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Peter Swinkels
Wed, Aug 4, 2021, 3:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Carbon Creek

@yanks: that does make sense.
@jammer: I just watched this ep again and while it's quiet, one and a half stars is way too harsh. Two and a half stars seem appropriate.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, Aug 4, 2021, 2:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

Worf was gloating about how he had "enhanced the targeting system for increased accuracy."
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TeeBone
Wed, Aug 4, 2021, 8:50am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Observer Effect

*arrogance (hate to leave a spelling mistake that lasts for eternity)
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TeeBone
Wed, Aug 4, 2021, 8:46am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Observer Effect

Good episode, my only criticism would be the arragonce that these aliens have studied different species for 800 years and only humans have shown this level of compassion. Timely that we are currently going through an actual pandemic and while there are stories of compassion, I think the overall grade for humanity would be a failing one.
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Jason R.
Wed, Aug 4, 2021, 8:16am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Yesterday's Enterprise

@Tidd after the events of Timeless, Endgame, First Contact JJ Kelvin Trek, Time's Arrow and about 50 others Guinan should be bordering on catatonic with all the ripples in the force or whatnot she'd be getting bombarded with every Tuesday.

But then again maybe those don't count since they must be part of the sacred timeline :)
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Tidd
Wed, Aug 4, 2021, 8:06am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Yesterday's Enterprise

Some here have said that the events portrayed show little evidence of the preceding 22 years of the alternate timeline.

May I offer my own perspective on this?

When the Enterprise-C came through the rift in spacetime, the alternate timeline came into existence all in one go. So although the characters on the Enterprise-D believe they have existed in a particular timeline for 22 years and can tell you all about what happened in that history, in fact it is an illusion, i.e. their memories are part of what was created when history was changed.
That I believe is why Guinan has such a crucial role in the story : due to her particular species, she had a 'sense' that something was wrong, that things weren't 'how they're meant to be'. Picard, who knows her better than anyone else on the Enterprise, was therefore more inclined to give her feelings more weight and significance than if anyone else had verbalised similar concerns. Of course, he can't ignore his sense - a false sense - of who he is and has been for 22 years, but he cannot discount what Guinan tells him.
If the timeline had been changed 22 years earlier, Guinan would have known THEN that something was wrong, but no - it's NOW that she has that feeling. In other words, the 'proper' timeline is the one we are familiar with, and everything got changed in an instant by the rift. Guinan - like Data in 'Cause And Effect' - retains something she can't quite put her finger on, but it's enough to tell her that there is an alternative reality and it's wrong.
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Jason R.
Wed, Aug 4, 2021, 8:03am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

"I never said that. But what I do say is this - if you're going to talk about something, then at least show some evidence that you know something about it. To trot out trite soundbites about 'democracy' says to me that what you mainly know about Brexit is the referendum result alone and perhaps little or nothing about the facts (context and history) that underlie it. Do feel free to prove me wrong."

You called it a "tragedy".

He called it "democracy".

Neither of you elaborated substantively.

Why would his post be held to a higher standard of knowledge and evidence than yours?
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Tidd
Wed, Aug 4, 2021, 7:49am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

@Luke

"So unless something directly affects me personally, I can't talk about it?"

I never said that. But what I do say is this - if you're going to talk about something, then at least show some evidence that you know something about it. To trot out trite soundbites about 'democracy' says to me that what you mainly know about Brexit is the referendum result alone and perhaps little or nothing about the facts (context and history) that underlie it. Do feel free to prove me wrong.
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Glom
Wed, Aug 4, 2021, 6:19am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Enemy Within

In addition to the rape stuff already mentioned, there's another aspect that dates this episode: the hand wringing over Kirk relinquishing command. It would be better for everyone for Kirk to do just that until his predicament is resolved. But macho attitudes make this something terrible. It ends up being Kirk putting pride above the wellbeing of the ship.
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Tidd
Wed, Aug 4, 2021, 2:36am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Yesterday's Enterprise

4 stars, or more if I could.

No real comments to add to what is arguably the best episode ever… except to say to some of the nitpicking above, “Hey, it’s a TV show! You have to have the regular cast even if their presence is questionable in an alternate timeline.”

