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RedSportsCar
Mon, Aug 14, 2017, 9:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Liaisons

Just saw this one for the first time, after missing it every time in original run and syndication.

The planet-side part with "Anna" was indeed tedious in the extreme. However, I must say that the second-to-last scene between The Ambassador and Picard was extremely well done... I think it was the combination of the eerie wind/sound effects, the rather effective music (some interesting melodic detail actually snuck through the usual background dirge of latter seasons!), and the excellent acting by both Stewart and Pierpoint.
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Planet of Hats
Wed, Aug 9, 2017, 8:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

The pacing of this episode is just so bad. The episode just spends a bunch of time characterizing all these meaningless characters who don't do anything compelling. The dialogue's pretty rotten and the point of the episode is lost among all the constant overly-rapid deluge of minor plot points. It's just bing-bing-bing-bing-bing-bing and nothing sits long enough to register.
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TS
Wed, Aug 9, 2017, 5:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

After having not seen this movie in it's entirety for roughly 8-10 years, I finally sat down and watched it again.... and wow! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed seeing this film again. I remember when I watched it back in my younger years, I thought to myself "The guy from Back to the Future is a Klingon?" and "This film is pretty poor compared to the others.", etc. My older self definitely doesn't feel that way about it now... funny how that works.

Christopher Lloyd's Kruge is an effective movie villain, not as good as Chang or Khan or the Queen, but I really enjoyed his performance. He flat out shoots the gunner after he destroys the science vessel and then threatens his first officer -
"Say the wrong thing!". Great stuff.

Plus it's crazy to think about the fact that this movie is the big re-introduction to TNG/Post-TOS Klingons that we will see for the rest of the franchise.

I also love that the supporting characters get their moments to shine - like Sulu getting the upper hand on the security guard who belittled him or Uhura locking Mr. Adventure into the closet. I always appreciate when TOS (or any Trek) utilizes their entire cast in effective ways.

The only sore spot for me, which has been mentioned by others on numerous occasions, is Robin Curtis' Saavik. She doesn't hold a candle to Kirstie Alley's presence/performance.

Overall, Search for Spock is underloved and I think it's proof that the odd-even number rule is a bunch of malarkey.

I would actually give it a 3.5 on the Jammer scale and put it ahead of Voyage Home (which I also re-watched recently and I feel doesn't hold up quite as well as I remember).
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RandomThoughts
Wed, Aug 2, 2017, 3:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Day of Honor

Hello Everyone!

Some, including Jammer, mentioned something about the spokesperson of the Cataai sounding off. If I am not mistaken (and I didn't look the name up), it is the same actor who was on TNG Birthright, as the thumbless alien who gave Worf the information on his Father. And allso on another episode, Gambit, where he tells them Picard had been vaporized. He played this character exactly the same way, with the same inflections, and it was distracting to me (just a little bit), since I kept thinking about the other episodes.

Now that I'm finally to the Seven episodes, I will mention again what I thought of Seven's outfit. As a former Borg, she might like the catsuit because it isn't bulky or in the way, and is simply functional. I don't see a handy zipper though, for bio breaks. But her shoes seemed to be a form of high heel. I doubt she would wear those, as it would not be helpful for much of anything, and figure she'd wear a comfortable, sturdy, shoe or boot.

As for the prurient interest in her outfit, well, in the 90's I had a nice 32" teevee, and watched the episodes on tape. Watching today, the shows are still 480, but on my rather large widescreen (and Netflix) I did notice her backside quite a few times, much more than when I originally saw them. I don't believe it distracted me, but I did have to watch the scenes twice to make certain it didn't bother me. And while I did notice the ribs of her catsuit originally, I did not realize they were a girdle that sometimes made her short of breath, or faint. I just thought they were raised parts for some decorative reason. Easier to see on the larger teevee that they don't really move. I honestly don't like them all that well.

