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Tue, May 8, 2018, 8:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Workforce

Robert Joy's Yerid greatly helped sell this. Great acting and a refreshing break from the almost always cartoonishly simple guest characters.

I almost typed "he was actually doing his job" which is kind of funny, isn't it?
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Mon, Apr 23, 2018, 10:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Future's End, Part II

I really liked how Begley was obliterated with the torpedo. It was kind of funny how he played it "uh oh", but I was also relieved that the torpedo exploding the ship so close to the temporal vortex thing didn't create an explosion of technobabble.

Also, earlier, it was refreshing when the shuttle exploded Begley's lieutenant in the big rig. Something about the setup just seemed like there would be some overwrought naval gazing about killing the dude, but not this time.

Should Begley have been smart enough to raise the shields or whatever on the time machine? Maybe, but intelligence isn't experience (as Spock would say). And also, Begley had had a pretty long run of outwitting Voyager. Eventually he'd start to get cocky or goof or whatever.
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Mon, Apr 23, 2018, 4:26pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Cathexis

I liked it. Though, this comes with me being familiar with Voyager, disappointed back when it first aired, so basically graded on a curve.

I don't recall seeing the balding young officer before, so for a while I assumed he was the villain.

I thought if a Conundrum type plot based on that, like what if in an episode the regular crew were gradually replaced by different actors. Perhaps with a bit of Remember Me as well, with one character being the only one noticing anything.
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Tue, Apr 17, 2018, 7:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: State of Flux

This was pretty solid, though with the problem that the Kazon always came across as embarrassingly cheap Klingon knockoffs. Wtf? They looked like costumes someone out together from a particularly crappy thrift store.

Seska's motivations make a life of sense here... Then she the runs off with the Kazon so that, uh, wtf, made zero sense.

The maddening thing is that had she remained on the ship, she could have been one of those Dr. Smith on Lost in Space or Dr. Baltar in BSG characters, where half the time they are helping you, half the time plotting against you sort of, but still with the goal of getting home etc etc. Think of Seska being a third wheel in the Voyager (Janeway)/Borg adventures, for example.
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Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 9:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Prime Factors

"I don't really understand what this technobabble means, but due to some rather convincing line delivery, when something happens on that weird graphical display, it's very easy to tell when it's good, or when it's very, very bad"

Yup, if there were an academy award for Best Technobabble Scene, the actors here really nailed it.
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Thu, Apr 12, 2018, 9:14pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: The Cloud

Holodeck and power fanwank:

Since the replicator makes actual matter, it probably takes drastically more power than the Holodeck. Like e=mc^2 more power. The holodeck is still just a super fancy projector.

I found the Kim/Paris holo scene waaay too long.

Neelix's rants were pretty funny, and in tv trope parlance, it seemed the writers were lampshading the absurdity of the plot (and many plots to come).
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Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 6:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Time and Again

This episode had lots of bits that raise the rating at least half a star. A couple:

1) Janeway getting clocked in the face

2) Tuvok saying "I feel it is my duty to point out there is absolutely no logical reason to believe Kes is correct. However, since I have no alternative course of action to recommend at this time, I suggest we proceed."

In comical #2, Tuvok is aware he is adding absolutely nothing.

Seems like he's also wrong,. At a minimum, Kes had been shown somehow detecting the cracks in technobabble.
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Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 2:03pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Defiant

Riker's interaction with O'Brien was very smartly written. Miles was the biggest threat of realizing Tom wasn't Will Riker and this little bit of dialog pretty much neutralized Miles. "I have nothing to say to you, O'Brien. I think you know why."

A lesser writer would have had Tom sedate Miles and hide him in a locker somewhere, or something like that.
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Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 11:15am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S6: Memorial

@acd "The transfer of memory was supposed to be voluntary but the memorial was malfunctioning [...] Voyager repaired that part of the memorial and added a failsafe" etc.

Yep, very good point, a few small lines of dialog could so easily have fixed a lot of these problems.

