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Ben
Sun, Oct 18, 2020, 3:58am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 1

I’ve been a long time reader of Jammer’s Reviews but this is the first time I’ve commented.

I think the main difference between “Old Trek” - by which I mainly mean TOS, TNG, DS9, because they are my favourites - and Discovery is that one simply shows us an optimistic vision of the future, and the other tells about one (almost preaches in fact) but shows us something else. Old Trek was an inherently optimistic vision of the future because it showed us diverse crews tackling diverse problems that usually raised an interesting and often quite complex scientific, philosophic or sociological issue in any one episode. The issue that was under examination could be anything from the nature of time or war to gender or religion and usually an approach that favoured tolerance or inquisitiveness or logic etc would win out. There was some violence, such as Kirk’s punch ups or DS9’s examination of conflict, but this was never the preferred route for our protagonists. There wasn’t much heavy emoting from the main characters, especially in TNG time-period episodes. TOS also had something interesting to say about friendship with the relationship between Kirk, Spock and McCoy by showing us how this trio got along.

Discovery, unlike Old Trek, doesn’t really practice what it preaches. It usually has lots of action but then wants its viewers to think that it is optimistic because our protagonists talk passionately about simplistic topics such as “hope” and “friendship”. (and not much else, unlike Old Trek, which examined a plethora of different issues). Each episode has a superficial gloss of optimism that seems tacked on and very forced and often quite jarring with the rest of what you’ve just watched. Take the first episode of season 3, where Burnham and Book disintegrate quite a few “baddies” while swapping quips, only for Burnham to then emote about hope at the end of the episode and Book to reveal himself to be an ardent conservationist (who I thought wanted to protect life!). This for me is my biggest problem with Discovery: any message Is often simple and not particularly thoughtful, very forced and often clashes with the action-oriented approach to problem-solving that the rest of the episode has focused on.
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Rubens
Fri, Oct 16, 2020, 1:28am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: A Taste of Armageddon

I heartily agree with Kurtis.

TOS is not ashamed to deal with universal subjects, desensibilisation of war is not light a one, and that it is why the episodes continue to be appealing 50 years latter.

People of Eminiar 7 just "got used" to kill 3 million of their own per year, even if they had a like with Vendikar to stop the war at any time.

And you have to love Scotty in this episode, even risking to be sent to a colony prisions , he didn't budge.
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Rubens Fonseca
Mon, Oct 5, 2020, 5:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

Re-watching it on Netflix, who would know that one day all TNG episodes would be available at hand :-)

Digression aside, this episodes feels like a poor "The Conscience of the King" from TOS, it is hard to care about Brull, the Acamarians, and even Yuta.

Riker was kind of a jerk throughout the episode, first he hits on Yuta at the first chance, then all the "Porthos a la Yuta", and in the end he brutally vaporises the girl. All with absolutely no consequences or disciplinary actions, on contrary, Picard even offers him some time-off at the Starbase.

Even Picard was off, every time the Acamarian sovereign tried to put a limit on the Gatherers request, the played down her arguments. The guys raided the sector for one century, destroyed an outpost at the beginning of the episode, and in the end got free land, autonomy and three seats on the planet's rolling council, not a bad deal.

A bad episode from an excellent season.
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bencanuck
Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 7:12am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag

"You know, she used to be a Borg, like him."
"Oh wow, she's that Ranger! She's notorious. Ninety-nine or Eleven or..."
"Uh-uh. She goes by Seven."

I love that they joke with names of other Women Whose Names are Numbers. But one of them is from Get Smart, contemporary with TOS. The other is from a 2010s Netflix series. I have to say I appreciate any joke that relies on such bizarre combinations of fandoms.
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bencanuck
Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 7:43am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Macrocosm

@Jason R.: "poor continuity"

I used to think this too (and it may indeed be true of later seasons which I haven't re-watched recently!), but the specific examples that I pointed out in early S3 are actually running threads of continuity. My whole point is that I'm surprised at what was actually there and what I missed.
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bencanuck
Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 6:19am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Macrocosm

@Jason R.

Ron Moore joined very briefly in Season 6. Not only is this three years later, but a completely different showrunner was in charge in Season 3 (Jeri Taylor, not Brannon Braga). It's quite possible for both to be true.
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bencanuck
Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 5:17am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Macrocosm

Skywalker (in 2016) points out that Janeway is painting at the end of the episode, and this harks back to "Sacred Ground". She has adapted this into her personality. Perhaps the thing she felt the loss of at the end of that episode is resurfacing. She is changing from the little girl who loved mathematics and never enjoyed life's nebulous answers. It's continuous but subtle.

