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Alex
Fri, Jan 8, 2021, 7:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Parallels

Couple of things I don't understand about this episode is - does the Worf that ends up as first officer on the Riker Enterprise just disappear?

And who is the Worf on the bridge of the Enterprise that Worf travels back to? Where does he go?

It's a great episode but there are a lot of questions unanswered.
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Alex
Thu, Dec 24, 2020, 8:31am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

@Mike:

))Why does future Janeway pick THIS moment, instead of a moment years earlier?((

Because THIS is the moment that Voyager stumbles upon the nebula, wherein doth lie the transwarp hub. If Admiral Janeway had contacted Voyager earlier, she could have outfitted Voyager with nifty FutureTech, but without a transwarp hub in convenient reach...
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Alex
Thu, Dec 24, 2020, 8:25am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

@Jammer:

))An even bigger question: If the Voyager crew, which already left the nebula behind by the time Admiral Janeway made her appearance, never found out about the mysterious object at the center of the nebula, how does Admiral Janeway of the future know about it? She may be from the future, but that doesn't mean she automatically has more information. If her past self had never learned of it, she wouldn't have either.((

This is truly one of the *easiest* conundrums to solve: We can safely assume that Starfleet learned of the existence of the nebula through some *other* means - some aliens told Starfleet about it, Starfleet's long-range sensors detected it, the fragment of a Borg sphere containing "secret files" was discovered and analyzed, Q told them, etc.

No one from the future is *automatically* omniscient - but we can't exclude their *somehow* having discovered *something* - maybe even something vital - that their present-day counterparts don't know.
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Alex
Thu, Dec 24, 2020, 4:17am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Nightingale

@Adara:

))One thing that really bugged me that no one else brought up is the idea that flying a ship automatically equals a chain of command. If I ask someone else to drive my car home, that doesn't mean I'm going to call them "sir" and let them bark orders at me.((

Driving a car is only a very remote analogy to "captaining a starship." There was literally no one else there - except for a green cadet - with any idea how to run a starship.

))I thought that was very presumptuous on Kim's part, to make the jump from chauffeur to captain.((

It wasn't "presumptuous" of Kim. He *was* the most-qualified person there, on the spot. And the aliens *asked* him to take command (or at least, *accepted* his offer).

))I would drive home blind before I'd let someone I just met boss me around.((

One can, of course, question the aliens' judgement in inviting Kim to take charge (but again, there was no one else around with even an hour of command experience) - but they were duplicitous anyway, and had a hidden agenda. They probably also needed and respected the combined *technical* experience which Kim and Seven "brought to the table."

The only legitimate grievance / objection that I will let stand is the extremely reckless decision of Janeway to allow a Starfleet officer to become involved in a tense - and opaque (what with the deception the aliens were pulling) - military situation. After Kim reported back on the Voyager bridge, Janeway could have *forgiven* Kim's interference up to that point in time - but in view of the obvious complex military / political / ethical situation and the possibility that there impression of the aliens' true motives was mistaken, Janeway should have ordered Kim to return to his usual post at Communications. The situation was even exacerbated by the fact that Voyager was hamstrung by the maintenance work and wouldn't be able to intervene, if necessary (or to protect herself in the event that the other aliens took offense - which is exactly what happened).
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Alex
Wed, Dec 23, 2020, 1:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Author, Author

@Yanks:

))I'm just going to pull the simple definition from Webster from artist: "1. a person who creates art."

So how can you be a person who creates art and not be a person?((

You (and the Arbiter) are laboring under the Semantic Fallacy.

It is as if you would argue that the existence of "Creation" (i.e., the Cosmos) must, logically, imply the existence of a "Creator."

Just because the English* language makes it convenient and/or Webster's dictionary felt it most expedient to write a definition beginning with "A person who..." is no justification to then assume that "only a person can..."

