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Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 9:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Arsenal of Freedom

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I always thought the machine started at its lowest level when against a newer foe. It had to learn their strengths, weaknesses, and capabilities, then would level up in a appropriate manner. If the Ferengi had landed, it would have started off the same, then gone off in a different direction. Same with Klingons or Romulans. It would eventually decide how much power was needed to defeat/kill the newcomers, and used no more than that.

No matter how smart Geordi and the Enterprise got in defeating one of the weapons in orbit, the machine would just program another machine to defeat them the next time, or come close to it. Then a better weapon would appear based on the information from the previous one.

If our intrepid band of heroes hadn't told it they were intent on buying one, it would have continued to display its weaponry and destroyed them all. The hologram did say it was a learning machine.

Actually, I'd have thought this would have had the weapons designers of Starfleet salivating for years. With just a few tweaks (don't kill the folks that designed you), something like this would be able to defend just about any Federation planet from invasion, forever. And for the larger/more important planets (Earth, Vulcan, etc.), they'd just give it more power to do whatever it wanted/needed to do. Of course, it might have destroyed the solar system to defeat the Borg, but what a show it'd have been...

Too bad when one of the shows went back to Earth, on a somewhat war-time footing, they didn't show a few of them floating around in the background, on partol at Starfleet...

Regards... RT
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Wed, Mar 22, 2017, 5:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Home Soil

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@Trek

I have seen this three or four times over the decades, and I always thought it wasn't that they didn't understand the messages, it's they they didn't want to understand them. Because if they looked deeper, it might threaten their terraforming project. Perhaps not all of them, but some of them, turned a blind eye to the possibility. If they found something, all the work they'd done up to that point would be for naught.

Just a thought... RT
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Sun, Mar 19, 2017, 11:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cause and Effect

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@Outsider65

I saw Mr. Frakes at a Trek convention one time, and he had mentioned (might have been in answer to a question) that he was told to stand and walk that way early on. Something to do with him being taller than some of the other actors. So he always leans forward when he's walking, like he's about to break into a run, but doesn't. I always found it weird they asked him to do that. Oh, he also told us he had to wear a small hairpiece, to cover the bald spot that was slowly getting bigger as the years went on. :)

Now for sitting, I'd never really noticed. But he does seem to often sit leaning forward instead of sitting back.

Anyway, just thought I'd add my comment to the pile. :)

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Sun, Mar 19, 2017, 2:03am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Nth Degree

@K9T

Agreed. Gosh, what a great episode, and what great comments, until folks decide they are going to compare it to something that doesn't fit the episode or some certain agenda. Utopia then reigns of course.

Nuts to that. I so get tired of it. Head to the political boards folks. Please. There is, must be, a limit.

Otherwise, enjoy the day... RT
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Wed, Mar 1, 2017, 11:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Deadlock

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@JoshB

Thank you for the insight into the workings of a show, I enjoyed it, and figured someone needed to mention that, even though a few years have passed...

I was actually thinking along those same lines. Yes, Jane Espenson is credited as the writer, but she didn't just say "I think I'll have the baby die", then go with it. She was given the honor of fleshing out the story that had been given to her to write. The outline of the baby dieing was already there, and she had to try to make it work (just using that plotline as my example). So from that point of view I think she did fine. If there is any finger to be pointed, it'd be at the folks that gave her the outline.

Now, for my take on Caprica Six and the baby. They showed her getting into a rather nasty fight, and later while eating some sort of gruel, she drops the bowl and grabs her tummy. I might be the only one who thinks this, but I believe the fight damaged the baby, leading to the death. The Cylons can go on about how the baby no longer felt loved and gave up the ghost, but I think that was just part of a delusion they shared for the baby being in danger. Reality was the fight eventually killed it. That was why Six was in Dogsville, so she could get into the fight, and eventually miscarry, because the powers-that-be decided the baby had to go (for some reason...)

Just my take on it... RT
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Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 12:59am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Blood on the Scales

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Winding down my re-watch, and seeing them for the first time since they aired, has given me a slightly different perspective than I had the first time though, especially since I'm now seeing them a few a week, instead of having to wait.

When they posited the idea of upgrading the entire fleet with Cylon FTL technology, I don't know, it seemed sort of sudden to me. And a Very Big Deal. They had not been allies with the rebel Cylons for very long, but suddenly wanted to start a procedure that might take a bit of time, with Cylons visiting all the ships. And what if Cavil and Co. suddenly jumped in while they were working on some of them (I'd figure the FTL's would have to be offline)? Then I realized they wanted to do a mutiny on Galactica, but needed a reason to get folks all worked up (higher than just working with the rebels). Cylons on their ships working on the only thing that's really kept them alive, the FTL's, would do the trick.

