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Nancy
Wed, Aug 21, 2013, 3:57am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Author, Author

I liked the way the episode starts out being about one light-hearted message and then suddenly turns into a much deeper one. I don't think it was jarring at all, but rather a well-executed twist.

The minor quibbles I had with the episode have already been mentioned in the comments of others, so I'll just say that while it wasn't perfect, I still thought it was a terrific episode.
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Nancy
Wed, Aug 21, 2013, 3:29am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

Very interesting episode. It felt like a movie! Good to see John Aniston (aka Victor Kiriakis to Days of our Lives fans - wonder if DeLancie who used to be Eugene on that show put in a good word for him).
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Nancy
Tue, Aug 20, 2013, 10:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: The Void

I liked the upbeat message of the value of cooperation, but like Kieran, I didn't like the scene where Janeway consults Federation handbooks looking for a "loophole" so she can start raiding. I thought her decision not to raid was driven by her sense of morality, not by Federation bylaws. She goes from moral compass to reluctant rule follower in that scene, completely destroying her credibility when she declares she'll do the right thing no matter what.
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Nancy
Tue, Aug 20, 2013, 2:15am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Lineage

Those tiring of Michael: simply scroll past his posts like I do. They all say the same thing. I find myself scrolling past all the responses to him as well, because those too are repetitive. I also do that with the repetitive economic construct debates. Cutting out reading retreads of circular arguments no one ever wins keeps my blood pressure low and saves me a lot of annoyance as well as shortening the time it takes to read the comments. Win, win, win!

As for this episode, I typically find the "let's trace my issues back to my childhood via flashback" episodes trite and boring. This one wound up engaging me, though, because of the twist about her fearing Tom would turn out like her dad. I thought the ending was effective, and Tom's tenderness warmed my heart. I still feel cheated that we didn't get an on-screen wedding a few episodes ago; it seemed very anticlimactic to have it off-screen but that's a critique that belongs to another episode, so I'll just say I really liked them here.
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Nancy
Tue, Aug 20, 2013, 1:10am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Life Line

@azcats - The reason people (myself included) bring up plot holes is because, as I implied earlier, it makes it harder to get caught up in the fantasy when plot weaknesses are blatant and egregious. It makes the show less enjoyable. Writers typically understand that and do their best to avoid such holes, so when they don't, it's disappointing.

However, I agree that it's a shame a good episode as so many negative comments and that I contributed to that. Sometimes it's easier to get caught up in the negativity even when you enjoy the episode, so I'll throw in a few more positives.

I loved seeing Troi again even if it was a bit contrived, and I thought the show did a terrific job of quickly and effectively painting a portrait of Zimmerman that made you feel like you understood his motivations. He's so freaking obnoxious and unsympathetic at the beginning (just because you're dying doesn't mean you get to treat everyone else like crap), but by the end, you understand where his pain is coming from.

I also liked how they explained why only the first EMHs looked like Zimmerman, something that I hadn't given much thought to before although I remember on DS9 that they were going to model one after Bashir before finding out about his enhancements, and wound up going with Andy Dick (and what a huge step down that was, amirite ladies?)

I don't typically "rate" shows but I'll go ahead and say 3 and a quarter stars (wow, just had a Star Search flashback).
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Nancy
Tue, Aug 20, 2013, 12:55am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Shattered

I'm with those who enjoyed this episode. Yes, there were plot holes right and left, as is always the case with time travel stories. However, I loved the way they incorporated so many past episodes in a fresh way.

Plus, Chakotay's speech to Janeway about the good they've done to counter the bad was terrific, and the chemistry between them was palpable. I don't blame Janeway for looking disappointed when Chakotay tells her "some barriers we didn't cross." Chakotay is quite tasty. Well, it's not too late, but from everyone's comments it appears they never went there. Too bad.

As for Janeway's cryptic last line, I just assumed she'd found out about it some other way. It's admittedly a weakness but overall the show was quite entertaining and so I'll give slips like that a pass.
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Nancy
Mon, Aug 19, 2013, 10:45am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Imperfection

An intense and affecting episode. I really like Ichbed and I'm so glad they've giving him things to do. I never expected to see so much of the Borg kids after their introductory episode.

