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RandomThoughts
Tue, Jan 10, 2017, 12:36pm (UTC -6)
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 -6)
Re: VOY S2: Meld

Hello Everyone

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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Fri, Jan 6, 2017, 6:18pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Heya Everyone

Well, I'd like to think Chekov was on the ship then, just not important enough to be a part of the bridge crew. But there is a line in one of the episodes, Catspaw, where DeSalle is in charge, and he talks down to Checkov somewhat, who replies something along the lines of "...I'm not that green". I always thought that meant he was just recently on the ship.

Best to think that during Khan's initial visit, Chekov was down in waste extraction or some such thing. Via Memory Alpha: Koenig has joked many times that he believes Chekov accidentally made Khan wait an uncomfortable amount of time to use the bathroom. :)

Heh, I just had to chuckle at the memory of Chekov's so, so bad Beatles wig...

Your mileage may vary... RT
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Fri, Jan 6, 2017, 1:08am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

Hello Everyone

I just watched this again the other day, and I find myself looking at the episodes with a different eye than I did when they were first aired. I also attempt to watch them without thinking about what happens later, which is somewhat easier with the passage of time. I seem to remember the big points, but the minutia is almost new to me again.

So there I was, watching it play out, and my strongest thought was this: How did the Klingons know to have the civilian ship de-cloak right then? Not the series of attacks before, or the ones after? Perhaps they realized the Defiant had finally figured out the pattern (since they moved to the area where they thought the next attack would come from), but what was the guarantee that they'd actually fire on it? Somehow, they had to figure out that the Defiant had figured it out, then put their civilian ship in to get shot.

And how did they know Worf would be in command? Did they have this plan waiting in the wings, to be pulled out at the last minute when they found out? And was the extradition attempt a part of the plan? This seems like an awful, awful lot of work just to try to embarrass Worf. Would the Federation have stopped going on escort duty for the Cardassians, just because one Klingon non-combatant was destroyed during a Klingon attack? For the last question, I say no.

I watched Dreadnought from Voyager after this, and it got me thinking: What if the new ship was full of explosives, or was there to ram the Defiant? Sure, they can take the time to scan the new ship, and by that time... BOOM! During an attack by the Klingons, ANY Klingon ship is fair game if it suddenly appears within the field of battle... at least that's my take on it.

I don't know, but it also seemed weird to me that the four-star (!) Admiral didn't have any staff hanging around during the proceedings. *ting-ting*... *ting-ting*...

I must admit, I still somewhat liked the 'gotcha' moment at the end, but find I enjoyed them (gotcha's) more when they originally aired, before the passage of time made me think about things a bit differently. They're sort of like watching a murder mystery and trying to figure out whodunnit, only to discover it's the 2nd cousin of the wife who everyone thought was dead, revealed in the last five minutes.

I did like this episode, and still do. I liked the back-and-forth between the Lawyer and Sisko/Worf, although it did seem to play out about one act too long.

Have a great day Everyone... RT
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TS
Tue, Jan 3, 2017, 4:16am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: The Forgotten

While I was going through the first two seasons of this show (particularly 2), I had a sinking feeling that this show would never get to anything that resembled the quality story-lines that DS9 pulled off on a regular basis.

Luckily with this "trilogy" of episodes - Azati/Damage and now The Forgotten, I'm glad I pushed through the first two lackluster seasons to get to this point. While the Xindi arc itself hasn't lit my world on fire, it is certainly a nice change of pace from the dull/redundant episodes that we got back in Season 2.

Connor did a terrific job capturing the sort of endless "denial" that a person goes through after the tragic loss of a loved one. Great stuff all around. Looking forward to finishing out this season, which has been a MUCH NEEDED improvement after the majority of 1 and 2's stories.
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Mon, Jan 2, 2017, 12:37am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

Heya Everyone

I did something I rarely do while on my current re-watch, I skipped parts of it. Well, mostly everything past the 18 minute mark, when he says the new 'coffee' is undrinkable and Torres likes it.

