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Lizzy DataLover
Fri, May 10, 2019, 11:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Child

Dr. Katherine Pulaski is A FUCKING COLDHEARTED BITCH. She was a horrible replacement for the caring Dr. Crusher, and was unbelievably insufferable to say the least. And don't even get me started on her treatment of poor innocent Data. "Counselor Troi needs the warm touch of a human, not the cold hand of technology." The fuck???? What kind of a randomly horrible thing is that to say? And Data continues to he as nice as HUMANLY possible to her, and yet every time he's around she feels the sudden urge to rip him a brand new one. It's ridiculous.

Also, this episode sucked. It's only redeeming scene was of course with Data being all fascinated and mystified by the miraculous birth taking place before him. That was the true curious, life-loving side of him; that enchanted look on his face; that we so unfortunately didn't get to see too much of after the first couple seasons.
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Lizzy DataLover
Fri, May 10, 2019, 3:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Measure of a Man

I agree with a lot of the points made in these posts *I disagree with some of them too.* I am 100% pro-life, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and I'm very much for human rights as well, extremely against racism and sexism and all that, and a true believer/follower of the Gene Roddenberry future. Although even it seems to have its flaws. Take this episode for example. As good as it is, I thought the people of the twenty fourth century had *evolved* to the point of accepting everyone, now matter who or what they are. True, Data is quite harder to understand/define than any organic being apart of the Federation, but like Picard said, Starfleet's very mission is to find new forms of life. And Data is exactly that. It is totally hypocritical to begin a quest to explore other life-forms and then refuse to accept or even try to understand them once you encounter one.

And of course there's the whole deal with the question of Data's life in the first place, but IMHO there's really not that much difference between biological life and technological life. Although I may not have many frames of reference other than fictional characters, it seems that Data and his fellow crewmates function in relatively similar ways. One being organic and one being mechanical in nature, they both have virtually the same makeup/bio functions. His positronic brain doesn't actually sound all that different from a human brain. The main difference being it is constructed of metal instead of organic tissue. So it's basically what the human brain would be if it were made from metal.

I do not have any prejudice against AIs, in fact most of my very favorite TV characters are AIs. Like right here. I even named my phone Andy *for android* and usually refer to him as a he. As playful as this is, it just shows you how much I'm willing to accept. Much more than the people of 2364 it seems. Now I'm not expecting them all to name their phones and kiss their oweys when they malfunction, but it would be nice to see some willingness to accept the unknown here. We cannot prove true sentience of ourselves any more than we can of Data. Louvois said it best when she stated that she doesn't even know if she has a soul let alone Data. So Maddox's arguement is invalid, because if he calls Data a machine just what exactly does he really mean by that? If he means a self-functioning structure that is constantly working to keep itself going and relys on specific specifications to do so, then like Picard said, we're all machines. And if he means a piece of mechanical equipment with no brain that blindly serves its makers without a second thought, *because it has no thoughts* then he is still wrong. And I'll tell you why. Your toaster would never ask you "why do you put bread into me?" Even if it could talk. The very fact that Data rejects the procedure in the first place should have been proof enough; if Data were really a mindless automaton with no sentience, then he would have blindly accepted. But instead he fights for his case, making very rational arguments as to why it would be a tragedy if something were to go wrong. How could a being with essentially no life be trying so hard to protect it? Why, he wouldn't even know what life is.

Data is as human as you or I when we get right down to it, perhaps not completely physically, but he is living. And since we cannot prove what living really is or what it means for anyone, we will probably never know the true answer to the big question of "does Data have a soul." I will never know it of myself and most likely neither will all of you. But I believe it is there, or else we would all just be empty shells, much like Data when he's been *turned off.*

"What makes me sentient and him not?" Good question Picard. What is the difference? What gives biological beings more rights than anything else in existence? True, organic creatures seem to have the longest track record of showing real sentience, *whatever that may be* but how do we know that this isn't the beginning of the rein for artifical sentience? Just because they were relatively non-living before doesn't mean times wont change. We started out as practically nothing before our life and eventual sentience emerged. And it certainly took its sweet time. We have no frame of reference for even life itself to be judging other more unique beings for not being alive. We're judging them for not being exactly what we are, and not living up to our standards, not for being insufficient in nature. Until we learn what the true meaning of life is *spoiler: its 42* we are not allowed nor qualified to make assumptions on what life is and what it should be.

All that being said, I really enjoyed this episode for its marvelous tackling of an outrageous issue. Classic Trek.
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lizzyann
Sun, Jun 11, 2017, 11:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Gambit

In the immortal (paraphrased) words of Oscar Wilde: to lose one captain may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness.

I'd like to nominate Baran as most incompetent villain ever. THREE spies in his gang of, what, six? There isn't a moment's sense of real jeopardy in this story...but I kind of like that about it. Taken completely unseriously, it's a lot of fun, and it has some very funny lines and characterizations ("As a man with a sister--a sister with a temper--I can sympathize with you").
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Lizzy
Wed, Jan 25, 2017, 1:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Child

I was a teen when I saw TNG the first time. And I remember having a crush on Wesley - and with the beginning of season 2 I can remember why. He was really cute then .
And to all the guys who found him annoying: not much more so than Deanna, whom you all liked just for her looks.
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lizzyann
Wed, Jul 2, 2014, 12:39am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Meridian

I think, to enjoy this episode, you need to be drunk.

But there is a lot to enjoy for ds9 fans--a b-plot that includes not only jeffrey coombs' first appearance on ds9 but also an entertaning odo/kira scene.

And if you skip the "romantic" scenes (although I actually think that Dax is absolutely the most plausible person to know that she's in love in a week--300 years ought to give you the ability to recognize love when you find it), the a-story is fun. The technobabble is entertaining, and Jax and Sisco are great.

Also, Sisco and the colony leader have the Best Chemistry Ever. Has anyone written fanfic on that?
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lizzyann
Mon, Jan 7, 2013, 9:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Body Parts

@chris

But did you like it? Did you enjoy the ep? Did it make you laugh? And how about that b-plot?
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lizzyann
Mon, Aug 1, 2011, 1:14am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: In Purgatory's Shadow

@Paul

I think it just means the Bashir changeling was playing for bigger stakes. If you're willing to allow that he had acquired the medical knowledge (and I think that's not unreasonable, given that it would have been a necessary part of impersonating Bashir), his actions are perfectly logical.

I would argue he was put there specifically to make sure the Dominion invasion went off without a hitch (Dukat said he had been in talks with the Dominion for "several weeks"). He wouldn't endanger that mission by not saving Sisko--for all the fraught emotional issues, the surgery itself wasn't particularly complex, and had Sisko died, he might have been exposed. Ditto if he behaved differently in the Odo episode (although the idea that he let the baby changeling die when he might have been able to save him is evocative). I don't remember him playing an important role at all in the Kira episode.

I love the idea that the changelings are clever enough to successfully impersonate someone for that length of time (and they obviously did with Martok for a good deal longer), and focused on the big picture in such a way that they will continue to behave exactly like the people they are impersonating until their moment arrives. It really adds to the sense of uncertainty and serious threat they offer as an enemy.
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lizzy
Fri, Aug 21, 2009, 8:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: The Son Also Rises

"You have to wonder why she wasn't issued a prison jumpsuit, like Sharon. "

Because the clothing-issuers were aware that at least half their audience had a y chromosome and a pulse. :)
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