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Nick P.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013, 9:34am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Shades of Gray

Maybe I am a complete weirdo, but I love this episode. I can't claim it is high quality, but in my book, if something is watchable, then it is good. Whenever this episode airs in repeats, I find myself drawn in. The 2 big pluses to this episode are the Riker/Troi sort of romance and the music, which is remarkable in this episode. Truth be told, the soundtrack to this episode is arguably a top 5 of the series.

I also have stated many times season 2 is my second favourite season and I have nostalgia love of season 2, so I like clips from them.
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Nick P.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013, 8:57am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Q Who

Ian, finally, someone like me with regards to trek music. Despite everyone saying how TNG got better as it went along, I find season 5-7 almost unwatchable because of the scoring. If you watch the borg episode from the season 6 and this one back to back, the season 6 one cannot even compare. whether it is acting or affects, but most importantly the music. Trek lost something huge in Jones (or at least the era).
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Nick P.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013, 8:01am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

This is my second favourite episode. I love this one! The acting, the pure sci-fi mystery, the balls to have the number of dead be 50 BILLION instead of the usual trek planet-killer getting 3 million or thereabouts.

I do have one minor quibble. Picard (and most here) say "how could we judge". an @Dustwy above says Kevin lost love, which is the worse crime. I have an answer, killing 50 billion is worse. I realize us trek fans have to be good little liberals and make everything in the universe relative, but I will take a stand and say that killing 50 billion (mostly innocent) is slightly worse than killing one guys love. YES, it is a worse crime. And the crime is called genocide, and we have numerous times in the last century put humans on trial for it. It is wrong, no ifs-ands-or buts. If an arab terrorist accidentally killed a Dowd in a terror attack, is it then morrally acceptable for this dowd to kill every human on Earth? The answer is NO.

But anyways, I took Picards' speech at the end to mean we couldn't punish a god in any meaningful way, not that we can't judge him......

But I was always hoping TNG would have more episodes like this, and "CLUES" from season 4 comes close, but the slow-building sci fi mystery Trek really seemed to die around season 4.
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Nick P.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013, 6:28am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Business as Usual

The episode wasn't bad, until its pompous star trek ending. People right here on this board have stated "what about the people that died witht he weapons Quark already sold"? Really? It is only wrong because it is a ferengi making profit. What about Kirk GIVING weapons in "A private little war"? How many died from that? How many died from Kirk, Picard, Sisko, etc....From DIRECT action? How many did Picard kill be inaction (I' Borg or Symbiosis)? Quark did not kill anybody, and if anyone died from those weapons it was indirectly. Further, if Quark had not sold those weapons, they simply would have gotten the weapons from someone else, it makes no difference.

I love Star Trek, but this is one of those issues that really makes me hate the underlying philosophy. Picard killing millions through inaction in I Borg is OK because it "feels nice" but Quark trying to make a buck where someone else will if he doesn't is somehow evil and wrong....Ridiculous.
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Nick P.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013, 5:58am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: A Simple Investigation

I liked this episode, and that does say alot, because most Trek romances are garbage. However, I did not like the "gossiping" the "gals" were doing in ops. Seriously, go to the bar, how annoying. Also, isn't there something sort of anthropomorphizing about having Odo "fall in love". I buy that data would, since he was studying humans, and I buy that Spock would because Vulcans reproduce also, but why does Odo have to have romance?
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Nick P.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013, 8:24am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Return to Tomorrow

I completely agree with Brundledan, this is a wonderful episode. I love the "risk" speech. I love the fairly mature plot. It is paced well, and is truly a pleasure to watch. I think Brundledan would probably agree with me that I love the true-sci-fi episodes. bettering the human race, exploring the unknown. This episode is so much better then the black face-white face social commentary schlock that makes up a good chunk of star trek.

Also, you make a great point about modern sci-fi being slickly designed cynicism.
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Nick P.
Fri, Jul 19, 2013, 11:30am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Spock's Brain

Funny thing about this episode, I hated the bridge scene between Kirk, Uhura, Checkov, and Sulu....It was too dignified for this schlock! I had heard the reputation fo this episode before I saw it for the 1st time a couple years ago, and that very well done bridge scene had me thinking Netflix had skipped to a good episode. But I didn't need to worry, once they got to the planet it got stupid again!!!
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nick P.
Fri, Jul 19, 2013, 10:33am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

This is one of my faves also. The Geordi thing does get a bit creepier every time I see it though. But to me, this is an example of a very "regular" episode, but at the peak of TNGs creative juices. Even this episode looks and feels stunning.