The episode could have been sentimental and trite, but instead it kept me interested.
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Nancy
Sun, Aug 18, 2013, 5:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Unimatrix Zero, Part I

Suspenseful but the decapitated heads getting their brains picked apart on camera was a bit gruesome for my tastes.
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Nancy
Sun, Aug 18, 2013, 2:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Life Line

An entertaining and enjoyable episode. I agree that there are several plot holes, though. One that bothered me and hasn't yet been addressed is the fate of the other EMH Mark 1s... scrubbing plasma conduits on waste vessels. That's completely ridiculous. If you need a hologram to do that kind of duty, you can whip up a basic one designed for simplistic menial labor rather than re-programming an extremely sophisticated medical matrix. If you wanted an ice scraper, would you go dig out your old iPod, or would you actually use something designed to scrape ice?

Indeed, considering how holograms can only function in areas where there is holo-projection equipment, why even use any hologram to do such tasks?

It was a ridiculous contrivance in order to get laughs and maximize Zimmerman's humiliation but it didn't make sense, even though I was granting the typical suspension of disbelief I allot to the use of holograms on ST. They don't need to play by the rules of modern technology, but they at least should play by rules they themselves established.

Picardo's delightful performances and the great character moments allowed me to enjoy the episode anyway, but every time that was brought up, I was jerked out of the moment.
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Nancy
Sun, Aug 18, 2013, 1:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Fury

Oh my gosh, this episode was awful. I had great affection for Kes and while I missed her, I thought, "at least they gave her a good send-off." Now, we don't even have that. Even if you attribute all of this to dementia (which is a fanwank,@Al, not an "obvious" fact), why do that to the character?

I could go on, but it's all been sad.

Worse than Threshold? I don't know about that, but at least Threshold made me laugh at how ridiculous it got. This one just made me angry on behalf of both Kes and Lien.
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Nancy
Mon, Aug 12, 2013, 8:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Child's Play

The twist with the parents really took me by surprise - in an good way. Very clever writing.
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Nancy
Mon, Aug 12, 2013, 3:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Spirit Folk

Ugh, wretched episode. I think the low point was the hypnotism of the doctor, but there were so many awful moments it's a close call.

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Nancy
Mon, Aug 12, 2013, 3:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Collective

I liked this episode more than most. I found the kids and their botched assimilation very scary.

Jammer complains that they don't act like a collective despite their claim to be one, but that's the point. They are trying to act like a collective because it's all they know, but they are no longer linked by the Borg and so they aren't truly one. They are in denial. Presumably the episode title is ironic.

I thought it was odd, however, that Harry's trip though the Borg cube brought up bad memories.... Of a haunted house. I would've thought he might have instead been reminded of the time he went traipsing through a Borg ship and almost got eaten alive by a species 8675309 virus. Looks like he came away the worse for wear here, too, but that card trail idea was so asinine he deserved to get caught.
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Nancy
Mon, Aug 12, 2013, 5:02am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Tsunkatse

Watching this just now for the first time, I was completely unprepared to see The Rock on my screen. I busted out laughing at the idea of him fighting a woman who probably weighs 105 pounds soaking wet. I wonder if it was in his contract that his character wouldn't lose to a girl, even one with Borg enhancements? lol!
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Nancy
Mon, Aug 12, 2013, 3:04am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Virtuoso

The episode had a lot of problems. Plus those already mentioned, did the writers really need to throw in that dig about people wanting to be friends with celebrities in order to feel important? The meta-condescension was a real turn-off.

That said, the whole thing was worth it for the scene between Seven and the Doctor at the end. Awwwwwww......
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Nancy
Mon, Aug 12, 2013, 1:02am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Pathfinder

I was delighted to see Troi again, and appreciated Barclay as well. However, if Barclay grates on you, I can see why you wouldn't like this episode as he dominates it.

I agree that having the old outfits/hairdos was cool, but I did notice some of the plot holes others have pointed out, especially the ship location issue and the doctor not recognizing Barclay.

The whole thing was worth it for the communication scene, though. Very powerful. I just wish Paris had said something. Having Janeway say "He heard you" wasn't as powerful as him saying something as simple as "I miss you too, Dad."

Good episode overall with a killer final act, despite a few problems and slow parts before then.
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Nancy
Mon, Aug 12, 2013, 12:22am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: The Voyager Conspiracy

I liked the way the writers had Seven use similar evidence to construct completely opposing theories. Using prior show plots was also clever. It shows how easy it is for people to get caught up in circumstantial evidence; as others have noted, there are plenty of real-life examples.

