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Strejda
Tue, Aug 20, 2019, 5:06am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: True Q

@Chrome I don't know if that's the case, at least not all of it. I find Amanda Rogers inoffensive. But still, in case of Hollow Pursuits, the crew dealing with Barclay has more weight on the story and their interaction with him influence his behavior, same in Defector. Also, there is a bit of perspective flip as to how they look to regular officer. Here, in the end, they seem completely inefffectual to anything. It's closer to Q-Less in that matter IMO. Again, these are not HUGE issues, I don't think it's a bad episode. It just feels like there is one thing that needed to be there.

This isn't part of my problem with the ep, but I actually feel the whole "can't escape your nature" gets progressively more uncomfortable the more times Trek gives that lesson.
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Strejda
Tue, Aug 20, 2019, 4:42am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Explorers

@Lew Stone I am wondering, why do you think this is "not Star Trek"? Speaking as somebody who acknowledged Elliot got picked on for not liking a show other people did, even I didn't get that objection about this episode. If anything, I think the episode's biggest problem stems from its obligation to be more Star Trek-it can't just be a character piece with Sisko and Jake, it has to have them do some epic pioneer exploring shit. It doesn't bother me too much, since it's still jsut means to an end and the character stuff does work for me. As for Bashir being confident ladies man, he is certainly the latter, but watching early Bashir, the dude is a giant dork. Again, despite contrivances, to me it worked, especially Bashir/O'Brien friendship.

You're the first person I've seen complain about Brooks underacting-personally, I do think he overacts, but I think he's actually really good and quiet, subdued moments. I also like him when he's just being a cool dad pal, like here.
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Strejda
Tue, Aug 20, 2019, 3:46am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: First Contact

@Jason R. I'm a man too. TBH, I not that bothered by the episode-I would if it was done now, but I can accept a 90's TV writers not knowing better. I was more bothered specifically by Peter G's arguments. But she does have power in his situation. She is offering a life-saving aid in exchange for sex and Riker at the moment has no access to any of his support. And he still almost dies.

Your last point is a non sequitur. So because there is a double standard as to how something is treated, that means is it's okay for that double standard to be there? And nobody here HAS TO say it-it's only said to point out there would be no discussion in that situation and that the thing plays into a sexist stereotype. You can still object to it in isolation-a character being coerced into sex with it being treated as wacky hijinks-as many people do.
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Strejda
Tue, Aug 20, 2019, 2:47am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Enemy

@Sillyk Has he? Given things like Ethics, Picard seems to believe strongly in individual rights. In real life, we don't even take organs from dead people without their permission.
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Strejda
Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 5:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: First Contact

@William B The difference is those James Bond examples usually play it as Bond clearly not having a problem with it, with him "having to do this" being the irony of it. Here, Riker seems quite uncomfortable with it (and even if not, you could argue it's a sexist stereotype a man wouldn't be). It's also worth pointing out modern Bond movies don't do this.

@Peter G I'm sorry, but that's nonsense. If you consider it rape (and even if not, it's one of those "if you gotta argue it, you've already lost" situations), that's what it was 1000 years ago, it's what it's now and what it will be 1000 years from now on.

Also, how are Riker's values not contemporary, at least regarding things like this? Outside of season 1 speechifying, which I think is fair to say has been pretty much entirely abandoned at this point of the show, he is potrayed as pretty normal (handsome and sexually active) modern man, who just happens to work on a space ship. If he has particularly alien attitudes towards things like this, it needs to be established, otherwise the natural and logical assumption is that is what he is in this situation.
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Strejda
Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 4:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Up the Long Ladder

@Cinnamon Go home, you're drunk.
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Strejda
Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 3:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Maquis, Part II

@Elliot "Why would Earth be the only part of the Federation where there is no crime, poverty, etc? That's not how this works. The Federation is not an empire, it's a constitutional collective. Up unto the point that the colonists in the DMZ renounced their citizenships, they were living in “paradise” as well. Whatever beneficent circumstances allow people living on Earth to be “saints” applied equally to these people up until the point they were asked to leave their homes."

