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Nissa
Sun, Jan 26, 2014, 11:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Statistical Probabilities

I actually love this episode, and it's one I'm willing to watch more than once. I'm not even bothered by the conflict at the end, as Jammer is. To me, this is Trek at its best: strange people, dangerous political implications, moments of good humor, and actors that do a good job. I love it, and whatever flaws people assign to it, real or imagined, are meaningless to affect the entertainment value. Four stars.
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Nissa
Wed, Jan 22, 2014, 11:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Captive Pursuit

Um, I actually found this episode really boring. There was nothing particularly interesting about it. Just some Trek cliches here and there. Colm Meaney is amazing though.
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Nissa
Wed, Jan 22, 2014, 10:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Renaissance Man

This episode is so utterly stupid. One star. The bad guy's actions and motivations were meh, and it was difficult to watch their very stilted acting and writing. Granted, Picardo did a good acting job, and I liked the bit at the beginning where he mentioned he liked not being a human -- he's been a bit of a Data rip-off in the past, and it's nice to see him accept himself.

However, he just makes so many stupid choices. He has a line that goes something like (I don't remember the precise wording) "The ship can go on without a warp core, they can't go on without a captain". This is a very stupid reason to take a warp core to some generic baddies. Janeway herself would have sacrificed herself for the ship. Voyager is in a bad enough position as it is, and Doc's faulty reasoning ruins a lot of the fun of this episode.
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Nissa
Wed, Jan 22, 2014, 10:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Author, Author

I think the fact that Doc can't realize how potentially hazardous his novel is proves he's not a real person.

The first half of the episode is amazing. The second half, however, is a drive down Trek cliche road with an implausible idea of saying a hologram is a person. Not so much.
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Nissa
Wed, Jan 22, 2014, 10:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Repentance

I'm not going to comment on the episode, but rather Jammer's statement above: "In such cases there's always a lot of talk about deterrence and justice, but when it comes down to it, it's more about satisfying the victims' (and society's at large) collective emotional need to take as much as can be taken from the worst of offenders, without resorting to outright torture."

This is asserting one's own opinion on the population at large. Simply put, how does Jammer KNOW that it's more about emotional need than deterrence? Granted, emotion is there, but there is no way to prove that one is more important than another. And even if the emotion is there, does that make it wrong? Does that entirely negate the quite valid notion of deterrence?

My view is that bad things need to happen to those who do bad because others need to feel that murdering and stealing will result in bad things for them. There are only three reasons a person won't do something bad: internal morals, fear of hurting others, and avoiding consequences. If someone doesn't have morals and doesn't care for others, then they need to be afraid that something will happen to themselves. They need to know there's a dark pit ahead of them so they can walk around it. Do I think the death penalty is necessary? From time to time, yes.

As far as the episode goes, I like the idea of fixing someone's mind and allowing them to see what they've done. The implication that all wrongdoing comes from mental errors is iffy, but hey, science fiction is all about playing with ideas, so cool.
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Nissa
Wed, Jan 22, 2014, 9:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Life Line

...Um, am I the only one who really hates Doc? He's my Neelix, and I really hate watching his selfish antics. Everything he does is "me, me, me!" and this episode is no exception. He doesn't even go so far as to say "all my fellow crewmates gave up communications with their families just so I could come and help you." Instead, it's just Doc being self-centered, with his self-centered creator. Oh joy.

Also, Deanna is more useless than usual. In TNG, the plot usually took her more seriously, and at least pretended that her banal advice had merit. this time she just sort of freaked out and gave up after maybe ten minutes of actually trying. Weird.
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Nissa
Wed, Jan 22, 2014, 8:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Child's Play

Um...am I the only one who thinks it's okay that they used someone as a weapon against the Borg? Granted, I think it's a dumb idea to use a kid instead of a voluntary adult. I'd volunteer for such a thing. It's been a while, but is there any reason why they couldn't use an adult? Seems that kind of thing wouldn't make that much of a difference.

