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icarus32soar
Thu, Feb 18, 2016, 9:07am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Child's Play

No way a mother would do such a thing. Seven's assessment of the parents is spot on. They don't deserve Icheb.Who thinks this rubbish makes for good drama/TV/storytelling? BS, that woman is one loathsome creature.
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icarus32soar
Wed, Feb 17, 2016, 2:46am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Icarus Factor

Picking this episode at random because it has the name Icarus in the title, not that the ep knows what to do with the concept, so rich and promising in narrative and dramatic nuance. I just want to put on record that for a ST lover who grew up with ST, I find the entire TNG series to be an unmitigated disaster. It is so wooden in every respect it's completely unwatchable. I have it all on DVD and rewatch the other three series regularly. What I want to do with TNG is get Anorax from The Year of Hell (VOY) to erase it from time.
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icarus32soar
Wed, Feb 17, 2016, 2:34am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Space Seed

Totally agree with Pam, the overacting is laughable and the gender stereotyping is beyond insulting for a "progressive" TV series. But then I'm probably totally spoiled now with Benedict Cumberbatch's take on the Khan Noonien Singh character in the latest movie. Madlyn Rue was such a feisty person in real life I'm amazed she didn't scream and kick in protest at how she was directed to play McGiver (spelling?). She asserts herself with Kirk but is lik mome overcooked playdough in Khan's hands, literally.
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icarus32soar
Mon, Feb 15, 2016, 8:48am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Fascination

Ta Jason,indeed some need to lighten up; some people on this thread, like Henry James in TS Eliot's famous words "have minds so finely tuned that no new thought can possibly penetrate them". They have no sense of humour, and mistake a fun ep for a bad ep, just because, without a shred of narrative, dramatic or cinematic evidence. Some ST is positively wasted on some Trekkies.
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icarus32soar
Mon, Feb 15, 2016, 8:38am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

Some of these reviews are worse than the episode. Why do you need to watch DS9 to have a good old cry? Just watch the evening news. Some "trekkies" are grist to the mill of the dodgiest ST writing and direction. This ep has all the depth and integrity of a Hallmark sympathy card.
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icarus32soar
Mon, Feb 15, 2016, 8:15am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Living Witness

Most promising concept completely botched on the alien side of the equation, ridiculous make up and ill-fitting clothes reminiscent of the Amish. The Voyager crew are spectacular, pity they only did this concept once, but those aliens are sitting in my gullet, beyond annoying, worse than the creepy Gath in Prime Factors.
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icarus32soar
Mon, Apr 20, 2015, 10:22am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

Sorry, typo, Cardies, that is!
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icarus32soar
Mon, Apr 20, 2015, 10:20am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

They killed Bareil, they killed Ziyal, they gave the spectacular stupendous unique Gul Dukat, the single best character in all of ST a trivial end, and they killed the second best character ever, Damar. Sisko ended up in the never never of the celestial temple idiocy. Every time an awesome promising character or story line was suggested by these mentally challenged and LAZY scriptwriters it was not allowed to go anywhere. The dusgusted smirking look on Weyoun's face when the horrid female changeling is peeling was a dramatic opportunity these idiot scriptwriters missed. Weyoun should have snapped HER neck and the Vorta should have co-ruled the universe with the Carries. I officially loathe DS9, a dozen or so outstanding episodes over the 7 seasons but all the promise of the most inventive ST series ever tossed out the scripwriting airlock.
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Icarus32Soar
Fri, Apr 3, 2015, 5:10am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

Some of the nit-picking in this thread is so amusing. This is fiction and drama guys not a doco. It works metaphorically and dramatically. As such it has all the elements if an outstanding even legendary episode. It has both moral and dramatic ambiguity and conflict, which is what makes Shakespeare great. Tragedy is defined as good people doing evil things through force of circumstances. It's gritty and subversive,all great art is subversive because it takes us out of our comfort zone and makes us question our beliefs and values. Both evil and morality are relative.It's a matter of nuance and this ep runneth over with nuance. Any other view is just childish. Bravo to the brave scriptwriters. Brooks shines by and large,the theatrical mode of acting is not necessarily unsuitable for TV, Robinson is stellar as usual and Quark summarises the whole theme of the ep aptly:"I always knew there was a bit of Ferengi in you"& "every man has his price".A Ferengi rule of acquisition? I don't think so.A very human truth. That's the brilliance of ST: how all the different aliens represent different facets of humanity.A complex great ep all round , who says you can't give it more than 4 stars? At least 8 out of 4.
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Icarus32Soar
Thu, Apr 2, 2015, 5:45am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: One Little Ship

