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D'anna, Klingon Starfleet's Counselor
Fri, Nov 23, 2018, 11:35am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Redemption, Part II

Lt. Comdr. D'anna, daughter of L-Waqxan'ha, Klingon Starfleet's Counselor...
Personal diary, note:

RAAAAAWR!!! You Chris Hobson dishonored mak'dar will drown in your blood!!! I'll drink bloodwine from your emptied skull and throw your corpse to the targs you filthy petaQ!!! And... Comdr. Hobson, do not forget your appointment on Tuesday, at 11:30 am, thaaaaaanks xxxxxs :-)
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Ayannababi
Sat, Mar 24, 2018, 11:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: Time and Again

First time watcher of voyager here...

I didn't hate this episode. I'm disappointed to hear that time travel is super common of this series. I'm coming off watching DS9 and i was a huge fan of it's originality. So my standards are set high. I thought this episode was good, but I was annoyed with the reset. It felt like an unresolved copout.

I think because this is a new series at this point, we need this basic-ish episodes so we can focus on the characters. I really care about these characters, even 3 episodes in. So the series is going okay for me for now.
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Anna
Mon, Apr 24, 2017, 7:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Relics

They took my favorite character from TOS and created a weird scenario to lay him low, crush his spirit, rob him of his dignity and pride so that the new generation can be noble and work with him to restore some sense of all that. It felt horribly contrived in that I agree with other comments that it seems unrealistic and out of character for all the characters concerned that he would become and be treated as a useless old pest who gets in the way and for whom no one has any use or interest or time. For these reasons I wish they'd left the character alone rather than bring him back for such an episode. Yes there were a few good moments and I suppose nostalgia is served. But on the whole I was really disappointed with the way this was handled and the contriver plot and character interactions designed to fit a theme that was unworthy of all involved
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Anna
Sun, Apr 16, 2017, 7:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Sub Rosa

Just watched this again. Have to reiterate how funny I find this one. The scene where dr crusher and Picard are talking about her mother's journals is exceptional. Picard: "hmmmm it would seem that the Howard women have exceptionally vigorous libidos ". Dr crusher: "I certainly hope so". Hahahaha!! And the look on his face as he has to seriously deliver that excruciating line. Oh my, that both Patrick Stewart and Jean Luc Picard would say that line is so crazy and funny. You can't help but feel for the actors involved. But they are good sports and do their best. It's a kind of funny that can only happen when no one is trying to be funny. It's such an awful and wonderful episode.
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Anna
Sun, Apr 16, 2017, 11:42am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Peak Performance

I can't like this episode due to ferengis. Feregis always ruin it for me, though not for the reasons many fans disliked them, I think. It always annoys me that ST set up the easy-to-hate, meant-to-be-loathed, straw man of the ferengis, making them ugly, devious, violent, untrustworthy, and generally irritating for the purpose of spoon feeding the audience an easily hated enemy and also to illustrate their hatred of "the worst side of capitalism", or whatever, in their imaginary utopia. Then later when it becomes inconvenient to maintain such a ridiculous premise, and too boring, and they feel that better enemies have been invented they try to reverse it and grant dignity and humanity to this species they had spent so much time portraying as contemptible. It never worked for me and I found the back pedaling later on to be too much of a flip flop.

Ds9 and later episodes of tng endow the ferengi with traits that are not at all in keeping with the ugly, violent, aggressive "capitalist" monsters they initially invented. Whenever st creates species that are just so devoid of redeeming qualities, so contemptible, as the enemy, i find it cheap and dull. But it's worse when they use these invented races as a not so subtle pot shot at some belief they want to self righteously comment on or as an illustration of some type of person they want to knock down or show they are better than. Making a race of ugly irredeemable bad guys for the noble federation to smack down is too easy. And it's Especially troubling if the argument could be made that it perhaps is targeting a group, like when there seem to be some stereotypes going on that could lead one to see some alien race as representing a certain human group. Of course such things can never be proved and thus you can't criticize because there's always the argument that it wasn't meant that way and people are reading into it. Yeah ok. Whatever. But I still find it just distasteful bordering on offensive sometimes. At the very least it's so lazy and too easy and uncreative and unimaginative.
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Anna
Fri, Apr 14, 2017, 10:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Code of Honor

