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Sun, May 24, 2020, 1:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Resolutions

I'm with those that rate the episode better than Jammer did.

It also has the return of one of my pet peeves - naming something with a planetary adjective and a terrestrial noun.

If the fruit/vegetable Janeway is planting is indigenous to Talax, it is not a tomato. Call it whatever word they do on Talax...a word that almost certain has an "x" in it.

They've done it already... they called the staple in Neelix's kitchen " Leola root", instead of "Talaxian beet".
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Grace Clyde
Sat, May 23, 2020, 1:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Strange New World

My only real problems with this episode was some of the exaggerated acting from the cast - specifically from Connor Trineer, who became one of my favorites, ironically; and the narrative's failure to have Archer realize that his initial approach to the planet was rather careless.
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Mon, May 18, 2020, 11:31am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

@Trent, glad I am not the only one who found the stuff at the end (with Picard “dying” and Data dying) really weak.

@OTDP, I agree with you that AI is still sentient if it is complex enough—that it doesn’t have to be formed from the same physical components as our brains.

Relatedly, two recent science fiction series I have really enjoyed are Devs on Hulu and Upload on Amazon.
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Mon, May 18, 2020, 5:32am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Drone

8,000 cubic kilometers per hour, lol. Hard to imagine they would need to bother moving the ship. The edge of the nebula is almost certainly approaching them slower than an old man using a walker. Probably slower than a snail.

But I did really like this episode, and the ending really “gave me all the feels” in a way that rarely happens with Trek (“Inner Light” and “City on the Edge of Forever” come to mind, not that this episode is necessarily quite in that stratospheric company).

I did initially see it the way @Nick did, though: “Janeway should have aborted the drone fetus in a heart beat”. But my feelings about it evolved along with Seven’s, and I was tearing up right with her when One died.
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Sun, May 17, 2020, 4:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

I'm with Iceman on this one. Aggressive, "I can believe what I want" nonsense in relation to a theory generally backed by actual experts, quoting from possibly one of the least credible sites I've seen. Big whoop, someone from Coventry University doesn't believe in evolution. And they're a credible academic. Do you know how academics there are out there? That you've managed to dig one or two out that don't believe in evolution as a theory means absolutely nothing. It's like the climate change deniers that dig out a scientist who doesn't believe in anthropomorphic climate change and go "SEE! SEE! This respected expert says it isn't true, that totally counters your 99.9% of ALL OTHER EXPERTS who say it is!".

You're entitled to believe what you want. But you're sure as hell going to come off as a monumental jerk if you insist flimsy evidence isn't actually flimsy, and get angry about someone calling you on bad logic.
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Grace Clyde
Thu, May 14, 2020, 10:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Best of Both Worlds, Part I

Why did the Borg pursue the U.S.S. Enterprise-D in order to snatch Captain Jean-Luc Picard? Why? Why did the Borg snatch and assimilate ONLY Picard?

Some “TREK” fan claimed that the Borg believed the Federation and Humanity was different from any past target. But he dismissed that and insisted that the Borg needed Picard to learn everything about the Federation and Starfleet.

One, how did the Borg come to the conclusion that there was something unique about Humanity and the Federation that made them difficult to be assimilated? I

And two, why assimilate only ONE MAN of a crew of 1,000-6,000 individuals to gather information about the Federation? The Borg could have easily assimilated the entire Enterprise crew, their families and information from the ship’s computer in order to gain information about the Federation. In fact, the Borg had learned much about Humanity due to its first encounter with the Enterprise-D in Season Two’s “Q Who?”.

The more I think about “The Best of Both Worlds” the less it makes sense to me.
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Grace Clyde
Thu, May 14, 2020, 10:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Best of Both Worlds, Part II

I think "The Best of Both Worlds - Parts 1 & 2" is overrated. It's entertaining, but it lacks a great deal of logic in its portrayal of the Borg.
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Amy Jackson
Sun, May 10, 2020, 11:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

I may have commented on this before, who knows ... but I just watched the episode, and discovered that the Borg Queen was right ... kinda sorta ...

"Captain Janeway is about to die. If she has no future, you will never exist, and nothing that you have done here today, will happen."

Assuming nothing else changes, as soon as Voyager makes it home, after only a seven-year journey, Admiral Janeway's motives for going back in time disappear, and she never does.

- Tuvok is able to get treated.
- Seven and Chakotay are able to get married.
- Be'lanna and Tom still have their child.
- The crew as it is seven years on, gets home.