A gorgeous, cheeky and fun episode.Brooks shows he can act when he wants to, and Siddig is glorious as usual, but how under-utilized he is overall! Microscopic Jadzia grinning and waving before Worf's giant face is an irresistible touch. The Alpha and Gamma Jem'Hadar are reminiscent of Aldous Huxley's genetically engineered social order in his classic novel Brave New World. The "shrinking" premise pays homage to the classic Oscar winning 1966 sci-fi movie Fantastic Voyage. Classic ST here, referencing canon of western English-speaking culture, something ST excels at. A low key, unassuming but brilliant episode with an impeccable sci-fi and cinematic pedigree. 7 stars out of 4.
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Icarus32Soar
Thu, Apr 2, 2015, 4:37am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

This episode is right up there with The Visitor as one of the worst.Con job comes to mind. Brooks' acting is not too bad here at all, but what is this episode about? Everything and nothing, a dream,a vision, a hallucination, a suppressed memory? Worse than those time loops and parallel universe ones. It lacks a meaningful and coherent dramatic premise. When you have to look for evidence outside of the episode itself to make sense of it, which is what so many on this thread have done, it's a sign that it's not working. Speaking of the thread, Jammer do something about those loonies who parade their sexual orientation through their posts. I don't care if you guys are necrofiliacs,this site is about ST episodes and their dramatic, cinematic and narrative merits or otherwise.Stick to the point,PLEASE!
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Icarus32Soar
Tue, Mar 31, 2015, 10:20am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Waltz

Outstanding episode, Alaimo's performance is Shakespearean and reminiscent of the mad villain Richard III. Descent into madness through grief and loss is psychologically realistic and provides a sound dramatic premise for the episode. Dukat is a tragic hero right up there with the best of them, ambiguous and complex. It's silly that so many in this thread talk about "sympathy" for his character. What a childish and misplaced reaction. Dukat is way larger than life and beyond such pedestrian responses. I feel sympathy for Sisko who comes across as a typical federation sanctimonious prick and for Brooks because Alaimo runs acting rings round him big time.
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Icarus32Soar
Mon, Mar 30, 2015, 3:45am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Enterprise Incident

A fabulous episode showing the best of ST and among the best TV episodes of any series ever. A kickass female Romulan commander, played pitch perfect by Joanne, provides a splendid counterbalance to one of Leonard's best renderings of Spock ever. Kirk comes off as second best despite an awesome performance too by William. That's what an episode should be, so much excellence all round you don't know where to focus as a viewer. The complexity and dramatic and sexual tension in the Spock-Romulan commander relationship sizzles all round and is electric till the end, especially at the end, episode endings being so often rushed and problematic in ST. My single favourite episode of all time of any series.I watch and rewatch it forever. BRAVO!
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Icarus32Soar
Mon, Mar 30, 2015, 3:29am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The City on the Edge of Forever

Who makes up these totally cockeyed episode reputations? The single most overrated episode, other than DS9 The Visitor, in ST history. A loopy time loop episode. What a waste of the gorgeous Joan Collins! Why couldn't they write a companion piece to Space Seed with Joan a female super human giving Khan Noonien Singh a run for his money, instead of having the ineffectual Madlyn Rue as the quivering weakling female melting at his male chauvinist charms? ST not full of stereotypes? Look again closely!
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Icarus32Soar
Tue, Mar 24, 2015, 10:17am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

This childish cardboard cutout of an episode gives Let him who is without sin a bad name. That episode at least worked as a parody of all the dodgy holiday resorts and the dodgy tourists who frequent them. This moronic time loop works on no level at all, the script is something a bunch of third graders would come up with. Sisko turns to a wishy-washy do gooder and poor Odo is used like a deus ex machina to save the day? Jammer the writers got you this time, they're pulling your leg big time.4 stars? What drugs were you on when you watched this poor excuse of an episode?
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Icarus32Soar
Sun, Mar 15, 2015, 10:36am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin...

