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Jason R.
Fri, Sep 25, 2020, 6:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ship

Well Booming I don't doubt that once the USA enters the war that is a game changer - but so much could or would have gone terribly wrong before that which could have effectively ended the war before then. Maybe Churchill's books on the series are biased but I certainly didn't get the impression from them that Germany was an easy opponent. No documentaries I have seen about the Battle of Britain suggest that it was some cakewalk - indeed but for Hitler letting himself be goaded into the blitz (rather than continuing to hammer the RAF airfields) it seems the RAF would have been vanquished and Operation Sea Lion was potentially in play. As I see it if GB falls either militarily or by suing for peace, there is no chance of victory against Germany USA or no USA - D Day is gone.

As for the Japanese, my impression is that they were much more of an upstart against the USA but then again they had some amazing tech with the Zero fighter that far outclassed the Americans and had they wiped out the USA carriers at Pearl Harbor who knows?

Maybe we are again running into another translation issue with the "underdog" expression. Frankly I am a little surprised at you agreeing with Trent's borderline equivalence between Nazis and allies - you always seem more hardcover anti fascist in these situations.
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Jason R.
Fri, Sep 25, 2020, 2:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ship

@Booming I am not trying to be difficult here but the French lost. The Nazis marched through Paris. However you want to slice it the Nazis were superior where it counted. This wasn't a plucky underdog defeating a superior foe - the French were wiped out and the British nearly got annihilated at Dunkirk. No one after Dunkirk thought Germany was an underdog.

I mean the Iraqis might have had more ground troops than the USA in the Gulf War but who cares? The Arabs also had a ton more men and tanks than the Israelis during the s?Six-day-war - big deal.

As for the Pacific theater, I may have overstated my point when I said the Americans couldn't win if the carriers had been sunk at Pearl Harbor but it is a fact that destroying the US carriers was the primary objective of the Japanese at Pearl Harbor and had they succeeded it's arguable that the Battle of Midway in particular would not have been the decisive victory (or any victory) and the turning point of the war.

I am hardly the first person to suggest that the failure of the Japanese to sink the American carriers at Pearl Harbor doomed them. And I note that the Americans had just 3 carriers in 1941 at the time of Pearl Harbor, the same number they fielded at Midway. They were hardly churning the things out like gumballs!

Finally why are we talking about "heroism"? I didn't say the Allies were heroic for the record (although they certainly were). I am just disputing this suggestion that the Axis powers were underdogs in WW2.
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Jason R.
Fri, Sep 25, 2020, 12:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ship

Yes that was the exchange I was thinking of. I will add that with the wormhole, the Gamma Quadrant was effectively directly adjacent to Bajor which was basically Federation space by that point.
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Jason R.
Fri, Sep 25, 2020, 11:42am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ship

"The Dominion flat out told the Federation that *any* incursion into the gamma quadrant was a violation of their territory."
When did they do that?"

I believe it was in the episode The Jem'Hadar when the Jem'Hadar beams into ops with the Bajoran datapad and informs them that the Dominion considers any incursion into the wormhole as a violation of their territory. Then Dax responds that they won't be dissuaded from exploring the Gamma Quadrant.

"They were from start to finish. Maybe the short phase between the defeat of France and the attack on Russia.
The French army was bigger and better equipped than the German army (apart from the air force) and there the was the BEF as well. Not to forget the Maginot line.

The French were just lead very badly and made some grave strategic and tactical mistakes. Same is true for the Red Army in 41, less so in 42 and after.
When the USA joined, the production of the Allies vs the Axis was around 10 to 1."

I'll concede that the Allies were the incumbent powers after World War I and may have had some paper advantages. But the incumbent always has a paper advantage at the start.

But the Germans innovated heavily on the technological front and of course invested in the Luftwaffe to become a dominant air power. Their defeat of France was not just due to French incompetence but innovative German strategy coupled with game-changing technology such as the Panzer tank which just circumvented the Maginot Line via Belgium completely surprising the French who were apparently still fighting WW1.

You could point out that the British navy outnumbered and outclassed the German one but who cares? By the time of the Battle of Britain the Luftwaffe dwarfed the RAF and air power was what mattered in that theater just as sea power (specifically carriers) was what mattered in the Pacific theater.

