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brian
Sun, Jan 6, 2019, 4:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Primal Urges

To be clear, even though I clearly enjoyed it more than Jammer, i do agree it could have used a script docter. But I kind of like the amatuerishness of this show. Too often”good” scripts end up following predictable formulas. I sort of dont mind the amatuerishness of some of this show because it helps keep it unpredictable and also the good natured spirit of the show keeps it pleasant.
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Brian
Sun, Jan 6, 2019, 4:50pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Primal Urges

“We must salvage the night with The Sexual Event”

“eat, or you will die”

Hard to dislike a show with such self aware silly sci fi dialogue.

Also the pill pushing holodeck hacker puppet character was an amazing costume! Seriously one of the best sci fi creature designs Ive seen!!

yeah the plot was pretty weird but it does at least try and touch on real modern issues, which is more than i can say for most shows. Also I just love the wierdness of a sci fi show plot about a gay alien couple openly making love. Much more progressive on lgbtq issues than Star Trek got actually!

Overall I enjoyed it! I think the show is finding its tone, which is sort of the B team of star trek mixed with some intentionally silly and out there sci fi played overly straight.
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Brian
Thu, Jan 3, 2019, 10:05am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Ja'loja

it is definitely a grower episode, I like it better a few days after I watched it then when I was watching it. It’s interesting that they have flawed characters that doesn’t stoop to a Game of Thrones ripoff style the way most shows do now. Its a good style.
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Brian
Thu, Jan 3, 2019, 9:59am (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: Ja'loja

This episode felt really awkward but in kind of an endearing Star Trek season two way. I think it would’ve played better deeper into the season but I can’t really complain. Even with some of the stupid writing the characters still act more professional than in Star Trek discovery or most other shows nowadays frankly. Some of the characters are starting to come in to their own. Looking forward to the season. It’s still a good hearted show so even when its not the best episode it feels pleasant to watch. I think this is a good quality to the show.
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Brian T
Wed, Jan 2, 2019, 7:14am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: The Changing Face of Evil

I had no issues with the “magic book with invisible ink from blood”, I thought it was completely consistent with the worm hole aliens and the precedents set forth by DS9 in universe all the way back to the start of the series.

To me, the worm hole aliens are very powerful beings that live within the confines of the worm hole. They have, at least, the ability to grant visions, move objects in the wormhole through time (as in “Accession”), and to alter a person’s mind (as they did with the Nagus Zek in “Prophet Motive”). They are worshipped as Prophets by the Bajorans and sometimes they can even leave the wormhole to possess either a person or be trapped in an object (such as in “Reckoning” when Sisko smashes the tablet that contained a battling Prophet and Paigh’wraith that then possessed Kira and Jake, respectively).

Then you have the Orbs of the Prophets, which are objects that exist outside the wormhole but somehow are a direct link to the Prophets and their abilities. Through the orbs, you can speak to the prophets and if they find you worthy, they can speak back to you or give you access to their abilities (i.e. visions and time travel). To people who are not worthy and that the Prophets choose not to speak to, the Orbs resemble mysterious inanimate objects (i.e. like when the Cardassians stole them and held on to them as treasures or when Kai Winn begs the prophets to speak to her and the Orb just sits there doing nothing). But the point is, the Orbs are a direct link to the prophets and all their abilities from outside the worm hole (i.e. the Orb of Time took the Defiant back in time in “Trials and Tribble-ations” despite being nowhere near the wormhole). Also, apparently, the Orbs can contain a worm hole alien, such as when the Orb of the Emissary contained the Sara-prophet on Tyree.

So basically, this “magic book” called the Kosst Amojan is an Orb of the Paigh’wraiths. It is a direct link to the Paigh’wraiths that are trapped in the Fire Caves, and probably even contains a trapped Paigh’wraith inside it (just like that wooden statue thing that Dukat broke in “Tears of the Prophets”). To the Bajarorans and everybody else that worshipped the Prophets, the Paigh’wraiths did not find them worthy and choose not to speak to them, so the book appears to be an inanimate old book with blank pages. But when Kai Winn murders her loyal servant, she proves herself worthy and the Paigh’wraiths speak to her by making the text visible (similar to giving someone a vision). In fact, Kai Winn may even be more worthy to receive their blessing than Dukat since she actually made a personal sacrifice (by murdering a faithful servant whom she may have cared for as a friend) as opposed to Dukat who sacrificed nothing personally and only turns to the Paigh’wraiths for power to get revenge. Lastly, the blood dripping onto the pages of the book is simply the physical activation of their blessing (similar to how Dukat had to break the doll in-half to release the wraith or Sisko had to physically smash the tablet to free the aliens inside).

