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Sat, Aug 24, 2019, 2:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Unexpected

Nopoet, as far as I can tell it’s all men not taking this seriously, from the writers to the commenters here. And your example is a bit extreme compared to what Trip experienced in the episode. He wasn’t raped just because he got pregnant and human women can only get pregnant through sex. As he was quite keen to point out, he didn’t have any sexual contact with anyone.

I found it quite appalling though. Why wasn’t abortion even mentioned? They did in that Troi episode and it was simply that she didn’t want to, so there’s no excuse here. He clearly doesn’t want to be pregnant and Archer acts like he’s being childish instead of a victim of a violation with a potentially serious condition.

I hadn’t clocked the water under the boat thing. That’s pretty silly.

I really liked the alien ship and Trip adjusting to it. Organic ships and partially organic ships are very cool. And their holodeck is beautiful. Shame the story is so stupid and offensive.
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Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 3:04am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Broken Bow

I’ve never watched Enterprise before. I thought people were joking about the decontamination scenes. I have never seen anything so ridiculous. First of all, it’s not a sexy premise, they’ve got some kind of space fungal infection. Second, why can’t they do their own ears? I don’t really buy that these people aren’t fit enough to do their own backs, but they can certainly do their own ears. Thirdly, it’s just not sexy. The tension isn’t sexual tension, their dislike for each other has no chance of being transmuted into passion. It’s just two people who don’t like each other talking in a room, but half naked. You’re not wondering “ooh are they going to say sod professionalism?”. So the idea that it was okay to include such a stupid scene because it’s titillating is even more insulting, because it’s not titillating at all.

Combined with the space strippers (again weirdly and aggressively not sexy despite clearly being there to be sexy, eating bugs is the opposite of sexy!) and as pointed out the two female characters being a competent cold woman no one wants around and a sad scared teacher, it’s such a step backwards after Voyager.

I had real difficulty telling Trip and Reed apart in this episode, at least until they spoke. They have the same face! And they both seemed to be engineers. In the next episode Reed is a bit more firmly established as the weapons guy but it was very confusing here. All of the other characters have very different appearances to each other and also better differentiated characters.

Apart from these issues I enjoyed it. I think they could have portrayed the Vulcans a bit better, but I like the idea also explored in the next episode that they don’t really explore like we do, for its own sake - or at least they don’t before getting the idea off us.
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Mon, Jul 8, 2019, 2:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Cardassians

@ Peter G - it’s not about liking the bajoran family more (I’m not sure I did) but only that a child is a person not a possession. His father was deeply wronged (as was he) but he’s not an object to be returned to its owner. Ripping a child from its family is nearly always wrong and the bajoran family was his family at that point. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

It might have been different if the bajoran couple had stolen him, not adopted him as an abandoned orphan. That would be a form of abuse towards him that could justify removing him. But what we were shown wasn’t like that.

If it wasn’t an emotional decision on Sisko’s part I think it’s worse! He’s playing god and not taking the child’s wishes seriously enough. A child of that age is normally allowed to choose if they want to visit their non resident parent in the case of divorce for example, but Sisko wasn’t merely ordering visits with his cardassian father but moving the boy to another planet. I also don’t recall him insisting that he still sees his bajoran family regularly either.
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Thu, Apr 25, 2019, 7:41am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

Jammer, I’d just like to say thanks for all your reviews and for allowing our comments and I do hope you continue, though I wouldn’t want to pressure you.

I agree totally with your review of this episode. And though I tend to disagree as much as or maybe more than I agree with your reviews, I always enjoy reading them.
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Mon, Apr 22, 2019, 6:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

This film is nowhere near as bad as most people including Jammer are claiming!

I think it just didn’t need all the stuff on the desert planet. And I know that’s not really “just” anything when it’s a huge part of the plot but it’s not necessary and it’s where all the worst parts are.

I could easily watch a whole film of Kirk Spock and Bones camping or Uhura and Scotty having inexplicable sexual tension.

I thought Sybok and the “god” were fine, it’s just that they needed to make the diplomats and the desert planet more interesting or cut them entirely. The pink planet and the special effects were not as fascinating as we were clearly supposed to find them and most of that could have been removed. That’s the same problem the first film had.
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Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 5:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

This series was fine and definitely an improvement on the first but it was so meaningless and wasn’t internally coherent. Both within individual episodes (I like mosley’s summary of the scene where Georgiou defeats control, we see that really she has done it, all the ships are dead, they no longer need to go to the future and - no one cares) and within the broader series (first one that comes to mind, why is Tyler openly on L’rell’s ship in the same series that she’s brandished his cut off head in front of everyone? I don’t believe her standing is so improved that she can get away with that, especially when what she’s doing is easily slandered as helping her federation masters).

