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Top Hat
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 1:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

It's true -- throwing a brick through a window is rarely helpful, even if there's something very insightful written on the brick.
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Daya
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 12:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Twilight

The parasites that were gone from the newest scan were gone from the earlier scans as well. This means that Phlox would have always believed there were no parasites in that region of the brain. Which means he would have targeted another region of the brain in his first test. Now the parasites in this region would be gone, which means they would have never existed in the first place and so on and on. Thus, Phlox's *first test would have been enough* to remove the parasites bit-by-bit, and time would have been reset. No need to destroy Trip's Enterprise.

(With thanks to Bernd, I modified his theory)


= = = =


I wish there was a scene while Archer and T'Pol were both dying which gave some closure to the romance. I propose:


(Archer has set the final subspace overload lever and both, dying from phaser fire are waiting for the outcome)

Archer: Well, let's see if this works.

T'Pol: If this doesn't work ...
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OmicronThetaDeltaPhi
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 11:39am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

He didn't "rage-quit" nor did he quit at all. The guy has never shown his face here before his present rant. He came out of nowhere, and basically screamed "you all stink!".

Honestly, this kind of behavior shouldn't even dignify a response. We should be talking about Trek (and other interesting topics) here, rather than have piss-fights with kids who come here looking for them...
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Cory
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 10:36am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Zero Hour

Completely random, but something I noticed back in 2004 when this episode premiered and which has always bugged me:

When Phlox mentions how he's enhanced the neuro compound as much as possible, and recommends they stay no longer than 15 minutes, the shot focuses on a young extra in the background.

It's so blatant I was expecting her to have a line of dialogue, but she doesn't, even though it stays focused on her when they cut back to Phlox after T'Pol asks if he's ready to release the compound.

Was that an error on the camera operator's part that the editors missed, or was she a side character in some past episode that I skipped over? This mystery has bugged for 17+ years now...mainly because the extra is so dang GORGEOUS. lol. Maybe she was the camera operator's (or director's) paramour?

For those of you watching on Netflix, what I'm talking about happens around 13:30 (or, if it's easier for you to find, when there's 29:12 remaining). If anyone cares enough to look.
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Luke
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 10:31am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

You freely admit that you didn’t even bother to read all the comments? So, in other words, you encountered a few comments that disagreed with your opinions, thought that was unacceptable, and then decided to call some people names and rage-quit.

Nah, I’d say the only one who got his ego bruised here was you.
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Booming
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 9:01am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Explorers

My money is still on H-bombs. That's why Sisko lost his hair 4 episodes later and Jake always so thin... probably only eating potassium iodide tablets.
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OmicronThetaDeltaPhi
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 8:48am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

By the way, on the subject of WWIII and the current f***_ed-up situation of the world:

If you think that a modern global war is going to resemble WWII with it's physical invasions and ground maneuvers - think again. Nobody is going to march troops into any cities. Why bother when information warfare is just as devastating?

We live in strange times, and it is difficult to tell - from our current limited perspective - how future historians will describe our era. But it may well be that WWIII has already started quite a while ago.

(and to be absolutely clear: I'm not referring to one specific faction or nation as the cause here. Reality is far *far* more complicated then that)
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Chris Nash
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 8:32am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: The Forgotten

What a great run of episodes. I'm with Jammer in wondering why it took so long for this season to reach this kind of quality - perhaps the 26-episode season length is to blame. The danger with announcing a "season long arc" is that viewers will expect that arc to be advanced every week, and this goes double when looking back on episodic shows like Enterprise from today's almost totally serialized TV landscape. , Perhaps the Xindi weapon arc should have been compressed into half a season instead for better narrative cohesion and fewer fallow spots.

I also took note of Degra's slight pause after Trip remonstrates with him. Wonderfully played by Randy Oglesby (yes, even without dialogue and with his back to the camera!) - there really is nothing that Degra could have said to Trip in that moment, and you can see that he almost wants to anyway, but then the futility of it catches up to him.

The show has done a great job of expanding Degra's character over the past few episodes, and although I'm not sure I'd be so forgiving if someone told me they'd repeatedly wiped my memory and subjected me to what was effectively psychological torture for extended periods of time, I nonetheless see the parallels between Archer's attitude in "Strategem" and here: in that episode, he used deception to extract information, tried to gain Degra's trust under false pretenses. But now, he's being open and honest with him, and it's leading to a de-escalation of the Xindi conflict. This, to me, is a textbook demonstration of Star Trek's values and message.
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OmicronThetaDeltaPhi
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 8:23am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

@Mal

When it comes to the question of giving the Valakians warp drive, T'Pol is very clearly right. That's not a very difficult dilemma. You don't give people magical access to f***-ing antimatter unless you are absolutely sure that they'd know how to handle it.

Antimatter (which some people don't realize to be a real thing) is insanely powerful as well as volatile. A single ounce of antimatter, upon contact with ANYTHING, will result in a blast that's equivalent to about 1 megaton of TNT. This kind of "help" is almost certainly going to backfire disastrously.

This, though, has absolutely nothing to do with the question of giving the Valakians the cure for their disease.

