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Andrew Williams (AndrooUK)
Mon, Oct 8, 2018, 5:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: A Day in the Life

The commentary and responses on the Adama flashbacks says it all, pretty much. A day in the life of the whole ship would have been great.

The airlock scene was very frustrating. It wouldn't take too much research to have a more realistic scene with actual stakes, and it would have been more dangerous with a bigger breach, or they could be stuck in a container filling with liquid or something.

For a pinhole leak, you could just stick your finger over it, a piece of chewing gum, or the actual patch that the Chief used. It wasn't a high pressure environment, like a submarine, and it didn't have a different gas or liquid outside. A patched hole in a standard atmospheric pressure environment can't have a new hole form over it.

The 'emergency equipment breaks in an emergency' trope was a little annoying, as was instant lockdown with no warning, even for what should have been detected as a minor leak. For a major decompression, I could understand, but it was barely enough of a leak for them to hear, never mind for a sensor to detect and not confuse it for a fan or other occasional air movement.

Why did the outside door have blast pins for emergencies, but not the inside door?

'Freezing in a vacuum' is also a lazy trope. A vacuum is an excellent insulator.

If the pressure were so low, how are they expecting heavy crates or the door to be blown out into space? Even at a standard atmosphere pressure, you would need a lot of evacuating air to be able to blow something out. The huge launch tubes or the other giant airlocks, not the little access airlock. The gravity plating would also make it difficult for anything to be blown out, anyway.

Jaffey brings me coffee.
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Andrew Williams (AndrooUK)
Fri, Sep 28, 2018, 3:15am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Live Fast and Prosper

"Everybody stop eating."

Why the fuck do Janeway and Torres walk to the mess hall instead of immediately alerting everyone over the intercom that replicated food may be harmful?

I concur with most of the rest of these comments.

It could have been more fun, but the episode didn't seem to be intended to be comedic, and boy we weren't disappointed. It was pretty dry, and also had me frustrated in how gullible and naive Starfleet is and can be. (DS9 and Enterprise helped to redeem this somewhat. I, of course, exclude TOS and the POS DIS.)

Tuvok's counterpart was great. It's a shame it was Janeway's one who got most attention. Fake Janeway didn't need to be on the shuttle.

Also, a group of a species who apparently deals with inter-species trades does not know how to demand payment first before lowering shields around their goods. (Even though it's plot dependent on whether or not you can transport through shields.)

Voyager gets crushed by attacks far too often... it should have been destroyed over and over by now. Even the lousy Kazon could take them on with a few of there backwater ships. This episode's battles were no exception. I agree that this species should have shrugged its collective shoulders after being pitched Voyager by its defenses and armaments.

Why is it always the plasma network that ruins everything? Your sonic shower doesn't turn itself off when malfunctioning (and it malfunctions because: brownout?) or when instructed to be disabled, computer functions are disrupted by plasma something, and everything explodes because plasma. The replicators suddenly can't use the correct computer instructions to replicate correctly, nor can they abort after receiving a bad hash/parity bits.

Use some freaking electricity and cables, for once. Ditch the plasma, it's always causing problems. Even for high power devices, they can run heavy cabling around, and have transformers or whatever they need to do. Even have local plasma stored only next to the high power devices, and keep it in a safe container, so it won't destroy the whole network.

Exploding computer terminals are one of the worst tropes that Star Trek uses. Just awful. Who the fuck would work for Starfleet if everything they use can explode on a hair trigger?

This time, there is a 'contaminant' in the replicator system. Contaminated what? Energy? It's a mini transporter, basically. Changing energy into matter. There's nothing to contaminate that would affect macro or micro nutrients. Even if the 'integrated circuitry' were 'contaminated', the systems should be able to detect corrupted data packets and request new ones, and abort if they are unable to confirm the parity bits for the packets.

Packets and IPs were a thing when TNG and VOY were written. It's a shame that the writers dumbed actual science/IT down so much. The producers didn't give their audience much credit, considering that the audience was generally more inclined towards substance over style (except what little I have seen of DIS). Not that they had to go into onerous detail, because that would be boring, but then they would be forced to put more thought into their stories and characters, and not be able to blame random malfunctioning parts over and over.

