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Mpondaj
Tue, Sep 29, 2020, 3:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Ship in a Bottle

Cheers William B. On your point, I had a further thought that perhaps, initially, Moriarty gave it a go to see if the crew really could get him off the holodeck. If it worked, great, if not, he had at least tried and coincidentally, ended up with a load of new experiences to explore. Life, if you will, for a holodeck character.
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Mpondaj
Tue, Sep 29, 2020, 11:20am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Ship in a Bottle

Summary - it's about reality and fiction and knowing which is which and when it's time to get back to the real world:

Moriarty's chat with Barclay -"Tell me lieutenant, if you loved a woman such as this, would you be content to leave her on the holodeck?". Moriarty's been trapped on the holodeck for 4 years - he knows EXACTLY what Barclay's been up to in there.

The ending - Moriarty knows he's still on the holodeck. I just can't see him falling for the same trick he pulled on the crew. I think he just wanted to give the countess "life" by letting her think they'd escaped to the real world. If my theory is correct, then in a way, he did become more than his original programming by releasing the crew and going against the evil character he was originally written to be. 4 stars.
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Mpondaj
Tue, Sep 29, 2020, 9:38am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Sub Rosa

This is total crap. As Arnold Rimmer might have said " I consider it an insult to my buttocks that I had to sit and watch that". I could have gone with the "nudge-nudge, wink-wink" hooky Gothic stuff but it's the fact that senior members of the crew suddenly become complete imbeciles that annoys me (and my buttocks). Troi is ok with someone getting off on their grandmother's porn diary, Picard let's Bev resign and beam off the ship while dressed in tweed. Nobody listens to Groundskeeper "Dinnae goo to the hoose lass, and dinnae light the candle!!" Willie. Man this was bad. Makes ST:Ent look like Shakespeare.
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Mpondaj
Tue, Sep 29, 2020, 9:02am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Mad Idolatry

As Norvo said - this is a mish-mash of TNG's Who Watches the Watchers, DS9's Meridian and Voyager's Blink of an Eye. And it doesn't hold a candle to any of them. Considering WWTW was made 30 years ago that is damning. Move along - nothing to see here.
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majerus
Mon, Aug 3, 2020, 2:01am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

@Susie Rose
Hoping your plans work with Lower Decks. I was excited for it too until I heard it's not available outside U.S.A. I don't know where you are and if that's an issue. I'll have to wait until it's available on this side of the Atlantic. Regarding the new shows, try Picard first because you and your spouse could answer any questions your twins may have about past characters. Borg and Romulans show up, as well as Data, Hugh, and Seven (not in a testosterone-y way either). Watch TNG's Measure of a Man and last TNG film Nemesis for a refresher. DIS is related to the TOS era and the Klingons, I didn't like it much personally. I'll even go as far as to say that the first season is dismal. Picard's first season is heaps better. When all is said and done however, DS9 is the one with the best shot at turning them into certified Trek fans. Good luck.
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majerus
Sat, Jul 25, 2020, 4:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

New show set in the Star Trek universe from the same guy who is a longtime Trekkie and who created Solar Opposites? I'll be tuning in thank you very much. No need to see the trailer.
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MAJERUS
Mon, May 25, 2020, 11:14am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

@ODTP
Sorry you see my post as ironic. I had no beef against either of you and made a neutral observation. I stand by it. This is the most I have written on any given episode on this site. I don’t plan to keep up with your rate of writing. Sorry for this second interruption. I promise it’s the last anyone’ll hear from me for a while.

@Mertov
Sorry to you too but I don’t have time to go up and check messages and I don’t care that much really.
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MAJERUS
Mon, May 25, 2020, 9:00am (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

@Mertov
If it’s merely about ODTP like you say then why don’t you stop wasting everyone’s time on a public review site? I don’t think anyone is following what y’all are saying to each other anyway. I personally stopped caring after the first few posts.

@ODTP
Mertov is not wrong about one thing. I discovered Jammer’s reviews site when Enterprise aired, I wrote a few times under different names years ago. I didn’t like DISCO and stopped watching it after the first few episodes and I didn’t like PICARD but I watched because it was only 10 episodes. Sorry to say but I even got tired of reading your predictable comments. “Kurtzman is bad, CBS is evil, nutrek is bad, Star Trek is dead” and now I learn you didn’t watch the shows, but you have more to say about them negatively in volume at least than anyone else. Sorry but that’s preposterous and if you cannot see why it would appear that way to others, I don’t know what to tell you.

@everyoneelse
Sorry for the interruption. I’ll get out of the way now and go back to lurking.

It’s only a TV show people.
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TaraJi
Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 11:27am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Eye of the Beholder

What’s not to love?

