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dave johnson
Sun, Apr 23, 2017, 2:54am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Divergence

Season 4 was what I hoped Enterprise was going to be.... an actual prequel with origin stories, birth of the federation, filling in storyline gaps, and caring about continuity (Season 1 and 2 didn't give a rip about continuity).

I did like the Xindi stuff in Season 3... perhaps if these were the first two seasons the series would have fared better. Season 1 and 2 pissed off a lot of trek fans due to blowing up continuity (they annoyed me in the premier with the 4 days to Kronos at warp 5).
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Andrew
Sat, Apr 22, 2017, 10:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Bounty

I think a lot of the outrage against Troi's and Seven of Nine's and T'Pol's costumes is at best excessive but I thought a bit part of why this episode felt so dumb and unpleasant was because it did feel exploitative, T'Pol's horniness was completely forced, with no real connection to let alone impact on the character.
A really sad aspect is that Dawson as a director pretty much does wrong everything she as an actress did right in the broadly similar "Blood Fever," there she and the episode overall treated the scenario with respect.
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Peter Swinkels
Sat, Apr 22, 2017, 4:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Maquis, Part I

Okay, as some one else here already pointed out: how the hell can an ASTEROID possibly be m-class (earth like)?! I usually don't let these things bother me that much. Star Trek seems to be in the habit of screwing this up repeatedly. Into Darkness had something as ridiculous as a planetoid with a breathable atmosphere, and humans could walk around completely exposed. But no signs of plant life??? (oxygen) Any way, pretty nice episode.
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Ivanov
Sat, Apr 22, 2017, 12:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Bar Association

I'm actually curious did O'Brien and Bashir recommend Rom read Karl Marx or did he just stumble across it while looking up stuff about Unions?
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Ramanujan
Sat, Apr 22, 2017, 8:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Evolution

Finally a believable realistic scientist on the show. Bravo. Brilliant episode.
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NCC-1701-Z
Sat, Apr 22, 2017, 3:44am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens

One of the weak points of the story, for me, is Snoke. He feels pulled out of thin air to be a copy of the Emperor and not an organic character in any way. I mean, seriously, where the frak did he come from? What hole was he living in during the original trilogy? "Snoke" just *sounds* like a phony name to me.

He'd better be someone we know or have heard of (please let him be Darth Plagueis, please let him be Darth Plagueis). Heck, I'd even accept him being a horribly mutated version of Jar Jar. (Kidding - I'm not that desperate.)]

But seriously, where the FRAK did Snoke come from? Hope we'll get the answer in VIII and IX.
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Jason R.
Fri, Apr 21, 2017, 5:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The City on the Edge of Forever

In her bizarre scifi speech to the homeless men at the outset I half expected her to turn to the camera and say the opening Star Trek prologue "and we will boldly go..." just ludicrous. Why does she behave more like an alien than Spock.
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Alex (in the UK)
Fri, Apr 21, 2017, 1:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

@OmicronThetaDeltaPhi

That's true, it needn't be something that only could be done if Discovery is a disappointment, it is something that could be done anyway. I'm glad I am not alone in that line of thinking.
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methane
Thu, Apr 20, 2017, 7:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Stigma

I've forgotten any "message" add-ons that originally aired with this episode. With those present, I might have been as annoyed as Jammer; it would have come across as trying too hard, and also drawn attention to the fact that it doesn't match-up perfectly with what was the AIDS situation at the time.

Watching it now, without that add-on, I felt this was one of the better episodes of the series to date (albeit one that's still probably only 3 stars...maybe 3.5). While I knew the writers were probably thinking about AIDS while writing this, I enjoyed it as an episode about prejudice without attempting to overlay it with a real-world situation.

