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Matt B
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 3:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Descent, Part I

I totally agree with Landon. Time's Arrow is far far better, and closer to TBOBW in good than it is close to this in bad. Let's not even talk of Redemption.

TBOBW>>TA>>>>>>>>>>>Descent>>>>Redemption.
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Matt B
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 3:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Second Chances

I remember watching this decades ago and thinking it was a meh episode. But on rewatch its actually not bad.

But I really like Krog's idea. Will finally gets promoted and Tom takes his place. There would have been so many good stories there. And then in the movies (like the Borg fight) it would have been great to have two Rikers.
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Top Hat
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 1:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

It's true -- throwing a brick through a window is rarely helpful, even if there's something very insightful written on the brick.
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OmicronThetaDeltaPhi
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 11:39am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

He didn't "rage-quit" nor did he quit at all. The guy has never shown his face here before his present rant. He came out of nowhere, and basically screamed "you all stink!".

Honestly, this kind of behavior shouldn't even dignify a response. We should be talking about Trek (and other interesting topics) here, rather than have piss-fights with kids who come here looking for them...
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OmicronThetaDeltaPhi
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 8:48am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

By the way, on the subject of WWIII and the current f***_ed-up situation of the world:

If you think that a modern global war is going to resemble WWII with it's physical invasions and ground maneuvers - think again. Nobody is going to march troops into any cities. Why bother when information warfare is just as devastating?

We live in strange times, and it is difficult to tell - from our current limited perspective - how future historians will describe our era. But it may well be that WWIII has already started quite a while ago.

(and to be absolutely clear: I'm not referring to one specific faction or nation as the cause here. Reality is far *far* more complicated then that)
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OmicronThetaDeltaPhi
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 8:23am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

@Mal

When it comes to the question of giving the Valakians warp drive, T'Pol is very clearly right. That's not a very difficult dilemma. You don't give people magical access to f***-ing antimatter unless you are absolutely sure that they'd know how to handle it.

Antimatter (which some people don't realize to be a real thing) is insanely powerful as well as volatile. A single ounce of antimatter, upon contact with ANYTHING, will result in a blast that's equivalent to about 1 megaton of TNT. This kind of "help" is almost certainly going to backfire disastrously.

This, though, has absolutely nothing to do with the question of giving the Valakians the cure for their disease.

@Peter

Janeway is a control freak, plain and simple. A mostly benevolent control freak, but a control freak nevertheless.

Ordinary this wouldn't be a problem for a Starfleet captain, because of the restraining effect of the admirals and the rest of the fleet's command structure. But in the Delta Quadrant... well, we've seen the results.
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OmicronThetaDeltaPhi
Sun, Jun 13, 2021, 7:52am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Explorers

@Kevin

The "no air" thing simply means that to make a fire/explosion in space, you need to carry the oxidizer (either oxygen or something else that can react with the fuel) with you.
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Dusty
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 7:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Devil's Due

Silly but inoffensive. The Ventaxians' vulnerability to self-fulfilling prophecies and con artistry is familiar and believable--depressingly so, 30 years after the episode aired. Marta DuBois gives an entertaining performance as Ardra and things pick up noticeably whenever she is on screen. Otherwise, the episode wallows waist-deep in technobabble and other Trek cliches (like Picard and/or his crew being appointed to decide the fate of an entire planet) . I'd give it two stars.
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Matt
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 5:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: The Pegasus

It's not hard to imagine Starfleet agreeing to not use cloaking technology.

It's similar to how the US doesnt want Iran or Iraq to develop nucleur weapons even though the US already has. The Romulans do have superior technology.
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Tomalak
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 3:43am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

10 out of 21 actual episodes is quite a long watchlist!
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Tidd
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 2:29am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Too Short a Season

@Trish

I’m well on the way... and no, it doesn’t.
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Tidd
Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 2:13am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Too Short a Season

The worst episode of Series 1 so far. The only thing that kept me awake was to see how bad the story would get (DC Fontana? Surely not...) and how poor the acting would get. It is illuminating that the best bit - a pointless shootout in subterranean tunnels - would have been derisory in TOS.

The only thing that I looked forward to was a song from Marsha Hunt as the opening credits said she was in it. But no, she wasn’t.

1 star.
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Peter G.
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 11:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

Nice post, Mal.

I agree that one distinguishing feature of the various series is how seriously the writers take the incredibly power (and burden) a Captain have. On VOY we certainly never get the gravitas that we see on (for example) nu-Battlestar, where the issue of who's in charge is so serious that it has to be resolved politically. The idea that Janeway is just in charge of the Maquis after the pilot is...strange. And from then on it's taken as a given that she's the Sky Marshall, Grand Inquisitor, judge jury and all the rest. No votes of their peers ever taken, no challenge of her authority (even in Scorpion!). That's pretty wild, since she wasn't just a Captain, but in almost every sense was their Queen. She even turned the tone of her Captaincy into maternal care at certain points, which is certainly more of a Queen-attitude than a 'woman in the workplace' attitude.

