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MartinB
Mon, Dec 21, 2015, 1:14am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Maneuvers

So the Kazon steal one component of the transporter and suddenly have a working version on their own just by plugging it in? No pattern buffer? No emitters? No pad? So why does Voyager have entire rooms dedicated to the transporter if it can be handled by a tiny piece of equipment? Yes we've see handheld devices before (like Tom's in Non Sequitur") but that was Earth and could have tapped into any number of transporters there. On a Kazon, I doubt they could or were close enough to tap Voyager's...

Anyway, even with a wiped computer, there'd still have been one of those things on Chakotay's shuttle. And phasers. And tricorders. And medkits. And the warp core. Nope, nothing of value that the Kazon could have swiped in the hours Chakotay was on board.

Tuvok really needs to sort his department out. Not only did they fail to prevent the ship being rammed and armed intruders raiding the ship, but didn't even notice the first officer flying a shuttle out of the ship! All they need to do now is get outsmarted by a couple of Ferengi... Oh wait "False Profits" isn't far away...
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MartinB
Sun, Dec 20, 2015, 6:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Cold Fire

So Voyager has been on its journey home for a little over 18 months now and they've already come across the second Nacene as mentioned in "Caretaker". So the Caretaker went to all the trouble of finding and abducting ships from at least 70,000 light years away, but couldn't or didn't think to scan a few thousand light years away to see if his mate was around? If he can find Voyager in the Badlands, he can surely scan most of the galaxy the same way.
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MartinB
Sun, Dec 20, 2015, 6:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tattoo

As sfdebris put it, this episode basically says "Native American Indians were a primitive
backward people until white people from outer space helped them". Oops.

Best part of the episode was Neelix getting attacked by the crow. I laugh everytime!

And is Chakotays tattoo an actual tattoo then or is like marker pen or something? Cos when he goes undercover he doesn't always have it so does he wash it off or does the Doctor have to dermal regenerate or plastic surgery over it everytime?
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MartinB
Sun, Dec 20, 2015, 6:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Persistence of Vision

What I don't get is where that Torres/Chakotay fantasy came from? I don't ever recall there being any hint of that. They were close from serving together of course, but sexually? Nah. And what even worse, but not suprising for this show, its never mentioned or plays any part ever again. Torres goes on to marry the helmsman and Chakotay gets to "service the Collective". I think it'd have been more realistic if Torres was hip deep in dead Cardassians or even better, wishing she was the fully human version from "Faces".
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MartinB
Sun, Dec 20, 2015, 6:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Parturition

Using the Jem'Hadar ships on the holodeck is NOT a continuity error. Starfleet encountered the Dominion in 2370 when the USS Odyssey was destroyed. Voyager launched in 2371. Even if you don't know the dates, you can date the episodes by the uniforms. Voyager has the TNG movie commbadge from the start. DS9 didn't get those until the Defiant arrived at the station, and it was only assigned there because of the Dominion threat. Chakotay calling the Dominion "a new race" is not especially problematic either, given that the Maquis formed before the Dominion became widely known, and while we don't know exactly when Chakotay joined the Maquis, it must have been fairly early on to have been an important figure within the year the Maquis was formed and the Voyager mission. So its clear he would have been largely, if not completely in the dark on info about the Dominion when major contacts started to be made, and reading up on that stuff while in the Delta Quadrant, a galaxy away from Dominion space would have been pointless, espcially when they all knew they"d be coming up on the Borg eventually.

I bet Paris was relieved when Neelix through the pasta on him. At least he didn't have to eat it!
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MartinB
Sun, Dec 20, 2015, 5:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Twisted

I don't get where Janeways little chat with Kim came from. Very out of place. I can only assume that its either padding (in an episode that's nothing but) or was out of sequence and should have happened after Janeway went all wibbly-wobbly. Sure it wouldn't have had the same effect (if you can call it that) but it would have been hilarious...

Why does the map of messed up Voyager show it all wobbly when if the rooms and corridors aren't where they should be surely the ship would look like a jigsaw with all the pieces in the wrong place? Like the map shows, everything is where it should be, you just have a few more corners to go round than normal but it'd still be perfectly navigable.

And I'm sure glad the anomaly dumped all that valuable data about the nearby space in Voyager's database... Funny then that just next episode they're lost again...
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MartinB
Sun, Dec 20, 2015, 2:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Non Sequitur

My god, Kim is an idiot in this episode. He gets everything he's moaned about for a year and a half; he's back home, he has a cushy job, he has his sexy fiance but no. He'd rather be lost 70 years from home facing death on a daily basis with everyone he knows thinking he already is dead. So basically, he'd rather be with Tom than his fiance... Brokeback Voyager anyone?
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MartinB
Sun, Dec 20, 2015, 1:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Elogium

Yeh the Ocampa are a terrible species on every level. Barring any genetic manipulation by the Caretaker, there's no way they could survive. They live only 9 years, have this long stupid process of conceiving a child, can have said child only once and as we see in "Before and After" Kes does indeed only have one baby (although that is with a human, not a Talaxian or a fellow Ocampa so we don't if she would have had multiple babes otherwise), but to add to the stupid she gives birth through her back, so if she was alone the baby would have dropped 5 feet to the floor! The Ocampa are a mess and its incredible they could have evolved, much less survived that way.