@Peter

Janeway is a control freak, plain and simple. A mostly benevolent control freak, but a control freak nevertheless.

Ordinary this wouldn't be a problem for a Starfleet captain, because of the restraining effect of the admirals and the rest of the fleet's command structure. But in the Delta Quadrant... well, we've seen the results.
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OmicronThetaDeltaPhi
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 7:52am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Explorers

@Kevin

The "no air" thing simply means that to make a fire/explosion in space, you need to carry the oxidizer (either oxygen or something else that can react with the fuel) with you.
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Mal
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 10:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rightful Heir

@Peter G. wrote, "We literally both did mention Persia."

Interestingly, I was watching "The Adversary" the other day, and this line popped right out at me,

KIRA: The closest one is the Ulysses. They're studying protoplanetary masses in the Helaspont Nebula.

If you recall, in that episode, the Dominion replaces an ambassador with a Changling and convinces Starfleet that there has been a coup on the Tzenkethi homeworld.

So the Defiant heads towards the Tzenkethi boarder to show the flag,

KRAJENSKY: We need to remind the Tzenkethi that the Federation is committed to protecting our colonies near their border.

SISKO: You want to show the flag.

KRAJENSKY: Exactly.

Both DS9 (Bajoran space) and the Tzenkethi space run along Cardassian space. But lo-and-behold, between the two is the... (drumroll please) Helaspont Nebula! And the ship closest to that region? The Ulysses!

This isn't quite Babylon 5 level epic, but it shows the writers were actually literate. No surprise then, when I saw "The Adversary" was written by Robert Hewitt Wolfe. "Turning and turning", indeed.
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Dusty
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 7:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Devil's Due

Silly but inoffensive. The Ventaxians' vulnerability to self-fulfilling prophecies and con artistry is familiar and believable--depressingly so, 30 years after the episode aired. Marta DuBois gives an entertaining performance as Ardra and things pick up noticeably whenever she is on screen. Otherwise, the episode wallows waist-deep in technobabble and other Trek cliches (like Picard and/or his crew being appointed to decide the fate of an entire planet) . I'd give it two stars.
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MR
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 6:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Survival Instinct

The episode had so many holes in it, which were already enumerated by the previous commenters. I was put off throughout until Seven and the Doc’s “ survival is insufficient “discussion, which totally redeemed the entire episode, holes and all.
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Matt
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 5:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: The Pegasus

It's not hard to imagine Starfleet agreeing to not use cloaking technology.

It's similar to how the US doesnt want Iran or Iraq to develop nucleur weapons even though the US already has. The Romulans do have superior technology.
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Dirge
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 2:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin...

I think they missed and opportunity by not hooking up Fullerton and Alixus from Paradise as the ultimate "we want to control your lives" power couple.
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Booming
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 12:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Explorers

@Jason
But they do burn. Maybe those nice explosion are all H-bombs .

@Kevin
Come on, what do you think, that some of Dukat's underlings is standing on the hull firing little rockets? It is a torpedo stuffed with adamantium and unobtainium.
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Kevin
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 10:45am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Explorers

My science teacher told me there was no air in space and you make a fire or light a match. Do how did they light up the fuse?
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Jason R.
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 9:42am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Explorers

@Booming stars don't "burn" like a torch.
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Booming
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 8:45am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Explorers

Things can burn in space. Stars for example. How do you think underwater torches work. I would think that a huge empire can come up with a solution for fireworks in space.
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Tomalak
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 3:43am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

10 out of 21 actual episodes is quite a long watchlist!
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Neil Mack
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 3:12am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Exile

Boring! Can't believe Jammer gave it 3 stars! Especially as he has given less to much better DS9 and TNG episodes.

As for the shuttlepod scene. I thought it was poor visual effects plus I was scratching my head. Did the sphere have gravity? If not, disabling the thruster wouldn't bring it back to the sphere; the pod would keep moving in the direction it was heading. Guessing I missed that detail about the sphere as no one else has mentioned it.
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Tidd
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 2:29am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Too Short a Season

@Trish

I’m well on the way... and no, it doesn’t.
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Leo
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 2:15am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

lol looks like I bruised some egos.
I'll admit I didn't read all of the comments. There are a large number on this particular episode, but the majority of the earliest comments seem to call out Picard. I gave up reading through them just as they started to become more positive. That being said I stand by what I said. The comments on this site as a whole are often toxic, especially towards Jammer's own opinions.

For the record I would never be upset with someone for holding an opinion. The point is that there are many comments, on this episode especially, which outright misrepresent the characters in the episode or ignore the spirit of the series.

Calling someone out on reading comprehension is oh so mature. It only contributes to my point that this fan base is shockingly immature.
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Tidd
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 2:13am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Too Short a Season

The worst episode of Series 1 so far. The only thing that kept me awake was to see how bad the story would get (DC Fontana? Surely not...) and how poor the acting would get. It is illuminating that the best bit - a pointless shootout in subterranean tunnels - would have been derisory in TOS.

The only thing that I looked forward to was a song from Marsha Hunt as the opening credits said she was in it. But no, she wasn’t.

1 star.
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Kevin
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 11:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Explorers

so you could light up a match to light up the fuse ?
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