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Sun, Jul 18, 2021, 6:18pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S2: The Ultimate Computer

"There are certain things men must do to remain men. Your computer would take that away."

This is a cool message that's in keeping with TOS' idealogy that Humans need to constantly overcome obstacles to better themselves. I think it's arguing that there are some tasks that we need to do manually even if it's more expedient to let a machine or computer do it.

We have 5 rovers on Mars right now and while it's incredible, it's not nearly as captivating as a manned mission with 8 billion people collectively witnessing humans walk on the surface of Mars for the first time. It'll be monumental.

There's a fine line between machines improving the efficiency of human labor and them alienating us from the natural world. The M-5 would in effect depersonalise man's greatest aspiration of exploring the Galaxy. We'd no longer have trained professionals bravely exploring the unknown, with the thrill of the adventure and risk-taking that goes along with it.
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Sun, Jul 11, 2021, 7:51pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S3: Turnabout Intruder

“Her life could’ve been as rich as any woman’s, if only….. if only.”

This is a uncharacteristically clever line by Roddenberry IF he knew that most of the audience in the 60s would take it as "This women should've known her place and tried not to do a man's job" but he actually meant it as "If only she wasn't a woman trying to emulate a psychopathic man, she could've had as rich of a life as any women (and man)"

But since it's the 60s it's easy to read it solely as the former.
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Sun, Jul 11, 2021, 3:46pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S3: Turnabout Intruder

Kirk says at one point that Lester couldn't be captain because she didn't have the temperament or the training.

So that implies Lester could've been a Captain of a starship if she was properly trained OR he means Temperament = Girl which could be the case.
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Sun, Jul 11, 2021, 3:30pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S3: The Paradise Syndrome

I liked the Kirk A-story but they did the Spock vs McCoy on the bridge B-story way too much.

It would've been much better if Spock and McCoy were stranded on the planet too. Then they would've had to begrudgingly work together to activate the asteroid deflector.

Maybe that was the plan before the budget cuts. At least we had ONE episode from S3 that was filmed on-location.
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Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 4:14am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: That Hope Is You, Part 2


Loved your take on Burnham being Kurtzman insert character. It all makes sense now.
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Fri, Jan 8, 2021, 10:36am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: The Game

Thought this was a really fun but I didn't make the connection with drug addiction or video games. I just thought of it as a cool Invasion of the Body Snatchers type story much like TOS' This Side of Paradise, but the game was a cleverer and more topical way to do it.

They could've hinted that Wesley or Ashley Judd had repaired Data but that's a small nitpick.

In the Worf/Kilingon Civil War episodes, it's sometimes difficult to tell what's exactly happening to who or what. This was very easy to follow and liked how silly it was.
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Fri, Nov 20, 2020, 2:08am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S3: The Savage Curtain

"In our century, we've learned not to fear words" - Uhura

We gotta give Roddenberry props for writing an actual clever scene for once. Progressive Lincoln using an outdated racist term and Uhura who lives in a utopian society doesn't even know why she should be offended.

If that same scene was in Star Trek Picard: "What a charming woman". "actually I'm gender fluid. HOW DARE YOU oppress me with your Patriarchal tyranny!!!"
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Wed, Nov 18, 2020, 7:49am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Die Trying

I thought all the characters were extremely unlikeable, the straight white dude, the gay men, the asian woman, the "special needs" girl.

As a human, Hopefully I was not "represented" by these snarky, intolerant, sarcastic, mean-spirited characters that are also human.

Nice job writers.

But in all seriousness, the women in ST:P browbeating an 80 year white man was extremely disturbing. The only explanation is that the writers of that show are psychopaths.
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Wed, Nov 18, 2020, 5:06am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Far From Home

So the writers travel 900 years into the future to escape the burden of Trek Continuity and the 2nd episode is set almost entirely in a saloon, and we see a mining town ripped from a Studio Ghibli movie.

Seems like an incredible lack of imagination. Not only that but all the Humans and Aliens act exactly the same as humans do now, everyone is spiteful, snarky, sarcastic and morally repugnant.

Either the characters are written to be psychopaths or it's the writers projecting that quality on to them. What a heinous portrayal of the future.
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Tue, Nov 17, 2020, 2:18am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TOS S1: Shore Leave

As to the crew not realising what was happening, Maybe we were supposed to think that aliens were trying to kill the crew using their own memories/fantasies. That's why they had those ominous shots of an antenna spying on them and the twist that it's an amusement park makes sense.

I really liked this one and the location filming was very nice. Episodes like this make the show feel more epic than if they had filmed entirely on sound stages.


This is better than Balance of Terror definitely.
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Sun, Nov 15, 2020, 10:37am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: A Matter of Perspective

Rashomon Holodeck is a cool high-concept idea but the actual scenes re-enacted weren't very interesting and kind of tedious to get through.

Wouldn't the story have been more fitting if Riker was accused of sexual harassment or rape? It would've been way more believable than being a murder suspect.

But I guess they didn't want to open that can of worms.

You don't think a person could have consensual sex but then later be convinced that they were the victim of sex assault?

Confabulation is not the same as lying.
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Wed, Jul 29, 2020, 5:34am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S7: Shattered

Turns out Icheb would've been better off stuck in the Delta quadrant...
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