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Sun, May 29, 2016, 2:44am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Carbon Creek

Well, apparently some people cannot appreciate acting if it is not in-your-face shouting and explicit emotional outbursts.

Because that's all I see in this review. Hating because the acting is not dramatic enough.

Or maybe someone is just anti-Vulcan and can't see the obvious humor in an all-Vulcan episode, with all their coldly emotional behavior.
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Sat, May 28, 2016, 11:06am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Desert Crossing

Seeing Trip in yet another bad spot makes me feel like he's the O'brien of Enterprise.

Other than that, it just seemed like a real drag to Archer and Trip, to drive home the necessity to formulate something like a Prime Directive.
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Sat, Mar 19, 2016, 9:33am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Alice

I wonder if the story was left intentionally vague in certain parts.

Perhaps what the writers were trying to do is tie several of the following themes into one story:

Drug addiction / compulsive behavior - psychological research knows that the brain structure does change, therefore leading to certain actions such as the desire to take a drug, or repeatedly perform certain actions. In Paris' case, it was Alice altering his mind to make him feel dependent on her, like a bit of a drug.

B'Elanna's help and actions towards Paris, and the overall crew's response - they did not punish him or court martial him, or anything like that for disobeying orders. Instead they treated him like a person who was ill mentally and helped me recover, to snap out of the addiction Alice induced.

Alice may be more than a shuttle, but a sentient organism - she wants to go to that spatial anomaly and calls it "home". Is she sentient? Is she actually some kind of non-carbon-based lifeform that Voyager's sensors missed and she resides in that old ship. And that anomaly really was her home? But due to her uncooperative or secretive nature, and the overall situation, the Voyager crew were never able to conduct First Contact properly with her and she took matters into her own hands... Resulting in her undoing. Perhaps if this was an episode of The Next Generation, would Picard and crew discover her sentient nature, negotiate, and offer to help her fly her own way into her home?
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Wed, Mar 9, 2016, 3:49am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: The Fight

Course: Oblivion deserves better points than this episode to be honest.

The crazy gene fear and Chakotay's interest in boxing both appeared out of nowhere.

And since Chakotay has had other scenarios that affected his mind, it was odd this was never brought up before, not even a passing mention.

I also preferred every moment they spent out of a dream sequence, and on Voyager discussing technobabble terms about the chaotic space, than the dreams themselves.

The concept perhaps may be good, but I don't think it was executed convincingly enough.
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Mon, Mar 7, 2016, 7:41am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

So some comments complain that this episode was pointless?

I believe, THAT, is, the point.

Our life, if no one remembers it - knows what we did, knows what we accomplished... It will ultimately end as the mimic-Voyager did. Just a footnote on a report, that it was found destroyed, and no one even knows what the vessel was before it disintegrated.... from dust to dust.

It also, in a way, kind of serves as a spiritual sequel to one of the TNG episodes that had the Enterprise-D create a non-carbon-based lifeform that was based off the ship itself... I.e. Enterprise-D's baby. I personally wondered whatever became of that organism and the answer may perhaps be found in this episode of Voyager where Voyager had a "similar" experience, though it was more of cloned, along with her crew, than a baby. That said, the Enterprise-D's baby was said to possess the data logs and information, memories of the Enterprise-D crew, and Captain Picard guessed that whatever it became, that baby should reflect the spirit and character of the Enterprise-D. So there you go, this episode does do a type of spiritual sucessor to that.
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Thu, Feb 25, 2016, 9:19am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Omega Directive

Honestly, most of the comments here show lack of attention to what was said in the show, and some stubborn belief about the show being static. If you paid attention, and stop thinking the show is static and pay attention to the character development over episodes, everything here would seem like a natural continuation.

Janeway's secrecy. Omega particles are supposed to be very dangerous. She decides to hide information about it because she wants to protect her crew. She only wants to risk herself, no one else. She states this as her motivation for all this secrecy when Chakotay confronted her and asked her to disclose it. She also explained that normally, if they had the rest of the Federation, the rest of Starfleet would be involved, but since they are alone in the Delta Quadrant, she wants to do it herself and not risk endangering her crew whom she wants to see them reach home.

Seven's religious experience. It makes sense. Her Borg indoctrination drives her obsession to discover more about the particle. However, since she has been un-assimilated and gradually learning to behave more human, learning human ways of talking etc. over many episodes, her expressions in this episode therefore carry a human-like characteristic of religious analogies. If she were still fully Borg, she would, in her own words, assimilate it at all costs. And she will not be explaining to anyone what she is doing. She would just assimilate the alien researcher, and then assimilate the particle.

Aliens, the Voyager crew early on did say these were a pre-warp society. However, it doesn't mean they can't build ships with impulse propulsion or weapons strong enough to affect Federation shields. Nowhere did they say that, they only said they were pre-warp. Which is why Voyager could escape them near the end of the episode by engaging warp one. And it is no implausible for them to invent and store the particle despite being more primitive in space travel technology - perhaps they have discovered some other elements or technique not known to the Federation previously, which they did, when Seven questioned that alien scientist and found out.

Get rid of the particles using the transporter... Seems like a possible idea for... people who don't know how transporters work. And I am no expert on transporters either. However, it could be very possible that if they kept the particles in the transporter, the transporter system may overload and damage the ship instead?

Seven going all collective-protocol and giving crew members numbered designations. I find this very amusing and had no issue with it. She's just using her own kind of ranking system since she was tasked with a leadership role, while keeping the simplicity of numbers, instead of creating titles.

Omega particle stabilizing by itself. To me, perhaps it was due to them reaching the right amount of particles in the chamber, allowing it to stabilize. The self-stabilization occurred as Seven was destroying them and reducing them (recall she and Janeway were discussing how many percent of the particles remained), so perhaps the key to achieving a stable molecule is to have the right number of particles.

Returning the scientist who invented the particle back to his society. Well, this could possibly have been handled better but since they were running out of time on the show they had to end it quickly. However, it was very possible they debriefed the scientist off-screen, told him the dangers, and he himself said earlier his society was low on resources and this was their only hope - perhaps he was really telling the truth and now that the particle is gone, they can't hope to remake it, so returning the scientist is no issue.

And this might have meant that Voyager was condemning their race to ... a stagnation in technological progress or even destruction, but that's where the part about ignoring the Prime Directive seems intriguiging, and that the Omega Directive should take precedence over the Prime Directive

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