The music might be a good part of that. I actually agree the original closing music doesn't quite fit the scene (of course it may have been different after it was edited in the scene), but the clip used (from "Where silence has lease") is probably my favourite musical cue from TNG, so I am quite happy to see it pop back up. And all of this is better than that crap from season 5-7.
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Nick P.
Fri, Jul 12, 2013, 8:32am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Generations

I actually thoroughly enjoy this film, flawed though it is. I may raise some feathers here, but visually, I think this is the best looking ST film. This was at the end of model use in Sci fi movies, before CGI, and the season 1 enterprise has never been more stunning. I loved the slightly dimmer sets, which were clearly to resonate slightly with the episode "yesterdays enterprise". The first 90 minutes of this film are actually quite fun and exciting. I find it interesting that my star wars loving 6 year old son finds this the only Star Trek movie he can sit through. Some may think that in itself is a problem, I disagree, almost al fans of star trek became fans when young, you need to play a little to the younglings.

I think the characters were mostly spot on. I think this point is important because the latter 3 TNG movies (Nemesis in particular) the characters became less and less characters and more the fat old actors portraying them.

I do agree with the criticism of the story. basically Rick Berman said "We need Kirk to die, the Enterprise-D to be destroyed and crash on a planet, and Picard and Kirk to somehow meet, now CONNECT THE DOTS", and that was it.

Now, there is a much bigger problem with this movie that no one has quite mentioned yet, and that is regarding Kirks life in the nexus. Everyone I ever hear comment on this says it should have been Carol Marcus and David over some random Antonia. I think that critique is half right. The problem is that deep down we all know Kirks 1st love is the Enterprise. His Nexus fantasy should have been the original (or movie version) starship enterprise. How satisfying for us as fans have been if Picard walked in on Kirk giving orders to Kirk on the original enterprise and had to convince Kirk to help him and the Enterprise D crew with an existential crisis. That is the way this movie would have been satisfying. The problem is that the Kirk we know would never hide away with some women. Picard maybe, but NEVER Kirk. And that is why this movie, as much as I love it, cannot get more than a 3 out of 4.
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Nick P.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013, 11:37am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

@ Gatton, they did recently release an expanded ST5 soundtrack, and it is quite GREAT!!!
www.lalalandrecords.com/StarTrekV.html

BTW, you can "borrow" is online if you don't want to pay 60 bucks!
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Nick P.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013, 11:13am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

I agree this movie blows, but I also agree with a quote about it I heard when Nemesis came out "Star Trek Nemesis is un-watchable bad, not watchable bad like Star Trek 5 or the motion picture". I think that perfectly says it all about this film.

So, i think the premise is actually a good one. Seriously, it is classic star trek. It felt more in line with the original series than ANY of the other trek movies. The characters mostly act like they should. I think this is the one trek movie, that with the right edits, could go from terrible to awesome. Start by re-doing EVERY special effect, than cut out the ridiculous character scenes (scotty versus the bulkhead), add some motivation for Klaa and 5 might be one of the better trek films.

I really hate the argument the premis is bad, because some of the best Sci fi is the search for god, "the Star" by Arthur C Clarke being one of the greatest sci fi stories ever is a very similar plot.
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Nick P.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013, 11:24am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Trials and Tribble-ations

What a delightful episode! I wasn't expecting the high quality of this episode, it is virtually seemless. Everyone on this board keeps saying how it was similar to Forest gump, are you kidding me? This is lightyears BETTER than Forest Gump. My favourite scene is the one when Sisko and Dax look momentarily stunned for a second, and than Kirk and Spock come walking up, it was filmed with such love for these characters. It would be like walking down the street and having a president out walking his dog, it was perfect. I love how it wasn't "really" sisko and Dax, it was us. If me and you had been there. That is what I kept getting from this episode, it isn't really the DS9 crew there, it is us, and it was a perfect love letter to the TOS.

I loved all the little touches. I loved how the extras mostly had 60's haircuts, I loved the machinery (like the tricorder) they obviously got out of storage, I love how they lit the scenes just like in the original series.

I love everything about this episode......except dax. Why is she a whore this season...Seriously? She wants to bone everybody on the original enterprise, she spends the next episode forgiving infedelity, and than admitting curzon died in a sex act....I am actively loathing Dax this season....
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Nick P.
Thu, May 9, 2013, 11:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Nor the Battle to the Strong

I don't hate this episode as some that have commented, but to give this one 4 stars is a little presumptuous, imo. First off the acting truly is terrible, I completely agree with the haters on that point. If you only compare acting in this one compared to the "the visitor", the latter would win hands down. The good doctor does pretty well, however. But one point no one has mentioned that always bothers me about this episode is how there is this feeling of laughing off cowardice and failure with the "he's just a kid line". It really bothered me here. I am not claiming I would act different, but I don't like "excusing it" the way a lot of left-leaning entertainment does. Plus, Jake is 18, that isn't that young. "It's OK you almost killed Bashir, likely did kill a couple people, and embarrased starfleet Jake, you are a kid writer!!!!" I didn't like that message at all.