I agree with Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes, the latter of whom called this nothing but a "racist piece of s**t" and tried to get it pulled from syndication as embarrassing and damaging to the overall reputation of the franchise. It's openly offensive - racist and sexist and prehistoric in its thinking. Though that may not have been intentional it's none the less the result and author's intent, or lack thereof, doesn't mitigate what this is. On top of that, it's clunky and dull with a poor and stilted plot, pointless violence, embarrassing titillation peppered throughout, and contains awkward, bizarre dialogue. Reportedly the entire cast involved hated making it and no one defends it. It's the worst episode of any Star Trek series and some of the worst television I've seen. The less it's remembered, the better and serves only as a lesson of what not to do. I'd rather watch shades of gray a dozen times than even think about this one, let alone watch it.
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Anna
Thu, Apr 6, 2017, 5:17am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Correction to above comment: "I still think that the answer is the Brahms character flip flopped and was inconsistent and overly sexualized** then overly icy because it was needed for the plot and not much more thought was given to it beyond that when it was written."
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Anna
Thu, Apr 6, 2017, 5:11am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Jason, those are all plausible ideas, certainly. But I think they are what you are bringing to the episodes and not implicit in the material itself, as you are looking for ways to explain it that somehow would make sense. But though they do make sense I don't think that's at all obvious from the shows themselves. The questions are unanswered though hard to ignore - as others have mentioned above in other comments. Someone proposed the notion the computer/ship itself is inserted into the first personality. That too is a reasonable explanation but nothing in the show indicates that at all. Rather it's a viewer attempt to add an idea to make it make sense. I still think that the answer is the Brahms character flip flopped and was inconsistent and overly specialized then overly icy because it was needed for the plot and not much more thought was given to it beyond that when it was written. And that is what I find troubling and disappointing, particularly with the history of women's roles in these series. That said, again, I certainly don't disagree with your ideas. Those make sense, though I don't think are intrinsic and rather are something we as the audience have to fill in and add to make this not what it seems to be.
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Anna
Sun, Apr 2, 2017, 7:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Just stumbled across this and watched it again. Both episodes featuring Brahms are too convenient. Why did the computer lead him to believe she was interested? Where did the intense sexuality "whenever you touch this ship you're touching me" come from? Her personality in galaxy's child is polar opposite. Both personalities (and I would argue they are totally different characters in fact and only have appearance and job in common) arose out of plot necessity. It seemed s lazy and cheap and poorly thought out plot trick to have her appear in real life as a completely different human being. It's not just that she's annoyed by his engine modifications. She's aggressive and unreasonable and harsh and unyeilding - until the plot at the end requires she do another 180 and they become best buddies because of course that's the only safe ending. And why was she massaging him and docile and loving and sexually suggestive in the first episode? Someone suggested it's a best guess by the computer. Seriously? That's a best guess? It doesn't seem logical to me that the computer would assume all that. And besides it was supppsedly based on her personality profile. So why? Because it was convenient to the plot. Which would be fine had they left it at that. But then the think the viewer should just fall for the idea that in reality she is completely the opposite on every way but we aren't to question any of this? It's always troubling when st takes on women in the workplace. Tng relegated them largely to nurturing roles like doctor and counselor. So I get nervous when an engineer who designed the ship's engine is a woman. But of course she is. Because her main purpose was to be a sexual fantasy then a frigid harpy all for the sake of exploring what really matters here -the guy involved. The flip flopping on this character to facilitate the Geordie wants a woman storyline it's disturbing and lazy
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Anna
Tue, Feb 28, 2017, 7:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Outrageous Okona

