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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sat, Oct 26, 2019, 12:32pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: The Immunity Syndrome

With episodes like this in existence, why does everyone always say that Roddenberry never allowed conflict between the crew? If Spock were human McCoy would just about have pushed him to a fist fight. The spock / mccoy dynamic seems to be becoming more antagonistic every episode. I like it, but it doesn't fit with the dogma at all
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Wed, Oct 23, 2019, 3:18pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: A Piece of the Action

A lot of TOS is a real chore to watch, and sometimes it seems like its formidable reputation was created on the back of a handful of standout episodes. This outing does little to change my mind about that. About the only good thing to come from "A Piece of The Action" is the inclusion some 40 years later of Vic in DS9, leading to the incredible "Its Only a Paper Moon". After the Scooby Doo / TOS crossover that came before this one, I am struggling to keep up my enthusiasm.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sat, Oct 12, 2019, 11:33am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: Friday's Child

Crappy episode but loved Spock's line at the end
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sun, Oct 6, 2019, 12:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: Metamorphosis

Cochrane: "What? That alien thing loves me? Gross. Screw that"

Companion: "Hey its ok, I possessed the body of a woman whose deterioration I was primarily responsible for, who found you repulsive and immoral but was hot, a bit lonely and on the verge of death, so now we can bone forever"

Cochrane: "Cool Imma plant a fig tree"

Senior crew: "Oh lol"
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sat, Oct 5, 2019, 11:29am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: The Apple

Kirk: "Formation L"

* everyone forms a line *

Formation "Line" is entered into Star Trek canon
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sat, Oct 5, 2019, 11:18am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: The Changeling

Ah the original Star Trek "Unrecoverable change, remedied by next week" reset episode. This must surely have been the model for the entire series run of Voyager :D

I liked this one, the sense of foreboding from Nomad felt very real, and I could see the seeds for V-ger in this too. Watching TOS for the first time having seen everything that came after first can be a really fun exercise in deja-vu like a-ha moments.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sat, Oct 5, 2019, 5:27am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S2: Who Mourns for Adonais?

I've not much to add that hasnt already been said, other than man I really hate the sound design of TOS. "Drama = ear damaging screeching sound effects and booming tubas and xylophones". Depressing to see the recycled "lady in soft focus immediately abandons her principles because hot powerful man has his shirt off a bit" plotline from the Khan episode.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Wed, Sep 25, 2019, 2:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Alternative Factor

Agree with all the criticisms above. The scenery chewing acting from Lazarus was as headache-inducing as the constant ear splitting sound effects and music. The long-lived sci-fi plot device of intelligent characters doing stupid things to make plot happen seems to have been invented here. He's the most dangerous man in the universe and 1701 is the only ship within hundreds of light years specifically tasked with stopping him. But Bones is just "IDGAF where he is captain, I'm from Texas" and dudes in the bar grin at him inanely like its a rough pub in Ireland where you expect injured people with torn clothes to just wander about whilst in the most severe alert condition Starfleet ships have. Then there's the "fight" scenes, which are a huge step back from previous episodes.

When Lazarus made his plummet off the cliff, I prayed he was dead so we didn't have to see any more of what has to be the worst acting by a supporting cast member in Trek. Then, still wandering about the ship rather than being in the brig where by now he absolutely should be, we have a fire in not-engineering affecting two characters we give zero shits about. Presumably Scotty was attending a warp drive symposium during the gravest threat the universe has ever known. Everyone just abandons any semblance of intelligence from this point on to make the ending happen.

KIRK: (fighting mad Lazarus) "Stand back!"
Redshirts: * nowhere near Kirk, do not move at all *
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Thu, Sep 19, 2019, 7:46am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: Spock's Brain

I am fascinated with the idea of being one of those star trek hipsters that tries to argue that dreadful episodes are actually good for reasons you all missed, but with material this bad everyone would be able to tell I was lying to myself. This is TOS' equivalent of TNG "Conspiracy", an episode so off kilter that it feels like its being shuttled in from another, inferior, sci-fi show. Maybe they accidentally switched the scripts between Lost In Space for this one. Was there originally a character called Dr Zachary Smith?
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Thu, Sep 19, 2019, 6:29am (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: A Taste of Armageddon

I honestly thought General Order 24 was going to be revealed to be "Keep hallways clear of mop buckets at all times to avoid trip hazards" - a huge Kirkian bluff. Turns out Starfleet really does have an Armageddon Order.

Nice episode, I liked the tone of the acting, which was a lot more measured than some of the hamminess of "Court Martial". You can feel star trek gradually becoming Star Trek, and laying the foundation for hundreds of future episodes of TNG, DS9 and siblings. Not VOY though, whose quality control procedure was lifted directly from the making of "Spock's Brain".

