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SouthofReality
Mon, Sep 23, 2019, 11:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Conspiracy

Jamahl gave this piece of trash 3 & 1/2 stars?????

Quick! Someone check his neck for a blue tail!
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SouthofReality
Fri, Sep 20, 2019, 10:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Heart of Glory

Yar should be working on her resume after Picard fires her for the inept security job. I suspect the Klingon captain had heard through the grapevine all pathetic star fleet security is and was thinking: "2 Klingon warriors against a whole star fleet vessel? oy! I best send over some help because those guys are worthless."
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Malia
Fri, Aug 30, 2019, 9:50am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: All Our Yesterdays

One thing that always bugged me about this episode:

There they discover the Atavachron, a marvelous, powerful device of a technology the Federation clearly does not have. Why then does the Enterprise not beam it up to save and study it? Or, if somehow it's too massive or can't be moved or transported, why not beam a librarian or archivist to quickly/expertly beam up a chunk of the library contents? It's not stealing if it's all going to vaporize. Shouldn't sentient life in the future want to learn about this fascinating civilization?

Meanwhile, something useful for a historian to do (besides Lt. MacGivers in Space Seed): Wouldn't someone on the enterprise know what would have been some warp-capable civilizations 5000 earth years ago? Sure, we know the Vulcans were brutal at that time, but what about others—those that existed at the same time as the Federation but much older, or even those that existed 5000 yrs ago, but may have died out, say, 1000 yrs ago?

For example... they could have contacted someone like the Fabrini (from "For the World is Hollow and I have Touched the Sky.") OK the Fabrini's sun went nova further back, they said 10,000 yrs. But imagine if the timelines were closer for the two? Spock and McCoy contact the ancestors of Yonada, and travel to and joing their civilization—which McCoy especially has a connection to? Or, strictly in the right time frame of 5,000 yrs... they could contact another civilization that Federation archaeologists have studied well.

In such a case, genius Spock could have repurposed the tech of their communicators and phasers to search for signals of sentient, technologically advanced life—or even send some signals of his own, targeted to the most likely candidates. Sure, it wouldn't get them back to their own time. But if they were to be stuck there and then... better than alone on an ice planet.

Then, even when Spock/ McCoy found they could and did return to the Enterprise, Zarabeth could have such options available to her!
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Malia
Sat, Jul 13, 2019, 11:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Mudd's Women

Dumbest aspect of this episode — aside from its gender politics:

These women, without the pills, were just... regular looking. Maybe a bit tired. Any 13 year old YouTube beauty vlogger today could have Kardashian-ified them with the "right" makeup to achieve virtually THE SAME results as they got with those "magic crystals." And if that weren't enough, a visit to a good dermatologist for the equivalent of a few dermal filler or botox injections later... done.

Besides, much of what made those women so "beautiful" then was that they wore sexy, form-fitting dresses, has their hair expertly styled and flattering makeup. If they missed a few nights sleep, didn't wear make-up or brush their hair, and wore messy old clothes, they wouldn't look that fancy-hot.

Plastic surgery already existed in the 1960s. Surely, by the timeframe TOS is set in, any woman in the Federation probably only has to wave a wand over her face, drink some kind of rejuva-juice, or apply a cream from a jar no more special in their time than Ponds or Nivea were in the 1960s. Thus, those crystals of Harry Mudd's would have attracted little to no value or interest in that era—no more than any other average beauty treatment of the day.

Meanwhile... if these rich miners on their remote planet really just wanted "trophy" wives to stand around, look hot, and have sex with them—not also true and loving companions—surely the techno-aesthetic advancements in sex-bots by that time would have offered sufficient and indestructible models for that purpose.

Harry Mudd has always been, to me, among the more irritating of Trek guest-star characters. That he should be given TWO episodes in the original series... lord. At least on the android planet he had that wacky interplay with the Enterprise crew that offered some amusement.

And speaking of the androids... it would have worked better if those 2 Mudd episodes were combined—with Mudd instead pimping out the "Alice" series beauties to lonely men throughout the galaxy!
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Malia
Sat, Jul 13, 2019, 11:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Man Trap

It wasn't until a commenter above suggested that this monster-being (and let's call it a "being" and not a "creature"; it was sentient life) behaved like an obsessed psychopath that I ever had a truly unsympathetic thought about it. Although it's possible that its mental state was far from "normal", but had actually been warped by living in a near-starving state and having seen everyone they ever knew die from lack of salt-food.

