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Wed, Mar 1, 2017, 12:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: Playing God

aside from being an overall bad episode
(to many stories crammed together as many pointed out.) it also REAKS of plotholes.

-the moles are never get rid off, yet somehow a week later (next episode) are no longer a problem... did they call the space-pest-eliminators?

-the universe, that will keep expanding and eventually consume our universe, and will pretty fast start consuming the first worlds in the gamma quadrant... and blocing the entrance to the wormhole... (causing that explotion after all)... yet is never mentioned again..
(yes you should have destroyed it, if it is us or them, I pick us, anytime.)
*I give a few moral arguments out that the lazy writers COULD have used did they do their work better :
- it could have time go for it so fast and so much mass inside it, it will collapse back on itself before becoming to close.. and than either vanish or repeat that cycle resulting to us in the formation of a dangerous region in space of changing size, but never ourside a certain border.
-our universe might be expanding faster.. while it would eventually destroy all life in the milky way and our entire galactic cluster, outside of that things move away to fast for this new expanding universe to catch up with the expantion of our own universe (a big sacrifice, but a needs of the many argument, what are a few million galaxcies with a few trillion sention species in them against an entire universe)
-have the q step in and get rid of this garbadge.. it all was a test.. how would we treat life if it was a danger to us, while we held their universe in our hand.. if we would have destroyed it, the q would have destroyed us.. "do unto others"... now they just wimp the proto-universe away and give us their version of a pad on the back.

-the beaming of the universe
from what I understand beaming is using some form of supermicroscope that is capable of detecting every particle (electrons, atoms, etc) in your body, as well as their relative location, connection speed and temperature.
the data is than stored, while the original is either vaporised (much more energy efficient) or his mass converted into energy (insane energy amounts required) than than is converted back into matter at the ariving destination.
another universe will not have our laws of fysicis, not our defenition of matter and energy, not our laws... so there is nothing to scan for, nothing that can be such it should not have been possible to beam it over.
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Tue, Feb 28, 2017, 7:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Outrageous Okona

I just watched this again out of curiosity. It's so poorly written too. They don't show us the character they tell us. Much of his character development consists of Troi assigning adjectives and descriptions, which never is convincing. If you want an audience to believe something about a character, or believe the character, you have to demonstrate it somehow. For example, if you introduce a character into a story and someone insists this is the kindest person in the world but we never see any acts of kindness or hear about anything they do as example or witness it, we just have to take the writers word for it and try to bear that in mind. But there's no context to the description and it has no impact, even if we manage to keep it in mind. Having troi spoon feed us the required adjectives up front felt lazy and poorly paced and poorly written. And much of her observations didn't seem like something you could know through empathy. They were assessments of lifestyle, and general approach to actions, not feelings that you could sense. How does someone "feel" like a free spirit, or any of her many other observations about his life style?

Aside from that everyone else slamming this episode is entirely correct. Just the mere fact we have a bunch of poorly developed characters who have no connection to the main characters of the series and no role in anything lasting, just some random people they encounter who we've never seen before and will never see again, taking over an entire episode with some boring love triangle romance - well it is astounding this was approved as a script. And there's no they'd or message to redeem it, no meaningful interaction with the main characters who are just kind of there as extras to facilitate this lame romance story. I think most people I know could come up with something much better, even if they know little or nothing about star trek.
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Tue, Feb 28, 2017, 7:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Ex Post Facto

Gotta admit, I liked the wife calling Paris out for being smug about not smoking. Kinda reminded me of Nog telling Jake that "if you don't need money, you certainly don't need mine."
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Tue, Feb 28, 2017, 6:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: The Omega Directive

Trek is *full* of resource scarcities. Federation worlds with mining, agriculture, manufacturing industries. They *clearly* don't use replicators for lots of things. The only rational explanation is that replication is too expensive, presumably in energy, to be economical for many applications in the normal course of things--even if they are within technical possibility. High-value mobile or remote facilities (like starships) might rely on replication much more than the Federation (and comparable powers) as a whole.
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Paul Allen
Tue, Feb 28, 2017, 6:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Prodigal Daughter

Completely unnecessary episode. Unmemorable. Like Ezri. and her reaction to her mum at the end, that makes no sense.

I ended up fastforwarding through bits of it.
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Paul Allen
Tue, Feb 28, 2017, 3:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Counterpoint

Oh well played Janeway.

and Kashyk was fantastic, until he was outplayed.

