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Alien
Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 9:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

I'm currently watching Enterprise for the first time, and so far it's one of the worst episode I've seen, if not THE worst.


First of all, the relationships between characters seem kinda rushed. Trip, Reed, T'Pol and Archer are monodimentional. Reed is easily seduced. Trip is obsessed by the congenitor. Archer is happy. T'Pol is reluctant.

Secondly, why it's debatable whether humans have the right to intervene in this case, it's utterly stupid to consider that Trip - and Trip alone - is responsible for the suicide of the cogenitor. If something as simple as discovering one's potentiel is enough for triggering a suicide, then yeah, there's obviously something wrong the one's culture/society. If anything, it just proves that Trip was right.
And even if he was truly responsible, just for the same reasons Archer believes it's wrong to interfere, he should know that he has no way to determine that. Suicide is also part of culture. On earth, people will suicide for reasons that seem absurd to people of other cultures. There's no way for Archer to determine who's responsible for the cogenitor's suicide.

Finally, what's the lesson that is supposed to be taught here? When doing a first contact, don't try to find how an alien society works? Don't try to identify its problems and injustices? Just accept everything - including slavery, genocides, apartheid? Where is the line? Is it just "killing people"? That's completely in contradiction not only whith Star Fleet's values, but also with absolutely all Star Trek's captains behaviours, especially Archer's. If he's ready to free Suliban prisoners, disagree with the Klingons' judgment or literally everything else he's done in all other episode, then he should also agree with Trip on principle. He may disagree with the how, but he cannot blame Trip for the cogenitor's suicide. That's a big writing mistake.

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also, I find the comparison with how animals are treated on earth absurd. It's explicit in the episode that cogenitors are equals to the other genders. They have the exact same capacities, the only different is the gender. Same species, same everything.
Animals are our inferiors in many ways.

And after reading lots of comments there, I have toa dmit I'm disappointed both by the series AND its community. I expected this episode to be considered as one of the worst ever made. I can't understand how people can find it good or even interesting. The only interesting thing is that it shows good actions can have bad consequences... Which is not very original. And it's done in a terribly bad way. Probably gonna stop watching this show now.
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SouthofReality
Tue, Apr 3, 2018, 2:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Deadlock

Great idea for a Voyager episode.

* Kim dies
* Neelix dies

And then the writers fumble what would've been a classic episode by bringing them both back.
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SouthofReality
Sun, Apr 1, 2018, 8:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Projections

No way this is a 4-star episode. Maybe 3-stars, but no more. The basic flaw in the story is that we KNOW that Barclay story is the illusion because if it isn't, there is no Voyager tv series. So what we're left with is the Doctor looking anxious trying to figure out what is reality and that can only take you so far.

Here's where it might have been better. If the Barclay version referenced the messages received via the Romulan scientist and then built the simulation based on the known facts contained within that message (the crew makeup, the Kazon, etc.) Then we would still have the Voyager universe from the tv series but also with a reasonable belief that the Barclay story is true. It would have kept us guessing, rather than - well, quite frankly - annoyed.
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SouthofReality
Sat, Mar 31, 2018, 9:29am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: The 37's

Once I saw the truck in space, I could only flashback to the SNL skit:

https://youtu.be/Sx0xOgFDXFg?t=27

and could never take the episode seriously after that.
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Natalia
Mon, Jan 15, 2018, 8:41am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The Wolf Inside

Again, an awful episode... I can hardly call it Star Trek...

Lots of technobabble mixed with that nonsensical spore drive... I could believe in all the technobabble from TNG because it sounded plausible... but this nonsense is just laughable. I still can’t accept a spore drive or a network of fungi in space... this is utterly crap. Even worse is Tilly trying to save Stamets without any kind of medical supervision... and how was she supposed to know all that kind of stuff about the spore drive being so low ranked/inexperienced as she is? Completely implausible...

Then the Ash/Voq part... c’mon... the guy almost gets Michael killed and then she just walks away with him as if nothing happened at all... then he explains that he is a Klingon “reduced” to a human... whaaaaat? Really? Wow, it must be really easy to transform a Klingon into a human, to change all the internal organs, give him a perfect English and knowledge of a human... really (un)believable!!

