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Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 6:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Corbomite Maneuver

I think TOS was sloppy with its stardates. Not sure how much weight one can put in them as far as a chronological order of the Enterprise's mission under Kirk -- especially in the early part of Season 1.

In Kirk's first log entry for this episode, he says stardate 1512.2. The second time he mentions a stardate, it's 1513.8. What's odd is the stardate for "The Man Trap" is 1513.1.

We know the order of the episodes to air was not the order in which they were produced but what else is odd is you have 2 episodes with stardates in the 1300s ("Where No Man Has Gone Before" and "Mudd's Women") and then nothing in the 1400s. Then you have some episodes in the 1500s. Haven't looked up how stardates correspond to the regular calendar, but it would seem Kirk's Enterprise went a long period of time without anything worthy of an episode. And it would do so again when stardates jump in to the 2700s for 3 episodes starting with "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
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Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 5:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: State of Flux

Absolutely loved this episode, watching it again makes me realize just how brilliant Martha Hackett was in this role.

Such a shame that they didn't keep her - even after her betrayal, they could have made her sabotage the kazon when she got tired of them in Season 2 (who wouldn't) and subsequently claim that she planned this all along to gather intelligence and protect Voyager.

Her coming along for the journey in the brig, always manipulating Chakotay and the viewers, always staying grey.. she could have been awesome.

Instead they wrote her out. What an absolute waste of a brilliant character :(

Solid four stars
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Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 4:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Dark Page

Underrated, imo. A second tier classic, me thinks.

This episode was one of the most impacting emotionally for me. It’s heart rending partly because though Deanna tries to reassure her mother what happened wasn’t her fault, it kind of was!

But that doesn’t mean you don’t feel very badly for Lwaxana. It was a mistake, but the price is so high! And Deanna’s message was exactly right— tell me the good memories.

Also, considering Lwaxana’s mostly dreadful overbearing episodes before this, it creates a surprising gut punch to anyone with a seemingly crazy relative... here may be something you don’t know about that explains their behavior. That does not excuse it, but it does create some understanding. That’s a complicated ball.

One other thing I *really* liked is that they didn’t beat you over the head with explanations about what happened— that Hedril reminded Lwaxana of Kestra and that’s what triggered the whole thing. Trust me, ST tends to make every plot point super clear in dialog, so this was a welcome change. And, ironically, probably for the same reasons of lots in this thread, the producers just didn’t care for this episode.
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Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 4:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Shuttlepod One

Trip was holding a 1980's electronic breadboard with wire wrap. That is 80's technology, not 2150. Also, the nitrogen valve uptop has a pc board with DIP Chips painted in silver. 1980's technology once again.
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Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 4:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Shuttlepod One

Trip was holding a 1980's electronic breadboard with wire wrap. That is 80's technology, not 2150. Also, the nitrogen valve uptop has a pc board with DIP Chips painted in silver. 1980's technology once again.
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Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 4:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Shuttlepod One

Shuttle Pod 1. I thought it was one of the better episodes. The only problem I had is when they opened the top hatch, there is not and 2nd floor, it leads to space. They just killed themselves by opening that hatch. How stupid was that....
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Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 4:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Generations

And, no, the saucer crashing as it did would not have instantly killed everyone. The saucer cruises along to a more or less controlled “landing”. There’s even dialog, where Data says he’s leveling the descent.

There is a nitpick though where Riker and others clearly realize they will be thrown forward when the saucer stops... then why didn’t they take brace positions?

One other thing I really liked was it became clear Picard would go back in time, and I 100% expected the destruction of the D would be somehow averted. Nope, still happened in all its glory And that’s another nice touch— Picard didn’t *know* about the destruction, so he wasn’t aware to try to stop it. Seriously, a worse script would have had the echo Guinan telling him about it.

And related to that, I did NOT realize the D would be destroyed. Contrast Search For Spock, where it was in the trailer... “the last voyage of the Enterprise.” It’s true the trailer did show the D saucer about to impact, but it was a small bit and not clear what was happening.
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Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 3:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Generations

I think this movie is highly underrated. Yes, the Enterprise B scenes were darn weak, and having Cameron play another incompetent officer to make Kirk look good was bad. But the Next Gen stuff was good.

