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Nick
Mon, Oct 23, 2017, 7:26pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Lethe

@wolfstar

Personally, I don’t see it, but I do find it interesting that the writers at Forbes relate most to the character with Aspergers. There’s nothing wrong with an audience surrogate, though. I’m hard-pressed to think of series that doesn’t insert a neophyte to help explain to new fans long-running series elements.
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Nick
Sun, Oct 1, 2017, 2:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Latent Image

I think that this is an excellent episode (3.5 stars). Watching the doctor grapple with his conscience is heartbreaking. Feels like a lot of other comments are very nitpicky.
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Dominick
Fri, Jun 9, 2017, 7:25am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Pathfinder

Loved this episode, I can forgive the obvious plot hole (it being practically impossible to predict Voyager's current whereabouts) because the story was fun to watch and the emotional payoff in the end was great, had me in tears :')
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Nick
Sat, Jan 21, 2017, 4:55am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

Wow. This episode was a pile of puke. So is this review. A perfect pike of puke to end a pile of puke series.
This garbage constantly tried to rip off the magic of TNG. It was never legitimate on its own. "Hey let's put the Borg in half the episodes so the detestable Janeway can defeat them again and again by compromising humanity's, Starfleet's, the Federation's, and get own values, morals and rules."
At one time, the Borg were considered one of the greatest villains in TV history. Luckily no one watched Voyager or they certainly won't be remembered that way.
As for the finale, what a blatant attempt to rip off the essence of 'All Good Things.' Ever watch Deep Space Nine and notice it had its own characters, themes and plots? Poor Voyager. You never had a chance with Braga as the principle creative driver and Mulgrew cast in the lead.
One note on Jeri Ryan. Her beauty and blonde over biguns want enough to make the show decent, just bought it the three final seasons. She was a great actress though. Voyager didn't deserve her. This is evidenced by the last episode melodramaromance/ with Seven & Chakotay. What a disservice to both characters and actors.
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Nick
Sun, Nov 6, 2016, 6:25am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: The Chute

Mikey, Zio had already betrayed Tom and Harry. He evicted them and threatened to kill Tom. Initially, he went up the chute with Harry, but that was the end of his cooperation. He wanted Harry to stay in the prison and be his disciple.
Leaving him behind wasn't a betrayal. Their agreement had come to an end.
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Nick
Sat, Nov 5, 2016, 1:33am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

I agree with the first comment and the comment just prior to this one.

I disagree with Jammer, who shit the bed here. The last act of this episode was mastery, probably the best ten minutes of Star Trek television ever. I loathed all but Tuvix, their respective parts, and the Doctor. I delighted in the gem that only the computer-generated man could see the inherent wrongness in the Captain's decision.

Did I detect an accusatory note delivered in Tim Russ's line to Janeway, "Captain, greetings." seconds after she effectively murdered half of him? Tim Russ is as master.
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Nickyc
Fri, Nov 4, 2016, 4:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

200 + comments and no-one has mentioned the S-word. Science ! Since Enterprise finished real life science has given us a ton of new discoveries in Astronomy, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience will any of these things be reflected in this new show ? Will we see Hot Jupiters, Pulsar Planets or indeed planets like this one :
www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2016/11/nasa-reveals-dazzling-blue-alien-planet-with-rains-of-terror-and-wind-at-seven-times-the-speed-of-so.html

Will we see anything new at all or is the name "Discovery" meant to be ironic ?
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Nick
Wed, Oct 12, 2016, 8:57am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Dark Page

At best, this episode shoes how Majel Barrett was misused in her previous half-dozen TNG appearances and her subsequent handful on DS9. Her performance almost salvaged a pretty terribly written episode.
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Michael Brennick
Thu, May 19, 2016, 3:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

The casting of Jean Simmons raises this episode's profile substantially. Picard's facile grandstanding on his own "civil liberties" drumhead lowers the episode.
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Nick M
Wed, Feb 3, 2016, 10:26pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: He That Believeth in Me

On my rewatch and Roslin wants everyone to believe in her and her visions but Kara MUST be a Cylon. Yep. Way to be Madam President.
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Nick
Wed, Dec 2, 2015, 2:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

This one has bothered me forever. As a Captain in the Army..."Cadet, thanks for holding things together. I'm taking command of the unit and we're going to do X now." And pretty much every cadet in the history of cadets is going along with that when a real officer shows up, probably even when a real NCO shows up too.
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Nick
Sat, May 2, 2015, 2:49pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Remember Me

I really enjoy the scenes of Crusher on her own, especially her conversations with the computer, but the entire concept of the traveler, people's minds making things possible in the physical universe, Wesley doing calculations with his eyes closed, are just absolute twaddle. Pure unadulterated nonsense that was at home in season one, but now that TNG has become consistently good it is beyond me why they chose to resurrect this half baked concept.

