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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Wed, Apr 18, 2018, 6:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

The actor playing Roga Danar had a good screen presence. There was a certain sexuality about him even though there was nothing sexual about the role or story at all.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Wed, Apr 18, 2018, 6:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The High Ground

The intensity factor of Season 3 is off the scale. Love it. "Vengeance Factor" / "The Defector" / "The Hunted" / "High Ground"

That's quite a quartet and far, far cry from the scattered silliness and omnipotent beings of the week in Season 1.

I think "High Ground" is a very good episode. It was more meaningful to me today than it was back in the 20th century. It has the tone of a DS9 episode (that's a compliment).

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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Tue, Apr 17, 2018, 11:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Defector

This is one episode that I never caught much in repeats, and I didn't remember just how good it is. Just an excellent show. Season 3 certainly has gravitas.

Tomalak is the Uncle Arthur of Star Trek. Uncle Arthur was only on a handful of "Bewitched" episodes, but he made such an impact that fans think he had many more appearances than he did.

Same for Tomalak. I certainly would have guessed more than four episodes.
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Sat, Apr 14, 2018, 11:19am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Prodigal Daughter

Borrrringgg. Another snorefest.
Too much coincidence...O'Brian and Ms. Bilby "happen" to be on that planet. Dax's mother "happens" to be a business magnate. It of course "happens" to be one of the main characters...amazing that there are supposedly 100s of people on the station, but everything that happens always happen to the same 6 people.
Into the last stretch of episodes, and one after another goes nowhere.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Fri, Apr 13, 2018, 2:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Ensigns of Command

I didn't understand the title either.

The needlessly stubborn colony leader has a certain physical hotness to him.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Fri, Apr 13, 2018, 2:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

There's a terrible and swift power in the galaxy. And its name? Its name ... is ... dare we speak it?

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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 7:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Price

An enjoyable, solid, midlevel offering.

I like any episode that gives me another peek at how the Federation works and its role in the wider galaxy. I wish the race with the huge heads who are scholars had showed up again.

The Ferengi were actually put to good use in this episode as sneaky business folk. I don't exactly see Klingons and Romulans sitting down for negotiations with a planet as vulnerable as Barzan, but you needed one set of truly bad players among the four bidders.

I also liked the ethics discussion over dinner.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 2:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Enemy

Not only is this a very good episode, it's an IMPORTANT episode.

This establishes the Romulans as our equal-footing enemy and is the blueprint for the rest of the seasons.

Q is too random and the Borg too powerful to be regularly utilized. But the Romulans fit the bill perfectly, and throw in the uneasy alliance with war-ready Klingons, and you're now set up for intriguing political stories with the Klingons and Romulans.

As for Worf and the blood, I felt like he was about to change his mind when the Romulan said he didn't want the blood. And I thought part of that refusal was a warrior respecting an enemy's wishes.

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Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 12:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

How many people attend Starfleet?
Hundreds of ships destroyed.
Millions of casualties.
Starfleet Academy is apparently the one and only school in the entire galaxy to attend if you want to be on a spaceship. Versus 1000s of universities just on Earth in our present day.
Are there 200,000 graduates from Starfleet every year?
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Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 12:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Covenant

Boring, just boring.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Mon, Apr 9, 2018, 3:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

One of my favorites for a couple reasons:

1. I like this early Vulcan race of people. They are one of my favorites in all of Trekdome. They have all the positive attributes but none of the superior smugness. Plus, they seem to also have emotions but let logic rule.

2. The leader is played by Kathryn Leigh Scott, who was once Maggie Evans, Josette du Pres and other characters on "Dark Shadows."

3. I like shows about the Prime Directive. I like the sense of panic Picard and crew feels over the contamination of culture. It would be so easy to mess with these less developed societies and move on. But for them, this is a life-or-death matter.

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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Mon, Apr 9, 2018, 3:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Bonding

Ah, this is a TOUGH crowd. I liked this better than the rest of you.

Though I wish they had been brave enough to do this story without the energy aliens. I guess they felt like the audience wasn't ready for an episode where all the action happens in the opening.

Plus, we get to hear Worf say, "Jeremy Aster." And I don't get tired of that for some reason.

Too bad they didn't plant the Asters in an earlier episode, even briefly, to give the story more relevance. And too bad Jeremy didn't show up later. LOTS of potential there.

But still, it tugged at my heart strings. Those of us on Drema are more emotional open, I guess.

Also some nice touches on how a death affects the various crew members, especially in terms of their duties.
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Fri, Mar 30, 2018, 12:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Shadows and Symbols

So Sisko is a messiah?
Ezri is bloody annoying.
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Fri, Mar 30, 2018, 7:07am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Image in the Sand

Watching (more like binging) the series for the first time. Getting really sick of Vic!
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Thu, Mar 29, 2018, 7:00am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: The Sound of Her Voice

NOT impressed by the plot twist ending. That was lame lame lame.
And running off on a 12-day detour (12 days at max warp, they could always throw in engine failure if they needed to pad the script) based on a 1-way distress call? I was half-expecting it to be a Dominion trap.
And all that endless blather from Lisa..."Help, I can't breathe, I'm suffocating...but I'll keep yapping non-stop 24 hours a day for 6 days."
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Wed, Mar 28, 2018, 12:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Time's Orphan

An 8-year-old can wander into a cave and, boom, there's an ancient time travel machine just sitting there? And the machine decides to turn on suddenly?
And then the DS9 crew can figure out perfectly in a few minutes/hours how said totally alien piece of tech works.
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Wed, Mar 28, 2018, 7:05am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

Hated the First Officer. Was glad when she got killed. They were all annoying prissy arrogant wankers. The Chief Petty Officer was a whiny crybaby.
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Wed, Mar 28, 2018, 7:01am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Profit and Lace

Why was Bashir wearing that silly red robe?
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Sun, Mar 25, 2018, 6:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Shades of Gray

I'm not sure why they HAD to do a clips show. We certainly saw low-budget, low-tech shows on Treks that were good or even great ("Duet" on DS9).

