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Trudy Kockenlocker
Fri, May 26, 2017, 9:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Bar Association

This is an excellent episode. This is not an anti-capitalist episode. The point is that the bar is run like a racket, or a sweatshop. In this case, a union is justified. But that's not the point. The writing is really good, the acting is terrific. And Levar Burton did a great job directing it.
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Locke
Sun, Apr 23, 2017, 4:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S1: The Miniseries

Yeah, trying to work out which thing was more successful based on ratings can be taken to the extreme. I guess what a lot of people mean here is commercially, financially successful. In terms of how succesful something was as a piece of creative storytelling and how well recieved it was by the people who watched it, that's a different issue.

I do understand why it's commonly considered one of the weaker series of Trek and I'd probably agree, but I've definitely warmed somewhat to Enterprise lately. It's very flawed but I do like the 'pioneer spirit' feeling from the first couple of seasons, and I liked a lot of the in-universe nods from season 4.

Either way you look at it though, Enterprise was considered by a lot of critics to be quite stale and maybe representing a franchise that had lasted too long without enough innovation. BSG on the other hand was considered a bold, original breath of fresh air. Enterprise sticks to a very classic, safe formula. Light banter and action hour for the most part whereas I think many critics saw BSG as blowing away a lot of the cobwebs from sci-fi TV and really shaking up the forumla for the 2000s.

I don't really think one or the other type of entertainment is better or worse. I try to like my 90s style sci-fi and my gritty 2000s sci-fi fairly equally, but I think in terms of objective critical acclaim, BSG was the winner. It's harder to compare financial success because it's difficult to seperate the sole financial success of Enterprise from the net financial success of Star Trek the franchise.
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Locke
Sun, Feb 12, 2017, 2:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: The Matrix Reloaded

Honestly, I've warmed to this movie.

It's certainly a flawed sequel, no doubt, but at least it has scope and vision behind it and a willingness to push boundaries and try new things. Yes, the CG is ropey today. Yes the plot has its issues, but as a movie it really wanted to try and realise some creative ideas. I can respect a film that aims high and falls short a lot more than a film that aims low and hits the mark.
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Locke
Sun, Jan 3, 2016, 8:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: Trailer: Star Trek Beyond

I also want to thank Paul M. for that suggestion. I'd never heard of The Exapanse and I'm always looking for space opera TV shows(there are so few of them these days), so I too watched it after seeing that comment and I'm with Petertong. I like the production values and the world. Not certain about the characters yet. At this moment I think because the show is still in its sort of information-dump phase that the characters are a little underwritten. It could do with more room to breath and flesh them out beyond the archetypes. But it has a lot of potential to sink into all of that stuff later once it finishes the setup and finds its long-term rhythm. I'm enjoying it, waiting for episode 5. =) Thanks for mentioning it!
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Locke
Thu, Dec 31, 2015, 12:32am (UTC -6)
Re: Trailer: Star Trek Beyond

@Dom This is really true; many shows made post-DS9/Voyager (starting while Enterprise was still running) made a conscious effort to break out of the 'Trek mould'. Sci-fi TV in the 2000s was all about getting away from genre tropes and moving closer to 'normal drama'. BSG is the first main example; from the very start it was set up to make sci-fi more real, less clean, more bulky and gritty and full of everyday items and sets. It's funny but true that in a way, the new Star Trek movies are the product of an era of sci-fi programming that began in part to get away from shows like Star Trek. It's almost the one thing you can't remake in that scenario. It's trying to live in a world where it has to follow trends that by definition set it apart from the franchise it's trying to be. That's a big part of why it doesn't really work.
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Locke
Wed, Dec 30, 2015, 9:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: Trailer: Star Trek Beyond

It's funny that people have stopped talking about the Star Trek Beyond trailer and started just talking about B5. Totally understandable. XD Anyway, one of my favorite ever talks is between Sheridan and the techno-mage about the nature of magic:

"When I was 12, I used to sit in my dad's garden the air full of the smell of orange blossoms watching the sky, dreaming of faraway places. Back then, I think I believed in just about everything, but now, I don't know. I do think there are some things we don't understand. If we went back in time 1000 years and tried to explain this place to people they could only accept it in terms of magic."

