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Bernard
Fri, Jan 22, 2021, 6:11am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

I agree that the cause of the anomaly in FuturePicard's time frame was screwed up. Not sure how they could have fixed that plot hole when each individual Picard was moving forward through time in that time frame.

Perhaps the Pasteur could have encountered a *tiny* anomaly, probed it -- without helping to cause it, since the Pasteur's inverted tachyon pulse had a different energy signature -- and then the Riker-led Enterprise could return at Picard's insistence to see what had happened ... to find it to be even tinier. They'd then re-probe with the Enterprise's inverted tachyon beam, and cause the anomaly, while thinking (since they're moving forward through time) that they'd closed it.

But then there'd be no point when FuturePicard would need the static warp bubble, so that still doesn't work.

If they stole part of the plot of Time and Again, Picard's traveling could tell him that the FuturePicard's use of an inverted tachyon pulse would cause the problem he was trying to fix, so then he could decide to switch to a static warp bubble around a small, and apparently shrinking anomaly.
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Bernard
Thu, Jan 14, 2021, 12:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Ship in a Bottle

@Joe, baseball is a strange example to use: everyone on the fielding team wears a mitt on their non-dominant hand, so they have the dominant one free for throwing. These mitts can't be swapped from left to right -- you'd need a new mitt entirely.

Besides, at any level of professionalism, a baseball player would be expected to have far better hand-eye coordination with either hand than Joe or Jane Public, so I wouldn't try to draw general inferences from them.

For my part, I'm right-handed, and will go to some lengths to favor that hand when trying to catch something, especially if I perceive it to be small or delicate.
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Bernard
Fri, Nov 13, 2020, 7:03pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S3: Die Trying

Discovery finally seems to be hitting its stride in s3 and is finally getting its act together. It’s also self-aware enough to have moments of meta commentary. I especially liked how the sickbay was one of the most VFX-heavy settings with the flying robots, the aliens, the holographic status read-outs. It was like the team was saying, “thanks to the pandemic, we have all the time in the world to work on digital effects.”

They’ve figured out how to use all their moving parts to their best advantage.

Two criticisms: Why make the personality traits of the Terrans biological? Groan. And, Tech lobbyists are clearly throwing their weight around: The AI created from the unpaid labor of people who contributed data is benevolent because of course it is. Double groan.
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Bernard Sussman
Sat, Jul 11, 2015, 7:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S1: The Last Outpost

This very first sight of the Ferengi - and supposedly the first sighting of Ferengi by anyone in the Federation, although that seems improbable . The Ferengi were mentioned in the very first ep, Farside, with a comment that maybe someone isn't "to the Ferengi's taste" -- which sort of hinted that the Ferengi were some sort of cannibals. Here they are sort of malevolent munchkins, with really nasty whips. The whips disappear permanently after this ep. Within a couple of seasons, Ferengi have learned to speak more clearly, stand staighter, and generally behave.

This is a prime example of a franchise reordering a recurring character or feature after its first appearance.
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