But let's say you HAD to do a clip show to save money and time:

Seems like some of the crew in an already crashed shuttle craft (to save money on the not having to show the crash) would be they way to go. One of them is dying -- doesn't matter who. It could still be Riker.

Three of the others go in one at the time and they talk about their journeys on the show (in clips) and then also tell stories of their time before the Enterprise to keep him awake and fighting until the Enterprise arrives. Seems like Picard, Troi and Data would be the best choices. Could have been a chance for dramatic personal interactions and a better array of clips could be used.

They even could have projected into the future with talk of the Borg and Romulans and set up some tension for Season 3. You could have Pulaski get there for the last five or 10 minutes to give her a little send-off and one last thing to do.

I think there could have been a way to do a better clip show at least.

That said, I didn't think this was horrible.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Sat, Mar 24, 2018, 9:53am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Up the Long Ladder

Buried in the muck of this show was actually a good idea for a good episode: One ship carrying two groups of colonists that is "lost" to the Federation. And the two colonies take widely different paths of development.

I was always intrigued by the concept of Federation colonies, and those episodes on that theme usually didn't hang together well to my chagrin. This is a prime example of a solid idea gone stereotypically bad.

This one might have worked better if the Enterprise encountered the clone colony first. The ship is ready to evacuate them because of solar activity, but the away team quickly learns the colony has protective measures in place.

The clones send the Enterprise away by telling about the second group of colonists, the ones who eschew technology. However, they come up with a ruse to keep the away team (Riker, Pulaski, Geordi and a red shirt we must sadly sacrifice) on the planet.

So off goes the Enterprise to save some Luddites. When they get there, this away team ( Data, Troi and O'Brien) find not a bunch of wild Irish stereotypes but just a general group of Europeans who are pretty happy in their simple nonmechanical lives but also stubbornly proud about it. And they refuse to leave. To the point they attack O'Brien at one point to make their point.

(I think this is where you can have the strong daughter make the father and leader see they can no longer reject all technology; they must adapt to some technology to survive)

Eventually, the solar flares get so bad the daughter wins the day. They beam on board and head back to Clone Colony.

So of course our team learns about the clones AFTER the Enterprise as left orbit and they are forced into the clone experiments. Red Shirt is killed when the first attempt goes wrong.

Enterprise comes in when the away team is about to undergo the second cloning attempt.

And on their own with some assist by Troi, the daughter of Luddite group and the leader of the clones decide to merge colonies, one not too dependent nor totally devoid of technology.

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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Sun, Mar 18, 2018, 7:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Q Who

Another one I haven't seen in forever. ON FIRE.

I liked even better than I remembered. Excellent direction. Q at his best. Great script and lines for Q and Picard. Yeah, the Sonya Gomez thing could have been better, but still, a Next Gen classic.

The episode that introduces the Borg has to be!
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Sun, Mar 18, 2018, 7:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Icarus Factor

This was my first viewing since the original airing. Somehow kept missing it.

I actually liked that they tried it. And it started out promising. But the ends of both stories just fell flat for me.

Still, I liked it more than I expected. Decent, middle-of-the-road character episode.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Fri, Feb 16, 2018, 1:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: A Matter of Honor

Love this episode. Does so many things well:

-- One of Riker's best episodes and elevates the character. Perfect one for the exchange.

-- The Klingon mess hall scene is some of the best Trek of any show or movie.

-- This was an important episode in fleshing out the Klingons more.

-- Excellent blending of two story threads both in terms of plot and thematically (the Benzite on the Enterprise; Riker on the Klingon ship).

While not in my top 5, I consider this essential "Next Gen" viewing.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Thu, Feb 8, 2018, 10:47am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Outrageous Okona

@ Peter G.

Excellent analysis. I never really thought about how sexually flippant they were in these first two seasons. All that Prime Directive talk, but the crew is apparently free to screw across the Alpha Quadrant.

And they thought it was quaint that the dad from the planet was upset about his pregnant daughter.
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Sarjenka's Little Brother
Sat, Feb 3, 2018, 3:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Unnatural Selection

It's lonely being Sarjenka's Little Brother. I think I'm the only person in all of Trekdom to like this episode.

I like aging/de-aging themes. I find them "fascinating." And gosh, the moment of honor for the fallen vessel just gets to me. Very solemn.

It did strike me as odd that the doctor on the planet never once considered that the children might be the source of the problem, but then in 2018, we have full evidence of many people's ability to see only what they want to see. And I do agree the crew was a little too impressed -- this experiment seemed awfully close to Eugenics work during the Khan period.
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