One thing I *really* liked was when Soran manipulated Picard into sending him back to the station. This was a wonderful moment of showing vs telling. Later, Soran does literally tell Geordi that El Aurians are a race of listeners, but this Picard scene is first. There’s no cheesy sound effect to show Soran has a “power”, there’s just him reading Picard’s emotional state. A skilled human (manipulator) could have done this too. But Soran did and used it. I think that’s wicked solid.
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Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 3:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

I just found it mostly boring. Some intriguing stuff, like I liked how Picard realized he was feeling younger when he started dancing to the Latin music.

But I did not like the massive regression of Data. Annoying and boring retread.

Also, the reveal that the Son’a and Ba’ku were not only the same species, but actual children and parents was rather strange. Were they aware of this or not? Why was this hidden? And the Enterprise figures it out easily enough. Did those Starfleet in charge of the duck blind do no due diligence?

One might think the Feds were so intent on stealing the fountain of youth from the planet that they skipped some steps. But then why bother with the duck blind at all? Seems like a rather cumbersome formality.

And of course why does Picard have such certitude the Baku own the planet? This is squatters’ rights on steroids.

Kudos though to mentioning the losses to the Borg and Dominion. Nice continuity, though it makes one wonder what the Enterprise has been up to during the Dominion war.

Lol though Riker flying the freaking 1701 with a PC joystick. Oh, and the joystick popping up so dramatic out of the floor. Wow, it goes back to the old joke that the worst science on Star Trek was always computer science.
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James G
Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 2:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Nth Degree

I'd never seen this one before this evening. On the original broadcast run on the BBC in the early '90s, I may have got bored by this time. Terrific episode. The old super-computer-goes-megalomaniac story is a very well worn trope in science-fiction, and is used at least once in the original series - but here it's blended very cleverly with an existing character story. And there's a lovely twist, in that it turns out to be benevolent this time.

Really wonderful performance by Schultz here. He reminds me a little of Michael C Hall, with a similar intense other-worldly quality in his performance.
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Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 2:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

I obviously strongly disagree with your view.
Geordi is ethically and legally the guilty person. Leah is rude at the beginning and that is it. Geordie lies almost all the way through, makes out with her hologram, lies about that and is using his rank to get personal information and so on. How you see those two as equally in the wrong is beyond me.
But it is obvious that we will not come to an understanding here.
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Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 10:45am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: When the Bough Breaks

Yes, this was bland, most definitely ... but IMO the acting of the children was FAR better than the performance of the two adult guest actors in "Too short a season".
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Peter G.
Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 9:56am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

@ Mr Peepers,

"And if it isn't military, why are members putting their lives at risk on missions? Also, if the current society is not based on the accumulation of things, but to better ones self and not get paid, why would anyone want to join Star Fleet, and fight like the devil to keep from getting kicked out?

Sito, almost got kicked out of the Academy after covering up a classmates death. She was almost in tears as she told Picard how she no longer had no friends, and almost quit. What would actually happen to her if she did? It seems like you would live an easy life if you weren't in Star Fleet."

I think you need to give a lot of thought to these questions, more than I suspect you did when you wrote the post. If you're a Trek fan, try to answer for yourself why someone would want to make enormous sacrifice if there was no personal material gain involved. Ask yourself why someone would want to join an elite organization if it's not easy and carries risk. Why do anything at all unless you're paid for it, once we're on the subject? These are pretty central questions to Trek's vision of the future. It is *not* supposed to represent how our lives are now.
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Jason Kolman
Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 9:47am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2


It's hard to believe I was 15 when I first came upon your site. I believe I was using Netscape Navigator and working at the public library for minimum wage at the time. I just wanted to pop in and say it's nice to see your site still up, running and productive!
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Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 5:31am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

Great episode. Had flashbacks to the old "ITS A FAKE" meme that was around many years ago. Two things though, one has been mentioned- it's weird that given the technology that the Romulan ambassador wouldn't at least send a communiqué out either from DS9 or his ship after this with the details of what happened. Secondly, Sisko has done/engaged in exactly what section 31 do, yet wants to go against them in the previous episode and infiltrate them. I forget how this plays out in future episodes, but we'll see..
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Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 8:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Adversary

Too many problems in this episode. Risk of war with Zen Kathy? Who's she? - Sisko should have asked. Doesn't he contact Starfleet before going on major missions like this?