But while the end of the episode recalls the past, the beginning of the episode foreshadows the future. It is the first time that Janeway suggests Neelix as ambassador. This, like his security practice mentioned in "Warlord" and the breakup with Kes there that deprives him of his emotional grounding, contributes to his arc heading into "Fair Trade". He really has nothing. They are at the end of his usefulness. He is hoping to extend it in some way. Security? Diplomacy? What is he? Who is Neelix to others? And does he know it and can he accept it?

I'm beginning to wonder if season 3 was actually rather subtle on character development and some of us missed it at the time. I seem to have missed some of the interesting cues.
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Bendy
Sun, Aug 2, 2020, 9:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Melora

While this was for sure a meh episode, I will say the point (or at least attempted point) seemed pretty obvious to me. That ultimately, given the choice of enhancing her ability to handle a higher gravity environment or retaining her identity as an Elysian, she came to the eventual realization that retaining her cultural identity, even if it means being perceived by others as being disadvantaged, was the more important choice.

And yes, I'm, watching this series (for the first time) in 2020. So far, it's holding up surprisingly well
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Ben
Sat, Jul 25, 2020, 2:00am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Fury

What never made sense was WHY Kes went crazy...oh she lost her memory and blah blah but that never made sense. She left as an all powerful transcendent and thankful being and comes back as a decrepit demented psychopath.
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bencanuck
Thu, Jul 9, 2020, 5:15am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Die Is Cast

There's something enjoyable in the fact that, a few episodes later ("Family Business"), the replacement for the runabout they lose here (the Mekong) is named the Rubicon. The Caesar references don't stop in the two-parter.
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bencanuck
Tue, Jun 30, 2020, 1:27am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Ties of Blood and Water

Some people have commented on how Weyoun and Dukat threaten the station with a (large) Jem'Hadar battlecruiser. It seems ridiculous to some people.

It's true that they wouldn't stand a chance. But actually, Dukat, Weyoun, and the audience don't know that. Until "Call to Arms", we all still think Federation shields are useless against Dominion weapons. DS9 has no ablative armour. Even with armour, the Defiant could barely hold off against a few (small) Jem'Hadar attack ships ("The Search"). While the station is armed to the teeth, if its shields were ineffective, its civilians (or even Ops) would be in real danger from a Jem'Hadar ship of that firepower. It's a real threat. Foolhardy perhaps. But threatening.
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Ben
Sat, Jun 13, 2020, 9:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Changeling

James T. Kirk. Jackson Roykirk. Doesn’t sound similar to me. Really a sophisticated computer couldn’t tell the difference?
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Ben
Fri, Jun 5, 2020, 8:09am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: A Taste of Armageddon

Great episode. Couple of observations. The uniforms they wear on the planet were ridiculous looking. Also I always got confused between the lead councilman’s name-Anon 7 and the planet’s name - Eminiar 7. There’s plenty of other numbers to choose from!
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Ben
Thu, May 28, 2020, 7:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Conscience of the King

Interesting episode. Disliked as a child like it more now. This episode feels like no other. There seems to some sets and music that were only used in this episode so it would seem. I am tired ! And your shining brightness has stuck in my head since the 1970!’s
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Gubenuj
Fri, May 15, 2020, 5:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

I can’t wait to hate the new Captain Pike show (which I will never watch, and about which, I do not know a thing) already. Two months without new Trek news to preemptively hate on has really sucked!
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Ben
Wed, May 13, 2020, 1:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Where No Man Has Gone Before

Never understood why people give this episode such a high rating. Interesting from the standpoint that it is the first episode with Kirk and the other crew but the plot is basically one that we will see again and again. Man has superpowers which must be overcome. Not that exciting. The cage was so much more interesting although NBC rejected it for their own reasons. Glad they did since I like Shatner over Hunter.
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Ben
Mon, May 11, 2020, 2:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Charlie X

Disliked this episode as a kid; dislike it now. Very dated and silly. The kid with super powers. Not that interesting. Weak second episode for a brand new sci fi series. The next few are much better. Charlie was just annoying. Sorry
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Ben
Thu, May 7, 2020, 3:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: All Our Yesterdays

