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AshPryce
Sat, Oct 10, 2015, 3:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Thine Own Self

The Troi subplot really hammers home how poor episodic television is for real character development. TNG is great in that you can dip in to an episode without needing much understanding of the previous ones, whereas DS9 you really struggle to watch later episodes unless you are already aware of the plot leading in to it. The episodic as opposed to serialised nature I also think hurt Voyager as the one show that really needed tighter serialisation rather than too many stand alone plots with little connection.

I like a suggestion above that said maybe the B plots over a season could have been used for character arcs. Its a shame because the disconnect between episodes really becomes apparent when you watch multiple episodes back to back.
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AshP
Thu, Dec 19, 2013, 2:27am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Child's Play

Those asking about the baby Borg- this is a massive cop out but according to Memory Alpha the writers have gone on record to say that the baby was returned to its parents off camera. No mention of it on screen though means they most likely forgot about it and the writers just wanted to get people to shut up.

On this run through of Voyager I'm not as enthusiastic as when I was a teenager. With TNG I was hooked on a run trough but with Voyager I'm bored but soldiering on.
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AshP
Tue, Dec 17, 2013, 3:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: These Are the Voyages...

I think because I never really clicked with Enterprise and am a TNG groopie that I didn't find this episode as disagreeable as many.

But I think we need to remember one very important thing that justifies the inclusion of TNG in this- This episode wasn't just a finale for Enterprise but a finale for televised Star trek. The producers knew this was signalling the end of 18 straight years of TV Trek and so sent it out as best they could. Taking that into account this episode isn't as bad as people make out- should it have been produced as a special Star Trek TV movie instead of an Enterprise finale? Sure. It could have included DS9 and Voy cast too and made one big last farewell to TV Trek.

Seeing it as a conclusion to TV Trek makes it easier and far more emotional a wallop than seeing it as a finale to Enterprise. I do wish however they had used that extra production block to make this a Star Trek special instead of an ENT finale.
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AshP
Tue, Dec 17, 2013, 2:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Seventh Season Recap

I'm currently on a mission to watch every episode of Star Trek. I'm not watching in any particular order, mainly starting with my favourites.

TNG was such a good show that even though I only finished the full series this year, I felt a real loss and was sad it ended. Even if the latter seasons did have a habit of being a bit too monster of the week.

With Voyager I remember really enjoying it, but on rewatch I'm left a bit empty. I'm a quarter through season 6 and it just seems that much of it is TNG with a different crew and less regard for characters. Janeway has become really annoying with her constant swapping and disregard for the Prime Directive as and when it suits (And I'm still disgusted at her murder of Tuvix).

in Equinox she was especially awful, becoming a would be torturer and throwing away everything we knew about her because... screw it.

I agree that Voyager really missed its potential. It needed stronger arcs. One big bug bear for me is how the Marquis/ starfleet issue was handled. It seemed apart from a few minor instaces that these rebels with a cause integrated so seemlessly that it made the initial premise pointless. Instead of the Kazon, the real conflict should have been the Marquis/ starfleet. If I were to plot the series I'd likely do something like this:

Season 1- dealing with the loss, the newness of it all, and a strong conflict between Marquis and Starfleet.

season 2- More episodes dealing with the previous conflict, as well as the realisation that they are living on basics. Season 2 SHOULD have ended, or at east involved a Marquis rebellion- imagine the position that would place Torres and Chakotay? Instead of a Kazon take over it should have been Marquis.

Season 3-4- should have dealt with the ship having to survive more basically, more quests for fuel and food, Voyager hould have been getting rid of the Holodecks by this stage.

Season 5 should have had the ship becoming more battered and bruised, running almost always in gray mode. Areas of the ship out of bounds, unusable and damaged. Voyager should be a bit more broken. Even take the Doc offline for several episodes.

Season 6 - should have been more about survival and getting home at all costs, more questions about what is the right thing, more along the lines that the Equinox went through- just what is acceptable. The ship is on its last legs, will it even survive another episode? Kill off a main crewmember not for shock value but because that is what would happen- heck, the pilot killed off nearly all the senior staff.

Season 7- They should get home early in the season and the rest of the time spent acclimatising to the Alpha Quadrant, what did these people do once they got home? how were they affected?

Actually, maybe even just make it a 6 or 5 season show.

Voyager was always too clean and even when it was nearly destroyed like in Deadlock, it was clean and shiny by the next week.
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