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Strejda
Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 3:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: The Maquis, Part II

@Elliot "Why would Earth be the only part of the Federation where there is no crime, poverty, etc? That's not how this works. The Federation is not an empire, it's a constitutional collective. Up unto the point that the colonists in the DMZ renounced their citizenships, they were living in “paradise” as well. Whatever beneficent circumstances allow people living on Earth to be “saints” applied equally to these people up until the point they were asked to leave their homes."

Why and how? For one, I don't think Sisko literally means ONLY Earth is paradise, it's more about the difference between central worlds of Federation, but why doesn't it make sense that people further away from it wouldn't enjoy all the resources, protection, needed attention and governance those worlds get?
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Strejda
Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 2:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: The Cloud

@OmicronThetaDeltaPhi Regarding Enterprise, at least about the first two season everyone talks about... I really don't think it can. Even just judging the episodes on their own, accepting creators doing what they wanted to do, they were just bad at doing it.

@Jenkins L. Ironically, I wonder if the opposite isn't happening with Enterprise. I know it got lot of shit at the time because canon (personally, the suprisingly little continuity contractions there were, rarely bothered me, at least not for the contradiction itself), but these days I get impression it's often checked out by people who have mainly just seen Star Trek and not other contemporary sci-fi shows, so the way it seemed inept at the time next to say, Farscape, is lost.
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Strejda
Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 1:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Paradise Lost

@Peter G "For what it's worth I tend to side with Gowron on this one. It's too pat that they have a Martok Changeling, and magically right after learning "we're everywhere" from The Adversary the Cardassian government falls? Yeah right. I doubt very much the Martok Changeling thought to himself "Well isn't that lucky, I can push for an invasion!" I give the Founders more credit than that, so yes, it's a bit of an assumption that they caused the coup. But then again they straight-up tell Garak later this season that his people are going to be decimated for what the Obsidian Order did, and I have full faith that this plan involved undermining the Cardassian government to make it weak, causing the Klingons to bring them to their knees, and while at their weakest the Dominion coming to the rescue with Dukat in tow. I've always seen the plan in this way, and the whole thing makes far less sense if we consider the coup to be coincidental. How did the Founders thing they'd (a) take power, and (b) punish the Cardassians otherwise? They pretty much knew they had no future allying with the Klingons (impossible to command) or Federation (impossible to corrupt), and the Romulans were too untrustworthy. The Cardassians were always their target, probably from as far back as The Search."

I don't see why "we're everywhere" would indicate that-for one, clearly they've been "everywhere" for a while and from Meta perspective, the Klingon threat wasn't part of their original plans for season 4. And why would Dominion need allies to take power or punish Cardassians? Just straight up invasion was always an option, even if not preferred one. I also don't think Cardassian were potrayed as any less untrustworthy than Romulans, although I can think of reasons why they would be the better option for Dominion.
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Strejda
Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 12:19pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Starship Down

@Iceman "Necessary Evil" was actually the first episode to establish Rom's proficiency with technology. I don't think it's really contradictory, even if him being smart while sounding dumb wasn't the point-some people are very skilled at one thing and idiots at other things.

@Elliot When was Sisko potrayed as desiring attention? Sure, he does big speeches in front of people when needed, but so did Picard and he was even less of a people person.
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Strejda
Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 6:30am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: True Q

@Chrome I didn't think it was a hard mandate, but I was reminded of it, because to me this episode shows why it was made. The Defector is great, and even if Barclay never appeared again, Hollow Pursuit would still work, but here it feels to me something is missing.
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Strejda
Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 4:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: The Neutral Zone

"People FEARED dying. It terrified them!"
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Strejda
Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 2:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Rightful Heir

@Lupe Clone Kahless didn't automatically had those memories, the priests say they basically uploaded into his head their religious texts and presumably whatever else they wanted, since their plan involved Worf. It's why he didn't know things like who the man from legend he spoke was .
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Strejda
Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 9:05am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

"This is similar to my view about Chain of Command, where I think it's lucky for Picard that someone like him wasn't commanding the Enterprise while he was being tortured. Jellico got the job done; he wouldn't have."

Interesting, why would you say so? I don't realyl recall Jellico doing anything at the end Picard was above-the way he ran the ship didn't really factor in it.
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Strejda
Tue, Aug 13, 2019, 8:05am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Virtuoso

It didn't bother me to much when I watched it back in the day, since Doctor IS obsessed with praise and validation, especially for things unrelated to his original purpose as an EMH, and I even thought it was little rich of the crew to be so pissed off at him after Latent Image, but now I do wonder if Doc is in character here. In "The Swarm", when given the choice between erasing everything that made him who he is since the pilot and his ability to serve as a Doctor, he immediately chose the the former. Yet he is willing to abandon the crew and the patients he could save for this?
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Strejda
Mon, Aug 12, 2019, 10:49am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: The Naked Now

@William B Hey, I apologize if this is weird, but this is the most recent comment I've seen here and I just wanted to say I greatly enjoy all your thoughtful, well written comments here, even when I don't agree with you. Always hoped you would decide to rewatch all of Enterprise one day.
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Strejda
Sun, Aug 11, 2019, 3:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Cold Front

You know, having no transporter chief when transporters were a brand new technology but having a steward is just so distinctly Enterprise.
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Strejda
Sun, Aug 11, 2019, 1:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Ensign Ro

@Peter G Doesn't she specifically recall her actions in the pilot to compare them to Starfleet wanting to blow up Kronos and why it would be a bad thing? That's a genuine questiion BTW, I'm not sure if I remember right but I'm pretty sure.
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Strejda
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 5:57pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Parallax

