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Fri, Nov 27, 2020, 9:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

And stop watches at the ready....

‘Time is the fire in which we burn...ham’. Is Soran behind all these shenanigans?

We hit the spore drive through this episode. Brought back a little bit of our dignity from the dead.
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Fri, Nov 27, 2020, 6:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: Unification III

Say No.

Say ‘No’ to emotional wide eye reveals.
Wha? Vulcans and Romulans living on Vulvar! Brother Spock’s legacy! Note to address my time management. Maybe less time spagging on about Burn data and chasing snarfles on Capsicum III with Bookend. Remember when.... ;) Perhaps some time spent learning about my brother’s exploits was in order?

Say ‘No’ to emotional wet eyed say ‘yes’ sessions.
Whoa! Saru wants me to be numero uno? Fuck!! (edgy language is cool) Does he need those ganglia back or what? Whoa! My crew mates. I think? Who’s that guy? Say yes? How do I tell them I was going to join the Jupiter 2? And where’s Mibuzzchael? She’s never around. Do we actually spend any time together? Is she really my friend at all? Makes me sad?

Say Yes.

Say ‘Yes’ to haiviews (ie ie)

Michael had a cry
She gonna make Tilly cry
Bad Discovery

I missed things... last year
All those plot lines... lost... in time
Oh well... time to cry
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Proud Capitalist Pig
Tue, Sep 8, 2020, 1:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Naked Time

All I have to ask is, "Where do I get some of those funky water molecules?" I don't even think the comparison to alcohol intoxication even describes what I saw here. They weren't just "drunk," they were DRUNK! They were zonked out of their minds. Take Sulu: After he bursts out of his closet with that epee and starts parading around the ship looking to duel with everybody, he seems to be almost in some sort of psychotic euphoria. If he were "drunk," I'm sure he would have fallen on his ass a lot more (Great McCoy line by the way: "Take D'Artagnan here to sickbay.") And maybe "Captain Riley" would certainly be endlessly singing Irish shanties while drunk, but could he really isolate computer systems and sabotage the communications network if he was stumbling-down stupid? No, Dr. McCoy: this was more like super-cocaine or bath salts, haha.

But I digress. Basically, everything about this episode, with the exception of maybe one or two lines, was absurdly awful. The commenters above, waxing poetically about things like character revelations and Spock's emotional turmoil (an aside: I have already seen the recent STAR TREK movies so I already knew about his inner Human/Vulcan calisthenics, admittedly), are giving the show far too much credit. I agree with Jamahl: the scenes were goofy and meaningless. They were a way for the cast to have fun so that NBC could sell cars, beer and (back then) cigarettes.

The mess hall scene, with Joe's freak-out, was ridiculous. Could the prop department have come up with a less threatening-looking knife? Wouldn't a galley at least have a steak knife or two? That butter knife that Joe used looked like it couldn't even cut butter. The "blood" after he stabbed himself looked worse than cheesy. A high-school student filming in his backyard could do a better fake than that, even back then in the 60's. And why didn't Sulu and Riley just SHOOT Joe? They could have even used the stun setting.

Anyways, someone settle an argument for me. My son spoke the episode's title aloud as The NAKED Time, probably hoping for some certain shenanigans among the crew as they all went batshit crazy. I read it as The Naked TIME. (Point in my favor: As I told my kid, "No one got naked on network television in the 1960's. Janice isn't going to rip off her clothes for you tonight.")

So who's right? Where does the emphasis go? This is about the only ponderous dilemma I could salvage out of this claptrap.

Best line -- Spock, to Dr. McCoy: "The readings are perfectly normal for me, Doctor. Thank you. And as for my anatomy being different from yours, I am delighted."

My Grade: D
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Thu, Sep 3, 2020, 3:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Where No Man Has Gone Before

I know that it was made in the 60's, so I won't insult this episode's comically goofy eye effects, ridiculous music or dreadful "exterior" shots made on a painfully low budget (you could probably slam every Star Trek episode for that). This was actually quite good. With no salt-sucking psychopaths or whiny teenage brats in sight, it had at least one or two interesting--albeit obvious--things to say about people becoming too powerful before they're even slightly ready for it. Kirk has a pointed line at the end where he tells Dr. Dehner that even though Mitchell has become a completely advanced being, he's still an ugly human below the surface. ("A god but still driven by human frailty." Satan, basically! Bwahahah!)