They needed a reason to get Torres and Paris alone together in space suits, so they made a core problem, then a fetching mission with them, then the shuttle had to have a problem (Let's blow it up! That'll be different!), then they have to come up with a reason it blows up, so they have a new species that does just that, so they can float in space with nearly no air. I've heard that some write novels backwards from the ending, and I somewhat feel this episode was written that way, more than most. Not a horrible episode, but not the greatest. 2 1/2 is about right to me, with a single thumb up. IMHO, of course.

Have a Great Day... RT
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RandomThoughts
Wed, Aug 2, 2017, 12:47am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Enemy Within

Hello Everyone!

@Brian

I believe they mentioned something about transporting heaters or something to the surface, but they duplicated and would not work. On the other hand, tents might still work duplicated, or 100 blankets might still work if they were duplicated. Oh, I found the heater lines:

KIRK: Isn't there any way we can help them?
SPOCK: Thermal heaters were transported down. They duplicated. They won't operate.

But I'm fairly certain blankets would work. Heck, they should be able to burn them as well. :)

Perhaps take the warhead out of a photon torpedo, fill it with heaters, and find a way for it to make a soft landing...

Regards... RT
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TS
Sat, Jul 22, 2017, 7:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: Confessions of a Closet Trekkie

Very entertaining and sort of relatable in places, but I gotta say, Star Trek fans need to chill out and stop trying to "hide" their interests. Life is too short and too fragile to wring your hands over what other people think about your hobbies/interests.

Consider these examples: Imagine a Star Wars fan cringing over their SW DVD/Blu ray collection being out in the open when people come over. Or... a sports fan freaking out over their favorite team's flag/memorablia being seen. Lol, same sort of "situation", but for whatever silly reason Star Trek is the one that carries a "negative" context. If those situations are something that a person honestly worries about, then I'd suggest that you need to stop being brittle/insecure and just live your life!

Cripes. I've had conversations with people in the past where they've said "Yeah, I watched TNG on a regular basis and really enjoyed it... b-but I'm not like a fan or anything!" I rolled my eyes. Hopefully we'll all outgrow these insecurities at some point in the very near future.
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RandomThoughts
Mon, Jul 17, 2017, 1:09am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Scorpion, Part II

Hello Everyone!

Upon first-run viewing, I'd been doing my best to not look for spoilers, and to not watch the trailers for the next episodes. So I was rather surprised to see Seven stay on the ship after all was said-and-done, when usually they'd just have a Captain's Log saying how they sent someone back to their home planet (or something) when the show ended. But I'd also seen Kes as a guest star, instead of in the regular spot she'd been in. I was a bit surprised. But at least it hadn't been spoiled for me. Mild Spoilers Ahead...

After I'd recently done some minor research into why Kes left, I'd found out it was supposed to be Kim who was written out of the show. From what I read, even he thinks his inclusion in the 50 sexiest men issue had something to do with it, because now even those that didn't watch the show knew who he was. I think that is why he had comparatively little to do with the episode. He wasn't supposed to be in it in his normal capacity, and they hadn't written anything for him. Yes, they could have given him more to do, but I figure they had their outline, and just left it as it was, except instead of dying, he lived.

I liked Chakotay going his own way when the Captain was disabled. It showed a spark from him that had been lacking, imho. Janeway said she would have probably gone backwards as the Borg wanted them to, but I agree with Chakotay that it was a step in the wrong direction. Heck, just slow down a bit and have the cube catch up with them.

I also wondered how Seven talked to them when the air was out of the cargo bay. Perhaps their personal force fields help with that. I also figured the Borg helped them out with the torpedoes hitting the 8472 ships. But when it took a few moments for them to die, as it were, I was surprised the high-yield torpedo simply blew the following ships up right away. It should have taken a few moments with them starting to shudder and shake before blowing up.

