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dave johnson
Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 6:10am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Latent Image

Just something I thought of...

if computer programming could create a hologram with emotions, ethical subroutines, the ability to learn and develop.... why would you have problems with Data and emotion chips... why not create and android body and put the computer program of a hologram into the brain and off you go.....

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dave johnson
Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 6:09am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Latent Image

I didn't like Janeway's arrogance here.

Look, if any sentient being had this problem... you would not lobotimize them.... you would use counselling, therapy, etc... if they are violent they can be confined to quaters....... you let them work it out.

So, if Doc is self aware, and thus sentient..... it seemed odd that she would essentially lobotimize him.

The end solution was right, let him deal with it however long it takes

Interesting episode. What would a human do... a human would likely treat the person he/she had a relationship with if both patients were "tied in level of severity". That decision alone makes it pretty clear the Doc has evolved beyond just computer programs and instant programmed decisions.
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dave johnson
Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 12:41am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Night

Hm... 15+ years later and we are still having childish debates about "MY Trek series is better than your Trek series.. nah nah nah". He wrote these reviews over 15 years ago, in the context of both shows happening at the same time. They were VERY different shows and it is natural for a person to favor one over the other. A DS9 fan would be driven nuts by all the continuity errors and short term thinking on Voyager after enjoying a series with multi year storylines and dozens of recurring characters.... I don't think that could have been avoided.

This is a good episode, I enjoyed watching it again tonight.

One thing that I thought about....... they get assaulted by diseases and aliens wanting to kill them on a weekly basis; so they get into a region of space where they can cruise for a few months with nobody bothering them and that leads them to essentially get depressed, panic, go mad, etc..... I guess they do need to be attacked on a regular basis or they get bored?





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dave johnson
Sun, Jan 15, 2017, 10:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: One

Ah, how handy. 150 stasis pods just lying around ready to go on a moment's notice. Those Federation stations are so smart when stocking a ship for it's next mission.



Yes, I know.... Replicated, right? Well, considering all the replicators we see are the size of a microwave, it would have taken a long time to replicate all those parts and assemble them. And where did they put them after this was done? Hm.... maybe de-replicate them piece by piece?

Darn, too bad the crew forgot about how to make these handy dandy pods. They would have come in handy in future adventures.
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dave johnson
Sun, Jan 15, 2017, 10:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: One

@Skywalker

hate to break it to you, however, they still use F for temperature in the USA so often you get that in Trek shows. She was not speaking in Celsius in that moment.
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dave johnson
Sat, Jan 14, 2017, 12:15am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Basics, Part II

Would have liked a Suder episode once a year... he was an interesting character. That guy played someone in B5 that was an evil person who was mind wiped as punishment and put into an order of monks and it was an interesting episide.

They didn't have a budget to commit to someone being signed as a recurring, and I think they wanted to keep the focus on the main group and not have people pay attention to extras. They had very few recurring crew members unfortunately.

Someone in the thread went on about how they had translators when way from the ship. There was an episode in DS9 where the Ferengi said they had chips in their ears that did the translating... one can assume everyone had that technology.... although they didn't explain how the humans without any translators could understand Quark when his chip was working.... :) Trek was against having alien languages other than Klingon and a very minimal amount of snippets from beings they met. We just have to suspend belief on that one.

I don't get Jammer bitching about the predictability (everyone surviving, voyager saved, etc)....... what do you expect? This is a long term series and so no matter what premise you have, the ship and the main cast are likely to survive.. that doesn't make perilous episodes a joke. Sure, they could kill off a main character but that is not what they were about. Everyone survives unless their contract is not renewed.

I do agree on the ship always being nice and fancy and brand new after the most devastating of circumstances. Show us 3 - 4 episodes where things are still being fixed and broken, etc. I know this is episodic and they wanted it to be a situation where you could watch any show and not be lost...however, they did have some recurring stuff like Kazon or Phage ,etc and certainly could have done that from tiem to time.

I often have wondered why they chose to make Harry Kim such a dull and empty character who made no progression in the show. Even a promotion one rank up would have been something..... nobody of good merit in Starfleet stays an Ensign that long as far as we can tell. They gave him shifts running the bridge and he was considered a senior officer because he was on the bridge, yet never got promoted. Hell Tom got commissioned back into starfleet, demoted and re-promoted. was he intended to be an inside joke? Was it a slight on asian characters? was the actor so soft that they didn't care to develop him?
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dave johnson
Wed, Jan 11, 2017, 12:15am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Distant Origin

I don't see the Voth as hanging onto this as a religion (although this of course is paralleled with human religious dogma).

