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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sat, Mar 28, 2020, 7:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Symbiosis

Tue, Jul 18, 2017, 5:20pm (UTC -5)
"So: The Ornorans loaded their wobbly freighter with goods to barter for the drug, and flew to Brekka . There, Brekkans loaded the drug onto the freighter but somehow forgot to offload the Ornaran goods. Then the Brekkans climbed aboard the deathtrap ship themselves for a ride to Ornora. We're not given even a throwaway line to explain any of this."

"I remain confused also by how the two cultures are portrayed. The Ornorans have spacefaring technology but are dumb as Pacleds about maintaining their ships. They also wear clothes that look rustic and threadbare. What's the message: Are they stupid? Drugged to the point of incompetence? Impoverished by the predatory Brekkans? None of these options make a lot of sense. Meanwhile the Brekkans are wearing the latest in metallic fashions - presumably manufactured in Ornoran factories. And for all their apparent riches and leisure time, they've been content to remain technologically behind the Ornorans they look down on - and are okay with completely dependent on them and their crumbling ships?"

Amen to that! I didn't even think of the logistics of this particular journey and why the Brekkians were even on the Ornaran ship in the first place. I was also confused about why the Ornarans were so incoherent and incompetent in the beginning, and never really thought it might be because they were high. If that was the case though, how would they have the wherewithal to sustain a manufacturing base, not to mention space travel? None of that was paid off in the episode.

What really got me is that the Brekkians have no industry other than felicium production; the Ornarans provide everything they need. Ok, whatever. It would make more sense if they were transporting just the raw plant and not the finished product, since the Ornarans have all the industrial capabilities, but then they couldn't take the drug on the ship. Anyway, I guess they're trying to convey that the Ornarans have to give the Brekkians every last little bit of their industrial production to pay for the felicium, leaving them nothing but threadbare clothes and broken-down ships. Except they only had one functional ship left. Are we to believe that the Ornarans were able to transport ALL the Brekkian's goods in that one ratty ship that only ever made three or four journeys per year? This really is sloppy.

It might work if they didn't dumb down the Ornarans so much. Make this just one run out of dozens per year with different ships. It can still be critical to a large percentage of the population. Or maybe a previous shipment was lost, tainted, or whatever. The Ornarans should be more like the Malon from Voyager. Sour, dirty, doing what they have to do, but still basically competent, if not single-minded and ruthless. I guess that wouldn't play into the "drugs are bad" message.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, Jun 19, 2019, 2:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Distant Origin

The "trial" with Gegen and Minister Odala at the end is eerily similar to the conversation between Valery Legasov and Chairman Charkov of the KGB at the end of the Chernobyl series, which in itself is not unlike Galileo's situation, as Jammer and other commenters have pointed out.

I know who I am, and I know what I've done. In a just world, I would be shot for my lies. But not for this. Not for the truth.

Scientists... and your idiot obsession with reasons. When the bullet hits your skull, what will it matter why? No one's getting shot, Legasov. The whole world saw you in Vienna. It would be embarrassing to kill you now. And for what? Your testimony today will not be accepted by the State. It will not be disseminated in the press. It never happened. No, you will live-- however long you have. But not as a scientist. Not anymore. You'll keep your title and your office, but no duties, no authority, no friends. No one will talk to you. No one will listen to you. Other men-- lesser men-- will receive credit for the things you have done. Your legacy is now their legacy. You'll live long enough to see that.

[Later after asking Legasov about Scherbina's and Khomyuk's role in his testimony]

You will not meet or communicate with either one of them ever again. You will not communicate with anyone about Chernobyl ever again. You will remain so immaterial to the world around you that when you finally do die, it will be exceedingly hard to tell that you ever lived at all.

And if I refuse?

Why worry about something that isn't going to happen?

"Why worry about something that isn't going to happen." That's perfect. They should put that on our money.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 6:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Q2

Yeah this one is not very good. DeLancie didn't even try to save it, not that he could have. He's all too happy to go camp, which just doesn't work. At least the snarky replicator was fun.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sat, Jan 12, 2019, 6:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: The Void

How could they place warning buoys around something that's over 9 light years across? According to the diagrams shown in the meeting room, the funnels appear all around its perimeter, not in any one particular spot. I suppose if the buoys used subspace transmitters they might not need too many of them, but for reference the distance from our sun to Pluto is just .0006 light years, so this thing is huge.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 10:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Fury

I agree with navamske that Kes' use of the warp core probably meant she could only travel back in time with it, rather than to somewhere else. She also wasn't sure exactly when she'd arrive, so it seems like her control over her time traveling abilities was not all that precise.