And yeah, don't even get me started on DISCO on that front.
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Tomalak
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 7:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

Thanks, Jammer. To be clear, I think an average is just that: one data point. Clearly it is telling in this case but no one would sensibly claim that one simple average for each season tells you everything you need to know.
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Frake's Nightmare
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 6:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Best of Both Worlds, Part I

He really is the cutest of the Borg! Who of course are famous for their cuteness - that thing with they eye and the swizzley drink mixer hands!
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Frake's Nightmare
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 6:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Transfigurations

Isn't that the jumpsuit that T'pol wears when she goes to deserty places ? And how many major spinal injuries does Worf suffer in Next Gen....bit more dignified than being hit by some poorly secured barrels I suppose. More injury related to continuity?
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Frake's Nightmare
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 5:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Menage a Troi

Wesley's Jumper - well lookey loo our Wes is all growed up and rocking the red!
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Steven
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 4:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

“What business the USA has in Taiwan which is a breakaway state of China I do not know.”

Millions fled China to the U.S. during the period of famines caused by various communist experiments. Those people and their ancestors lobbied and continue to lobby Congress in the U.S. to protect Taiwan. You can look up the Taiwan Relations Act if you’re interested as it answers your follow up comment as well.
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Top Hat
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 1:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Host

It may interest some here that actual trans commentators have weighed in on this episode. Here, for instance: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLnNvdW5kY2xvdWQuY29tL3VzZXJzL3NvdW5kY2xvdWQ6dXNlcnM6MjUwNzI3ODUxL3NvdW5kcy5yc3M/episode/dGFnOnNvdW5kY2xvdWQsMjAxMDp0cmFja3MvMjkxMjEyMjE1?sa=X&ved=0CAUQkfYCahcKEwjw86ntoJDxAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ
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OmicronThetaDeltaPhi
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 11:17am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Explorers

Fireworks are just rockets. They'd work perfectly fine in space.

The real problem is that space fireworks won't give you much of a show: Space doesn't scatter light.
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OmicronThetaDeltaPhi
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 10:55am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

@Mal
"Archer wasn’t sent out by Earth to play God. The aliens in the TNG episode “The Chase” were sent out by their civilization to play god. But don’t kid yourself. If you are picking which race will live, and which will die, you are playing god (see TNG "The Survivors"). "

I think that's the main dilemma of this episode.

Archer basically stumbled into a position of "playing god". No matter what he'd do, he is already involved.

Remember that the Valakians initiated contact. They *asked* for help. They are also clearly aware of the existence of alien life, so there's zero danger of cultural contamination on that front. So if it weren't for the Menk, the decision would have been easy: Give them the cure.

With the Menk... well, I don't envy the decision that Archer had to make here. It's a very complex situation, and any decision would have huge consequences:

On the one hand, one could argue that when people ask for your help then it's obligation to give it to them.

On the other hand, looking at the complex symbiotic relations between the Valakians and the Menk, one could argue that interfering with then already delicate balance on this world is reckless and dangerous.

As for me, I find myself swayed back and forth. It's a well-crafted moral dilemma with no obvious "correct" answer. And if I were Archer, I would have felt terrible afterwords - regardless of what I'd decide in the end.

Guess that's why I'm not a starship Captain, eh?
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OmicronThetaDeltaPhi
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 10:17am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

@Booming

"Ok, now I'm completely off topic. Sorry!"

Yes you are.

Some how, you've a managed to spin a very real concern to the future of the human race (which has nothing to do with China specifically) to a rant that's - basically - political propaganda.

I know you really dig communism (I'm not being sarcastic here nor am I being imflamatory. You've said that openly and directly at a dozen times), but "off topic" doesn't even begin to cover what you did here.

Can you please *please* stop doing that? This is a Star Trek forum, where we have the opportunity to expand are horizons beyond the toxic stupidity of the current media, and beyond this silly "us vs them" mentality.

Thank you.
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Tomalak
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 9:22am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

Sorry, the 0 for the clip did funny things to my Excel but once you put it in properly the numbers are the same as yours:

S Average
3 2.90
4 2.81
6 2.75
5 2.69
2 2.45
7 2.44
1 2.20
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Tomalak
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 9:20am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

Hilariously so did I just now! I got these numbers:

Season average
3 2.90
4 2.81
6 2.75
5 2.69
2 2.57
7 2.44
1 2.20
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Tomalak
Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 9:08am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

The Defector is my favourite episode of TNG, but your mileage may differ. Of course, truly great is only one measure and as you say, the average quality did rise after Season 2, at least in most fans' eyes. It would be interesting, actually, to compare the median episodes of each season, too. :-)

There is also the fact that the season only had 21 episodes plus a clip show - so had less chance than any other season to impress. All the other seasons had 26.
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