Yeah, not a terrible episode, but I am not getting the love either.
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Nick P.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013, 9:17am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

@HAMMER,

I completely agree with you 100%!! This movie is the worst thing since abortion!

I begged my wife and her family to see this movie. They don't like Sci fi at all. I get her to Watch ST 2 and ST 4 and she "sort of" liked them. She was willing to give it a chance. I was cringing in my seat from the wedding scene. I had to apologize to her and her family for days afterwords.
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Nick P.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013, 8:57am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

@ Justin, I disagree, this was way worse than Star Trek 5. for all of the production non-sense, I "BUY" the plot concept. If there really was evidence of a god being at the center of the galaxy, I "buy" that Kirk and crew would go look for it. It was done poorly, but the plot was very trekky, this move would have you buy that Picard would give up the CURE FOR DEATH because of a good lookin space hippy?!?

@ Patrick, I sincerely hope you are wrong. Abrams isn't perfect, but I will take the fun of Abrams over the boredom and repetitiveness of Berman & Piller any day. Berman Destroyed Star Trek, Abrams breathed fresh life into it.
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Nick P.
Fri, Mar 29, 2013, 8:39am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

@William B,

You make a great point about story arcs starting to become quaint. When i think about it, BSG, the Sopranos, DS9 are thrilling on first watch, but if I see them on TV, I can't really watch them, because I know going in there are threads involving the surrounding episodes that won't make since unless you re-watch all of them, which of course is still possible, but not as fun. Also, getting into arc shows is hard. For example, I watched the first couple episodes of Lost, 24, and the Walking Dead, loved them, but in all 3 situations I had stuff come up, missed a few weeks, and by the time I got back to them, I didn't have the energy to find out what happened in the interem. I have never seen another episode of any of those shows.

The shows I can sit down and re-watch on a lazy saturday afternoon are TOS and TNG, and other serialized shows like that. Frankly, non-serialized TV shows take to much energy. I do have a life outside of TV (as Jammer is finding), and I wonder if TV shows will start going the way back to serialization?

BTW, I do think it is unusual that TOS and TNG have by far the worst episodes in Sci Fi and yet those are the 2 series that are "classic". DS9 will never command the same love as the first 2 series. I don't really know what it is, but I suspect it is because the characters are so well done and lovable together.
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Nick P.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013, 12:48am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

I did a rating of the seasons myself, but it is too late to go find the numbers, I want to go to bed, but I remember the order, and it was from favourite to least:

S3
S2
S4
S1
S6
S5
S7

I would guess my obvious difference with most fans would be S1 and S2. S1 I admit is crap, I love it purely for Nostalgia reasons, but season 2 I think is a genuily great season. Its got some stinkers, but I think the strongest episodes are stronger than all other seasons save S3.
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Nick P.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013, 12:41am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

Wow, Thanks for the Review Jammer. I gotta paraphrase Scotty on this one, I like DS9, BSG, and TOS, but TNG was my first love, and I am never gonna love a series like her again. This episode was so incredible because the series had been dull for so long at that point, but in one episode it felt like the best of season 3 or 4 again. It was magical. You could feel it in the first ten minutes, like the actors were on a long vacation and they decided to come back for one really GREAT episode.

Honestly, for most of the seventh season, I felt TNG was dying. It was so boring to watch, and the actors just weren't putting anything into their performances, and the music, OMG was that awful. But then this jewel of an episode aired, and restored my faith in the series all over again. To fall in love all over again, remember why you loved her. Man, I really wasn't expecting to love this episode, but when I first saw that last scene in Rikers quarters, and realized I wasn't gonna have these people with every week like I had since I was a kid. I lost it, I was devastated. I realized that even though I thought the last season was pretty stale, I grew up with these people.

I am one of the few people who actually enjoyed the season 1 callback in this episode. I love the farpoint stuff. I fell in love with TNG during that season 1, and I was (and still am) very nostalgic for the innocence of that first season. I realize the writers did not do that call back just for me, but I am very glad they did nonetheless.

God I love TNG.

Thanks Jammer.
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Nick P.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013, 11:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Hard Time

1st off, don't know if I agree with Elliot even though I want too. Yes, there was the whole "losing my humanity" crap, but at the end of the day, he killed a fake person, and one implanted by the program for a purpose. At least that is the way I took it. If an alien forces you to kill a fake person in your mind, I have a hard time arguing humanity is still "barbaric". In fact, I think Gene would have LOVED this episode. Which brings up my second point....