I could point out fairly plausibly that had someone other than Churchill been in power after Dunkirk it's likely Britain would have sued for peace with Germany. Even assuming the US still enters the war do you see D-day without Britain? Nope.

And on the Pacific side, awfully lucky that America's carriers were on exercises during Pearl Harbor and weren't sent to the bottom of the ocean. No carriers = no chance of victory against Japan.

So yes, I am taking serious issue with this revisionist history casting Axis powers as the underdogs in this. I concur that the Dominion is probably not a perfect analogy for the Axis (the Axis never had the kind of overwhelming advantage in numbers and resources of the Dominion) but then again, I never saw the Dominion War as a proxy for WW2. The comparison with Nazis was more in political philosophy I think vis a vis the Founders.
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Jason R.
Fri, Sep 25, 2020, 8:10am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ship

"That is not really comparable. More like Japan declaring the Chinese sea/East Asia their domain."

The Pacific Ocean comprises 30 percent of the Earth's surface. The Gamma Quadrant is 25 percent of the galaxy. Close enough.

The Dominion flat out told the Federation that *any* incursion into the gamma quadrant was a violation of their territory.

As for the Axis being the underdogs in WW2 that is a little hard to swallow but I suppose it depends on the time frame. After the fall of France and Dunkirk? Very hard to swallow.
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Jason R.
Thu, Sep 24, 2020, 7:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ship

@Trent I think you make some good points. I have to admit that "Churchillian" thinking is more of the same and if Trek is to be utopian it can't really be the same.

But on the other hand, if the alternative were easy, someone would have done it successfully presumably. It's hard to see how your ideas aren't just appeasement dressed up and repackaged. I mean in the case of the Dominion, they claimed the entire *gamma quadrant* for themselves. If Imperial Japan declared the entire Pacific Ocean their domain, should the USA as an enlightened power accede to this demand to avoid provoking them? More importantly, does this avoid war or make it even more likely to occur?

I don't pretend to know the answer to this conundrum. But I will again agree with you that if the answer is just matching power with more power, then where is the utopia? It's like Kirk and Lincoln just beating up the evil team in a fist fight and claiming "good" triumphed. Ummm ok but what happens if evil knows king fu? :)
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Jason R.
Thu, Sep 24, 2020, 6:55am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Melora

@Booming well that's because they probably are bothersome and problematic. If I have to, say, install a ramp so that one employee in a wheelchair (out of say 50) can access my business, that is bothersome and creates problems.

Doesn't mean I shouldn't be bothered mind you. Many good and necessary things cause bother and even problems.
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Jason R.
Thu, Sep 24, 2020, 5:36am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Melora

"The disabled person being the problem and acting difficult while the normies are not. Never seen that before...

In the original draft, written by a disabled person, it was actually the other way around. The normies were the once creating the problems and the disabled person was the one who had to deal with that but for some very easily understandable reason they didn't do it that way."

Imagine that, human beings caught up in their own narrow perspectives.
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Jason R.
Tue, Sep 22, 2020, 8:26am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Distant Origin

The Voth are a very cool concept.

Of course like most Voyager ideas it turns to nonsense when you think about it for a minute.

I mean they fled Earth and ended up.... in the Delta quadrant 70,000 light years away? Ummm why? How?

Isn't that like someone fleeing New York on a raft and settling in Japan?
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Jason R.
Mon, Sep 21, 2020, 4:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Statistical Probabilities

"@Jason
First I called it the law but that seemed wrong. I wasn't sure what the correct usage in English is, judiciary?"

Honestly I'm at a loss to even guess what you are referring to here. I know of no legal field that posits itself as "science". Maybe some field that studies law from an anthropological perspective?

If I may make a supposition, perhaps this is less of an ideological dispute and more of an english translation problem?

