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gingerbreadmen
Fri, Oct 20, 2017, 12:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Choose Your Pain

Klingons don't torture defenseless people. Klingons don't eat their victims. Klingons don't take sex slaves. Where is the honour in anything these Klingons are doing? Why didn't the writers just make up a new name and call them something else? These are clearly not Klingons.
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gingerbreadmen
Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 11:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Command Performance

Loved it. It's great to see some real life run of the mill characters in these positions. This isn't the Enterprise, this is a third-tier ship and the conversations between the crew are real and refreshing. I feel like this is an accurate representation of how people on this ship really would act under these circumstances.
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gingerbreadmen
Mon, Sep 11, 2017, 2:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: General Discussion

I really liked it actually. I'm looking forward to darker, serialized Discovery (I am a Niner), but this show was honest from the beginning that it was always going to be an episodic, funnier version of TNG. And on that front it succeeds. They've done a good job with the aliens and I'm curious about later exploring some of the species on the Orville's senior staff.
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gingerbreadmen
Mon, Aug 28, 2017, 3:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Drive

@Lisa
Neelix was missed potential. While I do generally like his character, I think he could have been a very popular character if the writers had really given him more depth. We get flashes of it here and there, more obviously in "Mortal Coil" and more subtly in "Memorial", but too often he's written as simply a goofy babysitter. This is a character with amazing potential.

He's part of an endangered species, having lost his entire homeworld and family to a brutal war, he's a veteran from the most destructive war his people have ever faced. While I'm not opposed to his outwardly cheerful disposition (everyone has their own ways of coping with grief), why didn't we see more of the tough bad-ass that Neelix would necessarily have to be at this point in his life? When we first meet him he's so happy to have a bath because he's been scraping by just to survive; he couldn't even fathom having enough water to "waste" on things like a bath. Yet we very rarely get anything from him other than goofball, jealousy over a woman he's known for less than a year, and the occasional mention of his sister. And he adapts so quickly to Voyager you'd think he's spent his whole life living in the Federation wanting for nothing.
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gingerbreadmen
Mon, Aug 28, 2017, 3:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Shattered

Considering how bad most of the series is, this is a great episode. It's a 'screw it let's just have fun and don't really think about the premise' episode, and it works VERY well on that score.
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gingerbreadmen
Mon, Aug 28, 2017, 3:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Field of Fire

No kidding. I'm especially thinking of how useful it would have been during the occupation arc. Even if they would have still been forced to abandon DS9, a couple volunteer suicide snipers hiding out in obscure compartments could have killed Dukat, Damar, and a whole ton of important Cardassian targets on Terok Nor before the Dominion finally realized what was going on and killed them.
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gingerbreadmen
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, 5:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Penumbra

I think Ezri's disregard for the reassociation taboo is perfectly in character. Dax had shown itself willing to go against it in Rejoined, with great reluctance. It makes some sense that much of that reluctance would come from Jadzia, after all she was indoctrinated by the Trill authorities during her rigorous training to become joined. Without that indoctrination, Ezri probably doesn't feel that same reluctance. Plus it could be a case of 'Well I never wanted to be joined anyway so why do I care about their stupid rules.' Also what are they going to do? Exile her from Trill? She's never shown any interest in going back and her family doesn't even live there. Disallow Dax from seeking another host? Maybe but Dax has already been willing to disregard the taboo anyway.
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gingerbreadmen
Mon, Aug 21, 2017, 7:02am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Field of Fire

I really like Ezri so I have nothing against her being featured in several consecutive episodes. However I really liked Prodigal Daughter and thought that was a much better episode. I just can't get over all the plot contrivances here. Especially "we invented a gun that can shoot through walls, not be affected by dampening fields/whatever other stuff that would affect energy weapons, and a scope with it that allows you to see through walls, but we decided not to develop it".
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gingerbreadmen
Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 2:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Lineage

One of the best Voyager episodes.

Most of the good I saw in the episode has already been mentioned so I'll just go with the one important point I haven't seen raised.

Particularly touching, which I was surprised Jammer didn't mention was the godfather subplot. After Torres takes advantage the doctor's artificial nature (one would think a substantial crime under the circumstances but I'll let that slide since the doctor seems to forgive her) she asks the doctor to be the godfather. The doctor's expression is one of the best non-verbal acting scenes in the series. You can see it all on his face before he says anything, that even though the crew has accepted him as sentient, this request really drives it home for him that somebody would really consider asking him, and accepting him to the same level of an organic crew member.
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gingerbreadmen
Fri, Aug 18, 2017, 10:07am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Prodigal Daughter

Wow. I'm a little surprised by how much hate this episode and Ezri are getting. I loved this episode. Sure they had a few clich├ęs in the story but it fit in extremely well with the concept of DS9. The follow-up to Honor Among Thieves was done quite well, we got a self-sustaining Ezri family story but showing that the writers didn't totally forget what has happened before. That's what makes DS9 so much better than Voyager.

I suppose if you were looking for it you could have guessed Norvo was the murderer but I was so engrossed in the story I didn't even think about it. Coming after a long string of 4 star episodes in my opinion, this episode drops to 3.5 stars, but it keeps up the amazing season 7 streak (which will unfortunately be broken by the next episode).
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