So I never really saw the Kosst Amojan as a “fantasy-crap magic book”. To me, it was always the next logical step in advancing the Paigh’wraiths arc. In fact, Winn’s acquisition and access of the Kosst Amojan, aka the Orb of the Paigh’wraiths, at the end of the season in many ways mirrors how Sisko went on a quest to find and access the Orb of the Emissary at the start of the season.
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brian
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 12:27pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: For the Uniform

uhhhhhhh what. Really enjoyed this episode untill Sisko and his crew committed war crimes. And then everyone just kind of shrugs??? Was waiting for the reveal that the planetary poisening was just a holographic fakeout......... that would have been forgivable. Instead this episode turns into a character assassination of Sisko and everyone else following his orders. Just a terrible ending and a betrayal of thr whole idea of The Federation. I like the shades of grey DS 9 brings to the show but this is just full on villain territory for Sisko.
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Brian
Thu, Dec 27, 2018, 11:19pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Initiations

This is a decent episode, although at times my main issue with it was Chakotay’s excessive pacifism, even for the Federation. This is examplified when he and Carr and leaving the Kazon vessel and being chased/fired at, and Carr offers to give Chakotay the Kazons’ shield frequency so he can fire and penetrate their shields. In a small shuttle they are obviously outclassed by the Kazon capital ship and could use all the advantage they could get, but despite this Chakotay basically scolds Carr for being violent, saying “I don’t know about you but I would like to get out of this without having to kill anyone” or something like that. It becomes clear here that the writers’ theme for the episode was to contrast the outlook of the peaceful Federation with the violent warrior Kazon, but this is ridiculous and runs contrary to what we know about Starfleet to portray them as basically extreme pacifists.

Ok so as something of a naval officer in command of a small ship, or even just as a human in general, when you are being fired on by a superior force, due to unwarranted aggression against you, with little chance of a real escape (as shown by how the Kazon did indeed destroy the shuttle), who in their right mind would object to returning fire while penetrating their shields? Because that would damage the enemy ship significantly and risk killing people? That is a ridiculous sentiment, especially since as we know he could have targeted their engines or even weapons to limit their effectiveness and allow an escape. This also runs contrary to even the high, utpopian morale values of Starfleet in general... in the rest of Startrek characters have always accepted the morality of using force, and possibly killing, when an aggressor leaves them no other choice. What Chakotay is saying here is that it is wrong to use lethal force even in self defense, and the only morally acceptable option under such a situation is fleeing, even if that has little chance of success and will most likely result in the destruction of your ship.

What nonsense... not only as mentioned does this run contrary to established Starfleet procedure and morality but it goes against what we know about Chakotay in general. He was a Marquis after all and they were shown to be less scrupulous about using lethal force than the Federation. In fact it also goes against what he did at the start of the episode, returning fire on Carr after a peaceful solution failed, even though that crippled/later destroyed his ship and could have killed him. So explain to me what is different later, when returning fire even through the shields would have much less of s chance of destroying the enemy ship?

I guess I take such issue with this because pacifism to that level basically makes Starfleet seem lame and ineffective, and is only appropriate for a principled total pacifist like the super powerful alien in that Next Generation episode “The Survivors”. Since it goes against what we know it’s also evidence of either a writer’s contrivance (they just wanted a way to get Chakotay and Carr down to the moon), the writer going all overboard on his theme of peaceful vs violent ideals, or both actually, since they could and should have just had Chakotay use Carr’s aid to penetrate their shields and do significant damage. Maybe disable most of their weapons or their engines to slow them down, but with a last shot have the Kazon barely succeed in bringing down the shuttle. Rather than make Chakotay look like an idiot unworthy of command and get shot down while refusing to fight back, even though he is being attacked by clear bullies and not as a result of some honest misunderstanding.
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Brian
Sun, Dec 23, 2018, 2:13pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: The Begotten

A really solid character episode for Odo and his “dad” that retreads a s2 ep but does it mostly better.