I get so sick of the peace-nik federation sometimes. So these aliens kidnap a starfleet officer for nothing, mind-rape him, almost destroy his career and life with NO apology, and the federation does what.......NOTHING. F-that. this is why I sometimes prefer original Star Trek. Hell, the Talosians did that to Pike for 2 days and they quarantined the quadrant!!!!!

3rd, I also am bothered by the fact they couldn't mind-wipe Obrian, when we have seen it at least 10 times in Star Trek.

That all being said, those are conceits you must accept as the audience, and if you can accept them, which I do, the episode is truly marvelous and thought-provoking! 4 stars!
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Nick P.
Sun, Mar 24, 2013, 11:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Too Short a Season

I am one of the few that really enjoy this episode. I am sure it is 7 year old me, but whatever, I love it. As I have stated numerous times, I would take the S1 overacting, over the S7 underacting bore any day of the week. Why shouldn't Karnas yell everything? His mortal enemy is showing up 45 years too young.

I really loved that ending too, "annie with the hair of Gold", I say it was done pretty well.

the ONLY thing that annoys me here is the Star Trek trope of discovering the cure for death, and forgetting it by next week....WTF.
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Nick P.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013, 1:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Datalore

OK, something has always bothered me about the Data backstory, perhaps someone can help me.

So the story we are lead to believe is that Lore lured the Crystalline entity to Omicron theta where is killed everybody, then a starfleet team, shows up later and finds data and history continues. But wait a sec, why when tehy beamed down to the planet did Geordi say something like "the team that found data reported farmland"? HUH??? I thought the crytalline entity destroyed everything?

Further, why was Lore there at all? he claims he was taken apart because the colonists didn't like him, but then how did he contact the crystalline entity? Also, Did Noonian Singh KNOW Lore did this? Why didn't he tell anybody, wouldn't that make him an accessory to genocide? If he didn't know why would he take him and data apart? What is this guys deal? Why did he leave and then go to an equally destroyed world?

One other thing, why did Lore "tic" on the bridge when he used the "ticker-taker-away" thing not 10 minutes earlier? I thought his tick was fake the whole time anyways? Why did he never tic any time after that?

BTW, I actaully kind of like this episode, those are just the things that really bother me.

@Will, you are not entirely correct. The rule in Star Trek is that you cannot beam "beyond the shields" when shields are up. They are certainly allowed to beam inside the ship and the immediate radius of the shields themselves. There is no reason to assume they beamed Lore outside of the shield radius.
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Nick P.
Sun, Mar 17, 2013, 10:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: I, Borg

@Cail Coreshev,

You have the best response I have seen yet in this (old) thread. I completely agree. Gene would have loved this episode. And I have said, it is charming and nice to watch. But it is not reality. And I am bothered by some posters on this board who think the rational answer to a hive mind trying to destroy your species is to try to "work somethin' out". The only correct answer as far as Evolution is concerned, and myself, is to eliminate the threat.
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Nick P.
Sat, Mar 16, 2013, 1:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Preemptive Strike

Not to get into an argument, but to everyone that seems to think you need to make starfleet be stupid in order to be dramatic. I think the obvious counterexample is Star Trek itself. Star Trek went 24 years doing it Genes way, and it was pretty successful.

I think it is more interesting that somewhere around mid-season 5 is when people seem to agree TNG starting sliding even if just a bit, is the SAME PERIOD we starting getting the Ro Laren plots, and federation-Maquis non-sense. I won't go as far as saying it killed trek, but I do think the correlation is interesting.
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Nick P.
Sat, Mar 16, 2013, 12:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Journey's End

Michael, you make a great point about the maquis, and why they are stupid. At least the bajorans are the palestinians in space, but the Maquis have no dramatic heft. They don't have a religious reason for staying where they are. There is no monetary, sustenance issue, in fact none of the maquis we know are even natives to the planets they are trying to hold. there is no livins space issue like on modern earth because all 5 star trek repeatedly say how many available habitable worlds there are. There is just no reason to feel any sympathy for them.

And you make another great point that I have also noticed about the parallel between this ep and insurrection. Picard won't protect a group due to a cardassian treaty, but an element that could CURE DEATH, and he protects the group hoarding it! What an F-face. That I think doesn't reflect much on this episode, but it shows how absurd Insurrection is.
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Nick P.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013, 8:20am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

@TH, if you had read my comments from above, the producers have confirmed that the role was written for Whoopi, and she was just unavailable for the shoot.


further, to defend Paul from "racism", or whatever you are limply accusing him of, african americans make up less than 33% of the american population, and far less in LA's casting halls. Since Whoopi herself is African-American, and Ben is playing a role written for her specifically, how can you say that race was not a factor in that decision?
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