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Polly
Mon, Oct 24, 2016, 4:19am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Critical Care

A very enjoyable episode, as the Doctor's usually are. For once the B plot meshed well with the main story and I appreciated the comic relief provided by The Search for the EMH. I agree with the comments about Tebbis' character being as pathetic as a drowned kitten, but I still think it was good that the writers didn't cave in and provide him with a miracle cure. I didn't find the ending anticlimactic. It wasn't the EMH's business to single-handedly change that society, but he seemed to have planted seeds of rebellion in the minds of Dr Dysek and Dr Voje, which might or might not have resulted in changes.

I'd love to know what propaganda was being employed to convince Americans that universal free health care is an evil communist plot - it seems to have been very effective. I wonder if some of the above comments might be changed with Obamacare now under way. By the way, here in Australia, Medicare will cover part of the cost of an abortion which, it might surprise Yanks to learn, is not a cosmetic procedure.
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Polly
Mon, Oct 10, 2016, 3:07am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: A Taste of Armageddon

The presence of the yeoman who appeared to be of Japanese descent during the discussion of the 'messiness' of war being ultimately a deterrent suggested to me that the writers were thinking more of Hiroshima than Vietnam. There was also much discussion through the 1960s of the neutron bomb, which among other 'advantages' was going to be able to kill large numbers of people while doing relatively small damage to buildings and infrastructure.
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Polly
Fri, Oct 7, 2016, 7:36am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Space Seed

Considering the mighty Khan's penchant for hairdressing, I suspect that LT McGivers will find life in her brave new world less than fulfilling. This episode is practically a catalogue of all that was wrong with 1960s American television, from the comically inept fight scenes, the cheesy dialogue and the woeful depiction of female characters, to the attitude that since Montalban had made a career of playing American Indians he would do to play an East Indian character. Entertaining in a so-bad-it's-good way. My three favourite moments: Uhura, who only has the one job on the bridge, isn't even allowed to proceed with translating the Morse code; the doctor's 'Either choke me or cut my throat - make up your mind'; and Kirk's snarky attitude towards McGivers when he observes that she finds another man more attractive than him.
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Polly
Sun, Sep 28, 2014, 4:09am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

I have been watching this series from beginning to end, reading these reviews after each episode. Very enjoyable. The stories were certainly variable in quality, but there were only a couple of real stinkers (The Perfect Mate and Sub Rosa for my money). As others have mentioned, Star Trek is at its best when the team pulls together to solve a problem. Fun to see Tasha Yar one last time - the Kenny of the Trekverse.
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Polly
Fri, Sep 19, 2014, 7:58am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Emergence

I enjoyed this episode. I'm always happy to see a Star Trek story that can be described as sci-fi rather than soap. I'm also happy to see the charming, but frequently poorly written Troi given something sensible to do. As a couple of other posters have mentioned, it is enjoyable to watch the crew team up to solve a problem.
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Polly
Wed, Sep 17, 2014, 7:25am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Journey's End

This episode illustrates what seems to be a common mainstream American misconception, which is that entire foreign cultures exist purely to help some middle class white American male to to get his act together.
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Polly
Thu, Sep 4, 2014, 10:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Timescape

Really enjoyed this episode. I haven't seen enough of DS9 or Voyager to judge the writers of those series, but if this is typical Brannon Braga I'd like to see a lot more of his work. I dislike Star Trek in soap opera - sorry, 'Mythos' - mode and much prefer the episodes that actually approach science fiction. I have no objection to 'technobabble'. Don't see the necessity for the aliens - surely large space ships moving through time distortions would be enough in itself to cause something to go boom? Re Paul's comment about Troi's technical knowledge: well, she's had a whole year to make up for her humiliating uncertainty in 'Disaster' and she has obviously made good use of the time :P Always happy to see Troi acting something like a Starfleet officer rather than a victim of various intergalactic perverts, and also happy to see the charming and talented Marina Sirtis given something interesting to do rather than struggling to make something of underwritten or poorly written parts.
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Polly
Tue, Sep 2, 2014, 6:06am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: The Chase

A fun episode. I guess the Progenitors didn't see the need for a Prime Directive.
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Polly
Sun, Aug 31, 2014, 7:13am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part II

