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Buckbart
Thu, Aug 12, 2021, 1:37pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S2: Pen Pals

Nikki Cox must see this as a career highlight, since her plastic surgery makes her look more like Sarjenka than Nikki Cox.
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Buckbart
Thu, Jul 15, 2021, 3:55am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S6: A Fistful of Datas

Harmless fun, and a bit of character stretching for the actors. I’ll take it for the father/son dynamic, but I really enjoyed the scene in the conference room.
Ruler: The replicators on decks 4 through 9 are dispensing cat food.
Picard: … cat food?

Also, Troi in leather pants, western boots, and rifle should be her standard uniform after this point.
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Buckbart
Tue, Jun 22, 2021, 5:02pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The Offspring

Another reminder that for all her abruptness and coolness, Admiral Necheyev is the only Starfleet admiral worth a damn.
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Buckbart
Thu, Jun 17, 2021, 12:17pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The Ensigns of Command

And when you have a chance, read the section of the agreement that Pikard uses to end the standoff. Bits like “in the event something screwy happens with the treaty, messages in bottles or any other water, gossip and half truths,” It’s hysterical!
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Buckbart
Thu, Jun 17, 2021, 11:28am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The Ensigns of Command

“He's riling up the people based on false information, scapegoating, and appeals to emotion.”

Try to imagine how Trump would have responded to a demand that we evacuate the country. Now imagine what his supporters’ course of action would be. We say the response is shallow and two-dimensional. Seems spot-on to me.
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Buckbart
Fri, Mar 19, 2021, 10:57am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: The Emperor's New Cloak

It’s always fun to observe that Jeffrey Combs gets to stretch himself more than any actor in the series. This is a terrific Combs role, and I wish Ezri wore leather more often. Other than that, agree that it’s a disappointing final journey to the alt-u.
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Buckbart
Fri, Mar 19, 2021, 10:51am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: Prodigal Daughter

Stepping away from the driving force of the season gives me a chance to really appreciate the guest spots in this one. Kevin Rahm and Leigh Taylor-Young are terrific in helping to build this Ezri backstory, even if Norvo’s persona makes him the obvious villain.
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Buckbart
Thu, Mar 18, 2021, 11:27am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

I loved Armin so much in this one. Quark went through so many emotions, fear, anger, rage, his typical skeptical observation, and most especially love for who he would certainly call his idiot brother’s misguided son. I yelled when he downed the Jem’Hadar soldier.

I really wish it could have been 10 minutes longer so we could see Quark deal with his PTSD.
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Buckbart
Fri, Feb 26, 2021, 5:01pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S5: The Begotten

Anytime James Sloyan shows up in Trek, good things happen.
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Buckbart
Fri, Feb 26, 2021, 11:30am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

The last line is the best one. “Wait until you get four pops on that collar. You’ll wish you had gone into botany!”
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Buckbart
Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 2:16pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S1: Coming of Age

Commander Remmick is the most intriguing character in the story. Were he and Quinn corrupted before or after this point? If it’s later, and he was sincere about wanting to serve on the Enterprise, would he have made a good fit? He’s definitely detail-oriented and efficient. Too bad we didn’t get to know him better, like Admiral Nechayev.

One of the best Wesley episode, as he actually has to look inside himself and deal with how he got here.
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Buckbart
Tue, Feb 23, 2021, 1:32pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

I like the story and especially the presentation. The characters reliving the scenario and interacting directly with the camera while stepping out of the scenario is effective and draws you in. My only real problem is that we've been over the fact that Worf has had every rank. privilege, and holding that was Klingon stepped away. The idea that they could demand the return of someone they don't recognize as a real Klingon is a step too far, and should have been Sisko's first argument.
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Buckbart
Tue, Feb 23, 2021, 10:25am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: Crossfire

Every time we get some of that good "Louis & Rick" banter, it makes me happy. This was one of the best.
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Buckb
Fri, Feb 19, 2021, 11:38am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

Except it wasn’t “just a dream.” It was a real-life problem that caused Jake to become a scientist and devote his entire life to solving. And he did.

