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Neil Mack
Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 5:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Coda

This looked like it was going to be TNG's Cause and Effect meets Grandhog Day meets Edge of Tomorrow when Janeway kept dying. I thought we were in for a treat. It could have been a plot where she has to get everything right to pass through the anomaly unscathed. But hey ho, it was a silly Alien-plays-tricks plot that was too transparent once all its cards were revealed. 2.5 stars for me.
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Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 3:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: By Inferno's Light

Teaser : ***.5, 5% 

After the recap, Kira and Dax re-board the Defiant, accompanied by that patented bland Chattaway battle music. She, a runabout and Dukat’s BOP (which I’m only now thinking should have been called “el Quixote Viperino”) confront...the entire Dominion fleet flooding out of the wormhole. To O’Brien’s surprise, the fleet banks, erm, right, which means they’re leaving DS9 behind to make for Cardassia, apparently. El Quixote Viperino makes what appears to be an attack run against the fleet, but a little phone call reveals that Dukat is actually joining the fleet, not attacking it.

DUKAT : I'm afraid I have a confession to make, Major. For the past few months, I've been conducting secret negotiations between the Dominion and Cardassia. And as of last week, Cardassia has agreed to become part of the Dominion.
KIRA: You can't be serious.
DUKAT : Goodbye, Major. You and I on the same side. It never seemed quite right, did it?

I can’t say I agree at all as some of the best Kira and Dukat stories we’ve had on this series happened after the Cardassian military fell. But...Ira is writing this week, so we shouldn’t be surprised by self-congratulatory metatext. Kira determine to blow up the Quixote without a second thought, but of course it’s too late.

Act 1 : ***.5, 17%

On Rura Penthe Dos, our heroes, along with unnamed Romulans and Breen plot their next move. Bashir reveals the crawlspace to Worf, who suggests using Tain’s signal to contact the runabout and get themselves beamed to relative safety. Of course the runabout is just hanging around in orbit of the asteroid...not impounded by the Dominion, or destroyed or disabled...just idling around the inescapable prison. DS9 is Star Trek for grown-ups, don’t you know? Garak is tasked with this job because, again, Worf was once out-smarted by a door and Bashir...well Bashir obviously has no advantages to offer anybody. Before they can get on with it, all prisoners are summoned to common area where a limey little Vorta announces that all the Cardassians are being released thanks to Dukat’s new treaty. Oh, except Garak has to stay put since the government’s new leader--who is also Dukat--specifically made an exception in Garak’s case.

The new status quo is summed up nicely in the next shot back on those Orwellian screens on Cardassia Prime, where Dukat addresses his people (as usual, there are two extras on camera to observe). His speech is also heard in the Wardroom on DS9, where he assuages his people’s concerns and implores them to embrace their new alien overlords. His first promise, instead of a chicken in every pot, is to vanquish every Klingon and Maquis enemy within their borders. This hearkens back to “Chain of Command.”

MADRED: ...That is what the military has done for Cardassia. And because of that, my daughter will never worry about going hungry.
PICARD: Her belly may be full, but her spirit will be empty.

Like every successful fascist state, the key to maintaining power is exploiting material comforts. Full bellies, enemies thwarted, security established. These are once again achievable goals that can be leveraged against any potential objection to the, you know, quasi-genocidal conquering force that has doubtless filled the skies over Cardassia. Dukat’s invocation of his sons continues the theme of the Cardassian philosophy on family, as well as returning our political/character framework to the build-up from Season 3.

Anyway, Sisko’s immediate concern is ferreting out their saboteur who, O’Brien informs him, managed not only to prevent the wormhole from being closed, but tricked them into making it permanently un-closeable. The deflector dish can do ANYTHING. It’s C-Bashir who actually says aloud the obvious, that there is a Changeling infiltrator aboard and that they should start blood-screenings. See, this is what I want to see C-Bashir doing--masterfully undermining our characters’ solidarity, not smirking evilly at the camera.