(*Applies also to other languages, e.g., German: "Schöpfung" and "Schöpfer.")
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Alex
Wed, Dec 23, 2020, 9:51am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Body and Soul

@Skeptical:

))I suppose it's possible that the Pon Farr urges decrease with age, hence why a hologram is sufficient for the relatively old Tuvok but not for the younger Spock or Vorik. Either that, or because Tuvok already had a wife, he already had an emotional connection to someone, which Vorik and Spock didn't.((

In one scene, Tuvok EXPLICITLY states that, in contrast to the human sex drive, the Vulcan sex drive actually *increases* with age.

Also - with regards to having an "emotional" connection - Spock *had* been telepathically linked with T'Pring since childhood.

BUT: In Tuvok's case, he *had* been taking a special medicine only recently developed by the Doctor to counteract the effects of pon farr.

AND: Vorik found it more difficult to resist because he had already become "imprinted" on B'Lanna.

I assume that the holodeck can manufacture pheromones and the like which are then subconsciously perceived and reacted to by the holodeck users - but the holodeck can't interact with its users telepathically - and telepathy seems to be an integral part of Vulcan mating rituals (sort of like vocalizations and smells might be for humans).
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Alex
Wed, Dec 23, 2020, 9:39am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Body and Soul

@EVERYONE:

I am surprised that no one, up till now, has commented on the scene of Neelix holding a tureen of hot soup (presumably "plomeek" - since Neelix stressed that it was virtually "tasteless") up into Tuvok's face and insisting that he should eat it!

Who, watching that scene, wasn't just *waiting* for Tuvok to hurl the soup across the Bridge in rage and cry out, "If I wanted anything from you, I'd ask for it!"
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Alex
Wed, Dec 23, 2020, 9:30am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Body and Soul

@William:

))Wasn't ponn far supposed to happen every 7 years or so? It seems Tuvok is having his every other week...
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The series has been consistent in that regard. You are perhaps conflating Tuvok's genuine pon farr in this episode with the Doctor's phantasy of Tuvok entering pon farr during a music recital in "Tailor, Tinker..."

Or you are confusing Tuvok with Vorik (the 7-year cycle of different Vulcans is, after all, not synchronized).
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Alex
Wed, Dec 23, 2020, 9:26am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Body and Soul

@Leah:

))so you'd think that a hologram would be just as unfulfilling and empty to him as it was for Vorik.((

Yes, especially for a telepathic species such as the Vulcans, for whom telepathy is even an essential part of the mating ritual (it has been heavily implied as far back as "Amok Time" that, besides physically coupling, the mating pair also establish a telepathic link), sex with a hologram (I doubt that the holo-emitters can simulate telepathic sensations / convey thoughts telepathically) ought to be quite disappointing.
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Alex
Wed, Dec 23, 2020, 9:21am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Body and Soul

@Kieran:

))Does that mean there's now Vulcan spunk all over the holodeck? That's nasty.((

There's an app for that!
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Alex
Wed, Dec 23, 2020, 9:19am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Body and Soul

@Jammer:

))When he returns to his mobile emitter several times through the episode, she expresses her displeasure regarding his "overindulgence." ((

Should be emphasized that Seven refers to it as "abuse," while the Doctor then dismissively calls it mere "overindulgence."
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Alex
Wed, Dec 23, 2020, 9:04am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Inside Man

@Bryan:

))I nearly burst out laughing when Janeway said "We still haven't found a way to compensate for GEODESIC RADIATION !!" Because only on Voyager does everything down the very principles of geometry emit hazardous radiation.((

"Geodesic" radiation is obviously (my "head canon") just shorthand for "all the various different kinds of radiation association with geodesic folds." Just as we, today, might refer to "Jovian" radiation to encompass a much broader set of radiations associated with the planet Jupiter.
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Alex
Wed, Dec 23, 2020, 8:47am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Critical Care

