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Wed, Jul 10, 2013, 8:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Life Line

Loved it! Beautifully done.
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Wed, Jul 10, 2013, 7:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Fury

Ok, not even going to get into the obscene character rape that this episode is guilty of because it's all been said. Just a couple of observations:

1) Doc FINALLY confirmed that Ensign Wildman's almost 2-year pregnancy was because of the baby being half Ktarian. We all pretty much guessed at it, but at long last something conclusive!

2) Chakotay got a chance to be all bad-ass during an attack on the ship while Janeway was getting psychically bitch-slapped around (insert Nelson-esque "HAHA!"). I felt it really suited him. The poor guy almost never gets anything cool to do, wasting Robert Beltran's talent in the role, so this was great to see. Yeah, I actually like Chakotay, and I think he could have been a freaking awesome character if given the proper development.
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Tue, Jul 9, 2013, 7:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Good Shepherd

Hey, Jay Underwood! I remember him from that TV movie series, "Not Quite Human," where he ironically played an android who wanted to be human. Kinda wish he was playing that role here after watching this character. I get that it takes all kinds but seriously...would a guy like this have even made it into Starfleet? And Captain Janeway is WAY too lenient with his constant mouthing off. I don't remember him asking permission to speak freely. She's still his captain for pity's sake! Picard would have cut the little puke down to size in a few seconds for insubordination like that.

Also, the other kid is more of a hypochondriac than Barclay and he went 6 years without this being brought to light? Barclay's idiosyncrasies were called out a very short time after he came on board and that's on a ship with a complement of over 1,000 people, where slipping between the cracks would be easier to do. I am in full agreement that an episode like this would have been far more suited to season 1 or 2. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either.
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Tue, Jul 9, 2013, 2:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Live Fast and Prosper

Regarding the Tuvok impersonator: I LOVED this guy, he was great and very likable! And I thought it was pretty clear what they were going for. He's a fan-boy. Star Trek attracts fan-boys/girls by the droves and I saw this guy as a great little homage to that...he's the nod to the all the Trekkies and cosplayers. He loved the concepts of the Federation and the dignity of the character he was portraying so much that he preferred to live in that romanticized role. And it was pretty obvious why if you want to look past the surface; the other two con artists had no real respect for him and didn't value anything he had to say. Who in that position wouldn't want to assume the identity of someone brilliant and respectable?

What I really wanted to see was that translate into him being the one influenced to change. Given his level of admiration for the values of the part he was playing, I think it would have been very believable. Alas, his purpose was solely comic relief, for which he was still very effective nonetheless.

Moving on, I enjoyed the episode overall, despite a few nagging problems. And I want to add that I don't dislike Neelix. I like him far better after his dissociation with Kes. He can be a bit of a pest at times but his heart is usually in the right place and I actually liked his appeal to Dala in the brig. I kinda wish greater effort had been put into rounding out his character more, but that can sadly be said of many of the cast regulars. Ah, well.
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Mon, Jul 8, 2013, 3:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Child's Play

To those complaining that the kids haven't been aboard long enough to have developed such attachments:

Just because we've only seen two episodes doesn't mean that it's only been two days or even two weeks in Voyager time. I actually got the impression that they'd been on board for a few months, as clued by how far their "studies" had progressed and the fact that they were having a science fair. Also, it is mentioned that Seven has successfully helped them to adapt to life on Voyager and make the transition to individuals. This also implies a greater span of time. We just didn't see any of it happen.

All of that being said, it would have been nice to have at least one line mentioning a time-frame.
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Mon, Jul 8, 2013, 3:40am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Ashes to Ashes

I can't believe no one has mentioned this because it hit me over the head like a sledge hammer. Why the hell weren't they MOVING?!

Lyndsay: "The Kobali are coming to take me back!"
Voyager's just sitting around...hanging out

Alien dad: "I'm not giving up! I won't be alone when I come back."
Voyager's STILL sitting still when the 3 ships show up!