I also thought the dialogue was a lot of fun in the Trip sub-plot! While I've often rolled my eyes at way sex has been dealt with in the first two seasons, I enjoyed this one.
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Dave Ryan
Thu, Apr 20, 2017, 4:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

@Dom (and with apologies for the delay in responding): Yes, really. K-2SO was certainly one of the best characters in the film (not the most auspicious start, but I digress) and a humourous one at that - I was a big fan of the dry wit Alan Tudyk brought to the role. But in the wider context of what was happening in the film, it felt shoe-horned into the plot and almost had an element of "it's getting too heavy, make the robot say or do something funny" about it at times. As such, none of the moments felt joyful when my family and I watched it. Revenge of the Sith was no comedic masterclass, don't get me wrong, but in the context of what happened in the film (at least pre-Order 66) it did at least fit with the established dynamics and struck a far better balance.

As for "The whole ending of the film was so hopeful, seeing the Rebels succeed despite the odds"...I couldn't really disagree more. The opening crawl of A New Hope speaks of the Rebels having "won their first victory" against the Empire. What we got in Rogue One was a successful theft of the Death Star plans, yes, but also:

- a completely failed rescue attempt (all of Rogue One killed);
- Blue Squadron completely wiped out;
- various other pilots killed (Red 5 being just one);
- several ships being destroyed when Darth Vader's Star Destroyer shows up;
- the Rebel flagship being captured and presumably destroyed; and
- goodness knows how many Rebel soldiers mown down on Scarif or bisected by Vader in the process.

Even with a generous interpretation of "victory", that's about as pyrrhic as they come - and even then, only a "victory" because Tarkin decided to blow up Scarif for no explicable reason rather than zapping the Rebel fleet right in front of his face. (One thing the commander in Return of the Jedi learned from, at least) It felt more like The Charge of the Light Brigade than an inspirational victory.

I suspect part of the problem is also that they tried really hard to make us care about the sacrifice made by Rogue One, whilst relegating them to bit-part archetypes turned useful cannon fodder in the last battle. Honestly, I felt that them all dying was more of a storytelling cop-out rather than tugging at the heart-strings. As I said above, for me it felt forced, particularly after all the carnage before then.

I get that Disney was going for the darker vibes with this film, and that's fair enough. But it meant that, for me, it was an utterly joyless spectacle which I have no desire to watch again - and I say that as someone who watched all the films, played the video games and bought the books. But at the same time, there will be others like you who enjoyed it more and that's fair enough. I'll just politely ask people not to consider buying it for me as a present, if they're ever that way inclined...
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Orion Slave Guy
Thu, Apr 20, 2017, 10:57am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Remember Me

I love it when a sci-fi show does sci-fi. I felt for Dr Crusher as her world became smaller and smaller. It's nice to see that the rest of the crew didn't treat her like an idiot when she was telling them more people should be aboard.
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Orion Slave Guy
Thu, Apr 20, 2017, 10:55am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Legacy

I wasn't expecting to see such a positive reaction. This is a tremendously boring episode. The dialogue was so cheesy between Data and Hayne; me and my wife were looking at each other shaking our heads. The crew comes across and way too gullible. Sorry I disagree with most of you.
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Quarkissnyder
Wed, Apr 19, 2017, 4:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

I loathed this episode.

I kept on thinking, "There's still time to do something interesting." I was hoping for a Dominion attack of DS9 in the middle of the game, requiring both teams to pull together.

It's not that I don't think they could have done something with this plot, in a different writer's hands. But as soon as Nog was at the first meeting of the "senior staff" I had a sinking feeling that went lower and lower as the episode wore on.
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OmicronThetaDeltaPhi
Wed, Apr 19, 2017, 10:34am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

@Alex

"As using Trek's brand and IP is not permissible, it is time to do real Trek under a new brand with new characters and new IP."

I've been saying this ever since those "fanfiction guidlines" were announced last year.

And you know something? Even if Discovery were on the right track, I think the time is ripe for more sci fi of the "optimistic humanistic future" type. There are so many ways to tackle this general idea, and it's kind of depressing that no other sci fi brand has attempted to do so. I mean, it has been HALF A CENTURY since Star Trek first showed the way.

