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Nonya
Sun, Dec 27, 2015, 9:18am (UTC -6)
Re: New Trek Series Coming in 2017

Hm...new Trek. I feel awful about this. Mainly because I hate modern filmmaking. While there are people who can write out there, nowadays it's more about being flashy and dramatic than simply telling a good story. TOS and TNG, the two most iconic Treks, were fairly low-key affairs in terms of digital effects and emotional manipulation. Honestly, give me good writers with poor budgets over writers with CGI any day.

What they need to do is make sure they have a good captain. The reason why everyone debates Kirk and Picard as best captain is because neither of these captains were created with Star Trek expectations in mind. Kirk is a Buck Rogers analogue, and Picard is the anti-Kirk. They both have strong identities based on who they are as individuals, not what they're expected to be to fit or contradict the Trek archetypes. We need an individual.

They also need more discipline. Something that really bothered me about the Abramsverse, the TNG movies, and various episodes of DS9/VOY/ENT is that they don't act like people with military discipline. Granted, Starfleet isn't technically a military, but when they act like children, captive to the winds of their iffy emotions when they're supposed to be mature adults, really makes me lose respect for the characters.

There's this cliche of a rebel Kirk floating around, but in TOS he was actually pretty regulation. Also, one of my favorite moments of DS9 was when Worf refused to continue looking for Sisko in "Waltz", because he knew that the convoy he needed to escort was more important than saving one man. That's edgy, tough, and interesting. Discipline is drama!

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Nonya
Thu, Nov 5, 2015, 9:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

It is an abomination that this is rated higher than V. V was at least funny, and had good McCoy moments. This movie made no sense, was emotionally empty, and wasn't even slightly entertaining.
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Nonya
Thu, Oct 15, 2015, 11:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Waltz

@$G
The darkness inside of Dukat wasn't the point I was trying to make. What I was trying to say was that yes, Dukat was malevolent, but he was also emotionally dependent on Sisko. By trying to push Sisko into rationalizing Dukat's position in the occupation, Dukat was putting his emotions in Sisko's hands. He wanted to hear Sisko's opinion, because it mattered to him.

Thus, Sisko could have behaved in a less confrontational way. He could have provided a listening ear, and then explained to Dukat how to own up to his past. Had Sisko done that, Dukat wouldn't have given into his dark side, and Jadzia wouldn't have died.

But noooooo, Sisko had to be all confrontational about it. Sheesh. If you're stranded in the wilderness with a crazy person, the last thing you do is get him all agitated.
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Nonya
Sun, Dec 28, 2014, 12:24am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: Spock's Brain

I would rate this episode a lot higher. Why? Because it's watchable, and in fact far more watchable than many OS episodes, including Assignment Earth, which Jammer rated at 2 1/2 stars.
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Nonya
Sat, Dec 27, 2014, 1:51am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Conscience of the King

I liked the ideas in this episode, but the acting left much to be desired.
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Nonya
Sat, Dec 27, 2014, 1:47am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Dagger of the Mind

Uh....did anyone else think this episode was really boring?
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Nonya
Thu, Dec 11, 2014, 11:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Elementary, Dear Data

This episode was okay.

Was anyone else bothered by Data's and Geordi's bad British accents?
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Nonya
Mon, Dec 8, 2014, 12:04am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Attached

I'd rate this episode two stars at best. It's okay, but very dull. The aliens just aren't that interesting. The only thing I like is the bit at the end, and even that would be better if Beverly and Picard actually started dating.
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Nonya
Mon, Dec 8, 2014, 12:00am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Phantasms

This is a pretty fun episode, though I understand if people don't like it. To me, the only truly bad parts were any time "Freud" was on screen. Not only was the actor appallingly bad, but Freud himself was demented, and it's hard to take anyone seriously when they quote him. Given that the problem with Data was mechanical and not a real nightmare, Freud's input was useless and annoying.

That, and characters created from real people are almost always cringe-worthily inaccurate.
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Nonya
Sun, Dec 7, 2014, 11:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Second Chances

I'm sorry, Jammer, I just can't with this one. This episode wasn't horrible, but it was just so, so boring. The concept could have worked, but it was too dull to rewatch.