I didn't see why, in the end, they'd need to kill it. Phasers can be set to stun, they could do an intra-ship beam to a cell with a forcefield, or give it a shot of something to knock it out for a bit. They could have ambushed it and while 2 guard held it down, then Spock do the mind-meld to communicate with it (let is know they have limitless salt out in the galaxy and it doesn't need to kill for it—if it's really not killing out of bloodlust but, rather, the need for salt as sustenance.
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Malia
Sat, Jul 13, 2019, 2:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

My biggest issue with this episode is what STEVERAGE noted above:

"Bele has been chasing Lokai for 50,000 years?!?!?!? Right...... yet they were close enough to reach Cheron in a few hours...... and in all that time neither had noticed the Cheroni had annihilated each other...... I'm all for a bit of socio-political commentary, but does it have to be this stupid?"

It made me think that, if the Federation had known about all this sooner (um, if they were already so close to reach Cheron, why didn't they??) this might have actually been a place where [re: TOS "A Taste Of Armageddon" episode] Eminiar VII's plan of "civilized" war-by-computer would have actually been a plausible solution—disintegration chambers and all! In fact, Anan 7 (leader of Eminiar) would have been an excellent diplomat to lead a mission to Cheron about this.

Hear me out, please:

The Eminians encountered by the Enterprise were (after 500 yrs) a super orderly society, seemingly non-violent and peaceful in their inter-personal interactions. They found all that so distasteful—in contrast to the banal destructiveness of their computer war. Whereas the Cherons were so outwardly and inwardly filled with rage and violence. Perhaps the Eminians once were, too, and only "civilized" themselves through the course of the 500 yr war, such that by the time the Enterprise visited Eminianr VII the people had long been "Ready" for this next step: to think and act with diplomacy and end their war for good.

Self-segregation onto different planets or regions, then an "orderly war" over a few hundred years (or whatever, given their long lifespans) might have just been enough for the profound rage in each "Race" to calm itself. YES, as with Eminiar, millions would die over the time, BUT... instead of ending with a burning planet where everyone's dead, the Cherons (like the Eminians) could have survived as peoples and cultures, with the planet in tact, until some future time where they would be read for a Kirk-style intervention and finally end it all.
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Malia
Thu, Jul 11, 2019, 2:44am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: The Way to Eden

This was my favorite episode as a gradeschool kid—because of the music and the costumes. Adam was my favorite character, for reasons others have noted above.

My issues with it (because "favorite" doesn't mean "best"—by a longshot!) include:

For a crew on a ship traveling the galaxy, seeking out new civilizations and encountering a multitude of ways, mores, and cultures, it makes no sense for them to find this group so strange—certainly no stranger than most other groups. And with humans from earth already living on maybe tens or even hundreds of planets by then, certainly the already widely-varied cultural expressions found on earth over the millenia would have further splintered into more and more variation.

I agree with comments above about Tong (or is it Tongo?) Rad's darkness. He's just a spoiled privileged a$$.

Re: Irina and Chekhov, I found it kind of a chilling commentary on Federation society for him to express such horror at her ostensibly throwing her life away, just because she decided not to use her education/talents as part of the Federation's military industrial complex. Surely in their century, there are myriad streams of professional and personal opportunities. If only a military one is really respected as a "success"... ugh.

Dr. Sevrin is of course not the only time in TOS we see a well-respected genius type figure losing his or her mind. In his story, it's especially sad as he acts like a selfish and greedy colonizer.

As far as looking for the planet Eden...

I think the perfect planet for this group would have been Omicron Ceti III (from "This Side Of Paradise.) No Indigenous animal life forms to be hurt by synthecoccus novae disease. The plant sports would protect the hippies from any harm from the Berthold rays. And, the laid back vibe created by the spores' influence on human behavior is, frankly, no different from how Sevrin and his gang were already striving to live as, as a value system. In fact, they wouldn't even need the spores (though they'd probably find a way to smoke them, lol.) That planet truly was a paradise for anyone who desired that lifestyle.

