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J.J. Dessalines
Fri, Oct 30, 2015, 6:46pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Change of Heart

This was the episode where DS9 jumped the shark for me. As a fervent fan of Worf since the beginning, I could not (and still cannot) conceive of him making that choice. I never watched DS9 again.
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Sat, Jul 25, 2015, 3:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S2: Sacrifice

Billy Dee Lee? I expect someone to break into honky-tonk country tunes any second...
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Wed, Jul 15, 2015, 3:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2

True! I was afraid you were this guy:

h t t p://

But I see I was mistaken, lol.
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Mon, Jul 13, 2015, 2:03pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2

Iknewthat. ahem.. (sheepish grin)
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Sun, Jul 12, 2015, 3:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2

@William B.

Way to miss the essence for the concretes.

There may be no guns, but there an awful lot of dead main characters.
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Sun, Jul 12, 2015, 3:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S2: The Farm

Two minor points on this one.

First, I got taken out of the episode right in the teaser when the resistance leader says " the perimeter, and pay special attention to the flank." Ummm, if it's a PERIMETER, then how is there a FLANK exactly? And why just one? THEORY: maybe it's a mobius strip shaped perimeter? Then I guess the single edge would be the flank. Seriously though, words mean things. You'd think a writer would know that.

Second, I've seen a few references to possible inspirations for the human baby factories. Star Trek, The X-Files, The Matrix. Ok, I suppose those are all reasonable, but let an old fogey clue you kids in on some classic Sci-Fi. This concept came straight out of DUNE, specifically the last 3-books in Frank Herbert's original series.

SPOILER ALERT if you haven't read these:

A society called the Bene Tleilax can create human clones (called gholas) from the cells of the dead. They do this with technology called Axlotl Tanks. Much later you find out what the tanks are. They're living human women, wired and tubed up as baby factories for life. Nice.
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Wed, Jul 8, 2015, 1:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S2: Scattered

You want plot holes? How's this for a plot hole...

Dee, not once but at least TWICE in this episode says, (and I quote), "four, three, two, Jump!"

What happened to one? One comes after two in a countdown!! ONE!

Now THAT'S a plot hole.

That is all.
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Tue, Jun 30, 2015, 11:44am (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2

My gut reaction to the shooting: "WTF is THIS?? Game of Thrones??!!
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Sun, Jun 28, 2015, 5:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S1: Colonial Day

Surprised no one mentioned the interesting statement by Roslin that she had TWO unpleasant matters to take care of on the resort ship. One of course was the dismissal of her original VP candidate. You could argue that the other was the meeting with Baltar and bringing him on as a VP candidate.

But could the other task have been the killing of Valance? Not that she personally did it of course, but she could have arranged it. We've already seen her throw one prisoner out of an airlock.

And the little comment by Zareck about how he didn't kill Valance, and wondering who did...just plays into this.
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Wed, Jun 24, 2015, 6:57pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S1: Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down

Drunks aren't funny. 1-star.
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Tue, Jun 16, 2015, 2:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S1: Six Degrees of Separation

Ok, two comments on this one.

1. Am I the only one who found this episode somewhat surreal? I suspected all the way through it that the end would be some kind of "it was all in Baltar's head" Six had manipulated his perceptions to make him finally break down or something. When he yanked out all the power cords in the lab and the monitor still showed his face, I was convinced. But nope. Hmmm.

2. Never thought I'd be envious of a hulk of metal and gooey biomass...then along came Grace Park. Wowza.
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Sat, Jun 13, 2015, 5:37am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: The Host

I think it's a story about slavery. I'm honestly disgusted both by this episode and the entire symbionts. They are obviously using trills as slaves & the worst thing is that the trills are brainwashed into loving it and thinking of losing their individuality as a great honor. I give this episode and the entire idea thumbs down. Zero star from me.
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Tue, Mar 24, 2015, 9:25am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II

"She puts the "ho" in Hoshi."

Aaaaaahhhhahahahahaha!!! Jammer's Best. Line. Ever.

But ho or no, Empress Hoshi was hawt hawt hawt! :-)
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Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 12:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

@ Demosthenes

Ahh, having skimmed over most of the debate, I clearly didn't understand the "ground rules" as you pointed out. I thought posters in this thread were coming at the moral dilemma from their own real-life moral principles. But you're saying we're all supposed to pretend to accept the moral code which "is extant on the various Star Trek series." I didn't realize that.

If that's the case, then I guess I can't add anything at all, since it's pointless and distasteful to pretend to accept the absurd leftist utopian moral code of Gene's vision for the series.

Of course, not everyone "in universe" accepts that code do they? My favorite line of the entire DS9 series is when Nog asks Jake, "Well if you in the Federation don't need money, then why do you need MY MONEY?"

So as a representative of the Ferengi point of view, I still offer up my own solution. Rendering aid is neither morally compulsory, nor is it morally prohibited. It's a matter of individual choice. Not under Gene's code, but under the moral code of Quark, Nog, et. al. (notwithstanding the writers' slandering of that moral code as exemplified by the silly Rules of Acquisition, etc.).
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Sun, Mar 22, 2015, 3:13pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Bound

One thing is clear.

Jammer doesn't ship
T'Pol + Trip. ;-)

As for the episode, meh. Kind of slow and predictable. I was really hoping for Hoshi and T'Pol to team up and take down the Orion girls on the bridge near the end there. A little Vulcan nerve pinch and an open can of Hoshi-whoop-ass would have gone well together. On the positive side:

-The mention of the Gorn at the start of the dance scene ("the less said about the Gorn the better" ... hahahhahhaa!! )

-T'Pol and Trip together again!!! Yay!!!

