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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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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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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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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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Buckbart
Tue, Nov 3, 2020, 3:01pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S2: Loud as a Whisper

If these people have been fighting for 15 centuries, shouldn’t they all be dead by now?

We’re still here.
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Buckbart
Tue, Oct 20, 2020, 1:44pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Journey's End

I'm in the minority who like this one, despite some technical and story flaws. If you're thoroughly devoted to hating Wesley, then you don't get Eugene Wesley Roddenberry's reason for creating him in the first place. Others in the trekiverse have shifted planes, so that's okay too. And hey, he dated Ensign Lefler, so I'm jealous!

My big letdown here is Wesley's trite "thanks for everything" to Picard. Yeah, 47 minutes and all that jazz, but they could have carved out another 30 seconds for someone who is capable of evolving to really thank the one man mostly responsible for his opportunity to do that, and who essentially his surrogate father. THat was the weakest part.
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Buckbart
Tue, Oct 20, 2020, 1:40pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Firstborn

Season 7 is about closing out everyone's stories, and I was really happy that they included James Sloyan in that mission. He is one of the most sympathetic and enjoyable guest actors in every role over three series. No prosthetics can hide his distinctive voice, much the way we recently enjoyed J.G. Hertzler in BD. If he'd started his tv career before 1970, I'd hope he would have been in TOS as well.
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Buckbart
Tue, Oct 20, 2020, 1:22pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S7: Journey's End

I'm in the minority who like this one, despite some technical and story flaws. If you're thoroughly devoted to hating Wesley, then you don't get Eugene Wesley Roddenberry's reason for creating him in the first place. Others in the trekiverse have shifted planes, so that's okay too.

My big letdown here is Wesley's trite "thanks for everything" to Picard. Yeah, 47 minutes and all that jazz, but they could have carved out another 30 seconds for someone who is capable of evolving to really thank the one man mostly responsible for his opportunity to do that, and who essentially his surrogate father. THat was the weakest part.
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Buckbart
Tue, Oct 13, 2020, 11:07am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: Indiscretion

I can get past the stick-in-the-butt seen for two reasons. One is the depth that’s added to Ducat’s character, because no one is truly good or truly evil; we are all shades of gray. The second is the introduction of Ziyal. She is a fascinating character, with grounding in two worlds and a place in neither. Her story arc enriched the DS9 story, and she was always played sympathetically and convincingly by Ms. Batten, Middendorf, and Smith. Ziyal was well-written too, because not every character could survive three actors, prosthetics or not.
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Buckbart
Mon, Oct 12, 2020, 2:08pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S6: Birthright, Part II

My favorite bit of this one is Worf explaining to Picard, a man he respects probably more than anyone alive, that the information was bogus. He had to put his word above his respect, and it had to be a wrenching moment for him.

But Picard’s smile and simple, “I understand,” makes you wonder just how much he does understand. It’s left to wonder, as it should be.
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buckbart
Tue, Oct 6, 2020, 1:57pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S5: The Inner Light

Doesn't matter how many times I watch this, every time Meribor bends down and says, "You know about it father. You've already seen it," it tears my heart out and breaks me down. One of the best hours of television - ever.
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Buckbart
Thu, May 28, 2020, 12:08pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S2: The Child

“Counselor Troi got pregnant by something unknown, had a baby in days, and it’s growing in years instead of days.”

Okay, no special measures needed. Carry on.

C’mon ...
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