Some compared the visual of Species 8472 with the Shadows of Babylon 5. I didn't see the resemblance (although the sound they made reminded me of the scream of Shadow vessels). What I did see were planet killers that reminded me immediately of the Vorlon's, and the living ships as well. When they fired at that planet in the previous episode, as the beams came together I didn't think Star Wars, the type and style had me thinking B5.

Just some musings...

Have a Great Day... RT
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RandomThoughts
Sun, Jul 16, 2017, 2:20am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Lights of Zetar

Hello Everyone!

@Rahul

I could not agree more with regards to Scotty. For some reason, they had him lose his marbles more than once over a "girl". "Who Mourns for Adonais?" comes to mind, and saying he'd had a distrust of women in "Wolf in the Fold" because he'd been damaged in an accident by one.

Scotty was the perfect third in Command, level-headed and able to think outside the box during a crisis. He was done a dis-service with the episodes where he's an unthinking Neanderthal when there is a lady involved.

I just never understood that...

Regards... RT
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Sun, Jul 16, 2017, 1:56am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Nor the Battle to the Strong

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@Walrus1701D

Well said. I think many of us would like to believe we'd keep a clear head when everything is hitting the fan, but the reality is many of us would run from the shelling. I mean, how is that bad? Get out of there! There was no real cover, and I think the choices were to find a hole, get moving, or die.

Back when I first saw this, I also thought along the same lines as Jake, that he'd run so he could find someone and save them. To have that soldier tell him things don't work out that way in real life, while puking up his guts, made it more poignant for me. I could not remember that happening before in ST, anywhere.

Quite an episode...

Regards... RT

P.S.: I've wondered before why the folks don't sweep their beam weapons back and forth when it gets bad. They shoot the phasers as if they need to hit a practice target, or as if it is a pulse weapon. I realized this on another page that the only time I've seen a phaser sweep back-and-forth was when Jake was firing blindly and hitting the ceiling. They use them as if they were single-shot, instead of using them as a machine gun...
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TS
Sat, Jul 15, 2017, 2:46am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Way to Eden

Space hippies... what did we do to deserve THIS?

Honestly it's not the worst episode of TOS or Season 3, so I think the zero stars is unwarranted in this case. This plays more like a 1.5 or 1 star episode to me, nothing substantial or particularly worthwhile, but not blatantly horrid. I commend the writers for *trying* to give Chekov some sort of history/storyline with that one girl. The supporting characters (Sulu, Chekov, Uhura) usually feel way underutilized in TOS, so I appreciate when they actually use them.

But... definitely one that I would skip if I were to ever rewatch this season. Friggen space hippies.
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Planet of Hats
Mon, Jul 10, 2017, 9:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tattoo

In its own way, I found this episode worse than Threshold. Threshold, at least, was pure weapons-grade crap science and stupid storytelling.

This one's up there with TNG: Code of Honor in terms of incredibly bad subtext. Here we have an episode where Chakotay's people get their culture from magical white hippies from the sky. It's so patronizing that it almost makes me want to blow chunks just watching it.
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Planet of Hats
Mon, Jul 10, 2017, 9:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Virtuoso

I didn't mind this episode for the first two-thirds or so, but I did find the characterization of the Doctor to be somewhat unbelievable. As much as the holodoc might have become amusingly insufferable over the years, I got to the point where I couldn't quite swallow my disbelief enough to believe that he'd want to leave Voyager behind. As much as the Doctor may be massively arrogant, his reasons for leaving the ship seemed incredibly forced and not all that credibly positioned.

I actually had no problem with the characterization of the Qomar considering that their hat is being emotionally stunted calculating machines. I'd assume that the performers gave the performance they were told to give. Not necessarily engaging, though, and again, the lack of engagement made the Doctor's big decision seem all the more unbelievable.
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Hats
Mon, Jul 10, 2017, 8:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Lineage

I can't help but notice how heavily gendered many of the negative reviews are.

