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Taylor
Sun, Aug 2, 2015, 2:33am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Arsenal of Freedom

I like the episode, although both of thackerzod's points are spot-on.

Also, Troi accosts Geordi with her typically useless sh-t at the worst possible moment. Yes, it's a minor footnote in this particular episode - but it just reminds me that when the series was in its first run, Trekkers loved bitching about Wesley. But watching the re-runs, I'm far more irritated by Troi. Her character is just useless.
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Taylor
Sun, May 3, 2015, 2:56am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

Sorry, but the child actors sucked (as usual) EXCEPT for the actor playing Picard. I don't really care about his inflection (which I had no problem with anyway).

You have to ignore the silliness in this episode to enjoy it, and I think most Trek fans don't have a problem with that - silliness has been part of Trek since TOS.
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Taylor
Tue, Jan 13, 2015, 7:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Captain's Holiday

I was amused by Picard's petulant attempts to keep reading a book poolside while being distracted by scantily clad women (who are in turn distracted by a scantily clad Picard). Stewart and Hetrick have good chemistry and I'm not going to complain about an episode where Stewart gets some.

Sure it's silly, but it's fun, there's some eye candy, and I think there are several other worse TNG episodes.
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Taylor
Sun, Jan 4, 2015, 2:51am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

Once you realize the holodeck is a metaphor for compulsive jacking off, the episode makes perfect sense.
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Taylor
Sun, Sep 21, 2014, 2:05am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Code of Honor

In tune with TOS, the climactic hand-to-hand is totally lame, as bad as the Gorn fight, except that Tar seems to be facing off with a Prince/Rik James hybrid. Hysterical.
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Taylor
Sun, Sep 21, 2014, 12:51am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Last Outpost

The Ferengi literally act like monkeys in this episode. Not a good look.
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Taylor
Sat, Sep 20, 2014, 1:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Imaginary Friend

I'm with dipads, my only complaint about children on the Enterprise is all the Bad Child Acting it subjected us to.
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Taylor
Sat, Aug 30, 2014, 11:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ethics

"Ethics" - aka "Worf gets his spine crushed and Riker, Troi and Crusher give him shit for it for most of an episode."

While the whole Klingon honor thing gets to be a bit much in general, in this case it makes perfect sense to me a Klingon would have no interest in living with a severe physical disability. And thus it shouldn't be such a big surprise to Riker, either.

And Crusher mostly made sense, except that it made no sense she didn't want Worf to even hear about the experimental treatment - wouldn't it be her natural obligation to let him know?

I still liked the episode more than not - I just thought some of the character motivations served more to illustrate the extreme sides if the debate, rather than being so believable.
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Taylor
Sat, Aug 30, 2014, 2:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Power Play

Worth it to see Spiner do mean and angry. And no, it's not the same as Lore, it's another different performance from him.

Sirtis is indeed more convincing in this role than she was playing captain as Troi. Go figure.

And I'm with Phl regarding that early '90s dude in the corridor - WTF? Was that an inside joke?
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Taylor
Sat, Aug 30, 2014, 3:10am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Masterpiece Society

Putting the typically unlikely whirlwind romance aside, my problem with this episode is the alleged fragility of the society. We're continually reminded everyone is wired to perfection, yet if a couple dozen people leave, everything is supposed to collapse? It doesn't make any sense. (And hello, this is Trek. Anyone remember Khan and The Space Seed? Genetic engineering led to supermen.)

Funny story: We were just watching this and my wife said what about the Prime Directive? And I said I don't think it applies to humans, which my wife disputed. And then Riker and Picard had a very similar conversation moments later.
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Taylor
Sat, Aug 30, 2014, 12:09am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Violations

Wow - Troi literally gets mind f-cked.

The somewhat sanitized treatment of disturbing subject matter reminded me of the Quinn Martin cop shows of the '70s - with the villain a typical creep.

Worth it to see Worf's bitch slap at the end - just an open palm straight into his face. Hilarious.
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Taylor
Mon, Aug 18, 2014, 11:04am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

Simply put, one of the finest Trek episodes of any series or season.
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Taylor
Sat, Aug 16, 2014, 10:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Journey's End

Early in the episode, Wesley just seems backed up - he needs to get laid.

His ultimate decision seems drastic and rushed, with only brief minutes of material to back it up. And frankly, it just doesn't feel right.

I think that's a pan flute we're hearing - very cliched. Unfortunately, the Native American material is mostly corny.

Definitely a mixed bag.
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Taylor
Sun, Aug 3, 2014, 9:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Unification

This two-parter builds up so much goodwill I was willing to forgive the writers most of their sins, although Sela leaving her prisoners on their own, with no guards in the room, made no sense at all.

BTW, when they escape that room (I believe right after the Data neck pinch), you can see a crew member reflected in the shot. The camera pans past a table and you can see his face reflected in the centerpiece; he appears to be chewing gum.

