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Other Chris
Sun, Jun 7, 2020, 2:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Rajiin

I didn't hate this like I expected to, but it would have been more interesting if Rajiin was more alien and not just a buxom blonde. Also Timothy is right; this is a smack to the face of Cogenitor.
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chrismypro
Sun, May 24, 2020, 4:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Whom Gods Destroy

I cant recall any other episode where a beam up password was used. And at the very last scene, when the real Kirk asks for a beam up, Scotty won’t ask for the password anymore.

How convenient...

Other than that, I loved some of Spock’s lines (“where exactly is your fleet?”), plus the fact that at the dance scene he looked utterly bored.
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Chris Two
Tue, May 19, 2020, 9:47am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Whom Gods Destroy

I had completely forgotten this episode since the last time I watched it, and now I know why. It's utterly over-acted, cringe-worthy dreck. Very reminiscent of Dagger of the Mind, even down to Kirk being strapped in a chair and having his brain scrambled. And at the end, why doesn't Spock just stun them both? It's an excuse to get Kirk to fight himself. Half a star, only because of the (really tame) Orion slave girl dance getting it banned by the BBC.
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Chris Pierce
Sun, May 3, 2020, 7:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Hero

Adama was on BSG for 3 years on a planet or orbiting one for a year so Bulldog was in cylon prison for 4-5 years ! This page says he was in dentention for only 3. How is that possible?
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Chris
Sun, Apr 26, 2020, 3:24am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Attached

Loved it. Well written, fun alien story and that long overdue view of what these two think of each other. The movies dropped this storyline altogether, but I'm hopeful we can see Gates again and get some resolution in season 2 of Picard!
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Other Chris
Sat, Apr 11, 2020, 5:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Author, Author

The Doctor on trial and the inspiration of slaves. Excellent, excellent, excellent.
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Other Chris
Sat, Apr 4, 2020, 4:48am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Ashes to Ashes

Just throwing in another compliment to Kim Rhodes; she kept me watching, and I knew the episode would fail her in the end. This was almost good.

All the complaints about continuity are absurd. Star Trek is infamous for shoehorning in unknown characters and relationships.
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Chris Lopes
Sun, Mar 29, 2020, 8:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

@Nolan

Point taken. 7's personal acceptance of who she is would require some work to explore. On Voyager (outside of the thing with Chakotay, that no one bought) 7 didn't really explore that part of her humanity. She's been on her own for quite a while since then, so there is no telling what kind of exploration she's been doing. While watching her deal with the discovery of her sexuality might interesting, that discovery likely happened years ago. The same goes for Raffi.
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Chris Lopes
Sun, Mar 29, 2020, 6:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

@Trent

Well whatever the particular host's gender, the Dax symbiot seemed decidedly male. ;)
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Chris Lopes
Sun, Mar 29, 2020, 6:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

@Nolan

I suspect coming out doesn't mean a damn thing in the future of STP. The Seven/Raffi relationship actually makes a great deal of sense to me, as they are both broken people who are very much alone. That has nothing to do with any particular sexual orientation, just the specific choice of partners. Those particular characters just fit together.
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Other Other Chris
Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 7:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

@Daniel

"One person observed that if Michael Chabon can’t make Trek work, no one can. It takes a a small inferential leap to realize that some people will never be satisfied with anything - or will never admit to it , lest they be thought to be part of the lumpen masses - those vulgar, inferior Philistines! - that get enjoyment from entertainment."

It's very telling that the same people who hate this show come here the very day any new Trek airs to tell us just how much they hate it. Clearly they enjoy it, even if their enjoyment value is taking potshots at it. Get ready for season two with all these people back here again like clockwork. CBS doesn't care as long as they get their subscription.
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Other Chris
Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 7:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

I get the message they were driving at in the end and I see why Patrick Stewart was drawn to it, but it just didn't work. They could have pulled the same thing with half as many characters and half as many episodes, which also would have forced them to tighten up the scripts. We've come a long way, baby.
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Chris
Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 4:19am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

