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Dave in NC
Mon, Jan 12, 2015, 8:46pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Fortunate Son

Random musing #1: Why is it that I wonder if Michael and DLPB are the same person?

Random musing #2: Your last statement, DLPB, is a total non sequiter.

Random musing #3: All this talk of ideology this-and-that is pointless. Every society has effed up people in it, and some governments are terrible at keeping that element of society from organizing. Sometimes people make a conscious choice to masquerade as religious as an excuse to do bad things. There are a LOT of things at play here other than simply Religion Vs. Religion.

Besides, if Islam didn't exist but all the economic and political realities of those countries were otherwise identical, how many terrorists would still be terrorists? Probably most of them.

Random musing #4: I wish I could care about Enterprise enough to comment on it, but I really disliked it from the get-go. All the revisionist/ret-con "history"and "tech" really got on my nerves.
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Dave in NC
Sun, Jan 4, 2015, 7:11pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Call to Arms

Just an anecdotal observation, but 100% of the Muslim people I've met (here in the United States) seemed pretty peaceful/friendly to me.

I definitely would have to agree that with those that say economic hardship and political suppression has a lot more to do with why people resort to violence than any religion. People who are content with their lot in life generally don't blow things up.

Besides, let's not forget the sectarian Christian violence (Catholic vs. Protestants) in Ireland over the last 50 years. Christianity's recent track record is still pretty spotty if you think about it.

Final thoughts:

Your opinions are your own, DLPB, and you are allowed to make passionate arguments in your defense of them. I may disagree, but that's the nature of debate.

I DO think the only truly embarrassing thing in this discussion (other than your pseudo-Islamophobic statements, I suppose) is your reliance on prefacing and concluding your statements with insults.

It's very childish and should be beneath you.
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Dave in NC
Sun, Jan 4, 2015, 10:52am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: A Matter of Perspective

^ I think what you are forgetting something.

We all live in the present. To experience the present all we have to do is open our eyes and ears. To recall the past, we actually have to work. It requires accessing the correct mental "files" and playing them back . . . basically your own mental holodeck. We have to recall much of what our individual senses were receiving as input: sights, sounds, smells et cetera. That is a LOT of input to be made sense of and stored.

There are natural limitations to the reliability of memories. Keep in mind, we are colored not only by our perceptions, but by our PERSPECTIVES. I mean this both literally and figuratively.

Literally because we are limited by only being able to see what's in our field of vision. We cannot hear what is happening behind a closed door. And so on.

Figuratively because we live in the present and our mind isn't just experiencing things, it is also interpreting and storing those events in real time. Our mind must be able to tie the present and the immediate past together . . . hence the mental process of creating mental narratives to store this information. And what happens when the mind creates narratives? It looks for cause & effect, motivations to be assigned, lessons to be learned.

Why is this relevant to this episode?

Simply put: Dr. Apgar's wife may have honestly seen those things from her perspective. Her POV may have been obscured at key points leading her mind to logically fill in the blanks (her perception of reality).

Or . . . her thought processes (her marriage issues, her husband's career problems) were so distracting that she was only half processing reality moment to moment, only only checking in once something crazy happened that punctured her mental bubble.

And that altercation? Fights happen quickly . . . no two people witnessing a brawl see the exact thing because they CAN'T. It wasn't expected to happen. The result is everyone notices/fixates on something different.

Besides, I must say that I did find the way Riker presented himself to be just a touch on the unbelievable side. He was so chaste and earnest (in the holodeck recreations) it was like seeing a different character. I felt the implication was that, in truth, he was a little flirty with Mrs. Apgar. For her, a woman physically isolated from everyone but her husband, it was enough to interpret as Riker making a serious move.

I guess what I'm saying is that I DID find the episode plausible, the last time I saw it anyways. (Disclaimer: That was probably five years ago, so it's due for a rewatch).
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Dave in NC
Thu, Jan 1, 2015, 9:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Call to Arms

If all religions are "made man garbage", then how can you argue one piece of trash is any better than the other? It's still all garbage, right?

Talk about trying to have your cake and eat it too!
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Dave in NC
Thu, Jan 1, 2015, 10:09am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Call to Arms

^
Actually, you can be lectured on what to say. He can criticize you if he wants to . . . it's your choice to read and respond to what he says.