Always loved this episode. One question. Why would an inhabitant of the planet choose to go back to the era that Kirk gets sent to? Seems like there are better choices.
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Ben
Thu, Apr 30, 2020, 11:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: That Which Survives

Really one of the top ten worst TOS episodes. Thought so watching reruns as a kid in the 1970’s and confirmed now. Totally ridiculous plot and over the top poor acting. Yikes!
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Benito
Tue, Apr 14, 2020, 10:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

Finding this website has been really nice on my rewatch of TNG! I could never intrest anyone i know IRL in star trek so i always felt lonely enjoying these fansastic series. But reading these reviews and the comments after each episode gave me a sence of community. So i want to thank you, Jammer, for your wonderful website and also to some of the commenters i tended to look up and read every time by their names: William B, SkepticalMI, Elliot and Luke. I cant stress enough how i enjoyed your thought out critiques and disscussions on almost every page. Thank you again.
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bencanuck
Wed, Apr 1, 2020, 7:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Many people have come out and said that Data's death is a case of euthanasia.

Is it? Or is there a nuance here?

Data is essentially hooked up to a machine that is sustaining his life, but he has no option to repair his actual body. There is no hope of his body winning the fight. He cannot return to life without the life-support machine and in his own body. If the life-support machine is discontinued, Data just naturally fades away quickly.

Some people refer to this as 'passive euthanasia', but I think we normally treat 'pulling the plug' on critical life support as having different moral and legal requirements than 'active euthanasia'. For instance, Booming quoted some 'very liberal' laws. Those are almost certainly for active euthanasia (not passive euthanasia or pulling the plug), because far less liberal states have less stringent requirement for 'pulling the plug' on life support.

Perhaps, in good Trekkian style, some nuance is in order, even if the whole time we're dealing with an analogy for non-organic lifeforms.
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Ben S
Mon, Mar 16, 2020, 9:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Wink of an Eye

While I can overlook almost all the flaws in this episode, the one that always gets me is that Kirk fires a phaser on the bridge, but it doesn’t appear in real time (even though it should). The story just kind of ignores that he did it.
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bencanuck
Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 12:20am (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

@Daniel

"The key is that you never see the original TNG characters (Picard, Data, Troi, Riker) use those words. I think that would have broken with the characterizations."

Is that really true, though? Picard has said 'merde' on TNG. Riker has used Romulan curse-insults (such as in "The Defector"). They definitely have these words in their vocabulary.

If it would break characterization, it isn't due to the vocabulary in itself. What distinguishes the speech of Clancy, Jurati, etc. from these characters' is the casualness of the word in the middle of the sentence, e.g., as for emphasis. In the past, when Picard and Riker used such words, it was almost deliberate and decisive.

Also, it was in a foreign human or alien language...
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bencanuck
Fri, Mar 6, 2020, 7:35pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

@Trent

"Also, why does Riker talk about "Newton's fourth law of thermodynamics"? As far as I know, Newton doesn't have a law of thernodynamics; he wrote about laws of motion. What's up with this line?"

Newtonian dynamics of the 18th century and the new thermodynamics of the 19th were notoriously conflictual in their view of time as essentially reversible (everything in Newtonian physics has reversible time propagation) or essentially irreversible (thermodynamics, entropy). This was a huge question: is thermodynamics real or is it an approximation from our ignorance? Some giants of the 20th century, like Ilya Prigogine, devoted their entire lives to this problem.

Riker's conflation of Newton and thermodynamics deliberately flags the law as nonsense from a scientific POV. Thus, when it becomes clear that the law is an in-joke between two old friends, it is funny.
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bencanuck
Fri, Feb 28, 2020, 8:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: The Impossible Box

@Booming

"So I guess Raffi brought money with her"

It's pretty much a given, not some wild idea. Raffi has bet latinum with Rios on whether Soji is still alive. One would assume she has access to this latinum on the La Serena. That's a more natural notion than that she is betting money that she has no access to on a one-way trip (she plans to stay behind on Freecloud).

"How did Dajh get into school and then accepted into daystrom?"

We have known since the earth-bound episodes that Dahj didn't actually have any record of being in or at a school. She only had credentials of graduation. She never 'got into school'. She never attended. The limited lifetime/past/history of both sisters was implied much, much earlier. I assume we don't dwell on this fact in this episode, because we have been living with it for half the series at this point.
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