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Cryptic Josh
Wed, Feb 1, 2017, 8:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

So I was wondering, if the Defiant crew had stayed on the planet, and the time loop reset 200 years, would that have happened, or would the Defiant crew had just joined the 8,000 inhabitants? And if so, one would think that if the Defiant crew had left, as they did in the episode, wouldn't the 8,000 inhabitants have remained in existence simply because the Defiant crew had not actually slipped 200 years into the past? Time vortex episodes confuse the hell out of me sometimes. If so.some wants to open this discussion, my email Addy is penyroyaltea@hotmail.com . no spam plz.
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Josh
Thu, Dec 29, 2016, 12:23am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Future's End, Part I

One nit--I believe it was this episode (not Part II) where Neelix and Kes are watching American TV and Harry Kim says something about not understanding the appeal of non-interactive stories (and his comment goes unchallenged, implying it is a rather conventional point of view). This is at odds with the franchise's depiction of future earth society as highly cultured. Humans of the 23rd and 24th century enjoy Shakespeare and Dickens. There is also appreciation for genre works like Sherlock Holmes, and 1930s detective stories (although not science fiction). Yes, people enjoy interactive storytelling though the holodeck, but it seems grounded in cultural knowledge, and a couple of TNG episodes have exposed the crew to the dangers of excessive use of interactive entertainment.
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Josh
Wed, Dec 28, 2016, 5:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Future's End, Part II

I have to side with the haters here--2.5 stars is far too kind for this episode. I'll just mention my nonredundant gripes:
* Ed Begley is weak as the villain. He did not convey the ruthlessness or menace that character needed to convey, nor the intelligence to master 29th c. technology.
* Allan Royal is pathetic as the muscle.
* that car chase sequence looked cheap
* usually in Star Trek when characters go up against some kind of prophecy caused by time travel, they come to realize that their efforts to avert the foretold disaster are the actual cause of it. I guess it's good this episode did not go back to that well, but resolving the situation by shooting a torpedo at Ed Begley actually seems worse.
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Josh
Wed, Sep 21, 2016, 10:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

I don't know how common it was for miniskirt-wearing women to have a feminist motivation, but I really doubt TOS was being boldly feminist or empowering by outfitting Lt. Uhura, Yn. Rand, and Yn. Tamura in miniskirts. Miniskirts were a common sci-fi trope before the 1960s (the wiki entry on the miniskirt mentions their prominent use on a schlocky 1950s sci-fi show). Plus, rumor has it that Teri Garr hates Star Trek because Roddenberry made her wear one in Assignment: Earth. So much for escaping the rules men make about what women must wear.

Maybe you don't perceive ANY SEXUAL OVERTONES WHAT-SO-EVER but I imagine the producers were banking on those outfits being sexually appealing to their male audience members.
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Josh
Tue, Jul 26, 2016, 9:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

I'm much more negative about Into Darkness, not only because of the less "Trekkian" story or the pointless reboot of Khan, but because of the Destruction of San Francisco bit.

It's simple enough to contrast such scale of devastation with DS9 in particular. In "The Changing Face of Evil", Starfleet HQ is attacked by the Breen. The DS9 crew views images of the aftermath in the ward room and they are appropriately upset. Note that the extent of damage to San Francisco in that episode appears to be substantially less than in Into Darkness. Later, in "What You Leave Behind", Cardassia is devastated by the Dominion, leaving cities levelled and hundreds of millions dead. We see Garak's reaction, but we also see Sisko, Admiral Ross, and Martok on the planet, surrounded by the dead.

While I had a lot of issues with Into Darkness prior to the climax, the over-the-top CGI scenes of mass destruction with no consequences were overlong and boring.
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Joshua
Fri, Jan 29, 2016, 7:32am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Time's Orphan

It shouldn't matter if you disagree with Bashir or the O'Briens, this was a moving episode. That is all too rare for DS9. And what's more, I'd take that over the episodes which get the science and ethics right but basically amount to spaceships shooting at each other, however suspenseful and well produced it may be. Solid 3 stars.
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Joshua
Thu, Jan 21, 2016, 10:01am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Statistical Probabilities

An asinine episode. Not that you can't tell from the title alone. "Statistical probabilities"? What other kinds of probabilities are there?

1 star.
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Josh
Tue, Jun 16, 2015, 6:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Regeneration

Ok so if this show is in normal time and 24th century coexisting if it follows after st fc the signal sent taking 200 years in Archers time. Wouldnt it already be in 24 century and reason 7 was assimilated the second time adding later to Janeway troubles instead of Picards. If you follow how messages are sent from past to future like back to the future or quantum where al and sam switch places
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Josh
Mon, Mar 2, 2015, 7:13pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

I really don't get people who don't like this episode or, worse, compare it to the likes of "Profit and Lace". It is surely the ultimate expression of Sisko's idiosyncratic love of baseball (as compared to most other characters who don't know anything about it). The "manufactured triumph" is a nice subversion of the typical sports plot.

A couple quick points:
- I think this marks the only appearance of the Federation anthem.
- I love the moment when Odo throws Sisko out of the game.
- I really, really want one of the Niners caps.
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Josh
Sun, Feb 22, 2015, 10:02am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

I actually like the abrupt and almost random way Damar died. He died fighting "for Cardassia" - the precise mechanics aren't important, and the execution as presented makes it more realistic. He's not Boromir fighting off orcs in The Fellowship of the Ring.

I tend to blame Paramount for not really allowing enough budget to end off the Pah-Wraith arc with more impressive setpieces.
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Josh
Sun, Feb 1, 2015, 4:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin...

Re: Americans not having the "patience" for (soccer) football.

