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Mike
Fri, Apr 20, 2018, 6:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Counterpoint

Janeway was hot in this episode! Genuine on-screen chemistry between her and the inspector! And she outsmarted him in the end! Bravo Janeway!
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Mike
Fri, Apr 20, 2018, 1:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Thirty Days

The main issue in this episode is an allegory for the current climate-change debate so it was kind of ahead of its time for 1998.
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Mike
Thu, Apr 19, 2018, 7:58am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Killing Game

Was this two-parter a hot mess? Sure it was, but who cares! Nazis, the gang as underground French resistance fighters, wild and crazy Holodeck fun! It was entertaining, I enjoyed it.
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Mike H
Tue, Mar 13, 2018, 5:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Court Martial

Not sure if mentioned earlier, but I remember this episode as one where Kirk is describing the action at the end as it occurs, not like his usual captain's log. I thought they overwrote this one, and had to cram in the climax at the end with Kirk's descriptions.
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Mike H
Tue, Mar 13, 2018, 5:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: A Piece of the Action

Spock: "I'd advise ya to keep dial'n, Oxmix."
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Mike Latoris
Sun, Feb 25, 2018, 3:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Perfect Mate

"Picard is able to resist a woman that no other man on the ship can resist; but not a video game? (it was unclear to me whether the whole crew is smitten because she is their perfect woman, or if she actually has some magical/chemical/whatever force that actually has a controlling influence, but either way, Picard resists it)."

No, he didn't. He obviously stayed in her quarters overnight when she asks him to, and when he's asked how he resisted her charms, he doesn't answer the question. Because he didn't.
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Mike Shanahan
Sun, Feb 11, 2018, 9:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Skin of Evil

I thought "skin of evil" was one of the most enjoyable shows in the whole series. I loved Armus the smartass alien. The way he spoke was great. It's very polarizing for most people, some hate it some love it.
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Mike
Fri, Feb 9, 2018, 12:03am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Business as Usual

Dax says harumph to weapons dealing having a positive impact. This is right after a scene where we learn that Bajor was saved by a weapons dealer - the exact same one Quark is being disowned over.

Another note, this is the second episode where Trek bemoans someone selling weapons 'to both sides'. The other is the Arsenal of Freedom from TNG.

This is something that has actually happened, with the US selling weapons to both sides in the Bosnian war - although not at the same time and not in the same amounts. This is supposed to have exacerbated the war, but it's hard to tell for sure.

Contrast with the US giving aid to both Israel and some of its enemies. The aid isn't always weapons, but the any aid does free up money for weapons. It's hard to tell if this has made the states more or less belligerent, again.

This is a complex political issue with no clear answer, and I'm discouraged that the writers didn't take it up in a show that's supposed to show off shades of grey.
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Mike
Mon, Jan 15, 2018, 2:40am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Warhead

I thought it was entertaining despite some of the obvious silliness. One thing that's always bugged me about this episode (other than if they had just followed standard protocol about not beaming anything aboard until it's identified and deemed safe....) is when the weapon detonates and we see all the other weapons detonate in turn. Wasn't the blast radius several hundred kilometers as observed by the crater on the planet? The others were all 'flying' in formation only a few dozen meters apart. The explosion of the first (and subsequent detonations of the others) looked like they had a blast radius of about 15 meters. They could have contained that by wrapping it in a wet blanket.
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Mike
Mon, Oct 30, 2017, 11:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

PS If no one mentioned it:

Stamets is still tripping balls.
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Mike
Mon, Oct 30, 2017, 11:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

Wow. Discovery just showed its heart.

I'd show this episode to anyone. Everyone did right by each other in the end, just one time. That's all it takes.

And I KNOW Mudd will never break his word.
They gave him everything he wanted.
His Moment of Heaven.
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Mikey
Mon, Sep 4, 2017, 8:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

Satie's pet betazoid was able to to tell that the Klingon spy was telling the truth about not sabotaging the engines. She then jumped to the conclusion that he must have had assistance. Why did she not just ask the Klingon if he acted alone? Her betazoid would have been able to tell there and then that there was no conspiracy.

Apart from that point, I don't think this story fits into the trek world at all. We're constantly shown how society has evolved into something close to utopia, yet they expect us to believe this kind of rubbish could still occur. I call bs.

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Mikey
Mon, Sep 4, 2017, 7:09am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part II

Thanks Jammer. After the yawnfest of part 1, I came here first before going for the second episode. Now I can just skip it and move on. You've saved me from another hour of tedium.
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Mikey
Mon, Sep 4, 2017, 6:55am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part I

@Luke: glad someone else noticed worf's bad behaviour. He threatened to kill the Yridian if he didn't take him to the prison. Very un-starfleet.
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Mikey
Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 7:56am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Face of the Enemy

I just can't take sirtis seriously anymore. I can't agree with those above who applaud her acting in this episode. She really only varies between playing a victim, and shouting at someone, with very little in between. Just comes across as whiny imo.