That, and it's off-putting how no one seems to care about Tom Riker's feelings. He's brought off the planet, and then immediately expected to act like he's just another junior grade officer. Why couldn't they just let him get used to the Enterprise again before giving him any duties? Maybe allow him some recovery time after being alone for several years? What huge jerks.
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Nonya
Sun, Dec 7, 2014, 11:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Suspicions

A whole lot of talking about a meh episode.
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Nonya
Sun, Dec 7, 2014, 12:34am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part II

What I don't like about this episode is Worf isn't Worf. While Worf has always done a pretty good job being a Klingon for someone raised on Earth, he's never quite gotten there. In this episode, he seems to know everything about it. It's not just a matter of Worf romanticizing his culture -- Worf never at any point lived out his own culture the way he describes it in this episode. It's like Worf suddenly became a different person.

He was especially different when it came to respecting the Romulans. If Worf can live like a non-Klingon on the Enterprise, then why is he throwing such a fit when other Klingons have adapted to different situations? He can't call a Romulan wrong when all that guy wanted is for the two peoples to get along. If Klingon tradition wouldn't prevent the two from getting along in the past, then clearly the only reason it is now is because Worf is being belligerent about it (and for some reason the grown-ups thought their tradition wasn't worth teaching, somehow).

Also, as far as the comments above about honor go, please don't let TNG affect how you feel about honor. For one, all fiction is the artificial construct of the writer, and events that happen there cannot reflect reality more than they reflect how the writer feels about reality. For another, Roddenberry's themes are often very anti-cultural -- anyone who isn't a "starfleet-minded" atheist is wrong and ignorant, and no series in the franchise reflected this more than TNG. These types of themes have been subtly hinted at throughout the series.

It's no coincidence that many people here hate the Klingons. They were artificially constructed that way.
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Nonya
Fri, Dec 5, 2014, 8:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

@Skeptical

How can you possibly compare this to "One Little Ship"? OLS was dreary, nonsensical, and the Jem'Hadar were arguing about something pointless. It had none of the fun of this episode.
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Nonya
Fri, Dec 5, 2014, 7:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Relics

The trouble with this episode is that it never utilized Scotty in the way we wanted to see him. Jimmy Doohan is a person I really love, and it's sad that no one appreciates him. At the end of the episode, he gets shoved off on a shuttle. The least they could have done was say that he was going to Vulcan to meet up with Spock. As a fan of his I want Scotty to actually do something [i]fun[/i]. I don't want him shown as some washed up has-been.

Scotty aside, this episode is just too obvious. The references are too obvious, the metaphors are too obvious, Geordi's arc is too obvious. Clearly Doohan's star power is the only thing holding this episode afloat.
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Nonya
Fri, Dec 5, 2014, 7:18pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Realm of Fear

I didn't mind this episode. It was nice, and the slow pace I actually found appealing. Barkley was good too. Not a great episode, but very pleasant.
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Nonya
Fri, Dec 5, 2014, 7:13pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

This episode was painful, but not stab-oneself-in-the-eyes painful. Not that I'll ever watch it again.

So why did dude's negative behavior result in sexual deviance? Watching Deanna be a whore wasn't enjoyable, and it only makes sense if Alkar is a total perv who wants to mess around with everything he sees. She doesn't appear to feel wrath or revenge, and only the "counseling" session demonstrates any emotion other than desire.

While most of you seem amused by crack-Deanna, that was the part of the episode that was the biggest problem (though it was pretty funny how much like her mother she was). The only way the "greater good" aspect of this episode could work would be to actually focus on it, as well as the conflict between the aliens. Shrinking Deanna's role in the episode would have provided it the ability to actually do more in that direction. And it wouldn't have been so stupid.

Then again, Jammer was definitely right about the tired tropes, so who knows if that would have actually fixed the problem?
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Nonya
Thu, Dec 4, 2014, 3:03pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Half a Life

I agree with Robert. I like this side of Lwaxana, when she is going out of her way to be kind to others. She really is a sensitive person, when she tones it down a notch. The episodes where she doesn't tone it down are usually awful, but her being there doesn't guarantee the episode sucks.