And Neelix, as always, was an arse.
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MartinB
Sun, Dec 20, 2015, 10:34am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Projections

The only thing letting this episode down for me is the lapse in logic that occurs within the first few minutes. The computer tells the Doctor that he was activated by a ship-wide red alert, but at this point the crew had been evacuated. This tells us indirectly, contrary to everything we've seen in Trek so far with red alert being automatically activated in emergencies, that Janeway, her ship under attack from hostile aliens and severly damaged, her crew in danger, decides to evacuate the ship and ONLY THEN does she decide to declare a red alert!? A little more thought being put into the script could have avoided that it only my lampshading it.
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MartinB
Sun, Dec 20, 2015, 10:24am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Initiations

Yeh I don't get why Chakotay needed to so far away in a shuttle to do it little ritual. Locking the door to his quarters should have been enough, or even getting in the shuttle and locking it without flying it anywhere. Or the holodeck. Or the aeroshuttle, no one ever goes down there...

As for why Chakotays shuttle could take such a beating from Kar's shuttle. Aside from him extending his Indian powers or character shield around it, the bigger problem is Tom's shuttle in Basics that survived several hits from the more powerful raiders, so it isn't too hard to believe Chakotays shuttle would survive this.
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MartinB
Sun, Dec 20, 2015, 9:31am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Good Shepherd

As others have said, this episode came far too late and ends up looking silly when you think about it (like a lot of VOY). The misfit not being like everyone else can't be that bad given that Voyager has made it this far without them causing major problems.

It is incredible that these three can still be how they are after 6 years, especially Billy, who after being experimented by the Caretaker, being stranded on Hanon IV, brushes with Borg nanoprobes, macroviruses and telepathic pitcher plants to name a few, is still a hypercondriac!? If I'd survived all that intact I'd think I was invincible! Tal being incompetant is another that in 6 years no one tried help her of give her something she could do.

Now I can understand Herrons annoyance. It was Janeways fault they're out here. But Janeway, nor Seven, seemed to realize they could have solved 2 out of 3 problems by switching Tal and Herron's jobs. Put Tal on Deck 15 pushing buttons that I think someone said even a monkey could do and have Herron in astrometrics doing something he's trained in and would actually be good at! Maybe then he wouldn't feel as bitter...

Someone above mentioned Janeway having memorized Voyagers plans but couldn't navigate Deck 15. Well she had been down there since taking command; the spatial rift that she used in "Deadlock" was on Deck 15, which interestingly didn't look nearly as cramped as it does here!

And in the briefing near the start, Kim talks like he doesn't know Tal (hard to believe with a ship of 150 after 6 years together but whatever), but later we learn in "Haunting of Deck Twelve", which is a flash back to before this episode, Tal smashed Harry in the face with a toolbox, and he didn't remember her for that alone!?
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MartinB
Sat, Dec 19, 2015, 1:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Learning Curve

Yet another reason why Neelix should have been put out an airlock as soon as he betrayed the Voyager crew in "Caretaker"... He nearly destroyed the ship with cheese!

Shame we never saw how the recruits got on after this episode. Only Chell is ever mentioned and briefly reappears later. Another missed opportunity.

I like the exercise uniforms they wear here, although I wonder why they need to have their division colours on them, given that they wouldn't be on duty while working out...
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MartinB
Sat, Dec 19, 2015, 12:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Faces

I bet Durst is glad that Janeway sent those other two Viidians away with a good telling off... I'd like to see her explain that to his family. Seeing Sulan with Dursts face was awesome though.

I agree that Voyager should have tried to free the other prisoners. Ok, maybe not the Talaxian... In fact I'd have beamed down the one they had too...

One that really sticks out for me though is what Sulan was doing. He split Torres into two fully alive people so the big elephant in room is... If the Viidians can do that... Why the hell do they have an organ shortage and have to steal them? They should be able to keep just one prisoner, or even a Viidian who hasn't got the Phage yet, and keep copying them over and over so they have an inexhaustable supply of organs!

Apart from that, best episode of Voyager so far.
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MartinB
Sat, Dec 19, 2015, 12:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Cathexis

Say what you want about this episode, it taught me a valuable lesson; that native American medicine wheels contained magnets, you know, for those times when you feel like hanging it up in your sickbay...

