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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Mon, May 25, 2020, 10:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

Props to the production team on this one as well as all the other accolades. Ressik looks a lot like Greece's Santorini Island, with the whitewashed adobe buildings climbing up a craggy rock face. The only difference is Ressik overlooks a deep river valley rather than the Mediterranean Sea. It's understandably a bit studio-ish, but it's not overly precious like so often happens in other "rural simplicity" stories.

What I like are some of the subtle cues about the drought as time goes on. When we first arrive, they're planting the tree, they have dark soil/mulch, and there's vines and other plants growing up the buildings and flowers in small planting beds, it's all actually rather lush. Five years in their symbolic tree is larger and thriving, though there's no more flowers around and the other plants look a bit more weedy. Once we get to baby Batai's naming ceremony the vines are dead and the planting beds are empty and barren, with what little decent soil was left presumably salvaged for crops. By the time the administrator comes for his last visit, the symbolic tree is dead. At the last jump, when they go to see the missile launch, they turned up the intensity of the sun a good bit as well, making it a harsher hotter and more blue color. All great touches.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Mon, May 25, 2020, 10:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Time's Arrow, Part II

I've always liked this two-parter, even recognizing its problems. Twain never really bothered me, but I can see how he can be too much to take. The alien's motivations are also laughable in how undeveloped they are. Regardless, I just love the 19th century stuff.

I was curious about the filming locations and Olvera Street in LA, which is sort of correct. When Data first "lands" in SF, the location is Sanchez Street, which is aligned with Olvera, but is on the south side of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles monument. I find it funny that the "Hotel Brian" is just the rear loading area of another random building across the street. In part 2 they shot on the newly completed New York Street backlot set at Paramount Studios.
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Top Hat
Mon, May 25, 2020, 9:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

I never understood why, because the Holodeck is malfunctioning, that means that communications stop working too. Of course, if they could simply ask to be beamed out of the Holodeck that would sort of nullify the plot.
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Top Hat
Mon, May 25, 2020, 9:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Sanctuary

I see what you're saying, but the other thing is that they don't want to make a claim to Bajor per se... they don't believe themselves to be the rightful rulers of the place or something like that. They just want to settle some backwater and farm it, presumably deferring to the existing power structure in matters outside their immediate ken. Their manifest motivation is religious, not political.

I'd agree that the episode doesn't pan out as allegory, it's too muddled, which would perhaps be fine if the story were a compelling one on its own terms. And it isn't.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Mon, May 25, 2020, 9:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Realm of Fear

I want to give kudos to the production crew for the exploding sample container in engineering. Despite being behind a forcefield, still came across as quite powerful and frightening.

Also, I always laugh at the final scene in the transporter room. When Worf and his security team enter, Barclay says "There are more crew members in the beam. You have to grab them and hold on." Worf then responds immediately with "Understood. Follow me." LOL what? These guys have NO IDEA what's going on, and after Barclay spouts some nonsense about people being in the transporter beam, while being dragged off the floor, Worf is all "oh ok, no problem." That's some crap writing there.
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ThirdFromTheRight
Mon, May 25, 2020, 9:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

The episode was just a bit of silly fun, come on.

Thoughts:
1) Worf actually drives the action for a change, and he also has a bit of an arc in which he starts out dreading Holodeck time with his son, takes a liking to it, and then (despite the Data mishap), suggests he’ll do more even though Alexander disappointedly expects him to have soured on it. The slight smile on Alexander’s face when Worf says something like “they’ll need a sheriff...*and* a deputy” was sweet.

2) Data is a rather fenced-in character. There’s entertainment value in having Brent Spiner do *anything* outside of Data’s little behavioral box (we get to see him, I believe, *moseying*).

3) May I just say how gorgeous Marina Sirtis is in this episode? The cigarillo-smoking aside (which I personally find a total turnoff), she never looked more attractive in a TNG episode. And by the way, if you ever get to meet her, Marina Sirtis is much cooler to be around and much more engaging than Deanna Troi, the character, ever was. In this episode a little bit of her natural personality comes through.
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SouthofNorth
Mon, May 25, 2020, 9:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Power Play

That concluding scene was just weird.

O'Brien: If I could have killed that thing, I would.
Keiko (to Molly): Ooooo Daddy says he would have killed that thing. Isn't he a GOOD Daddy?