God I feel better.
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Nick Morrissey
Sun, Mar 1, 2015, 8:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

This movie just gained an extra shot of emotional resonance with Nimoy's passing...
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Nick Hughes
Thu, Jan 15, 2015, 4:13pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: A Taste of Armageddon

Kirk does not violate the Prime Directive in this story. There. I've said it.

As the Enterprise enters the system, it's told by Eminiar VII to go away because it's dangerous to go there. Kirk initially wants to comply and leave. Ambassador Fox orders him, very firmly, to proceed to the planet. So the responsibility of what happens next is firmly on Fox, not Kirk.

Next, Kirk is informed that the Enterprise has been declared a casualty and that the crew has to beam down to get disintegrated. That's an act of war. Eminiar VII and Vendikar aren't societies ignorant of space faring races, they are aware of The Federation and have previously destroyed other Federation vessels. Kirk acts to defend himself and his crew, from the threat of an aggressor. The Prime Directive is for the protection of cultures but not those who choose to attack the Federation. However he, like any competent commander, isn't using the weapons and tactics that his opponents want him to. He takes the initiative and protects his crew; his first duty.

Let's not make Kirk the Prime Directive violating maverick villain of the piece here: Anan VII shows himself to be quite devious, manipulative and insensitive to the anguish of others. It's only when he feels his life is threatened that he starts to lose his self control.
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Nick
Sun, Nov 23, 2014, 3:30pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

Well, DS9 started out well...early episodes were imbued with classic Trek tropes. Then ratings plummet and we get the 'Dominian War" ===which ultimately devolves into melodrama and soap operaesqe plot lines. I get it, the show was suffering, the writers needed something big, which leads to the classic battle of good vs. evil. Notice however, of the remaining dozen episodes, where is the challenge of convention, the exploration of humanity, the discovery of the alien? Nowhere, ziltch. All tossed out for a plotline better suited to :::gulp:::: ....Star Wars.

Lastly,

Ric - Wed, Feb 26, 2014 - 4:34am (USA Central)

My thoughts exactly.
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Nick
Sun, Nov 23, 2014, 2:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Extreme Measures

Sloan was built up as the ultimate protagonist. An all seeing, all powerful menacing force secretly guiding foreign policy of the Federation. He was on the cusp of wiping out the founders! Imagine, in a matter of days in the DS9 world, the virus would have done its job and ended the war. The Founder's genocidal war upon the galaxy had caused, we are told, billions of deaths. Would not the wiping out of the Founders justified the methods? .... a question whose answer we are denied as the dynamic duo Bashir and Miles go forth once more into the breach, saving the day. What do we get? Sloan, brain dead...the federation's brightest and monomaniacal, factitious agent, reduced to a vegetable. A cop-out indeed.
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Nick
Tue, Nov 11, 2014, 1:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: Interstellar

Jammer I know what you mean.
There was a scene early in the film where they are chasing the drone in the truck, and the music from the first trailer is playing. I remember feeling the way I used to feel when watching movies, where I didn't know exactly what would happen, but I wanted the film to whisk me away to it, and that music, editing, and shot composition could take me down a road of wonderment. It felt like I was watching a movie again, and not this stupid excuse for comic book crap that makes up the the so called Marvel Cinematic Universe (ironic since there is nothing at all cinematic about any of those films). Sure, I had many many issues with Interstellar, but when it works it really works!
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Nick
Mon, Nov 10, 2014, 7:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Child's Play

The main problem with this episode is the gaping whole in the plot logic: if Icheb naturally produces a pathogen that kills Borg, why doesn't he infect Seven and the other ex-Borg in this and the first episode he's in? This spoiled what was otherwise a decent episode for me. Classic lazy Voyager writing cop out...
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Nick
Thu, Nov 6, 2014, 6:09pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: The Emperor's New Cloak

Alternate Ezri's costume was svelte and HOT. Lesbianism was indeed used as a circus gimmick to bring in the horny 16 year olds. - Indeed, were I to have seen this episode during its first run, I admit, I'd have been gawking. But did they have to be so crude about it I wonder?

Grand Negas was double plus annoying - near unwatchable. 'Angry' Worf was a caricature of his inner self. The Ferengi shenanigans gave me pause to consider just how this supposedly financially savvy species managed to create a galaxy spanning financial empire.

