguing that Data was self aware, he should have pointed out that Data wouldn't give a shit about being disassembled unless he was self aware.

2) The episode acts like this is the first time Data's legal status as a sentient life form, and his rights as a Federation citizen, have ever come into question.

But hasn't the series already stated (or at least strongly implied) that he's been officially recognized as a Federation citizen? I'm pretty sure it was at least implied that this issue was addressed before he ever entered Starfleet Academy.

So what, are they just changing their minds? It's just never brought up.

These are just tiny nitpicks and pale in comparison to the overall strength of the episode.
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JonR
Wed, Oct 4, 2017, 1:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Symbiosis

I didn't mind this episode. While I agree with the criticisms, and the fact that it was definitely heavy handed, I also agree with many of the commenters that it was nice to have a strong prime directive episode. The first season has a lot of scenarios where they quote the prime directive, but the viewer questions whether it really applies.

One thing that bugged me about this episode, more than anything else was:

Picard was initially willing to just hand over some ship coils to help them repair their ship. So this shows that he is willing to trade resources as long as it's not advanced tech and it doesn't screw up the status quo of their society.

So then why did Picard not ask the Onarans what the payment was supposed to be for the cargo? If it was something that could have been easily replicated on the Enterprise then Picard could have payed the tab for this shipment, resolving the dispute, and restoring the status quo.

The enterprise can replicate a lot of materials and resources that would be considered valuable on other worlds. That's one of the reasons why Federation technology is kept under lock and key. Even if it turns out they couldn't replicate whatever the payment was supposed to be, why not ask at least? It could have easily been covered with some throw away dialogue.

*Sigh* In the end they had a satisfactory solution. But up until that point I couldn't stop thinking about this one issue.
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JonJon
Thu, Sep 28, 2017, 8:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: The Vulcan Hello / Battle at the Binary Stars

I'm tired of Hollywood and their 'remakes of remakes' and dark, brooding, shaky cam, dystopia, over-dramatic, taking everything way to serious, etc etc etc. and so are the majority of people. That is why STD has only gotten a 63% rating from audiences on RT.

I sure hope things get better for the rest of the series. 5 out 10
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JonJon
Thu, Sep 28, 2017, 8:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Old Wounds

I'll say one thing after watching episode 1 and 2 of STD and all 3 episodes of The Orville its absolutely refreshing to watch something that is more light-hearted and positive than 98% of all the garbage that Hollywood has regurgitated over the last 10 years with their 'remakes of remakes' and dark, brooding, shaky cam, dystopia, over-dramatic, taking everything way to serious, etc etc etc.
It's nice to watch a show that leaves you with a 'feel good' feeling after instead of having to watch all this 'dark' crap and feel like you want to go slit your wrists.
We are constantly bombarded with negative crap on a constant daily basis so this is a nice escape.
The numbers speak for themselves with the audience giving The Orville 89% and STD 63%

As of right now this is where things stand but we'll see how things go for the rest of the series
The Orville 7 out 10
STD 5 out 10
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Jon
Sat, Jul 1, 2017, 5:55am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: All Our Yesterdays

Wonderful episode with some marvellous Nimoy line readings.
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Jon
Sun, Jun 25, 2017, 4:49am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: The Savage Curtain

While I agree with a lot of the above, e.g. That the fight was silly and it didn't really prove anything, I thought this episode had some very well written and performed scenes. I really like the way the Abraham Lincoln actor interacted with Kirk and similarly Surak with Spock.
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Gentlejackjones
Tue, Jun 20, 2017, 9:48am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Harbinger

A few points.

1) Jammer's reviews are great, I read each one for each episode I watch, but every once in a while, I think he might dismiss the nuance (yes, sometimes precious little nuance) with which some of the scenes between characters are performed. T'Pol is clearly smitten with Trip, and has been since well before the whole "let me give you a massage while I flip the gender roles and reveal my superior dexterity and strength" massage therapy angle came about. The Archer-wife thing was a little curveball, but otherwise the writers have been throwing right over the plate with this coupling. Also, it seems maybe Jolene Blalock plays these scenes in a way she might be best suited (see T'Mir in "Carbon Creek") , as a somewhat desultory, somewhat sultry, pretend-disaffected woman who remains just accessible enough for continued dialogue.

2) If T'Pol wanted to use me to check a bucket-list item, then would let me do my job aboard ENTERPRISE, I would be just perfectly fine with that. Perfectly, perfectly fine.

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Jon
Sun, Jun 18, 2017, 6:48am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: The Cloud Minders

Agree with above that this was a very solid ep. A lot of season 3's problems don't always seem to about lack of production budget as that simply the episodes make no sense.

Spock's voice over was an odd thing to include but really worked for me.
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Lee Jones
Sat, May 20, 2017, 11:47am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Future's End, Part II

Yanks said

Makes sense JP. I guess my point was why couldn't they just pluck Voyager back by Earth?


My take is that they considered Voyager's temporal incursion to be bad enough, giving them a boost by sending them back to the Alpha Quadrant was just simply out of the question. I get the idea that the Temporal Prime Directive is all about preserving history as they know it, so putting Voyager back home is a clear violation of that.

As to why the Temporal Prime Directive never came into play to fix all those other incursions into the past made on the other series, perhaps, just maybe, the Temporal Prime Directive only came to be because history was changed somehow. Another paradox, maybe? ;)
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Lee Jones
Sat, May 20, 2017, 11:40am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Future's End, Part II

Time Travel episodes are not inherently a bad thing: City on the Edge of Forever, Yesterday's Enterprise... And part one of Future's End. All quite good.

I actually get a kick out of Time's Arrow for campy reasons. I can't help it, I just love Guinan in that one.
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Jon
Mon, Apr 17, 2017, 5:33am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: The Empath

Indeed very atmospheric but rather unpleasant
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Jon
Fri, Apr 14, 2017, 6:41am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: Plato's Stepchildren

I'm amazed the actors didn't flat out refuse to perform the ridiculous nonsense in this episode. The writers must seriously hate them.
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Jon
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 7:29am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky

"But then the computer is destroyed and McCoy just...decides to leave his wife? What exactly has changed here?"

A thousand times this.

I liked the Priestess actor in this and it would have made a good two parter.
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Jonathon
Thu, Mar 23, 2017, 12:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Shore Leave

Yeah.... this episode was pretty not-good, but at least it was kind of fun. Probably 2/4 for me (after 4/4 Balance of Terror and 3/4 Conscience). Better pacing than some of the early season episodes, but just a dumb premise that was pretty lamely executed. But it was nice to see the crew in an actual outdoor location.
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