@ Sputnik:
))Soviet style healthcare was excellent.((
I take it that you have never actually been a patient in a Soviet-style healthcare system? I have (on the Crimea). What I experienced there confirmed what my mother-in-law (a neurologist in Moscow ) and both her parents (Red Army surgeons) always said.
When you've had a physician use a carved wooden stethoscope to listen to your heart or been told that you have to routinely empty your sick family member's bedpan into the communal wash basin used by the whole station (i.e., where they also brush their teeth), you get a different perspective on things.
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Alex
Sat, Dec 12, 2020, 10:21am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Good Shepherd

@Jack (et al.):
))Janeway claimed that she'd memorized the entire layout and schematics for all of Voyager before taking command, but here she needed to be told to turn left instead of right...((

Yeah, it's NOT like the ship hasn't been severely damaged and virtually re-built several times ("Scopion" - cough-cough -"The Killing Game" -cough-cough). It's NOT like Borg technology had been incorporated and then subsequently dismantled.

Seriously: Even in a standard ship patrolling the Alpha Quadrant, it might occasionally happen that, in the course of routine maintenance, an extra wall might need to be erected or a Jefferies Tube re-routed. And who knows what modifications might have been necessary when installing "Quantum Slipstream Drive?"
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Alex
Tue, Dec 8, 2020, 3:14am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Far From Home

@Yanks:
))He [Saru] should be more forceful in getting her [Georgiou] involved in the decision process from the start. Like it or not, she can see the big picture and tactical environment better than he can right now. ((
Yes, Georgiou WOULD probably represent an invaluable asset when it comes to strategizing, etc. Only problem is: It would be like consulting Heinrich Himmler for corporate organizational advice. Yes, he's a brilliant tactician - but, even supposing that he isn't going to outright manipulate and then betray ("poison-pill") you, i.e., even supposing that he is going to give you his honest, best advice - it would be so skewed, morally (though perhaps not at first glance), that you would be probably be appalled by the (long-term) results of its implementation.
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Alex
Tue, Dec 8, 2020, 2:45am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

@Booming: ))Burnham often acts like a 12-year-old. I find her portrayal borderline sexist. That she is not ever in control of her emotions.((
You've hit the nail on the head - but the conclusion you (implicitly) draw - that Burnham's erratic emotionality makes her appear weak - is 100% wrong.
In today's SJW society, being emotional - i.e., allowing oneself to be led by one's "fee-eelings" - and disparaging traditional patriarchal values (incl. calmness, rationality, self-discipline) are GOOD things, doncha know? It means that one is an EMPOWERED womyn!
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Alex
Tue, Nov 24, 2020, 12:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part II

@Jammer

))Or something. I'm not sure I understand what all was undone by destroying the time ship anyway. The final scene seems to indicate Annorax is stuck with his situation for all eternity—assuming his time ship ever existed, that is.

If Janeway's course of action proves to be the mother of all resets (and literal resets within the story, for that matter), one wonders why Annorax didn't simply destroy his invention long ago((

We were never shown the actual MECHANISM by which a molecule or a civilization is erased. Crashing Voyager into the Weapon Ship produced a Temporal Incursion causing the Weapon Ship to be erased (this is as much stated in the episode). Perhaps "Destiny" then erases the ship by forcing Annorax to follow his wife's advice. ("Destiny" might always choose the energetically or temporally "most-efficient" means of erasure; in this case, it was apparently for the wife to pursuade Annorax to go on a picnic with her - who knows what the long-term consequences of that might be! The Butterfly Effect: Annorax chokes on a chicken bone and dies; the Weapon Ship is never conceived!).

As for why Annorax himself didn't get the idea to reverse all of his clumsy manipulations and restore the timeline with a restored colony: Maybe he still wanted to restore the Krenim Empire. It was, after all, his SECOND incursion that erased his wife and children. His first incursion has - according to the script - largely beneficial effects (from his P.O.V.). He doesn't want to lose them! Thus, for that reason, he doesn't want to erase the Weapon Ship itself.
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Alex
Tue, Nov 24, 2020, 11:56am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part I

@George Monet
))Since this ship has been in space for 200 years, that means everyone and everything they were trying to bring back died off 160 years ago.((