WTF?
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The_Man
Mon, May 25, 2020, 9:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: E2

This episode was actually a play on TNG's "Time Squared" episode from season 2, the 13th episode.
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Peter G.
Mon, May 25, 2020, 9:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Sanctuary

Oh man I should have proof-read my last post better, sorry everyone. I was writing really quickly that time.

@ Top Hat,

Technically I think you are right, but it's my suspicion at least that they were trying to go for something like "what happens if this other people with a real claim come along, will they be taken seriously?" Whether the claim literally comes from an ancestral presence, or a prophecy, or whatever else, seems to me secondary because if we don't take whatever it is seriously then they are just an annoying presence. For the episode to work it has to be taken seriously, and if we take it at face value that their claim is legit (wherever its origin) then I think what we have is a First Nations analogy. Now that I think about it I suppose it could be a plain refugee analogy as well, but in that case the prophecy thing comes across as a red herring. You don't tell people you're begging to asylum that you actually have an inherent right to their planet/nation. So to me it reads even worse as a refugee analogy than it does as a First Nations analogy. If that's what they wanted then they botched it even worse than I thought.
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Occuprice
Mon, May 25, 2020, 8:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: A Measure of Salvation

For me, this episode didn't need to have the level
of certainty around their plan as they did. That's why all the issues Jammer points out stick in the craw-- MAYBE the plan could work and cause genocide. But maybe not-- maybe just a lot of death, or some, or not work at all. I think the episode's moral arguments would work just as well in the realm of "this could possibly be a total genocide, and even if not could be a brutal tortuous death for many". It didn't need to be as total, and as problematic in the details, as it manifests in this episode.

I am ok with Adama giving Helo a pass-- he had misgivings and I buy that he is ready to accept this as maybe the right call. And he's come to rely on Helo more, and Sharon has become his confidant... I also like it because it does dramatize the different experiences and impacts that two people equally as committed to fighting and rescuing the New Capricans have that result from being on the ground vs on galactica. Adama can still cling to his "have to be worthy of survival", while Roslin is way past that.
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The_Man
Mon, May 25, 2020, 7:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Doctor's Orders

This Trip/T'Pol thing us so slow, boring and tedious and unnecessary. It holds back the T'Pol character.
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The_Man
Mon, May 25, 2020, 7:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Harbinger

I guess they are pushing Tucker as the "Good-Lucking bad boy white guy" though I doubt anyone considers him tough or good-looking.
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Cinnamon
Mon, May 25, 2020, 6:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Best of Both Worlds, Part I

Oh yeah! Miss Shelby is a hot shot! Hot shot s get you killed.

The old man done been in her no-no place and promised her Riker's job for it. Sound familiar?

If you pay attention you will seeeeeeee her mess up big time. She does not ask for permission to leave the ship on her "I got it sll and I'm ahead of you" and the idiots that follow her did not have the sense to tell on her. She had no authority on the Enterprise........BUT the old man that put her on the ship told her to run hog wild and show Picard how hot she was to get Riker's job. AND PICARD WAS A STUPID IDIOT IN THIS EP.
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Top Hat
Mon, May 25, 2020, 5:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Sanctuary

I feel like people tend to misremember one aspect of the episode, which never has the Skrreea assert that they believe themselves to be displaced people returning to a homeland (Bajor). Rather they see it as their prophecized destination. As a loose analogy, Haneek is less like Moses than Joseph Smith.
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Cody B
Mon, May 25, 2020, 4:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

@Booming

Comparing L Ron Hubbard to Gene Roddenberry? I guess you do have a point. Both took their very simple hack writing and managed to make a cult. In Roddenberry’s case he had a network studio to take quality control.
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Glom
Mon, May 25, 2020, 4:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

I agree this site generally has a higher standard of discussion than most. In particular, it is refreshing to not have the usual manbaby types complaining about how there are SJW's under their beds.
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Peter G.
Mon, May 25, 2020, 4:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Sanctuary

@ Shiva Menon,

If you read on the episode is correct, that this is about purpose and meaning to the Skreeans, then IMO that would really mean to me that they're basically nutjobs who are so out of touch with reality that it's hard to identify with them on any level. And as I do believe this episode is one of DS9's epic botches, they actually *do* come off this way to a significant extent, which is unfortunately.