This was one of the strongest outings in season 7, to my mind. Incredible character piece which finally let you in to get a full, raw understanding of B'Elanna. This sort of pathos absolutely has a place in Star Trek and sci-fi more broadly.

Good sci-fi isn't just about tech. The tech facilitates a story, and stories are, at heart, about people.
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Matsu
Mon, Jul 10, 2017, 4:19am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

Very boring episode with so much cliche and non-believable time travelling shenanigans. I'd rather rewatch Worf and Jadzia on their holiday in Risa and have fun than watch this ever again.
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TS
Sun, Jul 9, 2017, 4:06am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Mark of Gideon

Wow, an episode where characters read off transporter coordinates and consistently talk about how they cannot find the captain. Meanwhile... Kirk has meaningless conversations with a terrible guest actress. Riveting stuff.

At least the "bad" Season 3 episodes (Spock's Brain, etc.) have had SOMETHING to make them worthwhile/enjoyable up to this point... Mark of Gideon is essentially worthless. I seriously feel like this episode should have been a one star *at most*. Maybe even zero, because I can't think of anything redeeming that ended up on screen.

One of the few Star Trek episodes that I will never watch again. Woof.
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RandomThoughts
Sun, Jul 9, 2017, 2:14am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Worst Case Scenario

Hello Everyone!

Some thoughts on the episode that I had not seen addressed above.

I liked Chakotay as the bad guy, and I mean the acting. I thought he did a good job with voice inflection, the way he looked at them, a different type of facial expression. At the beginning of the episode, I was thinking this was the Chakotay they should have had on the ship all along. Not inciting mutiny per se, but just having more of an edge. I've thought they gave him too much of a fondness for Janeway, so he always seemed to simply smile and go along and not give alternative points of view, or play devil's advocate, as often as a First Officer should.

The wide beam phaser. I seem to recall reading somewhere, and it might not be canon, that the wide setting drained a phaser pretty fast and it didn't have much distance. Certainly in some settings they should have used it, especially in the past when the bad guys are coming off the turbo-lift onto the bridge. Actually, I'd think they would "sweep" more. They seem to shoot a beam straight, and never move. I'd draw the weapon from my left hip and fire a beam sweeping left-to-right across anyone or anything that might be there, perhaps similar to using a machine-gun instead of a handgun. Now that I think of it, that would give them an advantage over races that used weapons that fired a pulse. And thinking back, that is what Jake Sisko did at the end of "Nor the Battle to the Strong" when he brought the ceiling down.

Why not have the computer just finish the story? Keep the first part pretty much the same, then have the computer do some random variables, but still stay within the context of the novel. Then past a certain point, depending on their actions, the story would always end somewhat differently. Sometimes the other race would indeed come in to save the day (or have the other race actually be evil and try to take the ship). Another time there might be some romance somewhere. Or have the Maquis or Feds just simply win.

Lastly, and this is more thoughtful and morbid, there should be more dead crewmembers in this holo-novel than just Seska. Presumably, Tuvok made this early on in their voyage, and unless he programmed it to give them a random made up crew (apart from the senior staff), people like Durst should have been there. Tracking down some actors for a cameo might have been difficult, but Durst would've been perfect. However, that would have made it much more difficult for them to enjoy the program...

Enjoy the Day Everyone! RT
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RandomThoughts
Thu, Jul 6, 2017, 3:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

Hello @chris

Congratulations! :)

Regards... RT
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RandomThoughts
Thu, Jul 6, 2017, 8:11am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Empok Nor

Hello Everyone!

@R.J.

Heh, I just got done watching this, checked the comment stream, and here was your timely post that had me laughing out loud and my wife looking strangely at me. :)
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I really didn't remember too much about this episode at all. When they were on the runabout, I thought "These aren't all redshirts, are they?". Yep, they were. That was a bit disappointing. The one (1) time the entire command staff weren't there...

Speaking of which, this station is in an, uncomfortable, area of space, where Jem Hadar ships visit from time to time (but not lately and not today). Still, if these items were that important, in a potentially hostile area, why not take the Defiant?