Hence the reason I didn't bother taking the bait when you mounted that silly defense of Christianity as some kind of superior religion. I mean, I read what you said, but it was so silly it wasn't even worth replying to.
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Dave in NC
Tue, Dec 30, 2014, 11:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Call to Arms

@ Josh

It's typical DLPB. He comes across as a negative person in general, and I believe some of what he says is purposefully inflammatory.

If he isn't a troll, then he may be what I have termed as an anti-fan. That is to say, he's a fan of hating something to the point where it is indistinguishable from being an actual fan.

If only Freud and Jung were around nowadays! They'd have a field day with all the twisted e-pathologies.
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Dave in NC
Tue, Dec 23, 2014, 10:57pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

"Great" news everyone!

Paramount picked Justin Lin, director of many of the cinematic masterpieces that are the Fast and the Furious movies (sarcasm). No, he did NOT direct the first one, but he did do Tokyo Drift. Yep, the CGI car one. Oh, and he's directed a lot of episodes of Community. *sighs*

Prepare yourselves for lots of jump cuts, lame catchphrases, boobies, shaky cameras, "quirky" humor, and more boobies. At least there'll be less lens flare.

The Sony hack has really made me a cynical person: I have to believe the timing of this announcement (literally right before Christmas) seems like a sneaky way to bury (or at least dilute) the negative fan reaction.
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Dave in NC
Tue, Dec 16, 2014, 11:59am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The High Ground

I guess your Bible doesn't have Leviticus in it, dlpb.

There are numerous quotes supporting murder and violence in all of the holy books of the Abrahamaic religions. It's not really fair to single out the Quran.
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Dave in NC
Mon, Dec 15, 2014, 11:54am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Unexpected

^

Looking at the current problems Paramount is having with the script and the director for the new film, not much has changed. For such a venerable piece of pop-culture (which has been around now for half a century), it's amazing how those in charge really have NO idea what makes the franchise work.

Case in point? Jonathan Frakes isn't even being considered as a candidate for director, yet we have two directors from the Fast and Furious movies high on the inside track. Fast and Furious?!? That's just what the new ST movie needs: more jump cuts, swearing, and idiotic catchphrases.

So so sad.
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Dave in NC
Fri, Dec 12, 2014, 10:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Natural Law

I haven't seen this one yet, but I have to reply to your point about Chakotay's Pan Flutes.

It is cliched and a bit racist to bust out the Zamfir whenever Chakotay gets "spiritual". I'm not sure at what point Hollywood composers thought pan flutes were appropriate for scenes involving Native Americans (Poltergeist II, perhaps?), but at this point, it is lazy and eye-roll worthy.

PS- Pan flutes are native to Europe.
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Dave in NC
Fri, Dec 12, 2014, 12:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Unexpected

Getting hung upon the number of windows is really stupid, what idiotic producers . . . no wonder Enterprise sucks so much.
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Dave in NC
Thu, Dec 11, 2014, 1:43am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: The Outrageous Okona

@ Elliot, Harry Kim gets my vote.

Re this episode: The idea of a lovable space rogue isn't that terrible or implausible, but I found the character of Okona to be unbelievable all the same. He smiles WAY too much. I also found the "drama" surrounding his life and his suitors to be uninteresting, not to mention a tad bit outdated and sexist.

The whole Data/comic thing works if you think about it as anti-humor. That includes Guinan's regrettable annoyed/droid pun.

It is SO profoundly unfunny that I find myself laughing at how inept and off-base it is. Yes, I just said it's so unfunny it's funny. :/

It's like the car accident you can't pull your eyes away from. It's VERY bad, but such in interesting ways!

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Two Stars
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Dave in NC
Wed, Dec 3, 2014, 12:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: Interstellar

Ack! I want to read this SO badly, but I haven't seen the film yet. I WILL be back.

(Yay BTW for a new review!)
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Dave in NC
Wed, Dec 3, 2014, 12:03pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin...

Elliot's got his own thing going.
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Dave in NC
Sat, Nov 29, 2014, 11:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Cost of Living

12 year old me hated this episode. I'm going to have to rewatch it (just to be a completist, I guess).