Overall there was still more good than bad here: Spock, the Sarek/Picard scene, the hilarious Data/Picard sleeping scene, etc. And as Pluto mentioned, it's amazing how Stephen Root is completely, absolutely unrecognizable in this role.
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Taylor
Thu, Jul 31, 2014, 2:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Quality of Life

I can't see it as anything but a mixed bag. What if it were a rescue dog instead of an exocomp? Would Data have made the same decision? Endangering Picard and Geordi was a needless contrivance, and Data's decision was over the top. Could this really be brushed aside after the fact? I didn't care for the writers painting Data into this corner, it puts his competence as an officer in doubt.

With all this being said, I admit the episode (and contemplating this note) got me thinking about the core issue at hand, and on that score it's true there aren't clear answers.
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Taylor
Thu, Jul 31, 2014, 2:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Gambit

I dig how the mercenaries apparently came from the Monster Mullet Planet.

Also, if there was an actor suited to schlep a bunch of Trekkie cranial makeup, it was Richard Lynch.
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Taylor
Wed, Jul 16, 2014, 1:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Conspiracy

Like Nick P., this was the first episode I ever saw of TNG - although I was 23 at the time (not 7). I just saw it for the first time since then on BBC America - roughly 25 years later.

Although not representative of the usual Trek shtick, I think it's a great episode. Especially in the first half as the tension builds. I like the sober tone throughout, despite some early Data-generated laughs.

I also agree with xaaos that the resolution is reminiscent of something like Aliens. And how many Trek episodes ended on such a paranoid note?
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Andrew Taylor
Tue, Mar 4, 2014, 3:37am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Meridian

This is a clear 1 star mess. Dax and Deral had no chemistry, their dialogue was stilted, and the whole relationship was so rushed. Was their a proper discussion regarding the symbiant?

Totally pointless.

However, the light B-story is pretty funny stuff, which is perhaps just enough to make it 1.5 stars. It marks Jeffrey Combs' first appearance in DS9, so it's a bit of an easter egg to see him here.
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Andrew Taylor
Mon, Mar 3, 2014, 5:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Civil Defense

I think an average 2.5 score is fair. It's pretty much brainless fun, as thinking about things for too long will raise more questions. I agree with the notion of this being a season one episode.

I think TNG did it better with Disaster, and the fish-out-of-water problems the crew had to face. In fact, it was the kind of story that would have fit in better on TNG, as the Tech Mystery was more prevalent there.
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Andrew Taylor
Mon, Mar 3, 2014, 5:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Abandoned

I loved it sorry. It was a great show for Odo, and more development of the Dominion was welcome after The Search Part 2's letdown.

The B story of Sisko seeing how quickly Jake was growing up was very sweet too.
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Andrew Taylor
Sat, Mar 1, 2014, 10:25am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Equilibrium

Just finished watching this one again for the first time in a while. I always used to like Dax when I was younger when I first watched the series, and I find that even though Terry Farrell is probably the weakest of the main cast, I still have a soft spot for the character.

In terms of the symbiant episodes Dax had, this is easily the best one. The music she constantly hears was haunting, and I enjoyed how crazy it made her behave with her friends. I liked that Sisko was going to go to any lengths to save her.

Special marks go to the hilarious teaser with Odo taking an interest in cooking. Auberjonois's face is priceless as he moves the bowl around trying to whisk the souffle.

The whole scene was a nice portrayal of the DS9 crew as a family.
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Andrew Taylor
Mon, Feb 24, 2014, 5:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Necessary Evil

Excellent episode. Definitely a Top 10 entry for me.

When I was younger, the revelation of Kira being the murderer totally floored me. Now I'm older, having just watched the episode again, it should perhaps be obvious that a former Bajoran terrorist murdered someone. It's still a wonderfully constructed episode though, and does so much to establish character backstory.
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Andrew Taylor
Mon, Feb 24, 2014, 5:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Invasive Procedures

I just watched this episode on my great DS9 rewatch yesterday, and it really bugged me how the story contrived an evacuation of the station one episode after the evacuation in The Siege. Badly positioned, really.

I didn't like how it was only the cast that was left on the station, and Quark being there was really odd. He certainly deserved punishment for what he did.

Basically, if you ignore the many misgivings, the episode is saved by John Glover's before and after performance of Verad. A very interesting character indeed.
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Andrew Taylor
Sat, Sep 22, 2012, 5:00am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Liaisons

Oh my god, the 'LOVE ME!' epiode. Me and my sister used to crack up so much at the trailer for this episode, which featured this line. The episode as a whole is pretty dull, but a bit of unintentional humour helps you make it through.
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Taylor
Wed, Jul 11, 2012, 2:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part II

I'm amused no one mentioned how this was Patrick Stewart's major beefcake moment on TNG. His partial nudity is semi-legendary in these parts (San Francisco) and entrenched him as a sex symbol. (Forget Riker, dude ...)
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