Never mind the fact that they're trying to get home and should always be on the move anyway, but you get threatened with an attack and still don't bother to vacate the vicinity...or move at all?!

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Sun, Jul 7, 2013, 5:14am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Spirit Folk

I turned my brain off and enjoyed the silliness of the episode. Oh, it's ridiculous, yes, but kinda fun in a very cheesy way. Too all the gripes about how far the rules of the holodeck are bent, I don't disagree but I have a couple of thoughts, just to play devil's advocate.

Voyager is the first ship with bio-neural technology and its holodeck system is integrated directly into the ship and with its own independent grid, as was established early on in the show. Who's to say that this biologically-based circuitry doesn't change the game a bit and make possible on a broader scale what happened in TNG and DS9?

Sentient Moriarty was created when Geordi told the computer to make an opponent capable of standing toe-to-toe with Data, which involved making him able to take in and process anything and everything, well beyond the holodeck's normal parameters for characters' understanding. Vic was programmed to be self-aware from the start so it's been established that this isn't impossible to do. Well, Tom said he had been tweaking the characters and making them more rounded and realistic. Perhaps something he did produced the same result, just across the board instead of one single character. Leaving the program running 24/7 just gave the characters the time to observe and learn with the adjustments-turned-malfunction in place.

I'm not defending the contrivance and absurdity of this episode. There was more than a fair helping of badness with a few dashes of awful thrown in, but I think my problems with it were more in the stupidity of the decisions the crew made in not shutting down the program to repair it, the fact that the gun damaged the control panel while the safeties were on but somehow that turned them off, and the hokey gag-worthy "after-school special" ending. As for the plausibility of the self-awareness of the holo-characters, for the reasons I mentioned above, I'm actually willing to go with it (to a point).
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Thu, Jul 4, 2013, 2:28am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Virtuoso

I really liked this episode for the most part. As a musician myself, I tend to enjoy episodes of Trek that revolve around or at least include music. Yes, it had its faults, but I thought it was a very effective episode.

I know the aliens were annoying but they were supposed to be. This is a race of highly intellectual but self-important people who have so much emphasis on one thing that they've not developed into a well-rounded culture. They are so mathematically-minded that they have achieved great technological capabilities, but they have no real concept of appropriate social interaction and artistic or creative expression. The fact that they deliberately cast all short people actually strengthens this (That must have been a really funny casting call).

I believe the heart of the theme is that you can't cut creative expression out of your society. Otherwise you'll end up dry, emotionally stunted and sorely lacking of a way to connect with others in a way that transcends simple verbal communication. I believe that having the Qomar's speech patterns and interpersonal interaction be so stilted and awkward was done on purpose to illustrate this very idea.

We all know one of the things Trek is known for is its ability to make pertinent social commentary within a non-contemporary setting. I don't know if it was just in my area or state, but I seem to recall drastic budget cuts to the arts and music programs within schools during the time period this show was airing. This might have been a slight ham-handed attempt to say, "If you take away a child's emotional and creative outlets, he/she is going to end up very limited in his/her thinking and development."

As far as Doc is concerned, perhaps his desire to leave Voyager did seem selfish and irresponsible, but it's not that cut and dry. Yes, his treatment on the ship has improved vastly since the early days, but the fact remains that he's still seen as not quite a person by many. Suddenly, he's being revered and also given the chance to reinvent himself, to become far more than he was programmed to be. His misinterpretation of Tincoo's feelings was only a small part of his desire to stay with the Qomar. This was pretty obvious when, despite her replacing him, he didn't immediately give up on the idea of staying. It took the cold reception of his final performance to make him realize that he meant nothing to these people. That was such a poignant scene, to see his shipmates deeply moved by his soul-bearing performance, while the Qomar looked utterly bored only to go wild for the mathematically complex travesty that followed. Picardo's conveyance of that crushing realization and dejection was so perfect and moving.

Wow, I've gone on way too long. I'll just end by saying that the final scene between Doc and Seven...absolutely beautiful and heartfelt. I squeed.
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Mon, Jun 24, 2013, 1:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy

"Warp core breach sooner than you think."

