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Baltar
Fri, Feb 21, 2014, 1:12am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Future Imperfect

I always thought that Crusher's point was that while Riker is reeling from his understandably bizarre situation, he has (allegedly) lost only a fraction of his life, and he ostensibly has the foundation upon which he can relearn whatever he needs to. His son, by comparison, is young and finding his way, suddenly having to live with not just learning to cope with the loss of his mother, not even learning to cope with the loss of both parents, but effectively having lost both AND having to teach his father how to be a father, from scratch.

I thought it was a pretty good bit of emotional realism in the scenario, giving Riker something to focus on beyond his own bafflement-and, given how the scenario turns out, it's a good bit of manipulation on the kid's part.

I just rewatched this episode tonight; still engaging, even knowing what's coming...at least until that ending, which feels very much like a the writer had a poignant script going all the way through-right until that last page, which got composed on the bus ride to the studio to turn it in. Whoops. I think "howler" captured that nicely.
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Baltar
Sun, Jun 2, 2013, 10:49am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

Plenty of people have already commented; most have already gotten the gist that this is an irretrievably terrible film, though I see that some are in some serious denial.

This, therefore, isn't so much a review as a cathartic bit of rage.

Things the writers of Star Trek Into Darkness need to learn:
-Cold fusion is not, despite the use of the term "cold," a process that freezes lava.
-A single volcano erupting is not going to cause a planet to explode.
-Starships cannot operate as submarines.
-The Prime Directive is not something that a Captain can say "So what?!" to without being court-martialed and spending the rest of his life in prison.
-Scenarios where you convince a good man to commit a terrible crime if you'll cure his terminally ill daughter only work if you don't cure the daughter first.
-There is more to McCoy than a southern accent and "I'm a doctor, not a..." grouses.
-Starfleet dress uniforms are not bellhop uniforms.
-The Klingons haven't conquered two planets since the Federation learned of them, they've probably conquered dozens, because it's been A HUNDRED YEARS.
-Saying that Kirk is an interstellar ladies' man does not mean that what Star Trek has been missing are scenes of alien threesomes; nor that women spontaneously tear their clothes off in his presence.
-You don't thaw someone out to take advantage of their savagery by having them be a weapons designer for you, not unless you have a society so unbelievably pacifistic that no one remembers how to build a damn gun.
-If you kill THOUSANDS of people in a major climactic scene...it's probably good to at least acknowledge it a moment later.
-The laws of physics do not change because someone is an interesting character; if you violate this rule, the last person in the universe you should have proclaiming it is the coolly logical Vulcan.
-Oh, and referencing something your audience will get as an in-joke only works if by doing so, you don't make clear you don't understand what the hell you're saying and just piss them off. (Such as Praxis, Ketha Province, Section 31...the list goes on.) And simply stealing lines from a much better film doesn't help you, either, nor does ludicrously claiming that the Starfleet Captain's Oath says "These are the voyages of Starship X, it's X-year missions, to seek out new life and new civilizations..."

I suppose I shouldn't knock McCoy so much, since he's obviously going to go down as the best doctor in human history-since HE'S CURED DEATH. This movie ripped of Wrath of Khan, sure, but it also ripped of The Fountain pretty solidly as well. Kudos, you idiotic plagarists.

Okay, I'm going to go find some tasty blood pressure medication and do something less dangerous to my health than focus on this anymore.
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Baltar
Thu, May 16, 2013, 12:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S1: The Cloud

I suppose Galactica might have been tougher about the clothing supply, but if you have almost anything biological, you can make booze. Scotch is made from peat, after all.

I think one of the major differences here is that Galactica had many, many episodes about scarcity-finding water, finding food, training pilots, a dangerous mining operation in order to set up a Viper factory. Not every episode was about scarcity, not remotely, but it was an overarching part of the plot, a real factor for every character on-screen and the society overall.

On Voyager, they had a couple of throwaway lines of dialogue and then headed back down the immaculately clean corridors with brushed-steel trim to have their holodeck adventures for the afternoon.

Okay, I should probably stop touting Galactica on a Trek website and go back to lurking now...
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