-Fun with Vulcans tribute to TOS at the end

-The interesting reveal on Orion society

2.5* from this Cap.
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Wed, Mar 18, 2015, 9:52am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Divergence

"If Section 31 is supposed to be such a smart, skillful organization that survives for centuries in secret, they should not be so easily thwarted the way they are here by Krell."

Well you see, they haven't survived for centuries YET have they? They got to be such a smart, skillful organization in your precious DS9 by making mistakes early on and learning from those mistakes over the depicted in this (at least) 3* episode.
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Wed, Feb 18, 2015, 11:32am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: E2

@Hasjtracker from 2010:

"I hope someday in the future someone will come back a couple of thousand years to show us that time itself is always clean and cant be contaminated"

It doesn't work. I tried it. No one in this time period believes that I'm from 2688.
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Wed, Feb 11, 2015, 2:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Doctor's Orders

Yep, saw it coming but not immediately.

When T'Pol first appeared, I was just like "wtf?" However as the show proceeded I could see that she was never interacting with anything, and she wasn't telling Phlox anything that he didn't already know, etc. So I guessed that she was just in his mind and that they were going for the Sixth Sense ending.

Jolene's befuddled bubbleheaded facial expression when she's supposedly trying to find some control in engineering was PRICELESS! I almost had to pause the ep, I was laughing so hard.

3* indeed, agreed.
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015, 12:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Harbinger

Ha! I knew it!

Back in the comments for "Unexpected", the fourth episode of the first season, I predicted that the writers were setting us up for a T&T match. This started wayyyy before the neural therapy sessions.

Loved all three subplots in this one. And the Malcolm/Hayes fight was extremely well done.

3.5* from this Cap.
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Sat, Feb 7, 2015, 1:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Chosen Realm

The 9 days vs. 10 days thing wasn't so unrealistic when you think about the bat-poop crazy things upon which a lot of religious schisms are based. And a lot of these obscure doctrinal points escalated into serious conflicts like the "troubles" in Ireland and so forth.

All through the 1980's Sunni Iraq and Shia Iran fought a war where Iran took to heart the idea that the last stages of mobilization are the children and the seedcorn, resulting in their launching human wave attacks partially composed of kids. Iraq responded with chemical weapons, one of which was apparently lewisite or some other mustard-gas type of blister agent. As a brand new USAR Chemical Corps officer near the end of this period, I saw pictures of the effects of this stuff, and it's not pretty. Imagine a blister on a guy's back the size of a basketball.

Oh, and the root cause of all this? Well! It was a verrrry important dispute, you see. Yes indeed. Apparently, when Mohammed died in the 7th century, there was an argument about whether his successor should be his son-in-law, or his buddy.

So yeah. Spheres created in 9 days or 10 days? Maybe a slight exaggeration of this kind of stupidity, but not by much Jammer...not by much.
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Wed, Jan 28, 2015, 11:49am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Exile

Archer: If it's there, how far is it?
T'Pol: About 75,000 kilometers
Reed: Pfft! Might as well be 75,000 light years!

A subtle hat tip to Voyager there? That's how far from home they were at the beginning of the series.

I'm a Hoshi fan, so 3.5* from me on this one! But I kept thinking "Phantom of the Opera" all the way through it, not "Beauty and the Beast."
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Wed, Jan 14, 2015, 12:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: The Breach

I wasn't planning to comment on this one until I saw Annie's comment above. I too was thinking what an interesting twist it would have been at the end if Phlox revealed that he was the one who had hated the Antarans, and that his son was the more open-minded one.

Anyway, both the A & B plots were ok with me, and I enjoyed the nerdy obsessed geologist types that had to be dragged away from their work. Three stars is about right I think.
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Tue, Jan 13, 2015, 2:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Horizon

It sounded to me like the lifeforms were supposed to be microscopic extremophiles, which wouldn't have needed to be saved, since they were perfectly capable of living in the magma. The eruptions were just bringing them to the surface, an event which could be the beginning of a new phase in their evolution. Maybe something similar happened here on Earth a couple of billion years ago.

As for the rest of the episode, this is the first one I can remember where I was so bored I couldn't wait to get back to the B-plot. The T'Pol dinner scene was excellent in its subtlety. She's totally winding them up. Hilarious.
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Mon, Jan 5, 2015, 2:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: The Catwalk

I know Susan's comment was from about a year ago, but I thought I'd give an answer a shot anyway, in case anyone else happens along.

The reason that you could see both the "top" and "bottom" of the storm out the window was that the storm was still so far away at that point. Remember it's moving at high warp, so even with around an hour or so before it hits, it could be many light-years away.

As an example, take a look up at the sky on a clear dark night in the country, and you can see the milky way cutting across the sky. That's the middle of our galaxy you're looking at (or at least one of the major arms; I'm not sure which) and it's hundreds of light-years thick. Yet we're so far from that crowded center that we can still see space both "above" and "below" that band of stars.

That's what they were seeing out the window.
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Sun, Jan 4, 2015, 2:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Precious Cargo

At least 2* from this Cap.

A bit of trivia that many may already know, but I didn't see it mentioned in any of the comments. Padma Lakshmi was actually married to Salman Rushdie for three years or so.

Rushdie is famous for among other things, being the author of "The Satanic Verses" which made him the target of an Iranian Fatwa requiring his execution. He was the target of at least one assassination attempt as a result.
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