I honestly laughed at the first scene of this episode because the camera spinning was so utterly unnecessary. But you know, at the same time I really liked the bustling scene in engineering for example. Discovery seems to swing wildly between wonderful and comedically awful. “Yum yum” was terrible but Reno’s sweary outburst is the only one that has worked for me, I couldn’t feel the self consciousness of the writers through that one.

The end was stupid. Did they not learn from ENT that you finish with the right crew? They only had to swing back down from that starfield on to discovery’s hull in an undisclosed location if they didn’t want to decide on anything further, but you have to end with the right ship! And saying Spock never spoke about Burnham because he personally made it illegal(!) is insultingly stupid when he doesn’t talk about his family anyway. He in particular won’t mention her because it’s illogical because she’s in the future - tada! No conspiracy necessary.

Tyler’s promotion is also ridiculous as is Cornwell’s death. It’s too transparently for spinoff and casting purposes. You don’t need to kill off an admiral to either never show her again or only have her on as a guest star. I guess Cornwell didn’t do the stunt classes at the academy that most officers seem to. I’m sure I could have got my fat arse under that door before the torpedo blew! It’s just all a bit silly. (It’s nice that a torpedo proof door has a window for people to sadly look through as well. Great ship design, but maybe the Enterprise’s refit could include doors that can be closed from both sides? Or is that a 950 years in the future technology?)
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Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 5:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 1

I loved the Enterprise’s interiors. I saw a mock-up of Discovery made to look similar - I’m glad this style might really be in the cards for the next season for one ship or another. Really nice mix of modern and retro future aesthetics.

Why hasn’t Burnham told anyone what she’s seen in the time crystal? And maybe I got the wrong impression but I think Culber was going to ask Stamets to try again, but Stamets thought he was going to ask to try to be just friends so he tried to head him off at the pass, and Culber didn’t want to try to convince him twice because it could be unfair. I think this kind of drama from people not saying something important is insulting, especially when it’s dragged out.

I guessed about the two red angels. It was either that or Culber being a full idiot. Though did Burnham say she had her mom’s MRNA? Surely she meant mtDNA or perhaps I misheard. It’s still pretty dumb that they never considered this before, especially after knowing they confused her and her mother.

The scene with Tilly, Stamets and Reno would have been great if not for the genuinely sickening camera movement. Why are they going to such trouble to do something so ugly?

I wasn’t touched by the goodbyes because this show is too manipulative both in terms of melodrama and plot twists. Amanda and Sarek was a decent scene that had at least something behind it if not as much as there could have been, but them being there was too contrived. All of the rest is nonsense. I know Detmer will have someone important in her life and it’s not unlikely that Stamets has a sibling but you can’t just spring that on me and expect me to care. Those scenes were so generic too. At least Tilly’s complicated relationship with her critical mum has some background, and with Owosekun I guess they were alluding to her one or maybe two lines about growing up in a Luddite community from the beginning of the series? It’s not really the best character work I’ve seen in my life though.

Pike’s praising the bridge crew didn’t work either. He only has a relationship with Burnham, Tyler and Tilly apart from Spock. Maybe Saru at a push. He doesn’t have anything to say to Bryce and Rhys - no one does! Who even are they?

A+ sliding corpse action from Owo’s actress though. And you have to appreciate Pike’s cheeky wink to Georgiou. She can’t have honestly thought he’d not cottoned on.
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Fri, Apr 5, 2019, 5:45am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

This film is really beautiful though I have mixed feelings about the story. I don’t tend to really get anything out of the exterior shots of ships so many other ST fans seem to love but I was pretty much mesmerised by the sequence showing off the Enterprise. (Though it did make me laugh that they had a floating man in every other shot doing nothing much apart from showing the scale and that it’s in space, just because they could - which is fine! - but in one shot he’s apparently hurtling off into space to die. Bye!)

The bits where we swapped between V’ger getting even weirder and weirder the deeper they went and the crew’s :o faces got a bit tedious after a while. I wish there had been more discussion of what they were seeing and how it made them feel mixed in with the speechless awe.