Now the first 18 minutes, I watched that intently, to see if there were redeeming qualities that could have been a good starting point for, well, nearly anything. And I liked that first 18 minutes. Heh, "Wake UP!". And Neelix helping to change their train of thought when they were trying to figure out why the shuttle would keep losing it's engines. Yep, that first 18 minutes had promise, I think. While I did peek in at certain moments, I mostly skipped the rest. I am almost embarrassed to say that, but I think I'd have wanted that 27 minutes or so of my life back.

Your mileage may vary...

Take care, gentle sentients... RT
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Thu, Dec 29, 2016, 10:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Alliances

Hello Everyone

I liked this episode because it fleshed out the Kazon a bit, about their being repressed, that they revolted, then sending the Trabe into exile. Now we know more about why they don't seem to have a plan (at least to me), simply flying around growling at anyone and anything.

The only plan the Kazon ever had was to be out from under the Trabe. We don't know if they had a single Leader at the time, but it seems all the factions put their differences aside to cast them out. Now they have these somewhat powerful ships and after that, well, they didn't know much of what to do with them (aside from gaining personal power and pushing the Trabe around whenever they find them).

I'd imagine the Trabe had a great deal of space they controlled, with so many Kazon factions having their own piece of it, but it seems there are areas no sect really has dominion over. And, it's probably good that there isn't a true central Leader of the Kazon. If they stopped fighting each other and decided to have a focus, Voyager more than likely would have been in more trouble that it already was. Probably a large portion of the Delta quadrant would be as well. I think if the Trabe wait long enough, the Kazon will wipe themselves out through in-fighting and they will be able to move right back in.

And having the former Trabe space be somewhat huge would help to explain why Voyager keeps running into the Kazon (although some of them must do a great deal of traveling, to keep dealing with the Feds). But we know Voyager stops to look at every nook and cranny, so having Culluh/Seska keep popping up every so often isn't that big a deal for me.

I think if they'd told us some of this earlier in the series, I'd have had more interest in the Kazon. Probably, they just didn't think about it until later...

Now, one thing I didn't really care for. Chakotay talks to the Captain about making alliances in the Delta quadrant, maybe with some Kazon (hmm... former Trabe space really Must have been big for them to need a alliance to get across the rest of it, but I digress...). So he says hey, let's find someone, anyone, to form a temporary alliance with as we head home. It's dangerous out here, and we might need some friends (and a spacedock to repair the ship from time-to-time (my thoughts)). Great idea! Then the end made me feel like she was telling everyone Chakotay's idea was not worthwhile. They were already going to keep their principles with any alliance they made, and did that the best they could. Her speech came across to me as condescending towards Chakotay, and as his character just sits there, I felt really uncomfortable for him.

Oh, lastly, lower power on the phaser-type weapons as that Trabe leader was going to be in the next room, and lower yields on the torpedoes, so they don't wipe out half the city (just getting their attention).

Regards Everyone... RT
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Fri, Dec 23, 2016, 8:59pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S3: Taking a Break from All Your Worries

Hello Everyone!

Before Gaius knew he was being monitored, he said he knew Gaeta was passing information along to the resistance. Heh, then Gaeta says "No you Didn't!" and Gaius says "Yes I Did!", perhaps even implying he had a hand in making certain some important documents were left were Gaeta could get them. At least, that's how I took it. And those listening heard him say that as well.

Also, I tried to listen very carefully when Baltar whispers to him, and I thought he said "I will keep your secret". I think the occupation damaged Gaeta far more than we get to see. Of all the people who could, should or would want to kill Baltar, only Gaeta has tried (albeit in the spur of the moment), and Roslin mentioned she knew he wasn't going there late at night to ask him any questions, but to kill him. Maybe when he isn't in the CIC, he has too much time to think...

