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AmagnonX
Sun, May 1, 2016, 2:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Repentance

Tried to watch it - got to Doc's BS anti death penalty BS and skipped to the next episode.

If they were already sentenced, then they should have been dead already - time wasting and drawing it out is torture - just kill them and be done with it.

This BS about rehabilitation .. bah .. society is forced to pay for the crimes once .. just kill them cheaply and quickly and move on.
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AmagnonX
Sun, May 1, 2016, 12:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Shattered

Obviously time - travel is fantasy and not science fiction, so this show worked for me.

The theory that time is a dimension (ie. Einstien's GR) is obviously mentally retarded - just like the guy who thought it up. Space-Time is a concept - it is not a substance, as such it does not physically exist - its an idea (and a stupid one). Therefore it cannot bend light around the Sun, cannot effect the perihelion of Mercury etc etc ..

The vacuum is a substance, it is the spacial extension of the isotropic vector matrix - it is a fluid under tension, and is in a state of hyper-flux .. it cannot achieve static equilibrium, it is therefore in a state of dynamic equilibrium. The vacuum is not just an idea .. its a substance that has variable apparent density - depending on apparent flow of high complexity polyhedra, which is why 'gravitational' fields bend light, and .. ah bah humbug ..

.. may as well go talk to some rocks ..
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AmagnonX
Sat, Apr 30, 2016, 4:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Nightingale

Harry just needs to set his phaser to kill - then exterminate all of the annoying people who are retarding his growth - mainly these people are script writers.

However, I would like to see Harry stabbing Janeway repeatedly in the head with a letter opener - it would certainly have me tuning in. Its about time Harry lost his cool - and kicked Chakotay in the nuts, and rammed his head into the coms panel for added effect.

Unlike most people, I really like Harry, but he has certainly been on the wrong end of the script for long enough - its time he went FULL RETARD! Get your self respect back Harry - its going to cost a lot of lives - but so long as its members of the Voyager crew - then all those lives are meaningless.
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AmagnonX
Thu, Apr 28, 2016, 8:45am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Unimatrix Zero, Part II

I'd like to say the idea of a Borg civil war is genius - it is however extremely obvious - but that does not detract from the concept.

That idea however should have been implemented a lot earlier - and it would have allowed a lot of the other Borg episodes to actually make sense - the Borg with internal fractures would be a lot weaker, and that matches how they have constantly been portrayed in Voyager.

Having said that - the premises of the story are ridiculous - there are literally an infinite number of other methods in which this could have been achieved. The concept of the UMZ itself was ok, and could have been kept - but the Away Team Assimilation Plan is so toxic and lacking logic, and so plainly BAD - how could any writer convince themselves that this was a valid approach?

The whole 'Dialog with the Borg' idea - especially the Queen is really annoying - everything could have been accomplished with limited chit chat with the Borg directly - and Janeway poncing around and acting tough is just so stupidly overdone bah .. she would have crapped in her pants .. lets be realistic.

As for the Borg blowing up its own ships - jeesus .. I would have cracked up laughing .. "Great strategy Queen .. keep at it .. Im about to break .. just blow up a few thousand more ships."

Overall an enjoyable show, as for the the Borg Civil War - I say, about time. However the realistic dread and fear that should have been apparent, was starkly absent - giving it a totally cartoonish feel.
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AmagnonX
Mon, Apr 25, 2016, 11:52am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Virtuoso

This was an excellent episode - and I completely disagree with Jammers assessment of the aliens - they were extremely consistent, and it was the understated and frank flatness of the Tincoo that foreshadowed what was coming. It was like watching the Doc run full tilt at a brick wall - the anticipation of the impact was reasonably suspenseful .. when will he work this out, when is he going to wake up?

If the aliens were nice - this would never have worked - their holier than thou attitude was supposed to be annoying - in fact I found it quite amusing. They did deserve a few kicks though - but nobody delivered. "I'm sorry - Gandalf isn't signing any more autographs - you'll just have to go back to the Shire."

The idea that the Doc wouldnt leave the ship, that he fell for it too easily? Hah - the Doc's ego has never been under control - and it is the cause of most of the flak he gets from the crew. We always see the Doc misreading sarcasm - its not new, and his ego has never been under control, and neither has his sense of under appreciation.

This situation hits both of his principle flaws - and hits hard - I had no problem with the premise of his character just loosing control under the circumstances - I would have been surprised if he had shown any caution. Its always been very clear - the Doc is always ready to listen to anybody who strokes his ego.
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AmagnonX
Sun, Apr 24, 2016, 2:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy

The Doc is perhaps my favorite character on this show, as he is the most deeply flawed - his ultimate potential is also perhaps the highest of all of the crew, but his quest to improve always leads him into interesting lateral directions.