Again... I almost couldn’t finish this episode... stopped it 3 times and almost gave up... STD is a really bad sci-fi disguised as Star Trek...
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Jabalian Fudge Cake
Wed, Nov 15, 2017, 12:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: Into the Forest I Go

The writers themselves have admitted the Klingons in Discovery are modeled on Trump supporters.
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Ali
Mon, Oct 16, 2017, 10:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

My favourite episode. Cry every time.
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Ali
Tue, Oct 10, 2017, 10:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: New Ground

I thought this was a short and sweet episode about relationships. The soliton wave sub plot was a metaphor illustrating Alexander and Worf's relationship. From that perspective I quite enjoyed the episode. Entertaining and gets to the point: to avoid destruction and disaster, one had to engage what was growing wildly out of control...
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Reality
Sun, Sep 10, 2017, 9:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: The Forge

"T'Pol is cold toward Koss, making me continue to wonder why Koss would waste his time holding out for her."

Because she's a hot piece of @ss.
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Alisha Hird
Wed, Aug 23, 2017, 12:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Vis A Vis

I completely understand the general consensus about this episode in regards to its anticlimactic and re-used Paris plots, and I can also see that this episode had a lot of potential, which is unfortunate that it did not explore more. Especially B'elanna and Toms relationship, there could have been a far better conclusion to the episode with far more emotion and meaning than "I should have spent more time with you than in the garage" between them both.

What I always took from this episode was that Tom was suffering from depression, I don't believe it is a stretch in explaining Tom's out-of-character behaviour and attitude; missing meetings/duties, arguing/short temper, over emotional, feeling persecuted by B'elanna and Chakotay and the Doctor, focus on the negatives more than the positive (such as working in sickbay), dissatisfaction with life generally etc, which were quite obvious to me throughout the episode.

For whatever reason, whether it is neurochemical, emotional, or more specifically the routine of life on Voyager (which kinda contradicts Message in a Bottle where Tom says how much he enjoys life as opposed to his previous one, but anything can happen).
That is why it would have been far more meaningful for the episode to end with Tom addressing this directly, and even tell B'elanna how he's been feeling. It seems unresolved and unfinished, and something more serious has been brushed off lightly.
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Pali
Mon, Apr 11, 2016, 5:01am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Sacrifice of Angels

Bit late to the party, but... I'm on the 4 stars side of things.

Regarding space combat tactics: the 3D nature of space combat tends to be somewhat overhyped compared to 2D combat on Earth. In reality, the tactics are very much the same - in a fleet battle, you want to maximize local firepower at the point of contact. In the Age of Sail, that often meant crossing the T - in space, that might mean you have an angled-disk formation passing by an enemy's corner. It also might mean you have a concentrated small force charge through the center of a spread out large force, as happens in this episode - and is a tactic that has won real world battles as well. We're simply not given enough information regarding the relative fleet deployments to be able to tell whether or not this was a good tactical call, though it would seem that without a timely Klingon intervention it would have failed - so perhaps Sisko screwed up but got lucky.

But it is worth keeping in mind that sometimes the good calls in battle go wrong too - doing everything right doesn't always mean you'll win. It could be that Sisko was presented with a choice - attempt to go around the Dominion fleet, which might have worked but would have almost certainly taken far too much time to prevent the minefield from coming down (though the 2x larger defending force in the way would be able to reposition even more easily to still block you - this would only work if you had stealth capabilities, which the Federation does not), or attempt to pierce it despite the bad odds of success in the hopes that MAYBE the minefield could be kept up (and they don't even get there in time as it is). It's easy to stand back and try to later say one choice is the right one - it's very different to be the guy on the spot. I think Sisko made the right call - even a few minutes longer would've guaranteed absolute failure, as the Dominion fleet would've made it through the wormhole before the Defiant arrived, and would've been safe on the Alpha side from the Prophets' intervention.
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Ethereality
Sun, Jan 24, 2016, 5:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: First Contact

I think people who nitpick to even the smallest details are either:
1) Too dry and detail-oriented to appreciate the bigger picture
2) Lack imagination to fill in the blanks for themselves and thus needs everything spelt out to their faces
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CaptainReality
Sat, Jan 23, 2016, 5:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Outcast

The episode sucked..Have only watched it once, never again.....If we are here in the 24th century(which I know we won't last that long), and there was a planet where only homos would live, it would by like that Symbiosis episode, where the whole population HAS the disease...Except in this case, it would be AIDS.....State don't lie....
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Ethereality
Wed, Jan 20, 2016, 5:17am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Second Chances

"The other major fault is the scene between Worf and Data on the planet where Data asks Worf why the two Rikers, especially Will, have such a hard time with each other. There is an enormous elephant in the room here that just gets ignored (TNG seems to do that a lot here in Season Six). And that elephant goes by the name of Lore. Data has experienced the exact same thing that the Rikers are experiencing - coming face to face with a duplicate of himself. And yet it doesn't even get a mention? Instead Data serves as the character who has the "aww shucks, I just don't understand" mentality? Give me a break!"

