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tanstaafl
Wed, Aug 12, 2020, 12:18am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

Well, I watched this episode for the first time since it aired because, uh, over on Slickdeals there was a discussion thread about the TNG movie bluray collection being on sale, and somehow the comments in the thread became about Troi, to which a commenter suggested that Troi fans should watch Man of the People. Okay, I suppose you see a lot of Troi in this episode, but other than that it was a very boring episode and I could hardly sit through the whole thing.
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Eric Saavedra
Thu, Jul 9, 2020, 11:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Chimera

Great show but one of my complaints here is how much the changelings can take different forms. Seriously?? Fog and fire?? How can they give off heat and light as fire without losing mass? Also in the opening scene when Lass was bigger than the shuttle or when Odo becomes as small as a bird in other episodes. They should have limited the changelings to physical sizes comparable to their volume and not be able to become “energy forms” such as fire.
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Eric Saavedra
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 7:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Afterimage

Worf really got on my nerves in this one, especially in the Dr Bashir scene. Seriously, why isn’t this guy ever charged with assault and removed from Starfleet. It’s not the first time he puts his hands on a fellow officer. Everyone always tries to appease Worf and and all the Klingons. In fact, I hate the Klingons. The only one I liked was Martok, and even he got my nerves occasionally.
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Eric Saavedra
Thu, Jul 2, 2020, 10:44am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Business as Usual

Lol how many time must Quark be in financial trouble. I guess he isn’t a good businessman. He doesn’t even pay rent or maintenance.
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Eric Saavedra
Thu, Jul 2, 2020, 12:08am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

Rewatching this now and Dr. Bashir really got on my nerves here. He was being extremely rude to his father.
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Aaron
Tue, May 5, 2020, 12:49am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Hope and Fear

I thought "Hope and Fear" was one of the better VOY episodes in that it least had some sci-fi moral tension befitting classic trek - that Voyager has created havoc in the Delta quadrant & Janeway's decisions had significant ripple effects. It's one of the few times the writers forced Janeway to come face-to-face with negative consequences of what she's done.

The acting in this one was better than usual from the principals, there were at least two good scenes between Seven and other characters, and the actor who played Arturis was good.
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Aaron
Mon, Apr 6, 2020, 12:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Dreadnought

I thought this was one of the best all time Voyager episodes. The only thing that bugged me was...if these missiles were so great, why didn't we see them all the time? Cardassian ships are considered to be slightly inferior to Federation ships...so why should a missile many times smaller than a standard Cardassian ship have such superior shielding and weapons (not even counting its warhead which apparently can take out a small moon).

To me an interesting plot twist would have been if Cardassian had instead modified large asteroids to crash into enemy planets. Perhaps engines would have been embedded and hidden in the asteroids to make them more deadly. That would have been much more sneaky and logical to attempt.
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Aaron
Mon, Apr 6, 2020, 12:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Meld

Not a fan of this episode. Hollywood loves to portray murderers as robots that kill without reason...but in reality almost all murderers have very specific reasons. Usually it is a distorted sense of protection or justice.

The truly psychotic who actually kill for no reason are extraordinary rare and would not have been as stable and eloquent as Suder was...they would have been disjointed, arrogant, and perhaps with a twisted sense of humour. The motive part of the story just seemed to cliche for me.

Tuvoc going mad didn't work for me either. It was too one-dimensional, boring and predictable (like most going mad stories). Tim's acting wasn't top notch...he could have varied his cadence more, used more eye movement, vocal inflections, arm movement etc...even when emotional he came off as robotic. What bugged me was that Tuvoc was only suppressing violent emotions, when in reality vulcons suppress all emotions. Tuvoc losing control should have been more varied and not simply being turned into a robotic killer.
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Aaron
Mon, Apr 6, 2020, 12:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Threshold

This episode wasn't THAT bad. The concept of breaking the Warp 10 barrier was cool as was the concept of occupying all points in space at once.

What hurt the episode were the middle acts where the focus is on Tom suffering from his transformation. It's too simplistic and boring...it also seemed like a horror cliche. Had the transformation to a lizard man happened much faster, it would have been a much better episode. We don't need to see Tom spit out his tongue...

The show missed a big opportunity not to keep Tom/Janeway's lizard kids on board. They could have been pets and the source of many interesting future stories. TNG had spot...Voyager could have had lizard kids.
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Aaron
Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 3:52am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

I really, really liked that episode. I was happy that it was a bit longer and slowed down the pace a bit. I’m glad that all of the “good guys” shared their knowledge and got on the same page.
It was great to see some more of Rios’ background.
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Aaron
Wed, Jan 29, 2020, 6:18am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: The Battle

@SkepticalMI it's 6 1/3 years since your comment but your point about Dr. Crusher really bothered me too on my most recent viewing.

I would have loved to hear Dr. Crusher mention Jack at least once, or have some emotional reaction to the Stargazer.

Even Picard's reaction to a ship that he commanded for 20 years and spoke in "Relics" about being his first true love is overly subdued and lacking - but then, he did have a headache :D

Also to @Jason R's point about the log not holding up for any length of time. That kind of bugged me on my most recent viewing, too. Why did Bok bother trying?

Still, the eerie quality of Picard's flashbacks kinda work for me. It might have something to do with me first seeing this episode when I was about 6 or 7. It was very spooky and it stuck with me!
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Maaz
Sun, Dec 1, 2019, 4:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Survival Instinct

I liked this episode in the way it showed the Borg regaining their old selves when they are seperated from the Collective. They can't just group link when they are away from the hive mind, it would be silly to think that individual drones could communicate with the collective from light years away and maintain the hive mind.