I just watched this again out of curiosity. It's so poorly written too. They don't show us the character they tell us. Much of his character development consists of Troi assigning adjectives and descriptions, which never is convincing. If you want an audience to believe something about a character, or believe the character, you have to demonstrate it somehow. For example, if you introduce a character into a story and someone insists this is the kindest person in the world but we never see any acts of kindness or hear about anything they do as example or witness it, we just have to take the writers word for it and try to bear that in mind. But there's no context to the description and it has no impact, even if we manage to keep it in mind. Having troi spoon feed us the required adjectives up front felt lazy and poorly paced and poorly written. And much of her observations didn't seem like something you could know through empathy. They were assessments of lifestyle, and general approach to actions, not feelings that you could sense. How does someone "feel" like a free spirit, or any of her many other observations about his life style?

Aside from that everyone else slamming this episode is entirely correct. Just the mere fact we have a bunch of poorly developed characters who have no connection to the main characters of the series and no role in anything lasting, just some random people they encounter who we've never seen before and will never see again, taking over an entire episode with some boring love triangle romance - well it is astounding this was approved as a script. And there's no they'd or message to redeem it, no meaningful interaction with the main characters who are just kind of there as extras to facilitate this lame romance story. I think most people I know could come up with something much better, even if they know little or nothing about star trek.
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Marianna
Tue, Sep 20, 2016, 1:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Random Thoughts

With its exploration on the fascination and struggle people have with their "dark side" this one reminded me of the Star Wars core theme.
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Anna
Thu, Jan 7, 2016, 12:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Precious Cargo

I think a zero star review is being generous. The actress is the WORST to ever appear in a Star Trek episode. Soap opera actors could run circles around her.

This episode may not have humans devolving into lizards or jealous Klingon lovers or the captain throwing a tantrum over the dog that his direct actions got said dog sick....but holy balls. That "acting".
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Anna
Wed, Dec 23, 2015, 6:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Perfect Mate

Robert - one last comment... I know my opinions are strong, and as I said, I respect the fact that not everyone will agree or see what I see. My gripe is with the shows - not the fans of the shows - so hopefully no one is offended.
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Anna
Wed, Dec 23, 2015, 6:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Perfect Mate

Robert, to be honest, I am not super familiar with DS9. I have watched most of the episodes, aside from those I just couldn't plow through - just to awful to watch all the way through. I know Kira was popular as a female character, but I think that speaks to how very much people wish, deep down, that women were not portrayed, on the whole, as they are in these series and thus they grasp at every possible counter example as antidote. If the gender were not portrayed as it is in general, ST would not need these desperate attempts at "tough" girls to try to counter it. And as such, I wasn't impressed with Kira. I found her character annoying - partly as I disliked the actress and thought she was a bit of a ham. But aside from that, her chasing powerful men gets disturbing, and again is a disturbing gender commentary. As I said before, sexism is just one of the failings of ST, in my opinion, and there are many... One is a race of victims - Bajorans, or whatever they were called... It is obvious, so very painfully, dully obvious, what the historical rehashing is here, but 1. I found it boring and terribly uncreative. 2. The victimhood was so emphasized so constantly with all that race that it is hard to see past it and view them as strong individuals. Personally, I don't think Kira is much to write home about, and certainly her existence, for what it is, doesn't go far to undo the sexist nastiness that rears it's head so often- if that's the best they've got, there is a long, long way to go.

Women are notable in their absence on DS9, as you remarked, except for a couple and of course some guest appearances that truly offend - see my other comment on Troi's mother - the lonely old man chaser who is scorned - not sexy/young enough to be anything but a despised joke since she's female - it's such an ugly caraciture. And oh dear, Vash... What is that about? I think we must assume that the massive attraction is based on her looks? Because it has to be the most uninteresting, undeveloped character - she isn't particularly smart, she's unethical, she isn't funny, or clever, or in any way special that I can see and has limited back story. But a woman doesn't need much on ST to be the object of all men's drooling - not once the writers have decided we are having another hot girl scenario. Both these women and the sexism that brought them into being were the focus of DS9 episodes... Again though, we could debate instances forever.