Yeh this episode was dumb, not least because when the crew needed to be functioning at peak efficiency and keeping their eyes open for intruders... They turn all the lights off. Same goes for whenever the ship went into battle.

Tuvok group stunning the entire bridge was funny though and makes me wonder why that setting wasn't used more, like defending the ship from Kazon boarders or maybe defending a Dominion comm relay from advancing Jem'Hadar soldiers...
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MartinB
Sat, Dec 19, 2015, 10:27am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: State of Flux

On the comment asking if Equinox arrived in the Delta Quadrant before or after Voyager; clearly Equinox arrived first and had already started its trip home when Voyager arrived. Voyager was the last ship the Caretaker abducted as he died shortly after while Voyager was still at his array. Why Equinox, heading from and to the same places as Voyager would completely miss the Kazon and the Borg on its journey which Voyager spent years dealing with and encounter an entirely different set of aliens is another question as is why the Caretaker didn't send Equinox back as he still had time left...
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MartinB
Fri, Dec 18, 2015, 6:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Prime Factors

"You can use logic to justify almost anything.
That's its power ... and its flaw." — Janeway
to Tuvok

Janeway reminded me of Home Simpson here; "Facts are meaningless, you can use facts to justify anything that's even remotely true".

I wonder if this is the reason why Tuvok goes from being Lieutenant Commander to Lieutenant a bit later on (aside from costuming error of course) odd though that Torres wasn't demoted and it was mainly her idea, plus Janeway would have an excuse to put Carey in charge like she wanted.


Funny how the console in Engineering just happened to have a two prong socket in it that exactly matched the trajector ports... I can't go to America without having to buy plug socket adapters, but two pieces of technology built by aliens on the other sides of the galaxy from each other managed to make their stuff compatible. Maybe it was made by the same company that makes matching airlocks for every single ship ever encountered...
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MartinB
Fri, Dec 18, 2015, 5:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Emanations

Chakotay was prat in this episode. Yes let's not passively scan these dead bodies from a distance, let's walk around and touch and disturb them instead. The bodies were dumped unattended on a barren rock, why does he think there's are ritual element to it at all? The Klingons for one don't give a crap about the bodies after they die.

So Ptera dies, ends up on Voyager, is revived but the attempt to send her back kills her so... Janeway beams her body to the asteriod. Er... You revived her once just after she died already why aren't you doing it again? She Ptera died... Because Janeway was lazy!

And if the webby stuff is a by product of the aliens decomposition, why was Ptera covered it seconds after dying?

But to be honest, if I was Captain Janeway and my Ensign Kim disappeared and was replaced by a dead body, I'd be counting my blessings and warping out of there at Warp 9 hoping he doesn't find a way to come back. The dead body would have made a far more interesting character for the show anyway.
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MartinB
Fri, Dec 18, 2015, 5:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Ex Post Facto

Yeh terrible episode. But the thing that really gets me is these aliens are meant to be birds, with feathers and stuff on their heads, like Hawk from Buck Rogers or something. Not only does it look ridiculous, even worse than the Kazon, but we get the stupid name "Dr. Ren" Wren, get it!? Even worse than that is that the females of this avian inspired race, such as Linell, have breats. What possible use could breasts be to a bird species!? Yeh shame the dog didn't have wings...
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MartinB
Thu, Dec 17, 2015, 6:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Way of the Warrior

Absolutely loved this episode as a kid and still do now. In fact it was the very first Star Trek episode I ever saw and made me a fan! I could recite entire scenes from memory back in the day. I missed a lot of the references back then though, such as Kassidy mentioning Sisko's hair (or lack thereof) or all this talk of the Enterprise being destroyed.

Now, being a fan as long as I have, I have a few nitpicks/questions;

When Sisko offers Worf a post on DS9, when does he put so much emphasis on the "Lieutenant" part of "Lieutenant Commander"? Was became a Lt Cmdr in "Generations" and has been wearing the correct rank pips all episode and even introduces himself as such, so why does Sisko make seemingly a big deal out of what is effectively a division transfer, not a promotion?

Speaking of which, O'Brien says to Worf "You look good in red" and Worf says "It feels good". Yet Word spend TNG Season 1 in a red uniform and likely would have stayed there had Tasha not died. O'Brien should know as he started there in red too. OK not really a continuity error, but Worf should have said "I'd forgotten how good it feels" or something.

Why does Worf get to wear that baldric anyway? We have seen several times that modifying uniforms is against Starfleet rules, such as with Ro and Gerron with their earrings and Chell and his necklace. Yet Worf can wear this big silver thing and no one says anything! I know uniform code is captain's discretion to a point, but would every commander Worf ever had have been ok with it? Not even Jellico said anything and he was the one that had the sense to get Troi to put on proper clothes for a change...
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MartinB
Sun, Dec 13, 2015, 6:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Treachery, Faith, and the Great River

As Jammer said, the episode's title applies to both stories equally, but since I haven't seen anyone else comment on that so far:

"Treachery" - Weyoun 6 betrays the Dominion/Nog goes behind O'Brien's back with all the trading.