But therefore there is no reason for Admiral Janeway to be angst-ridden enough to go back in time to help Voyager get home. The only way this works is if we say that besides all of the Adm. Janeway interference, that the Voyager crew could have done the deed themselves, and they simply did. The only thing Adm. Haneway contributed was the damage to the Borg, which could be bypassed ...

Just some ramble-thoughts.

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Toph in Blacksburg
Sun, May 10, 2020, 4:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II

“My question is whether the Defiant could really be this invincible. If Starfleet sent a dozen ships after the Defiant, I don't care if it's from a century in the future; it's weapons are not so much more advanced that this one ship could go up against an army and win.”

Viewing from history, I can definitely see how the Defiant would be virtually invincible against any counterpart that the 22nd century could offer.

Take a look back at the history of battleship development from the start of the 20th century to 1944. Until the advent of the Dreadnought very early in the 20th, battleships were a mixed armament that at the time was deemed the cusp of military naval technology.

Once the Dreadnought came along, or previous vessels were relegated to the status of obsolete, so much so that any vessel predicting the Dreadnought was labeled a pre-Dreadnought.

Size also matters. The average battleship even in the early dreadnought era was around 20,000 tons, mounting guns in the 12 to 14 inch range with relatively slow reload times and weak optical targeting methods. The Iowa, by comparison, was nearly 50,000 tons, mounted 16 inch guns, and enough speed to steam circles around it’s aged compatriots. Iowa also mounted far better targeting and rangefinder technology compared to battleships only 20 to 30 years older than she.

So I have no problem seeing how Defiant could slice and dice the very best that the 22nd century had to offer in the mirror universe
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Tony Macaroni
Sun, May 10, 2020, 3:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Regeneration

Love the continuity this episode sets up. I feel the errors can be best brushed aside when you think about it like this. Enterprise doesnt necessarily take place before TNG, DS9, etc, but on a slightly different timeline changed by their fairly frequent visits to the past which probably changed a few things here and there, e.g First Contact.
The music and direction in this one were stellar, and I feel we have to give John Billingsley some major credit for his performances as Phlox, every episode he's superb, here he conveys the fear and confusion of borg conversion extremely well, he may be my favourite Trek doctor.
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Sun, May 10, 2020, 9:16am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Peak Performance

Did anyone else notice the drool drip out of Armin Shimerman's mouth at 36:51? Thank goodness for the TNG HD upgrade.
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Tue, May 5, 2020, 2:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Turnabout Intruder

I have to laugh at the SJW who call sexism because Starfleet doesn't have female captains. Hello, the Federation is a MILITARY organisation. In all societies in all ages, it's men who go to war, with a few capable and heroic women thrown in, but nevertheless, a man's business. Because women are smaller and weaker and many many many of them prefer a comfortable home and children, to going off to dangerous and possibly fatal expeditions. Besides, we want people promoted due to capabilities not due to gender, to fill out quotas. Everybody who thinks the military would benefit from more women (by the way, I am one) should watch Redonkulous Can't Cut the Mustard on Youtube.
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Tue, May 5, 2020, 1:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Elaan of Troyius

I was reminded of this woman with The Final Frontier, did anybody else notice the similarity between this actress and the woman they met in the prison camp?
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Tony Macaroni
Mon, May 4, 2020, 4:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Stigma

I found it strange that the delicately handled AIDS metaphor was in the same episode as a goofy sexual subplot, even featuring some remarkably unsubtle innuendos.
All in all this is a strange one, it feels like a script that was rejected during the first season of TNG for being too sensitive then dusted off fifteen years later by which time it was well past it's well by date when it comes to relevance. That's not to say HIV is no longer an issue, nor was it not back in '03, but one would expect a series of this era to perhaps tackle themes of terrorism or surveillance, remember, it was only the year after this when they were parodying the reaction in Team America, which was ironically a lot more pertinent to then current events than Enterprise was up to this point.
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Sun, Apr 26, 2020, 9:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Night

I enjoyed this quite a bit. But I knew someone was going to comment on this:

“Why did the holodeck have a blackout too? LOL.”

That’s definitely a bit silly, but I was willing to just go with it.
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Toph in Blacksburg
Sat, Apr 25, 2020, 4:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: Titan A.E.

Wow. 20 years and no comments?