Fun, stressful, enjoyable episode. :)
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Jason R.
Tue, Feb 28, 2017, 9:59am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: The Omega Directive

Peter I'd agree the concept of an impossible to synthesize compound is strange in a universe with replicators. But it is hardly unprecedented in Trek. Materials like Latinum, Dilithium crystals, for instance, were always established as rare or difficult to synthesize. I presume our unobtanium is just like that, only orders if magnitude rarer. And I see no illogic in presupposing that some pre warp civilzation could be blessed with the quadrant's only supply - maybe their planet is near a black hole that sucked in an ancient Indian burial ground seeded with cosmic fairy dust. Who cares? They have it.
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Jason R.
Tue, Feb 28, 2017, 8:28am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: The Omega Directive

To those questioning why the particle wasn't popping up all over the place if even a pre warp species could create it, this was answered in the episode. Seven described how the borg exhausted their supply of whatever resources were needed to synthesize omega. Given the vastness of the borg collective, we can presume this compound would have been exceedingly rare in the universe. The implication is that omega isn't necessarily hard to synthesize, *if* you have a supply of unobtanium to do so. The pre warp species may have just happened to possess a rare supply of this unobtanium.
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Jason R.
Tue, Feb 28, 2017, 4:31am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Conundrum

Having re-watched this episode, it's pretty clear to me that the only logical explanation of how the Sutterans took over the Enterprise was that this was a carefully planned, well-orchestrated black op on the part of Sutteran intelligence. Consider the way that MacDuff was alone on his ship - no crew, no support, just one man in one ship which intercepts the Enterprise and then destroys itself immediately after taking control.

MacDuff had to have known where the Enterprise was going to be; this did not seem like a random encounter. Also consider that Data is literally the first crewman disabled by the Sutteran weapon, even before Troi or anyone else is affected - which suggests the Sutterans were using a two-phase weapon, the first to disable Data and the second to disable the rest of the crew. They must have known about Data, and much like the plot in The Game, completing their mission required them to deal with Data at the outset.

My assumption watching this episode is that while the Federation may not have been familiar with species in this part of the Galaxy, the Sutterans were well aware of the Federation and had studied its patterns and may even have obtained inside information on its technology and the design of its starships.

Could the Sutteran military have defeated the Enterprise in a normal military engagement? No. But with careful planning and maybe a little inside intelligence about where and when the Enterprise was going to be, and the element of surprise, it stands to reason that a carefully executed "heist" (on par with Voyager's plan to steal a transwarp coil from a Borg Sphere in Dark Frontier) could have succeeded.

MacDuff was pulling Section 31 stuff with this episode. He was probably the Sutteran equivalent of Garek or Sloan.
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Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 4:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Honor Among Thieves

I hate Keiko quite a lot, but in the last scene O'Brien should have been talking to his wife, not his friend. Or else he should get divorced.
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Brandon Adams
Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 4:14pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

Discovery to premiere "by early fall".

So, January 2018 then. ;)
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Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 3:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Hope and Fear

My biggest complaint about the show is the find and drop aspect of the technology they encounter. At the end of the series they should have a heavily modified Voyager. Instead we get basically the same model as it "rolled" off the line (with slight mods).
I agree with some that Justin, Ray Wise was great. Waste of an interesting species though and his plan was needlessly complicated.
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Paul Allen
Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 3:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: It's Only a Paper Moon

Great Vic episode, wonder how sentient he is compared to the doctor in Voyager....
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Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 11:44am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: It's Only a Paper Moon

Making Nog illiterate was always dumb, and I'm glad he was retconned smarter. It just doesn't fit what the Ferengi are about. If anything, they would be education obsessed, as the better educated make more money.

A smart Nog also has the side-effect of showing the positive elements of someone being an experienced negotiator. Much better than just using the Ferengi as strawmen.
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Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 10:16am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

I tend to think the opposite: that genetic and computer singularities will make whatever exists 300 years from now psychologically unrecognizable to present humans.

The genre is full of improbable conceits. It may well be that we will never exceed lightspeed, for example. It might be just flat out impossible, even to beings millions of times more intelligent than we are. Conversely, genetic engineering has a good chance of absolutely exploding intelligence, as does advances in artificial intelligence.
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Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 4:47am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: The Magnificent Ferengi

It does seem very strange that the Dominion would kidnap a Ferengi. Sure, the writers may be play them for laughs, but the Ferengi Alliance are still a species with warships that rival the Federation in technology, and lots and lots and lots of money. If nothing else, the Ferengi could do for the Federation, Romulans, and Klingons what America did for the English and Russians: pouring their enormous wealth and industrial capacity into aid. If the Dominion think making an enemy out of a people with that much money and industrial capacity would be a non-factor simply because the Ferengi are poor warriors on average, they are idiots.
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Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 12:59am (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: Blood on the Scales

Hello Everyone

Winding down my re-watch, and seeing them for the first time since they aired, has given me a slightly different perspective than I had the first time though, especially since I'm now seeing them a few a week, instead of having to wait.

