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The Arbitrary Arbitrator
Mon, Oct 19, 2015, 6:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Second Season Recap

>says "Arbitrary" overused
>only appears once in entire article

Well, do be honest, it actually appears twice. :-)
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Arbit
Tue, Dec 10, 2013, 12:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Tears of the Prophets

Shoot, I didn't think hitting enter after answering the antispam question would post :( Sorry

Anyway here's the rest

The Federation attitude towards the prophets is beyond ridiculous at this point. The prophets obliterated an entire Dominion fleet and the Admiral is still talking about them like they are an inconsequential and fictitious bit of religious hokery. They're real! They're probably the biggest asset the Alpha Quadrant has in the war! If the prophets send Sisko a vision saying it is his destiny to become the galaxy's greatest freestyler, then the Federation should throw their full weight behind that just to appease them.

What's worse, the show has been treating the prophets the same way for SIX YEARS. By this point, it would have been nice to have some concrete answers about the nature of the prophets and their relationship with Bajor and Sisko. As a viewer, it's really unsatisfying to see the prophets become major, direct participants in the war at the beginning of the season, only get a few vague prophecy related episodes thrown our way, then have an Admiral go "hurf durf I've been indulgent with you long enough Sisko time to give up your role as emissary to the most important aliens in the Alpha Quadrant so you can personally lead an invasion that could be better planned and executed by top level Federation officers with relevant training". Then Sisko gets a headache in the middle of it and contributes nothing.
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Arbit
Tue, Dec 10, 2013, 11:50am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Tears of the Prophets

The Federation attitude towards the prophets is beyond ridiculous at this point. The prophets obliterated an entire Dominion fleet and the a
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Arbit
Tue, Nov 19, 2013, 12:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Time's Orphan

The way Miles made it sound, Molly was going to be sent to a 19th century insane asylum. He asks (paraphrasing) "Do you think Molly is going to be able to play in open fields?" Well... I would hope so. With holodeck technology and 24th century counseling techniques, I would think that she could transition into a normal life, especially given the progress she made by the end of the episode i.e. going from animal grunts to rudimentary speaking.

And Molly wasn't acting out by writing crappy poetry and getting bad grades in school. She hospitalized a dude with a broken bottle. Even with Federation medical technology, people still die from stab wounds. Transferring her to the care of trained professionals actually seems pretty reasonable to me, rather than a monstrous injustice the episode seems to imply it is. And like kkt said, the O'Briens could have made efforts to join her at the care facility.

The episode was also a terrible metaphor for letting your child go. It's not like Molly choose to go natural and live in the wild; she was wrested from her parents by a time machine and she reverted to her animal nature due to isolation.

Add up all the complaints made by previous posters and this was a pretty crappy episode.
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