Complaining that you don’t like them getting a second chance is the same as saying that you have no regrets about your life with your father and/or kids (congratulations on that, because you’re the only human ever to experience it) and also that you think the series would have been better without Sisko from this point forward. So ... okay on that front.
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Buckbart
Mon, Feb 1, 2021, 11:09am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S1: The Storyteller

It's lightweight, and does an okay job building the Jake-Nog and the O'Brien-Bashir friendships. In hindsight, it would have been awful anywhere other than season 1. The only trouble I have is the same old story - how were the Bajorans able to mount an insurgency when they consistently show how they are so easily swayed and quick to change their minds about anything? I always wish the writers would have made them stronger and more capable.
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Buckbart
Thu, Jan 28, 2021, 2:53pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: Clues

The only thing I dislike about this episode is the Casual Way, Picard suggests data would be stripped down to his wires, after passionately defending his right to be an individual in Measure of a Man.” If Data still has rights, then he could be drummed out of Starfleet, even imprisoned. But not destroyed. It’s disappointing for the writers to put those words in a friend’s mouth.
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Bucktown
Sun, Dec 20, 2020, 3:35am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Terra Firma, Part 2

@MidshipmanNorris -

Yes I mostly agree with you. I do think that because Discovery is mostly made and written by Hollywood insiders, it suffers from all the pitfalls that brings. And yes, while there is a competitive aspect of it (and absolutely a serious gossip culture), a strange thing about modern Hollywood that many people might not be aware of - everyone (at least in the creative realm) is nice now. Too nice. As in, so nice that nobody really gives honest opinions anymore for fear of being pegged an asshole.

This could have something to do with the problem - everyone constantly congratulation one another about substandard work without ever challenging one another in the writers room. I've heard tale from Trek days of yore, and while Rick Berman was probably an asshole, he did seem to draw some good material out of those writers.

But at the same time, you have to have talent to begin with. Alex Kurtzman is a deeply untalented man, and as they say, failure starts at the top. There is no vision for this show whatsoever. Nothing. It is a void. It has no voice. No originality.
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Bucktown
Fri, Dec 18, 2020, 3:26am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Terra Firma, Part 2

@MidshipmanNorris -

You've done a good job breaking down and doing a level 5 diagnostic of Discovery. I agree with just about all of your analyses.

1. I really think this may be the original sin of Discovery's failure when they first developed the dark tone of the show. It's hard to ever change that once it's been established from the get go. There is absolutely nothing in Discovery (or Picard, for that matter) that a kid could grab onto. There's no inspiration. There's thousands of engineers, scientists, doctors, etc. who have cited Star Trek as a main motivator of why they chose to work in their field. There will not be 1 single person in the future who cites Discovery as the reason why they work at NASA. I have absolutely no clue why Kurtzman and CBS decided to go this route. Did they think edgy would get cool people to like ST?

2. Yes, you hit on this one too. I don't think many on here or even the vast majority of viewers object to any of the myriad of identities and representations on the show. I certainly don't and it's in the one thing in Discovery that you could point to that's traditionally Trek. But they way they do it just feels off, like a kind of tokenism. There have been great opportunities to evolve and explore characters backgrounds - like Adira wanting to be referred to as "they", which could have been an entire episode about their Trill identity. But no. It just lands with a dull thud. Instead, we only explore Michael's identity, which still makes absolutely no sense to me. A human, raised by Vulcans, who we're told off the bat is one of the most cold and logical Starfleet has ever seen, yet who we only see weeping from scene to scene for the past 3 years. Huh?

3. The special effects, while well done and expensive looking, don't really add much to the story without any soul or imagination. What new piece of technology on Discovery has been interesting or worthy of great special effects? What has sparked inspiration? Mushroom engines? Sorry, but honestly Mario Kart has inspired more culturally with mushroom engines than Discovery ever could.

I think 4 and 5 are both victims of the same stupidity - treating Star Trek as if it is a superhero story. It steals all of the same story and emotional beats from your average Marvel movie. And Michael is our Iron Man. These writers just wish they were making some comic book hero vs. villain story, and I place the blame of that solely on Alex Kurtzman. It's all he knows and the only story he's ever done. He has no imagination beyond it. He was and always will be the wrong choice to ever spearhead ST. He's even tarnished the reputations of great literary scribes like Michael Chabon. Please show him the door, Paramount!

6. Despite an entire essay worth of complaints about Discovery, I think I honestly hate the incessantly cloying and over-sentimental score in EVERY SINGLE SCENE to be the thing I hate most about the show. Just give it a f'ing rest for 1 goddamn minute, Jeff Russo!
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Buckbart
Thu, Dec 17, 2020, 5:30pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

There isn't one thing I dislike about this episode. Not one.
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Bucktown
Thu, Dec 17, 2020, 4:40am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Terra Firma, Part 2

The nice thing I'll say about this episode is that it was well paced/directed with a simple, semi-coherent plot, and Michelle Yeoh did a good job with what she was given. For that alone, it stands above most of the other Discovery episodes.

But why, oh Guardian of Forever, do we keep getting these overly long, emotional farewells on this show???? There's been like 47 since episode 1. Not one of them has ever been earned, including this one.