Also, the boy can't be the only one they sent after the Borg. Surely they'd try more than one. And when the Borg caught on to which of the cubes were being destroyed, they'd come and destroy the planet.
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Nissa
Tue, Jan 14, 2014, 3:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Mortal Coil

@Jons Is it really so surprising? After all, an afterlife with a monotheistic god isn't so hard a conclusion to necessarily come to. Sure, not all that likely, but not all that unlikely either. Or maybe there's Christians on the ship Neelix knows. I dunno.

In any case, the book Life After Life by Dr. Ray Moody was written on this topic. He interviewed several people who had died but were later rescussitated, and their visions after death were strikingly similar. Very fascinating stuff.
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Nissa
Sun, Jan 12, 2014, 7:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

Pfft. Restoring Tuvok and Neelix is not murder in any sense of the word. It's a travesty that any sane person would call it murder while saying Tuvok and Neelix don't have the right to exist.


Well...Tuvok has the right to exist without being merged with Neelix, of course. I would take the concept far more seriously if it were someone besides Neelix involved. But it's still not murder. I mean, crap, what stupid emotionalism.
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Nissa
Fri, Jan 10, 2014, 11:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ethics

I actually really hated Dr. Crusher in this episode. If Worf wanted to try an experimental treatment, he should have every right to do so. After all, he doesn't regard his life as worth much at that point, and risking death means that the research can go forward and add meaning to his loss.
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Nissa
Fri, Jan 10, 2014, 1:13am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

Let's put it in context.

Nuclear weapons: can destroy most of a city and leave behind radiation. People react by freaking out, and cold war results.

Crystaline entity: has consumed entire worlds and will consume more worlds. Picard reacts by rationalizing its activity, and a woman is called wrong from destroying it.

What the fudge?
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Nissa
Fri, Jan 10, 2014, 12:23am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Jammer, I'm disappointed with you. What Geordi did was indefensible, and it makes him extremely creepy as a character that he would have a holo-replica of a woman for his sordid fantasies. It makes me think less of you that you think her reaction to finding this as "over-the-top". Quite frankly, MY reaction would be to bring this to the Captain, assuming I didn't beat the crap out of Geordi first. Brahms is quite tame by comparison, no?
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Nissa
Fri, Jan 10, 2014, 12:18am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: First Contact

Um....so it's alright for the Federation to send secret agents on a pre-warp planet? That doesn't violate the prime directive? Quite frankly, this is preachy Trek at its worst.

PeteTong, labels are for manufactured goods, not rational people. Don't talk about people you know nothing about.
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Nissa
Thu, Jan 9, 2014, 11:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Suddenly Human

While the episode is quite dull and hyper-inflated with fluff, I agree with the conclusion and don't understand why they didn't reach it sooner. There's a DS9 episode that handles the same concept much better, showing that this is a more complex situation than presented in TNG.

However, it is a good idea to consider that a foster father does have rights over the boy. He's used to the alien culture. Though the dad should definitely let the dumb kid visit his Earth family, assuming the little brat can get over his habit of stabbing people.
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Nissa
Thu, Jan 9, 2014, 11:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

Um....I don't like this episode. It was pretty dull, actually. Also, I find it really irresponsible of Dr. Soong to cause Data to go to his home by any means possible. Had the Enterprise been in danger when Data's mind went, lots of people could have died. Dr. Soong doesn't have the right to screw up the doings of a starship on his own personal whims, and it really spoils the "family" nature that this episode was trying to convey.

Also, I found a lot of the dialogue about human nature to be inane and simplistic. Meh.
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Nissa
Thu, Jan 9, 2014, 1:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Allegiance

Yeah, this episode was a misfire. But at least it was a fun misfire.
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Nissa
Thu, Jan 9, 2014, 1:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Sins of the Father

I like this episode, and I'm not really sure why not so many people comment on it. Perhaps it's not controversial enough. In any case, I love Kurn. I love how he's so abrupt and mean to Worf in the beginning, and yet respects him as an older brother later.