I thought the actress playing Ilia was very good at bringing the life back into her face when they were getting through to her. I wasn’t impressed by Decker but they didn’t give him a lot to work with. As someone who grew up on TNG it was weird to see the TOS crew with what I consider to be TNG’s music, and it’s hard for me not to see Ilia and Decker as a cheap rip off of Troi and Riker even though it’s obviously the other way around. It’s interesting though.

I felt the plot was too obvious and it made Kirk and the rest look a bit thick that they couldn’t get what the Ilia probe was telling them about V’ger coming from Earth, and that Kirk apparently wouldn’t have realised it was a voyager probe if the letters had rubbed off instead of being covered up, but this film is 10 years older than me and I guess it could have been more of a shocking twist/concept at the time. I do appreciate what they were going for with a scientific, diplomatic first contact kind of approach paying off.

I don’t know when I’ll watch it again but I’m struggling to understand how anyone who likes Star Trek could actively dislike this film even if they want to fast forward through bits of it.

I can also see how Discovery’s writers took a lot of inspiration from this. Spock’s weird psychic connection to menacing space clouds because he is half human, unnecessary but cool zooming through space in a thruster suit, there were some other things that jumped out at me too but I’ve forgotten. Maybe just the update to the Klingon prosthetics and giving them/relying on their own language.
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Fri, Mar 15, 2019, 3:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: If Memory Serves

This has been the first episode of Discovery that I’ve really genuinely enjoyed for its own sake and not just in comparison to the rest of DSC which hasn’t generally lived up to my expectations. Sometimes I’m surprised by what Jammer does and doesn’t consider a 4 star episode particularly in DS9 and VOY but I’m in total agreement this time, including with the problems this episode has and is thoroughly enjoyable in spite of.

I don’t like the mirror universe as a serious concept in general and I don’t like Section 31 but I loved Georgiou relishing the Talosian’s trick on Leland. That was hilarious. I want to know if Burnham telling Spock to say goodbye Spock came from them or the Talosians or what. Maybe I have low standards or a stupid sense of humour but the episode got serious points from me on that alone.
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Fri, Feb 15, 2019, 6:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Shadows and Symbols

Sisko basically says the prophets abused his mother and by extension his father, but then he’s smiling happily after learning it. And he doesn’t think his dad’s up to refilling everyone’s wine and chatting in his restaurant but he’s definitely up to being physically dragged through the desert by Jake. (Why couldn’t Sisko find it on foot and the others beam down to his location, anyway?)

The prophets are clearly awful, worse than the Q, and even contaminate whoever they touch. I mean, at least our Q realises he has to have a human woman’s consent if he wants to impregnate her, even if we are lowly linear beings. At this point I’m rooting for the pagh wraiths. When they possessed a woman, which I’m not denying was creepy!, they didn’t make her have sex with someone she hadn’t chosen for years and have a baby with them. Ugh! (Also they have sick fire powers)

This episode also makes me wish Jake/Ezri was a thing, if they were determined to pair her off. They’re closer in age than her and Bashir for starters and I just liked their scenes somehow. The way they resurrected Bashir’s thing for Jadzia just for more drama killing her off has been embarrassing (and besides, we all know he only has eyes for Garak). A brief “oh now I guess we definitely never have a chance” scene with him and Quark mourning her would be fine but they made it as if they’re both so stupid and lovesick they really thought so and had been thinking so for years.
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Thu, Feb 14, 2019, 7:20am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Image in the Sand

Kira’s new outfit is awful - not enough for a Major to wear heels, stick all your Colonels in corsets! No wonder they couldn’t repel Cardassia - but her new hair is great in a 90s way.

I loved Jadzia so I’m not excited about mini Jadzia at all. I understand that she’s a counsellor not a science officer but could they not have had her in red or yellow, even for a stupid reason? It’s too much for her to be in blue like her predecessor. That’s aside from her appearing to be Jadzia’s little sister or daughter facially.

I really liked the dynamic between the Romulan woman and Kira. I hope she’s coming back and that they can fix their working relationship but I’m not holding my breath.
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Tue, Jan 15, 2019, 7:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Nor the Battle to the Strong

I don’t think anyone has mentioned the reference to The Ship that had all our brave strong battle hardened starfleet officers shitting themselves to the point of forgetting themselves and embarrassing themselves when shelled for a prolonged period of time. There’s a reason it used to be called shell shock. I don’t think that young untrained untested Jake succumbing to it is anything to be ashamed of or surprised about. I don’t see how anyone can’t understand that when both this episode and that recent one explain it to us.

