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doctorbenjiphd
Fri, Mar 10, 2017, 4:33am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

If we take the premise and keep it true to the internal logic of the show, I find it impossible to buy Janeway ordering Tuvix to his death. It simply seems like a staple of Trekian/Starfleet morals and ethics that a captain would never order the taking of a life to save another. Think O'Brien in DS9's wonderful Children of Time--he says something along the lines of "nobody can tell me that I can't see my wife and child." And Sisko agrees. I appreciate the impossible dilemma Janeway was in, and Mulgrew is a solid enough actress that she really conveyed the pain it took her to give this order, but at the end of the day, it seems dishonest to the character and to the Star Trek universe that she would go through with it. Again, simply put, I just don't buy it.
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doctorbenjiphd
Wed, Apr 30, 2014, 6:59am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Timeless

I just finished watching this episode... it had been a few years, but I always remember it being one of Voyager's best moments. God knows I have my issues with Voyager overall, but I stand by the fact that some of the entire franchises' greatest shows happen to be Voyager episodes. OK, maybe not "some", but three or four....and this would most definitely be one of them (and the only non-Doctor centered one as well)

I just wanted to comment on a very subtle moment that was really well done. Right after they rescue the Doctor and bring him on board the Flyer, Kim fills the Doc and us in on the back story - he says something like, "ka-boom...thank you, Ensign Kim." And the Doctor looks over at Chakotay, who stares back with this expression that speaks volumes. An entire conversation is there just in that moment of eye contact. The Doctor is taken aback by Kim's self loathing and overriding guilt, and Chakotay is telling him, "He's been doing this for 15 years now...I stopped trying to talk sense into him a long time ago." Or something like that. Fascinating.

Anyway, Voyager is usually about as subtle as a sledgehammer, so this quiet little glance really resonated with me, and I'd appreciated it. In a lot of ways I think it's a testament to the acting chops of Picardo and Beltran.
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doctorbenjiphd
Sat, Jan 11, 2014, 5:56am (UTC -6)
Re: Frequently Asked Questions

Hey Jammer, what is your earliest review on this site? I know you went back and did TNG, and if memory serves, you only later did DS9 seasons 1 and 2. Is The Search your first review? Caretaker? I know you had reviewed episodes prior to this, I'm just curious about finding the oldest one on this site. And where's our Into Darkness review?! At least let's hear a taste with the star rating!
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