In their case, they need to keep the belief system that they are from the DQ, that they evolved there first, and it is their rightful place. That would lead me to believe they have abused a lot of other species under the guise of "this is our right".

So this is more about protecting their ability to control and abuse other cultures instead of just religion itself (although this certainly is an allegory for religion).
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dave johnson
Tue, Jan 10, 2017, 3:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

Yeah, no question. I doubt the writers were thinking that deeply; however, it was made pretty clear the he had the assinnation planned from the beginning and was not transparent. So, anything could have been concocted including him saying all his contacts were dead. That could have been a ruse to get Sisko to cross the line to allow him to implement his real plan.

I would have loved a book written that did a fill out of this story. From Garak contacting his people in Cardassia, to getting the rod, finding Tolar (even a chapter on their history together), planting the bomb, what happened to the gel, etc.

I remember B5 did one complete novel just around the episode where they had the Technomages show up on the station, and it was pretty awesome to get all the ruses and "magic" they were doing to be explained.


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dave johnson
Tue, Jan 10, 2017, 12:52am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Darkling

I guess the viewers were the only ones supposed to notice that the Doc's hair was a little messy and his face was looking unhealthy when he was "evil".

You would think the crew should have noticed that.

And, this evil persona.. why would he bother to change his appearance (which would require changes to the program) just to "look evil"

i found that funny
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dave johnson
Mon, Jan 9, 2017, 1:02am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Darkling

@Kristen from way back in 2013 re: trek females always going for the slimy guys...

I would suspect the writers are guys who didn't get a lot of women throughout their life. Guys like that usually do the "Im nice and girls don't like me, they always go for the douchebags".... while there sometimes is truth in that, generally speaking it is a complete cop-out and lack of responsibility for how one interacts with the gender they want to court. This seems to come out in the Trek writing especially into DS9 and Voyager... "hot women love lying womanzing guys".......

I can speak this because when i was younger I did that whole whiney "I am a nice guy and girls don't pick me". It took me a while, until I realized the kicker was just to be a guy who was confident talking to women, open, and most of all bold enough to approach and not fear rejection. The slimey guys approach women after women, getting rejected the majority of th time.. however, when they make a connection the illusion is created that they always do.

Anyways, I digress... however, I suspect the writers come from a certain scope and that is why they write their shows where "nice men don't get the girls" They did write Rom to get the girl, although they still made it like a bumbling accident.
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dave johnson
Sun, Jan 8, 2017, 9:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Coda

Ha, the guy who ripped on the fat of "Fake Dad"...

Perhaps you will learn one day that when guys get into their 50s and 60s, they often gain weight in the mid-section.... hence why older generals and admirals and so forth are usually not the most svelte.. they are old and they are sitting at desks most of the time. Actually , it is realistic to portray an old admiral with some body fat.

And honestly, he is in find shape for a guy over 60. Nothing to be ashamed of. He was no where near as fat as Scotty in TNG.
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dave johnson
Thu, Jan 5, 2017, 10:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: The Q and the Grey

Suzie Q was the best part of this episode. I always wished they would have brought her as a regular cast member into one of the series after her TNG work.
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dave johnson
Thu, Jan 5, 2017, 1:23am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Macrocosm

I don't know... I think if I got fluid from an alien virus on my coat, I would take it off.... as opposed to keeping it on and inhaling the fumes and getting sick.....

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dave johnson
Wed, Jan 4, 2017, 2:30am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Future's End, Part II

See, Trump supporters have been around since the 90's!!!!!

Those guys kidnapping Chakotay and Torres were hilarious in light of what we saw at Trump rallies this past year.

Best out come of this was Doc's emitter. It completely revolutionized what they could do with him, and we got a lot of great acting from Picardo in the 2nd half of the series.
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dave johnson
Tue, Jan 3, 2017, 11:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: The Swarm

His holographic skin is a solid surface and could likely pick up bacteria, dirt, etc like human skin would..... he isn't "see through".. he has mass and if you touch him he is solid. He could get dirty if you dumped garbage on him, etc...
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dave johnson
Tue, Jan 3, 2017, 1:35am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: The Thaw

Hey, it's Chuck!

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dave johnson
Thu, Dec 29, 2016, 3:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

Went back and watched this for fun tonight... haven't seen it in years......

It really is best to just consider this an alternate timeline or something and not part of any Trek history. The whole trans warp thing was a mess and never was going to be dealt with again.