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Alex (in the UK)
Wed, Apr 19, 2017, 8:27am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

If Discovery is a disappointment then I think Axanar has shown the way - albeit, inadvertently. As using Trek's brand and IP is not permissible, it is time to do real Trek under a new brand with new characters and new IP. After all the core of what Trek is isn't Vulcans and Andorians, Klingons and Cardassians. It's a humanistic, optimistic vision of the future. That's the niche that is totally unfilled in modern day sci-fi and if Star Trek is abandoning that niche, well the market abhors a vacuum. The great river shall provide!
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Minion
Wed, Apr 19, 2017, 5:19am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Qpid

Why the hell every relationship in startrek had sad ending they last for two episodes then they are gone be it crusher,jordy,picard,will and many more.
This sucks are the writer wants to convey humans will turned into cold hearted creature in future.
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OmicronThetaDeltaPhi
Wed, Apr 19, 2017, 4:55am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

@ JPaul

Well, to be fair, Wilson doesn't look anywhere near 51.

@ Lupe

We already know that there will be a male gay character on the show: Lt. Stamets (although for the life of me, I don't understand why the sexual preferences of the ship's astromycologist should be any of our business. If it will be relevant to the story, fine. But I have a terrible feeling it won't be...)
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Linda
Tue, Apr 18, 2017, 1:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

Melba, Ron Jones is credited, I think. According to wiki, Ronald Jones provided critically acclaimed work for the first four seasons of TNG but was supposedly fired because his music was thought to be "too noticeable" by Rick Berman.
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Lindadi
Mon, Apr 17, 2017, 11:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Cloud Minders

I like the haves vs have nots theme as it still resonates globally. Droxina is about the most vapid airhead space babe yet. Spock who was so impressed by "wife" T'Pring's logic in Amok Time has fallen into the abyss of Kirkian women-are-there-for-one-thing-only think. His human side is showing in that Spock's is now thinking with his other male brain. Give that woman a cheeseburger and some clothes please.
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Justin
Mon, Apr 17, 2017, 5:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Enemy

They went eyeball to eyeball and the Romulans fellow just blinked.
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Jason R.
Mon, Apr 17, 2017, 4:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

"And of course, we revisit Mustafar and discover that Vader decided to build his castle at the very place he lost not only his wife and mentor, but also his own body. A way to keep his anger and hate properly fueled. "

Is that fire planet Mustafar? Based on Force Awakens in particular, it seems Disney has an antipathy toward significant continuity with the prequels. Remember the desert planet that wasn't Tatooine and the city planet with a Senate that wasn't Coruscant?
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Peter Swinkels
Mon, Apr 17, 2017, 2:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Shadowplay

Let me see... What I liked about this episode:
1. Odo's friendship with the girl was nice given Odo's normal character.
2. While a very minor part, I really liked how Jake's father respected his son's decision not to join Star Fleet.
3. While I have no idea how advanced that man's (forgot his name) species is, that holo-projector appeared to be more advanced than a Star Fleet holodeck (although Voyager later appeared to contradict that). Hard to believe he could have built and programmed it all by himself. He could rival lt. Barclay if he joined Star Fleet. (!) Any way, it was a decent episode.
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Dana
Mon, Apr 17, 2017, 6:16am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Second Chances

I thought the episode would end with Tom engineering an identical transporter malfunction thereby making a copy of Dana who stays on planet with him.
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Jon
Mon, Apr 17, 2017, 5:33am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Empath

Indeed very atmospheric but rather unpleasant
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Anna
Sun, Apr 16, 2017, 7:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Sub Rosa

Just watched this again. Have to reiterate how funny I find this one. The scene where dr crusher and Picard are talking about her mother's journals is exceptional. Picard: "hmmmm it would seem that the Howard women have exceptionally vigorous libidos ". Dr crusher: "I certainly hope so". Hahahaha!! And the look on his face as he has to seriously deliver that excruciating line. Oh my, that both Patrick Stewart and Jean Luc Picard would say that line is so crazy and funny. You can't help but feel for the actors involved. But they are good sports and do their best. It's a kind of funny that can only happen when no one is trying to be funny. It's such an awful and wonderful episode.
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