I don't see the parallel. Lore and Data only LOOK the same, whereas the Rikers literally branched off the same person, which means that they share much more in common with each other such as certain inherent personality traits and all the experience before they branched off. The appropriate question would be how would 2 Datas interact with each other? I imagine they'd get along, since they have no emotions to get in the way.
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Graham Malia
Thu, Nov 12, 2015, 1:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Progress

I can't really sympathize with Mullibok here. He chose to live on this moon because of the Occupation, but now that it's all over he can back and have a decent life on Bajor. Bajor is depicted as this beautiful planet that everyone would like to live. In fact, all the other inhabitants on the moon had already left precisely because they could relocate to their actual home planet and probably get some helpful compensation from the Provisional government.

Add to all this, the moons were under control of the Bajorans for what seems to be thousands of years, it really feels like Mullibock took advantage of the Occupation to live his nice private life on Bajoran property while everyone else had to put up with the brunt of the Occupation and back-breaking work to rebuild the core planet.

This episode brings up some great government-individual themes, but in the end you're left with the feeling that Kira putting in way more effort than she needs to deal with something that shouldn't be her problem as a military officer.
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J.J. Dessalines
Fri, Oct 30, 2015, 6:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Change of Heart

This was the episode where DS9 jumped the shark for me. As a fervent fan of Worf since the beginning, I could not (and still cannot) conceive of him making that choice. I never watched DS9 again.
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Capitalist
Sat, Jul 25, 2015, 3:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Sacrifice

Billy Dee Lee? I expect someone to break into honky-tonk country tunes any second...
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Capitalist
Wed, Jul 15, 2015, 3:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2

True! I was afraid you were this guy:

h t t p://dilbert.com/series/67-Dick-from-the-Internet

But I see I was mistaken, lol.
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Capitalist
Mon, Jul 13, 2015, 2:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2

Iknewthat. ahem.. (sheepish grin)
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Capitalist
Sun, Jul 12, 2015, 3:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2

@William B.

Way to miss the essence for the concretes.

There may be no guns, but there an awful lot of dead main characters.
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Capitalist
Sun, Jul 12, 2015, 3:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: The Farm

Two minor points on this one.

First, I got taken out of the episode right in the teaser when the resistance leader says "...watch the perimeter, and pay special attention to the flank." Ummm, if it's a PERIMETER, then how is there a FLANK exactly? And why just one? THEORY: maybe it's a mobius strip shaped perimeter? Then I guess the single edge would be the flank. Seriously though, words mean things. You'd think a writer would know that.

Second, I've seen a few references to possible inspirations for the human baby factories. Star Trek, The X-Files, The Matrix. Ok, I suppose those are all reasonable, but let an old fogey clue you kids in on some classic Sci-Fi. This concept came straight out of DUNE, specifically the last 3-books in Frank Herbert's original series.

SPOILER ALERT if you haven't read these:

A society called the Bene Tleilax can create human clones (called gholas) from the cells of the dead. They do this with technology called Axlotl Tanks. Much later you find out what the tanks are. They're living human women, wired and tubed up as baby factories for life. Nice.
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Capitalist
Wed, Jul 8, 2015, 1:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Scattered

You want plot holes? How's this for a plot hole...

Dee, not once but at least TWICE in this episode says, (and I quote), "four, three, two, Jump!"

What happened to one? One comes after two in a countdown!! ONE!

Now THAT'S a plot hole.

That is all.
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Capitalist
Tue, Jun 30, 2015, 11:44am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2

My gut reaction to the shooting: "WTF is THIS?? Game of Thrones??!!
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Capitalist
Sun, Jun 28, 2015, 5:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S1: Colonial Day

Surprised no one mentioned the interesting statement by Roslin that she had TWO unpleasant matters to take care of on the resort ship. One of course was the dismissal of her original VP candidate. You could argue that the other was the meeting with Baltar and bringing him on as a VP candidate.

But could the other task have been the killing of Valance? Not that she personally did it of course, but she could have arranged it. We've already seen her throw one prisoner out of an airlock.

And the little comment by Zareck about how he didn't kill Valance, and wondering who did...just plays into this.
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Capitalist
Wed, Jun 24, 2015, 6:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S1: Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down

Drunks aren't funny. 1-star.
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