Great Trek, great sci-fi.
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Eric S
Wed, Aug 4, 2021, 12:10am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Counterpoint

They messed up on this. During the last scene, the telepaths are seen leaving by shuttle, however, where is Tuvok and Vorik? Wouldn’t they have been detecting if they were beamed out? Or they went through the wormhole with the other telepaths?
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Zicard
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 11:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Sanctuary

Klingon - a racist stereotype of black people. Moclan - a racist stereotype of black people. Trend ?
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O’Brien
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 7:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

One thing stands out for me in this episode that solidify Riker as being the absolute worst Star Trek crew member *of all time*:

While testing the new proton torpedos at the start of the episode (prior to any outbreak), one veers of course. Riker orders Worf to destroy it with phasers, to which Worf replies he cannot as the torpedo is out of range. Riker, second in command to the Federation’s flagship vessel, responds with unwarranted sarcasm to Worf, “even for your ‘newly improved’ phasers?”

Now look here you little shit: Worf is not your enemy, nor did he design the prototype weapons the Federation sent to you to test. You are second in command - act like it you fucking ass.

Riker is the absolute worst.
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Nesendrea
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 5:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

Better than the study in moral autism that was “Insurrection,” but that’s a pretty low bar.

Looking back, I think that what I liked about “Nemesis” were the few nods to continuity that it managed (especially considering how much continuity it chucked right out the window.) As poorly handled as it was, there’s a fanboy part of me that wouldn’t have been happy if Will and Deanna hadn’t ended up together, after their “imzadi” relationship was barely touched over the entire course of TNG. I liked that the Betazoid nudist weddings weren’t forgotten. And of course, Riker absolutely has to finally have his own ship.

Mind you, the reasons for these things not happening in the series aren’t addressed. We don’t hear anything about Will and Deanna reluctantly refusing to be together like that because it would be awkward while they serve on the same ship. And Riker wouldn’t take his own command because whatever ship they could offer him, “She’s not the Enterprise.” I guess all of that was left behind? But no matter, at least it got done.

I guess it says something that I’ve only spoken well of the character moments, and haven’t said anything kind about the story itself. There’s just not that much to praise. It was fun as an action-heavy popcorn movie, but that’s all it really tried to be, and I think that’s sad for the crew’s swan song. Even worse is that, again, so much continuity was sacrificed for that, along with Picard’s character and Data’s life. I guess I’m just left feeling that it wasn’t worth it.

Ah well. It was what it was. And, writing this comment in 2021, we now have further Star Trek properties, including “Picard” which continues the story for at least some of our beloved characters. So “Nemesis” wasn’t the absolute finale, as it was assumed to be at the time. Based on the reviews I’ve seen here, I imagine most of us can agree that’s, at least, a good thing.
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Booming
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 4:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

I don't think you missed something, it's more like added something. She only said "it matters"
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Luke
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 3:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

Luke: “ I fail to see how that matters.”

Tidd: “ If you wish to talk about Brexit (I don’t, particularly) then - oh, it matters.”

If that isn’t “you can’t talk about it unless you live here and are affected by it”, then I must have missed something.
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GG
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 3:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Blink of an Eye

I thought it'd be interesting to make some time calculations based on the events in the show. Seven says 1 second that passes on the ship, 1 day passes on the planet.

The doctor was gone about 3 years. So aboard the ship they spent about 18 minutes trying to get him back.

When the doctor stops Goetana-Retz in the hallway, instead of speedily escorting him to his ship, to ask him to look up his son, that takes 20 seconds, or halted him getting home for almost 3 weeks while Voyager was being assailed from the surface. I always wondered why no one had the anxiety of time passing so quickly while he was there since getting him back as soon as possible would be best for him.

Goetana-Retz gets on the radio and the woman says the frequency hasn't been used by the space agency in 50 years. If the space agency abandoned that frequency soon after his flight to Voyager, he was on Voyager for about 5 hours.

Now assuming a lot of things like this civilization progressed like ours and Voyager arrived in what looks like what could be 2000 years ago in our history and then going from those primitive dwellings to going into space, Voyager was above the planet for about 8.3 days.

And Chacotay is pretty much right when someone says Goetana should've been back home for 10 minutes and he says that's about an year and a half.

I could be off on some of these. I was just curious to see how the writers handled the time and it seemed like they did a pretty good job. I just think the changing of the season was too fast and I didn't even bother with the intervals between shellings from the surface.
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Booming
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 3:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

"And Tidd apparently agrees with me. Because Tidd, just hours before telling me that I have to live in the UK to discuss Brexit,opined in the TNG: "The High Ground" comments about Israeli/Palestinian politics (by responding to a more than seven-year-old comment about it) even though Tidd does not live there."

Is that the written equivalent of a jedi mind trick?! A mental finger trap?! She agrees and she doesn't agree??!