When they posited the idea of upgrading the entire fleet with Cylon FTL technology, I don't know, it seemed sort of sudden to me. And a Very Big Deal. They had not been allies with the rebel Cylons for very long, but suddenly wanted to start a procedure that might take a bit of time, with Cylons visiting all the ships. And what if Cavil and Co. suddenly jumped in while they were working on some of them (I'd figure the FTL's would have to be offline)? Then I realized they wanted to do a mutiny on Galactica, but needed a reason to get folks all worked up (higher than just working with the rebels). Cylons on their ships working on the only thing that's really kept them alive, the FTL's, would do the trick.

Now they could have their mutiny. But it just didn't work for me. Oh, the execution of the shows was great, some of it was pulse-pounding, and I really enjoyed the episodes. But at the end of it, I'm wondering why they wanted to do a couple mutiny shows? It didn't seem to add anything in general, and did indeed feel a bit like filler (as was mentioned above). I thought perhaps they wanted to show that after finding Earth, things were on such a knife's edge anything could happen. But with so few shows left, it shouldn't have been this. With all the plots that needed to be wrapped up before the end, they then came up with a new plot that had to be resolved before they could move forward.

As an aside, I was watching Richard Hatch (RIP) very closely, and it seemed as if during some of his scenes, his face got really long, looking like he'd just bitten into a lemon. Then it occurred to me he possibly wasn't really liking his lines. He felt his character, if not a good guy, was at least somewhat good and/or positive sometimes. And when he was telling Gaeta how the winners write the history, it almost looked to me as if he was about to retch. Instead of playing him as at least a shade of grey, he now had to be a bad guy. I think that went against his grain a little, after reading what he thought of Zarek when all was said and done. This is just my perspective, and we can no longer ask him. Your mileage may vary. The only time I thought he looked "normal", was when he gave the half-smile to Gaeta at the very end...

I do rather miss this show, and I am so very glad the comments are still up for everything. I do hope they will be until the end of the web.

Enjoy the Day Everyone... RT
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Sun, Feb 26, 2017, 10:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: A Night in Sickbay

I feel the level of hatred for this episode is unjustified. I suppose I would give it 1.5 stars; there's some pretty idiotic things in the premise that keeps it from getting a passing grade, but there's enough good things that keeps it from being awful.

First, I'll acknowledge the bad stuff:
*Archer taking his dog along was certainly foolish
*Archer's Freudian slips are dumb
*I really don't need to see Phlox clipping his toe nails.

Some things in it's favor:
*I did enjoy the "day in the life of Phlox" part of the show. Phlox was shown as intelligent and perceptive while still eccentric. A good foil for the captain when he was saying stupid things. While I didn't really laugh out loud at the humor in sickbay, I found it mostly pleasant (toe nail clippings aside).
*The Freudian slips were dumb and the dream pointless, but Archer realizing that he has an attraction and dealing with it was an act of maturity.
*Archer certainly was foolish to blame the aliens for what happened to his dog. But, we never actually saw him act foolish to the aliens himself. He was saying these dumb things to his crew-members (mostly to his first officer), knowing it wasn't going to be repeated to the aliens themselves. I think he subconsciously knows he's being an idiot, but isn't going to stop and ponder it while he's stressed worrying about his dog and the ship isn't in any danger. Aside from the sexual frustration, I would have liked Archer to come to the realization that he lets the stresses of the job build up inside of him, and then he lashes out at his Vulcan officer because he knows she can take it in stride. That doesn't make him the greatest leader, but it does make him an understandable human.

Again, it doesn't get a passing mark, but every Trek series has many worse episodes.
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Sun, Feb 26, 2017, 4:02pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

I'm glad they got home. I agree with Leah's above comment/proposal for the final scene. The ending is just a bit too abrupt. They should have shown everyone for just a couple minutes on Earth, just to give me time to tear up in happiness. Unlike some commenters, I mostly prefer to use my imagination on how their lives turn out on Earth. But some quick smiles, embraces, tears, and reunions would have given this a more complete feeling. I also would have liked Admiral Janeway to have told us just a few more reasons that going back earlier was preferable. Like maybe the crew in general got depressed as the years dragged on, lost their curiosity and desire to help planets and people in need, etc. There didn't have to be more death and destruction, but some indication that the majority of the crew would have definitely been happier with getting home sooner would have been nice.