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Mikey
Mon, Aug 28, 2017, 7:17am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

On another note:

Picard has the enterprise perform a caesarean on the dead alien and birth an infant. Then he just wants to fly away and leave a newborn to its own devices? I find this incredibly hard to believe.
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Mikey
Mon, Aug 28, 2017, 7:13am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Geordie should have gotten the hint long before Leah had to tell him she was married. Simple.

There's nothing wrong with showing interest in someone (although in the workplace it should be handled with caution) but when the other person shows no interest that's when the game is over. If you push it further you are entering the realm of creepiness.

Leah absolutely did not owe Geordie an apology.
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Mikey
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, 7:54am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Wounded

This is a good episode. But...

What the hell is going on with the phoenix? Where's the doctor to relieve him of duty? Where's the counsellor to prevent him cracking up in the first place?

I can't believe that starfleet wouldn't have strict protocols to prevent exactly this kind of situation.
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Mikey
Fri, Aug 18, 2017, 8:08am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

Awful, just awful.
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Mikey
Thu, Aug 17, 2017, 5:33am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

Why does Picard want to return to his original age? I can understand the others, being relatively young, but Picard is not far from old age. I'm 45, and I would jump at the chance to be young again. OK maybe not 12yo, but I would have liked him to ask the doctor if she could shave a few years off...

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Mikey
Wed, Aug 16, 2017, 7:46am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Loss

Speaking for those of us who don't find Troi physically attractive (I think she's actually quite ugly), this is an insufferable episode. I wish I could find her attractive, then maybe I could overlook what a whiny, know it all bitch she really is.
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Mikey
Wed, May 3, 2017, 6:52am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Hope and Fear

@Ildaf
I think the main problem is continuity. 8472 were first depicted as an invasive species intent on wiping out life in the universe. They were later shown to be victims who just wanted to be left alone. I think the writers are at fault here.

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Mike Satirano
Mon, Apr 3, 2017, 2:31am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

I'm a pretty big fan of DS9, and saw this episode a few years ago when it came on Netflix, and remember liking it. I'm sorry to leave such a negative comment. I'm sure there are a lot of fans of this ep.

1. Premise-
I'm really confused as to what's going on here. Why is each side transporting company sized elements down to an asteroid/moon? I understand why Starfleet people would be there on the ground, but any battle should happen above. If the Dominion wins that, then they would go down and wipe out the ground personnel. Conversely, The defiant just watches a transport unload a bunch of Jem Hadar. The Defiant has enough firepower alone, to wipe out every living thing on a planet. I watched the first few minutes again, but no reason is given

2.Cliche
This is what really got to me. The whole episode is one giant cliche, made up of dozens of smaller clich├ęs. Literally everything is standard fare war movie. There's a guy sharpening his "non SF issued knife." There's the crazy guy who not only pulls a gun on a SF officer and Doctor, he's responsible for a friendly fire incident! What the hell? And when he talks about his bandage, it's a cliche of cliche "I hated him. He was always talking. Then he was dead, and wasn't talking no more." There are many more. OMIGOSH, it was too too much.

3: Contrivances
Why is Quark there? Would the president of a foreign nation send his son in law to this place? For??? I think he's just there to call the Feds hypocrites. He does that a lot now. Why is Nog so contemptuous of Quark all of the sudden? And why is Ezri there? Oddly enough, her and Engineer dude are the only moments I enjoyed. Even though Ezri came with Expo dumps about her past. Which is I guess what this episode truly lacks: Any form of subtlety.

Lastly, I like Vic, but the opening scene with Rom took me straight back to the 90's. Like back when I used to watch TV... I seriously got that feeling in my stomach. Let's call it "acute temporal effasia."

P.S. There's a little known Voyager episode called "Nemesis" That handles this subject Much better. It has a really ambiguous ending(in a good way), and doesn't slap us over the with "World War II: Star Trek Version: Hollywood Edition.
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biochemikerin
Sat, Mar 4, 2017, 4:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Unforgettable

Glad that others have pointed out the hypocrisy in Kellin's lack of repentance and awareness regarding her former profession and subsequent 180. I love Virginia Madsen, but this character really creeped me out. I mean Kellin came back to Voyager knowing full well that Chakotay wouldn't remember her, yet she did very little to anticipate or allay his initial discomfort and confusion. Instead of letting the re-introduction happen organically, she engages in what appears to be gaslighting, recounting stories and intimate details he can't possibly recall sharing with her. I don't know what healthy adult would respond well to that. This episode gets hard to watch in places.
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Mike
Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 10:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Resistance

It was cool to see Janeway demonstrating real courage during the rescue mission. She is great in this episode. Really liked B'Elana in her boots. Tuvok is badass.
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