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Bruce
Thu, Jul 25, 2019, 7:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

When I watched this episode as a kid in the 1960s when it first aired, its message about racism was blatantly obvious and came across as heavy-handed even for me as a 6 year old....I was fascinated with the concept that having one color on one side (or the other) was enough of a difference for them to hate each other (as a kid the Dr Sues allegorical story of the Sneeches with or without stars on their bellies instantly came to my mind as well)...so for an adult viewing audience it may have been overplayed and preachy, but for a kid like me growing up in the Civil Rights era 1960’s at the time, the message about racism was well received...
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Bruce
Thu, Jul 25, 2019, 9:35am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

How interesting it would be for the Doud and the Q to interact?

Both are beings with immense power, yet the Doud would have more scruples and restraint than the Q...

As Picard said that he could not judge Kevin....I was half-expecting Q to impishly show up in his Encounter at Farpoint judge regalia, saying “Did someone need my services?” (LOL)
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Bruce
Wed, Jul 24, 2019, 11:30pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: The Ensigns of Command

( When Picard cuts off the Sheliac Negotiator and makes them wait before resuming the transmission )

Riker: “You enjoyed that...”

Picard: “You’re DAMN RIGHT!”

( I’m smiling smugly and chortling...)
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Bruce
Sat, Jun 22, 2019, 1:25am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S3: Warlord

Those feet of Neelix as shown in the opening scene....looked like leftover Hobbit prosthetic feet from Lord of the Rings...
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Bruce Brunger
Mon, Jun 3, 2019, 9:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Devil in the Dark

This episode featured a creature that frightened me as a kid in the 60’s: The Horta. It was right up there in my little kid nightmares as the Gorn, the ape-cavemen of the Galileo Seven, and the Salt Vampire.
But here in the Horta, you have a sympathetic creature as an alien — not humanoid in form, utterly “alien”, with no audible voice to know it was in pain until Spock mind-melds with it and then he screams “PAIN!!!” ....

That moment in the episode where Spock speaks as the creature really “got” to me as a kid, understanding that creatures without voices (like the trout I would catch when fishing, or beetles I would squish under my feet as a kid) can still suffer pain and be in anguish even though they may seem silent to our ears...that episode taught me as a kid to have greater understanding and empathy for other creatures.
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Bruce
Thu, May 2, 2019, 1:11pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S1: Captive Pursuit

I think this section needs some clean-up. The above poster's comments (and similar ones he's made elsewhere) qualify as hate speech and don't belong here.
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Bruce B.
Fri, Jan 4, 2019, 2:15am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Cold Station 12

When Udar (Smike) attacks Archer with a serrated knife, I noticed it is the same blade that Commandar Dollum (Xindi reptillian) used to kill Degra, flashing the bloodstained blade in front of dying Degra’s eyes...that Xindi blade gets around...
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Bruce Brunger
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 11:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

Funny how when the bridge scene view switched from facial shots of Chekov and Sulu at the helm, then switched to the over-the-shoulder view from the perspective of the Captain’s chair looking to the main viewscreen, we see that Chekov has been replaced by other stand-in actors several times....obvious reuse of other stock footage
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Bruce Brunger
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 11:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Masks

One of the key characters is called “Masaka” — In Japanese the word “masaka” has one meaning of “nonsense” — given the nonsensical jigsaw-like reveal of the characters as the story progresses, it seems fitting...I wonder if the writers of this episode had knowledge of Japanese language?
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Bruce B.
Fri, Aug 24, 2018, 10:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Return of the Archons

When Landru’s Projection first appears to announce to Kirk: Landru said “Your individuality will be absorbed into the greater good...”

Borg Assimilation, anyone?
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Bruce B.
Tue, Aug 21, 2018, 12:47pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Arena

Ah the Gorn: The bane of my childhood nightmares as a kid in the 60’s when I first watched it...The hissy, vomitous snarling serpentine voice....That maw with its rows of crocodile teeth...buff body but slow movement (musclebound, no doubt)....loved it when Kirk hurled a basketball-sized rock and it bounced off the Gorn’s meaty chest like a pebble...the Gorn was unstoppable and ever-pursuing like a Terminator robot....When Kirk and the Gorn got face-to-muzzle in that bearhug fight, I wanted the Gorn to try to bite off Kirk’s nose...I even got the plastic model of the Gorn when I got over my nightmares of him....Good memories!
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Bruce Brunger
Sun, Aug 19, 2018, 11:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Galileo Seven

Oh — one more thing: it seemed odd to end the episode with everyone yucking it up on the bridge, making fun of Mr Spock when the deaths of the two crewman and one death in the landing party were still fresh...(Mr. Boman was noticably absent from the scene, yet the girl from the crew was there)...seems odd that they would have such disregard for the lost members and so quickly forget about them, ya think?
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Bruce Brunger
Sun, Aug 19, 2018, 8:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Galileo Seven

Next to the creepy flying monkeys of the Wizard of Oz, the hulking, spear-chucking ogre cavemen in The Galileo Seven are the ones who haunted my nightmares the most...For me, this was one of my most favorite episodes in TOD, right there with The Trouble with Tribbles, The Salt Monster, The Horta, the Enterprise Incident and a few others...
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Bruce
Sat, Aug 11, 2018, 12:40am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S5: Unification

Am I the only one who got teary-eyed when Picard allowed Spock to meld with him at the closing scene and thereby sense Sarek’s thoughts? Spock lets his emotions get the better of him and he grimaces in sad recognition of his father’s thoughts in Picard....It was a closure (of sorts) after decades since TOS where we first learned of the strained relationship between Sarek and Spock....Watching Spock wince with sadness during the meld with Picard really got to me. So it was a nice, poignant closing touch...
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Bruce
Wed, May 16, 2018, 2:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S4: Storm Front, Part II

Stukas with plasma cannons : Reminiscent of “Sharks with Friggin Lasers on their Heads”. From Austin Powers...
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Bruce
Sat, Apr 15, 2017, 3:16pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Aquiel

I enjoyed it. Not as bad as most of you are saying.
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Bruce Bartlett
Sat, Apr 15, 2017, 3:09pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: Ship in a Bottle

Great episode. Really enjoyed it.
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Yay Bruce
Sun, Jul 3, 2016, 2:11pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

Show me a difference between a transgender having sexual reassignment surgery and homosexual undergoing conversion therapy.

SOCIAL LIBERAL LOGIC 101: CHANGING YOUR SEX is wonderful! (Yay Bruce!) HOWEVER, changing gays is WRONG because gays are *born* that way. Get it?


The cognitive dissonance of the modern liberal-progressive is astounding.
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Bruce
Mon, Jul 21, 2014, 9:51am (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S2: Sacrifice

Jamahl, thanks for this review. I watched the episode last night and my wife shared your blog with me (we're watching the whole series on Netflix this summer).

This principle - I guess every once in a while a supporting character has to die to remind you that maybe no one is safe. - is true (and enlarged to massive scale in Game of Thrones.
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Bruce
Mon, Jul 9, 2012, 5:13pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Call to Arms

Call to Arms is the best of any season finales of DS9 and the beginning of the best story arc of the series! A perfect seven part episodes.
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Bruce
Sat, May 1, 2010, 11:30am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Treachery, Faith, and the Great River

No idea what prevented this from getting 4 stars. It's one of my favorite episodes in the series. The serious, long-term implications and revelations of the A-plot were masterfully melded with one of the most entertaining B-plots I can recall. This is the episode where I really came to appreciate how likable and unique Nog could be as a character.
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