@Skeptical "I'm willing to forgive alien races for doing things which we might think of as horrible because, get this, they're ALIENS. [...]How do we know these people simply don't experience psychic trauma the way we do, and thus don't have to worry about PTSD"

Yep, good point about aliens being alien... It should happen way more than it does.

Also, it's possible the aliens don't even really have long term emotional memories and built the monument for that very reason. They NEED that intensity to remember it.
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Sun, Apr 1, 2018, 2:43am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

When I saw the trailer for this way back when the show first aired, my reaction was an eye-rolling "ugh, sounds incredibly stupid". Voyager was just not wow-ing me at the time.

I didn't watch it until last year, after seeing it pop up in a few lists as being best of Voyager and what not.

It's surprisingly quite good. And yes, the actor did an amazing job. It's absolutely believable he's somehow a merger of the two m
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Mon, Feb 19, 2018, 9:18am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Sacred Ground

I always has a different take on this whole episode--- that the entire thing was contrived, perhaps even starting with Kes's initial injury.

It was quite clear the aliens had Janeway's number right from the get-go, and it was also made amply clear they were quite technologically advanced. Perhaps they had even heard of Voyager already before it arrived.

Voyager and Janeway often have way more than a little quasi-Ugly American "walk around like we own this quadrant" attitude and certainly Janeway's "I'll just do your little endurance ritual thing" is extremely condescending.

If the entire setup was contrived, that makes the repeated "it's all meaningless" even more on the nose. Certainly it seems like a possible lesson and I would bet that Janeway pondered this event many times later on.

So I'm suggesting ultimately that the aliens simply cured Kes and protected Janeway when she carried her up the temple.
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Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 3:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Seventh Season Recap

I watched the first few seasons of Voyager during their original broadcast but mostly stopped. It just seemed like lightweight rehashed TNG. And ways in which it differed, like the Seska episodes... silly, absurd, and soap opera in the worst ways. Meanwhile it all but completely chucked any real use of the premises.

But some part of the Voyager disdain was simply franchise fatigue.

Rewatching them now, or probably 2/3 for the first time, it's not so bad, since I know what to expect and that it ain't really going anywhere. Now I can pull up a random episode and enjoy it as a lightweight TNG.
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Fri, Oct 13, 2017, 7:32pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Eye of the Beholder

Not the best evar episode, but for the Senioritis 7th season, not so bad at all.

As others have said, Troi actually having a task that matches with her actual talents was nice.

But, the Worf/Riker "Worf, you sound like a man who's asking his friend if he can start dating his sister" scene was golden and fitting and gets it up to a 3*** imho.
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Tue, Oct 10, 2017, 8:59pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Peak Performance

William B: "this episode ends up foreshadowing the much larger-scale "Riker vs. Picard" showdown that features as a part of "The Best of Both Worlds," in which Riker is again overpowered and facing Picard, and somehow has to succeed against a superior foe. I think that episode is a continuation of and answer to this one"

That's a very interesting point, the parallels are striking, and I agree it likely was more serendipitous than planned.
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Mon, Oct 9, 2017, 8:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: First Contact

I always liked how sarcastically Picard said the lines "In my century, we don't succumb to revenge. We have a more evolved sensibility."

He KNOWS he's full of it and doesn't care.
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Mon, Oct 9, 2017, 7:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Justice

I actually liked Justice and considered it the first good episode with anything serious to ponder. It's definitely flawed though. Perhaps the most glaring is the omission of Picard's history with the Crusher family-- Picard having sent Jack Crusher where he died... and there was a very real possibility it was going to happen again, this time with Wesley.

They most annoying thing to me was Picard's absolute obsession with discussing the (supposed) problem with the Prime Directive... the aliens learned everything Data knew, but there are untold thousands of laws and tiles and it's entirely possible the aliens would not have even realized it.

It also seems like the Edo God would help in this situation. The one Edoan says "we cannot allow ignorance of the law to be a defense" may well make sense for people in that society who have had years to learn it, but for a guest who has merely visited for a couple hours? This is an absurdly child like understanding, and even a dangerous one-- what if a Cardassian or Klingon ship visited and one of their people killed for a ridiculous reason?

