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james alexander
Sun, Dec 11, 2016, 6:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part I

I do get a kick out of any episode that goes as far as to trash the USS Voyager, such as this one or even Deadlock.
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james alexander
Sun, Dec 11, 2016, 6:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part I

this is one of my favourites, when I'm looking for a good couple of hours of television.
we have a Voyager at war, people are dying, anything that can go wrong will, and the action scenes of Voyager getting battered are still really cool. the walking reset button aspect of it turns it into more of an experiment than a nightmare that's going to haunt the ship and crew, however.
how much damage can we do? how many crew members can we kill? how will Janeway behave when she's subjected to a Year of Hell?

the way I see it, something this devastating ought to have been used as the final story-arc before the ship somehow makes it home. there was potential for a several episode arc, but instead it was a two-part episode with a reset, that simply turns it into a hypothetical scenario.
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james alexander
Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 10:06am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

well, somebody thought that it was a good idea for a flag-officer to beam down to a Cardassian Planet on a black-ops mission.
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james alexander
Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 9:40am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

that's a good point Peter, people are living longer and Picard has been put through worse situations before, such as in Chain of Command, or even the episode where his artificial heart blew-out and it was revealed that Q is Saint Peter.

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james alexander
Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 2:44am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

third thing that I need to bitch about:
Action Picard, and this is an issue with all the films. in this one we see a bald man in his sixties climbing all over a scaffold while holding a rifle, and he even stops to complain that he's too old at one point. Show Picard was a wise captain who would talk the back legs of a donkey then debate the moral justification for doing so, and now he's taking the Bruce Willis roles, in the films?

I can understand Riker doing action stuff, because it's Riker, and I can buy Worf beating people up, although he's starting to get fat in this one, but is Picard having a midlife crisis?
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james alexander
Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 2:28am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

Trek fan, I kind of agree with you.

nemesis was unspeakably dull but at least it had that battle.

insurrection is just painful to watch, with the comedy layered over a badly written political story, that also thinks it's an action film. in the first twenty minutes we see Data lose his mind, causing Picard and Data to stunt-fly their shuttles and somehow lock them together, without smashing into the ground, while Data sings HMS Pinafore. screw the Prime Directive, we're going to outfly the red arrows, in space shuttles.
there was one good moment and that was also completely bonkers, when Riker pulls out a joystick and starts flying the Enterprise like it's a computer game.
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james alexander
Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 2:21am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

I've taken to calling them space druids, with their apparent refusal to progress past the Iron Age Technologically.

the "Fountain of youth" should have been done away with, because the way it is executed leaves the space-druids without an argument:
the ugly buggers are coming back to a planet that supposedly grants long life-spans or something, and the space-druids won't piss off, despite the progress that they could make in another place. (McCoy lived to 140 according to the books, which isn't bad)
so the druids have the knowledge of advanced technology but they refuse to use it, instead they refuse to leave Narnia.
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james alexander
Sun, Jul 24, 2016, 8:12am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

being a bit fussy, but is it possible for a performance to be "too strong"?

I remember seeing it and getting the impression that Benedict was completely overwhelming the rest of the cast. it isn't something that I can easily explain though.
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