This episode was laugh-out-loud hilarious from beginning to end. Loved it! And I actually really liked Philox. I found myself caring about him as a character. He was kinda lovable, especially when he told Doc that he'd come to know and like him and didn't want him to be hurt.
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Sat, Jun 22, 2013, 9:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Equinox, Part II

I'm watching this show all the way through for the first time now that it's on Netflix, and I have to say...I can see why so many people called it frustrating, derivative and weak. So much potential squandered. I lament when I think about what it could have been. This two-parter started off with promise but there was too much wrong with the second part for me to consider it successful.

We've spent how many years following the doctor's personal development and sentience? *poke poke* Ethical subroutines deleted...instant Dr. Evil. As someone else already stated, even the Equinox's EMH retained loyalty to his crew. This struck all sorts of sour chords with me. Character development? F**k that sh!t, this is Voyager, bitches, where characters always take a back seat to forced drama.

Speaking of which, I freaking hate hate hate hate HATED Janeway in this episode! I've never been a huge fan of her hypocritical, wishy-washy, inconsistent personality that changes to conveniently suit the plot, but this went way too far. This wasn't bad-ass, it was bat-shit crazy! She has the gall to moralize to Cpt. Ransom about losing his humanity and then follows down the exact same path, except for FAR shallower reasons. Janeway's morally questionable actions in the past have almost always been for the benefit of ship and crew, not that such a thing makes it justifiable but at least more easily empathized with. Here, she as much as says ship and crew be damned, I'ma get that sonofabitch! At least Ransom did what he did for his crew and was showing signs of remorse for everything he'd done, especially when he realized that his corruption was starting to extend to other human beings. And in the end, he died trying to right his wrongs. Janeway? A few throw-away lines at the very end of the episode that made everything all happy-happy-joy-joy better again. Yes, the episode acknowledged that Janeway was truly in the wrong (miraculously) with the symbolism of the fallen plaque, but this sentiment lacked the resonance that was needed, seeing as how there were NO consequences for any of the crap she pulled.

Before anyone thinks I'm biased, I couldn't stand it when Sisko did it either. Are humans capable of illogical actions due to high emotion? Of course! But these are Star Fleet command officers. They go through extensive training and psychological evaluation to make sure they're fit for the rigors of shouldering the burden of that kind of responsibility.

I'll climb down off my soapbox now. Ironically enough, I usually tend to give this show a large amount of lenience despite all of its inconsistencies and frustrations, and try to focus on the positive elements. This one just overwhelmed my typical good-natured generosity to the point that I had to vent my indignation over it.
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Fri, Jun 21, 2013, 2:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Relativity

Ok, so...The Relativity can't communicate with Seven when Voyager erects a forcefield. A 29th-century TIME ship can't penetrate a 24th-century forcefield, even if only to communicate? The borg in Voyager's present can walk right through them. Yeeeeah. A picky complaint I know, especially for an episode that has tongue firmly in cheek, but it really stood out to me as lame. Still enjoyed the episode immensely, though. :)
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Wed, Jun 19, 2013, 3:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Prey

Scene of the 8472 walking on the outer hull:

"There's something on the wing..."
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Tue, May 21, 2013, 9:46am (UTC -5)
Re: ANDR S2: Second Season Recap

I think that the show is worth watching, up til the point where Sorbo thinks he should have creative control of the show. At that point the show would have been better served without him and probably would have made more sense and had better continuity.
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Sat, Jan 12, 2008, 10:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: ANDR S2: Second Season Recap

Ok bad costumes, bad makeup, bad hair, season 1 was fun, I loved the cute trance. Tyr

was HOT. Dylan was not objectionable and was ok.
Season 2. Makeup better, Trance more interesting, Harper whiny, Tyr HOT.
Season 3 Makeup better, not sure what happened with Bem. Would have liked to have

seen more done with Trance, she became a Warrior woman and kinda stopped saying

lines, I think she couldn't move underneath her hair, possibly her neck could have snapped.