During her "fight" with Janeway, Kes suggested that they sent her away to explore her abilities. Never mind that they had to put her on that shuttle during The Gift because she was *destroying* Voyager with her uncontrollable powers. She then threw them 10,000 lightyears away. Maybe if Kes hadn't thrown Voyager so far they could've hung with her and helped her out some, but that wasn't an option. Voyager was literally powerless to help Kes in any way at that point.

Now, had the writers come up with a better motivation for Kes' anger, I think this would be a decent episode. Not great, but not the turd that it is. Anything would be better than "I was a child, you corrupted me with your ideas...exploration, discovery, I believed you." That line is so bad, and the delivery is atrocious too. Senility or the fairies with no morals, like Skeptical mentioned about Cold Fire, or some combination would at least be a start. She should be mad at Neelix more than anyone, do something with that. As for convincing old Kes to do her 180º at the end, I think that's a harder problem to solve. It happens so quickly and in such a pat way, ugh.

Chakotay really did get to be a badass in this episode, that was nice.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 6:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Muse

When this episode came up during my rewatch, I pondered momentarily the idea of skipping it. In all of 90s-era Star Trek (TNG, DS9, and VOY) the only episode I generally skip is TNG's Shades of Grey. I can enjoy the bad ones for their badness and generally don't get as flustered about it as others do.

So why do I dislike this one so much? I'm still not really sure. I consider it very boring, but not because it's talky and non-action-y. I like plenty of episodes that fall into that category (The Measure of a Man, The Drumhead, The Inner Light, Family, Duet, The Wire, Far Beyond the Stars, Living Witness, Author Author). I applaud them for not inserting a space battle with the hard-headed alien of the week this time. Maybe part of it is that I don't care for theater or theatrical acting. In that case perhaps the scenes of Barclay and Riker acting for Crusher's plays in TNG are short enough that they don't bother me. Picard's "bad" acting for DaiMon Tog's sake at the end of Ménage à Troi is a highlight of the series ("My a fever.") The similarly bombastic style of Kovat, Chief O'Brien's public conservator in Tribunal is also fun and silly. I guess this episode was just too plodding and serious?

It might also be that I'm not a fiction writer. I do some writing, but it's of an historical nature, documentarian, so this tale of inspiration and contemplation just doesn't resonate with me, I guess. I'd much rather watch the previous episode, Live Fast and Prosper, for all its campiness and wink-winks to the audience, despite its clichéd tropes and plot holes.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Fri, Dec 21, 2018, 10:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Equinox, Part I

So each alien increases the Equinox's warp speed by 0.03% and Captain Ransom said they'll need 63 more aliens to get home. That's less than a 2% increase. How many aliens did they already sacrifice to make that work? Sounds like the math is pretty weak on this one.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sat, Dec 15, 2018, 4:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Infinite Regress

Add me to the list of people who love the "Naomi Wildman, sub-unit of Ensign Samantha Wildman, state your intentions" dialogue.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Thu, Dec 13, 2018, 9:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Timeless

Patrick said:

"My main issue with this episode was Janeway's choice to land the ship on a planet. With inertial dampeners offline, and hull breaches happening all over the ship, the Voyager crew should have:

1)AVOIDED landing the ship,
2)AVOIDED any kind of acceleration/deceleration
3)Tried evacuation by shuttles & escape pods

(it's b/c they landed the ship that they were destroyed)

Other than that, the episode is very solid."

Exactly! There's nothing about tumbling out of control in the emptiness of space that wouldn't be made much much worse by trying to land on a planet. TNG's "Final Mission" had this same problem. Also, how convenient that there just happens to be a planet nearby. It takes hours to traverse a solar system at full impulse, and the space between solar systems is so vast that the distances are measured in lightyears, literally years of travel at warp 1. The idea that Voyager can travel 10,000 lightyears and then just happen upon a planet is several orders of magnitude more ludicrous than walking from New York to Los Angeles and finding Steve Buscemi's wallet along the way.

Still a great episode.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Dec 11, 2018, 7:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Drone

I don't buy all the derivative/ripoff comments, this episode is way too good to be levying such criticisms. Yes there's elements of those other shows, but that doesn't make it a ripoff. This is a standout hour of television, one of my favorites of the whole franchise. It's not one that I normally think about, compared to Yesterday's Enterprise, Best of Both Worlds, or In the Pale Moonlight, but it should be. It's one of those episodes where I think "oh yes, THIS one!" when it comes up in my rotation, and that's rare.

