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Dannie D
Tue, Feb 5, 2019, 7:23am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: Point of Light

I agree with almost everything said before. Bad bad writing! And so much about it (the design, stilted dialogues, flat characters) doesn't even feel like star trek, but some pulp fantasy series, and not one of the good ones. when GOT daenerys claimed the title of Mother (Mhysa), it was the logical consequence of three or four seasons character development, even more, the logical conclusion of a carefully developed myth. Stealing that plotline in such a cheap and amateurish way is just embarrassing and accomplishes nothing. - section 31 worked well on ds9 because we understood it was the absolute exception to established federation ethical standards. who is supposed to take anything happening outside section 31 seriously anymore if it becomes so central to the general framework of federation politics and warfare. Even more annoying that all this is so obviously only happening because some device was desperately needed to bring back Michelle Yeoh. As will be the case with Wilson Cruz. These are fine actors, but fan service shouldn't be more important than plausible storytelling.
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Annie
Thu, Jan 10, 2013, 9:29am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: These Are the Voyages...

The ONE thing Enterprise had going for it that no other post-TOS show had? No holodeck episodes!

I should have trusted my instincts and all the warnings I read and pretended this episode didn't exist. Terra Prime was such a better series finale.
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Annie
Wed, Jan 9, 2013, 7:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Demons

Sure, T'Pol has never been pregnant, but Trip has...

LOVED Peter Weller as the baddie bad guy.
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Annie
Wed, Jan 9, 2013, 1:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part I

This must be one of those episodes you either love or you hate. I was primed to love it because the teaser and opening credits were so clever. The opening credits kind of blew me away and made me determined to love the episode and overlook my usual nits. Hell, I even liked Reid in this one.

I'm not familiar with TOS (will turn to that after I'm done with Enterprise) so I didn't get any of those jokes. Is the insectoid species original to TOS? I guess I figured they made the alien a CGI insectoid so they could have it explode on screen. Even so, I felt really bad for it.

I didn't mind the women's uniforms, but I think it should have been a rule that if they are going to have provocatively dressed women, they have to have a shirtless or at least sleeveless Travis. They followed that rule in Bound, why not here?
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Annie
Tue, Jan 8, 2013, 5:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Bound

Like ARX I loved how after they figured out that the pheromones caused men to do whatever the women wanted, and right after Archer almost let them free, they still left two men in charge of guarding them.

The T'Pol/Trip immunity thing was laugh-out-loud stupid. So mating with T'Pol makes you immune? She should have mated with all the men on board, then. There has to be a "needs of the many" joke in there somewhere.
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Annie
Sun, Jan 6, 2013, 5:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Babel One

To the representative from Starfleet Spacesuit Company, while you are redesigning the suits, you might consider also designing them so that the person inside the suit can reconnect the hose himself rather than relying on a nearby colleague.
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Annie
Sun, Jan 6, 2013, 5:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: The Aenar

If people don't want analysis, in-depth critique and ratings, why are they reading a review site?
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Annie
Tue, Dec 25, 2012, 5:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Azati Prime

I feel that Enterprise has more than its share of mediocre actors, but the worst for me is the guy who plays Reed. He is terrible to the point of being comical. Really the only regular actors who consistently deliver are Trineer and Billingsley.
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Annie
Sun, Dec 16, 2012, 4:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Harbinger

Also not a fan of Reed nor the actor who plays him. His scenes should have been scrapped in favor of more Travis.

I also hate how Phlox continues to be watered down into a doormat who will obey the captain's dubious orders with only a meek protest. "Wake him up." "Captain, it would be unethical to wake him up without a treatment, he'll be in excruciating pain!" "I need answers, wake him up." "Well OK."
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Annie
Sun, Nov 25, 2012, 6:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: The Breach

I have been watching Enterprise for the first time on Netflix, usually a few episodes at a time. I was going to go to bed, but stayed up to watch The Breach when I saw it would be a Phlox episode. I agree with what seems to be the consensus that the writers and Billingsley did a great job of fleshing out a character that many of us feared would be Neelix 2.0.

With that said, I wish this episode had taken more of a risk with Phlox's character. We learn that Denobulans and Antarans have hated each other for centuries--but of course, Phlox is the Good Guy, the Boy Scout who not only cast away any prejudices of his own but also judges those who are prejudiced, leading to his becoming estranged from his son. How much more interesting would this episode have been if it turned out Phlox did hold certain prejudices against Antarans? Billingsley is so capable, he could have portrayed a Phlox with a few demons but is still a likeable, relatable character. After all, we all have our thing.

There were three clear opportunities for the story to go this way: when Phlox was talking to the patient, when he was talking to Archer, and at the end, when he was writing a letter to his son. To the very end, I was hoping that through the letter, we would learn that while there was a rift between Phlox and his son because of their attitudes toward Antarans, it was Phlox who caused the falling out by being prejudiced, while the son was the more progressive one. Instead, the writers took the easy route by making Phlox a quiet champion of civil rights. I still enjoyed the episode, but it could have done a lot more to add a shade of gray to Phlox's character.
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Annie
Sun, Nov 18, 2012, 8:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Stigma

I thought it was a bit of a cheat how the Vulcan minority told the panel that T'Pol didn't consent to the mind meld, so that T'Pol got to take the high ground but didn't face the consequence of losing her commission.