"Faith" - Weyoun's faith in Odo and the Founders being Gods/Nog's faith in the "Great Material Continuum"

"The Great River" - Nog's Great Material Continuum again and, brilliantly but more subtly, Odo's runabout is the Rio Grande, literally "Great River" in Spanish.
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MartinB
Fri, Dec 11, 2015, 3:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

"No character sees Sisko as a "black captain"—he's just "the captain." The case is similar for Voyager's female Captain Janeway"

Yet Sisko is the only Star Trek lead character that didn't start his show as a captain. Not saying it was an intentional racist move on anyone in the productions part, just odd when you think that the four white leads we've had, yes even the woman, were all captains from the beginning, but Sisko had to wait 3 seasons. In unniverse I agree, Sisko was never the "black captain" and believe his race (or that of being "black" in general) was only ever brought up the Benny Russell stories and that Vic Fontaine holodeck heist episode.

For what its worth, although at times it seemed that Janeway was written make clear that she was strong/smart despite being woman, instead of her being strong/smart simply for being a Starfleet captain, the only time I can recall her gender being an issue (apart from romance of course, only Trills and mirror universe characters get to be bi or lesbians) was when she was dealing with the Kazon, especially Maje Cullah, who had no respect for her due to her being female and even slapped her in "Basics"
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MartinB
Fri, Dec 11, 2015, 5:55am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Sacrifice of Angels

On the Sisko gets the Prophets to destroy the Dominion fleet; I don't see this as a deus ex machina as others do, although I can understand why. The way I see it, the Prophets have literally controlled Sisko's life from day 1 (as we find out in Season 7, his mother was possessed by a Prophet when she met his father another mark from Prophets operating outside the wormhole btw) so they had him be born to be their Emissary. They had a vested interest in his life path and would it to continue. The show established the Prophets right from "Emissary" as these mysterious powerful beings so its not like they were invented just for this story, they are in integral part of the show.

On Federation fleets; the Borg only gave Starfleet days to prepare from the destruction of the New Providence colony to the assault at Wolf 359. It was mentioned several times that they'd expected much more lead time and had to cobble together 40 ships in a few days, probably the closest ships to Earth at the time. I assumed Starfleet had many more ships exploring the far reaches of the Federation that couldn't make it back in time such as the Phoenix that was seen only a year later. Whereas for the Dominion War, Starfleet knew it was coming for several years, plus their rebuilding/expansion after both Borg attacks would have seen them much more prepared and able to assembled large fleets. Although why none of them appeared to have shields up during the various battles is another question....
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MartinB
Thu, Dec 10, 2015, 5:45am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Accession

I watched this episode again today and I find the ending hard to believe. Sisko takes Akorem into the wormhole to ask the Prophets who should be the real Emissary and they do their thing and its sorted out. Now, as viewers we know what happened, but how would it look to those left on the station? Or on Bajor? From their point of view, Sisko took Akorem, a man he publicly oppossed, away from everyone, then returned without him, saying that the Prophets said he should be Emissary after all. And everyone accepts that? As far as they know, Sisko could have beaten Akorem to death with a tricorder and dumped him in the Gamma Quadrant then just said the Prophets decided, but no one ever questions it! Its not like Sisko is above physical violence, having even punched Q in the face before!
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MartinB
Wed, Dec 9, 2015, 2:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Empok Nor

I don't think going after the Cardassians as a team would have made much of a difference, not with Crewman "Unsafety First" Stoltzoff on the team. She managed to keep her phaser rifle pointed at the one person in the room who she wasn't meant to shoot while protecting him, even AFTER he asked her not to! I was glad when she got thrown over the equally unsafe Promenade upper railing...

Empok Nor was always shown at dutch angles, even in other episode, apparently so it looked different to DS9. But wouldn't having it be a station of a different type to DS9 make more sense anyway? Terok Nor was originally an ore processing facility over Bajor, so what could Empok Nor's function have been given that it was seemingly sat in open space, or at the very least not in orbit of one of the Trivas System's planets?
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MartinB
Wed, Dec 9, 2015, 1:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Ties of Blood and Water

One thing that always puzzled me;

"Still calling yourself Gul? I'm surprised you haven't promoted yourself back to Legate by now."

When was Dukat a Legate? As far as I can remember, Dukat has always been a Gul, from being the prefect of Bajor, to commanding the 3rd (?) Order, to advising the Detapa Council, to commanding the Groumall, to taking Cardassia into the Dominion and being the leader of Cardassia. I assumed for quite a while that Gul was his first name...
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