I am surprised that nobody has brought up DS9's The Abandoned. That episode has a lot of similarities in that it's about a baby Jem'Hadar being raised (or attempting to be raised) by Odo. He tries to instill his values, but the kid's nature is in conflict with that. He wants to learn about his people, just like One does. Yes the path is different, and in the end Odo fails to get through to the Jem'Hadar kid while Voyager's crew succeeds in getting through to One, and that is encouraging.

I really love Boehmer's acting. He brings a robotic but also child-like quality to the character which is both endearing and threatening. He really sells the character and gets us invested in him.

7: You must comply.
1: I will NOT!
7: You must comply. Please. You are hurting me.
1: You will adapt.


The PoV shot from inside the maturation chamber, watching Janeway and the others discussing what to do is an excellent touch as well. It's not the first time we've seen something like that, but it's pretty rare, and I really enjoy it here.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sun, Dec 9, 2018, 9:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Hope and Fear

"Also, after Artuis had flicked the lever to uncloak or remove the Starfleet camouflage on his ship, did anyone not find it odd that after Janeway and Seven escaped the (very Starfleet looking) brig, all the controls in engineering were still running on LCARS panels?"

There were just a couple of panels in engineering, which I assumed were installed there by the Voyager crew for their shutdown. On the other hand, the ship's exterior look didn't change at all as far as I could tell. They did seem to gaffe with the door into the rear of the bridge retaining the Starfleet badging and distinctive swoosh sound when Janeway comes in ("sorry about the bumpy ride"). Maybe Arturis' magic lever only changed back the primary controls in the bridge, and the mood lighting, hmm.

Anyhoo, I always liked this episode. Arturis was so hell-bent on revenge that he ended up getting himself assimilated. Watching him sit there alone on the bridge while the Borg give their standard greeting is terrifying. But yeah, there's so many plot holes and crazy science and reset buttons it does get pretty infuriating. Getting only 300 lightyears closer to home after going all the way to Borg space and back is right up there with Tom's shuttle in Threshold occupying the every point in the universe simultaneously but still only ending up a few days away. I do really like the interior design of the Dauntless. I'm surprised to learn that they built the bridge and engineering sets completely from scratch. I would have thought they'd reuse some of the bridge of the Prometheus, as there's definitely some similarities.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Wed, Dec 5, 2018, 7:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Mortal Coil

Derivative yes, but still enjoyable. The only things that brought it down for me was the silly vision quest nonsense, and Naomi really needs some Sudafed.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sun, Dec 2, 2018, 9:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Nemesis

The Vori's speech patterns bothered me, it just felt childish and weird, but I do understand the narrative purpose of it, so whatever. The plot in general doesn't make sense though. So the Vori shot down the shuttle but said it was the Kradin who did it. That's fine. But then where was Chakotay this whole time?

At first I thought the simulation was all in his mind, and he was sedated and plugged into some computer, but then Tuvok appears during what was apparently a real battle, and they both walk into the village together. So that can't be, Tuvok can't plug Chakotay back into the simulation and go in with him too.

If it was all a huge holodeck, then once again Tuvok wouldn't be able to take Chakotay back into the training facility from the real battlefield at the end. Those would be in two completely different locations anyway, or are we supposed to believe there's a big building in the middle of the jungle that isn't an obvious target, and that they both re-infiltrated it in the middle of a battle?

Is the training facility a holographic projection that's hidden in the woods immediately adjacent to the front line battlefields? That's the one plausible explanation I can come up with, since that's the only way Tuvok could intercept Chakotay during the real final battle and then just walk over to the village (which itself is more like a camp than any permanent settlement). Does that mean all the people were holograms, or were some of the soldiers actors?

This seems like an awfully risky endeavor. You don't want to be training potentially uncooperative recruits anywhere near the front lines. Such holographic (I think they used the term photometric) projectors seem like a level of technology that's beyond what the Vori or Kradin would possess too. While they are space-faring, I guess, their guns and the planes/ships that fly overhead don't look much more sophisticated than what we have today. It's just a mess really.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sat, Dec 1, 2018, 6:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Scorpion, Part I

Near the beginning when the 15 Borg cubes approach Voyager, Ensign Kim says they're 2.1 lightyears away. They then immediately show up on-screen right behind Voyager and pass them, despite being at impulse speed. Full impulse is apparently anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 light speed, so if they were 2.1 lightyears away, it should've taken the cubes anywhere from 4.2 to 8.4 YEARS to reach Voyager. Even at warp 9 it would take about half a day to travel that distance. Oops.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Thu, Nov 29, 2018, 9:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Distant Origin

"I can understand those that think the Voth should have been more advanced, having been spacefaring for 20 million years or so."

