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Norvo
Fri, Nov 10, 2017, 11:03am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Cupid's Dagger

Have to agree with the previous posters, this was basically the Orville's take on The Naked Now/Time with a dash of Lwaxana Troi's Betazoid lady hormones making everyone jumpy from DS9's Fascination.

That having said :-) It was light hearted, no taboo fun. Is it really rape when both parties are pheromonically induced to feel like they gotsto gotsto have it? Isn't that what being in love is all about? Discuss.

Also, kudos on McFarlane for not making any big deal or lame joke about Ed's apparent bisexuality. It is what it is, let's move on. And, as a gay man myself... What.a.stunner.is.Penny.Johnson.
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Norvo
Fri, Oct 27, 2017, 5:08am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Majority Rule

"Tonight, on an all new episode of Sliders...."

Pretty solid, though not too spectacular sci fi entertainment.
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Norvo
Sun, Jul 2, 2017, 8:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Gambit

It's not too hard to believe Baran or the other alien mercenaries didn't recognize Galen as Picard. Studies have shown that most of us have trouble telling apart people with ethnicities other than our own.

If that's already happening within the same species, imagine how hard it must be for aliens to keep us straight. Plus, Picard is mostly known and recognized as a Starfleet captain. They see the rank and uniform first. In plainclothes, in a place you don't expect the pride of Starfleet, he's just another hairless pinkskin.
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Norvo
Sun, Jul 2, 2017, 7:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Disaster

Just rewatched Disaster for the first time in years. I always liked the episode, if only because it put the crew out of their respective comfort zones. Yet, I winced at the
"you have the bridge Number One" joke ending. A little too cutesy and cheesy for a show called Disaster.

This episode would be referenced in season 7 when Troi decides to take the bridge exam and become a full commander. Riker only passes her after Deanna proves she can order people to their deaths if it would help save the ship and crew. Yet, in Disaster the same Riker doesn't want Data to possibly risk his "life" in order to save the Enterprise. Seems like a classic case of "do as I say, not as I do."
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Norvo
Thu, Apr 13, 2017, 3:07pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Carbon Creek

Though utterly inconsequential, this outing was far more enjoyable than Voyager's 11:59. It was endearing, awkwardly charming and well styled, though except for the vintage automobiles and TV, 1957 felt a little like the late 1800s.

One question is left unanswered: what about the language barrier? Did the Vulcans already have universal translators back then? And if so, how could it have included Earth English when they just showed up in orbit because of Sputnik?
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Norvo
Wed, Mar 15, 2017, 8:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

A light hearted caper, to be sure... One last chance for DS9 to be fun before the end and it shows. Ira Steven Behr never made it a secret he loved the early 60s Las Vegas Rat Pack era, heck that's why we ended up with Vic Fontaine in the first place.

Just why Jake wasn't involved in this episode remains a mystery, he could easily have had the exchange with Sisko that Kasidy wound up having about "our people". Guess the producers indulged Avery Brooks on that one, and why not? I can imagine the same level of outrage today if Uncle Tom's Cabin was revived as a broad comedy.

Still, the visual of the cast coming down the Promenade in slow motion in their period costumes just makes me smile. It's nutty, it's fun and they know it. Once more unto the breach indeed, old friends.
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Norvo
Wed, Jun 1, 2016, 9:38am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

One wonders if the Voyager crew ever got around to installing the cannon they bought from Korvin before it all went downhill. It looked like it was already on board and they were about to finish integrating it into the ship's systems.

In any case, the big gun was never seen or used again on the show, because hey... Continuity is for ph'taks and pussies.
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Norvo
Mon, May 23, 2016, 12:11am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Nothing Human

Such a silly, plothole filled episode that tries its darndest to make a philosophical point about (medical) ethics.

Watching this back in my teens, I already felt B'elanna was off her meds to refuse treatment. Entire societies are built on breakthroughs made during wartime. World War I kicked off aviation and modern reconstructive surgery, for instance. Heck, even Zefram Cochrane's warp ship was a refitted nuclear missile.

What did make me snicker when I rewatched it recently was the little conversation between the Doctor and Moset with Doc lamenting none of his peers ever hear of his accomplishments as he toils away in obscurity only for Crel to offer to read them.