This was an extremely fun episode, the aliens were interesting, their motivations and responses designed for comic effect - their humanity was well placed for this kind of light-hearted fantasy.

A little more of naked Seven was not at all gratuitous - if she had been jumping up and down - then perhaps I could have commented on the gratuitous nature of it all - but I think I would have remained silent and hoped for more.
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AmagnonX
Sun, Apr 24, 2016, 1:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy

".. and even the fish begin to weep." Oh so fkn LOLZ .. Im still laughing. Im not sure how exactly you can determine if fish are weeping .. but to actually say it .. aloud .. lolz .. inspired comedic beginnings.
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AmagnonX
Sun, Apr 24, 2016, 1:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Barge of the Dead

I had a further thought - the story I would have actually enjoyed watching.

B'Lanna returns and then gets into a screaming match with her mother - and the two grabbed weapons and beat the crap out of each other - finally B'Lanna drives her mother to the ground and full of Klingon fury she raises her weapon to finish her off - then the captain of the ship grabs her wrist - her mother starts laughing at her hyserically.

Perhaps her mother quips "Oh, hell isnt good enough for me, did you follow me down here to finish me off entirely?" Unspoken is B'Lanna's own realization - and the silent words of her mother - "Now lets see you deny who you are B'Lanna, lets see you rationalize your way out of this one."

B'Lanna gets to vent all the built up anger at her mother - B'Lanna's mother finally recognizes that B'Lanna has Klingon in her blood - she never needed to be taught how to be a Klingon.

They can part finally on good terms - and perhaps B'Lanna wakes with the wounds of that battle to remind her - 'Not all mysteries can be solved by logic'.

Yer - frankly - I like my story better - rather than B'Lanna sobs into her blankie and tries to feel good about herself, while secretly still cursing her mother.
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AmagnonX
Sun, Apr 24, 2016, 1:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Barge of the Dead

A detestable, over blown melodrama about feelings that .. zzzz

Can't find anything to like about this, would have been watchable if she was a 15 yr old - because you could buy the premise of identity confusion, but from an adult this kind of self absorption and 'oh .. I just don't know who I aaaam .. ' made me vomit in my mouth.

I didnt mind the concept of the near death experience, and the Klingon Death Barge - all very nicely done - I just hated the story about 'mummies gurl' - seriously, grow the fk up. Even worse, she is supposed to be tough - a half Klingon - this makes her look like yesterdays dishwater.
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AmagnonX
Wed, Apr 20, 2016, 9:48am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Counterpoint

This was one of the better episodes - however the romance between Janeway and Kashyk made me cringe and I skipped over it .. it was just laid it on too thick.

The other thing that annoyed me was that this actually looked like Janeway was about to finally get it in the neck for her stupidity and niavete - she is always saved by deus ex machina - at least she managed to use her wits to get out of this one.

If she had actually been properly prepared and in control of previous events in which she did apparently stupid things - then her character would have been a superstar hit .. this episode only highlights what could have been - but definitely isnt.

I'm not buying it - Janeway isnt smart enough to have pulled this off, never before has she had a hidden ace - she never needed it - because the writers never follow through with realistic consequences for her character.
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AmagnonX
Wed, Apr 20, 2016, 7:06am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Nothing Human

The amount of ambiguity in the technical capabilities of equipment (holographic projection and programming in this case) and also in crew technical qualifications leads this show to be an unnecessary disaster.

Instead of thinking about to put the elements of the story together in a plausible fashion - cliche's are used - but are badly over-extended.

These themes of this show would have fared far, far better if the ACTUAL living Cardassian had been aboard the ship. This could have been accomplished by having a group of Cardassians rescued by the Voyager, among them the Cardassian exobiologist in question. Then the problem would have simply been to explain their presence - and the new alien species in question could certainly have neatly supplied that mechanism.

One possible suggestion is that the Cardassians were on a mission to investigate the insects ship in the Alpha quadrant - and the insects possessed the slipstream drive and took off back to the Delta quadrant. There are a number of ways that the Cardassians could have been pulled along through that same slipstream - perhaps they had engaged the insects ship with a tractor beam at the time .. perhaps they just got too close and were sucked into the slipstream .. etc etc .. there's a number of possibilities far more plausible and satisfying than the instant Cardassian hologram.