What they did with Kurn in DS9 is pretty unforgivable, though. Actually, DS9 threw Klingons in their entirety under the bus, reducing them to TOS-style comical bad guys. It worked in TOS because everyone else was equally comical, but in DS9 it just made the Klingons look like morons who kill with little provocation.
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Nissa
Thu, Jan 9, 2014, 1:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Yesterday's Enterprise

Maybe I need to watch it again, but I couldn't quite keep up with this particular episode's technobabble. I love Guinan's mysticism, that she for some reason knows what is and what is not supposed to be. Granted, this doesn't really go with the whole "alternate dimensions" thing, as in alternate worlds technically speaking all choices would be fate.

Either way, this episode is fun to ponder over, and it was great to see Tasha Yar again.
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Nissa
Thu, Jan 9, 2014, 1:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Deja Q

I hate to be the rain on the parade, but this episode really doesn't do it for me. Granted, Guinan stabbing Q with a fork was marvelous, but it's just annoying to see two outsiders talk about humanity as though we didn't already know everything they're saying. Came across as pretentious.

That, however, is probably more of a subjective thing than anything else, and the episode is definitely one of Q's best performances.
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Nissa
Thu, Jan 9, 2014, 2:42am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

I feel that today people are quick to speak in a bigoted manner against those who believe in God. In fact, the very two first comments on this page are clear examples of that. However, intelligence does not bar one from believing in God, nor vice versa. Nor is atheism a sure bet against ignorance or wild theories that spread. After all, communism is an athiestic political system, and it spread far and killed many.

Let us now all realize that when wild ideas spread, it is not due necessarily to religion in general. It can be the specific religion in question, but usually dumb ideas are simply the flaws of humanity itself, by being unnecessarily intolerant, controlling of others, or one society just plain wanting what someone else has.

As far as Trek goes, an above person commented that Trek is pretty schizophrenic on the matter, and this is quite true. Roddenberry himself was an atheist, though probably he preferred atheism as he didn't like the idea of a supreme being having something to say about his promiscuity and theft. Seriously, Roddenberry stole film from Paramount to sell, took credit for other people's work, and wrote words to the TOS theme song so he could steal half the royalties from Sandy Courage. Certainly such a man would be uncomfortable with a moralistic God.

So, basically put, atheism is no guarantee that morality will exist.
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Nissa
Thu, Jan 9, 2014, 2:26am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

Huh. I think I figured out why Marina Sirtis' performance sucked. She comes across like a little child rather than a grown adult whose mind was dissolving. Patrick Steward was on point, though.
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Nissa
Sun, Jan 5, 2014, 10:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

Jammer...I love you, bro, but it's a sin that you gave this a higher rating than Star Trek V. This movie was plot-hole ridden, disgusting, boring, and depressing. Not a thing about it was likable.
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Nissa
Sun, Jan 5, 2014, 8:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Interface

I didn't like this episode. It was pretty boring. It was the fairly standard one guy believes something while nobody else goes with it plot. Neither of Geordi's parents were all that interesting, and Geordi himself...well, I don't like any of his episodes, if I can be honest. He's such a recluse that it's hard for his shows to be interesting as other's would be.
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Nissa
Sun, Jan 5, 2014, 2:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Second Chances

I like the idea of this episode, but Will Riker was being a jerk to Tom. They should have just had it out and called themselves brothers.

That, and I feel like nothing happened. I'm not an action junkie and action isn't necessarily a missing piece, but the episode doesn't really pique my interest. There's not enough real conflict, and the one between the Rikers feels artificial.

As for the relationship angle, I sort of like it. It would have been better if it weren't a one-off, though.
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Nissa
Sat, Jan 4, 2014, 3:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Tapestry

Um...I hated this episode. Q forces Picard into his past for no reason. For what? To learn that risks are good? To make him behave like his dumb younger self again? To take advantage of his old friend? Picard has learned and gone past his old self. Why would he need to go back unless something from his past could help his present? It's just Q toying with him again for no reason. It wasn't enjoyable.
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