Just kidding. Well, only a bit.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Wed, Sep 18, 2019, 4:30pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: A Taste of Armageddon

DEPLOY THE SILLY HATS
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Wed, Sep 11, 2019, 3:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Arena

Though not the best episode, its main conceit that humans are "promising" and will evolve into something wonderful is one that was recycled heavily throughout TNG
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sun, Aug 18, 2019, 3:48am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

Dr Bashir to Ops, medical emergency: Bobbington McBob has sustained a serious case netflix binge watch end-mourning. 300 ml of tarkalian tea, stat
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Mon, Aug 12, 2019, 5:13am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Chimera

"Mine's bigger"

Best line of the episode. Good old General Laastok :)
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Thu, Aug 8, 2019, 3:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

Clever use of the Ferenghi wail scream. Usually its for something daft like an ear infection, but this time, well Nog just lost his leg. That initial rush of cringe, followed by "hang on, that really means something this time".
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sun, Aug 4, 2019, 2:48pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

"Sounded positively defensive to me"

:D
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sun, Aug 4, 2019, 1:00pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Afterimage

No, not a fan of Ezri so far. Its ensign Tilly with Trill spots. The main problem is that she is a season one character. Recalling what a cartoon Bashir was when we first met him, and what he developed into, I feel like I don't have the patience to watch Ezri go through the same slightly forced emotional gymnastics, and the Quark angle is something I would prefer was dispensed with. I just really miss season 3, where it felt like every episode was a 3-4 star-rer. From about the middle of season 4 DS9 seemed to have a 50-50 hit / miss ratio with some undoubtedly great moments, but the introduction of a new cartoon character after all the heft of the end of season 6 just feels like work. Maybe if I had had the year's break that the viewers of 1998 had before starting a new season, I would feel differently. Perhaps this is a side effect of Netflix binge watching, IDK.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sun, Aug 4, 2019, 12:22pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Shadows and Symbols

Was there a republican president when they were making this, and someone at paramount wanted to get them onside? I half expected the planet they visited to be called Naz'reeth and Sisko's mother to be called Mary. Starfleet seriously equips away missions with three wise men garb? And Sarah was possessed by the holy spirit and gave birth to the messiah, and shortly after he was tempted by Satan oops I mean a Pah Wraith... and lo, The Prophets looked down on Deep Space Nine and saw that it was good.

Glad ezri is back but Star Trek: New Testament is starting to grate.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sat, Aug 3, 2019, 3:58pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Time's Orphan

I executed a double skip maneuver on this and the last episode. With trek you start to get an uncanny sense based on the blurb and opening 30 seconds on whether its worth watching an episode, and with this one it was "ehhh The O'Briens and Molly ... skip". The comments seem to confirm this is one to avoid, but why so many weak offerings near the end of a season with so much great dominion plotting? Its giving me mid-season 7 TNG vibes.

Sub Rosa.....
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sat, Aug 3, 2019, 3:24pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

I think the main problem with any "cadet" story, much like "The first duty", is it brings in not just a couple but a whole whole raft of fresh characters that we have no reason to care about, and who usually are precocious and unlikable. So the only interesting part of the story is how the people we actually care about will respond to them. As in this case we have two young characters, this just ends up feeling like a teen popularity movie with The Jocks of the Valiant and their Lord of The Flies schtick. The First Duty was bearable because it was played out in relief against the sobering influence of Picard, his disappointment in and the interesting dynamic of his father / son relationship with Wesley. With "Valiant" there is little to redeem it with Jake and Nog in the place of Picard and Wesley.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sat, Aug 3, 2019, 2:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Shore Leave

......
hahahahahahahaha
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sat, Aug 3, 2019, 1:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Shore Leave

"Most ... illogical"
Ahahahahahaha
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sat, Aug 3, 2019, 5:50am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: The Reckoning

He is the Venkman. His pagh is strong
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Thu, Aug 1, 2019, 1:32pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

If Sisko had been 'High Ranking Starfleet Officer Who Is An Old Friend of the Crew But Turns Out To Be Evil' of the Week over on TNG, the final scene would have been a brutal dressing down and speech from Picard. Then a scene of Sisko being hauled away by that huge dude and tiny lady who were the unnamed security officers, followed by another scene where Picard receives a report of the admirals who sanctioned Sisko's acts being arrested.

Very chilling, immensely gripping, and honestlu worrying where Sisko's mind is going. From Jesus to Saddam Hussein last season, and now he's basically an Obsidian Order chief. How the hell they will reconcile this down the line with his role as Bajor's Holy Messiah I have no clue.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Tue, Jul 30, 2019, 1:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Inquisition

Ve are section ein und drei├čig, und ve change into ze lederhosen und kinky threads of leazer ven we are found out, ja?
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