"Science" is a methodology whose application to disciplines outside of what we call the "hard" sciences (physics, chemistry, etc...) is, at the best of times, controversial as Peter alluded. Fields like economics may have some methodological similarities with hard sciences but even economists are unlikely to tell you that what they do is on par with what an astrophysicist or epidemiologist does. And I can sure as heck guarantee that no lawyer is going to tell you law is a "science" although if you have cash in hand I know a few who will happily make the argument in court haha :)
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Jason R.
Mon, Sep 21, 2020, 10:15am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Our Man Bashir

@Trent cool idea re having Garak, not Bashir, as the protagonist.
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Jason R.
Mon, Sep 21, 2020, 9:39am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Statistical Probabilities

Booming did you just call the legal system a "scientific field"? :)
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Jason R.
Fri, Sep 18, 2020, 10:03am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

Well wouldn't the collective have to reflect, on some level, the will of the individuals? I guess I have trouble with this idea of billions upon billions of individuals dragged kicking and screaming into this force that they hate with every fiber of their being only for that force, allegedly representing all of those individuals, proceeding to continue with the same mission.

Either the idea of the collective is itself a fraud or is there something inherently totalitarian in any collective will? I am getting shades of 1984, a machine built by beings with the sole purpose of crushing those same beings including those that made it!

But you can see how the Queen is an antidote to that logical contradiction on some level.

Personally, I prefer the angle adopted in Voyager's Unity, an underappreciated episode that explored the seductiveness of collective consciousness, why individuals would not *want* to leave, and would also seek to bring as many others into the fold as possible.

They kind of sort of scratched the surface with the seduction angle in First Contact with the Borg bondage queen but ya umm, kind of a fail on that one.
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Jason R.
Fri, Sep 18, 2020, 5:38am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

"I could have sworn it was a TNG movie that did that."

First Contact opened the door. Voyager drunkenly lurched through it head first.

The irony is I liked the Queen's portrayal in the movie. I even kind of sort of get where they were going with the concept because when you think about it logically, a true collective consciousness would be a chaotic mess. If the analogy is an ant colony or something then you definitely need a Queen.

But this was also the end of the Borg being remotely scary or interesting. I remember watching BOBW and getting goosebumps when the Collective told JLP that death was "irrelevent". Now that was real menace.

Then I think of the Borg Queen in STV with her "curse you humans I'll assimilate you next time!" who was about as menacing as Gargamel or Skeletor, and about as effective.
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Jason R.
Thu, Sep 17, 2020, 12:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

@Peter not to mention that the Borg are a collective consciousness so a missing member isn't just some lost piece of hardware but a missing piece of the collective. Yes they would self destruct drones that were damaged but a healthy drone could not be abandoned anymore than one could abandon an arm or a limb (to borrow Crusher's analogy).

Of course Voyager messed all this up what with the "collective" becoming a bunch of expendable henchmen for a bloodthirsty queen.
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Jason R.
Thu, Sep 17, 2020, 12:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

"Picard takes pains to hide from the approaching Borg cube's sensors in the chromosphere of a star, yet he's sending abundant knowledge of their existence back with "Hugh". "

Well it's not like the Borg don't know about the Federation; they certainly have Earth's address.

But that raises a really glaring issue: isn't the presence of a Borg ship (presumably) on the Federation's doorstep kind of a big deal? Is this a full on cube like the one from BOBW? Aren't they worried the ship might decide to saunter over to earth?
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Jason R.
Tue, Sep 15, 2020, 5:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Haven

A bit heavy handed with the idea that late 20th century technology could produce an ohhhhh so deadly virus that kills everything in its path that 24th century medical tech is helpless against. Ummm ya and this late 20th century society with interstellar glowing generation ships and transporters(!) to boot. Gotta make that social commentary so on the nose to the audience last we fail to grasp the folly of bio weapons.

Still a pleasant outing. I do like the offebeatness of these season 1 episodes. Even the music is nice in an over the top way. And lol about Lwaxana's luggage and of course my favourite recurring character, Mr. Hom.
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Jason R.
Tue, Sep 15, 2020, 5:44am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

I'm usually with the ctothels of the world on the whole "this is not Trek!" debate but this time it does seem different with Lower Decks. I mean is the Family Guy "Blue Harvest" Star Wars parody a Star Wars tv movie? What about Robot Chicken?
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Jason R.
Wed, Sep 9, 2020, 12:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Encounter at Farpoint

@Peter G.