When a computer tries to calm itself by offering to read part of its own database, now thát's comedy.
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Norvo
Sat, Apr 23, 2016, 4:33am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: The Changeling

I've never seen the episode, but I did see Star Trek: The Motion Picture... Judging from this synopsis, they're basically the same story. Which only proves the movie could have been half as long and with twice as many laughs ;-)
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Norvo
Thu, Apr 21, 2016, 6:57pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Just rewatched and enjoyed The Voyage Home. Yet there was one minor thing that bothered me, especially in light of the Star Trek: Enterprise episode The Communicator...

What happened to Chekov's phaser? Y'know, the one he tried to stun the Alameda naval officers with? The weapon was on the fritz cos of the nearby nuclear radiation, but he just threw it at 'em and ran off. Don't tell me that artifact wasn't studied after Chekov's mysterious disappearance :-) So much for not contaminating the timeline.
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Norvo
Fri, Apr 15, 2016, 5:50pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Oasis

The best part of Oasis was actually a bit of on set trivia I once read in an interview years ago. Apparently, Scott Backula was very excited about the episode, feeling it had a very original premise. When René Auberjonois heard this, he replied they had done pretty much the same thing years earlier on DS9.

That in a nutshell is the problem with Enterprise season 1 and 2. You could see the effects of "franchise fatigue", or at least that veteran Trek writers and producers were running out of steam. Oasis really is Shadowplay in HD, with less cheesy sets.
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Norvo
Thu, Mar 3, 2016, 1:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Call to Arms

Perhaps the best season 5 DS9 had to offer. I do love how the Bajoran religion proves flexible enough for the writers to explain away whatever needs ironing out. Like Jake staying behind, convinced that being the Emissary's son will automatically grant him some kind of protective status.

Jake, who's never been connected with his father's status as a religious icon before. And when it's brought up (like in Rapture) he's quite vocal in denoucing it.

This is the first time the notion of the Emissary having a family was brought up. And apparently, there are rules as well. Just like in Penumbra, when the rules state Casidy can only have a few dozen girls in her bridal procession.

And as for Kira staying on: She is the highest ranking Bajoran on the station, Bajor signed a treaty with the Dominion so that allows them some leeway in who runs the place in their name. Also: having the major there fit perfectly in Dukat's twisted notion of getting her in bed.
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Norvo
Wed, Mar 2, 2016, 2:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: In the Cards

Absolutely loved Sisko chewing out Jake and Nog, his "DISMISSED!" is right up there with "You betrayed your uniform!" earlier in the season.

One thing irked me, tho: Jake isn't in Starfleet, is Sisko even allowed to confine him to quarters?
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Norvo
Sat, Dec 19, 2015, 1:13pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: Second Sight

A snooze fest to be sure. Having recently rewatched it after lord knows how many years, I got the impression this might just as well have been a discarded TNG plot with Sisko replacing either Riker, Picard or Geordi. It would certainly fit the character´s lousy track record with women.
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Norvo
Sun, Apr 26, 2015, 11:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: The Reckoning

"Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the gateway to the temple... Deep Space Nine?"

... Well, don't mind if I do, Dax. That line always felt like cheating on the writers' part, a way of adding artificial tension and drama to the story. Throughout the series, the (mouth of) the wormhole is considered the gateway to the Celestial Temple, not the man made space station that was moved towards it.

For example, revisit "The Assignment" in which the Pah'Wraith possessed Keiko flew a runabout to the mouth of the wormhole in preparation of killing the Prophets. Or season 3's "Destiny" where another Bajoran prophecy claimed three vipers would "burn the temple gates", and that turned out to be three comet fragments that passed through the wormhole.

But, like Bashir said in The Reckoning: "The ancient prophecies are a tangle of vague contradictions".
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Norvo
Fri, Oct 31, 2014, 2:23am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Shattered

What I like about these reviews is that they often offer a completely different point of view. I actually liked the episode, despite its inherent and unapologetic goofiness. However, now I can no longer deny that the science behind it makes no sense. If the ship is fractured into different timeperiods, shouldn't it also include the past well before Voyager was even built? You turn a corner, shift zones and find yourself floating in the vacuum of space because there wasn't a ship back then. But hey, at least they made it home.
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Norvo
Thu, Oct 16, 2014, 7:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Singularity

A fun episode very reminiscent of DS9's Dramatis Personae, though one minor point of logic still irks me. Once T'Pol realizes the radiation from the singularity is to blame for the crew's behavior, she claims she can't merely turn the ship around because that'd mean they'd still be exposed to it for the 48 hours it took them to get there... Yet, she manages to "plot a course that will get us clear within 17 minutes"? How does that work?
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