The direction, writing and acting in this episode were often, pardon the pun, stellar. There's a somewhat intense scene in the conference room where Kirk berates Dr. Dehner for neglecting to mention the full extent of Mitchell's newfound superhuman abilities, and she then argues that this could be a good thing for humanity--a better, superior person. And then the entire room goes uncomfortably and tellingly SILENT for a good long beat. At the end of the scene, Spock and Sulu lay out the ugly truths about how such a "superior" man would eventually come to regard other people--"white mice." I think it's a proud, probing moment for Star Trek, and it's only the third episode.

I even liked William Shatner's hammy performance on the planet during the showdown with Mitchell and Dehner. It was goofy and hysterical, sure, but pretty damned entertaining. My only complaint was that the whole scene was drawn out for too long, and the psychic wrestling match between Mitchell and Dehner was atrocious. (At least it was necessary in order to take Mitchell down a peg for his inevitable fisticuffs with Kirk).

And did I miss something? Why couldn't the Enterprise just beam up Mitchell and Dehner right after they got loose on the planet, and then beam them out into space? Asking for a friend.

Best line -- Mitchell: "Command and compassion is a fool's mixture."

My Grade: B+
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Mon, Aug 31, 2020, 4:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Charlie X

"Charlie X" -- It should be called "Charlie Z," because the titular brat is clearly a member of Generation Z: spoiled, whiny, "wanting a million things that he can't have," and throwing a temper tantrum when he is rejected or stymied. I should know; I parent three of them. What struck me as especially true of most contemporary teenagers was that he craves nothing but instant gratification without doing any work. He refuses to listen to Spock while he tries to explain three-dimensional chess, just wanting to play without learning the rules and caveats. And then later, he doesn't care to learn the initial wrestling and falling techniques Kirk is patiently and amicably trying to teach him because he wants to get right to the sparring. Seems to me that the Giant Heads who raised him should have spanked him on the backside a lot more. Maybe then he would know not to play grab-ass with the older officers (Kirk trying to explain to Charlie why he shouldn't be slapping Janice's ass was priceless). Poor Janice. The look on her face, after Charlie's incident with her, had my son and I bursting out laughing.

So then they realize Charlie has incredible superpowers. He made a crewman disappear right in front of Captain Kirk's eyes. He transformed a junior yeoman into an iguana (what torture that must be). It was inevitably established that force fields and bulkheads will NOT hold him. And yet no one thought to SHOOT him? Or beam him into oblivion? They could have at least tried! Something tells me that despite having superpowers, he was still a human being (as Dr. McCoy basically reported), and probably could have been neutralized.

One other thing confused me--at the end, with Charlie clearly not able to live among human beings, why didn't the Blob Head aliens simply take his powers away? Then Kirk could have thrown him back in jail with no fuss or muss.

I did enjoy the little spots wherein we get to know the characters more. Uhura is still wanting some serious Vulcan Dick, and the scene of her singing while Spock accompanies her on the harp (trying not to grin) was delightful. William Shatner was admirable again as Kirk, this time the reluctant father-figure to the worst possible teenager who's ever lived. He brilliantly exerted Kirk's bemusement, patience, and calm authority throughout the episode.

Best line: "There are a million things you can have, and a million things you can't have!" -- Kirk, a truism that ought be plastered on every billboard from Portland, Maine, to San Diego, California.
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Mon, Aug 31, 2020, 1:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Man Trap

So "The Man Trap" = "Woman." And Uhura is completely creeped out by the salt-sucker posing as a crewman, who has her cornered up against a bulkhead, but then is swooning over him in two seconds once he starts speaking Swahili. I love the 60's!