I guess it shows just how oppressive this doctrine of theirs is. It's taken them this long to get there. If it weren't for the doctrine, maybe they'd be living a Traveller-esque existence roaming the universe on a higher plane of existence. On the other hand, the idea that they’ve gone “far enough” reminds me of something James Burke said in the Connections series about why China didn't have the level of scientific advancement and curiosity that led western cultures to the industrial revolution. The Saurians basically take the place of the Chinese while humans and the Federation represent western culture in this particular scene, which I have transcribed in its entirety below:

“The thing that surprises us in the west, because we use everything we can get hold of to cause change to happen, is that the Chinese had so much, and changed so little. What I mean by ‘so much’ is this. They had gunpowder you saw, and look what we did with that. And then 2,000 years ago they used to spin magnetic spoons on pictures of the earth and the sky, and depending which way the spoon pointed when it stopped they made a political prediction. When we got a hold of that in the form of the compass needle, we used it to conquer the world, to set up empires, aided in our voyages by a Chinese rudder. Chinese looms capable of making complex patterns like that [holds up an intricate silk and gold cloth] helped to set up the great 13th century European textile industries. 1,000 years before us, the Chinese had blast furnaces, steel, pistons, cranks, and this, paper. Part of the reason why, in spite of all this, change didn't come in China the way it did when all this came to the west, was this [holds up a wood block which a Chinese character on it]. Not printing, although they invented that too, no, this word. Tao.”

“Tao, it means the universal way, the fundamental order of nature. The Taoist scholars were a group who looked for some rational order in things, to see how the universe worked, and because of their investigations gave China what we would call technology. And yet explosive change, the kind we in the west went through when we got hold of what China had invented, didn't happen here. And to explain why I'm going to have to hit you with a bit more of inscrutable Chinese philosophy. You see, the Chinese believed that the universe was filled with ‘shen,’ a spirit that was in everything, and that all you could do was contemplate it. Trees, mountains, birds, rivers, were all one, and so you couldn't reproduce a model of a bit of the universe and examine it, because you couldn't fill it with shen. Now, in the Christian west, we reckoned that the universe was made of rational bits and pieces by a rational god, and if you were a rational human being you could make a model of a bit of the universe, and then take it apart to see how it worked, and use what you learned.”

“The other fundamental reason why change didn't happen here in China, was that [points to a river in the distance], water. You see, about 5,000 years ago, the very first great civilized act of the Chinese was irrigation, on a vast scale, and that needed centralized planning, and that needed a bureaucracy. And what a bureaucracy. They pigeonholed everybody, and you stayed in your pigeon hole. I mean, you were a merchant, you saw a bit of technology and you thought ‘hah, this'll give me a lead over the other fella, I'll rise in the world.’ No way. You were not permitted to rise in the world, so you didn't bother. No incentive, no change. Whereas in the medieval west, you had a little money, you got ahead. Profit motive, you know? And that is why we were able to do with technology what the Chinese could never have done. Like for instance, putting gunpowder into one of these [holds up a bell]. Or to be more accurate, one of those [cut to large church bells]. The fact that bell making was a peaceful religious business didn't stop 13th Century Europeans from grabbing the idea. Look how easy it was to adapt, and the bell becomes a bombard (cannon). Instant artillery.”

Tao even signifies (somewhat loosely) doctrine. Compare that to the more militaristic and aggressive west, which for all its flaws, still brought about great change and advancement by comparison.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sat, Nov 3, 2018, 11:13am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Firstborn

When everyone is watching the ceremony at the beginning, Worf buys what looks like gagh from a street peddler. While Alexander is eagerly gobbling down all the worms he can, Worf offers some to Geordi, whose reaction is priceless.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Thu, Nov 1, 2018, 9:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

So um, how did Barclay make those spider webs? Never mind, I don't want to know.

I also found Crusher's reaction to getting sprayed in the face with Worf's venom to be quite terrifying.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 9:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

Put me firmly in the anti-Jellico camp. I do think he's a great character, he's just a bad person. I'm totally with Riker in telling him off, he's little more than a posturing alpha dog. I never even realized until recently that his strict formality of command while also calling officers by their first name is yet another way to belittle them.