Then, for the Romulan element... I did find the hippies dismissing of that threat highly... illogical. Even by their hippie logic. They were all citizens of the Federation (even if they reject its norms.) Surely all know that crossing the Neutral Zone is a BIG F*ing DEAL. Surely they would know, with 100% certainty, that the minunte Romulans discover Federation citizens colonizing one of their planets would bring swift attack and they'd all be killed. At most—even if the plants weren't filled with acid poison!—they'd get a few weeks or months, then they'd be killed. None of them seemed to understand their journey to Eden as comprising a suicide trip. Therefore, why do what they did? Kirk wasn't trying to keep them from that "Eden" to be a d*ck. He forbid them from going because (a) The Romulans would come and kill them all, and (b) it could spark a war with the Federation. There was no possibly scenario in which they would get to go to this Eden to actually make and live a life.

Despite all that, despite it being silly often enough, it's still an episode I always enjoy watching. For the singing (yes, the sining!), for Adam, and for Chekhov finally getting some action! Yay, yayeeee.... brother :)
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Malia
Thu, Jul 11, 2019, 12:43am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Space Seed

Ricardo Montalban was the perfect casting choice for this character—if they'd have made this character... hm, Mexican? They made him a Sikh; I guess there may be some Latino converts somewhere (I've seen a few blonde/white Sikhs.) Then say all this stuff about them being warriors, like their religious faith is genetic? I guess they meant to say PUNJABI (the cultural group in India most Sikhs come from) but in that case, shouldn't he sound Anglo/Indian—presuming he'd have been send to English language schools as an elite being?

That point is what irritated me so much with the ST reboot and Cumberbatch. This would have been a perfect opportunity to cast some macho, charismatic Bollywood action hero (my vote: Akshay Kumar - Google his name + the film "Singh Is Kingh" to see him in a Turban - very much like the handsome turban painted of Khan that McGivers had made.

Other than that, Montalban was absolutely on fire in this episode. He's the kind of compelling, handsome, powerful figure that makes everyone enthralled in some way or other. When pondering how McGivers could just throw away her whole career and life after "90 seconds" with him... who's to say that "animal magnetism" (or some eugenics-friendly ultra-pheramones) wasn't part of his "superior man" character?

A final Khan note: how interesting of an alternative could it have been if the Botany Bay would have been discovered by the Klingons, not the Federation? Hot-blooded, physically powerful, warrior Klingons!! Would he have killed them or joined them! Hmm...
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Malia
Thu, Jul 11, 2019, 12:00am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Miri

As a child in the '80s, this was always a favorite episode - so rewatching it with a critical grown-up eye does disappoint a bit for the reasons noted here, to which I'd like to add the following:

They assume, without investigating further (as far as we're shown) any further than what would have been a few miles from that crumbling town. How do they know that, elsewhere—Fiji? the Himalayas? the Amazon? the Sahara? (whatever corresponds to comparable earth geography on this planet)—hundreds, heck thousands or even millions of kids, aren't alive and doing just fine? Why would the go-to presumption be that these 20 kids or so are the ONLY onlies? And that in every other geographic region of the world, 300-year old "child" survivors are all nothing more than a bunch of do-nothing brats?

[I know that sometimes, the Enterprise has some kind of power to "detect human life" in places, but in just as many other cases, it seems they cannot.]

Meanwhile...

If (perhaps taking place only "off screen") the Enterprise actual was able to and did do a thorough scan of the entire planet, and did confirm 100% that there were no other surviving children or adults except for these 20 or so 300-yr-olds...

Why on earth—or rather, why on double-earth—would the Enterprise leave these 20 "children" (dysfunctional people with no education, skills, training, medical care, etc., ALL ALONE on that planet (save for the "teachers" or whomever they left to help; can't be more than 4-5 of them) ? It's one thing for a group of adult space colonists to set up camp on a planet—by choice. But these elderly children surely deserved the opportunity to leave and experience actual functioning communities comparable to their own culture. Or any culture really, so long as it's not a planet where just about entire population was wiped out centuries ago?

Such a small group, there'd surely have been plenty of room on the Enterprise to transport them somewhere. And rightfully, they would have some advocate appointed to them to secure and protect their rights to a stake in their own planet, once outsiders learn of its existence and resources. (Seriously, what a prize for the Klingons to claim!)

One can only imagine the psychological warping of these "children" in all that time. Seeing all that violence of the gr'ups, the horrific extinction of all (at least sentient) life except for themselves. 300 years of festering emotional wounds. Teaching them to read, write, and farm aren't going to fix all that. They need role models and examples of possible ways to live and learn and thrive.
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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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