I thought Captain Kirk came off well here--competent and decisive. While Bones McCoy is nostalgically fawning over his lost love Nancy, Kirk snaps at him to shut up and remember that there's a dead crew member lying on the sick-bed next to him and that they need to find out how he died. Then later, when he and McCoy are on the planet, he correctly points out that their ship has far greater scanning technology at its disposal than two guys with phasers and that they ought to get the hell out of there. And I loved it when he accused Professor Crater of being too soft when Crater objected to hunting down and killing the damn salt-sucker. If it were my ship and there was a shape-shifting salt-sucker from the Planet MS-13 aboard, you're damn right I'd track it down and slaughter it.

Overall I thought "The Man Trap" was passable. I was digging the slow tension and Twilight Zone vibe once the salt-sucker was on the ship posing as various crew-members, and especially when it took on the appearance of McCoy himself. My 11-year-old son was mostly bored out of his mind throughout the episode (he probably hoped it would be more like the Star Trek movies), but my older son and daughter were riveted.

I did think that if the creature was so "intelligent" and worthy of survival, why was it so stupid as to not simply ask for salt politely? I guess it's probably because it was just a purely evil, salt-craving, psychopathic lunatic (that description fits my mother-in-law actually, and my wife would agree with me), so there's probably no more explanation needed as far as its thought processes or motives were concerned.

Best line -- Janice: "Why don't you go chase an asteroid?"

My Grade: B
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Wed, Jun 17, 2020, 12:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

I think this conversation has run out of usefulness a while back, but I do think it rather ironic that the person who evokes "the left" as some kind of boogeyman is insisting other people define it.
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Wed, Jun 17, 2020, 10:37am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

Calls for boycotts and the like come from all over the political spectrum these days, and I would agree that they're mostly a distraction, borne of and fodder for the Selective Outrage Machine (TM).
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Wed, Jun 17, 2020, 9:13am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

A single episode, which has been removed, on one or two of many platforms, temporarily. It has played in a bowdlerized fashion before, which Cleese's management signed off on. I once watched it on a plane, more than a decade ago, and guess what -- the Major's slurs weren't there either. I've got the DVD set, and the BBC has yet to pop up in my basement to repossess it.

I'm not saying it's a great decision, but it's not a lot to hang your "everything's being censored!" hat on, either.
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Wed, Jun 17, 2020, 8:19am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

What has been canceled? Gone with the Wind and
Fawlty Towers are readily accessible. Cops? Can’t say I care about that.
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Thu, Jun 11, 2020, 4:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

Regardless of Brooks's specific role, this was a real phenomenon of the era, Black actors insisting on Black love interests (e.g. Eriq Lasalle on ER): So it is a trend worth observing, at a minimum. But I really don't follow where it intersects with the issue of casting in Bajoran diversity, or how it can be the casting of Black actors, rather than the failure to cast Black actors, that is the racist part.
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Wed, May 13, 2020, 1:53am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Ashes to Ashes

OMG, I just finished reading this entire thread, after re-watching this episode for the first time after its initial run. And I can't believe neither Jammer nor anyone else here has pondered among the comments what has sparked discussions elsewhere:

The Kobali look to be of the same species that the Borg Queen originates from (Species 125)!!

Even if somehow it was merely some look-alike species (the way many aliens look human in the Star Trek universe) surely Seven and the Captain should have immediately made not of this—perhaps also the Borg kids there (though who knows if the Queens visual image is known/shared with all drones, especially not-yet-mature ones, or not.) I mean... an alien shows up looking like the leader or epicenter of Borgdom, and it's not worth even a comment from anyone?

If true, it's fascinating to contemplate the layers in all this. How did someone (a Kabali) even get to be a Borg Queen? Is it because a select former-individual is found upon assimilation to have a superior brain? Or were the Kobal a very old space-faring civilization, and perhaps it was their skill at reanimating/re-engineering corpses into a distinct new entity that radically impacted the "perfection" of the Borg by adding this as their "distinctiveness" to the Borg Collective.

Maybe, prior to assimilating Species 125, the Borg as entities were more biological OR more tech. Perhaps assimilation as a process killed many many captives, but the Kabali "re-animation" process changed all that. Perhaps the Borg aren't so much continually living beings, enslaved by tech. What if, instead, they do die (physiologically) at the moment of assimilation, then the re-animation happens to transform new assimilates into what we know as Borg, reborn.