I watched the prior episode, where Baltar signed his name on the death list, very closely on my recent re-watch. It seemed to me that Baltar was saying "I cannot go on like this", and was sort of all right with being shot. But Imaginary 6 was telling him something along the lines of "They are going to Shoot you", then yelled "Sign the Paper!", or something close. That startled Gaius out of his reverie and he quickly signed, almost before he knew what he was doing. Upon that view, I felt he was going to let himself get killed, and Imaginary 6 tries to keep that from happening, no matter the cost.

Finding out the episode changed after the title was written, perhaps it was supposed to be more bar-centric originally, or more throughly show how everyone has the same or similar problems. I still have the theme from Cheers running through my brain...

Peace to Everyone... RT

...You want to be where you can see, your troubles are all the saaame... you want to go where everybody knooooows your naaaaame...
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Fri, Dec 16, 2016, 10:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Crossfire

Hello Everyone

Loved, loved, loved Odo in this one. Sometimes I like a nice, calm story, and for the most part, this was just that. Also nice to not be burdened by Techobabble for a bit. And since the story was so simple, there weren't as many plot holes as they seem to have sometimes. Yes, the elevator seemingly fell too far too fast, but that is a minor quibble.

Actually, my only minor problem is that Shakarr would have a security detail with him on the ship, and the head of security for the First Minister would jointly arrange security with the heads of security on the station. Shakarr showed up with one aide, but I believe he'd have a pile of guards, even if he didn't want them, because he's the Bajoran Leader.

I liked the interaction between Odo and Worf tremendously, but also sort of cringed at what they were saying, finding common ground in the ways they keep their friends from visiting. Yes, it was funny, but also sort of horrible. :)

Wandering away... RT
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Tue, Dec 13, 2016, 11:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Cold Fire

Heya Everyone!

It'd been many years since I'd seen this one, and I'd forgotten much. Like the voice-over at the beginning, which I didn't see the point of. Maybe they figured many folks had missed the pilot, or didn't remember, but I thought they'd mentioned the Caretaker a few times up to now, and had said something about his mate, just not recently. It seemed out of place to me. That let us know Susperia was going to be in it, instead of letting us figure it out on our own.

*10 1/2 months ago, Voyager was taken from their part of the galaxy by a powerful entity know as the Caretaker. During the course of their experience, they encounter a race known as the Kazon, which they eventually encounter a few times. These were dangerous foes who didn't seem to really have a plan for, well, anything, but they like to shoot things. Which makes them dangerous. Oh, and they have muddy feathers (or something) in their hair. Just in case you forgot...*. I'll be looking for the Kazon voice-over when we see them next, which I think is soon.

I really liked Kes in this one, although I'd forgotten how much time was spent just walking around and talking, though I didn't mind too much. I think the character had great potential, but nobody had an idea what to do with her. And I too was waiting to see a shot of a crowd of Ocampans, or for them to go visit the station. And yes, it was nice seeing Neelix not fly into a rage because Kes is talking to someone. On a whole, I liked the episode until the end, which reminded me of the TNG episode "Imaginary Friend". Even the actress reminded me of the *friend*. Then, same as in that one, the alien flies away after they convince it they really are good sentients.

And lastly, it's been ten months. How long is the gestation for the human/alien baby? Did they say? Shouldn't we have had a birth around now?

Extra lastly, Jammer mentioned the trailer from the previous week ruining part of the plot. I stopped watching any trailer after seeing the one for TNG's "Cause and Effect" ("The Enterprise is caught in a Tiiiiime Loop"), which gave the thing away. I was, umm..., ticked, to say the least. I think I mentioned that in my review of said episode. :D

Have a great day, gentle sentients... RT
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Matsu
Sun, Dec 4, 2016, 1:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: Qpid

Now I'm officially stopping reading your ridiculous reviews.. this episode is one of my favorites, absolutely hilarious.. Q is always the best. I don't understand how anyone cannot like this episode. Now to erase this site from my bookmarks...
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Fri, Dec 2, 2016, 12:00am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: Who Mourns for Adonais?

