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Mark
Mon, Dec 7, 2020, 10:15am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Sub Rosa

Jonathan Frakes hit the ground running as director, and had some truly fine hours behind the camera, in and out of the Trek franchise.

This was not one of them
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MarkG
Sun, Dec 6, 2020, 6:43am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

Great comment from Jammer on the 800 year jump. It’s not supported so far. The writers seem to like using big numbers (the Burn happened 100 years ago and nothing changed since then!) or very small ones (the time differences in explosions are really really tiny, aren’t you impressed?). It’s a cheap trick.
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MarkG
Sun, Dec 6, 2020, 6:12am (UTC -5)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 14: The Tragedy

Effortlessly killing storm troopers that mindlessly rush towards our heroes instead of shooting at them gets tiring after a while. This could be a few minutes shorter.
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MarkG
Tue, Dec 1, 2020, 4:40am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

@Booming
Just to add to what you wrote:
regarding the rank of Harry Kim via Memory Alpha
>> In the Voyager relaunch book series, Kim gets back together with Libby and is promoted to full lieutenant (like many of his crewmates, Kim is promoted two steps in rank, to make up for the time spent in the Delta Quadrant where he could not normally receive promotions).
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MarkG
Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 6:15am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

A note about Vulcans in Discovery and logic

These are not the TOS or TNG Vulcans. They are now a mix of Vulcans and Romulans, with 3 factions (as shown in the episode) that are trying to find a balance. Romulans were never about “all logic” so there will be differences. The first priority of these “NuVulcans” seem to be to maintain the unification of their originating peoples.
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MarkG
Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 6:05am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

@Ralf

Book has a) provided support to Starfleet by helping Burnham survive for a year and look for the source of the Burn, and his ship saved Discovery in the second episode of this season. And then b) provided more intel on the Burn (the “black box”).

So I think he has earned his shuttle bay docking privileges. ;)
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Mark B
Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 6:52am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

BTW and FWIW,

The 2nd & 3rd Matrix movies were seriously awful.
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MarkG
Fri, Nov 27, 2020, 3:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

The writers put in Tilly as acting XO just to keep the seat warm until Burnham’s arc of redemption and truly finding her place in Starfleet is complete. And then she will be XO again. It’s the only logical explanation I can think of.
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Mark
Thu, Nov 26, 2020, 2:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: When the Bough Breaks

This episode would have been vastly superior if it had proven impossible for the Aldeans to have children of their own, even if their radiation sickness was curable.

1. More gravitas to the ending. It concludes with Aldea vanishing for the final time... and passing into legend.

2. More true to Radue's character. Instead of going all nicey nice and humble at the end, he can stay in character, demand that the Enterprise leave and refuse to share the Aldeans' knowledge.

3. Despite a presumed alliance with Aldea, the Federation never gains planetary shields, super-powerful repulsor beams, or the ability to assess a person's inherent gifts by scanning them. Having Aldea reject their aid and terminate contact would erase this inconsistency.

4. Picard doesn't end the episode with a Tribble stuck to his shirt.
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Mark
Tue, Nov 24, 2020, 2:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Relativity

I often regard Seven's outfit as one giant step BACKWARD for women on Trek. After Troi's adoption of standard uniform, Dax and Kira wearing same, and Janeway and Torres as well... there's Seven's catsuits, which were so tight Jeri Ryan sometimes had trouble breathing. Seeing her in standard uniform was a nice change.
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Mark
Mon, Nov 23, 2020, 10:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Unimatrix Zero, Part I

Harry Kim's plight reminds us of the situation the show was in... it's writers didn't even understand that en ensign is supposed to serve as an ensign for a couple of years, then make lieutenant. Given that supposed professional writers didn't understand something that a 9-year-old kid with working knowledge of military ranks would know, it's amazing that the show was as good as it was.
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Mark_M
Mon, Nov 23, 2020, 6:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Rogue Planet

Yes, the pandemic and boredom have led me to watch these old episodes of ST: Enterprise. Now I know why I skipped this series when it originally aired.

The basic concept for this story is sound, "rouge" planets (also known by several other names) have been discovered and are estimated to be profoundly abundant. Finding and exploring one should be an interesting experience without having to concoct a nonsensical (and derivative) story about hunters and shape shifters. It astounds me how often ST writers fall back on tired, regurgitated ideas. And not only that, but why, oh why should every new species they encounter basically just be another human variant with different bumps on their heads? Did anyone else notice how human-like the Eska behaved? Just forget for a moment how completely ridiculous it is for every single new species to be anatomically almost identical to humans. It's inexplicable how similar their behavior is. Same hobbies, same drinking habits, same tendencies toward gender issues, same deceitful nature...and that's not even scratching the surface.

Shall we question how, with an entire planet available, the crew sets their shuttle down within walking distance of the Eska's party? Shall we ask how this planet is not as cold as Niflheim? Why is there an oxygen rich atmosphere? Plants? Mammals? Just not possible. And I know this is picky but why do night vision goggles have to glow outwardly? They don't; that would defeat the purpose of keeping you out of sight while seeing your prey.

In many ways, the writing on ST: Enterprise regressed back to the days of TOS. The characters are often just cardboard and flavorless and the "plots" are comically elementary. After the TNG and Voyagers series, this should not still be happening.

