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2piix
Mon, Jul 14, 2014, 1:36am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Statistical Probabilities

The mathematical content of the show isn't the point. But let me suggest that the mathematical content was pretty much spot on, at least under a few assumptions.

In particular, comparisons to "chaos" or "the butterfly effect" are not fruitful. The analyses Bashir and the Mutants were doing were more like predicting the climate than predicting the weather. Predicting the climate (i.e., average weather) can be done with high accuracy, even if the weather is varied.

So what are the assumptions? That 24th century humanity has discovered economic and political models that explain shifts in power, and that these have calculable expectations.
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2piix
Sun, Jul 13, 2014, 5:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

I said what I meant. I don't know who "we" is. Sexuality is your urges. Who you are attracted to.

Gender is how you act.

www.med.monash.edu.au/gendermed/sexandgender.html

The episode is literally about gender. They planet is entirely sex-less. They are asexual. But Soren wants to act a certain way. And she CHOSE TO DO SO.
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2piix
Sat, Jul 12, 2014, 4:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Empok Nor

I saw the board game scene very differently. I saw Garak reaching out to O'Brien. It's no secret that O'Brien is wary of Cardassians. Especially because his reputation precedes him. I think Garak was acknowledging that reputation, and offering respect as a fellow soldier. Also, I think Garak was saying "We're not so different. Let's play." This is the same message he was communicating under the influence of the drug, too. The game just got real.
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2piix
Sat, Jul 12, 2014, 9:18am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

As one of those kids who was always ahead of the curve in school, this story makes me sad. I see it as an allegory for the sometimes distasteful role parents have to play to make their children a success, and the sometimes legitimate resentment their children have for being pushed (or even bullied) their whole lives.
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2piix
Fri, Jul 11, 2014, 1:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Body Parts

I'm not so sure it's that complicated. The FCA probably doesn't have jurisdiction, as such, over Quark's bar. Quark "consented" to have his assets taken, because messing with the FCA would cause him and his family huge problems. Think "extraordinary rendition".

Also, we know the Federation lets Quark have a lease for free.

I don't know about taxation. But it's possible that Bajor and the Federation treat DS-9 as a duty free zone (like an airport, for example)
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2piix
Tue, Jul 8, 2014, 3:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Shakaar

Sisko wasn't annoyed at Kira because of what his mission is. Sisko is a diplomat. And so is Kira. They definitely make decisions for DS-9, the Federation, and Bajor but neither of them are really necessary for the daily running of the station. That's what the Chief of Operations is for.
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2piix
Fri, Jul 4, 2014, 3:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Maquis, Part I

This is the episode (or pair, if you count them that way) of Deep Space 9 where the show steps up the drama about three notches, even more so than the much vaunted "moral gray".

I'm not even a huge fan of the Maquis story-line, but this episode establishes the fact that failure is an option for the Federation. Before now, he had hints of continuity, but here, the Sisko effectively fails to find a technological or philosophical solution to the problem between the settlers and the Cardassians. And it has long term ramifications. The reset button is not hit for a long time.
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2piix
Wed, Jul 2, 2014, 7:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Battle Lines

@Yank:

People say Deep Space Nine has superior writing because it has a high quality, long term story line. It's okay if it occasionally falls into a little bit of technobabble.

This is very much unlike Voyager, which hit the reset button constantly. And gave us constant torrents of stupid sounding technobabble.
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2piix
Fri, Jun 27, 2014, 7:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rightful Heir

@William: The leap of faith isn't believing that Clone-Kahless is really Kahless. The leap is believing that he will lead the empire in the way he was designed to, like Kahless. That he has Kahless' purity of heart. His warrior spirit. His sense of honor and duty. That he is a symbol for what Klingons are "meant" to be.
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2piix
Fri, Jun 27, 2014, 4:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Frame of Mind

I never remember the end of this episode, so it always freaks me out.
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2piix
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 1:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part I

This is good enough in terms of drama. I find that sending Picard, the captain of the flagship, of all people stretches credibility. Picard is bad ass, but he's also the captain of the Federation flagship, has access to tons of intelligence, and his loss would represent a huge loss to the Federation.

I can see sending Worf. And a couple of other smart red shirt lieutenants. Or even the Section 31 special forces. But Picard? Crusher?
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2piix
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 11:40am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Quality of Life

Didn't they already do this premise? I've been watching all seven seasons and I seem to remember Data dodging a laser cannon mining drill. And mining. And intelligent life.
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2piix
Tue, Jun 24, 2014, 10:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

This episode works a lot better if you see it as a story about gender instead of sexuality. Gender is a choice, sexuality is biology. Soren wants the freedom to make a choice. Etc.
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2piix
Tue, Jun 24, 2014, 2:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

Picard knows that a line must be drawn. He's unwilling to cross it until he knows that "negotiation" is impossible. He also knows that Lore was able to communicate with the Crystalline Entity. So, it is at least conceivable that he could come to an agreement with the Crystalline Entity: eat planets without humanoid life, for example.

Notice that Picard doesn't negotiate with spatial anomalies and the like. He just destroys them if they're a danger to others (and it's feasible, etc)
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2piix
Mon, Jun 23, 2014, 5:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

@Jack: You say that as though you've read her personality files.

Cheyne's description of the chain of events was accurate. Watch Booby Trap again.

Maybe it's Leah who's the perv? Either way, it's not Geordi's fault that Holo-Leah came on to him. And also, Geordi said goodbye and shut her off the moment that mission was over.
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2piix
Fri, Jun 20, 2014, 3:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Contagion

Where would the dust come from if there's nobody to shed skin on stuff?
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