The series has gone from a multi-layered, thoughtful, careful and intriguing first episode to a stitched together mess of old Trek clichés, inconsistent/shallow characters, a plot that's both too complex and insultingly thin at the same time. I'd like to understand the development process of a show like this. So they have a great idea to start and carefully write a pilot that manages to address current world issues in a subtle way and then everything gets rushed and stuff just needs to be done? Why? Because all the CGI has to be planned ahead? Why not take time to write better scripts first? Why not have show runners that can guide a whole season into something that feels consistent and does not insult the viewer's intelligence? What I love about Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul is that whenever you ask yourself "Why is a character doing that?" or "How could this happen?" you realize a few moments later the writing staff asked the same questions and then they deliver a satisfying solution. I wish there was just a little bit of that awareness on Picard. In episode 8: Why are all the Romulans standing in a perfect circle facing outwards like performing some ritual before they have their "vision"? Because it looks cool!? Story-wise it makes no sense at all. This was the first time I knew Picard would be no better than Discovery, as much as I wanted it to be. And seeing the AI "colony" and its "characters" it was confirmed. Did any of the writers spend time thinking how such a colony should look, what it could be like, what its inhabitants would do? Apparently not. The Androids are doing Tai Chi and walk around bare chested? Really? This felt like the worst cardboard "colonies"/"cultures" from TOS. The Romulans needn't bother, there's no intelligent life on that planet. It's a shame. Picard should have been different, like they promised it would be, but in the end it's becoming a victim of its genre just like the absolutely overrated "Logan" did. Three new series in a row Star Trek has now failed to stray from its constraints and boldly go ... somewhere.
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Other Chris
Sat, Mar 21, 2020, 10:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Equinox, Part I

That BLT nickname just tickles me to no end, and this two-parter is about as good as Voyager can get.
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Other Chris
Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 5:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

I'm behind on Picard, but comparisons to Mass Effect (especially in the art department) is what turned me off from Discovery, and it's disappointing to hear them again.

As for ME itself, the ending is bad and feels like a betrayal of themes, but that's still after 3 full games of great storytelling and action. As far as I'm concerned, the journey made up for what the destination ended up being.
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Other Chris
Sun, Mar 8, 2020, 9:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Concerning Flight

More like "Concerning Filler," amirite?
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Chris
Fri, Mar 6, 2020, 2:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

@Ubik-

I don't know.... They absolutely SHOULD suspect something of her since she is acting so strangely. I thought Rios confiding that he had doubts about Raffi to Jurati was weird and out of place. Seems like you would keep that suspicion to yourself until you had more evidence, so trying to guilt her into saying something might make sense. Also, he claims he didn't know why she came back to the ship after Freecloud, but she told him in the previous episode that she had a son. So he does know why she ame back on the ship and promptly drunk herself into a stupor, or at least he ought to.

Something about Raffi's super patronizing "Let's eat some cake" attitude was really off too. It was all weird and might make a bit more sense if they were playing her.

But if that were the case then why would Rios also confront Raffi and threaten with airlocking her? And why would Rios look so confused when Jurati began to confess about the tracker? And why wouldn't he wait for her to fully confess vs. just run back to the bridge when Narek re-appeared? It seemed like she was about to tell him something about the tracker and if he was suspecting her and playing her would have stayed and listened.

So I guess either interpretation has its flaws. I did think Jurati was well-acted this episode.

Overall, I don't think this one was as strong as the last, but it was enjoyable. The characters could breath a little which was nice. The scenes on Nepenthe were generally strong, and I thought the action on the ship was good and did a lot to develop Jurati's character, who finally behaves like a human acting under duress might. But some of the poor writing jarred me out of it occasionally. The contrived story of Thad's death didn't land IMO, and the plot holes/weird behavior on the ship as discussed were also jarring. The scenes on the cube with the casual killing of Hugh and the still very out of place Elron were a complete miss for me. Honestly, if the series had abandoned their perspective and just left us to wonder about their fate it might have been better than whatever that was. I guess we are in for more though, as the space elf is still onboard. I have trouble caring about whatever happens to him.
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Chris B.
Sun, Mar 1, 2020, 9:41am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

I'm worried that the centuries-old horrible secret that drives good people to do bad things that's being protected by a secret cabal is going to be really lame. Actually, I know it will be lame because it's never worth the wait or build up once the reveal comes. This idea has been done a few times, and it's always a letdown. Like seeing the monster at the end of a movie fully exposed before CGI, and you think "Oh, it looked scarier when it was in the shadows, now it looks like some spaghetti and painted latex rubber. Disappointing." Like the monster, the "Dark secret that cannot be revealed" trope's secret is better left to the imagination of the audience.