Missed old trance. Perseids became interesting, decided I liked Romy. Tyr HOT. Dylan

begins to take over more of the show (considering I tend to zone out when he is on the air, this is not a good thing) his acting range? bored to condescending.
Season 4. What happened with Tyr's hair! Rhade makes sense as a replacement to Tyr since the death scene between himself and Dylan takes up approximately 30% of screen time from season 1-5, so feel as if he is already a regular crew member. He gets the "kick me" sign from Harper and is emasculated immediately (Sorbo's fears of female fans thinking someone else is HOT? Dylan begins his descent into skulking shadowy figure, by season five he transforms fully into skulking dirty old man, what he does with Doyle after knowing he was screwing a black hole avatar for 300 years was ....well a Red Sonya moment.) I like Beka by now, and Trance lost some of the weight in her hair so is beginning to run around....too bad her costume weighs as much as she does, maybe it helps keep her feet on the ship.
I really liked the Cliffhanger from this season A LOT.
Season 5 mmms....where to begin...mmmms
Somehow in the route of ages, all abilities of everyone in the universe is grafted onto

Dylan, whenever a character displays an interesting characteristic unique to them, Dylan

assumes it and has the power of the star Avatar, has robots following him at will, has

unique genetic markers, etc. Kevin Sorbo should never be allowed to influence writers in

an ensemble cast, unless it is an ensemble cast of one. Doyle was awful, I call her

FastForward. As soon as I saw her I fastforwarded. I missed Romy, I began to theorize

that she must have anchored Dylan/Sorbo's multiple personality disorder. Rhade is HOT. I

miss Harper whining. Beka as mother of all Nietschiens is a good way to try and

emasculate Nietschiens that competes with Sorbo. Rhade is still hotter than the one-dimensional skulking, kinda by now creepy Dylan.

Doyle taking so much control over getting Romy back online really was annoying. Where

was Harper? I suppose following Dylan around Doyle took on his multiple (I have the

powerofeveryoneelse or is that Greystroke? but heck even He-Man let the other characters go to the bathroom by themselves.) By the end Doyle is also psychic, still part of the ship, and shadowing Romy which made me scream everytime I would see her iin a shot with Romy. She also went from being Harper to Dylan to independent after Romy to Dylan's slave again. It was pretty hard to observe, and extremely annoying. I think they wanted to rip off other Sci Fi series but without the writing staff on this last season. The end is the worst of any series I have ever seen, Sci Fi or otherwise.
In conclusion: Kevin Sorbo should never be allowed to be in an ensemble cast unless it is one, the writer's strike should have a clause in it that would forbid actors from any clout with the writing (UNLESS requested by the writers). Kevin Sorbo should be given definition of what a porn video is and if he wants to make one there are better places and if he wants to have a porn feel that works in sci fi go rent Lexx, Stanley has more sensuality than Dylan and would have pulled off the sex scenes much better. Or perhaps take Brooke Shields advice when she did Blue Lagoon, when she had an orgasm someone pinched her toe....yeah that's it have a toe pincher handy for Sorbo's sex scenes to get more range.

My point is this.

I wish that Dylan had disappeared in Season II, the money they saved in his salary applied towards better writers, and that Season Three DVDS all be sold with a sticker that says "this begins 'from bad' and season five 'to worse' on it.

If Sheena the movie actress (aka: the worst charlie's angel)/ Doyle/ Kevin Sorbo/ and Brighitte Nielson (sp) ever got together to make a movie, it would be enough anti-matter to create a black hole.

Otherwise, reading Robert Wolfe's Coda, and the screenplay of how he envisioned the final show made me understand how much more important good writers are than beefed up dumbed down actors.

I miss Trance/Harper/Tyr/Rev/Romy ... they could have carried the show much better by themselves and with a lot less sexual repression.

This is why sci fi fans prefer no names to do these shows, if the show works, no ego to muck it up.
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