And no, I'm never going to believe that the founders have never harmed each other. Cultures have their myths that are widely accepted, despite being ludicrous.
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Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 7:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Facets

As much as I dislike Jadzia, this remains one of the DS9 episodes I never tire of. The cast get a chance to show off their acting chops, and except for Sisko, they all work. Given that Kurzon is mentioned in almost every episode, I would have liked for that Odo-Kurzon person to have been an entire episode.
I'm looking forward to Sisko shaving that head, getting laid, and lightning up.
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Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 7:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Alternative Factor

lol, like others, I quite distinctly remember this episode from my childhood, literally 40 years ago! I didn’t like it whatsoever, but it sure stuck in my head.

Ok, I actually did quite like the Lazaruses spaceship/time machine. Nice little prop.

It’s really not clear that one Lazarus is sane and one crazy. I could scarcely tell the difference. Bones couldn’t seem to tell either.

What really always bothered me was the place they get trapped to fight for all eternity... so, they are immortal? Is there food there?

Also, considering the two Lazaruses NEVER meet outside the over-exposed room, it seems a reasonable explanation is that they CAN’T, so there was actually no danger. How would they *know* that meeting would destroy the universe? Its not exactly something you can test.

Lol, horrible episode, but a good conversation starter.
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James G
Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 4:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Identity Crisis

Watched this one a few hours ago and I don't believe I'd ever seen it before. The edgy, creepy feel works really well here and I liked the idea it's based on. The woman who plays Leijten really acts out of her skin. Superb performance. I like to nit-pick though so here goes.

There's a scene where Data is assembling some improbable device, and he does it much like a human would, announcing that it will take two minutes. But in at least one other episode (in the first series I think) he's able to perform manual tasks at extreme speed.

When Riker and the others arrive on the Holodeck (it's always Holodeck 3, why?) Riker orders a search. Why not just end the program to clear all the scenery out of the way?

Anyway - a good one.
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Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 9:42am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

Sun, May 19, 2019, 11:04am (UTC -5)
Is it a bad sign that I’m more excited about season 3 of DuckTales than Discovery? :-)
I'm excited for both and enjoy each show differently.

Honestly, I'm looking forward to DSC S3 than to PIC S2.

Thu, Jul 2, 2020, 8:38pm (UTC -5)
And that's not to say the Rick & Morty creator isn't an artist (although I'm not a fan), just that he isn't a good fit for Star Trek.
Seth McFarlane came to my mind here. Incredibly talented "Family Guy" writer, but has some serious writing issues on 'The Orville'; just some really bad comedy. I'm a little more optimistic with 'Lower Decks' though. These writers are staying in their wheelhouse. Just writing animation. I think most would agree that 'Rick and Morty' is very well crafted. I guess we'll find out if they are fans of Trek as it comes out.
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Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 9:12am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

The U.S.S. Cerritos...

Not bad. I'm OK with "different". It's clearly recognizable as a Star Fleet vessel.

Couple questions that popped in my head when I first looked it over...

#1. I think I would have put the deflector dish on the sauce section (like NX-01), but I guess it could work there too. (Galaxy Class)

#2. The saucer section looks like it has a detachable section.... but if that's true, it detaches behind the pylons. Not sure why that would be.

#3. I don't see any impulse engines.
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Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 6:42am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

Not intending to do a full review myself of this episode right now. It is, after all, only the 4th DS9 ep I've commented on here. But after binging all seven seasons in May and June of 2020 mid-pandemic, I feel I should at least leave a comment here... at the end.

In skimming some of the other comments, it seems that the ending not quite being perfect has ruined the show for some... this sounds a very familiar refrain to my ears thanks to having heard/read the fan reactions to shows like LOST and BSG and even the Sopranos and the dissatisfaction with those endings that many hold. I'm not going to try and talk anyone out of not liking specific endings, mind you. Taste is taste. But I would like to try and talk people out of saying it "ruined the show" for them. Come on, folks... if 95% of the show (or even 60%!) was good to great for you... remember that instead of an ending, or aspects of an ending, that disappointed you. It's the journey, not the destination, yadda yadda...

