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barry
Sat, Mar 10, 2018, 1:10am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

Watched this episode for the first time today and as a 28 years old African American male it spoke straight to my soul and I'll say this could be one of the greatest pieces of television I've ever seen! This amazing episode sent me on an emotional whirlwind and I felt every bit of what (Avery Brooks) Benny's character went through. Halfway through the episode I had the feeling like I was watching something real, like something that actually happened that wasn't fantasy/fiction. I shed tears at the end after Benny had his nervous breakdown because I have many friends whose work and passion literally consumes them to that point! It pained me greatly to see a time (my grandfather definitely faced) when an idea or something inspirational created within his mind about the future could not even be acknowledged because of such strong racism! And then as a viewer knowing that Captain Sisko, an African American captain in SPACE does indeed exist (in the DS9 world) and that being something white people in the 1950's can't even deal with made me cry even more! To be an African American man in the 1950's I could not even deal but now with the huge, worldwide successful superhero film like Black Panther I can say Benny would have been proud! This episode did it for me and was magnificently directed! Thank you DS9 and thank you Avery Brooks! You deserved an award for this!!
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Barry
Sun, Nov 4, 2012, 5:32am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Chase

These episodes were similar to the old 'shaggy stories'.

I agreed with the Klingon.
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Barry Wogan
Sun, Oct 17, 2010, 5:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Divergence

Why is it that whenever the script requires the Enterprise to lose a battle, they always seem to forget that they have "photonic torpedoes"? I am I the only one who finds this rather tiresome?
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Barry Wogan
Sun, Oct 17, 2010, 4:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Second Season Recap

You need to learn a new word. "Arbitrary" has been overused.
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Barry
Tue, Jun 1, 2010, 8:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Fourth Season Recap

Very interesting reading everyone's reviews. Like someone else here I got Enterprise through Netflix. Thus my post is probably years after the punch.

Overall I'd have to say I disliked Enterprise, a lot. Not everything was bad. The writers had some good ideas, but failed to develop them into crisp, layered story arcs. When I say layered I mean arcs with character development. The result, EVERY season was formulaic to the point of insanity.

Take the evolution of Archer's character (or lack thereof). First off, Bakula was a poor casting choice, too old and with sparse acting range. Second, thanks to time traveler Daniels the audience is told of Archer's pending greatness early in S1, thus resulting in Archer's character being framed-in far too early. It merely served to place Archer into the "main heroine role" by default, particularly in longer pivotal story arcs.

The need to place Archer at the centre of everything invariably undermined the show's evolution from an early stage.

The other characters were neglected. Blalock in particular is a pretty dam good actress. Yet she seemed to be given so little material from which to work. Trinneer was equally neglected. The character's of T'Pol and Trip should have been given their own significant story arc with a firm understanding of where their relationship would go. The writers neglected so many opportunities to really examine early Human-Vulcan relations that underpin every subsequent Star Trek series.

Here's an example, in "The Forge," "Awakening" and "Kir'Shara" Archer takes a central role in bringing about a monumental change to Vulcan society. Why didn't they combine those episodes with "Home" and have Trip and T'Pol the main characters? Trip could be drawn unknowingly into machinations of Vulcan society. Perhaps have it culminate in a union or separation of T'Pol and Trip romantically. Their relationship could have been emblematic, perhaps foreshadowing future relations within the Federation, and characters such as Spock, etc.

This reluctance to dove-tale the story arcs for different characters really forced the series into a bland formulaic pattern.

I was first skeptical in S1 when time travel was mentioned. Time travel is a good indication that the writers are drawing a collective blank.

The show also lacked a plan. Early on we are told Enterprise is a ship of exploration. But in the history of exploration there is always an underlying specific goal. For example: Columbus-route to China for trade; Magellan-went around the world to find shipping routes-trade winds. Enterprise NEVER had an underlying goal or plan from which to build interesting story arcs. They simply point Enterprise into the dark stuff and hit the gas. Unfortunately the show has a similar feel to it.

When they were pitching this show it should have been a five year mission-five seasons. Everything should have been fairly well-developed before any shooting of Enterprise began. Don't be afraid to kill off characters as per that plan, even popular ones. That's what makes for interesting TV, i.e. Band of Brothers, Sopranos, etc

If there is another Star Trek series I think they can learn from Enterprise's failure.
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