Why would they bother to make elaborate alien makeup and prosthetics so that this character looked like a Borg Queen, for nothing? It seems as if, in fact, they did. Which is not just bizarre, but such a waste!
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Tue, May 12, 2020, 11:33am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Virtuoso

Ah... nice to come to the end of a decade+ long comment thread and find that the very last one above (by William) addresses the thought I was left with after watching this—as did another, prior. I'll address each below:

The Doctor deftly pointed out to Janeway that, where "duty" factors into things, everyone else on Voyager was there because they willingly committed to it and to Star Fleet (including those who started as Maquis until they were all stranded. Ceska exercised free-choice in changing loyalties. She became persona non-grata, but it's not like at some point she was going to be captured and "forced to be a Star Fleet officer" again.

If Doc were NOT a sentient being, then of course, he isn't implied to have or endowed with any "agency," and therefore stays aboard as The Doctor. But by this point in the series, my understanding has been that Janeway and crew accept him as a sentient being—not created or intended to be thus, but having evolved due to their distinct circumstances and the people and situations with which he's engaged over time.

Thus, he should no longer to be viewed as "property" of Star Fleet." He is not a "slave." Considering his sentience, it's rather... generous?... for The Doctor to have even been willing to continue on as doctor, once he had evolved into developing so many other talents and interests.

I'm trying to recall all the Star Fleet legal stuff that went on regarding Data, given that there had been controversy around him and those in the Federation opposed to recognizing his sentience and right to exercise agency. It would be interesting to learn if the levels of such things were indeed comparable between The Doc and Data.

Now, to the aspects of Doc (having originated "merely" as a program + projection):

The idea of Janeway and others not wanting Doc to leave Voyager for reasons of crew morale, their friendship for him, and his place in their bonded "family" there... those all make sense.

But the idea that, if Doc leaves to join the Qomar, Voyager would be left without a Chief Medical Officer makes no sense. They have the original schematics or whatever for Doc's *original* programming. Yes, they would lose their beloved friend and colleague, but they could just boot up a new EMH to serve the crew's medical needs. This one might or might not become sentient of course, because its circumstances would not be the same (such as how The Doc had needed to remain "on" almost constantly when they first arrived in the Delta Quadrant.) Or who knows, perhaps B'elanna could enhance this or that subroutine. They could have a full replica of Doc from a backup even. Or, change the face of a new EMS for an entirely new actor to join the show.
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Sun, May 10, 2020, 12:11am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Prey


Lol, OK. My comment on pronouns was not about any human political correctness. It was noting that voyager crew refers to a superior being or life-form as "it"—which is typically what we use to refer to creatures that are way lower down on the evolutionary ladder than we fancy ourselves to be as humans. Species 8472 aren't "things", not insects or rats or a fungus. They're potentially like "gods" compared to us—at least what we (through voyager crew's eyes) know of them at this point in the series. They don't need to be "humanoid"—indeed, humanoid beings are inferior to Species 8472. (I'm not clear about the Hirogen tho. Sure, they can hunt a lonely stranded individual, but i didn't get a sense from this how a Hirogen fleet would fare if they went to fluidic space to fight armies of 8472s.

They are superior beings, not pets, not bacteria, not rocks. So using a term that we use for "inferior" things isn't in line with how we would expect this "enlightened" crew to talk.
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Sat, May 9, 2020, 10:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Equinox, Part II

One more note about the Doc and Ethical Subroutines:

If he had those removed, he would still love (or deeply like at least) Seven. If his ethics were erased, he would still feel the same toward Seven, and so it would have been far more realistic if that resulted in his going on a rampage to kill Ransom and the others, for harming Seven.

As far as him shutting the EMS program off, tho other commenters thought (given how easy that was) then anyone else could have done it, it makes sense to me that Doc (and only Doc) could do this, because the main computer would likely read Voyager Doc's voice print in the same way as its own Doc. Presumably the EMH programs have the ability to shut themselves down. And since voyager doc's eventual "sentience" seems to have come as a surprise, the computer would not have reason to suspect that a free-thinking, distinct individual—rather than its own ship's Doc—was making that request.

