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Bobbington Mc Bob
Mon, Apr 15, 2019, 7:38am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Suspicions

Just one scene with data or the doctor saying "we have conducted 30 tests with a remote piloted shuttle and they all show extremely low levels of radiation, we believe it is safe to try with a live pilot" would have solved the ridiculous setup with needlessly risking someone's life. No spacesuit (no budget for them) either.... any other episode and Picard would have had a fit about endangering life.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sat, Apr 13, 2019, 5:12am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Lessons

Loved the bits with the inner light theme, brought a tear or two. The tear then disappeared when the kiss scene happened. Stewart has two weaknesses - fighting, and kissing, but that's it.

An aside - I really wish people would put frickin spoiler warnings here if they are going to reference episodes after the one in question. I've had parts of the season finale ruined twice now. Just because its an old series, doesn't mean everyone has seen it.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Tue, Apr 9, 2019, 5:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Starship Mine

Just a very out of place episode. There is one other entry in Trek canon that had a similar "I'm watching a story from another show" vibe, and that was "Conspiracy". Now this affair is nowhere near as bad "two phasers on kill = exploding head and stomach alien", but nonetheless it still gives me that weird out-of-universe feeling.

Having Sir Patrick do fight scenes is always a bad idea as he lacks the physicality. His body somehow looks surprised at what it's doing. The "wiring up Geordi's visor to explode and there's no way they can hear us talking about it at normal volume from 10 feet away" part was just silly, and I kind of felt like the actors playing the bad guys had been chosen for their haircuts more than anything. Maybe Berman visited a psychobilly bar the month before or something?

It was ok, but suffered from the same tropes that poor quality action films all suffer from. Was fun seeing Tuvok without his ears though.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Tue, Apr 9, 2019, 6:01am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Progress

Very slow moving episode I nearly gave up on, but glad I stuck with for the Sisko / Kira scene and the final one with Kira and Mullibok, both of which gave me the classic trek feels.

I would agree that Mullibok had a slightly manipulative edge, having something of an impossible nature that played on Kira's guilt, but as other's have said you can understand why he is doing it.

Ultimately I know of similar stories that have played out in reality with the building of bypasses and supermarkets where houses once stood, and their elderly occupants refusing to move (in fact it makes me recall the movie Batteries Not Included a little) and this is a great representation. That Kira is forced to do something so counter to who she is is very in keeping with the "difficult decisions of command" theme that many starfleet captains have had to face, such as Picard having to sacrifice Crusher on the stargazer, though here Kira was only forced to watch a metaphorical death.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Mon, Apr 8, 2019, 3:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Tapestry

There have been moments in the past when watching the supermen aboard the enterprise has had the effect of reminding viewers of what they are not, perhaps briefly taking us out of the moment or triggering a pang of regret. Sometimes the gap between what's on screen and our realities can feel a little too noticeable, even if we can still admire our heroes. We can walk in their shoes and join them at least.

Now, I loved this episode, but it was one where for me this projection fantasy was much more noticeable for the cracks that formed in it. For most of us (for that is how statistics work) we know that we are more likely to have been the junior ensign, if we would have got into starfleet at all. And all of a sudden you are face to face with your hero having utter contempt for who that person is.

Though its an awesome episode, at the end of it I couldn't help but feel slightly alienated from the captain as he lay there laughing, even as I laughed along with him.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Mon, Apr 8, 2019, 2:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Face of the Enemy

Troi didn't end up impregnated or violated, held a position of authority, and had to be party to things that fundamentally challenged everything she stands for. A great outing for this character, who had been woefully underserved up to this point.

I also get a sneaking suspicion that Troi might have started to rather get used to being evil, if only for a second or two. It was quite the reversal, to hear a Romulan captain tearing Troi off a strip or two for her barbarism. Getting that uniform in Chain of Command seems to have done the trick!
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Mon, Apr 8, 2019, 1:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Aquiel

Totally guessed it was the dog. WOOFI WOOF SLURPLE BRAAAIIINS
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Mon, Apr 8, 2019, 6:36am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Chain of Command, Part II

Four stars from me too. The episode has been slightly edited in one key way since it was first broadcast. I recall watching this some time before 2010, and there was a scene where Picard sees the four lights blur - and for a moment we can see five. Watching again on netflix, I can no longer find that scene, and the comments above going back to 2012 do not reference it. I have been back through the episode and can no longer see it.