It’s darker than the usual TNG. There’s conflict. There’s an interesting eleventh-hour development between two main characters, which manages to be surprising yet oddly familiar, and not forced. There’s Troi Drama which, for some reason, stirs me to empathy rather than irritation.

Best of all, it’s entirely fresh. No ship-in-jeopardy, no negotiations with aliens, no guest-character-wreaks-havoc. I love TNG, but after seeing it reruns for a hundred years, I crave the episodes that are inventive and singular.
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ZachAJ
Thu, Feb 27, 2020, 12:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: PIC S1: The Impossible Box

@Chrome

The impossible box / tan zhekran also reminds me of the device in Nemesis used to unleash thalaron radiation in the Romulan Senate. At least the slow moving opening sequence, if not the puzzle :-)

Anyone else feel that? I am impressed with the deep Trek fan service in this series, very subtle.
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BlackAjah
Wed, Mar 20, 2019, 1:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Project Daedalus

Jammer I really love to come here and love reading your reviews. I also cannot help but scroll through the comments as I love to hear how everyone is analyzing the show. Unfortunately, it's become quite tedious, with certain individuals taking over the forum, posters who can never compromise, never admit they're wrong, and then they give us exasperating long-winded unreadable explanations about why they are so right about everything. I'm assuming after writing this, I'll be accused of being a different poster incognito. I'm not. Just tired of people ignoring your guidelines, and making the entire forum about how brilliant they are, and about how stupid everyone else is for having an alternate viewpoint. I encourage commenters to learn how to agree to disagree quicker, and to try and restrain yourselves from having to make the same claims over and over just because someone disagrees. And all the time references for when something occurred in an episode, to help support points? Who is going to go back and check these times? #tedious Thanks for hearing me out. #MakeStarTrekForumsFunAgain
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Trajan
Fri, Feb 16, 2018, 12:49pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Firestorm

I laughed out loud at the Captain warning them (when searching for the clown) to watch out for balloon animals.

The humour seemed less forced in this one.
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Trajan
Fri, Feb 9, 2018, 1:50pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Cupid's Dagger

@kapages

"f I am invited to a place where my physical voice is considered super sexy and women throw themselves at me, I will not warn them in advance"

What if they throw themselves at you because your voice is so super sexy that they are *unable* to stop themselves?

The Commander went to the lab to tell the blue man that their previous affair was a mistake. She only 'changed her mind' because he'd touched her.

I was a bit 'meh' about the humour (other than the elevator) but the moral questions raised were quite interesting even if, as I suspect, they were merely peripheral when a comedy episode was written and it was just the timing of boadcast that raised awareness.
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Trajan
Mon, Jan 1, 2018, 4:32pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: About a Girl

@Jason R
It's from tribune, the official in the classical world. Strictly, the 'tri' doesn't mean three; originally there were ten tribunes in the Roman system. Standard usage in English law usually implies a bench of three but I, too, have argued before a tribunal of one. I confess I wasn't enrtirely serious in my comment but the greater point is that I dislike attempts to design an 'alien' legal system which then ignores any principle of justice.
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Trajan
Fri, Dec 29, 2017, 1:02pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: About a Girl

I quite liked this one. I particularly like the arguments about it in this thread - good points raised and discussed. Two things occurred to me while watching it:

1 How did it happen that females are reviled? If there is genuinely only one female born every 75 years or so, isn't it also possible that they would be feted by society?

2 It's called a tribunal when there are *three* sitting in judgement, not just when you want something to sound 'legalese'.

No, I'm not commenting on the rest of the legal stuff. I said enough under 'Measure of a Man'.
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Trajan
Fri, Dec 22, 2017, 11:14am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Command Performance

I quite liked this one. More than I liked the pilot, actually. I didn't find the 'rookie' plot too cliched. The Orville isn't the flagship, it's basically a delivery truck so if the top three officers are otherwise engaged, there is an excellent chance that the next in line for command is going to be very inexperienced. I also appreciated that she was so nervous she threw up (I took that as a touch of realism as it wasn't explicitly played for laughs. ) That could be where it distinguishes itself from the Star Trek parent where everyone was generally so heroic about assuming extra responsibilities.

I'm cautiously optimistic.
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Trajan
Fri, Dec 15, 2017, 2:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Old Wounds

The pilot finally aired on Fox in the UK.

It was OK. Good enough to persuade me to watch the next episode, not good enough for me to want to offer loads of comment. I do understand what Outsider65 means and 'm inclined to agree.