Act 2 : ***, 17%

Having found himself exiled *again,* Garak has taken up the task of teching the tech in the prison crawlspace. Because this story is rushed, we learn that Garak has always been extremely claustrophobic (quite the asset for a spy, no?). Some Jem’Hadar storm in, forcing the group to seal Garak behind the hatch to hide their work. They’re here to give Worf something to do. He and Martok happily stroll off for fun and games. But what game, exactly? Why, the only game! Martok explains that it was Iwannakitkat who cyclopsed him and warns Worf not to be so eager to face him. Instead, Worf will wrestle some other super-soldier. We spend a few minutes being convinced by Michael Dorn that those bathrobe callisthenics on the Enterprise weren’t just a way to pad out late-series teasers as he applies his martial arts technique and successfully owns his first opponent. Iwannakitkat explains that said opponent was their least experienced fighter and to expect more of a challenge next time.

We check in on Ziyal who’s staring into space, hoping for the return of Julian’s boyfriend. Kira does her best to comfort her, leaning into Dukat’s duplicity.

ZIYAL: I used to think my father was a hero. That even when he did something bad, he had a good reason.
KIRA: Everyone has their reasons. That's what's so frightening. People can find a way to justify any action, no matter how evil.
ZIYAL: You think my father is evil?
KIRA: I can't judge people by what they think or say, only by what they do.

Not exactly, ground-breaking, but an effective little exchange nonetheless.

Meanwhile, a large group of BOPs has decloaked and Gowron himself request permission to dock at DS9. Holy Guest Stars, Batman! And indeed, C-Bashir heads up the treatment of Gowron and his men while the Chancellor laments the fateful turn their crusade has taken to Sisko. Sisko *really* wants to sweep all that Season 4 stuff under the rug and presents Gowron with a a copy of the Kitomer Accords. Left with few options, Gowron signs the accords.

GOWRON: Think of it. Five years ago no one had ever heard of Bajor or Deep Space Nine, and now all our hopes rest here.

Okay, Ira, calm the fuck down. Anyway, C-Bashir seizes on the moment for some nefarious something or other, ominously sneaking aboard a runabout and pushing buttons ominously. How ominous.

Act 3 : **.5, 17% 

On Rura Penthe Dos, Worf is continuing to kick ass and wail to Kahless, killing his fifth opponent in a row, much to Martok’s delight. Worf is characteristically exuberant over his victory in the ring, but back in their cell, Bashir field-diagnoses a number of broken ribs and looming medical danger. While that...Chad stuff is going on, Garak is trying to talk himself out of a panic attack in the crawlspace. I have a lot of respect for Andrew Robinson, and Prophets know he’s doing his best here, but the monologue simply lacks the skill and poetry necessary for me to engage with this contrived plot-point. I think the biggest reason for this is that Garak’s words are all obvious, expository utility. There’s no subtext or nuance, no letting the audience piece together different character threads. Garak could be anybody *telling* us (in isolated monologue, no less) that he has claustrophobia and that it’s crippling him. Anyway, it’s then fitting, I suppose, that Garak’s self-peptalk fails completely as we find him banging on the inside of the walls in a panic. Sooo...artificial extra obstacle cemented.

On DS9, Kira reports more Changeling shenanigans to Sisko.

SISKO: I'm sure the Chancellor will be willing to assign some Klingon troops to guard key facilities.
KIRA: Klingons helping to protect Deep Space Nine. What an interesting concept.
SISKO: These are interesting times, Major.

Okay Ira, you’re getting on my nerves now. Enough with the cutesy metacommentary. Anyway, Dukat contacts Sisko privately in his office. They revert to those S3 days of open if polite contempt over the viewscreen. Dukat advises Sisko to convince his people to submit to the Dominion as the Cardassians have done. Sisko refuses of course, but Dukat’s message is actually much more personal. You see, Sisko is sitting in his chair, as far as he’s concerned. Terak Nor will be reclaimed along with every other occupied territory.

DUKAT : That space station you're so fond of was built by Cardassia.
SISKO: Funny, I thought it was built by Bajoran slave labour.

Act 4 : **.5, 17% 

Martok and Worf return to their cell after a seventh triumph. Martok is positively ecstatic considering their dire circumstance, but Worf seems finally to have had his fill of combat. Now THAT is ground-breaking. Cast in the shadow of Worf’s pyrrhic and painful victories, Garak resolves to confront his own contrived demons and complete their planned escape.

