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Jackson
Wed, Apr 24, 2019, 10:49am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: To the Death

It's rather absurd to assert that an entity as vast as the Federation with hostile neighbors on nearly every side doesn't have a permanent standing military, including a division that is trained explicitly as soldiers.

Even Switzerland has that (and conscription), and it's surrounded by the European Union.
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Jackson
Wed, Apr 24, 2019, 12:21am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: To the Death

The thing is...if Starfleet isn't pretty much understood to be the full extent of the Federation military...what is? And...where was it in situations like the Dominion War? If there was something more, we should have seen it numerous times, like in AR-558...or Nor The Battle To The Strong.

In "The Wounded", it's clear that O'Brien saw combat in wartime.

In "The First Duty", the academy is depicted as much more of an Annapolis than an MIT. "Lower Decks" revisited this again.

Troi's involuntarily undercover assignment in "Face of The Enemy" was clearly motivated by the fact that she's a military officer. Ro also goes undercover in Preemptive Strike".

And in the alternate reality of "Yesterday's Enterprise", there is no doubt as to what Starfleet is.
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Jackson
Tue, Apr 23, 2019, 11:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: To the Death

Voyager as well...right from the pilot, it was Janeway that was sent out after the Maquis, and Tuvok was undercover with them. Those were clearly military ops.

Even in TOS, Roddenberry's original baby, it seemed clear that Starfleet was imagined to be a military organization. It certainly used a military rank insignia system.
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Jackson
Tue, Apr 23, 2019, 7:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: To the Death

"he cedes the point that Starfleet IS a military organisation, which it fucking is not."

Since it is the entity that ends up fighting the Dominion War - not just in ships but on the ground on AR-558- it's clearly meant to be the Federation's military force.

And not just on DS9 either...in TNG's Chain Of Command, Picard was captured, at least nominally to extract military strategy from Picard on Minos Corva.

In that same episode, Picard, Worf and Crusher were sent on a covert spy mission...that sounds pretty Navy Seal-ish to me.

And then there's Wolf 359...
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Jackson
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 1:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

And we're not even getting into whether a fused being can be said to be "of sound mind".

If a human and a targ were fused, I don't think Targman should be speaking for the human half of his being.
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Jackson
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 12:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

Your idea of whose rights triumph seem to be based entirely on possession in a moment in time.

Basically, Tuvix wins the day because he's standing before you and the other petitioners aren't able to present their case.

This is like saying that if squatters break into your house while you're on vacation and refuse to vacate when you return, they get to keep your house because they're the ones in it.
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Jackson
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 10:50am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

I wonder if the people championing the rights of the freak of nature would still be doing so if it truly was a freak of nature, like say if Tuvok had fused with the orchid itself, and Tuvorchid wanted to stay Tuvorchid.
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Jackson
Tue, Apr 16, 2019, 11:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

Parents don't cease to exist when they have children.
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Jackson
Tue, Apr 16, 2019, 3:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

I'll re-up this 3 year old post because it nails it.

Lt. Yarko said:

"All this talk of murder is nonsense.

There was no murder here. Before the accident, there were two individuals. Afterward, there were two individuals mashed into one body. No one died or was murdered. They were both alive in Tuvix. After the splitting, the two people were back to two individuals. The fact that the mashed together individuals resulted in a seemingly third individual is only an illusion. Everything about both of them was in the one body. They were still both there. The fact that this mashed together two person didn't want to be spilt apart and was deluded about the process being murder is beside the point. NO ONE DIED. Before, you had Tuvok and Neelix. Then you had Tuvok and Neelix as one. Then you has Tuvok and Neelix again. There was no death.

Interesting episode science fiction wise, goofy episode morality wise. And, Tuvix would have known all this and wouldn't have complained about being split in the first place. "


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What if, instead of an unwelcome, unconsented-to-by-all-parties accident, this had been an intentional scientific experiment, seeing if it was possible to use the orchids to do precisely what the transporter did?

Say it didn't involve Tuvok and Neelix, but just a redshirt and a yellowshirt pair of volunteers who consented to the experiment, on the assumption that they would be restored to their individual selves after temporarily becoming an orange shirt for science.

But then Orangeshirt says...hey I want to stick around as Orangeshirt, and you're a murderer if you don't let me.

