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Brendan
Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 1:53am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Conundrum

This is another one those episodes where the enemy really hasn't thought their cunning plan through very well.

After being attacked and manipulated into war with the Lysians, how is the Federation going to respond to the Satarrans? Quickie war? Blockade? Nothing good would come out of it. If the Federation began some sort of peace talks or friendship with the Lysians, the Satarrans still lose.

El Salvador attacking a US Naval vessel and manipulating the crew into a war with Panama ends very badly for El Salvador if the plan fails.
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Brendan perez
Tue, Mar 13, 2018, 2:15am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Ties of Blood and Water

I hate the whole "Look at what just showed up" plot device.

There's just no way a ship of any kind (uncloaked obviously) should be that close to the station before anyone makes a decision, especially if its weapons are armed. Surely the person in charge in Ops can order a defensive posture the moment a ship approaches with weapons armed.
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Brendan
Tue, Mar 6, 2018, 12:11am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Jem'Hadar

I'm rewatching this for what must be the 20th time and the whole battle leading up to the suicide run has always come off as crap. Even when I saw it first run, every ship constantly shaking even when seemingly not being attacked, the Odyssey's phasers having zero effect on the Jem'Hadar ship.

All this stuff about laying down covering fire, Dax asking the Captain if he altered shield harmonics (surely he knew this?) seemed really dumb and overplayed to 13 year old Trekkie me and has me rolling my eyes when I watch it again.

The suicide run and Eris' escape did bring it back around for me and I COULD NOT wait for the next season to see how this played out.

Obviously the more I watch the episodes, the more the seams show and the more tropes grate. The Treknobabble was off the scale and would make for a fantastic, possibly deadly, drinking game. Shots everytime someone brings up subroutines would push the limits of the toughest drinker :) Double shots if they have to microscan a data cluster or just push a button to break the unbreakable encryption protocol.

It's still my favorite Trek series by far because so many plotlines played out over time. Very few resets, status quo return not guaranteed, etc. made for a compelling show that I couldn't miss.
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Brendan
Tue, Feb 27, 2018, 11:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

We're supposed to believe that the Valiant AND the Starbase were both this close to the border, and no one on the ship questioned why they weren't stopping there?

The only person I hate more than Jake is the First Officer. She comes off as intentionally precocious. I wouldn't be able to listen to her without telling her to shut up.
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Brendan
Sun, Feb 11, 2018, 5:42am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Hope and Fear

If someone else pointed it out, I missed it.

I wonder how they learned what Voyager did. Is there some news service letting everyone else the latest in the Borg v 8472 conflict?
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Brendan
Mon, Jan 29, 2018, 6:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Remember Me

Episodes like this, Birthright, and a few others make me wonder why they're allowed to do any experiments in Engineering. The Warp Core isn't merely like a nuclear power plant that can meltdown and wreak havoc under specific circumstances, it's also a massive nuclear bomb that will explode, killing everything on board and within a decent distance should its delicate containment field(s) be breached.

Knowing this, they still hook up random crap from the Gamma Quadrant directly to said engine core, beam space gasses into lab containers right next to it, dick around with super cool new warp fields, etc.

There's really no justification for testing new torch and lighter technolgy in the room full of nitroglycerin.
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Brendan
Sun, Jan 14, 2018, 5:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

I'm watching this now and noticed that Data states that Riker's cranial plating has increased in size and his brain is much smaller. I guess the virus reset button restored all that brain matter and its original state. :)

Also sucks to be that redshirt at the Conn who had his spine broken in multiple places though, no viral enzyme intron resequencing to correct that I guess.
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Brendan
Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 1:40am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Dauphin

I don't know I kinda liked Anya overpowering Worf as some disgusting screeching monster then trash talking him as a small older lady.

"You underestimated me in your sickbay. That is usually fatal." I like this line and how she delivers it, It doesn't sound like she's bluffing. I do agree though that there's little chance the Enterprise would put up with such dangerous behaviour
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Brendan
Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 7:55am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: A Matter of Honor

Surprised a few people don't seem to rate Frakes as an actor, I've never seen him in anything else to be fair but in TNG he is a very good performer, can emote very well, and is pretty charismatic IMO
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Brendan
Sun, Nov 16, 2014, 7:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: Interstellar

There were a few parts that were swings and misses, like Hathaway's speech about love, and some of the weird characterizations back on Earth in the first act. I also thought the black guy was so nonchalant when they came back and "it's been 23 years. I have some grey in my beard. anyway how's it going?"

Other than that though, I thought it was a masterpiece in just about every sense of the word. I had no issues with the ending. People seem to think the movie was saying love was a force of nature that allowed him to communicate to the past - no it was gravity, in the context of an artificial 3D space in a 5D reality created by... whoever. The way this was visualized on screen was spot on.

And Matt Damon's part is probably the most memorable cameo I have ever seen, both for the surprise factor and the way he played it. He portrays a subtly deranged person extremely well.
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Brendan
Sun, Jul 7, 2013, 12:14am (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

I liked it quite a bit. More so than the first one. Yes the homage to Wrath of Khan was maybe a bit too direct, but I couldn't help but enjoy it anyway. As the twists and turns worked on me too. And the surprise appearance of Leonard Nimoy got me too.