Howdy Folks

@Skeptical

As I recall from my mythology course and later involvement, the gods of Greece were more powerful the more believers/followers they had. In one of the mythos, the gods were able to defeat the titans (their forebears), because they had followers, which gave them more power. The titans could only use the power they had, as they were not worshiped, and were defeated because the gods were gaining power from the people. Of course this is just one telling (a bit simplified), and there are many stories, but this was the one I liked the best. :)

Also, in this episode, Apollo didn't seem to have real power of his own, he had a building that supplied him power, which he was able to convert to use with/against the Enterprise crew. Without that building/power source, he was much reduced. Perhaps it was just old habits, and he wanted to Feel the power of adulation again...

Now, Scotty. Hmm... Small spoiler alert, if watching TOS for the first time straight through, skip to the **'s.

They show him with a full-on infatuation/love for Lt. Palamas, which seems to nearly drive him mad. I mean, he does some really stupid things. Thinking about the later episode Wolf in the Fold, of course they thought he was the culprit (after a head injury caused by a woman), because he'd been shown to be a nutjob here when a lady said "Hello" to him or showed some mutual interest. Then, third season, The Lights of Zetar, he once again is a bit off the rails when it comes to the lady he had his eye on, who ends up being the person the baddies wanted. Now, I loved, loved Scotty, especially when he was in command of the Enterprise from time to time, but he was written very poorly when it came to women, and that is a dis-service to Scotty. We cannot do anything about it of course, but looking back... wow.

**

Overall, from the first time I saw this episode in the 70's as a young'un until now, I always thought it was so sad Apollo decided he had to spread himself on the wind. But it seems you cannot have an emotional, pull-the-heartstrings ending if he just sails off to Starfleet and tells them what he knows of the past, or his people... that's why it's a tragedy...

But most of us kinda/sorta wish that could have happened...

Happy trails everyone... RT
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Thu, Dec 1, 2016, 10:36pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Errand of Mercy

Heh, I just recalled that the Enterprise did indeed join the Federation fleet, and they were all racing toward the Klingons when they were stopped. We just don't get to see the other ships. Would've been neat if they'd shown some other ships when they did the revamp. :) But I digress, and my point is the same even with that small...

Whoopsie... RT
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Thu, Dec 1, 2016, 10:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Errand of Mercy

Heya Everyone!

Love the recent discussion! Nice to see.

After reading the comments, and running the episode through in my head (last watched around two years ago), something occurred to me: Without the meddling of Kirk and Spock, the Organians would probably have done... nothing, and billions might have died.

Now, hear me out. We heard during the episode that there was probably going to be a state of war between the Federation and the Klingons, but it hadn't happened yet. It was just probable. When the Fantastic Two head down to the planet, they are told time and again that everything is fine, just go home and we will sit here and smile. But they don't leave (eventually cannot), and keep stirring things up. And these Organians, who have let these ants run around their fake anthill, get more and more frustrated as they say "Stop, or we'll say Stop again" and the ants don't listen. Hey, they may be super duper powerful, but they are not perfect. They seem to still have some foibles. And one of them is when the ants tell them they would do as they please, over and over, they eventually cannot take it any longer (not liking the brutal, savage things they were planning on doing), and they metaphorically slam their hand on the table and say "Enough is enough! Not only are you going to listen to what we have to say, but we are stopping your war, as of NOW!", potentially saving billions...

On the other hand, if Kirk and Spock had left when they were first told to go (they still could, if memory serves), or had just become random fake townsfolk sitting in a room somewhere, the Enterprise leaves and joins the Federation fleet. They are eventually engaged in glorious battle with the Klingons and billions die in the war, while the Organians sit in their room, contemplating whatever they think about, and smile. They never got mad at the ants, so they never made a decision to intercede, because the fake anthill was still quiet and peaceful...

Since they had never gotten involved in any other war, that we know of, they probably wouldn't have now. Because, hey, we're just ants to them. And even today, we don't explain things to ants, because how could they possibly understand?

Anyway, that was the epiphany I had while reading these most thoughtful insights above.