And I agree with those that didn't like O'Brien splitting his forces...

BOQ'TA: We're going to split up?
O'BRIEN: We have to. If we don't send out a signal, we're never going to get off this station.

That... isn't much of a reason to split up. Yes, they had to get a signal off, but taking a bit longer while making certain your people are safer is of paramount importance. Heck, O'Brien still had to do most of it himself, since the other engineers ended up dead. They weren't starving yet. Keep the remainder of the team together with two or three holding phasers while one works.

You know, I really do think there is a connection with somewhat hokey horror movies. You see the folks on screen doing something stupid and you're yelling "Don't go in the Basement! Don't hide in the Cemetery! Don't Split Up!". I got the same feeling watching this, except these folks already knew there was a danger and STILL did stupid things.

I believe that even though O'Brien outsmarted Garak at the end, the remainder of the episode was a disservice to Miles and his tactical knowledge.

Your mileage may vary, of course. :)

RT
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RandomThoughts
Wed, Jul 5, 2017, 1:44am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Displaced

Hello Everyone!

Yes, yes, yes. I must do it. Even though it has been mentioned before...

Two of the bad guys are disabled in the cold environment, and as Paris and Torres leave, I'm nearly yelling "Pick up the weapons!" at the teevee. After going on about how their makeshift weapon had about one shot left in it, that they used, the actors or the director should have realized they needed to go get the guns. But they just headed off-stage. That was actually painful to watch.
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JANEWAY: How many are there?
TUVOK: Captain, there's data here for ninety four different environments.

I'm thinking not all of those environments were being used for the thousands of prisoners, so let's say half or so since some might have been empty (for new arrivals). Even that conservative estimate nets us 47 or more different spacefaring races that are probably going to be happy to get their people back, and they have Voyager to thank for it! Well, they might want to help them with provisions, weapons, navigation, gosh the list might just go on and on. Voyager's reputation in the Delta Quadrant repaired! Reams of data on new species! Instead we see Voyager buggering out and scampering off, with no mention of it. They didn't even show one other race making calls to their home world. At least we could have seen the fellow who pointed and said "They went that way".

-Captain's log, stardate 50929.6. The Nyrians have surrendered Voyager, and my crew is safely back on board. The former prisoners on the habitat vessel have contacted their native worlds, and are waiting to be taken home.

This was said as we see Voyager heading away. Now, I cannot believe these are the only Nyrians in the area. What if some of them head to the prison station, in their stolen ships, while the prisoners are waiting to be repatriated? Voyager was their only defense if that happened. And for a ship that stops by every random anomaly or planet with space races on them, sometimes for days or weeks, they just missed out on first contact with 47+ different species. That made my head hurt.

Not to mention the nifty long-range transporter that they'd take apart and integrate, never to be mentioned again.

Have a great day Everyone... RT
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RandomThoughts
Wed, Jul 5, 2017, 12:24am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Distant Origin

Hello Everyone!

I've really enjoyed reading the comments for this one. Most of them made me think a bit.

I liked how the Saurians sometimes kept their heads very still, and moved their eyes in a darting manner, this way and that, similar to how some reptiles look at things. Nice touch.

On the one hand, I can understand those that think the Voth should have been more advanced, having been spacefaring for 20 million years or so. On the other hand, maybe they were as advanced as they thought they needed to be, since they seemed to be head-and-shoulders above any others. Heck, they can go where they want, nearly as quickly as they'd like, and no one can see them when they do it. They even seemed to be Borg-proof, or at least Borg-resistant. Conflict can bring changes and upgrades, and with no-one around as powerful as they are, they saw no reason to go above a certain level. Perhaps Saurians don't feel the need to keep upgrading things just for the sake of doing it. :)

I liked this one as much as I did when I saw it first-run. Especially how the first part of it was Star Trek: Voth, instead of Voyager. Nicely different. :)

Thumbs up...