Geordie does get a pretty cool moment beyond being blind although it is connected with his disability. It is in EAF in a scene with Crusher that we discover that his visor causes him constant pain yet he refuses to accept treatment. Now it is also implied that treating the pain would interfere with his visor's function and (presumably) render him fully blind. But the way Burton plays the scene I got the feeling that what they were really going for was the idea that disabled people don't need to be corrected or changed - that the future has room for people to be what they are on their terms not society's. Not to mention it gives Geordie a kind of personal integrity that I like.

I also like a scene with Data where Riker asks him in a worried fashion if he thinks himself superior to humans and the answer is yes - but how he would give it all up to be human. Kind of poignant and of course the essence of Data's lifelong quest.
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Jason R.
Wed, Sep 9, 2020, 11:51am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Encounter at Farpoint

Rewatching this after many years I did appreciate certain aspects of it more. For instance, I do enjoy Q throwing in Picard's face mankind's abysmal history - the use of the post atomic horror as a backdrop for the court proceeding was inspired. I also saw Q's conduct in forcing Picard to "confess" humanity's guilt (at the barrel of a gun) interesting. Q was right and I am glad the show (and Q) did not permit Picard to weasel out of the charges. Picard had to say "guilty" before any progress was possible but like Kirk before him, Picard is clever enough to appreciate that the past, while relevant, cannot entirely bind our present (we can choose not to kill, today). Picard's solution to the dilemma (test us!) is a brilliant gambit on his part.

I also appreciate more the test itself. Here you have this alien attacking the planet and killing people very much like Picard and his crew. Much like in our world, the very first response is to counter with force to protect the human(like) inhabitants from an inhuman attacker. Indeed, this is what Q expected them to do. This is what humanity's history dictates it should do. But Picard will not privilege human(oid) life over the other, and instead approaches the situation in an even-handed unbiased manner. He is even prepared to let some of the inhabitants die rather than risk perpetuating a greater injustice by blindly using force to settle an unknown dispute. Nice.

Of course other aspects of the episode rankle. Denise Richards is just embarrassingly bad. Troi sounds like she's going to break into hysterics every 11 seconds. And by the way, did anyone notice that 5 minutes before Q's deadline and while the colony was being bombarded by the alien ship, Picard takes 10 minutes to have chat with Beverly about whether she wants a transfer because of mixed feelings over serving under Picard? Setting aside the inappropriateness of the conversation (ummm, she knew who you were when she signed up buddy so why are you second-guessing her?) is it really reasonable to have that kind of conversation in the middle of a life or death crisis? WTF!
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Jason R.
Wed, Sep 9, 2020, 8:43am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

"Are they going to Sherwood Forest with Vash?"

Step aside Romulans, Klingons, Borg, Q, Khan... Make way for the true puppetmaster, the archvillain behind everything, Trek's greatest antagonist - Sir Guy of Gisborne!
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Jason R.
Wed, Sep 9, 2020, 5:34am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

"The Galaxy took a hard left..."

Aha! Marxism destroyed the Federation. I knew it!
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Jason R.
Mon, Sep 7, 2020, 4:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Sanctuary

"Man, lots of cameos in this one, phew. Are these people doing this for free??? Ted Danson, F. Murray Abraham, Marina Sirtis. That would cost quite a penny otherwise and they don't even have important roles?!"

It's a credit to MacFarlane that so many big name celebs seem willing to make random cameos on his various productions. I can only assume the guy is just incredibly likeable.
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Jason R.
Mon, Sep 7, 2020, 8:56am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ethics

"Every Star Trek episode, that has anything at all to do with medical issues, has the chief medical officer coming up with untested treatments on the fly. She may as well be calling McCoy, Polanski and herself "bad doctors" for saving their crews from unknown alien parasites. "

There is a big difference between improvising a treatment for a deadly condition on the fly (where the alternative is death) versus operating on an otherwise healthy patient with an experimental procedure in furtherance of your career over the patient's best interests. At no point did McCoy or Pulaski or Crusher ever do that.
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Jason R.
Fri, Sep 4, 2020, 5:40am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Rapture

"Poor, gentle Booming. Sweet, beautiful, wise, and well-hung Booming, doomed to routinely endure a scrutiny that, were it turned upon others, would expose them as lesser men.

We salute you Booming. With our fists. Up your butt. Namaste."

Tee heeee
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