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Andersonh1
Thu, Mar 15, 2018, 1:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I saw the original Star Wars when I was 6, back in 1977, so I can rightly claim to be a life long fan. Loved the originals, loved the prequels, all of which brought something new to the table.

The Force Awakens and now The Last Jedi seemingly exist to repackage things we've already seen, and to kill off the old characters for no good reason. I'm honestly not sure why anyone who grew up enjoying the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo would enjoy the modern films, given how they treat those characters.

Why should we root for Rey to fight for that happy ending and victory over the First Order? Han, Luke and Leia got a happy ending and beat the Empire, and now look where they are.
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Andersonh1
Fri, Jan 5, 2018, 9:24am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: The Forsaken

I can't stand Lwaxana Troi.... but then the DS9 writers do the impossible, and produce a story that turns her into a character I can root for. There is a warm-hearted and caring person beneath all that uncomfortable-to-watch middle-aged man-chaser dialogue. Her scenes with Odo really are wonderful to watch, and both characters benefit immensely from the interaction. Bravo.
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andersonh1
Tue, Oct 24, 2017, 6:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Natural Law

I agree with Eli, a pleasant and enjoyable episode about exploration (albeit unintentional) and understanding. Friendly aliens are always good to see in Voyager, and though it's a missed opportunity for a follow-up to Human Error, I enjoyed the combo of Chakotay and Seven exploring the alien culture and making friends. I really liked this one.
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Andersonh1
Tue, Oct 24, 2017, 3:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Friendship One

Did Joe Carey have a substantial part in an episode after the first season? I know he turns up for a flashback scene or two over the seasons, but it's so bizarre that they bring him back after years of being offscreen, only to kill him off halfway through the episode. It's a return to the original policy of building up characters before killing them to avoid "redshirt syndrome" I suppose, but the fact that it happens so close to the end of Voyager's journey is the real twist of the knife. Still, at least the character wasn't forgotten in the end, though if he'd been on DS9, he'd have had tons of character development by the time the final season rolled around.

Otherwise, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this episode. The visuals were great, the plight of the aliens was engaging and really generated some sympathy, and I appreciated the Trek philosophy here of trying to help instead of taking revenge, even after Carey's death. I took Janeway's comments at the end as something spoken in a moment of grief over the loss of a crew member rather than her basic philosophy, though there has to be an element of guilt still. Every dead crew member died because Janeway stranded them across the galaxy, and she hasn't forgotten.
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Andersonh1
Tue, Oct 24, 2017, 10:54am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

I'm glad we didn't really see what happened when Voyager finally reached Earth (apart from the future which will now never happen), because if there's one thing the first few Voyager relaunch novels showed me, it's that the characters on that show work best when in deep space, away from the rest of the Federation, interacting with each other. After seven seasons in the Delta Quadrant, what I want to see is that crew together on that ship. I honestly didn't much care what happened once they got back to Earth, though I'm glad they did.

Voyager in the Alpha Quadrant just doesn't appeal in the same way.
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Andersonh1
Mon, Oct 9, 2017, 10:11am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Human Error

I love this episode. It's tragic that Seven can't quite break through and be as human in the real world as she tries to be in the holodeck simulations. And it's tragic that no one but the Doctor knows what she's going through, because she keeps her distance from the crew. Look at how B'Elanna reacts when Seven offers the gift in Engineering or asks about her hair.... she doesn't know how to react to Seven's attempts to be social. She's bemused and doesn't really reciprocate. Seven is the outsider among the Voyager crew, never quite managing to be human and fit in, and despite her trial run in the holodeck, unwilling to try again at the end of the episode. We learn more about Seven's inner struggles here than we have in the past few seasons. Sometimes these characters just don't win, and that's fine.

And it does set up Chakotay and Seven's relationship in the final episode. I like both characters, and I wish they'd done more with that.
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Andersonh1
Mon, Sep 19, 2016, 10:29am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Killing Game

Jammer, great site, and I enjoy the reviews. I don't always agree, and I wonder sometimes if the ones your wrote while the show was on the air aren't suffering from "Trek burnout". After a decade of new Trek, was anything going to seem all that fresh? I didn't like Voyager when it first aired, and in fact quit watching during season three. But having revisited the series via DVD, I really enjoy it. My preferences have clearly changed in the 15 years since it went off the air, or maybe I just find it easier to sit back and relax and take the show at face value.

Case in point:The Killing Game, which I watched yesterday with my wife and kids. We all enjoyed it quite a bit. The girls were a bit disturbed at the cruelty of the HIrogen in badly wounding the crew over and over again, and my oldest daughter was amused at Seven of Nine singing in the cabaret. But by and large this was a big, fun episode, with a villain that had a little depth to him and a cast who clearly enjoyed playing alternate versions of their usual characters. I liked how the same relationships and conflicts appeared between the characters, even when they didn't quite know who they were. And Janeway as a Klingon was great.

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Andersonh1
Fri, Jan 23, 2009, 10:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: The Fight

I agree. I enjoyed the episode for its focus on Chakotay, and the aliens who were just to different to communicate in the normal fashion. Nice concept, interesting execution.
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Andersonh1
Fri, May 2, 2008, 10:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

I always figured Worf just came for the wedding, and was just serving on the ship temporarily, the way he did in the previous two movies. After the trip to Betazed, he'd head back to Kronos. Of course, some dialogue to that effect would have been nice.

And the Dominion War at least rates a mention in the briefing scene, though as you say, the relationship with the Romulans at the end of DS9 is completely ignored here. Pity.
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andersonh1
Sun, Apr 13, 2008, 3:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

I think the utter mindlessness of the crew was one of the points the story was making. I too found some of the behavior of the cadet crew "fascist" such as the captain's coming down hard on Jake for asking an innocent question, then spying on him as he talks to Nog. But these cadets are no different than others we've seen in the past... all young officers in Star Trek seem to be arrogant jerks, all the way back to TNG. These particular arrogant jerks just happened to get control of a starship.

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