O’Brien pops into the Infirmary to ask after a Klingon engineer he’s trying to help out and C-Bashir fails at small-talk, chatting up some new DAERTS he’s ordered for the pair in the midst of their impending doom. See, when the good guys do DBI, it’s textured storytelling; when the bad guys do it, it’s a sign of malice. Writing!

Quark collects his paycheque, serving Ziyal her dinner and lamenting the demise of his business (...again...) in the face of appetite-less, sexless, humourless Jem’Hadar and Founders taking over the station any day. This does yield one very good line:

ZIYAL: It might not be so bad. For all we know the Vorta could be gluttonous, alcoholic sex maniacs.

On the Impossible Asteroid, Martok and Worf banter about HONOUR until Iwannakitkat begins the endgame. The smarmy Vorta condescends to both Worf and the Jem’Hadar about their unlikely similarities until Iwannakitkat volunteers himself to be Worf’s next opponent. They exchange catch-phrases because...this series is written by 12-year-old boys, and prepare for the Big Game while Bashir and the unnamed aliens nervously wait for Garak to save them all in their cell. Garak keeps talking to himself in vain attempt to convey characterisation, Worf continues his vain attempt to beat Iwannakitkat, and Bashir attempts in vain to pull the wool over the Jem’Hadars’ eyes over Garak’s whereabouts. Basically, everything is in vain.

On DS9, heads nod and ships are launched with as much clichéd pomp as possible. We see that C-Bashir has hijacked the Yukon while the Starfleet and Klingon ships are joined by a wing of Romulan Warbirds. Kira reports that she’s picked up the Dominion fleet, meaning the Avengers have assembled just in time, it seems.

Act 5 : **, 17%

On Rura Penthe Dos, one of the Romulan extras is vaporised, the crawlspace hatch revealed, and Worf beaten down to the point he can barely keep his head above the ground. Martok leans in an informs him that “Honour has been satisfied,” because Klingon honour is a recuperated æsthetic commodity, not an actual ethic. Despite having almost nothing left, Worf refuses to stay down and throws himself into more pain and abuse. In their cell, Garak manages to avoid capture, the silent Breen attacks the head guard, and Bashir and the Romulan lady manage to kill and subdue the others (Mr Breen is lost, however. We hardly knew thee).

Worf can’t even stand at this point and the Vorta wants Iwannakitkat to finish the match and kill him. But, Iwannakitkat trades in the same manufactured honour platitudes as the Klingons, remember, and so he yields *to Worf*, pissing off the boss.

IKAT'IKA: I yield. I cannot defeat this Klingon. All I can do is kill him, and that no longer holds my interest.
DEYOS: Shoot them both.

Rura Penthe Dos must be in a Right-to-work state. Iwannakitkat gets vaporised by his own men, but Worf and Martok are beamed away to the magically-functional and available runabout just in time thanks to Garak. The runabout goes to warp without a hitch because...did I mention DS9 is the series for grown-ups?

In the AQ, O’Brien is getting a number of confusing sensor signals. They should be inundated with Dominion ships, but they can’t actually get any weapons locks. But just then, Bashir’s message from the GQ makes it to Ops and Sisko puts the pieces together. He orders Kira to destroy the Yukon, which Bashir has piloted right up to the Bajoran Sun. Oh Star Trek. You’re always causing super novæ to solve your problems. Dax notes that the runabout has been rigged to explode, taking out Bajor, the wormhole, the station and the combined fleets of all the Dominion’s AQ enemies. The Yukon has also been “modified to resist weapons.” Uh-huh. But Kira has one more cliché up her butt, resolving to take the Defiant to warp and drag the Yukon clear of the star before it explodes. Sisko discovers that the those Dominion signals were faked all along and says:

SISKO: Armageddon will have to wait for another day.

Okay that’s it, Ira. Go to your room.

There’s a nauseating little coda where Ziyal and Garak reunite in heteronormative embrace, O’Brien disguises his love for his replaced friend behind sarcasm, Worf and Jadzia make out, and Gowron and Sisko appoint Martok to a permanent post on DS9. And Dukat makes one more phone call to Sisko to congratulate him.

DUKAT : One man's villain is another man's hero, Captain.