Why and how? For one, I don't think Sisko literally means ONLY Earth is paradise, it's more about the difference between central worlds of Federation, but why doesn't it make sense that people further away from it wouldn't enjoy all the resources, protection, needed attention and governance those worlds get?
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Strejda
Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 2:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: The Cloud

@OmicronThetaDeltaPhi Regarding Enterprise, at least about the first two season everyone talks about... I really don't think it can. Even just judging the episodes on their own, accepting creators doing what they wanted to do, they were just bad at doing it.

@Jenkins L. Ironically, I wonder if the opposite isn't happening with Enterprise. I know it got lot of shit at the time because canon (personally, the suprisingly little continuity contractions there were, rarely bothered me, at least not for the contradiction itself), but these days I get impression it's often checked out by people who have mainly just seen Star Trek and not other contemporary sci-fi shows, so the way it seemed inept at the time next to say, Farscape, is lost.
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Strejda
Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 1:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Paradise Lost

@Peter G "For what it's worth I tend to side with Gowron on this one. It's too pat that they have a Martok Changeling, and magically right after learning "we're everywhere" from The Adversary the Cardassian government falls? Yeah right. I doubt very much the Martok Changeling thought to himself "Well isn't that lucky, I can push for an invasion!" I give the Founders more credit than that, so yes, it's a bit of an assumption that they caused the coup. But then again they straight-up tell Garak later this season that his people are going to be decimated for what the Obsidian Order did, and I have full faith that this plan involved undermining the Cardassian government to make it weak, causing the Klingons to bring them to their knees, and while at their weakest the Dominion coming to the rescue with Dukat in tow. I've always seen the plan in this way, and the whole thing makes far less sense if we consider the coup to be coincidental. How did the Founders thing they'd (a) take power, and (b) punish the Cardassians otherwise? They pretty much knew they had no future allying with the Klingons (impossible to command) or Federation (impossible to corrupt), and the Romulans were too untrustworthy. The Cardassians were always their target, probably from as far back as The Search."

I don't see why "we're everywhere" would indicate that-for one, clearly they've been "everywhere" for a while and from Meta perspective, the Klingon threat wasn't part of their original plans for season 4. And why would Dominion need allies to take power or punish Cardassians? Just straight up invasion was always an option, even if not preferred one. I also don't think Cardassian were potrayed as any less untrustworthy than Romulans, although I can think of reasons why they would be the better option for Dominion.
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Strejda
Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 12:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Starship Down

@Iceman "Necessary Evil" was actually the first episode to establish Rom's proficiency with technology. I don't think it's really contradictory, even if him being smart while sounding dumb wasn't the point-some people are very skilled at one thing and idiots at other things.

@Elliot When was Sisko potrayed as desiring attention? Sure, he does big speeches in front of people when needed, but so did Picard and he was even less of a people person.
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Strejda
Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 6:30am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: True Q

@Chrome I didn't think it was a hard mandate, but I was reminded of it, because to me this episode shows why it was made. The Defector is great, and even if Barclay never appeared again, Hollow Pursuit would still work, but here it feels to me something is missing.
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Strejda
Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 4:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Neutral Zone

"People FEARED dying. It terrified them!"
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Strejda
Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 2:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rightful Heir

@Lupe Clone Kahless didn't automatically had those memories, the priests say they basically uploaded into his head their religious texts and presumably whatever else they wanted, since their plan involved Worf. It's why he didn't know things like who the man from legend he spoke was .
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Strejda
Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 9:05am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

"This is similar to my view about Chain of Command, where I think it's lucky for Picard that someone like him wasn't commanding the Enterprise while he was being tortured. Jellico got the job done; he wouldn't have."

Interesting, why would you say so? I don't realyl recall Jellico doing anything at the end Picard was above-the way he ran the ship didn't really factor in it.
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rjdurb
Fri, Aug 16, 2019, 1:16am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Living Witness

Somehow I missed this episode in its original airing, and then somehow skipped it when I went through the series on-line. I’m venturing through all the Voyager episodes again, and this is truly one of the best episodes of the series. It’s got creativity in the story-telling, gives the actors some new ways to portray their characters, and confronts genuine problems in the study of history. Robert Picardo is outstanding, and it’s an impressive directorial debut for Tim Russ. It’s a well constructed episode all around.
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Strejda
Tue, Aug 13, 2019, 8:05am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Virtuoso