All this doesn't excuse Riker's behavior. Regarding the shift rotation, yes he should've just done it. Granted he wasn't given a direct order, Jellico just said "I'd like to change that to four starting tonight," and Riker was just about to explain the situation, but Jellico beat him to the punch and then went all "I'm the captain" on him. I don't see any real problem with changing the shift rotation from three to four, assuming they have the staff available to fill out the extra slot (maybe they don't?), but doing so in such a hurried manner is going to wipe out any benefits that come from having shorter shifts. After all, if it takes weeks for people to recover from the daylight saving time change, imagine what this would do. Jellico seems to be sabotaging his own goals just to leave his footprint on the ship. I also don't buy that the Enterprise needed a major shakeup. De-prioritizing scientific endeavors is one thing, but just because Jellico says things are too comfortable or "not good enough" that doesn't mean it's true. He may believe it's true, but it's just more of him being domineering.

I wonder how many of the pro-Jellico people who consider the crew to be whiny pedants have ever had a boss, teacher, or even CO like Jellico. He had so many opportunities to smooth over his orders and he didn't take a single one. "Then you'd better get to it, Geordi. Looks like you have some work to do," is such an overtly condescending statement that would push many people, myself included, to the point of "f--- you, I'm done, bye." A simple "I know this is difficult, but we have to work together and make do with what we can" is so much better, even if it is just lip service, than, "haha sucks to be you, get it done."

I'd like to steal a quote from Saito S at the Trek BBS that illustrates how Jellico is not being reasonable:

"Later, Geordi complains to Riker about what Jelico expects of him. Not only has he been told to realign the warp coils in two days (a previous scene established that this task alone was pushing the envelope of what was doable and would require the entire Engineering staff to work overtime), but ON TOP of that, he has to juggle all of his duty rosters due to the shift changes and 'completely reroute half the power systems on this ship'. And then, after being given a list of tasks that would push his department to its limits as it is with the time allotted and personnel available, he loses a third of his staff because Jelico has transferred them to security! LaForge specifically says he doesn't mind changes and doesn't mind hard work, but he isn't being given the time and personnel necessary to effect the changes or do the work. That attitude is entirely reasonable, and we can rely on Geordi's assessment of the situation regarding his department as being generally correct - after all, he's been established through 4+ years of TNG at this point to be an extremely competent chief engineer. Some - certainly not all, but some - of Jelico's demands were unreasonable, because some of them went beyond simply being hard or changing their routine, and were well into 'you're nearly asking the impossible here' territory. That's what LaForge is telling Riker, and that's what that scene is telling us. Jelico can hardly be held blameless for the troubles that went on during this episode. "

Again, if he really wants to be ready for battle, all of this needless change and antagonizing only serves to throw the crew off-balance. Are those engineers really going to be effective security officers? If they are, what's their purpose anyway? Are they expecting to be boarded? Even if Jellico was the nicest captain ever, all this would still lead to the crew not functioning at their best, putting the mission in jeopardy.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sat, Oct 13, 2018, 7:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: New Ground

So they didn't have time to go around the wave, but as Jay and Luke said, they can just go over it. It's not that big. Plus, once they reach it, the wave is only going warp 7.2 so they should be able to go to warp 9+ and have tons of time left.

This is about the point in the series where I really notice how awful the music has gotten. Ron Jones is gone, and McCarthy/Chattaway are completely neutered. Everything is just lame brass chords now. Ugh.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Tue, Oct 9, 2018, 5:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Redemption, Part I

I love the scene with Picard, Lursa, and B'Etor for the parts with the tea. First he's apprehensive, but then he takes a drink and is pleasantly surprised by how good it is. As he's leaving he throws in the "excellent tea" line despite having just told them off and exposing them for the reprehensible people they are. It was just so good he couldn't pass up the compliment. It's unnecessary to the plot but I just love little moments like that.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sun, Oct 7, 2018, 8:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Mind's Eye

JerJer, Geordi's double went to Risa so nobody would ask why Geordi never showed up, and also to get memories to be implanted back into Geordi after they finished his conditioning ("but I REMEMBER everything!").
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sat, Oct 6, 2018, 8:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: First Contact

I think non-interference with pre-warp societies is easy enough to explain with a policy of not establishing NEW contact with said societies. I'll give a pass to some Season 1 gaffes, but it's certainly possible for non-warp societies to establish contact with the Federation on their own or through other species like the Klingons. The Star Trek universe is very small in that regard, with many inhabited planets in close proximity. The Federation won't be the one to make first contact in those cases, but if someone else does, then the cat's out of the bag and they're not going to stay away simply on principle.