As you point out, the creators of these series tend to create what they feel are mirrors of human culture and society. I think the choices in that regard are often disturbing, and far more telling about the mindsets/viewpoints/bigotries and total lack of creativity of those creating this stuff than commentary on much of anything else. And, as I said, it is science fiction, and a huge galaxy - they could do anything...Yet look where their minds always are - look how they think. And this is the future too... And so much is just some rehash of human cultural cliches that they can't see beyond, can't think beyond. The choices involved are often offensive. But I am going to stop... this is a site for fans of these shows. And believe it or not, I suppose I have to grudgingly class myself as one - somewhat... Though one who is forever very, very disappointed.
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Anna
Wed, Dec 23, 2015, 9:54am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Perfect Mate

Robert, you make some good points, and clearly care very much about these series. I don't think though we are going to agree. I hear what you are saying about it being a mirror of society. But I think therein lies a lot of my issues. It is science fiction, and the possibilities are limitless, limited by the imagination, and yet in the incomprehensibly vast galaxy so very, very many of the alien species have evolved such that women are abused, inferior, objectified. It's at best unimaginative, but it also says a lot about the fundamental view of the female gender. It feels like being pounded over the head with the notion, and is incredibly tiresome and so frequent.
If the galaxy were populated with seemingly endless alien species that despised and disparaged blacks, and coupled with that were characters and episodes that portrayed some ugly stereotypes, it wouldn't feel like a brilliant commentary - it would feel like the writers/creators have some serious issues. They have choices - and they so often choose to present women in this way. It's relentless. Coupled with characters who seem to exist to be the female sex element, the really offensive portrayal that often happens, the choice of subjects of various episodes, the relentless message doesn't feel forward thinking.

As for Voyager, you are right that they accomplished something with Janeway, and that aside from a few moments where they asserted her femininity (or whatever they were trying to do) with some questionable episodes, she was a strong figure. But that show lost any credibility with me with the introduction of Seven, her absurd corsetted catsuit and heels, and the incredible intense focus that was given to it. And not just with me. Kate Mulgrew: " Certainly, I could see with my own eyes that she was a va-va-va-voom and beautiful-beautiful bombshell of a girl. Sexuality was brought into Voyager, and that’s what I resented. I chose not to use sexuality. I thought that if Paramount and UPN and Rick (Berman) were being exceptionally prescient and brave, they would give a woman a shot at commanding without sex. “Can we do this without sex?” There are always other ways. So I resented that and I was hurt by the immediate, extraordinary attention given to this character."

As for TOS, I almost don't include it when I assess this, as it is so over the top but as you point out, it's ancient. We could debate forever. I respect that you don't see it my way, and I don't think I will convince you. As I said, what bothers me is that it presents as some kind of brilliant thought leadership, but I don't think it is. I think it is uncreative at best but the choices say more than that to me - and it is stuck in a thinking that is hard to stomach.
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Anna
Tue, Dec 22, 2015, 9:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Perfect Mate

Find me an episode in any of the series in which the moral question is should women be enslaved prostitutes - and the premise is some super sexy woman who is designed by nature to please men. It is subjects like this that make the show so sexist. Or take the pathetic "Angel One" where they try to make a woman-run society. Having zero understanding of women (or men for that matter) in a truly prehistoric way of thinking they simply reverse roles and create a patriarchal society based on subjugation and domination, but the women are the men and the men are the women. They are SO backward they can't even conceive of other ways of men and women interacting. And the "alien" cultures are so frequently just male dominated, chest beating nonsense - the Klingons with Worf barking they like strong women, but in a poker match declares women are weak and need extra help, and they cannot hold the highest level of political roles... The Kazon (or whatever that crappy alien species was in Voyager) in which the men constantly declare how women have no voice... And there are others, but it takes to long to enumerate.