The episode was unspeakable and so is the latter part of this thread which has degenerated into a jingoistic bonebrain rant about football genres. I'm outta here, this is an insult to ST.
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Icarus32Soar
Fri, Mar 13, 2015, 9:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Looking for Par'mach in All the Wrong Places

The Kira-Miles stuff is codswallop.The Grilka-Quark stuff is genius parody, and I wish they had never brought in Worf. Poor Michael Dorn,such a sweetie in real life stuck with a character that gives both Klingons & Starfleet a bad name.Quark has some insanely classic lines,he & Grilka save the episode.
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Icarus32Soar
Fri, Mar 13, 2015, 6:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Nor the Battle to the Strong

Seems most of the critics on this thread were never teenagers scared to death of growing up. That's what happens here Jake gets to grow up. It's a great nuanced and gritty episode, not the sanitised sterile TNG all's well BS. Sometimes I feel DS9 is wasted on literal minded Trekkies.
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Icarus32Soar
Tue, Mar 10, 2015, 10:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Shattered Mirror

Yeah, Nah! This parallel universe premise is as idiotic as time loops. The Jennifer-Jake sugar is nauseating. Even the glorious Garak is misplaced here and is ineffective. Sisko taking the chair of the rebel Defiant of his own accord? Where the heck is the prime directive when the plot really needs a convincing dramatic device? Thank God the parallel divinely campy Kira and over the top Bashir lend some acting integrity to this misguided mess. When ST is good it's very good indeed, when it's bad it's unbearable.
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Icarus32Soar
Tue, Mar 10, 2015, 10:39am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Hard Time

Another idiotic time loop variation that bores us to tears. Pointless reset formula and all that rubbish about the O'Brien family. Who cares about Molly colouring in? Thank God for Craig Wasson who singlehandedly gives this ep some dignity.
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Icarus32Soar
Tue, Mar 10, 2015, 10:30am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Muse

Like Fascination this ep works better as a metaphor and allusion to the powers within us to transform ourselves and others, the idea of artistic inspiration, the alien muse, is destructive and vampirical, Luaxana the cliche lovesick older woman transforms Odo into his most human yet. Did you lot not notice how he transforms himself to a blanket to cover the sleeping Luaxana ever so tenderly? Not every episode has to move the main arc along. Nor can every episode be interpreted literally. A provocative episode far more worth the 43 mins of tv space than that atrocity The Visitor that's got everyone pissing in their pants.
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Icarus32Soar
Sun, Mar 8, 2015, 10:12am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Sword of Kahless

An insult to the great Colicos. Klingons depicted as posturing buffoons not honourable warriors. They find the bat'leth, squabble over it and beam it into space? Gimme a break!
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Icarus32Soar
Sun, Mar 8, 2015, 10:04am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Return to Grace

Fantastic ep, I could watch it on a loop forever. Sexual and dramatic tension betwem Kira and Dukat sizzles on the screen. This is the side of Kira I love not the doe eyed little girl just obeying orders. Great moral themes with Dukat saving his half Bajoran daughter and living with the consequences. Kira becomes her Bajoran mother in the end, a dramatically satisfying resolution because the girl is half Bajoran and it was Kira who dissuaded Dukat from killing her in Indiscretion, another great great episode. Alaimo is awesome, a snake that yet charms and mesmerizes you at the same time.
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Icarus32Soar
Sun, Mar 8, 2015, 9:43am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

Nah! ST does not do courtroom dramas well from Q's stuff in TNG to this Klingon parody. Come to think of it DS9 tends to parody all things Klingon, what was that rubbish in the Sword of Kahless with the great late John Colicos? They find the legendary bat'leth and then they squabble over it and beam it into space? Come on!
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Icarus32Soar
Sun, Mar 8, 2015, 9:23am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Accession

Waste of 43 mins. Stupid premise about the 200 year thing & Sisko was turned into a wuss.The highlight was Kira's bird sculpture. Enough said.
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