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Bob ( a different one)
Tue, Mar 16, 2021, 6:32pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: Star Trek: Insurrection

You are a liar, Dave.
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Bob ( a different one)
Mon, Mar 15, 2021, 8:45pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S5: The Ship

So far Worf hasn't added much to DS9. I really haven't liked how he was written here or in "Sons of Mogh" "Let He Who is Without Sin" and "The Sword of Kahless."


I don't really get what the writers were aiming for with his character.
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Bob ( a different one)
Mon, Mar 15, 2021, 3:29pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S2: Horizon

Jason said: "For some reason I couldn't help but imagine T'Pol as Elsa Lanchester"


T'Pol as the Bride of Phloxenstein:

https://i.imgur.com/YK5Br7l.png
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Bob ( a different one)
Sun, Mar 14, 2021, 3:48pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S3: The Shipment

John Cothran, Jr. did a great job as Gralik Durr. Some actors ham it up when they are buried under prosthetics, but he didn't have to resort to that. I wish we had seen him again on Enterprise.
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Bob ( a different one)
Sun, Mar 14, 2021, 1:22pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S1: Unexpected

Capitalist said: "Wow, all these comments about T'Pol's reaction to Trip's little "encounter" completely missed the subtext of that scene. It almost makes me believe the stereotypes about trekkers... has anyone on this board ever actually known a woman? "

^I just thought that beared repeating. The Trip/T'Pol relationship was planned from day one.


As Diamond Dave said, the first half of this episode is good. They did a fantastic job of creating a truly "alien" race. And then the nipple shows up.

At that point this turkey was done.
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Bob ( a different one)
Sat, Mar 13, 2021, 11:45am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S2: The Omega Glory

More shocking imagery from the Yang's holy book:



https://i.imgur.com/WLgtrd3.gif
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Bob ( a different one)
Thu, Mar 11, 2021, 8:01pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S2: The Immunity Syndrome

I'm surprised that this isn't a more popular episode. Lots of great Spock & McCoy moments.
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Bob ( a different one)
Wed, Mar 10, 2021, 2:02pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S2: The Omega Glory

Silly said: " I suspect he put in the extreme American soap boxing to appeal to the studio. "


From Memory Alpha:

- Roddenberry originally wanted to produce this episode early in the first season, along with "Mudd's Women", but NBC thought the script was weak and ordered the staff to 'shelve' it for an indefinite time to be possibly reworked and produced later on. Despite NBC still objecting against it, Roddenberry finally had his way to make "The Omega Glory" late in the second season. (Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, These Are the Voyages: TOS Season Two)

- A letter reprinted in Inside Star Trek: The Real Story reveals that Roddenberry personally submitted his teleplay for consideration for an Emmy Award.
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Bob ( a different one)
Tue, Mar 9, 2021, 6:53pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

"Hopefully I don't have to argue why that's bad, even irresponsible."


You are going to be very disappointed with a large portion of the Trek fan base, I'm afraid.
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Bob ( a different one)
Tue, Mar 9, 2021, 6:41pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S2: Tattoo

"During the last Ice Age and the period that followed, ocean levels were lower and the Americas were connected to Eurasia by the Bering land bridge."



/insert Admiral Ackbar "It's a TRAP!" gif here.
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Bob ( a different one)
Tue, Mar 9, 2021, 6:11pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

"Burton might be the nicest human being alive but he just doesn't have the chops to truly carry an episode"


"The Mind's Eye" from season 4 is a Geordi episode that I like quite a bit.
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Bob ( a different one)
Tue, Mar 9, 2021, 6:00pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

"You would think the Federation would be more accommodating towards the genetically engineered. I mean, even the Trill are a member species for Christ's sake."

Khan wasn't a Trill though. His genetically enhanced supermen are what the prejudice stems from.
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Bob ( a different one)
Mon, Mar 8, 2021, 7:23pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S6: Muse

This is one of the best written episodes in all of Trek. Menosky expertly blends science fiction, Greek theater, and a metanarrative about writing for network television while adding new facets to the characters of Tuvok and B'Elanna. Oh, and he also manages to wrap everything up with an optimistic Trekian message. All in a 45 minute script.

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Jammer said: "But there's some off-kilter-ness to the way Layna attempts to expose B'Elanna and the way the patron assumes it to be part of the act. "


The patron makes that assumption because the events parallel the common theater tropes that Kellis listed.



From the script:

KELIS: That's exactly the problem. Where is the mistaken identity, the discovery, the sudden reversal? Mistaken identity, a character who is someone else. Discovery, the moment when that identity is revealed. Reversal, a situation that turns from good to bad in a blink of an eye.


