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Kevin
Fri, Sep 15, 2017, 7:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

This has always been one of my favorite episodes. I did think Saties rant was a bit unhinged but it was one of those well written it could happen stories.
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Kevin
Tue, Sep 12, 2017, 7:21am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Old Wounds

In agreement with those who found it just sort of...blah. It's not bad enough to be offensive, but not good enough to be inspiring. I was sort of entertained for an hour, but if I never saw another episode I don't think I'd care. I'll probably watch another one or two and see how I feel after that.

Overall, Jammer's criticism that it's too close to Star Trek is my biggest problem. It's not a Star Trek homage, it's basically just Star Trek, but trying to be funny (occasionally), except the comedy doesn't really work. I have a very strong feeling most episodes are going to feel like 2-star TNG episodes: entertaining in the moment, but ultimately forgettable when the hour is up.
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Kevin
Mon, May 22, 2017, 11:29am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Basics, Part II

So I was to believe that Seska taught them abut voyager from memory, or did she manage to download the tech manuals to her IPod? (Voyager for Dummies)?
I saw this a few days ago and the crew looked like 1st year cadets, and yes, it was too predictable.
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Kevin
Tue, Jan 17, 2017, 9:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Eye of the Beholder

Yes -- everything was a hallucination. The only "real" event was that Troi and Worf entered the chamber, and Troi walked up to the open door for 20 seconds. The rest was all part of the psychic imprint.
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Kevin Criswell
Tue, Nov 29, 2016, 7:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Riddles

Count me in as another Neelix fan. Took a long while, the first few seasons he was a horrible character, but once Kes was gone his character really started to come into it's own.

Loved Riddles, but like many others was irritated that they never actually made a change to Tuvox's demeanor towards Neelix. Neelix really goes above and beyond to care for Tuvox and you can see that it is honest compassion and care and all they do is have Tuvox make a crappy joke at the end?
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Kevin Criswell
Sat, Oct 29, 2016, 8:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Visionary

Remember the romulan warships do not use a antimatter warp core. They use a quantum singularity to warp spacetime to move. Supposedly the time travel was supposed to be a reaction of the radiation to the singularity.
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Kevin
Wed, Jul 27, 2016, 2:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

Note on the above - I'm definitely *not* suggesting that Spock's nearly beating Khan to death was "cool" or would have been perceived as such, just the yelling of "KHAAAAAN!"
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Kevin
Wed, Jul 27, 2016, 2:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

It's been three years since I actually saw it, but I'd probably give it a 2.5. It wasn't horrible, but it did enough things wrong that I couldn't fully recommend it. And as for its place within Trek and Trek's place in popular culture, I'm more of the mind that unless there's something truly interesting and original to do with it, Trek should just be left alone. It's nothing to be ashamed of if, after hundreds of TV episodes and ten movies, the potential for Trek as mainstream popular entertainment is mostly used up, and it doesn't seem likely that the various novels, comics, fan productions, and other smaller-scale forms of Star Trek are going away any time soon.

The issue of Starfleet as a military organization and what sort of values it espouses and defends is a worthy one, but like Jammer I thought the movie only got halfway there. To this day I'm still not entirely sure whether Kirk originally intended to carry out the assassination and changed his mind, or if he just didn't want to tell Marcus no to his face or otherwise risk revealing what he had in mind. If it was a change of heart, I couldn't tell what prompted it - he just goes from "let's kill him" in one scene to "let's capture him alive" in another.

And I have to say that I don't like what they're doing with Spock here. Yes, he's younger and hasn't yet become the character we know from TOS, but has it ever been suggested that the kind of emotional control we expect from Vulcans remains a struggle for them by the time of early adulthood? And again, it's been a while, but is there anything at the end to suggest that he's troubled by how he lost his temper and nearly beat Khan to death? It feels like the sort of thing that started as a "wouldn't it be cool if..." but never got developed beyond that level. (In this case, "Wouldn't it be cool if *Kirk* is the one who decided to sacrifice his life, and then Spock loses it and yells "KHAAAAAAAN!" like Shatner did in the original?")
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Kevin
Wed, Jun 15, 2016, 9:57am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Where No Man Has Gone Before

"Speaking of old TV style, some "sci-fi" aspects of this episode really date it. A barrier surrounding the galaxy to prevent man from crossing it? People having natural psychic ability? These were common ideas in the 50s and early 60s, but I think were even dated in the literature of the time when this episode aired. Oh well, I won't hold it against them."