The only time women are treated as equals is when they are barred from participation in romance/sexuality for the most part. And yes, there may have been some instances of men in revealing costumes, but there are no characters created specifically to be sexualized, or men who throughout a series cannot wear the normal uniform. Why is Troi always in some form fitting low cut dress? Why the cat suits on seven or even on Kes till they decided she wasn't sexy enough? It isn't just the costumes though - that is just the icing on the cake... It is the themes of so many of the episodes, the portrayal of the characters, the dopey misogynistic alien cultures that so frequently present themselves.

Someone described ST as "progressive"... Not sure what that is supposed to mean. But do we REALLY need to examine whether or not male dominated cultures are good or bad, or whether women should be sex slave? Are we REALLY at the stage that we need morality tales to explore these kinds of issues, or science fiction to explore this caveman way of thinking? No... But the creators and writers can't see beyond that thinking. And science fiction can really be anything - it allows for a kind of exploration of ideas that other fiction doesn't. If I were a man, I would be even more disgusted, as I don't know men who think like this.

The tip of the iceberg is the disgusting costumes, and tripping over themselves to find excuses to put women in such costumes. I understand why people love ST... But I really can't understand loving it to the point that it's flaws can't be examined.. And I would argue sexism is a minor flaw... there is so much that is even worse. I think what annoys me the most is that ST poses, strives to be, social commentary, and thought leadership... And people take it that way. It isn't. People who care about it should hold it to that standard.
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Anna
Tue, Dec 22, 2015, 4:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Perfect Mate

I have to respectfully disagree Chrome. The sexist portrayal and treatment of women far outweighs anything positive in my opinion as the examples are too extreme and too common. To be fair, on the whole Dr. Crusher, and Dr Pulaski, probably fare the best as they are not often hyper sexualized, treated as chattle, etc. But Yar? First off, I would argue they created her character as they thought it would be sexy to have a woman in that role - and they were quick to sex her up. The second episode of the series in fact. They had her weeping like an hysterical woman in a crisis, had her in some sexy battle to be the property/wife of some primitive patriarchal culture in another episode. Guinan? Such a minor character and had Whoopie Goldberg not wanted so very much to be a part of the series that they created the role for her, I have no doubt the resident bar tender would have been a sexy young thing in a form fitting, low cut outfit. There are many examples, and we could debate forever, but I don't think a dash of occassional, incidental respect mitigates some of the truly awful stuff in this series. I wouldn't want my daughters watching it, as I'd have a lot of explaining to do. And it isn't just TNG.

And look at Counselor Troi! Or worse, her mother - an older woman portrayed as some irritating hag desperately pursuing men who are all horrified, yet Picard is so often coupled with much younger women. And why is she so despised? Even when she isn't behaving in her ridiculous, let's all laugh at the lonely older lady caricature, who isn't young and sexy enough to be taken seriously, and is in fact behaving professionally, she is still barely tolerated. For example, in Dark Page, the opening scene when she is discussing with Picard the challenges of creating a platform of communication with a new species so they can participate in the Federation, he's practically rolling his eyes in disgust. Had the same discussion, her exact explanations and words been from a man, or a woman deemed not the object of nothing but contempt (and the reasons for that are really offensive, in my opinion) he'd have been very interested, in that establishing relations with new races of beings is supposedly their mission... I think it is cherry picking to find examples that aren't offensive - though this is my opinion, and I know you will disagree, which is fair enough if you don't see it this way. I never expect greatness from this franchise and ultimately it is meant to entertain the largest number and is television, so least common denominator will prevail. But I wish it would stop being so backward and offensive so often.
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Anna
Tue, Dec 22, 2015, 9:36am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Perfect Mate

