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Garak
Sun, Sep 26, 2021, 12:58pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S2: Strange Energies

Lower Decks is excruciatingly unfunny (tries too hard all the time), headache inducing in its overbearing chattiness (every talks all the time, way too quickly), too nerdy for its own good even by Trek standards, and really isn't written all too well.

A gigantic failure that should be given the boot, and yet here we are, renewed for Season 3.
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Darth Jack
Sat, Sep 25, 2021, 7:47am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

"I saw the handsome, generous 2.5/5"

Actually it’s 2.5/4. Still pretty bad for a Star Wars. Almost Phantom Menace level mediocrity.
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Starfleet Acting Academy
Fri, Sep 24, 2021, 12:16am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S2: Second Sight

Look. Avery Brooks is an incredible actor. Not blinking is page one in Michael Caine's "acting for film" text book. This episode is trying hard to call back to the weird gothic romance vibes of TOS, and it obviously brings along some pretty icky gender politics. I can't defend that, but I also can't condemn an episode which gives Sisko so many beautiful moments to brood, smile, flirt and giggle. Brooks rules/stuff it, haters.

PS. Kiley's dumb.
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Karl Zimmerman
Thu, Sep 23, 2021, 10:00am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S2: Where Pleasant Fountains Lie

That was a great episode hands down.

The A plot with Mariner, Boimler, and the evil computer voiced by Jeffrey Combs was fantastic. The scope somehow felt epic in a way that Lower Decks seldom manages, there was a nice, somewhat unpredictable twist at the end, and the character interaction was awesome.

The B plot involving Billups being royalty was kinda silly, but I was happy to see a secondary character get a good deal of focus. It provided us with some nice contrasts between Tendi and Rutherford at the end as well - two characters I had issues distinguishing in the first season sometimes.

I especially loved that this episode was basically a straight up drama. Jokes were limited, and memberberries from earlier Trek were almost absent. The show is finally confident enough to stand on its own.
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Barristan
Wed, Sep 22, 2021, 11:21pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Jammer is far kinder to this film than I am, haha. Rarely if ever have I seen so much money spent on a script so terrible. I can't imagine a worse finale to the Star Wars saga.

They should have planned out where the whole trilogy was heading before making Episode VII. And by "they," I mean completely different, actually competent writers.
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Karen
Wed, Sep 22, 2021, 10:50am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: A Matter of Time

@Top Hat

“Is there a concrete example of him stating an actual fact that he can't possibly have been exposed to?”

Well yes, he first mentioned knowing about the Prime Directive which is basically how his con operates. He is aware he can get information without giving it. You’re right that it’s mostly a con though and who can say where he researched what little he actually knows.
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Karen
Tue, Sep 21, 2021, 6:09am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: A Matter of Time

@Tidd

“IF HE IS FROM THE PAST, NOT THE FUTURE, HOW DOES HE KNOW ALL ABOUT THE ENTERPRISE?”

If I remember correctly, the time ship’s computer had information on the Enterprise. It sounded like he read something equivalent to a Wikipedia article before beaming aboard to try and impress the crew with his knowledge. But what he knew was spotty at best.
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Carey
Fri, Sep 17, 2021, 11:02am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Homeward

The only argument against putting the Boraalan's to sleep is that when they woke up, their world would be different.
They had to believe that they were going on a long journey to even make that prospect a little believable.
But, yes, I wholeheartedly agree that the frickin' holodeck door should be locked
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Karl Zimmerman
Thu, Sep 16, 2021, 1:16pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S2: The Spy Humongous

Not a bad episode, but not quite as amazing as last week. As per usual with Lower Decks, I simply don't find the jokes to be all that funny, but the character work is pretty great.

This was the first true Boimler episode, insofar as it treated Boimler not as a punching bag for Mariner, but as his own character with independent agency. His experience with the "red shirts" told us something important about him - he might be eager to impress, but even he has his limits, and he's much more concerned with doing the right thing and helping his friends when push comes to shove. I'm not entirely sure if this is supposed to show his character growth across the show, or to reveal who he has been all along, but either way it works quite well here.

The B plot of the episode was basically about Tendi, allowing Rutherford and Mariner to needle her a bit about her perpetually chipper demeanor. Again, this was a step forward, as like Boimler she ultimately is shown to not just be a cartoon character.