What then?
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Jackson
Mon, Apr 15, 2019, 9:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ensign Ro

Was it just me or was the crew's "I hate her more...no I hate her more!" schtick about Ro Laren a bit ham-fisted.
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Jackson
Mon, Apr 15, 2019, 9:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ensign Ro

" If I remember correctly, she was offered the role of Kira in DS9 but turned it down. I'm certain she would have been fantastic."

I thought that they wanted her to actually play Ro Laren as Sisko's first officer, and if she'd accepted the role on DS9, there'd have been no Kira.
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Jackson
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 9:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: First Contact

The film is massively overrated. It was unforgiveable in that it ruined the Borg and their backstory by introducing a queen, which Voyager than ran with, entirely for the worse.

Worst of all, it actually tried to retcon itself into backstory by having Picard say that he "remembered her" from the events of BOBW.

The purpose of Locutus was so that the Borg could "speak with one voice". If they had a Queen, what the hell would they have needed Picard/Locutus for?
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Jackson
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 7:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Transfigurations

Beverly should have called up Light-Guy when Worf broke his back...again...two years later...

He did owe her a favor.
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Jackson
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 7:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Transfigurations

The guys home planet in less than three parsecs away and it takes three weeks to get him home?

Haven't seen that since the pre-Warp 5 days before Enterprise/.
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Jackson
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 7:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Transfigurations

Why in the world would Geordi be needed on the away mission in the opening scene?

The plot needed him to get "linked" to Light-Guy, but that was pretty contrived.
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Jackson
Mon, Apr 8, 2019, 6:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Muse

A better comparison of Annoya is probably to the Traveler, whose visits pretty much seemed built around stroking Wesley's ego.
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Jackson
Mon, Apr 8, 2019, 2:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Muse

Considering Lwaxana went from menopause to pregnancy, you'd think we'd have seen more of Dr. Bashir in this episode...
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Jackson
Tue, Apr 2, 2019, 7:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Through the Looking Glass

"Their ship is met by a cloaked Klingon vessel"

A technology that would somehow disappear later from the Mirror Universe for plot purposes.
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Jackson
Fri, Mar 29, 2019, 5:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Innocence

Ugh.

Even in a Trekverse where warp travel and time travel are possible, I can't accept the biological ridiculousness of the "aging backward" concept...starting out old and fully realized and growing smaller and somehow less withered and "spent" as you age, on both the macro- and the micro-, or cellular level.

Did Mork and Mindy invent this concept, or is it even older than that?

Anyway, I find it at least as offensive as what Jammer calls "Fun with DNA".
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Jackson
Wed, Mar 27, 2019, 11:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Deadlock

@ William B

Not doubting the availability of protons, but I'm wondering how and from where are they getting CERN'd into the warp core from and in such a precise and violent manner :)
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Jackson
Tue, Mar 26, 2019, 8:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Deadlock

When they bombard the warp core with protons...where exactly is it being done from.

Where exactly is Voyager's proton sac?
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Amy Jackson
Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 11:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: About a Girl

^.^

I loved the ending to this episode, as the good guys don't win, which is a dose of realism that is generally missing in most US-based television or movie media. This is also why I loved The Empire Strikes Back, because the bad guys got a chance to be
victorious.

I spent most of my younger life watching stuff where at the end of the program, the good guys have won, and the problem has been resolved to satisfaction. Very quickly, I discovered that this was not how reality works, and so I REALLY started disliking children's cartoons, like GI Joe and so on.

This extends into more adult media, so I appreciate episodes of The Orville like this one, because in a series perhaps like Star Trek, the good guys might have won, whereas in The Orville, they really caused me to sit back and go "Huh, they didn't win." And that is okay folks.

Amy
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Jackson
Tue, Jan 19, 2016, 4:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

This was a decent story but I couldn't accept the premise. I found it hard to buy that a society this well adjusted and advanced would still tolerate this. A simple neural scan from Phlox revealed that the cogenitor had equivalent intellect to the other genders...any Vissian doctor could have long ago determined this too. I would think that either cogenitors would have risen to resist being third class citizens, or that sympathetic Vissians of the other two genders would have long since championed them, akin to the abolititonsts of America's mid-19th century, or more likely, a combination of both.
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Jackson
Sat, Nov 22, 2014, 2:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Justice

I found it ridiculous that Picard wouldn't rescue Wesley right off the bat, citing the "Prime Directive", and then immediately proceeds to take one of the Edo up to the Enterprise to come identify what they believe is "God". What?
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