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Adam C
Wed, Nov 23, 2016, 3:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Unnatural Selection

It just occurred to me that the Lantree quarantine beacon would be like a dinner bell for the Ferengi. They could have tried to salvage the ship or scavenge from its contents, potentially proliferating the disease despite Our Heroes’ best efforts. Would have made for an interesting (if grim) sequel.

Also, the more interesting and path would have been to leave Pulaski to die, presenting a true cost of her folly. One supposes they might have done just that, had the episode fallen near the end of the season.
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Adam C
Wed, Apr 22, 2015, 2:40am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Melora

It’s pretty bad on its own, but as an inspection of Bashir, it’s legit. And very sad, in a way.

One thing that we learn over the course of the show is that Bashir is a profoundly lonely man. Oh, sure, if it isn’t screwed down, he’s the man to screw it, but as far as emotional intimacy goes, it’s not there for him. Part of that is the tinkering and puttering done to his brain, making him almost as smart as Cytherian Barclay; part of it is the arrogance that goes with the extreme intelligence. He doesn’t mean to push people away, but he does it nevertheless.

So here’s Melora, who does the same thing for her own reasons. Bashir forges a connection with her because he recognizes that aspect of himself in her. And that’s how we get to Bashir’s first attempt to construct the perfect woman. (I don’t think his doormat Dax daydream counts, although Terry Farrell was quite hilarious in that role.) She’s got the moxie, the strength of character, but she needs the strength of body or it won’t work. So Bashir, possibly thinking, “Yes! This is my chance!”, tries to make Melora the woman he wants. When she turns down the treatments in the end, she’s effectively turning down Bashir as a potential mate, and that hurts.

Over the course of the series, this aspect of Bashir’s personality will be revisited enough that the seed planted here is worth note, even though the episode on its own is mediocre.

(Also, the B plot should either go away or be fully developed. The idea of Quark double-crossing a business partner and reaping as he’s sown is pretty great, but it’s given such minimal development here that they shouldn’t have bothered.)
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Adam C
Sun, Apr 19, 2015, 8:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Playing God

Might’ve been fun to revisit this later on, not for the proto-universe thing but to see what happened to Arjin. Maybe he got drummed out and turned, like Verad, to stealing a symbiont to realize his (father’s) dreams. Maybe he got a symbiont but went insane from incompatibility, making for a massive cover-up by the Symbiosis Commission. Or maybe, whether he got the symbiont or not, he decided that the whole process was unfair and became a black-market symbiont broker. (Perhaps it could have had some interesting implications between seasons 6 and 7, for example.) As it is, it’s not one of the better Dax episodes, and it’s not one of the worst. It just exists.

I do, however, love the Klingon restauranteur. He should have been a recurring character, at least until Worf showed up.
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Adam C
Wed, Apr 15, 2015, 6:16am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Sanctuary

I can live with the Universal Translator sequence. It's a bit silly, but it's generally well acted and plausible.

What makes me crazy is this extremely bizarre sequence:
1. The matriarchs make Haneek the leader.
2. Whatshisface, Nilz Baris, expresses his condolences to Haneek for not being allowed to settle on Bajor, despite that decision not being officially disclosed. A, How does he know? He's a flautist in a bar! B, Even if he did know (through a leak, say), how in the world does he think it's his place to reveal that information instead of a government official?
2a. (Also, Kirk was right about that guy. What a tool.)
3. The official and the vedek turn down the request for refuge for valid reasons. (Note that "valid" and "correct" are not necessarily the same thing.) Sisko then reminds them about the reasonable planet.
4. Haneek goes berserk, quietly at first but with increasing heat as her sense of entitlement runs amok. A, Does she not understand that Bajor is recovering from six decades of atrocities? She seems to base her argument that it's the promised land on that fact, but still. B, Does she really think that, should the Skrreeans struggle to survive on this questionable peninsula, the Bajorans would *not* help, would allow them to perish?
5. For the rest of the episode, Kira continues to offer Haneek olive branch after olive branch, only for Haneek to smack her across the face with the branch every time.

It's so far off the rails, you can't even see the track from here. None of it makes sense. So why not send the young fellow down to be killed? It's just one more senseless act in a senseless sequence in a senseless episode. They should have stuck with the Universal Translator nonsense, which could have made for a very funny episode (and sort of did a few years later).
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Adam C
Mon, Dec 15, 2014, 12:44am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Emergence

The Enterprise used personal logs and holodeck programs to help design the new widget. Two problems:

1. “Erase all programs filed under ‘Reginald Barclay’.… Except program nine.”
2. “Riker to bridge: If you need me, I’ll be in holodeck four.”

And this supposes that Professor Moriarty is still locked away in Reg’s little yellow cube. I just watched it (and actually enjoyed it quite a bit, although it’s hardly a classic — I’d say 2.5, maybe 3), and when Picard and Data were talking about the thingamajig in the ready room, I could only think that maybe they made a mistake. (Personal logs, too. Think of Worf saying as if reciting a weather report, “The conditions were difficult. Many contestants were maimed.” Yikes!)

Good luck, universe. Enterprise Junior is on the loose!
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