Now they could have their mutiny. But it just didn't work for me. Oh, the execution of the shows was great, some of it was pulse-pounding, and I really enjoyed the episodes. But at the end of it, I'm wondering why they wanted to do a couple mutiny shows? It didn't seem to add anything in general, and did indeed feel a bit like filler (as was mentioned above). I thought perhaps they wanted to show that after finding Earth, things were on such a knife's edge anything could happen. But with so few shows left, it shouldn't have been this. With all the plots that needed to be wrapped up before the end, they then came up with a new plot that had to be resolved before they could move forward.

As an aside, I was watching Richard Hatch (RIP) very closely, and it seemed as if during some of his scenes, his face got really long, looking like he'd just bitten into a lemon. Then it occurred to me he possibly wasn't really liking his lines. He felt his character, if not a good guy, was at least somewhat good and/or positive sometimes. And when he was telling Gaeta how the winners write the history, it almost looked to me as if he was about to retch. Instead of playing him as at least a shade of grey, he now had to be a bad guy. I think that went against his grain a little, after reading what he thought of Zarek when all was said and done. This is just my perspective, and we can no longer ask him. Your mileage may vary. The only time I thought he looked "normal", was when he gave the half-smile to Gaeta at the very end...

I do rather miss this show, and I am so very glad the comments are still up for everything. I do hope they will be until the end of the web.

Enjoy the Day Everyone... RT
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Sun, Feb 26, 2017, 1:58am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Apple

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I noticed a couple of comments about still having phasers after using nearly all of their power in an attempt to pull the Enterprise free. If I'm not mistaken, the phaser banks of that era were powered by batteries. Scotty talks about that in the next episode *minor spoiler* when he was on the Constellation and said he had one bank recharged.

I think it was ST: The Motion Picture *minor spoiler* where Decker informs Kirk that the phasers now draw power directly from the warp engines, which was changed in the re-fit from the previous way they did things.

I think if they previously had the phasers fully charged, they would still be that way even if the ship was out of power, unless they drained the energy back into the ships systems somehow.

This is just a thought. If I'm wrong, please show me the light. But this is how I remember the phasers working for TOS.

Have a great day... RT
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Tue, Feb 21, 2017, 4:55am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Revelations

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I really enjoyed this episode back when it was first on, and still do today. Upon re-watching, something did bug me just a bit: How did D'Anna/3 end up in command of this batch of Cylons?

What I heard, seemingly over and over but probably just a few times, was that they wanted to unbox her so she could identify the final five for everyone. She'd be helping :). But the next thing I knew, after her talk with Roslin, she is the one giving the orders and the rest are standing around letting her. 3 has no concept of what has been going on recently, or of what has lead to the civil war. What she does know is she wants to Brute Force everything and get her way. It seems they... let her have her way because only she can identify the 5, and are worried if she gets mad, she won't tell them. That's the only reason I can think of.

So the 2's, 6's and 8's all stand around, letting her take things to the brink, even though she just woke up. Allows her to space some redshirt. Allows her to make the nukes hot. And none of them say much more than "uhh...". They had their own type of guts to stand up to Cavil/1, but just let 3 run amok. Always had a problem with that. Later, President Lee talks to her about a truce and starting peace over again, shaking her hand to seal the deal, but none of the others are included.

Great episode that had me on the edge of my seat for certain, but I figured they decided they needed some confrontation, and had everyone bow to D'Anna so they could get it.

Have a great day everyone... RT
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Mon, Feb 20, 2017, 10:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Sine Qua Non

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@Dba

You mirrored most of my thoughts exactly. I'm re-watching the series, and had my thoughts mostly ready to put on the page, then found you'd done most of them. :D

I believe Lampkin saw Head Cat. When Apollo trips over the empty food bowl, I thought perhaps he hadn't seen any cat (seems to look around for it), while Lampkin had. So perhaps Lampkin was a bit unhinged.

But, I also thought he was manipulating Lee a bit, to make certain Lee would end up being President. He believes Lee won't want the position, so he forces Lee (at the point of a gun) to tell him why he'd make a good president. At that moment Lee convinces himself that he should take the position. Masterfully manipulated by someone who has gone a bit to the 'funny farm' side of things.