I also think it's likely that the Equinox Doc was not at all the unique sentient entity that Voyager Doc evolved into (which has had much to do with his unique experiences and interaction with the personalities on Voyager and those they've met from other places. Thus, Eq. Doc was acting merely as a non-sentient EMH program being directed by Ransom and the others—NOT out of "loyalty", as the above commenters assumed.
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Sat, May 2, 2020, 8:48am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Drone

First. I just have to say how much I enjoy seeing these comments continue so many years after the show aired, wow!!

I think what bothered me the most is how, despite ONE being the literal child of that ensign (not by choice, but still) his father was not at all included in any moment or aspect of One’s existence thereafter. IT’S HIS KID, DAMMIT—not Seven’s (unless, given her nanoprobes’ envolvement, maybe One is the child
of both?

Sure, maybe the ensign would choose not to connect with his offspring—but them SHOW this, onscreen! And I would understand how, for security reasons, Janeway would need to terminate his parental rights, given that executive leadership capacity would be required here. But again, if that’s the case, SHOW THIS.

On another note - an idea, not a critique - it could have been interesting if the holo-emitter (either initially, or later, after One’s death) somehow recognized the Doctor as a “being” to assimilate, not just a program. Perhaps a 29th Century tech attribute. Imagine if Borg technology then adapted to assimilate holographic “life”—and assimilate the Doc! ;)
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Thu, Apr 30, 2020, 10:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Demon

I just want to add that if these new clone lifeforms have, as their native habitat, a Y Class planet environment. And they are, essentially, being with the thoughts and memories of the crew (as well as awareness that they are something also other,) then wouldn't that convergence of facts then make this, officially, the very first planetary and species member of the Federation in the Delta Quadrant? And wouldn't that also be something of profound significance to the community of civilizations withing the Federation overall—a member group that can, live one, thrive on, and therefore colonize and develop further Y Class planets throughout the Galaxy? Think of the technology that such lifeforms would be able to create based on such a different environment—and how that knowledge would increase the Federations overall capacity! There could be Federation colonies set of on every Y Class planet, focused on deuterium mining, even!

Meanwhile, the "silver blood" basically *assimilates* the DNA of organic lifeforms. That could make for some interesting conjecture and subsequent encounters with The Borg. Would the human-clones choose to direct the "silver blood" to avoid copying Borg DNA? Or, if it encountered then copied it, would it be just the DNA of the species of assimilated former-individual? Maybe it could be weaponized against the Borg, assimilating Borg cubes by copying them, but in a state that could withstand such extreme temperatures as to make it superior to Borg-original ships and tech because of that quality?

Then, too, if those clones left on the planet have the same memories as the originals, perhaps they would want to also be close to Earth! They could have copied Voyager (but comprised of their 500K-native substance) and joined the original Voyager on the "return home," then made nearby Venus with its ultra-hot temps their new home.

So may things they could have done to make this premise more complex and further reaching in impact... *sigh.*
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Thu, Apr 30, 2020, 12:33am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Killing Game

In echoing the sentiment of all those above who tire of all the repeated 20th Century Earth scenarios, here’s one that I thought could have actually been interesting and apt for the Hirogens to select as a holodeck war program:

The Eugenics War.

We’ve never seen it; only heard about it and it’s consequences. Surely the Hirogen would have found those Augment supermen much more compelling prey. Imagine them battling a EW iteration of the young (pre-Botany Bay) Khan Noonien Singh!

Ah, one of these days...
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Wed, Apr 29, 2020, 9:37am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Prey

This has been quite an interesting thread to read!

First, I'll share my big pet peeve with "Prey": That the Voyager crew constantly refer to that Species 8472 as *IT*. Like it's an android, or an amoeba, or a quasar. Every other life form is a she, he, or they (meant in the plural AND the contemporary "no gender known or asserted"). Species 8472 is not only a sentient lifeform, it is a SUPERIOR lifeform compared with every other lifeform whose world's are currently members of the Federation. Physiologically superior, intellectually superior, and technologically superior to US.