I like Jons’ point that often Bashir is in Jake’s position as the young arrogant guy with no experience but that that’s only in comparison to experienced starfleet officers - but this episode shows that he is really one of them too. He can do things like retrieve the generator off screen and it makes sense to Jake who hasn’t seen him the way we have, but obviously it makes sense to us too really.
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Mon, Jan 7, 2019, 5:12am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rejoined

I liked this episode. Dax and her ex wife had good chemistry - better than with that man she was going to live on the ghost planet with. Susanna Thompson is a good actress, I thought she was a good Borg queen too.

I don’t think anyone mentioned that the stuff about being exiled, the death of the symbiont, only makes partial sense because it’s supposed to be about gay couples not having children. That’s the immortality we non trills access and it’s been an argument against gay marriage and so on. But like in real life there are ways for gay couples to have children, and more for a lesbian couple like in the episode - there are more ways for the symbiont to be given to someone else than officially through the symbiosis commission and we’ve seen two of those ways already in Dax (the one who wasn’t suitable and the one who nicked it off Jadzia temporarily - both of which would be types of people who don’t care if the symbiont is naughty).

This is aside from the fact that some people don’t want children and some symbionts don’t seem into the thing where the host is meant to die for them and they mustn’t ever be allowed to die (for example, Jadzia turning herself into a ghost did not trigger the Dax symbiont to attempt to detach, neither did letting herself be abducted and executed far from her home world)

I agree that you can understand it also as a way for the symbiont to not dominate the host and for joined trills to meet new people and not just stay around other joined trills forever but I don’t think it was the true intention and that’s why it doesn’t seem quite right and you have to invent reasons for them that they never really showed.

But I find poor Dax’s heartbreak enough to outweigh that plot weakness.
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Thu, Jan 3, 2019, 11:41am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Shakaar

It seemed clear to me that Winn knows but can’t admit she’s a terrible leader. She can’t handle stuff like peace talks and land reclamation at all. Not like Kira, who’s growing out of her weaknesses and has just as much love for duty for Bajor as Winn. She’s a threat in that sense and it’s also no secret that she hates Winn. So this gets rid of her without provoking Sisko by actually killing her (which she doesn’t have moral problems with): either get rid of her support amongst the resistance and the people of her province or make her into a criminal who can’t put her terrorist past behind her. Then she can’t lead and possibly loses her position on DS9.

But they manoeuvred their way out of it. It reveals Kira as now not only a leader who could be first minister herself, like Shakaar, but as the ultimate kind of leader, one who inspires others to lead, like her idol Kai Opaka seemed to. The man she’s inspired to try to lead being her own former leader shows how much she’s growing in her position on DS9
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Tue, Dec 25, 2018, 7:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Profit and Loss

This is possibly the second best episode of DS9 so far. I’m shocked that so many seem to dislike it.

Garak’s second phaser was Quark’s phaser, we saw that happen.

The “romantic” scenes are terrible as they tend to be in Star Trek but I did actually buy the chemistry between Quark and the professor, just not when it’s about glueing butterflies to noses which is not charming or sexy or whatever they were trying to go for but borderline horror. Knowing Ferengi eat a lot of insects I was actually expecting Quark to say he ate it off her nose...

I found Garak’s motivations interesting, believable and relatively easy to follow (considering he’s supposed to be mysterious so they don’t spell it out). The parallel between the professor and Garak taking the easy way out or doing the right thing for Cardassia was well done. Garak’s clear but hidden delight at one of his enemies delivering himself into his lap was great. He’s very scary but I like him a lot. I’m glad to hear he has more stuff with Quark later as they’re quite similar in some ways. I liked Quark in this, the way we did know like the professor that he may have meant what he was saying as he said it but would probably not have stuck to it.

Some people are asking why Odo was allowed to let them out, to me it’s clearly another one where Sisko “scolds” a naughty underling and is not so secretly pleased that they did what he legally could not. Yes perhaps they should have shown us that explicitly but this is a recurring problem with DS9, not just in this episode.
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Sun, Dec 23, 2018, 7:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Shadowplay

I really liked this, the guest actors on the planet were great and I love Odo. It’s always great when they find a charming child actor, so many of them are awful but there have been some good ones on Star Trek and the girl in this episode is one of them (as is Jake thankfully as a main character). It’s definitely light but it’s very enjoyable. It’s very touching. I wonder if Odo feels like the old man, pretending to be like everyone else (and pretending he doesn’t have strong feelings about them)?

