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Trajan
Fri, Feb 16, 2018, 12:49pm (UTC -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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 -5)
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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Trajan
Sun, May 21, 2017, 2:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

@Lupe

Pretty sure that's a sub-paragraph of the same regulation!

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Trajan
Thu, May 18, 2017, 2:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

@Lupe

"though, oh, Lord how many times did it happen over the years in Trek?"

LOL. I know! You'd think there would be some kind of regulation to prevent them from interfering, deliberately or accidentally, with a less developed civilisation, wouldn't you? They could call it a Directive of some kind...
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Trajan
Tue, May 2, 2017, 3:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: ANDR S2: Second Season Recap

@Baron Samedi You should receive an award for not only sitting through all of it but actually writing about it, too!

I watched it all when it first aired here in the UK. I don't remember the timeslot but I do know that we only watched later series to poke fun at it after the quality disappeared early. The final season was utterly incoherent, ill conceived, badly acted and very, very funny if you watched it after consuming a few drinks. 'She's who?' 'Why does he look different?' 'Do you want more ice with your scotch?'

All I really know is that the original premise was promising. A ship that's 300 years old but, now retrieved, is the most powerful ship around has changed the balance of power in a universe that's basically run by Chicago gangsters. And the captain is an idealist so what's he going to do? Particularly interesting is that the universe is a big place so while the ship is the biggest and baddest wherever it happens to be, it can't be everywhere at once.

What a waste of a good concept!

Oh, and the other thing I recall is that I was once in a hotel bar in Toronto and one of the staff looked just like Rommie. (It wasn't her!)

I can't think why remembering this programme makes me thirsty...
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Cajun
Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 4:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Course: Oblivion

I liked this episode. 2 and a half stars from me. I felt for the alien crew.
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Cajun
Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 11:14am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Demon

The idea of a planet so hostile that just orbiting it is dangerous, but on which you can safely send guys in slightly modified spacesuits is too much for me to suspend disbelief over right out the gate.
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Cajun
Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 9:19am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Living Witness

The episode really highlights, to me, the main problem with how the Doctor is usually presented. Theoretically such a creature would have a highly fluid concept of individuality. Like Ultron, it should be able to casually clone itself, becoming multiple beings as parts of it lose contact with each other, and refusing into a single being whenever those parts regain contact with each other. I to we to I again, all depending on how good the current 24th century version of the internet connection is.

Yet he is usually written as a single, mortal being who can only be in one individual place at a time, and is therefore relatively mortal. This is pretty much the only occasion in the entire series where his fluidity of individuality is actually acknowledged even partially by the story.
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Cajun
Tue, Feb 28, 2017, 7:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Ex Post Facto

Gotta admit, I liked the wife calling Paris out for being smug about not smoking. Kinda reminded me of Nog telling Jake that "if you don't need money, you certainly don't need mine."
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Cajun
Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 11:44am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: It's Only a Paper Moon

Making Nog illiterate was always dumb, and I'm glad he was retconned smarter. It just doesn't fit what the Ferengi are about. If anything, they would be education obsessed, as the better educated make more money.

A smart Nog also has the side-effect of showing the positive elements of someone being an experienced negotiator. Much better than just using the Ferengi as strawmen.
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Cajun
Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 10:16am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

I tend to think the opposite: that genetic and computer singularities will make whatever exists 300 years from now psychologically unrecognizable to present humans.

The genre is full of improbable conceits. It may well be that we will never exceed lightspeed, for example. It might be just flat out impossible, even to beings millions of times more intelligent than we are. Conversely, genetic engineering has a good chance of absolutely exploding intelligence, as does advances in artificial intelligence.
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Cajun
Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 4:47am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: The Magnificent Ferengi

It does seem very strange that the Dominion would kidnap a Ferengi. Sure, the writers may be play them for laughs, but the Ferengi Alliance are still a species with warships that rival the Federation in technology, and lots and lots and lots of money. If nothing else, the Ferengi could do for the Federation, Romulans, and Klingons what America did for the English and Russians: pouring their enormous wealth and industrial capacity into aid. If the Dominion think making an enemy out of a people with that much money and industrial capacity would be a non-factor simply because the Ferengi are poor warriors on average, they are idiots.
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Cajun
Sun, Feb 26, 2017, 4:07am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

I'm of mixed mind about this episode. On the one hand, the plot holes are huge. Why would a transport ship even have a cloaking-device? This is supposed to be high-end military equipment, the Star Trek equivalent of our sneakiest stealth-bombers and quietest submarines. But a transport ship has one? Wuh? That's like a 747 having stealth-bomber tech, or a cruise-ship that can run as quietly as a military submarine. It's ridiculous.

On the other hand, the plot is really a plot-device to explore Worf's psychology in an uncomfortable and interesting manner.

So I'm not sure how to rate it, as it is a blend of some really good and really bad ideas, rather than something that is good or bad or even mediocre from beginning to end. I guess it averages mediocre, but saying so feels misleading.
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