After that you could run the story pretty much the same way - except you would have the actual Cardassian on board - more meat, less BS. Then of course you would have a warm body to vent at - and if you wanted to get rid of said warm body by the end of the show it would be slightly more involved than deleting a holo-program .. killed off by the enraged Bajoran Marquis perhaps .. killed by the insects themselves .. put in the brig for the next 50 years by Janeway .. ?

Ya - this episode fell in a heap because it lacked imagination when identifying the plot mechanisms. Sure you want to tell a story - but it needs to develop in a plausible fashion - not be thrown together by magic.

With regard to the technical qualifications of the crew - this show would work a lot better if they were clearly defined. For example if Harry was overtly identified as a Communications Engineer, and B'lanna was a Propulsion Engineer - this would give Harry a lot more scope, while not undermining the importance of B'lannna.

With the technology of that era, there would be a lot of hybrid science degree's. For example in our modern world there is a degree 'Computer Science' - this is obviously not really a science degree - its a hybrid degree that combines technician (computers), engineering (electronic) and science (information). The crew of a ship like Voyager would really need a lot of these kind of technical specialists. For example Paris could be a Control Systems Scientist - which equates to technician (specialist - actuators / switching / conduits), engineering (basic - electrical / plasma), science (basic - physics / information) - which could be equal to a science degree, but is more specialized and hands on.

I think this would help the show a hell of a lot - not everyone can do everything - and everyone would have something they are really good at.
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AmagnonX
Tue, Apr 19, 2016, 1:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: In the Flesh

Species 666 morphs into species 90210? WTF!?

This episode makes me want to vomit - imagine if Chakotay had been morphed into an 8472 - would they have still tried the kissing scene? What a joke - the inability of writers to see things from the alien perspective is so ingrained - they may as well just make every alien species humans with pointy ears, or a flat nose .. or .. oh ok .. they did that already.

The probability that any alien species will have empathy (and therefore a conscience) is extremely low. Most aliens will be psychopaths - as soon as Janeway teleports them aboard - gives up the nanobots - bends over and spreads her ass cheeeks - take your pick - the aliens should have rammed it home. Its about time Janeway was seriously punished for her combination of fatal flaws - projecting human ethos onto aliens, self destructive naivete, and narcissism.

There are nearly 150 crew who can be dismembered, permanently disabled, or brutally killed in front of her - its time the bodies started piling up as a consequence of her stupid decisions. She is never punished for her stupidity - therefore we can just expect more and more.

In a previous episode we are treated to this classic Janeway suicidal decision. "We could abort the super-powered Borg baby who has the ability to self teleport - ah no .. lets see how it turns out." The result is a heart-warming affirmation that actual realistic consequences will never be applied.

How dearly I would have loved 8472 to simply transform as soon as they got her alone in the briefing room - tear off Chakotay's head and hand it to her .. "Here you go dear .. add this one to the collection."
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AmagnonX
Mon, Apr 18, 2016, 12:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Living Witness

Good episode - gratz to the writers - very creative without losing sight of the 'mission'. Deliver a truly human experience.
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AmagnonX
Mon, Apr 18, 2016, 8:33am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Killing Game

Unmittigated sh-t .. and it went on about 4 hours too long .. I skip-watched the first episode in about 15 mins, and this one took about 10 mins .. but it felt well over 6 hours long.

Jewish propaganda seems to find its way into the far future - apparently they are still trying to justify the Palestinian massacres.

All kinds of themes can be explored by science fiction - but they should be explored metaphorically - thats the whole point of being in the scifi genre is to explore human themes .. WITH A NEW PERSPECTIVE .. these two episodes would only have value if they were printed on toilet paper - at least you could wipe your ass with them.
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Amagnonx
Mon, Apr 18, 2016, 4:41am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Prey

Janeway is incapable of viewing reality outside of her own emotional lens. While it is interesting to have such a flawed character - the writers never question her morality - it is presented as if it is somehow the 'only right way' - this is what makes it annoying. The conflict between her and Seven is an opportunity for Janeway to grow - but it is presented from a totally biased perspective - as if it were only Seven who is in need of the 'enlightened' views of Janeway - where its clear that the reverse is in fact the truth.

Janeway constantly projects human emotion and empathy onto alien races that obviously have no empathy. Her idea to 'save the alien at all costs' in this episode makes me wish Seven had quietly strangled her and the irrational magical medicine bag clutching Chakotay - their deaths would put the far more rational Tuvac in charge of the ship. He might be boring - but he is empathic and at least slightly rational.