There’s some very dodgy writing in here though. People have already mentioned Sisko’s telling Jake to get a job seems bizarre. I wouldn’t think it would be legal that far in the future looking at how child labour laws have evolved in the past 100 years. It can be explained by the fact that Jake really got a part time apprenticeship, not a job, but only if you ignore Sisko’s comparison to Nog who really is working to support the family in the old fashioned, exploitative way.

The actor who plays Bareil makes some odd choices but I can’t blame it all on him, it’s a weird script. The making out plot heavy scene is absolutely bizarre. Why on Earth are they eating each other’s faces and just spewing gossip about Quark and everyone? It is so so so weird. It’s like they knew we didn’t want to watch them making out for that long, but they didn’t know another way to show their passion (or none that would suit the time slot at least), and they thought the plot dumping would be too boring, and nobody sane stopped them from combining the two bad scenes into an impressively awful one.
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Sat, Dec 22, 2018, 8:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Paradise

It’s interesting that Joseph installed himself as the new cult leader before Alixus even left. He told us he was the 2nd strongest personality on the planet (as the last one to resist) and it was easy to misunderstand him as being fundamentally different to Alixus but he wasn’t. Or perhaps he had been but she’d beaten it out of him.

I don’t understand the ending - the woman in red was furious, the tortured man was happy to help Sisko before being allowed to - why didn’t they want to leave? And would the federation really act like cult victims had a free choice? And if they do have a free choice so they can be asked if they want to stay, they should all be in prison for aiding and abetting torture and possibly murder (I’m convinced Alixus killed the ill girl to be on time with catching O’Brien and torturing Sisko). It’s one or the other, but this has a weak ending like most DS9 episodes so far unfortunately.
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Thu, Dec 20, 2018, 1:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Alternate

Rahul - I think you misunderstood. On the planet was: a statue, which they misled us into thinking was the monster but it was just a red herring and had no importance; the little creature which grew, escaped and died in the vents (after Odo-monster freed it - we were misled into thinking it freed itself); and a gas that knocked out the humanoids and did something weird to Odo, apparently whenever he "slept" he became a monster instead.

The creature was never in Odo, they removed the gas from him. They didn't realise he'd somehow absorbed it, because they thought "as he doesn't breathe, he didn't breathe it in, and he seems fine".

It was all explained, but it wasn't important - it was the means to the end of showing us Odo's feelings about his "father".

I found this episode quite moving but I have similar issues in my own relationship with my father (and none of the good bits that Odo does realise he has with Dr Mora, despite the problems). I'm glad they didn't linger too long on the "science" behind what was happening, because it was only background. Though it's odd to me as it is to others that Dax just went and looted the Gamma Quadrant like that, as if she has no other way to study the inscriptions. We've already had an episode about how doing that is bad news for DS9!
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Thu, Dec 20, 2018, 10:40am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Cardassians

tempeh - it was all set up by Dukat. The Bajoran father came to DS9 for a job offer, with that alien. That alien is either some agent of Dukat's or simply someone who can be paid to lie. He's the sole source of the "the Bajoran parents are abusive" story, and Odo notes that he then disappears without a trace and no-one got his name. I think he even claimed to have been a family friend, but the Bajoran father can't name him so he's clearly not!

Dukat couldn't set up that the boy would bite Garak, but he basically had a minder with them who I assume was presenting himself as the intermediary for the false "job offer". He could have set up any kind of problem. He could have simply approached a federation officer and told them about the "child abuse", without even a scandal. I'm sure the boy biting Garak was not what Dukat wanted because I'm sure he didn't want to get him involved, in case he found out what he was up to (which he did, easily)

I liked this episode but Sisko absolutely made the wrong choice. But as a man who lost his wife and home in an attack and must have been glad he didn't lose his son too, I can see why his emotions got the better of him when presented with his unlucky counterpart. It doesn't explain why everyone else let him do something immoral and potentially illegal without protest, and I wish they'd gone into it more that it was wrong and personally motivated, pushing his buttons (like I have seen them do with Picard and Janeway in TNG and VOY when they were triggered into doing wrong things). I am new to DS9 and I find that you have to fill in the gaps an awful lot, which may feel like sophisticated writing sometimes but it's not really, not next to the bad editing and continuity, it's just mistakes. Still, there are some good stories if you look past the flaws and I'm enjoying reading Jammer and everyone else's thoughts.
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Tue, Dec 11, 2018, 12:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: The Forsaken