Unfortunately, the other elements of the plot didn't hold together. It's like they had a cool idea - big conspiracy theory has crew members distrusting each other - but couldn't figure out how to execute in a plausible way. Overall, I was left unsatisfied.
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Nancy
Sun, Aug 11, 2013, 10:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: One Small Step

Wow, what an amazing episode. I was moved to tears, especially at the beautiful final shot where he was "buried at sea" so to speak. For those who think that was silly, I say giving Kelley a proper send off with full honors was only right, and far better than just abandoning his corpse.

I don't consider this a tragic episode, because Kelley gave his life for a higher purpose, one that is the center of the Star Trek mythos that I love. I found it uplifting, in fact.

BTW, I was sure Chakotay was going to be able to get out just in time with the module early in the episode. When he didn't, it was a nice splash of "realism" - sometimes gambles don't always pay off.

A beautiful episode.
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Nancy
Sun, Aug 11, 2013, 4:11am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Alice

The story hooked me and I kept waiting for the reveal of the malicious alien... Only to discover it all was a hallucination with no real point except that the ship wants to get to a certain spot for some reason.

Disappointing. It could've been a much more entertaining show if "Alice" had been real with a motive that made sense. Without that, I'm left scratching my head.

PS I liked Paris looking a little scruffy.
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Nancy
Sun, Aug 11, 2013, 3:52am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy

Another immensely enjoyable comedic episode of Voyager. When it comes to laughs, Voyager can really bring it. Picardo was brilliant but he had a lot to work with. I laughed out loud several times, but probably laughed the hardest at the scene where Janeway, Seven, and Torres were all fighting over the doctor, with Seven essentially texting him using the PADD - RESIST!!! Too funny!!!

Loved it!
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Nancy
Sun, Aug 11, 2013, 2:17am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Barge of the Dead

I'm surprised that ths episode gets 4 stars. Most of it is a retread of conflicts and themes we've seen done elsewhere better. The whole "Klingon tradition" vs human sensibility had been done to death by this time thanks to Worf through both the TNG and DS9 series. Snooze.

As far as the "spiritual journey," Star Trek has never done religion well. It's either dismissed out of hand or used as a gimmick. This time the gimmick is Torres putting her life in jeopardy to redeem her mother in the afterlife. I was left shaking my head.

I appreciate the attempt to develop Torres, but as I said, this Klingon stuff is so old hat. My interest waned as soon as she woke up and started talking about restoring family honor and Stovokor. I've heard this tune before.

At least her experience wasn't due to a soul-sucking alien like Janeway a while back.

A positive: the barge set was well-done; very atmospheric without getting cheesy.
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Nancy
Sat, Aug 10, 2013, 3:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: 11:59

For those complaining about how this would be more realistic if it were set in the near future... In 1999, when this aired, 2001 WAS the near future.

That said, I found the episode rather dull. The characters of O'Donnell and Henry did not engage me and the episode did not hold my attention.
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Nancy
Sat, Aug 10, 2013, 2:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

@azcats - I've had hard times, but who hasn't? There are many people who are worse off than I am, so I try to appreciate the positive rather than dwell on the negative.

I guess that informs my opinion on shows that have no modicum of hope. What makes me feel more alive is seeing people overcome tragedy, not succumb to it. Even shows involving a character's death works if something positive can be derived from it. Here, there is nothing.

You are right that the fact I was so upset reveals how much Voyager has made me care for the characters (even their clones because they possess those characters' essences). This show is far better than its reputation in some online quarters would suggest. Of course, it's all subjective, eh?
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Nancy
Sat, Aug 10, 2013, 2:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Someone to Watch Over Me

Let me add my voice to those who love this episode. It's both hilarious and affectingly poignant. As I've said before, I adore the Doctor, and while I had my doubts at first about Jeri Ryan, I have come to appreciate her portrayal of Seven a great deal.

Truth be told, I get nervous when Star Trek does love stories, but this episode of Voyager excelled at it. I see from the comments this relationship is not pursued. A pity - although I can see why falling in love with a hologram would be problematic.

What a wonderful episode!

@MsAMK - I noticed the similarity to Pygmalion, but I think it resembles more the original Pygmalion myth found in Ovid's Metamorphoses than the George Bernard Shaw play.
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Nancy
Thu, Aug 8, 2013, 10:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

@proghead777 oh! Shows you what I know. Sorry!
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