Heh, I didn't see anyone mention the dog Lee gives Lampkin towards the end. I thought it was touching.

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Mon, Feb 20, 2017, 9:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Darmok

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@Kned and others...

Yeah, the thing that bothered me about this episode (that I actually enjoy), is their communications between themselves. If one of them needs a "spanner" from another crewperson, to fix the engine, they'd have to come up with a metaphor for that eventually. And, there'd have to be millions of them for what they need to do. And what if they forget, or don't know a particular metaphor?

First Crewperson: Rigandalo, in the puddle, at Wizant.
Second Crewperson: Grabs sandwich, tries to give it to First.
First Crewperson: *annoyed* RIGANDALO, in the PUDDLE, at WIZANT! *points down at spanner*
Second Crewperson: *nods in comprehension* Takes off shoes.

If they mis-remembered even one time, it could be catastophic. :)

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Sat, Feb 11, 2017, 11:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: The Passenger

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@Mertov

That... is so cool. :)

Thanks for sharing. :)

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Wed, Feb 8, 2017, 9:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: A Matter of Perspective

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This has been an interesting discussion, and is what I hope for when I visit the site.

My sideways thoughts are this: While the Federation has high ideals, and Earth has been made quite a utopia, not every Earther is on board with their way of thinking. And I say this because they have Penal Colonies. The inmates cannot just be aliens who crossed the line, or folks who think themselves Patriots fighting against two larger bullies, but are also regular folks who have done something wrong along the way.

They never have a reason to tell us what the people in their jails have done, but I'd have to think there would be at least a few murderers, some guilty of assault, and a couple rapists. Now, they have made great inroads towards how they treat one another, but even Kirk mentioned something about killing and how we fight it, in A Taste of Armageddon: "All right. It's instinctive. But the instinct can be fought. We're human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands, but we can stop it. We can admit that we're killers, but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes. Knowing that we won't kill... today."

I think the only way every Earther would be perfect would be with genetic tinkering, and they outlawed that after the Eugenics War. Yes, they are much more enlightened than we are, but there are always those that fall through the cracks, no matter how small they are. Heck, they have a Judge Advocate General office, with prosecutors. Wesley famously said "I'm with StarFleet; we don't lie", then he lied in a later episode.

Do most of us believe Riker to be a predator? Probably not. But in a different set of circumstances, in another life, who knows? And Manua is from a different culture. Riker's little smiles and voice tones might have scared her silly.

Perhaps they aren't all that different from us after all, they just think they are...

Have a great day Everyone... RT
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Mon, Feb 6, 2017, 10:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

@Peremensoe

I'd thought about that, and this seemed to be a customized, private file. I'd have thought if Leah went in, or anyone, it would start at the beginning just as Geordi had seen it originally, with the Enterprise in the background and computer terminals. If Geordi used it again, it might just start up where he left off. And if she went in and wanted to see Geordi's version, then she'd need his permission.

Thanks for the input!

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Mon, Feb 6, 2017, 11:54am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

@Chrome

Okay, I might be able to get behind that. She was looking for what he had done, and how he had done it, by going through some logs of what was said. Then she saw some strange dialog, jumped to the end and had the computer run it (maybe not a true recording, but as best the computer could approximate). And then got quite miffed. Yes, I can see that. Then she had a moment of clarity where she realized how, well, strangely and familiar Geordi had been acting toward her and it went straight to ballistic. In that moment, she could not have cared less about context or how the program had gotten to that point.

And the Rule of Funny is that Geordi is destined to never get there in time to explain, because Geordi. :)

Thanks Chrome, I think that'll work as a most reasonable answer to my question.

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Mon, Feb 6, 2017, 2:55am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

@dave johnson

Ah, points taken. But Geordi did not set out to create Leah. He asked the computer for a more interactive way to help him, then turned around and she was standing there. He asked something along the lines of (paraphrase) "Did I ask for this?" and the computer basically tells him yes. When interacting with a computerized Fake Leah, he then asks the computer to rig up some personality for her (so he can communicate more readily), including from some debate, and the computer adds it into the mix. He did not set out to create a fantasy, as Barclay had done. He bounced ideas off of Fake, argued with her, and ended up thinking Fake was really neat. Went a bit too far? Perhaps. Did it hurt anything? Nah.

My Geordi comments are above, Nov '15.