Have a great day Everyone! RT
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Sun, Jun 25, 2017, 3:42am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Rapture

Hello Everyone!

@R.J.

But is it Star Trek plastic? My thought here is they are making certain plastic is used up, by turning it into collectibles that would be saved for years on shelves, and in old trunks... until our Mothers get rid of it... :D

Yes, we should be more evolved (as Trekkers/Trekkies). I've seen comments on these pages that makes me believe we have not come as far as we think we have.

Good comments on the original Star Trek and their mentions (or implied) of a Greater Deity.

McCoy also said "In the name of heaven, where are we?" in the Squire of Gothos. There are probably more... A quick search revealed:

SCOTT: "Captain, thank heaven..." Obsession
SCOTT: "Then may heaven have helped your mother." The Corbormite Maneuver

Even if some in the 23rd/24th centuries are pure atheists, the use of god (small or big G) or heaven should still be in the language. And when their Star Ship is being blowed up real good, they would still call out to... something... to save them. It's instinct. My opinion of course on that.

Just some thoughts... RT
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Sat, Jun 17, 2017, 11:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Journey's End

Hello Everyone!

I'll probably catch some flak for this, but I have said American Indians since the 80's, especially after I found out they were named for the folks in India, which is where that very, very lost explorer thought he was...

I was actually quite progressive at the time.

I seldom say Native Americans because, heh, if we go back far enough, maybe there was another civilization before them that crashed and disappeared into dust, and they were the natives. Really, after a few billion years, it could have happened. Heck, go back just a few hundred million years, and dinosaurs ruled that area I believe.

Why don't folks get mad at the North American state of Indiana? Indian(a). No one ever, Ever, ever sees that? Are we hiding it under a rug somewhere?

Of course, it might be a very nice rug...

Just some musings... and no offense meant to anyone, and I mean ANYONE!

RT
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Outsider65
Sat, Jun 17, 2017, 3:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Emergence

That rainbow pipe thing the Enterprise created looks like an old Windows screensaver. Seeing the characters stare at it in amazement is hilarious.
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Outsider65
Sat, Jun 17, 2017, 3:14am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Bloodlines

The whole set up is pretty implausible. That Ferengi guy really went to the trouble of making a fake son for his enemy?

I thought Picard was sterile? Didn't he tell Wesley that having children wasn't possible for him or something along those lines? I guess not, given this episode, but that just makes some of his previous comments lose any weight they had. He does know men can have children up into the later years, making all his "that bridge is burned" statements false, right? He chose his career, but we've seen other captains with children.

As much of a cop-out as it was, I'm relieved the guy wasnt actually his son. I can't really see Picard truly having a secret love child out there. Sure, Kirk might have a handful, Riker dozens... But Picard? Nah, just doesn't seem like him.
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Outsider65
Sat, Jun 17, 2017, 2:48am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Journey's End

I understand not wanting to have your home taken away, especially if you have some sort of spiritual connection to it, but those people are pretty stupid if they think the Cardassians wouldn't turn them into Bajor 2.0 if they felt like it. I'd take wandering over being enslaved by one of the ugliest races seen so far in the Trekverse.

Wait, didn't Picard say these people were nomadic? They have buildings and stuff. So, not nomadic.

This was a pretty poor ending to Wes' story. We knew he was going to join the Traveler and "ascend to a higher plane" or whatever, but he acts so out of character throughout this, and the Traveler only shows up near the end. It's like his story was shoehorned into a completely unrelated plot.

It seems really weird how they call Native Americans "Indians". Locally yes they are still called that even today but Picard as a Briti- er, Frenchman should at least be calling them Native Americans or by their tribe(s). It seems preposterous that they'd be referred to that way on another planet in the future, they're not from India! (It would be only a little less weird to call them "Native Americans" on a planet so far removed from Earth but at least it'd be more accurate.)
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