The writers rather backed themselves into a corner with their creation of the Klingon sense of honour. Why the constant whining about the massacre of the Klingon men, women and children on Khitamer if a Klingon's greatest honour is to fall in battle? And how many times has Worf had the opportunity to die honourably in battle yet somehow flubbed it? In Chain of Command we hear Dr Crusher admitting that she doesn't feel proud of her escape, but no mention at all about Worf's view (probably just as well - it would probably take a full 2 parter to work through his need to redeem himself for not perishing in the caves). I'm not really complaining about the failure to kill him off - I like Worf - but I don't care much for Klingons in general. I'd be hard pressed to think of a single one in any episode of TNG who has acted honourably according to anyone's code. Good points made by Andy's Friend - the expat/exile Worf has grown up to be more Klingon than the Klingons.
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Pollyanna
Tue, Apr 29, 2014, 6:50pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Tapestry

I remember liking this episode when I first saw it but on rewatching I find it very slow. I am also surprised that none of you mentioned the links to an early TOS episode, The Enemy Within. We again find the captain being forced to accept the darker parts of his personality. In many ways, I like that episode better because the stakes are more real. And the insights come from Kirk's friends and colleagues.
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Pollyanna
Sat, Mar 29, 2014, 12:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

I would like to point out that Troi's transformation is accurate physical/emotional portrayal of one besieged by a physical vampire. I hope no one ever encounters one...they take a huge toll. I didn't care for the episode because it reminded me of old injuries.
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Pollyanna
Fri, Mar 14, 2014, 9:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Cost of Living

Oh...and there was nothing at all risqué about the nudity. I think it is possible that we would have dropped a lot of nonsense about body shame by the 24th century. The only persons who looked at Mrs. Troi in askance were elderly males. Everyone else was fine with it. Children like running around without their clothes on. It is an appropriate and no sexual display of nudity.
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Pollyanna
Fri, Mar 14, 2014, 1:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Cost of Living

I think the metal parasite scheme was very lame. But I liked everything else. This is one of the best mrs. Troi episodes and I found the interactions between word and Alexander very realistic? Deanna is providing the good, solid advice but children like people who are a bit kooky. I wish we had that holodeck program available here. There is a huge lack of laughter and whimsy in our culture right now...far greater since 9//11. Which is why the most reliable news program on cable is on Comedy Central . When a culture marginalized those who are a bit different, it loses its heart. Via mud baths!
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Pollyanna
Fri, Mar 7, 2014, 6:09pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Ensign Ro

Reading this comment stream reminds me all over again why I am unable to be a "fan." I loved TOS as a kid, enjoyed TNG as a 20 something, and watched all of the series on DVD in my fifties. Great actors cause better characters to be written. Sir Patrick is a great actor, so are the actors who played Odo, Guinan, Data, and the doctor on VOY. I think Scott Bakula is a fabulous actor and his leadership brought cohesiveness to a difficult series that suffered from the 9/11 attacks. Most of the actors were good, competant professionals who did their best with schedule, writing, and craziness of serial tv.

I liked this episode and liked the character of Ensign Ro because the story lines are relevant in our world. One thing that ENT did better than any of the other shows was to show women as fully functional officers. They were fit and they knew how to fight. It is what makes the show seem so disconnected at times because you have these realistic characters and then you introduce the whole rubbing gel in the decon chamber scenes. And if one wants to look for people disobeying orders, most ST characters do that.
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Pollyanna
Thu, Feb 27, 2014, 2:13pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Final Mission

I found the exchanges between Wesley and Picard genuine and realistic. We often need a crisis to tell one another the simplest but deepest truths. I actually hadn't remembered this episode except for the recommendation to see the groundskeeper. But I last saw this episode before I lost my parents (to whom I was able to say those simple truths).

I agree almost anything else would have been better than the garbage scow...
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Pollyanna
Mon, Feb 24, 2014, 4:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Family

Four stars from me. BOBW was extremely well done and deserves its four stars because everything, character, plot, fx, and acting was first rate...including music. Family goes from that horrific set of events and deals with the aftermath and consequences of life in service to society. It tells the little stories of real people dealing with loss, choice, and change. I found much of ENT third season hard to watch but I applauded the times that they continued moving forward despite loss, fatigue, injury, and doubt. That same strength is seen here. We often just move on without the pause for reflection; that choice harms us and diminishes growth. There should be room for quiet excellence to receive equal credit.
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Pollyanna
Thu, Feb 20, 2014, 12:57pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

Since I have friends and family who suffered from being "programmed" to kill in various wars, I found this episode very moving. The idea that killing others has no impact on those who kill is pervasive in our culture. I think that Worf's security force was too easily over powered but other than that the episode highlights the disposable status that many cultures assign to soldiers...especially when they are honored so deeply in death but treated so poorly when wounded.
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