Somehow, I doubt Fake Leah would know about her love of fungilli, but might take a moment to rub his shoulders to help remove tension. *shrugs*

Heh, it still doesn't answer my question about why there was a recording to watch in the first place. :)

With hopes of gentle discourse from all... RT
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Mon, Feb 6, 2017, 2:10am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Redemption, Part II

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@R.

Ahh, but Picard did not have to approve the transfer. If, even after her impassioned plea, he had told her "No, I'm not going to take the chance of polluting the timeline. We've fixed their ship the best we can, and it is the most we are going to do. You are staying.", then she would have stayed. But Picard approved the transfer. Though I thought Guinan basically telling him it was his fault seemed a bit much, as it Did happen in an alternate time and this Picard had nothing to do with it. Guinan did not have all of the alternate facts.

Heh, I totally agree on Sela being so high up the chain of command at such a young age (don't forget, her birth would not have been immediate, a period of time would have to pass before that happened), and she was also half human, which I don't believe would have helped her any.

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Crewperson: "They don't get me. Blah blah blah. They are mean to me."
Klingon Counselor: Writes on little pad, thoughtfully taps stylus against forhead ridge. "Please continue."
Crewperson: "Blah blah blah. I am so unhappy."
Klingon Counselor: Gently sets down pad. "JUST SUCK IT UP AND GET OUT OF HERE BEFORE I RIP OFF ONE OF YOUR ARMS AND BEAT YOU TO DEATH WITH IT!"
Klingon Counselor: Leans back, smiling. "I hope this session has been helpful for you. Do not come back."

Regards... RT
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Mon, Feb 6, 2017, 12:59am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Civil Defense

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I think I'll just stick to Dukat for now.

I thought the reason he spoke very specifically and distinctly was because he was not just Arrogant Dukat, he was Imperious Dukat, believing he had the upper hand. He was in control again, and there wasn't anything anyone could do about it. So he strutted and pontificated, delighted that this Cardassian program was giving them so much trouble, rubbing it in their faces by getting a drink, then letting the weapon re-appear. Yep, he was pretty pleased with himself.

Then it all blew up in his face. :)

They way it was acted worked for me, and I find it a very enjoyable episode. Thumbs up.

RT
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Mon, Feb 6, 2017, 12:05am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Heya Everyone

Going sideways from the most current comments, I still wonder about this, as I posted in Nov of '15:

*But... in Booby Trap, why was the holodeck program recorded? Do they always record the goings-on in there? Why was there a program to be found of them? It should have just been Utopia Planetia, same as when Geordi started the program. There was no reason for her to ever see anything, because there should't have been anything to see.*

And now I say that, even if it was an updated program that included Leah, it should simply have shown her standing there, right where she was when the program was ended. As I recall, he didn't say anything about "save everything that happened and end", he just said "end program" or some such thing. Real Leah then might have seen herself and asked the computer why her image was in it, and fake Leah should have simply stated she was helping Geordi with the engines.

I mean, if everything in the holodeck is recorded in total, someone would have a field day blackmailing someone like Barclay.

Once again, your mileage may vary... RT
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Sat, Feb 4, 2017, 1:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

Howdy Gentle Sentients!

I always liked this episode, but it forever bothers me when they destroy the Battlecruiser.

I figure, put a beacon out to warn folks away, contact StarFleet, then let them figure out how to rescue the ship. Something from 1,000 years ago, (and from a society that no longer exists), would be a huge prize I'd think. Heck, you never know, they might even learn something from them that could be helpful.

Always bothered me when they blow it up...

Have a Great Day Everyone... RT
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Sun, Jan 29, 2017, 11:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Quickening

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I liked that Dr. Bashir didn't come up with the cure/vaccine in just a day or two, as sometimes I believe Really Big Problems end up having a solution within a amount of time that is too short. In a way, it didn't feel like a month or so, to me, but the events of the story led me to believe time had passed (mostly because they said so). But that was better than a somewhat instant "Eureka!" moment I'd come to expect.

As far as him being gone for so long, I do believe that would present a problem on the station. They had no idea how long he was going to be gone. I'd think they'd get a replacement, at least a short-term one. He seems to have a good staff, but he is the Head of the Department and he would be missed for many different reasons.

Heh, I had to watch this over the course of two days, and had completely forgotten the beginning, with the catchy jingle of Quarks bar, by the time I got to the ending. I found it funny, especially when Worf walked in, but in retrospect, it was obvious to me it was just a way to get the other characters into a very Bashir-centric episode. Whether or not is was fair to Quark's character, well, it seems like something he'd try because *why not?*.