I really liked the Lwaxana/Odo stuff but the other two plots didn't even make sense. It wouldn't have been so bad if they actually taught us something about Bashir, Dax and O'Brien but they don't. And never does anyone take anything seriously - the Federation apparently doesn't take the wormhole seriously whatsoever (apart from not wanting the Cardassians to have and ignore it), no-one takes the aliens coming through it seriously when meeting aliens is Starfleet's whole thing (that's a problem in every episode with aliens so far, not just this one, but the constant oversight is shocking to me). And no-one takes the computer problems or even the fire as seriously as they should. It's like they know it ends well. Unconvincing
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Sun, Dec 9, 2018, 6:36am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: The Storyteller

I guessed that the menace was artificial but I thought it was about the Cardassians. All the stuff in the speech about resisting. And then it's hidden from the Cardassians under this veneer of "stupid Bajoran peasants and their stupid superstitions", so that they could get away with it. But it wasn't a veneer. Why would the storyteller not have noticed at any point in history that this wasn't necessary any more and was just injuring people for no reason? (There is no evidence of the division any more, or even that the people remember being once divided). Why is the apprentice willing to kill over full on nonsense? And why are the villagers so awful and pathetic when they've gotten through the occupation of Bajor? They don't care enough about this monster to fight it unless they're coached step by step?

Why is neither of these plots, about preventing civil wars on Bajor and about the unity and safety of the Bajorans, related to Kai Opaka's fate? Kira said near the beginning of the season that she's the glue holding Bajor together, which makes her "death" even worse, but there's no evidence.

Voyager S1 had more of an overarching plot than this, so I don't understand the comparisons made that it had a "reset button" but DS9 has a real story. Also, they had an excuse for crewmembers having to follow the whims of weirdo superstitious aliens, because they'd be stuck on a crashed shuttle that was lightyears from Voyager which was the only ally around. Why at no point does O'Brien or Bashir contact DS9, the Federation, or the Bajoran government about this problem? They're not stuck on the other side of the galaxy and they don't even make up a technobabble reason they can't contact anyone.

I did like the plot about the girl leader but I don't understand why her fabulous father (or anyone on the other side truly concerned about war) never came up with "you keep the land, but we still need access to the river through parts of it" before today. I can see why a 14 year old girl with few to advise her and very focussed on not looking weak struggled to come up with this, but this is a problem from before her grandfather's time, not a new one that's only affecting her!
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Sun, Dec 9, 2018, 5:53am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Vortex

Ahmed Khan - it is made clear why he's stealing, it's because he's going to get a ship in return. He's going to use that ship to rescue his daughter.

Also I don't think that Odo thinks someone killing someone who has broken into their home and killed their family members and is attempting to kill them is a "murderer", which is the other part of why he lets him go (I don't believe he would let an actual murderer go just for helping him, but I'm sure he would have still taken his daughter to safety). His problem was not believing the story of innocent self defence, because Croden really was a liar and Odo literally watched him break the law and kill someone, but after he asked Odo to take his daughter he started telling the truth and had no more reason to lie. I think Odo himself doesn't know how much he was swayed by either being rescued or the info & necklace, which is interesting.

I really liked this episode. I've started watching DS9 for the first time and much of the writing is atrocious (along with the weird insistence on unnecessary lingering close ups of people not-actually-reacting, and the awful scoring, and the odd editing choices that have left me multiple times thinking I must have missed part of the episode) but this one stands out as genuinely good.

I've heard a lot of early DS9 story threads were abandoned, but I'm hoping the necklace stays important to Odo until he finds out more.
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Thu, Dec 14, 2017, 8:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Favorite Son

This episode is terrible, but it’s also a heavy inspiration for Mass Effect. It’s clearly this episode that gave them the idea for the Asari, from the female only/mainly female species, preferring but not necessarily needing alien DNA to procreate, the head spots and the name (though they’re named after the enemies of the Taresians, the Nasari). It’s very blatant and it makes me laugh. Of all the Star Trek episodes to use for your pseudo Trek game, I ask you!