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Jammer and others also have a problem with Torres being emotional at the end. Torres has been plagued by doubt and self recriminations her entire life. Now she has met someone who literally thinks she is an inspiration, a Muse, a goddess, someone whose mere words can bring about peace. I can see how someone who has always hated herself could get emotional when meeting someone who not only accepts her, but venerates her.


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Some people mentioned a possible Prime Directive violation by B'Elanna at the end when she beams up in clear view of the audience. Take note of this comment by Victoria G:

"People may not realize that this episode is taken straight from Greek theater. Many will recognize the chorus and the masks, but there are three types of plot twists that are included. Two were described by Aristotle – the reversal of fortune (Peripeteia) and the moment of recognition (Anagnorisis). Then there is the Deus ex Machina at the end."



"Deus ex Machina"

From Wikipedia:

The term was coined from the conventions of ancient Greek theater, where actors who were playing gods were brought onto stage using a machine. The machine could be either a crane (mechane) used to lower actors from above or a riser which brought them up through a trapdoor.


B'Elanna was just giving the audience exactly what they expected.



P.S. R.I.P. Kellie Waymire
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Bob ( a different one)
Mon, Mar 8, 2021, 3:50pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Body and Soul

One of the best Trek comedy episodes. Absolutely fantastic performances by Jeri Ryan and Robert Picardo.
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Bob ( a different one)
Mon, Mar 8, 2021, 2:55pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

Nolan said: "So, last week, like a doofus, I decided to disagree with someone on Twitter about nuTrek. "


I think it's important to keep 4 things in mind:

1) Modern Trek is garbage
2) Modern culture is garbage
3) People in general are garbage
4) Don't waste time trying to convince anybody of anything. They aren't worth the effort.
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Bob ( a different one)
Mon, Mar 8, 2021, 2:45pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S6: Pathfinder

As others have pointed out, Troi should have turned out to be a hologram in the end. Much like the holographic Voyager crew Reg conjures up she contributes nothing towards his solving his problems; she, like they, only give him someone to talk to. She may be the most pointless character in tv history.

Jammer said: "At home he lives with his cat. The cat's name is Neelix. My, what a lonely world."


That's poetry, man.
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Bob ( a different one)
Sun, Mar 7, 2021, 8:08pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S6: Dragon's Teeth

They really screwed up when they decided against making this a two-parter; the second half of the episode feels incredibly rushed. They still had almost two full seasons, so I don't know why they never got around to producing a follow-up. It's a shame because basic idea has a lot of potential, but as it stands it feels inconsequential.

P.S. Good catch by Eli. I didn't pick up on the similarities to Space Seed.
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Bob ( a different one)
Sun, Mar 7, 2021, 7:13pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S5: Think Tank

I like this episode.

Positives:

The concept of the Think Tank is interesting, and I like the alien-ness of their design.

I liked seeing Janeway in strategist mode. I also liked the brainstorming scene.

Negatives: my nitpicks have already been covered by other posters:


Skolly said: "I like the idea of this episode and the Think Tank, but it wasn't smart enough."

Jason said "I also thought the whole hunting party "paradox" was a ludicrous and pointless charade. Why the Think Tank needed to orchestrate this in order to make Voyager seek out their services will forever baffle me. Let me think, what could the Think Tank offer Voyager to entice them to part with 7 of 9? What could a Starfleet ship marooned thousands of light years of home possibly want that the Think Tank might be able to provide? "


William said: "Moreover, since we were told ahead of time what the plan was, watching it be executed wasn't particularly interesting, and there were no minor wrinkles in it that made it still fun despite us having seen it. It just makes Kurros and all look stupid for falling for such an obvious ploy. The ending, with Voyager rushing off and Janeway smiling smugly while the Think Tank ship seems to be about to be destroyed, was also a little hard to stomach. Yeah, these are bad guys, but it's a rather un-idealistic ending; I'd like for there to be some specification that the Hazari were going to take over the ship but not kill the Tank members on board."






Final thoughts: the ending needed one more twist. After the Voyager crew achieves a legitimate victory over the Tank, it would have been fun if it turned out that this was just one part of a grander design.



Fix the episode: Don't have Seven go aboard the Think Tank's ship until the end. Have her carryout Janeway's plan and "defeat" the Think Tank as before. End the episode with an epilogue where we find out that this was all part of a plot by Kurros and his pals to harvest Seven's nanoprobes and gain intel on the Borg.
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