Oh, and Tasha was absolutely incompetent here for failing to discover the punishment for crimes.
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Mon, Oct 9, 2017, 4:01am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Time Squared

Picard killed the duplicate Picard because he was boarding the shuttle and about to leave. Killing P2 was the most direct action he could take up to that point to ensure the cycle didn't repeat. A shot in the dark to some degree, to be sure.
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Wed, Oct 4, 2017, 9:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Conspiracy

Watch carefully... Picard is chatting with Beverly up until he goes into the room for dinner... and on the ship, that's when Riker gets out of bed and freaks out Beverly...

Seemingly fives minutes or so pass (if that) and Riker has arrived with his fake alien gill, that even passes inspection.

So in the space of under five minutes, Riker and Beverly have concocted this plan for Riker to pretend to be compromised and Bev puts in that fake gill... That seems a bit unrealistic....
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Wed, Oct 4, 2017, 9:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: Home Soil

The opening sequence where the Director REALLY REALLY REALLY doesn't want visitors, and Troi tells Picard that he's hiding something and is panicky about having visitors...


That the Director was having a big ol' orgy with the female technician (or even the entire staff) would also explain the situation.

Especially considering the reason for his panic wasn't really ever firmly established.

That would also explain why the female technician is EXTREMELY gracious upon the Enterprise crew arrival... it smacks of over compensation.

Anyway, it did look kind of goofy when Captain and company were in sickbay bent over staring at the life-form, but it nevertheless seemed like the way real people would act.
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Fri, Sep 29, 2017, 1:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Scientific Method

Definitely a solid 3.

The narrative did sort of "jump around", but it seemed to (mostly) genuinely flow like something really occurring.

A good example, when Seven started the engineering modifications, Tuvok detected it and went to stop her, armed. Unsurprisingly, he didn't buy into Seven's "trust me" and so Seven grabbed the phaser which we already knew could be used to reveal the aliens. Way better than the instant technobabble solutions the show comes up with far too often.

Seven touring the ship to find the aliens was very creepy.

And the Doctor's/Torres's discovery of the tiny microchip on the DNA was done well. Then when they started getting close, she was knocked out and the Doctor almost deleted.

Definitely could nit pick all over the place, but still a great episode.
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Thu, Sep 28, 2017, 3:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Jetrel

The ending technobabble experiment was a ridiculous notion.

BUT, considering how it kind of seemed to be partially working after one attempt, seems like it just might be worth spending more time on?
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Wed, Sep 27, 2017, 5:52pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Emanations

With regard to Ptera's transporter "accident", did anybody else think Janeway was relieved that they got rid of that uncomfortable little problem? They certainly didn't try hard to re-revive her, like perhaps having the doctor look at her.

Not a bad episode really.
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Sat, Sep 9, 2017, 10:32am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S1: Phage

I kept wondering why they didn't do what the guy in Alien wondered: "Why don't they freeze Neelix?" We've of course seen various forms of suspended animation and more going all the way back to at least Space Seed.

Of course had it been mentioned, it would have been summarily shot down with a line of technobabble.
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Fri, Sep 8, 2017, 7:23am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Mortal Coil

Yanks: '"Great Forest" [...] Guiding Tree? ... preamble to Avatar here?'

Whoah... Avatar crossed my mind as well, but not from the tree stuff... During the vision quest, when Neelix's sister "dies", the forest changes from day to night and the way everything was glowing along with the animals sounds strongly reminded need of Avatar when Neytiri drenched Jake's torch and it got dark then Jake started seeing everything differently.


One thing the episode veered close to doing but mostly avoided was making Neelix's quest "comical" in the way Trek typically handles Ferengi. I credit Ethan Phillips' stellar acting with keeping this all "real", so to speak.
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Fri, Sep 8, 2017, 12:19am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: Mortal Coil

Agreed, the episode was sluggish until the last act which is some of the finest acting and writing of Voyager. They really knocked it out of the park wrt any Trek.
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