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Jor-El H
Thu, Sep 22, 2016, 9:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: The Wounded

If this isn't a 4 star episode, I don't know what is. And you don't have to be a DS9 fan to love this episode: I'm not and I do. Like many other comments here, I found the ending to be far from 'unproductive' - it adds a level of nuance that puts this episode over the top. It shows how deep Picard's calculations were, how sometimes even if you're right you need to look at the bigger picture before you act. And it prevents this episode from being a predictable, black-and-white affair. I think it's actually one of the best and most powerful endings ever to an episode of TNG.
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Jor-El H
Fri, Sep 9, 2016, 12:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

Jammer I'm so glad and relieved that you didn't jump onto the hate bandwagon. I think 3 stars is exactly right. It feels like many of us have come to see movies as black-and-white: either it's great or it's terrible. Any movie that has many flaws, like this one, must therefore be terrible. But OVERALL I found this to be a very enjoyable movie. After watching it I thought to myself "That was fun. There are several things that didn't make sense to me, and that whole Kirk dying for five minutes and Spock shouting 'Khan' was really,really dumb, but overall I had a great time."

I disagree about Peter Weller. I think he did a fantastic job, and that his tense confrontation with Kirk was great.

I attribute the over-homage to WOK to Abrams overcompensating for (by his own admission) not originally being a Trek fan; his insecurity leading him to try to prove his loyalty to the franchise by referencing earlier well-loved Star Trek moments. Just a theory.
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Jor-El H.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016, 10:15am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Sarek

It felt like the confrontation scene with Sarek ended rather abruptly, like it was cut off before the originally intended end of the scene.

I remember an interview in which P. Stewart evaded a question about which role he liked better, Picard or Prof. Xavier. Episodes like this (and there are so many) make it very hard to believe he really doesn't know the answer - Picard is clearly THE role he was born to play, and he invested so much more of himself in this role, so much more emotional depth, charisma, and brilliant acting than any other role I've seen him in (I haven't seen his theatre work). One could argue that he revitalized Star Trek almost by himself. I can only assume he didn't answer because he didn't want to alienate his x-men fans.
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