I trust anyone suggesting that has never gone to a baseball game and had to explain why it's actually interesting. As Homer Simpsons observed, without beer, he'd never noticed how boring the game is.
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Josh
Wed, Jan 28, 2015, 1:59pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

Changing gears from religion, I saw some of this episode while eating lunch today, specifically the portion from when Picard brings Nuria on board the Enterprise. The dramatic license during the scene in sickbay bothered me. I realize the point was to illustrate to Nuria that even "the Picard" cannot save everyone from dying (like the poor researcher in the scene), but you have to wonder about the lack of action from Crusher for someone who was, apparently, critically ill.

The woman is in fairly obvious distress (why?), so Crusher orders some sort of drug, which she oddly administers through her sternum. Now it's hard to assess given the black box of 24th century medicine, but no arrest code? No CPR? Intubation? It all looked very 19th century ("I think we're going to lose her"), as the staff hovered over the no-hope patient without actually, well, doing anything.

It's a fairly enormous contrast from how things work now, but then that's typical for TV and Star Trek in particular. Sick/dying people are always awake, distressed, or else able to carry on a conversation in a halting voice. Are there no ICUs in the 24th century?
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Josh
Fri, Jan 16, 2015, 10:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: A Matter of Perspective

I don't know, the line "You're a dead man, Apgar! A dead man!" always does it for me. Some of the re-enactments are unintentionally funny, which is much needed in such an otherwise slow-moving and pulseless episode.
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Josh
Tue, Jan 13, 2015, 9:11am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Fortunate Son

It's kinda amazing that this schlocky episode has provoked such a debate.
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Josh
Tue, Dec 30, 2014, 9:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Call to Arms

Well that was a tiresome collection of nitpicks and even more tiresome mean-spirited complaints.

If you dislike the show so much, why bother expending so much time watching and commenting in it?
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Josh
Sun, Nov 23, 2014, 10:01am (UTC -6)
Re: Interstellar

I don't think Edmonds died in a "rock slide". I thought it was fairly clear that he had died from whatever cause and the rocks on his body were put there by Brand for his burial.
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Josh
Mon, Nov 10, 2014, 4:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: Interstellar

Definitive epic of a generation??? Wow. I need to see this. Particularly inasmuch as Contact remains one of my favourite movies - I appreciate the comparison (and rather like that you appreciate that movie too!).

I avoided reading too much of the review re: spoilers (even minor ones), but I'll be making plans to see this much sooner than later.
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Josh
Wed, Nov 5, 2014, 4:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Unimatrix Zero, Part II

There are some good concepts here, but the Borg have served as tired villains through almost every appearance on Voyager. Part of the problem is that the intrepid (no pun intended) crew of Voyager seemingly always defeat them, leaving the Borg Queen more akin to a Scooby Doo villain in competence.

That is,
"And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for meddling Captain Janeway!"

Part of the problem is the Queen herself. Before First Contact, the Borg were faceless, monolithic, utterly inhuman. While a good movie, I still don't think the reconceptualization of the Borg as a more conventional villain really worked. On Voyager, the Queen makes a decent antagonist for Janeway, but the results are inevitably preordained. Voyager, with its limited resources, will be able to thwart the Borg Queen's plans again and again with hardly any consequence.

The assimilation of Janeway, Torres, and Tuvok is the perfect example of a lack of consequences. Picard wasn't left unscathed - at first physically, and later emotionally - and seemingly permanently. That was what made First Contact successful as a character story.

In this episode, we get some interesting stuff for Seven, but the actual "romance" is pretty by the numbers. Where the episodes doesn't quite work is its lack of focus. Janeway's confrontations with the Queen are pedestrian.
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Josh
Wed, Oct 15, 2014, 3:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Homeward

I don't disagree much with the review or most of the comments above. It is a bit funny to see Penny Johnson here pre-Kasidy Yates and Brian Markinson before his appearances on Voyager and, of course, as Dr Geiger in DS9's "In the Cards". I'd say "Soulless Minions of Orthodoxy" well describes the decisions of Picard and other Prime Directive dogma adherents.

Having said all that, I did like Paul Sorvino as Nikolai. It's too bad we didn't see him previously.

(I have to say that Nikolai's lavender turtleneck and fuzzy purple tailed jacket make for pretty bizarre fashion, even for this show.)
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Josh
Sun, Sep 28, 2014, 8:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Honor Among Thieves

I haven't seen this episode in a long time, but whatever one might say about the plot, the acting is solid and the production design holds up extremely well. It's great, actually, and the pacing is brisk and aided by unique matte paintings and a richer score.
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Joshua
Wed, Sep 24, 2014, 11:11am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

Anyone else hoping O'Brien would have leaned over to 12 year old Keiko with a grin and said, "you thinking what I'm thinking?"
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Joshua
Wed, Sep 17, 2014, 1:59pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

Vulcans don't even have emotions, so I don't see how that applies here. Diversity is not a virtue.

Dave in NC isn't the only one who should be worried for his soul, i hope you know that promoting sin is almost as bad as doing the act.
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Joshua
Wed, Sep 17, 2014, 1:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

I'm sorry to see the gay agenda is alive and well on here. I expected most of you to have drunk the kool aid, but i was surprised Jammer would censor my comments when he talks about freedom of speech so much.

There are no gay people in Star Trek because no one chooses perversiont in the future. End of story.
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Joshua
Tue, Sep 16, 2014, 7:48am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

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Josh
Mon, Sep 1, 2014, 9:57pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

I really the scene in the restaurant where Kirk is finally cornered into telling some semblance of the truth. Shatner's delivery - and the pause he makes before saying that the goal is "to repopulate the species" - cracks me up.
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