It's interesting how Voyager's computer can be scanned for data, and *read*. No encryption, then? You can scan the quantum states of the data with no reference point? You can correctly interpret the data without knowing how the computer works to begin with?

Usually one can overlook these irregularities, inconsistencies, and contrived plot points. This episode rubs most people the wrong way because of how egregious and unexplained it all is, and then makes every other contrivance even more apparent than usual, because the story relies too heavily on them.

Character development sucks for Voyager. TNG wasn't a whole lot better, but it seemed to make more of an effort. Voyager couldn't decide on whether it was action heavy, or cerebellum heavy... and ended up not doing either particularly brilliantly. It's always been more of a light meal. There's some substance, but it doesn't quite fill you up as much as you'd like, but it tasted fine and didn't cost too much.

In summary, a somewhat entertaining (but not intentionally) episode, let down by its technobabble, and some other flaws in unbelievable behaviour and character development.

2 out of 5. (Maybe 1.5-2 out of 4.)
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Andrew Williams (AndrooUK)
Mon, Sep 10, 2018, 11:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S5: Nothing Human

Hey, guys. I have the cure for cancer, obesity, heart disease, and dementia... but it was obtained by testing on humans without their consent, so I'm going to destroy that information to stick it to anyone who might try that kind of thing again.

I'm also going to retrospectively destroy all psychiatric advancements made by experimenting with unwilling patients.

There is no ethical solution, because both arguments are correct. It is wrong to conduct medical research on people without their informed consent, and it is wrong to not use medical research to help others.

The pragmatic solution is to use all research and discoveries, regardless of how that was obtained, because why punish others by withholding or destroying it? You can have disincentives for doing so again, but really, if the need is grave enough... we would remove all research safeguards in the real world.

If we had a deadly plague killing 50 % of our populations, we *would definitely* start unethical medical testing on willing or unwilling participants. We would not sit by and carry on with double blind studies and the decade long process to approve a medication.

Any comparisons with medical or scientific discovery/research and criminal evidence gained illegally is absurd. They are not comparable. Criminal evidence is not a new scientific/medical discovery or innovation, it is information that already existed.

This episode was tedious, and obviously rubbed a lot of people the wrong way... considering all the comments, which I don't feel like reading them all. The magic hologram, the butthurt crew, and the incredible decision of the EMH to keep him as a Cardassian to stick it to his evil xenophobic crewmates, instead of saving the trouble during a lifethreatening emergency.

The acting was good from the Cardy, but the Bajoran was a snooze. Technically, the episode was constructed well... but the story really falls flat, and ends inexplicably.

"Get over it, but I will delete him now you're better. Let's just hope you don't have a cockroach sucking on your veins next week."
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Andrew Williams (AndrooUK)
Wed, Sep 5, 2018, 4:18am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: The Gift

A bit off topic, but I always found it very strange when Seven is trying to access the communications system.

We see the bridge at red alert knowing there's a problem and where, but then we cut to Tuvok and Kes in quarters, who are still going through the motions and not hearing the red alert.
Tuvok then contacts Security, so he's not concerned about keeping things quiet for Kes. It seems like these were supposed to be the other way round, and the editor/director didn't get the memo.

Neelix was the obvious choice, but I guess the producer liked him. That, or the writers must have thought he was more amazing than we did. Look at all his amazing skills he has, even though Kes is the one with a photographic memory. How old is that dude if he has done so much? A bit creepy hanging around the very young woman that is Kes. A 'barely legal' one year old... which raises even more questions.

NB: How long is a year on Ocampa? Maybe it is twenty Earth years. That's always a bit silly. The same when he estimates the age of the Kazon boy in that stupid episode as 13. How does he know the Kazon calendar? Tuvok's birthday should also fall on a different date every year, assuming that Starfleet works on the Earth Gregorian year.

That, or every habitable planet has exactly the same duration of its orbit.

Seven of Nine magically skips several episodes or even a whole series of progress, by suddenly being cool with freedom and silence, and even up for sex with Harry the L Fudger. (Garret Wang cannot pronounce the letter L, and one you hear it, you cannot unhear it. Very annoying, for an already annoying character.)
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Andrew Williams (AndrooUK)
Tue, Aug 21, 2018, 3:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: Cupid's Dagger

Lieutenant Alara Kitan runs to the shuttle bay... instead of calling. Way to go. She's earning her 'pay' there.