Were there ever any references in the TNG/DS9/VOY era to Starfleet exploring outside the galaxy? Maybe we can assume they didn't because of the barrier that Kirk's crew discovered, but that does seem like the kind of concept that the New-Trek series would prefer to ignore. Then again, maybe it's just not a high priority given that three quadrants within the Milky Way still aren't that well known.
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Kevin
Tue, Dec 1, 2015, 3:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Our Man Bashir

Having started going through the episodes again this really stands out in the way it took advantage of Goldeneye having been released. I know its one of the comedy episodes and has no baring on the series or even the next episode but its one great laugh. Bit of a worry that Quark was the one who worked some of it out. great viewing
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Kevin Mc
Fri, Sep 5, 2014, 11:51am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Homecoming

Just realised, very slow of me, that Le Nalis (however it's spelled) is Twin Peaks' very own Benjamin Horn.
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Kevin Mc
Tue, Sep 2, 2014, 10:21am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Justice

A whopping big black quantum singularity in place of the usual one-star minimum score.
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Kevin Mc
Tue, Sep 2, 2014, 10:13am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Game

Once again, Riker's penis causes galactic ramifications for the Federation.
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KevinW
Sat, Aug 9, 2014, 9:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: When the Bough Breaks

For some reason, back in 1988 I recorded "When the Bough Breaks" and "Home Soil" onto VHS, so I've watched those episodes more than any others in season 1.

Actually the Aldeans' motivation for negotiating is established, if only just barely. When the spokesman guy is first talking to Riker, he explains that the Aldean economy is based on mutual exchange; whenever something is received, something else must be given. So they owe the Enterprise fair compensation for the children. Or something.

But yeah, this episode is terrible. The effects and costuming have not aged well. The child actors' performances are totally unconvincing. The reaction of the parents is ludicrous in both scripting and performance; from their reactions you'd think they were being told that their insurance rates were going up, not that their children were being abducted permanently. Was there any point to the subplot about the Enterprise being tossed away, other than padding out the episode? The planet-wide cloak is an interesting idea, but is also a can of worms. If Starfleet has access to that technology, why didn't they use it to forestall the Borg and Dominion invasions? Sloppy writing.
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Kevin
Mon, Mar 31, 2014, 7:56am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Fusion

Seriously, when Archer was surprised/a little disappointed that his childhood book's measurement of the nebula was incorrect, it was the most adorable thing ever.
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Kevin
Wed, Feb 19, 2014, 9:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Neutral Zone

I think it says something about the attitudes of the 1980's that the audience took such a blatant middle finger in their collective faces in stride and came back for more. Pretty much every episode of the first season had something along this theme, but the bulk of this episode puts it all together and drives home the message, "YOU, THE AUDIENCE, AS HUMAN BEINGS OF LATE 20TH CENTURY EARTH, WILL BE REMEMBERED AS SOME OF THE WORST PEOPLE IN GALACTIC HISTORY."

About the only thing that explains that plot line to me is that the writer must have thought the series was cancelled, that this would be the last episode of TNG ever, and decided to use it as an opportunity to vent about everything he or she hated about the world of that day.
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Kevin
Sun, Feb 16, 2014, 9:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Data's Day

"but it was quite a stretch that when Data asked Beverly to teach him to dance, that she would assume tap dancing of all things"

But, they explained that Jay, when she reacts surprised at his request, he informs her that he found she was a champion tap dancer. So naturally she assumed he wanted to learn to tap dance.
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Kevin
Thu, Feb 13, 2014, 11:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Royale

You know, after watching it again, it's bad, but it's fun. I have to admit I did smile at Brent out of character and having fun gambling.

It is one of those, so bad it is actually good episodes.
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Kevin
Thu, Feb 13, 2014, 10:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Royale

I wonder if anyone else noticed just how much Brent keeps smiling in the early episodes.
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Kevin
Sun, Jan 26, 2014, 4:32am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Counterpoint

Just a thought about Tuvok's presence on the bridge, which did bother me...the episode concludes with the Inspector declaring that this inspection never happened. It would be hard to "forget" this inspection if they arrested Voyager's crew, so I took it that they just let Tuvok and Voyager go to put the whole thing behind them.