As for the anti-aging debate, I don't mind its existence. Sure, it was handled clumsily, but arguing about this idea makes sense for the show. I hated the ending, however. Kirk never would have let them kill Timicin. Some days you just need a Kirk to come in and bellow his clumsy self-righteous banter until the opposition gives in. :)
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Nonya
Thu, Dec 4, 2014, 2:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Qpid

I only really find this episode tolerable when Q shows up. The preamble with Vash and the dig speech stuff is awkward and boring. It goes to the "dumb but enjoyable" part only when the Robin Hood situation shows up.
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Nonya
Thu, Dec 4, 2014, 1:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Clues

I'm with Jammer on this one, except I would have rated it lower. It's just too much that there's a mystery that they're "not allowed" to solve. Rubs me the wrong way.

Also, wouldn't it have been easier for Data to just admit that they were out for a whole day? Or have Picard record for himself some kind of message telling him not to go back? The point is, Picard is too curious, and simply by including some sensor readings/chart records on computer logs, he or Starfleet are likely to return to that place to investigate further. In other words, by being so aggressively xenophobic, the aliens are making it more likely that people go after them.
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Nonya
Mon, Nov 24, 2014, 9:13pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

Lol. This episode is awkward and funny. Data in that musketeer's outfit was the freakiest thing I've ever seen.
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Nonya
Mon, Nov 24, 2014, 8:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Tin Man

This episode is okay at best. It's just really, really boring, with the sort of plot that the viewer can figure out halfway through. That, and the soundtrack was trying too hard with those flute-ish sounds. The episode wasn't mystical enough for those sounds to work.

All in all, plain fare, but nothing offensive.
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Nonya
Mon, Sep 8, 2014, 12:14am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Drive

While I do like this episode for at least being visually different, I can't help but notice that the race itself is pretty boring. Normally racers are focused for every second on what is going on with their vehicle, but Tom and B'Elanna have so much time to talk about their love life as they go, and they just casually "deploy thrusters" as though they're scanning some kind of anomaly and have all the time in the world.
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Nonya
Sun, Sep 7, 2014, 2:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Good Shepherd

Just to input a little science, dark matter isn't technically real. Scientists have observed that some planets in other galaxies spin too fast for the gravity of their star to keep them in orbit, and yet the planets don't fly off. So some have come up with the idea of "dark matter": some sort of undetectable mass that strengthens the gravity of the galaxy and keeps the too fast planets where they are.
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Nonya
Sun, Sep 7, 2014, 1:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Ashes to Ashes

Y'know, Jammer, I just want to say thank you for writing these posts. I love knowing that when I'm watching an episode, I'm only one internet search away from interesting conversations on Star Trek.

I'll say that for me this episode was a combination of good ideas and questionable execution. I like the idea of a crewman coming back (though they should have picked one that died not so many light years away), and I like the Kobali culture and worldview. The ideas weren't tightened up enough, imo.

What this episode should have been, if I can rewrite it, would be to make the B-Story the A-story, and then let the Lyndsay story take two or three episodes to resolve, stretched out maybe over the course of the season. That way ideas could be fleshed out, and if they needed an action conclusion, they could have had a full episode of that instead of messing up a character study.

Huh...y'know, overall I like DS9 better than Voyager, but I've noticed that flaws in DS9 piss me off more when they happen. The flaws in Voyager usually just leave me ambivalent.
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Nonya
Fri, Sep 5, 2014, 11:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Barge of the Dead

I too love this episode. It had some meaningful dialogue and good visuals, and actually used the Torres character in an interesting way. It's a lot more fun than most of the Klingon stuff on DS9

I will say, though, that the ending was a bit too ambiguous. We're not sure if the afterlife stuff was real or not, and we're not exactly sure what lesson B'Elanna was supposed to have learned, other than a fairly generic "let go of your anger" sort of thing. And I wish that the Captain/Mother parallel was reasoned out a little more clearly.

However, I especially loved the quote Jammer mentioned and its delivery on the show. The show hinges on Torres' low valuing of herself: she's all too willing to risk death for her mother, doing so without hesitation, without realizing that there are so many people out there that love her and want her to live. Giving one's life doesn't mean anything at all if you don't value the life you have.
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