I hope this is a great day for everyone... RT
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Wed, Nov 30, 2016, 11:27pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Little Green Men

Hello Everyone

Once, a long time ago, I watched an American propaganda war movie that was shot during '42 or so. Every time a serviceman entered a room, they asked "Smoke?". Then they would hand out cigarettes to everyone there, everyone would light up, take a few puffs, then start the dialogue. EVERY... SCENE... (might have been sponsored by a tobacco company).

Anyway, I thought of that movie while watching this. As has been commented, they seemed to be lampooning the old war movies, right down to the detail of someone seeming to light up, all the time.

Yeah, it was shot with a comedic take on, well, everything, but I wonder if that was they only way they felt they could shoot the episode. I liked it okay, and laughed at some of the jokes, but it just felt out of place to me. Like they couldn't shoot it straight, because, you know, Ferengi. It's hard to put into words, but I think it was just a bit too fluffy...

Your mileage may vary, and have a great day... RT
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Wed, Nov 30, 2016, 4:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

After seeing this episode and "The Breach", all I can say is: Finally!

Finally this show is tapping into it's Trekkian potential after a season that has been largely shallow and mediocre, even when compared to the below average first season.

It's been hard for me to sit through an entire episode this season, largely because my interest wanes when the writers always turn interesting plots into standard "action hour" episodes or fill it up with lackluster twists and turns. That didn't happen with "Cogenitor", which is surprising because it is a Braga and Berman episode... the same people who wrote "A Night in Sickbay" gave us this?

I was also happy to see Andreas Katsulas back on Trek one last time. And the "Dixon Hill" and "Bride of Chaotica" appearances on the film list were a great touch.

Great episode, I'm hoping it's something of a turning point for the series (probably thought the same thing after seeing "Dear Doctor" and "Shuttlepod One"...), because I have often found my first watch of this season to be tedious.
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Mon, Nov 28, 2016, 10:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Starship Down

Heya Everyone!

Most of my thoughts were already covered above, but one thing I liked was them reacting in a 3D way in the atmosphere of the gas giant. Something was above, something was below, similar to the Enterprise in Wrath of Khan, in the nebula. For some reason, in space, the writers regard everything as 2D/on the same plane in their writing.

Oh, one more thing, I also figured they'd be crushed by the atmosphere when the containment field crashed. Since I've learned this was supposed to be set in water, perhaps in that case they might have a few seconds to get into the lift and close the door. Seems like they forgot to re-write the script here, getting them into the tube before the field let go. Just my random thought though...

Great day to everyone... RT
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Sat, Nov 19, 2016, 1:47am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: The Way of the Warrior

Hello Everyone

@Peter G. made me think about something from another series, Babylon 5. The class/caste system with the Minbari had a Warrior class, a Religious class and a Worker class (and the Worker class was deemed to be a bit lower rung). While they did overlap in some areas (the Religious class had some wicked martial arts of their own), they mainly stayed in their own role, or were supposed to. That is how I view the Klingons. We've even seen it from time to time, when Worf travels for enlightenment for example. They don't spell it out, but I think that is a logical way to view them, and we normally only see the Warriors...

Random thought #1: I have seen all of these before, but some have not. I was really appalled by how many gave spoilers for some things that should be experienced naturally with the flow of time. And early on in the comments, too. I'd have been pissed if I'd read these comments and had plotlines ruined for me...

I'd think the Klingons would have their best shock troops for the battle on DS9, especially since they didn't use them for the invasion of the Cardassian homeworld. As mentioned countless times above, they didn't look like the best of the best.

Random thought #2: Why didn't they keep sending troops over? 40 or so ships sending over their Warriors at the same time should have made mincemeat out of the defenders...

Sisko: So you saw which way the winds were blowing and changed sides.
Dukat: *leaning forward* It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Loved that. Best lines in the episode for me.