Anyway, this episode rates a D- in my gradebook because of the unimaginative nature of the story and the points many others have made on the comments. I thought Jammer's review was dead on except I just couldn't give it 2 full stars. One maybe. At least episodes like this are good for one thing, curing insomnia.
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MarkG
Fri, Nov 20, 2020, 2:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Scavengers

Here’s another question: how is Tilly still(?) an Ensign while being one of the main personnel in engineering and we see her give orders?
This isn’t a Voyager-like situation where half the crew was lost and it was somewhat logical for Harry to be an important crew member?
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MarkG
Sat, Nov 14, 2020, 5:02am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Die Trying

@Booming

It seems to be a common trope of TV/movies that people with mental health issues can just “tough it out” on their own while also continue doing their work.
In fact, staying at work is somehow actually beneficial for their mental health!
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MarkG
Fri, Nov 13, 2020, 7:12am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Forget Me Not

If we take a look at the range of characteristics in people living in the US (with a history of 250 years of different races happily mixing their genes), and given that already 67% of global population lives in Asia and Africa (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_the_world#2020_population_distribution) by 2400 it will be very hard to find a white person as someone might describe one today. We’re all going to be shades of brown and yellow :D
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MarkG
Mon, Nov 9, 2020, 8:16am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Forget Me Not

@SC

Warning: SNW will probably have the same blue/gray palette. It’s another Kurtzman show...
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MarkG
Sun, Nov 8, 2020, 10:06am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Forget Me Not

@TheSisko

Come on, man! You’re talking about an episode where Discovery is trying to get away from a planet for the entirety of the episode and is about to be “consumed” by the parasitic ice, only to be saved at the last moment by Burnham who magically appears out of nowhere. :D She is saving the universe even in episodes where she shows up for 60” :)
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MarkG
Sun, Nov 8, 2020, 5:42am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Forget Me Not

@TheSisko

I’ve probably had some much better experiences with doctors than you had. But that’s not the . That said, IMHO the specific character in this specific show is not what you’re implying about doctors in general.

My main point though was that the writers went out of their way to try to justify how Michael ends up being a better counsellor than the ship’s trained (and shown during 2 seasons to be perfectly capable) doctor.

And since you’re TheSisko, just yesterday I watched a DS9 episode where Sisko shows up for a total of 60”. It was quite refreshing to watch a show where not everything depends on the lead character every darn time. :)
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MarkG
Sat, Nov 7, 2020, 7:49am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Forget Me Not

This would be so much better if Michael didn’t get to go the planet but the doctor did (as intended)
Surely he was more qualified to provide psychological support.
Trek has never been about the lead character saving the day on every single episode.

That said, this was one of the best Discovery episodes ever.
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MarkG
Sat, Nov 7, 2020, 7:34am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: People of Earth

@Leif
Indeed it will be nice to see some new alien races. Although a lot of people are curious to see what 900 years passing has meant for all our familiar races.
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MarkG
Sun, Nov 1, 2020, 2:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: People of Earth

@Leif

100-year old conflicts where the two sides refuse to discuss their differences is not uncommon in human history. One can argue that the evolution of humanity can also go backwards when a catastrofic event of galactic proportions ("The Burn") happens.

@Chrome

the "teenage female" (not sure how it was determined that she is trangender) does not have any significant position. She is just part of the inspection crew.
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MarkG
Sat, Oct 31, 2020, 6:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: People of Earth

Watched Mandalorian S2E1 tonight. After 3 episodes of Discovery, it was refreshing to see a show that knows how to keep things simple while still creating a true science fiction / alien setting. This coming from someone considering all Star Wars movies to be generally mediocre.
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Mark
Sun, Oct 18, 2020, 9:18am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 1

Overall, I liked this episode.

The good:
- I loved the bird alarm clock, I want one.
- Book and I think he will definitely add value to the series.
- The new hope for the Federation.
- Overall story theme, l liked it.

The bad:
- A Lurian as a bad guy. Morn would be disappointed.
- The fight scenes with Michael and Book. Kind of bizarre and not needed.
- The weapons. They sure shot them a lot but never hit anything. I would assume aiming technology would have been solved 1000 years into the future.
- No crew? Where is Suru, Tilly and the gang? This was my biggest disappointment of the show. I am sure that will be explained next week but I have been wanting to see them back.

3 stars for me.
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Mark
Thu, Sep 24, 2020, 11:42am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Remember

I cannot believe the nit-picky comments here. Why did Jora/Kirina pick B'Elanna? Why not? She had to pick someone, B'Elanna was working with the Enarans a lot, and B'Elanna had the personality to push the truth no matter what. Why didn't Jora/Kirina do it herself? Because she's not B'Elanna, she was obviously far more cowardly and shy. B'Elanna would have NEVER done what Jora/Kirina did in the final dream. Why didn't the Enarans know about the massacres when they're all psychic? Because it's established they can't read minds, they can only project the specific memories of their choosing when they want to, and can hide them just as easily. And also, it's established that they didn't want to know even when proof is readily available, which is certainly true of the many people who deny historical atrocities on our planet. Was the episode black and white? Of course it was. Because sometimes people are just 100% wrong. That does happen. And I certainly don't want to see Star Trek try to present the "other side" of the issue where genocide is concerned. This was a powerful, disturbing episode. It had something important to say. I'm disappointed at all the people nerdily nit-picking it apart, or saying it's not a realistic analogy. It is, and you guys remind me of the Enarans who refuse to believe the truth also. I mean, the Enaran government officials even dressed in a way vaguely reminiscent of the Nazis. This did happen, and with their well-done metaphor there was really only one position Star Trek could take on it. And like The Diary of Anne Frank, they personalized it to the experience of one person, which made the point more relatable. Kudos.
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Mark
Mon, Sep 7, 2020, 4:15am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

Jammer has a problem with Tuvix because he was too adamant about living, and didn't see the logic in sacrificing himself to save two other people. And then other people in the comment section are offended by the show because Janeway would even consider killing Tuvix to bring Tuvok and Neelix back. The fact that both sides think the morality of the show is a big flaw is actually what proves the show's worth. Because it presented a moral issue so thorny that people can debate it with such strong feelings. I think that was the point. And at the end of the show, Janeway looked devastated. I think she was as torn as the audience.
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