I'm really warminv up to Trip. I think Connor has great timing. Travis... what is the point?
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Annie
Sun, Nov 18, 2012, 7:46am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Precious Cargo

One long cliche. When I saw Padma's name in the opening credits I cringed. She is a model, not an actress.

When the First Monarch tore her dress to get into the pod I thought they might actually depart from the helpless princess trope and make her useful. Silly me! She only tore her dress so we'd see her legs. Low point of the episode was when she asked Trip if there was any food, he said, "Check the compartment right above your head," as in literally a foot above her head, and she whined, "Can't you do it?" I fell asleep with ten minutes to go but it sounds like I didn't miss anything.
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Annie
Sat, Nov 10, 2012, 8:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Dead Stop

I've been relegating Enterprise to background TV, but the shot of the station expanding its docking area made me close the laptop and sit up straight. Some beautiful scenes in this episode.

As much as I loved the last moments of the station repairing itself, I had to wonder how it did that with its humanoid brainpower now gone. But that is really a small nit that I'm more than happy to overlook for a very cool episode.
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Annie
Mon, Nov 5, 2012, 5:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Rogue Planet

LOL of the episode: T'Pol tells Archer he probably dreamed the woman, and he says, "It wasn't a dream! She knew my name!" My God does the writing suck.

Hated Archer's ever-sanctimonious anti-hunting lesson as well as Reed's ass-kissing. "I promise not to kill anything, sir."
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Annie
Sun, Nov 4, 2012, 6:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Fusion

Vulcans may have abandoned the mind meld, but we know they haven't abandoned the neck pinch because T'Pol uses it on the entomologist in the episode with the hallucinogenic pollen. Why didn't dude use it on Archer instead of throwing him across the room?

I have to continue my "Archer is a boor" rant. You'd think the guy they send to seek out new civilizations would have been briefed in diplomacy or at least basic manners. Hosting a dinner for three Vulcans, the chef has prepared Vulcan food, and Archer has a separate chicken dinner for himself.

I thought the idea of some Vulcans breaking away and rediscovering their emotions was interesting, but the ending was a copout. It would have been more powerful if the emotion/logic balance was successful.
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Annie
Sun, Nov 4, 2012, 12:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Silent Enemy

I quite liked this episode, even the B story. It's nice to have a character who's introverted and yet not an asshole.

A few LOL moments with Reed's family: Archer's "As you probably know, your son's birthday is coming up." The dialogue in this show is sometimes really terrible. And when Reed's sweet sister asked Hoshi if she could talk to her brother and Hoshi told her no! Haha. Still a solid and enjoyable episode, with some good exposition and development.
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Annie
Sat, Nov 3, 2012, 8:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Cold Front

Archer is such a boor! If a group on a religious pilgrimage tells you they traditionally fast but will make an exception, they are just being polite. So graciously offer to postpone the meal.

I LOL'ed when Daniels took Archer to his quarters because it wasn't safe to talk in Archer's ready room, and the very next scene is Archer briefing Trip and T'Pol... in his ready room.
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Annie
Sat, Nov 3, 2012, 7:50pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Fortunate Son

Here I was thinking Mayweather has a backbone after all, and then the conversation in Archer's quarters takes us back to square one. Mayweather had a point about noninterference, but of course it only takes a 15-second, condescending speech from Archer to make him see how wrong he was. "Thank you, sir. Thank you." I was embarrassed for him.
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Annie
Wed, Oct 31, 2012, 2:42pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Tuvix

I agree with Ian's comment (from 2010) that it's difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile Janeway's actions here with her actions in Phage.

In Phage she tells the organ thief, "[Your people] may have found a way to ignore the moral implications of what you are doing, but I have no such luxury. I don't have the freedom to kill you to save another. My culture finds that to be a reprehensible and entirely unacceptable act."

There is no debate here, no question in her mind of what the moral answer is. Now, she may have had political reasons for not wanting to retake the lungs in Phage. Or maybe it's just a matter of not caring much for Neelix, but caring greatly for Tuvok and wanting him back. But on the face of it, she had a very similar dilemma in both episodes and went in completely opposite directions.

In fact, she tries to convince Tuvix to agree to the separation by appealing to the wishes of Neelix and Tuvok. She says, "you know Tuvok was a man who would gladly give his life to save another. And I believe the same was true of Neelix." This apparently is meant to convince Tuvix that he should agree to the separation, but to me it seems a stronger argument for allowing him to go on as Tuvix--that both Neelix and Tuvok would sacrifice themselves for another, namely, for Tuvix.

The whole thing just seems sloppy, poorly reasoned, and a complete departure from Janeway's usually black-and-white morality.
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Annie
Tue, Oct 30, 2012, 7:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S1: Unexpected

T'Pol telling Trip he should be more careful where he sticks his fingers makes even less sense considering she admonished him to be diplomatic when he ate the aliens' weird food. So he needs to worry about not offending them about the food, but he's supposed to refuse to participate in what looks like a harmless, traditional activity?

It sure looked like the holoboat was floating on water, not some crystals that were the closest they could get to water.
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