Subtlety, thy name is Ira Behr. Jesus. Could this get any more hackneyed? Of course it could! Like an 80s cartoon bad-guy shaking his fist in the air, Dukat promises to avenge himself on Sisko “another day.” And he shall rue the day! Rue, I say!!!

Episode as Functionary : **.5, 10%

I’m really not trying to be harsh here. I know I have a reputation for taking the piss out of DS9, but really--I want to like every episode of Star Trek. I want to love every minute. But I can’t ignore what I see and hear. I will say about “By Inferno’s Light” that I was entertained. On a pure plot-development level, there isn’t too much to object to. I think the reorientation of all the major players (including Gowron himself was a nice touch) works quite well and, even without jumping the timeline, adding Martok to the extended cast is a great move. There are a number of contrivances and even more clichés than in the previous episode, but they aren’t galling the way such things can be.

I’m pretty dissatisfied with the Romulans here--after the prequel 2-parter so carefully constructed a plausible alliance between the Tal Shiar and the Obsidian Order, this blunt and faceless “let’s all team up to beat the bad guys” thing feels especially childish. On a political level, what does feel real is Dukat’s betrayal. That this people would lean into fascistic propaganda after a year of getting their asses kicked reads very true and perfectly captures the Cardassian ethos. And Dukat finding a way to “save” his people by positioning himself as their saviour is *exactly* what I’d expect him to find a way to pull off. And yet this reveal still made for a powerful shock in the plot. I was also reminded of Tain’s similar viral video in “The Die is Cast” in which he chastises Cardassia for making peace with Bajor. The subtle irony was delicious. Really excellent stuff on that front.

Where this episode falls flat for me (besides with Dukat) is on the character front. It’s notable that “Improbable Cause”’s star, Odo, is basically absent from this story, even with a Changeling running around the station causing havoc. Part of this oversight can be attributed to the truncated nature of this story, but it’s not like the episode didn’t go after character moments. There are lots of them. It’s just that they’re all clichéd, obvious, contrived, etc. Garak’s sudden claustrophobia is the prime example. You have a character with a rich and complex backstory, who’s personal motivations incited this entire plot, yet you have to invent this condition for him to overcome? Despite Robinson’s efforts and even ignoring the contrivance, the story didn’t actually do anything interesting with it. It’s just another obstacle to overcome. The Worf/Martok/Iwannakitkat dynamic is a little better in that it at least hints at the overlap between Klingon and Jem’Hadar society. I also liked that Worf eventually grew tired of fighting, even if he would never actually yield. And I get that Martok grew to respect Worf for his stubbornness, I mean courage, but I would have rather witnessed this relationship develop over dialogue.

Dialogue isn’t this episode’s strong suit however, as the final absurd couple of scenes acutely demonstrate. As I said, functionally, this 2-parter manages to reset the series after “The Way of the Warrior” derailed the writers’ plans without totally abandoning the elements that have made the last 18 months of show engaging, like Worf’s & Ziyal’s presence, Bashir’s maturity, the added complexity between Kira and Dukat, or the advancement of the Maquis storyline. But it largely fails to capture the complexity of theme or character that preceding stories like “Improbable Cause” or “Paradise Lost” handled so well. It’s an important but ultimately shallow string of plot elements buoyed up by a number of hit or miss character moments. Oh and the self-congratulatory metatextual stuff is pretty sickening. Little endears me to a flimsy story less than pomposity.

Final Score : **.5
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Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 2:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Coming of Age

Commander Remmick is the most intriguing character in the story. Were he and Quinn corrupted before or after this point? If it’s later, and he was sincere about wanting to serve on the Enterprise, would he have made a good fit? He’s definitely detail-oriented and efficient. Too bad we didn’t get to know him better, like Admiral Nechayev.

One of the best Wesley episode, as he actually has to look inside himself and deal with how he got here.
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Bob (a different one)
Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 10:32am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: Journey to Babel

"Having recently watched "The Forge", the line about Spock's sehlat also gave me a good laugh."