There are some interesting parts like B’Elanna nearly dying and Harry’s guilt, or Tom’s mix of worry and jealousy on the planet, but they don’t go into it enough. They don’t even go into why the Nasari fire without warning on detection of an infected alien - clearly because as neighbours of the Taresians they are or at least feel especially threatened by their vampiric activities. I don’t mind reading into an episode, I wouldn’t come and read these reviews and comments if I didn’t enjoy it, but this one is just so thin. You pretty much have to read all of it in, apart from maybe the Janeway-mum stuff.
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Wed, Dec 13, 2017, 8:11am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Rise

Sklar you need to pay more attention. For example in your own handpicked quotes it says that launching would kill the people in the cavern, which is why they’re panicking so much, but once they’re inside Neelix thinks the carriage will be okay but the launch cavern will be destroyed. No contradiction, no plot hole. And about the poison - they are establishing that the poison is available here but that it wasn’t accidental poisoning. You can get the poison, but it has to be on purpose because it’s a sealed system. So it’s murder not an accident.

That Tuvok apparently doesn’t care that there’s a murderer inside with them is a plot hole. The rest isn’t.

I don’t know how some people miss the point so badly. Saying space elevators is a stupid idea when it’s a real idea and feasible in Star Trek world. Whinging about shuttles (now more than when Jammer wrote his reviews - there are two entire episodes later dedicated to how voyager can not only build but design its own shuttles which he didn’t have, though I think with all the episodes about getting materials for the ship combined with them not really caring about lost shuttles it would have been possible to guess anyway). Saying they don’t understand the murderer’s motives and that that’s a problem with the plot and not their attention. Come on!

There are real problems with Voyager sometimes and this plot has a big one in Tuvok the starfleet officer with his duty to the truth, Tuvok the mystery solver who is completely distressed if he doesn’t have all the answers to a murder even if others would consider it solved, apparently no longer caring about a murder in front of him. On the mission he takes great pains to point out he’s in charge of. That’s a real genuine honest to god plot hole, one that detracts from the episode.

Beaming up in a fight is a plot hole too but not a significant one. I often think American television really suffers from adverts. I assume this was shown in an hour slot and if they’d had that full hour for each episode they would have been a lot better. But that’s how it is. So the first parts are often paced well and then they really squeeze the ending in. It’s not good but I think it’s better than either rushing the whole thing or giving us less story. There are plenty of logical explanations for how they and Neelix got back on the ship and his concussion was at least stabilised, but it was weird that we so conspicuously didn’t even see a hint of any of them. But I don’t call that a serious plot hole because it’s a minor plot point.

I like this episode for the Tuvok/Neelix relationship development and the insights into Neelix. That’s the point of the episode and I think they did it well. I also think the ideas of the failing rickety space elevator, the murder in a closed space, the aliens who use both cunning and force to steal planets, they’re all good ideas and at least felt fresh for Star Trek even if they’re not. I’d give this 3 out of 4 easily
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Mon, Dec 11, 2017, 6:19am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Coda

This episode doesn’t show anything about the afterlife. It shows a very stubborn dying woman fighting against her death with encouragement from the man who would be her husband if not for circumstances, her best friend who has extremely good mental discipline, and a doctor who is not only very skilled but very innovative. And it also shows an alien trying to eat her life force.

If the alien could eat souls, if souls were real, there’s no rush. Though Janeway is confused by his actions and because she’s dying, she does realise eventually that if this were in any way real he doesn’t need to rush her. Even by his own lies he said he watched her and her family for months, so why can’t she do the same? She’s no idiot so she notices his lies but she’s too weak and confused to see them head on until the very end. That happens all the way through.

I love this episode. Tuvok’s obvious desperation, B’Elanna’s speech, Harry’s speech and both of them weeping 😭 I do think it cheapens it a bit that none of that was real, but i think we’re supposed to think that this is what they would do if it were real and I buy it. Interestingly Chakotay is more heartbroken in the real parts than the imagined parts. It’s not clear because of what she says about seeing things from outside being hallucinations but when he’s sobbing and Voyager will be there in a few mins, I think that one’s actually real, because that actually happened - Voyager really was on its way, Tuvok really did come and help very quickly.

I like the insights into Janeway too. That she was bed bound with depression for months 15 years ago is particularly interesting especially in light of later episodes where you see she does still have this tendency toward depression. And I like that if she really did become a ghost she’d stay with her crew.
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