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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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Baby Mandalorian
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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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 11:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Eye of the Beholder

I have a bit of a soft spot for this episode because I'm pretty sure I missed it during its first run and only caught it after the series ended. So as far as I can recall this was my last "new" episode of TNG. Since I had to watch the reruns starting at Encounter at Farpoint, it took quite a while to get back to this point.

That said, this episode just screams Season 7. The cold open (without any sort of establishing shot or Captain's log), strangely empty ship, wallpaper music, actors phoning in their performances, it's as Season 7 as it gets. This is also Voyager-level Brannon Braga with yet more mind screwing, which theoretically allows him to botch intra-episode continuity without repercussions, but which still tends to bite him in the ass since plot threads manage to unravel due to the incoherent story. His complete misunderstanding of science, even in a fictional universe, isn't as egregious as in Genesis or Voyager's Threshold (among others), but telepathic residue? Come on. It's technobabble and psychobabble rolled into one. Psychnobabble? I'd agree though that this is a perfectly OK episode, and it manages to stand out due to where it's located in the series' run.
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Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 10:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: A Taste of Armageddon

SPOCK: An entrance, Captain, but no exit. They go in, but they do not come out.
KIRK: A disintegration machine?
SPOCK: Or an elevator ...
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Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 8:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: In Theory

The problem is, Data is a totally honest android. Ask him what he is thinking about, and he tells you. When he tries to act romantic it is completely obvious that it's an act. (Though that was a bit at odds with the way that in a previous aspect it was shown that, under the guidance of his mentor, Picard, he had become a very accomplished actor.)

Hunan relationships sometimes require an ability to be deceptive about how we feel at any time - deceptive to other people, and also deceptive to ourselves.

Actually that needn't mean someone else might be quite capable of getting along with him pretty well as a partner. If gay relationships had been allowed to exist in the Next Generation I think it would have been perfectly possible for the relationship with Geordi to be developed in that direction.

Plenty of people, especially men, go through life without indicating much emotion, and manage well enough. That's more especially true in some cultures and some countries. (The stiff upper lip...) The differences in how Data behaves is not really more extreme than that which can characterise some people on the spectrum.

Very reasonable that Jenna could be attracted by these very qualities. They imply a kind of safety, which could be appealing in a condition of emotional turmoil - and as was noted, there's a pattern of behaviour wanted. It's not what she really wants. She was definitely the wrong person for Data.

Fortunately, he's got Spot, who accepts him as he is, and has trained him to provide whatever is required in the way of food or comfort. Data just needs to find a human who is a bit more like Spot.
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Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 8:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Dark Frontier

I really enjoyed this episode with 3 glaring exceptions:
1. The whole “no Borg has regained their individuality” thing that has been nitpicked to death already
2. The last 2 minutes: “we managed to get another 20,000 light years out of the transwarp coil before it gave out...” Huh??? It just gave out? And that’s it? No replicating it? No studying it to apply its mechanics to your warp system?

Other than that, fantastic stuff. 3.5 stars.
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Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 7:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Host

Correction - The preceding episode with a plot about symbionts, treated in a rather different fashion, was of course not Contagion, it was Conspiracy.
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Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 5:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Gravity

I just wanted to point out how hard I laughed when Tom was like “look Tuvok, you need to accept this is home and the crew probably left without us,” and when we first see Voyager, the first thing they mention is that the shuttle’s been missing for an hour!

That was before they explained the time differential, but I still got a kick out of imagining Tom giving up hope after an hour. “Well this is our life now, better cheat on your wife, Tutu!” I could see that in Chakotay actually.....
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Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 5:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

“Itchy and Scratchy” did in 10 seconds to Poochie what this episode took 45 minutes to do to the Silverbloods. I can almost guarantee you that this was made solely for the purpose of tying up that loose end made by “Demon” where fans (and probably quite a few in the writers’ room) were left confused about what would happen with an entire duplicated crew in the Delta quadrant. Yikes, this was their answer?

I just rewatched the ending to “Demon” and the duplicate crew is standing in a crowd watching the real Voyager leave. They didn’t know they were duplicates then? Also if they are exact duplicates, why hasn’t the original crew figured out “enhanced warp?” They needed a Demon class planet to survive, but all their away missions on M-class planets went ok? The entire ship was degrading but they expected their time capsule to not degrade? In the entire quadrant they just so happened to find the other Voyager with minutes left? The Doctor never noticed that the crew now needed a different atmosphere to breathe, an atmosphere he said himself couldn’t be safely replicated?

I understand the emotional payoff of this episode, but with all these ridiculous plot holes, it comes of as manipulative rather than authentic. 1 star
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Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 4:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Dawn

Why are there so many people here pretending Darmok was bad? Are they Russian spambots?
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