Also not teasing the audience at the end of where Georgiou ended up after passing through the portal is total BS. Do they not want us excited about whatever her potential spin-off show is?

Or are the rumors true and all of these show may be getting cancelled if CBS can't dump them off on Netflix? If that's the case and I was a Netflix exec, I'd only take them if CBS canned Kurtzman and the other 57 producers, lest they'd be endorsing total hackery.
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Bucktown
Fri, Dec 11, 2020, 5:11pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Terra Firma, Part 1

God this show is such a mess. I don't even think the people who write it know what it is.

As a teacher, it reminds me of when students have nothing original to write in an essay and just end up remixing the same paragraph over and over again.

Shouldn't Paramount hire writers who are EXCITED to write for Star Trek and represent the future???
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Buckbart
Tue, Nov 24, 2020, 5:36pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: In Theory

As much as I like the plot, I just can’t get past Data suddenly using contractions. Especially such trite ones as “Honey? I’m home!”

The writers, Stewart, and Spiner all dropped the ball on one of the most dedicated points of Data’s personality.
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Bucktown
Thu, Nov 19, 2020, 5:41pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Scavengers

@SlackerInc -

I agree with your last point - the last thing we need from this show is characters wallowing in depression any further. But I just don't think we were properly and fully sold on any of these characters' ambivalence about being thrust 1000 years into the future. Everyone they've ever known is long dead, and despite that, they all seem perfectly giddy about their current setting. It's an unbelievable tone.

And yes, true, we haven't seen much in Star Trek's history of our main characters going into the future and coming back (it's always been traveling to the past). But we have seen instances of characters going back to the past to prevent unwanted events that occur in the future, in spite of any temporal prime directive. "Endgame" and "Timeless" from Voyager come to mind. Why wouldn't preventing the stupid Burn be any different?


@Eric Jensen -

I still don't buy it. What kind of ego does she have that thinks that she is the first person out of trillions to look into the Burn and potentially solve it, without ever having any prior knowledge of 32nd century technology and history? And if she is supposed to be the first person to really investigate it, how is that remotely believable by any stretch of the imagination?

As to Georgiou, I actually enjoy her character because I'm holding out hope her psychopathic tendencies are still within her and she murders Michael Burnham. But I am sure we'll instead see some dumb Hollywood sacrifice of hers to save Michael in the finale, which will result in the collective groan of millions of Trekkies across the globe.
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Bucktown
Thu, Nov 19, 2020, 1:53pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Scavengers

And just like that, Discovery goes back to the mindless action no one asked for. On top of that, this episode had so many cliches, it made an average Enterprise episode seem like it was written by James Joyce in comparison. Speaking of Enterprise, didn't they even do this "we need to break someone out of a prison camp" plot like at least 5 times?

First off, I'll never get over the suspension of disbelief that this is the 32nd century. The entire opening act of retrofitting the Discovery is treated as basically just upgrading your iPhone to the new iOS. Where is the imagination here? The writers had a 1000 years to play around in, and all they could come up with is personal teleporters and "programmable matter"? Weren't the replicators of the TNG era already reprogramming matter?

Michael's obsession about the Burn makes absolutely no sense. She's not even supposed to be in this timeline. Shouldn't she and the rest of the crew care more about getting back to their own century? Don't they have families and friends to get back to? They all seem perfectly fine with it, which doesn't sit right. Again, Voyager makes that plot Dickensian in comparison.

This episode was also back to being so Burn focused, I felt like I was getting heatstroke. There are likely trillions of sentient lifeforms existing in the Milky Way Galaxy within the universe of Star Trek. We're supposed to believe not one of them thought to figure this out in a 100 years? The galaxy requires just 1 single lifeform, Michael Burnham, to solve all of its problems across all of time and space? How does that expound on the Star Trek ideal of peoples of all backgrounds coming together to solve dilemmas? Making a single character the savior of everything at all times is not even something I would expect out of a 10 year old. It's just dumb no matter what.

Honestly, if this show jettisoned her out the airlock, it would probably improve overnight. All of the other characters are decent, and this season's addition of Adira seems promising. But this show can't quit Michael like a bad, abusive relationship. WHY IS SHE ALWAYS CRYING???
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Bucktown
Wed, Nov 18, 2020, 3:32am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DSC S3: Die Trying

@HaveGun_WillRiker, @grey cat, @dave -

I tried following along with what this comment section devolved into and it honestly makes no sense to me. Something about Minnesota?

My best hypothesis is while we were away, this board was bombarded with synthetic T-cells and most turned out like Riker in "Genesis".
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