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Lionheart
Mon, Nov 24, 2014, 11:36am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: A Matter of Perspective

Jay really does make a good point. When I saw how different Mrs Apgar's interpretation of what happened was, I instantly realized this episode failed. I realize that perspectives can be different during the fact, and can even change after the fact based on one's personal feelings, but this episode didn't just stretch it, it spaghettified it. There is no way she would turn a relatively normal conversation into an attempt at rape. Aside from that, she had a clear view of what happened when Apgar attacked Riker, so I find it very unlikely she would recall Riker punching Apgar in the gut twice -- especially when you consider that Riker's version is probably almost fully correct. To go from Riker dodging Apgar's punch, to Apgar being punched (rather slowly) twice... no. It just doesn't work.

The plot would've been more believable if Mrs Apgar were simply lying about what happened. Of course, the rest of the plot would have to be overhauled to fit that, so maybe Troi would have to have trouble reading Mrs Apgar... maybe it'd work if she were somehow a master of deceit.

Overall, it was just another mediocre TNG episode.
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Lionheart
Tue, Jun 3, 2014, 10:01am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

Pscott, the whole point is that the people on the planet didn't die, because when the crew broke free from the planet's atmosphere, the timeline was restored. At that point, the colonists had never actually started existing. It's been a while since I last saw this episode, but I know the colonists in the end never existed. If the crew had remained stranded there, then yes, they would exist. But because they never existed, they also never died.
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Lionheart
Tue, Mar 25, 2014, 5:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Penumbra

The biggest problem I had with the episode were the inconsistencies. The rest was pretty decent.

First off, Dukat once again affirming that he hates Bajorans by saying he's not going to stay in his Bajoran disguise for too long. As we know, Dukat does not hate Bajorans. He had a Bajoran wife and even wept when he found her remains. He spoke of her quite normally. He also had a relationship with Nerys's mother. To say that ''well, he went insane is all'' is not good enough. He's been insane on and off - this time is no different.

And secondly there's Odo asking why Sisko let Ezri go. Sisko basically replied by saying she had to do it since she was in love with Worf once. Odo should easily realize this! He's got perhaps the most profound relationship on the station, and yet he acts like he doesn't know. Seems like new writers were hired, and they didn't get Odo's stance. It would've made more sense if they put Nog in his place. Besides, I know Odo is quite headstrong; he would most likely do something similar to what Ezri did.

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Lionheart
Mon, Mar 24, 2014, 12:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

The only thing I really have an issue with is how Sisko's only motivation not to go to the holodeck was because it's not realistic and doesn't reflect how black people were treated back then. Really, what kind of reason is that? It also has no place here, because the episode only focuses on getting Vic out of trouble.

The rest of the episode was pretty enjoyable. Most movies nowadays don't even build suspense like this episode does (when Nog tries to crack the safe). I also didn't find Sisko's decision to sing with Vic that odd, I mean, Vic asked him to, and when somebody asks Sisko, he usually obliges because he's a good guy and isn't exactly afraid of anything. He's not there as the captain anyway, so it makes sense.
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Lionheart
Mon, Mar 24, 2014, 10:48am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Chimera

Odo didn't completely act the way I expected him to, so that was one point of criticism.

The second is that people overreacted for a silly reason. ''Oh no, he turned into a slight fog! Damn him and his evil ways!''

I think Laas was simply scarred. He didn't have great experiences with humanoids in his environment, while Odo eventually did. He was also being an ass. You don't just turn into everything everywhere if those things are normally dangerous to humanoids. ''I was just relaxing''. By turning into fog? ...Yeah. Laas should know by now not to do stuff like that anywhere he pleases (even though the fog was not exactly dangerous).

So I'm conflicted. It's not a terrible episode, but it's not terrific either.
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Lionheart
Tue, Mar 11, 2014, 7:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: The Reckoning

I can't say I hated this episode. I do think that Winn's motivation for stopping the battle seems completely out of place. I mean, sure, she would not like losing her power, but I'm pretty sure she still cares about the Prophets and her religion.

I did not find the fight between the Prophet and the Pah-wraith cringeworthy at all. I liked visually being able to tell that Nerys and Jake were possessed. I have no idea why they needed bodies to fight, but there might be some reason behind it, who knows.

What's more concerning is that nobody even contests that these wormhole aliens are gods. Who ever said they were? And why should they be allowed to do what they do? I'm with Bashir on this one. DS9 getting more and more religious... not sure I like it.
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Lionheart
Wed, Mar 5, 2014, 2:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Sons and Daughters

I thought this episode was unconvincing. First you have Alexander suddenly wanting to jump into the fray, which goes against his character completely. Then you've got Worf deciding to teach him how to be a warrior, even though he still apparently doesn't know why Alexander joined or if it's even something he wants. He always encouraged him to find his own path, but now he doesn't even care.

Adding to the feeling of this episode being completely out of place is how Alexander was cast. This person does not sound anything like Alexander, nor does he act like him. I understand he may have changed dramatically in the time he spent with Worf's parents, but this seemed too much.

And then there's Ziyal, who I would expect to be less naïve and not to give in to having a relationship with Dukat just because 'he's her father'. He left her to die, then became all insane and creepy toward Kira, *clearly* accepting that he would not have a relationship with her anymore, and now they think about having dinner? This show is getting weirder with each episode.

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Lionheart
Mon, Mar 3, 2014, 8:29am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

Like Vylora said, the problem is not 'the needs of the many vs the needs of the few', it should be the concept 'destiny'.

I have a problem with some of the ways of thinking of the characters. Kira believes she will 'kill' 8000 colonists because she has to live, but she's being supremely selfish. It's not like the crew wants to return *only* because Kira will die, it's because of multiple reasons, such as the fact that their getting stranded was not supposed to happen, it goes against the timeline, and because they already have large families at home, etc etc.
Aside from that, if they return to DS9, the colonists will not 'die', they simply would not have ever existed.

What I found very odd and enraging was that none of the crew commented on Kira's views. Miles just said: ''I don't believe in your prophets''. Wow, such depth. What he should have said is: ''if destiny means that your fate is predetermined, and you think your death on the planet is your fate (determined by the prophets), then that means it would be impossible to return to DS9. The prophets would find a way to prevent you from returning. If they didn't, then that means it was your destiny to return''.

That's a serious hole in her logic that wasn't addressed. Because of that and the fact that Odo would sacrifice 8000 people (genocide, in their view) for one person, this episode lost much of its value. I just don't see Odo going crazy like that, ever.

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