It was as though the Voyager crew took on the language of the Hirogen! The Hirogen see all lifeforms beyond their own as prey—as "it". But surely humans should not—especially given all that characteristic empathy folks in this thread have noted. Don't know the gender of, or IF there is a gender for that member of Species 8472? Use "they." Or heck, keep saying "the member of Species 8472" even, sans pronoun. Not "it."

My thoughts on a few other scenarios noted in the above comments:

Regarding Species 8472's prior stated purpose of coming to our galaxy to "purge all life," since they didn't have experience in this realm—and maybe didn't know it/we existed until the Borg burst through that rift—they may not comprehend that the Borg do not represent the manner of ALL Milky Way beings, or even the profound diversity among them. It would therefore be easy to stereotype as "Galaxy beings are hell bend on "assimilating", i.e. destroying us, therefore our survival depends on our wiping out Galaxy beings."

Considering Star Trek's overall (very annoying!!!) habit of ascribing characteristics, cultural norms, values, etc. to a WHOLE PLANET OF BEINGS based on the 5 or 15 or 500 they encounter in one tiny geographic region of a planet or of space, it's surely not out of the questions for other beings to similarly stereotype What if the first aliens from another world arrive in Romania? Or Namibia? or Samoa? Very distinct cultures and peoples. So why does Starfleet stereotype every planet based on a tiny sample group? Species 8472 may just be doing the same—they don't know any better. Yet.

Regarding the Kes plot hole noted, as to how Species 8472 got so far away from where Voyager encountered them in that Borg battle... we have no idea how expansive (in terms of across how much "space turf" covered) it had been. Voyager encountered that battle site, or the aftermath. But perhaps there were many more. Perhaps also, the rift splintered into other parts of the Delta Quadrant.

Also, given that we know Species 8472 is far more advanced than not only Starfleet, but also the Borg—and that the Hirogen are, mostly, as well—it's not such a big stretch of imagination to see that both of these (Hirogen and 8472) would be capable of traveling such distances much faster than a Starfleet or Borg vessel. Hence... 10,000 light years away, there they are.

While we do learn more about 8472 in future episodes, just focusing on what we know to this point, of episode "Prey," I don't know that we can truly know to call them a "psychopathic" civilization or beings. For all we know (at this point in the saga) they were just talking tough, based on what they knew Galaxy beings (i.e. The Borg) to be like.

To infer they are monstrous as a value system, for wiping out Bork worlds and threatening to kill all life forms (if it's NOT just big talk), then we need to look in the mirror ourselves. We destroy insect colonies all the time. Are we "evil"? for not wanting roach or termite or wasp infested homes? To Species 8472, The Borg Starfleet, etc., may be lifeforms at that level, when compared to them. The Borg (roaches/termites/wasps) invaded their home, and they came to eradicate them.
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Mon, Mar 16, 2020, 8:59am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

Vote with your clicks... if you don't like this site, go someplace else. It's not like Internet lacks for places to discuss Star Trek.
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Sun, Jan 19, 2020, 11:54am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Ethics

One, thing that really irritates me about those reviews is this arrogant anthropocentrism: "Of course is a silly custom, because we humans automatically know what's objectively wrong and right!" This same happened when Jammer was talking about "TNG Half a life" when he automatically said that Kaelon's custom is obviously stupid, without even considering why it even existed in the first place. If aliens exists, they are culturally different that us - do we have the right to judge them by human standards? I completely agree, I would also say its a somewhat biased modern western viewpoint and reading this in 2020 it feels incredibly shallow and even bigoted. There are plenty of cultures in which ritual suicide is a social/culturally accepted path. To state that the episode fails because Worf's cultural mindset is 'silly' is failing in critical thought. Throughout TNG (and other star trek series) Klingons are shown to have a culture that espouses ritual suicide in various situations. They are also a people with very specific views about the physicality needed. Perhaps Jammer should have listened to Picard a few more times............... "that's a very human perspective, for a KLINGON in Worf's position, his life is over...... we don't have to agree with it, we don't have to understand it"
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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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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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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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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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