It did fail like te frost to be about anything serious, but it flirted with it early. The torpedoes as drone strike without trial analogy was a welcome one, I wish they ha gone further with it to solidify that message.
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Brendan
Wed, Mar 27, 2013, 5:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

Another problem with the Pasteur creating the anomaly is that it is later implied that all three tachyon beams came from the Enterprise in three different times and their identical frequencies are why they interacted (somehow). This of course is obviously not true since it was the Pasteur, not the Enterprise, in the future timeline.

It's such an obvious mistake by the writers in an otherwise masterpiece of a finale. Fun fact: When I first saw this episode as a kid, I didn't realize it was the finale because we didn't watch in order but rather in random re-runs. Only later did I realize and then understand how well it was suited to that role.

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Brendan
Wed, Dec 5, 2012, 12:57am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Genesis

I loved this episode when it aired and I was 8 years old. Not so much as an adult. Though I always have a soft spot for disaster type scenarios where the ship is eerily abanoned with random mayhem abound.
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Brendan
Mon, Nov 19, 2012, 7:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Parallels

Having watched TNG as a kid mostly via re-runs out of order, this was I believe the very last episode I ever saw, probably a good 10 years after it aired, and I have to say it's one of my favourites.
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Brendan
Mon, Nov 19, 2012, 6:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Dark Page

I haven't seen this episode in at least a decade but I remember it being decent. I always appreciate when they take an annoying "comic relief" character and give them some real development (like Quark on DS9 or Neelix on Voyager), and I feel that was accomplished here, even if it was sort of left field.
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Brendan
Tue, Jun 26, 2012, 2:16am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Ship in a Bottle

A clear rip off of Inception.
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Brendan
Sat, Jun 16, 2012, 4:21am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Rascals

The made up technobabble by Riker was a great in-joke that I thought deserved a shout out and I'm surprised it didn't get one.
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Brendan
Fri, Jun 15, 2012, 7:44pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges

Can people NOT post spoilers in their comments? Completely ruined the ending of DS9 for me.
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Brendan
Mon, May 28, 2012, 6:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

One of the most moving episodes of DS9 (strangely enough, I watched this the day after Memorial Day). Definitely up there with the best of the series.
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Brendan
Wed, May 11, 2011, 3:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: Cause and Effect

I thought the whole set up for the "3" message didn't make sense anyway, Riker suggested something with mere seconds to spare, then Data spends another 5 seconds explaining a different option, by which time it's too late. It wasn't a matter of which choice was correct, it was a matter of reaction time.
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Brendan
Fri, Apr 1, 2011, 11:51am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S5: The Game

Ashley Judd?
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Brendan
Sat, Feb 12, 2011, 12:53am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2

Nic, Six is a cylon, it doesn't matter how skinny her arms are they are just stronger than humans. As for why she was alone, there's dozens of explanations for that, most likely being she was just in the area and happened across her.

And as for it being "impossible" for Adama to survive... says who? People survive being shot in the chest all the time. Even the head, as recent real life events have shown. And it's not as if he's up and in command again the next episide, there is an appropriately difficult recovery period for him.

Seems like you're nitpicking details on two of the best scenes of the season!
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Brendan
Mon, Feb 7, 2011, 10:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S1: Water

^ She's not really framing herself, she's just doing the crimes and the evidence left over when she comes to makes it seem as if she is being framed. By "she's being framed by herself" Jammer simply meant the person who planted the explosives and left the evidence behind seeming to incriminate her, is herself, not that her sleeper side was intentionally trying to incriminate her.
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Brendan
Tue, Aug 31, 2010, 4:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2

This episode (or movie, as the case may be) benefits greatly from viewing the extended unaired version on the DVD. It's all strung together as one 2 hour 32 minute film, there's a lot more flashback material that was great, a few of which should have stayed in favour of a few action beats in the middle (as awesome as the battle was, it was really really long and it wouldn't be hard to find 2 mins out of that).

There was a whole Tyrol/Helo/Cally/Boomer flashback thing going on that was great and tied together nicely by the end after Tyrol kills Tory.

Also there was an odd beat where Baltar seems to have taken some neighbor kid under his wing, the implication appears to be that he was secretly his father, but it's a very vague implication and I could be wrong on that.
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Brendan
Sat, Aug 28, 2010, 3:00am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Islanded in a Stream of Stars

There's a couple of key scenes that were totally cut from the air version that appear in the extended DVD edition.

1) Athena confronting Tyrol in the brig - great scene and necessary plot as well. Tyrol turned himself in but she doesn't care.

2) Kara and Helo getting plastered at Joe's. Kara whines about her confusion about destiny and everything, Helo gets pissed about it and turns the tables on her. This is right before he confronts Adama in the corridor. Explains why he seems to be really out of control, because he's actually roaring drunk during that scene.
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