To me, the best theme in the show was Tom wanting to do something special with his life; to show is dad he was not a screw up, that kind of thing. His talk with Janeway about going on the flight was moving. (PS - her not wanting to send him due to a 2% chance of medical problems was dumb... she sends him on away missions all the time that are very heavy odds against him returning). I wish they had of went on that theme and didn't cloud it with all this other bullshit, because that is a theme that has substance to it.

They made a mess with legitimate science (evolution), and fake science (warp speeds and so forth), and with Trek history.

Seems to me this was a long road just to have the punchline of Janeway having babies with Tom and delivering her line about wanting children.

When I first watched it way back in the day, I thought "Hm... these creatures produce babies in 3 days or less and they evolve fast... perhaps 5 years from now they will be a space faring species of millions who track voyager down".

Thankfully the writers didn't go that far.
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dave johnson
Sun, Dec 25, 2016, 3:56am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Favorite Son

I would have liked lasting consequences here. Such as, Harry actually was seeded by these people, and decides to escape and stay with Voyager. So he is a hybrid human and his spots stay on him. The rest of the series he struggles with identity, feeling alone, being genetically programmed to go home , etc. That would have brought much more depth to his character than the nice guy who never gets anywhere in life with women or career.
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dave johnson
Wed, Dec 21, 2016, 1:26am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Living Witness

To the person who questioned how the Delta Quadrant species would know we conceptualized it into 4 quadrants and so forth... and just implicitly know they are in the Delta Quadrant....

same reason all their years, and days, and measurements are the same... same reason they all speak English..... simplicity of making a TV program. I think it is just something we have to brush aside as necessary to have a weekly television show that doesn't spend have the episode with each species figuring out what a year means to each planet and so forth.
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dave johnson
Thu, Dec 15, 2016, 11:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Blink of an Eye

At their rate of time passage wouldn't they be the most advanced culture in the galaxy in about 5 more years? They would be tens of thousands of years ahead of everyone else.

When I first saw this, I figured they might be the ones to get Voyager home. With their pace of advancement in a short period of normal time, they would make trans warp corridors look like walking on foot, and be all over the place and come to help Voyager.
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dave johnson
Wed, Dec 14, 2016, 4:18am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Pathfinder

Further to my last comment...

Even Rom got respect after a handful of engineering marvels. yes, he was dismissed at first, however, it didn't take too long for people to realize he was an engineering genius and listen to him. Not sure why they had to keep Barclay being treated like this after a 20 year career.
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dave johnson
Wed, Dec 14, 2016, 4:16am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Pathfinder

just watched this for the first time in years

They really messed up with Reg's boss... what an asshole... This is 24th century Trek.. pretty much anything that is called "impossible" has had a solution created. With even the most crazy of ideas. So why would he dismiss him so badly like this and not even give it a chance. What the hell did he have to lose other than Reg doing stuff in his off hours. I really disliked that part of it. Reg is a Lt, he has been an engineer on the flagship of the fleet, has solved numerous problems and seems to be one of those guys that can engineer his way out of almost anything. I just don't fathom how any legitimate commander would treat him like a child and tell him to go to his room if he speaks.

I wish the drama around Reg just focussed on him growing in confidence and earning more respect, not being the guy who after a 20 year career is still being told to shut up and not have his ideas heard. How many times does he have to come up with brilliant ideas before someone says "Hm.. maybe we should listen to this guy more often"

just bush league writing.

other than that shit with his boss, loved the episide! It woud get 4 stars from me if they didn't have that crap in it.

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dave johnson
Wed, Dec 14, 2016, 12:50am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: The Voyager Conspiracy

@Lisa

Voyager had a tendency to forget things from past episodes as they always have the reset button at the end with no lasting consequences.


So, no hope on figuring out that tractor beam. And no idea why this reactor was so important yet they left it behind for someone else to take.
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dave johnson
Tue, Dec 6, 2016, 3:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Live Fast and Prosper

I am not sure why there is so much outrage over the jailbreak. They set her up to break out and that is why it was so damn easy.

First time I saw this episode and Neelix has a phaser when he walks in, it was prettty clear what the plan was. Nobody ever walks in to a holding cell like that.

The best part was Mr Method Actor immersing himself in Tuvok 24/7. The next Daniel Day Lewis I think.
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dave johnson
Sun, Dec 4, 2016, 2:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: The Dogs of War

What a lot of discussion here, amazing political debate, and so forth. HOWEVER,

let's get real..

The most important part of this episode is...

How the hell did Rom accumulate 5000 bars between getting married and buying the bar!!!! That is one story I want to know!
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