She never said that you cannot discuss it, she only said that it can be important where you live. Yeah this must be in bad faith.
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Top Hat
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 3:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

This is obviously in bad faith. Todd’s mistake was not simply ignoring a belligerent twerp who reports his belligerent bad faith nonsense like he’s proud of it.
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Luke
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 2:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

All right. Here's my answer....

Where I live is irrelevant. It doesn't matter what nationality I am. Because as a rational, intelligent, adult Human Being I'm capable of discussing (and having opinions on) Brexit even if I don't live in the UK.

And Tidd apparently agrees with me. Because Tidd, just hours before telling me that I have to live in the UK to discuss Brexit, opined in the TNG: "The High Ground" comments about Israeli/Palestinian politics (by responding to a more than seven-year-old comment about it) even though Tidd does not live there.

So, I'll go back to my original thought.... "Democracy sure is a bitch when people actually have the audacity to disagree with you. Isn’t it?" How about we discuss that instead of moving the goalposts to discuss our nationalities?
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Peter G.
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 1:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Prodigal Daughter

@ Paul,

"The writers of this episode obviously don't know the meaning of the word prodigal."

I think you have to take seriously the episode's premise to see why they thought the term applied to Ezri. What I think they mean to say is that from the perspective of Ezri's narcissistic, dysfunctional mother, Ezri ran off to pursue selfish things and leave the family in the lurch when they needed her for the family business. Apparently since she left everything's been falling apart. and since her mother naturally blames her for it, that makes her the prodigal daughter from a wrong POV. Certainly not from ours. So that alone muddies what they're even trying to say. But even worse, it's not even clear what the family thinks about Starfleet or whether they supported her or opposed her going, or what the heck is happening. Why did she even join Starfleet? We don't know. Unlike with Spock and Sarek, we aren't treated to any backstory about the origin of this conflict. It's just not a very good episode for the most part (I can barely bring myself to watch it), but the title at least gives a hint at what they were trying to write.
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Paul
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 1:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Prodigal Daughter

The writers of this episode obviously don't know the meaning of the word prodigal. Obviously, they must have heard the story of the prodigal son and assumed, as many people do, that the word prodigal means "returned", but it actually means "wasteful" or "extravagant", which has absolutely nothing to do with this episode.
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Rahul
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 12:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Dax

@Silly

I can understand why DS9 would put a ton of emphasis on Ezri at the start of S7 as we've got a new character etc. and I wasn't a fan of it. But I don't really feel early DS9 put an excessive amount of emphasis on Jadzia. What I think DS9 had to do was to flesh out the whole Trill host/symbiont thing which TNG basically just introduced. As a character, I feel Jadzia was given less "air time" than Sisko, Kira, Odo and maybe even O'Brien in the early going -- and rightly so. Even this episode "Dax" is less about Jadzia than it is about hosts/symbionts. From what I remember, there's actually very little Jadzia does in this episode.

Jadzia was a well-conceived character and there was some potential with host/symbionts to tell some interesting stories (like this episode IMHO) but the actress Farrell wasn't good enough to make the "Trill episodes" stand out. In fact, I'd say the "Trill episodes" as a DS9 theme are generally mediocre and could even have been omitted except for the fact that the show needed to fill 7 seasons of like 26 episodes each.
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Mal
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 9:41am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

@Luke asked, "So unless something directly affects me personally, I can't talk about it?"

Yes @Luke, those are the rules.

Everything has to be about your "journey" and your "lived experience." Kindly comply with @Boomings requirements, or you will not be permitted to opine on these matters any further.

Thank you for sharing your "truth",

https://youtu.be/Pw2sex1mJNI
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Silly
Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 8:54am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Dax

I'm glad to see some of the later commenters didn't much care for it, because I certainly don't. I think this episode is so badly flawed that 1.5 stars is being generous.

Back when season 7 first aired, it was hampered by far far far too much focus on Ezri Dax. But early DS9 was also vastly overly focused on Dax!


In seasons 1 and 2, It seems like the production assumed Dax would be the breakout character and practically acted like Jadzia was the star of the show. But that never happened. I doubt it ever would have happened, but rolling out these deep Dax backstory episodes BEFORE the current character was even established certainly didn't help.

Would TNG Measure of a Man have been so compelling if it was one of the first few episodes, before we got to know and like Data?

Note that the very Spock-centric Amok Tine and Journey to Babel came about AFTER and BECAUSE Spock was a hit.

Probably this episode should get a little leeway for its clunkiness because it's a very early one before the show got its sea legs. But that doesn't fully absolve it because the extreme doting on Dax was quite deliberate.
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