Have you watched the old animated series episode "Yesteryear"? Spock's pet plays a big role in the episode. It's quite good.
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Bob (a different one)
Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 10:25am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: The Doomsday Machine

Here's an animated gif of Commodore Decker doing his best Captain Queeg impersonation, if anyone is interested:
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Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 10:22am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: Journey to Babel

Rewatching this after Enterprise's final season, it's incredible how much ground this one episode lays, though it's a shame how little the later shows feature any of these species. This is first and foremost a Spock episode, and Nimoy is rightly praised, but I also think Shatner deserves a fair bit of credit for how he plays Kirk just barely holding himself together on the bridge. And of course, great to see the first appearance of Spock's parents. Having recently watched "The Forge", the line about Spock's sehlat also gave me a good laugh.
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Bob (a different one)
Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 10:12am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Starship Mine

zaphy said: "I don't quite get the saddle gag. Initially, it's played as if Picard is making up an excuse to get out of talking to Hutch. But then we see he actually has a saddle (and full riding outfit). Then they joke about it again in the final scene."

That is the joke. Or jokes. The first joke is that what seems to be a transparent and rather lame excuse for getting out of the reception surprisingly turns out to be true. The second joke is people facetiously pretending that they knew all along that Picard was being serious when a new person responds to the "saddle excuse" with incredulity.

I like this episode, Die Hard clones were all the rage at the time, but this is a good one because, like the original, it finds a nice mix of light and serious moments.

p.s. Picard's love of horseback riding was previously shown in season two's "Pen Pals."
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Jason R.
Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 8:25am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Hard Time

"Also, the whole episode I was trying to figure out where I knew the actor who plays Ee'Char from. It's the Doc from Nightmare On Elm Street 3! One of my favorite movies."

Suck the Prime Time bitch!
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Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 8:07am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Hard Time

I kept thinking of how they would reverse this but he actually had to live with 20 years of prison and everything he experienced. I would've liked to see the Argrathi pay for wrongfully convicting him.

This show has a kink for torturing O'Brien poor guy, but somehow he never fully breaks and for the most part lives a happy life.

Also, the whole episode I was trying to figure out where I knew the actor who plays Ee'Char from. It's the Doc from Nightmare On Elm Street 3! One of my favorite movies.
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Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 7:31am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: Paradise

Sisko's defiant, silent return to the punishment box is one of Avery Brooks' best performances in the show. That scene alone nearly makes up for the rest of the episode's shortcomings.
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Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 6:15am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

Why do the Klingons hate Worf so much.?? They are always framing him for atrocious murders such as this big fat blowhard is doing in this episode.

Just like O'Brien Worf is a scapegoat.
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Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 3:54am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Warhead

Didn't they do this story in Dreadnaught?
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Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 12:52am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: These Are the Voyages...

So many bizarre choices, like why the hell is this set in the middle of a random TNG episode? Why is the bulk of the "flashback" story some nothing conflict with Shran? And why, oh why, does Trip have to die in the middle of such pointless conflict??

With the best will in the world, neither Frakes nor Sirtis are remotely convincing as their 11 years younger selves (why not at least set it on the Titan?), and their whole presence and the way it concludes completely upstages Archer and the NX crew, in what should be their moment! And no, the mawkish ending doesn't even begin to make up for any of this.

To end my years-long journey with this franchise on such a note is just depressing. I'm sure Berman and Braga probably panicked and realised they had to end this thing somehow, but it plays more like a middle finger to the network than any kind of satisfying conclusion. What a shame to end on an episode so thoughtless, so lacking in any kind of reverence for the characters we've spent four seasons with.

Guess I'll just watch some TOS and start all over again.
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Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 10:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Terra Prime

I could take or leave the main plot of the episode tbh, but the last ten minutes—including the speech, Phlox's comment about finding a new family, and T'Pol and Trip's final scene—were very moving. Shame it didn't really deliver elsewhere, especially because of the reputation the actual finale has.


Captain Hoshi was terrific! Glad Linda Park got this and the mirror episodes to go out on.
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Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 10:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

You can see how bridge officers rate on the good 'ol Enterprise. One them is found at his station brutally murdered and does Picard or Data say something like "Oh no, Ens. Davies has been killed!". Nah, the poor sap doesn't even have a name. Picard's like "hey Data what killed uh ... this ... guy?"