Random thought #3: I think it's neat that there are so many comments from the past year or two. While I realize many are made by Jammerlifers, I still see comments from newer folks. I'd be interested to know how many hits the site gets these days, as opposed to when it was ranked first on the Gaggle list. :)

I really loved this episode when it first aired (nearly wore out my tape watching the battle sequences), and I loved it again upon my recent viewing. I, once more, backed up the vid to see the battle a few times.

Random thought #4: It seemed that after TOS episode The Ultimate Computer, they were afraid to put their weapons or ships on automatic (and rarely do so), not quite trusting the computer. That episode showed us what the computer could do, and it was deadly. Trek always seems to show someone using auto-target, then firing manually (looking up at the viewscreen to see if it worked), wasting valuable time, when the computer could have fired so much faster. We finally get to see the computer doing the targeting, because it'd be more than one person could hope to handle with so many enemies. Multiple targets, autofire using the sensors to determine when another ship was vulnerable, concentrating fire until it was a smoky dot. Even back when watching TOS for the first time in the 70's, it always bothered me that they did everything with a manual push of the button (even had the crew in the torpedo room have to hit the fire button after getting an order from the bridge, as if they are on a submarine (Balance of Terror)).

Thoughts heading out of phase... reality creeping in... time to sign off for now.

RT
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Fri, Nov 18, 2016, 11:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Discovery

Hello Everyone

I will also give Discovery a chance when I finally see it, and heck, I'll probably find a way to like it. But one thing, mentioned above somewhere, still bothers me...

It looks like, if you have Netflix anywhere in the world, except for the United States, you can see these episodes first-run. But ONLY in the USofA, fans would need to buy a separate service to see them in a timely manner. This just seems so... shortsighted. I already have Netflix and Hulu, with no cable/dish, and I know I am not buying anything else. Ever.

I believe they have a bad plan that will bite them in the backside, but they will be too stubborn to do anything about it until it's too late...

Network executives... Pfffttt!!!

Your mileage may vary... RT
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Fri, Nov 18, 2016, 11:14pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Disaster

Hello Everyone

@David

I have been thinking about the lack of harnesses or whatnot, and while watching an episode of DS9 where their runabout crash lands through trees (!) while the two main characters only shake and rattle a bit, I've come to the conclusion that the Federation believes their inertial dampeners will always function properly to keep folks from flying about too much. Without them, the crew would be paste on the back wall when they went to warp. So they must believe they will always function to keep everyone on an even keel when the ship is violently shaken.

Now, we know that every ship in the fleet has folks flying this way and that, so the inertial dampeners don't always work quickly enough for sudden emergencies, but this was the only thing I could come up with. Reality is they probably thought folks falling down (and chairs falling over in TOS) would add something to the drama. Or, they didn't want them bolted down to chairs when those darned plasma conduits would blow, or the consoles with no circuit breakers going kablooie (above comment by NCC-1701-Z), that suddenly work properly when someone steps over a body to take over that same console.

I always thought they missed the boat on this one...

Take care Everyone... RT
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Wed, Nov 16, 2016, 3:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: When the Bough Breaks

I certainly think that EM Forster's classic sf story-'The Machine Stops' was being consciously honoured in this episode.
Most of the characters in that story have no concept of how the planetary machine actually works either.
I cannot say I never disagree with Jammer as I found this story more interesting than the last one with the Binars but the shmalz was overdone and the wrap up pretty unconvincing.
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Fri, Nov 11, 2016, 5:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Non Sequitur

Heya Everyone!

I really thought Harry wouldn't be able to live with himself if he didn't try to get back to Voyager, because he'd know Paris would probably end up living a sad existence, and because another person ended up on Voyager who wasn't supposed to be there. I mean, what's the worst that could happen if he failed? Oh, right, Boom. At least in this scenario.

I kept waiting for Harry to simply ask for a Vulcan mind-meld, to prove (at least to the Vulcan) that Harry was indeed from Voyager and probably needed to go back to set things straight. Or, use some of that 23'd century technology from "Wolf in the Fold" and have a computer determine if he was telling the truth. I'd have loved that. Sometimes I wonder how much Star Trek the writers had actually seen...

