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Keith R.A. DeCandido
Fri, Jun 22, 2012, 4:13am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part II

In fact, "Chain of Command" was intended to be more of a lead-in to DS9, insofar as the Ferengi middleman in Part 1 was supposed to be Quark on the Cardassian station Terok Nor, but because they weren't premiering DS9 until a month after this one aired, they changed it to a generic Ferengi. The scene was filmed on DS9's replimat set.
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Keith
Mon, Aug 16, 2010, 2:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Alternative Factor

The most obvious stupidity in The Alternative Factor is that Kirk kept allowing Lazarus to wander around without security - even dismissing security at McCoy's objection to his presence. Not the brightest behaviour for a starship captain trying to figure out if the universe was being invaded and knowing that Lazarus had something to do with it. Of course, keeping him under surveillance would have shortened the episode, but it would have been less ridiculous.
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KEITH
Sat, Jun 13, 2009, 8:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2


First course of business is to express my sincere appreciation to Jammer for his hard work and dedication, the fruits of which have provided me with a sense of belonging, after a fashion, even as they kept me entertained and engaged for many hours over many years. Thank you.

While my initial viewing of the finale was despoiled by a chattering, whispering physicist unable to get past the insurmountable problem of anything, let along a kilometers-wide organoghetto, existing alongside a singularity, a second viewing had me suspending my own misgivings and surrendering to the characters emotional experiences. I found myself thinking of those first moments in the miniseries when Mary McDonnell created an entire human being from a few lines of script and had me cheering for her as she instantly cemented (Jamie Bamber's fresh and smart) Apollo's loyalty and respect. Watching E.J.Olmos as Adama slipped his wedding ring on Roslin's finger, I felt my face contort with his pain (mirror neurons don't lie) and sighed with grief at losing her. I really felt like someone I'd known had just died. Not a close friend of course, but nevertheless someone I found myself mourning.

So for what it's worth, I agree with many of the comments made (the contrivance of surrendering the implements and techniques of intelligent progress in the name of "breaking the cycle" while ignoring the "human" nature from which the cycle arrises (and of which almost no one can dispense) was, at the risk of missing some breaking revelation, a pornographically unambitious mulefest. May forefend they built Atlantis and sank beneath the waves in 135,000 years, but scatter, then love into the natives? It was nails on the chalkboard.) on the negative. But on the whole, even overwhelmingly, I was swept away.

May I indulge, for a moment, in Baltar's defense? I don't mean to offend anyone for whom the character is an evil man deserving a mangled fate in the teeth of a sabertooth, but I only see a weak and small man, not an evil one. There are, forgive the banal courtroom analogy, 2 parts to typical "crime", the evil act, and the evil intent. Baltar was irresponsible and short-sighted in giving Caprica Six access to sensitive systems. But there was no collusion, no intention of betrayal, and not even a glimmer of who, or what, Six really was. Baltar had neither character nor quality but he was not evil. He was a pawn. Someone had to be.

And what did "angel" Baltar mean when he said, at the last, "You know he hates it when you call him that." Possibilities exploded in my head, one last time. Loved that!. Loved BSG.
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Keith Dalton
Sun, Feb 1, 2009, 8:26am (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: A Disquiet Follows My Soul

The laundry reports bit harkens back to Joe Mccarthy during the 1950s red scare. McCarthy gave a speech in Wheeling, WV where he held up a list of names claiming it was a list of 100 known Communists. It was the hotel's customer laundry list.
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