That's actually something I wish Picard would've addressed with Chancellor Durken. His response to the question, "...if I should tell you to leave, and never return to my world?" is "We will leave, and never return." SFDebris even flags that as a great response, since Picard doesn't try to entice Durken in any way. That's a fine diplomatic answer, but it's too black-and-white if you ask me.

Krola's obstinance, and possibly even the riots that Riker got mixed up in, show that some people in this society may want to roll back the progress they've made rather than simply slowing down. That's not unlike today's off-the-rails Republican party, sadly. Assuming the Malcorians at least maintain their current level of technology, rather than going all-in on regressing their society, they could attract the attention of other species that might not be so friendly. It's a fair warning that Picard probably should have expressed.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sat, Oct 6, 2018, 4:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Devil's Due

I think 1 star is a bit harsh, but I wouldn't personally give this episode more than 1.5 or 2. It just never sat well with me. I think part of it is that the penny pinching really hurts the production of this one. While the courtroom scene is technically arbitration, would that not be the single biggest court case in this planets entire history? If so, why is it just Picard, Data, Jared, and Ardra? It should be a media circus of the highest order. Yeah yeah they switched to an agrarian society, but that capital city is pretty heavily built up and modern looking, so it should still be teeming with advisors, court reporters, legal experts, and spectators.

The entire government of this planet is represented only by Jared too, and I have to wonder how someone so meek and deferential got elected in the first place. At least when we see the Klingon High Council there's a bunch of other Klingons milling about. We don't need to know their positions or anything, but it shows at least a more appropriate level of activity for the seat of government. The courtroom scenes don't need to be to the level of Kirk and McCoy's trial in The Undiscovered Country, or even Farpoint/All Good things, but this should have been much better attended considering the stakes, same with The Measure of a Man honestly.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Mon, Oct 1, 2018, 8:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Family

I adore Worf's parents, they are just so sweet!

Watch Sergey's reaction when Guinan asks them about prune juice. That makes me laugh every time.
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Jeffrey Jakucyk
Sun, Sep 23, 2018, 5:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

"I just don't get it, Guinan. I can field-strip a fusion reactor; I can realign a power transfer tunnel. Why can't I make anything work with a woman like Christy? It's like...I don't know what to do. I don't know what to say."

In SFDebris' review of the episode (which I highly recommend, especially for his music comparison between this episode and the completely inappropriate dreck used later in Descent), he says that dialog "[sets] up what is either the most applause-worthy getting crap past the radar TNG ever did, or the most disturbing unintended plot that I've seen in a while."

I can see that there's SOMETHING in there, field-stripping, power transfer tunnel, but I just can't seem to parse it. Even if it relates to the theory that Leah represents the Enterprise falling in love with Geordi, I still can't figure out what sexual innuendo comes from those actions. Help?

Anyway, I love love love the music in this episode. The simple brass fanfare that plays over the establishing shots is one of the few music cues I can associate with a particular episode. The synth-y electric piano when Leah shows up and is given a personality is kind of a callback to some of Ron Jones' season 1 work without being too overtly 80s (as some of that season 1 music admittedly was).

I will say I'm conflicted about the changed out music in the escape scene. The recycled score from Where Silence Has Lease works very well and I think it fits the scene perfectly. Ron Jones' original score is basically a pumped up version of the music from the scene where they discover something is wrong and Geordi is running around engineering ("we should be going like a bat out of hell"). I do think it's a bit too pumped up for what is actually a very quiet, edge-of-your-seat kind of action. But what I do like about it is that it ties in thematically with the other music in the episode, save the Leah stuff. It incorporates that fanfare, which you hear two or three times in the earlier engineering scene, and being a variation of that score, it relates back to the crew's initial panic and realization of the trap. Someone did mix it into the episode on YouTube, but it was mixed way too loud compared to everything else so it's hard to judge.

I also agree that destroying the ship in the end was a big mistake. They could've put some warning beacons out and then had a science ship come back later to tow the thing out of there. The flagrant disregard for an historic artifact reminds me of the treatment of the Kurlan naiskos given to Picard by Professor Galen in The Chase. In that episode, Picard nearly crapped his pants over the thing, but at the end of Generations, among the rubble of the bridge, he picks up the head of it and basically discards it, totally uncaring. The good folks at Red Letter Media pointed that out, and it kind of disappoints me that Patrick Stewart didn't raise any issues over the mischaracterization. I can understand it here in Booby Trap since his archaeology background wasn't well developed, but in Generations it's inexcusable.
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