Good luck writing that note to the grieving parents Jean Luc...
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Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 10:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Chrysalis

Bashir did cross an ethical line by getting romantically involved. His loneliness is no excuse. I noted a contradiction in Trek technobabble in this one. O'Brien says that precision at the synaptic level is impossible due to "quantum fluctuations", ie that he can't break the laws of physics, yet transporters are routinely capable of precision down to the atomic level (if not lower), and O'Brien himself said in TNG that transporters have "Heisenberg compensators", something he apparently forgot about.
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Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 9:49pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

Meh. The whole thing seemed like an excuse for the DS9 actors to pretend to play baseball. It wasn't funny, and it wasn't (if you'll pardon the expression) logical.
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Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 8:26pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Parallels

This is my favorite episode. It lets me decide that all the things I'd have done differently happened in one of those other universes Worf encountered.
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Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 7:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

I know that Danar's ability to sneak around the Enterprise and hack into systems just advances the plot, but is the security on the ship really that bad?

I can't even log into my work email without a password, but the Enterprise controls can be accessed by anyone who walks up to them. The sensors can't find Danar 100 feet away, but it can detect life on a planet in orbit 200k feet above it. Plus, haven't they ever heard of security cameras?
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Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 7:18pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2

CBS just released a first look at Star Trek: Prodigy, a new Trek show aimed at kids. It looks very much like the CBS marketing department's attempt to make Trek relevant to the kiddies.
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Frake's Nightmare
Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 5:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: 11001001

Wesley's jumper - yes, it's the 3 stripe special again.
Riker smarmy sleaze fest. Yukk!
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Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 5:09pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Conspiracy

Surprised at some of the dislike for this episode but to each their own.

I'm not sure what my previous favorite S1 episode was, probably the one with Lore, but this one easily overtakes it.

I had forgotten this episode so I honestly thought Picard was being duped and the first group he met were the real conspirators. Which, given how much more sophisticated TV storytelling has become, I think says a lot about the great job they did setting a tone here where at least one viewer, myself, wasn't sure which side was right some 33 years later. Riker's initial resistance to believing helped in this regard even if it felt a little kneejerk and poorly-explained.

All of my quibbles about this episode are minor. I liked the return of Remmick but, even knowing he'd never become a member of the crew, I was sad to see him get blowed up. It was a lost opportunity. A character who had previously antagonized the crew as part of his investigation would have been a great addition and allowed for some interesting episodes where we would have seen members of the crew inclined to not like or trust him grow to know and like him.

I was 13 or so when this episode aired and I had given up on watching TNG after 'Justice' - even as a kid I hated the pandering aspect of using sexuality so clumsily to tittilate viewers. If I had seen this episode at age 13 I think I would have become a diehard Trekkie.
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Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 5:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: We'll Always Have Paris

The resolution was fun but it could have been better. I wish that each Data had been more of a mirror of the previous one with identical movements and words just spoken with a brief delay to really have the tesseract feeling hit.

Still, S1 is starting to do better than I remembered. My first time watching it through was like a decade ago and I hated pretty much every moment of season 1. Maybe being locked in during a pandemic has made a show like this more comforting, but at this point I'm enjoying it a lot more than I would have expected, warts and all.
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Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 4:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Skin of Evil

It's not as bad as I remembered and the tribute to Tasha was great I just wish it happened in season 3. Not because I particularly cared for the character or loved the actress just that with an ensemble cast this large we only got a few Tasha-heavy episodes. Her biggest moments in the show was being kidnapped by a, shall we say, problematic society in terms of how it feels like a representation of actual human civilizations.

That and the uncomfortable invocation of 'rape gangs' a couple of times including in an episode with a heavy sexual component.

The goodbye ceremony was fantastic but it failed to deliver any type of emotional hit because we just hadn't had enough time to really get close to the character. Had the actress decided to move on from the show a couple of years later, however, it would have been a landmark moment in TV because I can't recall any show with major deaths like hers would have been up to that point.
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Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 4:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Symbiosis

Well said Different Bob.

Honestly, there's just something about the Prime Directive that sort of romanticizes the idea of a society pulling itself up by its bootstraps while ignoring the very real suffering that must take place.

Imagine a Federation type organization was monitoring earth during WW2 or the Bubonic plague. Untold suffering allowed to go on for centuries without intervention because of this absurd idea that a civilization cannot take a shortcut.

Better to let children suffer from parasites that eat out the back of their eyeballs than to maybe disrupt a society built around backwards beliefs and woefully inept medical capabilities.
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