Myself, I finally watched this episode about 10 days ago, at the end of that 52 day run my wife and I had just concluded of watching 7 years of TV in just over 7 weeks, and... I overall loved it. Was it as good as a Duet, Improbable Cause/The Die is Cast, The Visitor, Rocks and Shoals, Far Beyond the Stars, In the Pale Moonlight, Tackling into the Wind... or even (to me, a tier of eps slightly behind the aforementioned) a Necessary Evil, The Wire, Second Skin, the Way of the Warrior, etc. etc.?

No, probably not. Wouldn't make my top 20 in all likelihood. But it would probably make a top 40 or 50 (and out of ~175, I'd say that ain't bad). I'd say I enjoyed almost every aspect of it to some degree, with the least enjoyable parts being the Winn/Dukat bits... but that's been the case for the entire final 10 eps of the show, this super-heavy-serialized wonder of a chain of episodes. When Winn cast out Dukat for a bit and the next ep or two didn't have any scenes of them, things got a bit better for me in that there was no obvious weak spots. But here we are, at the end, with all needing to be resolved.

I think the writers did a very good job. Endings are HARD, man! I think compared to those other shows I mentioned--and many others that people are disgruntled about--this finale leaves little to complain about in the greater scheme of things, even if there are parts that some of us are less fans of than other parts. The main complaint I have is that there isn't a season 8 (or 9... come on! 9 seasons of Deep Space 9... how perfect would that have been?!) to come after it... ah, for a long Return of the King-esque epilogue season. ;)

See you next time, Space Cowboys.
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Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 6:20am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Paradise Lost

Aside from the excellent additional layers of intrigue added to this two-parter by season 7's revelations about Odo and Section 31 and all that as I just mentioned in my comment on Homefront (and it IS a fun game to play "spot the scene/gap between scenes in which it happened")...

Like Jammer, I didn't enjoy this conclusion quite as much as I enjoyed the opening. I think a full star drop-off is a bit harsh, though, but... compared to the 4-star+4-star perfection of an ep pair like Improbable Cause/The Die is Cast in season 3, this one just doesn't quite measure up as well. But still very interesting to go back and revisit, which I certainly will. Soon(TM).
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Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 6:14am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Homefront

This two-parter was very enjoyable during my recent DS9 binge--meeting Ben's dad, seeing Earth for awhile, etc. etc.--but I must say that after going back and reading the review and comments after finishing watching all seven seasons... the knowledge of what the writers were doing with Odo here stands out. Now, it may have been a retcon, or it may have been the plan all along... but either way, that THIS is where Section 31 did their dastardly deed and all to him, I mean. That adds layers to the episode.

Definitely gives the whole pair of eps even more resonance. I look forward to getting to this point of season 4 in my next rewatch. Because ofc, there will be another rewatch. It's too good not to! ;D
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Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 4:25am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Perfect Mate

On rewatch, this is a much, MUCH stronger episode than I remembered it to be. Riffing off some of the comments made here, I read the story as a scathing criticism of the "male gaze" and a deeply pessimistic take on how men can ultimately only process relationships as a satisfaction of their own ego.

While it is true that what happened on the last night is left ambiguous, to me it is clear that the writers wanted to imply that Picard did sleep with her. Not that it is necessary to assume so to make this read of the episode: He convinces himself that the metamorph has truly become independent of thought thanks to him, and that therefore she would belong with him if it weren't for duty and obligation. Picard epitomizes the enlightened man, who does not succumb to the base instincts of less evolved males (and we see the contrast being drawn directly with the "lower class" men on Ten Forward) and can in theory establish a deeper connection with the woman, based on their mutual desires and intellectual interests.

But the story shows us that it is all a lie: As many have pointed out here, the metamorph is designed to satisfy the desires of the partner and always tell tem what they want to hear, and in Picard's case this means stating how she has now outgrown what she was and has bonded with him forever, on a deeper level. The script has Picard (whom we could define for story purposes as "the best among men") falling for his own egotistical conceptions of relationships just like anyone less evolved would. It thus tells us that, ultimately, men are doomed to seek out egotistical validation from their partners, and whatever intellectual justifications are built on top of that are lies.

Of course, the message need not be gendered, as it could in any number of ways. But the scenes with Crusher and Picard's initial justification of relationships being used as political contracts in many cultures leads me to believe that it was meant as an examination of the male psyche in particular. At any rate, a deeply thoughtful piece of writing hiding under the guise of a TOS-like episode. Kudos.
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