I guess I will get the ball rolling then. Agree fully this is a 2.5 star movie. Jammer pretty much nails this review on the head. Some fantastic 3-D visuals but a lackluster to the story. Still, I do enjoy watching it from time to time.
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Thu, Apr 23, 2020, 4:21am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Arena

"Arena" is a classic, and the best part is, having seen this episode then watching Galaxy Quest. When the captain is fighting the Rock Monster, Guy shouts, "Can't you make a rudimentary lathe?" and I lost it, too funny.
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Tue, Apr 21, 2020, 8:48am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Hope and Fear

Harsh review! I liked this one a lot. 3.5 stars.
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Fri, Apr 3, 2020, 3:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

"I would have preferred if the big reveal of this super advanced AI that is awaiting a call was more like Lorien from B5 ; a cerebral answer of someone who has evolved beyond even the most advanced beings; than a faceless action figure bent on destroying the universe through a summoning portal."

Oh, agree x1000. But then, B5 was actual sci-fi and not action/adventure like PIC. And I find that sadly, it validates what Kurtzmann is doing that all we need to want to tune in each week is that it's new and is called Star Trek. Because despite all the crap we sat through for 10 hours, most of us WILL watch the next season.
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Thu, Apr 2, 2020, 1:01am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: One

I liked this episode, but I had a hard time not feeling like they should have just taken the extra 11 months to go around the nebula.

My favorite scenes were the bookends of Seven asking the holodeck crewmembers blunt personal questions in rapidfire succession, and then connecting with them hesitatingly but more effectively in real life at the end, and showing some vulnerability. I hope this is character development that will not be erased by the dreaded Voyager Reset Button.

Of course the Doctor was great as always. I found it funny that no one ever commented on the irony of his lecturing Seven about tact. It’s true that at this point he does better at that than she does, but this is a low bar and he is not the ideal teacher.

I do not believe the alien was real, but I do think Tom actually crawled out of his pod at least once (the first time we saw — clearly the last couple were hallucinations). Otherwise you have to believe that Seven was hallucinating some of the Doctor’s lines as well, and that she told a falsehood at the end.
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Thu, Apr 2, 2020, 12:32am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

You guys (including Jammer) are making me feel really lonely here! I thought the epilogue with Data was the worst part of the episode and one of the worst parts of the whole season. Dull, maudlin, implausible, and morally bankrupt. But then I was never a huge fan of Data’s character to begin with. Give me Spock, Tuvok, or even Isaac from the Orville any day.
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Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 9:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Wait, are we sure Narissa is dead? On the SDMB, someone pointed out that she was shown throughout the season to have a personal transporter to get her out of jams. Seven/Annika should have used the disintegration method she employed earlier in the season!
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Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 7:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Which episodes were solely written by Chabon?
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Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 7:03am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

I did not like the epilogue. I really hate the trope about immortality being a bad thing.

But I thought the main part of the episode was well done in a middling classic Trek kind of way, and in fact all of it — good and bad — was very representative of the sort of median level of Trek over the years. Even if it didn’t approach the level of the best episodes or movies, it was also significantly better than the worst ones, and it just seemed much more recognizably *of* the franchise than virtually anything we have seen for the past decade or more.

2.5 stars, and I look forward to next season not quite eagerly but amiably.
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Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 5:46am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

That was pretty intense.

It’s not entirely original, of course. We have seen variations of this in BSG, the Terminator movies, even “The Orville”. And for that matter, when Patrick Stewart is arguing with the leader of the synthetics, it’s highly reminiscent of his debates with Ian McKellen’s Magneto in a different universe with some parallels between synthetics and mutants.

But it was all very well done. And one thing I really liked about it, that others may feel betrays the spirit of Star Trek, is how we got various inversions of what had seemed good and bad, but it wasn’t just a random twist for twist’s sake. It all tracks logically with what we have seen. It’s pretty wild to think that Picard’s big noble quest is starting to look very questionable as to its actual nobility, and that in saving Soji he may have condemned billions or trillions of organics to death.

The other aspect of this twist is that the Romulan “bad guys” kind of seem like they had the right idea! And they did plant the seeds. I commented on the last episode that Rios kind of had a point when he noted that it was a little scary how Soji took over his ship.

I wrote the above before receiving any comments or the review. I see now that both are generally negative, which is too bad. I thought this episode was quite good, 3.5 stars and possibly the best of the season.

Now, on to the exciting conclusion!
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