@Ruby (I'm sorry for not making this a part of my of comment, hope this is okay) Maybe this isn't true for most, but I would say for many, the problem isn't people yelling science shit at each other in general, just Technobabble aka bullshit. And my problem with it, is that it's often there to fill out time and the worst way to do that is with useless nonsense. If caring about science accurracy is dumb, why have it there in the first place? And when used to solve problems like in here, it basically allows characters to win by pulling nonsense out of their asses, while pretending to be clever.
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Strejda
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 5:32pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Parallax

@Corey Ignoring the politically charged, ugly discussion above, I do think it's hypocritical to insist humanity has moved beyond all religion, except that one. To be clear, I do NOT think Trek should be 100% anti-religious and historically, it hasn't been. And maybe the writers intended to just be more positive about spirituality in general and just chose Chakotay's religion for it, I think it needed to be made more clear, because even if said religion wasn't mostly just bunch of stereotypical nonsense made up by a con-man, it comes of as the creators making an exception due stereotype of Native Americans as in one with nature noble savages.
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Strejda
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 4:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Profit and Lace

@petulant I can't find who said that here, but that's a silly comparison. Spock's Brain and arguably Masks are unintentionally hilarious and Final Frontier, while also a bad comedy, I think can still be So Bad It's Good fun, since it has enough serious stuff and the comedic bits are so forced and cartoonish they become funny again. This is however, is a bad comedy, where the jokes are just dull and unfunny, among other issues.
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Strejda
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 4:46pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

@Tanstaafl Okay, I get you weren't trying to write a review there, but I'm not sure what are you trying to say. Watters taking pills and the latter was showing how his heroic leader persona is an act and he's actually over his head. How is it a bad writing? The whole point is that Watters acts like and convinced his crew they are all great heroes for the sake of his ego. The point of the story is that it's young people pretending to be grown ups in the time of war.
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Strejda
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 4:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: True Q

I can't remember where I've read it, but I've heard one of the first rules Michael Piller laid down when he became a showrunner was that each story has to be in some way about one of the main characters. "Tin Man" for instance is primarily focused on the guest character, but it's also about Data and what his situation and their relationship say about hi,. Here, it really is just about Amanda. And while the characters do actually play a role and have moments unlike in "Too Short a Season", the whole thing does feel like a self-insert fic. Not an awful one, IIRC, but I think the story would be better if it was in some way relevant to Crusher or Picard, or even Q.
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Strejda
Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 12:40pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II

I know, I know, this is in many ways a pretty stupid story... But damn it, this is just so much fun. Parody may be a strong word, but I absolutely think the story is meant to be somewhat tongue in cheek, from the amazing First Contact intro, through Archer doing an evil version of his season 1 scenes with T'Pol (with evil Porthos present) to crew wearing TOS uniforms for no reason (I guess Archer ordered them to do it). And it ended the best way it could have.

And maybe it's a stretch, but I would argue the two-parter might have a larger purpose. Afterall, this is right before Terra Prime two-parter, where the xenophobic villain tries to end interplanetary co-operation and make humans explore the galaxy by themselves. What we are seeing here might not be too different what the future would look like, would they succeed.
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Strejda
Thu, Aug 8, 2019, 1:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Hide and Q

@DataMat I've seen other people praise that scene before... Can I in good faith ask why do you like it? Stewart of course delivers it like no one else, but to me it's hard not to see it as more of season 1 TNG smugness.
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Strejda
Tue, Dec 11, 2018, 5:51am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Flesh and Blood

@Springy It's not really that the Hirogen are there, it's that they are there with the holodeck technology Janeway gave them. That really is pretty unjustifiable (remember, their network got destroyed in their first appearance).
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Strejda
Sun, Jan 21, 2018, 5:48am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Hope and Fear

@ Prince of Space Oh bug off. I wasn't ordering anybody to do anything and If people here can baselessly accuse Jammer of being biased, I can complain about them.
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Strejda
Wed, Dec 6, 2017, 7:13pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Behind the Lines

@DLPD I can't believe you are always so fucking self-righteous, even after repeatedly being shown you have no idea what the hell you are talking about.
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Strejda
Fri, Sep 29, 2017, 2:13pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: The Augments

I really dislike the "it's in their nature" conclusion. For one, the story contradicts that by Smike (even without superpowers, he is said to be basically like them) and Seniel. It basically absorbs Arik of any responsibility for how they turned out, we have seen him telling them about how they are the master race since childhood after all. And I think it in a way undermines Khan as a character, to say he's just been engineered to be what he is. Like, I saw the "superior ability breeds superior ambition" from the original episode as just statement about human nature in general. Also, yet more "your can't escape your nature" from Star Trek. Fuck off.

Also, AGAIN, complex sympathetic villain seeing the light and being replaced by the second bugfuck evil villain by the end. Is anybody else bothered by this? Am I the only one who even noticed this happening over and over again in Trek?
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Strejda
Wed, Sep 27, 2017, 2:33pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: First Flight

For me, this episode solidified the main issue with Archer’s arc and the use of Vulcans on Enterprise in general: You can’t do a story about a a person overcoming their bigotry and still have all of their prejudiced assumptions proven correct anyway.
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Strejda
Wed, Sep 27, 2017, 2:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Horizon

Consider: Purpose of TV teasers is to excite you for the episode and to give you some idea what it's going to be about this week, often with a dramatic cliffhanger. All that happens in this teaser, is that we see Mayweather sit on his favorite place and Archer calling him to meet him. Meaning that just doing a Mayweather story at all was a shocking twist. That's both hilarious and sad.
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