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She Wolf
Wed, Jul 19, 2017, 2:27am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Am I the only one that did not like Gillian? She came across as ditzy to me. She seemed to be a little old to be that ditzy . And it seems a little unbelievable that she was willing to leave the 20th century behind? She really had nothing, not even a career, as a reason to stay?
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She Wolf
Wed, Jul 19, 2017, 12:28am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

With a few minor exceptions, Jammer has elegantly described my feelings about this movie. The humor was often especially cringe-worthy. I understand the underlying theme of "row row row your boat" but that was one of the cringe-worthy scenes and somehow could have been done better. Or maybe left out. Much of the humor here was forced. The scene with Scotty hitting his head on the bulkhead was expecially bad. There certainly were some good scenes as people have already mentioned. But some of the characters seem to me to be just "off." Spock sometimes seem to be slightly out of character by exhibiting too many emotional expressions, and Kirk by being immature and inexplicably angry. "Sorry, he says he's sorry. And that's supposed to make it all right. That's just great" The ending appears very muddled and full of fury, signifying nothing. Shatner explains some of it in his autobiography, and it really was a muddled mess. It appeared as if somebody said let's throw everything in but the kitchen sink . As someone has already said, the intent was good but the execution fell flat.
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She Wolf
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, 1:31am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Tomorrow Is Yesterday

It's a good thing Trump wasn't president when this happened, or we would be at war with North Korea! LOL

I am really bad at pointing out inconsistencies in any kind of show or drama or comedy, but I do realize that to enjoy entertainment, we do have to acknowledge the inconsistencies, suspend belief comma and move on. I find it really hard to do sometimes and I can accept that others do as well. If you look at time travel in the dust on a butterfly's wing theory, you would go absolutely crazy trying to deal with the impact of time travel. Sometimes you just have to enjoy!
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She Wolf
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, 12:47am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Balance of Terror

I agree with a lot of the comments made, and won't belabor than by repeating them. This is indeed one of the best Star Trek episodes and rewatching it recently confirmed my opinion.

Some comments have been made about the style of helmets. Other than the obvious, which somebody already mentioned, was that the helmets were to prevent the expense of making everyone with ears. Aside from that, references to the founders of Rome by naming the planets Romulus and Remus, it is clear that someone based the Romulans on the Roman Empire. The references to Centurion, Decius, Centurion, etc make it clear. If you look back at history you'll see Romans wore this type of helmet at one point.

On the other topic, I think the episode The City on the Edge of Forever is overrated. It's not that it's a bad episode, but to state it is the best Star Trek episode of all time is going too far, in my opinion. I think it gains its reputation because it was written by Harlan Ellison. Even though a lot of it was rewritten after his original draft, I think a lot of people elevated to the best because of his reputation.

As an episode I don't particularly care for, the one I would nominate is Shore Leave . When I was a kid I really enjoyed this episode, but when I watch it as an adult it just seems a little bit silly. And Kirk's fight with Finnegan went on way too long and was just boring. I think probably Shatner pushed this idea to celebrate his machismo. I think that the idea was interesting, but it wasn't executed very well.
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