This episode was just another chance to showcase hot women. Star Trek is so horribly sexist, bordering on misogynistic - all the time. It culminated in the fetish wear of seven of nine, but has been in place pretty much forever. The new series will suck too because I doubt this aspect (or the many other really dopey and often offensive things about ST) will change. There are endless examples, which I won't list, but having some super attractive woman born to be a slave and living as currency and a whole show about how all the men are stiff over her is just pathetic and no amount of "moral of the story" can undo the fact it is just another step in a long, long path of spitting on women that is Star Trek. Star Trek is poor science fiction, and that could be forgiven because people find it enjoyable and the soap opera of the characters keeps folks entertained. But it isn't brilliant commentary and the subtext is often pretty disgusting.
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Anna
Sun, Nov 22, 2015, 2:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Barge of the Dead

Whenever the klingon culture is the subject, the story will fail. I TRULY do not get how any intelligent fan can stomach it. First it's just a human culture ( and a boring one at that) - which is so uncreative given they are aliens. But despite all of Worf''s belching bout "honor", klingons come off as aggressive, irrational power hungry animals. Of course women have a very limited role (OF COURSE)... And yet, when an intelligent woman decides rather than join this brain dead, misogynist, archaic and very human way of thinking, she will become an accomplished engineer, and a valuable member of her community, and raise a sane family - she has defied the religion she is not allowed to ever, ever leave and her mother gets to go to hell... Clever... Like any fundamentalist religion, it is stupid and offensive to any thinking person.

So she has to die and go to hell to rescue her mother's "honor".... And what exactly has she done wrong to doom her mother to hell? NOTHING... She rejected the idiotic religion imposed on her, which I for one think is a good thing, but like all religions, that means burning in hell... Seriously, this is the premise here. It is so anti-thought, anti-reason it's scary. Star Trek should just burn witches - it's the same thing. And somehow we are to think there is honor or nobility in this garbage.

As for the "character"... come on! The actress is really talented - but to to all the klingon garbage all she gets to do is spout technobabble or gripe about the stupidest culture ever created that she's wise to reject... It is boring and they have done it and done it and done it with her character already. There was nothing new here. I fear the next Star Trek will be as bad as the old ones often were when this gets 4 stars from fans.
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Anna
Sat, Nov 21, 2015, 11:41am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Sub Rosa

The discussion between Beverly and Dianna in 10forward is gold. You can see, if you look for it, how painfully awkward this cringe worthy dialogue was for the actresses. "I felt hands moving over my skin!" "Like a caress ?! " hahaha. You couldn't pay me to have such a chat with a friend. Ah it's beautiful stuff. Very funny. Awful story. But enough Unintended humor to really make it worthwhile.
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Anna
Thu, Nov 19, 2015, 4:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Future's End, Part I

OMG... Rain? Really? ANd they had to get someone who talks like a highschool girl. RUINED both episodes. Unwatchable. Can't stand that woman.
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Susanna Chisholm
Thu, Jun 4, 2015, 7:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Homestead

I am a STV fan and Homestead happens to be one of my favorite episode. I had no idea there were this many people who like this episode.
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Pollyanna
Tue, Apr 29, 2014, 6:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Tapestry

I remember liking this episode when I first saw it but on rewatching I find it very slow. I am also surprised that none of you mentioned the links to an early TOS episode, The Enemy Within. We again find the captain being forced to accept the darker parts of his personality. In many ways, I like that episode better because the stakes are more real. And the insights come from Kirk's friends and colleagues.
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Pollyanna
Sat, Mar 29, 2014, 12:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

I would like to point out that Troi's transformation is accurate physical/emotional portrayal of one besieged by a physical vampire. I hope no one ever encounters one...they take a huge toll. I didn't care for the episode because it reminded me of old injuries.
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Pollyanna
Fri, Mar 14, 2014, 9:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cost of Living

Oh...and there was nothing at all risqué about the nudity. I think it is possible that we would have dropped a lot of nonsense about body shame by the 24th century. The only persons who looked at Mrs. Troi in askance were elderly males. Everyone else was fine with it. Children like running around without their clothes on. It is an appropriate and no sexual display of nudity.
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