The Pakled stuff was basically C-plot fare to keep the bridge crew busy. It was...fine. Jokes didn't land with me, but I was entertained. I think the issue I have with the Lower Decks humor is it tends to be fairly predictable, while gut-busting humor tends to be more absurdist things that come out of nowhere.
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Barristan
Sun, Sep 12, 2021, 1:46pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S2: An Embarrassment of Dooplers

@Episodenull
Ah, cool. I didn't make it that far in Enterprise. Must be a durable ship if it's still in service over 200 years later! That would be like, what, Napoleonic-era schooners still being in use today?
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Shasarak
Sat, Sep 11, 2021, 5:09am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S2: An Embarrassment of Dooplers

I don't always agree with Jammer, but in this instance he's pretty much spot on. This episode simply isn't funny enough. And the Doopler stuff was especially tiresome. There is sometimes a fine line between "a running joke" and "the same joke repeated over and over", and the Doopler stuff was firmly on the wrong side of that line.

The one joke which actually did make me laugh out loud was when Rutherford and Tendi decide to detonate the model warp core of their model shop to blow open the hatch, complete with having to turn tiny little keys simultaneously.
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Barristan
Sat, Sep 11, 2021, 2:44am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S2: An Embarrassment of Dooplers

Was... was that a Battlestar Pegasus also docked at the station?

It's probably not a good sign when the easter eggs and references are the most notable things in the episode. (Although the Shelby cameo made me happy; it was SUCH a waste that her character was never brought back in the TNG/DS9 era.)
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P'kard
Thu, Sep 9, 2021, 9:27pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: Dagger of the Mind

Agree with Van Gelder being ridiculous. Was acting like he was squeezing out a week-of-eating-nothing-but-cheese turd for 45 minutes. Very sweaty, gross performance
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Karl Zimmerman
Thu, Sep 9, 2021, 8:51am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S2: An Embarrassment of Dooplers

That was a great episode. Easily the best of the season to date, though not quite at Crisis Point levels yet. It really is stunning to me how they manage to fit so much genuine character development into episodes with less than 30 minutes.

First, I loved the fact that this episode stands on its own without significant "memberberries." There were of course callbacks to lots of old Trek (lots of aliens from TAS were seen here) but the central plot elements did not rely upon any established Trek lore or tropes. It was pure Lower Decks, and rested upon the characters themselves.

And what good character work there was here - particularly the end. Boimler and Mariner had a great arc across the episode - arguably the conclusion of an arc which began with the first episode. Their relationship has transformed from one where Boimler is basically Mariner's punching bag to one where they both can admit they are genuinely fond of one another and show some vulnerability. Indeed, for the first time I detected a tiny hint of romance there...though I'm here for whatever in terms of what may happen.

That wasn't all though. Rutherford was given depth for the first time as well (similar to Tendi in the last few episodes) with some layers beyond a guy who really geeks out regarding Starfleet tech. Even Captain Freeman had a bit of an arc from wanting to be invited to the "grown-ups table" to accepting her actual place as being pretty good, all things considered.

Honestly, I couldn't ask for much more in an episode of Lower Decks.
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Charlie
Mon, Sep 6, 2021, 11:33pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S3: The House of Quark

sorry, ‘Search for Spock’ all the same, it was a thoughtful gesture and I appreciated it
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Charlie
Mon, Sep 6, 2021, 11:31pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S3: The House of Quark

Can I just say one of the tiny details I absolutely loved about this episode?

I love that Grilka used “cho’echu” to energize the Klingon transporter. I know it’s fairly trivial, but the fact that they got the grammar right in accordance with ‘Wrath of Khan’ made me smile.
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Snootybaronet
Sun, Sep 5, 2021, 4:07pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

Sito would have made an excellent replacement front line character. I would have much preferred her as a character for 7 years besides Geordi and Troi.
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Snootybaronet
Sun, Sep 5, 2021, 3:52pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Sub Rosa

This episode had me yearning for the return of Dr. Pulaski.
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Snootybaronet
Sun, Sep 5, 2021, 3:44pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: The Pegasus