"Then perhaps it is magic. The magic of the human heart. Focused and made manifest by technology. Every day you here create greater miracles than the burning bush."

"But God was there first and he didn't need solar batteries and a fusion reactor to do it."

"Perhaps. Perhaps not. It is within that ambiguity that my brothers and I exist. We are dreamers, shapers, singers and makers. We study the mysteries of laser and circuit crystal and scanner, holographic demons and invocations of equations. These are the tools we employ. And we know many things."

"Such as?"

"The true secrets. The important things. Fourteen words to make someone fall in love with you forever. Seven words to make them go without pain. How to say goodbye to a friend who is dying. How to be poor. How to be rich. How to rediscover dreams when the world has stolen them from you."

Just as you guys said, lyrical speeches. B5 at its best really has a poetry and a view of the universe I just love.
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Locke
Tue, Dec 29, 2015, 8:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: Trailer: Star Trek Beyond

There's just something about the essence of B5 that is special, that sets it apart. There's a real poetry in the dialogue and a beauty in the themes that always makes me feel enriched as well as entertained. When you can do that, even the cheapest sets have the charm of something timeless.
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Locke
Thu, Jul 9, 2015, 2:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Night

Malon captain - "You've scanned my vessel. You've seen my firepower. You wouldn't last ten seconds in a battle with me!"

Begs the question: Why does a garbage truck have more firepower than Voyager? o.o
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Locke
Tue, Apr 7, 2015, 6:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Bride of Chaotica!

My favorite part of this episode is the way Janeway swishes the microphone cord at the end. xD
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Locke
Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 10:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: First Contact

I really love First Contact. It's a superb balance of action, character driven drama and classic Trekkian philosophy. It's really got the whole lot, and the pacing of the seperate stories is brilliant. I think structurally it's one of the best made sci-fi action movies ever, Star Trek or no. The beginning is a masterclass on how to start a movie. Set up the story, briefly set up the characters, set up Picard's past relationship with the Borg and how he has issues there and then BOOM, within 10 minutes you've learnt something about the whole situation and you're in the middle of a giant battle. No bullshit; no screwing around but also nothing skipped over... just stripped down to the essentials without time wasting. I agree with Jammer... Quote:

"It's reassuring that at least some cinematic version of the future has imagination and hope for humanity and still has the prudence not to always take itself so seriously."

That's it... There's something in the soul of this film that really understands what underlies and defines Star Trek. You CAN have this AND do a great action movie at the same time! *shakes fist at Abrams* grr! =)
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Locke
Sat, Jan 10, 2015, 2:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: The Next Phase

Regarding the common sci-fi convention of intangible characters being rooted to the floor, there is actually an episode of Batman Beyond which breaks this convention. A super villain develops phasing tech which works too well. He falls through the ground and Batman implies that he will keep falling until he reaches the planet's core where no more gravity will act on him. =) Can't post URLs but search Ian Peek for reference.
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Locke
Mon, Apr 21, 2014, 7:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Virtuoso

Awww 2 stars? I think this is in the top tier of Voyager episodes, it's funny, makes some good satirical comments about the nature of fame, uses the doctor's blustering egocentricity to great effect. Really fun. xD I agree the basic premise is dubious, how would the Qomar really have avoided ALL contact with music... when they have evolved the ability to produce and enjoy it... but all in all it's just a great episode. :P

Wilma - is Tincoos piece really the original theme? I tried to listen to it again and couldn't notice, but that's awesome... is it just the same notes in the same order but for different lengths? Or changed in some other way?
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Locke
Sun, Jul 28, 2013, 12:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

Everytime I watch this I always think... this is the freaking weirdest idea for a Star Trek episode that I have ever seen. Who said "Lets do a western where all the characters are data" and what the hell were they smoking? xD
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Locke
Thu, Sep 6, 2012, 10:54am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Once More Unto the Breach