It is unfortunate that they already gave back Odo his powers. There was a lot of untapped potential there for humanoid Odo which was a really interesting development to me, and it seems strange that this wasnt explored further throughout the run of the season.

Yet another solid ep that nevertheless rehashes a lot of older eps from ds9, which I fear is the trend so far in season 5. I hooe the coming dominion war starts up new ideas soon beforr the show grows too stale.
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brian
Sat, Dec 22, 2018, 11:00am (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2

BSG is the story of a show that went deeply off the rails after the destruction of The Pegasus. It went from the best pop culture examination of post 9-11 western society to magical gobbledygook so fast it made my head spin. Its a real drag but the nature of serialized shows vs episodic means its really hard or maybe impossible to pull out of a tail spin. Whenever TNG or even DS9 made a real clunker of an episode they gage themselves the benefit of being able to just kind of ignore it going forward. Less so with BSG unfortunately. This final two parter ends with a sub Twilight Zone twist that would have been embarrassing and dated in the 1950s. All surface and no substance. O well. The first two seasons are fantastic. Well always have 33 I guess.
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brian
Fri, Dec 21, 2018, 6:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ascent

As other commentators have wisely pointed out, at this stage in the Odo - Quark relationship Odo really shouldnt be so gleeful about catching Odo. Which makes me think of the interesting idea of an episode where Odo finally catches Quark..... but he is saddened by it, especially after Quark has shown time and again he essentially has a good heart underneath his bluster. Like the cogote fincatchung the road runner, the truth is Odo wouldnt really know what to do if he finally pulled it off.
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Brian Lear
Thu, Dec 20, 2018, 2:02am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: The Changing Face of Evil

I thought this was a pile of crap. Sorry. I know some people love this stuff but it seemed extremely forced. Like a huge hammer hitting you in the head repeatedly with "now here's the part where the main character becomes evil."
I felt like the writers had so little respect for their audience that they felt the need to walk you through each excruciating step in the "story". Not a hint of subtlety or elegance.
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BRIAN
Wed, Dec 19, 2018, 11:32am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin...

also... why in the world is kids soccer still a thing in star trek future but not baseball?? What kind of future dystopia is this anyway????!!?
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brian
Wed, Dec 19, 2018, 9:44am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ascent

on watching the series for the first time in 2018 I am blown away by the quality of it. That said so far this season I am afraid it is starting to tread water a little bit. Tribbles, this one, and Odos flashback were all good but felt like repeats or episodes that are repeats of season 2 episodes. Although I am hopeful the show will pick up again with the Dominion war I know is coming. Also although they were essentially filler they were quite good filler episodes.
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brian
Wed, Dec 19, 2018, 9:41am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: The Ascent

Shimmerman is a great actor and is able to imbue Quark with so much personality.Its a wonder he is able to keep him so likeable despite being such a heel. It would have been a much lessor show without his considerable abillities.
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BRiAN
Tue, Dec 18, 2018, 11:09pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S2: Samaritan Snare

Watching in 2018 reminded me of The Orville. Its obvious thr Pakladds are meant to be a humorous race in the vein of Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy. Unfortunately they never find quite the right tone or enough action for them. Still, pretty watchable overall.

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Brian
Mon, Dec 17, 2018, 1:14pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin...

I didnt find this episode all that bad until Worfs insane soccor speech. Holy crap what the heck were they thinking??? Totally unneeded scene anyway. Well thankfully we can just ignore that detail going forward......