Anyway, on to episode 6.
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Chris
Thu, Feb 27, 2020, 7:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The Impossible Box

@Quincy -

Agree. That didn’t seem like ‘repressed’ memory experience to me. More like a memory that is too vivid and disturbing to distinguish from reality when it comes to the surface. I.e., PTSD, as you suggest. There were a couple of issues with this episode, but overall I thought it was fairly good. And this aspect didn’t take me out of it at all.
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Chris
Mon, Feb 24, 2020, 10:13am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

@Nic -
"This is all wrong. He seems to be saying that there is less reason for optimism now than there was in the 60s or 80s. Doesn't anybody remember Vietnam, the race riots and the Cold War? Climate change and loss of biodiversity make our future is uncertain; but there is no question that human life is much much better now than it was 30 years ago."

Agree wholeheartedly. Yes, times seem bleak. But anyone who claims that TOS didn't also come out during the middle of a pretty bleak era of American History just simply isn't paying attention. Vietnam, the Kennedy murders, MLK's assassination, the Kent State Massacre, race riots, Medgar Ever's murder, etc. It makes for a pretty depressing backdrop. The difference, I suppose, is they didn't have social media back then to echo chamber themselves into an immutable sense of despair.

I would argue that in the bleakest times, a refreshing point of view that shows humanity overcoming this era is a bold statement. Optimism is necessary during such times. And it is certainly a bolder statement for a TV premise than something along the lines of "And now the Federation is ethically compromised and even in the future people have no faith in the institutions that are designed to protect their own interests. Good luck, humanity. You will never escape your own worst selves."
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Other Chris
Sat, Feb 22, 2020, 3:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

I always enjoy the "the old version wasn't any good anyway" defense for the new versions of these things.
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chrispaps
Sat, Feb 22, 2020, 6:24am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

I don't usually leave comments but had to on this occasion just to say a BIG thank you to Jammer for his wonderful, powerful spot-on review. I only hope CBS are also reading...
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Chris
Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 12:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

@Trent-

"[...] What this did was to train fan audiences to watch movies and TV in a certain way, wherein any tiny action could be a clue to some greater mystery. Fandom painted itself into a plot twist-first storytelling culture. The question of who a character “is” now means "how does this character link to everything else in their universe," rather than "who is this character?". It’s a bad way to approach stories, putting the emphasis on puzzle pieces rather than emotion and character. Stories are now puzzles, based on what fits established canon, not what’s dramatically right."

Holy crap, I couldn't have said it better. That's been my unspoken but main criticism of modern television for the last 10 years or so. It works for a little while, but the 'trick' gets old after a few episodes as you stop caring about what happens next because you lack any real connection to any characters. Such 'tricks' should be used only the minimal amount to help keep things moving as needed, not as a means to an end itself. It's called respecting your audience enough and the material enough to expect the audience to be interested in your story because it is a good story, rather than tricking them into listening to a crappy one.

I think that is why I like Picard more than Disco, honestly. I never liked Disco because none of the characters were developed at all, and they seemingly did random things that were probably not what real people would do. It makes what little character development there is seem cold and wooden at best. For example, romance in both Disco and Picard is generally shown by two people merely being in the same room together where the script forces them to suddenly start kissing or embracing or something, rather than show two people share a genuine connection and building on that.

Picard is prone to the same crap, but it can at least draw on previous characters that were truly well-developed (by others, it begs pointing out). So I do feel some of the connection, even if Picard is not doing a lot to further their development. In that same vein, Captain Pike was the best part of Disco season 2 for much the same reason. Spock was so far off that he was essentially a new character and I got nothing from him.
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Chris
Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 12:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

@Omni -

I did get a huge kick out of the annoying targeted holo-ads on a television program that is frequently interrupted by unblockable advertisements. (I don't pay extra for the 'no-ads' experience).
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Chris
Tue, Feb 18, 2020, 4:22am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

This episode was meant to cause debate and it absolutely succeeded in that. Sometimes there aren’t simple answers. We can and should all debate what was the right decision here, but the facts are so specifically (and yes, artificially) laid out that neither decision can be declared absolutely the correct one. Incredibly impactful episode.
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