Like the Borg, the new alien race (8472) appears to be devoid of empathy - they are a psychopathic civilization - and we should expect that this is common in the universe. The complex chemical systems that provide humans with compassion and empathy - also provide humans beings with a competitive and cooperative advantage - but are not necessary to allow civilization. An extremely brutal system of laws, combined with an hierarchical system of rule will allow a psychopathic species to achieve a highly advanced civilization. Most of the population would have to be a disarmed and subjected to virtual slavery - but those subjected to such conditions are also psychopaths - and they would never be able to organize a rebellion - more than that - they would never want to. Instead they would each simply seek to rise to a higher level in the hierarchy themselves.

The so called 'moral dilemma' is personal to Janeway - it is not a an ethical (logical) dilemma. The alien is powerful, hostile and extremely dangerous - it broke through the ships hull - they have proven weapons to use against it which can be used immediately - every second of delay increases the probability that a crew member will be killed, or that a vital system might be destroyed leading to multiple crew fatalities.

Janeway's first obligation is to her ship and crew, therefore the logical and ethical response is to deploy the only known weapon they have against the 8472 alien immediately - instead she asks Seven to start tinkering up a non lethal weapon. This is utterly reckless and vastly increases the danger to the ship and crew. This decision alone makes it clear she places her personal beliefs above the safety of the crew and the ship - if she was the only one at risk - then its fine to act that way, but she is clearly incapable of seeing things from a broader context.

The 8472 alien is powerful and telepathic, its an unknown quantity that might be able to crush Tuvac's mind like a bug at close quarters - or potentially it could disable, kill or even control crew members at range with its virtually unknown telepathic capability. Having it running around the the ship at a time they are facing multiple hostile ships is simply stupid.

The details of the the battle between the alien and hunters is initially unknown, but once more hunters are detected incoming, and the hunter they gave medical treatment makes it demands - then they should have done exactly what Seven did - return them both to the hunter ship. That's how they found them, and that fight is nothing to do with them - they owe neither of the combatants anything. They should have simply followed the Prime Directive and got out of there.

Janeway then tries to justify her actions by saying the alien might be useful as prisoner for intel. Kess had previously explained that the 8472 aliens intended to 'purge' the entire galaxy. The 8472 had also explained that they had no respect for any living creature that could not repel their attack. Not only did they have the capability of destroying entire planets - they had already destroyed several hundred worlds controlled by the Borg. Voyager had created an effective weapon - this was by pure chance - Seven was on board and had both the required technology, and the knowledge required. Supplying this weapon to the Federation should be the highest priority for the entire ship - it should be 'the' mission. While more intel and a living alien is certainly valuable - it is not worth risking the destruction of the ship. If the Federation was attacked - then it could conceivably be completely destroyed before developing that weapon independently.

When the hunters arrive and make their demands, it is like being surrounded by six armed men who say 'give us your prisoner or we shoot you in the head'. If you say no, you get shot in the head - but its not just Janeway's head on the line - an idea she seems to be unable to comprehend.

Her story about the wounded Cardasian is irrelevant - the Cardasians are empathic - to the contrary, there has been no indication that the 8472 aliens are. This is like watching a house burning down, and when its almost gone out - you see a small flame left. Do you run in and 'save' it? Carefully keep the flame 'alive' and then 'release' it into the nearby forest? Projecting the attribute of empathy onto psychopaths is identical to treating forces of nature as if they were living things - its absurd - just one more thing that both the writers and the Janeway character seem incapable of comprehending.

If they had opened a singularity to release the 8472 alien, what then - simply toss it through? It would probably be like beaming someone into deep space - a useless act. Were they going to carry it through aboard their ship, once more invading the plane of the 8472? Were they going to supply it with shuttle from their apparently infinite supply of disposable shuttles? That would provide it with intel. If they had created such a singularity - there seems to be a good chance that the 8472 on the other side would come straight back through at that point - guns blazing. Trying to send the alien 'home' would have potentially placed there entire galaxy at risk again - for the sake of preserving Janeway's conscience - let the galaxy burn, so long as Janeway feels good about herself.

There seems to have no acknowledgement by the writers that any of the rest of the crew might agree with Seven - as if she was wrong and Janeway always right.

This biased lens of 'morality' is not the hallmark of good writing - people should not be told what it right and wrong - far better to simply present it and let them decide for themselves.

Seven's observation that the hierarchical structure on the Voyager is the same kind of collectivism practiced by the Borg is accurate - however there is a veneer of individualism on the Voyager - ultimately Janeway has made it clear - she is the Tyrant of Space - and the lives and wishes of the crew have no value compared to her personal beliefs and feelings, and she will sacrifice their lives on the pyre of her vanity without hesitation - and the writers seem to endorse this as if it were ethical.
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