Have a great day... RT
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Thu, Nov 10, 2016, 1:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Transfigurations

This is one of those special episodes that make this series so wonderful and prophetic. I'm not surprised most people don't see that. One day when people will become more spiritual this episode will become more appreciated.
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Tue, Nov 8, 2016, 11:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Elogium

Hello Everyone!

Boy. Back when this first aired, my best friend and I were discussing it at the bar, and we agreed it was simply horrible. While we enjoyed characters based on their character and development, we also agreed that Kes was a cutie. Until now. They turned her into a sweating, dirt eating, bug eating insanity on wheels. *shudder*. You just cannot unsee that... And then at the end said "Just Kidding!". Ugh.

Short of the later *possible minor spoiler* episode where they warp themselves into de-evolution, this was the crummiest episode of the series. The only, only saving grace was Tuvok talking about his kids. That was it. That Wildman didn't know she was pregnant was impossible for me. Not for six months plus. I don't care what race the father is, completely off the rails for me.

Also, the other plot. They said they had the shields up. Even if something penetrates the shields, there is a blue electrical type discharge with a handy *zapping* sound in an area away from the ship. They showed the larger creature bumping into the ship, and vice-versa, without that. And it kept reminding me of the horrible TNG episode "The Lost", where Troi lost her abilities when trapped by a two-dimensional set of creatures.

It's a shame this episode was made the way it was. I believe they were just trying to come up with a way to talk about having babies on board, and picked the under-utilized Kes as their focal point. They made her having a baby, then not, but had Wildman actually with child (which felt thrown in, as if they knew they'd made a big mistake, and this was the fix).

Half a star at best for me, if only for Tuvok talking about his kids, which was almost touching for me...

I watched it again because it was next, but if I ever watch the series through a third time, nevernevernevernevernever...

RT
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Sat, Nov 5, 2016, 9:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S3: Occupation/Precipice

Hello Everyone!

As I re-watch this set of episodes, it dawned on me that maybe, just maybe, in their own twisted way, the Cylons were trying to "help" the humans. They had stopped their war against them earlier, telling the humans to go their merry way, but now they find them again and the 6's and 8's want the Cylons to make amends. The problem is the Cylons have absolutely no idea how to do it. They muck it up from the start, with a great show of strength, then tell them not to fight back against their aid so no one will get hurt. If they wanted to destroy them, a single shot to the city would have done it.

I just think they were clueless about how to help. That isn't now they were born and bred. Astonished at resistance to hundreds of soldiers to keep everyone safe, they do the only thing they know, keep putting the pressure and control on, wondering without a clue why it isn't working...

I actually thought Baltar was ready to take a bullet, in polite opposition to what Jammer had written. He told imaginary 6 he just couldn't do it (sign the death order), and she told him to do it and fight another day. My thoughts were he was at the end of his rope and, in that moment, didn't care if he lived or died. It would have been very BSG if he'd ended up all over his desk, but he is such a wonderful anti-hero, I understand why they didn't do that. And his falling tears after signing the paper were very well done...

Enjoyed the scene with Zarek and Roslin side-by-side in their (execution) transport, and seeing Zarek pull Roslin back when the Cylons were about to fire. There have been a very few instances where being in the back of a crowd about to be machine-gunned led a wounding and feigning death. While Zarek has been shown to be mostly a scoundrel looking out for himself, he didn't stay with the government (as he could have) and almost looked a bit chivalrous here. I like it when folks are shown 3d and not 2d. That moment helped my perception of him.

This was the first episode of the reboot I'd ever seen, as my provider didn't have SciFy until season three. I was gobsmacked by these episodes. Of course I was somewhat clueless about some things, but figuring them out as they went along was pretty fun. I had no real idea who that grizzled person was, no matter what they called him. *That was TIGH?! That's his WIFE?!*. Heh, I figured Anders had Always been there until they had a marathon of the first two seasons. :D

Enjoy the day everyone... RT
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