There's the other stupid transgender episode where she runs to Lieutenant Commander Bortus. Great rehash.

(Amazingly, we see her running in the next episode.)

Why does the Captain locate by scanning for and then walk to the Commander's quarters and then force entry instead of calling first? It was clearly to force the encounter instead of for a believable reason.

The fact that The Union doesn't have any information about 'space Cupid's arrow' was lame. I get it is a plot device, but it is a flimsy premise. Some 'space infection' would have been better.

If you ignore the flimsy premise, the episode had some good potential... but fell a little flat.
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Andrew Williams (AndrooUK)
Fri, Feb 2, 2018, 5:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Minefield

Mining on Asteroid Whilst Being Stalked by Pervert Vulcans: Reed builds a snowman with Token Black.

Sex on Risa: Reed is having a good time and looking for alien poontang with Farmboy Warp Engineer.

Series 1.5 to 2 and beyond: Reed is a stoic and pessimistic asshat with no interpersonal skills or joy left in his heart.

Stick with a personality, writers!

Beam Reed back. He can stick his fingers in his leg when aboard, or just leave the sealing gel to fill the gap, and Phlox can fix him up with some eels and worms (forget gauze or stitches). Then detach the hull and be on your way.

PS: 'No trespassing' signs would ruin many a storyline for Star Trek...
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Andrew Williams (AndrooUK)
Mon, Jan 8, 2018, 9:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Tin Man

The Enterprise was thrown 3.8 billion kilometres away from Beta Stromgren. The supernova should not have been visible from that distance for about 3.5 hours, with the following caveats:

Assuming they were using visual sensors, because the magic active sensors were still crapped out, it would take more than twenty seconds to see the supernova occur visually.

Even on Earth, it would take us 8m20s to see our own Sun go supernova, and that's a good deal closer than the Enterprise is to Beta Stromgren at this point.

3,784,292,189 km = 0.0004 lightyear.

0.0004 lightyear = 3.506 light-hours.


That's the most I got out of this episode. The second more minor element was that Betazoids for some reason can't handle all the voices from childhood, when they would be best suited to learn to process external stimuli and filter out unwanted noise, but can handle it during adolescence, when the brain has already undergone most of its formation and should find it most difficult to process a new sensory input.

As some anxiety or agoraphobia analogue, it was interesting to bring that up and how it can affect people so negatively.

Otherwise, this was a pretty flimsy episode with a predictable outcome and transparent process. But it didn't have Riker standing with his legs spread out and dangling his balls everywhere like the first series, so that counts for something.

1 out of 4.
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Andrew Williams
Sat, Oct 28, 2017, 8:19am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Suspicions

The most unbelievable part of this episode for me was the fact that a death by suspicious circumstances, where the doctor doubted suicide, on a Federation ship was not investigated because the family didn't want an autopsy.

Even if a forensic autopsy was not allowed where suspicious circumstances were a factor, which I find would be unacceptable from any society that has a rule of law, why would there still not be a criminal investigation?

They spend whole episodes investigating some inane scientific mystery, or spending days helping someone repair their crappy ships, like it's no big deal.

Potential murder? Meh, we'll leave that one alone. Who gives a fuck if our beloved Captain Picard might be next?
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Andrew Williams
Sat, Oct 28, 2017, 8:09am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Timescape

The beginning was quite annoying but seems to be employed more often than not.

When Picard, Data, and La Forge are frozen, Deanna moves from her seat. Even if Geordi and Jean-Luc didn't notice her suddenly being standing from sitting (which I don't believe anyone sane could not notice), Data definitely would have.

Making out like they had to prove Deanna right, instead of it being immediately apparent to everyone there was a problem, really bothered me in this episode.

On the whole, I liked this episode a lot. I could suspend my disbelief for most of the technobabble and questionable science, but things like Deanna's sudden relocation, or Suspicions where a murder on a Federation ship isn't investigated with or without the family's consent, are not believable and ruin the whole premise of an episode.
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