Anyways, people keep talking about how inappropriate it is for Lwaxana to be naked around Alexander.

She's Betazoid. Their culture obviously doesn't have the same concerns over nudity. (Maybe being telepathic makes embarrassment over nudity unnecessary?) Think about it: it's so not a big deal, it's a compulsory part of their wedding ceremonies.
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Dave in NC
Sat, Nov 29, 2014, 10:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Elementary, Dear Data

Maybe he just hoped nobody would ask that question. ;)
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Dave in NC
Thu, Nov 13, 2014, 10:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night

There's also Klingon Fire Wine.
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Dave in NC
Sun, Nov 2, 2014, 6:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Before and After

Oh, and I must admit, the thought of the Ocampan back vagina was definitely distracting. Not to be crass, but if I remember correctly Ocampans get pregnant by holding hands. Do they even have sex?

Last thought: Am I the only one who thinks it is extremely weird that Harry would marry Tom's daughter? It's probably just me, but seriously, I totally get the vibe that Harry has a secret crush on Tom.
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Dave in NC
Sun, Nov 2, 2014, 6:02pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Before and After

Fun fact I learned from this episode: Kes's normal temperature is 16 degrees. Whether that's Fahrenheit or Celsius, she's definitely on the chilly side.

Anyways, I really enjoyed this look at the Voyager that might have been. It's really an interesting plot, and Jennifer Lien shows that she can out-act Garrett Wang any day.

Side notes: it'd be interesting to see this episode recut in chronological order (past to future).

Also interesting is that a Voyager under Chakotay's command was still decades away from the Alpha Quadrant two years after the show ended.

Overall, I give this three and a half stars.

(BTW, the comment box is really tiny for some reason. It's kind of hard to self-edit when you can't easily read what you wrote).
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Dave in NC
Sun, Oct 12, 2014, 10:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Living Witness

As far as I am aware, all of the music in this episode is original (as is 99.9% of the music heard on Star Trek).

My guess is Jeri Taylor was the one responsible for loosening the musical restrictions on the later seasons of Voyager, and boy, did it make a difference! Bride of Chaotica, Mortal Coil and the one with the Doctor's fantasies are other examples of stand-out scores which really helped to advance the story being told.

Side question:

Now I know it isn't in Living Witness, but maybe someone can help me out. There is a scene in an episode where B'elanna is in her bedroom. Something dramatic plot-wise happens (she wakes up?) and suddenly orchestral strings and french horns do this absolutely amazing glissando thing (trading places in octaves), and of course, now I don't remember which episode it was. Anyone have an idea?
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Dave in NC
Fri, Oct 10, 2014, 7:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night

@ Robert!

Yay! Someone besides me has the same theory about the Prophets!
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Dave in NC
Sun, Oct 5, 2014, 4:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: His Way

@ $G

I think the man playing Vic did a great job, but I have to admit, there are still scenes of DS9 I've never seen simply because I saw the nightclub and immediately changed the channel/fast-forwarded.
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Dave in NC
Sun, Oct 5, 2014, 4:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Heroes and Demons

@ Charles

They are still humans, right?

If we actually had a holodeck, where do you think history buffs would like to spend their time? I'm sure plenty of people would like to try their hand as an Old West Sheriff, or maybe Caesar of Rome.

At least I would. ;)
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Dave in NC
Wed, Oct 1, 2014, 2:50pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Profit and Lace

Quote:

"Profit and Lace" was actually making a social point - that you all missed!!

@ Ian

And what point was that?

I must also let you know that most people have a very wide berth when it comes to what is funny: I can laugh at 3 Stooges, Frasier, Woody Allen, Cheech and Chong, Oscar Levant, Sarah Silverman, Marx Brothers, Dave Chapelle etc etc . . . yet for some reason, I still don't find this amusing. Stale and trite, yes, but funny? Nope.

The thing about humor and what is personally funny is it's something that can't be quantified. Just because YOU find it hilarious doesn't mean anyone else has to, or that anyone else should (or would).
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Dave in NC
Mon, Sep 29, 2014, 9:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: The Swarm

@ Robert

I was about to post the sane thing.

My interpretatiohn was it took a few months for B'Elanna to track down the files and it happened "between" episodes.
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