Picard should have been jailed for terminal stupidity.
Pressman should have received highest Starfleet honors. Of course ,Riker has "grown" since his ensign days, and is very eager to betray Pressman. The idea that unilateral disarmament against an adversary like the Romulans will engender respect and adherence to treaties is a superstition only a Picard or a Neville Chamberlain could believe
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Shasarak
Sun, Sep 5, 2021, 4:12am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S2: Mugato, Gumato

This show still suffers from the basic problem of being a comedy which simply isn't funny enough. It is possible for a show to survive on pure insanity - Rick and Morty being an archetypal example - but even there the gags have their own internal logic and flow reasonably from the characters and the situation. LD has calmed down a little from season 1, but it still too often presents us with something that has the recognisable structure of a joke, and is delivered like a joke, but somehow doesn't actually raise a laugh.

I also have to wonder if there are really enough hard-core Star Trek nerds in the world to make it advisable to pitch a TV show primarily at them. Even people familiar enough with TOS to know what a mugato is won't necessarily be nerdy enough to understand the running gag about multiple pronunciations.

That said, there was one visual gag here that I enjoyed. When Boimler and Rutherford come bursting into the Ferengi compound, the audience is obviously being led to believe that they're there to fight, with the pay-off being that they're actually there to negotiate - a good gag, because it is both unexpected, and completely in character, both for the heroes and for the Ferengi. The initial mislead is backed up by Rutherford carrying something that is clearly inspired by Kirk's improvised bamboo cannon in TOS:Arena, but which turns out actually to be an improvised *projector* for giving a futuristic PowerPoint presentation.

We need more of that kind of thing and fewer masturbating mugatos.
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KiddMarine
Fri, Sep 3, 2021, 10:47am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S2: Mugato, Gumato

Just FYI Jammer, we saw the Ferengi energy whip in ENT: Acquisition. How could you forget such a great episode! /jk

This has been your daily nerdy correction.
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Polaris
Thu, Sep 2, 2021, 10:06pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Thine Own Self

This episode brought to mind the real-life “Goiânia accident” in which a region in Brazil was exposed to radiation after some guys dismantled chemo equipment for scrap and passed around the glowing radioactive part as a novelty, not understanding what it was.
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Barristan
Thu, Sep 2, 2021, 2:20am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: LD S2: Mugato, Gumato

So far the cold opens this season are the best part of the episodes. Anbo-jitsu (not how it's spelled, apparently, but oh well!) was a great deep cut, and Shax politely waiting till their time was up while Mariner beat the tar out of them was hilarious.

Rest of the episode was... meh? "Last Outpost"-style Ferengi indeed. The meta joke doesn't make it less lazy or weird to use them as such simplistic villains at this point. And the Mariner "black ops" mystery was unconvincing and ignored the characters' friendships. Even Boimler and Rutherford aren't that gullible.

I hope they find more of a way to milk humour and suspense out of actual character development, like they did with Mariner's secret parentage back in season 1.

Still entertaining, but hopefully the season will get stronger as it goes on!
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P'kard
Mon, Aug 30, 2021, 11:45pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Bloodlines

Was writing Jason as such a smug jackass intentional or was that just how the writers were trying to show him as being a "bad ass edgy alpha male?"
I hate this episode because Jason is such a little punk and I can't focus on it because I keep thinking about how badly i want to cut his stupid little cowlick off
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Daniel Beardsmore
Mon, Aug 30, 2021, 2:29pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: The Masterpiece Society

Curious … for once, nobody beat me to nitpicking! What was the reason for having to move that stellar core fragment in a single, desperate attempt? Why not move it a fraction of a degree, then let the technobabble equipment cool down, then move it a bit more, and so on? Within a minute or so, they’d moved it a considerable amount, so why not move it in smaller increments and push it entirely clear without somehow (and seemingly none of the crew predicted this) randomly losing power all over the ship? There then wouldn’t be a need to beam down fifty more society-corrupting … well, who were they exactly? Half of the first wave of intruders to beam down were medical staff, for no apparent reason. Did the costume department run out of gold uniforms? (It would also have been good to know from the dialogue that they weren’t sending that stellar core fragment on a collision course to some other planet in the process: 1.2° alone at interstellar distances will soon put it hugely off course.)

Also, just to be clear, the life support for the entire ship is fed directly off main power without backup batteries?
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