If the central transmitter (for lack of a better word) is lost from a cube or sphere, the drones become lost. The Collective has trillions, possible quadrillions of drones. A few lost here and there means nothing, they aquire billions from every assimilation.

The desperation of the drones, (as seven says they've done from white noises of many to the clear thoughts of 3) as they try everything to get peace is tragic in its ending. And the guilt plays on Seven.

The only thing about this is they should have had the Bajoran stay for a couple of episodes as a guest star. Like Ransom's crew, just to show that everything wasn't forgotton but neither were.
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Aaron Edwards
Sat, Oct 26, 2019, 4:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

An ambitious misfire, this film is the closest to Gene Roddenberry’s vision but also one of the more boring entries in the series. The film desperately wants to be the Star Trek version of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but ends up feeling lost and ponderous. Skipping it wouldn’t hurt your viewing experience, but if you like ambitious and existential sci-fi you might find some enjoyment here.
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Tanstaafl
Fri, Aug 2, 2019, 11:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Search, Part II

The Federation is faced with an overwhelmingly superior adversary with easy access to the Alpha quadrant. Why the founders just let the crew go home at the end is nonsensical, because the obvious thing for the Federation to do is to blow up the wormhole. But then the series is over, isn’t it? The changeling leader says maybe she’ll visit Odo, but it is evident from the mind control bs that the crew is willing to blow up the wormhole. Yet the leader doesn’t give this a second thought because she knows that the writers can’t allow Sisco to blow up the wormhole because that would end the series. That’s the cop out and it’s why this whole plot line never should have started.
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Tanstaafl
Fri, Jul 26, 2019, 10:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Collaborator

Glad some folks enjoyed the episode. I’m always happy when Nana Visitor has a big role. But man, what a boring episode, and I hate the vision sequences, which remind me too much of 7th season TNG.
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Tanstaafl
Thu, Jun 27, 2019, 9:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Invasive Procedures

Generally I agree with Jammers reviews or I’m close but this episode is a real stinker. Quark sabotages the airlock to let Klingons take over the station? A female antagonist strong enough to kick Kira’s butt but so weak she pines for mr wimpy bad actor and will do anything for him? A plot so predictable I, a bad writer, could have written acts 2 and 3 in my sleep? Come on this is zero or one star.
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Tanstaafl
Wed, May 15, 2019, 10:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Emissary

Picard’s dialogue doesn’t suit his character. The only time he seems like Picard is when Patrick Stuart is reacting silently; he’s a great actor. OTOH, Jennifer is so badly acted that it ruins my suspension of disbelief—similar to the dude who plays Michael Burnham’s boyfriend on STD.
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Tanstaafl
Sun, May 12, 2019, 10:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

So many comments! Mine, briefly: 1. Shouldn’t have killed Sisko. 2. Paghwraith stuff was idiotic. 3. Good to end with Kira, a hall of fame Trek character. 4. Finally, thanks to everyone who made this show, which is fine and enduring entertainment.
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Tanstaafl
Thu, May 9, 2019, 10:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Extreme Measures

What have you done with Spock’s brain?
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Tanstaafl
Wed, May 8, 2019, 10:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Tacking into the Wind

Great episode. And they’ve brought the main characters back to center stage where they belong; too often in season 7 they’ve been pushed aside.
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Tanstaafl
Thu, Apr 25, 2019, 11:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Prodigal Daughter

So, the wife of the guy O’Brien befriended as a spy just so happened to be killed by the brother of the woman who received Dax—a troubled soul driven to murder by his mother. Talk about manufacturing a plot. This is DS9 meets Days of Our Lives.
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Tanstaafl
Wed, Apr 24, 2019, 11:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: It's Only a Paper Moon

@ William B,
Although there is some debate about the meaning of the last act of Shane, it is not about an indestructible gunfighter. Indeed, the book makes it pretty clear that the opposite is true. Although the ds9 episode reveals the ending of the movie, I still highly recommend Shane as a great American movie, and the book is also excellent.
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Tanstaafl
Sun, Apr 21, 2019, 10:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

Above average for season 7. Not boring, but not 4 stars. The “war is he**” theme has been done so well in so many places that there is nothing new or insightful here, nor does it advance the characters or story arc. I enjoyed seeing Sisko kick butt; he is the Trek captain most like Kirk. Other than that—well, I already know that war is he** and don’t need a bunch of red shirts to tell me again.
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Aaron Yorgaosn
Sat, Apr 13, 2019, 2:50am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 1

@Booming

Its not a paradox its a loop, just like in Mission:Earth when the Enterprise was supposed to have been involved all along. You saw the scene. You know what she got out of it. I'm not saying you have to like it, but it does explain how Sarek knew where to be and when. Just like with all the other 4 Red angel appearances that lead the Discovery this season.
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Aaron Yorgaosn
Sat, Apr 13, 2019, 2:18am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S2: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 1

@Booming

Future Burnham has been moving along a process of setting up events to achieve whatever final goal she desires in response to events which occured in her past. One of these events is saying goodbye to her parents on the Discovery before heading to the future, which is in her past but current Burnham's future. Sarek and Amanda make the journey because Michael asks them to because she remembers needing their support for what she's going to be doing. Its really simple time travel mechanics.
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