I'll see what next week brings.
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Black Ajah
Mon, Oct 16, 2017, 4:19pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Choose Your Pain

@OmicronThetaDeltaPhi

LOL - no worries, I was out of line. I know I can handle this type of situation better (you know, having to defend gays on a forum devoted to the love of a show about how we transcended all of that nonsense and became a better species?). It's truly aggravating, to come here and have to witness such blatant awfulness spouted from fellow Trekkies. Yeah, I think gay bashing in any way should be banned. There comes a point when gay bashing cannot be chalked up to "offering an opposing viewpoint". And in turn others think i should be banned, for standing up for gays. That's fine, but what's gonna happen when the Doctor and Stamets kiss, or have sex, or have a 10-minute scene together in their quarters? I dread the comments on this site I value so much, that I am trying to preemptively put a cease to that now.

I do not tend to use the word "snowflake"; it was only used toward someone who couldn't come up with any conjecture other than to throw at me precisely what I had thrown at someone else (like Trump fans who use the word tend to do; a "I know you are but what am I, or a false equivalent pivot). And then I use the word jerk and then you throw it back at me. See what this close-mindedness from @Brian got us?? No one can think clearly, or originally any more!
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Black Ajah
Mon, Oct 16, 2017, 4:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Choose Your Pain

@Chrome

Infinite diversity in infinite combinations.

I guess that covers homophobes and jerks, too. And therefore I'll try to be more tolerant.

Thank you for clarifying and sorry if I got impatient; the wording of your comment rubbed me the wrong way, and I appreciate you taking the time to explain :)
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Black Ajah
Mon, Oct 16, 2017, 3:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Choose Your Pain

@ HawgWyld

Agreed. You;'re right; I'll try to temper my frustrations with these supposedly progressive and open-minded Star Trek "fans".

But please don't tell me that 2 gays brushing their teeth and talking is an ISSUE. We all know it's not.
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Black Ajah
Mon, Oct 16, 2017, 3:46pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Choose Your Pain

@Rahul

You got me good, snowflake!

So you defend the homophobe and not the one calling the homophobe out. Obvious where your allegiances lie...with the DARK SIDE!!!!!!!!!

Now why don't YOU unsubscribe and not post again? No why don't you?! No..YOU!!!

God maybe you're actually right, Rahul, having to deal with people like you is really exhausting,
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Black Ajah
Mon, Oct 16, 2017, 3:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Choose Your Pain

@Chrome

The gay scene was too long for your "taste"? Noted. I'll tell the writers that all gay scenes must be limited to UNDER the length of time it takes to brush one's teeth. Sorry a guy lovingly putting his hand on his lover's shoulder makes you uncomfortable. Maybe you are gay, and suppressed? Star Trek should, can, and will do better to accommodate your bigoted tastes.

@Brian

Most misguided, intolerable, and damaging thing I've read today:

"Gay scene--sorry, this is not a judgement, just a preference--I don't think gay belongs in Star Trek. It's just annoying. I know there are people out there who live that way and that's fine. But to force it into my living room because I'm a Star Trek fan is beyond annoying. Also, having a romantic couple being already established on the crew is a writing cop-out. The challenge to writing romance is the build-up. If they were truly trying to take a risk, they'd let the relationship evolve naturally during the course of the show. It feels like it was forced into the show by some committee--yea "real" progress."

Sorry, Bri, that IS a judgement, and a piss poor one, at that. Your close-minded, disgusting, and repulsive complaining is unacceptable on a Star Trek forum. How dare your prejudices find there way on to my computer screen in my living room??? It's utterly ANNOYING, and saying it's "just a preference" is the only cop-out here worth mentioning.

Plenty of tv out there without those annoying gays; please unsubscribe and don't post here again.
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Trajan
Tue, Sep 12, 2017, 1:50pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S1: Old Wounds

The show has just been picked up by Fox Channel in the UK. No air dates yet.
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Trajan
Tue, Jul 25, 2017, 1:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

@Chrome

You make a good point. It just seemed to me that although Satie boasts about her prowess she lets her 'team' do all the legal heavy lifting.

There seems to be a lot of precedent in Starfleet (in all series) for putting officers into a courtroom and expecting them to perform as legal officers. I didn't see Satie as being any different- just rather better at raising her profile as a result.
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Trajan
Mon, Jul 24, 2017, 3:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

For those who found Satie's rant difficult to believe, I was once in a real court and saw something similar happen. The accused was defending in person and when his theatrical case was derailed with derision by a (grizzled store detective) witness, he lost the plot. It was hugely entertaining.

Incidentally, has anyone ever had qualms about serving on board with a Betazoid? They don't seem to have any code of ethics about reading your mind as and when it suits them. Is there no general expectation of privacy in Starfleet?
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