It didn't bother me to much when I watched it back in the day, since Doctor IS obsessed with praise and validation, especially for things unrelated to his original purpose as an EMH, and I even thought it was little rich of the crew to be so pissed off at him after Latent Image, but now I do wonder if Doc is in character here. In "The Swarm", when given the choice between erasing everything that made him who he is since the pilot and his ability to serve as a Doctor, he immediately chose the the former. Yet he is willing to abandon the crew and the patients he could save for this?
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Strejda
Mon, Aug 12, 2019, 10:49am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Naked Now

@William B Hey, I apologize if this is weird, but this is the most recent comment I've seen here and I just wanted to say I greatly enjoy all your thoughtful, well written comments here, even when I don't agree with you. Always hoped you would decide to rewatch all of Enterprise one day.
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Strejda
Sun, Aug 11, 2019, 3:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Cold Front

You know, having no transporter chief when transporters were a brand new technology but having a steward is just so distinctly Enterprise.
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Strejda
Sun, Aug 11, 2019, 1:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ensign Ro

@Peter G Doesn't she specifically recall her actions in the pilot to compare them to Starfleet wanting to blow up Kronos and why it would be a bad thing? That's a genuine questiion BTW, I'm not sure if I remember right but I'm pretty sure.
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Strejda
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 5:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Parallax

@Ruby (I'm sorry for not making this a part of my of comment, hope this is okay) Maybe this isn't true for most, but I would say for many, the problem isn't people yelling science shit at each other in general, just Technobabble aka bullshit. And my problem with it, is that it's often there to fill out time and the worst way to do that is with useless nonsense. If caring about science accurracy is dumb, why have it there in the first place? And when used to solve problems like in here, it basically allows characters to win by pulling nonsense out of their asses, while pretending to be clever.
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Strejda
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 5:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Parallax

@Corey Ignoring the politically charged, ugly discussion above, I do think it's hypocritical to insist humanity has moved beyond all religion, except that one. To be clear, I do NOT think Trek should be 100% anti-religious and historically, it hasn't been. And maybe the writers intended to just be more positive about spirituality in general and just chose Chakotay's religion for it, I think it needed to be made more clear, because even if said religion wasn't mostly just bunch of stereotypical nonsense made up by a con-man, it comes of as the creators making an exception due stereotype of Native Americans as in one with nature noble savages.
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Strejda
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 4:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Profit and Lace

@petulant I can't find who said that here, but that's a silly comparison. Spock's Brain and arguably Masks are unintentionally hilarious and Final Frontier, while also a bad comedy, I think can still be So Bad It's Good fun, since it has enough serious stuff and the comedic bits are so forced and cartoonish they become funny again. This is however, is a bad comedy, where the jokes are just dull and unfunny, among other issues.
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Strejda
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 4:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

@Tanstaafl Okay, I get you weren't trying to write a review there, but I'm not sure what are you trying to say. Watters taking pills and the latter was showing how his heroic leader persona is an act and he's actually over his head. How is it a bad writing? The whole point is that Watters acts like and convinced his crew they are all great heroes for the sake of his ego. The point of the story is that it's young people pretending to be grown ups in the time of war.
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Strejda
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 4:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: True Q

I can't remember where I've read it, but I've heard one of the first rules Michael Piller laid down when he became a showrunner was that each story has to be in some way about one of the main characters. "Tin Man" for instance is primarily focused on the guest character, but it's also about Data and what his situation and their relationship say about hi,. Here, it really is just about Amanda. And while the characters do actually play a role and have moments unlike in "Too Short a Season", the whole thing does feel like a self-insert fic. Not an awful one, IIRC, but I think the story would be better if it was in some way relevant to Crusher or Picard, or even Q.
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Strejda
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 12:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II

I know, I know, this is in many ways a pretty stupid story... But damn it, this is just so much fun. Parody may be a strong word, but I absolutely think the story is meant to be somewhat tongue in cheek, from the amazing First Contact intro, through Archer doing an evil version of his season 1 scenes with T'Pol (with evil Porthos present) to crew wearing TOS uniforms for no reason (I guess Archer ordered them to do it). And it ended the best way it could have.

And maybe it's a stretch, but I would argue the two-parter might have a larger purpose. Afterall, this is right before Terra Prime two-parter, where the xenophobic villain tries to end interplanetary co-operation and make humans explore the galaxy by themselves. What we are seeing here might not be too different what the future would look like, would they succeed.
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