I believe it was just before Picard is released, and spits out "there are four lights", and was a way of directly showing the audience that Picard's perception was wavering, making his statement more one of clear defiance and victory. However, I believe having the captain admit it as a final reveal is more impactful, and leaves us with much more of a sense of uneasiness. The captain had essentially kept this admission of weakness from us, as well as his torturers, until the very last moment and puts a different tone on the ending.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sun, Apr 7, 2019, 5:21am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Relics

Great episode, I loved it. I agree with others above that the crew would have been falling over themselves to talk to the man who literally wrote the specs for probably hundreds of ship systems, and who was the chief engineer of the great Jim Kirk.
That said, having worked in the oil industry, I can tell you that old engineers do indeed waffle on like that. Scotty was on his way to a retirement planet 75 years previously anyway so his character was probably already at that stage even without the extended stay in the pattern buffer leading to his obsolescence.

As someone who lived in scotland for 10 years, Doohan's "scottish" accent actually veered between irish and scottish, but that's always been the case anyway and he takes the best of both worlds.

I am finding that almost every TNG episode brings at least one tear, much like good doctor who used to. I loved the moment with Picard and Scotty, and the respect and compassion our 24th century captain displays.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sun, Apr 7, 2019, 5:03am (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S2: Lasting Impressions

Grimes, stop cutting onions every week. I only have so many handkerchiefs
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Mon, Apr 1, 2019, 11:41am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: The Passenger

Test comment
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sun, Mar 17, 2019, 5:16am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Silicon Avatar

I'll just say, the comments on this one are weird. Everyone must have had a hangover or something.

On the episode, I really felt for Marr and was hoping the episode payoff would be much more emotionally rewarding. I could relate to her sense of regret and loss, and using data as a conduit to grieve that, especially as she hated him so much, was a nice touch. I only wish Data could somehow have used that connection to her son as a means to stop her from trying to kill the entity, and at least allow the communication attempt to continue.

Perhaps data could have found a diary entry from the son on forgiving some egregious act against him, or a reference to a favourite mythological tale that deals with those topics. That would have made for a very 'trek' ending (even more so given the foregoing "darmok"), whilst still giving vent to the doctor's anger. If the entity turned out to be a jerk and then attacked the ship, then they could use the doctor's resonance trick and know they hid rid the universe of a scourge.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sun, Mar 10, 2019, 2:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Night Terrors

Stopped watching at the godawful Worf suicide scene. Hackneyed horror cliches, bad acting, recycled plot lines. Not quite as anger producing as "conspiracy" but by god I've had enough. Next episode!
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sun, Feb 24, 2019, 5:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Transfigurations

Spaaaaace Jeeeeeesuuuuuuus
Re: the baddies, we already have the space Rom(ul)ans so I dunno who these guys are. Surprised they didn't call them "The Herodians"
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sun, Feb 10, 2019, 4:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Price

I noped out after the Troi changes her dress scene. The whole thing was just naueatingly creepy and off. And with the ferenghi being the only other thing on the menu..... nahhhh
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Wed, Feb 6, 2019, 3:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

Good lord this is amazing science fiction
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Tue, Feb 5, 2019, 11:27am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Emissary

There is far too much boning on the Enterprise. And on the holodeck now? I hope there is a cleansing routine that runs afterwards. And an automatic privacy lock. As I recall, pretty much anyone can just wander in
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Tue, Feb 5, 2019, 4:17am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Up the Long Ladder

I know this episode is years old but I need to complain. Didn't we already do the "kidnap you for your genetic heritage" thing in "When the Bough Breaks"? Side note, I love how the camera focused on an incensed William 'To boldly bone things that no man has boned before' Riker when the Prime Minister said "we find sexual reproduction a little repugnant"
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Mon, Feb 4, 2019, 3:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Q Who

So Guinan might have crane style Q-Fu master skills eh? I don't recall that ever being revisited. Makes you wonder ... if she has Q's powers, why doesn't she use them? Maybe on the ship she adheres to some kind of rule that means she cannot interfere with lesser species ... possibly the most important one she has. They could call it something like a 'First Instruction'. Or an Alpha Law. A Principal Principle. A Pr ... ok you get it.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Mon, Feb 4, 2019, 3:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Pen Pals

Yet another episode where someone seemed to be cutting onions at the end. I wish they would stop that.
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Bobbington Mc Bob
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 7:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Conspiracy

Good grief that was an utter pile of 'The Wrath of Khan' mind controlling slug poop
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