The Krenim are a very long-lived species. 200 years equates to a boring afternoon to them. So once Annorax restores the timeline (and thus revives his wife and children), they will be able to return to their home world and find their loved ones still alive. "Obrist" is upset and restless not because of the 200 years per se, but rather only because he sees that it might take millions of years.
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Alex
Tue, Nov 24, 2020, 11:52am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Year of Hell, Part I

@Skreeg

))They built an astrometrics lab, that has 10 times the mapping accuracy they had before. What does that even mean? They didn't know where they were before? And they plot a new course home, that will save them 5 years. Wut? What course were they taking before? I would assume they pointed towards Earth and flew there in as straight a line as possible. How could they have been off by 5 years? Silly.((

You're using a 9-inch world globe to navigate your way, by car, from San Francisco to Washington D.C. The globe is so low-resolution that you can barely make out a couple of major highways, rivers, and such. According to your calculations, you are going to need 8 days to reach D.C. Then you come into possession of a hoard of "old-style" filling station maps (one for each state in the Union) - with much greater detail! Suddenly, you see that there are plenty of shortcuts you can take advantage of! You suddenly see bridges, etc. that can shorten your trip. You also now see previously unseen barriers that you thus now know to avoid! Presto! You now calculate that you need only 4 days to reach D.C.!
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Alex
Fri, Oct 30, 2020, 3:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Before and After

I understand Chakotay occupying the POSITION of "Captain" after Janeway's demise, but don't accept his actually attaining the RANK of "Captain" (with four pips on his collar) after her death. Who promoted him to that rank? No military tradition (except in the Klingon military) calls for someone to "move up in rank" just because his superior dies. So we are forced to assume that Janeway had already promoted him to "Captain" before her death (is it possible to promote someone to one's own rank?), or on her deathbed. Otherwise, we have to imagine Chakotay simply "usurping" the rank after her death.
Seriously: He should have been kept at his rank of full "Commander" and assumed the POSITION of "Acting Captain."
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Alex
Fri, Oct 30, 2020, 3:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Before and After

"Listen: Jennifer Lien has become unstuck in time."
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Alex Boyd
Sun, Oct 25, 2020, 9:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Unification

Mark Lenard steals the whole story in one scene, though it still bugs me he doesn't have sheet. Too hot on Vulcan, I guess.

And he doesn't mention Michael Burnham! What's the deal with that? (kidding).
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Alex
Tue, Oct 20, 2020, 1:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: The Chute

"Ex Post Facto," anyone? In that episode, too, Paris was wrongfully convicted by an alien race of a crime he didn't commit, and sentenced to undergo surgery; specifically, for the insertion of a brain implant that f**ked with his mind.
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Alex
Tue, Oct 20, 2020, 1:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Basics, Part II

The difficulty of retaking the ship without causing catastrophic damage, or at least without the departing Kason stripping the damaged ship of vital technology or even deliberately sabotaging it, is grossly underplayed.
My elegant solution: During the Kason occupation of Voyager, besides whatever mayhem Suder carries out, the Doctor should have flooded the air ducts with a Kason-specific pathogen he quickly improvises. If that seems too brutal, it wouldn't even have to be a lethal microorganism - just some disease that slowly but surely causes the Kason to waste away, interfering with their thinking process, thwarting their plans, and which, ultimately, "softens them up" to the idea of peacefully relinquishing control of Voyager when the original crew shows up (perhaps Janeway promises a cure in exchange for the return of an intact Voyager).
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alex99a
Fri, Aug 7, 2020, 11:51am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Lower Decks

Some of you really should get that stick attended to. Also, the part of your brains that determine "what is and what isn't Star Trek" seems to have ossified. I have news for you. It's all Star Trek. All of it. You who consider yourselves the arbiters of what is and what isn't proper Trek are growing more irrelevant every day, along with those who write ever-more caustic, sarcastic and arrogant reviews. The rest of us out here are enjoying this ever-expanding Trek universe. Some of it is good, some not so good, but it's all "Star Trek", and I welcome each new iteration.
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