I absolutely love this episode, this is the kind of Shakespearean episode you so rarely get with modern TV and that Star Trek occasionally did so well... it's a great story with a great theme. I especially like Kor's haunting speech in the mess hall... "savour the fruit of life, my young friends...", and I loved the ending.. it was exactly what it needed to be, an ambiguous ending that will provoke stories and speculation, that's how you become a legend.
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Locke
Thu, Sep 6, 2012, 10:50am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Through the Looking Glass

I just have to ask... why is Tuvok in this episode? it's so random =)
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Locke
Sat, Sep 1, 2012, 5:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Lifesigns

I liked the scene between Paris and the doc regarding getting over someone, it contained truth.
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Locke
Thu, Aug 16, 2012, 7:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Schisms

This episode scared the shit out of me as a kid - that scene in the holodeck is absolutely, genuinely and really creepy, even now. As is the idea that Riker's arm has been removed and reattached while he slept... I agree the actual ending part was no-where near up to the creepy level of the holodeck recreation but still... yeah, a really freaky episode for sure =)

And whoever wrote Data's poetry is quite simply a genius, it's so perfect and funny XD
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Locke
Wed, Jul 25, 2012, 1:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: E2

The best scene in this episode is where Reed finds out he never hooked up with anyone =)
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Locke
Wed, Jul 25, 2012, 11:06am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Damage

I often wondered if Archer bothered to tell someone later (The Xindi, Starfleet) to go back and pick up/help the ship they robbed... or did they just forget about it and let them spend three years getting home :P
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Locke
Wed, Jul 18, 2012, 3:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

I'd be interested to see Jammer's opinion of this epic long debate, simply because it is one of the most hotly debated episodes ever made.
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Locke
Sun, Jul 15, 2012, 7:49am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Dead Stop

My favorite episode of enterprise. This could have been a Twilight Zone episode, it's very weird and full of unanswered questions (as Ceebee noted above) with a cool last 5 seconds (the part where the repair station starts repairing itself).

The thing that always gets me about this episode is how damn well it conveys the sense that the station is being deliberately ignorant. It understands every word and it chooses it's "your inquiry was not recognised" reply very deliberately. I also really liked the scene where Archer gets angry with it, and the view shifts to inside the screen in the station - simple but very effective.

Did anyone else get that impression of the station as a living thing? sort of a predatory plant? it waits in space, then it opens itself to let prey in, and then pounces... it's.. just s wierd idea, is it sentient? How did it come to be like this, more creature than place. Jammer put it fantastically well when he suggested "its mission is to continue surviving according to the logic of its existence"

As a completely stand alone episode of sci-fi TV this is nice work, it definitely made me think afterwards more than most Enterprise eps.
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Locke
Sun, Jul 15, 2012, 7:40am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Vox Sola

This episode is pretty average throughout, however I REALLY like the very ending sequence, when they go back to the planet. It's weird, eerie and very atmospheric - the music is fantastic... that whole part feels truly alien and could have been an iconic scene in a famous movie.
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Locke
Sat, Jul 14, 2012, 3:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Good Shepherd

This episode really is strange, it has no final act as Jammer said, it's just 4/5ths of a story.

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Locke
Sat, Jul 14, 2012, 3:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Good Shepherd

Ahah, it's even better that my nick is actually taken from the FF VI character, rather than all the other Lockes around XD... AND I noticed the Celes thing when I read the review (having forgotten her name).

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Locke
Tue, Jul 10, 2012, 9:14am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Good Shepherd

The thing that bugged me in this episode was the way the alien being shot was just glossed over in one exchange. Given the federation morality, I'd expect that vaporising a probably sentient lifeform with fairly little cause would be one of the most heinous crimes a starfleet officer could commit. I'd expect instant court-martial actually. What, aliens that don't look humanoid are ok to vaporise point blank when they seem a bit threatening? it's just a little annoying to Janeway for 20 seconds but no big deal? I don't buy it, they bend over backwards to avoid harming even clearly hostile aliens all the time, but this one was exempt because it wasn't human enough to make a big deal over?... can you imagine if a random crewman got twitchy and just fired a high setting phaser at an alien on the bridge who got a bit shovey with Chakotay or something? it seems so out of place to me.
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