What I suspect it's supposed to be about isn't some random vision that will give their lives meaning; I think it's about indigenous peoples displaced from their ancestral land and making an ancient claim to it. Much like in our current environment, the most even quite liberal people are really willing to do is make a speech of commiseration and the odd art exhibit, but no one is going to give up their homes or half of their nation's land to let the previous inhabitants back. That's just not how it's going to work in the real world, like it or not, and I think this episode opened up the possibility of seeing the Bajorans not just as victims but also, even inadvertently, as a people who are likewise occupying land to which there may be an even more ancestral claim. Or at least the challenge is whether they're willing to even recognize that's possible.

The way the episode plays out it scarcely matters, because the hijinx with the adolescents along with the vagueness of the claim makes us annoyed most of the time and sort of wishing they would just move on. It's 'sad' but predictable when the Bajorans won't just give them the planet to live on, and I put that in scare quotes because it's not actually sad to the viewer, although it should be. That it's so unthinkable that those who have been wronged may have wronged others (or being doing so presently) is the challenge of the episode, but the challenge only makes sense if the Skreean claim is legitimately based on having been displaced in the past. If they aren't an allegory to the First Nations situation then they really are just another annoying race like the Move Along Home goofs.
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The_Man
Mon, May 25, 2020, 3:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Similitude

Enterprise moving along with the White bad boy getting the woman story. Never seen that before.
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Jaxon
Mon, May 25, 2020, 3:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Cathexis

Whatever this technology is that made an entire brain and its mental content able to roam airborne would have helped in "Our Man Bashir" when they were frantically trying to find computer storage for five brain patterns.
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Shiva Menon
Mon, May 25, 2020, 3:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Sanctuary

I think this episode deserves a lot more credit than 2 stars. Its execution definitely leaves a lot to be desired,but otherwise it's Star Trek in its element.

This episode is about finding purpose.

Skrreeans are not intent on land-grabbing; they just believed they had found their purpose in life,so to say. Their religion led them to believe that settling on Kentanna,and "sowing seeds of joy",was their ultimate purpose in life. Bajor fits the bill of the planet that was drowned in pain and shit. Having travelled all this way, they're understandably desperate for any kind of affirmation that their journey was not in vain, so they're only happy to accept that Bajor is Kentanna.

Bajor's refusal is itself a very deep commentary on their current psychological state. Apart from their reasonable unwillingness about sharing their land with strangers, it also talks about their deep distrust of aliens who come with promises of help. The Skrreeans however are probably sincere,unlike the Cardassians.

Granted,the backstory for the prophecy is really poorly fleshed out. But the point is that even when offered a much better planet, the Skrreeans refuse, because Bajor is the planet where they are to "manifest their destiny". They believe their purpose was to settle on Bajor and help Bajorans out in their crisis. Any other planet wouldn't do, because...it simply isn't Kentanna.

Unfortunately, a lot of plot points have been unnecessarily exaggerated,like the completely unexpected flight and death of Tumak, or Haneek being unreasonably rude to Kira. Otherwise this is an episode that imo symbolises the spirit of Star Trek.

PS: Truly shocked to read Dave's comment. It's hard to imagine that there are Star Trek fans who are racists as well. How do these two traits co-exist?
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The_Man
Mon, May 25, 2020, 2:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Twilight

And yes @JD I do think that your angry response towards the Travis Mayweather character is laced with bigotry.
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The_Man
Mon, May 25, 2020, 2:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Twilight

@JD I think you share something in common with the writers, looking for reasons to get rid of black characters for obvious reasons. And then coming up with weak excuses when you don't like them.
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The_Man
Mon, May 25, 2020, 2:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Twilight

Also I like a T'Pol/Archer relationship much more than T'Pol/Tucker. T'Pol/Archer is much more mature, natural and organic.
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The_Man
Mon, May 25, 2020, 2:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Twilight

Shocker, even in a fake world Tucker is an insubordinate hot head who disrespects any authority besides for his friend Archer.
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Peter G.
Mon, May 25, 2020, 1:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Omega Glory

Me neither.

I actually still need to do my re-watch of this to do my Vulcan telepathy studies for the week. I always remembered this being a pretty bad episode, and I have a vague memory of there being a terrible plot hole somewhere in it.
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