One half of one star - for Ezri's costume. ;)
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Nick
Thu, Nov 6, 2014, 5:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Prodigal Daughter

Matte paintings of New Sydney dystopia...very cool, actual plot, not so much. I realize 'money' is still used on many planets outside the Federation, however the use of blackmail and borrowing from 'space mafia loan sharks' is lazy writing when one considers the alternatives using Federation logic. For example, ST:TNG periodically tackled the issue of 'money', usually to comedic effect, but always with informed social commentary. In this DS9 episode, 'money' was the hook for the entire plot. A lost opportunity.
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Nick
Thu, Nov 6, 2014, 5:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

To Andy's Friend:


And in the most developed societies on Earth, people have begun to realize that earning more money is less important than spending your time with your family and friends and doing the things you enjoy in life. More and more people I know decline a promotion, for instance, because the salary increase quite simply isn’t worth the extra time you’ll have to deduct from the activities that truly matter to you. These people don’t strive to earn more money to buy bigger cars and TVs, they strive to spend more time doing what they enjoy.
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I am reminded of TOS The Cloud Minders...which is far from the utopia striven for by the Federation. Much of Scandinavia economy is hitting the ropes, including wealthy Norway whose welfare model is running up against falling oil prices and declining reserves. ---and lets not even mention the contentious issue of immigration. Indeed, most of the EU could end up in full blown deflation.

The world is well on its way toward ten billion people, most of whom will continue to struggle and scramble to achieve what they see is their fair share. The world is indeed richer, but more unequal than ever.

I myself am part Norwegian, but mostly Canadian; Currently living in Egypt (a heavily populated developing country of 90 million, 40% of whom live on $2 a day or less).

The optimist in me says, if we can just get off this rock, Star trek utopia may just be within reach. Long live and prosper.
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Nick
Thu, Nov 6, 2014, 5:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

As others have more eloquently and extensively discussed above, this episodes strains credibility of upholding to the Trek ethos in so many ways. The subspace mines were novel, but utterly pointless as a weapon of war - perhaps suited for terrorism purposes?

Of course, we have all grown to accept with Trek (and indeed with any sci-fi), its a product of its time. This episode was written before the advent of the War on Terror, before drones, before massive surveillance technologies were widely understood in the public consciousness. Indeed, many aspects of our current society make Trek's so called utopia seem down right quaint! Surely, if this episode were written today, the ground battle would have been fought by robots, lasted a mere few minutes (probably occurring off camera and mentioned only in passing), and absent of any individual human heroics. Lets face it, autonomous robots are so efficient they're boring. It's much more dramatic to watch grunts sweat and bleed and taking potshots at each other with manual aiming laser rifles. ;)

Great discussion guys. This is why I love Trek!

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Nick
Wed, Oct 15, 2014, 8:50pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

Star trek tackles the issue of child soldiers.

Was it a success? I'd say no. The plot was entirely predictable. The 'child' soldiers on the ship were overly smart brainwashed automatons who were obviously doomed. Imagine the fallout in the Federation if it was discovered children were being used as cannon fodder behind enemy lines?

Yes, I realize DS9 (and this season 6) did its best to show how depraved and fallen the Federation had become, sacrificing its once prized ideals to battle an even worse enemy. I get it...but that doesn't the exercise good entertainment. That the Valient serendipitously blows up at the end is as good a deus ex machina than any prophet 'worm hole' could conjure up. Blowing up the ship also neatly avoids any and all moralizing or deeper implications for what just occurred. Overall, weak Trek on all counts.

--- as a contrast, compare STOS episode, Miri - wherein nearly feral children commit horrible bloody murder, but face the consequences of their actions, while also maintaining their humanity. This DS9 episode has no such payoff. 2 stars.
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Nick
Wed, Oct 15, 2014, 8:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Profit and Lace

You know that episode of Voyager where Janeway and Paris hyper-evolve into space salamanders and mate? Yea.... that one was Emmy material compared to this drek.

I admit, I couldn't bring myself to watch more than five minutes of it. If we're lucky, this episode in the DS9 cannon will spontaneously blink out of existence.
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Nick
Wed, Oct 15, 2014, 8:30pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Time's Orphan

As others have noted, I must agree, a weak episode, with few redeeming qualities. One aspect which I don't think has been touched on was the consistent undercurrent of anti-psychiatry (was this episode written by a scientologist?). Miles was terrified of sending feral child Molly off for federation treatment...what, they don't have humane, state of the art facilities in the 24th century? It is bizarre and inconsistent of what we know of Federation standards and practices.

At least a whacky episode like Spocks brain, or the classic All Our Yesterday's were ENTERTAINING - including witty banter given the extreme ridiculousness of the situation. I shall shake my head in disbelief and go watch a few Voyager episodes for contemplation...
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