This episode is a real stinker but would have been harmless except for that awful worf speech.
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Brian Lear
Sat, Nov 24, 2018, 5:56pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Fifth Season Recap

I know I'm in the minority but I think the writing became significantly worse in season 5. The whole show seemed to lose its direction, and feel. I think the showrunners recognized it late through the season and seized upon "the dominion war" as a fix, and it only really recovered with the season finale. My wife and I both agreed, that upon re-watching season 5, the quality of writing was a significant departure from all that came before. I'm not super knowledgeable about what went on behind the scenes in season 5, but I'm willing to bet they lost some good writers or changed out a bunch of people.
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Brian
Wed, Nov 21, 2018, 3:27am (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S1: Act of Contrition

Did anyone else not find it a blatent problem with the plot that in any reasonable society Star Buck would not have been the person to judge her own boyfriend in his flight test? It didn’t seem to be a secret relationship. Either way even if nobody pointed out the conflict of interest if she had any degree of wisdom or professionalism she would recused herself from being in the position of judging her lover. Sorry to rain on an otherwise good episode but I couldn’t get this past me... didn’t mean to sound like a lawyer criticizing the episode (even if I am a law student).
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Brian S.
Sat, Nov 17, 2018, 5:06am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S2: Marauders

> If only Captain had said "I love it when a plan comes together" it would have been a near perfect homage. <

I was a little disappointed that they weren't able to spring Lt. Barclay from the mental hospital, but the shuttlepod did an awful lot like a GMC van, and I could've sworn I heard Ms. T'Pol said, "I pity the fool who tries to attack this mining colony."

Also thought it was a nice touch when they replaced the usual opening credit song with, "Today, still on their mission from Starfleet, these Terrans survive as explorers of space. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire.....the Enterprise."
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BRiAN
Fri, Oct 26, 2018, 2:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: General Discussion

@Yanks,

Yeah theres def a handful, McCoy in the pilot and Scotty shows up eventually. But in contrast to Discovery its handled way differently and way less prevalent. Its also usually less about nostalgia and even when they do throw in the references they typically do a new spin on it.

@Omicron

Yes unfortunately an accurate read on their business decisions. The brand name of Star Trek seems to be in full zombie mode. At least Orville is around to hold the torch for now.
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BRiAN
Wed, Oct 24, 2018, 9:50am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: General Discussion

@Startrekwatcher

Excellent point about not rehashing TOS on TNG. Upon rewatching it I was struck about how genuinely new it is in both tone and content from TOS. Such a contrast to DISCO which mentions Sarek and Spock and Klingon and mirror universe as often as possible without introducing much new. If they don't improve soon there will be very little to even remember from this show.

It reminds me of Fords quote that is he gave the people what they said they wanted, he would have made a faster horse.



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BRiAN
Wed, Oct 24, 2018, 9:38am (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: General Discussion

Really conflicted about DISCO. The cast really is great and the crew could be something special. The characters of season 1 were all well done. I hope Lorca and the klingon-man come back somehow.

But the plot was awful, recycled, unfocused, and more soap-opera than anything approaching sci-fi or trek. This Red Angel stuff unfortunately seems like more of the same.

I'm all for letting the show improve tho. Season 1 of TNG wasn't very good... however there were real sci-fi writers behind it and Gene Roddenberry to at least give the show a direction. With Alex Kurtzman in charge of the properties I really fear there is no actually sci-fi oriented brain behind these shows... it's just random Yale writing graduates recycling the TV Tropes they were taught in college and doing "character studies" as though thats the only kind of television or fiction that can exist.

Sad to say that I have more hope for the Orville Season 2. Or maybe happy? In that at least there will be Black Mirror and Orville to satisfy television based science fiction for the near future.
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Brian
Wed, Sep 19, 2018, 8:41pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

Excellent episode, probably 4 stars from me. I love most of the emissary episodes, but I enjoy that sub genre of sci do.
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Brian_C
Wed, Sep 5, 2018, 9:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek: First Contact

Yes! That was the biggest flaw this film had (IMO). They beat the borg too easy at the beginning of the film and it just felt like a quickly, sloppily thrown together setup for the rest of the film.

That was a shame. They could have done something more plausible and in line with the high quality of the rest of this film and it wouldn't have felt so cheap and implausible.

It was kind of hard for me to really enjoy the stuff they did to "fix the timeline" because the reason the borg chose to alter the timeline in the first place didn't make a lot of sense.
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Brian_C
Wed, Aug 29, 2018, 5:55pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

Well, having just gone and watched the whole series through for the first time, I have to say that I'm glad I wasn't watching when this was in it's initial run. They really betrayed the people who watched this series and waited all those years for a payoff that feels almost cruel.

Makes you really appreciate All Good Things even more. At least TNG went out with a bang. I don't know what this was but it was an insult to Voyager's fans.
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