I big thumbs-up from me for the episode, though. It was better than I remembered it being.

Have a great day... RT
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Thu, Jan 26, 2017, 10:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Indiscretion

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@Carson

Good points, in my humble opinion. I have thought something along those lines since it first aired, but you put pen to paper and set them out for me to agree with.

Now please get out of my head... :)

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Tue, Jan 24, 2017, 7:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cost of Living

Splendid Mtmjr. A great bit of insight. :)

That is the Betazoid way, after all. :D

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Tue, Jan 24, 2017, 6:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Devil's Due

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For some reason, just for a moment, I was left wondering how often the Federation must visit the planet from "A Piece of the Action", to get their cut?

I had never thought about what Ardra was going to do if she grabbed the planet. The smart move would be to get the Enterprise to go on their merry way, and leave the planet to her, because it was internal. Then, she could just show up every so often for tribute. Or, if she stayed (a Whole Planet for her whims, why leave?), send the Enterprise away and leave the planet to her, because it was internal. Same result. Just let the starship Leave! She would be the Ruler.

The Leader of the planet was ready to turn it over to her, but she annexed the Enterprise for some reason (writers), and then they could not leave because they were a part of it. While the annexation was a part of the original contract for whatever was in orbit, it seems obvious this was about launched satellites (or the moon(s) if it was before spaceflight, and 1,000 years ago they weren't thinking about visiting aliens). I think it would have been a much better outcome to let her have it, then re-visit it a few episodes later (for some Star Trek reason).

I am ignoring the hostages because she made certain to give them back right from the get-go.

Lastly, if they hadn't figured out what was going on in time and Data had decided against the Enterprise, would he have gone all "Super Android" on them and put in codes to make the Enterprise stay there? While this might seem like a stupid thought, for a positronic brain, who knows? Would Data have said "I'm sorry Captain, but these were the parameters, and you lost.", before turning the ship over to Ardra? It wouldn't be the first time he took over the Enterprise with some nifty tricks... Allowing Data as the Judge might have been a trick from Ardra, knowing if Data ruled in her favor, he'd follow his programming to the n'th degree...

As usual, just some Thoughts... RT
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Tue, Jan 10, 2017, 12:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Captain's Holiday

Heya Everyone

Yeah, I also like this episode and always have. It was light, with a little bit of mystery, a little bit of fun and a little bit of romance. Now, don't get me wrong, it's not great, but I always enjoy it. And, upon re-watches, it doesn't have any "Oh, I hate the scene coming up" moments in it for me.

Sometimes I like light and fluffy. :D

Have a great day all... RT
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Fri, Jan 6, 2017, 9:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Meld

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I really liked this episode, as it showcased the acting talents of Tim Russ and Brad Dourif. I sometimes wonder how TNG would have been different if Tim had come in first, instead of second, behind LeVar Burton. I really do like LeVar, but it's fun to think about. He did have some name recognition from Roots after all, and that series showed some of his range (I think) but I don't believe we'd have been steered wrong if Tim had been there instead.

It's something how a great actor like Brad was typecast, at least for a while, as a serial killer (or close to it), for a while. As was mentioned before, he was in an X-Files episode where he was one and was about to get his comeuppance (Beyond the Sea), then as Brother Edward in Babylon 5 (where he was a killer who was sentenced to "Death of Personality", and was made a priest/friar (Passing Through Gethsemane, great episode, highly recommended)), and then this episode where he again played a killer. I think Chatokay's description of him as someone who was This Close to killing him when he made him stand down, is a great description of what Brad is able to convey with his acting. Some people just have great eyes, and can show a great deal with just a twitch or narrowing of them. Heh, and I thought he was perfect in Lord of the Rings (extended version or nothing!). At least they (minor spoiler) brought him back later in Voyager. If you get the chance, watch those two episodes from the other series, you don't have to really know anything about those series to enjoy those two episodes. My humble opinion. :)

I believe I've come to the conclusion that sometimes, I just have to watch the actors portrayals and enjoy them, rather than worry too much about how they add to the overall series. I really do like long story arcs, even if they can be Excruciating while waiting for the eventual climax. For series that don't have as many arcs, with stories that seem to reset, I have found myself really watching the performers. My recent re-watch of all things Trek has me looking at things with a different eye, and TNG's Half a Life came to mind. I left my comments there a bit ago on the acting, in my humble opinion of course.

Have a great day Everyone... RT
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