At least that's how I made it make sense.
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Kevin
Mon, Jan 20, 2014, 3:52am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Infinite Regress

The interactions with species 6339 were almost a throw-away subplot, but I think that this was one of the most frightening parts of the episode. The Borg are relentlessly bad in Trek (although freed drones are almost universally good...), and the Borg are the most terrifying force in the galaxy. However, the fact that species 6339 had created and deployed biological weapons of mass destruction against them got me thinking about how far Trek was willing to go in this arena. Species 6339 had already been assimilated - there was no ongoing conflict with the Borg - this was just a revenge weapon. And according to the aliens, it wasn't intended to defeat the borg, just inflict a lot of damage. The fact that the writers didn't have Janeway question the use of such a weapon at all was a bit disappointing to me. Yes, the episode was better without delving into that topic, but that's an awfully potent throw-away story that shows some of the dark side of the Federation, imho.

On a side note, Jeri Ryan's performance was quite good. Not amazing, but believable in every role. The transitions were crisp and the personalities were kept distinct, rather than feeling like it's just the (adjective) version of the main character like so many multiple personality TV shows. The performance was comparable to Toni Collette's acting on United States of Tara, although the characters were a bit too stereotypical and cliched. She's got real chops.
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Kevin
Thu, Jan 9, 2014, 3:44am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

As often as Jammer talks about this being a lightweight season, I've found that several of the episodes have shocked me with their darkness. These are some difficult issues being experimented with, and although Voyager isn't always the best Trek franchise, this season in particular has brought out some of the darkest Trek I've ever seen. Episodes like Retrospect, Nemesis, and Mortal Coil are among the most pronounced, but even Random Thoughts brought out a side of Trek that we've rarely seen done well. DS9 was gritty and gray, but these cross the line into bleak and depressing. I feel worse for having watched them. But in a good way.

On a side note, it's interesting that Voyager is finally starting to act like a ship lost all by itself. Seeing Voyager trading for better weapons is very un-Star Fleet, but much more realistic given their circumstances, as was the unauthorized use of the comm array a few episodes back. Normal Trek might have used it once, but Janeway forced her way in repeatedly. Feels like the show is finally finding its groove - just hope it keeps it up!
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Kevin
Wed, Jan 8, 2014, 5:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Code of Honor

One more sign that They Just Didn't Care to add to the pile: when Yar is abducted, NOBODY reacts to it with the least bit of surprise. I'm guessing this was because Yar and her abductors were filmed separately from Troi and Picard for the shot, but the way it comes off, it looks like Yar's abduction was pre-arranged by both sides with only Yar herself not in on it.

Also, the ending is total bull: somehow Yareena's momentary death annuls her marriage but not her property ownership. But then again everybody was probably fed up with Lutan by now so they all just went along with it.
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Kevin
Mon, Jan 6, 2014, 1:17am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Random Thoughts

Justin, non-touch telepathy in Vulcans was established canon before Voyager - I direct you to Memory Alpha:

Stronger minds were capable of non-contact telepathic projection and scanning, usually over short distances, (TOS: "The Devil in the Dark", "The Omega Glory"; VOY: "Random Thoughts", "Prey") but sometimes even over interstellar distances. (TOS: "The Immunity Syndrome"; Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

Also, it's important to remember that, like it or not, Voyager was an officially sanctioned Trek property, and thus, it's stories ARE canon.

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Kevin
Thu, Jan 2, 2014, 12:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Nemesis

I enjoyed this episode more than I expected to. The twists were nicely done. Regarding a couple of the questions that are in the comments, I agree that the simulation was probably customized for the particular race being brainwashed - that seems easy enough technically and makes bonding with the Vori easier. I may have imagined it, but the Kradin makeup seemed a bit more grotesque and intimidating on the simulated soldiers than on the ambassador - that may be my own imagination recasting them as good and bad guys, but it seemed to be a subtle difference.

As far as the language used, I thought it was well done. It's easy to start using stilted language and then drop it, I'm glad the writers were able to do it convincingly through the entire episode.

I understand that the language was part of the brainwashing, but realistically, we should hear stuff like this more often. The translator should have been rendering words and short phrases literally, sort of like Google translate. The translator is working with languages that it has never encountered before, and it should lose or misunderstand most of what is said, at least for the first few days of interaction with a species. Other Trek series had the advantage of working with more or less known species, but the entire run of Voyager should have really played with the idea of communication issues - that could have been fun.

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