I also have a problem with the whole Chakotay/Seven thing. I actually thought the actors sold it quite well, considering how last minute it was. . . But it was too last minute. Lots of people in the comments above seem to have a problem with it because they think SEVEN should have ended up with someone else. But I don't care who Seven ends up with. Could be some rando on Earth after she is finally done figuring out what it means to be human. I feel like Harry would have been the most obvious choice from the Voyager crew, since she has already turned the Doctor down pretty decidedly,but the point is, she didn't need to end up with anyone. That was never her arc. My problem is with Chakotay and Janeway not getting together, considering they've been on a slow boil the entire show, with the only reason they couldn't get together being that Janeway was his captain. I would have liked them clasping hands or something when they see Earth. Or perhaps the show didn't need to show anything between them at all, but if they hadn't chosen to shoehorn in the Seven thing, we could have chosen to envision any future for them we chose.

In general, I'm much less bothered by the ending than most, and you can put me in that rare group of people who likes TNG, VOY, and DS9 all equally, for different reasons.
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Paul Allen
Sun, Feb 26, 2017, 7:32am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Once More Unto the Breach

"Savour the fruit of life my young friends. It has a sweet taste when it is fresh from the vine, but don't live too long. The taste turns bitter after time."

Beautifully handled episode on the ravages of ageing and the role played and problems presented with people in their advanced twilight years.

And that ending? Superb.
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Sun, Feb 26, 2017, 4:07am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

I'm of mixed mind about this episode. On the one hand, the plot holes are huge. Why would a transport ship even have a cloaking-device? This is supposed to be high-end military equipment, the Star Trek equivalent of our sneakiest stealth-bombers and quietest submarines. But a transport ship has one? Wuh? That's like a 747 having stealth-bomber tech, or a cruise-ship that can run as quietly as a military submarine. It's ridiculous.

On the other hand, the plot is really a plot-device to explore Worf's psychology in an uncomfortable and interesting manner.

So I'm not sure how to rate it, as it is a blend of some really good and really bad ideas, rather than something that is good or bad or even mediocre from beginning to end. I guess it averages mediocre, but saying so feels misleading.
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Sun, Feb 26, 2017, 2:47am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Elementary, Dear Data

Of course he cares. There's nothing for him to enjoy, to be interested in, no reason to engage such hobby pursuits, if he doesn't care. Data certainly 'enjoys' intellectual challenges, if maybe not in the same qualitative way as a human would.
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Sun, Feb 26, 2017, 1:58am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: The Apple

Hello Everyone

I noticed a couple of comments about still having phasers after using nearly all of their power in an attempt to pull the Enterprise free. If I'm not mistaken, the phaser banks of that era were powered by batteries. Scotty talks about that in the next episode *minor spoiler* when he was on the Constellation and said he had one bank recharged.

I think it was ST: The Motion Picture *minor spoiler* where Decker informs Kirk that the phasers now draw power directly from the warp engines, which was changed in the re-fit from the previous way they did things.

I think if they previously had the phasers fully charged, they would still be that way even if the ship was out of power, unless they drained the energy back into the ships systems somehow.

This is just a thought. If I'm wrong, please show me the light. But this is how I remember the phasers working for TOS.

Have a great day... RT
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Samantha Bradley
Sat, Feb 25, 2017, 3:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Meld

I just watched this episode for the first time and I thought the main part was awesome. About Suder, what I got was: You know Deanna Troi lost her empathic powers only temporarily. Now imagine the Betazoid who never had any empathic powers, who perpetually sees other beings (including, even, himself) as flat, with no dimension whatsoever. (This is what I get when asked if he had any feelings on the matter, Suder says, "Nothing.")

Being as such, I think that for Tuvok to have experienced the extra impact of the meld (struggling even more than usual for a Vulcan to suppress those violent thoughts), Ensign Suder had to have just enough telepathic ability to imprint (or trade) that violent tendency for more self-control. Also, thinking about Suder's punishment makes me think that executing him would have been too easy, so just keep him in isolation under armed guard would be more of a real punishment for him.
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Sat, Feb 25, 2017, 3:13pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Conundrum

FFS, I said this before. Cause and Effect.
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